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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Knicks bump courtside disabled seat prices 900 percent. Classy.

    Dec 20, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

    Madison Square Garden

    Christmas Day the Knicks will take the floor at the renovated Madison Square Garden — and fans are going to pay a premium to see them thanks to finally having a decent team on the court and the upgraded facilities. But this is ridiculous. From the New York Post (via IamaGM.com). (Quadriplegic former Brooklyn high…

  4. Blazers’ Allen talks openly about being small market owner

    Dec 20, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Paul Allen

    Paul Allen got painted as the bad guy this summer, fair or not. But to his credit, when he sat down with reporters Monday he was honest — he was a hardliner. Which is ironic as the Blazers were one of the bigger spending small markets of the last couple decades. Portland followed the pattern…

  5. Video: Durant shows off the Nowitzki step back

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:11 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    In the Western Conference Finals last year, Kevin Durant got an up close look at Dirk Nowitzki‘s wrong-footed step back jumper. Too good a look for Durant’s taste. Well look what Durant broke out in a preseason game Monday. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  6. Ray Allen thinks David West made a mistake choosing Indy

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Ray Allen

    David West is a Pacer, a big pickup for an Indiana team that barely scrapped into the playoffs last year. They picked up an All-Star power forward who is as good a pick-and-pop big as there is in the game. But West was almost a Celtic and would have been key to their run at…

  7. Report: Rockets out of the Dalembert sweepstakes, Kings in

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    Samuel Dalembert

    Samuel Dalembert is the best free agent big out there on the market right now. Problem for him is the market is shrinking and he may not get paid like he hoped. The Houston Rockets are out of the running, tweets David Aldridge of TNT and NBA.com. Sources: Rockets, at the moment, taking a pass…

  8. Tuesday morning one liners (KG is taunting Raptors again)

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

    RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2011

    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). Kevin Garnett went all Kevin Garnett and taunted a Raptor during a meaningless preseason game. Does this even shock us anymore? Jason Terry had to leave Mavericks…

  9. Deron Williams says he will be “grumpy” if Nets lose a lot

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:13 AM EST

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams is going to be grumpy. D-Will is a very competitive player and he’s about to be on a team that is going to lose a lot of games. He’s not used to that (college Final Four, Olympic gold, won more than he lost in Utah). The Nets have been trying desperately to land…

  10. Video: The Clippers were throwing it down on the Lakers

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:49 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    DeAndre Jordan is going to love him some Chris Paul. Those two hooked up a couple of times for big plays as the Clippers rolled the Lakers in an exhibition (see more dunks below). Paul looked good but this is an exhibition, so we’re not going to read a lot into it. However, the steady…

  11. It’s official, Grizzlies Arthur out for season with torn Achilles

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    ARTHUR_DARRELL

    We knew it looked bad when it happened Saturday, and now the worst has been confirmed. Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur will be out for the season with a torn Achilles, reports the Commercial Appeal. There is a six-to-12 month recovery time. Arthur is a versatile backup big — he can play the four or the…

  12. Chris Paul looks really, really good in first game as Clipper

    Dec 20, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

    Clippers' Paul sails to the basket as Lakers' players watch during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    We have to start with this disclaimer — it was a preseason game. Which means about as much as an autographed Derek Jeter baseball. Actually, less. That said, Chris Paul had 17 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals and was a +24 against the Lakers in his first game as a Clipper. He…

  13. Arron Afflalo reaches five-year deal with Nuggets

    Dec 20, 2011, 1:43 AM EST

    Arron Afflalo

    Quietly, a lot of teams were coveting restricted free agent Arron Afflalo — a shooting guard who plays good defense, can knock down the open three (42 percent last year) and plays smart and within himself. I say quietly because they realized that they were not going to land him — he wanted to stay…

  14. Winderman: Unveiling the key deadlines of the lockout-shortened schedule

    Dec 19, 2011, 9:11 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    The traditional NBA calendar? About as useful these days as those 82-game schedules put out by the league in July. So we made a call, since, frankly, there has been no formal word from the NBA regarding many of the annual key dates. And this is what we have come up with, with some of…

  15. Can Dwight Howard lead the Magic this season?

    Dec 19, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Orlando did not look very impressive in their first preseason game, a 118-85 drubbing at the hands of the Heat. To which the normal — and correct — response is: so what? It’s their first preseason game, it’s meaningless. Dwight Howard was off for a night and we should not care. Nobody expects playoff execution…

  16. Owners get a new “LeBron Rule” in NBA labor deal

    Dec 19, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    LeBron James

    There was a whole lot about the NBA lockout that was really about LeBron James. About who has the power, the owners or players. But some things are more specific than others. Like this note from the Sports Business Journal (via Eye on Basketball). NBA players are now prohibited from holding an ownership stake in…

  17. Peja Stojakovic announces retirement after 13 seasons

    Dec 19, 2011, 5:53 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    Peja Stojakovic, the Croatian-born sharpshooter, has announced he is going to retire from the NBA after a 13-year NBA career. Stojakovic spoke to ESPNDallas.com about the decision. The three-time All-Star told ESPN.com on Monday that the physical toll involved in playing after a string of back and neck troubles, at age 34, convinced him that…

  18. Chuck Hayes fails physical with Kings, contract voided

    Dec 19, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    In the wake of what happened with Jeff Green of the Celtics last week, we can only hope that this isn’t as serious or at least is as treatable. In a surprise move the Sacramento Kings have voided the free agent contract of Chuck Hayes, the team announced, as reported by CSNBayArea.com. He had abnormalities appear…

  19. Thunder trade Byron Mullens to Bobcats for pick

    Dec 19, 2011, 3:29 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    B.J. Mullens is a guy who can’t get off the Thunder bench — he’s played in just 26 games over two years. He’s going to get his chance now — Mullens has been traded to the Charlotte Bobcats to help out their depleted frontcourt, reports the Oklahoman. The Bobcats are sending back a second-round pick.…

  20. Antonio McDyess to retire; Spurs front line very thin

    Dec 19, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns, Game 2

    After the playoffs, Antonio McDyess sounded like a guy ready to retire. After the lockout there was the thought he might be willing and able to give it a go in the shortened season, but that is not going to happen, reports Mike Monroe of the Express-News. The team acknowledged that McDyess won’t be back,…

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