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  1. Rick Barry says Ray Allen traveled on critical Game 6 three

    Jul 19, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    It was the most iconic moment of this year’s dramatic NBA Finals — San Antonio was seconds away from winning the NBA title and Miami was trying to force overtime in Game 6 with the Heat down three. LeBron James missed a three but Chris Bosh got the rebound and passed to Ray Allen, who…

  2. Why hasn’t Nikola Pekovic signed with the Timberwolves yet?

    Jul 19, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic is a restricted free agent with the Timberwolves, but despite the team tendering a fair offer in the neighborhood of four years and $50 million, he remains unsigned. Considering that Minnesota will match any offer for Pek in that vicinity, it would seem to make sense that the two parties wrap things up…

  3. Sacramento Kings sign Ray McCallum to three-year contract

    Jul 19, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

    Kings Mavericks Basketball

    Ray McCallum has impressed at Summer League. The No. 36 pick of the Kings is averaging 12.8 points a game, he can get to the rim and finish there (a rarity in Summer League), has looked like a floor general and had one big 23-point game. He’s had some rougher outings and is shooting just…

  4. Amnestied Linas Kleiza likely headed to Europe

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

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    The Toronto Raptors used their amnesty clause to wipe Linas Kleiza and the $4.6 million he is owed off their official books and keep the team below the tax line (he still gets paid, the Raptors just don’t pay any tax on his salary). Kleiza cleared waivers on Thursday, making him an unrestricted free agent.…

  5. Owner Jim Buss says Kobe Bryant could play in preseason

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    If you want to get the most out of Kobe Bryant, put a big obstacle in front of him. Like trying to come back from a ruptured Achilles at age 34. Kobe has been working out diligently on his recovery, in fact holding himself back and letting it heal has been the hard part, he…

  6. Warriors’ Bazemore with big Summer League dunk (VIDEO)

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Wizards Warriors Basketball

    When you start talking about Summer League MVP candidates, Golden State sophomore Kent Bazemore‘s name needs to come up (along the Portland’s C.J. McCollum, Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, and Chicago’s Andrew Goudelock). Bazemore is averaging 18 points a game for the undefeated Warriors, and he put up 25 on Thursday against Dallas. The Old Dominion guard…

  7. NBA to pay a portion of Kevin Durant’s max contract

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    BASKET-TPE-US-NBA

    NBA teams were operating under uncertainty entering the 2010-11 season. The Collective Bargaining Agreement was scheduled to expire the next summer, and there was no telling what terms the new deal would include. Teams might have to drastically shed salary to get under a hard cap. Trade exceptions could expire during a lockout. Existing contracts…

  8. Thursday Summer League Notes: Dion Waiters puts up some numbers

    Jul 19, 2013, 2:45 AM EDT

    Dion Waiters

    The Summer League tournament continued on Thursday, with some teams playing their last game in Vegas. Here are a few notes from the action. • Dion Waiters finally broke out of an ugly slump with a good half of basketball. Waiters had been shooting 29.5 percent through three Summer League games, plus he was turning…

  9. NBA not making changes to toothless flopping fines; replay use expanded

    Jul 18, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

    2013 NBA Draft

    This was David Stern back in June at the start of the NBA Finals, when asked about the league’s flopping policy of reviews, warnings, then $5,000 and escalating fines: “It isn’t enough. It isn’t enough. You’re not going to cause somebody to stop it for $5,000 when the average player’s salary is $5.5 million. And…

  10. NBA approves Charlotte’s name change back to Hornets… starting next summer

    Jul 18, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

    Charlotte-Hornets1

    UPDATE 8:38 pm: NBA Commissioner David Stern made it official — the NBA owners have approved the name change of the Charlotte Bobcats back to the Hornets. The change will take place after the 2013-14 season, so you’ve got one more year of Bobcats but the change the people of Charlotte wanted is coming home again.…

  11. Dirk Nowitzki sings “Satisfaction” with German DJ Flula, Mavs cheerleaders

    Jul 18, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

    Well, that’s not something you see/hear every day. I’ll say that I’m not really familiar with DJ Flula and his work. I am pretty familiar with the work of Dirk Nowitzki.  Just felt you needed to see it because this video has everything… if everything is cheerleaders and Rolling Stones covers. Aside that, it’s odd…

  12. Paul Pierce sold Kevin Garnett on move from Celtics to the Nets

    Jul 18, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Net's NBA players attend a news conference introducing them to the media in Brooklyn

    Paul Pierce didn’t have a choice as to whether or not he would be traded to the Nets, but Kevin Garnett did thanks to being one of the few players in the league that had a rare no-trade clause built into his contract. And apparently, it took a whole lot of convincing to get Garnett…

  13. Mike Miller clears waivers; Spurs, Thunder, Grizzlies and Rockets reportedly interested

    Jul 18, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat player Miller laughs as he talks with Wade during a team practice ahead of Game 7 of the NBA Finals basketball playoff against the San Antonio Spurs in Miami

    In the end, neither the Cavaliers nor any other NBA team submitted a waiver claim for Mike Miller, who was amnestied by the Heat two days ago. Marc Stein of ESPN: Mike Miller, I'm told, has cleared waivers and is a free agent — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 18, 2013 I fail to understand why…

  14. Report: Pelicans consider offering Greg Oden a two-year contract

    Jul 18, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    The free agent tour that Greg Oden is on right now is rivaling the one that Dwight Howard embarked upon once the free agency period began on July 1. The difference, of course, is that while teams were begging Howard to allow them to give him close to $90 million over four years, Oden is…

  15. Larry Bird on Paul George’s potential offers: ‘We’re going to match’

    Jul 18, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Paul George, LeBron James

    Paul George will be a free agent, but a restricted free agent, next summer. So, even if he wanted to leave Indiana for, I dunno, maybe the Lakers, the Pacers would have the right to match any offer. George is well on his way to becoming a max-contract player, and if the Pacers believe he’s…

  16. Baron Davis targeting a return to the NBA next season

    Jul 18, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

    baron davis

    When we last heard from Baron Davis, he was attempting a career in comedy by telling a story of personal alien abduction that actually was taken seriously by more than one media outlet. If you have to explain a joke, it isn’t funny, so maybe it’s best that Davis is attempting to get in shape…

  17. Mark Cuban says Mavericks are ‘in a better spot’ now than if they signed Dwight Howard

    Jul 18, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    The Mavericks were one of five teams Dwight Howard met with during his free agent tour, but for whatever reason, they were eliminated from contention fairly early in the process. Now that Howard is with Houston, and Dallas has been forced to fill in its roster with many smaller pieces that may or may not…

  18. Paul Pierce at his introductory press conference with the Nets: ‘It’s really starting to sink in as we speak’

    Jul 18, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    The Brooklyn Nets held their introductory press conference for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on Thursday, and with Pierce especially, it seemed like the reality of his new surroundings was beginning to hit him all at once. Pierce has played all 15 of his NBA seasons in Boston until now, and will unquestionably go into…

  19. Nuggets’ Jordan Hamilton loses his shorts during Summer League game (VIDEO)

    Jul 18, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    via YouTube screen capture

    Jordan Hamilton was on fire for the Nuggets on Wednesday, and on this particular sequence, played himself right out of his shorts. Kurt Helin mentioned Hamilton’s performance in his notes from Wednesday’s action: He owned the opening quarter and dropped 27 on the Pelicans Wednesday. He can finish inside, he knocked down 4-of-7 from three…

  20. Jason Maxiell to sign two-year, $5 million contract with Magic

    Jul 18, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Glen Davis, Jason Maxiell, Kyle Singler, Brandon Knight

    When several veterans boycotted a Pistons shootaround a couple years ago, no more-tenured player showed up than Jason Maxiell. Maxiell has spent eight seasons with the Pistons, quietly going about his business. His weight was an issue at times after signing a four-year, $20 million extension, but he got back into shape a couple seasons…

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