Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

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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Report: Goran Dragic likely leaving Houston

Houston Rockets' Goran Dragic (3) drives the ball

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Point guard Goran Dragic, whose free agent stock skyrocketed after a mad dash to the end of the regular season, is unlikely to return the Houston Rockets, according to a report.

ESPN's Marc Stein writes that the Rockets are "pessimistic about their chances of re-signing" Dragic, and the two sides are "far apart in negotiations."

Stein also reports that Dragic is looking...

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Josh Smith looks like a point guard in top 10

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith reacts in the

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There aren't many other 6-9 power forwards in the NBA that can lead a break like Josh Smith did last night.

During the Hawks-Celtics game, Smith took the ball up court, evading a Boston defender with a pretty behind-the-back dribble, before finding point guard Jeff Teague with an even prettier behind-the-back pass, who finished the fastbreak with a layup.

Smith finished with 20 points,...

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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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'I-block-a' rejection highlights top 10

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9), of

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Nicolas Batum made a really nice move in transition to get to the hoop last night. Unfortunately, Serge Ibaka was there waiting.

Batum crossed over Thabo Sefolosha near the three-point line, and looked set to end the break with a dunk. Hustling back, though, was Ibaka, who soared across the paint and rejected the Blazers forward.

The block came in at No. 2 on the NBA's nightly list of...

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