Raptors sign Mickael Pietrus

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In an effort to close their gaping hole at small forward, the slumping Toronto Raptors on Friday signed veteran Mickael Pietrus. No terms were disclosed. Pietrus spent last season with the Boston Celtics but was not re-signed. During the offseason, he was looking for either a multi-year deal or a one-year contract at more than the veteran’s minimum. The France native also contemplated playing in Europe.

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Bernucca: Money for nothing, checks for free

Lamar Odom

Now that we are about a month into the NBA season, are you disappointed in the performance of a player or two on your favorite team? Take a number and get in line. There are dozens of players who are not coming close to meeting expectations this season. And when you factor in their salaries and how much they limit their team’s financial flexibility, it can be downright infuriating.

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SH Blog: D’Antoni introduced as coach, says Howard can be in every play

Mike D'Antoni

We all have a general idea of what Mike D’Antoni wants to do as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Get them to score a whole lot more, for one. D’Antoni is a well-documented offensive wizard, so if anyone can figure out how to best utilize the endless amount of talent on the roster, it would be him, no matter what Magic Johnson wants to say about it. We don’t know, however, of his plans in greater detail – mostly because we

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Tweet of the Night: DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan

Who the hell is John Hollinger!? #Clown
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DeMar DeRozan
To explain DeMar DeRozan’s anger towards ESPN’s John Hollinger, we’ll have to go back to what happened earlier on Wednesday. Toronto Sun writer Ryan Wolstat said Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was insulted by ESPN’s prediction of his team going 33-49 for the upcoming season. Here is exactly what Casey had to say on the matter: “I saw today someone predict we’re going to win 33 games, so, with that lack of respect, that should get us motivated to come in

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SH: Dirk Nowitzki undergoes arthroscopic surgery, Dwight Howard set to play preseason game

Dirk Nowitzki

It seemed more like an inevitability than a possibility when news about the status of Dirk Nowitzki’s knee broke out earlier in the preseason. There was swelling in his knee, and the German hinted at the possibility of surgery if the condition did not improve. Unfortunately, the swelling continued, forcing Nowitzki to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday. The procedure will sideline him for about six weeks. Chris Bernucca has the details of the situation. Playing without the heart of the team

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Tweet of the Night: Landry Fields

Landry Fields

Happy Birthday, @! I bought you a couch..
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Landry Fields
Tweet of the Night goes to Landry Fields, who wished his close friend Jeremy Lin a happy birthday and reminded him of how things were in their days as Knicks players, when Lin would sleep on Fields’ couch while trying to solidify his role with the team.  Both players have moved on since then, with Lin controversially signing with the Houston Rockets while Fields landed with the Toronto Raptors over the summer. The special bond between the two was

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Hamilton: Biggest Winners Among NBA Players This Summer

Andray Blatche

After examining the biggest losers among NBA players this summer, it’s only right that we examine those that have cashed in. Centers always have and always will be hot commodities in the NBA, but some of the players below have found themselves in new situations with excellent opportunities. Sometimes, winning as a free agent is a result of being in the right place at the right time. And sometimes, it requires falling down before dusting yourself off and finding a new beginning.

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Knicks trading for Felton, possibly ending Linsanity

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Linsanity is over in New York. Or is it? We’ll know for certain within the next 72 hours. With Lin signing a backloaded $25 million, three-year offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, the Knicks have gone out and found themselves a replacement — or a sidekick — for Lin, depending on who you want to believe. That player is Raymond Felton, who will return to New York along with center Kurt Thomas in a sign-and-trade deal with the Portland Trail Blazers for Jared

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