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  1. Oden likely stays with Portland. You expected otherwise?

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    Greg Oden

    There are a few teams out there desperate enough for a big man — we’re looking at you, Miami — that they may take a risk on Greg Oden. But the smart money says Oden was never leaving Portland, and Marc Spears at Yahoo is reporting he is about to take his $8.8 million option…

  2. Monday morning one liners: How CP3, Dwight Howard can team up

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard Chris Paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories that are not other posts here at PBT. What if the Hornets traded Chris Paul to the Magic? That would be interesting. The Nets are going very hard after Nene. New Orleans has made bringing back David West its top priority. The Lakers might consider Delonte West…

  3. Elite prep recruit asks LeBron where he should go to college

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Duke v Ohio State

    Deciding where to go to college is difficult, and you’re smart to ask for advice on the process. It’s not smart to say you’ll go where a basketball star who never went to college tells you. But that’s what Chris Walker has done. Walker is the kind of guy you might hear about on this…

  4. Dwight Howard and his Orlando dilemma

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Everyday until Dwight Howard makes a decision about his future we will hear conflicting reports about whether he wants to stay or go in Orlando. Because Howard himself is conflicted, torn between the only franchise he’s known and what is best for him as a player. The evidence of this conflict comes via this Baynews9.com…

  5. Report: Nets, Warriors Rockets leaders in Tyson Chander sweepstakes

    Dec 4, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    It starts here: Tyson Chandler wants to get paid. A lot. This is likely his last big contract and the man wants his money (reportedly he asked the Mavericks for a $20 million deal and wants max money from others). Dallas has balked at the cost and that is why Chandler has said he expects…

  6. Video: Darren Rovell, David Falk talk labor deal numbers

    Dec 4, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    CNBC’s sports business expert Darren Rovell gives a great synopsis of the NBA’s labor deal and how it effects players and player movement. Then he brings in agent David Falk — and shockingly, agents don’t like this deal. Falk lays out his case for why pretty well, like most agents he wants a more pure…

  7. Billups not happy he could be moved by whims of a superstar. Again.

    Dec 3, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    Chauncey Billups is not chopped liver. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, an NBA Champion and finals MVP. He’s a rock in the locker room, someone highly respected by other players around the league. He’s a damn good point guard. And last year he was moved on the whims of a superstar, yanked out of…

  8. Report: Andrew Bynum “indifferent” to trade rumors

    Dec 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Andrew-Bynum-and-Dwight-Howard-806-306x248

    Andrew Bynum went straight from high school to the circus environment that can be the Los Angeles Lakers. It is in those three rings where he learned how to be a professional. That started with the little things, like eating healthier after practice than McDonalds, and worked its way up to dealing with the media.…

  9. Friday Night Video: John Wall’s summer highlights

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    John Wall, Jeff Teague

    I watched way too much meaningless basketball this summer trying to get a fix. I will be the first to admit that you can’t take much away those games. But one guy jumped out at me — John Wall. I think he’s going to explode this season. He looks healthy (he was slowed by nagging…

  10. Why are we talking trades for Paul, Howard? Money.

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Since about three minutes after David Stern and Billy Hunter sat bleary-eyed in a New York conference room to say they reached a deal, we have been talking trades. Specifically Chris Paul and Dwight Howard trades. The two superstar, franchise cornerstone guys who can opt out as free agents next summer and may push their…

  11. Video: This should get Celtics fans pumped for season

    Dec 2, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    With the end of the lockout, NBA marketing campaigns are picking up. One of the first ones out came from the Celtics, with the simple catchphrase: “I am a Celtic.” The real question is who are the role players who will be able to say “I am a Celtic” and will Rajon Rondo say “I…

  12. Video: Stoudemire teaching Hebrew on Sesame Street

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    If that headline doesn’t get you to click the link, then I don’t know what else to do. Amare Stoudemire actually stopped by Shalom Sesame, the Israeli version of the American classic to teach us about the Hebrew word for “good.” We checked, there is no way in Hebrew to say “good defense Knicks.” So, it’s…

  13. Report: Chris Paul knows he’s not getting traded to Knicks

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Chris Paul may have asked to be traded to the New York Knicks. Or he may not have. But either way he knows he’s not getting there by a trade. That is the spin coming out of the report this week that Paul demanded a trade to play with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire in…

  14. Magic Johnson wants to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    Right now in Los Angeles, saying you are part of a group trying to buy the Dodgers is like saying you’re writing a screenplay. Everyone is doing it. I’d expect the Kardashians to be in a group within the week. And now Magic Johnson is in as well, although he has both the money and…

  15. Rondo wants to be a Celtic, wants clarity from franchise

    Dec 2, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo wants to be a Celtic. And he wants some clarity. That’s what his agent, Bill Duffy, told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Duffy had a conversation with Celtics GM Danny Ainge Friday, and you can bet trade rumors that had Rondo being shopped for Chris Paul — something that is not going to…

  16. Mavericks will not get championship rings on Christmas

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The Christmas present Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd most want they will not get to open. They have to go shopping with Mark Cuban for it first. While the Mavericks championship banner will be raised to the rafters on the NBA’s opening day — while LeBron James and the Heat watch — the players will…

  17. Report: Hornets wouldn’t mind a Paul for Stephen Curry deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    This is a long shot, it’s more about a glimpse into the thinking of the New Orleans Hornets as they do a dance with Chris Paul. If it comes to trading Paul, the Hornets have their eye on Stephen Curry, according to a tweet from Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. Multiple NBA…

  18. Magic vs. Thunder rounds out NBA Christmas Day

    Dec 2, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant dunks

    The real question is will Dwight Howard be in a Magic uniform for the game… But we now know the fifth and final Christmas Day game will be the Orlando Magic at the Oklahoma City Thunder, the league just confirmed it via its official twitter account. Again, this game is the kind of big stars…

  19. Chris Paul denies requesting trade to New York. As he must.

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    This was inevitable and predictable. And it doesn’t change one thing. Chris Paul has officially denied that he has requested a trade to the New York Knicks. Here are the quotes via the Times-Picayune. But two league sources confirmed after the story broke that Paul’s agent, Leon Rose, never made the request to the Hornets.…

  20. Friday morning one liners: Where Afflalo gets some love

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    Our daily list of things you should know about that didn’t fit in our other posts. Who is the most coveted free agent not over 6’11? Arron Afflalo of the Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. He is restricted and Denver will match any reasonable offer. Brandon Rush made some tweets that would have gotten…

  21. Chris Paul could get his max deal in New York… just don’t bet on it

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul wants to go to the Knicks. Chris Paul also would like a massive payday of a bird-rights extension — five years and $100 million. But he can’t get those two things the way Carmelo Anthony did, the new collective bargaining agreement takes that away. The Hornets could (in theory) do a sign-and-trade with…

  22. Bulls, Clippers going hard after wing players Butler, Prince

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    The Chicago Bulls need a wing player to create shots and take some scoring burden off Derrick Rose. The Los Angeles Clippers need a wing player to fill out a roster with Eric Gordon at the guard spot and Blake Griffin in the paint. Both teams have started to reach out to guys like Caron…

  23. NBA to release schedule next Tuesday (Dec. 6)

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The schedule for this season is not up yet on NBA.com. It will not be for a few more days. What is up though are pictures of NBA players and stories about current NBA players — things that were not on the site during the lockout. Images of current players were banned, which gave the…

  24. NBA league offices, union to meet Friday to seal deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    For once, there is no reason to dread the NBA owners and players getting together for a negotiation. Friday in New York the two sides will sit down to hammer out the details remaining on a labor deal that is expected to be finished and presented to both the owners and players for separate votes…

  25. Report: Magic might decide to trade Howard before season

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith said he wants to sit down with Dwight Howard and see where his head is. Prudent move. But what if Howard says his head is wanting out of Orlando? If Howard tells the Magic he is gone, then he might be gone really soon, tweets Marc Stein at ESPN.…

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