• Kobe Bryant: ‘I’m 70 in basketball years’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant has two years left on his contract with the Lakers, and most expect those to be the final two seasons that he plays professionally. Injuries limited him to just six games last season, and though he’s expected to be back to 100 percent for the start of the 2014-15 campaign, no one..." August 20

  • Jason Collins will wait till summer's end to decide on career

    Nets Daily "There's no indication the Nets are interested in bringing Jason Collins back next season, and Collins has spent much of the summer promoting a human rights agenda. Now, he tells the Washington Blade that he's not giving up on the possibility of playing again, that he's been working out and will..." August 20

  • Spurs extending Leonard is all tied up with whether Duncan and Ginobili retire

    Pounding The Rock "Kawhi Leonard is eligible for an extension this year and the Spurs will have until the last day of October to decide what to do. Because of Leonard's play -- but also because of the way the market currently values wings with size -- Leonard is probably thinking about a max extension. After The..." August 20

  • 16h
    John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann

    DeMarcus Cousins participated in all of USA practice, which included limited scrimmaging, today.

  • 20h
    Basketball Insiders @BBallInsiders

    Sources close to the process in both Boston and Sacramento are adamantly denying that a Rajon Rondo deal is being discussed.

  • Team USA's final cut looming

    ESPN.com "Final cuts to the Team USA roster could come as soon as Thursday, according to USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. Colangelo told ESPN.com that one scenario under consideration by USA Basketball officials is reducing the current 16-man roster to 12 or 13 players after Wednesday night's..." August 19

  • Steve Ballmer makes high-decibel entrance as Clippers' new owner

    Los Angeles Times "Steve Ballmer's voice tends to rise without warning, often mid-thought, like a verbal volcano. "The first regular-season game, I'm excited for that," the new Clippers owner said Monday morning, referring to the Oct. 30 opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team that left Ballmer's..." August 19

  • James Harden says he's the best basketball player alive

    CBSSports.com "In an interview with ESPN, Houston Rockets star James Harden said what many NBA players think about themselves. Scoop: Bottom line, you are on this team and a lot of players aren't, but in your mind, who is the best basketball player alive right now? Harden: Myself. Scoop:..." August 19

  • Cavs Complete Coaching Staff

    NBA.com "The Cavaliers have finalized their coaching staff and named Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, Larry Drew, and James Posey as assistant coaches on head coach David Blatt’s staff, Cavs General Manager David Griffin and Blatt announced today. They join Tyronn Lue, who was named associate head coach..." August 19

  • Boeheim: Bulls, not Knicks, better for Melo

    ESPN New York "If Carmelo Anthony had based his free-agency decision this summer purely on basketball, Jim Boeheim believes that he would have been better off in Chicago than New York. "Just from a basketball point of view it would have been better to go to Chicago because they've got better players,"..." August 19

  • Carmelo looks skinny, feels confident: ‘Can’t wait to get started’

    New York Post "Carmelo Anthony already has claimed Knicks fans should not expect a championship this season. But the playoffs are another matter. In fact, Anthony on Monday asserted his belief the Knicks “absolutely” will be back in the playoffs after missing out last season. “Yeah, I think so for sure...." August 19

  • Kyrie Irving's Transformation Starts With Admission He Needs LeBron, Cavs' New Vets

    Real GM Basketball "Everywhere now, people probe into Kyrie Irving and his intentions as a leader. They tell him he’s been a leader on the Cleveland Cavaliers, that now is his time in the sport, and these people keep speeding the clock on his maturity beyond reality. Cleveland lucked into Irving in 2011, a franchise..." August 19

  • Heat looking at Barbosa

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Free-agent guard Leandro Barbosa, who currently is working with the Brazil national team in advance of the World Cup in hopes of showcasing his game for an NBA return, has drawn interest from the Heat. A source familiar with the situation said Barbosa is on the Heat's radar, but is one of..." August 19

  • Greg Monroe maximizing limited leverage with Pistons

    Washington Post "Greg Monroe doesn’t always take the approach that everyone expects, choosing instead to go by what feels right to him. That mindset might explain how Monroe once went against meaningless exhibition protocol two years ago, when he pulled a basketball away to prevent John Wall from attempting a..." August 19

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    Ben Bolch @latbbolch

    Steve Ballmer reiterated in a morning meeting with The Times that Clippers aren't moving and that they are staying the Clippers.

  • Dante Cunningham has all charges against him in domestic case dismissed. Now he tries to find team

    Pro Basketball Talk "When you’re a free agent trying to latch on to a bench role on a team, a very public arrest and court case is going to keep teams away from you. That is what Dante Cunningham faced. The free agent who played with Minnesota last year had been arrested on some ugly domestic violence charges..." August 19

  • Who would buy a Dwight Howard Lakers jersey for $100 at LAX?

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA and its associated retail partners sell a lot of merchandise, from the most coveted retro jerseys to those toasters that burn team logos into bread. While many of these items are sold at considerable markup, they rarely reach prices so high as to seem absurd. Plus, when players change..." August 19

  • Anthony Bennett blocks out Kevin Love trade talk, helps Andrew Wiggins

    Toronto Star "It has been an unusual summer to say the least for two of Canada’s top young basketball players. Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett have been front and centre in off-season NBA talk, with the Cleveland Cavaliers expected to send them to Minnesota with a first-round pick for all-star forward..." August 19

  • Pistons Sign Free Agent Forward Cartier Martin and Center Aaron Gray

    NBA.com "The Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Stan Van Gundy announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Cartier Martin and center Aaron Gray to contracts. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Martin, a 6-7, 220-pound forward has..." August 19

  • Anthony Randolph signs with Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban

    CBSSports.com "Free agent forward Anthony Randolph signed a two-year deal with Lokomotiv Kuban on Monday, the Russian team announced. Lokomotiv has a team option on the second year. "I will try to be a successful player and get better every day, doing my best to help our team be better than their..." August 18

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    Brad Turner @BA_Turner

    Former Lakers, Bucks assistant Jim Cleamons to join Knicks coach Derek Fisher's staff, reunites with NY president Phil Jackson, sources.

  • Reports: Faverani arrested for drunk driving

    ESPN Boston "Boston Celtics center Vitor Faverani was arrested for drunk driving on Sunday in Spain, according to multiple overseas reports. Faverani reportedly collided with a bus after running a red light in Valencia, according to La Opinion de Malaga. The paper reported there were no injuries, but noted..." August 18

  • Paul Pierce shares a private plane and fresh fruit with Al Pacino

    Yahoo! Sports "Just about any dorm, apartment, and eventually basement and (*shudders*) man cave of any professional athlete of the last 20 years has featured a ‘Scarface’ poster. It’s a little weird: Brian DePalma’s 1983 remake of the 1932 classic seemed a little too bloated and long-winded for its own sake..." August 18

  • Trainer: Melo sheds pounds, adds years

    ESPN New York "There were several reasons behind Carmelo Anthony's decision to drop a few pounds this summer. One of them? To make sure he’s healthy enough to play at a high level through the life of his new five-year Knicks deal. “In anything, you get older, and getting leaner and lighter helps with the..." August 18

  • Shawn Marion isn't a panacea for the Cavaliers, and that's just fine

    Yahoo! Sports "The Miami Heat “only” won two championships during LeBron James’ four seasons with the team, with the main personnel criticism from that run coming in the form of chiding the team’s front office for only going after big names in its attempts to build a roster. Mike Miller seemed obvious. Shane..." August 18

  • Ray Allen addresses 'potentially devastating invasion'

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "A day after seven young adults entered the Coral Gables home of Miami Heat free-agent guard Ray Allen, the family and their attorney quantified the incident as more than an innocuous break in. "The crime was not only egregious, but the police characterization of this as a silly prank is..." August 18

  • Kobe Bryant doesn't get the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant has joined the ranks with James Harrison of athletes who don't quite understand the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Instead of getting a bucket full of ice and water dumped on him, Bryant is instead sitting in a 48 degree recovery tub. After nominating, among others, USWNT player Sidney..." August 18

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    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo

    The Cavs are also optimistic about their chances of signing free agent guard Ray Allen prior to the start of training camp, a source said.

  • Details emerge about how the NBA would potentially add and implement a midseason tournament

    Pro Basketball Talk "The idea of the NBA adding a midseason tournament to its annual schedule first came about earlier this summer, when commissioner Adam Silver said at a Board of Governors press conference in Las Vegas that it was something the competition committee believed was a real possibility. “One of the..." August 17

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    ESPN sources say Shawn Marion has committed this weekend to sign with the Cavaliers

  • Team USA beats Brazil 95-78, looks like they'll survive without stars

    CBSSports.com "USA Basketball won't have Kevin Durant or Paul George or Kevin Love. They won't have Blake Griffin or Russell Westbrook either. LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard aren't going to play when the competition isn't happening in the Olympics. But Team USA is still full of..." August 17

  • Derrick Rose: 'My game is totally different'

    ESPN.com "Mike Krzyzewski chuckled Friday when the topic of Derrick Rose's "role" on Team USA came up. With Paul George out of commission because of a gruesome leg injury and Kevin Durant leaving the team, Rose is expected to have more offensive responsibilities for Team USA as it gets set to face off..." August 17

  • Jay-Z taking blame for Durant quitting Team USA

    Sheridan Hoops "Not a lot of Jay-Z fans here. At least not among the U.S. federation. They aren’t exactly burning his CDs, but they are enumerating the burned bridges as the fallout from Kevin Durant’s abrupt departure from the U.S. national team continues to spread. Team USA is only the latest entity to be..." August 17

  • Jabari Parker says he’s ‘trying not to be that second pick bust’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Jabari Parker was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the second overall pick in this year’s draft, but instead of feeling some sense of entitlement given his level of talent and lofty position on the draft board, he’s well aware of how players who were similarly picked at two have fared over the..." August 17

  • Knicks' Carmelo Anthony Will Take Large Advances on Salary

    The Wall Street Journal "New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is set to receive large portions of his $124 million contract in advance payments, according to people familiar with the matter. The seven-time All-Star will receive half of his $22.5 million salary this season early. His contract is set up the same way for..." August 17

  • Bryant Says Cavs Are Making Mistake Trading Wiggins

    Dime Magazine "During the 1996 NBA Draft, Kobe Bryant was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th pick, and promptly traded to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac. At the time, it seemed like a big win for the Hornets, since Divac was one of the better big men in the league and Kobe was coming out of Lower..." August 17

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    Nick Young @NickSwagyPYoung

    No tats on the right arm Strictly for buckets

  • Jim Boeheim defends Carmelo's decision of Knicks over Bulls

    CSN Chicago "Jim Boeheim said at Friday's Team USA practice that he believes Carmelo Anthony's decision to choose the Knicks over the Bulls in free agency was solely because of his love of New York. "It was a decision he had to make and I think he just loved New York, I really do," he said. "I don't think..." August 16

  • DeMarcus Cousins: Knee improving

    ESPN.com "Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins says his injured right knee is feeling better. "It's better than (Thursday), so that's a good sign," Cousins said after Friday's practice. "Just gradually trying to get through the pain. It's going to be a process. As the days go on it should get..." August 16

  • Paul George: No timetable for return, doesn't blame Team USA

    CBSSports.com "Indiana Pacers forward Paul George met with the media Friday for the first time since his devastating leg injury in a Team USA scrimmage two weeks ago. In a press conference, George arrived on crutches after undergoing surgery the night of the injury, in which a titanium rod and multiple pins..." August 16

  • Teenagers trespass at Ray Allen’s home

    Miami Herald "Early Thursday at a party in Coral Gables next door to Ray Allen’s house, seven 18- and 19-year-olds decided they wanted to see how a former Miami Heat player lived. It looked like no one was home about 2 a.m., so they walked in through an unlocked back door. Allen wasn’t home, but his..." August 16

  • Rose Has No Second Thoughts About Playing For Team USA

    CBSChicago.com "Bulls guard Derrick Rose didn’t see Pacers forward Paul George’s gruesome broken leg happen live two weeks ago during Team USA’s scrimmage in Las Vegas, and he’s avoided watching any replays of it since. Having suffered two devastating knee injuries himself that wiped away seasons, Rose is full..." August 16

  • Due to Ebola concerns in region, USA Basketball cancels trip to West Africa

    ESPN.com "The largest recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has forced USA Basketball to cancel its scheduled trip to Senegal later this month before the FIBA World Cup. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN.com on Friday that the recent declaration of a "public health..." August 16

  • Byron Scott Predicts Kobe Bryant's Production For Upcoming Laker Season

    ThePostGame.com "Kobe Bryant will be 36 by the end of this month, and injuries to his knee and Achilles limited him to six games last season. So it would be understandable if expectations were low heading into this season. But new Lakers coach Byron Scott isn't buying into that line of thinking. In fact, Scott..." August 16

  • Chauncey Billups a real possibility to make Cleveland Cavaliers roster

    Pro Basketball Talk "When last we saw Chauncey Billups, the veteran point guard was playing sparingly for the Detroit Pistons last season. Which is what he did for the Clippers for a couple seasons before that. In Los Angeles he was sort of an additional assistant coach, someone who could guide a then growing Clippers..." August 16

  • Colangelo says Durant withdrew from Team USA for 'contractual situation'

    CBSSports.com "Kevin Durant's withdrawal from USA Basketball less than a month before the 2014 FIBA World Cup kicked off in Spain was a big surprise to the international basketball world. Even though Paul George had just suffered a gruesome leg injury that left many wondering whether or not stars would..." August 15

  • LeBron James says Nike offered his son a deal

    Washington Post "You can’t blame Nike for wanting to lock up a future NBA superstar, especially since it has already a relationship with his dad. LeBron James Jr., known to his pops as Bronny, has shown flashes of talent over his nine years on the planet, so it makes sense that his father would share a photo..." August 15

  • Stephen Curry Has Had Thoughts About Playing For Hometown Hornets

    Real GM Basketball "Stephen Curry was asked if watching LeBron James returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers would lead him to consider playing for his hometown Charlotte Hornets. "I've always had thoughts about playing at home, what it would be like," Curry said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. "My dad played..." August 15

  • Trail Blazer Nicolas Batum found in contempt of court, must pay ex-wife $216,000

    Oregonian "A Clackamas County judge found Portland Trail Blazer forward Nicolas Batum in contempt of court and breach of contract Thursday for failing to make divorce settlement payments to his ex-wife. The ruling clears the way for Batum's ex-wife, Melanie Pimentel, to garnishee his wages. Batum, 25,..." August 15

  • Sim Bhullar signs NBA contract with Kings

    The Las Cruces Sun-News "Former New Mexico State center Sim Bhullar announced on his Twitter feed on Thursday that he signed his first professional contract with the Sacramento Kings, the team he played NBA Summer League with in Las Vegas earlier this summer. "Dreams do come true! Officially signed my first NBA..." August 15