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  1. Timberwolves about to sign J.J. Barea to four-year deal

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    J.J. Barea

    J.J. Barea, the undersized point guard who slashed his way through defenses (and angered Andrew Bynum), helping bring a championship to Dallas, is about to sign a four-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dallas offered Barea just a one-year deal (they are trying to preserve cap space for next summer) so he will be jumping…

  2. Report: Chris Paul to Clippers deal submitted to league for approval

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    This is the power of Blake Griffin. Without him, we are not having this discussion. And it’s pretty crazy we are having this discussion anyway. The Los Angeles Clippers are close to landing Chris Paul in a trade, the Los Angeles Times and ESPN report. ESPN reports the deal has been submitted to the league for…

  3. Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando because they didn’t let him run the team badly

    Dec 12, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    See, here’s my problem. Carmelo Anthony had it right. For all his ego, for all the manipulation, for holding the Nuggets and the news cycle hostage for six months, he had it right. It was quiet. He never committed to the Nuggets, kept it quiet, didn’t make it worse. Melo knows it’s a business and…

  4. Suns training camp notes: High hopes for Telfair, improvement for Lopez, dealing with Pietrus

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:10 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Telfair Basketball

    The Phoenix Suns are holding training camp in town this week at Grand Canyon University. Here are some notes from Sunday’s morning and evening practice sessions: – The Suns were without Grant Hill, Sebastian Telfair, and Markieff Morris for their morning practice session, but had them on the floor for the evening session, once Vince…

  5. Report: Chris Paul would play for Clippers, but there are hitches

    Dec 11, 2011, 11:52 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is not going to the Lakers, they pulled out of the running for him. He’s not going to get traded to the Knicks, even Paul realizes they don’t have the young assets to make the move (even if some Knicks fans don’t). If he can’t land there, he wouldn’t mind playing along side…

  6. The Lakers and the high price of losing a sure-bet

    Dec 11, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    If you had asked any NBA fan, or expert, or even Lakers official back in June what they’d be doing two weeks before the start of the season, they’d say there’d be some drama. There always is. With Phil Jackson retiring and Jim Buss taking the reins over from his father, there were sure to…

  7. It is now official, Lamar Odom a Maverick

    Dec 11, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    UPDATE 8:25 pm: It is now official, the Lakers have traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for a first round pick (restricted, starting top 20 this year) and a second rounder. Dallas fits him in using the salary exception from the Tyson Chandler trade. The Lakers get their own $8.9 million trade exception to…

  8. Report: Lakers will not trade Bynum and Gasol for Howard

    Dec 11, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    The Lakers are starting to play a little hardball in their negotiations. Or at least threatening to. First they pull out of the Chris Paul trade, surprising the Hornets and Rockets, and now this nugget from the well connected Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. I’m told the Lakers will not be trading Bynum…

  9. Suns may look to limit players’ minutes thanks to compressed schedule

    Dec 11, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    nash-warmup

    The NBA lockout was resolved just in time to still give us a season, but it’s a 66-game schedule that’s jam-packed into a little over three and a half months. That’s something all teams are going to be forced to deal with, but in Phoenix, where two of the team’s best players in Steve Nash…

  10. Boston misses mark, David West to sign with Pacers

    Dec 11, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    David West to the Boston Celtics made some sense — not a perfect fit but the best player on the free agent market the Celtics could seem to get. Rajon Rondo was going to love having one of the best pick-and-pop bigs in the game to work with. Instead, Darren Collison is going to love…

  11. No, seriously, Metta World Peace is Metta World Peace this season

    Dec 11, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    MWPjersey

    I think a lot of us thought when Ron Artest announced he was changing his name to Metta World Peace that he was kidding. I mean, no one would actually do that, right? Another crazy Ron Artest thing, like playing in Britain, or being a rapper. Nope. From the Lakers’ official Twitter feed at practice…

  12. Knicks making effort to acquire Jamal Crawford in sign-and-trade

    Dec 11, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Donnie Walsh said in the press conference announcing his departure from the Knicks’ president job that the team’s objective was to build supporting players around Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. He acknowledged the difficulty of that given the salary constraints of having two stars, but also made it clear that it wasn’t about a third…

  13. Rockets, Hornets stunned by Lakers dropping out of CP3 race

    Dec 11, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    After weeks of work that had a trade to send Chris Paul to the Lakers — a deal that was consummated once only to have David Stern crush it — the Lakers unexpectedly walked away from the deal Saturday. Why? We’ll take a stab at that in a second. But first, the Lakers move left…

  14. Chris Paul could still land in Los Angeles — with the Clippers

    Dec 11, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    chris-paul-looks-confused

    So now what for Chris Paul? Small market owners got their wish — David Stern blew up the three-team deal that would have sent Paul to the Lakers and netted the Hornets a nice haul of players, and all the kings’ horses and all the kings’ men could not put the deal together again. The…

  15. Warriors to sign DeAndre Jordan to offer sheet

    Dec 11, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area reports the Warriors are ready to sign Clippers restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet to try and pry him away from the Clippers and find the defensive presence they need. From CSN Bay Area: The Warriors are poised to sign center DeAndre Jordan to an offer…

  16. Reports: Lakers pull out of trade for Chris Paul, will trade Lamar Odom to Dallas, Dwight Howard move next?

    Dec 11, 2011, 12:08 AM EDT

    Chris Paul Andrew Bynum

    And the strange, strange saga rolls on. After nearly a week of negotiations and one failed attempt by the Los Angeles Lakers to trade for Chris Paul in a three-way deal with the Houston Rockets which was blocked by the league, ESPN reports that the Lakers “have pulled out” of the Paul trade. The deal…

  17. Jeff Green re-signs with Boston for one-year, $9 million. Which is weird. And kind of genius.

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green was spoken of as part of the Celtics future, as the big building block to put beside Rajon Rondo. The acquisition of Green for Kendrick Perkins was highly controversial in Boston, made only worse by his performance last season and in the playoffs (though he had a few moments). Green was supposed to…

  18. On Marcus Thornton and the messages sent in free agency

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

    Marcus Thornton

    There’s no use in denying it: free agency in the NBA is kind of a blast, and particularly so when the entire period is condensed into a few hyper-active weeks of player movement. But beyond the surface-level intrigue of roster shuffling is a pretty clear demonstration of league-wide values. Free agency gives general managers the…

  19. Magic intend to sign Jason Richardson as franchise spirals further into madness

    Dec 10, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Let’s play a little thought exercise. Magic GM Otis Smith walks into a room. He stands at a podium and answers questions regarding the state of the team. He opens by informing the media that Dwight Howard has requested a trade, twice, today, in the last year year of his contract. His team is facing…

  20. Weekend NBA rumors and deals (constantly updated)

    Dec 10, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    Just because you didn’t go to work today — you’re at home trying to hang Christmas lights, like that’s not work — doesn’t mean the wheels of NBA free agency and trades stopped. Not in the least. This post is your one-stop shop for up-to-date, breaking info on what is happening around the league. (If…

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