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  1. Thinking about a backup big man? Stromile Swift says think of me.

    Jun 27, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    There is real value in low-cost, third-string veteran big men around the league who can help out a little during the long grind of an NBA season. DJ Mbenga has two rings, enough said. On July 1… well, really a couple weeks after that, teams will start to think about and call those guys. Stromile…

  2. David Kahn thinks the Wolves will be players in free agency. Good luck with that.

    Jun 27, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    You can say this for David Kahn. He’s not lacking for confidence.  The vexing General Manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves told the Star Tribune that they planned on being active in this summer’s free agency session. And we’re not talking just the lower level guys who you would expect to consider Minnesota. No, no. The…

  3. Rod Thorn thought he was being pursued by Boris and Natasha

    Jun 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    In Soviet basketball organization, generals manage you! The New York Daily News reports this morning that Rod Thorn chose to resign from the Nets as General Manager because of “Russian spies” within the organization. What that translates to is Mikhail Prokhorov, since taking control as majority owner, has installed his own people as you’d expect…

  4. Kevin Pritchard says goodbye to Portland

    Jun 27, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    “The man was just a GM.” I’m sure that’s what representatives of the Portland Trail Blazers’ ownership group are telling themselves this morning. He was just a GM. He didn’t mean as much as a player, or a coach. He was just a guy signing paperwork and making phone calls.  But Kevin Pritchard’s dismissal at…

  5. Is Shaq a possible replacement for Sheed?

    Jun 27, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    The Celtics are about to enter a very uncomfortable time in the life of a franchise. Their best produced roster, with four Hall of Famers (at least), a stunning young point guard, and a range of versatile bigs failed to win a championship. Ray Allen is a free agent. Paul Pierce will opt out. And…

  6. Blazers considering Ferry for GM position

    Jun 26, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

    The Portland Trail Blazers fired GM Kevin Pritchard Thursday night after three years in which he led the Blazers from utter disaster to one of the most promising core of players in the league. He was fired despite being known for “winning” nearly ever transaction he was involved in and being one step ahead of…

  7. Knicks are next in line with the King after Nets

    Jun 26, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    The New York Daily News reports that the Knicks will meet with LeBron James on July 1st, the same day the New Jersey/soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets are scheduled to meet with James. The Nets will meet with James first, sending Jay-Z and owner Mikhail Prokhorov. The Knicks will send GM Donnie Walsh and head coach Mike…

  8. If Nets are going to get Jerry Colangelo, they are going to have to pay

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    It was supposed to be: Mikhail Prokhorov = big spender. But Rod Thorn is stepping down as general manager in New Jersey and the rumblings around the league (according to Marc Stein and others) is that part of the reason was Thorn was asked to take a pay cut. Prokhorov was not spending big. Now…

  9. Mike Miller wants to play for a contender

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    The one thing with professional athletes: They’re always saying the right things.  Mike Miller is an unrestricted free agent this summer. And while he obviously won’t be holding court to the team’s most attractive teams to offer for his services, he’s the kind of complimentary piece, a veteran shooter that can defend, that some teams…

  10. Bobcats extend qualifying offer to Tyrus Thomas

    Jun 26, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tyrus Thomas is entering a pretty intense summer for him. His rookie contract is up after being traded to the Charlotte Bobcats, where he seemed to be more warmly received than he was with the Bulls, but still not a starter. The Bobcats could have failed to tender a qualifying offer, releasing him back into…

  11. The Cavs are setting themselves up to be shown up by LA again

    Jun 26, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Earlier we told you that the Cavs have turned their coaching attentions towards Brian Shaw. It behooves us to talk a little bit about what this means for Cleveland. It means Cleveland is trying valiantly to be a premier franchise in the league. They’re willing to go out and aggressively pursue guys with championship rings.…

  12. Which teams are most impacted by LeBron James not touring for free agency?

    Jun 26, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    We told you earlier that LeBron would not be going on a worldwide tour of his free agent destinations as had been previously reported. But the question now is, which teams are most impacted by that decision? Let’s take a look at the candidates and rank the impact this has on their chances on a…

  13. Report: Jiggaman Jay-Z, Prokhorov get first crack at LeBron James

    Jun 26, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Sure, the Finals were fun, in a sort of “two-teams-shooting-35%-from-the-floor” sort of way. But now the real entertainment begins. Watching professional franchises, several steeped in rich history and other heralded by some of the most powerful men in the world, crawl and beg before a 25-year-old small forward from Akron, Ohio.  First up? H.O.V.A.  Yahoo!…

  14. Report: Clipper coaching search down to Dwayne Casey, Vinny Del Negro

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

    Two former NBA head coaches — both fired with pretty good records but management thought they could find someone better — are the last two standing in the Clippers search for a head coach. Vinny Del Negro and Dwayne Casey are the two finalists for the Los Angeles job, reports Kevin Arnovitz at ESPNLosAngeles.com. Ironically,…

  15. Report: Rod Thorn stepping down as president of New Jersey Nets

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    In a surprise move, Rod Thorn is stepping down as president and general manager of the New Jersey Nets, ESPN reports. Thorn had met and gotten the approval from new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, and he is not being forced out or asked to leave, according to the report. This is just what Thorn wants. Thorn…

  16. LeBron James not going on recruiting tour

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    Remember talks of LeBron James going on a nationwide tour to be wined and dined by the teams and cities that wanted him? Yea, not so much. All meetings with teams will be at a neutral site, James’ right hand man Maverick Carter told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “LeBron is not going on a tour,” Carter…

  17. Andray Blatche to miss 8-10 weeks

    Jun 25, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

    According to the twitter account of Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, Wizards forward Andray Blatche will miss the next 8-10 weeks with a broken foot.  For the first several years of his career, the 23-year old Blatche struggled to turn his plethora of gifts into actual production. It wasn’t until after the Wizards traded Antawn Jamison…

  18. Celtics top pick to undergo ankle surgery

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Less than 24 hours after getting raves for picking Avery Bradley to backup Rajon Rondo, the Boston Celtics announced their new point guard is going to undergo ankle surgery. According to Danny Ainge (as reported by Associated Press) this is a scoping of the ankle. A relatively minor procedure, but he will miss Summer League.…

  19. Nets plan to be patient with Derrick Favors

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors is going to be good, maybe very good. Someday. Right now he is a raw rookie who is about to have to refine his game in the rough world of the NBA. It’s not an easy transition for the best of them. Avery Johnson knows this, and told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts…

  20. Your top draft picks saying all the right things

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

      Clearly all the top draft picks have gone to the Crash Davis school of knowing your cliches — I just want to fit in, do what I can to help the team, take it one game at a time. In today’s world, agents have these guys pretty polished for the basics on draft night.…

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