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2010 free agency

  1. Delonte West to sign with the Celtics, bolster Boston's already impressive bench

    Sep 1, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

    Delonte West, like a lot of other late free agent signings, comes with a few red flags. For starters, he’ll be inactive for the first 10 games of the season, as a consequence for pleading guilty to weapons charges last month. Go a bit deeper, and there are some understandable concerns about West that have…

  2. What can we really expect from Shaq this year?

    Aug 1, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal is still looking for a team. August has arrived, and the FMD (Former Most Dominant) is unemployed. It seems reasonable that Shaq would be towards the end of the free agent acquisitions. He’s in the awkward cross-section of expensive and old, both of which are in the short list of words that make…

  3. Nets ink Jordan Farmar, look to avoid a single impact signing

    Jul 11, 2010, 9:22 PM EDT

    The New Jersey Nets are making an offer to Jordan Farmar, which means a bizarre compromise on the part of both participants.  The Los Angeles times reports that Farmar has received an offer from the Nets but has not accepted it, while Ric Bucher of ESPN says the deal is done for three years and…

  4. Grizzlies sign Tony Allen

    Jul 11, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the Grizzlies have closed in on a deal with former Celtics back-up guard Tony Allen. Woj and Spears over at Yahoo! report the deal is for three-years, $10 million, a very reasonable price for a player that played a significant role for the Celtics during their Finals run.  It’s a smart…

  5. Heat have interest in Zydrunas Ilgauskas

    Jul 11, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    This should make Cavs happy. Did I say happy? I meant, “feel like they were kicked in the back of the head after getting hit in the groin with a tire iron.” Mike Wallace of the Miami Herald reports that Zydrunas Ilgauskas is “looking into the option” of joining LeBron James, a close personal friend,…

  6. Magic strongly considering matching Bulls' offer for Redick

    Jul 11, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    The Orlando Magic must really dislike the restricted free agency system. Because there have been several times where it really seems like they’re just matching offers from other teams out of spite. Last year it was Marcin Gortat, who was frozen in place despite an offer from the Mavericks that would have given him more…

  7. Video:The Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James Heat Introduction, because things haven't really gone over the top yet

    Jul 10, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Hey, you know what would be fun? If we somehow took the ridiculous spectacle of the Free Agency Summer of Doom to whole new levels. That would be fun.   http://nbcprobasketballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/33399740 And then Dan Gilbert’s music played and he came out with Mo Williams and hit them in the back of the head with a…

  8. What the Raptors and Cavaliers were left with in the ruins

    Jul 10, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    This is going to come as little consolation, but here’s what the Cavaliers and Raptors got out of the sign-and-trade deals that ripped away their franchise players and formed one of the most powerful triumvirates in the league. Via ESPN: The Raptors got the 2011 first round pick they traded to Miami, as well as…

  9. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh each leave $15 million on the table, but can opt-out after fourth year

    Jul 10, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    The numbers have come out, and the Miami Thrice team-up of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are true to their word, money was not the main thing. Okay, it was a pretty big thing. James and Bosh are each making $110.1 million over the course of six years, with Wade making $107. It’s…

  10. LeBron James and Chris Bosh re-up with their respective teams…before being traded to the Heat

    Jul 9, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    With a sequence of events as massive in scale as the LeBron-Bosh coup, we all knew it couldn’t be simple. Sure, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh could have each theoretically signed free agent deals outright with the Heat, but doing so would’ve likely left Miami in a painful salary cap situation despite their undeniably effective…

  11. Bulls agree to a five-year, $75 million deal with Carlos Boozer, may have bought their way back into the LeBron sweepstakes

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    UPDATE 5:47 PM: According to the Bulls’ website, Boozer’s deal will be worth about $75 million (via Mark Deeks/Sham Sports). UPDATE 5:38 PM: According to Sam Amick of NBA FanHouse, a league source claims that Boozer’s deal is less than the reported $80 million, but no clarified value has been given yet. 5:27 PM: The…

  12. Like it or not, LeBron James' 'Decision' is all part of the plan, and it's working

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    When word broke that LeBron James would be announcing his decision regarding the biggest free agency signing in NBA history in a one-hour special on ESPN, the criticism exploded the internet like Brazil going down in flames did to Twitter. Everyone and their mother wants to point out LeBron’s ego, his unfathomable self-concept bent out…

  13. Amar'e Stoudemire: Icon of the New York reclamation

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Lost in the debates on if the Knicks should have traded for Tracy McGrady (and his cap space) at the cost of their draft picks in 2011 (swapped) and 2012 to the Rockets, and whether the Knicks will manage to acquire one of the true elites of the free agent class (two names, LeBron James,…

  14. Count the Warriors among those looking to nab David Lee

    Jul 5, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The jury’s still out on exactly what kind of salary David Lee can command this off-season. Yet with Rudy Gay and Joe Johnson topping out on their earning potential, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to see some team give Lee a max deal. Hooray for the Summer of 2010, where basketball paupers…

  15. Free agent bargain bin: Udonis Haslem

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    There remains a possibility — however slim — that the Miami Heat could suit up Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh next season. However, in order to do so, Miami would likely have to renounce Udonis Haslem’s Bird rights, which would prevent the team from going over the cap in order to re-sign Miami’s…

  16. Derek Fisher's going to have options

    Jul 4, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ask an NBA fan about Derek Fisher and you’ll likely get one of two extreme answers. He’s either a knowledgeable veteran that knows how to hit big shots in the most clutch of situations, who uses his savvy and experience to lead championship teams, or he’s an aging player who’s lost his defensive acumen and…

  17. Free agent bargain bin: Louis Amundson

    Jul 4, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Goran Dragic became a YouTube sensation, Leandro Barbosa has an established rep as a super-sub, Channing Frye reinvented himself, and Jared Dudley won over the world with his never-ceasing hustle and natural charisma. Yet behind them all is forgotten member of the Phoenix Suns’ immensely successful bench lineup: Louis Amundson. It’s strange: although Lou is…

  18. Amar'e Stoudemire says Carmelo Anthony and Tony Parker are ready to join him if he signs with Knicks

    Jul 4, 2010, 7:24 AM EDT

    Amar’e Stoudemire is going to be what every Knicks beat reporter dreams of. Stoudemire is in New York to visit with the Knicks tomorrow, and decided to check out the play he’s helped produce on Broadway, “Rock of Ages.” He got a warm welcome to the New York media when two reporters tried sneaking into…

  19. The Cavs pitch to LeBron James: Dramatic and themed

    Jul 4, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

    The Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t going to try and convince LeBron they made the most business sense, though they definitely feel they have a great financial opportunity for him long-term. They weren’t going to try and convince him even that their basketball club provided the best opportunity, though that’s an easy case to make with their…

  20. To keep a King, the Cavs invoked 'Family Guy.' Natch.

    Jul 3, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    The Cavaliers understood the seriousness of their meeting with the greatest player in franchise history today. Instead of the proposed 30 minute meeting, they stayed for nearly 90 minutes. Coach Byron Scott talked about how he planned to use LeBron James. They reminded James of all the good times he’s had in Ohio, of how…

  21. Cleveland fans have bombarded LeBron with love this morning

    Jul 3, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    LeBron James meets the final two suitors for his free-agent services this morning, and on his way in, the fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers have made it very clear that they would like him to stick around for a few more, well, careers. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer is outside the meetings and reporting…

  22. Why on earth is Minnesota meeting with David Lee?

    Jul 3, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    So you’re David Kahn. You’ve just signed Darko Milicic for $20 million. You drafted a 23-year-old combo wing the same night you traded for Martell Webster (and drafted another small forward). You have one significant trade chip, Al Jefferson, who’s a phenomenal young player that for some reason you don’t want and who has great…

  23. Today's NBA free-agency schedule: The final LeBron act, and Stoudemire meets Knicks

    Jul 3, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    LeBron James will meet with the Cleveland Cavaliers at 11:00AM EST, then with the Chicago Bulls at 1:30AM EST. That concludes James’ tour of teams on “the list.” He’s then expected to take Sunday to consider his options and discuss with his people on the holiday, then make his decision Monday. Again, “expected.” He very…

  24. Cavs to pitch LeBron James with humor, familiarity, and Chris Bosh

    Jul 3, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    The New York Knicks pitched a billion dollars. The Miami Heat pitched championship rings and the value of sacrifice. The New Jersey Nets pitched a media empire. The Los Angeles Clippers pitched… (giggle)… Baron Davis and Chris Kaman. So what are the Cleveland Cavaliers, the home team, the favorites in many’s eyes to retain the…

  25. NBA free agency: These bright lights may or may not inspire you

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The team that plays in the World’s Most Famous Arena in the Greatest City on Earth is not exactly having a blockbuster start to free agency. They had their meeting with LeBron in Cleveland, a location they obviously would have preferred to avoid. Showing James the glitz and glitter of New York would have been…

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