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  1. Nets looking at short term, not building a solid foundation

    Mar 16, 2012, 7:28 PM EST

    Billy King

    The Nets are moving to Brooklyn next season — they wanted to enter the nation’s largest market with a splash. They made a bold trade a year ago to get Deron Williams — giving up a lot of good prospects like Derrick Favors — in hopes they could use him and the looming bright lights…

  2. Clippers hold hour-long, closed-door meeting after ugly loss

    Mar 16, 2012, 6:35 PM EST

    Vinny Del Negro, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    The Clippers blew a 12-point fourth quarter lead at home to a Phoenix Suns team playing without Steve Nash or Grant Hill. That is pretty much the textbook definition of an ugly loss. The Clippers have had a number of losses lately, most accompanied by some poor end-of-game execution. Take the ball out Chris Paul’s…

  3. John Wall has “Calipari won’t leave Kentucky” line down

    Mar 16, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

    John+Calipari+John+Wall+Drexel+v+Kentucky+umo9l0Q82zBl

    Between now and June — or whenever the Knicks and Wizards get around to hiring their coaches for next season — we are going to get a lot of “John Calipari is leaving Kentucky” stories. He’s already spent considerable time before the first round of the NCAA Tournament trying to distance himself from the Knicks…

  4. Yankees legend Reggie Jackson talks clutch play, LeBron

    Mar 16, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    Yankee Reggie Jackson

    In some sense, the debate about clutch play in basketball’s statistical community — who is good in the clutch, how you define clutch, if clutch play really even exists — is a moot point. Players and coaches believe it exists, therefore it does. You can argue that it doesn’t but there is at the very…

  5. Rockets to buy out contract of Derek Fisher

    Mar 16, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

    fisher-kaman-flagrant-2

    The Lakers needed to move Derek Fisher for political reasons in the locker room — can you have a guy the Lakers fans love and the team signed because Kobe Bryant wanted him to sitting at the end of the bench? Almost never in the game? His play warrants him sitting, but fans won’t see…

  6. Video: Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields explain their handshake

    Mar 16, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Mike Woodson might be trying to kill off “Linsanity” but we’re not done with it yet… well, actually, we kind of are with the hype. Truth be told. We’re just not sure the coming Baron Davis era is really a great improvement. What we are still down with is the Jeremy Lin/Landry Fields pregame handshake.…

  7. Grizzlies get Zach Randolph back Friday night

    Mar 16, 2012, 1:51 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Watch out — the Memphis Grizzlies are back. The Grizzlies that knocked off the Spurs in the playoffs and put a scare in the Thunder are back. Why? Because Friday night Zach Randolph is back in the lineup. He will play against the Raptors on Friday, something expected after a reportedly good practice Thursday with…

  8. Don’t expect the Hornets to buy out Chris Kaman

    Mar 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    The usual pattern goes like this: Team tries hard to trade overpriced veteran player, then if they find no takes they buy him out after the trade deadline. Then he signs elsewhere for the minimum (or fades into the sunset) That’s not going to be the pattern with Chris Kaman of the Hornets. New Orleans…

  9. Louisiana to announce new lease deal with Hornets

    Mar 16, 2012, 12:44 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    David Stern says there are buyers lined up to take the Hornets off the league’s hands and start running them like a real franchise. But there was a pesky issue in the way — the league wanted a new, more favorable lease on the New Orleans Arena. Which is owned by the state. That lease…

  10. Deron Williams makes it clear he will become free agent

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:43 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Ultimately, Dwight Howard wanted to stay in Orlando and — after a couple days of ridiculous flip-flopping — he decided to “opt in.” (Technically he waived his right to opt-out of his contract, but we’ll go with opt-in.) Dwight Howard has a loyalty to Orlando that overcame everything else. Deron Williams has no such loyalty…

  11. Friday And-1 links: Did Wade mock Dwight Howard’s loyalty?

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:06 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Was Dwyane Wade mocking Dwight Howard’s loyalty to the Magic? Kind of looks that way to me. Rudy Gay has cleared the league concussion protocols…

  12. “Linsanity” is dead. Welcome to Woodson’s Knicks.

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin, Mike Woodson

    When Mike Woodson was the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, his offense was nicknamed “iso Joe” for all the times Joe Johnson was given the ball in isolation. Josh Smith got to shoot a lot of jumpers that way, too. That is music to Carmelo Anthony’s ears. Mike Woodson knows what side his bread…

  13. Nuggets reportedly close to deal with Wilson Chandler

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:54 AM EST

    Wilson+Chandler+Atlanta+Hawks+v+Denver+Nuggets+Ym_wkv-B6Cgl

    The end to one of the unusual courtship dances in a while could be coming to an end. Wilson Chandler was a restricted free agent upon return from his lockout-inspired trip to play in China. He wanted either a long-term deal or a very short one that put him in the free agent market this…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Clippers collapse leads to a lot of talk

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:04 AM EST

    Caron Butler

    What you missed while watching your NCAA bracket go up in flames…. Suns 91, Clippers 87: Phoenix was on the second night of a back-to-back-to-back so coach Alvin Gentry decided to rest Grant Hill and Steve Nash — and the Suns still rallied from 12 back in the fourth quarter to win. The Suns have…

  15. Video: Kenyon Martin still has some hops left

    Mar 16, 2012, 8:26 AM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    There was a time when Kenyon Martin was one of the more feared dunkers in the league. Enjoy the video above as we travel back to that time… wait, what? This was Thursday night? But he’s 34 now? apparently watching Blake Griffin has rekindled a little of Martin’s ferociousness around the rim.  It’s fun to…

  16. Surveying trade deadline landscape: League’s second tier got better

    Mar 16, 2012, 12:56 AM EST

    Nick Young

    As you survey the NBA landscape in the aftermath of the storm that is always the NBA trade deadline, and a couple things leap out: First, the title contenders did not change — and they all stood pat. In the East, the path to the finals goes through Miami and Chicago and nobody really moved…

  17. PBT Extra: Talking Dwight Howard, trade deadline thoughts

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:48 PM EST

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    Today on PBT Extra we talk about the NBA trade deadline and what this meant to the Magic and Dwight Howard, what they were doing in Portland on Thursday to rework the team, and we talk what the moves at the deadline will mean come the playoffs.

  18. Video: Wojnarowski, Mannix talk Clippers/Nuggets/Warriors trade

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:45 PM EST

    Nene nuggets

    It was a trade nobody expected and dropped on everyone right before the trade deadline — the Wizards got Nene, the Clippers got Nick Young and the Nuggets got JaVale McGee (and there were other parts). Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated joined my man Russ Thaler on NBC’s SportsTalk to…

  19. NBA trade deadline report cards: Portland gets an “A”

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:04 PM EST

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton

    Dwight Howard didn’t get traded and neither did any of Boston’s big three. But there were plenty of moves at the deadline. Here are our grades for each team. Atlanta Hawks: They wanted to move one player to get themselves under the luxury tax line (they are $440,000 over it). They couldn’t do it. So…

  20. Portland released Greg Oden. End of long and winding road.

    Mar 15, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    In it’s trade deadline moves Thursday, Portland took on a number of players (with expiring contracts, to free up cap space to rebuild on the fly) but in doing so at the end of the day they had 17 guys on the 15-man roster. Cuts had to be made. One of those is Greg Oden.…

  21. Moves we didn’t expect: Derek Fisher traded by Lakers

    Mar 15, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    The Lakers had been looking to bring in a quality point guard at the trade deadline (and they did in a deal for Ramon Sessions). But nobody expected them to ship out Derek Fisher. But that’s what they did just before the trade deadline, shipping Fisher along with a first-round pick to Houston for reserve…

  22. Denver trades Nene to Wizards in three-team deal with Clippers

    Mar 15, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Antawn Jamison, Nene

    When the lockout ended, Nene was maybe the most coveted free agent out there — a true big man who is a borderline All-Star theoretically entering his prime. Denver was able to keep him with a five-year, $67 million contract. However, he has spent a chunk of this season injured and not putting up his…

  23. Trail Blazers fire coach Nate McMillan

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    No team has looked worse in the last two weeks — including a 42-point loss to the Knicks on national television Wednesday — and fallen apart more from the start of the season than the Portland Trail Blazers. Thursday afternoon coach Nate McMillan paid the price — Portland has fired McMillan according to multiple media…

  24. PBT’s constantly updated trade deadline tracker

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    Here it is — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. With our thoughts on everything. This post will be constantly updated throughout the day as the newest information becomes available. Just hit refresh and you will know the latest. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Eastern (all…

  25. Lakers get point guard, trade for Cavaliers’ Ramon Sessions

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:55 PM EST

    Jonny Flynn, Luis Scola, Ramon Sessions

    The Lakers — desperate for a point guard — have traded their first round pick this season to get Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Multiple sources now confirm this trade, although Brian Windhorst of ESPN was the first. The full deal is Sessions and Christian Eyenga to the Lakers, for Luke Walton and the…

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