Deron Williams will not sign extension with Nets

This is one huge piece of news being reported by Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record. Remember, the Nets insisted they would not give up their pile of assets last season without a guarantee from Carmelo Anthony that he’d sign with them long-term, and then they went out and made the monster gamble anyway in sending all those assets to Utah. The Nets can still pay Williams $25.7 million more than anyone else if he opts out and then re-signs for the

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Sheridan Column: Five Hidden Gems in Free Agency

Well, it has become pretty clear that Nene is going to be the No. 1 free agent out there, and somebody is going to give him a max deal. The Nuggets, Nets, Warriors, Rockets, Pacers, Clippers and Trail Blazers were among the teams that contacted his representatives yesterday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting. If you need a pure scorer, Jamal Crawford is the No. 1 option, and here were a LOT of teams impressed by what J.J. Berea brought

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Talking ’bout Rajon Rondo, the Mavs and Team USA

I don’t think the Celtics should trade Rajon Rondo. I think the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks are going to have to overpay to keep both Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea. And I also foresee an epic gold medal game between the United States and Spain at the 2012 London Olympics next summer. (From our archives is this piece I wrote in September regarding the Spanish team’s chances in the Olympics after covering EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, along with this piece on

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The Dwight Howard situation is fluid

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Today’s biggest piece of comes news from Orlando, via the Sentinel’s Josh Robbins, that Magic general manager Otis Smith has not yet received a single trade offer for Dwight Howard. But he should start getting those calls shortly, especially after saying he will look at all options. “I think you have to look at everything,” Smith told the Orlando Sentinel when asked if he’d consider dealing Howard to another team. “I don’t think you can take

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Amnesty for Brandon Roy? Not so fast

I went on the radio in Portland yesterday morning with Chad Doing on KXTG 750 The Game to discuss whether the Trail Blazers should waive Brandon Roy, and my opinion was : What’s the hurry? (Click here to listen to the interview). You only get to use the amnesty clause once during the 10-year collective bargaining agreement, and it is becoming clear that several teams, such as Washington with Rashard Lewis, would prefer to keep it in their back pocket for use sometime

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Chris Paul: “My heart is in New Orleans”

Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more. By Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog NEW YORK — Two years ago, LeBron James teased Knicks fans for an entire season before “The Decision” ultimately brought him to South Beach. Last year the Carmelo Anthony Sweepstakes dominated the New York headlines until he ultimately landed with the Knicks at the trade deadline. Now it’s Chris Paul’s turn. The New Orleans Hornets point guard becomes a free agent next summer, and until then he will continue to answer

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Two new trade rules in the new CBA

Okay, we’ve already discussed the amnesty provision and the stretch exception, two new pieces of the NBA’s pending collective bargaining agreement. Time to look a little further. Here are two cool things, especially for those of you who feast on player movement and possible trades. 1. It will be easier to make trades. Under the old labor agreement, the salaries of the traded players had to be within 125 percent (plus 100K) of each other. That will remain the case for taxpaying teams,

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Heisler Column: Morning in Lakerdom: $150 mill profits, Dwight and CP3 too?

LOS ANGELES — What was THAT about? Chris Sheridan and I were both wrong on our predictions that the NBA would start on time (Chris), or by Dec. 1 (me). On the other hand, actual events, which were always going to reveal the real deal, proved our basic premise: The NBA was in far better shape than it claimed, citing $300 million annual losses, making a long work stoppage, as Spock used to say, most illogical (which in Vulcan can mean anything

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