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  1. Josh Howard signs on with Utah Jazz

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Utah Jazz have decided to Roll the dice on Josh Howard. Howard has signed with the Jazz for this season (ESPN’s Chris Broussard broke the story). Utah has C.J. Miles at the small forward but a healthy Howard brings a lot more offensive weaponry and points to the picture. Healthy is the question mark…

  2. NBA Season Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Last season: 46-36, good enough for the eighth seed in the West, but then they pulled the shocking upset and beat San Antonio in the first round. They fell to Oklahoma City in a hard-fought second round. It was the kind of playoff run that raises expectations for next season. Head Coach: Lionel Hollins, who…

  3. Blazers to formally amnesty Brandon Roy as he leaves game

    Dec 15, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Brandon Roy is walking away from the game… which makes us sad. But he’s doing it while he can still walk, which is understandable. How Roy’s retirement is formally going down is that the Blazers will amnesty him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. The reason is they need to get his salary of the books…

  4. Jamal Crawford going home, to sign with Portland

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    The Portland Trail Blazers always had an advantage in trying to land Jamal Crawford — and not just LaMarcus Aldridge’s naked and unabashed recruitment of him on twitter. Crawford was born in Seattle and lives in the Pacific Northwest in the offseason. The Blazers were close to home. And he is headed back, according to…

  5. Video: Watch Blake Griffin learn about CP3 trade

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    chris-paul-blake-griffin

    The Clippers were doing a bus tour with fans on Wednesday right as word started to leak out about the Clippers trading for Chris Paul. Watch the reaction of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, who realized they were about to become half of a couple of the best pick-and-roll tandems in the NBA. Elsewhere, off…

  6. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    chris paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. Circle March 22 on your calendar. That is when Chris Paul and he Clippers return to New Orleans to take on the Hornets in his only game there tis year. This could end up…

  7. Clippers future now in hands of one Donald T. Sterling

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

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    Wednesday night the Clippers went from “good young team with potential” to “these guys are close to being contenders.” The Clippers are not title contenders yet. Not until we see them play better and consistent defense. Not until we’re convinced Vinny Del Negro can coach a team to a championship. Not with the stopgap Chauncey…

  8. NBA Season Preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    Last season: 61-21, best record in the Western Conference. But they struggled against big lineups and so drawing Memphis in the first round was trouble. The Spurs were eliminated fast. Head Coach: Gregg Popovich, entering his 16th year at the helm of the Spurs. But he remains as cranky as ever. Key Departures: George Hill,…

  9. Eric Gordon found out he was traded next to bus of Clippers fans

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon, Solomon Jones, Brandon Rush

    Awk-ward. Wednesday night the Clippers had a bus-tour with fans — Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Gordon and other players were riding around Los Angeles. Just as they were milling around afterward, word started to lead out that the Chris Paul to the Clippers trade was a reality. Griffin called out “lob city” and chest…

  10. Chris Paul is a Clipper and the Lakers are pissed off

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    The Los Angeles Lakers lost a battle for a superstar with the Los Angeles Clippers. The last time that happened… come on, that never happened before. But now Chris Paul is a Clipper and the Lakers are pissed off. Not really at the Clippers, who Lakers fans never had a rivalry with — they view…

  11. NBA Season Preview: Dallas Mavericks

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:53 AM EDT

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Last season: 57-25, good enough for the third seed in the West, but then all the pieces clicked at the right time. The Mavericks rode a great post season from Dirk Nowitzki plus key contributions from Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and others — they got a depth of contributions no other team could…

  12. It’s official, Rip Hamilton signs with Chicago Bulls

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:04 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    This is about as surprising as another celebrity death hoax on twitter. Richard Hamilton has signed with the Chicago Bulls, making official what everyone knew was coming from the minute the Pistons announced they were buying out his contract last week. This is a three-year, $15 million deal with Chicago but only the first two years…

  13. Video: One Magic fan’s plea to Dwight (after dental surgery)

    Dec 14, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    You’re a huge Dwight Howard and Orlando Magic fan. You’re delerious after dental surgery to have you wisdom teeth pulled. What do you sound like? Well, like this. Thanks to The Basketball Jones for enriching all our lives with this.

  14. Chris Paul trade talks stalled, Hornets say they are in no rush

    Dec 14, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Taking a page out of the Orlando Magic (and before them Denver Nuggets) playbook, when major talks stall out New Orleans Hornets GM Dell Demps says he is in no rush to make a decision. Chris Paul trade talks between the Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers have stalled out, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com.…

  15. Baron Davis out indefinitely with bulging disk in back

    Dec 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    If Baron Davis is going to do any mentoring of Kyrie Irving, he will be doing it on the sidelines. Davis will not suit up for a while due to a bulging disk in his back, tweets Sam Amico of Fox Sports. For those of you med students out there, it is between L2 and…

  16. Mavs players ask for championship rings even Cuban thinks are too pricy

    Dec 14, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Dallas forward Nowitzki kisses the NBA Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    There is bling. And then there is what Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd think a championship ring should look like. On Christmas day the Dallas Mavericks will raise a championship banner to the rafters — while LeBron James and the Heat look on — but they will not get championship rings. That will come later.…

  17. Rip Hamilton clears waivers, will be Chicago Bull soon

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons  v Toronto Raptors

    Unlike what happened with Chauncey Billups ride to Miami (different situation), nobody has gotten in the way of Richard Hamilton landing with the Chicago Bulls. Hamilton — you know him as Rip — was bought out by the Pistons but has cleared the waiver wire and is now free to sign with the Chicago Bulls,…

  18. Report: Magic end all trade talks for Dwight Howard

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Do not think for a second this is permanent. But when Christmas Day comes comes Dwight Howard will suit up for the Orlando Magic against the Oklahoma city Thunder. The Orlando Magic have cut off all trade talks for Howard, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski. Magic decided to take Dwight Howard off market,…

  19. Rodney Stuckey balking at Pistons’ latest offer

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    What is Rodney Stuckey worth? Stuckey is the point guard of the future in Detroit and wanted to be paid big money. Like $10 million a year. But the Pistons have offered a five-year deal in the $40 million to $45 million range — $8 to $9 million a year. So we are at an…

  20. Lakers’ Derrick Caracter tears meniscus in left knee

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

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    The Lakers are already a little thin along the front line after sending out Lamar Odom — although getting Josh McRoberts was a nice pickup — and this is not going to help matters. Second year player Derrick Caracter has torn the meniscus on his left knee and is set to undergo surgery on Wednesday…

  21. Wednesday morning one liners

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Steve Kerr

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. Steve Kerr absolutely rips Dan Gilbert. And he’s right. Andre Iguodala is impressing at Sixers camp. Shawn Kemp award contestant: DeSagana Diop said that he is 25 lbs overweight. The Lakers and Knicks lead…

  22. NBA League Pass price remains similar despite fewer games

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    It’s all about the money. The lockout was largely about money. Cramming 66 games into a condensed schedule was all about the money (revenue for owners, paychecks for players). Every move the NBA makes is about money. And as another reminder of that — and a big middle finger to hardcore fans — the league…

  23. Report: Portland emerges as third team in Howard to Nets

    Dec 14, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    If a team were going to jump in as the facilitator in a Dwight Howard to the Nets trade, you would bet that team would be from the West. They would have motivation to keep Howard in the Eastern Conference and away from the Lakers (or Mavericks). Enter the Portland Trail Blazers. At least that…

  24. Lamar Odom felt disrespected by Lakers

    Dec 14, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Lamar Odom takes his business personally. NBA players use a variation of the line “this is a business” about the NBA more than they say they “gave 110 percent” or that they “left it all on the floor.” It is as common as NBA groupies around he league. But the Lakers almost trading him to…

  25. Spurs’ Gary Neal out after having appendectomy

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    Gary Neal

    Congratulations to Gary Neal, who came up with maybe the most creative injury of the early season. Well, maybe injury isn’t the right word, but he did need surgery before his appendix burst, so the Spurs guard will miss about the first week of the season or so, according to a tweet from Mike Monroe…

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