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  1. Wizards not trading JaVale McGee to move up in draft

    Jun 17, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee block

    It probably went down something like this: The Washington Wizards called the Minnesota Timberwolves to inquire about what it would take to get the No. 2 pick (because likely No. 2 pick Derrick Williams would look good running on the break next to John Wall). The Timberwolves thought about it. Then they asked for JaVale…

  2. Ironically, Brandon Knight says he wants Kyrie Irving

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight Kentucky

    Brandon Knight has been avoiding going head-to-head in workouts against the other top guards in the run-up to next week’s NBA draft. If you want to see how he looks against Kemba Walker, pull out the take of the Kentucky against UConn Final Four matchup, because you will not be seeing it in a workout.…

  3. As expected, Pistons give qualifying offer to Stuckey

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    There is about to be some serious roster shakeups in Detroit. There needs to be. But Rodney Stuckey is staying as part of the future. As he should. The Pistons extended a $3.8 million qualifying offer to Stuckey, according to the Detroit News. What that means: While Stuckey could sign that offer, what it really…

  4. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Trying to understand the hatred directed at LeBron James has been a hot topic in recent days, and Forbes Magazine has taken up the issue. Maybe my favorite of the LeBron discussions was between Dan Shanoff and Sherwood Strauss. Jason Terry wants the Mavericks to retire his jersey. (Um, if you have to ask for…

  5. Are Cavaliers targeting Enes Kanter with No. 4 pick?

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    enes Kanter

    Turkish center Enes Kanter seems to have caught the eye of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is coming back next Monday for a second workout with the Cavaliers and as part of that he is expected to meet with team owner Dan Gilbert, according to the Plain Dealer. What does that mean? Very hard to say,…

  6. Ricky Rubio makes it official, he is coming to Minnesota

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

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    While people told David Kahn to trade the pick — Ricky Rubio was never going to play in Minnesota, get something of value for him — he was patient. That patience has been rewarded, Ricky Rubio made official Friday morning in Spain what we all knew would happen — Rubio is coming to the NBA.…

  7. Chris Bosh talks Game 6 tears, emotion

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    I came out of Game 6, and really these entire playoffs, liking Chris Bosh more than I did going in. And I liked him going in. On the court in the playoffs he showed how he can be a quality counterbalance to the Heat’s ball handling combination of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. When given…

  8. Ray Allen: The lockout could cost games next season

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    We’re trying to be optimistic about the upcoming NBA lockout. There will be one, but with the great ratings and all the momentum the NBA picked up this year the two sides would not let it get to the point that training camps and games are lost right? Right? Um, that’s not exactly how Ray…

  9. Report: Casey frontrunner to become Raptors coach

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:13 AM EDT

    dwane Casey

    Dwane Casey, the former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach who was just the lead assistant and defensive coach for the Dallas Mavericks, is the clear frontrunner for the Toronto Raptors job and may be hired next week. All that according to tweets from the reliable Marc Stein of ESPN. Mavs assistant coach Dwane Casey has emerged…

  10. Report: Utah Jazz open to trading Millsap, Harris

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:47 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 2

    Everyone knows the Jazz are in “ground up rebuilding” mode, but a couple surprising names have popped up on the radar. During ESPN’s Chad Ford chat Thursday he was asked about draft day trades and mentioned the things we all expect — the Cavs to move a point guard, Daryl Morey and the Rockets to be active…

  11. NBA draft profile: Klay Thompson can shoot, teams like that

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    F Washington State

    Klay Thompson can shoot. His stroke is pure. In a draft where everyone has serious question marks, if you can consistently put the ball in the hole the thing you do well is something every team needs. Thompson caught scouts eyes as a shooter as he filled it up in college — Washington State ran…

  12. Timberwolves Kahn, Rambis finally have meetings

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Kurt Rambis

    Two months after their season ended. In the middle of what should be the busiest two weeks a general manager has all season leading up to the NBA draft. Sure, now seems like a great time for the Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn and coach Kurt Rambis to finally sit down and have a…

  13. Sporting News calls ’96 Bulls best team ever, hard to argue

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan dunk

    Just another reminder that Michael Jordan still runs the show. The Sporting News has named its top 10 NBA teams off all time and they named the 1995-96 Bulls — Michael Jordan’s 72 win team with Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, and Phil Jackson as coach — got the top spot. Um, pretty hard to argue…

  14. Boston College’s Jackson cancels remaining draft workouts

    Jun 16, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson, Verdell Jones

    Somebody got a promise. Reggie Jackson, the lightning quick Boston College point guard who turned heads with his long wingspan (7’0” on a 6’3” frame) has cancelled the rest of his scheduled workouts, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Chad Ford. Reggie Jackson canceled all of his workouts. Bulls, Pacers, Bobcats and Blazers all had…

  15. ESPN’s Sheridan sues NY Post’s Vecsey for libel

    Jun 16, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    vecsey608

    Well, this is just ridiculous. (And if it is a little inside baseball, I appologize now) This story all starts last year, when we were all watching suffering through the Carmelo Anthony saga and whether or not Denver would trade him to the Knicks (or the Nets or… let’s not rehash it all, for sake…

  16. LeBron James third highest earning athlete in America

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    LeBron James shouldn’t flaunt that after he loses in the NBA finals he goes back to living a charmed life and we go back to our lives… but the dude is raking it in. According to Sports Illustrated, LeBron is the third highest earning athlete in the United States in 2011. Tiger Woods and Phil…

  17. Magic’s Quentin Richardson has back surgery

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    And the string of off-season minor surgeries continues, next up Quentin Richardson of the Orlando Magic. He had surgery to repair a disc in his lower back, according to the Orlando Sentinel (who spoke to him). It took place last week and he is expected to be sidelined only a couple of months. So, even if…

  18. Oden will get contract, but may not play until January

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    It sounds more and more like the Portland Trail Blazers may offer an $8.8 million qualifying offer to Greg Oden so they can keep him. Yes, the Greg Oden who has flashed talent but played in only one quarter of the team’s games the past four seasons due to some serious knee issues. (Possibly, the…

  19. Report: Cavaliers shopping J.J. Hickson, too

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

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    At this point, there is no move the Cavaliers can make that would surprise me. Because, at this point — the absolute nadir of a rebuilding process — what player on that roster do you have to keep? Now J.J. Hickson, he is being shopped around according to a tweet from the well-connected Brian Windhorst…

  20. Rick Barry say’s LeBron’s coaches are problem, Rick Carlisle disagrees

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra

    The one person that matters — Pat Riley — thinks Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did a good job this season. At least good enough to be back for a second season. That hasn’t stopped people outside the team from speculating about Spoelstra’s future and what kind of job he did. That includes Rick Barry, the…

  21. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant took a dig at LeBron James last summer. In a way that was very Kobe. Stephon Marbury has advice for LeBron, too. In case you haven’t seen the picture of Mark Cuban at a urinal holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy, here you go. Talking about what Mark Cuban needs to do next, after…

  22. Shaq denies involvement, will not be charged in beating

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    Seven Los Angeles gang members may have committed kidnapping and assault in Shaquille O’Neal’s name, but he said he had no knowledge of it. The prosecutors agree and Shaq will face no charges in the case (the victim allegedly thought Shaq was behind it). Shaq was not named in the criminal complaint, according to the…

  23. Video: Dallas Mavericks do Letterman’s Top 10

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisl

    Ahh, the perks of being a champion. The parties at Miami night clubs, the parades, the getting to take the Larry O’Brien trophy to the bathroom — and getting to go on Late Night with David Letterman and do the Top 10 list. Personally, Mark Cuban’s was the one that made me laugh out loud.…

  24. Cavaliers say they are undecided on who is No. 1 pick

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Unofficially, Kyrie Irving has been the guy, the clear No. 1 overall pick and the guy Cavaliers officials were excited about picking. But officially, they say they have not decided, that Derrick Williams could move past Irving into the No. 1 slot, they told Marc Spears of Yahoo. And in a year where there is…

  25. Rubio’s coming, just a little “bump” with his buyout

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Next season, whenever that starts, Ricky Rubio will be with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Whether he brings a jump shot with him is another question, but he will be here. So what was with his little comment a day ago that he is still talking with Barcelona (the Spanish team where he has played the last…

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