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  1. Suns’ Childress doesn’t get NBA players talking Europe

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Olympiacos' Josh Childress (C) shots bet

    Josh Childress has been there — when the Atlanta Hawks tried to lowball him, he took a three-year deal to go play for Olympiacos in Greece. Childress has played at Europe in his prime. He has done what everyone is talking about. He sees a lot of guys — Ty Lawson is the latest, joining…

  2. Blazers GM almost got $1 million fine for saying “yeah”

    Jul 13, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    chad buchanan

    David Stern is all about controlling the message. Only he or his designated representatives will speak to the league on all lockout issues. Not general managers, not coaches, not even team owners. Nobody. The message will be controlled and on point. As a hammer to back that up, there is the threat of a $1…

  3. Free agent Aaron Brooks expects to return to Phoenix

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Damn lockout. Right now we should be up to our necks in free agent signings, rumors of signings and the fun that can be player movement in the off-season. Instead we’re talking if Nate Robinson can play NFL cornerback. Which is about as likely as the Celtics landing Dwight Howard. Point guard Aaron Brooks would…

  4. As lockout goes on, team employees get pink slips

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

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    NBA teams around the league are looking to cut back on expenses during the lockout. Around the league, it’s starting to get ugly, as the Associated Press reports: (Charlotte Bobcats) Radio play-by-play announcer Scott Lauer was one of at least seven employees let go by the Bobcats in the past week. A person familiar with…

  5. NBA to return $160 million in escrow money to players

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    In the one move since the start of the NBA lockout, the NBA announced Tuesday that it is going to give the players back money they already earned. It’s a good thing in terms of thawing the ice, but it’s not going to really change things. As for what happened… this is going to take…

  6. Report: Kobe, Rose, Durant to play in Philippines exhibition

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Kobe Durant AP

    While the talks have been of a barnstorming tour of China, there may be another in the Far East first. Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant will be part of an exhibition game in the Philippines, according to the sports web site of TV5 in the island nation (via SLAM). The three stars will…

  7. Report: Pistons want to re-sign Tayshaun Prince

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    TPrince_sad

    When free agency opens up — eventually — Tayshaun Prince is going to have options. He will turn 31 next season and while he can bring you some solid offense (14.1 points per game on 47 percent shooting last season and he can hit the three) what really makes him valuable is his wing defense.…

  8. NLRB taking close look at players claim against owners

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    You may have forgotten that back before the lockout started the players union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaining the owners were not negotiating in good faith. The NLRB didn’t forget. They are on it, according to a tweet from Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal. In recent weeks…

  9. Kevin Durant’s agent throws his name in overseas pool

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    It might only be news at this point if a player said he wouldn’t consider going overseas, but because Kevin Durant is a big name, we’ll pass this along. Durant’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated that Durant is open to the idea of playing in Europe. So is another client of…

  10. KFC offers Dwyane Wade another job during lockout

    Jul 11, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    NBA players make a lot of money, but they spend a lot of money. Just ask Patrick Ewing. Dwyane Wade, like the rest of us, could use a few extra bucks in his pocket. Right after the lockout started he even tweeted “Any1 hiring?” Which is not really funny with the recession hurting most people…

  11. NBA players not ruling out union decertification

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    If it comes to this, it’s when you know things have gotten really, really bad. But for now the NBPA — the players union — is refusing to take the idea of decertification of the union off the table, according to Howard Beck at the New York Times. Of course, not taking it off the…

  12. Season-long lockout may make it hard for Nets to keep D-Will

    Jul 11, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    The New Jersey-but-soon-to-be-Brooklyn Nets have one goal for the next season — keep Deron Williams. He is the cornerstone, he is the guy who can opt out next summer. He is the guy they need to win over. Which will be pretty hard if there is no next season. Williams told Chris Broussard of ESPN…

  13. Tony Parker says he may play in France if lockout drags on

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Tony Parker has laid out the more likely path for name NBA players to head to Europe. Speaking with BasketUSA (via Hoopshype), he said that if there are no games come the new year and the NBA is talking about cancelling a season, then he would return to France and play. Parker played four seasons in…

  14. Ron Artest bummed about Shaw, may play in England

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest… er, sorry, Metta World Peace is traveling the nation now with a four-stop comedy tour he organized. Because he can. He meets these people because he’s in Hollywood — whether he has “gone Hollywood” is a debate among Lakers fans and frankly management. Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times talked to him…

  15. If you’re a free agent, do you play pickup during lockout?

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Shane Battier Memphis Grizzlies

    Shane Battier is a free agent and he’s going to have options. The Memphis Grizzlies want him back as they try to relive their magical run. There are teams like the Clippers that could really use a three with his skillset. If you can defend — and Battier can — you have a place in…

  16. NBA franchise values, where some owners can make bank

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    It’s one thing left out of the calculations on whether an NBA owner is making money on his franchise — the money he makes on the worth of the franchise. It’s complex, it’s changing, but the fact remains that a lot of NBA owners have already made tons of money on their teams because what…

  17. Report: Real Madrid rebuffs Kirilenko over money

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    All this talk of NBA players jumping to Europe… there’s a few reasons we’re skeptical here. And not just because we’re skeptical of everything. One big issue is money — few European teams can afford to approach even an average NBA salary. At the high end of the rumors, Deron Williams would make $5 million…

  18. Turkish team has special sponsor to pay for Williams

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    Deron Williams presser

    This is the second time in two years that Besiktas — a team that finished sixth in a Turkish league that is not considered one of the top divisions in Europe — landed and paid for a big time NBA star. Last year it was Allen Iverson, a future Hall of Fame player but a…

  19. Court ruling on NFL has little impact on NBA lockout

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    While the two sides seem close to a deal in the NFL lockout, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has come down with a ruling favoring the NFL — saying that the lockout can continue in that sport. What does that mean for the NBA lockout? Nothing much. The National Basketball Players…

  20. Tony Parker paid $5k to fly with a jet pack on vacation

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tony-Parker-Flies

    There is no CBA in place right now, so if you do something — like get popped for having marijuana in the car — there is nothing the league or your team can do about it. So go ahead and take some risks, NBA players. Like, say, flying with water-propelled jet pack while on vacation…

  21. Players union pushing idea ‘Melo, other stars might play in Europe

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Deron Williams has a deal in principle to play in Turkey should the lockout extend into September (and it almost certainly will be there at the start of the month). We have our doubts about how many other elite players will follow in those footsteps — but it is great leverage for the NBPA (the…

  22. One year ago today, LeBron made “The Decision”

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

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    It someday may go down with the most legendary player moves in NBA history — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers, Dirk Nowitzki to the Mavs (on draft night for Tractor Traylor), and the Celtics turning Joe Barry Carroll into Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish. One year ago today, LeBron James told Jim Gray and the…

  23. Kobe “open” to playing in Europe. That’s different than going.

    Jul 7, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    They want him in Istanbul (and he does endorse Turkish Airlines)… But would Kobe Bryant play in Turkey? Or in Europe in general? He spent some years of his childhood in Italy, would he return as a professional? Maybe, according to the twitter account of Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Kobe Bryant is open to considering overseas…

  24. Books show Nets with $44 million loss in 2008-09 season

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

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    Did NBA teams lose money last year? And if so, really how much? In the absence of the owners and players union sitting down and actually talking, the question of loss has become the talking point of the NBA lockout. There has been plenty of back-and-forth between the NBA and the players union — and…

  25. Don’t expect a flood of top NBA players to Europe

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    There is some logic to why Deron Williams would sign with Besiktas Cola Turka to play next season. For one, it puts some pressure on the NBA owners in the Collective Bargaining talks (although not that much). Williams is coming off wrist injuries at the end of last season and this would let him get…

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