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  1. Chris Paul to Lakers deal back from the dead. Maybe. But modified.

    Dec 10, 2011, 1:49 AM EDT

    Chris Paul, Quincy Pondexter

    A little more than 24 hours after the iron fist of David Stern crushed the Chris Paul to the Lakers trade because small market owners complained it was not good for the Hornets, we know four things. 1. Chris Paul is going to be traded. Sooner rather than later. 2. The Lakers’ and Hornets’ three-team deal…

  2. Report: Celtics close to deal with free agent David West

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:36 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    Well, Boston is going with the “penetrating point guard and shooters” theory. Apparently. The Celtics are on the verge of signing free agent David West, tweets David Aldridge of NBA.com. This would be a three-year deal for about $27 million and likely will be a sign-and-trade where Jermaine O’Neal and others will head back to…

  3. Report: Vince Carter headed to Dallas Mavericks

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    vince-carter-suns

    As expected, early on Friday the Phoenix Suns made it official and bought out Vince Carter’s contract. He was owed $18 million and he’s just not that guy anymore. So they bought him out for $4 million and Carter became a free agent. The only question was where would he land. How about Dallas? That…

  4. Magic have not filed any tampering charges. Yet.

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    The threat may have done the job. The idea of Dwight Howard demanding the Orlando Magic trade him to New Jersey died when the Magic started talking about potential tampering charges on Friday. By the end of the day everyone has denied everything. But the rumors of Howard to the Nets had died out by…

  5. NBA “Deal Day” moves and rumors (constantly updated)

    Dec 9, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Today is going to be the Black Friday Sales of the NBA — there will be deals happening fast here, there and everywhere. Just like at Wal*Mart, you might have GMs pepper spraying others to make sure they get the player they want. It’s going to be hard to keep up with all the information,…

  6. Brandon Roy to announce his retirement

    Dec 9, 2011, 6:01 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    UPDATE 6:01 pm: Over the course of the day multiple reports have confirmed that Brandon Roy has been diagnosed with a degenerative condition in his knee and he has decided to walk away from basketball. The latest confirmation came when media at Blazers training camp spoke to forward Gerald Wallace, who confirmed that coach Nate…

  7. Report: Lakers, Rockets, Hornets talking reworking Chris Paul trade

    Dec 9, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    This could get interesting. And it could provide David Stern a “face saving” way out of his public relations disaster. The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets are talking again about ways to sweeten the three-team trade vetoed by Stern yesterday, tweeted Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (who has been on top of this story from the start).…

  8. Might Chauncey Billups retire? Or end up with the Clippers?

    Dec 9, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    We know one thing about Chauncey Billups next season: He will not be playing for the New York Knicks. He might not be playing anywhere — he is threatening to retire if a team he doesn’t want to play for claims him on waivers. But what if it is an intriguing team, like the Clippers?…

  9. David Stern releases statement on Chris Paul trade veto

    Dec 9, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Here is the official statement from David Stern on his veto of the NBA trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers in a three-team deal. “Since the NBA purchased the New Orleans Hornets, final responsibility for significant management decisions lies with the Commissioner’s Office in consultation with team chairman Jac Sperling. All…

  10. Magic may file tampering charges against Nets for talking to Dwight Howard

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    And you thought the Chris Paul situation was messy…. The Orlando Magic are considering filing tampering charges against two NBA teams for reaching out to Dwight Howard (who is still under contract to Orlando), reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. This report has been confirmed by other sources. Those two teams are the New Jersey Nets…

  11. Grant Hill agrees to one-year deal to stay with Suns

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Not everybody wants to play for the Knicks. Grant Hill has decided to stay with Steve Nash — and the warm winter weather of Phoenix — and has agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal to play for the Suns this season, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. The Suns were long considered the…

  12. Hornets, Lakers, Rockets to appeal Stern’s trade veto

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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    NBA executives around the league are shocked — never before has the league stepped in to block a trade, even ones that appeared painfully lopsided — but they have used that power now. And the teams involved don’t like it. The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets will appeal the cancellation of the three-team trade that would…

  13. Knicks moving forward to get Chandler, amnesty Billups

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks c

    It was the big story yesterday — until Chris Paul was traded then untraded — and it will shake up the Eastern Conference. And it is happening — the New York Knicks will sign Tyson Chandler today tweets Howard Beck at the New York Times. The Knicks will use the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups…

  14. Stern’s trade veto about owners wanting their power back

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Why David Stern pulled the plug Thursday on a reasonable (not ideal, but reasonable) three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers is really simple: The NBA owners want their power over star players back. What LeBron James did scared most owners because he had the power — teams had to come…

  15. NBA labor deal officially approved, camps set to open

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    In all the excitement over Chris Paul going to the Lakers Chris Paul staying with the New Orleans Hornets, one little thing happened on Thursday not many people noticed: The players and owners approved the new NBA labor deal. It is in place and training camps are set to open Friday (even if not everyone…

  16. Chris Paul reportedly considering legal action against league

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:19 AM EDT

    courtroom generic

    In the wake of David Stern taking the nearly unprecedented step of calling off a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, Paul met with NBA union chief Billy Hunter to consider legal action, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. It’s unclear what any legal action might entail. But it is possible that…

  17. Report: Dwight Howard wants to be traded to Nets

    Dec 9, 2011, 1:21 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard Brook Lopez

    We can only speculate if David Stern stepping in at the behest of the owners to nix the Chris Paul trade had anything to do with it, but apparently Dwight Howard isn’t thinking Lakers. He’s thinking Brooklyn New Jersey Nets. He’s thinking Deron Williams. Howard wants to be traded to the Nets and will tell…

  18. League finds way to make bad PR situation worse by killing trade

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

    David Stern

    The only public relations move worse than the league allowing Chris Paul to be traded to the Lakers after a five-month lockout allegedly about “competitive balance” is to have David Stern come in with an iron fist and kill the deal because owners complained. Well done NBA. Well done indeed. David Stern and the league…

  19. League kills Chris Paul three-team trade to Lakers

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Within hours of all parties saying the deal was all but done, the proposed three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers is dead. And David Stern is standing over it holding the gun. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo writes said the deal is dead because the league — which currently…

  20. Report: Three-team deal bringing Chris Paul to the Lakers has been completed in principle

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Chris Paul Andrew Bynum

    UPDATE (7:33 p.m. ET): According to yet another tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the three-team deal has been completed in principle. The Hornets will also receive an undisclosed draft pick in the deal. UPDATE (6:31 p.m. ET): Wojnarowski is now reporting that this will be a three-team trade involving the Lakers, Hornets, and…

  21. If Billups is out in New York, does he land in Miami?

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    If Chauncey Billups walked around all day today with a dumbfounded look on his face, he’d have a right. When he woke up this morning he thought he was the starting point guard of the New York Knicks, by the end of tomorrow the NBA’s bottom feeders could be bidding on him. Billups still has…

  22. Report: Knicks about to land Tyson Chandler

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks c

    If the Knicks are going to compete with the Heat and Bulls as the elite in the East during the next few years, they were going to have to find a way to play much better defense. They may be very close to solving that problem — but it comes with a price. Potentially a…

  23. Lakers, Rockets, Hornets talking three-way Chris Paul trade

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    After things seemed to cool of on Wednesday, the Chris Paul trade rumors have heated up fast and furious on Thursday. That includes a three-way deal where Paul ends up with the Los Angeles Lakers, who give up Pau Gasol. Then there is both Boston and New York working hard to find multi-team deals that…

  24. Tayshaun Prince agrees to four-year deal to stay in Detroit

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Tayshuan Prince, Gerald Wallace

    There’s no place like home… or in this case your adopted home. While Tayshaun Prince flirted with the Los Angeles Clippers in his hometown, he will be staying in his adopted hometown and playing in Detroit. Prince has agreed to a four-year, $27 million deal to stay with the Pistons, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.…

  25. Warriors offer Tyson Chandler $60 million; Knicks may get him anyway

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Golden State really wants Tyson Chandler, they are not messing around. But the New York Knicks are about counter with a huge offer of their own — one likely to win the day according to multiple reports. The Warriors have made a four-year, $60 million offer to Chandler, reports Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. The New…

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