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Howard, Hawks meet; Lakers finalize pitch

Howard, Hawks meet; Lakers finalize pitch

ESPN.com Updated Jul 1, 2013
As the Lakers finalized the pitch they will make to Dwight Howard Tuesday afternoon, the free-agent center met with his hometown team, the Hawks, Monday afternoon and met with the Warriors Monday night, sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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  • Blatche has reached deal to remain with Nets

    Blatche has reached deal to remain with Nets

    nba.com ESPN.com Jul 1, 2013
    Andray Blatche will return as a backup in the Brooklyn Nets' soon-to-be upgraded frontcourt.
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  • Bynum won't work out for interested teams

    Bynum won't work out for interested teams

    ESPN.com Jul 1, 2013
    Free-agent center Andrew Bynum will provide medical reports to NBA teams interested in signing him, but won't work out for them, his agent told Yahoo! Sports on Monday.
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  • NBA Free Agency News: Pelicans Make Huge Offer to Tyreke Evans

    NBA Free Agency News: Pelicans Make Huge Offer to Tyreke Evans

    It is being reported today that the New Orleans Pelicans made a huge offer to restricted free agent Tyreke Evans during their meeting with him on Sunday night. There are conflicting reports of of the dollar amount, but both numbers being thrown around a…
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  • Sources: Dunleavy to sign deal with Bulls

    Sources: Dunleavy to sign deal with Bulls

    ESPN.com Jul 1, 2013
    Free-agent forward Mike Dunleavy has verbally committed to sign with the Chicago Bulls later this month, according to sources close to the process.
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  • Shaquille O’Neal has plans to open a free children’s hospital i…

    Shaquille O’Neal has plans to open a free children’s hospital in Baton Rouge

    yahoo.com Jul 1, 2013
    Throughout his time in public life, Shaquille O'Neal has cultivated an image as basketball's great jokester, a man always ready to toss off a quip or come up with another goofy nickname. For the most part, that approach has served Shaq well, although re…
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  • Draft pick Nedovic ready to make NBA transition

    Draft pick Nedovic ready to make NBA transition

    nba.com Jul 1, 2013
    Golden State Warriors first-round pick Nemanja Nedovic has had a dozen different coaches in the last six years. He went through three coaches last season alone playing for Lietuvos rytas of the Euroleague, and he has never had much stability in his life…
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  • Michael Jordan knocks $8 million off asking price for Chicago-a…

    Michael Jordan knocks $8 million off asking price for Chicago-area mansion, now just $21 million

    yahoo.com Jul 1, 2013
    NBA legend Michael Jordan is most closely associated with the city of Chicago, his home during 13 seasons with the Bulls and the site of his greatest accomplishments. However, Jordan put up his Chicago-area mansion for sale in February 2012 at $29 milli…
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  • Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs among five suitors for Greg Oden,…

    Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs among five suitors for Greg Oden, according to source

    ESPN.com Jul 1, 2013
    Greg Oden will likely choose from a group of suitors that includes the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies, a source close to Oden told ESPN.com.
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Mikhail Prokhorov backing up the …

    The 10-man rotation, starring Mikhail Prokhorov backing up the Brink’s truck

    yahoo.com Jul 1, 2013
    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.C: The Brooklyn Game. Once the massive dra…
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  • Ainge says Celtics not trying to trade Rondo

    Ainge says Celtics not trying to trade Rondo

    ESPN.com nba.com Jul 1, 2013
    The Celtics plan to continue cleaning their roster and Danny Ainge said he welcomes all calls on his team's talent, but stressed again Monday that Boston does not currently plan to move Rajon Rondo as part of the rebuilding process.
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  • 5 Teams That Should Sign Al Jefferson In Free Agency

    5 Teams That Should Sign Al Jefferson In Free Agency

    dimemag.com Jul 1, 2013
    Each summer’s NBA free agency crop is usually headlined by one or two marquee names. This year is no different. The NBA world will be waiting for the decisions of Dwight Howard, Chris Paul (reportedly will re-sign with the Clippers) and Andrew Bynum thi…
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  • Slim Thug Is Doing His Part To Get Dwight Howard To Sign With H…

    Slim Thug Is Doing His Part To Get Dwight Howard To Sign With Houston

    deadspin.com Jul 1, 2013
    For a few NBA teams, the mad dash to sign Dwight Howard has begun, and the Houston Rockets have emerged as a frontrunner to land the free-agent big man. The Rockets already had Yao Ming and Hakeem Olajuwon do their part to get Howard to Houston, and now…
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  • Kings introduce draft picks McLemore, McCallum

    Kings introduce draft picks McLemore, McCallum

    nba.com Jul 1, 2013
    One grew up in such poverty he had days when he wondered where he would find his next meal. The other is a coach's son who attended the same high school as a player whose jersey is retired in the rafters.
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  • Sources: Knicks finalize deal for Bargnani

    Sources: Knicks finalize deal for Bargnani

    The New York Knicks have finalized a trade for power forward Andrea Bargnani, league sources confirmed.
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  • After Clippers prove their worth, Chris Paul agrees to return

    After Clippers prove their worth, Chris Paul agrees to return

    The Clippers made all the moves needed to prove they were worthy of Chris Paul's prime years. He rewarded those efforts by agreeing to a five-year deal Monday, says Lee Jenkins.
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  • NBA Rumor: Warriors Willing To Offer Andrew Bogut & Klay Th…

    NBA Rumor: Warriors Willing To Offer Andrew Bogut & Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes For Dwight Howard

    dimemag.com Jul 1, 2013
    The Warriors are interested enough in acquiring Dwight Howard that they’re willing to offer Andrew Bogut and either Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes for him, according to The Contra Costa Times. Howard has already been linked to Houston and Dallas, as m…
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  • Mavericks' Larkin wants to play with Howard

    Mavericks' Larkin wants to play with Howard

    nba.com Jul 1, 2013
    Shane Larkin wants to lead the public relations campaign to bring free agent center Dwight Howard to the Dallas Mavericks.
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  • Pacers make qualifying offer to Hansbrough

    Pacers make qualifying offer to Hansbrough

    ESPN.com nba.com Jul 1, 2013
    The Indiana Pacers definitely want David West back next season.
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  • Bulls GM says he laid off Thibodeau's top assistant

    Bulls GM says he laid off Thibodeau's top assistant

    nba.com Jul 1, 2013
    Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman insisted it was his call to let Tom Thibodeau's top assistant go and downplayed the idea there's friction with the coach.
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  • SI Now: Lakers' unusual courtship

    SI Now: Lakers' unusual courtship

    CNNSI.com Jul 1, 2013
    On Monday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated managing editor Chris Stone and media reporter Richard Deitsch discuss the Lakers' uncharacterstic public attempts to keep Dwight Howard in Los Angeles.
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  • Shabazz Muhammad thinks nobody in the NBA wears No. 0, is sorel…

    Shabazz Muhammad thinks nobody in the NBA wears No. 0, is sorely mistaken

    yahoo.com Jul 1, 2013
    When the Minnesota Timberwolves officially introduced first-round draft pick Shabazz Muhammad on Friday, the UCLA product spoke about entering the NBA with "a chip on his shoulder" after a pre-draft process that didn't go exactly has he'd plan…
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  • Where will Dwight Howard land in free agency? Ranking possible …

    Where will Dwight Howard land in free agency? Ranking possible destinations

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jul 1, 2013
    Another Dwight Howard derby has begun. The All-Star free agent is meeting with five teams but which makes the most sense? Rob Mahoney ranks Howard's potential destinations.
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  • Here’s Why The Jrue Holiday Trade Was A Move The Sixers Had To …

    Here’s Why The Jrue Holiday Trade Was A Move The Sixers Had To Make

    dimemag.com Jul 1, 2013
    In Malcolm Gladwell’s 2005 book, Blink, he tells the story of the Getty kouros, a statue brought to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Southern California. Before the purchase of the statue (said to be going for around $10 million), Thomas Hoving, a former dir…
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  • NBA TV to televise 62 Summer League games, title game

    NBA TV to televise 62 Summer League games, title game

    nba.com Jul 1, 2013
    NBA Digital's extensive NBA Summer League 2013 coverage -- the first opportunity to see many of the league's top rookies in action -- will include 62 live game telecasts in 16 days on NBA TV, and all games live via the NBA Summer League Live subscriptio…
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  • Knicks reportedly express interest in Bucks' Ellis

    Knicks reportedly express interest in Bucks' Ellis

    CNNSI.com dimemag.com Jul 1, 2013
    Knicks reportedly express interest in Bucks' Ellis
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  • Paul agrees to $107M extension with Clips

    Paul agrees to $107M extension with Clips

    ESPN.com Jul 1, 2013
    Chris Paul has verbally agreed to a five-year, $107 million contract extension to remain with the Clippers, his agent, Leon Rose, confirmed Monday.
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  • People Are Paying Big Bucks For Aaron Hernandez Jerseys

    People Are Paying Big Bucks For Aaron Hernandez Jerseys

    deadspin.com Jul 1, 2013
    Yes, there is intense demand for Aaron Hernandez jerseys, which are fetching hundreds of dollars at online auctions despite Hernandez having perhaps killed a dude or three. No, this is not a symbol of the decline of Western civilization.Read more...
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  • NBA Trade Rumors: Warriors Trying to Move David Lee to Multiple…

    NBA Trade Rumors: Warriors Trying to Move David Lee to Multiple Teams

    dimemag.com Jul 1, 2013
    In a vacuum, you’d probably think the the Warriors would be crazy to be doing their best to unload David Lee this summer. The guy is coming off of what was arguably the best season of his career, averaging 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game and maki…
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  • Durant: Jay-Z switch not sign of OKC exit

    Durant: Jay-Z switch not sign of OKC exit

    ESPN.com Jul 1, 2013
    Kevin Durant told The Oklahoman that his decision to change his representation to Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports doesn't mean he's looking to leave Oklahoma City when his contract expires.
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  • Josh Smith meets with Pistons, sources say

    Josh Smith meets with Pistons, sources say

    ESPN.com Jul 1, 2013
    Free agent forward Josh Smith meets with Detroit Pistons.
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  • Sources -- Gal Mekel, Dallas Mavericks commit to multiyear deal

    Sources -- Gal Mekel, Dallas Mavericks commit to multiyear deal

    ESPN.com Jul 1, 2013
    The Dallas Mavericks received word Monday morning from Israeli point guard Gal Mekel that he is committing to sign a multiyear guaranteed contract for the league minimum, sources told ESPN.com
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  • Source: Lakers' Kupchak meets Howard first

    Source: Lakers' Kupchak meets Howard first

    ESPN.com Jul 1, 2013
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak met briefly with Dwight Howard face-to-face shortly after 12:01 a.m. ET Monday night when NBA free agency officially opened up, a league source told ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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  • Finding the Right Destination and the Right Price for the Versa…

    Finding the Right Destination and the Right Price for the Versatile Andre Iguodala

    grantland.com Jul 1, 2013
    Being able to put NBA players into neat little boxes helps fans, writers, and executives alike conceive of their value, be it around the league or to ...
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  • NBA Free-Agency Rumormonger: Houston's D12 Red Carpet, New York…

    NBA Free-Agency Rumormonger: Houston's D12 Red Carpet, New York Blows Kisses to Monta Ellis

    grantland.com Jul 1, 2013
    It's the most wonderful time of the year. Early this morning, at midnight, NBA free-agency season officially got under way. Consider this a clearingho...
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  • Video - Heat, Spurs Show Interest In Oden 02:06

    Heat, Spurs Show Interest In Oden

    Jul 1
    Jeff Goodman breaks down the teams showing interest in Greg Oden.
  • Video - Israeli Point Guard Headed To Mavs 04:23

    Israeli Point Guard Headed To Mavs

    Jul 1
    Marc Stein discusses Israeli point guard Gal Mekel's verbal commitment to sign with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Video - Paul Agrees To Extension With Clippers 00:44

    Paul Agrees To Extension With Clippers

    Jul 1
    Marc Stein reacts to the report that Chris Paul has verbally agreed to a five-year, $107 million contract extension to remain with the Clippers.
  • Video - Smith Meets With Pistons 00:55

    Smith Meets With Pistons

    Jul 1
    Tom Penn discusses Josh Smith's meeting with the Pistons and their reported four-year contract offer to Smith.

Sports Columnists

  • Los Angeles Clippers consider sign-and-trade deals for J.J. Redick, O.J. M…

    Jul 1
    Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers have this week exchanged sign-and-trade scenarios with both the Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks in potential deals that would bring either J.J. Redick or fellow free agent O.J. Mayo to L.A.
  • Sources: Dunleavy to sign deal with Bulls

    Jul 1
    Free-agent forward Mike Dunleavy has verbally committed to sign with the Chicago Bulls later this month, according to sources close to the process.
  • Lee Jenkins: After Clippers prove their worth, Chris Paul agrees to return

    Jul 1
    LOS ANGELES -- They fired one coach and hired another. They restructured the front office. They overhauled the bench. They revamped the PR department. They opened the locker room to kids after games and the practice facility to opponents during summers.…
  • Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs among five suitors for Greg Oden, according …

    Jul 1
    Greg Oden will likely choose from a group of suitors that includes the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies, a source close to Oden told ESPN.com.