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Former NBA All-Star Vin Baker is training to manage a Starbucks (Ball Don't Lie)
28 Jul 2015 at 11:35am
Roy Hibbert asked his agents to find him a coach who played in the NBA (Ball ...
27 Jul 2015 at 6:29pm
Davis endorses Gentry plan for roster stability, new style (The Associated Pr...
27 Jul 2015 at 12:01pm
Anthony Davis sounds rather pleased that the New Orleans Pelicans have done very little tweaking to their roster since their first-round exit from last season's playoffs. It was that promise of roster stability, combined with the introduction of a new, fun-loving coach with an up-tempo scheme, which made him eager to commit long-term to New Orleans. When the new NBA year began July 1 at midnight Eastern time, Davis was already at dinner with Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and new coach Alvin Gentry, and immediately agreed to a five-year extension.
Sources: Cavaliers trade Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller to Trail Blazers (Yahoo...
26 Jul 2015 at 7:11pm
The Cavs acquired a combined $13 million-plus in trade exceptions with the deal, sources told Yahoo Sports.
NBA-National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
23 Jul 2015 at 4:36pm
A day after adding three players to the roster, the Sacramento Kings signed well-traveled forward Caron Butler on Thursday. Butler, 35, has spent 13 seasons in the NBA with Miami, the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington, Dallas, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Detroit. On Wednesday, the Kings signed forwards Quincy Acy and Duje Dukan and guard Seth Curry.
Cavs send Christmas to Pacers for future draft pick (The Associated Press)
23 Jul 2015 at 2:35pm
The Cavaliers have traded second-round pick Rakeem Christmas to the Indiana Pacers for a second-round selection in 2019. The Cavs selected Christmas, who averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebound as a senior at Syracuse, with the No. 36 overall pick last month. Pacers President Larry Bird said the team liked the 6-foot-9 Christmas when he worked out for them before the draft.
Sacramento Kings announce Caron Butler's signing (The Associated Press)
23 Jul 2015 at 2:23pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings have signed veteran forward Caron Butler.
The 10-man rotation, starring optimism about the NBA dealing with new billion...
23 Jul 2015 at 9:52am
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Bleacher Report . Howard Beck brings sunshine through the cloud cover provided last week by the words of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts : "While more money might create more reasons to fight, the opposite could also be true: It might convince everyone not to mess with a good thing. And there are an increasing number of voices on both sides who believe the latter axiom just might win the day." ('s David Aldridge struck an optimistic tone, too, noting that both "sides will likely continue talking in August, in private, and talking is always better than not talking.") PF : Houston Chronicle . Brian Smith talks to former star point guard, addict, coach and recovery guru John Lucas, who has "been contacted" by the Houston Rockets to work with Ty Lawson, whom the Denver Nuggets traded to Houston shortly after being arrested for his second DUI in six months. (That's one element of the outcome that many observers, including's Ken Berger , hoped would result from Lawson's move to Houston.) SF : RealGM . Smart stuff from Jonathan Tjarks on the Rockets' nice problem to have ? a super deep squad chock full of players in their primes ? and how it still could be a problem: "This season, for the first time in the Harden era, everyone on the roster is going to have to sacrifice." SG : The Triangle . Zach Lowe on the Orlando Magic's $64 million bet on Tobias Harris, and the challenge of evaluating "good stats on a bad team" players. PG : PistonPowered . Mike Davidson wonders what exactly it'll take for Reggie Jackson's brand new five-year, $80 million deal with the Detroit Pistons to start looking like the "bargain" that head coach Stan Van Gundy predicts it will wind up being. 6th : Silver Screen and Roll . Drew Garrison goes to the videotape to take a look at what D'Angelo Russell did well and poorly in his Las Vegas Summer League debut for the Los Angeles Lakers. 7th : The New York Times . Michael Powell discusses NBA corporate welfare not from the perspective of the Milwaukee Bucks' ongoing arena deal saga , but rather from the vantage point of the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers. 8th : The Oregonian . Mike Richman reports that despite a drastic offseason overhaul that's been marked by a major increase in youth and athleticism (and a significant decrease in experience), Terry Stotts doesn't plan to alter the way his Portland Trail Blazers approach things on the defensive end. 9th : The Triangle . Jason Concepcion on the different ways in which international front-office executives, scouts and coaches evaluate players during Summer League. 10th : SportsNet and The Toronto Star . Michael Grange and Doug Smith on Anthony Bennett, the much-derided former No. 1 overall draft pick who's yet to live up to his lofty draft position with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, showing out for the Canadian national team at the 2015 Pan-Am Games and finally looking like he's having fun playing basketball again. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
Hibbert, Williams, Bass eager for fresh starts with Lakers (The Associated Pr...
22 Jul 2015 at 6:54pm
Right after Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass received their new gold jerseys Wednesday, they all spoke variations on the same theme. The three veteran NBA players entered the summer looking for a fresh start, and they're all eager to get it with the Los Angeles Lakers. ''I appreciate the Lakers getting me out here, and I'm going to work extremely hard to make sure the Lakers get back to where they should be,'' Hibbert said.
Three new Lakers answer their first Kobe Bryant question with a chorus of sil...
22 Jul 2015 at 1:06pm
The Los Angeles Lakers did not sign any All-Stars this summer, franchise-level types like LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love told the team ?no? before moving onto championship contenders as free agents, but this wasn?t the worst summer! They signed and traded for former All-Stars! There?s nary a Carlos Boozer or Jeremy Lin acquisition to triumph! [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass ? these are all really good players! Surely they?d appease the competitive spirit of one Kobe Bryant, reported to be entering the final year of his NBA career in 2015-16. If the team?s press conference on Wednesday is any indication ? eh, nah: This is not unprecedented . Now, Hibbert has distracted many a Bryant drive in his career, and Lou Williams has no doubt matched wits in a one-on-one crossover-fest with Kobe Bean. Brandon Bass, even, was a former member of the hated Celtics . Still, these are all more than serviceable players. Williams was a Sixth Man of the Year winner. Hibbert was an All-Star in 2012 and 2014 and was thought to be the most important player on a championship contender as recently as 14 months ago. These are good players that won?t be able to lead the team to the playoffs in 2015-16, but they will contribute enough to possibly take the Lakers out of the high lottery and ? oh, yeah, the Lakers would then have to give up their lottery pick to the 76ers. After Kobe?s final season. Perhaps you can kind of understand why Kobe?s a bit cross, and suffering in silence. ( Video via Dave McMenamin .) - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

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