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  1. Report: James, Wade to join forces in Chicago?

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, free agent guard Dwayne Wade had a second meeting with Chicago Bulls officials on Friday, and is seriously considering leaving the Miami Heat.  According to Wojnarowski, Wade coming to the Bulls could represent the best chance LeBron James has at joining forces with another superstar:  Wade and James…

  2. Broadway singers pitch LeBron, too

    Jul 2, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    We’re not sure that LeBron is a musical theater kind of guy, but New Yorkers will do anything to lure him. And in this economy, Broadway producers will do anything to hype their shows. With that, we bring you the cast of “Promises, Promises” singing about all the good reasons to come to New York.…

  3. What do the Clippers have to offer LeBron James?

    Jul 2, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    At first glance, LeBron James and the Clippers don’t seem like much of a match. James was the most-hyped prospect of all time, and now he’s the most-hyped NBA free agent of all time. He’s won the last two MVP awards running away. He won’t be considered one of the true greats, or even the…

  4. Cavs coach Byron Scott wants team to run, players to stay

    Jul 2, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    New Cavaliers coach Byron Scott was introduced at a press conference on Friday, and appealed to LeBron James’ desire to run on the court and stay in his hometown off of it. With his size, end-to-end speed, ability to change directions, and court vision, James is arguably the best open-court player in the league. One…

  5. Lakers, Derek Fisher not near each other on contract offer

    Jul 2, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    A lot of fans only see playoff Derek Fisher, the guy taking over Game 3 of the NBA Finals in the fourth quarter. The guy who is unflappable under pressure, who embraces the big stage. But regular season Derek Fisher is not that guy. He is no longer a good — often not even an…

  6. Players submit Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal to owners at the right time

    Jul 2, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Timing is everything. Back at the All-Star break, players scoffed at the first Collective Bargaining Agreement submitted by the owners, one that called for a hard salary cap and other major changes. The owners gave that to the players on the same weekend that David Stern was claiming the owners would lose $400 million this…

  7. Wade intrigued by New York Knicks pitch

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    Let’s be clear about this — Dwyane Wade is going to be in a Miami Heat uniform at the start of next season. He is going through the motions of meeting with other teams; other teams are going through the motions of presentations. But everyone knows how the movie ends. That said, Wade exited a…

  8. Report: Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks have framework of a deal set

    Jul 2, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    The New York Knicks have offered Amare Stoudemire a five-year, max contract deal that he may well accept. The framework of the deal is in place but the details still need to be hammered out, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Still, that could happen by the end of the day. The move could reunite…

  9. With an eye to 2011 free agency, the Pacers are looking point guard

    Jul 2, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    Barring a massive and lopsided trade, the 2010-2011 Pacers are going to be pretty bad. Paul George has serious NBA potential, but he’s not exactly ready to be a franchise-changing player in his rookie season. Other than that, Indy is set to let go of a few low-profile players (Earl Watson, Luther Head) while working…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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.…

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