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  1. David West says he’ll be ready to go in October

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:27 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    David West rolled the dice. He was maybe the best free agent power forward on the market, a fantastic pick-and-pop partner for an elite point guard. The kind of guy that a lot of teams with cap room — the Pacers, the Nets — could use. A guy the Hornets want back… more like need…

  2. Those terrible NBA contracts are not why there is a lockout

    Jul 26, 2011, 7:40 PM EST

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    Eddy Curry made $11.2 million last season to do nothing. Gilbert Arenas made $17 million and as three more years on his deal left. Joe Johnson just got more money than LeBron James. And the list goes on and on — did Luke Walton earn $6 million last season? It is easy to talk about…

  3. Jerome Jordan, Garrett Temple latest to sign in Europe

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns, Game 2

    Just keeping you up to date on the parade of lower level NBA stars who are smart to try and get some money overseas. One is the Knicks Jerome Jordan — a would be rookie drafted in the second round by the Bucks and traded to New York — has signed with Krka in Slovenia,…

  4. Report: Owners, players going to meet in early August

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:56 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The news is that lower level staff have almost got it set so some time in the next few weeks the key owners and players representatives are finally going to sit down in a room together and talk again. And this is supposed to make us happy? That’s the report from Tom Ziller at SB…

  5. Lockout, new labor deal could keep foreign players overseas

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:08 PM EST

    Spain v USA

    This year, foreign-born players filled up the NBA draft board like they haven’t in years — four of the top seven picks were foreign born, as were 13 selections overall (21.7 percent). The ongoing lockout and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement could change that in the future. That is particularly true if the owners get…

  6. NBA Rookie Transition Program postponed due to lockout

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:26 PM EST

    2011 NBA Draft

    Every year, before training camps open, the NBA gathers about 50 incoming rookies (not all of whom will make a roster) together and gives them a real education. Well, except this year. The NBA’s Rookie Transition Program has been postponed. What are we talking about? At this blog we talk plenty about the on-the-court challenges…

  7. Winderman: Challenge in NBA lockout is owners, players infighting

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

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    The two sides in the NFL labor dispute have finally come together, so there will be football. Perhaps that’s why they came together, because there only were two sides. What has become increasingly clear amid this first month of the NBA lockout is that this is a lockout squared. There essentially are four sides. On…

  8. Players union labor complaint will drag out another month or two

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:56 AM EST

    Billy Hunter

    The NBA players union has not chosen to decertify and have players sue the league. Yet. So far they have gone a different route, filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) — the federal agency that oversees labor relations —saying the owners were not negotiating in good faith. Now, the league is…

  9. Ersan Ilyasova reportedly agrees to play in Turkey, may skip out on the Bucks

    Jul 25, 2011, 6:38 PM EST

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    The possibility of Deron Williams and the league’s top tier crossing the Atlantic to play their professional ball has all but consumed the day-to-day NBA chatter, but even the most solid bits of news on the subject come with a lack of permanence. Williams isn’t going to play in Turkey for the rest of his…

  10. If NBA players decertify the union, might owners void all deals?

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Why would a group of agents be pushing for the NBA players to decertify the union and sue the league on anti-trust grounds? Because it’s seen as leverage — that anti-trust suit comes with triple damages, win big money and it becomes gigantic money. That threat, in theory, would push the owners to negotiate and…

  11. Report: Kobe Bryant to meet with Turkish team July 30

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    I’m really weary of the “Kobe Bryant to Turkey” rumors. Here is what it comes down to: Kobe’s camp sounds hesitant (at best) and say the two sides haven’t really talked much, officials from Besiktas are overly optimistic. That comes through in another report from Turkey, via Slam. The interview is with Seref Yalcin, the…

  12. What can NBA learn from NFL labor peace?

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:24 PM EST

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    They have labor peace over in the NFL. Well, the players have to vote and some league veterans have a lawsuit that could throw a wrench in the works. But it looks like there will be NFL football in September as had been scheduled. Preseason games (except the Hall of Fame Game) will take place…

  13. Kobe, Durant Rose well paid for Philippines pickup game

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:13 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Manny Pac

    You make any money this weekend? Kobe Bryant did. So did Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the rest of the NBA players who went to the Philippines for a couple of exhibition games over the weekend where they beat some local teams. In a story about players being serious looking overseas, Sam Amick of Sports…

  14. Celtics pick E’Twaun Moore near deal with Italian team

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:18 AM EST

    Michigan State v Purdue

    For a first round NBA pick — a guy with guaranteed NBA money coming — signing a deal in Europe is a risk. Get injured and that money disappears. But a second round NBA pick is not assured of making an NBA roster at all. With the lockout potentially dragging on, them signing in Europe…

  15. NBA owners had to write the players another check… that won’t help things

    Jul 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    At the time the old Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed by NBA owners and players, it was perceived as a win for the owners — they had capped how much money the players would get each season. Players would get 55 percent and eventually 57 percent of the gross Basketball Related Income the league pulls…

  16. Final NBA revenue numbers in from last season

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:35 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s all about the Basketball Related Income (BRI) number. The entire lockout is really about the BRI — length of contracts, hard or soft salary cap, guaranteed deals, revenue sharing are all secondary issues. What matters most is how much pie everyone gets, how you divide it up after that matters less. So we know…

  17. Stephenson apparently “Born Ready” for China or Italy

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

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    His game makes Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson an interesting prospect. His attitude almost had Danny Granger and Dahntay Jones going after him in the locker room. His arrest for domestic violence had the Pacers keeping him away from the team last summer. He played in just a dozen games for the Pacers last season. He’s…

  18. European veteran warns: This isn’t like the NBA

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

    marcus Williams

    Things are different in Europe. What people consider an old building does not mean it went up in 1960. Roads are narrower, the cars smaller. Beer is stronger (which is nice) and the meal portions are generally smaller (which would be good for most Americans anyway). And for all those American-born NBA guys thinking of…

  19. Europe wants Landry, but Landry doesn’t want Europe

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:12 AM EST

    Carl Landry

    Like a lot of NBA players, Carl Landry has had offers to go overseas. He specifically has been courted by Armani Jeans Milano, the Italian squad sponsored by… if I have to explain that to you then you have some bigger issues to deal with. But Landry is a free agent about to get a…

  20. Some NBA players set up contracts so they get paid during lockout

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:51 AM EST

    Al-Farouq Aminu Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Al-Farouq Aminu is still getting checks from the Los Angeles Clippers. Anticipating a potentially nasty lockout that dragged on, a few guys set up special contracts in recent years that stretched out their payments from last season into this year, according to the USA Today (via CBSSports Eye on Basketball): Aminu, a rookie last season,…

  21. Agents to meet with union president to talk decertification

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:31 AM EST

    Billy Hunter

    In it’s back pocket, the National Basketball Players Association — the NBA players union — has a bomb it could drop. During the season, it got the paperwork signed by players that would allow for decertification of the union. If filed this would end the union, allowing some players to then sue the league. It’s…

  22. Report: Kobe to meet with Turkish club officials in August

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:52 AM EST

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    We’re still not sure how serious this is from Kobe’s side, but Turkish club Besiktas — the club that signed Deron Williams to play for them next fall and had Allen Iverson last season — is still trying to court Kobe Bryant. The club’s very talkative coach explained to the Los Angeles Times how the…

  23. LeBron, reportedly the one star not “open” to Europe

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Chris Paul is the latest NBA star “open” to playing in Europe next season if the NBA lockout drags on. He joins Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and a host of others who are open to the idea. Personally, I’m open to dating Scarlett Johansson. I’m open to winning the…

  24. Report: Kyle Weaver signs deal to play in Germany

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:22 PM EST

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    There are NBA players threatening to go overseas just to try and put leverage on the NBA labor discussions, showing the owners they have options. They are guys not likely at all to put pen to paper. Then there are guys who spent the last couple years in the NBA but for whom a jump…

  25. Knicks promise fans refunds if.. er, when games are missed

    Jul 21, 2011, 7:28 PM EST

    Spike Lee

    NBA season ticket holders have to pay early to get their seats at a “discounted” rate for the next season — usually before the playoffs are over, before free agency has begun. Or in the case of this year, before they know if there will be games this fall. Hundreds of thousands of people —…

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