Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Chris Paul tops Newsday's NBA free agent rankings

CHRIS PAULLos Angeles Clippers, guard19.2 points per game,

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The Nets haven't yet played a game in Brooklyn. Anthony Davis hasn't made his debut. Dwight Howard hasn't fist-bumped Jack Nicholson.

But that didn't stop us from taking a first look at the class of 2013 NBA free agents.

Next year's summer signing period figures to include some of the league's best players, a class so deep that the Bobcats' top scorer from last season is ranked 55th.

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You couldn't care about something less than Kevin Durant and James Harden care about the Dwight Howard trade

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, and James

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James Harden and Kevin Durant aren't losing any sleep, they're not apprehensive about the start of the season, and they're not considering quitting basketball since the Lakers acquired center Dwight Howard.

In fact, they couldn't care less.

The two Thunder stars and recent gold medalists were on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" promoting the Nike+ FuelBand Monday night when the...

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Poll: Which star will be the best fit with his new team?

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum dunks against

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Dwight Howard is heading to the Lakers. And so ends the latest edition of "NBA superstars strong-arm their way out of town."

There's little doubt that Dwight Howard's arrival in Los Angeles will have the greatest impact of any piece of this trade. But which star will be the best fit in his new home?

Will Howard take his game to a new level alongside Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant...

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Kobe to Howard: Welcome to Hollywood

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) shoots

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It's Facebook Official.

Shortly before the four-team blockbuster deal that will send Dwight Howard to Los Angeles was made official on a call with the league office, Kobe Bryant welcomed Howard to the Lakers and wished Andrew Bynum well in a post on his Facebook fan page.

Kobe wrote: Well, it looks like Superman has found a home. I wish nothing but the best for Big Bynum. I hope he follows...

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Lakers acquire Dwight Howard

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UPDATE: The Magic officially announced the trade in a press release.

After months of rumors, reports and demands, Dwight Howard is about to get his wish.

According to several reports, Howard will be dealt from the Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a monster four-team blockbuster deal. Adrian Wojnarowski reports the deal could be official as soon as Friday.

Wojnarowski...

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Report: 13.3% of NBA involved in Dwight Howard trade discussions

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He's back!

Just when you thought our long national Dwightmare was over, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Magic and Lakers have brought in two additional teams to work on the framework of a possible Dwight Howard blockbuster deal.

Wojnarowski, who wrote that no deal is imminent, mentioned a bevy of stars who may wind up switching homes, including Howard (who would...

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Could Andrew Bynum, Dwight Howard swap coasts?

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, right, makes a move

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Could an All-World center be heading from Disney World to Disneyland for the second time in 16 years?

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Magic management is intrigued by Lakers center Andrew Bynum as the potential centerpiece of a deal that would send Dwight Howard to L.A. On the flip side, Jarrod N. Rudolph of RealGM reports that Lakers management is prepared...

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LeBron James the highest-paid player in the league

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James listens to

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Forbes released its list of the highest-paid athletes in the world over the past year, including 13 NBA players in the top 100.

LeBron James led the way among NBAers, coming in fourth on the list. According to Forbes, James earned $53 million last year; $13 million in salary, and $40 million in endorsements.

Among James' endorsement deals, according to Forbes, were Nike, McDonald's,...

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Howard talks about Van Gundy, back injury

Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, left, talks

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TMZ.com caught Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard on his way out of rehab Thursday, and asked him how his back is recovering, what he thought about the firing of Stan Van Gundy, and who he thinks will win the NBA championship

Howard told TMZ that his "back is doing a lot better." He added he's "happy with the progress."

On Van Gundy, Howard reiterated that he didn't...

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LeBron, Dwight named to All-NBA First Team

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat posts

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NBA MVP LeBron James and the man who may have replaced him as the league's most polarizing player, Dwight Howard, were both named to the All-NBA First Team, the league announced today.

Joining James and Howard on the first team were Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.

James averaged 27.1 points, 6.2 assists and 7.9 rebounds en route to his third MVP award. This year also marks...

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