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O.J. Mayo banned from the NBA for 2 years for violating anti-drug program

Mayo will be able to apply for reinstatement in two years. Free agent guard O.J. Mayo has been "dismissed and disqualified" from the NBA for violating the league's Anti-Drug program, the league announced. He will be able to apply for...Show More Summary

Al Jefferson agrees to $30 million deal with Pacers, per report

The veteran big man is moving to Indiana on a three-year deal. Al Jefferson has never spent more than three seasons with a team. That includes stints with Boston, Minnesota, Utah, and now Charlotte. The veteran center will leave theShow More Summary

Jeremy Lin agrees to 3-year, $36 million deal with the Nets, per report

The Nets were looking for a point guard and now they have one. Jeremy Lin will play for his sixth team in seven years in the league. The NBA's favorite Harvard graduate has agreed on a contract with the Nets, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Show More Summary

Lakers exceptionalism is dead and buried

By signing a 30-year-old career backup center in the earliest hours of free agency, the Lakers signal they have accepted their fate. Back in 2012, I wrote about Lakers exceptionalism, the idea that the rules of the NBA don't apply to the most famous basketball team in the world. Show More Summary

Nicolas Batum stays with Hornets for 5 years, $120 million, per reports

The Hornets re-signed the versatile swingman who helped lead them back to the playoffs in 2016. Nicolas Batum will remain in Charlotte. The Hornets reached a 5-year, $120 million deal with their hard-defending, three-point shooting small...Show More Summary

2016 NBA free agency: Where everyone gets paid and little else changes

Free agency is great for the free agents, but will the balance of power in the NBA actually change much? Not really, unless Kevin Durant goes elsewhere. A wild NBA free agency period is fast approaching, so we surveyed the landscape and made some predictions. Show More Summary

Joakim Noah 'expected' to sign with the Knicks, per report

It seems like a matter of time before Noah reunites with Derrick Rose in New York. After trading away Robin Lopez in the move that netted them Derrick Rose, the Knicks are close to securing the services of a new starting center. The Knicks are the "big favorites" to sign Joakim Noah, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Show More Summary

Every important NBA free agency rumor in one place

Keep track of the latest NBA free agency rumors here. The NBA offseason began weeks ago, but the real festivities get going with the opening of free agency on July 1. Starting at midnight on Friday, teams across the league will begin...Show More Summary

Of course the Knicks are building a team that would have been terrifying 4 years ago

That and more in Thursday's newsletter. Good morning. One more day until your man Tom returns. Less than 24 hours until the free-agent frenzy begins. Let's basketball! CONCRETE JUNGLE WHERE (OLD) DREAMS ARE MADE OF: It looks like the Knicks will sign Joakim Noah to join Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony. Show More Summary

It really wouldn't be so bad if your team signed Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard could actually be a bargain free-agent signing At some point over the next few days, Dwight Howard will find a new home. Howard will meet with the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN, while earlier reports...Show More Summary

Someone had 'Stone Cold' Kevin Love whoop everyone's asses in 'WWE 2K16'

AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE CAUSE KEVIN LOVE SAID SO After the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first NBA championship, Kevin Love celebrated like Stone Cold Steve Austin -- he'd dressed in his shirt, and recklessly chugged a couple beers. Show More Summary

Has game, will travel: Kansas’ Josh Jackson went from introvert to No. 1 recruit

Basketball has always been the one constant in Josh Jackson's life. As he enters Kansas, it has him on the brink of stardom. It’s a looping algorithm encoded on hoop mixtapes: Josh Jackson slaloms upcourt and dunks. There are variations...Show More Summary

The Warriors were never revolutionizing basketball

Golden State’s legacy is profound even after losing the 2016 Finals, but talk of them changing the entire fabric of the game was always overstated A month ago, it all seemed so clear. Big men were expendable. The next generation of NBA players would be weaned on half-court threes and cross-court passes. Show More Summary

Why it’s nearly impossible for Miami to sign Kevin Durant and keep its core together

If the Heat want Kevin Durant, they almost certainly have to say goodbye to Hassan Whiteside and/or Dwyane Wade. Superstar free agent Kevin Durant isn't just giving out meetings to anyone. Aside from the Oklahoma City Thunder, whereShow More Summary

Watch the Heat's LeBron James take on the Cavs' LeBron James in this surreal video

LeBron James is undoubtedly one of the best basketball players of all time -- a three-time NBA champion, four-time MVP, three-time finals MVP and, well, you get the gist. When it comes to his career, you can't help but divide it between...Show More Summary

We're sure Dwyane Wade really means it this time

Good morning. We have that and more in Wednesday's NBA newsletter. Good morning. You're stuck with me for today and tomorrow. Let's basketball! WADE A MINUTE: ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that Dwyane Wade is "preparing to field outside offers" after early contract talks with the Heat broke down. Show More Summary

NBA championship odds 2017: Warriors, Cavaliers early favorites on betting futures

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are the betting favorites to win the NBA title at the sportsbooks for the 2016-17 season. The Cleveland Cavaliers finished the 2015-16 season with a 16-5 straight up and 12-9 against the spread run through the playoffs to win the NBA championship. Show More Summary

NBA free agency rumors 2016: Dwyane Wade ready to take outside offers after talks stall with Heat

Wade is once again facing a summer of uncertainty. Plus, LeBron James doesn't pick up his player option and the 76ers are interested in Harrison Barnes. After the summer of 2015, Dwyane Wade was supposed to be able to relax this offseason. Show More Summary

Tim Duncan picks up player option, but he could still retire, according to report

Duncan had to make a decision on his player option by June 29, but he has still yet to make an ultimate decision on whether he'll return next season. We don't know if Tim Duncan will return for a 20th season, but we know what his salary will be if he does. Show More Summary

How Kevin Durant could make an extra $100 million by signing a 1-year contract

If the Thunder star signs a one-year contract this summer and re-enters free agency in 2017, he can make significantly more money over the long term. Here's how. The Summer of Kevin Durant officially begins at 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1,...Show More Summary

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