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  1. Report: Lakers will not trade Bynum and Gasol for Howard

    Dec 11, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    The Lakers are starting to play a little hardball in their negotiations. Or at least threatening to. First they pull out of the Chris Paul trade, surprising the Hornets and Rockets, and now this nugget from the well connected Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. I’m told the Lakers will not be trading Bynum…

  2. Boston misses mark, David West to sign with Pacers

    Dec 11, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    David West to the Boston Celtics made some sense — not a perfect fit but the best player on the free agent market the Celtics could seem to get. Rajon Rondo was going to love having one of the best pick-and-pop bigs in the game to work with. Instead, Darren Collison is going to love…

  3. Rockets, Hornets stunned by Lakers dropping out of CP3 race

    Dec 11, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    After weeks of work that had a trade to send Chris Paul to the Lakers — a deal that was consummated once only to have David Stern crush it — the Lakers unexpectedly walked away from the deal Saturday. Why? We’ll take a stab at that in a second. But first, the Lakers move left…

  4. Chris Paul could still land in Los Angeles — with the Clippers

    Dec 11, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

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    So now what for Chris Paul? Small market owners got their wish — David Stern blew up the three-team deal that would have sent Paul to the Lakers and netted the Hornets a nice haul of players, and all the kings’ horses and all the kings’ men could not put the deal together again. The…

  5. Weekend NBA rumors and deals (constantly updated)

    Dec 10, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    Just because you didn’t go to work today — you’re at home trying to hang Christmas lights, like that’s not work — doesn’t mean the wheels of NBA free agency and trades stopped. Not in the least. This post is your one-stop shop for up-to-date, breaking info on what is happening around the league. (If…

  6. Howard tells Orlando Magic to trade him, maybe to Nets

    Dec 10, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    There is no doubt now. Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith confirmed that Dwight Howard told the Magic to trade him, Smith told the Orlando Sentinel. Smith said Howard has made the request twice in separate conversations since Monday. Howard requested that trade be to the Nets, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. That has been…

  7. Nuggets try, but Bucks match offer to keep Mbah a Moute

    Dec 10, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Mbah a Moute

    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is one of those players that the casual fans say “who?” and GMs around the NBA covet. He is one of the elite perimeter defenders in the league and those are hard to come by. Denver tried to steal Mbah a Moute out from under Milwaukee with a four-year, $19…

  8. Chicago Bulls making serious run at Rip Hamilton

    Dec 10, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Rip Hamilton

    This comes as a surprise to just about nobody. But it also seems a good fit. And destined to happen. The Bulls are making a hard charge at Richard Hamilton to become their new two-guard, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. Rip Hamilton was bought out by the Pistons on Friday and is a free agent.…

  9. Video: Suns owner Robert Sarver talks NBA business

    Dec 10, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    Suns Robert Sarver

    Suns owner Robert Sarver went on Darren Rovell’s Sports Biz Game On on CNBC and talked NBA business. He wisely sidestepped the steaming pile of Chris Paul trade fiasco and instead focused on what the shortened schedule (but he didn’t complain too much this time) and revenue sharing will mean for small market owners. Not…

  10. Chris Paul to Lakers deal back from the dead. Maybe. But modified.

    Dec 10, 2011, 1:49 AM EDT

    Chris Paul, Quincy Pondexter

    A little more than 24 hours after the iron fist of David Stern crushed the Chris Paul to the Lakers trade because small market owners complained it was not good for the Hornets, we know four things. 1. Chris Paul is going to be traded. Sooner rather than later. 2. The Lakers’ and Hornets’ three-team deal…

  11. Report: Celtics close to deal with free agent David West

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:36 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    Well, Boston is going with the “penetrating point guard and shooters” theory. Apparently. The Celtics are on the verge of signing free agent David West, tweets David Aldridge of NBA.com. This would be a three-year deal for about $27 million and likely will be a sign-and-trade where Jermaine O’Neal and others will head back to…

  12. Report: Vince Carter headed to Dallas Mavericks

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

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    As expected, early on Friday the Phoenix Suns made it official and bought out Vince Carter’s contract. He was owed $18 million and he’s just not that guy anymore. So they bought him out for $4 million and Carter became a free agent. The only question was where would he land. How about Dallas? That…

  13. Magic have not filed any tampering charges. Yet.

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    The threat may have done the job. The idea of Dwight Howard demanding the Orlando Magic trade him to New Jersey died when the Magic started talking about potential tampering charges on Friday. By the end of the day everyone has denied everything. But the rumors of Howard to the Nets had died out by…

  14. NBA “Deal Day” moves and rumors (constantly updated)

    Dec 9, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Today is going to be the Black Friday Sales of the NBA — there will be deals happening fast here, there and everywhere. Just like at Wal*Mart, you might have GMs pepper spraying others to make sure they get the player they want. It’s going to be hard to keep up with all the information,…

  15. Brandon Roy to announce his retirement

    Dec 9, 2011, 6:01 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    UPDATE 6:01 pm: Over the course of the day multiple reports have confirmed that Brandon Roy has been diagnosed with a degenerative condition in his knee and he has decided to walk away from basketball. The latest confirmation came when media at Blazers training camp spoke to forward Gerald Wallace, who confirmed that coach Nate…

  16. Report: Lakers, Rockets, Hornets talking reworking Chris Paul trade

    Dec 9, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    This could get interesting. And it could provide David Stern a “face saving” way out of his public relations disaster. The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets are talking again about ways to sweeten the three-team trade vetoed by Stern yesterday, tweeted Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (who has been on top of this story from the start).…

  17. Might Chauncey Billups retire? Or end up with the Clippers?

    Dec 9, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    We know one thing about Chauncey Billups next season: He will not be playing for the New York Knicks. He might not be playing anywhere — he is threatening to retire if a team he doesn’t want to play for claims him on waivers. But what if it is an intriguing team, like the Clippers?…

  18. David Stern releases statement on Chris Paul trade veto

    Dec 9, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Here is the official statement from David Stern on his veto of the NBA trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers in a three-team deal. “Since the NBA purchased the New Orleans Hornets, final responsibility for significant management decisions lies with the Commissioner’s Office in consultation with team chairman Jac Sperling. All…

  19. Magic may file tampering charges against Nets for talking to Dwight Howard

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    And you thought the Chris Paul situation was messy…. The Orlando Magic are considering filing tampering charges against two NBA teams for reaching out to Dwight Howard (who is still under contract to Orlando), reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. This report has been confirmed by other sources. Those two teams are the New Jersey Nets…

  20. Grant Hill agrees to one-year deal to stay with Suns

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Not everybody wants to play for the Knicks. Grant Hill has decided to stay with Steve Nash — and the warm winter weather of Phoenix — and has agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal to play for the Suns this season, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. The Suns were long considered the…

  21. Hornets, Lakers, Rockets to appeal Stern’s trade veto

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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    NBA executives around the league are shocked — never before has the league stepped in to block a trade, even ones that appeared painfully lopsided — but they have used that power now. And the teams involved don’t like it. The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets will appeal the cancellation of the three-team trade that would…

  22. Knicks moving forward to get Chandler, amnesty Billups

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks c

    It was the big story yesterday — until Chris Paul was traded then untraded — and it will shake up the Eastern Conference. And it is happening — the New York Knicks will sign Tyson Chandler today tweets Howard Beck at the New York Times. The Knicks will use the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups…

  23. Stern’s trade veto about owners wanting their power back

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Why David Stern pulled the plug Thursday on a reasonable (not ideal, but reasonable) three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers is really simple: The NBA owners want their power over star players back. What LeBron James did scared most owners because he had the power — teams had to come…

  24. NBA labor deal officially approved, camps set to open

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    In all the excitement over Chris Paul going to the Lakers Chris Paul staying with the New Orleans Hornets, one little thing happened on Thursday not many people noticed: The players and owners approved the new NBA labor deal. It is in place and training camps are set to open Friday (even if not everyone…

  25. Chris Paul reportedly considering legal action against league

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:19 AM EDT

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    In the wake of David Stern taking the nearly unprecedented step of calling off a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, Paul met with NBA union chief Billy Hunter to consider legal action, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. It’s unclear what any legal action might entail. But it is possible that…

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