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  1. Bynum interested in Mavs, Rockets if he leaves Lakers

    Jul 9, 2012, 9:59 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Seven

    The key reason Dwight Howard is likely not going to the Lakers is Andrew Bynum. Not that the Magic don’t want him — he’s certainly better than Brook Lopez and the T.G.I.Fridays sampler platter that they likely get — but that they can’t keep him. Just like Howard, Bynum is a free agent next summer.…

  2. Kevin Love tired of waiting for Timberwolves to get good

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:58 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Teams rarely become good overnight in the NBA. They build it up over time — think of the Thunder model, who took steps forward every season the past three years. What Miami did is the aberration. Minnesota could be one of those teams on the rise, but Kevin Love wants management to speed up the…

  3. Russia, Lithuania, Nigeria round out Olympic basketball tournament

    Jul 9, 2012, 2:24 AM EST

    Ike Diogu of Nigeria celebrates after de

    Finally, the Olympic basketball tournament field is set. Nigeria — led by 25 points on 14 shots plus 10 boards Ike Diogu (he formerly of the Spurs, Clippers, Pacers, Kings, Blazers and Warriors) — earned the final spot in the tournament by knocking off the Dominican Republic in a third-place game in the Olympic Qualifying…

  4. Jazz near buyout of Raja Bell; Heat, Lakers, Celtics in mix

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 AM EST

    Raja Bell

    How much does Raja Bell still have in the take at age 36 next season? That’s the question some contenders will have to ask because Bell is going to be on the market — he has a verbal agreement for a buyout deal with the Utah Jazz, Bell told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I’ve been…

  5. Report: Ersan Ilyasova close to five-year, $45 million deal with Bucks

    Jul 8, 2012, 9:46 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

    HoopsHype reports: Free agent forward Ersan Ilyasova is close to an agreement on a five-year, $45 million contract to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks, agent Tolga Tugsavul tells HoopsHype. via HoopsHype’s post on Basketball | Latest updates on Sulia. Ilyasova stands as one of the best value contracts on the market. he was hyper-productive and efficient…

  6. Dwight Howard trade rumors heating up; maybe to Nets in three-team deal

    Jul 8, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The Magic nearing a deal to ship out Ryan Anderson signals one thing — they are entering rebuilding mode, no joke, no holdovers. Which means Dwight Howard rumors are picking up steam, fast. How much steam depends on who you ask — some sources sugest the deal could be done as soon as Monday, but there…

  7. Avery Bradley to have shoulder surgery, will miss start of season; Celtics to pursue Courtney Lee

    Jul 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Perhaps you are confused, after Avery Bradley had shoulder surgery during the Eastern Conference Finals. Yeah, he has to have the other one done. Not good. CSN New England reports that Bradley will have surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday, and the injury will keep him out for the start of the season. That’s…

  8. Report: Hornets in talks for sign-and-trade for Ryan Anderson

    Jul 8, 2012, 3:07 PM EST

    Ryan Anderson

    This is unexpected. Yahoo Sports reports that restricted free agent Ryan Anderson will not re-sign with the Magic and will be moved in a sign-and-trade. Shortly thereafter, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Hornets are in talks with the Magic for a sign-and-trade of the stretch four. The news comes as a shocker with huge…

  9. Nic Batum’s agent hopes the Blazers won’t do something they are totally going to do. He should learn to live with disappointment.

    Jul 8, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    CSN Northwest spoke with Nicolas Batum‘s agent, who is living in  fairytale world and is desperate to get around reality. Funny thing. Reality just kind of is. Batum has agreed to terms with the Timberwolves on a large 4-year, $45 million offer sheet. He is restricted, so the Blazers are going to match. Considering the…

  10. Kirk Hinrich agrees to deal with Chicago Bulls

    Jul 8, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Back where his career began. You love homecoming stories. Unless you’re one of the fans who turned on him, then you probably hate it. But still! Kirk Hinrich is headed back to the Bulls, via the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson: Hinrich, who spent his first seven seasons with the Bulls, is expected to sign a…

  11. Breaking News: Blake Griffin can still dunk so hard NBA stars freak out

    Jul 8, 2012, 11:00 AM 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

    One thing that is commonly said by reporters covering Team USA, outside of the annoying lack of media access, the joy of being in Vegas long-term, and the long travel hours traipsing the world for exhibitions and the games, there’s usually a level of awe at the amount of talent in one room. Kobe Bryant,…

  12. Camby postpones Heat visit, will meet with Knicks, as Nets come in as dark horse

    Jul 8, 2012, 9:30 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    Remember what we told you about Marcus Camby and the Heat and visiting and maybe a sign-and-trade? Yeah, chill on that. From the Miami Herald: Free agent center Marcus Camby’s scheduled Saturday visit to South Florida to meet with the Heat was postponed Saturday morning because the Heat no longer has its $3.1 million mid…

  13. Colangelo on Cousins: “He has a lot of growing up to do”

    Jul 8, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Demarcus Cousins

    Carmelo Anthony came out of the first day of Team USA practice in Vegas — where DeMarcus Cousins is a member of the USA Select team there to push the London-bound squad — and said this about the Kings big man of the future (via Sean Cunningham on twitter). “He fouled the s— outta everyone.”…

  14. USA’s versatile, athletic roster will be fun to watch. Will win a lot, too.

    Jul 7, 2012, 10:34 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

    Al Davis would have loved Team USA. Because speed kills. Team USA basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski coded it with words like “athleticism” and “versatility” — and those are accurate, too — but the makeup of Team USA is both lightning quick but with length. This is a team that that can run the floor, make…

  15. Griffin, Harden, Iguodala round out Team USA roster

    Jul 7, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Spain v USA Iguodala

    Blake Griffin, James Harden and Andre Iguodala are headed to London. Coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo made it official and those three men will round out a Team USA roster that also includes LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Tyson…

  16. Mavericks GM on Nowitizki: “He’s a Mav for life”

    Jul 7, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    With the implosion of the Dallas Mavericks summer has come a new idea gaining momentum around Big D — should the Mavericks trade Nowitzki, blow the whole thing up and rebuild from the ground up? Forget it about it. Mavericks’ general manager Donnie Nelson was interviewed on Dallas radio by the guys rom Dallasbasketball.com and…

  17. Serge Ibaka thinks Spain can hang with the U.S.

    Jul 7, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    Serge Ibaka doesn’t always know the right thing to say in English. He’s still got a sizable language barrier in terms of his English fluency. So whenever he speaks out on something, like he did about LeBron’s defensea few months ago and then apologized, calling it a mistake, you need to take it with a grain of…

  18. Celtics reach agreement with Jeff Green

    Jul 7, 2012, 3:55 PM EST

    Jeff Green

    The question is “how much?” Regardless of how much the deal is worth, the Celtics have reached an agreement on a deal with Jeff Green via Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. The deal is very likely to be a four-year deal, and there are reports of the range being close to $40 million. The Celtics cannot…

  19. Blazers president Larry Miller steps down

    Jul 7, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    trail blazers logo

    Larry Miller lost a power struggle. When Neil Olshey was hired as the new general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers, it was considered to somewhat be a loss for President Larry Miller who was against the hire. Today that process came full circle as Miller stepped down as President of the Blazers. From the…

  20. Ainge refuses comment on Allen rift with Rondo, looks to move forward

    Jul 7, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    The Boston Globe spoke with Danny Ainge about the departure of Ray Allen. Ainge wouldn’t specifically mention Allen, focusing only on the future because he didn’t want to comment publicly before the July 11th period where teams can actually sign free agents starts. From the Globe (comments excerpted, read the entire post for more context…

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