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Kurt Helin

  1. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Feb 19, 2010, 2:28 AM EDT

    Our game recaps from Thursday, or what you missed while sleeping off your trade deadline hangover. Denver 118, Cleveland 116 (OT) Damn, that was fun.  If you did miss it, I don’t know what to tell you, but sorry. It’s exactly what you want in a game to watch — close, back and forth, with…

  2. Rivers, Jackson don't want Big Z back with Cavaliers

    Feb 19, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson are very different as coaches, and as people, but the two agree on one thing — the rule that allows Zydrunas Ilgauskas to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers sucks. The Wizards just acquired Big Z (and his puppet) in a trade but are expected to buy out his contract in…

  3. Doc Rivers talks Nate Robinson

    Feb 18, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    Before his team took the floor against the Lakers, Celtics coach Doc Rivers talked about how Nate Robinson was a good fit for the team. As you can expect, it was all glowing and love. “He gives us speed, he gives us another ballhander, and like I was said he’s a guy who can give…

  4. Mike James kicks off the buyout list

    Feb 18, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    The days of buyouts started just hours after the trade deadline passed, when the Washington Wizards told Mike James to take a leave of absence pending the buyout of his contract. James was a regular part of the Wizards rotation last year, starting 50 games, but he had appeared in just four this year. The…

  5. Wade leaves game with calf injury

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2/18 7:32 pm: Good news for the Heat — Wade’s calf is officially just a strain, nothing serious. That said, it is still bothering him and he is listed as day-to-day and may miss several games. 2/18 9:10 am This could be worse than first thought. Wade said after the game that he felt…

  6. Mavericks, Cavaliers win trade deadline gold

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    In practice, the winners and losers at this trade deadline will be determined in the playoffs, the summer free agent market and this and future drafts. But we’re not that patient, either. Enter Ira Winderman, who gave out medals to the winners. The gold goes to a few teams, including the Dallas Mavericks. It’s not…

  7. Boozer to Miami talks fail

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:35 pm: These talks never came to fruition, really never came close, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. The Heat initiated the talks, they tried to bring the Wizards in, and while the Jazz were too polite to hang up the phone they were never going to do this, anyway. Boozer is playing fantastic basketball…

  8. Lakers/Raptors last minute talks fail

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    Update 3:24 pm The Lakers made it official after the deadline passed, they did not make a trade. Lakers fans, good news — Sasha is still your whipping boy. The deal would have been Vujacic and forward Josh Powell for Banks and Patrick O’Bryant. Why? Toronto pushed the deal because Powell and Chris Bosh are…

  9. Troy Murphy remains a Pacer

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    From a basketball perspective, Troy Murphy is a guy in demand. Everyone loves them some stretch fours these days. But he is also a guy owed $12 million next year, and in this economy that matters more. Despite him being shopped around and his name coming up for deals all over the NBA and twitter,…

  10. Trade Deadline: Nate is a Celtic

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    2/18 2:06 pm: The details of this trade seem to finally be finalized. According to Hahn, the deal is Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry to Boston for Eddie House, JR Giddens and Bill Walker. There are no picks involved. The Knicks will waive just acquired Brian Cardinal to make room. With this, the Knicks have…

  11. Trade Deadline: Bucks send Meeks to Sixers

    Feb 18, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

    The Milwaukee Bucks fell in love with Jodie Meeks as a shooting guard project back in workouts well before the last draft. The Kentucky product was still learning to shoot at the NBA level, but the Bucks liked his potential. But that potential now belongs to the Sixers. The two teams have worked out a…

  12. Silly David Lee to Sacramento rumors surface, die

    Feb 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    The Knicks are trying to shoehorn their way into the Sacramento/Houston swap of Tracy McGrady and Kevin Martin. Sacramento has no real reason to do allow this unless they get something they really want out of it. Like David Lee, according to the Sacramento Bee’s fantastic Sam Amick. And that request marks the official start…

  13. Tyrus Thomas headed to Charlotte

    Feb 18, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    12:10 pm It’s official according to Mark Spears at Yahoo, Tyrus Thomas is headed to the Bobcats. The deal is for Acie Law, Flip Murray and a future first round pick. Denver had tried to get Thomas in a deal, but the Bobcats pick will be much higher and that was the deciding factor.11:46 am…

  14. Ray Allen to keep missing shots for Celtics

    Feb 18, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    There was a time when a still-good player with a massive — $19.7 million — expiring contract would have been the belle of the trading deadline ball. Not this year. The Celtics have shopped Ray Allen around and tonight, after the trading deadline, he will suit up to take on the Lakers. Providing some kind…

  15. What we could see before the trade deadline?

    Feb 18, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    A lot of the big shoes dropped yesterday — Antawn Jamison going to Cleveland was the size 16 shoe of those moves — but there are still some trades hanging in the balance. What could happen? The Knicks could get Tracy McGrady. The Rockets and Kings have a deal that sends McGrady, hard-working Carl Landry…

  16. Who has the cap space this summer?

    Feb 18, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    It has all been about the summer of 2010. While some of the trades that went down yesterday — or will go down today — were about this season, for the most part teams and general managers were looking ahead to the summer spending spree. Even the Cavaliers getting Antawn Jamison was as much about…

  17. Stoudemire likely to stay in Phoenix

    Feb 18, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Just 24 hours ago, Amar’e Stoudemire leaving the Valley of the Sun seemed a sure thing, and most likely he would be hooking up with LeBron James in what would have been a freak show of athleticism. Today, Stoudemire is pretty sure he isn’t going anywhere. “I think I’m pretty much safe,” Stoudemire said after…

  18. Trade deadline: Darko now free in Minnesota.

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:10 AM EDT

    Update 2/18 3:11 am The Knicks will waive Brian Cardinal as soon as this trade is finalized, making way for more moves as part of a three-team trade to get Tracy McGrady. 2/176:19 pm Darko Milicic, the former number two overall pick (ahead of Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) has just been…

  19. Trade deadline: Cavaliers get Jamison, not Stoudemire

    Feb 17, 2010, 11:43 PM EDT

    Update 11:43 p.m. The deal is complete. Gooden is expected to be bought out, Ilgauskas’ agent says he will pursue a buyout as well. Here’s video of Jamison’s exit from Washington. 7:11 p.m. The Cavaliers side talks with the Wizards about Antawn Jamison were supposed to be the fallback plan for if the Amare Stoudemire…

  20. Bulls pull out of McGrady bidding

    Feb 17, 2010, 9:19 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady may be working out in Chicago, but if he plays anywhere this year it will be in New York. That’s because the Bulls are out of the McGrady running, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lord of the trade rumor. The Bulls bid always seemed to serve little more purpose than to provide…

  21. Trade Deadline: T-Mac deal hung up on draft picks

    Feb 17, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    Remember just yesterday when the Tracy McGrady to the Knicks deal seemed like such a sure thing…. Welcome to the push back over the final details. Welcome to negotiations through the media. Ken Berger has the details. The Knicks reported back to the Rockets Wednesday with parameters on the level of protection they’d require on…

  22. Kobe will not play against Boston

    Feb 17, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Update 3:53 pm Okay, I am done predicting when Kobe will be back. When asked at Lakers practice today, Bryant said he would not be playing against the Celtics on Thursday night. He said the ankle and tendon were not ready, but that he could change his mind tomorrow depending on how it feels. 11:35…

  23. Brandon Roy to play Friday

    Feb 17, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    After last night’s win against the Clippers in which he played just 15 minutes, Brandon Roy hinted he could be done for the season. Today, he shows up to practice, shows no ill effects, and he says he’s ready to play Friday against Boston. “I’m planning on playing Friday,” Roy said. “So I’m going to…

  24. Trade deadline: Spurs want to move Jefferson

    Feb 17, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Well, the Richard Jefferson to the Spurs experiment seems to have fizzled out. Officially. Everyone pretty much knew it was dead a couple months ago. But now we have proof. Displeased with the way he has fit into their system, the San Antonio Spurs are attempting to trade forward Richard Jefferson just days before the…

  25. Pistons president resigns

    Feb 17, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    In a move that has come as a surprise but is not without reason, Tom Wilson has stepped down as the president of the Detroit Pistons and CEO of Palace Entertainment after 15 years. The Detroit Free Press found out via an email from Wilson. “I have had the honor to be a part of…

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