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  • The 10-man rotation, starring LeBron James remembering everything, for better and for worse (Ball Don't Lie)
    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 : ESPN.com . A fantastic read from Brian Windhorst on LeBron James' remarkable memory — the one that Shane Battier once called "quasi-photographic" and referred to as "a little like 'A Beautiful Mind'" — and the good things and bad things it can do to him over the course of a game, a series and a season. PF :...

  • Free-agent roundup: Lakers bring back Henry, Johnson and Kelly; Seraphin returns to Wiz; and more (Ball Don't Lie)
    The list of available players in the free agent class of 2014 continues to dwindle down, with teams tending toward focusing on the ends of their benches while aiming to maintain future flexibility and set their sights on the future ... in part, perhaps, because they'd rather not think too hard about the present. With that in mind, let's run through some recent smaller deals agreed upon by players and teams, starting out in Los Angeles. *** • The Los Angeles Lakers continued rounding out their roster by bringing back three members of last year's dismal 27-55 squad...

  • Pacers aquire Stuckey, rue loss of Stephenson (Reuters)
    (Reuters) - Three days after losing one of the National Basketball Association's best young players on the free agent market, the Indiana Pacers gained a welcome boost by signing seven-year league veteran Rodney Stuckey on Monday. Though Stuckey lacks the all-round talent of fellow shooting guard Lance Stephenson, who opted to leave the Pacers for more money with the Charlotte Hornets, he will certainly give Indiana plenty of athleticism and vigor. "Rodney is a very talented player who can create and score in a variety of ways," Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statament.

  • National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
    (The Sports Xchange) - The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract this week, according to ESPN.com. The delay in signing the rookie shooting guard is reportedly not related to speculation that the team may trade him to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star power forward Kevin Love. Instead, the Cavaliers have been looking for ways to use their remaining $1.4 million in salary cap space before signing Wiggins to a contract that will pay him about $5.5 million this season. The Cavaliers and Timberwolves have been in talks about...

  • NBA roundup: Cavs plan to sign Wiggins this week (The SportsXchange)
    The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract this week, according to ESPN.com.

  • Pacers face uphill battle after signing Stuckey (The Associated Press)
    Last week, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson. On Monday, they replaced one of the NBA's best young players with shooting guard Rodney Stuckey. It's a swap that will make it a challenge for Indiana to win a third straight title in a division that might be the toughest in basketball. ''We just have to come out and play hard and play with each other,'' Stuckey said of the vastly improved Central Division.

  • Pacers sign G Stuckey (The SportsXchange)
    The Indiana Pacers announced Monday that they signed free agent guard Rodney Stuckey. Last season, Stuckey averaged 13.9 points and 2.1 assists in 73 games with the Detroit Pistons. "Rodney is a very talented player who can create and score in a variety of ways," team president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statement. Stuckey spent the first seven years of his NBA career with the Pistons, averaging 13.4 points and 3.9 assists per game.

  • NBA roundup: Lakers make claim for Boozer (The SportsXchange)
    Carlos Boozer is trading places with Pau Gasol. The Chicago Bulls used the amnesty clause with the power forward earlier this week after they signed former Los Angeles Lakers 7-footer Gasol, leaving Boozer available to the highest bidder. The Los Angeles Lakers swooped in and claimed him Thursday, according to multiple reports. The amount of the Lakers' bid was not known.

  • Free-agent roundup: Pacers start life without Lance, Warriors bring back Rush, Lakers steal Davis (Ball Don't Lie)
    You are, by now, familiar with what we're doing here . Let's continue. *** • Less than 24 hours after losing starting shooting guard Lance Stephenson, the Indiana Pacers took a strong first step in the process of replacing him, agreeing to a one-year deal with former Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, as first reported by Sam Amick of USA TODAY . The 28-year-old Stuckey will make only the veteran's minimum, according to Candace D. Buckner of the Indianapolis Star ; for a seven-year vet like Stuckey, that pays $1,227,985 . In terms of pure bang-for-your-buck, Stuckey...

  • In an autobiography update, Phil Jackson talks up flirtations with Seattle, and recruiting Dwight Howard (Ball Don't Lie)
    Between his final game coaching the Los Angeles Lakers in May 2011 and his official hiring as president of the New York Knicks in March , Phil Jackson worked through quite the tumultuous 34-month stretch. He became engaged , he watched his family grow, he underwent a series of significant surgeries, he nearly became coach of the Lakers for a third time, he flirted with front office gigs, he discovered that he was great at Twitter , and he wrote a book . During that stretch, the mutual interest between Jackson and potential NBA owner Chris Hansen was an...

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