Tweet of the Day: Amid World Cup Insanity, NBA Free Agency Takes Action

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The United States Men’s National Team fought valiantly in losing 2-1 in extra time in Tuesday’s 2014 World Cup match against Belgium in the round of 16. Goalkeeper Tim Howard was amazing, amassing 16 saves. Yet, his near superhuman effort wasn’t enough. Meanwhile, back in the states, NBA free agency is underway. The Cleveland Cavaliers made waves by announcing that they had secured the future of their point guard, Kyrie Irving, by reaching an agreement on a five-year, $90 million max-contract

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Dallas Mavericks Salaries and Analysis

DALLAS MAVERICKS 2014-15 Offseason Additions: F Chandler Parsons, C Tyson Chandler, G Raymond Felton, F Richard Jefferson, F Al-Farouq Aminu, F Charlie Villanueva, G J.J. Barea, F Greg Smith 2014 Draft Picks: None Draft Picks Coming: 2016 second round (Memphis) Draft Picks Going: 2015 first round (to Boston, protected 1-3, 15-30); 2015 second round (to Boston) Trade Exceptions: None Over/Under: Over the cap Amnesty Provision: Used on Brendan Haywood (2012)PLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18Tyson Chandler $14,850,000Chandler Parsons $14,700,000 $15,360,000 $16,020,000Rajon Rondo $12,910,000Monta Ellis $8,360,000 $8,720,000Dirk Nowitzki $7,970,000 $8,330,000 $8,690,000Devin Harris $3,880,000 $4,050,000 $4,230,000 $4,400,000Raymond Felton $3,790,000 $3,950,000Richard Jefferson $1,450,000C. Villanueva $1,320,000J.J. Barea $1,310,000Al-Farouq Aminu $980,000 $1,100,000Greg Smith  $950,000Bernard James $950,000Gal Mekel $820,000 $320,000 $320,000   $320,000Ricky Ledo $820,000Dwight Powell $510,000  $850,000Amare Stoudemire $480,000Eric Griffin $150,000Ivan Johnson $20,000TOTAL SALARY $76,160,000 $42,680,000 $29,260,000 $4,720,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer Waived BACK TO

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Knicks, Mavs upgrade rosters in Chandler-Calderon trade

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The New York Knicks acquired a major upgrade at point guard at the expense of their starting center in a six-player trade with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. The trade sends Jose Calderon to New York along with center Samuel Dalembert, wing Wayne Ellington, point guard Shane Larkin and the 34th and 51st picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft in exchange for center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton.

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PODCAST: What Will ‘Melo Do? LeBron’s Decision Will Impact Everything

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The folks in Houston are hoping they have a good shot to land Carmelo Anthony in free agency. Or LeBron James, for that matter, should he somehow find Houston more appealing than remaining in Miami or returning to Cleveland. In my opinion, ‘Melo’s choices rank like this: New York, Dallas, Houston/Chicago, with the latter two tied for third. Money is going to be a factor, and the fact that the Knicks can work off a starting salary of $23.2 million and offer

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Tweet Of The Night: Dirk Nowitzki Hosts A Baseball Game

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The NBA season has come and gone but there is still plenty to keep it’s athletes busy. This includes Dirk Nowitzki, who was down in Dallas giving back to the community in his own way. The veteran player was able to put on a good cause for the community by hosting his own celebrity ball game for The Hero Foundation. The Heroes Foundation is a non-profit initiative bringing sports training and competition to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.

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NBA Owners Respond to Sterling’s Unprecedented Punishment

With much of the national discourse centering on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the reality of the matter is that a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine is the limit to what NBA commissioner Adam Silver is capable of doing. The rest falls on the shoulders of 29 team owners, as they—according to the NBA’s Constitution and By-Laws—must vote with a 3/4′s majority to force the sale of the team. Players, media pundits and people all across the nation

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DraftStreet Fantasy Spin, April 23, 2014

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Click on this banner to sign up for DraftStreet’s two-day NBA playoff fantasy leagues The price tag on LaMarcus Aldridge has risen since yesterday, with the Portland Trail Blazers forward going from $18,940 to $19,421. That’s what’ll happen when an astounding 52 percent of the entrants in DraftStreet’s two-day playoff fantasy tournament snatch up the player who had the most productive Game 1 of any NBA player. Aldridge went off for 46 points and 18 rebounds in Portland’s

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Spurs-Mavericks Playoff Preview: Five Key Factors

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Well, we might as well start things by reminding everyone how the Spurs should be the team calling themselves the defending champions, except for the part where Gregg Popovich had his three best players on the bench at the end of Game 6 in Miami. That’s when we stopped calling him “genius” and vowed to never do so again. So this spring, we will laud Pop with congratulations for finishing with the league’s best record, for putting together a 19-game winning streak,

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