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  1. Thunder bringing back Derek Fisher on a one-year contract

    Jul 24, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe

    The Thunder will be bringing back Derek Fisher for a third straight season, after signing him to a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum salary on Wednesday. “Derek has proven to be a valuable member of our team and we are excited to have him back,” Thunder GM Sam Presti said, via the official release.…

  2. Team USA would love to have Derrick Rose back if he wants to play next summer

    Jul 23, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Next late August and early September the eyes of the basketball world will be focused on Spain where the FIBA World Championships will be played. Team USA — which is working out some of the NBA’s young stars this week in Las Vegas to get a closer look at them — will be the favorites…

  3. Kevin Martin won’t play without a superstar anymore

    Jul 23, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Six

    In nine NBA seasons, Kevin Martin has six times led a team in scoring – the Rockets thrice and Kings thrice. Martin, a dependable outside shooter with an ability to get to the free-throw line, has even scored up to 24.6 points per game. Last season, as the Thunder’s sixth man, Martin had to settle…

  4. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love express interest in playing for Team USA next summer

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    About the time that Summer League is wrapping things up in Las Vegas on Monday, the NBA focus will shift to a four-day USA Basketball mini-camp being held in town through Thursday. The biggest names in the game will sit this one out, but there are spots to be had for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World…

  5. Kevin Martin says he considered returning to the Thunder for less money

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kevin MArtin

    Kevin Martin registered his lowest points per game average in nine seasons last year with the Thunder, though his role there was a bit different than it had been with other teams in seasons past. Martin was tasked with a sixth man role in Oklahoma City, after playing starter’s minutes essentially his entire career before…

  6. Report: Mike Miller tells friends he’ll likely sign with Thunder

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    Mike Miller

    Mike Miller, who just cleared waivers after being amnestied by the Heat, becoming an unrestricted free agent, will have no shortage of contending suitors. Smart front offices – the type of front offices that can build a winning team that would entice Miller – recognize his value as a 3-point shooter, both because long-distance field…

  7. Report: The Lakers want to chase LeBron and Melo next summer. Is that news?

    Jul 17, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

    So let me get this right: A team with massive amounts of cap space next summer that wants to rebuild free agency is going to go after the two biggest names potentially on the board? Shocking. Who could have predicted that? So apparently the Lakers are going to try and go after LeBron James and…

  8. Iguodala was an hour away from signing with Dallas then Warriors trade went down

    Jul 12, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks were thisclose to signing Andre Iguodala. Instead, a capped-out but aggressive Golden State ownership pulled together a three-team trade that gave them the room to add Iguodala to an already strong Golden State roster and makes them far more dangerous in the West. Iguodala wanted to be a Warrior,…

  9. Dwight Howard and James Harden could form NBA’s best duo

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard is a center. James Harden is a guard. Howard is one of the NBA’s best defenders. Harden is one of the league’s top offensive players. Howard is an elite interior scorer. Harden’s range extends beyond the 3-point line. Howard is excellent as the screener in pick-and-rolls. Harden is superb as the ball-handler on…

  10. Dwight Howard signing just the beginning for Rockets

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Darryl Morey has done the hardest job, getting Dwight Howard to sign with the Rockets. Now the Houston general manager has even more moves ahead. The Rockets don’t have cap room to give Howard a max contract, so Morey must either convince Howard to take less money, arrange a sign-and-trade with the Lakers or change…

  11. Report: Dwight Howard chooses Houston Rockets

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s not been confirmed by Howard himself, but it is where all signs have been pointing for days — Dwight Howard has selected the Houston Rockets as his next team, something first reported by Sam Amick of the USA Today. This has now been confirmed by other sources including David Aldridge of NBA.com, Ken Berger…

  12. Report: Eric Maynor agrees to multi-year deal with Wizards

    Jul 1, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    Eric Maynor, Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, J.J. Hickson

    Eric Maynor made his name as one of the best backup point guards in the NBA coming off the bench behind All-Star Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City. The Washington Wizards are hoping he can have similar success in a similar situation with them. The Wizards and Maynor have agreed to a multi-year deal where he will…

  13. Report: Thunder aggressively pursuing Dorell Wright

    Jul 1, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    Dorell Wright, Mike Dunleavy, Monta Ellis

    Signing James Harden to a long-term extension proved too costly to the Thunder, so they traded him for Kevin Martin. Now Martin is a free agent, and he might be too expensive, too. So, once again, Oklahoma City is ready to downgrade. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Oklahoma City has begun an aggressive pursuit of…

  14. Brandan Wright poised to get substantially bigger contract

    Jul 1, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

    Bradnon Wright

    Just 14 players have ranked in the top 25 for PER in each of the last two seasons: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Al Jefferson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Brandan Wright, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry. The 13 highest-paid members of that group, even…

  15. Report: Grizzlies go the expected route, promote Dave Joerger to head coach

    Jun 25, 2013, 12:45 AM EDT

    Dave Joerger

    Memphis built a roster that went all the way to the Western Conference Finals based on consistency and growth — they kept their core together (save for Rudy Gay) and built with those guys improving and growing together. Which is why letting Lionel Hollins walk as a coach is a risk — he and his…

  16. Ben McLemore the next Ray Allen? Victor Oladipo the next Dwyane Wade? How they answer could be telling

    Jun 22, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ben McLemore

    Ben McLemore and Victor Oladipo are the consensus top two shooting guards in the 2013 NBA Draft, but for very different reasons. McLemore is seen as a potential superstar who needs more on-court aggressiveness to really shine. Oladipo is seen as a great role player who maximizes his talent. Even a couple seemingly benign quotes…

  17. Russell Westbrook proposes to fan on Twitter, gets yes

    Jun 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha of Switzerland, celebrates with teammate Russell Westbrook after a Westbrook scored against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game

    Charlie Bright, as explained by Royce Young of Daily Thunder, took Rachel Haycraft on their first date to a Thunder game. So, when he later decided to propose, he wanted to incorporate the Thunder. Via Young: “I thought a really cool way to combine the two would be for Russell, or somebody on the team…

  18. Miami has to get bigger, better if they dream of a three-peat

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Odds makers already have the Miami Heat as the favorites to win the NBA championship again next year — 2-1 odds at Bovada online. But if the Heat thought this title run was like climbing Mount Everest, wait until next year. The Bulls get Derrick Rose back. The Pacers are not going to get any…

  19. Russell Westbrook wants you to know he’s back, crutches are gone

    Jun 15, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Russell Westbrook is working his way back from the ACL injury that ended his playoffs (and ended Oklahoma City’s as well). He went to Vine to show everyone he’s off crutches — not that he can snap them in half over his knee. Nor should he. Not exactly good for the other knee. Westbrook is…

  20. Russell Westbrook sings some Taylor Swift (VINE)

    Jun 10, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    Capital Summertime Ball - Media Room

    Russell Westbrook jumped on Vine and he needed some followers. So he tweeted this. Just got on that VINE need some new followers..can y'all help me out? Pleaseeeee lol — Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) June 5, 2013 Then he posted this: And I had to pass it along because… TAYLOR SWIFT!!! OMG!!! Hat tip to Lang…

  21. 2013 adidas Eurocamp: Day 2 recap

    Jun 10, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 2

    TREVISO, Italy — The camp’s second day was lighter on the competition for the older, draft eligible international prospects, and was focused instead on drills, coaching, and showcasing the younger teams in attendance. There was only one game featuring the event’s main attractions, and it was used by two Brazilian players to dominate the action.…

  22. Danny Green shoots 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in historic performance

    Jun 10, 2013, 1:33 AM EDT

    Spurs' Green reacts after a three point basket against the Heat during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Asked after Game 1 how Danny Green had progressed since they played together for the Cavaliers, LeBron James responded, “Is that a serious question?” You can bet LeBron will get more questions now about his former Cleveland teammate, and now he’ll know they’re serious. Green shot 5-for-5 on 3-pointers and 6-for-6 overall to lead the…

  23. Tony Parker not the NBA’s best point guard, but a darn good one in the NBA Finals

    Jun 7, 2013, 2:47 AM EDT

    BKN-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT-GAME 1

    When Tony Parker won NBA Finals MVP in 2007, it caught many off guard. Tim Duncan won Finals MVP for the Spurs’ first three titles, and he was still an All-NBA first-team player during the 2006-07 regular season. A major of ESPN writers surveyed before Game 4 of San Antonio’s sweep over the Cavaliers chose…

  24. NBA Finals Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

    Jun 4, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    tim duncan lebron james

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 66-16 (First seed in East) San Antonio 58-24 (Second seed in West) PLAYOFF RECORDS San Antonio 12-2 (swept the Lakers 4-0, beat the Warriors 4-2, swept the Grizzlies) Miami: 12-4 (swept Milwaukee 4-0, beat Chicago 4-1, went 7 to beat Pacers) SEASON SERIES This was the most meaningless 1-1 season series ever.…

  25. Heat aren’t infallible, and it’s unfair to treat them as such

    Jun 3, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade

    When LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, critics decried the end of competitive balance. They saw LeBron’s “Not one, not two, not three…” remark not as a hopeful boast, but as the inevitable. The Heat would win the championship every year from then on, and there was nothing anyone could do…

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