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  1. Report: James, Wade to join forces in Chicago?

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, free agent guard Dwayne Wade had a second meeting with Chicago Bulls officials on Friday, and is seriously considering leaving the Miami Heat.  According to Wojnarowski, Wade coming to the Bulls could represent the best chance LeBron James has at joining forces with another superstar:  Wade and James…

  2. 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…

  3. PBT's Free Agent Roundup, Day 1: When average players get wildly overpaid

    Jul 2, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT

    Recession? What recession? After pleading poverty for a year — remember David Stern said the teams would lose $400 million this season — teams went on a spending spree like Paris Hilton with a black American Express card. It was obscene. This will come back to haunt the owners during the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.…

  4. Suns agree to give Channing Frye five years, $30 million to keep raining threes

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:02 PM EDT

    UPDATE 11:02 pm: Channing Frye and the Suns kept talking, and the two sides reached a deal this evening — five years, $30 million. That’s a good deal for him that extends into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. After the crazy contracts of the day, one might have thought Frye would see if he could…

  5. Nets up first, pitch LeBron with clothing line and lessons in being a billionaire

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    On the court, the Nets have a nice young team. That’s not going to be enough. So as the Nets walk through the doors to be the first team to pitch LeBron James — starting at 11 am Eastern — here is what they are selling, according to the New York Post. Russian billionaire owner…

  6. LeBron gets to choose his destiny as free agency begins

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Living in a free country has many advantages. You get to freely select where you live, who you marry, what you do with your time, where you work, what you do, what you say, and how you feel. But along with those freedoms is a cost. It’s the money you need to accomplish what you…

  7. Knicks pitch to LeBron – build your own dynasty. Oh, and take less to do it.

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    The Knicks do not have the inside track on LeBron James anymore. They are considered on the outside looking in at the race. But they have a new strategy — tell LeBron he can build a dynasty in New York. He can be the leader of a team winning titles. He can bring home the…

  8. Isiah Thomas would like to tell you his thoughts on LeBron. Tell us, Isiah!

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:16 AM EDT

    Whichever team loses out on this summer’s free agency will be devastated. Their franchise will be in ruins, and it may take years to recover, to attain the same level of success they held before Thursday morning at 12AM. And you know what? It will still pale in comparison to the abject destruction left in…

  9. Randy Foye can be yours, the Wizards let him walk

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    The Washington Wizards have their point guard of the future, and it is not Randy Foye. That is one reason the team declined to make a qualifying offer to Foye, making him an unrestricted free agent. You can have him. The Wizards are letting Mike Miller go as well this summer. So, the two guys…

  10. Your latest LeBron rumor: He and Bosh to Miami with Wade. It doesn't work, yet…

    Jun 28, 2010, 7:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:46 pm: ESPN salary cap guru Larry Coon blew this idea of Wade/Bosh/LeBron out of the water tonight. Here were his comments on twitter: If they re-sign Wade, waive Jones & renounce all other FAs, they will have $27,596,027 cap room. Bron/Bosh are $16,568,908 each. So one or both of them would have to…

  11. Nets set Keyon Dooling free

    Jun 28, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    If you love Keyon Dooling, set him free. That’s sort of what happened. In a pretty straightforward business move the Nets declined the option bought out the $3.8 million contract of Dooling to create even more cap space. The Nets liked him as a player, but want as much flexibility as possible this summer, and…

  12. Ownership and coaches, LeBron James has a lot to consider

    Jun 28, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    At some point, it’s going to come down to just him. LeBron James sitting in a quiet room (or laying in his bed or wherever he does his best thinking) and weighing all the options. Then making a choice. But there are a lot of variables in front of him. One is ownership — he’s…

  13. Report: Dallas Mavericks to pursue Joe Johnson

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson is one popular man. He will meet with the Atlanta Hawks this week before free agency begins. Once it does start, the Knicks will be talking to him not long after midnight. He has been rumored as a possibility with the Heat and Rockets as well. Now add Dallas to the mix. Yahoo’s…

  14. LeBron in Chicago: The Jerry Reinsdorf question

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    LeBron to Chicago, with Chris Bosh. Teamed with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. A force in the NBA for the next decade. That is unquestionably how it is going down, right? Except, there are a few questions. Starting with: Would Bulls onwer Jerry Reinsdorf be willing to pay the price for it? Does LeBron James…

  15. Knicks "Plan B" of Johnson/Stoudemire fast becoming "Plan A"

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    The Knicks will be in Cleveland on Thursday afternoon, making their pitch to LeBron James — you can be the biggest star on the biggest stage. We can bring in another star with you. There is nothing like winning in New York. But hours before they do that, they will be pitching Joe Johnson and…

  16. Chris Bosh says he is serious about the Heat, too

    Jun 28, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh is not just LeBron James’ lap dog, going wherever he goes and doing whatever he says. No sir. Chris Bosh is his own man. And would go to Miami to be with Dwyane Wade to prove it, so he tells the Miami Herald. “Miami is in top contention,” Bosh said during a quiet…

  17. Knicks target Joe Johnson out of the gate

    Jun 27, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Sure, the Knicks want LeBron James. And they’ll make their pitch. But they’ll need more than the King to contend, and will need other players on roster to lure James anyway. And there’s always, you know, the simple fact that they should probably look into some backup plans in case their best pitch isn’t good…

  18. It's not just you, NBA executives think LeBron will be a Bull, too.

    Jun 27, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    You watched the draft day moves by the Chicago Bulls, saw they freed up almost enough room for two max guys to go along side Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, and you thought, “That is where LeBron is going to go.” You are not alone. According to one NBA executive who spoke with the New…

  19. David Kahn thinks the Wolves will be players in free agency. Good luck with that.

    Jun 27, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    You can say this for David Kahn. He’s not lacking for confidence.  The vexing General Manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves told the Star Tribune that they planned on being active in this summer’s free agency session. And we’re not talking just the lower level guys who you would expect to consider Minnesota. No, no. The…

  20. Knicks are next in line with the King after Nets

    Jun 26, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    The New York Daily News reports that the Knicks will meet with LeBron James on July 1st, the same day the New Jersey/soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets are scheduled to meet with James. The Nets will meet with James first, sending Jay-Z and owner Mikhail Prokhorov. The Knicks will send GM Donnie Walsh and head coach Mike…

  21. Mike Miller wants to play for a contender

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    The one thing with professional athletes: They’re always saying the right things.  Mike Miller is an unrestricted free agent this summer. And while he obviously won’t be holding court to the team’s most attractive teams to offer for his services, he’s the kind of complimentary piece, a veteran shooter that can defend, that some teams…

  22. Bobcats extend qualifying offer to Tyrus Thomas

    Jun 26, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tyrus Thomas is entering a pretty intense summer for him. His rookie contract is up after being traded to the Charlotte Bobcats, where he seemed to be more warmly received than he was with the Bulls, but still not a starter. The Bobcats could have failed to tender a qualifying offer, releasing him back into…

  23. Which teams are most impacted by LeBron James not touring for free agency?

    Jun 26, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    We told you earlier that LeBron would not be going on a worldwide tour of his free agent destinations as had been previously reported. But the question now is, which teams are most impacted by that decision? Let’s take a look at the candidates and rank the impact this has on their chances on a…

  24. Report: Jiggaman Jay-Z, Prokhorov get first crack at LeBron James

    Jun 26, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Sure, the Finals were fun, in a sort of “two-teams-shooting-35%-from-the-floor” sort of way. But now the real entertainment begins. Watching professional franchises, several steeped in rich history and other heralded by some of the most powerful men in the world, crawl and beg before a 25-year-old small forward from Akron, Ohio.  First up? H.O.V.A.  Yahoo!…

  25. LeBron James not going on recruiting tour

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    Remember talks of LeBron James going on a nationwide tour to be wined and dined by the teams and cities that wanted him? Yea, not so much. All meetings with teams will be at a neutral site, James’ right hand man Maverick Carter told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “LeBron is not going on a tour,” Carter…

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