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  1. Is Thaddeus Young worth a big free agent contract?

    Nov 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Thaddeus young

    If you are a general manager looking for a guy to gamble on in this free agency period, Thaddeus Young might be the call. He is 22, can play either forward spot, is an athletic slasher with the ball and can finish around the rim, last season showed more mature selection, plus he can defend.…

  2. Jeff Van Gundy warns you: It won’t be pretty come Dec. 25

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s going to be sloppy. There are going to be missed passes and non-existent defensive rotations. There are offensive sets that will fall apart into isolation basketball. No summer workouts followed by a condensed training camp with just two preseason games is just not enough time to make things run smoothly. Don’t take my word…

  3. Goodbye Denver, Miami among suitors lined up for Nene

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Nene nuggets

    Nene is the biggest and best free agent on the market. Unless your team doesn’t need a legit 7-foot big man who plays smart, can defend the paint, rebound well, plus has a deft offensive touch around the rim and from the midrange. Denver can use one of those but after nine years in the…

  4. Don’t go blaming the lockout when injuries pile up

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Starting Dec. 9 when training camps open, guys are going to get injured. And when it happens you are going to inevitably hear an announcer or that fool down bar from you drinking Bud Light say, “That’s because of the lockout.” No, it’s not. While it seems intuitive, it just doesn’t work that way. A…

  5. With rumors abound, Lakers near a franchise crossroads

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Though the formalization of the new CBA proceeds at a slow churn, the NBA rumor mill is already in mid-season form. Chris Paul and Dwight Howard — both in the final year of their respective contracts — are suddenly ready to be shipped every which way, and media outlets of every form are examining the…

  6. Andrei Kirilenko injures shoulder, out 7 to 10 days

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko

    This is not going to end up having a huge impact whether Andrei Kirilenko decides to come back to the NBA or stay in Moscow, but we pass this along anyway. Kirilenko injured his shoulder playing for CSKA Moscow but it is not that serious, tweets Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune. Agent Marc…

  7. Rumor: Lakers to make run at Dwight Howard AND Chris Paul?

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    Dwight Howard Chris Paul

    Now we know the lockout is officially over because ridiculous, outlandish Lakers trade rumors are flying around and gaining some momentum. Like the Lakers getting Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Reality be damned. These ideas gain traction because Lakers fans dream big. Outlandishly big. Plus Lakers ownership can be bold. It’s one of the reasons…

  8. Billy Hunter outlines labor deal, steps remaining in memo

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    You have questions… but mostly they revolve around finding a way for your favorite team to trade for Dwight Howard or maybe Rajon Rondo. NBA players have questions about the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, too. Theirs mostly revolve around, “When can we get back to work and get paid? And how much are we…

  9. Tuesday morning one liners: Rumor mill starting to spin

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Kris Humphries Nets

    If you read one thing on the new NBA CBA, this breakdown by Larry Coon of ESPN should be it. This will make you smarter. Here is a complete list of all 129 free agents that hit the market Dec. 9. It makes almost no sense for the Lakers to make a run at Kris…

  10. Vegas likes the Miami Heat to be your NBA champions

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    We in no way want to encourage you to gamble while in Las Vegas. There are so many fantastic restaurants — PBT personally recommends RM Seafood and B & B Ristorante — where you know you will get a certain return on your investment in the form of a great meal and atmosphere. But if…

  11. Report: Boston “open” to trading Rajon Rondo

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    Rondo_Mavs

    We suggest before reading this report you have a shaker of salt with you. Unless you’re a Celtics fan, in which case you should have blood pressure medicine with you. But know up front we don’t totally buy this. Chris Broussard at ESPN has suggested the Celtics will listen to offers for All-Star point guard…

  12. Free agents already eyeing Miami as destination

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:17 AM EST

    Heat's James celebrates a basket with teammate Wade during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Warm weather. No state income tax. The chance to play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The chance to win a ring. All of the tantalizing distractions a single man could ask for. There are a lot of reasons NBA players like Miami. And right now, the upcoming crop of free agents seems to like…

  13. Report: Chris Paul eyeing Knicks or… Clippers?

    Nov 29, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    When the New Orleans Hornets reach out to Chris Paul not long after Dec. 9, they will offer him a max deal that will have one more guaranteed year and be worth $27 million more than what any other team can offer. That’s a lot of money. And there are not many people — even…

  14. Derrick Rose likes that there’s a “Derrick Rose rule”

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:10 AM EST

    Derrick Rose

    I suppose we should have seen this coming. Derrick Rose likes having a rule in the new NBA collective bargaining agreement named after him (one that allows players in their first four years who have been named MVP or made a couple All-NBA teams to get paid more than others in the same draft). He…

  15. No surprise here: NBA jersey sales off 38 percent

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:10 PM EST

    Dwight Howard Jersey

    There are some very complex marketing principles at work here. (Re-read that sentence in your best sarcastic voice.) Turns out if you cancel 480 NBA games, stage a lockout where the owners and players snipe at each other while sounding greedy, fewer people buy NBA jerseys. Who knew? The New York Post has the numbers…

  16. Report: Blazers expected to use amnesty clause on Roy

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Is it time for the Portland Trail Blazers to cut bait with Brandon Roy? It looks like they are, according to a tweet from John Canzano, radio and television personality in the area. Blazers appear ready to exercise amnesty on Brandon Roy…. Hoping they take a longer look at him before they do it. Roy…

  17. Report: Paul Millsap is on the trading block. Any bidders?

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors

    We welcome with open arms our first real trade rumor of the post-lockout era. We’ve missed you guys. Jazz forward Paul Millsap is available, according to a story in the Indy Star and backed up by John Hollinger of ESPN. This is not a huge shock, the Jazz were reportedly shopping Millsap around during the…

  18. You can add Rockets to list of teams that want Nene

    Nov 28, 2011, 7:17 PM EST

    Nene

    Nene will be the most coveted free agent on the market this year. He is a true center who can defend the paint, is an efficient shooter (61.5 percent last season) who will give you around 14 points a game, and is a solid rebounder. In a league full of fours masquerading around as fives,…

  19. Report: Stoudemire wants to open a Hebrew school

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:49 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    We take a step back from today’s “what should my team do on Dec. 9” discussions to talk in Hebrew. Or at least about Hebrew. Knicks star Amare Stoudemire is interested in opening up Hebrew school in New York, according to the New York Daily News. A source close to the New York Knick tells…

  20. Andrei Kirilenko looking at options: Jazz, Nets or Moscow

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:03 PM EST

    Russia's Andrei Kirilenko vies with defe

    This season in Europe, Andrei Kirilenko has been about the most dominant player on the continent — he was EuroLeague player of the month for October (he was slowed in November after a faceplant). Plus, his dancing looks improved. And now with the NBA lockout over the free agent has options all over the globe.…

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