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  1. J.J. Hickson agrees to one-year deal to stay in Portland

    Jul 11, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Boris Diaw,  J.J. Hickson

    J.J. Hickson had his best season as a pro last year in Portland, there were moments you started to see the promise he showed next to LeBron James back in Cleveland. So the Trail Blazers are going to keep him for another year. Hickson has agreed to a one-year deal with Portland, reports Adrian Wojnarowski…

  2. Welcome to NBA signing day tracker: Griffin, Nash, more ink deals

    Jul 11, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    It’s official, Steve Nash is a Los Angeles Laker. And Blake Griffin is a very rich Clipper. All the deals that have been reported in the past 10 days — such as Deron Williams re-signing with the Nets — go from “agreement reached” to “pen on paper” today. The league has a 10-day moratorium on…

  3. Report: Pacers trade Darren Collison to Mavs for Ian Mahinmi

    Jul 11, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

    Darren_Collison

    Indiana is a team on the rise in the East, but they have come to the conclusion point guard Darren Collison is not part of that future. So they have traded him to the Mavericks, a story broken by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress (via twitter): Indiana will acquire Ian Mahinmi (4-years, 16 million) in a…

  4. Reports: Nets reach deal with Brook Lopez

    Jul 11, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    Brook Lopez is going to be the starting center opening up the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, not playing in Orlando next fall. But don’t think the Nets chasing of Dwight Howard is over just yet. The Nets have reached an agreement with Brook Lopez, according to multiple reports (Stephen Bondy of the New York Daily…

  5. Dallas Mavericks reach deal with center Chris Kaman

    Jul 11, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    Well, it’s not exactly the targets they had set out, but it’s not a bad signing, either. The Dallas Mavericks are close to an agreement with Chris Kaman, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Kaman himself confirmed he is Dallas bound on twitter, saying he is teaming up with Dirk Nowitzki. Kaman ended up in New…

  6. Kobe says 2012 Olympic team could beat Dream Team. Krzyzewski wouldn’t rule it out.

    Jul 11, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Image (1) Dream-Team-thumb-250x274-18169.jpg for post 3660

    LAS VEGAS — Kobe Bryant was direct, in his very Kobe Bryant way. When asked to compare this 2012 Team USA — with himself, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and so on — and how it would do against the 1992 Dream Team with Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan (a team with 11 Hall…

  7. Report: Magic tell Dwight Howard they are suspending trade efforts

    Jul 11, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    And once again, the Orlando Magic have called a time out. The Magic have told Dwight Howard that they have suspended trade talks right now, reports Jarrod Rudolph of Real GM, who is well connected in Orlando. Sources: Orlando Magic have informed Dwight Howard that they are suspending trade talks in favor of finding next…

  8. Jarrett Jack traded to Warriors as part of Dorell Wright deal

    Jul 11, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Yesterday we told you the Sixers continuing to stockpile swingmen like a squirrel hording nuts for the winter, agreeing to trade for Golden State’s Dorell Wright. But that deal grew on Wednesday to include Jarrett Jack heading west, tweeted Marc Stein of ESPN.com. In review, then: Sixers getting Dorell Wright; Warriors getting Jarrett Jack and…

  9. Report: Nets move back to front of line for Dwight Howard trade

    Jul 11, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    At some point the roulette wheel will stop spinning, the ball will stop bouncing around and find it’s slot, and Dwight Howard is going to get traded. Promise. It’s going to happen someday. While it feels close, like it could happen today, we’re not there yet. For now, the Nets have moved back to the…

  10. Video: Carmelo helps Griffin work on step-back jumper

    Jul 11, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    This is why guys come back from things like the Olympics as better players. Blake Griffin needs to work on his perimeter shot, it’s gotten a little better but it’s not a threat teams have to respect yet. Part of hitting that shot is making sure you have space to get your shot off on…

  11. It’s official, Ray Allen signs with Heat (Rashard Lewis, too)

    Jul 11, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles

    We knew it was coming, but it still seems a little strange to see Ray Allen sitting there with Pat Riley and holding up a Miami Heat jersey. Allen admitted this came out of the blue as well, saying he cried after the Heat eliminated the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals…

  12. Report: Bulls shopping Korver to Hawks, Timberwolves

    Jul 11, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Nothing may come of it, but the Bulls seem to be testing the market for Kyle Korver. That according to the Chicago Tribune. A different source said the Bulls were exploring sign-and-trade possibilities that could send Kyle Korver to the Minnesota Timberwolves or Atlanta Hawks, although his return to the Bulls hasn’t been ruled out.…

  13. Durant admits teaming up with LeBron after finals bothers him

    Jul 11, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Intellectually, Kevin Durant knows this is how it goes. He knows what he is doing now is representing the United States. But after battling LeBron James for the NBA championship and falling short just a few weeks ago, Durant admits it’s not that easy to turn around and be teammates. It annoys him, he told…

  14. It’s decision time in Brooklyn — do they re-sign Lopez now?

    Jul 11, 2012, 10:22 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    If the Dwight Howard trade comes down in the next 24 to 48 hours it is because of this — everybody had to move on with their “Plan B” if Howard wasn’t coming. Nowhere is that more evident than Brooklyn. The Nets have been Howard’s preferred destination and the franchise has spent the better part…

  15. Report: Lin frustrated Knicks didn’t offer contract first

    Jul 11, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game Five

    At some point on Wednesday, Jeremy Lin will sign an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, a four-year deal with the first couple years at $5 million per and the final two years loaded up as a poison pill at nearly $10 million per. And as soon as the paperwork arrives, the Knicks will match…

  16. Report: Grizzlies reach deal with Jerryd Bayless

    Jul 11, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    Jerryd Bayless, Kyrie Irving

    He’s not O.J. Mayo, but he’s going to get his chance to fill that role. Last week the Toronto Raptors cut Jerryd Bayless lose and now the Memphis Grizzlies have stepped up and reached a two-year deal with the guard, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Terms of the deal were not yet known. Bayless had…

  17. It’s official: Deron Williams signs with Nets, is very rich

    Jul 11, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Deron Williams will say this wasn’t about the money, and to a degree that is true — he would have made a lot of money wherever he chose to play. So really, him deciding to stay with the Brooklyn Nets was about the franchise and where he wanted to play. But it is still a…

  18. Video: Carmelo Anthony talks Olympics, Team USA

    Jul 11, 2012, 7:09 AM EDT

    Anthony talks with reporters after a news conference announcing the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    Carmelo Anthony was on SportsTalk on the NBC Sports Network Tuesday, chatting about the Olympics and Knicks with host Erik Kuselias. Topics include who takes the last shot for Team USA (they usually say “whoever is open,” I say you know Kobe Bryant isn’t going to let anybody else have that shot), and some about…

  19. Fatigue not issue for Durant, LeBron, Colangelo says

    Jul 10, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant passes the ball during the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice in Las Vegas

    When you were watching the NBA finals, you were watching a lot of Team USA. Four guys — LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden — played all the way into late June, through the war of attrition that is the NBA playoffs, only to have to turn around and be in Las…

  20. Dwight Howard latest: Three-team deal with Bynum to Rockets in play

    Jul 10, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have not been able to swing a Dwight Howard for Andrew Bynum deal. The Rockets have not been able to convince Orlando to trade them Howard for picks and a few players. So, how about a three way deal. It’s being discussed, reports Eric Pincus at Hoopsworld (and confirmed by Marc Stein at…

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