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Carmelo Anthony, after getting $124 million from Knicks: 'I want to win. I don't care about the money'Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
Carmelo Anthony just agreed to a five-year deal worth well over $120 million to return to the New York Knicks. Actually, thanks to ShamSports.com's Mark Deeks, we can get precise — Anthony will earn $124,064,681 over the next five seasons. It's a contract he couldn't have gotten anywhere else, per the structure of the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players; the so-called Larry Bird exception allows teams to offer a fifth year and a maximum raise of 7.5 percent in deals to re-sign their own free agents, while limiting other teams looking to poach a player to four-year deals.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
By most accounts, Minnesota Timberwolves part-owner/president/head coach/lead sandwich artist Flip Saunders has finally come to the conclusion that he won’t be able to convince Kevin Love to stay in town. That one year of Flip on the pine and a possible postseason placement for the Wolves wouldn’t be enough to encourage Love to pass on opting out of his contract in the summer of 2015 and explore the free agent market. It once seemed a given that Saunders was deluded enough to think that his offseason and regular season touch would be enough to help change the All-Star forward’s mind, but it appears as if Saunders has come to his senses.
Rookie Aaron Gordon drops lovely young defender with crossover at Orlando Magic community event (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
When talent evaluators discussed the best traits of Arizona's Aaron Gordon in the lead-up to the 2014 NBA draft, they typically praised his work as a quick, long-armed and athletic defender, a relentless worker on the glass and hustler for loose balls, and his potential as a devastating finisher in transition. Clearly, the 6-foot-9 forward, whom the Orlando Magic chose with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, has been working to add "ankle-breaking ball-handling" to the "pro" side of his ledger ... much to the chagrin of this young attendee of the team's Magic FIT Program:
Chris Paul has talked to Doc Rivers about boycott if Donald Sterling still owns Clippers next seasonDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
Terming it "unacceptable" for Donald Sterling to maintain ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers as a court case over the future of the franchise nears its conclusion, All-Star point guard and National Basketball Player's Association president Chris Paul told ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman that "he has spoken to coach Doc Rivers about the possibility of sitting out if Sterling remains in control" come the start of the 2014-15 NBA season.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters at Las Vegas Summer League earlier this month that, given the nature of the legal proceedings surrounding the contested sale of the team, Sterling retaining ownership into the start of next season remains a possibility.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
When the Oklahoma City Thunder selected forward Josh Huestis with the 29th overall pick in June's draft, the selection struck most analysts as a bit of a reach. The Stanford senior had projected as a mid-second-rounder, if drafted and all, and figured to have to adjust to playing on the wing in the NBA. He was a player with promise, though not necessarily an ideal choice for a title contender with a need to improve a relatively thin bench.
The 10-man rotation, starring the Dallas Mavericks, who could be making a move after a strong summerDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
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: Sports on Earth. Michael Pina on the "minor miracle" of the Dallas Mavericks' offseason work, and how Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle and the staggeringly selfless Dirk Nowitzki might have another contender on their hands.
PF: numberFire. One area where the Mavs still look a little shaky, though, is at the point — who should start there?
You can bid on Michael Jordan's NBA-record-setting $33 million 1997-98 contract with the Chicago BullsDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
There never seems to be any shortage of Michael Jordan-related memorabilia on the collectibles circuit. From baseball cleats to "Flu Game" kicks, golf bags to love letters, plastic to glass and all the way up to expansive compounds, if you're an M.J. aficionado of means, there's just about always something cool and His Airness-specific on which you can bid hard-earned greenbacks.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Seeking justice for his aunt Tanganyika Williams' murder in Sacramento earlier this month, Clippers forward Matt Barnes is hoping his vast social media following will help track down the alleged killer.
"This dude stabbed my auntie in the neck last week & left her for dead on the sidewalk, she ended up dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance," Barnes wrote on his various accounts. "If you hv any info on his where abouts contact the #SacPD # SacramentoWeNeedYourHelp #RIPTang"
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
On Feb. 23, the Brooklyn Nets signed center Jason Collins to a 10-day contract. Collins was lucky to be in the league even the season before, but with the relatively wispy and aging Kevin Garnett forced into duty at center and Brook Lopez out for the season, Brooklyn badly needed a defensive stalwart up front.
The transaction resulted in a large news conference in the Staples Center media area, as the Nets were playing the Los Angeles Lakers later that night. Collins would be the first openly gay player in NBA history, and he dutifully and intelligently discussed that significant moment in the face of media contingents from the two largest media markets in the NBA. It meant a lot to millions, and it will mean a lot to millions more who will badly need role models as they come to terms with being born a certain way. When I wrote my column discussing the transaction, I cried. When I watched a clip of Jason Collins entering that night’s game later that evening, I cried.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
It’s an open secret the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves are currently discussing a deal that would send some Kevin Love to Cleveland and some combination of the last two top overall NBA draft picks to Minnesota.
There are many issues to consider as the negotiations prattle on. Love is a fantastic player, but he might not fit the Cavaliers’ most desperate needs at this point. Minnesota isn’t exactly a free-agent destination, so the team wants to make sure that it deals an all-world superstar for the right amount of contributors in return. A third team will probably have to be involved to make the transaction NBA-legal. The last two No. 1 NBA draft picks are to be admired, as Anthony Bennett and (especially) Andrew Wiggins have All-Star potential, and Cleveland is likely wary of setting itself for the sort of Ted Stepien-sort of ignominy that can haunt a franchise even if it employs LeBron James until his retiring day.