News from around the league on July 15th.
The Lakers were ready to sign another free agent on Wednesday; Raja Bell and Kobe Bryant were ready to have a meeting on a potential contract. Well, let’s just say Raja didn’t forget his rivalry with Kobe.
The latest on the Lakers.
Raja Bell cancelled his meeting with Kobe, and decided not to sign with the Lakers. [ESPN Los Angeles]
So much for adding another defensive player; Raja Bell has decided to sign with the Jazz, not the Lakers. [LA Times]
The Lakers are close to re-signing Shannon Brown. [Yahoo Sports]
With a “no” from Bell, the Lakers are running to get Brown back. [Dime Mag]
Kobe was not able to persuade Raja Bell to join the Lakers , but at least he won an ESPY. [LA Times]
Steve Blake is a very underrated point guard and will surprise many people next year. He doesn’t look very aggressive but in reality, Blake can really turn a game around. [OC Register]
Derrick Caracter is impressing a lot of people in the Summer League and he can really help the Lakers next season. [Silver Screen and Roll]
Michael Jordan said that Kobe is the best player in the NBA right now. [Pro Basketball Talk]
Here is Steve Blake’s first photo shoot as a Laker. [BasketBlog]
In case you missed it, here is Steve Blake’s press conference. [Lakers.com]
The Mavs are gathering up a group to overtake the Lakers. [Dime Mag]
The latest on the NBA.
The Nets introduce former Laker, Jordan Farmar. [ESPN New York]
Mike Miller officially signs with the Heat. [ESPN.com]
Rajon Rondo, Tyson Chandler and Robin Lopez were added to the USA Basketball team. [ESPN.com]
Richard Jefferson will most likely re-sign with the Spurs. [Pro Basketball Talk]
Ekpe Udoh will miss 6 months with a broken wrist. [Slam Mag]
Paul Pierce is back with the Celtics. [ESPN Boston]
Here are the pics of all the stars that showed up for the ESPYs. [OC Register]
A must see parody of Lebron’s decision. [Dime Mag]
Tracy McGrady will work out with the Clippers. [Slam Mag]
The Suns officially acquire Josh Childress and Hedo Turkoglu. [NBA.com]
Mario Chalmers is out for up to 4 weeks. [Pro Basketball Talk]
The top 30 post-lottery draft picks. [Slam Mag]
The Sixers sign Evan Turner. [NBA.com]
The Golden State Warriors are, sold. [Slam Mag]
Here are the ten best free agents available. [Dime Mag]