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  1. Jordan pushing hard to buy Bobcats

    Feb 16, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    It’s been a long time since Michael Jordan didn’t get what he wanted on the basketball court. However, in this case he wants to own the court. That is proving a little more challenging. At All-Star Weekend, NBA Commissioner David Stern said that the Charlotte Bobcats likely would be sold in the next 60 days.…

  2. Iguodala likely to remain a Sixer

    Feb 16, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    While Amare Stoudemire and Tyrus Thomas are the hot names in trade rumors, one athletic forward — who other teams covet — appears to be going nowhere. It appears Andre Iguodala will remain in Philadelphia. One source close to the team indicated that Iguodala was very unlikely to be traded. Another source close to negotiations…

  3. Can Stoudemire and Shaq work in Cleveland?

    Feb 16, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    If you are the Cavaliers — the best team in basketball through 50 games and the frontrunner for the NBA title — making a move to shake things up is a risk. Any move. Even if it does make LeBron James happy. The ongoing efforts to bring Amare Stoudemire to Cleveland raise the question of…

  4. Camby not happy about trade to Portland

    Feb 16, 2010, 2:37 AM EDT

    Marcus Camby had said to anyone that would listen he did not want to be traded. That he wanted to be a Clipper next year. Apparently he really likes In-n-Out. Because when he found out he was about to be traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, he wasn’t thrilled. In town in advance of their…

  5. Heat still hot for Stoudemire

    Feb 16, 2010, 12:14 AM EDT

    Cleveland may still be the frontrunner, but the race for Amar’e Stoudemire is not over. In the last 24 hours, the Miami Heat have stepped their pursuit of the All-Star center from Phoenix, looking for someone to pair with Dwyane Wade, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Miami is “coming hard” after Stoudemire, one source said.…

  6. Roger Mason wants to be traded

    Feb 16, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

    Roger Mason is in the last year of a deal and he feels like there’s a roadblock ahead — he can’t prove his worth without a more burn. And he’s not getting minutes in San Antonio. So the Spurs and Mason’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, are working to get him traded. Mason’s stats — shooting percentage,…

  7. Luke Walton may be done for season

    Feb 15, 2010, 6:39 PM EDT

    What is it about the Walton family and injuries? Luke Walton’s pinched nerve in his back is acting up and not only is he going to miss Tuesday’s game against Golden State, he may be done for the season, says the OC Register’s Kevin Ding. He has been officially moved to the team’s inactive list…

  8. Knicks, Rockets talking McGrady. Again.

    Feb 15, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    Update 6: 23 pm These talks are now getting serious, with the Knicks now willing to throw rookie lottery pick Jordan Hill into the mix if the Rockets will take on Jared Jeffries (owed $6.9 million next year) as part of the deal. Also, the Rockets would get either Al Harrington or Larry Hughes in…

  9. Nuggets interested in Ben Wallace

    Feb 15, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Denver is still looking for another big man to soak up some fouls if and when they take on the Lakers in the playoffs, and now the Nuggets are eyeing Ben Wallace for that role. Wallace has had a bit of a resurgence this year in Detroit (as much as anybody is surging on the…

  10. New York apparently going with the kids

    Feb 15, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    In the ever-present tug of war within the Knicks — play the veterans to make the playoffs or play the youth to get them experience — apparently youth will now have its day. Coach Mark D’Antoni hinted at that today, that it was time for the youth movement the rest of the way. The goal…

  11. Lakers finding nonexistent market for Vujacic

    Feb 15, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    Update 4:32 pm A new version of this trade has popped up on ESPN: Two parts are the same, the Lakers get Hinrich and the Blazers get Tyrus Thomas and Sasha Vujacic. What is different is more details on what the Bulls get: Adam Morrison, Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw and Juwan Howard. However, this does…

  12. Celtics "desperate," but not Warriors desperate

    Feb 15, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Every chance he gets, Danny Ainge says the Celtics have a roster that can win now when it gets healthy and they don’t have to make a move. Yet the Celtics keep coming up in more and more possible trades, to the point one general manager told ESPN’s Chad Ford that Ainge was “desperate.” Maybe…

  13. Just stop: Bosh is not coming to Lakers

    Feb 15, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Some trade rumors are like Freddy Krueger or Sammy Hagar — horrible, evil monsters that you just can’t get rid of. Take the silly Chris Bosh for Andrew Bynum rumors, for example. First, all weekend in Dallas, Toronto front office staff shot down anyone who brought up Bosh’s name in a trade. Then there’s the…

  14. If Amar'e comes, does LeBron stay?

    Feb 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    In addition to adding talent and winning a title this year, part of the goal in Cleveland making a big trade to get Amar’e Stoudemire is to make LeBron James happy. Frankly, pretty much every decision made in Cleveland in the last few years has been about making LeBron happy. LeBron wants Stoudemire in whatever…

  15. Play in game for eighth playoff spot on hold

    Feb 15, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    The idea sounds like something a few of the drunk guys at the very top of Cowboy Stadium Sunday night  — have the lower eight teams in each conference play a NCAA-style one-and-done tournament to see who gets the honor of being wiped out in the first round of the playoffs by the top seed.…

  16. Al Thornton, another player on the block

    Feb 15, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    While we all tend to focus on the Caron Butlers and Amar’e Stoudemire trade talk, most of the actual talking involves players far less exciting or impactful on a team. Like Al Thornton of the Clippers. You can get him in a package with Marcus Camby or Sebastian Telfair. Thornton has fallen out of favor…

  17. NBA power rankings

    Feb 15, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ranking all the NBA teams, whether they want it or not. The Cavaliers and Lakers are 1-2 now, which is who everybody thinks makes the finals if the playoffs start today. Sorry Dallas. 1. Cavaliers (43-11) Win streak is up to 13, home court throughout if the playoffs started today. And they want to make…

  18. What is the Wright thing in Miami?

    Feb 15, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Dorell Wright has evolved into the best small forward on a Miami Heat team headed to the playoffs. A team that needs to show free agent to be Dwyane Wade that they are committed to winning. Wright is also the easiest to trade player on the roster, and moving him would bring the Heat under…

  19. Colangelo would consider running the Nets

    Feb 15, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Jerry Colangelo — the guy currently putting together Team USA and biggest front office free agent on the market — would consider running the Nets or any other NBA franchise. But there are strings. That starts with having full and total control — which is not so much a string as a demand. “I would…

  20. Butler already a starter in Dallas

    Feb 15, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Well, that didn’t take long — Maverick’s coach Rick Carlisle has already told Jason Terry he would be coming off the bench and Caron Butler would start. The move could be a potential concern to the Mavericks, because Terry was on the bench to start the year but struggled in that role. He was moved…

  21. All-Star Game Highlights

    Feb 15, 2010, 7:50 AM EDT

    You didn’t watch the All-Star Game last night because it was Valentine’s Day and you didn’t want to sleep on the couch last night? Or because you were hooked on the Olympics and wanted to watch men’s moguls? We get that, so here are the highlights from last night in Dallas.

  22. Dwight Howard nails three-pointer

    Feb 15, 2010, 1:48 AM EDT

    We don’t watch the All-Star Game to see a good game, we… wait, we got one? Didn’t see that coming. Well, then the other reason we watch the All-Star Game is because players try the ridiculous. Like say, Dwight Howard hitting a three pointer. It happened — we have video proof.

  23. Wow, the All-Star Game was actually good

    Feb 14, 2010, 11:54 PM EDT

    The NBA got what it wanted — more people than ever watched a basketball  game live, setting a new world’s record in the new Cowboy’s Stadium. Sure, a bunch of the 108,713 people basically watched the game on the world’s largest television, but it’s a really cool television so the record stands. And will stand,…

  24. All-Star halftime: East 76 West 69

    Feb 14, 2010, 9:58 PM EDT

    Really, the highlight so far is the Batman outfit Usher wore pregame. That or the few minutes of Steve Nash/Jason Kidd backcourt, just so Dallas fans could be reminded what they had in 1997. Aside that, pretty standard All-Star game first half. The crowd has not seemed totally into it. Maybe because they are sitting…

  25. Stunning revelation: Magic Johnson had sex

    Feb 14, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    The best NBA novelist on the planet — Roland Lazenby — has a new book coming out in a few weeks on the life of Jerry West. Of course, the first parts of the book to get leaked publicly are the most salacious. That brings us to Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (as picked…

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