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  1. Magic match offer, keep JJ Redick

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

    What follows is a sentence that I never thought I would type three years ago: The Orlando Magic had no choice but to match the three-year, $20 million offer to JJ Redick. Orlando did just that Thursday, according to FanHouse (and confirmed by other sources now). Redick came into the league with that Duke hype…

  2. Rockets sign Luis Scola to 5-year, $47 million extension

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:57 PM EDT

    Luis Scola will remain a Rocket. According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets have signed the 30-year old power forward to a five-year, $47 million extension. Scola had been a restricted free agent, and his signing means that the Rockets did not lose a single player to free agency this off-season. The…

  3. Al Harrington signs five year deal with Denver

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    Denver needed Al Harrington. When next season tips off, Chris “Birdman” Anderson and Kenyon Martin will still be sidelined. They had Nene at center but needed a four. Plus Denver wanted a bigger and deeper front line to deal with the Lakers come the playoffs. So they went pretty big with Harrington — five years…

  4. Report: Mavericks targeting Harrington with mid-level exception

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting that the Dallas Mavericks will target free agent power forward Al Harrington with their mid-level exception.  Earlier on Tuesday, the Mavericks completed a trade for centers Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca; now it appears that they are searching for a big man with three-point range to round out their…

  5. Dirk Nowitzki: "I want Shaq"

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks are trying to decide if they want to take on Shquille O’Neal and all that comes with him. But their star player has weighed in on that: “I want Shaq.” That’s what Dirk Nowitzki told a German publication (via the fantastic DallasBasketball.com). The question is, do the Mavericks really need him? They…

  6. Kobe Bryant recruiting one time nemesis Raja Bell to join Lakers

    Jul 13, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    You want to earn Kobe Bryant’s respect? Battle him. Get up for the task and challenge him. Go at him. Compete. Kobe will still win a lot of those battles — because he is Kobe — but he respects the effort. Raja Bell battled Kobe. In 2006 he taunted Kobe, was physical with him and…

  7. Luke Ridnour nears four-year deal with Timberwolves to add to team's point guard collection

    Jul 13, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    The Minnesota Timberwolves brought in Kurt Rambis to run the triangle, but he had to partially abandon or alter many of those sets last year because he didn’t have the right personnel to do it. It was a team where the offense had to start with a slashing point guard, but the triangle is not…

  8. Nate Robinson is close to deal to remain in Boston

    Jul 13, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Shrek and donkey will be back for another go around. Nate Robinson is close to a deal that will keep the backup guard in green for another season, according to his agent Aaron Goodwin, talking to the Boston Herald. “Things are going well,” Goodwin said. “We’re just trying to get something worked out. But both…

  9. Deron Williams frustrated as Utah watches key players walk

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Carlos Boozer: Gone. Kyle Korver: Gone. Deron Williams: Still in Utah. And he is “frustrated.” In a deep Western Conference, the Jazz have gotten worse this summer, he told the Desert News (via Slam). Although he tried to put a positive spin on it. “It was tough to see Booz (Carlos Boozer) and Kyle (Korver)…

  10. Mark Cuban may want one, but Cavaliers, Raptors not seeking investigation of Heat

    Jul 12, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Did the Miami Heat cheat? Looks like we’ll never know, officially. Mark Cuban isn’t sold that how Miami ended up with the Superfriends — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh — didn’t involve some shady back-room deals that violate league policy. He wants the league to look into it. But it appears neither Cleveland…

  11. Report: Suns close to acquiring Turkoglu, Childress in trades

    Jul 11, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    Well, this is certainly… something.  Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Phoenix Suns are close to two separate deals to acquire two small forwards at opposite ends of their careers, both with sizable contracts.  First up, hailing from Turkey and loving pizza, Hedo Turkoglu and your $43 million in remaining contract, head…

  12. Nets ink Jordan Farmar, look to avoid a single impact signing

    Jul 11, 2010, 9:22 PM EDT

    The New Jersey Nets are making an offer to Jordan Farmar, which means a bizarre compromise on the part of both participants.  The Los Angeles times reports that Farmar has received an offer from the Nets but has not accepted it, while Ric Bucher of ESPN says the deal is done for three years and…

  13. Grizzlies sign Tony Allen

    Jul 11, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the Grizzlies have closed in on a deal with former Celtics back-up guard Tony Allen. Woj and Spears over at Yahoo! report the deal is for three-years, $10 million, a very reasonable price for a player that played a significant role for the Celtics during their Finals run.  It’s a smart…

  14. Heat have interest in Zydrunas Ilgauskas

    Jul 11, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    This should make Cavs happy. Did I say happy? I meant, “feel like they were kicked in the back of the head after getting hit in the groin with a tire iron.” Mike Wallace of the Miami Herald reports that Zydrunas Ilgauskas is “looking into the option” of joining LeBron James, a close personal friend,…

  15. Windhorst: LeBron James was headed to Miami for years

    Jul 11, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Brian Windhorst was the MVP of sports media from the time the NBA season ended, right up through the first two weeks of July (and going strong). The beat reporter for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer has been following LeBron James since he was in puberty, following the prolific modern athlete through high school, his decision to…

  16. Magic strongly considering matching Bulls' offer for Redick

    Jul 11, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    The Orlando Magic must really dislike the restricted free agency system. Because there have been several times where it really seems like they’re just matching offers from other teams out of spite. Last year it was Marcin Gortat, who was frozen in place despite an offer from the Mavericks that would have given him more…

  17. Video:The Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James Heat Introduction, because things haven't really gone over the top yet

    Jul 10, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Hey, you know what would be fun? If we somehow took the ridiculous spectacle of the Free Agency Summer of Doom to whole new levels. That would be fun.   http://nbcprobasketballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/33399740 And then Dan Gilbert’s music played and he came out with Mo Williams and hit them in the back of the head with a…

  18. LeBron on Gilbert's comments: "I absolutely know I made the right decision"

    Jul 10, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Man, is this going to get awkward. At the press-conference… and I use that term loosely, to introduce LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh as the new Heat triumvirate yesterday, LeBron reacted to Gilbert’s diatribe comments in his letter to the fans of Cleveland (and subsequent interviews). Courtesy of Heat blog Peninsula is Mightier…

  19. What the Raptors and Cavaliers were left with in the ruins

    Jul 10, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    This is going to come as little consolation, but here’s what the Cavaliers and Raptors got out of the sign-and-trade deals that ripped away their franchise players and formed one of the most powerful triumvirates in the league. Via ESPN: The Raptors got the 2011 first round pick they traded to Miami, as well as…

  20. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh each leave $15 million on the table, but can opt-out after fourth year

    Jul 10, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    The numbers have come out, and the Miami Thrice team-up of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are true to their word, money was not the main thing. Okay, it was a pretty big thing. James and Bosh are each making $110.1 million over the course of six years, with Wade making $107. It’s…

  21. LeBron James and Chris Bosh re-up with their respective teams…before being traded to the Heat

    Jul 9, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    With a sequence of events as massive in scale as the LeBron-Bosh coup, we all knew it couldn’t be simple. Sure, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh could have each theoretically signed free agent deals outright with the Heat, but doing so would’ve likely left Miami in a painful salary cap situation despite their undeniably effective…

  22. Derek Fisher to meet with Pat Riley in Miami

    Jul 9, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

    According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, free agent point guard Derek Fisher will meet with Heat president Pat Riley on Saturday.  It’s clear what Fisher has to offer the Heat. Fisher is a veteran presence with championship experience, he doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective, he plays hard, and…

  23. LeBron James: The Golden Boy No More

    Jul 9, 2010, 12:16 AM EDT

    LeBron James came into this league as the most hyped prospect in the history of the NBA. The first three years of his career were little more than a prolonged honeymoon, an open celebration of how good LeBron already was and how good he would someday become.  The next two years of LeBron’s career were…

  24. Randy Foye nears agreement with Clippers

    Jul 8, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Randy Foye, who was let walk from the Washington Wizards, may be backing up Baron Davis for the Clippers next season. Foye is expected to soon reach a deal with Los Angeles, according to Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times. Backup point guard was a position the Clippers needed to fill after letting Steve…

  25. Amare Stoudemire is one happy New Yorker, even if LeBron won't come play

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

      Amare Stoudemire was saying all the right things, about taking the first step to to build New York into a winner again. That would happen a lot faster if LeBron were in house, but we’re kind of past expecting that and into Hail Mary mode now, aren’t we?

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