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  1. Winderman: After the big name free agents, what will be left for everyone else?

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Amid Game 3 of the NBA Finals and Izzo-gate in Cleveland, two small but telling stories fell somewhat through the cracks Tuesday. In Phoenix, amid Amare Stoudemire’s garish grab for a six-year, $134 million free-agent contract, Grant Hill exercised his $3.3 million option to return to the Suns next season. And in Atlanta, Mo Evans…

  2. The Tom Thibodeau-LeBron James via William Wesley corrolary

    Jun 6, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    The Bulls’ hiring of Tom Thibodeau is in and of itself a great maneuver. Thibodeau, long considered a defensive guru and a major component of the Celtics’ ridiculous defense the last two years. He’s widely respected and was considered an obvious choice (seriously, the Bulls could ink LeBron on the first day of free agency…

  3. LeBron's free agent tour to begin in New York, fan backlash soon to follow

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    It could be worse. The rumor that Nike was going to make a LeBron James free agent tour shoe series — with the date he was in each city on it — is not true. Nike shot it down. Maybe because they see where this is headed. James is going to do a free agency…

  4. David Stern didn't and wouldn't have stopped the free agent summit

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Enforcing tampering rules practically begs for a witch hunt. At some point everyone is culpable, and questions of who is punishable under NBA rules can start to get a little fuzzy as the types of personnel accused of tampering become more and more diverse. It makes sense that players under contract could be accused of…

  5. LeBron James only steals the show if you let him

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    There’s little doubt that July will belong to LeBron James. Regardless of whether he stays or goes, the endless speculation concerning his future, his decision-making, and his rationale will be put under the world’s largest internet-powered microscope, and every other sports-related topic will be put on the back-burner. That’s just what happens when the biggest…

  6. Winderman: Forget New York, Cleveland can get LeBron and Bosh

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Well, so much for having to miss Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Learning that it might be better off next time to actually go live when it comes to “Larry King Live,” CNN has released the entire transcript of Tuesday’s taped interview with LeBron James, after several outlets reported the content of the…

  7. Agents say there is no "free agent summit" but LeBron says otherwise

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    When you’re an agent, you don’t just negotiate the fat contract for your client then watch the money roll in. Well, not if you’re a good one. Your job is bigger than that. You have to have your player’s back, keeping him out of trouble. So, hypothetically, if you’re client starts talking about all the…

  8. Pastor preaches, prays for LeBron James to play for one dollar a season

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson told Paul Pierce this is the matchup he wanted. Kobe just sees another hurdle in his way. Alvin Gentry only sees Kobe Bryant. Steve Nash tries to see the future.  

  9. Sacramento Kings not playing your big free agent games

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Sacramento Kings have a boatload of cap space. Nobody ever really mentions this, you don’t hear the Kings come up in the LeBron sweepstakes talk, but the money is there. Two of the worst contracts in the NBA — Larry Hughes and Kenny Thomas — come off the books, so the Kings are about…

  10. Why Dwyane Wade should sign with the Knicks

    May 31, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    New York Knicks GM Donnie Walsh has spent two years clearing cap space for the summer of 2010. Thanks to Walsh’s willingness to trade away every contract and draft pick that wasn’t nailed down, the Knicks now have enough money to sign two max free agents this summer.  It hasn’t exactly been a secret that…

  11. Dwyane Wade will not get fined for his tampering comments

    May 28, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    NBA owners and executives are now treating the words “LeBron James” like they would treat the Hantavirus  — staying the hell away from it. Not the player, they all want to talk to him and sell him on why he needs to come to their fair town. But before July 1 they are afraid to…

  12. No three-year deals this time for LeBron, Wade

    May 27, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    It was a brilliant bit of strategy by LeBron James last time he was a free agent — with a six-year deal offered, he negotiated it down to just three years (about $60 million over the three years). It was brilliant because kept his options open. It kept pressure on the Cavaliers organization to build…

  13. Dwyane Wade is not going back to Chicago

    May 27, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Earlier we talked about the upcoming Apalachin Meeting with all the top NBA free agents conferring with each other. But in that same Chicago Tribune article where Wade spilled the beans on the meeting, he also pretty much ruled out returning to his hometown of Chicago to elevating the Bulls to elite. It sounds as…

  14. Tampering of a different kind: LeBron, Wade and Johnson to discuss plans together

    May 27, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    It’s a whole different kind of collusion, and there is nothing the league can do about it. Some time next month, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Joe Johnson are all going to sit down together and talk free agency plans, Wade told the Chicago Tribune. All before the July 1 official start to free agency.…

  15. Cuban: Nowitzki opting out a good thing for Mavericks

    May 25, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Nobody really thinks Dirk Nowitzki is going anywhere. He may opt out of his existing deal and become a free agent, but that is very different than leaving. Oh, some teams likely will come a courting, but Nowitzki and the Mavericks are already working on a max extension to his existing contract. If he left…

  16. NBA Free Agency: Rudy Gay could be the Grizzlies' latest huge mistake

    May 24, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Among this year’s free agent class, there are the can’t-miss prospects (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh), the impressive consolation prizes (Joe Johnson, Amar’e Stoudemire), and then a third, less illustrious subgroup: those destined to be overpaid. Carlos Boozer seems a likely candidate as any, as a team with cap space and money to spare…

  17. NBA Free Agency: Did the Heat clear too much space?

    May 23, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat had big plans for this summer. First order of priority was to create enough room to re-sign Dwyane Wade, who loves Miami like its his mother, to max contract. The next step was adding another max free agent to prove to Wade he could win another championship in Miami after the last…

  18. So what's the deal with the Chris Bosh free agency list?

    May 23, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    On Friday, we told you about the report from Chad Ford of ESPN concerning a list of teams Chris Bosh’s agent had provided the Raptors. The list was for teams he was looking to sign with, and included the Heat, Knicks, Bulls, and Lakers, so that the Raptors could begin considering a sign and trade.…

  19. NBA lowers the boom on Cuban for tampering comments about LeBron James

    May 22, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban can’t be surprised he was fined today, but nonetheless, he’ll be feeling a frown on his face when he gets the bill. Less than two days after word broke that Mark Cuban had told CNN Money that the Mavericks would be interested in James if he were to opt-out and enter free agency…

  20. Report: Dirk Nowitzki will opt-out, become free agent

    May 22, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    No matter how reasonable the Mavericks will try and make this move and no matter how likely they willl say it is that he re-signs, the fact is today’s move will send tremors throughout the NBA landscape examining this summer’s free agency. The move? ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Dirk Nowiztki is expected to opt-out…

  21. Report: Chris Bosh gives Raptors five teams he wants to play for, wants to play with LeBron James

    May 22, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    UPDATE 5/22 9:52 am: Bosh’s agent has denied there is a list to our own Ira Winderman (writing for the South Florida Sun Sentinel). “I haven’t closed the door on anything,” (Henry) Thomas insisted. “I haven’t given Bryan any lists. There is no list. This is a process that is ongoing.” Nobody believes that, especially…

  22. Report: Nuggets in talks to extend Carmelo Anthony

    May 22, 2010, 12:03 AM EDT

    The Denver Nuggets aren’t going to wait around to find out if they’re going to be Cleveland’d or Toronto’d next summer when Carmelo Anthony hits the free agent market a year behind his famous friends. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Nuggets have scheduled face to face meetings with Melo’s representatives in the next…

  23. Mark Cuban says he'd be interested in LeBron as a Maverick, NBA investigating as tampering

    May 20, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE 11:27 PM: That didn’t take long. Well, of course it didn’t, if there is one thing the NBA league office seems to love it’s a good investigation. The NBA is officially investigating Mark Cuban’s comments to see if they are tampering, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Brian Windhorst. No timetable for a decision.…

  24. Amar'e Stoudemire's defense remains a problem

    May 20, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns made the right move when they held onto Amar’e Stoudemire at this year’s trade deadline. Amar’e is absolutely one of the best offensive big men in basketball, and he’s been a crucial part of Phoenix’s run to the Western Conference Finals. However, now that Phoenix has reached the Western Conference Finals, it’s…

  25. John Calipari and LeBron can be bought separately; Kentucky recruit told Calipari will return

    May 18, 2010, 8:34 AM EDT

    LeBron James and John Calipari are not tied at the hip. A day after reports that CAA agent and the NBA’s quietest power broker William “worldwide” Wesley was trying to sell teams on the two as a package, everybody and their brother are denying it. The Chicago Bulls are telling ESPN.com’s Andy Katz that they…

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