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Kurt Helin

  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Trade deadline: Lakers enter the Nate talks

    Feb 17, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    The Boston Celtics are clearly your frontrunners, but the Lakers have at least asked around a little about Nate Robinson from the Knicks. Robinson, who has the right to approve or disapprove a trade as part of his expiring $4 million contract, also is getting interest from the Lakers. A league source said the Celtics…

  20. Julian Wright wishes he were traded

    Feb 17, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Julian Wright’s name has not been coming up in trade talk, but he wishes it was. At least that’s what he said on Twitter. Off to practice, thinking bout how I’m jealous of all these players that managed to get traded before Thursday… Just saying, might need a change of scenery, of course I love…

  21. The NBA in 3-D

    Feb 17, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    It’s the chance to feel like Dwyane Wade is crashing right into your home. A lot of companies are betting, er, investing a lot of money in 3-D technology for the home, expecting it to be the new HD. With that, production companies are already filming shows and movies in the new format. When it…

  22. Trade deadline: Murphy not going to Milwaukee

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

    There are a lot of team interested in the services of Troy Murphy. However, the Milwaukee Bucks are not one of them any more. The Milwaukee Bucks have shuffled their roster for several different offers for Indiana Pacers forward Troy Murphy, but a big stumbling block for a deal has been the Pacers’ reluctance to…

  23. Stoudemire says goodbye in Phoenix

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire expects his next game to be tonight, in Dallas for the Phoenix Suns. After that, who knows? Up until a few days ago Stoudemire and the Suns still talked about extending his deal, but it turns out they have very different perceptions of his worth. (Stoudemire’s) agent Happy Walters and Suns general manager…

  24. Celtics Williams fined for seeing wife, kids

    Feb 17, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers gave the okay for Sheldon Williams to go on a long vacation over the All-Star break, then fined him for doing so when he got back. Relax, it’s not like that. After the Celts lost to New Orleans last Wednesday, Williams traveled to Ekaterinburg, Russia, to see his wife, WNBA star Candace Parker…

  25. Eric Dampier out indefinitely

    Feb 17, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    With just under three minutes remaining in the Mavericks’ loss to the Thunder Tuesday, Eric Dampier went up to try and block a Russell Westbrook layup. In the process Dampier’s finger suffered a severe dislocation (the bone ripped through the skin and he bled, a lot). Dampier was taken to an area hospital, where surgery…

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