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  1. Kobe’s Christmas game shoe is…. um…. colorful

    Dec 13, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

    kobe-vii-christmas

    You are really going to get to test the color on that new 60-inch plasma screen you are getting for Christmas. What you see to the right (and larger below) are the Christmas version of Kobe Zoom VII from our friends at Nike (via The Basketball Jones). Kobe will be wearing these on opening day/Christmas…

  2. Clippers match Warriors offer for DeAndre Jordan

    Dec 13, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    The Clippers are still looking at major shakeups to their lineup — trying to bring in Chauncey Billups, which could add Eric Bledsoe to a deal to acquire Chris Paul out of New Orleans — but they also want to keep their young front line together. The Clippers matched Golden State’s offer for DeAndre Jordan…

  3. Delonte West inks deal to become Dallas Maverick

    Dec 13, 2011, 2:05 AM EDT

    Delonte West

    Delonte West took some odd jobs this summer for a paycheck. Now he’s back to getting a nice one with… The Dallas Mavericks, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today. The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers were the two teams considered to be chasing West, but Dallas slid in and nabbed him for a…

  4. Marc Gasol reaches deal to stay with Memphis Grizzlies

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antionio Spurs - Game Five

    Marc Gasol broke the news of his own signing Tuesday on twitter. I’m proud to say that we have reached a tentative agreement with my team @memgrizz , can’t wait to get on the court with all my teammates! Okay, he didn’t really break the news. We told you a days ago that the Grizzlies…

  5. Here we go again… Clipper, Hornets re-open Paul trade talks

    Dec 12, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Chris Paul trades are like Freddy Krueger. They. Will. Not. Die. Ever. The Los Angeles Clippers and Hornets have re-opened talks on a Chris Paul trade, reports ESPN (and confirmed by other sources). Really, after killing this deal the league needed to re-engage the Clippers because the rest of the league was done dealing with…

  6. Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers

    Dec 12, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    billups-knicks

    Well, so much for the whole Chris Paul thing. The Clippers put in the high bid among multiple teams to claim Chauncey Billups off waivers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Now the real question — will Billups retire or will he play for the Clippers? Billups has threatened retirement if he didn’t get sent to…

  7. Kupchak says Lakers are “pursuing big deals right now”

    Dec 12, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    Mitch Kupchak is not a self promoter, not a guy who likes to see his name in the papers, not a guy who boasts (except about North Carolina hoops now and again). If he says something, he means it. Just like Jerry West, who he learned under (although West was more talkative than Kupchak). So…

  8. Plenty of teams want in the Chauncey Billups sweepstakes

    Dec 12, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    All the cool kids want Chauncey Billups on their team. Dwight Howard — who has already complained the Magic don’t listen to his player advice — wants him, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN. One of “changes” Dwight Howard wants is signing of Chauncey. If DH12 stays, sources say he’ll urge Billups to spurn Heat and…

  9. Carmelo Anthony injures knee, listed as day-to-day

    Dec 12, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Tommy Hilfiger Womens - Backstage - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    It sounds a lot worse than it apparently is. Carmelo Anthony hyperextended his right knee when he stepped on the foot of rookie Iman Shumpert, according to tweets from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News and Marc Berman of the New York Post. The Knicks say he is day-to-day, which doesn’t sound too…

  10. Baron Davis out with back injury, Cavs consider amnesty

    Dec 12, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    It’s easy to shrug off Baron Davis being injured at the start of camp since he’s not known for showing up to camp in the best shape. But this time it appears to be more serious, after missing the first three days of Cavaliers training camp Davis has left the team to get a second…

  11. Chris Paul to Clippers deal dies, league’s demands too steep

    Dec 12, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    chris-paul-looks-confused

    Chris Paul is not going to Los Angeles. Not to the Lakers because David Stern killed the deal and now not to the Clippers because he and the league drove the asking price too high, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and multiple other reports. And now you have to wonder: Next time a league…

  12. Dwight Howard waffles, says might stay in Orlando if “things change”

    Dec 12, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Dwight Howard can waffle positions like a presidential candidate. Although I think he was just trying to play nice on Magic media day and didn’t realize what he was about to step in. At Orlando media day Howard was talking to the media and of course was asked about leaving the city and his trade…

  13. Knicks really want Jamal Crawford. Don’t bet on it happening.

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    The New York Knicks are working hard to get Jamal Crawford. Andy Miller, Crawford’s agent, is working really hard to get Crawford back to the Knicks. But unless he’s willing to take a big paycut, it’s not going to happen. The Knicks have already offered Crawford their mini mid-level of $2.5 million according to the…

  14. Report: Bobcats will not bid on Chauncey Billups

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Turns out, Michael Jordan is not going to call Chauncey Billups bluff. Billups and his agent have made it very clear that if any teams that he doesn’t want to play for try to snatch him up on the waiver wire he will simply retire. Then there were rumors the Bobcats were going to put…

  15. Grizzlies trade Mayo to Pacers for McRoberts, Rush

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    O. J. Mayo

    UPDATE 12:19 pm: This trade has become official, according to Hoopsworld. O.J.Mayo heads to the Indiana Pacers for Josh McRoberts. Really like this move for the Pacers, who have a nice, well-rounded team right now. Not going to compete with Miami/Chicago, but this is a much better team than people think. On the flip side,…

  16. Raptors being sold to Canadian media companies

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    newinterior_large

    The Toronto Raptors may have made as big a move toward respectability as any team in the league last week… no, not signing Rasual Butler. The Raptors are about to have new owners. Which is a very good thing. The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan owns the majority of the Raptors but they are about to…

  17. Bulls near five-year max extension with Derrick Rose

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    With all due respect to that guy trying to sell you on refinancing your mortgage, this is the biggest no-brainer in the history of mankind. The Chicago Bulls are nearing a max extension with Derrick Rose, reports the Chicago Tribune. General manager Gar Forman said the formality of Rose’s five-year, $94 million extension is being…

  18. Monday morning one liners (filled with rumors, signings)

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    dwight_howard

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. Don’t be shocked if the Chicago Bulls try to get in the Dwight Howard mix, but it is a longshot. If you read on thing today it should be this: Lakers trainer Gary Vitti…

  19. Timberwolves about to sign J.J. Barea to four-year deal

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    J.J. Barea

    J.J. Barea, the undersized point guard who slashed his way through defenses (and angered Andrew Bynum), helping bring a championship to Dallas, is about to sign a four-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dallas offered Barea just a one-year deal (they are trying to preserve cap space for next summer) so he will be jumping…

  20. Report: Chris Paul to Clippers deal submitted to league for approval

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    This is the power of Blake Griffin. Without him, we are not having this discussion. And it’s pretty crazy we are having this discussion anyway. The Los Angeles Clippers are close to landing Chris Paul in a trade, the Los Angeles Times and ESPN report. ESPN reports the deal has been submitted to the league for…

  21. Report: Chris Paul would play for Clippers, but there are hitches

    Dec 11, 2011, 11:52 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is not going to the Lakers, they pulled out of the running for him. He’s not going to get traded to the Knicks, even Paul realizes they don’t have the young assets to make the move (even if some Knicks fans don’t). If he can’t land there, he wouldn’t mind playing along side…

  22. It is now official, Lamar Odom a Maverick

    Dec 11, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    UPDATE 8:25 pm: It is now official, the Lakers have traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for a first round pick (restricted, starting top 20 this year) and a second rounder. Dallas fits him in using the salary exception from the Tyson Chandler trade. The Lakers get their own $8.9 million trade exception to…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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