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  1. NBA Summer Power Rankings: Free agency moves Lakers up

    Aug 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Summer NBA power rankings are about as meaningful and accurate as preseason college football rankings. At least the NBA isn’t silly enough to have something like this matter in determining a champion. That would be stupid. The top and the bottom of the poll are what you’d expect, but the Lakers and Celtics moved up…

  2. The Inbounds: The unfathomable jump Jeff Green needs

    Aug 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jeff Green

    I’ve pretty much always been on the side that thinks Jeff Green can develop into a capable NBA player. In Oklahoma City, he was “the other guy” drafted with Durant, part of the central core. His role was nebulous, falling into that generic “forward” category. It took a while for the debate to start over…

  3. Clippers not expecting Chauncey Billups back until November

    Aug 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups

    Chauncey Billups says he wants to be ready for the start of the season. But the Clippers are not really counting on the 36-year-old bouncing back from an Achilles injury that fast. In a report discussing how the Clippers will start this season trying to play catch up due to injury, Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles…

  4. Stephen Jackson would like to finish his career as a Spur

    Aug 23, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

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    Stephen Jackson has not had what one would call a settled NBA career — a dozen years, seven NBA cities. Three and a half seasons in Golden State is the longest he has spent with any one team. At age 34 he is entering his second season on his second stint with the San Antonio…

  5. Martell Webster works out for, could end up with Wizards

    Aug 23, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Martell Webster, Rick Adelman

    Trevor Ariza will be the starting swingman for the Washington Wizards, but the team is looking at adding some depth there. Apparently. The Wizards worked out free agent Martell Webster and he could sign with them, reports Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Or, they could add one of the other veterans they are considering.…

  6. Deal with local investors could keep Grizzlies in Memphis for 15 years

    Aug 23, 2012, 2:05 AM EDT

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    There are rumors that he is not doing well financially and that the sale could be in trouble, but young tech industry wiz kid Robert Pera, 34, is pushing ahead with efforts to buy the Memphis Grizzlies. And they will stay the Memphis Grizzlies under a new deal with local investors that Pera has reached,…

  7. Jordan, Carmelo do some fundraising with President Obama

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    US-VOTE-2012-DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN

    Just like you and I, the people around the NBA care who is president. And while you can’t draw hard and fast lines, a quick look at who donated to whom shows players pretty much lean Democratic and front office/ownership leans Republican. Democrat Barack Obama used some of that player star power for a series…

  8. Video: Anthony Davis dunks on Skip Bayless (well, a poster of him)

    Aug 22, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    This is not Anthony Davis‘ best dunk ever. But a lot of people have wanted to dunk on — and a whole lot more — with ESPN television personality Skip Bayless. So we thought we’d bring you Davis dunking on and running over a Bayless cardboard cutout. Because I live in a glass house, I…

  9. Wednesday And-1 links: What is Tyreke Evans’ future in the NBA?

    Aug 22, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Does Kyle Singler look like Conan O’Brien to you, too? • The always…

  10. Blatche says he is willing to play anywhere — even D-League

    Aug 22, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors shot is blocked by Washington Wizards' Blatche during their NBA game in Washington

    Andray Blatche — the talented but mercurial big man recently amnestied by the Washington Wizards — is one of those NBA players standing on the sidelines right now waiting for someone to point at him and say “get in the game.” There have been nibbles on the line — how serious depends upon who you…

  11. Mike Brown almost injured himself when he heard about Howard trade

    Aug 22, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Mike Brown is on the hot seat. With Lakers fans there are really not shades of grey, no “they had a good team and if they had just stayed healthy/had another player/had fair refs they would have won a title.” You win or you don’t. Black or white. The Lakers didn’t win a ring last…

  12. What is a fair contract offer for Stephen Curry right now?

    Aug 22, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

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    The other day we brought you the news that while Stephen Curry is eligible for an extension to his rookie deal right now, he likely will go into next summer a restricted free agent where he and the Warriors will let the market set his value (Golden State has the right to match any offer).…

  13. George Karl wants Nuggets to run, run, then run some more

    Aug 22, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    George Karl

    The Nuggets are going to play at the fastest pace in the league next season (they were second last season). And it still may not be fast enough for George Karl. Karl is not exactly hiding what he plans to do — he has a deep, athletic and young team and he wants to wear…

  14. Jeff Green “finally” officially signs deal with Boston Celtics

    Aug 22, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    It didn’t take long at all for Jeff Green to reach deal to return to the Celtics this summer, it was announced back the first week of July that he had agreed terms on what apparently is a four-year, $36 million deal to stay with the Celtics (after missing last season for heart surgery). But…

  15. Lou Williams says he’s ready to work off-the-ball in Atlanta

    Aug 22, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    Atlanta is going to be an interesting team to watch come together. Joe Johnson has been shipped off to Brooklyn with his massive contract and isolation jump shots. Things are going to be different on offense in the ATL. As Beckley Mason notes at TrueHoop, expect a lot of Jeff Teague/Josh Smith pick and roll,…

  16. Video: ‘Melo checks out London, gets a call from Nas

    Aug 22, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    US forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates af

    This is what it’s like if you’re Carmelo Anthony and want to go check out the tourist traps in London with your kid the day before the gold medal game. You do it is a sweet custom bus, cameras trail you everywhere, and then Nas calls and wants tickets. So, pretty much just like you…

  17. Quote of the Day: If you don’t think we’ll have a lockout again…

    Aug 22, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    Mavericks owner Cuban waves to fans before the start of Mavericks versus 76ers NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    “We certainly didn’t achieve all we needed to achieve. I’ve said it multiple times that in the old CBA, financially, teams were drowning in 10 feet of water, now we’re drowning in two feet of water. It’ll be interesting. Obviously the Nets just went out and spent a boatload of money. It’ll be interesting to…

  18. Report: five teams express interest in Michael Redd

    Aug 22, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    As teams finish rounding out their roster, they tend to go with one of two kinds of players for spots 11-15 at the end of the bench — young players with potential they think might develop, or a veteran they think can provide a little help on the court and be good in the locker…

  19. Miami has the easiest schedule? Yes. But it makes sense.

    Aug 22, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates near the end of Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami

    We tend not to take “strength of schedule” into account much when talking about the NBA. That’s because the schedule is balanced — every team will play every other team in its conference four times and every team in the other conference twice (with mild tweaks, that would equal 86). Plus, unlike a short football…

  20. Video: Jose Calderon’s Kia ad trick shots (yes, it is fake)

    Aug 22, 2012, 10:39 AM EDT

    This is well done enough that you pause for a second and ask, “is that real?” Jose Calderon is sitting around on the set of a Spanish Kia commercial just putting up incredible trick shots. They are not real. As Trey Kirby points out at The Basketball Jones, it is physically impossible to get a…

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