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  1. After killing Chris Paul deal to the Lakers, there’s no way the league can trade him anywhere else

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:21 PM EST

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    The deal was done, agreed to in principle by all three teams. The Lakers would get Chris Paul, in exchange for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. The Rockets would end up with Gasol, and the Hornets would end up with a solid package of Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Goran Dragic, with the cap…

  2. League kills Chris Paul three-team trade to Lakers

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:18 PM EST

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    Within hours of all parties saying the deal was all but done, the proposed three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers is dead. And David Stern is standing over it holding the gun. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo writes said the deal is dead because the league — which currently…

  3. Chris Paul deal does not improve the Lakers, unless a Dwight Howard deal is next

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:16 PM EST

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    If the three-team trade between the Lakers, Hornets, and Rockets is finalized as expected when the league opens for business on Friday morning, L.A. will have sent Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom out of town in exchange for Chris Paul  — and possibly another piece to make the salaries match, like Emeka Okafor. In doing…

  4. Lakers complete three-team blockbuster to acquire Chris Paul

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    In the blink of an eye, the entire landscape of the NBA has changed. As originally reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets, and Houston Rockets have agreed on the framework of a deal that will bring Chris Paul to L.A. The long-standing rumors linking the league’s best…

  5. Report: Three-team deal bringing Chris Paul to the Lakers has been completed in principle

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:33 PM EST

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    UPDATE (7:33 p.m. ET): According to yet another tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the three-team deal has been completed in principle. The Hornets will also receive an undisclosed draft pick in the deal. UPDATE (6:31 p.m. ET): Wojnarowski is now reporting that this will be a three-team trade involving the Lakers, Hornets, and…

  6. Caron Butler agrees to a perplexing three-year, $24 million offer from the Clippers

    Dec 8, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

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    Free agency wouldn’t be free agency without a twinge of instant regret, and the Clippers may be the first buyers in this year’s market to experience it. According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Caron Butler has agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Clips, a fair bit more than the league’s more reasonable…

  7. If Billups is out in New York, does he land in Miami?

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:52 PM EST

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    If Chauncey Billups walked around all day today with a dumbfounded look on his face, he’d have a right. When he woke up this morning he thought he was the starting point guard of the New York Knicks, by the end of tomorrow the NBA’s bottom feeders could be bidding on him. Billups still has…

  8. Report: Knicks about to land Tyson Chandler

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:55 PM EST

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    If the Knicks are going to compete with the Heat and Bulls as the elite in the East during the next few years, they were going to have to find a way to play much better defense. They may be very close to solving that problem — but it comes with a price. Potentially a…

  9. Lakers, Rockets, Hornets talking three-way Chris Paul trade

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:41 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    After things seemed to cool of on Wednesday, the Chris Paul trade rumors have heated up fast and furious on Thursday. That includes a three-way deal where Paul ends up with the Los Angeles Lakers, who give up Pau Gasol. Then there is both Boston and New York working hard to find multi-team deals that…

  10. Tayshaun Prince agrees to four-year deal to stay in Detroit

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    Tayshuan Prince, Gerald Wallace

    There’s no place like home… or in this case your adopted home. While Tayshaun Prince flirted with the Los Angeles Clippers in his hometown, he will be staying in his adopted hometown and playing in Detroit. Prince has agreed to a four-year, $27 million deal to stay with the Pistons, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.…

  11. Warriors offer Tyson Chandler $60 million; Knicks may get him anyway

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

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    Golden State really wants Tyson Chandler, they are not messing around. But the New York Knicks are about counter with a huge offer of their own — one likely to win the day according to multiple reports. The Warriors have made a four-year, $60 million offer to Chandler, reports Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. The New…

  12. Report: Oden to sign one-year offer to stay in Portland

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

    Greg Oden

    The Trail Blazers are giving Greg Oden one more shot. Oden is going to sign the Blazers one-year qualifying offer at $8.9 million, reports Jason Quick at the Oregonian. This is essentially the last year of his rookie deal, Oden will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Oden has played…

  13. Hawks show uncharacteristic sensibility with signing of Tracy McGrady

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    Teams aren’t technically allowed to come to agreements with free agents just yet, but Tracy McGrady is reportedly locked in to join the Atlanta Hawks nonetheless. But, before anyone engages in the usual snark-fest that ensues whenever McGrady’s name comes up, they should honestly consider the terms and return on this deal. McGrady may not have the…

  14. Lakers are already NBA Facebook champions

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:44 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    You like the Lakers. You really like them. We can tell because you actually pushed the “like” button on Facebook for the Lakers more than any other team in professional sports, reports Yahoo Sports. The Los Angeles Lakers quietly became the first American sports franchise to accumulate 11 million Facebook fans. Bryant’s team isn’t just…

  15. Report: Suns “close” to signing Sebastian Telfair

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    Sebastian Telfair

    The Suns dealt for Aaron Brooks at last season’s trade deadline, in hopes that he might be a long-term solution at point guard for the team — both as a backup to Steve Nash, and possibly as his someday-replacement. Brooks was to be a restricted free agent this season, and while it’s unclear whether or…

  16. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

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    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. The Celtics may have been closer to getting Chris Paul than you think. Eddy Curry is about to sign a deal with the Heat. So, you can just start sizing them all for championship…

  17. Report: Dwight Howard giving Orlando chance to improve

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:56 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Any reports that leak out of these intense meetings like the Orlando Magic had with Dwight Howard Monday need to be taken with a grain of salt. Or a handful. That said, the report out of Hoopsworld about where Dwight Howard stands with the Magic makes some sense. First, because it notes he is not…

  18. Shane Battier announces he will sign with the Heat

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:11 AM EST

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    Shane Battier was reportedly considering four teams as his free agent destination for the upcoming season: the Grizzlies, Pacers, Raptors, and Heat. The Pacers and Raptors aren’t exactly relevant these days, and while Memphis is on the rise after making an exciting run in the playoffs last year, the veteran known for his defensive ability…

  19. Don’t bet on Grant Hill heading East just yet. Or is he…

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    UPDATE 10:07 am: I guess it depends on where the news is coming from. While Arizona says Hill is staying put, more reports in the New York Post Thursday say Grant Hill is about to be a Knick. “It’s not 100 percent done, but he’s leaning,’’ one source said. The Bulls and San Antonio also…

  20. Chuck Hayes on verge of deal to join Sacramento Kings

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    The Sacramento Kings may just have lined up some good post defense. The Kings have made a four year, $20 million offer to the free agent forward who played his entire career for the Rockets, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. What’s more, it looks like Hayes will take the deal. The Kings will have a…

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