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  1. Is Big Z done as a Cavalier?

    May 17, 2010, 4:51 PM EST

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas was hurt when he was traded to clear salary cap space to bring in Antawn Jamison to Cleveland. But he came back, because he loved the fans and loved the city. But now he’s got to do what is best for him. He wants to play another year or two, and while he…

  2. Joe Johnson to the Bulls?

    May 17, 2010, 1:02 PM EST

    Free agent talk around the Bulls seems to be focusing on some other guy. Can’t quite recall his name. Pretty good player though, as I remember. But the Joe Johnson is a free agent this summer and while the Atlanta Hawks want him back, he may just fly the coop. All the way to Chicago,…

  3. Jazz owner hints the team might be just fine without Carlos Boozer

    May 17, 2010, 9:35 AM EST

    Let’s be perfectly clear — the Jazz are going to try and bring back Carlos Boozer. And not in some half-assed way. That’s not how the Jazz and the Miller family do business, this is a professional organization. They will make what they think is a fair offer. But if Boozer goes, that would not…

  4. Clippers fans to put on LeBron parade

    May 17, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. –Red (Morgan Freeman) from the Shawshank Redemption For Clippers fans, there is always hope. Hope that this time the number one pick stays healthy. Hope that the owner and general manager will make more good calls than…

  5. Can the Pistons make a gamechanger move by trading Rodney Stuckey?

    May 16, 2010, 10:11 AM EST

    Remember when Joe Dumars was considered arguably the best general manager in the league behind maybe R.C. Buford in San Antonio? Seems like a lifetime ago. After signing Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon last summer, effectively vaporizing their 2010 cap space and a chance at a major impact signing this July, Dumars watched the team…

  6. Nets move to Newark may actually help with a free agent: Shaq

    May 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    When the Nets announced a relocation to the Prudential Center, it was largely seen as an addition by subtraction. You subtract the IZOD Center and you add an arena that isn’t referred to as something resembling a trash compactor. But other than that, there wasn’t much to get excited about in a relocation to the…

  7. The economic impact of LeBron James' free agency

    May 15, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Some people think the estimated impact of LeBron James’ free agency is overblown. After all, it’s just one guy, with no rings, switching teams like free agents often do. But there are are further implications, including economic impacts. The Media Daily News outlines the impact on MSG’s stock if James were to elect to don…

  8. Maybe we should listen to what LeBron himself said about his plans

    May 14, 2010, 6:11 PM EST

    Tons of speculation and talk today — from the highest office in the land on down — on what LeBron James will do next. Maybe we should try listening to what LeBron James says. Not that he says much, but he is the authority on his plans.  

  9. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Cavaliers Game 6: Shaq has plenty riding on this game, too

    May 13, 2010, 2:41 PM EST

    In 10 years, we’re all going to really miss Shaquille O’Neal. The player, I mean. Shaq the pop culture personality will still be around on one reality show or another. But on the court he’ll be missed, the classic bruising big body, but with amazing quickness for his size. In some ways, his legacy is…

  10. Winderman: Miami kicks-off "We Want Wade" recruiting campaign

    May 13, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    Apparently the dogs and ponies are at the starting gate. And, apparently, retaining free agents has come down to a civic duty. Last week, lost in the speculation he created by opening the door on a possible coaching return, Heat President Pat Riley addressed free-agency recruiting and all the silliness that might ensue. “We’re going…

  11. Tony Parker doesn't want to go to New York

    May 13, 2010, 12:46 PM EST

    Why won’t you just listen to them? First, Spurs General Manager RC Buford said “it would be crazy” not to keep someone like Tony Parker a Spur and that he is not shopping Parker around. Now, Tony Parker himself told the News Express he was dismayed by the rumors and that it would be crazy…

  12. Spike Lee is a Celtics fan. For the sake of LeBron.

    May 12, 2010, 9:16 AM EST

    Maybe he’s gone anyway. Who knows? If LeBron James has done one thing well it’s create an air of mystery and suspense around his off-season decision. Through it all, the conventional wisdom has been that if the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA title this year, he stays. However, if the Cavs melted down much earlier…

  13. Joe Johnson would love to be Dwyane Wade's sidekick

    May 12, 2010, 8:34 AM EST

    Joe Johnson did not overwhelm in the playoffs — Atlanta relied too much on “iso-Joe” offense and not on ball or player movement. That allowed the Buck to stay close and the Magic to just blow them out. The conventional wisdom now is that the Hawks are going to let Johnson walk. He’s savvy enough…

  14. Spurs say they want to keep Parker. If they can is another question altogether.

    May 11, 2010, 11:43 AM EST

    As was evident watching the Spurs got swept by the Suns, San Antonio needs to add some young legs and energy to the team, especially along the font line with Tim Duncan. A “stretch four” would be ideal, if you have one of those laying around they could have. However, as we discussed yesterday, helping…

  15. Knicks fans only hope: Become Celtics fans for a night

    May 11, 2010, 10:40 AM EST

    Intellectually, Knicks fans know LeBron James is not leaving Cleveland to help rebuild New York. He just applied to change his number next year — something he only needed to do if he stayed in Cleveland. New Yorkers’ heads tell them all hope is lost, despite the fact the Knicks hired a full time guy…

  16. San Antonio Spurs: That looked like the end of an era, but can one big move revive it?

    May 10, 2010, 5:09 PM EST

    Phoenix’s defense is getting a lot of attention — everyone from Gregg Popovich on down is saying it’s better, even if the stats don’t really say the same thing. Whatever. That’s not why the Suns swept the Spurs aside in four games. The sweep happened because the Spurs were not the same defensive team they…

  17. Reading the Chris Bosh tea leaves: Yeah, he's gone.

    May 10, 2010, 12:19 PM EST

    Our homeboy Ira Winderman explained it on Friday — by the time July 1 comes around, team executives are already going to know what is going on with the top free agents. That’s because teams afraid of losing them for nothing will have already started talking sign-and-trades. That includes Chris Bosh. For now, we’re trying…

  18. Amar'e Stoudemire is earning the money Chris Bosh wants

    May 8, 2010, 3:29 PM EST

    Not going to lie, people. Between the earthquakes, floods, financial crises, the Suns being the stodgy, deep, rebounding team whipping the Spurs and Amar’e Stoudemire being the mature playoff performer while Chris Bosh acts out, I’m pretty sure the end is nigh. Seriously, where are we? While Chris Bosh is messing with Toronto fans’ souls…

  19. NBA Playoffs Hawks Magic Game 3: This is Joe Johnson's defining moment

    May 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Joe Johnson has always been better than people have thought he was and never as good as he thought he was. Today is likely to be a significant moment of examination in his career. Johnson will opt-out this summer and join the greatest free agency class ever, and will likely end up as the best…

  20. Winderman: NBA teams already talking with each other about 2010 free agents. Legally.

    May 7, 2010, 4:57 PM EST

    The widely accepted notion is that 2010 free agency won’t begin until just after the stroke of midnight July 1, that any mention of a pending free agent who did not finish the season on your roster would bring a swift rebuke from the league office. Uh, not quite. The chatter already has begun among…

  21. David Lee would like to stay in New York, but really would like to get paid

    May 6, 2010, 5:55 PM EST

    Donnie Walsh has done a good job cleaning up the dung pile — and an expensive one at that — of a roster he was left with. New York is not a city renowned for patience, but it was warranted in this case as there was a lot of shoveling to do. Fans understood that.…

  22. Amare Stoudemire earning some extra offseason cash

    May 6, 2010, 12:21 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire is a force of nature, and when Steve Nash is feeding him passes on the pick-and-roll he is an unstoppable one. That combo, that play is the most pure thing in the NBA right now. Now is the time to look like a force of nature, what with Stoudemire able to — and…

  23. Sergio Rodríguez may choose Europe over the NBA

    May 5, 2010, 2:21 PM EST

    Sergio Rodríguez is going to have options. The New York Knicks hold the restricted free agent rights to a guy a number of teams see as a potential quality backup point guard. The Knicks may well want to keep him, but if another team makes a healthy offer he could end up in Orlando or…

  24. Kelenna Azubuike picks up option to run again with Warriors

    May 5, 2010, 10:22 AM EST

    In a year when most players with a player option on their contract for next year are testing the free agent market, Kelenna Azubuike is staying put. He picked up his option for next year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Kelenna Azubuike exercised his option to stay with the Warriors for about $3.3 million…

  25. John Salmons going to test free agent market, rather than wait to be traded at deadline

    May 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Rather than just being a boost for the stretch run and the playoffs, John Salmons may be brought in to be a boost for a team for the entire next season. Last year, he came to the Bulls near the trading deadline and helped them into the playoffs then take the Boston Celtics seven games.…

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