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Coveted free agent Aldridge chooses Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge got the answers he needed from the San Antonio Spurs. And the Spurs apparently got the answer they wanted. Ending a frantic few days of courtship — and perhaps cementing the Spurs as the preseason favorites to win yet another NBA title — Aldridge announced Saturday that he ...

Fairness prevails in Hiroshima saga

| Jul 4, 2015

Fairness prevails in Hiroshima saga

by Ed Odeven

It’s no surprise that the Hiroshima Lightning have endured a soap opera-like saga before even playing their first bj-league game. In fact, it’s quite predictable. Leadership woes and institutional ineptitude have plagued Japan basketball for many decades, and a fundamental lack of understanding about ...

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

Jul 3, 2015

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 ...

Japan hoop adviser Dunn says Carmelo 'misunderstood'

Jul 2, 2015

Japan hoop adviser Dunn says Carmelo 'misunderstood'

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Former New York Knicks assistant coach Jerry Dunn says that the team’s star forward, Carmelo Anthony, is “very misunderstood” by the public. Currently in Tokyo as a special adviser during the Japan women’s national team’s ongoing training camp, Dunn insisted that Anthony, one of ...

Love decides to stay put with Cavs

Jul 2, 2015

Love decides to stay put with Cavs

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix. The first full day of NBA free agency featured skyrocketing salaries and a flurry of moves, though no decision yet from LaMarcus Aldridge. Players and teams agreed to ...

Pelicans' Davis agrees to stay put

Jul 1, 2015

Pelicans' Davis agrees to stay put

NBA free agency opened with Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard agreeing to contract extensions to stay where they are, and the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks among the teams looking for a dominant inside force of their own. All-Stars LaMarcus Aldridge of ...

Rookie Tokashiki coming on strong for Storm

Jun 30, 2015

Rookie Tokashiki coming on strong for Storm

by Ed Odeven

Despite her team’s poor start, Seattle Storm forward Ramu Tokashiki has been a bright spot for the WNBA club in the early going this season. The 191-cm forward, who signed with the Storm in April, had consecutive season-high scoring performances over the weekend. On ...

Jun 30, 2015

Wisconsin basketball coach Ryan set to retire

Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights. After 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in last year’s national championship game, the ...

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 ...

Jun 29, 2015

Big Bulls name Katsuhisa new head coach

by Ed Odeven

Geoffrey Katsuhisa is the Iwate Big Bulls’ new head coach, the bj-league squad announced on Monday. Katsuhisa steps into the spotlight following Dai Oketani’s departure after three stellar seasons and three playoff appearances at the helm, and the Big Bulls are coming off their ...

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 ...