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Kurt Helin

  1. David West opts out of contract, hits free agent market

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    If this were any year in the last five, what David West is doing would be a no brainer. But this year, heading into a lockout followed by a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, he is taking a risk. David West has told the New Orleans Hornets he is opting out of the final year of…

  2. Video: Mark Cuban wants to sign Optimus Prime

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    This new commercial has movie tie ins, ESPN tie ins, and it makes Mark Cuban the first person from the Mavericks to get a commercial after the team won the NBA title. Which is fair, since he really needs the money. The new ESPN/Transformers 3 commercial is getting posted here because I thought it was…

  3. Nene will not play for Brazil this summer, sign of free agency

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    This summer, from Argentina to Lithuania, international basketball tournaments will be taking place with berths in the 2012 London Olympics at stake. But NBA contracts and the lockout will play a role. For example, soon to be free agent Nene will not be playing for Brazil this summer, according to the Associated Press. The Brazilian…

  4. Knicks may solve center problem with… Kwame Brown?

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    The Knicks need someone to protect the rim and play some defense as a big man. Ronny Turiaf tried but he is a great backup, not the answer. However they really want to preserve their cap space for potentially getting another superstar in 2012 — hello Dwight Howard or Chris Paul (new CBA willing) —…

  5. Collins says Iguodala not being shopped; pair to meet

    Jun 25, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Doug Collin’s is doing what a lot of NBA coaches are doing right now — flying all over the country, racking up healthy cell phone minutes talking to the players on their roster. They talk about offseason workouts, parts of their game to focus on. Because starting next Friday — when the lockout almost certainly…

  6. Three biggest surprises of the NBA Draft

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    Tristan Thompson

    There are always a few surprises, like that guy you drafted you thought was 21 turns out to be 26. Funny, but really that mistake by the Timberwolves was moot because Tanguy Ngombo was never going to play in the NBA. But there were some surprises when the picks still mattered. Here are the three…

  7. Biyombo says current contract buyout a non-issue

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo

    In the run-up to the draft, there were a lot of questions about Bismack Biyombo’s buyout from his Spanish club, and if that was going to happen (or was going to be decided by the Spanish courts). In meeting with the Charlotte Bobcat media on Friday, Biyombo said that the buyout was not going to…

  8. Patrick Ewing to interview for Pistons head coaching job

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Up until now, Kim Hughes — the interim coach with the Los Angeles Clippers before Vinny Del Negro was hired — was the tallest NBA coach I remember seeing. A former NBA player, he is a legit 6’10’. But if the Detroit Pistons hire Orlando assistant Patrick Ewing, all bets are off. And Ewing will…

  9. No progress in labor talks, no counterproposal by players

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    One of these days we will get to post a story on PBT about the good news in the labor talks, about the serious progress, about guys getting ready to go to New York for a game in Madison Square Garden and not a meeting in a hotel conference room. Today is not that day.’…

  10. Six good players not drafted in the NBA

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Akron v Notre Dame

    The end of the second round of the NBA Draft got ridiculous. Teams stopped trying to draft guys who could maybe make their team and help and instead drafted ludicrous reaches that they will never have to pay. Ater Majok, Tanguy Ngombo, Chukwudiebere Maduabum — these were strange choices when quality players were on the…

  11. NBA Players show up to labor talks wearing “stand” T-shirts

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

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    The NBA owners want to radically shift the league’s financial system, and that’s going to mean serious give-backs by the players. Privately, some tied to ownership will tell you they aren’t sure they can get serious concessions until the players miss a paycheck or two (and the players don’t get their first check until Nov.…

  12. You want a great NBA Draft? Wait until next year.

    Jun 24, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Washington v North Carolina

    This year’s NBA draft was a trade-a-palooza of fun. We were entertained. But this wasn’t a great draft talent wise. It was a down year. No franchise cornerstone guys, and a lot of guys with high ceilings but serious questions about if they can ever get there. Next year on the other hand… The 2012…

  13. The reality of all those NBA trade rumors

    Jun 24, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    We love talking trade rumors as much as anyone. It’s part of the fun of being a sports fan, talking about potential deals. And rumors were flying about like cabs in New York City leading up to the NBA Draft Thursday. Andre Iguodala to either team in Los Angeles. Lamar Odom to Minnesota or Philadelphia…

  14. NBA Draft day trade wrap-up… because we all got confused

    Jun 24, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Fredette stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Bucks as the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    There was a point while putting up PBT’s pick-by-pick updates through the draft that I thought every pick on the board started with “He was selected for Team X as part of a trade…” To help sort it all out, here is a breakdown of all the draft day trades. • Bobcats, Bucks, Kings big…

  15. Warriors say drafting Thompson does not mean trading Ellis. Right….

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Golden State Warriors

    It’s hard to say Golden State made a mistake when they took the best shooter in the draft. Last time I looked in the rulebook, the goal of the game was to put the round leather ball through the round metal rim, so guys who can do that from a long ways away have real…

  16. Rockets trade for Flynn, instantly put him back on market

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Jonny Flynn

    So, why exactly did the Rockets trade for Jonny Flynn on draft night again? Well, because they really wanted Donatas Motiejunas and by swapping Brad Miller for Flynn the Rockets save about $6 million over the life of the deals. But the Rockets didn’t really care about Flynn. They already have Kyle Lowry at the…

  17. Video: Jan Vesely is living the dream

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Jan Vesely is my new hero. They guy is the second coming of AK-47 (well, that’s what the scouts say), got drafted into the NBA to play next to John Wall — and got the best welcome into the NBA we can remember. Damn. Impressive.

  18. NBA Draft grades for all 30 teams (yes, we know it is too early)

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:59 AM EDT

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Let’s be honest here, we don’t really know how to grade this draft right now. A more accurate way to do this would be to grade the 2008 draft tonight (Chicago for Derrick Rose and Seattle/Oklahoma City for Russell Westbrook/Serge Ibaka get the top grades). But we are a society of instant answers, and who…

  19. NBA Draft: PBT’s pick-by-pick draft post

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

    Michigan v Duke

    This has been one of the most unusual run ups to a draft in years. Traditionally the top shakes out pretty clearly, but in this draft there is no franchise cornerstone player at the top, and by pick three there are serious risks with every guy a team might take. Meanwhile, concern over what is…

  20. Ron Artest changing name to “Metta World Peace”

    Jun 23, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Honestly, I feel a little odd making fun of World Peace, but here we go… Eccentric Lakers forward Ron Artest (we’re going with “eccentric” because he’s rich and famous, when you’re poor and unknown you’re just weird) is changing his name… To Metta World Peace. Seriously. TMZ has seen the official court documents and… well,…

  21. Report: Hawks close to being sold. Again. Owners deny. Again

    Jun 23, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

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    UPDATE June 24, 3:39 am: The Atlanta Spirit, the ownership group for the Hawks, denied the report that a deal is close, according to the Associated Press: The Atlanta Spirit issued a statement saying “we have spoken with a number of parties, but at this time, there is no deal in place, nor is there…

  22. Report: Bobcats, Bucks, Kings complete three-way trade

    Jun 23, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    The Milwaukee Bucks have been actively shopping their No. 10 pick for a while. The Kings have actively been shopping the No. 7 pick. They have found a partner with each other and the Charlotte Bobcats thrown in for a three way deal that will blow up every mock draft you’ve read. The sides have…

  23. Barea says he’d sign with Dallas… or the Lakers, or Heat

    Jun 23, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Every NBA finals there is one player used brilliantly by his team who has a big playoffs, happens to be a free agent, gets overpaid and is asked to play a bigger role with another team. It doesn’t always work as planned. J.J. Barea is perfectly poised to be that guy. The Mavericks want to…

  24. Did Oklahoma City make promise to Reggie Jackson?

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson, Verdell Jones

    Reggie Jackson is a guy a lot of scouts want their team to take a risk on. The Boston College point guard very quick and that comes in handy in an era when you can’t touch guards on the perimeter. He’s a great athlete with a ridiculous seven-foot wingspan. He needs to develop a consistent…

  25. Mavericks fan gets Nowitzki’s face tattooed on his… um… behind

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    Nowitizki tattoo

    Someday he is going to have to explain why he has the face of a German man tattooed on his a– to a woman, but for now we will just admire his committment to his Mavericks fandom. One Mavericks fan got a tattoo of Dirk Nowtizki’s face on his derriere. He explained his thinking to the…

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