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  1. Blake Griffin reaches five-year max extension with Clippers

    Jul 10, 2012, 1:49 PM EST

    Blake Griffin Kendrick Perkins

    This was a no-brainer. The Clippers offered and Blake Griffin has accepted a five-year, $95 million max extension to his contract with the Clippers, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. This is a “Rose rule” deal allows him to get 30 percent of the team’s cap space in his second contract, so long as he makes…

  2. Report: One way or another, Wizards want out of Blatche game

    Jul 10, 2012, 12:51 PM EST

    Andray Blatche

    Priority No. 1 for the Washington Wizards had to be changing the locker room culture. It made judging players impossible. As yourself this question: If Rajon Rondo was drafted to Wizards and John Wall came out of college paired with the veteran leaders in Boston, how would they be different players now? So Washington has…

  3. Courtney Lee says he wants to play with Celtics next season

    Jul 10, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

    Courtney Lee

    You lose Ray Allen but replace him with Jason Terry and Courtney Lee? Every GM in the league would take that deal. Boston lost Allen to Miami and signed Terry already. Now they may get Lee — he wants to play in Boston next season, he told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. Lee has…

  4. Spurs reach three-year deal to keep Tim Duncan. Shocking.

    Jul 10, 2012, 12:09 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan celebrates in the final seconds of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in San Antonio

    Was there anything less suspenseful than Tim Duncan’s “free agency?” I was more surprised at the end of the movie “Gettysburg.” But Duncan’s free agency has ended, reports Johnny Ludden at Yahoo. Duncan’s representatives and the Spurs are finalizing a few items, but the structure has been agreed upon. The contract is expected to be…

  5. Cousins didn’t like Colangelo calling him immature

    Jul 10, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    The first step to solving a problem is admitting you have a problem. Which brings us to DeMarcus Cousins, the very talented Kings big man who is part of the USA Select Team, the group of young players brought in to training camp to work out and push Team USA. On the first day of…

  6. Deron Williams, Dwight Howard talked about teaming up “for years”

    Jul 10, 2012, 10:07 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v New Jersey Nets

    Conspiracy theorists like to say the plan for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to team up was hatched in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics. The three were teammates on the USA’s gold medal squad and talked about maybe someday playing together (the same way I talk about dating Kate Hudson, but believe what…

  7. Hornacek enters Orlando coaching search, six in picture now

    Jul 10, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

    Jeff Hornacek

    The Orlando Magic coaching job is about to change dramatically. It’s about to be a young team and finding a coach who can develop and grow with a team that is not going to win a lot of games next season after Dwight Howard is traded. Eventually. So, how about Jeff Hornacek for that? Hornacek…

  8. Boris Diaw agrees to re-sign with Spurs

    Jul 10, 2012, 9:49 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Boris Diaw was largely a punchline for the few seasons he spent in Charlotte. Primarily people joked about his weight and how he was on such a bad team with such a bad contract. Then he was traded to San Antonio, and low and behold, he became a playoff contributor who was able to make…

  9. Report: Spurs, Danny Green agree to three-year deal

    Jul 10, 2012, 8:11 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Three

    When the Spurs find a role player they like, they keep them. Enter Danny Green. The Spurs and Green, a restricted free agent, have agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal, reports Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Green took a big step forward for the Spurs last year, scoring 9.1 points per game and being…

  10. J.R. Smith agrees to re-sign with Knicks for two-year deal

    Jul 10, 2012, 2:06 AM EST

    Knicks' Smith shoots during their win over the Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    That’s it. I’m calling it. Creative Artists Agency is run by aliens. That’s the only conclusion I have as the behemoth representation agency that counts among its clients LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and several members of both the Knicks’ roster and management office has announced that J.R. Smith will return to the Knicks,…

  11. Hawks meet with Anthony Randolph as Ferry keeps bargain hunting

    Jul 9, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    Randolph_Anthony

    Anthony Randolph had himself a nice little season last year. After years of being the do-it-all forward who couldn’t do anything, he landed in Minnesota and showed some genuine talent and the ability to legitimately play the 4, something which had eluded him for years in Golden State. With Minnesota, he finally made some progress,…

  12. Report: Knicks reach deal to get Marcus Camby from Houston

    Jul 9, 2012, 8:07 PM EST

    Marcus Camby Knicks

    It may not end up being the biggest trade to go down in New York in the next 24 hours, but this is still a good signing for the Knicks. Marcus Camby is back with the Knicks. New York has reached a deal with Houston to bring in Marcus Camby as part of a sign-and-trade…

  13. Deron Williams uses his best moves to avoid Howard questions

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:55 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v New Jersey Nets

    Deron Williams knew what was coming. The second the media was allowed to ask questions of the Team USA participants this at Monday’s practice in Las Vegas (where D-Will is part of the London-bound squad), he knew what he was about to be asked. What is up with Dwight Howard? When will Dwight Howard be…

  14. Who are the most likely amnesty clause cuts? Hello Darko.

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:16 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    We already know Elton Brand will be amnestied in Philly. But come Wednesday (and for one week after that) what other guys are likely going to be sent packing with the amnesty clause this year? Larry Coon of ESPN put together a comprehensive list and here is what we know — there will likely be…

  15. Courtney Lee says more than 8 teams interested in him

    Jul 9, 2012, 5:28 PM EST

    Courtney Lee

    Everything you hear from players, agents and teams right now should be taken with a grain of salt. But it’s been clear for a while that Courtney Lee — the swingman who is a good perimeter defender — was drawing a lot of interest. But he tells A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com a number that…

  16. Details of potential Dwight Howard trade leaking. Magic get Lopez, picks.

    Jul 9, 2012, 4:54 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    UPDATE 4:54 pm: The Clippers may be the fourth team in the deal, reports both Ken Berger at CBSSports.com and Chad Ford at ESPN. The Clippers would send a first round pick to the Nets for MarShon Brooks, then the Nets would ship that pick to the Magic as part of the deal. This appears…

  17. Greg Monroe is ticked he was snubbed by USA Basketball

    Jul 9, 2012, 4:17 PM EST

    Shane Battier, Ronny turiaf, Greg Monroe

    Pistons big man Greg Monroe is in Orlando right now, working out against recent Detroit draft pick Andre Drummond in between games of the Orlando Summer League. Where he is not is Las Vegas as a member of the USA Select team that goes against the United States Olympic squad in practice. He’s pretty ticked…

  18. Knicks reach terms to keep Steve Novak for four years

    Jul 9, 2012, 3:28 PM EST

    Steve Novak

    If you are an NBA role player and want to stay in the league, you need to have one exceptional skill, do one thing particularly well and find teams who need that skill. Steve Novak can shoot the three — he shot 47.2 percent from deep last season and took 5.2 a game. The New…

  19. Report: Pacers to match $58 million max offer to Hibbert

    Jul 9, 2012, 3:07 PM EST

    Roy Hibbert

    Roy Hibbert will remain an Indiana Pacer. It was the only move the Pacers could really make. The Portland Trail Blazers agreed to offer Roy Hibbert a max extension — four years, $58 million — on July 11. Indiana was torn as to whether or not to match the offer, but they have decided to…

  20. Other Team USA players think ring will make LeBron better

    Jul 9, 2012, 1:52 PM EST

    LeBron James participates in the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice in Las Vegas

    LeBron James can play better? The very thought should send chills down the spines of other contenders, he already had an epic season — MVP, NBA finals MVP, NBA champion, potential gold medal winner — but the other guys on Team USA think he can be and will be. That’s what they told Ian Thomsen…

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