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  1. Kevin Durant re-ups with the Thunder for five years, and there is much rejoicing

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant announced that he has agreed to a five-year extension with the Thunder (worth a reported $85 million) and the only loser is uniform grammar usage. He will remain a Thunder. The Thunder is lucky to have him. Are they? Damn those tricky, singularly plural team names. Of course, it’s of slightly more significance…

  2. LeBron reportedly considering making it three amigos in Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    What was laughed at a week ago as impossible is suddenly looking like it could happen — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on one team in Miami. A true superteam. The three amigos together in Miami. ESPN’s Chris Broussard — the reporter with the best connections to LeBron James right-hand-man Maverick Carter —…

  3. Teams, some in LeBron James camp caught off-guard by television program

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    You thought the LeBron James television special idea came out of the blue, imagine the teams that have been courting him? According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, officials from the teams that met with LeBron did not know of the television special until the word broke on ESPN last night. Here is…

  4. What does Wade/Bosh pairing mean for LeBron James? It doesn't help Cleveland's chances.

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are teaming up in Miami. The Eastern Conference is getting tougher at the top, the road to the finals and a shot at the ring James desperately wants is getting harder. That leaves LeBron James with a tough choice: Stay at home in Cleveland with a good team that has…

  5. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to team up in Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will team up in Miami to form the core of a team that could contend for a title. It has looked like things were leaning that way for several days, and the pair went on ESPN Wednesday and confirmed the news. The pair can sign the deals as soon as…

  6. Kevin Pritchard to interview for Nets GM job

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

    The man at the helm when Portland drafted one of the best young cores in basketball, then dumped because the people above him thought he was taking too much credit, is now on the radar in New Jersey. Kevin Prichard will interview for the New Jersey Nets job, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com. He…

  7. Clippers set to hire Vinny Del Negro as coach

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    Two years ago, the Chicago Bulls were faced with a choice: the experienced and tactically wise Dwane Casey, or the energetic newcomer who had no experience but had a plan for developing young talent in Vinny Del Negro. Two years later, the Clippers were faced with the exact same choice — and they had gotten…

  8. Winderman: Dwyane Wade is looking for a friend… one that looks a lot like Chris Bosh

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade is looking for a friend. Perhaps you can be his friend. There are a few caveats. He would like his new friend to be at least 6 feet 8. He would like him to possess a low-post game. And he would like him to arrive in the next day or two. For now,…

  9. LeBron to make his announcement on ESPN Thursday night

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    One hour that comes down to one word. LeBron James will make an announcement in an hour-long special Thursday night on ESPN, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern. Chris Broussard, the ESPN reporter who has the best contacts in the LeBron James camp of just about anyone, made the announcement on ESPN News. LeBron and his…

  10. Sloppy and slams: Summer League ball

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

    This is what Summer League ball looks like — a bit sloppy, punctuated by slams and athletic plays. In this case, it is Jeremy Pargo with the slam from Gerald Henderson (who has looked good in these games and may be ready for some real run next year). 

  11. Smart money bet: LeBron stays in Cleveland, Wade and Bosh to Miami

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

    We don’t know. There is no 100 percent. But the signs are starting to point the same way, especially when you take a step back and look at them in total — LeBron James re-signs in Cleveland, while Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh team up in Miami. Take these tweets from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski: Cavs…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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. …

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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