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  1. Sergio Rodriguez signs deal with Real Madrid

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    It’s official, Sergio Rodriguez is returning to Spain, He has signed a deal with Real Madrid, if you can believe the official Real Madrid Web site. We tend to. This is a three-year deal, according to the site. No shock here, Rodriguez has been unhappy and wanted to return across Atlantic and had been rumored…

  2. NBA free agency: These bright lights may or may not inspire you

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The team that plays in the World’s Most Famous Arena in the Greatest City on Earth is not exactly having a blockbuster start to free agency. They had their meeting with LeBron in Cleveland, a location they obviously would have preferred to avoid. Showing James the glitz and glitter of New York would have been…

  3. Goodbye Amar'e – Suns agree to terms with Hakim Warrick

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    After a final offer to Amar’e Stoudemire was rejected — the two sides could not agree on guaranteed years — the Suns turned their affection to Hakim Warrick. And it was a quick romance, the two sides have agreed to a four-year, $18 million deal, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. Warrick is a nice…

  4. Where do the bucks stop for Brendan Haywood?

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Depending on how you classify players like Amar’e Stoudemire, Brendan Haywood is likely the top center in this free agent class. He’s a skilled defender and a seven-footer who can finish open opportunities; in the NBA, that’s a combination that brings a serious paycheck. Now that the games have begun, Haywood is being pursued from…

  5. Rockets offering a tempting sign-and-trade

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    The Rockets want an elite power forward. With one — combined with a healthy Yao Ming at center (the entire city of Houston just knocked on wood) and a back court of Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin — they are a contending team. They could challenge the Lakers and have the length to match them.…

  6. Raymond Felton being courted, done with the Bobcats

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Raymond Felton’s departure from Charlotte has been in the works for some time. Felton and the team could never agree on terms for an extension that would have made Raymond the Bobcats’ long-term point guard. Then Michael Jordan tore down his Raymond Felton poster to put up a D.J. Augustin one, exposing the writing on…

  7. Knicks pitch to LeBron: You could make $1 billion playing here

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    For months, marketing experts have been saying, “It doesn’t matter where LeBron James plays, he makes the same money anywhere, he is a brand unto himself.” The focus of the New York Knicks’ pitch to LeBron yesterday (and a specially prepared report for the meeting): Hell yes it matters. Forbes got a hold of the…

  8. Mike Miller in serious negotiations with Lakers

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    The Lakers just won a title depending on Ron Artest and Sasha Vujacic to be their three point threats. Which is to say, they won despite having no consistent outside threats. They just count on things like Artest getting hot in Game 7. Mike Miller would change that. That’s why the Lakers are negotiating with…

  9. Paul Pierce reaches framework of deal to stay in Boston

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    This was never about leaving Boston, this was always just about business and a deal that would extend into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Paul Pierce has agreed to the framework of a deal to remain with the Boston Celtics — it’s a four-year deal at about $61 million (according to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger), although…

  10. Joe Johnson makes it official — he is an overpaid Hawk

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    We all knew the moment was coming when we heard that the Atlanta Hawks had made a max offer to Joe Johnson: six years at $119 million. He has accepted the offer and will stay in Atlanta, with the USA Today being the first to break the news. Johnson will sign the deal July 8,…

  11. PBT's Free Agent Roundup, Day 1: When average players get wildly overpaid

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT

    Recession? What recession? After pleading poverty for a year — remember David Stern said the teams would lose $400 million this season — teams went on a spending spree like Paris Hilton with a black American Express card. It was obscene. This will come back to haunt the owners during the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.…

  12. Suns show interest in Hakim Warrick

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:56 PM EDT

    According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Phoenix Suns have shown serious interest in free agent power forward Hakim Warrick. The 27-year old Warrick averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in stints with the Bucks and the Bulls last season. Warrick isn’t a major free-agent prize; that said, his athleticism would be welcome on Phoenix’s front-line,…

  13. Hedo warming to the Raptors organization

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:47 PM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu was one of last season’s biggest free-agent flops. His play was inconsistent, his attitude was called into question, and the intangibles he was supposed to bring from Orlando didn’t keep the Raptors from being kept out of the playoffs.  After the season, Turkoglu made it worse by stating that he did not want…

  14. Nowitzki makes NYC visit

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki spent the majority of July 1st hanging out in New York City. According to the Associated Press, Dirk wasn’t there to get pitched by the Knicks or the Nets. Instead, Dirk spent much of the day hanging out with Jason Kidd, a friend of Nowitzki’s and the point guard for the Mavericks.  Nowitzki…

  15. Suns agree to give Channing Frye five years, $30 million to keep raining threes

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:02 PM EDT

    UPDATE 11:02 pm: Channing Frye and the Suns kept talking, and the two sides reached a deal this evening — five years, $30 million. That’s a good deal for him that extends into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. After the crazy contracts of the day, one might have thought Frye would see if he could…

  16. Wojnarowski: Several teams interested in Tyrus Thomas

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

    According to the twitter feed of Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, and New Jersey Nets have all shown interest in free agent forward Tyrus Thomas.  Thomas is a restricted free agent, meaning that the Bobcats would be able to match any offer that Thomas gets. Since the Bobcats…

  17. Somebody wants to play in Toronto: Amir Johnson re-signs with Raptors

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:58 PM EDT

    From the refreshing change of pace category: “Amir (Johnson) didn’t want to play the free agency game,” (his agent Kevin) Bradbury said. “He wanted to go back to Toronto. He’s young and he has security and a lot of basketball left in him.” And so he has agreed to a five-year, $34 million deal, according…

  18. Spurs fans: Just when you thought you were rid of Richard Jefferson…

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Yesterday, everybody went, “what, really?” when Richard Jefferson opted out of his $15.2 million final year with the San Antonio Spurs. But he is already negotiating to come back to San Antonio next season, according to the San Antonio Express-News. And it really makes sense, if you think about it. Several NBA sources assume Jefferson…

  19. Paul Pierce talking to Celtics, no one else

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    Can you really picture Paul Pierce in colors other than green and white? Pierce apparently can’t either. He has opened talks with the Boston Celtics on a new contract — and only the Boston Celtics. That according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Pierce just opted out of the last year of his contract, worth $21.5 million.…

  20. Phil Jackson says he is returning for one more year

    Jul 1, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson made it official today — he is back for one more year as head coach of the Lakers. “Count me in,” said Jackson in the official statement on Lakers.com. “After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its…

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