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Father says J.R. Smith still weighing options

Father says J.R. Smith still weighing options

ESPN.com dimemag.com Updated Jul 3, 2013
With the New York Knicks working feverishly to complete a contract agreement with free-agent guard J.R. Smith, Smith's father, Earl, said Wednesday night that his son was still weighing his options and is expected to make a decision by Friday.
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  • Derrick Rose On His Injury Rehab: “I Had To Be Selfish”

    Derrick Rose On His Injury Rehab: “I Had To Be Selfish”

    After all this time, Derrick Rose finally, officially, sat down and discussed his injury and rehab with BullsTV. I’ve always been amazed at how much hate Rose got for sitting out the season. His reasoning — “This is something I had to be selfish with. I…
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  • Kyle Korver agrees to four-year, $24 million deal with Atlanta …

    Kyle Korver agrees to four-year, $24 million deal with Atlanta Hawks, according to sources

    ESPN.com nba.com Jul 3, 2013
    Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Wednesday night that Kyle Korver has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks worth an estimated $24 million.
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  • Fast-rising Stevens worth risk for Celtics

    Fast-rising Stevens worth risk for Celtics

    Historically, college coaches haven't fared well in the pros. But the conditions in Boston are ideal for Brad Stevens, a bright coach with an incredible work ethic, writes Ben Golliver.
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  • Source: Nets' Frank is highest-paid assistant

    Source: Nets' Frank is highest-paid assistant

    ESPN.com Jul 3, 2013
    Lawrence Frank, Jason Kidd's lead assistant in Brooklyn, was given a four-year deal worth more than $1 million a season, a league source told ESPNNewYork.com
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  • Sources: Evans to sign Pelicans' offer sheet

    Sources: Evans to sign Pelicans' offer sheet

    ESPN.com dimemag.com Jul 3, 2013
    Former NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans is ready to leave the Sacramento Kings, according to sources familiar with his thinking.
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Dwight Howard, duh

    The 10-man rotation, starring Dwight Howard, duh

    yahoo.com Jul 3, 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: CBSSports.com, The Basketball Jones an…
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  • Chris Copeland ‘might bronze’ the Disney Princesses backpack he…

    Chris Copeland ‘might bronze’ the Disney Princesses backpack he had to wear as a rookie

    yahoo.com Jul 3, 2013
    “I’m keeping that for life [...] But seriously, it means a lot to me. I might bronze it or something. At first I was like, 'Are you serious?' And when we’d go out people would laugh at me, yell jokes and stuff. But when I really look back at what it too…
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  • Lakers remove Howard banner as scheduled

    Lakers remove Howard banner as scheduled

    ESPN.com Jul 3, 2013
    The Los Angeles Lakers will have to wait to find out if Dwight Howard will stay with the team, but they didn't waste any time removing a banner outside of Staples Center asking him to do so.
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  • The NBA Draft’s Most Questionable Pick & 5 Teams That Are R…

    The NBA Draft’s Most Questionable Pick & 5 Teams That Are Ready To Tank

    dimemag.com Jul 3, 2013
    Each Wednesday for the past few months, we assessed how the top prospects of the 2013 NBA Draft were faring in college and overseas. You stuck with us each week for assorted thoughts, including the biggest risers and fallers, the standouts, the sleepers…
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  • Ken Pomeroy investigates whether NBA teams should go two-for-on…

    Ken Pomeroy investigates whether NBA teams should go two-for-one at the end of quarters.

    deadspin.com Jul 3, 2013
    Ken Pomeroy investigates whether NBA teams should go two-for-one at the end of quarters. The answer? It doesn't really do much. [KenPom]Read more...
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  • Manu Ginobili returns to the San Antonio Spurs for a rate that …

    Manu Ginobili returns to the San Antonio Spurs for a rate that is passable for both sides

    yahoo.com nba.com ESPN.com Jul 3, 2013
    He’s a legend, and there’s always the very good chance a summer off could heal what ails future Basketball Hall of Famer Manu Ginobili, but doesn’t $7 million a year seem like quite a bit for Ginobili’s talents, at this point in his career? That’s what …
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  • In 5 Years, Here Are The 5 Players From This Draft Class Most L…

    In 5 Years, Here Are The 5 Players From This Draft Class Most Likely To Be Stars

    dimemag.com Jul 3, 2013
    The word “star” is such a vague term in basketball language. Everyone has their own definition. Many people don’t consider a player to be a star until their first All-Star selection, which is unfair. Guys like Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and Josh Smith h…
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  • Andre Iguodala seems upset that the Kings pulled their contract…

    Andre Iguodala seems upset that the Kings pulled their contract offer, but that anger might not last

    Writing anything that credits a team for not signing a certain player runs the risk of dismissing and disrespecting the player in question. We like Andre Iguodala’s game. Quite a bit, actually, and think that his defensive know-how and “you-first” offen…
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  • Martin reportedly leaves OKC for 4-year deal in Minny

    Martin reportedly leaves OKC for 4-year deal in Minny

    CNNSI.com Jul 3, 2013
    Martin reportedly leaves OKC for 4-year deal in Minny
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  • Revisiting the James Harden trade

    Revisiting the James Harden trade

    CNNSI.com Jul 3, 2013
    Kevin Martin filled in admirably for James Harden after they swapped places. With Martin headed to Minnesota, is it fair to say OKC came up short in the deal? Rob Mahoney examines.
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  • Source: Howard hopes to decide by Friday

    Source: Howard hopes to decide by Friday

    Free-agent center Dwight Howard is hoping to make a decision on which team he will sign with by this Friday, a source close to the talks told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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  • Which NBA Pundit Has Made The Worst Picks Over The Last Four Ye…

    Which NBA Pundit Has Made The Worst Picks Over The Last Four Years?

    deadspin.com Jul 3, 2013
    Republished with permission from PunditTracker.Read more...
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  • Wolves sign Kevin Martin and bring back Chase Budinger, but mig…

    Wolves sign Kevin Martin and bring back Chase Budinger, but might not get much better

    yahoo.com Jul 3, 2013
    Thanks in large part to a broken right shooting hand that limited All-NBA power forward Kevin Love to just 18 games, the Minnesota Timberwolves finished the 2012-13 NBA season ranked 25th among 30 NBA teams in offensive efficiency. Rick Adelman's team b…
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  • Miami Heat Summer League invitee D.J. Stephens kisses the rim (…

    Miami Heat Summer League invitee D.J. Stephens kisses the rim (Video)

    yahoo.com Jul 3, 2013
    If you're an NBA fan who didn't pay much attention to NCAA hoops last season, your introduction to D.J. Stephens probably came during March Madness, when the undersized Memphis Tigers jumping jack wowed the national audience with his thunderous throwdow…
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  • adidas Unveils The New D Rose 3.5 x Jeremy Scott

    adidas Unveils The New D Rose 3.5 x Jeremy Scott

    dimemag.com Jul 3, 2013
    After revealing the new adidas adizero Crazy Light 3 yesterday, adidas came back today and gave us our first official look at the new D Rose 3.5 x Jeremy Scott. The shoe is designed exclusively for the Chicago Bulls superstar by iconic fashion designer …
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  • Tony Allen’s ‘back on [his] / Grizzly,’ returning to Memphis on…

    Tony Allen’s ‘back on [his] / Grizzly,’ returning to Memphis on a 4-year, $20 million deal

    yahoo.com Jul 3, 2013
    If you're reading us, you probably already know that Tony Allen's really good at Twitter. Well, "really good" in a "randomly stringing together letters, vowel sounds and half-sentences to create something akin to stream-of-consciousness r…
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  • Everyone comes out a winner as Los Angeles deals Eric Bledsoe i…

    Everyone comes out a winner as Los Angeles deals Eric Bledsoe in a three-way trade

    yahoo.com grantland.com Jul 3, 2013
    It does seem a bit strange to watch the Phoenix Suns actually making moves worth applauding, doesn’t it? To pull in someone like Eric Bledsoe, seemingly for precious little in return save for the sort of cap space they’d hope to use on him anyway. To wo…
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  • Here’s 1:30 Of Nerlens Noel Blocking Everything In Sight In Hig…

    Here’s 1:30 Of Nerlens Noel Blocking Everything In Sight In High School

    dimemag.com Jul 3, 2013
    An official mixtape of Nerlens Noel from his high school days plays out exactly like you would think: he dunks and blocks everything in sight. The rookie was a part of the most shocking move from NBA Draft night, and hopes to be ready to hit the floor b…
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  • 5-on-5: Good or bad NBA free-agent fits?

    5-on-5: Good or bad NBA free-agent fits?

    ESPN.com Jul 3, 2013
    Which of the reported and rumored talks would actually pan out? Our panel has answers.
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  • Tiago Splitter re-signs with San Antonio as the Spurs consider …

    Tiago Splitter re-signs with San Antonio as the Spurs consider two separate futures

    yahoo.com Jul 3, 2013
    The San Antonio Spurs develop role players as well as any organization in the NBA, and on Tuesday they locked up one of those success stories to a long-term deal. As reported by Yahoo!'s own Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs agreed to terms with center Tiag…
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  • Detroit Pistons make trade offer to Toronto Raptors for Rudy Ga…

    Detroit Pistons make trade offer to Toronto Raptors for Rudy Gay, sources say

    ESPN.com Jul 2, 2013
    The Detroit Pistons were among the bidders for forward Rudy Gay when the Memphis Grizzlies made him available last season and they are once again going after him now that there's been a management changeover in Toronto.
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  • Report: West agrees to three-year deal with Pacers

    Report: West agrees to three-year deal with Pacers

    nba.com Jul 3, 2013
    The Indiana Pacers wanted David West to stick around and lead a championship run. The 32-year-old power forward never planned on leaving town.
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  • Report: Grizzlies re-sign Allen to four-year deal

    Report: Grizzlies re-sign Allen to four-year deal

    nba.com Jul 3, 2013
    The Memphis Grizzlies have re-signed Tony Allen to a four-year contract worth $20 million, a person familiar with the agreement said Tuesday.
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  • Video - Sources: Knicks, Smith Nearing Deal 02:59

    Sources: Knicks, Smith Nearing Deal

    Jul 3
    ESPN New York's Ian Begley discusses the latest in the negotiations between J.R. Smith and the Knicks.
  • Video - Celtics Hire Brad Stevens 06:12

    Celtics Hire Brad Stevens

    Jul 3
    The Celtics hire Brad Stevens to be the 17th head coach in franchise history.
  • Video - Celtics Hire Butler's Stevens As New Head Coach 03:26

    Celtics Hire Butler's Stevens As New Head Coach

    Jul 3
    J.A. Adande breaks down the Celtics' hiring of Brad Stevens.
  • Video - Sources: Martin To Sign With Wolves 02:42

    Sources: Martin To Sign With Wolves

    Jul 3
    Amin Elhassan discusses Kevin Martin's decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Sports Columnists

  • Ian Thomsen: Celtics' bold move for Stevens promises success where others …

    Jul 3
    The winner of the NBA's Most Interesting Person award is Celtics president Danny Ainge. Ten short days after he traded Doc Rivers to the Clippers, Ainge replaced him by hiring Butler's Brad Stevens.
  • Kyle Korver agrees to four-year, $24 million deal with Atlanta Hawks, acco…

    Jul 3
    Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Wednesday night that Kyle Korver has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks worth an estimated $24 million.
  • Sources: Evans to sign Pelicans' offer sheet

    Jul 3
    Former NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans is ready to leave the Sacramento Kings, according to sources familiar with his thinking.