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  1. Will Shaq finally lower his asking price?

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

    The last contract Shaquille O’Neal signed was a five-year extension worth an even $100 million. He is one of the most dominant players to ever step onto an NBA court, he’s a four-time NBA champion, and he’s a lock for the Hall of Fame when he retires. Of course, none of that mattered when the…

  2. Just in case you were curious, Stephon Marbury is still completely batty

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:07 PM EST

    Whether in the All-Star game, on the bench, in a box, or in China, nothing seems to change with Stephon Marbury. He is who he’s always been, and that’s why no one should be all that surprised that when given the opportunity to be a part of the championship-favorite Miami Heat for the coming season,…

  3. The Pooh Jeter watch is over, he lands with the Sacramento Kings

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:14 PM EST

    People just like Pooh Jeter. He’s an undersized underdog who is a solid floor general and a good point guard. After graduating college he has spent the last four seasons either in the D-League or Europe. He blogged for DraftExpress. He was a Summer League staple. And he just kept working hard. Today the Sacramento…

  4. Kings reach deal with Antoine Wright

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    UPDATE: 5:01 pm: Antoine Wright is a King. You can all rest and enjoy your weekend now, and everyone in Sacramento may leave work early and head to happy hour. Wright has proclaimed you can. 11:57 am: The idea of getting a defensive specialist out of Toronto — the worst defensive team in the NBA…

  5. David Kahn fined $50k for comments on Michael Beasley

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    David Kahn is not a big fan of the marijuana. Nor is he a fan of his new acquisition, Michael Beasley, being a fan of the marijuana. It’s okay though: SuperCoolBeas swears his days of using the marijuana are behind him, so he and Kahn are free to ride off into that point guard-obsessed and…

  6. Rajon Rondo is feeling good, looking good

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

    With a deep backcourt that includes Chauncey Billups and Russell Westbrook, there were questions about Rajon Rondo on Team USA. Basically, how would his game translate to the international stage? Could his lack of a steady outside shot cost him? And was he really committed to the team after seeming to waffle on his commitment?…

  7. Lakers still expect to sign Shannon Brown, Luke Walton may be out for the season

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

    Theo Ratliff was introduced to the media today as the newest Laker. He’s excited. Can’t wait to play for Phil Jackson. All the usual stuff. But General Manager Mitch Kupchak gave some far more interesting insight into the Lakers plans with his comments (as reported by the rockin’ official Lakers blogger Mike Trudell): “We’re still…

  8. Rudy Gay is just like you – he was surprised by the Grizzlies contract offer

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:36 PM EST

    When the Memphis Grizzlies raced out of the gate to offer Rudy Gay a max deal (five years, $84 million) on the first day of free agency, it was as shocking as seeing a good new episode of Entourage. Nobody saw it coming. That includes Rudy Gay, as he told Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.…

  9. Kevin Durant on announcing his deal on twitter: What did you expect?

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    It wasn’t what Kevin Durant did this summer that was a surprise. Everybody knew Oklahoma City was going to offer him a max extension, and everybody knew he was going to sign it. What made it news was how it was handled was such a contrast to the other big free agent moves this summer.…

  10. Somebody drank Jobu's rum, because there is an injury curse on the Warriors

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Last year the Warriors were not hit with an injury bug, it was more like an injury plague of locust. In the nearly quarter century since the NBA started tracking this stuff, only one NBA team has ever lost more man games to injury. Golden State lost 501 man games last season. Then David Lee…

  11. Don't cry over LeBron, Cleveland, Christian Eyenga is here to dry your tears

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:25 PM EST

    I don’t know if you heard, but LeBron James recently left the Cleveland Cavaliers, instantly demoting the franchise from perennial contender to — at best — middle-of-the-pack sideshow. But never fear, Clevelanders — the Cavs have signed the 30th pick in the 2009 draft, Christian Eyenga, to a two-year deal (with team options in the…

  12. Rod Benson still can't catch a break, heads to Korea

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:44 PM EST

    The cult of personality surrounding Rod Benson is rather incredible, but one unfortunate side effect appears to be the complete overshadowing of his game. Benson is in no way bound for NBA stardom, but as a 6-foot-10 rebounding machine, you’d think he would have received a legitimate NBA opportunity, but since going undrafted in 2006,…

  13. Dwyane Wade on Jimmy Kimmel: LeBron owes Wade a few dinners

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:23 PM EST

    My favorite part of this two-part interview: Wade saying he gets texts from players saying they want to come to Miami, but they forget to leave their name. Fun interview, in large part because Kimmel just crushes it.

  14. David Stern's latest labor problem: his contractor

    Jul 23, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    Billy Hunter? He’s a pussy cat. Try dealing with a contractor. David Stern — a feared negotiator — is warming up for the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement battle by warming up with a conflict with his contractor, as reported by the New York Post (who else? via Ben Maller). When a next-door neighbor put his…

  15. Lakers sign Theo Ratliff, tell him to go easy on Bynum's knees in practice

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:31 AM EST

    The Lakers signed another big man, someone who can come off the bench and protect the rim. Theo Ratliff will not bring the high-quality iPod playlist that Josh Powell had in the Lakers locker room, but on the court the defensive-minded Ratliff should be a solid addition playing the same role. Ratliff reached a one-year,…

  16. Chris Paul to sit down with Hornets while his agent fields trade requests

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:09 AM EST

    If you’re a team interested in trading for Chris Paul, don’t send your request to the New Orleans Hornets, they’re not interested. Paul has two years left on his deal and the Hornets want to keep him. Send it instead to Leon Rose, Paul’s agent with Creative Artists Agency. He’s the one listening to offers…

  17. Chris Paul is simply the latest consumer of the NBA arms race that started in Boston

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    In 2007, the Spurs won their fourth title inside of a decade. They defeated a LeBron James-led Cavs team that featured Sasha Pavlovic as the fifth-leading scorer on the team. The arguable second-best team was the Phoenix Suns who would immediately begin a spiral based off of the hyper-reactive initial moves of Steve Kerr. The…

  18. Kurt Thomas goes to Bulls on two-year deal

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

    Kurt Thomas will be the veteran big man off the bench in Chicago this season — and just as importantly play the role of mentor. In a nice little pickup, the Bulls and Thomas have agreed to a two-year deal (second being a team option). Thomas slides into the Brad Miller role — 15 minutes…

  19. Celtics bring back Marquis Daniels

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

    Last year was not a good one for Marquis Daniels in Boston — so he’s taking a mulligan. The Celtics and Daniels have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.5 million deal. He will be the backup two, and the Celtics are hoping for him to have a better year so he can spell Ray…

  20. Lakers sign Matt Barnes. While you were watching Miami, the champs got better.

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:33 AM EST

    The Lakers are two time defending NBA champions. And when they tip off next season, they will have improved. Chew on that for a second, Miami. The Lakers got better at the wing by signing Matt Barnes on Thursday night. The Lakers could offer only $1.7 million this year, next year it would be $1.9…

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