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  1. Nicolas Batum is angry at Portland, except he’s really not

    Jul 4, 2012, 9:59 AM EST

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    What a long, strange trip it’s been this free agency than Nicolas Batum. And it’s not even close to over yet. It’s an entertaining tale but we all know how the movie ends — he will be back in Portland as a key part of the rebuilding there. Let me explain. It all started last…

  2. The Inbounds: Deron Williams and the meaning of Brooklyn cool

    Jul 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Deron Williams

    Let’s start here: Deron Williams did not decide to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets because it was his best chance to win an NBA title. And that’s OK. Williams made a lot of comments about how winning a title would dictate his decision. But the mere fact that he limited his options to Brooklyn and…

  3. Report: Jeremy Lin to meet with Rockets Wednesday, may get offer

    Jul 4, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Knicks guard Lin celebrates after his long pass hit Knicks forward Stoudemire for a layup against the Cavaliers in New York

    The number of teams interested in Jeremy Lin is multiplying like rabbits. That includes one of the teams that Lin him go before he became a sensation — Lin is set to meet Wednesday with the Houston Rockets. And expect the Rockets to make an offer, according to the Associated Press. Other reports suggest this…

  4. Report: Mavericks to target Nash and Lin

    Jul 4, 2012, 2:32 AM EST

    Steve Nash Amare Stoudemire

    Well, so much for that plan. With Deron Williams choosing the Nets, the Mavericks are going to have to put together some sort of backup plan. And according to ESPN Dallas, the next targets are point guards. The Dallas Mavericks’ point guard priorities are now shifting to 39-year-old and former Mav Steve Nash and one-time…

  5. Williams, bold moves make Nets a fun team… for now

    Jul 4, 2012, 2:19 AM EST

    Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles

    The Brooklyn Nets are a much better team right now than they were 72 hours ago. They will walk onto the court at the Barclays Center with an entertaining lineup, a team with offensive firepower, something you couldn’t really say about the squad last seen in New Jersey (they move to Brooklyn this fall). They…

  6. Suns offer Eric Gordon max deal, Hornets will match

    Jul 4, 2012, 12:19 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    The New Orleans Hornets were never going to let Eric Gordon go, the only question was how much it was going to cost to keep him. The answer is a max deal, $58 million over four years. Gordon, a restricted free agent, had been meeting with teams all over the map trying to find someone,…

  7. Anthony Davis’ ankle injury not that bad, will attend Team USA camp

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:59 PM EST

    2012 NBA Draft

    The initial reports did not sound good, but sometimes injuries are not as bad as they first appear. Anthony Davis’ ankle injury was not as severe as first reported and he will attend the USA Basketball Olympic training camp in Las Vegas starting later this week, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC…

  8. Report: Lakers quietly enter chase for Steve Nash

    Jul 3, 2012, 9:53 PM EST

    Steve Nash Kobe Bryant

    Can Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant co-exist? While the gut reaction may be “no, there is only one basketball allowed on the court at any given time” the reality is these are two high hoops IQ players who would do whatever it takes to win another ring. And Kobe would get better looks. While the…

  9. Winderman: Dallas blew it all up for this?

    Jul 3, 2012, 9:40 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki walks off the court during a timeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Dallas

    The Mavericks blew it up for this? To finish as runner-up for Deron Williams? The Mavericks put aside one of Dirk Nowitzki‘s precious few quality remaining seasons on the promise of potential hope? Yes, the Mavericks still could recover next summer, if Chris Paul doesn’t reach a new deal with the Clippers, if Dwight Howard…

  10. Deron Williams to stay with Nets, lead them into Brooklyn

    Jul 3, 2012, 7:46 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    No. Sleep. ‘Till Brooklyn. For Deron Williams. The most coveted free agent of this summer tweeted out late Tuesday that he had made a very tough decision — with a picture of the Brooklyn Nets new logo attached to the tweet. The two sides agreed to a five-year, $98 million deal (he cannot actually sign…

  11. Don’t be shocked if Thabeet ends up on Thunder bench

    Jul 3, 2012, 6:43 PM EST

    Thabeet

    The days of Hasheem Thabeet — he former No. 2 pick of the Grizzlies, taken in front of James Harden, Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan and others — getting a big NBA payday are gone. But he likely is still on an NBA roster next season. Maybe a very good one. From Darnell Mayberry…

  12. Tournament to decide final three Olympic berths taking place

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:49 PM EST

    Dominican Republic's Al Horford goes for a basket during their 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament basketball game against South Korea in Caracas

    Kentucky coach John Calipari is in Venezuela as you read this. Coaching the Dominican Republic. Al Horford is in Venezuela as well. So are Andrei Kirilenko, J.J. Barea and a host of other players you know. All trying to earn their ticket to London for the 2012 Olympics. FIBA’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament — all the…

  13. Adam Morrison is back, will play for Nets in Summer League

    Jul 3, 2012, 4:37 PM EST

    amorrison

    If you are a guy with some skills willing to play for the veterans’ minimum, the New Jersey Nets might be the team to hook up with — whatever happens with Dwight Howard they are loaded with big contracts and need some affordable talent. Enter Adam Morrison. The former No. 3 overall pick of the…

  14. Report: Reggie Evans headed to Brooklyn in sign-and-trade

    Jul 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Reggie Evans

    Clippers fans are not going to like this. Reggie Evans, and his physical play and flopping, became a Clippers fan favorite over the course of season. But multiple reports now have him gone from Los Angeles headed to Brooklyn. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network broke the report. Brooklyn is finalizing…

  15. Rudy Fernandez going home, to sign with Real Madrid

    Jul 3, 2012, 3:51 PM EST

    Rudy Fernandez Nuggets

    Rudy Fernandez has wanted to get back to play in Spain as badly as Pepe Le Pew wants that poor black cat who keeps accidentally getting the white stripe down its back. And Fernandez was about that subtle about it. Now he is finally going to get his wish. Fernandez is going to announce Wednesday…

  16. Report: Jason Terry reaches deal with Boston Celtics

    Jul 3, 2012, 3:25 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    UPDATE 3:25 pm: And it is finalized, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Jason Terry will be a Celtic for three years, $15 million total — the mid-level exception. Dallas reportedly offered more money per year but only a two-year deal, Terry decided to take the extra year. The question now is now does this signing…

  17. Report: Lakers willing to offer Bynum, World Peace for Howard, if he will stay in L.A.

    Jul 3, 2012, 2:29 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard still has some leverage over in where he gets traded. Not because the Magic give a rat’s a** what he wants, if they could trade him to a team from Siberia in the Russian league they would do it. Rather it’s because he can walk away as a free agent next summer from…

  18. Report: Raptors sign Knicks’ Landry Fields to offer sheet

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:47 PM EST

    Landry Fields

    This is an expensive but smart play by the Toronto Raptors. Knicks guard Landry Fields has agreed to sign an offer sheet from the Toronto Raptors, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. Sources say that the three-year deal offer sheet to Fields, with the Year 3 jump a la Omer Asik, approaches $20 million What that…

  19. Looks like Jeff Green is healthy, will re-sign with Celtics

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:22 PM EST

    Jeff Green

    Boston fans seem to love the whole “if we were healthy, if we had Jeff Green, the playoffs would have been different” idea. I hate what ifs, and I think this year was the Celtics last deep run with this core. But they would have been better with Jeff Green, who had to walk away…

  20. Nets sign Spanish league star Mirza Teletović to deal

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    Mirza Teletovic, Pero Antic

    You may not know who Mirza Teletović is, but he has been on the radar of NBA teams for a while — the Bosnian power forward has been one of the better offensive players in Europe for a few years. And he is coming to the Nets, he has inked a three-year deal to play…

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