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Surprised team trying to get into the Luol Deng bidding war

The Phoenix Suns are pushing hard for Luol Deng The Phoenix Suns have been pushing to land a marquee free agent to add to their young, exciting team. And, although the Suns landed Isaiah Thomas, they have failed to be a serious threat to land any of the big names thus far. However, that could all change if the Suns were to land Luol Deng. Even though Deng isn’t considered to be...
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Jazz break the bad news to the Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets pulled a tactic to land a coveted free agent this Summer. The Hornets offered Utah Jazz restricted free agent, Gordon Hayward, a deal that would land the 24-year old wing in Charlotte for four-years. The deal was worth a reported $63 million, and the Jazz had three days to match if they planned to keep Hayward locked up. Reports were all over the place, as many...
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Chris Bosh agrees to five-year deal with Heat

In what is probably the second most shocking new of NBA Free Agency, Chris Bosh, has reportedly decided to forgo a four-year, $88 million deal with the Houston Rockets, to remain in South Beach, with the Miami Heat. The reported deal is five-years and worth $118 million. With LeBron James heading back to Cleveland, it appears as if Chris Bosh has become the Heat’s centerpiece....
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Elfrid Payton impressive during Orlando Summer League

The Magic’s newest point guard prospect, Elfrid Payton, has begun to make a name for himself, for the Magic, during Orlando’s Summer League, averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.0 assists, on 16-27 from the field over the course of five games. Payton’s minutes varied, depending on the game, but he looked very impressive when given steady playing time. READ MORE! http://wp...
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Pau Gasol Working on an Agreement

With the free agency dominos finally beginning to fall, Pau Gasol is one of the big names still left on the market. There have been a variety of teams interested in Pau’s services, including the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and New York Knicks. It looks like we may finally know where Pau will end up. Pau Gasol, Chicago working to complete an agreement...
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Report: Vince Carter signs with Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies were in the market from some wing scoring, and they may have found some nice help. Vince Carter, who is coming off of a strong season with the Dallas Mavericks, has agreed to a deal with the Grizzlies. Vince Carter has agreed to a three-year, $12M deal with Memphis, league source tells Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014 The third...
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Shaq posts funny defense of LeBron on Instagram

LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers today. You probably already knew that, unless you’ve been living under a rock. Shaquille O’Neal, an ex-teammate, took to social media to support LeBron. And he did so in a pretty funny manner. Many have unfairly criticized LeBron for hopping around a little-to the Miami Heat, and now back to Cleveland. So, Shaq made a bit of a...
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Isaiah Thomas Says He Only Wanted To Feel Wanted

Earlier today, restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas was sent to the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade. The Sacramento Kings clearly wanted to move on after they overpaid for Darren Collison. Thomas will join Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, assuming Bledsoe returns next season. The Suns will have three very good point guards, and it will be fun to see them operate. For whatever reason...
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Anthony Bennett Throws Down Big Summer League Dunk

A year ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers surprised everyone when they selected Anthony Bennett with the first pick in the NBA Draft. He had a very rough rookie season where he struggled to get in quality game shape. He’s now playing in summer league, where he seemingly looks to be making progress. He threw down a huge dunk today; you can see the clip below: Anthony Bennett nasty two...
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Isaiah Thomas is heading to the Suns

credit: csnbayarea.com In a more minor but still important move, Isaiah Thomas appears to be on his way out of Sacramento and on his way to Phoenix. Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:  Suns and Kings are finalizing a sign-and-trade deal on a four-year, $27M contract for Isaiah Thomas, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. What this tweet doesn’t mention is what the Kings are...
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Kevin Love says he will commit long term to the Cavaliers now

Kevin Love is now intrigued with the idea of becoming a Cavalier Now, that news has broke with LeBron James coming home, Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love is said to be “intrigued” by the notion of being traded to the Cavaliers. Of course, Kevin Love would still have to get the Timberwolves to sign off on a trade that would allow the rebounding machine to join King James...
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Return of the King: LeBron James returns to Cleveland

(Credit: AP Photo: Paul Sancya) There was no press conference. No egotistical television special. No “I’m taking my talents to….” No news posted onto LeBronJames.com. Only a personal letter. LeBron James let the world know of his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in an interview with Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated. He followed shortly after with a post...
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Tyrone Corbin and Mike Woodson find new teams

credit: Associated Press It didn’t take long for either Tyrone Corbin or Mike Woodson to find assistant coaching gigs after being relieved of their head coaching duties. Corbin has found a new home with the Kings as their lead assistant coach according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports and Ken Berger of CBS is reporting that Woodson is joining Doc Rivers’ staff on the Clippers...
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Raptors re-sign Greivis Vasquez

The Toronto Raptors are spending a lot of time and money on point guards this summer. After re-signing Kyle Lowry, the Raptors have now made a move to bring back their backup point guard as well. Greivis Vasquez, who was brought over in a trade from Sacramento last season, has agreed to a two year deal. Restricted free agent guard Greivis Vasquez has reached an agreement to re-sign...
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Dirk Has Standing Max Offer From Team Other Than Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki has agreed to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks for 3 years and $30 million, although it has yet to become official. We all expected Dirk to return to Dallas, and no one really thought he would even test the market. Well, although Dirk has already come to terms on a new deal, he reportedly has another offer on the table. The Houston Rockets have a max contract standing...
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Gordon Hayward to sign ‘major’ offer sheet with Hornets

Photo: Tony Dejak/AP The Charlotte Bobcats had a very promising season last year after the addition of Al Jefferson and the emergence of Kemba Walker, though they were slept by the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Now the Charlotte Hornets, the team is looking to add another big piece to surround Jefferson and Walker, and have potentially found their guy as they have...
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Current Trailblazer wants to be franchise’s best player ever

Photo: Don Ryan/AP Portland Trailblazer power forward LaMarcus Aldridge had his “coming out party” this NBA playoffs, when his back-to-back 40 point performances against the Houston Rockets in the first round had people buzzing about him potentially being the best power forward in the game. Aldridge, 28, has the opportunity to sign a contract extension this offseason with the...
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Top Five Destinations for LeBron James

(Credit: AP Photo: Paul Sancya) It is the best of times, it is the worst of times for NBA fans everywhere.Each  July marks hope for teams and fans as free agents decide where to take their talents, but it also brings false reports of star-studded pickup games, analysts citing the wind as a source and players supposedly having other players go through workouts in order to prove...
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Here’s Jonas Valanciunas Dancing in Lithuania

What’s better than watching a massive NBA big man dance? Very few things, that’s what’s better. So, here is a video of Toronto Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas dancing with some women in Lithuania, via his Instagram. This is what the NBA offseason is all about. Valanciunas figures to be a large part of the Raptors moving forward. With size often at a premium in the league...
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GIF: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Breaks Ankles, Drains Three

Summer league may not be great for getting a quality read on a player, but it is great for watching marginal players make really good plays. So, without further ado, here is Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Detroit Pistons with a nice crossover followed by a drained three. For some of us NBA addicts, highlights like this will just have to do. @JrMarkyMark The post GIF: Kentavious...
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Charlotte Hornets Make Pitch To Big Name Free Agent

Last offseason, the then Charlotte Bobcats surprised many when they signed Al Jefferson. Big Al helped Charlotte make the playoffs, and even though they were sent home in the first round, it was an important first step for a struggling franchise. It looks like the now Charlotte Hornets are going after a big name free agent for the second year in a row. This time around, it’s Gordon...
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P-Jax Looking to Trade STAT and Bargs

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is officially committed to doing the improbable: finding new homes for Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire. READ MORE: The post P-Jax Looking to Trade STAT and Bargs appeared first on Pass The Pill - Kings of Hoops.
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Chris Bosh: Free agency decider

While we’re all awaiting the free agent decision of both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh can be the one to really get it all started. Highly coveted as a player, and as a teammate, Chris Bosh is quietly the key to free agency. Bosh, a nine time All-Star with two championship rings, has just proved himself as one the NBA’s most versatile bigs. The Houston Rockets...
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Knicks Summer League

Last week, the Knicks released their roster of young players who will be participating in the Las Vegas Summer League. Promising sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr, is on the roster along with 2 of the Knicks’ 2014 draft picks, Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo. Several league veterans will also be on the summer league roster in big man Cole Aldrich and athletic shooting guard...
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Jazz center trolls rookie teammate with gift

(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports) The NBA has a rich history of veteran players giving their new rookie teammates a hard time – jokingly of course – from filling their cars with popcorn to locking them in hotel rooms, the young newcomers get welcomed with a lot of laughs. This year, the Utah Jazz drafted Australian point guard Dante Exum with the fifth overall pick, and his teammates...
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