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  1. Chris Paul to Clippers deal dies, league’s demands too steep

    Dec 12, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

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    Chris Paul is not going to Los Angeles. Not to the Lakers because David Stern killed the deal and now not to the Clippers because he and the league drove the asking price too high, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and multiple other reports. And now you have to wonder: Next time a league…

  2. Dwight Howard waffles, says might stay in Orlando if “things change”

    Dec 12, 2011, 2:28 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Dwight Howard can waffle positions like a presidential candidate. Although I think he was just trying to play nice on Magic media day and didn’t realize what he was about to step in. At Orlando media day Howard was talking to the media and of course was asked about leaving the city and his trade…

  3. Knicks really want Jamal Crawford. Don’t bet on it happening.

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    The New York Knicks are working hard to get Jamal Crawford. Andy Miller, Crawford’s agent, is working really hard to get Crawford back to the Knicks. But unless he’s willing to take a big paycut, it’s not going to happen. The Knicks have already offered Crawford their mini mid-level of $2.5 million according to the…

  4. Report: Bobcats will not bid on Chauncey Billups

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Turns out, Michael Jordan is not going to call Chauncey Billups bluff. Billups and his agent have made it very clear that if any teams that he doesn’t want to play for try to snatch him up on the waiver wire he will simply retire. Then there were rumors the Bobcats were going to put…

  5. Grizzlies trade Mayo to Pacers for McRoberts, Rush

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    UPDATE 12:19 pm: This trade has become official, according to Hoopsworld. O.J.Mayo heads to the Indiana Pacers for Josh McRoberts. Really like this move for the Pacers, who have a nice, well-rounded team right now. Not going to compete with Miami/Chicago, but this is a much better team than people think. On the flip side,…

  6. Raptors being sold to Canadian media companies

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:41 AM EST

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    The Toronto Raptors may have made as big a move toward respectability as any team in the league last week… no, not signing Rasual Butler. The Raptors are about to have new owners. Which is a very good thing. The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan owns the majority of the Raptors but they are about to…

  7. Bulls near five-year max extension with Derrick Rose

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    With all due respect to that guy trying to sell you on refinancing your mortgage, this is the biggest no-brainer in the history of mankind. The Chicago Bulls are nearing a max extension with Derrick Rose, reports the Chicago Tribune. General manager Gar Forman said the formality of Rose’s five-year, $94 million extension is being…

  8. Monday morning one liners (filled with rumors, signings)

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:56 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. Don’t be shocked if the Chicago Bulls try to get in the Dwight Howard mix, but it is a longshot. If you read on thing today it should be this: Lakers trainer Gary Vitti…

  9. Timberwolves about to sign J.J. Barea to four-year deal

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    J.J. Barea

    J.J. Barea, the undersized point guard who slashed his way through defenses (and angered Andrew Bynum), helping bring a championship to Dallas, is about to sign a four-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dallas offered Barea just a one-year deal (they are trying to preserve cap space for next summer) so he will be jumping…

  10. Report: Chris Paul to Clippers deal submitted to league for approval

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    Chris Paul

    This is the power of Blake Griffin. Without him, we are not having this discussion. And it’s pretty crazy we are having this discussion anyway. The Los Angeles Clippers are close to landing Chris Paul in a trade, the Los Angeles Times and ESPN report. ESPN reports the deal has been submitted to the league for…

  11. Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando because they didn’t let him run the team badly

    Dec 12, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

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    See, here’s my problem. Carmelo Anthony had it right. For all his ego, for all the manipulation, for holding the Nuggets and the news cycle hostage for six months, he had it right. It was quiet. He never committed to the Nuggets, kept it quiet, didn’t make it worse. Melo knows it’s a business and…

  12. Suns training camp notes: High hopes for Telfair, improvement for Lopez, dealing with Pietrus

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:10 AM EST

    Timberwolves Telfair Basketball

    The Phoenix Suns are holding training camp in town this week at Grand Canyon University. Here are some notes from Sunday’s morning and evening practice sessions: – The Suns were without Grant Hill, Sebastian Telfair, and Markieff Morris for their morning practice session, but had them on the floor for the evening session, once Vince…

  13. Report: Chris Paul would play for Clippers, but there are hitches

    Dec 11, 2011, 11:52 PM EST

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is not going to the Lakers, they pulled out of the running for him. He’s not going to get traded to the Knicks, even Paul realizes they don’t have the young assets to make the move (even if some Knicks fans don’t). If he can’t land there, he wouldn’t mind playing along side…

  14. The Lakers and the high price of losing a sure-bet

    Dec 11, 2011, 9:02 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    If you had asked any NBA fan, or expert, or even Lakers official back in June what they’d be doing two weeks before the start of the season, they’d say there’d be some drama. There always is. With Phil Jackson retiring and Jim Buss taking the reins over from his father, there were sure to…

  15. It is now official, Lamar Odom a Maverick

    Dec 11, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    UPDATE 8:25 pm: It is now official, the Lakers have traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for a first round pick (restricted, starting top 20 this year) and a second rounder. Dallas fits him in using the salary exception from the Tyson Chandler trade. The Lakers get their own $8.9 million trade exception to…

  16. Report: Lakers will not trade Bynum and Gasol for Howard

    Dec 11, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    The Lakers are starting to play a little hardball in their negotiations. Or at least threatening to. First they pull out of the Chris Paul trade, surprising the Hornets and Rockets, and now this nugget from the well connected Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. I’m told the Lakers will not be trading Bynum…

  17. Suns may look to limit players’ minutes thanks to compressed schedule

    Dec 11, 2011, 4:43 PM EST

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    The NBA lockout was resolved just in time to still give us a season, but it’s a 66-game schedule that’s jam-packed into a little over three and a half months. That’s something all teams are going to be forced to deal with, but in Phoenix, where two of the team’s best players in Steve Nash…

  18. Boston misses mark, David West to sign with Pacers

    Dec 11, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    David West to the Boston Celtics made some sense — not a perfect fit but the best player on the free agent market the Celtics could seem to get. Rajon Rondo was going to love having one of the best pick-and-pop bigs in the game to work with. Instead, Darren Collison is going to love…

  19. No, seriously, Metta World Peace is Metta World Peace this season

    Dec 11, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    I think a lot of us thought when Ron Artest announced he was changing his name to Metta World Peace that he was kidding. I mean, no one would actually do that, right? Another crazy Ron Artest thing, like playing in Britain, or being a rapper. Nope. From the Lakers’ official Twitter feed at practice…

  20. Knicks making effort to acquire Jamal Crawford in sign-and-trade

    Dec 11, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Donnie Walsh said in the press conference announcing his departure from the Knicks’ president job that the team’s objective was to build supporting players around Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. He acknowledged the difficulty of that given the salary constraints of having two stars, but also made it clear that it wasn’t about a third…

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