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  1. Report: Amare made his pitch, but LeBron wasn't buying

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Remember the good ol’ days, when the Knicks were the team seeming to be climbing up the LeBron James ladder? When they were a team on the rise? What was that, 36 hours ago? When the Suns Jared Dudley tweeted that LeBron was going to be a Knick. Now, LeBron is not buying the pitch.…

  2. Kobe Bryant wants Derek Fisher back. Oh, and he wishes LeBron well.

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    You can tell what gets Kobe’s passions going. When asked by reporters at his youth camp yesterday about LeBron James and the other free agents, he said all the right things. That he hoped they could make a decision that was best for them despite all the hype, he hoped that they were happy. But…

  3. Toronto signs Linas Kleiza to an offer sheet

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Toronto has made a move to sign the leading scorer from Olympiacos in Greece — former Nugget Linas Kleiza. Toronto has signed Kleiza to a four year, $20 million offer sheet, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. Denver still has the rights to Kleiza and now has seven days to match that offer or lose…

  4. LeBron's choices: It seems like Miami now, but in this drama things change

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    We don’t know. We won’t really know until some time between 9 and 9:15 pm Eastern tonight. What we have now is drama. Manufactured drama. And that makes every rumor suspect — if you were trying to create drama for a show like this, you’d leak different things to different people. You’d keep everybody guessing,…

  5. Reports: LeBron James leaning heavily toward Miami

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:04 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all on the same team. Wow. But it is looking more and more that way. Sources have told Alan Hahn at Newsday as well as the well-connected Chris Broussard at ESPN that LeBron is leaning heavily toward joining Wade and Bosh in Miami. Nothing is certain. The ground…

  6. Jermaine O'Neal nears a deal with the Boston Celtics

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

    You didn’t notice last year because Dwyane Wade mesmerized you, but Jermaine O’Neal had a pretty good year. Danny Ainge apparently noticed. The Celtics are close to signing O’Neal according to Yahoo Sports. Of course, there are always other suitors. Denver and Dallas in this case. All three teams who could use some front line…

  7. Knicks, Warriors close to an Anthony Randolph, David Lee swap

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

    There were questions about how David Lee fit into the seven-seconds-or-less New York Knicks offense last season. So now he could end up with Golden State — one of the few teams to play even faster. The Knicks and Warriors are close to a deal that would sign-and-trade David Lee to the West coast and…

  8. Ray Allen re-signs with the Celtics

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

    Free agent guard Ray Allen has decided to sign an extension with the Boston Celtics. The deal will pay Allen $20 million over the next two seasons, and Allen has a player option for the second year of the deal.  Allen taking a dramatic pay cut to play with a team like Cleveland or Chicago…

  9. NBA salary cap to increase next year. Which sadly means a lockout is more likely.

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Business is good in the NBA. No. Seriously. The NBA released the salary cap numbers for next season and after all the reports of doom and gloom the numbers are going up for next season. The salary cap will be $58.044 million next season, making the luxury tax threshold $70.307 million (for every $1 in…

  10. Shaquille O'Neal wants to join the Spurs, talks have taken place

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal a Spur? That may be in the Book of Revelations as one of the signs of the Apocalypse. We’ll check and get back to you. But it may be a reality, not just a sign of the end times. According to FanHouse, Shaq had had interest from the Spurs and that is his…

  11. Everything you wanted to know about "The Decision" but were afraid to ask

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    Just like our wars and national disasters, it didn’t take long for the LeBron James special to have its name and logo. The theme music can’t be far behind. “The Decision” will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio starting at 9 p.m. eastern on Thursday night. The ESPN on-air team of Stuart Scott, Michael Wilbon…

  12. Chicago is your free agency loser – but they could still be better than Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 6:04 PM: Part one of the plan is coming together — the Bulls have an agreement with Carlos Boozer. Now, either LeBron changes his mind and comes to town, and they are instantly right there with the Lakers; or he doesn’t, they get a shooter like Allen or Redick, and they are still right…

  13. Warriors top pick Ekpe Udoh out with wrist injury

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Ekpe Udoh — who the Warriors selected sixth overall in the recent NBA draft — will miss Summer League and maybe more after injuring his wrist in a supervised workout. The Warriors can’t catch a break. So to speak. Udoh was working out with at the Warriors practice facility in the Bay Area with Stephen…

  14. Bulls agree to a five-year, $75 million deal with Carlos Boozer, may have bought their way back into the LeBron sweepstakes

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    UPDATE 5:47 PM: According to the Bulls’ website, Boozer’s deal will be worth about $75 million (via Mark Deeks/Sham Sports). UPDATE 5:38 PM: According to Sam Amick of NBA FanHouse, a league source claims that Boozer’s deal is less than the reported $80 million, but no clarified value has been given yet. 5:27 PM: The…

  15. Stan Van Gundy speaks for us all — does a basketball player need a television special?

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    We’re all sick of the hype. Oh, it’s working — LeBron is getting exactly what he wanted out of this. But we’re still sick of it. The always frank Stan Van Gundy is with us, people. As told to the Orlando Sentinel. “It takes 15 seconds to say, ‘I’ve decided to stay in Cleveland,’ but…

  16. Suns' Jared Dudley says LeBron James is going to New York

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    I really hope Jared Dudley is wrong about this, because if he’s right we’re all going to be hearing damn Jay-Z and Alicia Keys on a loop for the next year. Phoenix Suns bench guy and growing media darling (he is one of the best interviews in the game) Jared Dudley is saying it is…

  17. Like it or not, LeBron James' 'Decision' is all part of the plan, and it's working

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    When word broke that LeBron James would be announcing his decision regarding the biggest free agency signing in NBA history in a one-hour special on ESPN, the criticism exploded the internet like Brazil going down in flames did to Twitter. Everyone and their mother wants to point out LeBron’s ego, his unfathomable self-concept bent out…

  18. Report: Teams going after Carlos Boozer in last-ditched effort to lure LeBron

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    The LeBron James sweepstakes are not over. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will be in Miami, and it is possible that James will join them (if Toronto will take on Michael Beasley’s contracts or if the big three are all willing to take a pay cut). But other teams are trying to provide an alternative.…

  19. Well, of course the Minnesota Timberwolves would meet with Luke Ridnour

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    The Minnesota Timberwolves already have Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions playing point guard, not to mention the rights to Ricky Rubio stuffed under their pillow. So naturally, David Kahn has done the only sensible thing a GM would do with two PGs under contract and fighting for minutes: try to go get Luke Ridnour. Good…

  20. Dwyane Wade says Chris Bosh coming to Miami was key to his return

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh went on ESPN Wednesday morning and made it official — they are both going to be playing for the Miami Heat next season. There was nothing else shocking in their interview, but they confirmed things already suggested in the media. Like that Wade seriously considered playing for his hometown Chicago…

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