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  1. Tracy McGrady not going to be part of rebuilding Detroit

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    Eminem may have gone all in for rebuilding Detroit, but don’t expect Tracy McGrady to join him. Not the city, the Pistons in McGrady’s case. McGrady has proven to be a solid, veteran point guard this season in Detroit. Think Ron Harper at the end of his career, a guy who played within himself and…

  2. Report: Deron Williams tells associates he wants to go to New York

    Feb 20, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    It’s news that will make you bang your head against a wall, because another cycle is starting before the Melodrama has even ended. It is a report that by Sunday night you can be certain Deron Williams will have denied strenuously multiple times. But according to Ken Berger at CBSSports, Williams is talking about getting…

  3. Report: Knicks make formal offer for Carmelo Anthony, too

    Feb 18, 2011, 11:46 PM EDT

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    The Nets and Denver reportedly have a deal in place for Carmelo Anthony, if he approves it. Now the Knicks have apparently put their offer on the table. According to Mark Spears of Yahoo (via twitter) the Knicks have offered Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry’s expiring contract (and Curry too, we suppose)…

  4. ‘Melo says nothing yet, but he hopes to have offer this weekend

    Feb 18, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Cavaliers Nuggets Basketball

    Carmelo Anthony spoke to the media for 20 minutes on Friday afternoon and was able to sound like an innocent bystander in his own trade drama. “I don’t know/out of my control,” was his mantra as he said nothing was in place. No meetings are set with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov or Knicks owner James…

  5. Knicks Walsh under pressure to make ‘Melo deal, but Nets have upper hand

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Knicks fans are in “Carmelo Anthony or bust” mode — they want him and they want him now. Get him and the Knicks win the title, the housing market will rebound, and the Dodo bird will return from extinction. Well, that’s what it sounds like on sports talk radio anyway. Knicks decision maker Donnie Walsh…

  6. Report: Nuggets want four Knicks starters for Carmelo Anthony

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Knicks fans have been clamoring for Donnie Walsh to just make the deal — doesn’t matter what the price is, the Knicks need Carmelo Anthony. Knicks fans are desperate. You still sure? According to Jonathan Abrams at the New York Times, the price is every starter not named Stoudemire. According to a Knicks official, Denver…

  7. Sorry shoppers, Marc Gasol is probably not on the market

    Feb 12, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Marc Gasol has been targeted by essentially every big shopper for the 2012 offseason (whenever that may be).  He’s a big, talented, burly center who has touch, vision, is a willing passer, and shoots a ridiculously high percentage. He’s the ultimate complimentary center in a league painfully short on them. Plus, he plays in Memphis,…

  8. Dwight Howard: “I never said I wanted to leave”

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Already there is speculation about what Dwight Howard is going to do in the summer of 2012, with a report that he wants to find a way to the Knicks or Lakers. Dwight Howard himself is sick of it. He tweeted this: “I never said I wanted to leave stop reading the rumors. It’s really…

  9. Does Dwight Howard already have one eye on the door?

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:57 PM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    This is where we are now. When a player is a couple years away from free agency — as Dwight Howard is in 2012 — there will be stories about how if the team doesn’t win a title he is gone. The stories have started about Chris Paul as well, all in the wake of…

  10. Kendrick Perkins has every intention of testing free agency

    Feb 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    Kendrick Perkins just got back from a severe knee injury. He’s not even able to put in a full game’s work yet. But he’s busted his tail to come back early, and his impact has helped the Celtics tremendously (not that they needed a lot of help). He worked hard to get himself back in…

  11. Can you picture Kendrick Perkins with the Miami Heat?

    Feb 5, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    It’s a little difficult to picture Kendrick Perkins’ scowl next to anything except Kevin Garnett’s scowl. But how about next to LeBron James’ scowl? Perkins was 8th on our list of the 25 top free agents and there is going to be a lot of interest in him — in an NBA where you can’t…

  12. Start your planning early, the top 25 free agents of 2011

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Today, we’re not thinking about lockouts and franchise tags. Today, just for today, we’re going to pretend that the owners and players are not so stupid as have a protracted lockout during a recession killing the momentum the league is building this season. A man can dream, can’t he? Along those lines, right about now…

  13. Where will Jason Richardson go?

    Feb 1, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Jason Richardson, Epke Udoh

    Orlando Magic shooting guard Jason Richardson is currently in the final season of the six-year, $70 million contract extension he signed in 2004. Since signing that extension, the 30-year old Richardson has carved out a niche for himself as a three-point gunner with good athleticism and the ability to finish at the rim. However, according…

  14. Could Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony situation?

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Next season, Deron Williams will make a cool $16.4 million. The year after that he will make a cool $17.8 million to lead the Utah Jazz — if he picks up his player option. Utah has been a frustrating place for Williams this season. They started out the season hot, as the cardiac kids winning…

  15. Dwight Howard is saying all the right things, which is not good for Orlando

    Jan 15, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    Free agency and the years prior to it will never be the same after “The Decision.”  We heard LeBron James say all the right things. “I love Cleveland.” “I love our fans.” “I would love to win a championship here.” But what was missing was James ever giving the words that would bind him to…

  16. Report: If not ‘Melo, Knicks to target Marc Gasol this summer

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

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    Target number one for the New York Knicks remains Carmelo Anthony. He is their one true love, but with the tide of events pushing Anthony into the arms of the Nets, the Knicks are going to need an ending like The Graduate to kill this marriage (“It’s too late.” “Not for me.”) But if the…

  17. Meaningless rumor creates stir: Dwight Howard interested in Lakers?

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

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    Dwight Howard can be a free agent in two years and that certainly was part of the motivation for Orlando swinging for the fences with trades to get Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu. The Magic are about the now. But what if it doesn’t work out? Sure, it’s two years away but ESPN’s…

  18. Zach Randolph wants an extension and he wants it now

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Zach Randolph wants his money and he wants it now. He was very direct with Tim Povtak of FanHouse when asked about wanting to negotiate a contract extension for after the end of this season and the $17.3 million he is getting paid. He wants a deal in place before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement…

  19. Dwight Howard still on the fence about extension

    Nov 14, 2010, 8:14 PM EDT

    howardface

    With all the movings and goings on in free agency, every team has had concerns about their star moving on. The Magic are trying to get ahead of that speeding train by locking up Dwight Howard to a longterm extension. In years past, the only question about stars re-signing was if the team was willing…

  20. Report: Miami, Phoenix start talking to Erick Dampier again

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

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    The Erick Dampier free agency experiment really has defied easy explanation. He was bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats back well before the season to save cash, that was a given. Then we expected he would latch on pretty quickly somewhere — he’s a serviceable backup big man who would play for near the minimum,…

  21. Erick Dampier not nearly as much of a Rocket as we may have previously thought

    Nov 7, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    dampier

    There was talk, and then there was more talk, and it looked very much like Erick Dampier was going to be a Rocket. Even Jermaine Taylor was getting shoved out the door in a way that suggested he had his spot reserved for someone else. Certainly looks like the Rockets need some more size with…

  22. Wojnarowski: Dampier agrees to one-year deal with Rockets

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

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    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, free agent center Erick Dampier has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets. On paper, this looks like a great move for the Rockets. Dampier is a big body who’s always had a good defensive reputation; the Rockets desperately need a true backup for Yao Ming…

  23. Report: Erick Dampier close to deal with Rockets

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

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    We know you’ve missed the Erick Dampier free agency updates. Almost as much as you’ve missed Erick Dampier. But we have an update and soon you may have Damps to kick around again. Dampier is close to a deal with the Houston Rockets, according to Hoopsworld. Houston was one of several teams Dampier met with…

  24. Thunder exercise options on six players

    Oct 25, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

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    The Thunder have exercised their options on James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Eric Maynor, B.J. Mullens, Russell Westbrook, and D.J. White. Ibaka, Harden, Maynor, and Mullens all had third-year options, while Westbrook and White both had fourth-year options. This transaction just shows how deep the Thunder’s pool of young talent is: they were able to sign…

  25. Dan Gilbert opened his mouth on the internet again. It went about as well as last time.

    Oct 2, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Hi, everybody! (Hi, Dan Gilbertcavsdan Okay, Dan.Might be time for some therapy. Because if you plan on owning the Cavaliers for a long time? This will not be the last 25-year-old to bolt for greener pastures. Maybe you’ll find a player like Kevin Durant who just wants to stay where he’s at and loves, you…

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