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  1. Vince Carter wants to play a couple more years in NBA

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    vince-carter-suns

    Vince Carter says isn’t done. That doesn’t mean he has any idea where he is going to land, but he says he has more NBA level basketball in him. Maybe, but you can be sure he’s going to get paid a lot less to do it. The Suns (who traded for him mid-season) are expected…

  2. Derrick Williams wonders how long lockout will last

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Arizona v Connecticut

    You can’t really blame Derrick Williams for deciding to leave college and enter the NBA draft — even if you’re an Arizona fan. You only get so many kicks at the can, and after a fantastic NCAA Tournament Williams was a clear high draft pick (he went No. 2 overall to Minnesota). While I get…

  3. Fisher says NBA players don’t want to follow in NFL’s footsteps

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Sometime very soon, the NFL is going to end its lockout and get back to work, the two sides agreeing on a salary system. Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players union, is no fan of the NFL’s hard cap, non-gaurunteed contract system. While the NBA owners are proposing a system that moves in that…

  4. Mozgov signs deal to return to Russia during lockout

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    UPDATE 10:59 am: Timofey Mozgov has confirmed that he did sign with BC Khimki to play during the lockout, speaking with the official EuroLeague site. “I am glad that everything turned out perfectly. I grew up as a player in Khimki and spent great days in here. I have a lot of friends in the team and…

  5. Report: Two teams fined for speaking about players

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    no talking

    It was bound to happen — David Stern is a stickler for his rules. One of his rules was team officials cannot even talk about players during the lockout. (Go look at NBA.com and try to find a picture of a current player.) Now two teams have gotten their wrist slapped for this, tweeted Yahoo’s…

  6. Bulls Kyle Korver calls lockout a “shame”

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    I’m not sure I ever thought of Kyle Korver as a guy with the common man’s touch. But he sure sounded like it when talking lockout with CSN Chicago. “It’s a shame,” Korver said. “The NBA makes too much money for everybody not to be making a little bit already, right?” Korver went on to…

  7. NBA “European vacation” roundup: Kobe a long shot

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    As the NBA lockout drags out — and the two sides are not expected to talk seriously until August — the rumors about NBA players heading overseas continue. All these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt — for one, international basketball governing body FIBA has yet to rule if an NBA player…

  8. Berger: full labor session “not likely before August”

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The invaluable Ken Berger of CBS.com has the story: While the basketball world was obsessed Tuesday with the release of an NBA schedule that may never happen, CBSSports.com has learned that the owners and players may not convene for another full-blown collective bargaining session until August. It is up for interpretation, however, whether that would…

  9. No Ty Lawson, NBA players can’t file for unemployment

    Jul 19, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    Lawson_Ty

    The couple times NBA players have made jokes about “looking for work” they have felt the backlash quickly — for most of the United States trying to fight its way out of a deep recession, that’s not funny. Which brings us to Ty Lawson, the Nuggets point guard who tweeted: i wonder if i can…

  10. David Stern to meet with FIBA leaders in New York

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Officially, none of this is about the lockout and NBA players going overseas… unless that somehow comes up. NBA Commissioner David Stern has a meeting set up with FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann this week in New York. With all the talk of players going overseas would say “what a coincidence” but everyone involved said…

  11. How intense are lockout negotiations? Fisher headed to Philippines.

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We tried to tell you earlier that there are no meaningful negotiations going on between the owners and players, that everyone is playing a game of lockout chicken, waiting for the deadline to put pressure on the talks. Here is another sign just how little is going on — union president Derek Fisher is heading…

  12. Report: Owners, players have no high level talks planned

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Every day we have some posturing news to report — “big name player X is really serious about playing in Europe/China next year” — but as for actual progress to end the NBA lockout…. Crickets. That’s not getting any better in the near future, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. The two sides are not…

  13. Celtics near major broadcast rights deal with Comcast New England

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Just months after the Los Angeles Lakers brokered a deal that will pay the franchise handsomely to be the anchor of a new regional sports network in that city, the Boston Celtics are near their own blockbuster deal. The Celtics and Comcast Sports Net New England (CSNNE) are close to a 20-year extension of their…

  14. Lockout has players flocking to Drew, Goodman leagues

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    summer league

    The Drew League in Los Angeles is an institution, a part of the fabric of hoops in the city, and it usually has some name NBA players taking part — Baron Davis has run there seemingly forever. But this year it seemed more NBA guys came in (including Kevin Durant, who was putting on a…

  15. Agents expect overseas signings to escalate. Of course they do.

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic

    At the end of the day, what is the job of an NBA players agent? Make his client as much money as possible. Picture Cuba Gooding Jr. yelling “show me the money.” If a player isn’t going to be getting paid in the NBA — and a lot of agents think this lockout is going…

  16. Union to help players get insurance if they head overseas

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    There are hurdles to getting NBA players overseas during the lockout. One is getting FIBA — basketball’s international governing body — to sign off on letting guys under contract go play for another team. FIBA has not officially ruled on that, yet. Then there is the little matter of insurance. Well, it’s not such a…

  17. Howard says there is a “huge possibility” he plays overseas

    Jul 18, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    There is a lot of risk in Dwight Howard playing overseas during the lockout — he has two years, $37.5 million on his existing deal that can be wiped out if he gets injured. What’s more, he has said he is going to opt out of that last year, meaning he would be a free…

  18. Chris Paul and the players’ moral paradox

    Jul 17, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    We can do this one of two ways. The quick and dirty way, or the abstract and more complex way. As usual, I’ll give you the quick and dirty version first. In an interview with Business Week, Chris Paul revealed the stunning information that the players know how much the lockout affects the fans and…

  19. Deron Williams confirms he has signed in Turkey

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    It’s official, we saw it on twitter. Actually, it’s official because Deron Williams tweeted it and added a picture of his signature on a contract with Besiktas. Williams has signed a deal that will have him playing in Turkey this fall if the NBA lockout isn’t resolved. Well, maybe it will, but he has signed…

  20. Today’s NBA or Europe roundup — Jimmer’s staying

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Seems like every day one or more NBA players say they are open to the idea of playing overseas during the NBA lockout. While we have our doubts about how many will actually go (even if the lockout drags into the season), here’s a roundup of who is saying and doing what in the last…

  21. Wow, actual talks — union, league staff to meet

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s not much. At best it’s a meeting to set up a meeting. But it’s something. And right now we’ll take just about anything as a glimmer of hope. Staff from the league and the players union will meet Friday, according to Sports Illustrated. Mid-level staff members from the players’ association and league office are…

  22. NBA lays off 114 employees, says not due to lockout

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Today there are 114 more civilian casualties to the NBA lockout war… except the league says these are not casualties at all. We’re not buying that. So you can get the facts as presented, here are the key parts of the Associated Press report. The NBA has laid off about 114 people over the last…

  23. Report: League cleared Cuban, Mavs ESPY appearance

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    The 2011 ESPY Awards - Show

    The NBA league office apparently has nothing better to do during the lockout than monitoring team officials to make sure they don’t even have causal contact with players. Say just one wrong word and you can get threatened with a $1 million fine. So what was the deal with Mavs owner Mark Cuban standing with…

  24. NBA expects big television revenue jump, which complicates lockout

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    NBA Finals TV Team Basketball

    Nothing runs professional sports in the United States like television and television money. And it’s right in the middle of the NBA lockout. That starts with the current television deal, set to pay the league $930 million next season (assuming there is a next season). We told you before about how the NBA’s television networks…

  25. Union letter to NBA players: Keep looking overseas

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    It’s all about leverage. In a letter sent out to 450 NBA players, players union Executive Director Billy commended Deron Williams and all but encouraged players to look overseas. He said that he did not think FIBA or the NBA would stand in a player’s way (FIBA would have to clear players under contract to…

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