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Kurt Helin

  1. Blazers president talks Roy, Oden, GM… but no real answers

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    greg_oden

    Blazers president Larry Miller took on all questions and talked a lot at a Wednesday press conference. But like a good politican, he didn’t really say much. The Blazers are a team at a crossroads. What are they going to do with Brandon Roy? Greg Oden? When are they going to get a permanent general…

  2. Video: Derrick Williams tells you where he is from

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Arizona v Connecticut

    Under Armour (which seems to be what the president wears when he plays hoop) learned a great lesson from Nike: Tell a good story in your commercials. This is the latest in their “Are You From Here?” ads and it features Minnesota’s Derrick Williams. Who is my early pick for rookie of the year (he…

  3. Thursday morning one liners: NBA rumor mill keeps churning

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Durant football

    LeBron James and Kevin Durant played flag football Wednesday night. The score: Nobody tore an ACL. That’s the only score that matters. If you want to get an early jump on MVP voting (which, admittedly, may be a tad premature what with training camps not even open yet) we’ve got you covered here at NBC.…

  4. Seven teams reach out to Nene’s agent, more to come

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Nene Hilario, Andrew Bynum

    You soon may see a lot of NBA executives walking the streets of Rio de Janeiro (I can imagine fights in NBA office corridors over who gets to go on a trip to Brazil for a couple of days.) The reason is Nene. In a down free agent market the former Nugget center is the…

  5. Hawks’ Josh Smith still on trade block. Any takers?

    Dec 1, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Around the NBA draft last year the Atlanta Hawks shopped forward Josh Smith around. The feeling was mutual, Smith felt it was time for a change of scenery. However, the Hawks didn’t get any offers they liked. Now with the lockout over, Smith is back up on the trading block, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo.…

  6. Report: Kris Humphries to file for annulment “based on fraud”

    Dec 1, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Kardashian Kollection Launch Party

    And now for something completely different. We take a break from the NBA rumor mill to head to the celebrity gossip rumor mill for a second. We promise to return you soon to your regularly scheduled programing. Recent Nets forward and current free agent (in every sense) Kris Humphries is likely to file for annulment…

  7. Report: Lakers will trade Bynum for “right deal” (meaning Howard)

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    Jim Buss has a fondness for Andrew Bynum. Buss is now the guy calling the day-to-day shots for the Lakers but when he was coming up he was one of the champions of the Lakers drafting Bynum. This has made Bynum sort of Buss’ sign that he could do this job while many around the…

  8. Jerry Reinsdorf says the Bulls will pay to win. We’ll see.

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    If you want the model of how to win without spending like Mark Cuban, you look at the Bulls. Even during the Jordan era owner Jerry Reinsdorf was a guy who won as cheaply as he could. He does not like to pay the luxury tax. Right now, the Bulls are doing that again —…

  9. Report: Thunder working to buy out Nate Robinson

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    You can add Nate Robinson to your list of free agents that fans love way more than GMs do. Not officially, yet. Officially and through Dec. 9 Robinson is a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder set to make $4.5 million next season. But the two sides are working on a buyout, tweets J. Michael…

  10. David West drawing interest from Pacers, Warriors, more

    Nov 30, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    David_west

    David West (kind of like Caron Butler) is an interesting free agent case — he’s 31 and coming off major knee surgery. Combined those are a pretty massive red flag. But he has been a good, borderline All-Star (he made it in 2008 and 2009) forward who is one of the best pick-and-pop bigs in…

  11. Just a reminder: Next year the Lakers will be insanely rich

    Nov 30, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    So much of the recent NBA lockout was really about small market owners trying to rein in the spending of big market owners in the name of mythical “competitive balance.” (I would say a lot of that was misplaced anger at bigger markets having better management, but we can debate that another day.) The Lakers and…

  12. Orlando not ready to trade Dwight Howard. Yet.

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    dwight_howard

    Give this to Magic general manager Otis Smith — he was pretty up front. He has about the most difficult job in the NBA right now: Either retool the Magic roster enough that Dwight Howard wants to stay (a job Smith made harder on himself with bad moves last year), or find a way to…

  13. Free agent Caron Butler drawing interest from power teams

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    Caron Butler is 32 years old and coming off knee surgery that forced him to miss the second half of last season and the playoffs for the Dallas Mavericks. Injured and getting old (by NBA standards) is not usually a combo that has teams clamoring for a guy. But in a sign of the market…

  14. Top priority for Chicago Bulls: Ink Rose to new deal

    Nov 30, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Yes, the Bulls need to give some consideration to a two guard (Arron Afflalo is the perfect fit but Denver won’t let him go) and some depth up front. But those are not the biggest priority. Job No. 1 — keep Derrick Rose happy. He is the franchise cornerstone, the MVP, the guy who fills…

  15. Westbrook, Griffin talk dunks, wear suits in GQ

    Nov 30, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Nothing goes together like fashion and dunks. Well… maybe chocolate and peanut butter, but that’s it. Which is why a new photo spread in the pages of GQ goes so well together. NBA players Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Andre Iguodala, JaVale McGee and Shannon Brown talk dunks and get their pictures taken dunking in suits.…

  16. Latest legal hoop jumped through: players settle lawsuit

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    courtroom generic

    There can be no basketball until the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is approved and in place, and there can be no CBA vote until the NBA union is reformed (remember the “disclaimer of interest”), and that can’t happen until the antitrust lawsuits against the league are settled. Well, we’ve got the first domino to fall…

  17. LeBron, Durant flag football game on for Wednesday

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    A couple of the NBA’s biggest stars are not letting the end of the NBA lockout get in the way of some good football. Kevin Durant and LeBron James will face off on the flag football gridiron Wednesday night as planned, reports Iran Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. And you can watch the game for…

  18. Nets GM says he hasn’t talked to Orlando in a year. Riiiight.

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Celtics

    And now comes the denial of the rumors. Which none of us will believe. Nets GM Billy King played dumb denied rumors that he is about to pitch Orlando on a Dwight Howard trade for Brook Lopez and picks, reports Howard Beck of the New York Times in this tweet. Hanging in East Rutherford today,…

  19. Wednesday morning one liners: Portland loves Brandon Roy

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Do not underestimate the love of the Blazers fan base for Brandon Roy, or how that could weight into plans to use the amnesty clause on him. Carlos Boozer thinks the Chicago Bulls can win an NBA title. This year. How desperate are the Knicks for a big man to take a one year deal?…

  20. Reports: Chris Paul won’t sign in Boston; Pacers talk to Celtics

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Chris Paul

    There is a lot of smoke around the Chris Paul to the Celtics rumors, enough to make you think there is some fire. But that is a very, very different thing than saying this trade is going to happen. More likely it is not. Why? For one, take this tweet from Chris Broussard of ESPN.…

  21. Turkish team retires Deron Williams jersey after 15 games

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    It was a unforgettable, magical whirlwind of basketball these past couple months in Istanbul. I guess. Besiktas, the Turkish team that had Deron Williams while lawyers argued BRI on the other side of the globe, decided to send D-Will off with a jersey retirement ceremony, reports Deadspin (and the video is below). D-Will looked pretty…

  22. Report: Nets to make big trade offer for Dwight Howard

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    New Jersey — soon to be Brooklyn — made a big move last year to get its first star in Deron Williams. Now owner Mikhail Prokhorov needs to get a second star and convince them both to stay. How about Dwight Howard? The Nets are going to make a big move to try and get…

  23. Video: Taiwanese animators pretty much nail lockout

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    I know what you said when you woke up this morning: I wish some Taiwanese animators would explain the lockout to me in a minute and a half. Well, here you go. This is a pretty spot on breakdown — small market owners were struggling to make money during the recession and they got everything…

  24. Boston open to Rondo trade, but Chris Paul hard to land

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Chris Paul

    It shocked some Celtics followers and a lot of basketball fans around the globe when it was reported Boston was open to trading Rajon Rondo. However, it didn’t shock those around the team. Boston has been open to the idea of moving Rondo for a couple of years, but only for a perfect deal, reports…

  25. Report: NBA to have five games on Christmas Day

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:49 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    The NBA’s season opener has apparently gotten bigger. What David Stern said would be a triple-header has now grown to be five games, according to the New York Times. The first game will be on TNT, followed by two on ABC and two on ESPN. The league will announce the details of the five-game opening…

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