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  1. Add John Salmons to your list of summer free agents

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    No real surprise here, we’ve been expecting this for a couple months, but now it is official: John Salmons is going to opt out and test the free agent market. That’s what the Bucks general manager told FanHouse’s Chris Tomasson. “He’s given us indications that he will opt out,” Milwaukee general manager John Hammond, named…

  2. NBA finals Game 7 draws biggest television audience since Jordan retired

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    That sound you hear is David Stern opening champagne bottles at NBA Headquarters. Nielsen Co. reports that 28.2 million people watched the Lakers repeat as NBA champions in an ugly but entertaining Game 7. The last time that many people watched an NBA game Michael Jordan was pushing off Byron Russell to hit the game…

  3. Report: Timberwolves, Grizzlies near draft pick swap

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Memphis has talked about trying to move up in the draft, they may have fond a way. ESPN is reporting that Memphis is close to a deal to trade picks No. 25 and No. 28 to Minnesota in exchange for the No. 16 pick. This would mean that Memphis would have two picks, No. 12…

  4. Larry Bird hesitant to trade Brandon Rush

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    Whenever there is a Indiana Pacers trade rumor — for Tony Parker, for Jonny Flynn, basically for any point guard good at running the break in the NBA — Brandon Rush’s name comes up. In his second season, Rush looked at times like a guy starting to figure it out. A little. He certainly can…

  5. NBA draft: Xavier Henry gets a green room invite

    Jun 22, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    It’s official: Xavier Henry is a big deal. It’s still a bit of an unknown whether Henry will fit better as a 2 or 3 in the NBA, but his talent is undeniable. We’re not necessarily looking at a John Wall-esque off-the-charts prospect or one with DeMarcus Cousins’ considerable collegiate résumé, but Xavier has the…

  6. NBA draft: Could Wesley Johnson really be the Nets' play at No. 3?

    Jun 22, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE 1:01 pm: Now the very well connected Jonathan Givony at DraftExpress is confirming that it looks like the Nets will now take Johnson No. 3. These were is tweets. Wesley Johnson is moving up to 3, New Jersey, on our next mock coming shortly. Told New Jersey will take him and go for a…

  7. Quote of the day, how conflicting rumors get started

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    “Right now Wes is talking out of six sides of his mouth.” –One anonymous general manager, about what CAA employee and LeBron insider William Wesley is doing right now on the LeBron James and Chris Paul rumors (as tweeted by Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer).

  8. NBA draft: More fuel for the John Wall hype machine

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    Hi, could I have a minute of your time today to discuss the good word of John Wall? He has game that makes maidens cry, birds sing, and honeycrisp apples grow out of season. He once made a pass to a cutter 75 miles away, and directed every episode of The Wire. He has also…

  9. Linas Kleiza likes winning in Greece better than losing in Denver

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    The Denver Nuggets have extended a qualifying offer to Linas Kleiza — something they have to do to keep his rights, but if he accepts he could return to the Rocky Mountains. Whether or not the Nuggets want him back, he likes the life in Greece on a championship team better and is not coming…

  10. LeBron willing to pay $2 million to be wooed by New York

    Jun 22, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Free agency has a price. Freedom to choose has a price. Everything has a price. Welcome to capitalism. LeBron James wants his freedom. He wants to be a free agent and be wooed by the city of Chicago and have Jay-Z perform “New York” to him in person. But Brian Windhorst notes in the Cleveland…

  11. Memphis would like Chris Paul, too, but you can't have OJ Mayo to get him

    Jun 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    These rumors are going to be coming all day so let’s just be clear — there are 29 other teams that would like to trade for Chris Paul. Well, 30 teams that want Paul if you count incoming New Orleans Hornets owner Gary Chouest who wants CP3 to stay on his team. Once Chouest gets…

  12. Timberwolves looking to revamp roster any way they can

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have two things that do not mesh — a coach brought in to run the triangle offense, and a roster poorly suited to run it. So it looks like the Timberwolves are considering anything and everything to change shake up the roster. Just look at the laundry list of things Yahoo’s Adrian…

  13. Lakers Championship Parade Highlights

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Ron Artest with a cigar and a top hat. No other sentence can motivate you to watch the highlights of the Lakers championship parade more. Oh, yea, there are shots of Kobe, too.

  14. Wojnarowski: Worldwide Wes trying to sell LeBron, CP3 as package deal

    Jun 21, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Well, this is certainly interesting. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, NBA man of mystery William Wesley has been going around telling teams that if they manage to pull off a trade for Chris Paul this off-season, their chances of signing LeBron James will dramatically increase.  Of course, one needs not be an NBA…

  15. Why Yes, Chris Anderson did get a new neck tattoo

    Jun 21, 2010, 7:06 PM EDT

    With a tip of the cap to Trey Kerby of Ball Don’t Lie, we here at PBT humbly present to you Chris Anderson’s new neck tattoo, with a picture of his older, more drab neck for context. If you can’t tell, the tattoo says “Free Bird,” which could be a tribute to the Lynyrd Skynyrd…

  16. NBA Draft: Nets impressed by Cousins' perimeter game

    Jun 21, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    On Monday, top NBA forward prospects DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors both worked out for the New Jersey Nets, who hold the 3rd overall pick in the upcoming draft. Since John Wall and Evan Turner are virtual locks to go 1st and 2nd in the draft, the Nets’ selection may have more suspense surrounding it…

  17. George Karl expects to coach next season

    Jun 21, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl said on Monday that he “fully expects” to be coaching the Nuggets again next season. Karl missed the final part of the regular season and the playoffs due to a bout with throat and neck cancer. He is reportedly still using a feeding tube, and…

  18. Blazers make second round swap with Warriors in NBA Draft

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Kevin Pritchard is hanging out over the precipice, being dangled on a hook by his Blazers employer over what are widely rumored to be a perceived arrogance on his part. His job may or may not be in jeopardy, leaving doubt as to if he’ll even be the one pushing buttons on draft night on…

  19. AEG to give 10k to riot victim cabbie

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:51 PM EDT

    After the Lakers won the NBA Championship, Laker fans decided to celebrate their favorite team’s accomplishment by having a spirited riot throughout the streets of Los Angeles. It was all fun and games, except it really wasn’t. The rioting Laker fans destroyed plenty of property, including the taxi cab of Abraham Teferi, which the mob…

  20. NBA draft: Clippers could trade the No. 8 pick

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    There’s no question that the Los Angeles Clippers need a little help, and Blake Griffin’s return is a good start. It’s not necessarily enough to throw the Clips into the playoff hunt, which is why it could make sense for L.A. to look for more immediate help this off-season rather than look to add more…

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