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  1. Report: Celtics near 4-year, $40 million to sign Jeff Green

    Jul 6, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There was really not much question that once he recovered Jeff Green would return to the Celtics. Other teams were interested but all things being equal he wanted to be back in Boston, a team that kept him around after he was diagnosed with a heart problem that necessitated surgery and cost him all of…

  2. Reports: 76ers to amnesty Elton Brand

    Jul 6, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

    Elton Brand

    Elton Brand has had a couple of solid seasons for the Philadelphia 76ers, but that wasn’t enough for them to keep him around at one of the highest salaries in the league. The 76ers are going to use their amnesty clause to wipe Elton Brand — and the final year and $18 million — off…

  3. Nick Young reaches deal to come to Philadelphia

    Jul 6, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Nick Young shirt

    Well Doug Collins, now you have an unrepentant gunner on your roster. Nick Young has reached an agreement to become a Philadelphia 76er, his agent Mark Bartelstein told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports (and since confirmed my multiple other sources). It is a one-year, $6 million deal. Which frankly is a bit more than I…

  4. Not even Drake can keep Tony Parker out of Olympics

    Jul 6, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

    Tony Parker

    Not Drake. Not Chris Brown. Nobody is keeping Tony Parker out of the Olympics. The French point guard has been “given the green light” by doctors to compete for France in the Olympics and he will play in some of their tune-up games in the next few weeks, the team announced (via the AP). “The…

  5. Jeremy Evans agrees to terms to remain with Jazz

    Jul 6, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Jeremy Evans

    He’s won the NBA Dunk Contest. He’s called the “human pogo stick.” He’s got plenty of NBA highlights but his game is not at the point he’s racking up a lot of NBA minutes. Now Jeremy Evans is going to get three more years to prove he can be a part of an NBA rotation.…

  6. Last chance Olympic Qualifying tournament down to eight teams

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:39 AM EDT

    Al Horford of the Dominican Republic (L)

    The group stage is over. Now things get serious. The last chance Olympic Qualifying Tournament is down to the final eight teams and the knockout tournament stage. Jordan, Venezuela, Korea and New Zealand are done. Eight teams remain, three spots in the Olympics are up for grabs, and it’s a single elimination tournament to get…

  7. Eric Gordon says he wants to be a Sun. Hornets don’t care, will match offer.

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon wants to play his basketball in Phoenix next year and made that clear again Thursday. Tough…um, cookies. He will be a Hornet next season playing in New Orleans. His wishes are irrelevant — he is a restricted free agent and New Orleans has said it will match any offer he gets. And that…

  8. Hasheem Thabeet agrees to deal, will come off Thunder bench

    Jul 6, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    hasheem thabeet

    When you think Hasheem Thabeet, you think bust. Harsh, but let’s be honest. He’s the former No. 2 overall pick of the Grizzlies (taken in front of James Harden, Ricky Rubio and Stephen Curry) who has struggled the last two seasons to get on the court for some pretty unimpressive teams (Houston, Portland late in…

  9. Rumor: Lakers tell one player he may be traded for Howard

    Jul 6, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Salt. Take this with salt. But CSNNE.com reporter Jackie Pepper not only said she heard the Lakers want to make an Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard sway, but also she put this on her personal blog. The source says the Lakers have informed one player that he might be part of the package deal and…

  10. Nicolas Batum is very excited to agree to offer sheet with Timberwolves. Too bad Portland thinks that’s adorable.

    Jul 6, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum defends against Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton in Portland

    We’ve got another “my heart is in XXXX” that’s pointless. At some point, these players need to accept their fate as restricted free agents and move on. This is the CBA, it’s life in the NBA, and if you wanted to accept the qualifying offer you could. But no. Nicolas Batum has agreed to a…

  11. Brandon Roy returns to NBA, agrees to deal with Timberwolves for 2 years, $10 million

    Jul 6, 2012, 12:03 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    The prodigal son has returned. Brandon Roy will return to the National Basketball Association in 2012, as Jason Quick of the Oregonian first reported (and multiple media outlets have confirmed) that Roy has come to terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a two-year deal. The deal is reportedly worth just a bit over $10 million. The…

  12. For Mavericks, it is better to have swung for fences and missed than not swung at all

    Jul 5, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    Mark Cuban took a risk, and he knew what could happen. He did his best Dave Kingman impression — he swung for the fences, not fearing the strike out. On one level this looks like a disaster of a summer for Dallas — no Deron Williams then no Steve Nash and no real shot at…

  13. Rockets reach deal on offer sheet for Lin; Knicks will match

    Jul 5, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    The Rockets have spent Thursday negotiating the new Jeremy Lin contract with the New York Knicks. How nice of them to free up Glen Grunwald to chase down Jason Kidd. As expected, after a day of talks Houston and GM Daryl Morey have reached an agreement on a three-year offer sheet (with a team option…

  14. Thursday And-1 links: Maybe Indy will not match Hibbert offer

    Jul 5, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • I have said I expect the Indiana Pacers to match the max-offer (four…

  15. Reports: Magic start interviews for head coach; keep Redick

    Jul 5, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Magic general manager Rob Hennigan is not just sitting in his office dealing with Dwight Howard trade scenarios. Okay, that’s probably 90 percent of his day. But there is the other 10 percent, and he’s getting stuff done on that front. First, he will pick up the $6 million option to bring J.J. Redick back…

  16. Report: Kidd jilts Mavericks at altar, agrees to deal with Knicks

    Jul 5, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Mark Cuban’s “tear it down to build it back up” plan has worked out about as well as Napoleon invading Russia so far. No Deron Williams. No Steve Nash. No Dwight Howard (yet, at least). Jason Terry leaves for Boston. And now Jason Kidd, who the Mavs said they were near a deal with, has jilted…

  17. Agent says Brandon Bass reaches deal to return to Boston

    Jul 5, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Jared Sullinger is going to learn how to be an NBA big from some real professionals next season. First, there’s some guy named Kevin Garnett on the Celtics roster who is supposed to be pretty good. But now there also will be Brandon Bass, reports Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald and we got more…

  18. Nets push Teletović to take mini mid-level so Howard, other doors open up

    Jul 5, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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    The Nets like to make things hard on themselves. But they apparently have just cleared one more hurdle to making the very difficult trade to bring Dwight Howard to Brooklyn a little more possible. They may have reached a deal to get Mirza Teletović to take a smaller offer than they verbally agreed to, which…

  19. Report: Raptors trade for Rockets’ Kyle Lowry

    Jul 5, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    The Raptors did not win the Steve Nash sweepstakes, but it looks like they have landed a very good and underrated point guard. At least for next season. The Raptors reportedly have reached a deal for Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. The trade would be for a future first-round pick,…

  20. Report: Clippers reach deals with Jamal Crawford, Chauncey Billups

    Jul 5, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

    jamal-crawford-blazers-clippers

    The battle for Los Angeles games next year are going to be amazing. And we could see those battles deep in the playoffs. The Clippers addressed a key need Thursday by reaching a three-year agreement with Jamal Crawford, reports the Los Angeles Times. At the same time they reached a deal to bring back injured…

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