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  1. Report: Pierce to opt out of Celtics contract

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    ESPN.com’s Marc Stein is reporting that Celtics forward Paul Pierce will opt out of the final year of his contract with the team, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer. The last year of his contract was worth 21.5 million dollars. Pierce has been a Celtic since Boston drafted him in 1998.  While this…

  2. Timberwolves to make run at Rudy Gay

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:23 PM EDT

    Somebody is going to overpay for the services of Rudy Gay. Might as well be Minnesota. While others are making midnight calls Thursday to LeBron or Wade or Bosh, Minnesota will be calling up Gay, according to the Star Tribune. Yes, you are remembering correctly, the Timberwolves did draft a small forward in Wesley Johnson…

  3. Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z standing tall over Madison Square Garden

    Jun 29, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

    Right on the corner of 34th and 8th in Manhattan, overlooking Madison Square Garden, looms the billboard of two people: Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z. The two owners of the New Jersey Nets. On the billboard it has the Nets logo and says “Blue Print For Greatness.” The message is not subtle — the Nets are…

  4. Heat extend qualifying offer to Joel Anthony

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    According to Ira Winderman, the Miami Heat have extended a qualifying offer to 27-year old defensive specialist Joel Anthony. Anthony averaged 2.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 16.5 minutes per game last season.  The Heat now have the right to match any offer given to Anthony. If Anthony does re-sign with the Heat,…

  5. Blazers waive Ryan Gomes

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    According to several sources, the Blazers have announced that they will waive recently acquired forward Ryan Gomes. This is obviously a cost-cutting move for the Blazers, and will put them $1.9 million under the luxury tax. The Blazers acquired Gomes, along with the draft rights to Luke Babbitt, in a draft-day trade that sent Martell…

  6. Jazz extend qualifying offers to Fesenko, Matthews

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, the Utah Jazz will extend qualifying offers to both Kyrylo Fesenko and Wesley Matthews. Because they extended the offers, the Jazz now have the right to match any offers Fesenko and Matthews receive in free agency.  Matthews, an undrafted rookie, was an extremely pleasant surprise for the Jazz last season.…

  7. Cleveland will not do a sign-and-trade to send LeBron away. Duh.

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    If you have LeBron James, you do nothing to help him leave. Nothing. Under any circumstances. Even if it means more long-term pain. Do a sign-and-trade and the fan base will never forgive you. Cleveland’s front office knew that, but a report by Ric Bucher at ESPN confirmed it from his sources — the Cavaliers…

  8. The power struggle going on around LeBron

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    It’s about influence. And power. Influencing LeBron James decision on where to play next year, because it will add or subtract to the power of someone around him. Earlier today we talked about how it is better for William Wesley if LeBron James moves on from Cleveland. However, for Maverick Carter and LeBron’s high school…

  9. Heat take another step toward Superteam, waive James Jones

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    The dream is alive in Miami. Well, unless you’re James Jones. In their attempt to strip the team down to the studs and rebuild, the Miami Heat bought out the final two years of Jones’ deal, Ira Winderman reports. They had to pay him $1.86 million, but they are now out of his $4.65 million.…

  10. Most. Ridiculous. Spin. Ever: Knicks prefer Joe Johnson to LeBron James

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    Need a good laugh in the middle of the day? We’re here to help. Read on. The Knicks are targeting Joe Johnson as their No. 1 free agent choice and believe he’s a better fit for the team than LeBron James, according to an NBA source with knowledge of the team’s plans. “Yes, we think…

  11. Report: Nets trade Yi Jianlian to Wizards

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:48 pm: This has basically become official, with multiple sources confirming it now. The deal is Yi Jianlian  and $3 million cold hard cash to the Wizards for Quinton Ross. Yi and Blatche will compete for the starting job power forward job, with just-drafted rookie Trevor Booker trying to find some minutes in there.…

  12. Mark Cuban on Mavs' approach to free agency: "Less B.S. and more business."

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Of course, no team can talk to the representative of a player before July 1. Nobody would ever dream of such a horrendous act. It’s not like teams have had constant back-door communications going on with all the players for weeks on end. (How exactly did all the teams know that they had to come…

  13. Report: Dirk Nowitzki opts out. But he's not going anywhere.

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    Come midnight Thursday morning (or a much more reasonable 9 p.m. Wednesday on the West Coast) Dirk Nowitzki becomes a free agent. He is officially part of the class with LeBron, Wade and Bosh. But not really. He is opting out of the last year of his deal, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting. The letter…

  14. Report: Yao Ming not going to opt out of deal, stay with Rockets

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    There was no real doubt that Yao Ming was going to stay with the Houston Rockets, the only question was it with this current deal or a new one. The current one, apparently. Associated Press is reporting that Yao will pick up the $17.7 million player option for this coming season with the Rockets. That…

  15. Report: Brian Shaw to be head coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

    Jun 29, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    In an interesting move that could be brilliant or backfire horribly, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring Lakers assistant Brian Shaw as their head coach. The reports are conflicting. Shaw is the man and a deal is being finalized according to a report from Sam Amick at FanHouse. However, the well-connected Brian Windhorst says that no…

  16. Shannon Brown wants to get in on the free agent fun

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    It seems the Lakers could have a clean slate at point guard. With Derek Fisher an unrestricted free agent and Jordan Farmar a restricted one, L.A. was set to move forward into the off-season with Shannon Brown as the sole PG secured for next season. However, apparently Brown has decided that he will “probably” turn…

  17. It's official, Steve Kerr is back in the broadcast booth

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    This was going to happen as sure as BP is going to try to buy its way out of paying its full share of damages by making large campaign contributions. Steve Kerr is back with TNT. He will be in the booth next year, taking the place of Doug Collins, who has gone to Philadelphia…

  18. The terrifying possibility of a LeBron-Wade-Bosh triumvirate in Miami inches closer to becoming a reality

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    UPDATE 11:12 am: The Miami Herald and other sources are reporting that this summit did not happen in Miami. Turns out Wade spent last weekend in his hometown of Chicago. Although ESPN’s sources say they were all together in Miami. Whatever. See, there is this fancy new technology called the telephone where the three of…

  19. Randy Foye can be yours, the Wizards let him walk

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    The Washington Wizards have their point guard of the future, and it is not Randy Foye. That is one reason the team declined to make a qualifying offer to Foye, making him an unrestricted free agent. You can have him. The Wizards are letting Mike Miller go as well this summer. So, the two guys…

  20. Are LeBron's friends and advisors really looking out for LeBron?

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    The LeBron James situation has gotten so crazy that Bodog — the online gambling site that you tell your girlfriend you never visit — has taken down the odds down on where LeBron will land. It’s all too unpredictable for bookies right now. Unpredictable in part because what is going on close LeBron is unpredictable.…

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