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  1. Omer Asik trade update: Rockets have offer in place, likely to be a three-team deal

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    The Rockets are determined to trade Omer Asik in the next few days, and the latest update says that the framework of a three-team deal may be already in place. Now that Dec. 15 is upon us, players who signed new contracts last summer are eligible to be dealt, and players traded before Dec. 19…

  2. Nike unveils Christmas Day shoes for LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant

    Dec 15, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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    In what has become a tradition, Nike Basketball will have its top players decked out in special edition colorways of their signature sneakers on Christmas Day. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant will each be rocking shoes specially designed for the holiday, all of which will be available in limited quantities from retailers beginning…

  3. Pacers target Dec. 20 return for Danny Granger

    Dec 15, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Danny Granger

    The Pacers have the best record in the league at 20-3, and they’ve gotten there with two All-Stars in the starting lineup and a much-improved bench unit over the one they had last season. The available talent is about to get even deeper, as Danny Granger is set to return to the team’s lineup by…

  4. Blazers’ Meyers Leonard, Sixers’ Daniel Orton each suspended one game for altercation

    Dec 15, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Daniel Orton, Meyers Leonard

    Portland’s Meyers Leonard and Philadelphia’s Daniel Orton were each suspended one game without pay on Sunday for their roles in the altercation that took place between the two players on Saturday, the league announced. Leonard body-slammed Orton to the floor (that’s the term used in the official release, so it must be true), and then…

  5. Chris Paul puts up historic stat line in win over Wizards

    Dec 15, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul was outplayed by Deron Williams in a blowout loss to the Nets on Thursday, and being one of the game’s more fiery competitors, you knew he wasn’t going to let that happen again when facing John Wall and the Wizards in his team’s very next game. The Clippers jumped on the Wizards early,…

  6. Kobe looks sharp in Lakers win over Bobcats (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Under normal circumstances, getting a win over the Charlotte Bobcats — even on the road, and even on the second night of a back-to-back — is little to get excited about. But for the Lakers, who are without a healthy point guard at the moment and are trying to work Kobe Bryant back into the…

  7. Rajon Rondo cleared for full contact, expected to return for Celtics in January

    Dec 15, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    The Celtics have been exceeding expectations this season under new head coach Brad Stevens, and are currently in line for the four seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture despite the team’s losing record. Things would appear to be only getting better with the addition of All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to the lineup, considering…

  8. Report: Lakers called Knicks to express interest in Iman Shumpert

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    The Lakers have exactly zero healthy point guards on the roster at the moment, and for a team experiencing more than its fair share of injury issues for the second straight season, it makes sense to make cursory calls around the league to see who might be available in trade. Iman Shumpert — not a…

  9. Derrick Rose reportedly worried that Bulls will choose rebuilding over championship contention

    Dec 14, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    Entering this season, the Bulls were mentioned in the same conversation with the Pacers and the defending champion Heat as legitimate title contenders in the East. The season-ending injury to Derrick Rose obviously and immediately changed that perception. Rose wants the team to stay intact with the talent it has in guys like Luol Deng,…

  10. Nets players beat down Pistons mascot (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Pistons mascot Hooper

    It’s unclear exactly what’s happening here, but it appears that the Nets players have a true disdain for Hooper, the mascot of the Detroit Pistons. Brooklyn’s players seemed to jump the mascot before the Nets faced the Pistons on Friday, and pretended to beat him down during pregame warmups. There’s something going on with the…

  11. Report: Heat have interest in Celtics’ Jordan Crawford

    Dec 14, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Jordan Crawford goes up for the jump shot in front of Toronto Raptors John Lucas III in Toronto

    The Heat are doing just fine at 16-6, sitting at second place in the East behind a Pacers team playing as if the playoffs were going on right now. While Indiana is at full strength and crushing the competition to this point in the season — Heat included — Miami is resting Dwyane Wade occasionally…

  12. Report: Cavs have no interest in trading for Omer Asik

    Dec 14, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    The Rockets have made the decision to trade Omer Asik, and will more than likely do so during a five-day window that begins on Sunday. The reason for that specific timeline is due to the fact that players who signed new contracts last summer weren’t eligible to be traded until Dec. 15, and any players…

  13. Eric Bledsoe, Miles Plumlee each with a big rejection on DeMarcus Cousins (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    The Suns registered two highlight-worthy rejections on DeMarcus Cousins during their win over the Kings on Friday. Eric Bledsoe is up first, as he came flying in with the help defense to swat this attempt by Cousins out of bounds. No way Cousins was expecting that kind of help to come from the 6’1″ Bledsoe,…

  14. Report: Pau Gasol’s recent remarks cause Lakers to weigh trade options

    Dec 14, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol is underperforming this year in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, despite getting more opportunities than he did last season with Dwight Howard now playing in Houston. That fact alone isn’t enough for the Lakers to consider trading him; everyone is going through an adjustment this season with all of the new pieces and Kobe Bryant…

  15. Magic’s Nicholson ejected for late cheap shot on Cavs’ Varejao (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Varejao

    Near the very end of the Cavaliers’ win over the Magic on Friday, Orlando’s Andrew Nicholson was called for a flagrant two foul that resulted in an automatic ejection for shoving Anderson Varejao to the floor. Apparently Nicholson didn’t appreciate the fact that Varejao scored the meaningless basket with the Cavs up six and just…

  16. Report: Knicks ownership may reconsider trade for Lowry if team continues to struggle

    Dec 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    The Raptors are rebuilding, and so not surprisingly, just about every player on the roster not tied to the team’s long-term plans is available in trade. Kyle Lowry is a skilled point guard that could help many teams, and with an expiring deal for just $6.1 million, he would come at a palatable price. But…

  17. Kobe gets the assist with a pass off of Serge Ibaka’s backside (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers were predictably shellacked by the Thunder on Friday, thanks both to OKC being one of the league’s five best teams, along with the fact that the Lakers have no point guards on the roster due to injury and are slowly working Kobe Bryant back into the mix. Bryant finished with just four points…

  18. Suns coach Hornacek instructs team in locker room before game vs. Kings (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    The Suns did something pretty great on Friday, providing an all-day multi-media experience that showed hours of behind-the-scenes video of what goes into a game day’s preparation. While plenty of the footage provided would be more than interesting to even the more casual fans, the public access to the way Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek…

  19. Report: Suns looking to trade 2014 draft picks in order to win now

    Dec 13, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Ryan McDonough

    The Suns under new GM Ryan McDonough have been widely praised for setting themselves up for success by attempting to rebuild the franchise in what is conventionally believed around the league to be the right way. That process involves pain at the beginning due to the losing that typically accompanies a roster that’s been intentionally…

  20. Nets notes: Kidd takes some credit, Lopez downplays injury, and Pierce off the bench

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:12 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    NEW YORK – A few leftover items from Thursday night’s big win for the Nets, the team’s third straight. When Jason Kidd parted ways with assistant coach Lawrence Frank a little more than a week ago, it was viewed in one of two ways. Either it was a desperate attempt to shift the blame for…

  21. The Extra Pass: Deron Williams is the difference for Nets; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Dec 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    By Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – It was only a week ago that the Nets were a sinking ship on the verge of capsizing completely, following consecutive losses at home where the team didn’t even seem capable of competing much less staying close enough to win for anywhere near the requisite 48 minutes. Jason Kidd may…

  22. Brook Lopez leaves with ankle injury vs. Clippers (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    NEW YORK – Things were going almost perfectly for the Nets by the time the team suffered its latest injury blow, a sprained ankle to Brook Lopez that prematurely ended his night. Lopez returned to the game briefly after coming out to get the ankle looked at with four minutes or so remaining in the…

  23. Deron Williams with the crossover on Chris Paul to end first half vs. Clippers (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    NEW YORK – Deron Williams began the night by falling to the floor after being victimized by a crossover from Chris Paul. The fact that he stepped on the foot of teammate Brook Lopez was what ultimately caused him to crumble, but Paul’s action at least sent Williams sliding in that direction. In the second…

  24. Carmelo Anthony says players can’t worry about Mike Woodson’s job status

    Dec 12, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks got an important victory on Wednesday over an undermanned Bulls team, because despite the fact that New York blew a 23-point lead before hanging on to win over the final few possessions, it relieved some of the pressure on head coach Mike Woodson. New York has been without key players due to injury…

  25. Michael Jordan’s ‘flu game’ shoes sell for record $104K at auction

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan Scottie Pippen Flu Game

    The shoes worn by Michael Jordan in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals — the legendary “flu game” — have sold for a record price at auction. The red and black Jordan 12s went for an astonishing $104,765, shattering the previous high paid for a pair of game-worn shoes in any sport. ESPN.com has…

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