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  1. Blazers president talks Roy, Oden, GM… but no real answers

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:45 AM EST

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    Blazers president Larry Miller took on all questions and talked a lot at a Wednesday press conference. But like a good politican, he didn’t really say much. The Blazers are a team at a crossroads. What are they going to do with Brandon Roy? Greg Oden? When are they going to get a permanent general…

  2. Video: Derrick Williams tells you where he is from

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    Arizona v Connecticut

    Under Armour (which seems to be what the president wears when he plays hoop) learned a great lesson from Nike: Tell a good story in your commercials. This is the latest in their “Are You From Here?” ads and it features Minnesota’s Derrick Williams. Who is my early pick for rookie of the year (he…

  3. Thursday morning one liners: NBA rumor mill keeps churning

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Durant football

    LeBron James and Kevin Durant played flag football Wednesday night. The score: Nobody tore an ACL. That’s the only score that matters. If you want to get an early jump on MVP voting (which, admittedly, may be a tad premature what with training camps not even open yet) we’ve got you covered here at NBC.…

  4. Seven teams reach out to Nene’s agent, more to come

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

    Nene Hilario, Andrew Bynum

    You soon may see a lot of NBA executives walking the streets of Rio de Janeiro (I can imagine fights in NBA office corridors over who gets to go on a trip to Brazil for a couple of days.) The reason is Nene. In a down free agent market the former Nugget center is the…

  5. Hawks’ Josh Smith still on trade block. Any takers?

    Dec 1, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Around the NBA draft last year the Atlanta Hawks shopped forward Josh Smith around. The feeling was mutual, Smith felt it was time for a change of scenery. However, the Hawks didn’t get any offers they liked. Now with the lockout over, Smith is back up on the trading block, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo.…

  6. Report: Kris Humphries to file for annulment “based on fraud”

    Dec 1, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Kardashian Kollection Launch Party

    And now for something completely different. We take a break from the NBA rumor mill to head to the celebrity gossip rumor mill for a second. We promise to return you soon to your regularly scheduled programing. Recent Nets forward and current free agent (in every sense) Kris Humphries is likely to file for annulment…

  7. Report: Lakers will trade Bynum for “right deal” (meaning Howard)

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

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    Jim Buss has a fondness for Andrew Bynum. Buss is now the guy calling the day-to-day shots for the Lakers but when he was coming up he was one of the champions of the Lakers drafting Bynum. This has made Bynum sort of Buss’ sign that he could do this job while many around the…

  8. Jerry Reinsdorf says the Bulls will pay to win. We’ll see.

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    If you want the model of how to win without spending like Mark Cuban, you look at the Bulls. Even during the Jordan era owner Jerry Reinsdorf was a guy who won as cheaply as he could. He does not like to pay the luxury tax. Right now, the Bulls are doing that again —…

  9. Tyson Chandler expects to join new team

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Tyson Chandler was the anchor of the Mavericks championship defense. In an era with no hands allowed on the perimeter, you can’t win without a big who can protect the rim. He was a key change that took them from contender to pretender. In a surprise development on the first day that NBA teams and…

  10. Bucher: Monta Ellis-Rudy Gay trade possible

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:03 PM EST

    Monta Ellis tree tattoo

    From ESPN.com’s Ric Bucher: Mentioned on SC a Monta Ellis + asset for Rudy Gay deal. Came from GS side. If Mem considered – big if – it would be for financial reasons. Ellis is owed $11 million a year through the 2013/14 season, while Gay’s contract size will increase until he is owed $19…

  11. Will the new CBA give David Stern less power to punish players?

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:53 PM EST

    Ron Artest Parade

    TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott suspects that it might: David Stern has more than a little power, which is especially clear when players really break the rules. After the unrestrained brawl known as “the Auburn Hills incident,” for example, the fortunes of the Pacers and Pistons franchises and several players hung in the balance. Were there hearings…

  12. Keeping Hill in free agency Phoenix’s “top priority”

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:37 PM EST

    HILL_GRANT

    From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic: At 7 a.m. Phoenix time, the Suns began talking to agents of players. That meant checking in on some of their own guys but the first calls needed to go to the agents of free-agent players to show the Suns’ interest. The Suns will be feeling out the market for…

  13. Nets reportedly interested in Nene, Tyson Chandler

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:28 PM EST

    Nene

    From ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard: NJ will pursue free agents Nene & Tyson Chandler in hopes of landing 1. Could use either as trade bait to land Howard or players around him. Seeing as to how center Brook Lopez is one of New Jersey’s core players, this report is a bit baffling. Nene is the best…

  14. Penny, The Worm, The Glove, Uncle Cliffy, and more players with awesome nicknames are going to Asia

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:22 PM EST

    Penny Glove China Tour

    From ballislife.com: Think back to 1995 when the unstoppable Chicago Bulls with Pippen and Rodman were battling the beasts in East like Penny Hardaway and the Orlando Magic & Western conference teams like the Supersonics lead by Gary Payton and the Houston Rockets with Clyde Drexler.  It was to many basketball fans the greatest time…

  15. Report: Thunder working to buy out Nate Robinson

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    You can add Nate Robinson to your list of free agents that fans love way more than GMs do. Not officially, yet. Officially and through Dec. 9 Robinson is a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder set to make $4.5 million next season. But the two sides are working on a buyout, tweets J. Michael…

  16. David West drawing interest from Pacers, Warriors, more

    Nov 30, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

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    David West (kind of like Caron Butler) is an interesting free agent case — he’s 31 and coming off major knee surgery. Combined those are a pretty massive red flag. But he has been a good, borderline All-Star (he made it in 2008 and 2009) forward who is one of the best pick-and-pop bigs in…

  17. Just a reminder: Next year the Lakers will be insanely rich

    Nov 30, 2011, 4:56 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    So much of the recent NBA lockout was really about small market owners trying to rein in the spending of big market owners in the name of mythical “competitive balance.” (I would say a lot of that was misplaced anger at bigger markets having better management, but we can debate that another day.) The Lakers and…

  18. Orlando not ready to trade Dwight Howard. Yet.

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

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    Give this to Magic general manager Otis Smith — he was pretty up front. He has about the most difficult job in the NBA right now: Either retool the Magic roster enough that Dwight Howard wants to stay (a job Smith made harder on himself with bad moves last year), or find a way to…

  19. Free agent Caron Butler drawing interest from power teams

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

    Caron Butler

    Caron Butler is 32 years old and coming off knee surgery that forced him to miss the second half of last season and the playoffs for the Dallas Mavericks. Injured and getting old (by NBA standards) is not usually a combo that has teams clamoring for a guy. But in a sign of the market…

  20. Top priority for Chicago Bulls: Ink Rose to new deal

    Nov 30, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Yes, the Bulls need to give some consideration to a two guard (Arron Afflalo is the perfect fit but Denver won’t let him go) and some depth up front. But those are not the biggest priority. Job No. 1 — keep Derrick Rose happy. He is the franchise cornerstone, the MVP, the guy who fills…

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