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  1. Kings sign Chuck Hayes to a modest four-year, $21 million deal

    Dec 9, 2011, 4:07 PM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    The post-lockout free agency period has seen teams throw gobs of money at Caron Butler, Tyson Chandler, and Nene, but out in Sactown they’re showing some impressive restraint. The Kings aren’t in any rush to substantial salary commitments to their books, but in their efforts to build up their roster and meet the league’s payroll…

  2. Might Chauncey Billups retire? Or end up with the Clippers?

    Dec 9, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    We know one thing about Chauncey Billups next season: He will not be playing for the New York Knicks. He might not be playing anywhere — he is threatening to retire if a team he doesn’t want to play for claims him on waivers. But what if it is an intriguing team, like the Clippers?…

  3. Orlando Magic use amnesty clause to waive Gilbert Arenas

    Dec 9, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Gilbert Arenas, Stan Van Gundy

    The Orlando Magic have waived Gilbert Arenas, and designated him as the team’s amnesty player according to a team press release. This is perhaps the least surprising news of the day, as Arenas, on the books for $62 million over the next three seasons, was widely expected to be among the first players dropped under…

  4. Mark Cuban voted against new labor agreement, explains Mavs’ thinking regarding free agency

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The defending champion Dallas Mavericks have been uncharacteristically quiet as free agency in the NBA has reached a fever pitch over the past few days. The team that notoriously has been willing to spend into luxury tax territory hasn’t been connected to any of the top free agents, and in fact, seemed simply uninterested in…

  5. David Stern releases statement on Chris Paul trade veto

    Dec 9, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Here is the official statement from David Stern on his veto of the NBA trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers in a three-team deal. “Since the NBA purchased the New Orleans Hornets, final responsibility for significant management decisions lies with the Commissioner’s Office in consultation with team chairman Jac Sperling. All…

  6. Magic may file tampering charges against Nets for talking to Dwight Howard

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    And you thought the Chris Paul situation was messy…. The Orlando Magic are considering filing tampering charges against two NBA teams for reaching out to Dwight Howard (who is still under contract to Orlando), reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. This report has been confirmed by other sources. Those two teams are the New Jersey Nets…

  7. Grant Hill agrees to one-year deal to stay with Suns

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Not everybody wants to play for the Knicks. Grant Hill has decided to stay with Steve Nash — and the warm winter weather of Phoenix — and has agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal to play for the Suns this season, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. The Suns were long considered the…

  8. Hornets, Lakers, Rockets to appeal Stern’s trade veto

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

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    NBA executives around the league are shocked — never before has the league stepped in to block a trade, even ones that appeared painfully lopsided — but they have used that power now. And the teams involved don’t like it. The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets will appeal the cancellation of the three-team trade that would…

  9. Knicks moving forward to get Chandler, amnesty Billups

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

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    It was the big story yesterday — until Chris Paul was traded then untraded — and it will shake up the Eastern Conference. And it is happening — the New York Knicks will sign Tyson Chandler today tweets Howard Beck at the New York Times. The Knicks will use the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups…

  10. Report: Suns to send Mickael Pietrus to Raptors for second round pick

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    The Mickael Pietrus era appears to be over in Phoenix, as the Suns have agreed to trade the small forward to the Raptors for a conditional second round draft pick, according to the Toronto Star. Pietrus will need to pass the customary physical, which might get interesting considering the fact that he missed the last…

  11. Stern’s trade veto about owners wanting their power back

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:34 AM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Why David Stern pulled the plug Thursday on a reasonable (not ideal, but reasonable) three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers is really simple: The NBA owners want their power over star players back. What LeBron James did scared most owners because he had the power — teams had to come…

  12. NBA labor deal officially approved, camps set to open

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:18 AM EST

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    In all the excitement over Chris Paul going to the Lakers Chris Paul staying with the New Orleans Hornets, one little thing happened on Thursday not many people noticed: The players and owners approved the new NBA labor deal. It is in place and training camps are set to open Friday (even if not everyone…

  13. Danny Granger and Jason Richardson tweet out their frustration over the league-halted Chris Paul trade

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:49 AM EST

    Danny Granger

    Over the last few years, Twitter has completely changed the NBA experience. It gives basketball fans a place to congregate online in order to discuss breaking news or thrilling games. It gives reporters a mechanism to get their scoops to readers as quickly as possible, without having to worry about wasting precious moments for the…

  14. Chris Paul reportedly considering legal action against league

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:19 AM EST

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    In the wake of David Stern taking the nearly unprecedented step of calling off a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, Paul met with NBA union chief Billy Hunter to consider legal action, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. It’s unclear what any legal action might entail. But it is possible that…

  15. Report: Dwight Howard wants to be traded to Nets

    Dec 9, 2011, 1:21 AM EST

    Dwight Howard Brook Lopez

    We can only speculate if David Stern stepping in at the behest of the owners to nix the Chris Paul trade had anything to do with it, but apparently Dwight Howard isn’t thinking Lakers. He’s thinking Brooklyn New Jersey Nets. He’s thinking Deron Williams. Howard wants to be traded to the Nets and will tell…

  16. Cavaliers’ owner emails David Stern to block Chris Paul trade to Lakers

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:58 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Orleans Hornets

    The three-team deal that was in place to send Chris Paul to the Lakers was killed by the league late Thursday, presumably at the behest of a group of small-market owners who loudly protested. One such owner was Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who emailed the commissioner directly to express his feelings on the…

  17. Chris Paul, Lamar Odom unlikely to report when training camps open

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:27 AM EST

    Lamar-Odom-traded

    Training camps are set to open for all 30 teams on Friday, but don’t expect Chris Paul to report to the Hornets or Lamar Odom to report to the Lakers. After the three-team deal that would have sent Paul to Los Angeles and Odom to New Orleans was killed by the league late Thursday night,…

  18. Pistons have nothing to do with Chris Paul trade, but do re-sign Prince and Jerebko

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:04 AM EST

    Tayshuan Prince, Gerald Wallace

    From the AP: DETROIT – The Detroit Pistons are attempting to rebuild by keeping at least a couple key players. Tayshaun Prince and Jonas Jerebko will re-sign with the Pistons, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deals have not been announced. Prince, an…

  19. League finds way to make bad PR situation worse by killing trade

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:52 PM EST

    David Stern

    The only public relations move worse than the league allowing Chris Paul to be traded to the Lakers after a five-month lockout allegedly about “competitive balance” is to have David Stern come in with an iron fist and kill the deal because owners complained. Well done NBA. Well done indeed. David Stern and the league…

  20. Quote of the day: Phil Jackson pretty much predicted the CP3 situation a year ago

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:48 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Via a Kevin Ding article from December 29th, 2010, here’s Phil Jackson on the troubles the league-owned Hornets might run into: The [Hornets] were recently bought by the NBA, which prompted Jackson to say: “Not happy about that.” Jackson put forth a scenario where Hornets star Chris Paul might revive his demand for a trade,…

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