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  1. Injury, risk reasons Nerlens Noel fell down draft board

    Jun 29, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    2013 NBA Draft

    When Nerlens Noel first went down with an ACL injury, the reaction of most scouts and league executives was he wouldn’t fall or if he did he wouldn’t fall that far in the draft. He was still a top three pick. But things started to feel different the last couple weeks. I can’t remember a…

  2. Andrei Kirilenko opts out, will be unrestricted free agent

    Jun 29, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Andrei Kirilenko, Derrick Williams

    The Minnesota Timberwolves expected this, and if they want Andrei Kirilenko back next season now they are going to have to pay more for it. Looking for some longer-term security, 32-year-old Kirilenko has opted out of the last year of his deal (worth $10.2 million) and will become an unrestricted free agent, reports Jerry Zgoda…

  3. Jeff Van Gundy still regrets quitting as Knicks head coach, says Doc Rivers didn’t quit on Celtics

    Jun 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jeff Van Gundy

    Jeff Van Gundy does a stellar job for ESPN and ABC as an NBA analyst, but he was once one of the better head coaches in the league over the course of several seasons. Van Gundy coached the New York Knicks for parts of seven straight seasons, before voluntarily leaving that job to take a…

  4. Kevin Durant finally gets drafted first overall in Nike’s new #SummerIsSerious spot (VIDEO)

    Jun 29, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    In the first spot released by Nike Basketball in support of Kevin Durant and his latest signature shoe, the KD VI, it’s time to draft summer league teams. And the Shirts aren’t about to screw things up the way the Blazers did back in 2007. Clever and humorous, just as we’ve come to expect. Plus,…

  5. Alex Len says he can show immediate improvement in the NBA with the Suns, because ‘in college, the spacing sucks’

    Jun 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    PHOENIX — The Suns selected Alex Len with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft, and the 7’1″ center from Maryland expects to be able to show immediate improvement in the NBA based on one simple fact that applies to basketball played at the college level. “In college, the spacing sucks,” Len said at his…

  6. Suns GM says team is ‘not looking to move’ Marcin Gortat

    Jun 28, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, Jared Sullinger

    PHOENIX — In the days leading up to the draft, there were rumors that the Suns might be looking to trade Marcin Gortat should one of the big man prospects fall into their lap with the number five pick. The Suns got their man by drafting the 7’1″ Alex Len, but it appears that at…

  7. Lakers continue public courtship of Dwight Howard by (possibly) draping his jersey over the Beverly Hills Hotel

    Jun 28, 2013, 9:14 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard jersey Beverly Hills Hotel

    9:52 p.m. ET: It appears we have a question as to whether this is actually real or simply an altered photo, and since I’m no longer in L.A. and can’t simply drive over, we’ll have to trust my man Larry Brown, who called the hotel multiple times and was unable to get confirmation. I’ve pinged…

  8. Ray Allen opts in, will stay with Miami Heat next season

    Jun 28, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    Ray Allen hit the biggest shot of the Miami Heat’s season, you thought he was leaving? Allen probably could have made more money shopping himself around, but Allen has let the Heat know he is opting in and will stay with the team next season. Allen will make $3.2 million. If he opted out he…

  9. Report: NBA considering pushing back NBA Draft a week

    Jun 28, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT

    2013 NBA Draft

    Game 7 of the NBA Finals ended late in the night June 20 when the Miami Heat got to spill a lot of champagne. Seven days later, June 27, was the NBA Draft. That’s a tight turnaround. Part of the fun of the draft is the rumors, speculation, the break downs, the guess work as…

  10. Victor Oladipo showed up to the draft wearing Google Glass

    Jun 28, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    Victor Oladipo is cooler than you. Or a bigger geek than you. Or both. Oladipo, who was selected No. 2 overall by the Orlando Magic, showed up to the NBA Draft wearing Google Glass. That’s Google’s head-mounted computer that lets you look up things such as “who is the general manager of the Orlando Magic?”…

  11. Coach Rasheed Wallace? Detroit talking to him about assistant coach spot.

    Jun 28, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace Pistons

    Brian Shaw yelled “ball don’t lie” at an official this year and he still got the job as the head coach of the Denver Nuggets. So why not hire Rasheed Wallace as a coach? The idea is at least being discussed in Detroit, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Rasheed Wallace…

  12. Doc Rivers talks exit from Celtics, Rondo, new look Nets (VIDEO)

    Jun 28, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Doc Rivers

    It became one of the talking points of the NBA Draft broadcast — ESPN’s Bill Simmons (a Celtics fan) said Doc Rivers quit on Boston, so when Rivers was asked about that on the broadcast his response was, “I would like to call him an idiot but I’m too classy for that.” Rivers was on…

  13. Report: Brooklyn targets Jason Collins for roster spot

    Jun 28, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

    FILE:  NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

    After their blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets are going to have to round out their roster with minimum-contract guys who can contribute a little on the court and fit in the locker room. How about Jason Collins? The first player in a major American team sport to come out as gay…

  14. Andre Iguodala makes it official, opts out of Denver contract

    Jun 28, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Andre Iguodala reacts against the Golden State Warriors during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    This doesn’t mean Andre Iguodala is a lock to leave Denver, it just means the man wants the security of a multi-year deal. Whether he gets that with Denver is the question. Iguodala has officially opted out of the last year of his contract in Denver as was expected, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN. Iguodala…

  15. Jerryd Bayless picks up player option to stay with Grizzlies

    Jun 28, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Jerryd Bayless was a capable back-up at the guard spot for a Grizzlies team that reached the Western Conference Finals last season. He had a player option of $3.1 million to return next year, but it was widely believed that he would choose to pursue unrestricted free agency instead. Bayless, however, has decided to come…

  16. Report: Celtics to receive MarShon Brooks in deal with Nets, Reggie Evans stays in Brooklyn

    Jun 28, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    One of the criticisms of the Celtics in their deal that will send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets was that aside from the future first round picks, there wasn’t a lot of young talent immediately coming back in return. Boston was set to receive Gerald Wallace (with three years and over $30…

  17. Nowitzki says he has reached out to Dwight Howard already

    Jun 28, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

    dirk nowitzki dwight howard

    The Dallas Mavericks remain on Dwight Howard’s short list, if reports are to be believed. Mark Cuban has built an organization guys want to play for, and while he would share the spotlight with Dirk Nowitzki for a year or two Howard would be the alpha dog in Dallas. This would be his team; it…

  18. Are the Brooklyn Nets contenders now? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

    Jun 28, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Former NBA basketball player Kidd poses for photographers with Brooklyn Nets player Williams at a news conference in Brooklyn

    Thanks to a blockbuster trade with Boston, next season the Brooklyn Nets will start Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. They will bring Jason Terry off the bench. They will start five former All-Stars and bring a former Sixth Man of the Year off the bench. So can we say…

  19. Report: Dwight Howard will announce his decision on July 10

    Jun 28, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    At midnight Eastern as Sunday night flips into Monday, Dwight Howard’s phone is going to ring off the hook. Well, if phones were still on hooks it would. Mitch Kupchak and the Los Angeles Lakers will call. Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets will call. Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks will call. There will…

  20. David Stern announces his final draft pick as commissioner (VIDEO)

    Jun 28, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

    Former NBA star Olajuwon greets outgoing NBA Commissioner Stern at the end of the first round of selections at the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    It was well played all around. Of course the fans in Brooklyn welcomed David Stern to the podium with a chorus of boos to start the night — and over the course of the first round he played along and taunted them a little, saying he couldn’t hear them. But when it came time to…

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