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Kurt Helin

  1. Don’t bet on Raptors moving Calderon, at least until summer

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:17 PM EST

    Jose Calderon

    There are a few teams out there who could really use an elite point guard. Yes Lakers, we’re looking right at you, but there are many others. Which is why the Toronto Raptors will get some inquiries about Jose Calderon, who is the best point guard readily available in a trade right now (we’re Steve…

  2. Kobe symptom free from concussion, may play Wednesday

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:01 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    Kobe Bryant did not take part in the Lakers shootaround on Wednesday before facing the Timberwolves on Wednesday night because he is still going through the steps to be cleared to play in that game. Steps he is close to clearing — the team says he has been symptom free since Tuesday afternoon and he…

  3. Other teams covet Nicolas Batum but Blazers unlikely to trade

    Feb 29, 2012, 2:15 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum defends against Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton in Portland

    Is there a team that couldn’t use an elite wing defender who is giving a team 13.9 points per game, is shooting 42 percent from three, works well off the ball and is willing to come off the bench. There’s a reason that the Portland Trail Blazers are going to get a lot of calls…

  4. You can have Jordan’s Chicago home for a cool $29 million

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:45 PM EST

    Jordan house

    I was just thinking my family needed another bedroom, or 12. And three climate-cooled garages. And a three-bedroom guest house that is bigger than the house we actually live in now. Plus how cool would it be to live in Michael Jordan’s Chicago home, which is now for sale. But I’m not sure I can…

  5. Stoudemire promises to return to old self, Knicks to contend

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:21 PM EST

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Amare Stoudemire has struggled this season. He has not been nearly as explosive going to the rim, his midrange shot has fallen off (he shot 44 percent from 16 feet out to the arc last year, 36 percent this year) and he finds himself having to play off the ball now rather than being the…

  6. Report: Howard won’t sign extension with Lakers, but they are not out of it

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:41 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    It’s all about the money. And it’s not necessarily as big a deal as Lakers fans think. But it might give the Lakers front office pause. Lakers radio play-by-play man (and long-time Los Angeles sports personality) John Ireland reported on Tuesday that Dwight Howard’s agent Donald Fegan told the Lakers his client will not sign…

  7. Explaining the NBA’s new concussion policy (why Kobe likely sits)

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:26 PM EST

    kobe-bryant-all-star

    Concussions are not as prevalent in the NBA as they are in the NFL and NHL, but traumatic brain injuries have become the talk of the sports medical community in recent years (not just what happens to a pro athlete but in high school and college). In response to that, the NBA put in a…

  8. Wednesday And-1 links: Some rumors, Shaq, flu game talk

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:37 AM EST

    Monta Ellis

    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). Those rumors of a Monta Ellis to the Nets for Brook Lopez trade? Not much to them. Milwaukee will apparently listen to trade offers for…

  9. Video: Landry Fields can sing (and Shumpert raps, too)

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    The Knicks conducted a “night with the season ticket holders” events Tuesday, getting the fans pumped for the second half of the NBA season. Because expectations were not already sky high for these rejuvenated Knicks. Out of it comes this video — Landry Fields can sing. Iman Shumpert does a nice job with the rap,…

  10. Jason Kidd with the Nets again? He wouldn’t rule it out.

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:45 AM EST

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd was the heart of the best teams the Nets have ever had, a team that went to back-to-back NBA finals. Back then, talk of what next year will become real in the form of the Barclay Center in Brooklyn was just an on again, off again rumor that could never really gain traction.…

  11. Could Dallas get Deron Williams and Dwight Howard? Yes, but…

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

    Deron Williams, Dwight Howard

    So here is the scenario you will see laid out here and other places over the next couple weeks heading into the trade deadline: The Dallas Mavericks find a trade partner to take on Shawn Marion’s $8 million contract for next season (without sending any money back), then they amnesty Brandon Haywood, make a couple…

  12. One guy likely to still be traded: Chris Kaman

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:08 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Chicago Bulls

    Remember a few weeks back, the New Orleans Hornets took Chris Kaman off the floor so he wouldn’t get injured as they tried to trade him? Then, after a few days they abandoned that plan as the offers coming in for Kaman did not impress Hornets ownership? Meaning David Stern. We’re not sure what he…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Time to fear Brook Lopez?

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:30 AM EST

    Deshawn Stevenson

    What you missed while you were spilling beer on the German Chancellor…. Nets 93, Mavericks 92: Dallas, you did a terrible job of trying to impress Deron Williams and make him want to join your roster. Starting late in the third quarter the Mavericks went on an 0-13 shooting streak, they didn’t have a field…

  14. Delonte West talks about, denies “that rumor”

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:49 AM EST

    Delonte West, Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger

    At PBT, up to now I’ve avoided doing a post about “that” Delonte West rumor. You know the one. Because I never believed it — no source I trusted ever confirmed it and those closest to the team always said it was not true. Yet it was out there and will not go away —…

  15. Video: Wojnarowski talks Boston, big three trades

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:46 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo was on NBC’s SportsTalk on Tuesday and one of the questions was about the Celtics — would they really break up the “big three” with a trade? Yes. Yes, they would. Interestingly, Woj says that Pierce is the most likely to be moved, but we keep hearing there is interest in…

  16. Kobe’s concussion symptoms linger, may keep him out Wednesday

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:52 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Normally, Kobe Bryant will play through anything — broken finger, torn wrist ligaments, even a broken nose can force him into street clothes. But the league’s new, stricter concussion policy may force him to sit out Wednesday night when the Lakers kick off the second half of the season against Minnesota. Kobe is still feeling…

  17. Report: Warriors still willing to risk trade for Dwight Howard

    Feb 28, 2012, 7:54 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard has set his terms and they have not changed — he is not signing an extension with the Magic right now and he will only sign an extension with the Nets (his preferred destination), Lakers or Mavericks. But Golden State has not given up — and they don’t care about an extension. Here’s…

  18. Paul George calls Dunk Contest “a joke”

    Feb 28, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

     Paul George feels the same way about the dunk contest that you do — it was a joke and the NBA’s biggest stars need to take part. Of course, unlike you, George was part of that “joke” this year. He had some good jumps, going over Roy Hibbert and the glow-in-the-dark dunk (see below). Here…

  19. Celtics finding other teams interested in Ray Allen

    Feb 28, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

    Boston Celtics guard Allen drives to the basket defended by Detroit Pistons guard Gordon in NBA game in Boston

    Welcome to the world of breaking up your team, Celtics fans. Fans are talking about trading Rajon Rondo or Paul Pierce for a big piece that can jump start the rebuilding, but that is not who other teams are calling about, reports the Sporting News. While there has been plenty of focus on Celtics point…

  20. Delonte West was homeless, slept in Mavs locker room at start of season

    Feb 28, 2012, 3:20 PM EST

    Delonte West, Ricky Rubio

    Remember back during the lockout Delonte West took a job at a furniture store, saying he needed the money. He wasn’t kidding. West has made more than $14 million in his career, but during the lockout he sold off his cars, jewelry, and was living in the Mavericks locker room for a while, he told…

  21. Video: Timberwolves players sing ‘N Sync

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio, Wes Johnson

    This is as bad as you imagine. Which is what makes it brilliant. And I love Rubio “I know this song.” And now you’ve met your ‘N Sync song quota for the year. Hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie for finding this.

  22. Report: Celtics, Nets considering trading for Michael Beasley

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:31 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    I’m beginning to think we should use Michael Beasley as the “desperation meter” between now and the trade deadline — whenever a team considers going after Beasley because “they can turn him around” you know they are desperate. Enter the Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets. Following in the footsteps of Lakers rumors, there are…

  23. Say it ain’t so: Brandon Roy reportedly considers comeback

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:04 PM EST

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy is passionate about basketball. His love of the game came through every time you talked to him. He’s very competitive. It’s why he kept racing back from knee injuries to get on the court for the playoffs — he wants to be out there. So I guess this report out of US Basket…

  24. Sixers’ Spencer Hawes out at least two more weeks

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    Spencer Hawes, James Johnson, Amir Johnson

    It’s strange to say this, but the 76ers really need Spencer Hawes back. Philadelphia has lost five straight and not having Hawes is a key reason — he was the guy that swung the ball side-to-side in their offense and made it flow, with him out the ball gets stuck more often and Philly is…

  25. Kevin Garnett called players meeting in Boston before break

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    Kevin Garnett says it’s time for the Celtics to step it up. He’s right — I listed them as the most disappointing team of the first half of the season, because they have the talent to be better than they are by a long shot. To address that, Garnett called a players-only meeting before the…

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