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  1. San Antonio re-signs Boris Diaw to two-year deal

    Jul 13, 2012, 8:47 AM EST

    Spurs forward Boris Diaw shoots between Clippers forward Kenyon Martin and forward Reggie Evans during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Boris Diaw and Tony Parker were high school teammates in France. You’d have to think that team pretty much abused its competition. They are going to be teammates again next season as the Spurs have re-signed Diaw to a two-year, $9.2 million contract, reports the San Antonio Express-News (and pretty much everyone else). This is…

  2. Raptors working to trade Jose Calderon

    Jul 13, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors' Calderon drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings' Thomas during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Think there are teams that could use a point guard who averaged 10.5 points and 8.8 assists per game last season (to 2 turnovers per game), who can shoot the three and assisted on 44 percent of his teammates baskets when he was on the floor last season? Anyone want Jose Calderon? He’s the guy…

  3. Kobe Bryant stands by his Dream Team comments

    Jul 13, 2012, 1:21 AM EST

    Dominican Republic US Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Did you really expect Kobe Bryant would back down from anyone or anything? Remember Kobe said he thought this year’s Team USA could beat the Dream Team. Which stirred plenty of debate. After the USA beat the Dominican Republic like they were the freshman team on Thursday night, Kobe was asked about…

  4. Team USA experiments its way to blowout 113-59 win

    Jul 13, 2012, 1:01 AM EST

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    LAS VEGAS — Exhibition games should be about experimentation, about learning things to help you later. Unfortunately, you can’t learn too much from Team USA’s 113-59 throttling of the Dominican Republic in Las Vegas We learned that teams are going to struggle with the athletes and pressure defense Team USA can bring. We learned that…

  5. Blake Griffin has torn meniscus, surgery needed. Out for Olympics, back for training camp.

    Jul 12, 2012, 10:59 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    LAS VEGAS — Bad news for Team USA, which has lost another big man. Bad news for Blake Griffin as he is about to have a second surgery on his left knee just days after signing a new, max five-year, $95 million contract on Wednesday. Griffin suffered a meniscus tear in his left  knee during a scrimmage…

  6. Report: Clippers going after Hornets free agent Belinelli

    Jul 12, 2012, 10:07 PM EST

    Marco Belinelli, Nicolas Batum

    The Clippers are still looking for a two guard who can come in and rain down some threes while Chris Paul probes and Blake Griffin attacks the defense. Enter Marco Belinelli. The Hornets free agent is being courted by the Clippers, according to the Times-Picayune. The Los Angeles Clippers have had conversations with the New…

  7. Video: Blake Griffin injures knee at Team USA practice

    Jul 12, 2012, 8:04 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    This is the practice where Blake Griffin injured his knee. An injury that required him to leave Team USA and head back to Los Angeles for an MRI and to be looked at by Clippers team doctors. You can’t tell a lot from the video, particularly the second play, the view is obscured. It was…

  8. Winderman: Max contracts and amnesty, have the owners learned anything?

    Jul 12, 2012, 7:26 PM EST

    Brook Lopez

    With Elton Brand about to come off the market and Luis Scola about to go on the market, we’re reminded of why there is an NBA amnesty process in the first place: because of large-scale contracts that were shortsighted. And then we have Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert and Eric Gordon getting maximum-scale offers this summer…

  9. Report: Rockets to amnesty Luis Scola

    Jul 12, 2012, 7:03 PM EST

    Luis Scola

    Rockets general manager continues to be very aggressive, trying to break out of the mediocre rut Houston has been stuck in. In a league where quality big men are at a premium, the Rockets are going to use their amnesty clause to cut loose Luis Scola and his three-years, $31 million remaining, reports Adrian Wojnarowski…

  10. Bobcats cut Augustin loose, Pacers sign him to deal

    Jul 12, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    D.J. Augustin, Darko Milicic

    So Indiana just traded Darren Collison then paid $1 million a year more to have D.J. Augustin backup George Hill? Interesting decision. But that’s what the Pacers have done (and got backup center Ian Mahinmi in the process). Here’s how it went down. On Wednesday the Pacers traded Collison to Dallas for Mahinmi. On Thursday,…

  11. Sloan interviews, pulls name out of Blazers coaching search

    Jul 12, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    That was over before it started. Which is good, because Paul Allen and Jerry Sloan? Train wreck. Jerry Sloan interviewed for the Trail Blazers open head coaching position but has decided to pull out, reports Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. Jerry Sloan on Portland: “I talked to them yesterday. But it just didn’t work…

  12. Lee, Mayo Timberwolves targets after Batum offer matched

    Jul 12, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

    O.J. Mayo, Andrew Bynum

    Minnesota used its amnesty provision on Darko Milicic, they are about to buy out Brad Miller and Martell Webster. They have cleared the way to make a big four-year, $45 million offer sheet to Portland’s Nicolas Batum. They tried to pressure Portland into a trade and that didn’t work, so they are going to call…

  13. Brendan Haywood amnestied by Dallas Mavericks

    Jul 12, 2012, 3:33 PM EST

    Bobcats forward Maggette drives on Mavericks center Haywood during their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    It was going to happen eventually, the only question is would it happen this year or next. The answer is this. The Dallas Mavericks have amnestied center Brendan Haywood, Marc Stein reports at ESPN. The big man was owed $35 million over four more years. Haywood now goes into a special waiver wire where for…

  14. Bobcats reach deal with point guard Ramon Sessions

    Jul 12, 2012, 2:16 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    The lowly Bobcats just got better. The Bobcats have come to terms on a deal for point guard Ramon Sessions, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports and the Charlotte Observer. This is a good move, it gives the Bobcats a more known, steady entity to pair with Kemba Walker at the point. Sessions is…

  15. Blake Griffin twists knee in USA scrimmage, getting MRI

    Jul 12, 2012, 2:02 PM EST

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    This is not good, but hopefully not that severe. Blake Griffin has left Team USA to return to Los Angeles and get an MRI on his knee after tweaking it in Wednesday’s Team USA scrimmage, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The severity of the injury is not yet known.…

  16. Jordan laughs at idea current Olympic team could challenge Dream Team

    Jul 12, 2012, 1:23 PM EST

    1992-dreamteam

    Just like Charles Barkley… what did you really expect Michael Jordan to say? We’ve told you Kobe Bryant said he thought this current team could beat the Dream Team (because guys like Magic and Bird were at the end of their careers), that Mike Krzyzewski (who was an assistant coach in 1992) didn’t blow the…

  17. Shaq’s got a new television show, it sounds awful

    Jul 12, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    There is going to be more Shaquille O’Neal on your television. Sorry, there is nothing we can do to stop it. Just don’t watch it and hopefully it goes away fast. Shaq has a new show that has been green lit, according to the Hollywood Reporter (via SLAM). TruTV has greenlighted “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal,”…

  18. Team USA ready to begin track meet to London against Dominican Republic

    Jul 12, 2012, 12:36 PM EST

    US Roster Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Any good coach plays to the strengths of the guys on his roster. And Mike Krzyzewski is a very good coach. He looks at a roster of elite players entering their peak, a roster deep with great athletes no other team in the world could match. He and assistant coach Mike D’Antoni…

  19. Barkley said what you did: Dream Team would beat current Team USA

    Jul 12, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    Charles Barkley Team USA Dream Team

    What did you think Charles Barkley was going to say? Pretty much what most of you did in the comments on this site yesterday — you’ll take the original 1992 Dream Team over this year’s Team USA. Barkley was a key part of the original Dream Team, and he’s not exactly soft-spoken, so you knew…

  20. Report: Timberwolves to amnesty Darko Milicic

    Jul 12, 2012, 11:12 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    Darko is free! Well, kind of. The Minnesota Timberwolves are about to amnesty Darko Milicic, reports Ric Bucher of ESPN. The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to amnesty center Darko Milicic in order to give an offer sheet to Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent Nicolas Batum, a league source says. Milicic has two years and $10…

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