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  1. Report: Celtics to sign Jason Collins, bench no longer complete disaster

    Jul 22, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    ESPN Boston reports that the Celtics are set to sign free agent center Jason Collins to a veteran-minimum deal. The 33-year-old Collins appeared in just 30 games last season for the Atlanta Hawks. Billed as the “Dwight Stopper,” Collins isn’t an elite defender but among veteran centers, he’s nothing to sneeze at. He’s able to…

  2. Team USA starts real tests with Argentina on Sunday

    Jul 22, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

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    Every NFL fan knows you can’t predict what the New Orleans Saints season will be like based on their Aug. 5 Hall of Fame game performance (vs. the Cardinals). Along the same line, it’s hard to infer what will happen when the games matter by watching Team USA’s pre-Olympics tune-ups. We’re left making projections based…

  3. Video: Brandon Roy takes another step towards return with Seattle Pro-Am appearance

    Jul 22, 2012, 11:17 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Brandon Roy‘s trip back to basketball relevance is a process. It won’t come over night and its apex is somewhere dramatically short of the career ceiling he had as an NBA star, which would have included the Hall of Fame. Now it’s more “capable role player who can contribute,” but there are still steps to…

  4. Reports: Bulls likely to sign Nazr Mohammed, paving way for Asik to head to Rockets

    Jul 22, 2012, 9:05 AM EST

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    Peter Vecsey and ESPN Chicago report that the Bulls are “on the verge” of signing veteran C Nazr Mohammed. The big ramification of this is it signals the Bulls do not intend to match the three-year, $25 million offer sheet from the Houston Rockets for big man Omer Asik, clearing the way for Asik to…

  5. Wes Johnson found his touch Saturday at NBA Summer League

    Jul 22, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

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    LAS VEGAS — To put it nicely, Wes Johnson was a bit underwhelming last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. That wasn’t the case on Saturday night inside Cox Pavilion, however, as the former fourth overall pick put together quite the performance against the NBA D-League Select team in lovely Las Vegas. The wing player has…

  6. Ben Wallace “50/50” on returning to Pistons or retiring

    Jul 21, 2012, 9:03 PM EST

    Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams

    The Pistons are going young and they are hoping that just drafted Andre Drummond can live up to the hype and be at the heart of that movement. But should the Pistons bring back Ben Wallace for an 18th season as a mentor? Does Wallace want to do that, or does he want to retire…

  7. Timberwolves sign Stiemsma to add to blocks, fouls in box score

    Jul 21, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    Greg Stiemsma, Rajon Rondo

    There’s this Eddie Izzard bit I love, where he says his counselor asked him “What do you want to do, kid, what do you want to do?” and Izzard replies that he wants to be an astronaut. The counselor says “Look, kid, you’re British, so scale it down a bit.” That’s kind of what this offseason…

  8. Report: Dwight Howard could be traded by early August. (This is us not holding our breath.)

    Jul 21, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

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    Sam Amick of SI.com reports that there are indications the Magic could trade Dwight Howard sometime soon, maybe. I can hear your waiting with baited breath from here. From Amick: …the Magic, I’m told, are hopeful that they can pull the trigger on a deal by early August (although I certainly couldn’t tell you which…

  9. Kobe says Pau’s in L.A. as long as he is

    Jul 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

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    Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol seem, at least on the surface, to have a complicated relationship. Bryant knows that he would not have won the two championships in 2009 and 2010 without Gasol. But Gasol’s problems with toughness and consistency in the playoffs the past two seasons has created a level of frustration. Bryant has…

  10. Nuggets players wear black headbands at Summer League as nod to Aurora tragedy

    Jul 21, 2012, 12:59 PM EST

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    Calling what happened in Aurora, Colorado, a tragedy in some ways dignifies it too much. What happened was murder. It was evil. The Nuggets are part of the Denver community sickened by the shootings at a movie theater 15 minutes outside the city that left a dozen dead and more than 70 injured. Even their…

  11. Why Linsanity may have been worth more to Houston than New York

    Jul 21, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    When the New York Knicks told Jeremy Lin “don’t let Raymond Felton hit you in the backside on the way out,” the talk was a cacophony of shock. Whether you agreed with the move or not, it was a huge surprise that the Knicks wouldn’t match the offer sheet for Lin. If you thought Lin…

  12. Al Harrington won’t be ready for training camp, expects to be ready for opening night

    Jul 21, 2012, 9:08 AM EST

    DeJuan Blair, Al Harrington

    Nuggets F Al Harrington was a huge part of the Nuggets’ success last season. He was the stretch forward they needed to space the floor, did some attacking on the offensive glass, and played surprisingly good defense, interrupting passing lanes and contesting in the post. But the Nuggets will be missing him for he beginning…

  13. Lakers reach two-year deal to keep center Jordan Hill

    Jul 20, 2012, 9:59 PM EST

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    The Lakers liked what they saw from Jordan Hill at the end of last season — 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds a game, with a very nice PER of 19.3 in limited minutes. He was efficient and did his job backing up Andrew Bynum. So the Lakers have inked Hill to a new deal, his…

  14. Samardo Samuels’ improved conditioning helped him shine at NBA Summer League

    Jul 20, 2012, 8:07 PM EST

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    LAS VEGAS — There are a lot of players in Las Vegas this week that nearly nobody recognizes due to the hodgepodge that is NBA Summer League. There’s a power forward on the Cleveland Cavaliers that is unrecognizable for other reasons, however, as Samardo Samuels has undergone a complete body overhaul compared to how he…

  15. Nets’ Stackhouse said Rockets overpaid for Jeremy Lin

    Jul 20, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Way more than fans, NBA players get that they are commodities in a business. They want to get as much as they can while they can because they know the window closes fast. Guys may be a little jealous of other players’ deals, but nobody really begrudges each other making money. So long as they…

  16. Celtics trade for Courtney Lee done, but it got very complex

    Jul 20, 2012, 6:47 PM EST

    Courtney Lee, Paul George

    We told you a couple days ago that Boston had reached a sign-and-trade deal to get Courtney Lee from the Rockets — and that is a beautiful fit for Boston. They get a guy who can defend on the perimeter, knock down threes and come off the bench. A defensively better version of Ray Allen.…

  17. Warriors, Wolves interested in Kirilenko… or maybe he chooses Moscow

    Jul 20, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

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    It’s getting closer and closer to decision time for Andrei Kirilenko. He has said he’s interested in coming back to the NBA, but if he doesn’t like the offers he gets he could return to CSKA Moscow (where he played last season). You know they will take him. The Nets were the early frontrunners (Russian…

  18. Suns reach two-year deal to bring back Shannon Brown

    Jul 20, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    Shannon Brown, Jared Dudley

    UPDATE 6:03 pm: And it’s official. From the twitter of Marc Spears of Yahoo. Suns guard Shannon Brown is re-signing, his agent Mark Bartelstien says. This is a two-year, $7 million deal. Which sounds about right. 4:40 pm: The Suns have traded out Steve Nash for Goran Dargic at the point guard spot, but they…

  19. Video: Derrick Rose sends message to fans

    Jul 20, 2012, 3:53 PM EST

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    It’s one of the advantage professional athletes have today that they didn’t even a decade ago — with twitter or online video players can speak directly to fans without the filter (and occasional snark) of the media. That’s what Derrick Rose has done — he has a video message for his fans thanking them for…

  20. Appears Nets near deal for Nazr Mohammed

    Jul 20, 2012, 3:23 PM EST

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    It was known the Nets had had serious conversations with center Nazr Mohammed, but apparently things are about to take the next step. Mohammed tweeted this (via Chris Tommason of Fox Sports Florida, who says he is heading there to ink a deal) Airplane mode to Newark… ✈✈✈ The deal likely will be for near…

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