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  1. Linas Kleiza still 50-50 on a return to the NBA

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:28 PM EST

    Going to Europe is a surefire way to drop off the NBA fan radar for a bit, but don’t think for a second that teams have forgotten about Linas Kleiza. We haven’t seen Kleiza play stateside since the 2009 playoffs, but there’s a possibility he’ll make his return to the NBA next season through restricted…

  2. Losing LeBron would cost Cavaliers $250 million immediately

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    Do the Cavaliers seem desperate to keep LeBron James in Cleveland? They should. They have good reason. About 250 million reasons. Losing LeBron would drop the Cavaliers franchise value by $250 million, according to a story in Bloomberg News. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cavaliers in a year or two are below the league…

  3. Anthony Morrow: Dead-eye shooter, post-apocalyptic Warrior, coveted free agent

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    The Warriors have long been something of a basketball wasteland; even if it’s entertaining to watch Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and the like run amok in Don Nelson’s post-apocalyptic world, all of their wins are empty, and their losses sobering reminders of where they are and where they’ll never go. So naturally, as basketball fans,…

  4. Nuggets trying to trade for Andris Biedrins. As if that will make them tougher.

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:27 AM EST

    If Denver wants to win a title, they have to get past the Los Angeles Lakers first. And that is a tall order. Literally. The long front line of the Lakers — Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom — has been a problem for Denver. So they are going to solve that with… Andris Biedrins?…

  5. Nets up first, pitch LeBron with clothing line and lessons in being a billionaire

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:46 AM EST

    On the court, the Nets have a nice young team. That’s not going to be enough. So as the Nets walk through the doors to be the first team to pitch LeBron James — starting at 11 am Eastern — here is what they are selling, according to the New York Post. Russian billionaire owner…

  6. Report: Milwaukee Bucks, Drew Gooden agree to five-year, $32 million deal

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:03 AM EST

    Everyone who had Drew Gooden in the office pool as the first free agent to sign a deal, come on up and collect your money. Anyone? Hello? The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed on a five-year, $32 million deal with Drew Gooden, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. That is the full mid-level exception deal. No…

  7. One deal likely to get done fast: Kevin Durant extension in Oklahoma City

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:39 AM EST

    While we’ve all been watching the Gulfstream jets land in Akron, the Oklahoma City Thunder have gone about trying to secure their future as a powerhouse. At 11:01 central time last night a team of Oklahoma City Thunder officials knocked on the door of Kevin Durant. They were there to offer a max extension too…

  8. Indiana Pacers make run at Jordan Farmar

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:11 AM EST

    The Indiana Pacers need a point guard. Jordan Farmar is a point guard who wants to show he can run a traditional offense and not be tied down by the confines of the triangle. The Pacers have reached out to Farmar, but have only offered a one-year deal, according to Mark Spears from Yahoo Sports.…

  9. Report: Joe Johnson about to accept Hawks max deal offer

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:53 AM EST

    And in the first big free agent signing of the summer… nothing happened. Joe Johnson will remain a Hawk and accept their max-deal offer (six years, $124.5 million), according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports. Not a shock there. Johnson’s people had been saying for weeks that ultimately he wanted to stay in Atlanta —…

  10. Teams shower their love on Chris Bosh — and don't be afraid to picture him as a Rocket

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:37 AM EST

    Chris Bosh may be the key to the whole free agent summer — wherever he lands, he is going to be paired with another star. And that team is going to be instantly a contender. A lot of guys are going to change jerseys this summer, but he is the one who will bring winning…

  11. Byron Scott is your new Cleveland Cavaliers coach

    Jul 1, 2010, 3:00 AM EST

    And suddenly, Byron Scott is the new coach of LeBron James. Or a team headed to the lottery. Check back in a few days for the answer. Either way, Byron Scott is the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, as Scott’s agent confirmed to FanHouse. Yesterday, all signs pointed to Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw…

  12. ProBasketballTalk's free agent roundup: Let the party begin

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:45 AM EST

    Free agency is underway — although it has unofficially been underway for weeks through back channels. Everyone has been talking to everyone. So, consider midnight the end of the NBA’s “we’re looking the other way at all the tampering” season. And the start of the real free agent craziness. Below is a roundup of where…

  13. Windhorst: Cavs extremely active in trade talks

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:24 AM EST

    UPDATE 1:16 AM: ESPN.com’s Marc Stein: “Yes: Brendan Haywood is potential S-and-T piece for Mavs. But Mavs sources insist there is ‘no chance’ he moves in sign-and-trade for Shaq.” Just after 12 AM Eastern on Thursday morning, Brian Windhorst’s twitter feed absolutely blew up with Cavalier-related rumors. The Cavaliers are obviously waiting on LeBron James’…

  14. Report: Byron Scott in, Brian Shaw out as head coach of Cavaliers

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:55 PM EST

    Cleveland sure looks like one well-oiled machine as they get ready to make their pitch to LeBron James for free agency. After a couple days of hearing how it was just a matter of negotiating a deal with Lakers assistant Brian Shaw, it appears the tables have turned. Shaw was known to be reaching out…

  15. Report: Richard Jefferson opts out of deal; Spurs fans believe it is a miracle

    Jun 30, 2010, 7:55 PM EST

    If you are Dirk Nowitzki, it makes a lot of sense to opt out of the last year of your deal. You’ll lose a little money in the short term to make it back in the long haul over the next few years. Richard Jefferson used that logic in opting out of his deal with…

  16. Gay, Watson, Morrow latest to gets qualifying offers

    Jun 30, 2010, 6:52 PM EST

    Qualifying offers keep rolling in as the deadline approaches. Not surprises, but offers as teams make sure they have a chance to hang on to the players they like. The offers make players restricted free agents, meaning the team can match any offers that come in. For Memphis, that means extending a qualifying offer Rudy…

  17. Cavaliers extend qualifying offer to Jawad Williams

    Jun 30, 2010, 6:11 PM EST

    According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Cavaliers have given a qualifying offer to free agent forward Jawad Williams, making him a restricted free agent.  Williams started the season as a benchwarmer for the Cavaliers, but eventually worked his way into the rotation, and even started six games for the Cavaliers.…

  18. Roger Mason Jr. has some interesting thoughts on free agency, Roger Mason Jr.

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:46 PM EST

    “How quickly people forget that I was considered the steal of free agency last year. A talented team, and injuries, got in the way this year.” Free agent guard Roger Mason Jr., via his twitter account As “Reasons to sign Roger Mason Jr.” go, these are some odd ones. Yes, Roger Mason Jr. was considered…

  19. Winderman: The negative campaigning to get LeBron may backfire

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:27 PM EST

    This was supposed to be a relatively simple process when it came to recruiting LeBron James: Sell your wares and build fears about how the Cavaliers simply have not done enough for James for him to remain in Cleveland. That was the notion back at the start of the season, when the Cavaliers were the…

  20. Rockets extend qualifying offers to Lowry, Scola

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:12 PM EST

    According to the Associated Press, the Houston Rockets have extended qualifying offers to starting power forward Luis Scola and backup point guard Kyle Lowry.  Scola isn’t the most athletic power forward in the league, but he’s become an effective starter thanks to some crafty moves around the basket, a surprisingly solid mid-range jumper, and a…

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