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  1. Thibodeau plans to give Rose usual preseason run

    Jul 19, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

    Trail Blazers Bulls Basketball

    Derrick Rose is 100 percent and ready to go this preseason. While Chicago takes that with a few grains of salt, Tom Thibodeau has plans to put that to the test. He doesn’t plan to ease Rose into the preseason, he plans to play Rose regular starters minutes, Thibodeau told ESPNChicago.com. “We’ll see once we…

  2. Report: Raptors might shut down Valanciunas for rest of Summer League

    Jul 19, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Raptors Heat Basketball

    Jonas Valanciunas is one of the leading candidates for Summer League MVP. He showed up to Vegas filled out in the upper body and then proceeded to be a man among boys averaging 18.8 points on 56.1 percent shooting with 10 rebounds and almost one block a game. He isn’t just bullying his way to…

  3. Report: Apparently mutual interest between DeJuan Blair, Wizards

    Jul 19, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

    DeJuan Blair

    Washington could be a playoff team in the East if they can stay healthy — John Wall started to play like everyone had hoped at the end of last season, Bradley Beal can shoot, people forget Nene is a quality big when healthy. And for a little depth up front, how about DeJuan Blair? It…

  4. Sprained ankle to keep Taj Gibson out of Team USA mini-camp

    Jul 19, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    Chicago’s Taj Gibson’s blend of size and athleticism makes him an interesting fit for what Team USA likes to do — press on defense, create turnovers then get out and run. Play to your strengths, and with the USA that is the level and depth of athleticism. But a sprained ankle is going to keep…

  5. Gilbert Arenas’ home — complete with shark tank — back on market

    Jul 19, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

    Arenas shark tank

    You want a home with a shark tank? You got a cool $3.5 million lying around? If the answer to both of those questions is “yes” then you are just like me and we both have to be considering buying Gilbert Arenas’ Virginia mansion, which was on, went off, and is now back on the…

  6. David Stern leaves the door open for NBA to put franchises in Las Vegas and Seattle

    Jul 19, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

    nba all star vegas

    David Stern is in the final year of his tenure as commissioner, and he seems to be wanting to go out on as diplomatic of a note as possible. When the topic of expansion came up after the Board of Governors held a press conference to announce rule changes for the upcoming season, Adam Silver,…

  7. Brandon Jennings, Bucks may have to live with each other for another year

    Jul 19, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Jennings wanted big money and a big market. Remember he switched agents last season and while everyone denied it officially that was all about getting a big change for Jennings. The Bucks were ready to move on too — they made an offer to bring in Jeff Teague, but the Hawks matched it. The…

  8. Andrew Bynum says he plans to play a full season with the Cavaliers

    Jul 19, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Chris Grant

    Andrew Bynum was introduced to the media in Cleveland on Friday, and appeared as relaxed as we’ve seen him in quite some time. The reason is that after an entire year of failing to meet even the most basic of expectations in Philadelphia due to injury, and being badgered consistently with questions about a return…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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