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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Jerry Colangelo talks Team USA

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    Jerry Colangelo is THE MAN with USA basketball, so you should listen to him.

  5. Las Vegas mayor says public financing is the only way for city to get arena, NBA team

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    Here’s the deal Las Vegas: If you want an NBA team, you’re going to have to pay for it. That’s what Mayor Oscar Goldman essentially said this week. The only way an arena is getting built is with public financing, the Las Vegas Sun reports him saying. And he is saying a new arena is…

  6. Stephen Jackson's home robbed, wife held at gunpoint

    Jul 22, 2010, 8:49 PM EST

    Don’t mention the word “punk.” Don’t throw around the word “thug” like it somehow excuses this. The NBA world (and the comment section of this blog) is perpetually hammered with unfair accusations about the histories of its players. There’s simply no excuse for making light of, or justifying the terror that Stephen Jackson’s family went…

  7. Make no mistake Team USA is Kevin Durant's team

    Jul 22, 2010, 7:53 PM EST

    After Thursday’s practice, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski talked about how the players on this team have to get used to the more hockey-like shifts they take — three or four minutes of run at a time, keeping guys fresh. Except Kevin Durant, he’s getting 10-minute shifts, as John Schuhmann noted on the Hang Time…

  8. Carlos Arroyo re-signs with Heat

    Jul 22, 2010, 6:37 PM EST

    According to the Associate Press, free agent point guard Carlos Arroyo has decided to re-sign with the Miami Heat.  This isn’t a huge signing for the Heat, although it does give them some much-needed depth in their backcourt. The 30-year old Arroyo has always been talented, but never quite lived up to the promise he…

  9. Kahn calls Chris Webber a "schmuck." Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

    Jul 22, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

    David Kahn is the king of unintentional comedy. Remember back during Summer League, when Kahn sat down for an in-game interview with NBA TV and Chris Webber? And Kahn defended his signing of Darko Milicic by comparing him with Webber and asking Webber how long it took him to find his game in the NBA?…

  10. Beasley assures new GM Kahn he isn't smoking weed anymore

    Jul 22, 2010, 4:41 PM EST

    Only two years after Michael Beasley was drafted with the 2nd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat had trouble giving him away. Eventually, the Heat managed to unload Beasley on the Minnesota Timberwolves, but they only got two second-round picks in exchange for the former Kansas State star.  Why has Beasley…

  11. Wojnarowski: Barnes to sign with Lakers unless Cleveland ups offer

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:58 PM EST

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Matt Barnes will sign a one-year deal with the Lakers unless Cleveland raises its multi-year offer to Barnes, which starts at $3.5 million a year.  If Barnes does choose to take less money and sign with the Lakers, it would be a great discount pickup for the defending…

  12. Report: Allan Houston may be named new Knicks GM. A win for irony.

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:52 PM EST

    Allan Houston, the former shooting guard famed for having one of the worst contracts in the history of the New York Knicks, may soon be the guy handing out the contracts for his former team. According to Ric Bucher of ESPN, Houston is a front-runner to fill the vacant general manager position for the Knicks.…

  13. LeBron, Wade and Bosh could be worth $1 billion to South Florida

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:21 PM EST

    Go ahead and mock LeBron for taking the easy way out in Miami. Make the SuperFriends your most hated team. They don’t care, and the Miami Heat don’t care. Because money talks. The Lakers had (still hold?) the trophy for most hated team in the league, and they generate more money than any team in…

  14. Coach K talks Team USA

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:27 PM EST

    Mike Krzyzewski talks about getting around not having enough centers on the roster and dealing with a young team. Although, still older than the kids he normally deals with.

  15. Who really is on Chris Paul's trade demand list?

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Chris Paul wants to get traded, we get it. What we don’t get is where, exactly. The first report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com said the Knicks, Magic and Lakers were on the list. But that’s not what ESPN’s Chris Broussard heard, and he is probably as well connected with LeBron’s people and the marketing…

  16. Thunder owners extend GM Sam Presti, then let basketball people make basketball decisions. Crazy.

    Jul 22, 2010, 1:38 PM EST

    Look at the lineup of teams where ownership lets the basketball people make basketball decisions: Spurs, Celtics, Lakers, Magic, Thunder. Notice the similarities there? Oklahoma City today announced it has extended its deal with general manager Sam Presti, the team announced today. That is the best move they made this off-season (and they’ve made a…

  17. New Orleans, you don't have to trade Chris Paul

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:49 PM EST

    Larry Coon, the salary cap guru employed by ESPN (you are going to read a lot of him next summer when the lockout comes), made a great point this morning: Three years ago, Kobe Bryant went ballistic. He was frustrated by the Lakers roster, the inability to win, so Kobe demanded a trade. He ripped…

  18. Tracy McGrady tries to impress Chicago Bulls next

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:05 PM EST

    UPDATE 12:05 pm: McGrady made this tweet today: Clippers, Lakers, Bulls, Heat Which are the four teams he mentioned last night. But read on, as we explain the Clippers seem to have no interest, and the Heat are saying privately they are not going there. You can do the math from there.8:44 am: He is…

  19. Luke Ridnour officially part of Timberwolves, may be team's best point guard playing in America

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:51 AM EST

    Luke Ridnour could start for the Minnesota Timberwolves at point guard next season. He’s certainly going to push Jonny Flynn. On that level, the Ridnour signing by Minnesota — made official on Wednesday, for four-years, $16 million –is a good one. I like Ridnour, like his game. I just keep trying to figure out the…

  20. Spurs pick up Summer League sharpshooter Gary Neal

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:22 AM EST

    The Spurs have mastered the art of the quiet off-season move, so file this one away with the others: San Antonio has agree to a three-year deal with Summer Leaguer Gary Neal, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express (via Ridiculous Upside). There really isn’t an opportunity for Neal to waltz into consistent minutes, but…

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