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Heat keep Wade for one more season with $20 million deal

After 12 years with the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade needed a reminder of how much the franchise valued him. Once he found out, any chance of him leaving vanished. Wade accepted a $20 million, one-year deal on Thursday to stay with the Heat next season, ending his latest foray into ...

Jun 30, 2015

Heat star Wade becomes free agent

Dwyane Wade will become a free agent Wednesday, and his 12-year stay with the Miami Heat could be ending. The three-time champion and 11-time All-Star announced his decision Monday through a spokesperson. ESPN was first informed of the decision. Wade could have exercised an ...

LeBron opts out of deal to become free agent

Jun 29, 2015

LeBron opts out of deal to become free agent

For the third time in six seasons, LeBron James is an unrestricted free agent. The difference this time is he has no plans to move again. The Cleveland Cavaliers star will not exercise a $21.6 million option on his contract for next season, a ...

Jun 28, 2015

Pierce opts out of contract with Wizards

Paul Pierce is opting out of the final year of his contract with the Wizards and will become a free agent Wednesday. The veteran small forward signed a two-year deal with Washington last summer that included a reported $5.5 million player option for the ...

Timberwolves select Towns with No. 1 pick in NBA Draft

Jun 26, 2015

Timberwolves select Towns with No. 1 pick in NBA Draft

The Minnesota Timberwolves got their man in the middle by selecting Karl-Anthony Towns with the first selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft, while the Los Angeles Lakers got a playmaking partner for Kobe Bryant and New York Knicks fans just got mad — though not ...

Cavs pick up Mozgov's 2016 option

Jun 24, 2015

Cavs pick up Mozgov's 2016 option

The Cavaliers have made their first, and easiest, move of the summer. As expected, the team picked up the $5 million option on center Timofey Mozgov’s contract for next season on Tuesday. There was never a doubt the Cavs would bring back the 216-cm ...

Jun 21, 2015

Potential No. 1 pick Towns works out for Timberwolves

Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns worked out for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, less than a week before the Wolves pick first in the NBA draft. Towns arrived in the Twin Cities on Friday night. He took a tour of the Wolves’ new $25 ...

Oakland fetes champ Warriors

Jun 20, 2015

Oakland fetes champ Warriors

The streets of Oakland were awash in yellow and blue as hundreds of thousands of fans watched and cheered the Golden State Warriors victory parade, which has been 40 years in the making. In a rare moment of glory, Oakland — a city that ...

Warriors make triumphant return to Bay Area

Jun 18, 2015

Warriors make triumphant return to Bay Area

Stephen Curry came off the plane, lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy as he walked down the mobile staircase and let the gold award shine in the California sun. For the first time in 40 years, the NBA champions are back in the Bay Area. ...

Jun 18, 2015

Bulls name Boylen as lead assistant

The Chicago Bulls have hired Jim Boylen as new coach Fred Hoiberg’s top assistant. Boylen has 29 years of coaching experience — 17 in the NBA. He will serve as Chicago’s associate head coach. He spent the past two seasons on Gregg Popovich’s staff ...

Deep, versatile Warriors show how to build champion

Jun 17, 2015

Deep, versatile Warriors show how to build champion

Andre Iguodala was more than just a key player on a team that beat LeBron James and Cleveland. Turns out he used to beat up on Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. “We beat the first unit more times than they beat us, and I ...