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3hSteve Ilardi and Jeremias Engelmann

Why the NBA's summer spending spree erupted

3hSteve Ilardi and Jeremias Engelmann

Why the NBA's summer spending spree erupted

With the salary cap set to skyrocket over the next three years, most teams embraced a new mantra: Any contract that looks pricey in today's dollars will probably seem like a bargain fairly soon.

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Hawks' rookie money from half court

Second-round pick Marcus Eriksson faces an uphill battle to make the Atlanta roster, but if the Hawks need someone to make a last-second half-court shot, they might want to keep him around.

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Gilbert Arenas: LeBron not No. 1 option

The former NBA player said on Instagram: "he lacks #selfishness so he will always need a go to guy like [Dwyane] wade was or kyrie [Irving].. he lacks what [Michael] jordan and kobe [Bryant] were..great 1 on 1 players... he needs a pure scorer beside him."

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Paul Pierce fails with first pitch

The Dodgers weren't able to trade for David Price, but maybe Paul Pierce can help shore up their rotation. Then again, maybe not.

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Paul Coro @paulcoro

The Suns hired former 11-year Sixers director of player personnel Courtney Witte as director of scouting and Antonio Williams as a scout.

Flip Saunders on 'crazy' CBA

The Wolves president and coach spent seven years working in the CBA and told Zach Lowe it was something like the Wild West: "Let me tell you, if you get a coach after six beers at 4 a.m. in Cedar Rapids, they will trade you something for nothing. The two times I won championships, I traded for big-time scorers at 3 a.m. and gave up nothing." Full Q&A

Will LeBron James play in Rio Olympics?

There's a spot for him if he wants it. Said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo: "I think LeBron wants to be part of it." James has played in the last two Olympics, as well as the 2006 FIBA World Cup. (via Sirius XM NBA Radio)

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Oladipo dunks on SportsNation host

Magic guard Victor Oladipo added another poster victim, throwing down a windmill dunk over Marcellus Wiley.

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Shaq, Pippen need to squash the beef

Shaquille O'Neal has won the war of words with Scottie Pippen, says Michael Rapaport. It's time to end the social media feud.

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NBA looks for bigger impact in Africa

League commissioner Adam Silver said to "stay tuned" for an eventual regular-season game in Africa. The NBA will play an exhibition game in the country on Saturday as its on a "fast track" to build its brand there.

Who will rise and fall in 2015-16?

Following a summer of deals, the Thunder and Heat were tabbed by our experts as the teams to make the biggest jump next season. After losing out on DeAndre Jordan, the Mavericks weren't so lucky. 5-on-5: Dallas faces decline

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Mark Cuban: Dirk enough for top 3 in East

The Mavs owner believes the NBA's conference discrepancy is strong, saying on Grantland's Lowe Post podcast: "If we were in the East, we'd be a perennial top 3 team. We wouldn't have to do much, just add pieces around Dirk (Nowitzki)."

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Vin Baker working at Starbucks

The former Bucks and Sonics All-Star big man, who fought alcoholism and lost nearly $100 million, is bouncing back, and wants people to learn from his journey. Baker's biggest rebound

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Clippers' first All-Star passes away

Bob Kauffman, an All-Star when the franchise was still the Buffalo Braves, passed away peacefully Saturday at age 69, according to the Buffalo News. Embraced by Buffalo

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Wolves add Andre Miller

The Professor's NBA tenure isn't over yet. Miller, a 16-year veteran, has agreed to a deal with the Timberwolves, his agent told the Associated Press.

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