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NBA Summer League West: Pt. 2 (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:51:00 PDT)
Mike Gallagher offers up the first part of the Western Conference Summer League recap.

NBA-National Basketball Association roundup
(Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:22:50 PDT)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reached a plea agreement to avoid jail time in the case in which he was charged for slapping a Michigan State football player. Green will be fined $500 and pay $60 in restitution to Jermaine Edmondson, who police said was slapped by Green on July 10. Green didn't have to amid guilt or enter a no-contest plea, according to assistant city prosecutor David Meyers.

Pelicans sign Jones for 1 year, Frazier for 2 years (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:51:17 PDT)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Pelicans say they have signed free-agent forward Terrence Jones and re-signed guard Tim Frazier.

Moses Malone Jr. accuses James Harden of orchestrating aggravated robbery (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:26:14 PDT)
Moses Malone Jr., son of the NBA legend, thinks James Harden ordered his beating outside a strip club over a Facebook post critical of the Houston Rockets star’s basketball camp, according to reports.

NBA to play two games in Mexico City, both featuring Suns (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:00:37 PDT)
The recently returned Jared Dudley and Leandro Barbosa, seen here wearing “Los Suns” jerseys in 2010, will play two games for Phoenix in Mexico City this coming season. The Phoenix Suns will play successive games against the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City on Jan. 12 and 14, marking an expansion of the NBA’s effort to spread the game globally. The games, between three teams in states neighboring Mexico, will mark the first time the NBA has played more than one contest during the same season in the neighboring country since the league began playing there 25 years ago.

Yao Ming couldn't tell his Rockets teammates they called him the wrong name (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:00:52 PDT)
Yao Ming holds back Rockets teammate Steve Francis . Players who come to the NBA from foreign countries often have difficulty adjusting to the culture of the United States, but few have seemed so comfortable while still remaining themselves as Houston Rockets great and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Yao Ming. The first pick of the 2002 draft came to Houston and immediately became friends with players like Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley, who came from very different backgrounds and easily could have been dismissed via preconceptions.

Kevin Durant says he didn’t leave OKC because of Russell Westbrook (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:11:06 PDT)
In his longest and most significant public comments since choosing to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors in free agency, Kevin Durant refuted reports that his decision to depart had anything to do with Russell Westbrook’s style of play or the chance that the All-Star point guard might decide to skip town when he hits the unrestricted market next summer. Durant had appeared briefly in the Bay Area at an introductory press conference a couple of weeks back, and had spoken to Chinese media during a trip through Asia last week.

The Thunder are set to sign the final piece of the James Harden trade (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 23:14:21 PDT)
Alex Abrines should bring needed shooting to the Thunder (EFE). The Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2012 trade of James Harden to the Houston Rockets for a collection of players and draft picks is seen as one of the biggest moves in recent memory. While the play of Steven Adams this past postseason caused many to tab the Thunder as the real winners of the deal, the prevailing view says that the team’s owners sacrificed its best advantage for some short-term financial relief.

NBA notebook: James taking his time signing contract (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:09:21 PDT)
LeBron James, who has made it clear he does not intend to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers despite opting out of his contract, informed the NBA champions he will re-sign sometime this summer. James still has no timetable for negotiating or signing a deal, sources told ESPN on Monday. James, fresh off guiding the Cavaliers to their first NBA title, turned down a $24 million salary for the 2016-17 season at the June 29 deadline for his decision.

$50 million for fit and finishes: Why the Bucks paid Miles Plumlee (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:41:19 PDT)
Another restricted free agent returned to his most recent employer on Monday, as another free-agent big man drank deeply of the bounty of this summer’s $24 million salary cap spike. The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to terms with restricted free agent center Miles Plumlee on a four-year deal, as first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the deal is worth $50 million, but could reach $52 million with “relatively easy to reach” incentives that would earn Plumlee a flat rate of $13 million per year.

Thunder sign Spanish sharpshooter Abrines (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:57:00 PDT)
Oklahoma City and budding Spanish star Alex Abrines have agreed on a three-year deal worth a reported $18 million.

Dwight Howard thinks his back woes are over 'for the rest of my career' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:19:18 PDT)
Dwight Howard underwent back surgery in 2012, and co-incidentally or not he hasn’t looked like the same player since. Back and knee issues limited him to half a season in 2014-15, his penultimate year with the Houston Rockets, and though Howard only missed 11 games in his final season with Houston in 2015-16, his presence wasn’t enough to pair with James Harden and turn the Rockets into the championship contender they should have been. In response, the Rockets hired former Howard nemesis Mike D’Antoni as coach during the offseason prior to watching Dwight move back home to Atlanta and the Hawks’ offer of a three-year, $70.5 million deal.

NBA Summer League over for 16 teams in consolation play (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:22:27 PDT)
A look at the eight consolation games Friday in the Las Vegas Summer League:

Dwight Howard gets emotional at introduction for hometown Hawks (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:25:49 PDT)
Dwight Howard, center, smiles during a news conference introducing him as the newest member of the Atlanta Hawks NBA basketball team Wednesday July 13, 2016, in Atlanta. Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer is at right. (Brandt Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Dwight Howard ready to prove he can be elite player again (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:47:28 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Dwight Howard watched Kent Bazemore choke up with emotion and soon did the same.

Vertical Podcast with Woj: Mike D’Antoni (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:10:32 PDT)
The Rockets head coach discusses the greatness of Tim Duncan and how he'll utilize James Harden.

Grizzlies sign Davis, Harrison to multiyear contracts (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:53:42 PDT)
The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Andrew Harrison and center Deyonta Davis to multiyear contracts, waived guard Tony Wroten and announced the acquisition of guard Troy Daniels. Terms of the Harrison and Davis signings weren't disclosed. The Grizzlies acquired the 24-year-old Daniels from Charlotte for cash considerations as part of a sign-and-trade deal.

Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: J.B. Bickerstaff (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:04:14 PDT)
The Grizzlies' associate head coach details growing up around the league as the son of a head coach.

James Harden sounds ready to go after the 'super-team' Warriors (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:39:52 PDT)
Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors in free agency promises to be the dominant NBA storyline for the remainder of the summer and into the start of training camp. While pundits consider how the former NBA Most Valuable Player will mesh with reigning two-time MVP Stephen Curry, and fit into a club that just won 73 games and game within a minute of winning a second straight NBA championship — spoiler alert: pretty well, probably! — the more interesting question might be how opponents try to attack the Dubs in hopes of short-circuiting what should be an absolutely lethal offense and puncturing what should be a long, athletic and aggressive defense. From the second Durant made his intentions known, many viewed a Warriors title as all but a certainty.

Dunn scores 21, shines again for Timberwolves (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 10 Jul 2016 22:00:31 PDT)
A look at some of the highlights from Sunday's schedule in the Las Vegas Summer League:

The Vertical's Top 100 free agents (Yahoo Sports)
(Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:50:31 PDT)
The top 100 unrestricted and restricted free agents available on the market.

Sources: Deyonta Davis agrees to richest guarantee for American second-round pick (Yahoo Sports)
(Sun, 10 Jul 2016 11:53:04 PDT)
The No. 31 pick in the 2016 NBA draft agreed to a three-year, $4 million guaranteed deal with Memphis.

Harden signs four-year, $118 million extension with Rockets (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 09 Jul 2016 15:46:13 PDT)
James Harden wants to leave his mark in Houston and bring the Rockets their first championship since they won back-to-back titles in 1994-95. Harden signed a four-year, $118 million contract extension with the Rockets on Saturday. The new deal takes the place of the last two years of his previous contract and will keep him in Houston until 2020.

NBA Rockets ink $118 million extension with Harden
(Sat, 09 Jul 2016 13:38:13 PDT)
The Houston Rockets inked star guard James Harden to a four-year contract extension worth $118 million dollars, the NBA team announced on Saturday. The deal was announced after the team's introduction of newly acquired free agents Eric Gordon and forward Ryan Anderson. "Ever since I stepped foot in Houston, it's nothing but love.

Sources: James Harden agrees to $118M renegotiation (Yahoo Sports)
(Sat, 09 Jul 2016 12:26:54 PDT)
The four-year deal includes a player option that could return him to free agency in 2019.

Bargains, Overpays & Best Fits (Rotoworld)
(Sat, 09 Jul 2016 09:23:00 PDT)
Ethan Norof gives his take on the biggest overpays, bargains & more during the 2016 NBA Free Agency Bonanza.

Meet the player who lost over 50 pounds in pursuit of NBA dream (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 08 Jul 2016 10:07:17 PDT)
Former UCLA and Georgetown center Joshua Smith will show off his new physique at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Free Agency Winners and Losers (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:51:00 PDT)
Jonas Nader takes an early look at the winners and losers of free agency from a fantasy perspective.

Second-round NBA picks hope to defy odds (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:26:37 PDT)
Just two weeks into his NBA career, Orlando Magic rookie center Stephen Zimmerman isn't quite sure how he will fit in with his new team. What the 19-year-old, who was taken by the Magic in the second round of last month's draft, knows is he is willing to do whatever is required while sitting behind the veteran lineup of big men that now includes Nikola Vucevic and recent acquisitions Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo. ''I know that they have a lot of good big guys coming in and right now I basically have to play my role being the young guy and learn from the older guys and going out there every day in practice and getting better,'' said Zimmerman, who spent just one season at UNLV.

Barkley disappointed Durant’s trying to ‘cheat’ his way to a ring (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:24:30 PDT)
Charles Barkley is no fan of Kevin Durant joining the Warriors. Kevin Durant’s decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors in free agency has engendered a host of strong and loud reactions from all over the sporting world, with many pointing to the former Oklahoma City Thunder star’s past public critique of those who choose to join other superstars to form super-teams rather than joining already-elite squads to pursue titles as evidence that the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player has gone soft or lost his edge.

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