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  1. New York teenager arrested, charged with allegedly making online threats to Knicks owner James Dolan

    Feb 23, 2014, 12:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Knicks fans have endured a rough season rooting for their team this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to wish harm on those running the franchise. One teenager in New York allegedly did just that, and now finds himself in trouble with local law enforcement. From CBS New York (via HoopsHype): A Staten Island…

  2. Nene finishes the game-winning dunk to send Wizards past Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Nene

    Nene rarely comes up during conversations regarding the league’s best big men, but there’s a reason he was signed to a contract that still owes him $13 million per year in each of the next two seasons. When healthy (which has admittedly been anything but a consistent occurrence), Nene can hang with the best of…

  3. Quote of the Day: Kevin Garnett profanely clarifies his relationship with Glen Davis

    Feb 22, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Brooklyn Net's NBA player Kevin Garnett listens during a news conference introducing him in Brooklyn

    There are plenty of teams interested in signing Glen Davis for the remainder of the season after he agreed to a buyout of his contract with the Orlando Magic. The Nets and the Clippers are believed to be the front runners, mainly because of the ties Davis has to Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in…

  4. Sixers’ Thaddeus Young admits to feeling left out of the trade deadline action

    Feb 22, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Thaddeus Young

    Since the beginning of the season, it’s been widely known around the league that the Sixers’ veteran trio of Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, and Thaddeus Young were all available in trade as the team began its rebuilding process. Turner was involved in the biggest deal of the day, getting sent to a Pacers team with…

  5. Agent for Nick Young says it’s no certainty his client will decline player option for next season

    Feb 22, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Nick Young signed with the Lakers prior to this season, he almost certainly took a deal below what his maximum value was on the open free agent market. While his shot selection is questionable at times, he’s a capable scorer who has proven to be able to put up numbers consistently, and has averaged…

  6. Carmelo Anthony on whether Knicks should have made a deal at trade deadline: ‘That’s not for me to say’

    Feb 22, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Press Conferences and Media Availability 2014

    Carmelo Anthony did all he could to help his team win on Friday, but as has been the case more often than not this year, his effort simply wasn’t enough. New York dropped a double-overtime game in Orlando that left them four and a half games out of a playoff spot in the East, despite…

  7. No buyout for Jason Terry, but he won’t join Kings this season

    Feb 22, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Brooklyn Net's NBA player Jason Terry smiles as he is introduced to the media during a news conference in Brooklyn

    Jason Terry was traded to the Kings as part of the deadline day deal that also saw the Nets send Reggie Evans to Sacramento in exchange for Marcus Thornton. A veteran like Terry doesn’t exactly fit into the rebuilding Kings’ plans, and his inclusion in the package for Thornton was strictly a salary cap-related issue.…

  8. Knicks to buy out Metta World Peace, who will then become a free agent

    Feb 22, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT

    New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s buyout season in the NBA, and what that largely means is that players who performed well below expectations all season long will now be suddenly coveted by multiple teams due to their minimum contract price. The Knicks are reportedly in talks to cut ties with Metta World Peace, via ESPN New York, either through…

  9. Andre Drummond throws down a monster fast break slam, Coach Sheed celebrates hard on the bench (VIDEO)

    Feb 22, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace was always a fan favorite during his playing days, not only because of the way the talented big man played the game, but mainly because of the unbridled emotion he showed while doing so. Sure, Wallace often led the league in technical fouls, but his passion for the game came through on a…

  10. Mitch Kupchak on prospect of Steve Nash retiring after this season: ‘It’s his decision’

    Feb 22, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

    Steve Nash hasn’t lost the deep competitive fire he feels for the game of basketball, but his body has begun to betray him to the point that the ability to extend his career beyond this season has become a legitimate concern. Nash has said that his recent string of injuries and the constant rehabilitation they…

  11. Deron Williams admits signing Jason Collins would be a ‘media circus’

    Feb 22, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    NBA player Jason Collins marches in the Gay Pride Parade in Boston

    The Nets are reportedly considering signing Jason Collins to a 10-day contract, though they’d like to see how things shake out with Glen Davis first before going down that road. Collins hasn’t played since last season, but made headlines by coming out as gay once his team was eliminated from postseason contention. It was a…

  12. Blazers’ coach Terry Stotts rocks a plaid suit jacket in honor of Jack Ramsay’s birthday

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:12 PM EDT

    jack ramsay

    Jack Ramsay is a legendary basketball coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the franchise’s only championship in the 1977 season. He also turned 89 on Friday, so current Blazers head coach Terry Stotts decided to dress for the occasion. Terry Stotts honoring Jack Ramsay’s 89th birthday. That’s class. pic.twitter.com/1BPDzaCErp — Mike Barrett (@blazermb)…

  13. Grizzlies’ James Johnson passes off the backboard to himself, finishes with a slam (VIDEO)

    Feb 21, 2014, 9:47 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    LeBron James tried one of these in a game I attended earlier this season, but wasn’t able to complete the finish. When he was asked about why he did it, he claimed it was the only play available at the time. Seeing this one from the Grizzlies’ James Johnson, LeBron’s explanation makes more sense. Johnson…

  14. Heat announce LeBron James suffered broken nose, will be a gametime decision Sunday

    Feb 21, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Heat Mavericks

    LeBron James was dominant in leading the Heat to a blowout win over the Thunder on Thursday, but the victory didn’t come without cost. James took a shot to the face from Serge Ibaka on a play late in the game where he ended up dunking the ball anyway, but it bloodied him and he was forced…

  15. Matt Barnes details uncomfortable atmosphere on Clippers plane as takeoff was delayed until trade deadline passed

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    It’s not uncommon for NBA players to find out they’ve been traded under somewhat unusual circumstances; we’ve heard of players waking up from naps to discover they’ve been dealt, or even finding out from a teammate once a flight had landed. But the Clippers created an extremely uncomfortable situation for their players on Thursday that…

  16. O.J. Mayo ties his shoe during live action instead of playing defense (VIDEO)

    Feb 21, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    O.J. Mayo is a talented offensive player, but there’s a reason he’s found himself on a different team in each of the last three seasons. Mayo makes some questionable decisions at times that tend to drive his head coaches mad — like this one in Thursday night’s 11-point home loss to the Nuggets. Some might…

  17. LeBron turns in MVP performance in Heat’s blowout win over Thunder

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:26 PM EDT

    LeBron

    Throughout the first half of this season, Kevin Durant has widely been discussed as the player most deserving of receiving the league’s Most Valuable Player award. While Durant has been largely spectacular, those championing his cause may have neglected to consider one simple fact: LeBron James hasn’t exactly gotten worse, and in fact, may still…

  18. Report: Magic reach buyout agreement with Glen Davis

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Glen Davis #11 of the Orlando Magic reacts to a call in the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    Glen Davis has been up and down for the Magic this season, but has a unique skill set that could benefit a whole host of teams. And Orlando, in the midst of a rebuilding phase has a number of young players they’d like to check out instead of giving the somewhat established Davis those minutes.…

  19. A missed call from Suns’ GM day before the deadline had P.J. Tucker worried he was being traded

    Feb 20, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    The trade deadline is a stressful time not just for front office personnel trusted with making tough decisions that will impact a franchise’s future, but it can be harrowing for many players, as well. P.J. Tucker of the Phoenix Suns was apparently a bit on edge in the days leading up to Thursday’s deadline, but…

  20. Pacers trade Danny Granger to Sixers for Evan Turner

    Feb 20, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT

    Britain NBA Preseason Basketball

    It was a lackluster NBA trade deadline by any reasonable standard, and once 3 p.m. Eastern had come and gone, there was nothing of note that went down that would improve any of the contending teams significantly. It wasn’t until more than 30 minutes after the deadline had passed that we found out about the…

  21. Report: Thunder had interest in trading for Iman Shumpert

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    There was progress made on talks Wednesday between the Knicks and the Clippers that centered around a trade involving Iman Shumpert. It would have been a disaster for the Knicks, who would have received Darren Collison (who isn’t good) and Matt Barnes or Reggie Bullock in exchange for Shumpert and Raymond Felton. Discussions eventually faded,…

  22. Report: Sixers lower asking price for Evan Turner

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:41 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    The Sixers have been willing to trade any of their three core players all season long, but to make a deal for either Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes or Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie has been holding out for a first round pick in return. As the deadline approaches and teams get more desperate, things…

  23. Sixers trade Spencer Hawes to Cavaliers

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

    Spencer Hawes

    The Cavaliers continue their quest to try to recover from a series of unsuccessful moves that were all meant to propel the team into the playoffs this season. Cleveland has acquired Spencer Haws from the Sixers in exchange for two second round draft picks, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. CSNPhilly.com…

  24. Rondo on dealing with trade rumors: ‘I can only control so much’

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

    rondo

    All of the chatter leading up to Thursday’s trade deadline is a blast for fans to take in, but it’s far less enjoyable for the players whose names continually pop up as being part of reported rumors or discussions. Rajon Rondo is an interesting case, because he seems like exactly the type of player a…

  25. Lakers engaged in talks with multiple teams to trade Jordan Hill

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

    jordan hill

    As the Lakers continue to look at ways to shed salary and potentially get under the luxury tax threshold this season, Jordan Hill is a player that many expect to be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline passes. L.A. was in talks with Brooklyn a couple of days ago, mainly because the Nets have a $5.25…

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