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  1. Deron Williams makes it clear he will become free agent

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Ultimately, Dwight Howard wanted to stay in Orlando and — after a couple days of ridiculous flip-flopping — he decided to “opt in.” (Technically he waived his right to opt-out of his contract, but we’ll go with opt-in.) Dwight Howard has a loyalty to Orlando that overcame everything else. Deron Williams has no such loyalty…

  2. Friday And-1 links: Did Wade mock Dwight Howard’s loyalty?

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard

    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). Was Dwyane Wade mocking Dwight Howard’s loyalty to the Magic? Kind of looks that way to me. Rudy Gay has cleared the league concussion protocols…

  3. “Linsanity” is dead. Welcome to Woodson’s Knicks.

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, Mike Woodson

    When Mike Woodson was the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, his offense was nicknamed “iso Joe” for all the times Joe Johnson was given the ball in isolation. Josh Smith got to shoot a lot of jumpers that way, too. That is music to Carmelo Anthony’s ears. Mike Woodson knows what side his bread…

  4. Nuggets reportedly close to deal with Wilson Chandler

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    Wilson+Chandler+Atlanta+Hawks+v+Denver+Nuggets+Ym_wkv-B6Cgl

    The end to one of the unusual courtship dances in a while could be coming to an end. Wilson Chandler was a restricted free agent upon return from his lockout-inspired trip to play in China. He wanted either a long-term deal or a very short one that put him in the free agent market this…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Clippers collapse leads to a lot of talk

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Caron Butler

    What you missed while watching your NCAA bracket go up in flames…. Suns 91, Clippers 87: Phoenix was on the second night of a back-to-back-to-back so coach Alvin Gentry decided to rest Grant Hill and Steve Nash — and the Suns still rallied from 12 back in the fourth quarter to win. The Suns have…

  6. Video: Kenyon Martin still has some hops left

    Mar 16, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    There was a time when Kenyon Martin was one of the more feared dunkers in the league. Enjoy the video above as we travel back to that time… wait, what? This was Thursday night? But he’s 34 now? apparently watching Blake Griffin has rekindled a little of Martin’s ferociousness around the rim.  It’s fun to…

  7. Surveying trade deadline landscape: League’s second tier got better

    Mar 16, 2012, 12:56 AM EDT

    Nick Young

    As you survey the NBA landscape in the aftermath of the storm that is always the NBA trade deadline, and a couple things leap out: First, the title contenders did not change — and they all stood pat. In the East, the path to the finals goes through Miami and Chicago and nobody really moved…

  8. PBT Extra: Talking Dwight Howard, trade deadline thoughts

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    Today on PBT Extra we talk about the NBA trade deadline and what this meant to the Magic and Dwight Howard, what they were doing in Portland on Thursday to rework the team, and we talk what the moves at the deadline will mean come the playoffs.

  9. Video: Wojnarowski, Mannix talk Clippers/Nuggets/Warriors trade

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Nene nuggets

    It was a trade nobody expected and dropped on everyone right before the trade deadline — the Wizards got Nene, the Clippers got Nick Young and the Nuggets got JaVale McGee (and there were other parts). Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated joined my man Russ Thaler on NBC’s SportsTalk to…

  10. NBA trade deadline report cards: Portland gets an “A”

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton

    Dwight Howard didn’t get traded and neither did any of Boston’s big three. But there were plenty of moves at the deadline. Here are our grades for each team. Atlanta Hawks: They wanted to move one player to get themselves under the luxury tax line (they are $440,000 over it). They couldn’t do it. So…

  11. Portland released Greg Oden. End of long and winding road.

    Mar 15, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    In it’s trade deadline moves Thursday, Portland took on a number of players (with expiring contracts, to free up cap space to rebuild on the fly) but in doing so at the end of the day they had 17 guys on the 15-man roster. Cuts had to be made. One of those is Greg Oden.…

  12. Moves we didn’t expect: Derek Fisher traded by Lakers

    Mar 15, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    The Lakers had been looking to bring in a quality point guard at the trade deadline (and they did in a deal for Ramon Sessions). But nobody expected them to ship out Derek Fisher. But that’s what they did just before the trade deadline, shipping Fisher along with a first-round pick to Houston for reserve…

  13. Denver trades Nene to Wizards in three-team deal with Clippers

    Mar 15, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison, Nene

    When the lockout ended, Nene was maybe the most coveted free agent out there — a true big man who is a borderline All-Star theoretically entering his prime. Denver was able to keep him with a five-year, $67 million contract. However, he has spent a chunk of this season injured and not putting up his…

  14. Trail Blazers fire coach Nate McMillan

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    No team has looked worse in the last two weeks — including a 42-point loss to the Knicks on national television Wednesday — and fallen apart more from the start of the season than the Portland Trail Blazers. Thursday afternoon coach Nate McMillan paid the price — Portland has fired McMillan according to multiple media…

  15. PBT’s constantly updated trade deadline tracker

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    Here it is — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. With our thoughts on everything. This post will be constantly updated throughout the day as the newest information becomes available. Just hit refresh and you will know the latest. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Eastern (all…

  16. Lakers get point guard, trade for Cavaliers’ Ramon Sessions

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    Jonny Flynn, Luis Scola, Ramon Sessions

    The Lakers — desperate for a point guard — have traded their first round pick this season to get Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Multiple sources now confirm this trade, although Brian Windhorst of ESPN was the first. The full deal is Sessions and Christian Eyenga to the Lakers, for Luke Walton and the…

  17. It’s official — Dwight Howard to stay in Orlando next season

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Orlando Magic did not win the war, they just earned the right to fight it for another year. Multiple reports now confirm that Howard has waived the opt-out clause in his contract, meaning he will remain with the Magic for the 2012-13 season. And make $19.5 million. Which is pretty good money where I…

  18. Thursday And-1 links: McGrady thinks he’s a Hall of Famer

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    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). Note: For the latest in trade deadline news, click on over to our deadline trade news and rumor tracker. Do you think Tracy McGrady is…

  19. Nets have no plans to trade Deron Williams, rejecting offers

    Mar 15, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    11:27 am: The Nets phones have been ringing all morning but they are rejecting offers to trade Deron Williams, according to sources and multiple other reports. That  includes them rejecting the idea of a Pau Gasol for Williams trade, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Apparently that was offered before the season and the Nets rejected…

  20. Derek Fisher isn’t convinced Phil Jackson will coach again

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson Derek Fisher

    Phil Jackson is option No. 1 for the New York Knicks as coach next season. And option No. 2. And No. 3. He is the guy James Dolan wants according to every report and rumor. But I’m not convinced Phil Jackson wants to do it — watching him in Los Angeles the last couple years…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls beat Heat even without that Rose guy

    Mar 15, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James is guarded by Chicago Bulls' John Lucas and Luol Deng during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while waiting for Dwight Howard to change his mind again…. Bulls 106, Heat 102: This just shows the different mentalities of these two teams. No Derrick Rose, no Richard Hamilton and yet the Bulls just brought it with fantastic energy. They defended, guys like John Lucas III (24 points) and Jimmy Butler…

  22. Video: Joakim Noah with block on one end, dunk on other

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:17 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Energy is a talent. It may be Joakim Noah‘s best talent. In a game where the outgunned Bulls just had more energy and outworked the Heat, nobody exemplified that better than Noah — and this play may have best summed up the game. Joel Anthony ends up in a poster. I’m not going to read…

  23. Another reversal: Dwight Howard says he will opt-in with Magic

    Mar 15, 2012, 7:35 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Orlando called Dwight Howard’s bluff — when he refused Wednesday afternoon to waive his Early Termination option (ETO, the thing that lets him opt out of his contract next summer) the Magic had enough of Howard’s “take a chance on me” game and worked the phones hard to trade him. Orlando was done. But Howard…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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