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‘Melo talks to LeBron, adds situations are different

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Not a lot of people have been in Carmelo Anthony’s shoes — a legitimate NBA superstar pushing his way to a new team at the peak of his career. One guy who did — LeBron James. Anthony told the media Wednesday he and LeBron have spoken recently, but added the situations are very different (via [more]

Dampier visits with Raptors, but no deal worked out

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The Miami Heat said no. The Milwaukee Bucks signed someone else. There has been no deal with the Houston Rockets. Erick Dampier is a man without a team. Which is a little odd — as a minimum-salary backup center he should be a good fit, but teams are not jumping on board. For whatever reason. [more]

Report: Fesenko to re-sign with the Jazz

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It’s a testament to the desperate state of NBA centers that Kyrylo Fesenko is relevant news with training camp starting this weekend in some places, but them’s the breaks. Marc Stein of ESPN reports via Twitter that Fesenko has decided to pass on an offer from the Houston Rockets and accept a one-year, $1 million [more]

Dampier has a decision to make, and he wants it to come with a ring. And money.

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Erick Dampier will be a free agent, so he told the Miami Herald what he is required to say as a free agent — it’s about winning. Where the big, serviceable center and new best free agent on the market lands will be about chasing a ring. So the Wolves are out — they admitted [more]

Bobcats waive Erick Dampier

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The Bobcats have spent the last few days — the last couple months, really — looking for a trade to get some value out of the Erick Dampier contract. The best value apparently was to get the Bobcats under the luxury tax. The Bobcats have waived Dampier. That means his $13 million contract comes off [more]