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  1. Wizards may be looking to trade up to grab Kanter

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    enes Kanter

    The Washington Wizards have apparently fallen in love with Enes Kanter’s combination of size and skill, and it appears as though they’re looking to move up in the draft in order to get him. According to Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony, the Wizards are discussing a trade that would involve them giving their #6 pick to…

  2. Still big gap between NBA owners, players after key talks

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:38 PM EST

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    If you were waiting to really worry about an NBA lockout, now is a good time. Tuesday’s negotiation session — which NBA Commissioner David Stern had previously called key to avoiding a July 1 lockout — had both sides leaving and speaking in pessimistic tones. Chris Paul said this to Brian Smith of the Salt…

  3. NBA Draft: Five big risks in the 2011 NBA Draft

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:26 PM EST

    Josh Selby

    Right now, there are no busts in the 2011 NBA Draft. By 2014 we will be calling a few of these guys busts, but right now they are just risks. In this draft, picking out what risks to gamble on is amazingly difficult, seemingly every player has some glaring flaws. We’d preach patience — wait…

  4. Stunning news: Knicks would still like to get Steve Nash

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:38 PM EST

    nash-game-time-decision-magic

    From the NBC Sports Department of the Obvious, we bring you this news: The New York Knicks still have interest in getting Steve Nash. The New York Post has the shocking details. There have been renewed whispers the Knicks have inquired about Suns point guard Steve Nash, who lives in SoHo in the offseason. The…

  5. Not a surprise but now official: Casey to coach Raptors

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    dwane Casey

    We’ve been telling you this was coming since last week, everybody except your mom has been telling you Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey would coach the Raptors since last week. (She kept telling you not to forget Father’s Day.) Now it is official, Casey is the man in Toronto. Bryan Colangelo — the GM that built…

  6. LeBron may not have a ring, but he made Heat owners a lot of money

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    LeBron Sunglasses

    Heat fans – well, actually mostly Heat haters — were beating up LeBron James after fourth quarter struggles in the finals. The Internet is no fan of the “don’t kick a man when he’d down” axiom. But the Heat’s management has been nothing but supportive. In part because they know if they want another banner…

  7. Video: TMZ mistakes Greg Oden for LeBron James

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    ODEN_GREG

    Before we get started, it’s important to note that TMZ is the worst thing to happen to reporting … well, pretty much ever. Obnoxious, talentless dudes loitering outside clubs, restaurants, and airports screaming down athletes and celebrities with video camera in hand hoping they’ll say anything remotely interesting couldn’t be more annoying, and it should…

  8. Should the Cavaliers take Derrick Williams at No. 1?

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Arizona v Connecticut

    Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala and Joe Johnson are all very good basketball players. In fact, they’re All-Stars. But they’ve all been asked to be “the man” on their prospective teams, which hasn’t worked out too well, as they appear to lack that leadership gene. And whether Derrick Williams deserves to be drafted No. 1 over point guard Kyrie Irving may…

  9. Pat Riley says he is not going to coach, break up “Big 3″

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Pat Riley is not going to coach the Miami Heat next season. No, he is not going to break up the trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh either. Riley had his annual end-of-season meeting with the media Tuesday and sounded like a guy who doesn’t like to lose but realizes the huge…

  10. Pau Gasol doesn’t want to be traded, but are the Lakers making the calls?

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    All over Los Angeles there seems to be a case of “trade Pau Gasol fever.” Which is just flat-out stupid overreaction by Lakers fans, but there you go. This guy was the No. 2 reason the team won back-to-back rings, was the team’s MVP for the first 30 games of last season, then wore down…

  11. Report: Atlanta Hawks considering trading Josh Smith

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:21 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Atlanta needs to do something to shake up this team, because it is clear the current roster is a step or two behind the elite in the East. And while you can expect that Chicago and Miami will be better next season, Atlanta isn’t going to get better without some bold moves. Like trading Josh…

  12. Celtics Glen Davis going to look at free agency options

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    At some point in the future (hopefully not to distant future, but who knows), there will be a free agency period. And when it comes, a battle tested, champion power forward (who struggled this last playoffs) will be on the market in Boston’s Glen Davis. And he is going to see what that market will…

  13. Don’t expect much out of NBA owners, players meeting

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

    David Stern

    David Stern tried after last week’s bargaining session to set Tuesday up as the big key day — it is after this session we’ll know if there will be a lockout. But even that was Stern posturing, using some gamesmanship to put the pressure on the players. Which says everything about where we are in…

  14. Report: Warriors in talks to land Robin Lopez from Suns

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:53 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 4

    The emergence of Marcin Gortat as a quality center in the Suns up-tempo offense has left them with a problem a lot of teams would like to have — two quality centers, when you remember they have Robin Lopez as well. The Golden State Warriors would like to help them out with that by offering…

  15. Former No. 1 pick LaRue Martin talks bust, bouncing back

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    LaRue Martin

    Over the next few days there will be a lot of talk about the biggest draft busts ever (great list here from Hoopism). It’s a fun exercise, for reasons I’ve never fully understood we as a species enjoy watching others struggle and fail. The latest NBA finals seems even more proof of that. Being the…

  16. Odds on the NBA Draft… if you’re a betting man

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:01 PM EST

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    Gambling, the thing that drives horse racing and the NFL. (What, you don’t think fantasy leagues and weekly pools help the NFL’s popularity?) If you’re more an NBA guy, how about betting on the NBA Draft? The fine folks at Bodog sent over their odds on the NBA draft, and there are some interesting lines…

  17. Warriors GM Riley: Ellis not likely to be traded

    Jun 20, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

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    Monta Ellis‘ name has been in trade rumors for the past several weeks, but according to Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick, Warriors general manager Larry Riley said that Warrior fans shouldn’t expect an Ellis deal to happen anytime soon: Riley reiterated that he’s not shopping Ellis: “It’s very likely that he will not be traded on…

  18. Ford: Valanciunas has buyout issues

    Jun 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Lietuvos Rytas's Jonas Valanciunas (C) j

    The top 5 of the 2011 draft, which has already seen Harrison Barnes and Perry Jones drop out of it, seems to have had yet another shakeup. Per ESPN.com’s Chad Ford: Valanciunas update: Sources say buyout agreement close, however, buyout won’t allow Valanciunas to play in NBA next season. If Valanciunas can’t play in NBA…

  19. Video: Rubio greeted by fans, media in Minnesota

    Jun 20, 2011, 4:38 PM EST

    Spain v USA

    Only two short years after he was drafted with the 5th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves, point guard prospect Ricky Rubio actually physically arrived in Minnesota on Monday, and there was much rejoicing. According to ESPN1500 Twin Cities, who the video comes courtesy of, Rubio was greeted by “about 200″ fans and media members…

  20. At No. 4, the Cavaliers select… Jonas Valanciunas?

    Jun 20, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    Lithuania Euroleague Basketball

    Let’s for a moment assume that the Cleveland Cavaliers will be selecting the No. 4 pick overall. Because, they most likely will be. Teams look at this draft and are not giving up actual quality to move up. There are now multiple reports (including the Morning Journal) that the Cavaliers are leaning heavily toward picking…

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