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  1. After nearly five-hour meeting, little progress in CBA talks

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The countdown clock reads 13 days until the NBA’s owners lock the players out. And if you weren’t sure before, you should be now that the clock will reach zero. After the two sides met for more than four-and-a-half hours in a Manhattan hotel Friday both sides left the room saying they were nowhere near…

  2. Wolves’ Kahn gave Kurt Rambis summer homework

    Jun 17, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    Finally after two months of not meeting, not talking seriously about the future, General Manager David Kahn and coach Kurt Rambis finally sat down to talk about where the Minnesota Timberwolves are headed. What took so long? Apparently Kahn had assigned Rambis homework — he wanted a written report from Rambis about changes needed. And…

  3. Jason Terry to auction off Game 6 shoes for charity

    Jun 17, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The Dallas Mavericks players have waiting too long for their championship rings (or whatever they get) to go Ron Artest and action the hardware off for charity. But Jason Terry is willing give up his shoes worn in Game 6 and is auctioning them off (current bid $1,400.. come on, you can beat that). (via…

  4. Isiah Thomas: LeBron is going through what all stars do

    Jun 17, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Isiah Thomas is making some sense. So, clearly we are not talking trades. But don’t forget Thomas is a Hall of Fame point guard who led a team to multiple rings and knows what it takes to climb the mountain. He got smacked down by the Celtics plenty before he reached the summit. And LeBron…

  5. Maybe trading Monta Ellis is not going to be that easy

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:12 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

    We’ve discussed before that with deal-making Jerry West in the house and a push for some changes in Golden State, Monta Ellis was being made available. Fourth leading scorer in the NBA, can create his own shot, bring some swagger to the offense, up your team’s tattoo quotient… not a lot of interest around the…

  6. Wizards not trading JaVale McGee to move up in draft

    Jun 17, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    JaVale McGee block

    It probably went down something like this: The Washington Wizards called the Minnesota Timberwolves to inquire about what it would take to get the No. 2 pick (because likely No. 2 pick Derrick Williams would look good running on the break next to John Wall). The Timberwolves thought about it. Then they asked for JaVale…

  7. Ironically, Brandon Knight says he wants Kyrie Irving

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

    Brandon Knight Kentucky

    Brandon Knight has been avoiding going head-to-head in workouts against the other top guards in the run-up to next week’s NBA draft. If you want to see how he looks against Kemba Walker, pull out the take of the Kentucky against UConn Final Four matchup, because you will not be seeing it in a workout.…

  8. As expected, Pistons give qualifying offer to Stuckey

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    There is about to be some serious roster shakeups in Detroit. There needs to be. But Rodney Stuckey is staying as part of the future. As he should. The Pistons extended a $3.8 million qualifying offer to Stuckey, according to the Detroit News. What that means: While Stuckey could sign that offer, what it really…

  9. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:11 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Trying to understand the hatred directed at LeBron James has been a hot topic in recent days, and Forbes Magazine has taken up the issue. Maybe my favorite of the LeBron discussions was between Dan Shanoff and Sherwood Strauss. Jason Terry wants the Mavericks to retire his jersey. (Um, if you have to ask for…

  10. Are Cavaliers targeting Enes Kanter with No. 4 pick?

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

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    Turkish center Enes Kanter seems to have caught the eye of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is coming back next Monday for a second workout with the Cavaliers and as part of that he is expected to meet with team owner Dan Gilbert, according to the Plain Dealer. What does that mean? Very hard to say,…

  11. Ricky Rubio makes it official, he is coming to Minnesota

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:17 AM EST

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    While people told David Kahn to trade the pick — Ricky Rubio was never going to play in Minnesota, get something of value for him — he was patient. That patience has been rewarded, Ricky Rubio made official Friday morning in Spain what we all knew would happen — Rubio is coming to the NBA.…

  12. Chris Bosh talks Game 6 tears, emotion

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    I came out of Game 6, and really these entire playoffs, liking Chris Bosh more than I did going in. And I liked him going in. On the court in the playoffs he showed how he can be a quality counterbalance to the Heat’s ball handling combination of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. When given…

  13. Ray Allen: The lockout could cost games next season

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    We’re trying to be optimistic about the upcoming NBA lockout. There will be one, but with the great ratings and all the momentum the NBA picked up this year the two sides would not let it get to the point that training camps and games are lost right? Right? Um, that’s not exactly how Ray…

  14. Report: Casey frontrunner to become Raptors coach

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:13 AM EST

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    Dwane Casey, the former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach who was just the lead assistant and defensive coach for the Dallas Mavericks, is the clear frontrunner for the Toronto Raptors job and may be hired next week. All that according to tweets from the reliable Marc Stein of ESPN. Mavs assistant coach Dwane Casey has emerged…

  15. Report: Utah Jazz open to trading Millsap, Harris

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:47 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 2

    Everyone knows the Jazz are in “ground up rebuilding” mode, but a couple surprising names have popped up on the radar. During ESPN’s Chad Ford chat Thursday he was asked about draft day trades and mentioned the things we all expect — the Cavs to move a point guard, Daryl Morey and the Rockets to be active…

  16. NBA draft profile: Klay Thompson can shoot, teams like that

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:42 PM EST

    F Washington State

    Klay Thompson can shoot. His stroke is pure. In a draft where everyone has serious question marks, if you can consistently put the ball in the hole the thing you do well is something every team needs. Thompson caught scouts eyes as a shooter as he filled it up in college — Washington State ran…

  17. LeBron James, shockingly, will not film his scripted comedy this summer

    Jun 16, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

    LeBron James

    Well, proof does now exist that LeBron James has at least a bit of awareness about his public image in the aftermath of his meltdown in the 2011 NBA Finals. From Jeff Sneider of the Daily Variety: Exclusive: LeBron James will have to wait at least another year to make his Hollywood debut. The Miami Heat…

  18. Portland undecided on Miller option

    Jun 16, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    MILLER_ANDRE

    The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito had this interesting tidbit about Andre Miller after attending press conference with interim Blazers GM Chad Buchanan: Buchanan was non-committal about the Blazers’ team option on point guard Andre Miller. The Blazers hold a $7.8 million option for Miller for next season, but have yet to exercise it. The 35-year old…

  19. Jason Thompson out 4-6 weeks with toe fracture

    Jun 16, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

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    Via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports: Kings say forward Jason Thompson has a fracture in right great toe. He will wear a walking boot for 4-6 weeks before re-evaluation. The arrival of DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento meant that Thompson had to give up a significant chunk of his minutes in the 2010-11 season —…

  20. Timberwolves Kahn, Rambis finally have meetings

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:31 PM EST

    Kurt Rambis

    Two months after their season ended. In the middle of what should be the busiest two weeks a general manager has all season leading up to the NBA draft. Sure, now seems like a great time for the Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn and coach Kurt Rambis to finally sit down and have a…

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