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Dwyane Wade Was Asked Why He Flops By a Kid at His Basketball Camp [Video]

Dwyane Wade & Brandon Marshall Sports Academy & Cheerleading Skills Camp is taking place this week. The two sports stars gave a sort of press conference at their sports academy and Wade took the opportunity to tell a story about a kid at one of his basketball camps. Apparently, in front of a large group of campers, the child asked Wade why he flops. Wade laughed as he told the story.

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Bye Bye Pacers: Lance Stephenson’s Reportedly Signs a Three-Year, $27M Deal with the Charlotte Hornets

The heart and soul of the Pacers, Lance Stephenson, has agreed to a deal with the Charlotte Hornets, after spending the last 4 seasons in Indiana.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer first reported the news:

Chris Broussard provided additional details of Stephenson’s move:

A second-round pick out of Cincinnati in 2010, Stephenson averaged 9.6 and 10.5 minutes per game in his first two seasons, respectively. As a starter in 2012-13, though, he blossomed as a do-it-all shooting guard.

Like many teams, the Hornets, while fans of Stephenson’s play, had concerns about his antics and attitude. But sources say those concerns were alleviated in Tuesday’s face-to-face meeting.

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Carmelo Anthony to Re-Sign With New York Knicks According to Reports

Carmelo Anthony’s free-agent flirtation with the rest of the league turned out to be just that.

Although several teams predictably went hard after the seven-time NBA All-Star with their best pitches and recruitments, he opted to stay home and will sign a five-year deal with the New York Knicks worth $120 million, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

Carmelo Anthony will sign a five-year, $120 million-plus contract to return to the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

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Anthony might still take less than the maximum $129 million the Knicks can give him, a source said.

Anthony is expected to publicly announce his return on Sunday.

Although Anthony didn’t officially become a free agent until July 1, teams had been prepping for his potential availability for a long time. And when he opted out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks on June 23, things quickly picked up.

“Carmelo loves being a Knick, he loves the city, and he loves the fans,” agent Leon Rose said at the time, via ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley. “At this stage of his career, he just wants to explore his options.”

It’s fine if Carmelo wants New York and the big bucks. The money’s guaranteed; championships aren’t.

The one who loses privileges is Carmelo. He can’t claim championships as his top priority and can’t lament missing out if he never gets one. He had his chance to do something about it, and he passed.

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NBA Gambling Odds: Cavs Now Title Favorites With Lebron Signing, Heat Drop to 50-1

If you didn’t get your money in on the Cavs when they were 60-1, its to late now as Bovada has already updated its NBA championship odds to reflect LeBron’s announcement, and the Cavaliers are the favorites next season at 4-1:

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As for Miami, they dropped to 50-1, and share the same odds as the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans.

As of now, Cleveland should be considered the overwhelming favorite in the East. The Bulls are apparently still in the Melo sweepstakes, but I personally don’t think that would tip them over the Cavs. The Spurs have to advance through a minefield in the Western Conference, but I’d imagine they’d be favored in a head-to-head series versus Cleveland as their rosters are presently assembled.

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Jeremy Lin Traded to Lakers as Rockets Clear Room For Chris Bosh

Jeremy Lin is headed to the Lakers in a trade that will help Houston land Chris Bosh, as the dismantling of the Miami Heat continues.

Lin is going to LA along with a 1st round pick in 2015 and a second round pick in the future. In return, Houston gets cash and the rights to an overseas player, according to Yahoo.

Pushed into a sixth-man role with Patrick Beverley taking over starting point guard duties thanks to his defense, Lin continued to develop as an offensive threat.

While his assists (5.2 per 36 minutes) took a noticeable drop, he became more efficient scoring the ball, averaging 15.6 points per 36 minutes to go with career highs in true-shooting percentage (57.2) and effective field-goal percentage (50.8). Moreover, the Rockets outscored opponents by 5.1 points per 100 possessions while he was on the floor, per NBA.com

This move is crucial for the Rockets because it does two things: 1) Allows Houston to offer Chris Bosh a max contract and 2) Allows Houston to match the offer sheet that the Mavericks gave to him last week.

It’s safe to assume that the Rockets are serious contenders in the West, especially with a lineup that may look like this:

PG – Patrick Beverley/Isaiah Canaan/Nick Johnson
SG – James Harden/Troy Daniels/Francisco Garcia
SF – Chandler Parsons
PF – Chris Bosh/Terrence Jones
C – Dwight Howard/Donatas Montiejunas

As for the Lakers? They’ll sell a lot of tickets because people may want to see Jeremy Lin and Kobe Bryant, but beyond that … doesn’t look like a playoff team.

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