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  1. Patient Lakers again wait for right deal, get to chase another ring for Kobe

    Jul 5, 2012, 12:28 AM EST

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    Trade Pau Gasol. Trade Andrew Bynum and get Dwight Howard. Amnesty Metta World Peace. Blow the whole thing up. Lakers message boards and Los Angeles talk radio was filled with those kinds of comments from a rabid fan base from before the Lakers fell in the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive…

  2. Steve Nash issues statement after being traded to the Lakers

    Jul 4, 2012, 10:19 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The Lakers acquiring Steve Nash through a sign-and-trade deal with the Suns was unexpected, to say the very least. New York and Toronto were considered the frontrunners to land Nash, but being close to family and having the opportunity to compete for a championship were factors that turned out to be more important than many…

  3. Steve Nash traded to Lakers for package of picks

    Jul 4, 2012, 8:39 PM EST

    Steve Nash Kobe Bryant

    The Los Angeles Lakers just lost out on getting Chris Paul just before last season, but it looks like they now have the point guard that turns them into a contender again. They are now the West Coast superstar team to compete with the Miami Heat. Multiple sources say the Suns have come to a…

  4. Spencer Hawes agree to two-year deal to stay with 76ers

    Jul 4, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

    Spencer Hawes

    It has a nice ring of patriotism to have Spencer Hawes decide on July 4 there is no place like our former national capital Philadelphia and agree to stay with the red, white and blue 76ers. Which is exactly what happened, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. Free-agent center Spencer…

  5. Video: Suns welcome Goran Dragic back to Phoenix for free agent visit

    Jul 4, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

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    It’s nice to see the Suns welcome one of their former players back for a free agent visit, even if the same people who sent him away via trade are the ones pursuing him once again. Phoenix rolled out the orange carpet for Goran Dragic this week, with team employees lining his entrance route back…

  6. Bucks make offer to keep Ilyasova, but he’s got options

    Jul 4, 2012, 3:29 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

    All the world loves a stretch four. Apparently, anyway. There has been a lot of interest in Turkish forward Ersan Ilyasova, one of those players that leads most fans to shrug but most GMs to nod knowingly. Ilyasova had talks with Toronto and Milwaukee (and the Nets, although after Brooklyn reached a deal with Mirza…

  7. Clippers meet with Jamal Crawford, scheduled to meet with Ray Allen next

    Jul 4, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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    The Clippers’ plans in free agency are fairly simple, and make a lot of sense to anyone who watched them last season: Upgrade the outside shooting to open things up for Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to do what they do inside. The team took steps in that direction on Tuesday by bringing in Jamal…

  8. Report: Knicks working hard to land Nash, but hesitant to give up Iman Shumpert

    Jul 4, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

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    Steve Nash is an unrestricted free agent who is being courted at the moment by at least four teams: the Knicks, Raptors, Mavericks, and Lakers. Conspicuously absent from that list are the Suns, but all signs show that they’re ready to move on, and won’t come up with the money or the years that others are…

  9. Bulls’ Noah’s ankle injury keeps him out of Olympics for France

    Jul 4, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    Joakim Noah

    France enters the London Olympics with an outside shot at a medal. Everyone expects the gold and silver will go to the USA and Spain in some order, but bronze is wide open and France brings some real talent — Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw… But not Joakim Noah. Remember he rolled his ankle…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

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

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:59 PM EST

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    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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

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

    Jul 3, 2012, 7:46 PM EST

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    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…

  20. 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…

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