4:40 PM EDT, Fri July 25, 2014
Kris Willis / Peachtree Hoops 11 mins ago
Atlanta Hawks announce signing of 1st-round pick Adreian Payne

Atlanta Hawks announce signing of 1st-round pick Adreian Payne

The Atlanta Hawks have made official the signing of first-round pick Adreian Payne. The Atlanta Hawks continued their busy afternoon by officially announcing the signing of first round pick Adreian Payne. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this morning that the Hawks and Payne were hammering out the details of an agreement. The announcement came just moments after news broke that the team had also agreed to a 3-year, $7.3 million deal with restricted free agent Shelvin Mack. The Hawks selected Payne with the 15th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Details of the signing were not disclosed...
Posting and Toasting 12 mins ago

Carmelo Anthony spoke about his decision to return to the Knicks

"I was flip-flopping." For the first real time-- like not just answering off-hand questions while preparing to play soccer-- Carmelo Anthony gave an interview regarding his decision to stay with the Knicks on a 5-year, $124 million deal. The whole ESPN article is here. A few selections: "I want to win. I don't care about the money," Anthony told ESPN.com. "I believe Phil will do what he has to do to take care of that. "I don't think we're that far away," he added. "People use 'rebuilding' too loosely." "I was flip-flopping," he admitted. "It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I...
Kris Willis / Peachtree Hoops 35 mins ago

Shelvin Mack agrees to 3-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a three-year deal with restricted free agent Shelvin Mack. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a three-year, $7.3 million deal with restricted free agent Shelvin Mack. Free agent guard Shelvin Mack has reached agreement on a three-year, $7.3M deal to return to Atlanta, league sources tell Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 25, 2014 Mack confirmed the move via his Twitter account Blessed to have a few more years with the Atlanta Hawks......#thinkpositive http://t.co/prp4eHmQtd — Shelvin Mack...
CelticsBlog 37 mins ago

CelticsBlog Mailbag - Ask Jeff off-beat questions about the offseason

Here we are now, entertain us! Free agency is winding down and the daily news cycle seems to be slowing down (though it could pick up at any moment).  Let's ease into the dog days of summer with some fun mailbag questions.  I'm especially looking for creative questions.  So have fun with it. Loading...
Kris Willis / Peachtree Hoops 40 mins ago

WNBA 2014: Dream look to shake off losing streak against Sky

The Atlanta Dream look to snap a two game losing streak when they take on the Chicago Sky at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion. The Atlanta Dream look to shake off a two-game losing streak Friday night when they take on the Chicago Sky at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion. Atlanta equaled their longest losing streak of the season on Tuesday with a 112-108 double overtime loss to the Minnesota Lynx. Chicago snapped a six-game slide on Tuesday with a 60-57 win over the Indiana Fever. The Dream are still without head coach Michael Cooper who underwent a successful surgical procedure for Tongue...
SLC Dunk 1 hour ago

NBA Free Agency 2014: John Lucas III is gone, but we will always remember him

This video is amazing. Utah Jazz fans love the players that give their all. And in the case of John Lucas III, I don't think he ever held back. Adam (@ProdigyJF on twitter, MemoIsMoney on YouTube -- follow and subscribe!) is amazing. Adam made this farewell video. We all should thank him for it, and enjoy this show. And John Lucas III major long-form retrospecting coming up in August.
Pounding The Rock 1 hour ago

Mavericks expert weighs in on Chandler Parsons vs. James Harden and the Rockets

In the latest episode of Fraternizing with the Enemy, Tim Cato of MavsMoneyball and J.R. Wilco take on the topics that impact both Spurs and Mavericks fans. You can rationalize it however you want, but the Dallas Mavericks played the Spurs tougher, and took them further than any other team in last year's playoffs. Sure, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili went off and San Antonio made sure that Game 7 was never in doubt, jumping out to leads of 10-5, 20-10, 30-16, and 40-25 to romp to a 25 point win. But the bottom line is that the Mavs made the Spurs play a seventh and deciding game, something...
Bullets Forever 1 hour ago

No, John Wall doesn't need to shoot less often

One piece argues that John Wall needs to shoot less for the Wizards to be better. Here's why that's not true. Neil Greenberg at the Washington Post's newish statistics blog has an entry with the following headline: "Here's why Wizards would be better off if John Wall would stop shooting." On the surface, that's absurd. Wall led the league in assists (fourth in assists per game) last year and was third in the NBA in total passes per game, so it's silly to say, as Greenberg concludes, that Wall "has to think more about passing the ball than shooting it." To be fair, the actual argument in...
Net Income / NetsDaily 2 hours ago
Nets welcome Bojan Bogdanovic to Brooklyn

Nets welcome Bojan Bogdanovic to Brooklyn

When the Nets drafted Markel Brown, he got a conference call introduction.  Same thing for Jarrett Jack, their big trade pick-up this summer.  But Bojan Bogdanovic, who they signed for the mini-MLE, is getting the red carpet treatment across the weekend.  On Friday, Billy King gave him a guided tour of Brooklyn, including the Nets locker room at Barclays Center and the site of the HSS Center, where Bogdanovic will presumably train a year from now. The Nets tweeted out the various stops in near real time.  And on Monday, the media have been invited to an "availability" in East Rutherford...
Pounding The Rock 2 hours ago

Tests on Manu inconclusive, the Spurs will have final say

The results on Manu's MRI look good to the national team's doctor but the Spurs will get to make the decision of whether Manu is cleared to play or not It was a busy morning for Argentine basketball. First, it was time to deal with Manu's stress fracture and the possibility of him representing Argentina in the FIBA World Cup. The Argentine national team Doctor Diego Grippo said on a press conference today that the results of Manu's MRI were good and they signaled a way for them to work going forward, but were not conclusive. He seemed optimistic and said he doesn't expect further testing...
Silver Screen and Roll 2 hours ago
Lakers offer Byron Scott head coaching job, according to report

Lakers offer Byron Scott head coaching job, according to report

Byron Scott is finalizing a deal that will make him the next Lakers head coach. The Los Angeles Lakers have offered Byron Scott their head coaching job and the two sides are now negotiating terms of the agreement, reports ESPN's Chris Broussard. Scott has interviewed for the position several times since Mike D'Antoni resigned, and it seems he's close to landing the job. Scott has been out of coaching for a season, last coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers through the 2012-2013 season. He spent his year away from coaching as one of Time Warner SportsNet's in-studio analysts. The Lakers list of...
Blazersedge 2 hours ago
Does the NBA Developmental League Even Matter?

Does the NBA Developmental League Even Matter?

As the Portland Trail Blazers look for yet another D-League partnership, does it really matter in the end? Earlier this year, the Blazers ended their relationship with their exclusive Developmental League team, the Idaho Stampede. As Ben reviews in his article, it was just the latest in a rocky relationship the Blazers have maintained with the D-League. In the end, as the Oregonian's Joe Freeman noted, the Blazers felt internal development trumped anything that could be offered by playing more minutes in the "minor leagues". Minor leagues are vital to a sport like baseball, where players...
Hot Hot Hoops 2 hours ago

Dwyane Wade looking forward to playing against ex-teammate LeBron James

The Heat lifer wasn't shy when asked at his summer camp about who his favorite person to play against is. Despite an eloquent written statement following LeBron James' departure from the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade has been relatively silent regarding his ex-teammate, but while he was back in Chicago earlier this week for the "Dwyane Wade and Brandon Marshall Sports Academy", #3 was back to his friendly and outgoing himself when asked questions by the media. SB Nation's Windy City Gridiron was there to capture Wade's conversation, and was kind enough to share it with us. Wade was asked who...
Pounding The Rock 3 hours ago

Boris Diaw: I will rest when I am retired

In a candid interview with Le Figaro, a daily newspaper published in Paris and founded in 1826, Diaw talks about the World Cup, the absence of TP, his dream of seeing the 2015 European Championship in France, and his future with Les Bleus. Translated from an interview with Le Figaro's Sport24.com on July 15, 2014 Le Figaro: Vincent Collet (the head coach of the senior men's national team) explained these past few weeks that you will have the right to a tailored program because of your journey through the playoffs with San Antonio... Boris Diaw: Yes, I will rejoin the team in Pau (a city in...
Straight Outta Vancouver 3 hours ago

Update on the Grizzly Bear Blues Staff expansion, a flurry of Grit and Grind breaks down my door!

I must say I wasn't quite expecting the deluge of exuberance when I posted the Help Wanted Ad earlier this week, but it's been an incredibly encouraging and invigorating experience. Everyone's interest in the site has really inspired me and, well goshdarnit, made me feel really good about myself and the present staff this week. I've received a huge response to the post and I'm currently sifting through all the applicants, the skills of everyone and the availability that you've given me. I hope to have things organized by Monday so I can get back in touch with you all. If I haven't...
SLC Dunk 3 hours ago

NBA Free Agency 2014: Eric Bledsoe, Ramon Sessions headline group of left behind free agent guards

Time to find out who is left . . . The major NBA Free agent signings are all locked in right now. No longer do we have to wait on LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Trevor Booker types. Many teams have their rotations set, and need to fill out their bench. The Utah Jazz are at 12 players right now, and possibly 13 if they do go ahead and add Ian Clark (who is scheduled to do Jazz community service later on this summer). Does that mean that the team is done for the off-season? I do not think so. According to my roster theory the Jazz are still down one primary ball handler, and one more...
Mavs Moneyball 4 hours ago
Five Out Offense: Getting to know some of the new Mavericks

Five Out Offense: Getting to know some of the new Mavericks

Chandler Parsons stirs up some controversy, Dirk baseball redux, and more Al-Farouq Aminu than you thought you ever wanted. 1. CHANDLER PARSONS SPEAKS. Parsons talked yesterday with Jay Mohr Sports in what became the interview heard 'round the web, addressing former teammate James Harden's comments and creating a little bit of controversy himself. Parsons on Harden: "It's a pretty ridiculous statement, if he meant that. I'm excited to go to DAL. I'm ready for next step, a bigger role." — Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 24, 2014 Listen for the comments about Harden, but stick...
Straight Outta Vancouver 4 hours ago
Grizz Nation by Elias Stein - A Kickstarter project to benefit the city of Memphis

Grizz Nation by Elias Stein - A Kickstarter project to benefit the city of Memphis

This amazing poster piece that features the most prominent aspects of Memphis and the Grizzlies can be yours for $25 while supporting a great cause in the city of Memphis that is restoring public basketball courts! The piece will measure 18" by 24" and will be printed on high quality 100# French paper, making it perfect for framing and display in your own Griz den. Head over to the creator's, Elias Stein, Kickstarter page and back that ish up! Someday the fans that passed this up will look back in agony as it adorns the walls of the most fervent Grizzlies fans in the world.
Posting and Toasting 4 hours ago

MATHS: Mistakenly predicting Derek Fisher's coaching using his playing career

NBA players make bad Knicks coaches because almost everyone makes bad Knicks coaches. In case it isn't abundantly clear, this is a deliberately quackish use of maths for summertime pleasure and it is not meant to be taken seriously. UNLESS YOU SEEK THE TRUTH -Seth Lest we forget, Phil Jackson recently hired Derek Fisher to coach the Knicks. In all his inimitable wonder, the Zen Master decided on a just-retired role player who, along with Billy Hunter, ran the NBA Players' Union right into the ground. Players want a coach who they trust to not completely screw up, yet they've already...
Justin Rowan / Fear The Sword 4 hours ago
NBA Trade Rumors: The latest on Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic, and the quest for Kevin Love

NBA Trade Rumors: The latest on Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic, and the quest for Kevin Love

Information and misinformation is flying around constantly. Here's the latest in the Kevin Love saga. The only thing we know for sure is that the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking into offers for Kevin Love. Everything that's come out this summer could be true or could be misinformation planted to generate offers or trigger a response. With that being said, here is the latest on Kevin Love: Stephen A. Smith went on Mike and Mike this morning and stated that Love (either directly or through his agent) has been informing teams that if they were to trade for him he would leave and sign with...

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