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  1. Most top teams paying luxury tax

    Feb 19, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

    Tom Ziller of FanHouse has a breakdown of the 11 teams set to pay the NBA luxury tax this summer. The Lakers, Mavericks, Celtics, and Cavaliers are set to pay the highest penalties. The teams with the four best records in the Western Conference are all set to pay the luxury tax. In the East,…

  2. Ferry says Cavs have wanted Jamison for years

    Feb 19, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    The Cleveland Cavaliers were considered one of the big winners at the trade deadline, getting forward Antawn Jamison for Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ expiring contract and a first-round pick. If Ilgauskas ends up getting bought out and returning to Cleveland, Ferry will have made yet another trade where he secured a major asset without giving up much…

  3. Arenas may not be done with the Wizards

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    During a press conference today, Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld made some statements that suggest Arenas may play for the Wizards after his year-long suspension is over. Grunfeld said that if “[Arenas] wants to play, this is the place he’s going to play,” and that “he’s under contract and he’s going to be with us.” …

  4. Eight teams have room to sign max free agent

    Feb 18, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    Tom Ziller, writing for FanHouse, names the eight teams that will have room to give a free agent max money. Here’s my quick breakdown of the pros and cons of each free-agent destination: New York: The Knicks may have the cap space to sign two major free agents. They also play in the Mecca of…

  5. Bobcats get Theo Ratliff in trade

    Feb 18, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Spurs have traded Theo Ratliff to the Charlotte Bobcats. It is unclear what the Bobcats will be sending to the Spurs in exchange. Ratliff was once one of the league’s most fearsome defenders of the paint, but has slowed down at 36. Ratliff is only averaging 9 minutes a game…

  6. Dominic McGuire becomes trade deadline's Mr. Irrelevant

    Feb 18, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    It wouldn’t be the trade deadline if a player worse than most high-level D-Leaguers didn’t get moved for a second-round pick. According to the Sacramento Bee’s Sam Amick, the Kings have traded a second-round pick and cash for Dominic McGuire. Apparently the Kings enjoy trading things.  McGuire is only 24 years old, but doesn’t seem…

  7. Brewer traded for pick

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Multiple sources are reporting talk that Ronnie Brewer may have been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis radio host Chris Vernon tweeted that he heard the Grizzlies are only giving up a protected pick in the deal.  If the rumors are true, this would be a cost-cutting move for the Jazz, who do not want…

  8. Ford: Heat making a final push for Stoudemire

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:15 PM: Steve Kerr went on NBATV and said that he and Suns management were “relieved” that no deal came together and that the offers to them “just weren’t good enough.” He added that they want to win now but also build for the future at the same time. “We’ve been kinda rebuilding on…

  9. Lewis on Cavs trade: "It doesn't scare me."

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    One benefit of the Cavaliers trading for Antawn Jamison is that it may help them match up better against the Orlando Magic. The Magic were able to eliminate the Cavaliers from the playoffs last year because of the matchup problems they caused, particularly in the frontcourt.  In the off-season, the Cavaliers added Shaquille O’Neal, who…

  10. Al Harrington will remain a Knick

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    At least one Knick will likely be wearing the same uniform after today’s trade deadline. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks will apparently hold onto veteran forward Al Harrington at the deadline. Harrington’s $10 million expiring contract made him a potential chip in trade talks. The Knicks attempted to use Harrington’s contract to…

  11. George Karl diagnosed with throat cancer

    Feb 16, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Ric Bucher is reporting that Denver Nuggets coach George Karl has been diagnosed with a “treatable and curable” form of throat cancer. Karl kept his condition private through All-Star Weekend, but informed his team of his condition on Tuesday. Karl will reportedly go through a six-week program of radiation and chemotherapy. He hopes that…

  12. Gooden likely to receive buyout

    Feb 16, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Drew Gooden was included in the Mavericks/Wizards trade to make the salaries work, but he may not end up playing basketball for Washington. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Gooden will “likely negotiate a buyout” with the Wizards. Wojnarowski reports that the Nuggets, Bucks, and Bobcats are the most likely suitors for Gooden, and that a return…

  13. Simmons on NBA trade value

    Feb 16, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    Well-known ESPN scribe Bill Simmons has come out with one of his most anticipated columns of each year, his ranking of the 40 NBA players with the highest “trade value.”  Simmons puts five players above the rest of the NBA in terms of their overall value: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and…

  14. Cleveland-Jamison talks have "intensified"

    Feb 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Adrian Wojnarowski, the lord of the trade rumor, tweeted that the Cavaliers are stepping up their pursuit of Washington forward Antawn Jamison. The big trade story of the week has been the Cavs’ attempt to acquire Amar’e Stoudemire. With Miami reportedly stepping up their efforts to get Stoudemire and Phoenix unsure of what J.J. Hickson can do…

  15. The NBA's most disappointing players

    Feb 16, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    Zach Lowe of CelticsHub has made an “All-Star Team” of the league’s biggest disappointments at the break. The stars of the team are in the backcourt, with Devin Harris and Vince Carter getting the starting spots at the one and the two. Lowe says the following regarding Carter:  “You know what bugs me about Vince…

  16. Has Rondo's shooting improved?

    Feb 16, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    One of the most unexpected moments of All-Star Weekend came during Saturday’s HORSE contest. Rajon Rondo, a 59% free throw shooter with an infamously iffy jumper, was definitely a surprise choice to compete in a shooting contest. Even more surprising than Rondo’s inclusion was how well he did. Rondo held his own with dead-eye shooter Kevin Durant…

  17. All-Star streams more popular

    Feb 16, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    The Sports Business Journal, via an article by The Baseline’s Eric Freeman, is reporting that the ratings for this season’s All-Star Game fell off from last year. 6.9 million people watched this year’s All-Star Game, down from 7.6 million viewers in 2009. The decrease in viewers may have had something to do with the Vancouver…

  18. Stoudemire would have no issues with coming to Cleveland

    Feb 15, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Earlier in the day, it was reported that Amar’e Stoudemire did not want to come to Cleveland. Since that time, Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski have both refuted that claim on their twitter accounts. Wojnarowski tweeted that Stoudemire is “completely open” to Cleveland, and that he “loves the idea” of playing with LeBron James. Windhorst…

  19. Blazers interested in Marcus Camby?

    Feb 15, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    According to the twitter of trade rumor guru Adrian  Wojnarowski, the Blazers have offered the Clippers a package of Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw for Clippers center Marcus Camby.  All contracts involved would be expiring, although the Clippers could receive some cash considerations in the deal. The Blazers are still trying to get a center who would…

  20. Brandon Bass, giver of shoes

    Feb 15, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

    Brandon Bass has been somewhat of a disappointment in Orlando. In his first year with the team, the 24-year old forward is averaging only 13 minutes per game, and he has easily the worst +/- rating on the Magic. However, he hasn’t let his play have an impact on his sense of humor. Say what…

  21. Ilgauskas named one of the best Cavaliers ever

    Feb 15, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer has made a list of the 40 greatest players in franchise history. LeBron unsurprisingly occupies the #1 spot, followed by Mark Price. What’s interesting is that center Zydrunas Ilgauskas comes in at the #5 spot, between legendary high-flyer Larry Nance and current Cavaliers…

  22. Further thoughts on the Dunk Contest debacle

    Feb 15, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The Baseline’s Eric Freeman has a theory as to shy this year’s dunk contest was so terrible. Instead of placing all the blame for the horrible contest on the dunkers, Freeman is of the belief that uncontested dunks themselves are no longer all that impressive to fans: “Aerial artists have become so talented that what…

  23. West beats East in D-League All-Star Game

    Feb 13, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    The West was victorious over the East in the D-League All-Star Game, winning by a final score of 98-81. Brian Butch was named the game’s MVP, finishing with 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Butch is a 24-year old center currently playing for the Bakersfield Jam. This is Butch’s first year in the D-League,…

  24. LeBron picks Shannon Brown to win

    Feb 13, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    LeBron James, a former teammate of Brown’s and his opponent in the 2003 High School Dunk Contest, thinks Brown will win this year’s contest. Brown is a former first-round draft pick of the Cavaliers. During his stint with the team, he was never able to stay in the rotation consistently, and left the Cavaliers in…

  25. Westbrook to replace Rose in Skills Challenge

    Feb 13, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    The day after his 40-point performance in the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was named a participant in the Skills Challenge.  Westbrook will replace Derrick Rose, who will miss the contest with a bruised right hip. Westbrook is blindingly fast, and could have an excellent shot at winning the competition.  The problem for Westbrook…

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