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  1. ‘Melo talks to LeBron, adds situations are different

    Jan 12, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 14 - Basketball

    Not a lot of people have been in Carmelo Anthony’s shoes — a legitimate NBA superstar pushing his way to a new team at the peak of his career. One guy who did — LeBron James. Anthony told the media Wednesday he and LeBron have spoken recently, but added the situations are very different (via…

  2. Dampier visits with Raptors, but no deal worked out

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat said no. The Milwaukee Bucks signed someone else. There has been no deal with the Houston Rockets. Erick Dampier is a man without a team. Which is a little odd — as a minimum-salary backup center he should be a good fit, but teams are not jumping on board. For whatever reason.…

  3. Report: Fesenko to re-sign with the Jazz

    Sep 26, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    It’s a testament to the desperate state of NBA centers that Kyrylo Fesenko is relevant news with training camp starting this weekend in some places, but them’s the breaks. Marc Stein of ESPN reports via Twitter that Fesenko has decided to pass on an offer from the Houston Rockets and accept a one-year, $1 million…

  4. Dampier has a decision to make, and he wants it to come with a ring. And money.

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Erick Dampier will be a free agent, so he told the Miami Herald what he is required to say as a free agent — it’s about winning. Where the big, serviceable center and new best free agent on the market lands will be about chasing a ring. So the Wolves are out — they admitted…

  5. Bobcats waive Erick Dampier

    Sep 14, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    The Bobcats have spent the last few days — the last couple months, really — looking for a trade to get some value out of the Erick Dampier contract. The best value apparently was to get the Bobcats under the luxury tax. The Bobcats have waived Dampier. That means his $13 million contract comes off…

  6. Jermaine O'Neal says he chose Boston because they have walked the walk

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Jermaine O’Neal had options this summer — he was a skilled big man who would be playing for a very affordable contract. Two contenders in the East wanted him, Miami and Boston. O’Neal has been near the top looking down on the rest of the league before, with Indiana in the pre-brawl years. It was…

  7. Lou Amundson reaches deal with Golden State Warriors

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    They may not have a classic big man, but the Golden State Warriors have an athletic and interesting front line. One that just got more interesting with news that Lou Amundson has reached a deal with the Warriors, a two year deal worth just less than $5 million, with the second year a player option…

  8. Still some big name free agents available, if you think they would help

    Sep 5, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    We’re in the dregs of the NBA signing season, when guys who can contribute like Luther Head end up with make-good deals in Sacramento, where they will battle the undrafted for a roster spot. But look at the names still unsigned and available (compiled by Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun Sentinel): Allen Iverson,…

  9. Winderman: Jordan would have called Magic and Bird — he wanted to win

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

      When did Michael Jordan become like our dads? When did he start with the, “Well, back in my day…” Because if he truly is going to thrive as a franchise owner with the Charlotte Bobcats, then perhaps there is a need to recognize he is not back in his day, and that the world…

  10. Nate Robinson agrees to deal with Celtics

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    Boston is going to win a few games this season because Nate Robinson is going to come in blazing hot off the bench and just light up somebody’s second team. Boston is going to lose a couple games this year in part because Nate Robinson is going to come in off the bench ice cold…

  11. Chicago Bulls reach deal with sharpshooter Kyle Korver

    Jul 9, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    There is the floor-spreading shooter the Bulls needed to round out their roster. Kyle Korver has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. This is very good deal for Chicago. New coach Tom Thibodeau plans to bring in a drive-and-kick offense to Chicago, with Derrick…

  12. Another sign LeBron is going to Miami: Deal nearly done to trade Michael Beasley

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    If you needed one more sure sign that LeBron James is going to sign with Miami, here it is — the Heat are on the verge of trading Michael Beasley. They need to move him to be able to give LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all max deal money. In fact, this trade…

  13. Brendan Haywood reaches deal to return to Dallas

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Dallas gets it. Miami is about to get it — you need a big man to go alongside your flashy, scoring power forward. Brendan Haywood is a big man, and he is going to continue playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki for the next couple years. He has agreed to a six-year, $55 million deal with the…

  14. Report: LeBron James planning big weekend party in Miami

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    There’s going to be a huge, star-studded party by the pool at the W Hotel in Miami this weekend. True, that happens every weekend, but this one is going to be a little different: LeBron James is throwing it. US Weekly has the scoop: LeBron James has rented six cabanas at the W Hotel South…

  15. LeBron could make more money in Miami than Cleveland – thank you state taxes

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Life in Miami is good. Warm weather all year around. Great beaches. Amazing clubs. Fantastic restaurants. Beautiful people. LeBron James has to be enticed by all that. Plus he would make more money in Miami. Yes, Cleveland can pay him more, for the first five years of the contract that comes to about $4 million…

  16. Toronto signs Linas Kleiza to an offer sheet

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Toronto has made a move to sign the leading scorer from Olympiacos in Greece — former Nugget Linas Kleiza. Toronto has signed Kleiza to a four year, $20 million offer sheet, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. Denver still has the rights to Kleiza and now has seven days to match that offer or lose…

  17. Reports: LeBron James leaning heavily toward Miami

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:04 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all on the same team. Wow. But it is looking more and more that way. Sources have told Alan Hahn at Newsday as well as the well-connected Chris Broussard at ESPN that LeBron is leaning heavily toward joining Wade and Bosh in Miami. Nothing is certain. The ground…

  18. Jermaine O'Neal nears a deal with the Boston Celtics

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

    You didn’t notice last year because Dwyane Wade mesmerized you, but Jermaine O’Neal had a pretty good year. Danny Ainge apparently noticed. The Celtics are close to signing O’Neal according to Yahoo Sports. Of course, there are always other suitors. Denver and Dallas in this case. All three teams who could use some front line…

  19. Shaquille O'Neal wants to join the Spurs, talks have taken place

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal a Spur? That may be in the Book of Revelations as one of the signs of the Apocalypse. We’ll check and get back to you. But it may be a reality, not just a sign of the end times. According to FanHouse, Shaq had had interest from the Spurs and that is his…

  20. Everything you wanted to know about "The Decision" but were afraid to ask

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    Just like our wars and national disasters, it didn’t take long for the LeBron James special to have its name and logo. The theme music can’t be far behind. “The Decision” will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio starting at 9 p.m. eastern on Thursday night. The ESPN on-air team of Stuart Scott, Michael Wilbon…

  21. Dwyane Wade says Chris Bosh coming to Miami was key to his return

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh went on ESPN Wednesday morning and made it official — they are both going to be playing for the Miami Heat next season. There was nothing else shocking in their interview, but they confirmed things already suggested in the media. Like that Wade seriously considered playing for his hometown Chicago…

  22. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to team up in Miami

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will team up in Miami to form the core of a team that could contend for a title. It has looked like things were leaning that way for several days, and the pair went on ESPN Wednesday and confirmed the news. The pair can sign the deals as soon as…

  23. Winderman: Dwyane Wade is looking for a friend… one that looks a lot like Chris Bosh

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade is looking for a friend. Perhaps you can be his friend. There are a few caveats. He would like his new friend to be at least 6 feet 8. He would like him to possess a low-post game. And he would like him to arrive in the next day or two. For now,…

  24. LeBron to make his announcement on ESPN Thursday night

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    One hour that comes down to one word. LeBron James will make an announcement in an hour-long special Thursday night on ESPN, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern. Chris Broussard, the ESPN reporter who has the best contacts in the LeBron James camp of just about anyone, made the announcement on ESPN News. LeBron and his…

  25. Smart money bet: LeBron stays in Cleveland, Wade and Bosh to Miami

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

    We don’t know. There is no 100 percent. But the signs are starting to point the same way, especially when you take a step back and look at them in total — LeBron James re-signs in Cleveland, while Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh team up in Miami. Take these tweets from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski: Cavs…

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