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  1. Report: Joe Johnson about to accept Hawks max deal offer

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    And in the first big free agent signing of the summer… nothing happened. Joe Johnson will remain a Hawk and accept their max-deal offer (six years, $124.5 million), according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports. Not a shock there. Johnson’s people had been saying for weeks that ultimately he wanted to stay in Atlanta —…

  2. Teams shower their love on Chris Bosh — and don't be afraid to picture him as a Rocket

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh may be the key to the whole free agent summer — wherever he lands, he is going to be paired with another star. And that team is going to be instantly a contender. A lot of guys are going to change jerseys this summer, but he is the one who will bring winning…

  3. Byron Scott is your new Cleveland Cavaliers coach

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:00 AM EDT

    And suddenly, Byron Scott is the new coach of LeBron James. Or a team headed to the lottery. Check back in a few days for the answer. Either way, Byron Scott is the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, as Scott’s agent confirmed to FanHouse. Yesterday, all signs pointed to Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw…

  4. ProBasketballTalk's free agent roundup: Let the party begin

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:45 AM EDT

    Free agency is underway — although it has unofficially been underway for weeks through back channels. Everyone has been talking to everyone. So, consider midnight the end of the NBA’s “we’re looking the other way at all the tampering” season. And the start of the real free agent craziness. Below is a roundup of where…

  5. Windhorst: Cavs extremely active in trade talks

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:24 AM EDT

    UPDATE 1:16 AM: ESPN.com’s Marc Stein: “Yes: Brendan Haywood is potential S-and-T piece for Mavs. But Mavs sources insist there is ‘no chance’ he moves in sign-and-trade for Shaq.” Just after 12 AM Eastern on Thursday morning, Brian Windhorst’s twitter feed absolutely blew up with Cavalier-related rumors. The Cavaliers are obviously waiting on LeBron James’…

  6. Report: Byron Scott in, Brian Shaw out as head coach of Cavaliers

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:55 PM EDT

    Cleveland sure looks like one well-oiled machine as they get ready to make their pitch to LeBron James for free agency. After a couple days of hearing how it was just a matter of negotiating a deal with Lakers assistant Brian Shaw, it appears the tables have turned. Shaw was known to be reaching out…

  7. Report: Richard Jefferson opts out of deal; Spurs fans believe it is a miracle

    Jun 30, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    If you are Dirk Nowitzki, it makes a lot of sense to opt out of the last year of your deal. You’ll lose a little money in the short term to make it back in the long haul over the next few years. Richard Jefferson used that logic in opting out of his deal with…

  8. Gay, Watson, Morrow latest to gets qualifying offers

    Jun 30, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    Qualifying offers keep rolling in as the deadline approaches. Not surprises, but offers as teams make sure they have a chance to hang on to the players they like. The offers make players restricted free agents, meaning the team can match any offers that come in. For Memphis, that means extending a qualifying offer Rudy…

  9. Cavaliers extend qualifying offer to Jawad Williams

    Jun 30, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Cavaliers have given a qualifying offer to free agent forward Jawad Williams, making him a restricted free agent.  Williams started the season as a benchwarmer for the Cavaliers, but eventually worked his way into the rotation, and even started six games for the Cavaliers.…

  10. Roger Mason Jr. has some interesting thoughts on free agency, Roger Mason Jr.

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    “How quickly people forget that I was considered the steal of free agency last year. A talented team, and injuries, got in the way this year.” Free agent guard Roger Mason Jr., via his twitter account As “Reasons to sign Roger Mason Jr.” go, these are some odd ones. Yes, Roger Mason Jr. was considered…

  11. Winderman: The negative campaigning to get LeBron may backfire

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    This was supposed to be a relatively simple process when it came to recruiting LeBron James: Sell your wares and build fears about how the Cavaliers simply have not done enough for James for him to remain in Cleveland. That was the notion back at the start of the season, when the Cavaliers were the…

  12. Rockets extend qualifying offers to Lowry, Scola

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, the Houston Rockets have extended qualifying offers to starting power forward Luis Scola and backup point guard Kyle Lowry.  Scola isn’t the most athletic power forward in the league, but he’s become an effective starter thanks to some crafty moves around the basket, a surprisingly solid mid-range jumper, and a…

  13. Tyson Chandler will not opt out of his contract

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    According to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, Bobcats center Tyson Chandler will not opt out of the final year of his contract. Chandler had the option to leave the $12.6 million he is owed next season on the table and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but ultimately chose to stay in Charlotte.  There’s almost no…

  14. Stephen Colbert to the Knicks. Please.

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Basketcase – Stephie’s Knicks Hoop-De-Doo http://www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Fox News What, Colbert on the team will make them worse? Political comedian Stephen Colbert sat down with Mike D’Antoni to talk free agency. And mock the Knicks. Which someone had to do. There’s…

  15. Report: Atlanta Hawks to offer Joe Johnson six-year max deal

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    There is almost no bigger mistake a GM can make than paying a good player superstar money. That said, the reliable Michael Cunningham at the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the Atlanta Hawks want to keep Joe Johnson badly enough to offer him a six-year, fully max contract. If so Johnson will take it.…

  16. Amare Stoudemire opts out of deal, but he and Suns still talking

    Jun 30, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Come midnight — or 9 p.m. out in Los Angeles where he is stationed — Amare Stoudemire will become a free agent. He will sit while gentlemen callers to come knocking on his door to court him. But there is a chance he stays in Phoenix. Slim but it exists. After three hours of meetings…

  17. Doc Rivers to return to Celtics

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    After being away from the sting of losing in the NBA finals for a few weeks, Doc Rivers has decided he wants to be back on the sidelines for one more year, and one more run at a title. Rivers made it official by telling the Celtics his intentions today. The Boston Herald broke the…

  18. Raptors' preference for a Chris Bosh sign-and-trade likely means more suitors than ever and a better chance for a Miami supergroup

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    Why should the teams with cap space get to have all the fun? Even if the Cavs don’t want any part of a sign-and-trade for LeBron and Dwyane Wade seems locked into Miami, the Raptors not only appear open to the idea of signing-and-trading Chris Bosh, but Bryan Colangelo actually prefers it. From Marc J.…

  19. LeBron gets to choose his destiny as free agency begins

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Living in a free country has many advantages. You get to freely select where you live, who you marry, what you do with your time, where you work, what you do, what you say, and how you feel. But along with those freedoms is a cost. It’s the money you need to accomplish what you…

  20. Orlando Magic told Martin Gortat he could be traded

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Quality backup big men are hard to find. Sure, there are plenty of big stiffs around who will happily soak up salary and a few minutes here and there, giving you a big body for practice and the odd rebound. Bit guys who can actually contribute, much harder to come by. Martin Gortat can contribute.…

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