• Kyrie Irving Talks About the Time He Challenged Kobe Bryant to a Game of 1-on-1 for $50K

    Complex "Do you remember the time a young Kyrie Irving challenged Kobe Bryant to a game of 1-on-1 back in 2012? Irving does! During a Team USA workout in Las Vegas, Irving—who had just been drafted by the Cavaliers—started talking trash to Kobe and told him that he could beat him in a game of 1-on-1...." June 29

  • Durant's free-agent meetings to be held over weekend

    The Score "Kevin Durant doesn't plan to travel across the country to be coveted. Instead, his suitors will be coming to him. The All-Star will reportedly be holding his free-agent meetings in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y. on Friday and Saturday, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical." June 29

  • Knicks eyeing Kent Bazemore, but price tag may be holdup

    New York Post "The Knicks have heavy interest in Hawks 6-foot-5 shooting guard Kent Bazemore, but they may be priced out or simply shut out, according to NBA sources. Between a starting center and shooting guard, Knicks president Phil Jackson has to craftily split his $29 million-plus of cap space. That..." June 29

  • Agent: LeBron James elects to opt out of $24M player option

    ESPN "Finals MVP LeBron James will not exercise his player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2016-17 season, according to his agent, Rich Paul. James, who had to inform the Cavs of his decision by Wednesday at midnight, will become a free agent July 1 for the third straight summer. He was..." June 29

  • Report: Warriors want Stephen Jackson on coaching staff, he wants to play

    The Score "After losing the NBA Finals in gut-wrenching fashion, the Golden State Warriors are looking to rekindle some of the magic of a bygone era. The Warriors are interested in bringing back beloved former swingman Stephen Jackson in a coaching role, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Trouble is,..." June 29

  • Sources: Heat close to extension with coach Erik Spoelstra

    Yahoo! Sports "The Miami Heat are progressing on completion of a multiyear contract extension for two-time championship coach Erik Spoelstra, league sources told The Vertical. Owner Micky Arison and president Pat Riley have been eager to secure Spoelstra beyond the final year of his contract in 2016-17,..." June 29

  • Kenny Atkinson: Brooklyn Nets "absolutely" not interested in trading Brook Lopez

    Nets Daily "In addition to welcoming Isaiah Whitehead (back) to Brooklyn, Kenny Atkinson talked about a number of things Tuesday, but his most vigorous comment was in response to a question about Brook Lopez's future... The reason for the question is obvious. At his press conference, Atkinson said both..." June 29

  • Spurs extend qualifying offer to Boban Marjanovic

    Pounding The Rock "In a tweet, Zach Lowe revealed that the Spurs have made the first step in bringing back Boban Marjanovic, the 7'3" Serbian rookie fan favorite. A qualifying offer is 125% of the player's salary for the previous year or the minimum salary plus $200K (whichever is greater)." June 29

  • Sources: Tim Duncan exercises contract option for next season

    Yahoo! Sports "San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan has elected to exercise the $5.6 million player option on his 2016-17 contract – but that is not an indication that he’s planning to return for his 20th NBA season, league sources told The Vertical. Duncan, 40, is still seriously contemplating his desire to..." June 28

  • Report: Warriors to consider Gasol, Noah, West, Mozgov if Durant pitch fails

    The Score "After a season in which they won a record 73 games but ultimately finished one win shy of a repeat championship, the Golden State Warriors aren't sitting on their hands. With free agency fast approaching, the Warriors are both actively recruiting Kevin Durant and drawing up fallback plans in..." June 28

  • Sources: Dwyane Wade open to outside offers as Heat talks stall

    ESPN "Dwyane Wade's initial contract discussions with the Miami Heat have not produced a common ground between the parties, and he is preparing to field outside offers when free agency opens Friday, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Wade's representatives have made it known to..." June 28

  • How Nike landed shoe deal with No. 1 pick Ben Simmons

    USA Today "From the beginning of negotiations with Nike and Adidas for a shoe and apparel deal, Ben Simmons sought a lucrative contract beyond the norm for an NBA rookie, even for the player who was the No. 1 overall pick by Philadelphia in Thursday’s draft. Simmons’ representatives, Rich Paul and Mark..." June 28

  • How Kevin Durant could make an extra $100 million by signing a 1-year contract

    SB Nation "The Summer of Kevin Durant officially begins at 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1, but the speculation about what the Oklahoma City Thunder will decide to do has been running rampant for a long time now. Durant is in a unique position given his situation with the Thunder, along with the exploding salary cap..." June 28

  • Moses Malone Jr. robbed at gunpoint, claims James Harden ordered it

    The Sports Daily "Moses Malone, Jr., son of NBA great Moses Malone, claims he was attacked by James Harden’s entourage outside V Live Houston early Saturday morning. Malone Jr. posted on Facebook about how Harden’s basketball camp was unaffordable for inner-city kids, and believes Harden sent his entourage to..." June 28

  • Nets Shopping Jarrett Jack

    Hoops Rumors "The Nets are shopping point guard Jarrett Jack in advance of his salary for next season becoming fully guaranteed, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports (Twitter links). If Brooklyn is unable to find a taker for Jack, Brooklyn plans to waive the player, Wojnarowski adds. Jack’s contract..." June 28

  • Report: Warriors will keep Shaun Livingston, which creates other questions

    CBS Sports "The Warriors are trying to balance a lot of things heading into free agency. There's a widespread feeling that the bench will be reconfigured, whether Kevin Durant hops on board or not. Steve Kerr said as much in his podcast with Tim Kawakami last week. To make room for Durant, or to keep Harrison..." June 28

  • North Carolina Is Drafting Changes To The Controversial HB2 Bill So It Doesn’t Lose The NBA All-Star Game

    Charlotte Observer "Lawmakers are circulating a draft of a bill to change the controversial House Bill 2, but whether the changes are enough to placate critics – including the NBA – is unclear. State Rep. Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, a gay rights group, criticized the proposal in an afternoon..." June 28

  • Al Horford To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Magic, Pistons, Wizards, Celtics, Nets

    Real GM Basketball "The Atlanta Hawks will compete to re-sign Al Horford with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. Horford is a free agent for the first time in his career." June 28

  • Kevin Durant on the Serge Ibaka for Victor Oladipo trade: "It's a good move"

    The Oklahoman "Kevin Durant was officially announced as part of Team USA in New York City on Monday afternoon. As part of the team's unveiling, each member was available to the media. Durant was predictably mum on his impending free agency -- "We'll figure things out, it's three days away," he told reporters..." June 28

  • If They Can’t Get Kevin Durant, The Hawks Will Reportedly Look To Sign Dwight Howard

    Uproxx "The Atlanta Hawks can consider themselves part of one of the NBA’s biggest, most inclusive current team categories: long shots in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes. But, like the 29 teams who won’t get to sign Durantula, word of their post-Durant plans have begun to emerge, and they involve an..." June 28

  • Report: 76ers to be serious suitors for Warriors' Barnes

    The Score "The Philadelphia 76ers plan to be serious suitors for Golden State Warriors restricted free agent Harrison Barnes, sources tell Marc Stein of ESPN. After years of rebuilding, new 76ers general manager Brian Colangelo has said he plans to be highly aggressive this offseason in an attempt to..." June 28

  • Report: Kevin Durant may prefer long-term deal

    Sportsnaut "A lot of the talk heading into NBA free agency has surrounded the idea that many of the top players on the market will sign short-term deals as a way to maximize their earning potential moving forward. It makes a ton of sense for a couple reasons. First off, being able to hit the open market..." June 28

  • Should the Lakers pursue Bismack Biyombo?

    Silver Screen And Roll "Welcome to Lakers LinkedIn, our new free agency preview series (inspired by our friends over at Liberty Ballers' own "Sixers Tinder") where we look at the "resumes" of various free agents, and determine whether or not we think the Lakers' should hire them. The Lakers desperately need a center, so..." June 28

  • Sixers Showing Interest in Free Agent Dion Waiters

    Liberty Ballers "In the same hour ESPN's Marc Stein reported that the Sixers could make a play for restricted free agent Harrison Barnes, Sheridan Hoops' Michael Scotto is reporting that Philadelphia also is interested in Dion Waiters. The flamboyant, charismatic two-guard has had nothing short of a sporadic..." June 28

  • Utah Jazz have interest in Pacers’ Solomon Hill, sources say

    Salt Lake Tribune "The Utah Jazz have expressed interest in acquiring Indiana forward Solomon Hill once the free agency period opens on Friday at midnight, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned. Hill's situation is a bit unique. A former first round pick of the Pacers, Hill is entering his fourth NBA season, and..." June 28

  • Manu Ginobili likely to return and Pau Gasol could join him with Spurs

    CBS Sports "It looks like the San Antonio Spurs are going to be contenders again next season. While Tim Duncan's decision about retirement is still up in the air, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Manu Ginobili is likely coming back and Pau Gasol could be joining him. "There's a strong belief..." June 28

  • Fake Hassan Whiteside DMs Suggest He's Going to Lakers, Twitter Loses It

    Complex "On Monday night, Twitter was briefly set aflame when it appeared that Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who is on the verge of being a free agent, had decided to sign with the Lakers. A series of DMs that appeared to be from Whiteside's account surfaced, saying that he would be "moving to the LA..." June 28

  • Report: Buss thought Lakers would sign LeBron, Durant, more

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers have been in shambles since the legendary Jerry Buss passed away, and his son Jim is to blame for a lot of that. If Jim Buss stopped being so delusional, the Lakers might have an easier time of moving forward. A lengthy feature from Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report provides..." June 28

  • Report: At least seven teams interested in Jamal Crawford

    The Sports Daily "There will be no shortage of suitors for free-agent shooting guard Jamal Crawford. At least seven teams are interested in the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, reports Dan Woike of the OC Register. They are the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors, the Dallas Mavericks, the..." June 28

  • Steve Kerr Is Still Experiencing Searing Pain And Dizziness After His Botched Back Surgery

    Dime Magazine "Steve Kerr missed over half of the Warriors’ 73-win season while he recovered from offseason back surgery. Luke Walton manned the ship for the first 43 games, guiding the team to a 39-4 record (and landing the Lakers’ head coaching job as a result), and Kerr returned in January. But the side..." June 28

  • Knicks interested in signing Mozgov

    The Score "Timofey Mozgov was once traded for Carmelo Anthony, and now he could be joining the New York Knicks All-Star in The Big Apple. Some members of the Knicks are high on adding the unrestricted free-agent center this summer, league sources tell Ian Begley of ESPN. Mozgov has spent the last..." June 28

  • Hawks also want to get involved in Kevin Durant sweepstakes

    ESPN "The Atlanta Hawks' free-agent priorities are re-signing forward Al Horford and swingman Kent Bazemore, but the Hawks are also trying to wedge their way into the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Hawks, like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles..." June 28

  • Sources: Richard Jefferson not retiring

    Yahoo! Sports "Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson, a key contributor to Cleveland’s 2016 championship run, has decided not to retire and hopes to play two to three more seasons, league sources told The Vertical. Jefferson, 36, played 74 games for the Cavaliers last season, averaging 5.5 points per game. His..." June 28

  • Magic will not extend qualifying offer to Andrew Nicholson

    Today's Fastbreak "Zach Lowe of ESPN reports that the Orlando Magic will not extend a qualifying offer to Andrew Nicholson, who has just completed his four-year rookie contract. This means that, instead of being a restricted free agent starting on July 1, Nicholson will be an unrestricted free agent, with Orlando..." June 28

  • Barkley says he got fat out of spite after Rockets gave him less money

    Sporting News "In a bonus segment on Bill Simmons' new show, "Any Given Wednesday," Charles Barkley admits he got fat during his last season with the Rockets after they gave him less money than they promised. Barkley says in the segment, which is available on HBO GO and didn't air on the episode, that he was..." June 28

  • Bulls know Gasol won't re-sign

    The Score "Pau Gasol appears poised to join his fourth NBA franchise this summer. The 35-year-old declined his $7.7-million player option with the Chicago Bulls on Monday, becoming an unrestricted free agent. While it's possible Gasol and the Bulls could work out a new contract, Nick Friedell of ESPN..." June 28

  • GM intends to keep Cavs intact: 'Best basketball's in front of us'

    ESPN "Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, in an interview with the "NBA Lockdown Insiders" on ESPN Radio, said the franchise enters free agency this week looking to change as little as possible about the roster. "We do intend to keep this group together and see what we're capable of,"..." June 28

  • Parsons believes he deserves max deal: 'I'm really good'

    The Score "Chandler Parsons discussed his impending free agency with his Twitter followers at the airport Tuesday while awaiting a flight to Los Angeles. The 27-year-old declined his $16-million player option with the Dallas Mavericks earlier this week to become an unrestricted free agent, and believes..." June 28

  • Clippers' Jamal Crawford weighing his priorities, options as free agency approaches

    Orange County Register "Family. Friends. Money. Legacy. Happiness. It’s not everyday that so many of life’s most important things stand to be impacted by one decision, but, that’s exactly where Jamal Crawford finds himself. Less than a week from the official beginning of free agency, Crawford is excited, but..." June 28

  • Team USA players: Zika fears weren't enough to skip Rio Games

    ESPN "In advance of heading to Rio for the 2016 Olympics, members of the U.S. men's national basketball team are not worried about the Zika virus. "Yeah, I talked to the doctors. I've talked to other doctors that have been over there, my wife dealing with that conversation and the history we're..." June 28

  • Soon-to-be Hornets guard Marco Belinelli breaks jaw in exhibition game

    At The Hive "Marco Belinelli, the soon-to-be Charlotte Hornets guard, broke his jaw in an exhibition game between his native Italy and Canada on Sunday night, according to Sportando. While not officially a Hornet yet, the team agreed to send the 22nd pick in this year's draft to the Sacramento Kings in return..." June 28

  • Barnes hopes to re-sign with Warriors: 'I want to come back'

    The Score "The Golden State Warriors are the only NBA franchise Harrison Barnes has ever known, and he's hoping to keep it that way. Set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, the 24-year-old has made it clear he wishes to remain with the organization that selected him with the seventh pick in the..." June 28

  • Wife of Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni rescued by boat from deadly floods

    ESPN "Laurel D'Antoni, the wife of Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni, was rescued by boat after she was among the residents that were forced to leave their homes in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, due to severe rain storms and flooding last week. Laurel D'Antoni was packing to move to Houston..." June 28

  • Tristan Thompson to play for Canadian National Team

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson will play for the Canadian National Team with the hopes of qualifying for the Olympics in Brazil this summer, league sources informed cleveland.com. Team Canada's third-place finish at the FIBA America's Championship in Mexico City last summer..." June 28

  • Timberwolves decline forward Damjan Rudez’s option for next season

    Today's Fastbreak "According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical, the Minnesota Timberwolves have declined forward Damjan Rudez’s team option for next season. With the Timberwolves sending another sharpshooter to the open market, Rudez will now be forced to suit up for his third team..." June 28

  • Draymond Green: Finals loss will 'never wear off' but ready for Rio

    ESPN "It has been just over seven days since Game 7, and Draymond Green is still reeling from the NBA Finals loss to Cleveland. "That will never wear off," Green said, even as he was proud to be introduced with the rest of the 2016 USA Men's Basketball Olympic squad at a youth clinic in Harlem. "We..." June 28

  • Hoping to keep Mike Conley, Grizzlies decline Lance Stephenson option

    Sportsnaut "The Grizzlies want to bring back Mike Conley. In order to do that, the team has parted ways with Lance Stephenson, who played 26 games in Memphis last season. “The Memphis Grizzlies are declining guard Lance Stephenson’s $9.4 million team option for next season,” writes Shams Charania of The..." June 27

  • Ryan Anderson is a luxury solution to the Wizards' stretch four problem

    Bullets Forever "The Washington Wizards are quickly approaching one of the most important and unpredictable summers in the history of their franchise. The team will have plenty of money to spend on talent and lots of roster spots that need to be filled,even once you factor in the max deal they'll likely offer..." June 27

  • Durant intrigued by Knicks: 'I'll talk to my team and we'll figure things out'

    The Score "Carmelo Anthony insists he's been hard at work trying to lure impending free agent Kevin Durant to New York. And while that's the sort of thing nearly every non-free-agent superstar says about nearly every free-agent superstar every summer, Durant appears to be listening. The Knicks' recent..." June 27

  • Rockets are reportedly planning to swing for fences with big names in free agency

    CBS Sports "The Houston Rockets have been pretty successful with free agency over the last few summers. They were able to sign Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik away from their teams by being creative with the contracts in 2012. They signed Dwight Howard in the summer of 2013 away from the Los Angeles Lakers. They did..." June 27