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  1. NBA Players show up to labor talks wearing “stand” T-shirts

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

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    The NBA owners want to radically shift the league’s financial system, and that’s going to mean serious give-backs by the players. Privately, some tied to ownership will tell you they aren’t sure they can get serious concessions until the players miss a paycheck or two (and the players don’t get their first check until Nov.…

  2. You want a great NBA Draft? Wait until next year.

    Jun 24, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Washington v North Carolina

    This year’s NBA draft was a trade-a-palooza of fun. We were entertained. But this wasn’t a great draft talent wise. It was a down year. No franchise cornerstone guys, and a lot of guys with high ceilings but serious questions about if they can ever get there. Next year on the other hand… The 2012…

  3. The reality of all those NBA trade rumors

    Jun 24, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    We love talking trade rumors as much as anyone. It’s part of the fun of being a sports fan, talking about potential deals. And rumors were flying about like cabs in New York City leading up to the NBA Draft Thursday. Andre Iguodala to either team in Los Angeles. Lamar Odom to Minnesota or Philadelphia…

  4. NBA Draft day trade wrap-up… because we all got confused

    Jun 24, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Fredette stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Bucks as the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    There was a point while putting up PBT’s pick-by-pick updates through the draft that I thought every pick on the board started with “He was selected for Team X as part of a trade…” To help sort it all out, here is a breakdown of all the draft day trades. • Bobcats, Bucks, Kings big…

  5. Suns’ GM cites toughness, intangibles as reasons for drafting Markieff Morris

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

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    The Phoenix Suns selected Markieff Morris with the 13th overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, and by all accounts, he was the player they wanted at that spot. While the team had interest in players like Tristan Thompson and Jimmer Fredette, they weren’t likely to be available by the time the Suns were on the…

  6. Warriors say drafting Thompson does not mean trading Ellis. Right….

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Golden State Warriors

    It’s hard to say Golden State made a mistake when they took the best shooter in the draft. Last time I looked in the rulebook, the goal of the game was to put the round leather ball through the round metal rim, so guys who can do that from a long ways away have real…

  7. Rockets trade for Flynn, instantly put him back on market

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Jonny Flynn

    So, why exactly did the Rockets trade for Jonny Flynn on draft night again? Well, because they really wanted Donatas Motiejunas and by swapping Brad Miller for Flynn the Rockets save about $6 million over the life of the deals. But the Rockets didn’t really care about Flynn. They already have Kyle Lowry at the…

  8. Video: Jan Vesely is living the dream

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Jan Vesely is my new hero. They guy is the second coming of AK-47 (well, that’s what the scouts say), got drafted into the NBA to play next to John Wall — and got the best welcome into the NBA we can remember. Damn. Impressive.

  9. NBA Draft grades for all 30 teams (yes, we know it is too early)

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:59 AM EDT

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Let’s be honest here, we don’t really know how to grade this draft right now. A more accurate way to do this would be to grade the 2008 draft tonight (Chicago for Derrick Rose and Seattle/Oklahoma City for Russell Westbrook/Serge Ibaka get the top grades). But we are a society of instant answers, and who…

  10. NBA Draft: PBT’s pick-by-pick draft post

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

    Michigan v Duke

    This has been one of the most unusual run ups to a draft in years. Traditionally the top shakes out pretty clearly, but in this draft there is no franchise cornerstone player at the top, and by pick three there are serious risks with every guy a team might take. Meanwhile, concern over what is…

  11. Mavericks trade for Rudy Fernandez

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:58 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez, Portland Trail Blazers

    The fact that the Dallas Mavericks are the reigning world champions apparently doesn’t mean a thing in terms of how they’re approaching next season. This year’s roster was the best in the league, yet on draft night, they’ve already made a deal to try and get better. Dallas acquired Rudy Fernandez and Petteri Kopenen from…

  12. Reports: Blazers trade Andre Miller to Nuggets for Raymond Felton

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

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    As the draft day deals continue, here’s one that would appear to benefit both teams. The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to swap point guards, with Raymond Felton going to Portland and Andre Miller heading to Denver in return, according to multiple reports.The teams also swapped first round picks, the No. 21…

  13. Reports: Minnesota trades Jonny Flynn to Houston for Brad Miller, draft picks

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    Jonny Flynn

    The Rockets have acquired Jonny Flynn from the Timberwolves, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, confirmed by SI.com’s Sam Amick. In return, Houston is sending Brad Miller to Minnesota, and the teams will exchange first round draft picks. Minnesota selected Donatas Motiejunas with the 20th overall pick, so he’s headed to…

  14. Reports: Spurs trade for Kawhi Leonard, send George Hill to Pacers

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

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    The Pacers drafted San Diego State star Kawhi Leonard with the 15th pick in the first round, but the team has traded him to the Spurs for George Hill, according to multiple reports. The Pacers will also send the 42nd pick in this year’s draft to San Antonio as part of the deal, according to…

  15. Ron Artest changing name to “Metta World Peace”

    Jun 23, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Honestly, I feel a little odd making fun of World Peace, but here we go… Eccentric Lakers forward Ron Artest (we’re going with “eccentric” because he’s rich and famous, when you’re poor and unknown you’re just weird) is changing his name… To Metta World Peace. Seriously. TMZ has seen the official court documents and… well,…

  16. Report: Hawks close to being sold. Again. Owners deny. Again

    Jun 23, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

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    UPDATE June 24, 3:39 am: The Atlanta Spirit, the ownership group for the Hawks, denied the report that a deal is close, according to the Associated Press: The Atlanta Spirit issued a statement saying “we have spoken with a number of parties, but at this time, there is no deal in place, nor is there…

  17. Biyombo has buyout issues

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 5:55 pm: Thanks to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, we have a few more details on the situation. Biyombo terminated his contract with Fuenlabrada of the Spanish ACB in April, but source says team has sued and court date has been set. This has not scared everybody off, as reportedly the Charlotte Bobcats traded up to…

  18. Givony: Bobcats targeting Biyombo

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Here’s another bit from Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony, who’s been an invaluable resource in the weeks leading up to the draft: Not believing any of this Tristan Thompson at 7 stuff. Charlotte did this trade to jump ahead of Detroit and take Biyombo. If he’s there. Well, it looks like there’s at least one team…

  19. Amick: Teams expect Kings to take Jimmer with the #10 pick

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    BYU v Kansas State

    More stuff from Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick, who’s been on fire today: Rival teams now expect the Kings to take Jimmer Fredette at No. 10. Taking Fredette would have some benefits for the Kings. He would help space the floor for Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, both of whom are nearly unstoppable when they operate…

  20. Report: Bobcats, Bucks, Kings complete three-way trade

    Jun 23, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    The Milwaukee Bucks have been actively shopping their No. 10 pick for a while. The Kings have actively been shopping the No. 7 pick. They have found a partner with each other and the Charlotte Bobcats thrown in for a three way deal that will blow up every mock draft you’ve read. The sides have…

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