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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Dwyane Wade had his knee surgery Monday, out eight weeks

    Jul 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Miami Heat Wade jumps to the basket on top of Oklahoma City Thunder Harden during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    The only reason Dwyane Wade isn’t running with Team USA and otherwise melting in the Las Vegas heat right now is his left knee wouldn’t let him. He needed it drained during the playoffs and was dragging his left leg around, his trademark explosiveness cut down. Monday, Wade had the expected surgery on his knee.…

  6. DeJuan Blair expects Spurs to trade him. He’s right.

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:42 PM EST

    DeJuan Blair, Al Harrington

    At the start of last season, DeJuan Blair was the Spurs special find. Everybody wanted their own Blair — hard working guy who did the dirty work inside, would score efficiently (53.4 percent shooting last year) and could rebound a little. He started nearly every game for the Spurs last season. By the end of…

  7. 50 Observations about NBA Free Agency

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    From time to time, I drop random observations because it’s too long for a tweet and too short for a full post. Also because it allows me to crack jokes, which is really the reason I’m here. That and the money. Mostly the money. Anyway, it’s been a crazy week of free agency. Here are…

  8. Kings reach deal to keep Jason Thompson in house

    Jul 9, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Greivis Vasquez

    Jason Thompson is one of the NBA’s better kept secrets. Mostly because nobody really watched the Sacramento Kings the past couple years. He’s a 6’11” athletic power forward who can get to the rim and shot 39 percent beyond 16 feet (good enough that you have to respect it). He scored 9.1 points per game…

  9. Video: Steve Nash makes a little girl cry

    Jul 9, 2012, 11:06 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

    As a father with daughters about this age, let me be up front is saying it’s not that hard to get them to cry. Telling them you made round pancakes not Micky Mouse shape can do it. But if they are emotionally invested at all in something and it doesn’t go like they want, there…

  10. Doc Rivers doesn’t agree with Allen’s reasons for leaving

    Jul 9, 2012, 10:40 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    In the end, Ray Allen left because Miami made him feel wanted. Celtics GM Danny Ainge shopped Allen around more than a year — at one point the deal got so far he was told he was being moved only to have it still fall apart last minute. Then he goes to Miami and hears…

  11. Bynum interested in Mavs, Rockets if he leaves Lakers

    Jul 9, 2012, 9:59 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Seven

    The key reason Dwight Howard is likely not going to the Lakers is Andrew Bynum. Not that the Magic don’t want him — he’s certainly better than Brook Lopez and the T.G.I.Fridays sampler platter that they likely get — but that they can’t keep him. Just like Howard, Bynum is a free agent next summer.…

  12. Kevin Love tired of waiting for Timberwolves to get good

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:58 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Teams rarely become good overnight in the NBA. They build it up over time — think of the Thunder model, who took steps forward every season the past three years. What Miami did is the aberration. Minnesota could be one of those teams on the rise, but Kevin Love wants management to speed up the…

  13. Russia, Lithuania, Nigeria round out Olympic basketball tournament

    Jul 9, 2012, 2:24 AM EST

    Ike Diogu of Nigeria celebrates after de

    Finally, the Olympic basketball tournament field is set. Nigeria — led by 25 points on 14 shots plus 10 boards Ike Diogu (he formerly of the Spurs, Clippers, Pacers, Kings, Blazers and Warriors) — earned the final spot in the tournament by knocking off the Dominican Republic in a third-place game in the Olympic Qualifying…

  14. Jazz near buyout of Raja Bell; Heat, Lakers, Celtics in mix

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 AM EST

    Raja Bell

    How much does Raja Bell still have in the take at age 36 next season? That’s the question some contenders will have to ask because Bell is going to be on the market — he has a verbal agreement for a buyout deal with the Utah Jazz, Bell told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I’ve been…

  15. Report: Ersan Ilyasova close to five-year, $45 million deal with Bucks

    Jul 8, 2012, 9:46 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova   goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors' Alan Anderson during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee Wisconsin

    HoopsHype reports: Free agent forward Ersan Ilyasova is close to an agreement on a five-year, $45 million contract to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks, agent Tolga Tugsavul tells HoopsHype. via HoopsHype’s post on Basketball | Latest updates on Sulia. Ilyasova stands as one of the best value contracts on the market. he was hyper-productive and efficient…

  16. Dwight Howard trade rumors heating up; maybe to Nets in three-team deal

    Jul 8, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The Magic nearing a deal to ship out Ryan Anderson signals one thing — they are entering rebuilding mode, no joke, no holdovers. Which means Dwight Howard rumors are picking up steam, fast. How much steam depends on who you ask — some sources sugest the deal could be done as soon as Monday, but there…

  17. Avery Bradley to have shoulder surgery, will miss start of season; Celtics to pursue Courtney Lee

    Jul 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Perhaps you are confused, after Avery Bradley had shoulder surgery during the Eastern Conference Finals. Yeah, he has to have the other one done. Not good. CSN New England reports that Bradley will have surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday, and the injury will keep him out for the start of the season. That’s…

  18. Report: Hornets in talks for sign-and-trade for Ryan Anderson

    Jul 8, 2012, 3:07 PM EST

    Ryan Anderson

    This is unexpected. Yahoo Sports reports that restricted free agent Ryan Anderson will not re-sign with the Magic and will be moved in a sign-and-trade. Shortly thereafter, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Hornets are in talks with the Magic for a sign-and-trade of the stretch four. The news comes as a shocker with huge…

  19. Nic Batum’s agent hopes the Blazers won’t do something they are totally going to do. He should learn to live with disappointment.

    Jul 8, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    CSN Northwest spoke with Nicolas Batum‘s agent, who is living in  fairytale world and is desperate to get around reality. Funny thing. Reality just kind of is. Batum has agreed to terms with the Timberwolves on a large 4-year, $45 million offer sheet. He is restricted, so the Blazers are going to match. Considering the…

  20. Kirk Hinrich agrees to deal with Chicago Bulls

    Jul 8, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Back where his career began. You love homecoming stories. Unless you’re one of the fans who turned on him, then you probably hate it. But still! Kirk Hinrich is headed back to the Bulls, via the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson: Hinrich, who spent his first seven seasons with the Bulls, is expected to sign a…

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