Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Roundup: Ilyasova, Kirilenko, Thompson staying put

ANDREI KIRILENKO Forward The former member of the

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As the Dwight Howard-to-Brooklyn rumors swirl, the NBA's best available free agents continue to make moves. Of the top 65 available players in Newsday's free agent rankings, only 28 have yet to agree to reported deals. Players can begin officially signing contracts at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Here are the biggest moves of the last 48 hours:

Bucks hold on to Ilyasova

The NBA's...

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Eric Gordon, Goran Dragic and an NBA free agent roundup

New Orleans Hornets' Eric Gordon reacts after making

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Deron Williams will join the Nets in Brooklyn. Steve Nash is headed to Hollywood. What about the rest of this year NBA free agent class? Here's what you missed while celebrating the 4th of July:

Suns open up their checkbooks

Phoenix had the most eventful holiday of teams not named the Lakers or Nets, making power plays at three of the top 30 free agents available this offseason.


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Not-so improved Ryan Anderson named Most Improved Player

Orlando Magic's Ryan Anderson (33) walks on the

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What do identical numbers per 36 minutes, but with a more prominent spot in a team's rotation, get you?

Most Improved Player, of course.

Not to say Ryan Anderson, who was named Most Improved Player today, didn't have a solid season. A year after  serving as a three-point specialist off the bench for the Magic, Anderson was elevated to one of Orlando's featured scorers. He didn't...

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The good, the bad and the ugly: 2012 NBA awards

Miami Heat's LeBron James smiles during the third

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It's been two months since I handed out my midseason awards. There were the good picks -- Tyson Chandler for Defensive Player of the Year, a big second half for the Knicks -- and the not-so good -- Doug Collins as a Coach of the Year candidate, and about that predicted Celtics collapse . . .

The dust has just about settled on the NBA regular season, meaning its time for our second awards show...

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Goran Dragic surges in free agent rankings

Houston Rockets guard Goran Dragic (3), of Slovenia,

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On March 15, Goran Dragic had scored at least 20 points in a game this season three times, had played at least 30 minutes six times, and wasn't even in the top 40 of our free agent rankings.

Fast forward four weeks, and the 6-4 25-year-old is in the top 10.

Dragic has been a force since taking over the starting Rockets point guard job from the injured Kyle Lowry, scoring in double figures...

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Reports: Nets interested in Garnett, Ilyasova, Anderson

Operation Keep Deron Williams is already in full effect for the Nets.

Two weeks ago, Sports Illustated's Chris Mannix tweeted that the Nets were already looking at free agents Ryan Anderson and Kevin Garnett as possible options at power forward. Then last night, Stefan Bondy from the Daily News wrote that the Garnett and Ersan Ilyasova are at the top of the list, while Anderson is also an...

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