Cavaliers release veteran Dahntay Jones

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The Cavaliers released veteran Dahntay Jones on Saturday, two days before his $1.5 million contract for this season would have become guaranteed.

Jones made $8,000 after he was signed on the final day of the regular season, although he provided a spark off the bench in a pivotal Game 6 of the NBA Finals in the march to the Cavs' championship. ...Read more

Arn Tellem: Tough to see Al Horford pick Celtics over Pistons

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Arn Tellem is still convinced the Detroit Pistons had a chance to land free-agent big man Al Horford.

Once Horford's long-time agent, Tellem was a main reason the Pistons were one of the teams granted an audience with Horford earlier this month in Atlanta.

Representing Horford was a Tellem protege, Jason Glushon.

But Horford picked the Boston...Read more

Bulls get younger, create mentoring chance for Wade, Rondo

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After all that, the Bulls actually did get younger.

General manager Gar Forman drew some skeptical reactions in the wake of the Derrick Rose trade by claiming he wanted the Bulls to get younger and more athletic and then promptly signing free agents Rajon Rondo, 30, and Dwyane Wade, who will turn 35 in January.

But the Bulls, who had little ...Read more

Video among evidence against ex-NBA player Mateen Cleaves

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FLINT, Mich. -- A video with nudity that features former basketball star Mateen Cleaves and a woman he is accused of sexual assaulting is among the evidence in the Flint-area criminal case against him, a judge said Friday.

Cleaves, 38, of Grand Blanc is charged with sexually assaulting the 24-year-old woman, whom he met at a golf outing in ...Read more

Wade cites different Heat direction, says no Riley rift, just 'my decision to be selfish'

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MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade said Friday that a change in philosophical approach from the Miami Heat, and not a rift with Heat President Pat Riley, was among the reasons he decided to sign with his hometown Chicago Bulls in NBA free agency.

Formally introduced to the media at the Bulls' practice facility, Wade stressed that returning to the city where ...Read more

Dwyane Wade introduced as a Bull: 'I'm a Chicago kid'

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CHICAGO -- The morning after he stunningly severed his 13-season association with the Miami Heat and verbally committed to his hometown Bulls, Dwyane Wade co-hosted a national talk show with Kelly Ripa.

In the weeks since, he has co-hosted a program with a entertainment and style magazine, traveled to China for a rapturously received shoe-...Read more

Team USA's NBA stars shocked Wade left Heat for Bulls

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CHICAGO -- The Bulls will introduce Dwyane Wade at 2 p.m. Friday, six hours before Team USA faces Venezuela in a scrimmage at the United Center as part of its multi-city Olympic tuneup tour.

More than three weeks have passed since Wade sent shock waves through the NBA on July 6 when he committed to the Bulls, ending his 13-season run with the ...Read more

Pittenger tells NBA's Adam Silver the league has engaged in 'unmistakable hypocrisy'

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U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte, N.C., and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver debated by letter last week over the decision to move the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, with Pittenger charging the league had engaged in "unmistakable hypocrisy."

Pittenger, a Republican, sent Silver a letter July 21 after he said he met with constituents from...Read more

Karl-Anthony Towns looking to improve: 'Things are about to change'

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A first impression from the Hopkins High School gym Wednesday morning in Minnetonka, Minn.: All that work Karl-Anthony Towns has done with his 3-point shot is paying off.

There he was, locked in a shooting contest with Maddyn Greenway, the grade-school daughter of Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway. A number of contestants had been whittled to ...Read more

Jimmy Butler on his reputation in the NBA: 'I know where I stand'

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The United Center was a gym full of NBA stars on Thursday from Warriors champions Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to former MVP and new Warrior Kevin Durant.

But nobody at Team USA's practice commanded as much attention as Bulls guard Jimmy Butler as he prepares to play his first game back in Chicago on Friday against Venezuela after a ...Read more

Clippers said to be exploring locations for new arena in LA

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The Clippers' lease at Staples Center ends in 2024, and owner Steve Ballmer has vowed to explore alternatives.

The organization has taken preliminary steps toward the splashiest alternative -- owning and operating its own arena in the Los Angeles area.

The organization has interest in at least three areas -- the Westside of Los Angeles, ...Read more

Clippers staffer who was punched by Blake Griffin leaves team

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LOS ANGELES -- Matias Testi, who was punched in the face by Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in January, is no longer the team's assistant equipment manager, the team confirmed Wednesday.

A team spokesman said the Clippers would have no further comments on why Testi doesn't work there anymore.

Testi was seen at the team's practice ...Read more

Heat leave Dwyane Wade's No. 3 vacant; Dion Waiters to switch to No. 11

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat have issued numbers to their recently acquired players, and none of them have been issued Dwyane Wade's No. 3, not even the player acquired who wore than number last season.

Instead, the Heat revealed Wednesday that Dion Waiters, who had worn No. 3 with both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder, had agreed ...Read more

Mavs' Nowitzki makes 2-year deal official

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It took a few extra weeks, but superstar Dirk Nowitzki officially signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced Wednesday evening.

He agreed to a two-year, $40 million deal in June. However, the team reportedly added another $10 million to the deal last week after the core of next season's team was signed.

The Mavericks ...Read more

Jimmy Butler's Team USA role could be good practice for him with Bulls

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It seems fitting that Jimmy Butler will take the United Center floor for a Team USA practice on Thursday and a Friday scrimmage versus Venezuela with such high-profile teammates as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Call it practice of a different kind.

When Butler's USA Basketball run for 2016 ends after next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, ...Read more

Early NBA playoffs predictions

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Lakers fans might be hoping their team can work its way into the playoffs next season, but finishing among the top eight teams in the talented Western Conference seems way too steep.

Then again, the Golden State Warriors has the entire NBA in an uproar over forming the newest "super team."

The Warriors were once the lovable, 3-point launching ...Read more

Thibodeau returns to Chicago this week with USA Basketball

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A very familiar face will be stalking the United Center sidelines Friday night.

Anyone who watched Tom Thibodeau guide the Bulls to a 255-139 record over five eventful seasons knows his focus will be on Team USA's exhibition against Venezuela, not what might've been.

"It will be great for me to be back. I obviously enjoyed my time there," ...Read more

Amar'e Stoudemire retires from NBA after single season with Heat

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MIAMI -- Free-agent center Amar'e Stoudemire announced his retirement Tuesday, after signing a ceremonial final contract with the New York Knicks, becoming the fifth member to depart from last season's Miami Heat roster.

In a statement, Stoudemire, 33, who emerged as the Heat's starting center over the second half of the regular season before ...Read more

Cavaliers sign coach Tyronn Lue to five-year, $35 million contract

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Coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to a five-year contract with the Cavaliers, a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal. The Vertical reported the deal is worth $35 million and ESPN reported the first four years are fully guaranteed.

Lue, 39, never signed a new contract after taking over for David Blatt in January in part because the two sides ...Read more

Tyler Johnson on $50M Heat deal: 'I threw up a couple of times when I heard the number'

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So what was Tyler Johnson's reaction when he heard he was going to receive a four-year, $50 million contract?

"I threw up a couple of times when I heard the number go out there. I was in shock. I even lost a little bit of weight, because just the anxiety of going through that whole process and not knowing where I was going to be," the Miami ...Read more