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  1. Billups can picture himself staying with Clippers

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Chauncey Billups didn’t want to end up with the Clippers. He didn’t want to get shipped out of his hometown Denver to New York at the whim of Carmelo Anthony. He didn’t want to get waived by said Knicks to clear the way for their signing of Tyson Chandler. Then he told teams not to…

  2. Heat may do preseason tour of China next year

    Dec 21, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Lebron-James China

    You get the feeling Nike is the puppet master on this one, pulling all the strings… Monday the Miami Heat signed a sponsorship agreement with Chinese beer company Tsingtao, and that may be the first step to a preseason tour of China for the Heat next season, reports the Sun Sentinel (via SLAM). “We’re not…

  3. Kenyon Martin agrees to buyout from Chinese team

    Dec 21, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin has found his way out of China back to the NBA — but he can’t sign with an NBA team until his Chinese team’s season is over. Which could be March (at the earliest late February). The question is will J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler follow suit? Those three — all free agents…

  4. Kris Humphries beats out LeBron as NBA’s least liked player

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:56 PM EST

    kris-humphries

    Finally, Kris Humphries has found a way to get mentioned in the same sentence with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. In a new poll of the least liked NBA players — conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research, so you know this is legit — Humphries topped even the two traditional black hat guys in…

  5. Blazers about to talk contract extension with Nicolas Batum

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:55 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Nicolas Batum is one of those players you leave the game talking about. You head into the Rose Garden in Portland thinking about LaMarcus Aldridge or Jamal Crawford, but when you leave the guy who jumps out at you is Batum. Which is why the Blazers are about to talk contract extension with the fourth-year…

  6. Wednesday morning one liners

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

    Samuel Dalembert, Tony Battie

    Our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). If you want to be the smartest NBA fan on the block — or the virtual block — order the new Basketball Prospectus preview book that just…

  7. It’s official, Kris Humphries is a New Jersey Net. Again.

    Dec 21, 2011, 10:54 AM EST

    Kris Humphries Nets

    If you read PBT (and by definition you do) then you knew this was coming, but now it is officially here — the Nets have re-signed power forward Kris Humphries. This is a one-year contract worth a little more than $7 million. So, longer but not as lucrative as his marriage. Here are Humphries thoughts,…

  8. Marcin Gortat tweets he has a broken thumb, it helps his shot

    Dec 21, 2011, 9:58 AM EST

    Alvin Gentry, Marcin Gortat, Leroy Richardson

    The Phoenix Suns lost their exhibition opener to the Denver Nuggets, which was relatively uneventful… until Suns center Marcin Gortat sent out a couple of tweets postgame (via IamaGM.com). Great start!!! Lost game and broken thumb!!! Awsome….last thing i need right now!!!! I got to say one thing free throws looks better with broken thumb…

  9. Kobe Bryant is cool with Mike Brown criticizing him

    Dec 21, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant

    We can all agree that the Clippers looked good against the Lakers the other night. But the other half of that is the Lakers picked up their defense from right where they left off in Game 4 against Dallas last playoffs. The Lakers were slow and soft, particularly on the perimeter. After the game, new…

  10. Stephen Curry sprains ankle he just had surgery on

    Dec 21, 2011, 8:11 AM EST

    Curry injured AP

    The point of Stephen Curry’s offseason right ankle surgery was to tighten tendons and strengthen a part of the body prone to injury. But here we go again. And Warriors fans should feel a little queasy. In the second quarter of his second preseason game (against Sacramento Tuesday night), Curry rolled that same ankle pretty…

  11. Clippers sign rebounding machine Reggie Evans

    Dec 21, 2011, 1:30 AM EST

    EVANS_REGGIE

    UPDATE Dec. 21, 1:30 am: It’s official, Reggie Evans is a Clipper. The team has announced the deal. This is a good signing by the Clips — it addresses a need with a player who does one thing exceptionally well at the NBA level. He doesn’t cost much, will come off the bench and Clipper…

  12. Video: Jameer Nelson talks Magic, Dwight Howard

    Dec 21, 2011, 1:16 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Dwight Howard and his trade demands over the Magic like the cloud over Joe Btfsplk. That said, we are talking about a 52-win team last season. A team undergoing a lot of changes — Glen Davis is in for Brandon Bass — but still a team you ignore at your own peril. Magic point guard…

  13. It’s official: Derrick Rose agrees to max extension with Bulls

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:04 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    This was as expected as Santa’s rounds in a few days. Derrick Rose has agreed to a five-year, $94 million max extension with the Bulls, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. That actually is a super-max deal under the “Derrick Rose” rule in the new CBA that allows players getting their first extension of their rookie…

  14. Warriors, Monta Ellis sued for sexual harassment

    Dec 20, 2011, 8:38 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

    A former employee of the Golden State Warriors is suing the team and star Monta Ellis for sexual harassment, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. An e-mail from the law offices of Burton F. Boltuch said that on Wednesday, Dec. 21, a plaintiff will file the suit in Oakland at the Superior Court of Alameda County.…

  15. Stephen Jackson returns to practice with the Bucks

    Dec 20, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

    stephen-jackson-bucks2

    There was plenty of speculation that Stephen Jackson had ulterior motives for skipping out on a few days of Milwaukee Bucks practices — read: money — but maybe not. Maybe it was all about his back. Jackson was cleared to practice Tuesday and will be back on the court with the team Wednesday, reports the…

  16. Big Baby likes starting, getting out of Garnett’s shadow

    Dec 20, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Glen Davis

    Glen Davis has his ring. He’s had his moments in the sun. He’s done the Shrek and Donkey thing on a national stage. Now, he wants to play a bigger role. That wasn’t happening in Boston where Kevin Garnett will start at the four until he can no longer clap in the face of smaller…

  17. Paul Pierce to miss preseason game… maybe opening day?

    Dec 20, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

    Paul Pierce

    Paul Pierce has a right heel injury, one that will keep him out of Wednesday’s preseason game against the Raptors. But a veteran missing a preseason game is not going to turn any heads. But him missing the season opener against the Knicks would. It is possible, the Celtics are admitting. Here are the cryptic…

  18. Video: Nike’s new “Always On” spot with Stoudemire

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire Vouge

    Best part of this spot is the number by French Montana. This is the latest spot in the Nike Sportswear “Always On” series and we get to follow Amare Stoudemire around New York doing everything but playing basketball. But we get a look into the Sunday brunch at Stoudemire’s house, which looks about as sweet…

  19. Report: Nets close to one-year deal with Kris Humphries

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Kris Humphries Nets

    Kris Humphries was in column of guys who expected to get paid this free agency, coming off his best year as a pro, only to find the market tighter than they thought. Maybe GMs expect the Kardashian effect to wear off now. Looks like Humphries will stay put for the next season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski…

  20. Brook Lopez admits he was a lazy rebounder last year

    Dec 20, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    Last season, Brook Lopez grabbed 10 percent of the available rebounds when he was on the floor. Six rebounds per game. Think about that for a second — in a perfectly even world all 10 players on the floor would grab 10 percent of the boards. But if you are a seven-footer who plays around…

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