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  1. Jason Williams set to re-up with Orlando, securing a three-deep PG rotation

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    UPDATE 1:36 PM: According to Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse, Williams’ deal with the Magic will be a one-year affair for the veteran minimum ($1.36 million). 11:24 AM: Jason Williams was a fine backup for the Magic last season, albeit one who completely disappeared in the playoffs; his three-point shooting percentage dropped from .380 to…

  2. As expected, Delonte West waived by Minnesota

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Everyone knew this was coming from the minute Minnesota traded for him — the Timberwolves have waived Delonte West. This was purely a financial move, West’s non-guaranteed deal meant he only had to be paid $500,000 of the $4.5 million he was owed. West is now a free agent and will likely draw interest from…

  3. Mike Dunleavy still trying to get paid by Clippers, but the lawyers are making money

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, this could be your future. The legal battle between former coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy and the Clippers and owner Donald Sterling continues. It’s a soap opera not sexy enough for People magazine, but Courthouse News is all over it. The Los Angeles Clippers and their owner want to stop former…

  4. Sneak a peek at two D-League teams' ad-bearing unis

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    Yesterday the D-League’s Erie BayHawks and Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced that they would add sponsor advertisements to their team uniforms for the coming season. Now, thanks to NBA.com (via Scott Schroeder of FanHouse), we have our first look at the D-League’s walking billboards: According to Schroeder, the WNBA’s jersey ad model scored participating franchises…

  5. Gerald Green will continue to leap tall buildings in a single bound (and blow defensive assignments) in Russia

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    Insanely athletic players like Gerald Green tend to get more NBA chances than most, but for the second straight year Green will ply his trade in Russia. According to the team page for BC Krasnye Krylia (via Inside Hoops), Green has been signed by the club after playing for Lokomotiv Kuban last year. At this…

  6. Practice your booing now: LeBron returns to Cleveland Dec. 2

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    The entire state of Ohio just circled Dec. 2 on their calendars. Well, except for Columbus which cares only about the Michigan game, but the rest of the state circled Dec. 2. That is when LeBron James and the Miami Heat come to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers, according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland…

  7. Pistons may sell for well below market value

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Location, location, location. Oh, and timing. Golden State just sold for well above its value as estimated by Forbes, in part because the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the wealthiest areas of the nation. The Detroit Pistons are estimated to be worth $479 million and have turned more than $40 million in profit…

  8. Shaq still wants to play in Boston. Or wherever they will pay him.

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    It should be Shaq vs. Free Agency. And right now free agency is winning — Shaquille O’Neal remains without a team. But on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Monday night (or early Tuesday morning, if you prefer) Shaq said he would love to play in Boston. “Celtics would be a good program.” Shaq said he…

  9. Your season opener: Miami at Boston. On Christmas Miami will be in L.A.

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    How about this for your Oct. 26 season opener: The old big three vs. the new big three. Miami at Boston. That’s what’s happening according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. It’s a matchup of the new favorites against a team that has had several players say Miami should not automatically be the favorite.…

  10. Lorenzen Wright murder investigation appears to center around ex-wife

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Memphis police aren’t talking — usually a sign they have some solid leads and information — but their actions suggest they are focusing on former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife in the investigation of his murder. Sunday police combed through the home of Sherra Wright, who was apparently the last person to seem him alive…

  11. Phil Jackson signs deal for his "last stand"

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    It’s now official — Phil Jackson will be back with the Lakers next season. He will be back to go after his fourth three-peat as a coach. Which is insane. He will be back for what he called his “last stand.” As if the Lakers needed more motivation. Late Monday Jackson formally signed his new…

  12. LeBron James takes out ad to thank Akron. Cleveland who?

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    LeBron James on the court does so many things right. LeBron James off the court this summer has done so many public relations things wrong. Two days after Zydrunas Ilgauskas wrote a heart-felt personal letter to thank the city of Cleveland, LeBron James has taken out a full-page ad for a letter thanking the city…

  13. Mike D'Antoni backs out of Team USA job because of his back

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT

    Mike D’Antoni has been an assistant coach with Team USA for years. Remember how that was going to help his recruiting top players to New York… Well, there will be no more recruiting this summer. Mike D’Antoni will not be accompanying team USA to Turkey because of back problems, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.…

  14. Andres Nocioni questionable for worlds, another blow for Argentina

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    It’s another blow for Argentina, who comes in to Turkey as the defending World Champions. Andres Nocioni joins Manu Ginobili on the sidelines for the world powerhouse. Nocioni injured his ankle in training with the team but may be able to go for the World Championships, according to FanHouse. The Championships start Aug. 25. Even…

  15. Top 10 Lakers plays of the playoffs

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    The Lakers play pretty basketball when they run the offense. Which they do less and less, but there are moments when Pau Gasol is playing where it still comes through. Also, notice how many times Shannon Brown comes up in these. Then picture how much the Lakers would miss his athleticism. Then picture how many…

  16. Blazers sign Armon Johnson

    Aug 2, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    The Portland Trail Blazers are announcing that they have signed rookie guard Armon Johnson to a contract. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.  The Blazers took Johnson with the 34th pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. Prior to entering the draft, Johnson played three seasons at the University of Nevada, leading them…

  17. Isola: Bulls at Knicks scheduled for Christmas Day

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

    According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the New York Knicks will host the Chicago Bulls on Christmas day.  It’s tempting to read into what this means — Amar’e Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer’s signings weren’t the biggest ones of the summer, but they meant a lot to both the Knicks and the…

  18. Report: Brown deciding between Lakers, Knicks, Cavaliers

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    The Orange County Register has the report: Shannon Brown could be signed by the end of this week. But with who? Brown’s agent, Mark Bartelstein wouldn’t get into details Monday, only to say that he and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak continue to talk. “We’re working on it. It’s a work in progress,” Bartelstein said. All…

  19. Charlie Rosen says Jerry Krause's ego sent Jordan to play baseball

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Charlie Rosen — the current author former CBA (the D-League before the D-League) coach and assistant to Phil Jackson at that level — took on an oldie but a goodie today: When will Kobe Bryant’s age catch up with him. He compares Kobe to the Michael Jackson career arc. Which is nice but not the…

  20. Quote of the day, where Von Wafer is your cheerleader

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    “I’m just going to go in and try to learn all of the defensive schemes because I know that’s going to be big, depending on how much they utilize me. They haven’t told me a specific role but I’m willing to do anything they ask of me. If they need a cheerleader, that’s fine. If…

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