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  1. Knicks “probably” will not match Jeremy Lin offer

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Like seemingly all things in this latest Jeremy Lin odyssey, nothing is complete until the deadline is past. Up until then nothing should surprise us. But it looks more and more like Lin will be a Rocket next year. Multiple outlets are reporting the Knicks are leaning toward (or some say flat out) not matching…

  2. Toronto to trade James Johnson to Sacramento for pick

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    James Johnson Raptors

    The Kings have picked up a good wing defender who can give them some solid if not spectacular minutes, and do so at a good price. The Toronto Raptors have agreed to trade James Johnson to the Sacramento Kings for a second round pick, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Other reports have confirmed this and…

  3. The Inbounds: The new Brooklyn Empire and the Crown of Relevance

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets logo

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Sometime last Wednesday, after yet another round on Twitter battling the Brooklyn faithful (and they are a faithful lot for…

  4. Are NBA teams giving out “foolish” contracts? Yes. Lockout couldn’t stop that.

    Jul 16, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    NBA fans are shaking their heads when they see Jeremy Lin about to get $25 million over three years. Or when they see Brook Lopez getting a max contract. Or JaVale McGee not signing a $50 million deal while seeking more. Or countless more deals since the start of free agency. Fans thinking pretty much…

  5. NBA Summer League: Where Chris Copeland comes to shine

    Jul 16, 2012, 12:51 AM EST

    chris copeland

    The NBA Summer League season continued on Sunday with seven more games of players looking to reach the next level by way of a couple solid exhibition games in lovely Las Vegas. It doesn’t seem like anyone is a can’t miss signee quite yet, but the odds began to favor a few players that have…

  6. It’s decision time in Portland, Batum signs Minnesota offer

    Jul 15, 2012, 11:14 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Minnesota tried. They really tried to convince Portland to do a sign-and-trade for Nicolas Batum. They dragged the entire process out as long as they could. Portland wouldn’t play along — so now it’s time to write a big check or move on. It’s decision time. Finally Sunday night Portland has been given Minnesota’s four-year,…

  7. J.R. Smith suggests Lin contract would not go over well in Knicks locker room

    Jul 15, 2012, 8:18 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    There’s a real question now whether the Knicks will match the Jeremy Lin offer sheet from Houston, a three-year, $25 million offer. They have until Tuesday to decide. On one hand there is the fact Lin is not worth that much, he’s really not worth the $14.2 million he makes the third year of the…

  8. Shaw, Malone both pull out of Magic coaching search

    Jul 15, 2012, 6:10 PM EST

    Brian Shaw

    It looks more and more like the rumor that Jacque Vaughn is the frontrunner for the Magic head coaching job is a lot more realty than gossip. Both Brian Shaw and Mike Malone — the first two guys interviewed for the job — have pulled their names out of consideration. Shaw, the former Phil Jackson…

  9. Suns win bidding war for Luis Scola; amnesty Childress

    Jul 15, 2012, 5:42 PM EST

    Luis Scola

    Channing Frye and Markieff Morris, your minutes have been put on notice. The Phoenix Suns have won the amnesty bidding war for Luis Scola, teams around the league have been told, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Scola was amnestied by the Houston Rockets as part of Daryl Morey’s quixotic quest for Dwight Howard. The Suns…

  10. Bulls shopping Rip Hamilton? That was fast.

    Jul 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Rip Hamilton

    Eight months ago, Rip Hamilton was going to be the difference maker for the Bulls. He would be the scoring guard that provided them with the offense they needed to put the whole package together. It was all set. Then everything fell apart. Hamilton was rarely healthy during the regular season, and just when he…

  11. Carmelo Anthony calls contract offer for Jeremy Lin ‘ridiculous’

    Jul 15, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    Want to stress this up front as much as possible. Carmelo Anthony is not talking about Jeremy Lin‘s game, or how good he is as a player. Every comment Melo has ever made about Lin has been that he is a promising young player who can help the team win. This is not Carmelo Anthony…

  12. Report: Jason Kidd arrested on DWI charge

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:49 PM EST

    Jason Kidd

    Well, hey, the good news is that no one drives in New York. Patch.com out of South Hampton reports that Knicks PG Jason Kidd was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of drunk driving. Details are still emerging, but Southampton Town police confirmed that the basketball star was arrested during the midnight shift. Kidd, 39,…

  13. Deron Williams wants no part of the Dream Team vs. 2012 debate

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    US Roster Basketball

    It’s easy to get sucked up into the debate. It’s compelling, right? The best team arguably ever assembled, but held up in spite of the vast differential in athleticism, conditioning, and speed of the game. The modern team held up as a contradictory juxtaposition, a contrarian’s dream, with Kobe, LeBron, and KD at the forefront.…

  14. Quote of the Day: Derrick Williams doesn’t pass the buck

    Jul 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    “If I had played a little better, maybe we wouldn’t be having this talk,” Williams said Friday, July 13, on the first day of the Timberwolves’ minicamp at Target Center to prepare for next week’s NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. “I had an up-and-down rookie season. I know I can play better than what…

  15. Nuggets may have something in France’s Evan Fournier

    Jul 15, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    2012 NBA Draft

    LAS VEGAS — Denver has its starting two guard/swingman set for the next few years in Arron Afflalo, who can shoot the three and is one of the better wing defenders in the league. He turns 27 just before next season and they have him locked up through 2016. But if you’re an NBA GM…

  16. Knicks do not match offer, Landry Fields is a Raptor

    Jul 15, 2012, 1:58 AM EST

    Landry Fields

    The Toronto Raptors have a new starting swingman. Well, at least until Terrence Ross takes his job away. The Knicks have chosen not to match the three-year, $18.7 million offer sheet Landry Fields signed with Toronto, reports Alan Hahn of the MSG Network. Which means Fields will be Raptor next season. It was speculated the…

  17. NBA Summer League’s second day features plethora of solid performances

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:26 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Memphis Grizzlies

    LAS VEGAS — The second day of NBA Summer League featured pretty the same things as the first — random cameos in the crowd by established NBA like Baron Davis, J.R. Smith and David Lee; a lot of less than stellar basketball interspersed with jaw-dropping highlights and 32 quarters of players most of the crowd…

  18. Kyrie Irving fractured his hand at NBA Summer League practice

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:13 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The NBA Summer League has had a lot of solid players doing a lot of solid things, but there hasn’t been a player able to create a buzz quite like Blake Griffin, John Wall or any of the other Summer League stars of yonder years. It looked like Kyrie Irving might be that player considering…

  19. Knicks sign-and-trade for Raymond Felton, is Jeremy Lin on the way out?

    Jul 14, 2012, 11:53 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Things went from “easy and predictable” to completely insane Saturday night in Gotham. It had been a few days since things with the Knicks had seemed berserk, so of course, all that detonated as news broke that the Knicks’ point guard situation could be altered dramatically in a matter of hours. Here’s a rundown of…

  20. J.R. Smith says he’d go back and play in China… really?

    Jul 14, 2012, 7:27 PM EST

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    LAS VEGAS — J.R. Smith’s time playing in China during the lockout was… eventful. We’ll be kind and call it eventful. There were millions dollars in fines, him suing his team, family members fighting with fans and an early end to the entire experiment. He said he didn’t learn any of the language. So, sure,…

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