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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Winderman: Is the general manager with power a dying breed?

    Dec 13, 2011, 6:24 PM EST

    Dell Demps

    Has the title of NBA general manager become obsolete? No, we’re not doubting the work, the qualifications or even the input. But it used to be that the general manager essentially stood as the final word on all things basketball, if only because he was the one entrusted to see all, hear all, know all.…

  15. Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to fill in for Lamar Odom

    Dec 13, 2011, 6:07 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Josh McRoberts has a lot of fans around the league because he is a hard-nosed, smart player — not flashy but he plays within himself and gets the job done. Which will make him an interesting fit on the Los Angeles Lakers. McRoberts signed for two years with the Lakers for the mini mid-level exception…

  16. Story of Rondo rage from the Boston Celtics locker room

    Dec 13, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    If you’ve wondered why there have been whispers of Rajon Rondo being on the trading block for about a year, we might have an example of why. (We’re not talking a Rondo for Chris Paul trade here, that is just smart basketball by the Celtics and Danny Ainge. The Celtics have listened to far more…

  17. Grizzlies Henry out for month with torn ankle ligaments

    Dec 13, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

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    Xavier Henry, who played in only 38 games for the Memphis Grizzlies last year due to injury, was seen at Grizzlies training camp Tuesday in crutches. That’s not good. Here is the tweet from the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Henry out up to a month with torn ligaments in rt ankle. Henry in walking boot We…

  18. Quote of the Day: KG thinks he’s the next Iron Chef

    Dec 13, 2011, 3:39 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    “Chemistry is something that you don’t just throw in a frying pan and mix it up with another something and throw something on top of that and then fry it up and put in a tortilla and put it in microwave, heat it up, give it to you and expect it to taste good. You…

  19. Report: Dwight Howard will only sign extension with four teams

    Dec 13, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    If this report is true (and we get the sense it’s pretty spot on) the Dwight Howard saga is only going to end in one of four places. Whenever it ends.   Here is the tweet from ESPN’s Chris Broussard:   There r only 4 teams Dwight Howard would sign longterm deal with – Orl,…

  20. O.J. Mayo trade to Pacers dead

    Dec 13, 2011, 1:56 PM EST

    O. J. Mayo

    It looked like a done deal, but the trade that would have sent O.J. Mayo to the Pacers and Josh McRoberts to the Grizzlies is dead, according to tweets from the Memphis Commercial Appeal. What’s more, Mayo was told he would not be traded anywhere. The fact that the Grizzlies Xavier Henry is out for…

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