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  1. Enes Kanter says he’s the best player in the draft

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:38 PM EST

    Enes Kanter

    Turkish center prospect Enes Kanter is something of a mystery to NBA teams, since he was forced to sit on the bench for Kentucky all season long after the NCAA ruled him ineligible. On draft media day, however, Kanter made one thing crystal clear: he does not lack for confidence. SB Nation’s Mike Prada has…

  2. Have the Pistons decided on Tristan Thompson?

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    Arizona v Texas

    CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger has the report: With top prospects in New York Thursday for media and service responsibilities, a person familiar with the draft discussions said the Pistons appear to have zeroed in on Texas small forward Tristan Thompson with the eighth pick. Thompson canceled other scheduled workouts after working out for the Pistons with five other…

  3. Ilgauskas picks up player option

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

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    According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, veteran Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas has decided to pick up his $1.4 million player option for next season. Ilgauskas started 51 games for the Heat last season, but was extremely ineffective in the playoffs and was essentially benched against Boston, Chicago, and Dallas. After the season, there had been…

  4. Derek Fisher says NBA far, far away from labor peace

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    All that “substantial progress” in the NBA’s labor negotiations? Don’t hang your hat on it. That’s essentially what National Basketball Players Assocition President Derek Fisher told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN 1050 radio in New York (via Sports Radio Interviews). And he was not backing down over a lockout. “If the owners decide they want…

  5. Report: Brown wants Lakers to get Anderson Varejao

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The Lakers need to inject the roster with energy, particularly on defense. Anderson Varejao brings energy and effort. New Lakers coach Mike Brown used to coach Anderson Varejao. So, not a huge leap of logic to a report from Sam Amico of Fox Sports. Huge leap of logic to see it happen, but not the…

  6. Mark Cuban and the “we’re the champs” legal defense

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:58 PM EST

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban polishes the championship trophy during an event held to celebrate their 2011 NBA championship in Dallas, Texas

    Even in court, Mark Cuban is bragging about his championship. And being damn funny. Remember that Cuban is being sued by Ross Perot Jr., the son of the former presidential candidate and a five percent owner of the Mavericks. His partnership (Hillwood Center Partnership) used to own the majority of the Mavericks but sold to…

  7. Report: Danny Ainge willing to trade anyone on the roster

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    On one side of the scale, you have Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Doc Rivers all coming back, and you think they are not going to break this group up yet, they are going to make one more run. On the other side of the scale, you have the Kendrick Perkins…

  8. Video: Kevin Durant’s monster dunk at Drew League

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    During the summer, a lot of NBA players take part in various “leagues” around the nation. Like the Drew League in the inner city of Los Angeles. There is money raised for a good cause, and some good hoops played. Kevin Durant was at the Drew League this week (with a lot of other stars)…

  9. Report: Josh Smith to Orlando Magic trade rumors “legit”

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:59 AM EST

    Josh Smith

    Josh Smith is being shopped around, and while Boston may not be interested Orlando is. That according to Ken Berger at CBS Sports. A source also said discussions between Atlanta and Orlando with Josh Smith going to the Magic are “totally legit.” Executives say the Hawks have expressed an eagerness to move Smith and would…

  10. The real key to this draft: What do the Jazz do at No. 3?

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    enes Kanter

    Kyrie Irving will go No. 1 overall to the Cavaliers. Minnesota may be shopping the No. 2 pick like Vince “ShamWow guy” Shlomi, but if they keep asking for Steve Nash and Andrew Bynum they will be making the pick themselves. And taking Derrick Williams. Then things get interesting. The Jazz will set the tone…

  11. Despite rumors everywhere, Suns say Nash not being traded

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:21 AM EST

    Steve Nash

    It was maybe the craziest rumor of this draft… which is saying something. Steve Nash to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 2 pick was discussed, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. He went on to say in the article it was unlikely because Nash wants to go to a contender, not a 17-win team.…

  12. Kyrie Irving is a deserving No. 1 pick

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:54 AM EST

    Michigan v Duke

    Kyrie Irving will be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. But he wouldn’t have beaten out John Wall for the top spot last draft. Or Blake Griffin for the top spot two drafts ago. Or Derrick Rose three drafts ago. Or… It has some fans wondering is Irving a deserving No. 1…

  13. Kevin Durant says “nothing” to TMZ, that gets him in trouble

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:03 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    Kevin Durant is not the kind of athlete who ends up on TMZ as he is hopping from club-to-club or trying to line up his next reality show. That’s just not who Durant is. He’s more the “wear a backpack to a press conference” kind of guy. Yet he still got in trouble via TMZ…

  14. Celtics say they have had no talks about Josh Smith trade

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    We told you about the rumors the Atlanta Hawks are going to be shopping Josh Smith around, and that Smith is good with that. In fact, like everyone, Smith has a list of teams he’d like to play for. One was the Boston Celtics. But there have been no such talks with the Celtics, according…

  15. Team president out as power shift continues for Warriors

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:38 AM EST

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    This is not really a surprise, but the timing caught people off guard. Golden State team president Robert Rowell has left the organization, according to CSN Bay Area. Rowel, coach Don Nelson and GM Larry Riley formed the power structure under old owner Chris Cohen that has been blown up by new owners Joe Lacob…

  16. David Kahn wants Andrew Bynum for the #2 pick

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:09 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum, Marco Belinelli

    There has been widespread speculation that the Timberwolves are looking to trade the #2 pick in this year’s draft, because projected #2 pick Derrick Williams is a small forward/power forward and the Timberwolves already have Kevin Love at the 4 and Michael Beasley as a tweener 3/4, which Williams projects as. Anyways, David Kahn would…

  17. Report: Spurs willing to trade Parker to get into the lottery

    Jun 21, 2011, 9:47 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Here’s an absolute shocker of a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: NEW YORK – The San Antonio Spurs are engaged in discussions about trading point guard Tony Parker to secure a high pick in Thursday’s draft, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Spurs have talked to teams in the lottery, including the Toronto Raptorsand Sacramento Kings, who hold the fifth…

  18. Warriors extend qualifying offer to Reggie Williams

    Jun 21, 2011, 7:44 PM EST

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    From the team’s official website: The Golden State Warriors have extended a qualifying offer to guard/forward Reggie Williams, the team announced today, making him a restricted free agent. Per team policy, financial terms were not disclosed. Williams, 24, appeared in 80 games last season (nine starts), averaging 9.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.3…

  19. Ford: Kings may trade #7 pick for Felton

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:47 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    More draft rumors! This one comes courtesy of ESPN.com’s Chad Ford: The phones have been ringing off the hook today with just 48 hours to go before the NBA draft. Here are some more quick hitters on what I’m hearing. • Would the Kings be willing to send the No. 7 pick to the Nuggets…

  20. Knicks targeting Shumpert, Fared at #17?

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:32 PM EST

    Fared

    From probasketballdraft.com: @thenyknicks appear focused on Iman Shumpert and Kenneth Faried at 17. Donnie wants players that help on court right away. Both Faried and Shumpert are projected to be available when the Knicks pick at 17. Faried averaged an impressive 17.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game on 62.3% shooting last season at Moorehead State.…

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