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  1. Mavs’ Alexis Ajinca likely to be traded to Raptors

    Jan 20, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

    Alexis Ajinca, Ryan Anderson, Steve Novak

    Before Dallas can sign Peja Stojakovic after he clears waivers next week — both of those things will happen — they have to clear out a roster spot for him. Meet Alexis Ajinca, the project big man out of France who has been languishing at the end of the Mavericks bench. Toronto is the kind…

  2. Lakers’ Jeanie Buss will not rule out contraction

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Jeanie Buss

    Contraction talk has become the cockroach of the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks — it will not die. No matter what. This time it was Lakers Vice President Jeanie Buss. Yes, she also shacks up with some guy named Phil Jackson, but make no mistake she runs the business end of the Lakers and is the…

  3. Kobe Bryant on Denver fans booing ‘Melo: “That’s stupid”

    Jan 20, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Carmelo Anthony dropped 35 points on the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking over the fourth quarter, in what was one of the — if not the — best wins of the season for the Nuggets Wednesday. And still fans booed him during the post game, on court interview. Kobe Bryant doesn’t get that, as he told…

  4. Stojakovic bought out by Raptors, headed to Dallas

    Jan 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    UPDATE #2 (5:31 PM EST): Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that Stojakovic has given the Mavericks a verbal commitment to join the team. No pen to paper yet, but Peja is on his way to Dallas. UPDATE (4:28 PM EST): The Raptors have announced it is official, they have reached a deal to buy out…

  5. Latest scorekeeper snafu: Mike Bibby’s missing assist

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New Orleans Hornets

    Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution noted a bit of a scorekeeping oddity in his practice report, which can be chalked up to simple oversight or collusion against the visiting team depending on how quickly you take to conspiracy theories. Those who made it through to the end of Miami and Atlanta’s slugfest on…

  6. Sasha Pavlovic scores another 10-day contract with Dallas

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Sasha Pavlovic

    UPDATE (5:27 PM EST): Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that the Mavericks have received a verbal commitment from Peja Stojakovic, who was just waived by the Toronto Raptors this afternoon, to join the team. That’s not a rosy development for Pavlovic, who will almost surely be released at the conclusion of his second 10-day contract.…

  7. D-Leaguers D.J. Strawberry and Paul Harris take contracts overseas

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:07 PM EDT

    D.J. Strawberry

    The D-League Showcase is in the books, and while Larry Owens was the first NBA call-up following the conclusion of the Showcase, more are sure to follow. Additionally, those who don’t see an NBA opening as imminent may take on more lucrative contract elsewhere, as the D-League currently offers only a meager paycheck. Case(s) in-point:…

  8. Nets’ GM: We’re moving on, keeping flexibility for new CBA

    Jan 20, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v New Jersey Nets

    Billy King seemed (and by some accounts was) stunned by Mikhail Prokhorov pulling the plug on the Carmelo Anthony trade talks. The strongest bargaining position is a willingness to walk away from the negotiating table — Prokhorov did that with gusto. Maybe the Nets and Nuggets do talk again, but Nets GM Billy King went…

  9. Camby surgery expected to cost him about three weeks

    Jan 20, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Camby_Nash

    This was about the best possible outcome when the words “Blazers” and “knee surgery” are in the same sentence. Marcus Camby’s knee surgery was deemed a success by the doctors and he is expected to miss about three weeks, the Blazers have announced. “We’re pleased with the outcome of today’s surgery, and look forward to…

  10. Knicks may get ‘Melo, but don’t expect it via free agency

    Jan 20, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    There are a lot of questions and a lot of rumors flying around about what happens with Carmelo Anthony now that the Nets have pulled out of the running. One of the theories: Anthony will play out his contract, opt out next summer and come to the Knicks as a free agent. Not going to…

  11. Carlos Boozer likely out again Thursday against Mavs

    Jan 20, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer

    Carlos Boozer sat out the Bulls game against the Bobcats and the end result was a sputtering Chicago offense and a loss. Thursday night’s opponent, the Dallas Mavericks, is far better than Charlotte (did you see them whip the Lakers last night?), but the Bulls will remain without Boozer it appears. Boozer missed shootaround Thursday…

  12. Change of plans: owners, players to meet, talk CBA All-Star weekend. That won’t stop the lockout.

    Jan 20, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yesterday we told you about the report that the owners did not want to sit down with the players and talk new Collective Bargaining Agreement during the All-Star festivities… well turns out they are. Not that it will matter much, but they’ll talk. Sam Amick of FanHouse, who got word from the players the owners…

  13. Clipper GM: Blake Griffin will forever be a Clipper

    Jan 20, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Clippers

    We all keep doing it. We watch the Clippers do something like dismantle Minnesota Wednesday night, we see them beat the Lakers and Heat, we look at their franchise player in Blake Griffin, their young core of talented players, and we ask… How are the Clippers going to screw this up? The Clippers GM told…

  14. Kobe Bryant on pace to set record: Most missed field goals

    Jan 20, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    In the next couple of years Kobe Bryant is going to pass another legendary Celtic in the record book. But not in a good way. Kobe Bryant is on pace to break the record for most missed shots in a career, according to some fun research by John Hollinger at ESPN (a post behind the…

  15. No surgery for Jermaine O’Neal, but another month of sitting

    Jan 20, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    After a day of doctors and an MRI, there was the old good news/bad news thing for Jermaine O’Neal. The good news: no surgery needed. The bad news: Another month on the shelf. O’Neal will be out another month before he can return to the Celtics lineup, Celtics GM Danny Ainge told the media Wednesday.…

  16. Video: Monta Ellis game winner. Clutch.

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Golden State Warriors

    Monta Ellis may well get left out of the All-Star Game, and it will be an injustice when it happens. (And then you will look at the guards you would have had to knock out of the game to get him there, and you will shrug and say it’s impossible.) He got the Warriors the…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: When good games are overshadowed by the ‘Melodrama

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Magic Celebrate

    What you missed while reading the story about Deadspin in GQ… Nets 103, Jazz 95: “Melo? We don’t need no stinkin’ Melo” In what in some ways seemed like an anti-climactic game, was “Russian Culture” night in New Jersey. That motivated Andrei Kirilenko who came out fast. But once the game settled down this was…

  18. Owners, players may not talk CBA All-Star Weekend. Can you say lockout?

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    At the start of the season, David Stern said that come All-Star Weekend in February, we’d have a better idea where the owners and players stood in talking about a new Collective Bargaining Agreemement and if we were headed to a lockout. After months of smaller meetings and discussion, that weekend is when everyone would…

  19. Brandon Jennings out, DeMar DeRozan in for Dunk Contest

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    The foot surgery that has kept Brandon Jennings out of the Milwaukee Bucks lineup since before Christmas now will keep him out of the All-Star Dunk contest as well. The change will become official on Thursday, with last year’s Dunk Contest runner-up, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, taking Jennings place, according to Jonathan Abrams…

  20. Carmelo Anthony talks Nets, says he told them nothing

    Jan 20, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony dunk

    When reporters descended on him postgame, Carmelo Anthony still hadn’t seen the press conference where  Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the plug on trade discussions that would have sent Anthony to New Jersey. (It’s understandable, Anthony had been a tad busy dropping 35 on the Thunder in a Nugget win). Still his post-game comments sounded…

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