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  1. Jamal Crawford rules out Knicks, narrows choices to Portland and Sacramento

    Dec 14, 2011, 6:26 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Jamal Crawford has narrowed his free agent choice to two teams, according to multiple reports. Portland and Sacramento have emerged as the leading candidates to land Crawford’s services, after the Knicks and Pacers were reportedly also in the chase. It’s unclear if the Knicks made an official offer, but Crawford did reject one worth $10…

  2. Video: One Magic fan’s plea to Dwight (after dental surgery)

    Dec 14, 2011, 5:59 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    You’re a huge Dwight Howard and Orlando Magic fan. You’re delerious after dental surgery to have you wisdom teeth pulled. What do you sound like? Well, like this. Thanks to The Basketball Jones for enriching all our lives with this.

  3. Chris Paul trade talks stalled, Hornets say they are in no rush

    Dec 14, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Chris Paul

    Taking a page out of the Orlando Magic (and before them Denver Nuggets) playbook, when major talks stall out New Orleans Hornets GM Dell Demps says he is in no rush to make a decision. Chris Paul trade talks between the Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers have stalled out, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com.…

  4. Baron Davis out indefinitely with bulging disk in back

    Dec 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    If Baron Davis is going to do any mentoring of Kyrie Irving, he will be doing it on the sidelines. Davis will not suit up for a while due to a bulging disk in his back, tweets Sam Amico of Fox Sports. For those of you med students out there, it is between L2 and…

  5. Mavs players ask for championship rings even Cuban thinks are too pricy

    Dec 14, 2011, 3:26 PM EST

    Dallas forward Nowitzki kisses the NBA Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    There is bling. And then there is what Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd think a championship ring should look like. On Christmas day the Dallas Mavericks will raise a championship banner to the rafters — while LeBron James and the Heat look on — but they will not get championship rings. That will come later.…

  6. Rip Hamilton clears waivers, will be Chicago Bull soon

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons  v Toronto Raptors

    Unlike what happened with Chauncey Billups ride to Miami (different situation), nobody has gotten in the way of Richard Hamilton landing with the Chicago Bulls. Hamilton — you know him as Rip — was bought out by the Pistons but has cleared the waiver wire and is now free to sign with the Chicago Bulls,…

  7. Report: Magic end all trade talks for Dwight Howard

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Do not think for a second this is permanent. But when Christmas Day comes comes Dwight Howard will suit up for the Orlando Magic against the Oklahoma city Thunder. The Orlando Magic have cut off all trade talks for Howard, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski. Magic decided to take Dwight Howard off market,…

  8. Rodney Stuckey balking at Pistons’ latest offer

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:07 PM EST

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    What is Rodney Stuckey worth? Stuckey is the point guard of the future in Detroit and wanted to be paid big money. Like $10 million a year. But the Pistons have offered a five-year deal in the $40 million to $45 million range — $8 to $9 million a year. So we are at an…

  9. Lakers’ Derrick Caracter tears meniscus in left knee

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:52 AM EST

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    The Lakers are already a little thin along the front line after sending out Lamar Odom — although getting Josh McRoberts was a nice pickup — and this is not going to help matters. Second year player Derrick Caracter has torn the meniscus on his left knee and is set to undergo surgery on Wednesday…

  10. Wednesday morning one liners

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    Steve Kerr

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. Steve Kerr absolutely rips Dan Gilbert. And he’s right. Andre Iguodala is impressing at Sixers camp. Shawn Kemp award contestant: DeSagana Diop said that he is 25 lbs overweight. The Lakers and Knicks lead…

  11. NBA League Pass price remains similar despite fewer games

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:08 AM EST

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    It’s all about the money. The lockout was largely about money. Cramming 66 games into a condensed schedule was all about the money (revenue for owners, paychecks for players). Every move the NBA makes is about money. And as another reminder of that — and a big middle finger to hardcore fans — the league…

  12. Report: Portland emerges as third team in Howard to Nets

    Dec 14, 2011, 10:14 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    If a team were going to jump in as the facilitator in a Dwight Howard to the Nets trade, you would bet that team would be from the West. They would have motivation to keep Howard in the Eastern Conference and away from the Lakers (or Mavericks). Enter the Portland Trail Blazers. At least that…

  13. Lamar Odom felt disrespected by Lakers

    Dec 14, 2011, 9:04 AM EST

    Lamar Odom

    Lamar Odom takes his business personally. NBA players use a variation of the line “this is a business” about the NBA more than they say they “gave 110 percent” or that they “left it all on the floor.” It is as common as NBA groupies around he league. But the Lakers almost trading him to…

  14. Spurs’ Gary Neal out after having appendectomy

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:32 AM EST

    Gary Neal

    Congratulations to Gary Neal, who came up with maybe the most creative injury of the early season. Well, maybe injury isn’t the right word, but he did need surgery before his appendix burst, so the Spurs guard will miss about the first week of the season or so, according to a tweet from Mike Monroe…

  15. Video: Metta World Peace thanks Jesus for his teeth

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:02 AM EST

    Metta World Peace

    I thank Jesus we have the NBA back so rather than running posts on the intricacies of anti-trust law we can run videos of Metta World Peace (the artist formerly known as Ron Artest) thanking the Jesus for the fact that our teeth fall out when we are babies, not when we are in our…

  16. Report: No Dwight Howard trade imminent, but Nets in front of line

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:26 AM EST

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    In the end, there will be no trade of Dwight Howard until the Orlando Magic are completely and utterly convinced that they cannot sign him to stay, and then that they got the best possible deal they could for him. Neither of those things are going to happen before Dec. 25. But should the Magic…

  17. Nene to stay in Denver with five-year deal

    Dec 13, 2011, 10:57 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    The biggest free agent on the market is going nowhere. After flirting with a few teams including the Rockets, Pacers and Nets, Brazilian center Nene has re-signed with the Denver Nuggets with a five-year, $67 million deal, according Marc Stein at ESPN. That is a really fair deal for both sides, Nene is well paid…

  18. Jamal Crawford thinking Portland or New York (not Indiana)

    Dec 13, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

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    Jamal Crawford doesn’t know what to do. Don’t take my word for it, this was his tweet Monday night. There’s pro’s and cons about the remaining teams I could be playing for this year..#confused Who are those teams? Well, not Indiana — Larry Bird offered two years, $10 million to Crawford but he shot that…

  19. Chris Paul update: Clippers waiting for league, Lakers trying to get back in

    Dec 13, 2011, 9:02 PM EST

    Chris Paul, Quincy Pondexter

    The entire Chris Paul saga reminds me of the NBA lockout, just flipped on its head. In the lockout, the owners and league made wild demands of the players, and since the owners had the leverage they got most of what they wanted (they got the money, which is what mattered most). With CP3, the…

  20. Mavericks trade Rudy Fernandez, Corey Brewer to Nuggets

    Dec 13, 2011, 7:23 PM EST

    Rudy Fernandez

    Dallas keeps looking for ways to bring in veterans and keep their cap space open for next summer — you listening Deron Williams — and they made another move along those lines today. Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer are going to Denver for a second round pick, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. That works financially…

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