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  1. Pistons plan to take a look at Kyle Singler this summer

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:04 PM EST

    Kyle Singler Duke

    Popular Duke player Kyle Singler — well, at least with Duke fans, Duke players are never popular elsewhere — is going to get his chance to impress Joe Dumars and the Pistons this summer through workouts and Summer League, the team announced. The Pistons drafted the 6’8” swingman in the second round of the 2011…

  2. NBA, union reach deal on Bird rights that is win for Knicks

    Jun 29, 2012, 8:09 PM EST

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    This gets complex but here is the bottom line for Knicks fans — you can re-sign Jeremy Lin now and still have your mid-level exception to chase free agents such Steve Nash or Ray Allen this summer. Remember last week that an arbitrator ruled in favor of the union — who filed on behalf of Lin,…

  3. Mo Williams makes it official: He’s headed to Utah, Odom to Clippers

    Jun 29, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

    Lamar Odom Clippers

    We told you last night just as the draft was ramping up this is how it would go down — Dallas was trading Lamar Odom to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Clippers were sending Mo Williams to Utah, and Dallas was saving a lot of cash. The catch was Williams had to pick up his…

  4. Where were all the draft day trades? Wait until free agency.

    Jun 29, 2012, 6:02 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Well, that was quieter than we expected. After all the buzz about seemingly every pick from No. 2 down to 60 being in play, there were only a handful of small trades on draft night. No Cleveland Cavaliers moving up the boards. No Josh Smith or Rudy Gay getting moved. Pau Gasol is still a…

  5. Report: Heat don’t plan to amnesty Mike Miller, anyone else

    Jun 29, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Miami has some looming tax issues. Next year they have nearly $80 million on the books, and that’s without going after Ray Allen or any other free agent with their taxpayer’s mid-level exception ($3 million). Or rounding out the roster. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh alone will account for about $52 million in…

  6. Cleveland is very comfortable with Dion Waiters at No. 4

    Jun 29, 2012, 4:32 PM EST

    2012 NBA Draft

    No team has taken as much public heat after the draft as Cleveland — most people considered it a reach to take Dion Waiters, the Syracuse sixth man, at No. 4. The reviews have been mixed. Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated graded Cleveland’s draft an “A” saying they picked Waiters but a lot of teams…

  7. Who is going to be the No. 1 pick in 2013 NBA Draft?

    Jun 29, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

    VCU v Wichita St.

    Well, now that we got that draft behind us, time to think about next year… Okay, maybe we shouldn’t skip ahead that fast. We’ve got Summer League to watch guys grow, a free agent season coming that will be a roller coaster, then a regular season and playoffs before we get back to this spot.…

  8. Royce White’s fear of flying shouldn’t ground NBA career

    Jun 29, 2012, 2:19 PM EST

    Timberwolves White Basketball

    It was a steal of a pick by the Houston Rockets — Royce White played point forward in college and excelled at it, leading Iowa State in points, rebounds, assists and virtually every other category you can think of. Yet he slid down to 16 in the draft, possibly in part do to a generalized…

  9. O.J. Mayo unrestricted free agent, Boston Celtics interested

    Jun 29, 2012, 1:55 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    O.J. Mayo is on the open market. Memphis made qualifying offers to Marreese Speights and Darrell Arthur — they can now match any offers other teams make to those two — but chose not to make a similar offer to Mayo, tweets the Commercial Appeal. That makes the four-year veteran an unrestricted free agent. Any…

  10. Video: David Stern is amused by being booed at NBA Draft

    Jun 29, 2012, 1:12 PM EST

    2012 NBA Draft

    It is an annual tradition, like overpriced water at the Coachella music festival. Fans at the NBA Draft boo NBA Commissioner David Stern with gusto. Stern seems amused by it and starts trolling the crowd, really dragging out the “champion Miami Heat” line and at one point putting up his hand to his ear like…

  11. Chris Bosh pulls name from Olympic consideration

    Jun 29, 2012, 12:58 PM EST

    Chris Bosh USA

    Team USA takes another blow to its front line. Chris Bosh played through an injury to beat Boston and win an NBA championship, but he never fully recovered from his abdominal strain that had him out for nine games of the playoffs. To recover from that, he has pulled his name from consideration for the…

  12. Report: Bulls, Thibodeau nowhere near contract extension

    Jun 29, 2012, 12:34 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    This is not about next season. This is not Scott Brooks part two. But it is about the long term in Chicago. And it is about leverage in negotiations. And because the Bulls are not “the Bulls” without Tom Thibodeau and his defense and intensity, he has leverage in contract talks. The Bulls picked up…

  13. Cavaliers draft Bernard James, “ U-S-A” chant breaks out

    Jun 29, 2012, 11:39 AM EST

    Bernard James

    Bernard James is a guy you can root for. A guy I am rooting for. And him going up to the stage may have been the best moment of the 2012 NBA Draft. The “U-S-A” chant gives me chills. He got drafted into the NBA at age 27 by the Cavaliers (who traded him to…

  14. NBA Draft Grades: Yes, New Orleans gets an A+

    Jun 29, 2012, 11:08 AM EST

    2012 NBA Draft

    Yes, this is very premature. I know that, you know that. But neither of us like to wait. So here are my draft grades from 2012. We can look back on this together in three years and have a good laugh. Atlanta Hawks: B They got the best pure shooter in the draft in John…

  15. Hawks not planning to trade Josh Smith… not yet, anyway

    Jun 29, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    Josh Smith was a name you kept hearing pop up in trade rumors running up to the draft. Which made sense. New general manager Danny Ferry has orders to shake things up, to make changes, and moving Smith could bring you back something of value — a lot of picks, maybe a good player and…

  16. Video: John Wall on Beal, “We got exactly who we wanted.”

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:58 AM EST

    2012 NBA Draft

    The Washington Wizards got their man. After their trade last week to bring in Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor, four-fifths of the Wizards starting lineup was set. They needed a two guard. Thursday night they drafted the best two guard on the board in Bradley Beal out of Florida. Draft picks are always a risk,…

  17. Report: Timberwolves went hard after Pau Gasol, but Derrick Williams isn’t enough

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:49 AM EST

    Pau Gasol, Shane Battier, Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh

    The Minnesota Timberwolves tried to make a bold move Thursday night during the NBA Draft — they tried to move Derrick Williams to Charlotte for the No. 2 pick overall, which Minny was going to swing over to the Los Angeles Lakers to help them land Pau Gasol. That’s what the Associated Press is reporting.…

  18. Report: Thunder, coach Scott Brooks nowhere near deal

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:05 AM EST

    Scott Brooks

    How much is Scott Brooks worth as a coach? Remember his contract is set to expire on July 1. He guided the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA finals with a young core. While you can question his basketball Xs and Os — and there are plenty of basketball people who do — this team…

  19. NBA Draft recap: Three winners. Three losers.

    Jun 29, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    NBA prospect Davis from the University of Kentucky tries on his cap after being selected by the Hornets as the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft in Newark

    Let’s be honest — we don’t know who the winners and losers from this draft are. We will not know for a three to five years. We should be rating the 2009 NBA Draft now (Clippers and Thunder are your winners, the Grizzlies and Hasheem Thabeet are your losers) not the one that happened last…

  20. Three guys who didn’t get drafted but should have been

    Jun 29, 2012, 3:07 AM EST

    Iona v Brigham Young

    When you get to the end of the second round of the NBA Draft, you see a lot of “stash” picks — teams take players from Europe they think could develop but aren’t ready to come over to the United States. They stash them in Europe for a couple years. There were some of those…

  21. Video: Anthony Davis becomes No. 1 pick, Hornets’ future

    Jun 29, 2012, 2:13 AM EST

    2012 NBA Draft

    Some day we may look back on this moment like we look back on when Tim Duncan, KG, Wade and other NBA franchise players were drafted — Anthony Davis is potentially that good. What would make me really happy as a Hornets fan is that this is a humble, hard-working young man. The guy with…

  22. NBA Draft: PBT’s pick-by-pick Draft tracker

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:11 PM EST

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Locate the refresh button on your browser now, because this is where you are going to want to be for the entire 2012 NBA Draft. Every pick will be discussed here, from Anthony Davis at No. 1 to the next Isaiah Thomas at No. 60 (last year’s final pick who turned out to end the…

  23. Draft trade: Tyler Zeller traded to Cavaliers for three picks

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:35 PM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Kansas v North Carolina

    The first trade of the draft moves a reliable big man to Cleveland, where he ideally can provide some balance to what the Cavs hope is a dynamic back court. Dallas, they get a few more picks. The first trade of a quiet NBA Draft night (relative to what was expected) has Dallas selecting then…

  24. Report: Lamar Odom to Clippers deal finalized; Mo Williams will pick up option, head to Utah

    Jun 28, 2012, 8:01 PM EST

    Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival  Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    The deal we reported to you earlier — Lamar Odom to the Clippers, Mo Williams to Utah and a lot of cash savings to Dallas — will go forward, reports the Associated Press. Earlier in the day it was the Dallas Morning News that broke the news the deal was in place. But it was…

  25. Reports: Cavaliers may trade up to No. 2, down to No. 7, or anywhere

    Jun 28, 2012, 6:40 PM EST

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    As tends to happen in the hours before the draft, all kinds of trade buzz is out there… but this time there seems some real fire behind the smoke. We likely will see some trades in the top 5 of the draft. Specifically if the Cavaliers have anything to say about it. The Bobcats have…

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