Free Agency Leftovers: Mid-August Edition – UPDATE

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Not much happening. Which leads us to a Sportswriting Etiquette 101 lesson: It is bad form for basketball writers who are covering a tight game to say: “Looks like it’ll go to overtime.” Same thing with baseball writers, who are forbidden in press boxes from mentioning the words “extra innings” prior to the start of the 10th. It s considered a jinx. OK, not forbidden. But it is frowned upon, heavily. Sportwriters like to go home to their families, especially those families with

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SH Blog: James praises Love; Motiejunas says remarks were meant as jokes

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So the World Cup is in three weeks, and I figured I should probably make an effort to watch this year. I’m not really up on my international basketball, so I decided to do a little research. And I found out that Andray Blatche plays for the Philippines, apparently because of a “naturalized player” provision allowing him to play for a country just because they asked him. I’m not necessarily saying this is a bad thing. What I’m more concerned with

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SH Blog: Andrew Wiggins says that he wants to play for a team that wants him

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Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins told ESPN on Sunday morning that he just wants to play for a team that wants him. The return of LeBron James to Cleveland has put the organization on an expedited “win now” approach, and the talented rookie seems to be the most expendable casualty in their efforts to land another established star. Wiggins has been linked to multiple reports of a potential trade involving him and Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love for weeks.

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SH Blog: Gibson admits trade rumors are tough, Minnesota shows no urgency to get a deal done with Cleveland

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It’s no secret that Kevin Love wants out of town, and that means rumors will circulate throughout the summer as the Minnesota Timberwolves try to figure out what deal will help cope with the loss of their franchise player. On Wednesday, our Chris Sheridan revealed what the Chicago Bulls offered for the coveted power forward, and it may be the best deal out there for Flip Saunders – at least for the time being: The Chicago Bulls have offered a package of Taj Gibson and

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Tweet of the Day: Is Cleveland The New Miami?

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LeBron James decision to move back home, rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers, is less than a week old. And, yet, it is old news. At the time of James’ decision, there was ample speculation that Ray Allen would surely put off retirement to play in King James’ court, and he may yet decide to play, though there has been no decision as of yet. However, former Heat teammate Mike Miller, who—against James’ wishes—was annexed prior to last season via the amnesty provision as

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SH Blog: Cavaliers will go after Love once they acquire James, Anthony to re-sign with New York, Parsons signs offer sheet with Mavericks

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By now, most of you have heard Chris Sheridan’s report that LeBron James is going back home to Cleveland. Sheridan is 100 percent confident in his source, and based on the events that took place on Wednesday, there are plenty of reasons for the Miami Heat to believe that it’s time to move on from the Big Three era. Lets take a look at some of things that went down: The Cavaliers made an indicative trade, freeing up cap space for you

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SH Blog: LeBron James becomes a free agent, Ray Allen leaning towards another season, Nick Young opts out

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With the NBA Free Agency period starting on July 1st, there was one pending decision that was sure to garner immediate attention. Earlier today it was announced that  LeBron James was  exercising his early termination clause, thus making him a free agent this off-season. The move by James should be seen as nothing more than a formality at this point. The decision to opt out gives him the option to decide what steps he would like to take in the next phase of

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SH Blog: Source close to James questions if he has options better than Miami, Dirk would love to see Anthony in Dallas

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So now what for LeBron James? A miraculous Ray Allen 3-pointer helped King James eventually get to a second championship last season. This year, the Miami Heat never even put themselves in position to cut their deficit to single digits in the final three games. In fact, the San Antonio Spurs outscored the Heat by a jaw-dropping 70 points in five games in this year’s Finals – the biggest point differential in NBA Finals history. That means James lost to the Spurs

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