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  1. Another report that Hawks are close to being sold

    Jun 27, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Logo

    First came the report the Hawks were very close to being sold again. Then the expected denial. Again. Now comes a second report from a trusted place — David Aldridge of NBA.com — that the sale is indeed close. The sale is close to being completed, though it won’t be finalized in time for an approval…

  2. Hornets lose another big man, Gray to become free agent

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Gray_Aaron

    First it was the expected news that David West is going opt out of his deal with the Hornets to test the market. Now comes news that backup center Aaron Gray will follow suit, via Yahoo’s Marc Spears on twitter. Gray was set to make $1.1 million in the last year of his deal but…

  3. Derrick Williams gamblers favorite to be Rookie of Year

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Kyrie Irving was the consensus No. 1 pick because of position and potential, but Derrick Williams — who comes into the league ready to score right away — might have a better rookie season. Which is why the bookmakers at Bodog.com made him the favorite to be the Rookie of the Year: Derrick Williams 9/2…

  4. Jimmer fever in Sacramento might help bring new arena

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    jimmer-kings

    Jimmer Fredette, the most talked about player in this year’s NBA draft, was selected No. 10 overall by the Sacramento Kings on Thursday. 30 minutes later, the Kings had a splash page with his likeness up ready to sell tickets on their website. Within another 30 minutes, Jimmer was trending worldwide on Twitter and was…

  5. Report: Former Knicks president Checketts advising Pistons

    Jun 27, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Dave Checketts was the New York Knicks president the last time they were good — back when the Knicks were built around Patrick Ewing and they were flirting with a title (they never got), Checkets was steering the ship. Now he is advising Tom Gores, the new Detroit Pistons owner, according to Marc Stein at…

  6. As NBA slides toward lockout, owners talk revenue sharing

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    In negotiations that have had a lot of sticking points — percentage of Basketball Related Income (BRI), hard cap — one of the other big ones has been revenue sharing. The owners know they need to address it and David Stern has called the discussions on the topic “robust.” The players think it is an…

  7. Shaq has no advice for LeBron… other than what MJ said

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    Shaquille O’Neal had a massive, blowout retirement party at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. I didn’t get an invite either, don’t feel bad. Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review Journal was there and asked the big man if he had any advice for former teammate LeBron James (via CBS’ Eye on Basketball): “No,”…

  8. Monta Ellis did not demand a trade. Yet anyway.

    Jun 27, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

    While it appeared Monta Ellis was being shopped around like a ShamWow in recent weeks, that appeared to be more of a gauging of interest move by the Warriors. They were trying to see what they could get if they decide to move him. But does Ellis want out of Golden State. Right now he…

  9. Rodrigue Beaubois to undergo foot surgery. Again.

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    One reason the Dallas Mavericks could repeat as champions — they should get their two most dynamic wing players back from injury next season. Caron Butler is one. Rodrigue Beaubois is the other — but not until he has another foot surgery, according Sports.fr (a French sports site). Beaubois missed most of last season after…

  10. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving draft

    This is a fantastic profile of No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving and what it was like for him growing up. Here’s a new CBA proposal from a blogger trying to find a balance. At least he is trying to find a middle ground, which is more than we can say for the sides in…

  11. David West opts out of contract, hits free agent market

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    If this were any year in the last five, what David West is doing would be a no brainer. But this year, heading into a lockout followed by a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, he is taking a risk. David West has told the New Orleans Hornets he is opting out of the final year of…

  12. Video: Mark Cuban wants to sign Optimus Prime

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    This new commercial has movie tie ins, ESPN tie ins, and it makes Mark Cuban the first person from the Mavericks to get a commercial after the team won the NBA title. Which is fair, since he really needs the money. The new ESPN/Transformers 3 commercial is getting posted here because I thought it was…

  13. Nene will not play for Brazil this summer, sign of free agency

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    This summer, from Argentina to Lithuania, international basketball tournaments will be taking place with berths in the 2012 London Olympics at stake. But NBA contracts and the lockout will play a role. For example, soon to be free agent Nene will not be playing for Brazil this summer, according to the Associated Press. The Brazilian…

  14. Knicks may solve center problem with… Kwame Brown?

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    The Knicks need someone to protect the rim and play some defense as a big man. Ronny Turiaf tried but he is a great backup, not the answer. However they really want to preserve their cap space for potentially getting another superstar in 2012 — hello Dwight Howard or Chris Paul (new CBA willing) —…

  15. Adrian Dantley will not return to the Nuggets because of a chair

    Jun 26, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    George Karl

    This is a pretty stupid thing to have happen. Adrian Dantley was the coach who helped the Nuggets weather the storm when George Karl left for treatment for throat cancer. He’s a Hall of Famer who played 14 years in the NBA. And the Nuggets essentially fired him over a chair. Dantley confirmed to Chris…

  16. Eddy Curry worked out for the Heat. That’s the punchline.

    Jun 26, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day 2010

    A source familiar with the situation confirmed Sunday to the Sun Sentinel that veteran center Eddy Curry has been working with the Miami Heat in recent days, as the Heat look at free-agent options. via Miami Heat: Pat Riley taking a look at veteran NBA free-agent center Eddy Curry – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com. I’m tempted to…

  17. The Bucks borrowed $55 million from the NBA… last year

    Jun 26, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Terry Stotts Press Conference

    The Milwaukee Bucks are a pretty good example of the market struggles facing smaller-market owners in the NBA. It’s not like owner Herb Kohl hasn’t hired good people. John Hammond and Scott Skiles are both very good at their respective positions. And it’s not like Kohl hasn’t spent money on players. From Michael Redd to…

  18. Warriors won’t just give away Biedrins. No, we’re not sure why either.

    Jun 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Golden State Warriors

    At new head coach Mark Jackson’s introductory press conference at the NBA Finals, a reporter asked if the Warriors would try and get bigger. Instead of citing Andris Biedrins, David Lee, and Ekpe Udoh, Jackson instead made a bizarre comment about how you can look at the Mavericks and see you don’t see size, referencing…

  19. Kings to make a play for Aaron Brooks?

    Jun 26, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    One of the big questions after the Kings’ draft-day moves was “Who is going to get the ball to all these guys?” They traded for John Salmons (21% usage)  to go with Marcus Thornton (25% usage), and Tyreke Evans (25 percent usage), then drafted Jimmer Fredette, who’s not a playmaker and who’s biggest contribution is…

  20. Report: Wolves targeted Coach K for coaching position until they remembered they’re the Wolves

    Jun 26, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Michigan v Duke

    It’s not like they’re going to have trouble getting a coach. Any head coaching position will draw interest, and will draw qualified candidates. There are only 30 NBA head coaching jobs, so most people if offered one will take it, no matter the circumstances. But the Minnesota Timberwolves are damaging their future ability to get qualified…

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