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  1. Clippers to quickly, quietly sign Blake Griffin to 5-year max extension

    Jun 30, 2012, 3:59 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    This is about as much of a surprise as Tom Cruise burning through another marriage. The Clippers top July 1 free agent priority will be signing star forward Blake Griffin to a max extension to his rookie deal. And it sounds like that is going to happen no problem, reports Ramona Shelburne at ESPNLosAngeles.com. The…

  2. Report: Rockets looking to move Scola, just about anyone else

    Jun 30, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

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    It’s not a fire sale. But it does feel like a clearance sale. Rockets GM Daryl Morey is clearly looking to make some big moves and shake up the Rockets roster. He brought in three picks in the top 20 from the NBA Draft — and tried to do a lot more — and now…

  3. Report: Suns prepping large offer for Hornets’ Eric Gordon

    Jun 30, 2012, 1:52 PM EST

    Eric Gordon

    It sounds like Eric Gordon is going to get paid. Likely he gets that money to stay and play in New Orleans, but the restricted free agent who may be the best young two guard in the league will get his money. The Suns want a two guard and are looking to make a big…

  4. Report: Heat to make very hard push to get Ray Allen

    Jun 30, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler

    Ray Allen is going to be a popular guy Sunday. With Kevin Garnett back in the fold in Boston you know they are going to make a big run at him, but as rumored the Miami Heat will as well. From Brian Windhorst at ESPN.com. The Heat, according to sources, have made Allen their prime…

  5. Report: Thunder and Brooks closing in on new deal

    Jun 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Scott Brooks

    You should not be surprised by this. ESPN reports that the Oklahoma City Thunder are “closing in” on a new deal with head coach Scott Brooks: Sources told ESPN.com on Friday night that Brooks and the Thunder, after slow-moving talks that had left the sides well apart by the end of the NBA Finals earlier…

  6. Kevin Garnett will return to Celtics next season

    Jun 30, 2012, 10:41 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

    He’s baaaaack. As most expected after his strong playoff run, Kevin Garnett has shot down talk of retirement and told the Celtics he will return to the team next season, the Boston Herald reports. The Herald has learned this morning that Garnett has informed the club he will be back. The 36-year-old considered retirement, but…

  7. After the dust has settled, 25 observations from the NBA draft

    Jun 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    2012 NBA Draft

    25 thoughts, observations, and wisecracks about the 2012 NBA Draft, now that there’s been some time to see the whole board.   1. I spent two months talking myself into the idea that Tyshawn Taylor was a first round pick because I was worried I was being overly harsh on his decision making late in…

  8. Friday Night Videos: 10 best plays of 2012 NBA finals

    Jun 29, 2012, 10:35 PM EST

    The Miami Heat celebrate their victory i

    Now that there are no more games, seems like a good time to bring back the Friday Night videos tradition. We just give you a good video to start off your weekend right. How about the 10 best plays from the 2012 NBA finals? That works for me. This was a great finals, really close…

  9. Pistons plan to take a look at Kyle Singler this summer

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:04 PM EST

    Kyle Singler Duke

    Popular Duke player Kyle Singler — well, at least with Duke fans, Duke players are never popular elsewhere — is going to get his chance to impress Joe Dumars and the Pistons this summer through workouts and Summer League, the team announced. The Pistons drafted the 6’8” swingman in the second round of the 2011…

  10. NBA, union reach deal on Bird rights that is win for Knicks

    Jun 29, 2012, 8:09 PM EST

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    This gets complex but here is the bottom line for Knicks fans — you can re-sign Jeremy Lin now and still have your mid-level exception to chase free agents such Steve Nash or Ray Allen this summer. Remember last week that an arbitrator ruled in favor of the union — who filed on behalf of Lin,…

  11. Mo Williams makes it official: He’s headed to Utah, Odom to Clippers

    Jun 29, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

    Lamar Odom Clippers

    We told you last night just as the draft was ramping up this is how it would go down — Dallas was trading Lamar Odom to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Clippers were sending Mo Williams to Utah, and Dallas was saving a lot of cash. The catch was Williams had to pick up his…

  12. Where were all the draft day trades? Wait until free agency.

    Jun 29, 2012, 6:02 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Well, that was quieter than we expected. After all the buzz about seemingly every pick from No. 2 down to 60 being in play, there were only a handful of small trades on draft night. No Cleveland Cavaliers moving up the boards. No Josh Smith or Rudy Gay getting moved. Pau Gasol is still a…

  13. Report: Heat don’t plan to amnesty Mike Miller, anyone else

    Jun 29, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Miami has some looming tax issues. Next year they have nearly $80 million on the books, and that’s without going after Ray Allen or any other free agent with their taxpayer’s mid-level exception ($3 million). Or rounding out the roster. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh alone will account for about $52 million in…

  14. Cleveland is very comfortable with Dion Waiters at No. 4

    Jun 29, 2012, 4:32 PM EST

    2012 NBA Draft

    No team has taken as much public heat after the draft as Cleveland — most people considered it a reach to take Dion Waiters, the Syracuse sixth man, at No. 4. The reviews have been mixed. Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated graded Cleveland’s draft an “A” saying they picked Waiters but a lot of teams…

  15. Who is going to be the No. 1 pick in 2013 NBA Draft?

    Jun 29, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

    VCU v Wichita St.

    Well, now that we got that draft behind us, time to think about next year… Okay, maybe we shouldn’t skip ahead that fast. We’ve got Summer League to watch guys grow, a free agent season coming that will be a roller coaster, then a regular season and playoffs before we get back to this spot.…

  16. Royce White’s fear of flying shouldn’t ground NBA career

    Jun 29, 2012, 2:19 PM EST

    Timberwolves White Basketball

    It was a steal of a pick by the Houston Rockets — Royce White played point forward in college and excelled at it, leading Iowa State in points, rebounds, assists and virtually every other category you can think of. Yet he slid down to 16 in the draft, possibly in part do to a generalized…

  17. O.J. Mayo unrestricted free agent, Boston Celtics interested

    Jun 29, 2012, 1:55 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    O.J. Mayo is on the open market. Memphis made qualifying offers to Marreese Speights and Darrell Arthur — they can now match any offers other teams make to those two — but chose not to make a similar offer to Mayo, tweets the Commercial Appeal. That makes the four-year veteran an unrestricted free agent. Any…

  18. Video: David Stern is amused by being booed at NBA Draft

    Jun 29, 2012, 1:12 PM EST

    2012 NBA Draft

    It is an annual tradition, like overpriced water at the Coachella music festival. Fans at the NBA Draft boo NBA Commissioner David Stern with gusto. Stern seems amused by it and starts trolling the crowd, really dragging out the “champion Miami Heat” line and at one point putting up his hand to his ear like…

  19. Chris Bosh pulls name from Olympic consideration

    Jun 29, 2012, 12:58 PM EST

    Chris Bosh USA

    Team USA takes another blow to its front line. Chris Bosh played through an injury to beat Boston and win an NBA championship, but he never fully recovered from his abdominal strain that had him out for nine games of the playoffs. To recover from that, he has pulled his name from consideration for the…

  20. Report: Bulls, Thibodeau nowhere near contract extension

    Jun 29, 2012, 12:34 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    This is not about next season. This is not Scott Brooks part two. But it is about the long term in Chicago. And it is about leverage in negotiations. And because the Bulls are not “the Bulls” without Tom Thibodeau and his defense and intensity, he has leverage in contract talks. The Bulls picked up…

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