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  1. Winderman: It’s time for built-in buyouts in NBA contracts

    Mar 2, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    One of the prime sticking points in the negotiations for a new NBA collective-bargaining agreement is maximum contract length. Currently, players can be signed for up to six seasons. Management wants far shorter terms. Based on the machinations at the buyout deadline, the players certainly are fueling management’s argument. Even with time left on the…

  2. Phil Jackson: Artest runs the offense better than Kobe

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Now it is time once again for one of Phil Jackson’s favorite mind games: subtle — and not so subtle – messages to players through the media. What would we do all day if it weren’t for them? Today it is Kobe’s turn to be sent a message. Which is rare because Kobe ignore such…

  3. Dwight Howard says he loves Orlando. Right now, anyway.

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

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    Note to Dwight Howard — if you don’t want people speculating about your future, don’t say things like this. We told you yesterday of the reports that the New Jersey Nets planned to go after Howard when he became a free agent, or before. Of course, Howard was asked about that before the game Tuesday…

  4. Agent confirms Rasual Butler headed to Bulls

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

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    The Bulls are going to get a little more depth at the wing — as expected Rasual Butler will sign with Chicago once he clears waivers. Butler’s agent Andy Miller confirmed that to CSN Chicago’s Aggrey Sam Wednesday. Butler was bought out by the Los Angeles Clippers as they want to give minutes to younger…

  5. PBT Wednesday Morning One Liners

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    From Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald: “In games when the Heat was tied or trailed by one, two or three, with less than 30 seconds left, Miami has made just 4 of 22 shots from the field, and only one in a win ( Eddie House’s three-pointer at Oklahoma City).” The teams with the…

  6. Corey Brewer sweepstakes a crowded one

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Everyone knew that Troy Murphy was going to get a buyout and that Mike Bibby was going to do whatever it took to get out of Washington. But Corey Brewer being bought out by the Knicks was a surprise. He came to the Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal, we assumed because the…

  7. Remembering Mike Bibby’s storied career in Washington

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Mike Bibby Wizards

    In a video sure to bring a tear to your eye, here is a stirring tribute to Mike Bibby’s 1-for-9 shooting career in the nation’s capital, is one game as a Washington Wizard. You know, the one game before he gave up more than $6 million to get the heck out of town. Not that…

  8. Video: Shawne Williams with throwdown dunk over Dwight Howard

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    This dunk would be impressive over Earl Boykins, but over Dwight Howard it is pretty incredible. Shawne Williams gets to the baseline and drives, Howard is not in the best defensive rotation position ever and Williams just goes at him and climbs him and does a classic throwdown. That may have been the best part…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Maybe the Spurs are going to miss Tony Parker

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies Celebrate

    What you missed while driving around in reverse… Grizzlies 109, Spurs 93: Memphis has officially taken on the mantel of “the team nobody wants to face in the first round.” They play physically, they have a long front line, they have good athletes on the wing and they can score. Memphis is going to be…

  10. Chauncey Billups leaves game with thigh bruise, could be out Wednesday

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Carmelo Anthony is nice throw in and all, but it was brilliant of the Knicks to trade for Chauncey Billups — that guy is killing it. Have you seen the Knicks?  Billups has become the brains of the outfit. The Knicks play smarter and more under control with Billups on the court. Bad news is…

  11. Timberwolves buy out Eddy Curry. Anybody interested? Anybody? Bueller?

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT

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    It seemed unlikely that Eddy Curry was ever going to suit up for the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s not like they were ever going to take minutes away from Kevin Love to give to Curry. Heck, I wouldn’t take minutes away from Darko to give to Curry. So the two sides agreed to a buyout, the…

  12. London Calling: Nets land in England for weekend games

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

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    The Nets have landed in London and they have a few days to get used to doing things in England before they play. Like what side of the bus to get on (watch the video, that makes more sense then). The Nets and Raptors play a back-to-back at the O2 Arena in London Friday and…

  13. Wizards buy out Al Thornton; likely to sign with Warriors

    Mar 1, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Al Thornton

    Early in the season the Wizards needed Al Thornton at the forward spot. Then they traded for Rashard Lewis and Mo Evans. Then Josh Howard returned from injury. Then Thornton dislocated the middle finger on his shooting hand, he slid totally out of the rotation, and he was not getting back in soon. So Tuesday…

  14. Report: Dwight Howard is next target for Nets

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    Dwight Howard doesn’t want be part of the 2012 free agent rumor mill, but just when he thought he was out… they pull him back in. We mentioned earlier today that Deron Williams was going to be an eager recruiter for the Nets. The first target will be Dwight Howard, according to the Bergen Record.…

  15. Piston’s coach says team “starting over,” throws every position open

    Mar 1, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Well, this should solve all their problems. Piston’s coach John Kuester has thrown every position — starting and off the bench — open to competition, he told the Detroit News. “That’s what I said to the team yesterday,” the Pistons’ coach said Tuesday before the morning shootaround at the Bradley Center. “All starting positions, all…

  16. What does Troy Murphy bring to Boston?

    Mar 1, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

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    The Boston Celtics got Troy Murphy and the Miami Heat didn’t. In the end, that may be the biggest part of the Murphy signing by the Celtics. Boston already had some depth, even though their front line is banged up now. Miami on the other hand really needs a guy who can stretch the floor…

  17. Inside how the Deron Williams trade went down

    Mar 1, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson, Billy King

    The Deron Williams trade was as out of the blue as an NBA trade can be. Nobody saw it coming — not even Williams. But a great bit of reporting by Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune pulls back the curtain a little on the normally very secret Jazz organization. The story explains…

  18. How did Shane Battier find out he was traded? Twitter.

    Mar 1, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Shane Battier Memphis Grizzlies

    It wasn’t just you wasting your entire day trying to keep up with your twitter timeline on NBA trade deadline day. Shane Battier was too, and that’s how he found out he was headed back to Memphis, he told WHBQ in Memphis (via Sports Radio Interviews). “I actually found out through Twitter feeds online. Honestly,…

  19. Heat clear out Carlos Arroyo to make way for Mike Bibby. Is that an upgrade?

    Mar 1, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New Orleans Hornets

    To bring Mike Bibby in, somebody had to go. So adios Carlos Arroyo. Thanks for your services. Arroyo was bought out by the Heat, sent packing to make room for Bibby, who is expected to sign with the Heat on Wednesday when he clears waivers. Bibby sacrificed his $6.2 million salary next season to be…

  20. Deron Williams to be willing recruiter for Nets

    Mar 1, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles

    Deron Williams, welcome to the front line of the recruiting wars. If you’re going to win in the NBA, you need a few stars together in one place — and that means you’re going to have to sell. You’re going to have to recruit like Gene Chizik. Especially if you are not Boston/Los Angeles/New York/Miami.…

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