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  1. Can the Lakers, Celtics or Heat find any help in this draft?

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The focus during the draft is often on the teams that saw little of the spotlight during the season — hello Minnesota! But what about some of the league’s top teams that need some tweaks to get a ring next season? The Miami Heat made it to the finals but it is clear their roster…

  2. Report: Thunder offering Eric Maynor to move up in draft

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    MAYNOR_ERIC

    A number of teams have floated the idea of trading a player for one of the picks higher up in this draft. The Lakers dangled Lamar Odom, Tony Parker’s name was thrown around by the Spurs, and countless other deals have been suggested. The Oklahoma City Thunder have done the same… except they really like…

  3. NBA Draft: Second rounders you hope your team gets

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Jimmy Butler, Krys Faber

    Every year somebody gets drafted in the second round and by December we’re already asking how so many teams missed on him. Call it the Landry Fields effect. It’s impossible to predict who that will be out of the 2011 NBA Draft, but we can take a few guesses. Here are some second rounders to…

  4. Report: Tony Parker to the Trail Blazers was discussed

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:14 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    While the Spurs deny it, comments from other teams make it look like Tony Parker is being shopped around like he is on QVC. How serious those talks are is the question. In the case of a Hoopsworld report, things got very close with the Portland Trail Blazers. The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail…

  5. Are Cavaliers taking a risk with taking a Duke player No. 1?

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:47 AM EDT

    Arizona v Duke

    For the last couple decades, Duke has been the best, most consistent college basketball program in the nation. They have the Final Fours, the NCAA titles to prove it. And they have sent a lot of players on to the NBA. But Duke players have not thrived at the next level. In fact they have…

  6. Get your lockout shoes on: players rip owners proposal

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    UPDATE 11:10 pm: NBA Commissioner David Stern released this statement to the Associated Press when asked to comment on what Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter said of the last proposal from owners. “Players have benefited from the current system more than the teams. For them it has been a much better partnership,” Stern said in…

  7. Report: Lakers offered Odom for No. 2 pick, Wolves said no

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    There might be something to the idea that the Lakers are shopping around Lamar Odom. Still, this one seems a little fantastic — and if true surprising. The Lakers offered Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom for the No. 2 pick, but Minnesota turned it down, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Lakers…

  8. Minnesota says it’s taking Kanter at No. 2. Smokescreen?

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    UPDATE 5:35 pm: I am far from sold on this, but the Timberwolves have been telling anyone who would listen all day long they are taking Kanter No. 2, enough so that DraftExpress has bought in and moved Kanter to the No. 2 pick. People are starting to believe them. Utah would be just fine…

  9. Spurs deny shopping Tony Parker. Of course they do.

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    French NBA player Tony Parker walks on t

    And now we bring you the story that we all knew was coming today like we knew the sun would rise in the East and that Wednesday would be national chocolate éclair day. (What, you didn’t know about that?) The San Antonio Spurs have denied they are shopping Tony Parker around. This is required to…

  10. Derek Fisher says NBA far, far away from labor peace

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    All that “substantial progress” in the NBA’s labor negotiations? Don’t hang your hat on it. That’s essentially what National Basketball Players Assocition President Derek Fisher told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN 1050 radio in New York (via Sports Radio Interviews). And he was not backing down over a lockout. “If the owners decide they want…

  11. Report: Brown wants Lakers to get Anderson Varejao

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The Lakers need to inject the roster with energy, particularly on defense. Anderson Varejao brings energy and effort. New Lakers coach Mike Brown used to coach Anderson Varejao. So, not a huge leap of logic to a report from Sam Amico of Fox Sports. Huge leap of logic to see it happen, but not the…

  12. Mark Cuban and the “we’re the champs” legal defense

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban polishes the championship trophy during an event held to celebrate their 2011 NBA championship in Dallas, Texas

    Even in court, Mark Cuban is bragging about his championship. And being damn funny. Remember that Cuban is being sued by Ross Perot Jr., the son of the former presidential candidate and a five percent owner of the Mavericks. His partnership (Hillwood Center Partnership) used to own the majority of the Mavericks but sold to…

  13. Report: Danny Ainge willing to trade anyone on the roster

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    On one side of the scale, you have Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Doc Rivers all coming back, and you think they are not going to break this group up yet, they are going to make one more run. On the other side of the scale, you have the Kendrick Perkins…

  14. Video: Kevin Durant’s monster dunk at Drew League

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    During the summer, a lot of NBA players take part in various “leagues” around the nation. Like the Drew League in the inner city of Los Angeles. There is money raised for a good cause, and some good hoops played. Kevin Durant was at the Drew League this week (with a lot of other stars)…

  15. Report: Josh Smith to Orlando Magic trade rumors “legit”

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Josh Smith is being shopped around, and while Boston may not be interested Orlando is. That according to Ken Berger at CBS Sports. A source also said discussions between Atlanta and Orlando with Josh Smith going to the Magic are “totally legit.” Executives say the Hawks have expressed an eagerness to move Smith and would…

  16. The real key to this draft: What do the Jazz do at No. 3?

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    enes Kanter

    Kyrie Irving will go No. 1 overall to the Cavaliers. Minnesota may be shopping the No. 2 pick like Vince “ShamWow guy” Shlomi, but if they keep asking for Steve Nash and Andrew Bynum they will be making the pick themselves. And taking Derrick Williams. Then things get interesting. The Jazz will set the tone…

  17. Despite rumors everywhere, Suns say Nash not being traded

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    It was maybe the craziest rumor of this draft… which is saying something. Steve Nash to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 2 pick was discussed, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. He went on to say in the article it was unlikely because Nash wants to go to a contender, not a 17-win team.…

  18. Kyrie Irving is a deserving No. 1 pick

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    Michigan v Duke

    Kyrie Irving will be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. But he wouldn’t have beaten out John Wall for the top spot last draft. Or Blake Griffin for the top spot two drafts ago. Or Derrick Rose three drafts ago. Or… It has some fans wondering is Irving a deserving No. 1…

  19. Kevin Durant says “nothing” to TMZ, that gets him in trouble

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    Kevin Durant is not the kind of athlete who ends up on TMZ as he is hopping from club-to-club or trying to line up his next reality show. That’s just not who Durant is. He’s more the “wear a backpack to a press conference” kind of guy. Yet he still got in trouble via TMZ…

  20. Celtics say they have had no talks about Josh Smith trade

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    We told you about the rumors the Atlanta Hawks are going to be shopping Josh Smith around, and that Smith is good with that. In fact, like everyone, Smith has a list of teams he’d like to play for. One was the Boston Celtics. But there have been no such talks with the Celtics, according…

  21. Team president out as power shift continues for Warriors

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:38 AM EDT

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    This is not really a surprise, but the timing caught people off guard. Golden State team president Robert Rowell has left the organization, according to CSN Bay Area. Rowel, coach Don Nelson and GM Larry Riley formed the power structure under old owner Chris Cohen that has been blown up by new owners Joe Lacob…

  22. NBA Draft rumor roundup for Tuesday

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    There are 8 million rumors out there in the naked city, and while only a handful will come true we thought we’d put a bunch of them in one place, because we know how valuable your time is. One of the biggest ones our own John Krolik just wrote about — the Wizards trying to…

  23. Still big gap between NBA owners, players after key talks

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    If you were waiting to really worry about an NBA lockout, now is a good time. Tuesday’s negotiation session — which NBA Commissioner David Stern had previously called key to avoiding a July 1 lockout — had both sides leaving and speaking in pessimistic tones. Chris Paul said this to Brian Smith of the Salt…

  24. NBA Draft: Five big risks in the 2011 NBA Draft

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Josh Selby

    Right now, there are no busts in the 2011 NBA Draft. By 2014 we will be calling a few of these guys busts, but right now they are just risks. In this draft, picking out what risks to gamble on is amazingly difficult, seemingly every player has some glaring flaws. We’d preach patience — wait…

  25. Stunning news: Knicks would still like to get Steve Nash

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    nash-game-time-decision-magic

    From the NBC Sports Department of the Obvious, we bring you this news: The New York Knicks still have interest in getting Steve Nash. The New York Post has the shocking details. There have been renewed whispers the Knicks have inquired about Suns point guard Steve Nash, who lives in SoHo in the offseason. The…

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