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Reports: Heat work out Nazr Mohammed, shake up coaching staff

Miami reportedly brought veteran center Nazr Mohammed in for a workout.<p>The Miami Heat met with Nazr Mohammed last Thursday and worked him out, …

Rajon Rondo denies trade request through spokesperson

The Boston Celtics guard said through a spokeswoman that he and his agent haven't requested a trade.<p>Rajon Rondo and his agent have quickly attempted to squash a report that indicated the point guard had asked the Boston Celtics to trade him. A spokeswoman told the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy that …

Rajon Rondo, agent deny he asked Celtics to trade him

Through a spokesperson, Rajon Rondo denied that he wants out of Boston.<p>Through a spokesperson, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and his agent, Bill …

Best Potential Trade Destinations for Rajon Rondo During 2014-15 Season

Technically, the Boston Celtics have a little less than a year to decide on the future of mercurial point guard Rajon Rondo.<p>Realistically, the timeline could be significantly smaller than that, especially if the floor general has started his own trade clock as has been reported.<p>During an off-air …

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Will Rajon Rondo repeat history and believe in the Celtics?

Eight years ago, a Celtics star ignored a rebuild and bought in for the long term. Will Rajon Rondo do the same?<p>The last time the Boston Celtics were obviously in the middle of a rebuild, the team's superstar did something really interesting. Instead of looking for greener pastures and using free …

Why Marcus Smart Can Replace Rajon Rondo for Boston Celtics

There are some rookies who just aren't built to handle the size and speed of the NBA right away. Developing through practice reps and studying from the bench over time is the best way for many young prospects to develop.<p>Not Marcus Smart.<p>If there was ever a rookie wired to excel and benefit from …

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Why Kawhi Leonard Is Worth a Full Max-Contract Commitment from San Antonio Spurs

In his three seasons since turning pro, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has established himself as one of the league's brightest young stars—and he's done it the old-fashioned way.<p>"He has a great capacity to absorb things and he works hard," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters …

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Ranking the Miami Heat's Offseason Acquisitions

The Miami Heat did not have a great offseason. Losing the best player in the world will do that.<p>Although losing LeBron James was a big blow, it's hard not to be impressed with how well Miami recovered.<p>On top of retaining the services of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, the Heat managed to position …

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Anthony Davis Is the Future of NBA Pick-and-Roll Defense

At only 21 years old, New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is already one of the top players in the NBA and Team USA's most important player at the FIBA World Cup. His combination of length, athleticism and touch is rare for an NBA center, and it's a scary thought that he has barely scratched …

Basketball

Are Cleveland Cavaliers Getting a Different LeBron James Back?

As good as LeBron James was for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2003-2010, he was far from a perfect player and person.<p>While "The Decision" helped prove that, so did a 3-of-14 shooting, 15-point performance in a crucial Game 5 against the Boston Celtics in the 2010 conference semifinals that most Cavs …

Basketball

Without LeBron James, Chris Bosh's Role Set to Evolve Again for Miami Heat

When Chris Bosh came to the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010, he did so as one of the best and most well-rounded scorers in basketball.<p>He was coming off a season in which he averaged 24.0 points per game on 51.8 percent shooting, mostly while feasting on a heavy diet of post-ups and isolation plays …

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Good morning, let's talk about Dario Saric and embezzlement

That and a whole lot more in Tuesday's NBA newsletter.<p>Good morning. Let's basketball.<p><b>DIENG!</b> The story of the FIBA World Cup so far is Senegal, who is 2-1 with a signature win over medal contender Croatia. Senegal is led by former Louisville Cardinal and current Timberwolf Gorgui Dieng, who is …

Cavs' Anderson Varejao: 'A lot of people' said he should ask for trade

Before LeBron James decided to come back, Anderson Varejao was a weird fit in Cleveland, but the big man never wanted to leave.<p>Cleveland Cavaliers …

How Far Away Is Andre Drummond from Becoming the NBA's Best Center?

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond can already see the peak of his position.<p>Perhaps that's a reflection of his freakish blend of size and athleticism. With a 6'10" frame and 33.5" max vertical, per DraftExpress, there isn't much that flies above his field of vision.<p>Then again, maybe this is …

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Dunk History: Kobe Bryant hits the jackpot on Ben Wallace in Las Vegas

<i>As the summer wears on, with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future, we turn our attention to the past.</i> …

Basketball

Pau Gasol Dominates Brazil in FIBA Basketball World Cup (VIDEO)

In what Chicago Bulls fans can only hope is a preview of things to come next season, Pau Gasol took it to the Brazilian frontline on Monday, as Spain …

Andray Blatche and the Miami Heat Feel Strangely Right Together

On the surface, the two would seem an unlikely basketball fit: one an organization renowned for its success and newfound star power, the other a hardwood misfit with a lengthy set of skills and a past rap sheet to match.<p>So why do Andray Blatche and the Miami Heat feel strangely right for one …

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Is Team Spain Gold-Medal Favorite Over USA at FIBA World Cup?

The FIBA Basketball World Cup was advertised as a two-team race, and it has lived up to that billing through the midway point of the group stage.<p>Both Team USA and Spain boast 3-0 records and a combined average margin of victory of 32.2 points. A seemingly inevitable championship clash has never …

Basketball

Derrick Rose's Curse Might Be Kyrie Irving's Blessing in FIBA and Beyond

In 2010, no Team USA player better leveraged his FIBA World Cup experience to bigger ends than the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose, who—at a precocious 22—would go on to capture the NBA’s MVP award the following season.<p>Four years later, it could be Kyrie Irving’s turn to parlay FIBA into a career year …

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Who Should Start for Chicago Bulls at Small Forward?

The Chicago Bulls have an interesting problem to deal with heading into the season. As opposed to the situation in years prior, the Bulls actually have plenty of legitimate depth that could start for multiple other teams.<p>The additions of Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and prized rookie Doug McDermott …

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Handicapping the Boston Celtics' Top 5 Potential Trade Partners for Rajon Rondo

According to ESPN's Jackie MacMullan (h/t WEEI.com), point guard Rajon Rondo has informed the Boston Celtics that he does not intend on re-signing with the team following this season and would like to be traded, a report that both Rondo and his agent have denied.<p>With Rondo entering a contract year, …

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Chicago Bulls Should Be Drooling Over Pau Gasol's FIBA World Cup Performance

Windy City natives Derrick Rose and Anthony Davis dominated coverage leading into the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but the city's newest resident has turned the most heads since the tournament tipped off.<p>Pau Gasol, the 13-year NBA veteran who inked a three-year, $22 million deal with the Chicago …

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Noah Vonleh Injury: Updates on Hornets PF's Recovery from Sports Hernia Surgery

Noah Vonleh is a major part of what could be a bright future for the Charlotte Hornets, but that future was temporarily put on hold Tuesday. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports filled fans in on the details:<p>The Hornets' official website reported that the surgery was performed in Charlotte by Dr. B. Todd …

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Noah Vonleh injury: Hornets rookie out 6-8 weeks

The No. 9 pick in the NBA draft will be sidelined as he recovers from surgery.<p>Charlotte Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh is set to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia, the team has announced. Vonleh, the No. 9 pick in June's NBA draft, suffered the injury during a recent …

Kobe Bryant's Battle with Father Time Is a Must-See NBA Story

Evidently, Kobe Bryant is not a Dylan Thomas fan.<p>We can forgive No. 24 if he's not up on his 20th-century Welsh poetry, but you'd have thought the famous opening stanza from Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" would have some special appeal for a superstar now facing the twilight of his …

Basketball

Derek Fisher's First Season with NY Knicks Will Reflect Directly on Phil Jackson

As the New York Knicks embark upon the first full season of Phil Jackson's reign as president of basketball operations, they'll have a permanent reminder of the Zen Master's presence stalking the sidelines.<p>New head coach Derek Fisher instantly becomes the most tangible symbol of the Jackson era, a …

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How Boston Celtics Can Convince Rajon Rondo to Stick Around for Rebuild

First came the rumor, this time courtesy of an online segment from ESPN's <i>Around the Horn</i> in which Boston-based scribe Jackie MacMullan announced Rajon Rondo's disaffection, saying, "He's told them [the Boston Celtics] he wants out. And no one believes me, but that's the truth," according to …

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Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh out 6-8 weeks after surgery

Charlotte Hornets forward Noah Vonleh underwent successful surgery today to repair a sports hernia suffered in a recent workout. The surgery was …

Tracy McGrady Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation Surrounding NBA Star's Comeback

<b>Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3</b><p>Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report reported on Tracy McGrady's potential comeback:<p><b>Original Text</b><p>Now that he's officially retired from the diamond, Tracy McGrady is apparently headed back to the hardwood.<p>In an email exchange with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, McGrady …

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