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07/08/2010 - 7:39am
Mannix on D&C: Heat not a lock for LeBron

Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and expressed caution about reports of LeBron James deciding to sign with the Heat.

 

"I can't define somebody as being in the driver's seat because it's just too close," Mannix said, noting that there has been a "campaign of misinformation" coming out of the LeBron camp in an effort to build up the hype leading to Thursday night's ESPN special, something Mannix termed a "self-indulgent, ridiculous announcement."

 

Mannix said he thinks the Knicks and Nets are out of the running, but the Cavaliers and Bulls still have a shot. "Right now, momentum is building for a short-term deal in Cleveland," he said.

 

Mannix also said that even if James does join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, the Heat aren't necessarily the favorite to win a title. "Even if those...

07/08/2010 - 7:12am
Mashup: LeBron takes hit for ego

LeBron James might be comfortable putting himself front and center Thursday night on ESPN as he announces his free agent decision in a prime-time special, but there is a growing contingent that is turning on him for the display of arrogance. Check out Thursday's Morning Mashup for a roundup of stories criticizing King James, along with videos, trivia and more.


07/08/2010 - 6:15am
Report: Jermaine O'Neal leaning toward C's

According to Yahoo! Sports, center Jermaine O'Neal is poised to accept a two-year offer to join the Celtics. The 6-foot-11 O'Neal is believed to have been offered the $5.8 million mid-level exception.

 

A 13-year veteran, the 31-year-old O'Neal played the last two years in Miami. He averaged 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 70 games last season after three injury-plagued seasons prior. He also reportedly has been considering offers from the Nuggets and Mavericks.

 

For more, visit the Green Street blog.


07/08/2010 - 5:22am
Reports: LeBron chooses Miami

According to reports from Newsday and ESPN, LeBron James has decided to sign with the Miami Heat, joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a new powerhouse there. James will announce his decision Thursday night at 9 p.m. in an ESPN special.

 

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that James' representatives have called other free agents to gauge their interest in joining the new "Big Three" in Miami.

 

The ESPN report notes that James' friend Chris Paul has urged the superstar to stay in Cleveland and play for new coach Byron Scott, who previously coached Paul in New Orleans, and that James could reconsider his choice.

 

For more details, visit the Green Street blog.


07/07/2010 - 9:41pm
Allen: 'There's no other place I wanted to be'

Ray Allen reached a two-year agreement with the Celtics on Wednesday, and said he is looking forward to continuing his career in Boston. "I'm happy to be returning as a Celtic," he told WEEI.com via text message. "There's no other place I wanted to be." According to a source familiar with the negotiations, WEEI.com confirmed the deal worth $10 million annually. The second year is a player option. For more on this story, check out Green Street.


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