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  1. While team shops him, Dwight Howard tells Magic “take a chance” on me

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:32 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    It’s actions, not words that matter. Dwight Howard told the Magic Wednesday night to take a chance on him again, like they did when he was 18. Trust him. “They took a chance on me at 18,” Howard said (transcribed from the Orlando Sentinel’s postgame video). “And what did I do? I gave them everything…

  2. Celtics’ Chris Wilcox out for season with heart condition

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

    Chris Wilcox, Brandon Bass

    It has been a rough season for the Celtics when it comes to rare heart conditions. Chris Wilcox, the journeyman backup big who has given Boston quality minutes in recent weeks, is out for the season because he will undergo aortic surgery in a couple weeks, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. Wilcox had a…

  3. Derrick Rose out, will not play against Heat due to groin injury

    Mar 14, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose LeBron James

    So much for thinking of this game as an Eastern Conference Finals preview. Chicago’s Derrick Rose will not play against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night due to a strained groin muscle, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game, reports Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com. C.J. Watson is in and will get the start. It’s…

  4. Report: Dwight Howard flip-flops again, will not opt-in with Magic

    Mar 14, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Dwight Howard has handled his exit from Orlando about as poorly as one person can. He has made LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony look smooth. And it will be an exit from Orlando now. You can bet after today the Magic are burning up the phones in an effort to get a deal done before…

  5. Video: Wojnarowski, Mannix discuss ‘Melo, Knicks situation

    Mar 14, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Anthony reacts to the Bulls missing a free throw attempt in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated swung by NBC’s Sports Talk on Wednesday to talk how Mike D’Antoni lost the power struggle and how Carmelo Anthony won in New York. Now ‘Melo gets a coach who ran an offense in Atlanta known as “iso Joe” for all the times Joe Johnson…

  6. Lakers, Blazers, Timberwolves talk three-team deal to move Crawford, Beasley

    Mar 14, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Three-team trades tend to die on the vine — there are too many moving parts, too many players and agents and teams to make happy. But there is one involving the Lakers, Trail Blazers and Timberwolves that is picking up some steam, according to multiple reports including Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Also CSNNW.com says the…

  7. Magic give Howard until end of Wednesday to sign on for another year, or they trade him

    Mar 14, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    UPDATE 6:21 pm: Dwight Howard has told teammates he is in for this season and reportedly told both some teammates and the Orlando Magic front office he would “opt-in” and play for them next season. The Magic are not going to take his word for it — they have given Howard until the end of…

  8. Who should Knicks get as coach? First pick a system, stick to it.

    Mar 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Knicks' Lin walks up-court during game against Kings in New York's Madison Square Garden

    I don’t know what the Knicks are going to do next because I’d have an easier time guessing what the Kardashian sisters are thinking than reading James Dolan’s mind. In the wake of Mike D’Antoni’s sudden firing/resignation/whatever Wednesday there are a lot questions about what is next and who will be the Knicks coach next…

  9. Report: D’Antoni wanted to trade ‘Melo for Deron Williams

    Mar 14, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    We know that now-former New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni and team owner James Dolan met Wednesday morning and came out of that meeting deciding to resign because of differences in how they saw the future of the organization. Those differences were major — D’Antoni wanted to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Nets for Deron…

  10. Nets would rather get Howard now rather than wait until July

    Mar 14, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    It’s not that the Nets are impatient, but the organization would rather get Dwight Howard now rather than wait until this summer. Even if that’s not the goal of Dwight’s latest statements. There are a couple of good reasons for this. One, the longer they wait the more things that can go wrong. Call it…

  11. Mike D’Antoni resigns as coach of New York Knicks

    Mar 14, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    Something had to give with the Knicks, and it was coach Mike D’Antoni. He has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks, something first reported  by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and since confirmed by multiple sources. The two sides described a conflicting vision of the future of the franchise and made a mutual decision…

  12. Report: Magic decide to trade Howard if he doesn’t commit

    Mar 14, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Maybe Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos is realizing what everyone else has understood for a while — that no matter what he said, Dwight Howard was out of there this summer. And the Magic don’t want to come up empty handed when that happens. Orlando wants Howard to, at the very least, opt in for…

  13. Anthony denies he wants to be traded from Knicks; Jerry Sloan as coach?

    Mar 14, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Brandon Bass, Carmelo Anthony

    As you knew was coming, Carmelo Anthony and his camp are denying the report that he want to be traded from the Knicks. And while he’s at it ‘Melo wants you to know he is all good with Mike D’Antoni. Here is the quote, via the Associated Press. But Anthony calls the report (he wanted…

  14. Wednesday And-1 links: Calipari to Wizards, other rumors

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    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). John Calipari to coach the Wizards after Kentucky loses in the NCAA Tournament finals? Let’s just say it is out there and the guy who…

  15. Magic officials “disgusted” by Howard as they talk to Lakers, Knicks

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    The Orlando Magic ownership — and that is who ultimately makes this call — is still deciding what to do. Dwight Howard wants the Orlando Magic to “roll the dice” on him and keep him through the end of the season. It’s all about winning, he said. Don’t think this is about keeping his options…

  16. Hawks co-owner says team will not trade Josh Smith

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    When Josh Smith’s jumper is falling — as it was Tuesday night when he dropped 33 on the Nuggets with 13 boards — you are hard pressed to find a better four in the league. Well, maybe Al Horford on the same team, however the Hawks play him at the five. But that’s a different…

  17. D’Antoni on way out? Trade ‘Melo? Welcome to Knicks implosion.

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

    It was just more than a year ago, near the trade deadline, when the Knicks — specifically owner James Dolan — decided to trade away key players who kind of fit Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system to get Carmelo Anthony immediately. Couldn’t wait until the off-season, it had to happen right then. Following that up, last…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Hope in Orlando… maybe

    Mar 14, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Miami Heat forward LeBron James talk during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Orlando

    What you missed while suddenly caring about what happens to Western Kentucky’s basketball team…. Magic 104, Heat 98 (OT): Let’s not read too much into one game. I know Dwight Howard is talking about wanting to stay and contend with this team, but I’m not on board with them as contenders yet. That said, they…

  19. Video: Danilo Gallinari’s ridiculous almost game-winning three

    Mar 14, 2012, 8:39 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari

    Kobe Bryant thought that was an off-balance, contested, impossible shot. But Danilo Gallinari nailed what everyone thought would be the game winner for the Nuggets over the Hawks with a corner three that few people would even have attempted. And we’re pretty sure George Karl said something like, “Great shot kid — don’t ever take…

  20. March Madness NBA prospects to watch: South Regional

    Mar 14, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    The NCAA Tournament is prime NBA draft scouting time (and it normally doesn’t fall right on the trade deadline — thanks again, NBA lockout). It’s a chance to see guys against good competition and under pressure. For NBA fans looking at the standings and realizing they could be drafting high, the South Regional is the…

  21. PBT Extra: Talking Dwight Howard, trade deadline fun

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:08 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Here it is — the first ever episode of ProBasketballTalk Extra. A couple of times a week from now until the Charlotte Bobcats hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy this June Tiffany Simons and I will talk NBA news. We not so coincidentally started this just days before the trade deadline when things move fast —…

  22. Dwight Howard says he wants to stay, finish season with Magic

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    Magic center Howard walks off the Magic's home basketball court after their NBA game against the Heat in Orlando

    Do the Orlando Magic feel like gambling? After the Orlando Magic came up with a dramatic 104-98 win over the Miami Heat, Dwight Howard said he wants to play the rest of the season with Orlando. Not sign an extension and stay — he wants the Orlando Magic to “roll the dice” on him. Here…

  23. Warriors reach deal to send Ellis to Bucks for Bogut, Jackson

    Mar 13, 2012, 9:03 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis, Chris Singleton

    What happened to the Golden State franchise that would only trade Monta Ellis to Orlando if they got Dwight Howard back? This isn’t that. In the first of the deadline trades this year, Golden State will send Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. Adrian Wojnarowski…

  24. Stan Van Gundy has had it with the Dwight Howard rumors

    Mar 13, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Stan Van Gundy knows the Orlando Magic have a huge problem on their hands. No, not the one you’re thinking of. He’s thinking of tonight’s game against the Miami Heat. And in his pregame press conference the Magic coach was on fire about all the rumors — like the one that Howard was told if…

  25. With nobody offering enough, Blazers may keep Felton

    Mar 13, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Ray Felton

    Point guard Raymond Felton is not meshing with the slow-it-down, grind-it-out style of Nate McMillan’s Portland Trail Blazers. That’s why he was on the trade block. But the Blazers aren’t just giving him away, either. Unless the landscape changes or the offers get better in the next couple days, Felton may just stay a Blazer,…

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