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  1. Matt Barnes kind of hates the Clippers

    Dec 23, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Barnes_Matt

    From ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin: Barnes said the Clippers should be feeling some positive vibes after adding Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler and re-signing DeAndre Jordan this month, but thinks they may have gone overboard in showing that enthusiasm. “They definitely have a much improved team here and are looking to make a push towards the playoffs,” Barnes said…

  2. NBA Season Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    2010-11 record: 55-27 Head Coach: Scott Brooks, who his players really like. Significant Departures: Robert Vaden? Significant Additions: Reggie Jackson, a personal sleeper favorite in the draft at PBT. Best-Case Scenario: The slimmed-down Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka are one of the best defensive frontcourts in the league.  Russell Westbrook continues to be one of…

  3. NBA Season Preview: Denver Nuggets

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Boston Celtics

    2010-11 record: 50-32 Head Coach: George Karl Key Departures: Raymond Felton, Gary Forbes, and the three guys on an extended Chinese vacation — J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler, Kenyon Martin Key Additions: Rudy Fernandez, Andre Miller, Kenneth Faried. They also kept Nene, which seemed unlikely at points but makes this team much, much better. Best-Case Scenario:…

  4. NBA Season Preview: Utah Jazz

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    2010-11 record: 39-43 Head Coach: Jerry Sloan… no, wait, Tyrone Corbin Key Departures: Ronnie Price Key Additions: Enes Kanter, Alec Burks Best-Case Scenario: Enes Kanter and Al Jefferson combine like Voltron to be one of the best offensive frontcourts in the league. Devin Harris reminds everybody why they thought the Jason Kidd trade was so…

  5. NBA Season Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    2010-11 record: 35-47, just missing the playoffs but not in a position to get a great draft pick Head Coach: Scott Skiles Key Departures: Corey Maggette, John Salmons Key Additions: Stephen Jackson, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Beno Udrih Best-Case Scenario: The Bucks continue to play suffocating defense while finding some semblance of an offensive identity. The…

  6. NBA Season Preview: Chicago Bulls

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    2010-11 Record: 62-20 (best in the NBA, thanks to relentless effort on defense every night) Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau (you can thank him for the defense) Key Departures: Rasual Butler, Kurt Thomas Key Additions: Richard Hamilton — a big upgrade at the two. Best case scenario (that does not involve a highly unlikely Dwight Howard…

  7. NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    2010-11 record: 37-45 Head Coach: Frank Vogel Key Departures: Josh McRoberts, T.J. Ford, Mike Dunleavy Jr. Key Additions: David West, George Hill Best case scenario: The Pacers build on their spirited 1st round performance against the Bulls, seamlessly integrate David West and George Hill into their frontcourt and backcourt, they run a lot of pick-and-pop…

  8. 2011-12 Season Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Spanish basketball player Ricky Rubio wa

    2010-11 record: 17-65 Head Coach: Rick Adelman, his first year on the job in Minny. Key Departures: Sebastian Telfair, Lazar Hayward Key Additions: Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams, J.J. Barea, Brad Miller (who is out injured to start the season) Best-Case Scenario: Adelman, Rubio and Williams turn the Timberwolves into a run-and-gun force made of tweeners,…

  9. NBA Season Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Gerald Wallace, Wesley Matthews

    2010-11 record: 48-34 Head Coach: Nate McMillan Key Departures: Brandon Roy, Greg Oden (out for season), Rudy Fernandez, Andre Miller Key Additions: Nolan Smith, Raymond Felton Best-Case Scenario: The Blazers somehow find a way to once again overcome a slew of injuries and use their depth to be a mid-level playoff team in the Western…

  10. NBA Season Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:00 AM EDT

    Newly hired Detroit Pistons head coach Frank speaks with media as Pistons President Dumars listens during news conference in Auburn Hills, Michigan

    2010-11 record: 30-52 Head Coach: Lawrence Frank (in his first year, replacing the disaster that was John Kuester). Key Departures: Richard Hamilton, Tracy McGrady Key Additions: Damien Wilkins, Kareem Rush Best-Case Scenario: Lawrence Frank injects a sense of purpose into the Pistons. Rodney Stuckey re-finds his game. Ben Gordon becomes one of the league’s deadliest…

  11. NBA Season Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:00 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Last Season: 19-63 Head Coach: Byron Scott Key Additions: Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Omri Casspi Key Departures: Baron Davis, J.J. Hickson Best case scenario: A spirited campaign for a near-.500 record and a slim chance at grabbing the 8th playoff spot in the East. For that to happen: Kyrie Irving comes on strong, the team’s…

  12. Cavaliers use amnesty clause on Baron Davis

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially announced that they have used their team’s “amnesty clause” on Baron Davis, and waived the 32-year old guard from their roster. Davis’ current contract will pay him 13.95 million dollars this season, and Davis has a player option for 14.85 million next season. Davis will still make that money, but…

  13. Chris Paul traded from New Orleans Hornets to Los Angeles Clippers

    Dec 14, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Chris-Paul-lakers-trade-killed

    The NBA has approved the trade sending All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers. The trade, first reported by ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, brings guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice to New Orleans.  Here’s what ESPN.com’s Marc Stein first reported on the trade:…

  14. Bobcats sign Reggie Williams to 2-year, $5 million deal.

    Dec 14, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    WILLIAMS_REGGIE

    According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Charlotte Bobcats have signed former Golden State Warriors swingman Reggie Williams to a 2-year deal worth 5 million dollars. The 25-year old former D-league player averaged 9.2 points on 46.9% shooting from the field and 42.3% shooting from deep last season, and averaged 15.2 points on 49.5% shooting…

  15. There is new Greg Oden news, which means there is new horrible news

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    From the Oregonian’s Jason Quick: Breaking: Blazers determine center Greg Oden has suffered setback, and restructure his one-year deal for a lesser amount… …But the Blazers, who didn’t comment Thursday after his appointment, determined that he is less likely to return to the court this season. Ugh. Looks like another year lost for the former…

  16. Warriors apparently ready to offer DeAndre Jordan around $10 million

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    From the Contra Costa Times’ Marcus Thompson: The Warriors are preparing an offer sheet for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to a team source. The Warriors must have the space under the cap to cover the first year of the deal in order to make the offer. Don’t yet know how much the…

  17. Daequan Cook re-signs with Thunder for 2 years, $7.5 million

    Dec 9, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    COOK_DAEQUAN

    According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder have signed 24-year old 3-point specialist Daequan Cook to a 2 year, $7.5 million extension. Cook, who was unceremoniously thrusted upon Oklahoma City to create cap space for the Heat in a 2010 draft-day trade, played in 43 games for the Thunder last season,…

  18. 76ers sign Thaddeus Young to 5-year, $42 million contract

    Dec 9, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

    Thaddeus young

    From the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Kate Fagan: Here’s final details on @yungsmoove21‘s deal to return to #Sixers: contract is for $43 million over 5 years. Or just about $8.3 million per. According to Fagan, Young will have a player option for the 5th year of his deal. The 23-year old Young, who was a lottery pick in 2007,…

  19. Pistons have nothing to do with Chris Paul trade, but do re-sign Prince and Jerebko

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:04 AM EDT

    Tayshuan Prince, Gerald Wallace

    From the AP: DETROIT – The Detroit Pistons are attempting to rebuild by keeping at least a couple key players. Tayshaun Prince and Jonas Jerebko will re-sign with the Pistons, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deals have not been announced. Prince, an…

  20. Quote of the day: Phil Jackson pretty much predicted the CP3 situation a year ago

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Via a Kevin Ding article from December 29th, 2010, here’s Phil Jackson on the troubles the league-owned Hornets might run into: The [Hornets] were recently bought by the NBA, which prompted Jackson to say: “Not happy about that.” Jackson put forth a scenario where Hornets star Chris Paul might revive his demand for a trade,…

  21. Arron Affalo is another player that good teams really want

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    From ESPN.com’s Marc Stein: It’s been a familiar refrain from a handful of front-office types during the first few days of the NBA’s gradual return to offseason normalcy: Denver’s Arron Afflalo is a popular choice when you ask execs to pinpoint the most attractive free agent outside of the big men… …Sources told ESPN.com that…

  22. Pretty much everyone wants Jamal Crawford

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    crawford_jamal

    From Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld: On Wednesday, NBA teams were allowed to contact agents for the first time since June 30, the day before the lockout commenced. Executives were given the opportunity to work the phones and express interest in upcoming free agents ten days before those players can start signing with teams. One player…

  23. Tyson Chandler expects to join new team

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Tyson Chandler was the anchor of the Mavericks championship defense. In an era with no hands allowed on the perimeter, you can’t win without a big who can protect the rim. He was a key change that took them from contender to pretender. In a surprise development on the first day that NBA teams and…

  24. Bucher: Monta Ellis-Rudy Gay trade possible

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis tree tattoo

    From ESPN.com’s Ric Bucher: Mentioned on SC a Monta Ellis + asset for Rudy Gay deal. Came from GS side. If Mem considered – big if – it would be for financial reasons. Ellis is owed $11 million a year through the 2013/14 season, while Gay’s contract size will increase until he is owed $19…

  25. Will the new CBA give David Stern less power to punish players?

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott suspects that it might: David Stern has more than a little power, which is especially clear when players really break the rules. After the unrestrained brawl known as “the Auburn Hills incident,” for example, the fortunes of the Pacers and Pistons franchises and several players hung in the balance. Were there hearings…

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