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  1. Toronto's choice: Veterans or rebuild from Bosh sign-and-trade?

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    Toronto’s front office is apparently torn. In a way that explains the oddly conflicting reports on what they are looking to do with a Chris Bosh sign-and-trade. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted the situation: According to exec familiar with Raptors thinking, TOR undecided on what type of sign-&-trade to look for if…

  2. LeBron has a new twitter account. He has the marketing game down.

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    It’s all about timing. Understanding the market and timing. Right now the sports world is focused on LeBron. (Well, American sports world, in Holland they are focused on other things.) He has never been more watched — even in the finals — and if you are going to launch a new marketing initiative, now is…

  3. Report: Celtics to meet with Kwame Brown

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    With Rasheed Wallace likely about to officially retire and Kendrick Perkins’ knee injury, the Celtics’ frontline is looking pretty thin at the moment. How thin? Well, according to the Boston Herald, the Celtics have opened up discussions with none other than Kwame Brown: As a testament to the Celtics’ willingness to kick the tires of…

  4. Suns trying to get David Lee in sign-and-trade for Stoudemire

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire is not a New York Knick. Yet. Nobody can sign the paperwork until Thursday. That give the Suns to get a little value back for the man they almost traded at the deadline the last two years. Value back like David Lee, which is one scenario the Suns are working according to the…

  5. Jeff Bower bows out of New Jersey general manager search

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

    Jeff Bower, the general manager for the New Orleans Hornets, is one of the most respected men in the field. Not a shock that he got a call to talk to New Jersey about their position being vacated by Rod Thorn. But in a statement on Tuesday, he pulled out of the race. “I appreciate…

  6. Roger Mason Jr. close to new deal

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    According to NBA.com’s Art Garcia, several teams have contacted free agent guard Roger Mason Jr. about the possibility of signing Mason to a multi-year deal. According to Garcia, Portland, Miami, Chicago, and New York have all contacted Mason this off-season. San Antonio, who employed Mason for the past two seasons, have reportedly not contacted him. …

  7. Byron Scott: "75 to 85 percent chance" Cavaliers keep LeBron

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    Byron Scott is in. All in. Either way. But given the choice, “do you want to coach LeBron or not?” The answer is yes. And he told Mason and Ireland on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles he has a good shot. “If I’m going by my gut feeling I would say there is a 75…

  8. Mavericks, Heat talking trade?

    Jul 6, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

    According to a report by The Dallas Morning News, the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks have been discussing a deal that would send center Brendan Haywood to Miami in a sign-and-trade deal. In exchange for Haywood, the Heat would be more than happy to send Jermaine O’Neal to Dallas in a sign-and-trade or give…

  9. Carmelo isn't being traded, plus he'll sign the Denver deal. He has no real choice.

    Jul 6, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Amare wants to bring Carmelo Anthony to New York. He has not signed the $65 million extension in front of him from the Nuggets because he wants more out of them — if he doesn’t get it he could be gone. No, he’s not. The Nuggets aren’t going to trade him. He can posture, but…

  10. The Nets' contingency plan: Tyrus Thomas

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    I don’t know if you heard (or saw via 10,000 ads from the team in NY/NJ area websites), but the New Jersey Nets want LeBron James. Pretty badly, apparently. I think they’d settle for Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh, though. Breaking news. Either way, the latest rumor trends don’t look to favorably on the Nets.…

  11. Knicks targeting Dwyane Wade. Again.

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    They got Amare Stoudemire. Things are different in New York now. They have an anchor to build around. So why not make another run at Dwyane Wade? All the signs point to him staying in Miami. That if he went anywhere it would be sweet home Chicago. But South Beach has been good to him,…

  12. Introducing the Washington Wizards, the least likable team in all of professional sports

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    The Wizards’ disastrous ’09-’10 season apparently needed a proper bookend, so ESPN decided to close things up; in their Ultimate Team Rankings, ESPN rated Washington 122nd out of 122 professional sports teams in both ‘player likability’ and ‘fan relations’ (via Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog). Ouch. Shaun Livingston, Quinton Ross, and Alonzo Gee are…

  13. Chris Bosh is your free agency lynchpin

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    LeBron James wants to play with Chris Bosh, sees him as the key to a team that can win titles. He’s reportedly trying to recruit him to Cleveland for that reason. Toronto has a sign-and-trade in place with Cleveland. Dwyane Wade wants to play with Chris Bosh, sees him as the key to a team…

  14. Could the Hawks really look to trade Josh Smith?

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    I won’t for a second claim to know what any of the decision-makers in Atlanta are thinking, but some rumors make you wonder if they are at all. Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse posted a story linking the Hawks to Shaquille O’Neal (not crazy about it the idea, but why not?), and as something of…

  15. Signs pointing to Wade in Miami, Chris Bosh joining him. Unless Bosh goes to Cleveland with LeBron.

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    The New Jersey Nets are convinced that the Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh tandem is headed to Miami. Ira Winderman — the most connected guy with the Heat — is saying it looks like Wade will return to South Beach. But now reports are out there that the Cavaliers have a sign-and-trade in place with the Raptors…

  16. Amare Stoudemire talks bright lights, big city

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

      Amare Stoudemire said all the right things about loving New York and wanting to return the team to the top of the heap at his hastily called press conference to announce a verbal agreement. But he can’t do it alone, so he talks some LeBron as well.

  17. Orlando Magic sign Chris Duhon as their backup point guard

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    With their last year’s backup point guard — Jason Williams — turning 35 next season, the Orlando Magic wanted to get a little younger in their backup to Jameer Nelson. Hello Chris Duhon. The Magic have inked Duhon to a four-year, $15 million deal, according to Chad Ford at ESPN. The Magic have gotten younger,…

  18. Report: Atlanta Hawks make two year offer to Shaquille O'Neal

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    UPDATE July 6, 9:49 am: Perry Rogers, Shaq’s agent, denies that any offer has been made. He said they are still listening to Boston, Dallas and Atlanta. This is what agents do, keep options open for clients. However, frameworks are discussed before offers are made. So Atlanta wants to know Shaq’s reaction to two years…

  19. LeBron James isn't talking to anyone, but we're all still guessing

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    We don’t know. Nobody in the media knows. That won’t stop us from speculating. We’ll use a shred of information to concoct entire theories. We’ll guess. (Complain about that if you want, but those guesses get a lot of viewers — you like it so we keep doing it). But we don’t know what LeBron…

  20. Did Derrick Rose prefer Joe Johnson to LeBron James?

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Would you rather have Joe Johnson or LeBron James on your team? Exactly. It’s not even close. Even if you think there are flaws with LeBron’s game, there are far fewer than Johnson. LeBron is a true first option. Joe Johnson is a true second option on a title team. LeBron is a true max…

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