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  1. Cavaliers trade J.J. Hickson to Kings for Omri Casspi

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Omri Casspi

    Multiple reports now have the deal done, one trade right before the deadline. The Cavaliers and Kings will swap young forwards, with J.J. Hickson going to the Kings for Omri Casspi. This deal may be the last before lockout begins at midnight, according to a tweet from Marc Stein or ESPN. The Cavaliers also would…

  2. Creators of “The Decision” stunned by backlash (and other details of event)

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Image (1) lebron_decision-thumb-250x191-15508.jpg for post 6206

    On the eve of a lockout that — if it does end up costing games — will kill the momentum around the league, let’s look back at the thing that helped create all that momentum and the increased ratings: LeBron James’ Decision. The television show sparked interest from casual fans that carried over to increased…

  3. Nene makes it official, he will be a free agent

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Nene

    This has been expected for a long time, and it doesn’t mean he’s leaving Denver, but it is official now: Brazilian center Nene is opting out of the last year of his deal the Denver Post reports and will test out the free agent market. Whenever the doors to that market open after the lockout.…

  4. Battier asks union president to take $1 salary during lockout

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    billy-hunter

    When the NFL lockout started, that union’s executive director, DeMaurice Smith, agreed to take a $1 salary through the duration of the lockout. Share the pain, show some solidarity. So during a players meeting last week, Shane Battier asked NBA union president Billy Hunter if he would do the same thing, according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  5. PBT Thursday morning, pre-lockout one liners

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    The world’s craziest basketball court is in Munich

    In Munich, they have about the most useless yet interesting basketball court you will ever see (from Ball Don’t Lie, photos by Markus Buck). LeBron James hanging out with Bono. The drive to put Wilt Chamberlain on a U.S. stamp is going strong. In a move that shocked nobody, the Jazz picked up the team option…

  6. ‘Melo has been undergoing elbow rehab since season ended

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony has a case of elbow bursitis — a condition that flared up with the Nuggets before the trade and apparently was an issue during the playoffs — and has been receiving treatment at the Knicks facilities since the season ended, the New York Post reports. If he were playing it could impact the…

  7. J.J. Barea says playing in Spain could be an option

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    J.J. Barea

    A lot of big name NBA players — Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, and the list goes on — have talked about playing in Europe if there is an extended NBA lockout. Thing is, it’s not that simple because if a player has an existing NBA contract he has to get a waiver from…

  8. Billups wants Knicks to build team not collect stars

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks have two big stars now — Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire — and New York fans are dreaming of adding Chris Paul or Dwight Howard to that mix. New CBA, what new CBA? Those fans realize the road to the NBA finals out of the Eastern Conference goes through Miami and their three…

  9. Jackson says Bobcats shut him down to miss playoffs

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Stephen Jackson, Mark Ayotte

    The Charlotte Bobcats finally made the playoffs for the first time ever in 2010 and there were grand plans to build on that in 2011. Not exactly how it went. Still, at the end of the season they had an outside chance to catch the Indiana Pacers, become the eight seed and be fodder for…

  10. Pistons bring in Mike Woodson for second interview

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    IL: Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    Detroit fans want Bill Laimbeer, and other names have been mentioned, but former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson has always been the frontrunner to be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons. Thursday Woodson will be brought in for a second interview with Pistons management, the first guy to get one, according to the Detroit Free…

  11. Charlie Bell, Jarrett Jack suspended one game each

    Jun 29, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Jarrett Jack of the New Orleans Hornets Charlie Bell of the Golden State Warriors, both of whom were arrested on suspicion of DUI in February and pled no contest to reckless driving charges (in separate incidents), have been suspended one game by the league it was announced Wednesday. Those suspensions will be for the first…

  12. Blazers to keep Oden, extend one-year, $8.8 million offer

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    greg_oden

    The Portland Trail Blazers are not willing to give up on Greg Oden quite yet. The team offered the oft-injured center a one-year, $8.8 million qualifying offer for next season, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo, on twitter. Oden can sign the offer (and well may), but just by offering it the Blazers reserve the right…

  13. In obvious move, Chicago exercises Taj Gibson option

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Bulls' Gibson celebrates after a dunk on the Heat during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    This was about as sure a thing as the next episode of CSI:Miami having overacting. The Chicago Bulls picked up the fourth year option on Taj Gibson, according to CSN Chicago. Gibson is an explosive athlete off the bench for the Bulls who averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season while playing…

  14. Mark Cuban pitches in to help find Dallas rapist

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    It’s an ugly story in amongst all the great things that happened in Dallas around the Mavericks winning their first NBA title — a woman who had gone to a Dallas bar to watch Game 6 was severely beaten and raped walking back to her car after the game. A reward fund was set up…

  15. NBA lockout tour of China being considered by agency

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    NBA players are looking to do things during the lockout other than workout and improve their Halo 3 skills. Well, some of them are, some just want to get better at Halo. Which leads to this interesting note out of the Sports Business Journal (via SLAM): Armed with its star-studded NBA client list, Wasserman Media…

  16. Thunder, Nazr Mohammed agree to one-year extension

    Jun 29, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Oklahoma City wants to keep its defensive-minded rotation at center in place. To that end, they have reached a one-year extension with Nazr Mohammed, according to the Oklahoman. Terms of the deal are not public, but as a 13-year veteran you can expect it to be in the $1.5 million to $2 million range. At…

  17. Bosh finds way to disappoint with Vegas bachelor party

    Jun 29, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Chris Bosh got a bad rap this season. People tried to paint him as a third wheel and a disappointment, but he had worked hard to find his groove with the Miami Heat (his scoring took a step back, but what did you really expect with those teammates?). When they needed him to step up…

  18. Is there any chance a lockout can be avoided? No, not really.

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    NBA commissioner and seemingly all-powerful deity David Stern said Tuesday after the owners meeting that there was still time to avoid an NBA lockout starting Friday. NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter said that if real progress was made during a last-ditch meeting between the owners and players Thursday, the owners might well postpone…

  19. Raptors pick Valanciunas dominates USA in under-19 game

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Scouts who had seen Jonas Valanciunas raved about him as maybe the player with the highest ceiling in this draft (or at least the guy most likely to reach a high ceiling of all the Europeans in the draft). Fans? Not sold at all. Plenty read the name and thought the Raptors just drafted a…

  20. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Dirk Nowtizki in Legos. We told you yesterday about the Atlanta Hawks hosting a pre-lockout free agent mini-camp. The Lakers and Suns are doing the same thing. A look back at the last NBA season in graphic form. The draft may have put a number of veterans around the league on notice their jobs are…

  21. Just in time for a lockout, NBA to offer official champagne

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    When you are ready to celebrate the lockout starting, pop open a bottle of the new official NBA champagne! In what may be the worst timing ever for a league generally pretty good at that with marketing, the NBA has a new league-sanctioned champagne about to come out. Seriously. NBA champagne. Because there is a…

  22. Pistons GM Dumars has “sense of freedom” with new owner

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons Introduce John Kuester

    It became clear within the last year (maybe before that really, but let’s not go there now) that it was time to break up the Detroit Pistons and start to rebuild. The roster that at one point was an Eastern Conference Finals fixture had been caught by father time. But general manager Joe Dumars’ hands…

  23. Video: See Dirk Nowitzki celebrated in his home town

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

    Dirk Nowitzki still not particularly good at singing “We are the Champions” but nobody in Wurzburg, Germany, really cares. Wurzburg is Nowitzki’s home town and they threw a parade and party in his honor Tuesday for winning an NBA title. The crowd in the town square is totally into it, chanting MVP and singing along. Probably singing…

  24. Owners leave lockout steps in hands of committee

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    So the owners didn’t vote Tuesday to authorize a lockout exactly… but it’s basically the same thing. Nobody from the NBA owners said much after Tuesday’s Board of Governor’s meeting in Dallas. (The Board of Governors is made up of NBA owners.) But that doesn’t mean there is a lot of room for hope. Here…

  25. NBA owners, players to have one final pre-lockout meeting Thursday

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles

    The NBA owners and players have been formally meeting on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with an offer on the table since the 2010 All-Star game in Dallas (and really they were talking before that, informally). After more than 16 months of talks, they are hundreds of millions of dollars apart and nowhere close to…

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