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  1. Knicks pitch to LeBron: You could make $1 billion playing here

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    For months, marketing experts have been saying, “It doesn’t matter where LeBron James plays, he makes the same money anywhere, he is a brand unto himself.” The focus of the New York Knicks’ pitch to LeBron yesterday (and a specially prepared report for the meeting): Hell yes it matters. Forbes got a hold of the…

  2. Mike Miller in serious negotiations with Lakers

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    The Lakers just won a title depending on Ron Artest and Sasha Vujacic to be their three point threats. Which is to say, they won despite having no consistent outside threats. They just count on things like Artest getting hot in Game 7. Mike Miller would change that. That’s why the Lakers are negotiating with…

  3. Paul Pierce reaches framework of deal to stay in Boston

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    This was never about leaving Boston, this was always just about business and a deal that would extend into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Paul Pierce has agreed to the framework of a deal to remain with the Boston Celtics — it’s a four-year deal at about $61 million (according to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger), although…

  4. Joe Johnson makes it official — he is an overpaid Hawk

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    We all knew the moment was coming when we heard that the Atlanta Hawks had made a max offer to Joe Johnson: six years at $119 million. He has accepted the offer and will stay in Atlanta, with the USA Today being the first to break the news. Johnson will sign the deal July 8,…

  5. Somebody wants to play in Toronto: Amir Johnson re-signs with Raptors

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:58 PM EDT

    From the refreshing change of pace category: “Amir (Johnson) didn’t want to play the free agency game,” (his agent Kevin) Bradbury said. “He wanted to go back to Toronto. He’s young and he has security and a lot of basketball left in him.” And so he has agreed to a five-year, $34 million deal, according…

  6. Spurs fans: Just when you thought you were rid of Richard Jefferson…

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Yesterday, everybody went, “what, really?” when Richard Jefferson opted out of his $15.2 million final year with the San Antonio Spurs. But he is already negotiating to come back to San Antonio next season, according to the San Antonio Express-News. And it really makes sense, if you think about it. Several NBA sources assume Jefferson…

  7. Paul Pierce talking to Celtics, no one else

    Jul 1, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    Can you really picture Paul Pierce in colors other than green and white? Pierce apparently can’t either. He has opened talks with the Boston Celtics on a new contract — and only the Boston Celtics. That according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Pierce just opted out of the last year of his contract, worth $21.5 million.…

  8. Milwaukee Bucks close to five-year, $39 million with John Salmons

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    John Salmons was good to the Milwaukee Bucks. Now they are being very good to John Salmons. The Bucks and Salmons are close to a five-year, $39 million deal that would keep the swingman in Wisconsin, as reported by David Aldridge at NBA.com. There is nothing final — as CBSSports.com is reporting — and nothing…

  9. Who LeBron meets with and when

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Just so you are not in the dark about LeBron James schedule: Thursday: Nets and KnicksFriday: Heat and ClippersSaturday: Bulls and CavaliersSunday: Fireworks and barbecue Okay, we have no confirmation on the Sunday part, although we feel good about it. But the rest of it has been confirmed by Chad Ford and others. Ford adds…

  10. Have the Miami Heat contacted you? They've reached out to everyone else.

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    You think the human beings have yet to be cloned successfully. But after looking at what the Miami Heat have been up to in the first hours of free agency, I am convinced someone in Heat HQ has cracked the code. Otherwise there is no way they could have been in all these places. This…

  11. Stoudemire holding out for five-year deal, talking to Miami and New York

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    After a “first date” meeting with Miami Heat president Pat Riley — no word on if he got to second base — Amare Stoudemire’s agent made one thing very clear. “We’re not doing anything that’s not five years,” Walters said. That is from Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic (who rocks that beat hard, by…

  12. Losing LeBron would cost Cavaliers $250 million immediately

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Do the Cavaliers seem desperate to keep LeBron James in Cleveland? They should. They have good reason. About 250 million reasons. Losing LeBron would drop the Cavaliers franchise value by $250 million, according to a story in Bloomberg News. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cavaliers in a year or two are below the league…

  13. Report: Milwaukee Bucks, Drew Gooden agree to five-year, $32 million deal

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Everyone who had Drew Gooden in the office pool as the first free agent to sign a deal, come on up and collect your money. Anyone? Hello? The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed on a five-year, $32 million deal with Drew Gooden, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. That is the full mid-level exception deal. No…

  14. Indiana Pacers make run at Jordan Farmar

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    The Indiana Pacers need a point guard. Jordan Farmar is a point guard who wants to show he can run a traditional offense and not be tied down by the confines of the triangle. The Pacers have reached out to Farmar, but have only offered a one-year deal, according to Mark Spears from Yahoo Sports.…

  15. Report: Joe Johnson about to accept Hawks max deal offer

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    And in the first big free agent signing of the summer… nothing happened. Joe Johnson will remain a Hawk and accept their max-deal offer (six years, $124.5 million), according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports. Not a shock there. Johnson’s people had been saying for weeks that ultimately he wanted to stay in Atlanta —…

  16. Teams shower their love on Chris Bosh — and don't be afraid to picture him as a Rocket

    Jul 1, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh may be the key to the whole free agent summer — wherever he lands, he is going to be paired with another star. And that team is going to be instantly a contender. A lot of guys are going to change jerseys this summer, but he is the one who will bring winning…

  17. ProBasketballTalk's free agent roundup: Let the party begin

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:45 AM EDT

    Free agency is underway — although it has unofficially been underway for weeks through back channels. Everyone has been talking to everyone. So, consider midnight the end of the NBA’s “we’re looking the other way at all the tampering” season. And the start of the real free agent craziness. Below is a roundup of where…

  18. Report: Richard Jefferson opts out of deal; Spurs fans believe it is a miracle

    Jun 30, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    If you are Dirk Nowitzki, it makes a lot of sense to opt out of the last year of your deal. You’ll lose a little money in the short term to make it back in the long haul over the next few years. Richard Jefferson used that logic in opting out of his deal with…

  19. Gay, Watson, Morrow latest to gets qualifying offers

    Jun 30, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    Qualifying offers keep rolling in as the deadline approaches. Not surprises, but offers as teams make sure they have a chance to hang on to the players they like. The offers make players restricted free agents, meaning the team can match any offers that come in. For Memphis, that means extending a qualifying offer Rudy…

  20. Stephen Colbert to the Knicks. Please.

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Basketcase – Stephie’s Knicks Hoop-De-Doo http://www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Fox News What, Colbert on the team will make them worse? Political comedian Stephen Colbert sat down with Mike D’Antoni to talk free agency. And mock the Knicks. Which someone had to do. There’s…

  21. Report: Atlanta Hawks to offer Joe Johnson six-year max deal

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    There is almost no bigger mistake a GM can make than paying a good player superstar money. That said, the reliable Michael Cunningham at the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the Atlanta Hawks want to keep Joe Johnson badly enough to offer him a six-year, fully max contract. If so Johnson will take it.…

  22. Amare Stoudemire opts out of deal, but he and Suns still talking

    Jun 30, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Come midnight — or 9 p.m. out in Los Angeles where he is stationed — Amare Stoudemire will become a free agent. He will sit while gentlemen callers to come knocking on his door to court him. But there is a chance he stays in Phoenix. Slim but it exists. After three hours of meetings…

  23. Could Boston get a max player? Almost, but would they jettison Pierce to do it?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Can you picture Dwyane Wade as a Celtic? Chris Bosh? Even that other big name? Reshaping the Celtics around that player and Rajon Rondo? It’s not impossible. But it’s not very likely either. Here’s how it shakes out. The Celtics have more than $15 million in room under the cap on paper, but not in…

  24. Bulls plan to get LeBron – get Bosh first

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    When the midnight bell strikes tonight and phone lines light up across the NBA, the Chicago Bulls are not going to call LeBron James. Oh, they want him. Big time. They will be in Cleveland to make their pitch to him. But the Bulls think the way to James’ heart is not through fancy dinners…

  25. Maybe Amare Stoudemire will not be a free agent, to meet with Suns again

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    That whole plan to pair Amare Stoudemire with Dwyane Wade in Miami (which is the plan if the big plan in Miami falls through) may have to be put on hold. Amare Stoudemire may not be a free agent after all. Maybe. Even if the smart money is still on him testing the market. Stoudemire…

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