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  1. Andrew Bynum makes backhanded dig at Lakers fans

    Jul 25, 2013, 11:34 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum was introduced as the newest Cavalier and said all the right things — if he is right and Kyrie Irving is right that is a dangerous team. I think we all expect Irving to be right and an All-Star; with Bynum everybody is wait-and-see. At his introduction Bynum stuck to the company line…

  2. Rosters set for Thursday’s USA Basketball intra-squad showcase

    Jul 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes

    LAS VEGAS — USA Basketball will wrap up its four-day mini-camp on Thursday with an intra-squad showcase that will be played in front of fans at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV, and televised nationally on NBA TV. The rosters have been set for what is essentially an All-Star game where the…

  3. Report: LeBron will not play for USA in 2014, could well skip 2016 Olympics

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:34 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    When Kevin Love and particularly Kevin Durant said they would come back to play for Team USA at the 2014 World Cup (FIBA’s World Championship, but they want to steal the soccer name now) it was a real coup. Durant could blow off the trip to Spain next summer for the World Cup and still…

  4. With Iguodala in fold, Harrison Barnes says he’s willing to come off bench

    Jul 23, 2013, 3:28 PM EST

    Harrison Barnes

    Golden State made a good move getting Andre Iguodala — his perimeter defense is needed on that roster and his play in transition will suit what the Warriors do well. But it left a Harrison Barnes question. Iguodala will be the starter at the three (with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee and Andrew Bogut),…

  5. Andrew Bynum’s contract contains no performance-based incentives, just $6 million guaranteed

    Jul 23, 2013, 2:05 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum’s contract with the Cavaliers will pay him between $6 million and $24.79 million the next two seasons. The two-year deal, the details of which were revealed by ShamSports.com, calls for base salaries of $12,250,000 and $12,540,000. However, only $6 million of the first season is guaranteed if Bynum is waived before 5 p.m.…

  6. 76ers replace risk-taking front office with risk-taking front office

    Jul 23, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Sam Hinkie

    Confession: I liked the Andrew Bynum trade for the 76ers. They were a middling team capable of making the playoffs but without the proven ability to win a series unless the opponent’s top player was injured. Their roster had limited flexibility, and two starters, Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala, were aging. The 76ers didn’t necessarily…

  7. Kyrie Irving says he has no intention of leaving the Cavaliers

    Jul 22, 2013, 9:54 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    LAS VEGAS – Kyrie Irving is already playing at an All-Star level for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and earned the honor in just his second NBA season. He’s unquestionably the player who will lead the Cavs to the playoffs and beyond in the future, provided the team continues to make smart roster decisions as it appeared…

  8. Mike Brown says Andrew Bynum, if healthy, will start at center for the Cavs

    Jul 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Portland Trail Blazers

    Now that Andrew Bynum is officially a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and plans to be healthy enough to play a full season for his latest team, if that ends up happening (which, admittedly, would be a small miracle), there’s no doubt in the coach’s eyes what Bynum’s role will be. Bynum has proven his…

  9. Sprained ankle to keep Taj Gibson out of Team USA mini-camp

    Jul 19, 2013, 3:53 PM EST

    Taj Gibson

    Chicago’s Taj Gibson’s blend of size and athleticism makes him an interesting fit for what Team USA likes to do — press on defense, create turnovers then get out and run. Play to your strengths, and with the USA that is the level and depth of athleticism. But a sprained ankle is going to keep…

  10. Andrew Bynum says he plans to play a full season with the Cavaliers

    Jul 19, 2013, 12:41 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum, Chris Grant

    Andrew Bynum was introduced to the media in Cleveland on Friday, and appeared as relaxed as we’ve seen him in quite some time. The reason is that after an entire year of failing to meet even the most basic of expectations in Philadelphia due to injury, and being badgered consistently with questions about a return…

  11. Thursday Summer League Notes: Dion Waiters puts up some numbers

    Jul 19, 2013, 2:45 AM EST

    Dion Waiters

    The Summer League tournament continued on Thursday, with some teams playing their last game in Vegas. Here are a few notes from the action. • Dion Waiters finally broke out of an ugly slump with a good half of basketball. Waiters had been shooting 29.5 percent through three Summer League games, plus he was turning…

  12. Report: Cavaliers may claim Mike Miller off waivers

    Jul 17, 2013, 6:35 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Cleveland Cavaliers certainly could use some more shooting to space the floor. They have Dion Waiters (who is shooting just 29.5 percent in Summer League, it hasn’t been pretty) and Kyrie Irving can knock down shots (as can Jarrett Jack as his sub). However, they lack bigs who can space the floor. The Cavaliers…

  13. Summer League players: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly so far

    Jul 17, 2013, 3:14 PM EST

    Cody Zeller

    LAS VEGAS — As we enter the tournament phase of Summer League, it is pretty much the halfway point, which seems a good time to take stock of some of the player evaluation and development that is really the focus out in Las Vegas. And when you talk player evaluation, you should always try to…

  14. 76ers receive permission to interview Bulls assistants Ed Pinckney and Adrian Griffin

    Jul 16, 2013, 9:56 PM EST

    ed-pinckney

    The 76ers traded their lone All-Star, Jrue Holiday, for a rookie and a draft pick. They let their player with the most potential, Andrew Bynum, leave in free agency. All signs say they’re not really interested in winning next season. It’s a sound plan – bottoming out to get better – but it’s a also…

  15. Kawhi Leonard to skip USA Basketball mini-camp; George Hill, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added to the roster

    Jul 16, 2013, 12:32 PM EST

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    USA Basketball will hold a four-day mini-camp in Las Vegas following the conclusion of Summer League beginning on July 22, and while the roster was originally set to include Kawhi Leonard, that will no longer be the case. Leonard will miss the mini-camp “while rehabbing from a long season,” USA Basketball announced on Tuesday via…

  16. Who is left on free agent market? Pickings getting slim but a few good players out there

    Jul 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Brandon Jennings

    Free agency has been open for more than two weeks now and most of the big names are gone, not just Dwight Howard but also guys like Andrew Bynum, Mike Dunleavy, Al Jefferson, Andrei Kirilenko, Quentin Richardson, Nick young and more. But there are a few name guys left on the market. Guys with flaws…

  17. Sunday Summer League Notes: Talking big men like Zeller, Vesley

    Jul 15, 2013, 1:01 AM EST

    Wizards Warriors Basketball

    Our notebooks are full from another day watching hoop in Vegas are a few notes from Day 3 of the NBA Summer League: • In case you missed it, we’ve written about a couple of big men who are looking good in Las Vegas — Jonas Valanciunas of the Raptors and Cody Zeller for the…

  18. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett to miss Summer League while still recovering from shoulder surgery

    Jul 12, 2013, 6:46 PM EST

    Anthony Bennett

    LAS VEGAS — The Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with the number one overall pick in this year’s draft, and Summer League is usually our first chance to get a look at the most recent lottery picks in an NBA setting. Bennett, who played his college ball at UNLV, won’t be participating, however, due to still…

  19. Thursday And-1 links: List of deals that have become official

    Jul 11, 2013, 10:29 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like they love going to Vegas for Summer League… • Since the calendar flipped…

  20. Reports: Andrew Bynum agrees to sign with Cavaliers

    Jul 10, 2013, 8:24 PM EST

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    That was fast. After meeting with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Andrew Bynum has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to multiple reports. The contract details appear to be the same as were initially reported. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Andrew Bynum’s deal w/ Cleveland will include $6 million of $12M guaranteed…

  21. Reports: Jermaine O’Neal, Toney Douglas to sign with Golden State

    Jul 9, 2013, 3:09 PM EST

    Jermaine O'Neal

    Golden State looks formidable: Stephen Curry at the point, Klay Thompson at the two, Andre Iguodala and David Lee are your forwards. Andrew Bogut is the starting center and his health (and defense) could be the lynchpin for how far this Warriors team can go. However, they need depth — and they may have found…

  22. Report: Warriors to sign Marreese Speights to three-year deal

    Jul 8, 2013, 8:04 PM EST

    Marreese Speights, Festus Ezeli

    The Warriors depleted their bench while upgrading their top six, which is a pretty good tradeoff. In the playoffs, where Golden State is and should now be focused, rotations shrink and a team’s best players matter more. But it doesn’t hurt to have depth, and this should help bolster the Warriors’ bench. Marc J. Spears…

  23. Winners and losers to this point in NBA free agency

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    Teams began entering into agreements with free agent players shortly after midnight Eastern on July 1, but due to a league-imposed moratorium on activity, no deals can be officially signed until July 10. We’re almost there, and plenty of the top names available have indeed been swooped up by teams looking to make a splash…

  24. Omri Casspi agrees to two-year deal with the Rockets

    Jul 6, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Omri Casspi

    When I spoke with Omri Casspi last month in Italy at adidas Eurocamp, he wasn’t yet sure if the Cavaliers would extend him the qualifying offer necessary to make him a restricted free agent. But after playing for losing teams in each of his first four NBA seasons, Casspi wasn’t only looking for a new…

  25. Dwight Howard and James Harden could form NBA’s best duo

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard is a center. James Harden is a guard. Howard is one of the NBA’s best defenders. Harden is one of the league’s top offensive players. Howard is an elite interior scorer. Harden’s range extends beyond the 3-point line. Howard is excellent as the screener in pick-and-rolls. Harden is superb as the ball-handler on…

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