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  1. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Feb 19, 2010, 2:28 AM EDT

    Our game recaps from Thursday, or what you missed while sleeping off your trade deadline hangover. Denver 118, Cleveland 116 (OT) Damn, that was fun.  If you did miss it, I don’t know what to tell you, but sorry. It’s exactly what you want in a game to watch — close, back and forth, with…

  2. Rivers, Jackson don't want Big Z back with Cavaliers

    Feb 19, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson are very different as coaches, and as people, but the two agree on one thing — the rule that allows Zydrunas Ilgauskas to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers sucks. The Wizards just acquired Big Z (and his puppet) in a trade but are expected to buy out his contract in…

  3. Mavs may take a crack at Ilgauskas if buyout is arranged

    Feb 18, 2010, 11:37 PM EDT

    Update 11:50 pm: The Mavericks are not alone, it turns out. The Atlanta Hawks would like to talk to Ilgauskas, too, if (when, really) Washington buys him out. His agent, Herb Rudoy, said the Hawks are a team Big Z would consider. He’ll probably end up back with the Cavs, but he can milk them…

  4. Doc Rivers talks Nate Robinson

    Feb 18, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    Before his team took the floor against the Lakers, Celtics coach Doc Rivers talked about how Nate Robinson was a good fit for the team. As you can expect, it was all glowing and love. “He gives us speed, he gives us another ballhander, and like I was said he’s a guy who can give…

  5. Mike James kicks off the buyout list

    Feb 18, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    The days of buyouts started just hours after the trade deadline passed, when the Washington Wizards told Mike James to take a leave of absence pending the buyout of his contract. James was a regular part of the Wizards rotation last year, starting 50 games, but he had appeared in just four this year. The…

  6. Arenas may not be done with the Wizards

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    During a press conference today, Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld made some statements that suggest Arenas may play for the Wizards after his year-long suspension is over. Grunfeld said that if “[Arenas] wants to play, this is the place he’s going to play,” and that “he’s under contract and he’s going to be with us.” …

  7. Wade leaves game with calf injury

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2/18 7:32 pm: Good news for the Heat — Wade’s calf is officially just a strain, nothing serious. That said, it is still bothering him and he is listed as day-to-day and may miss several games. 2/18 9:10 am This could be worse than first thought. Wade said after the game that he felt…

  8. Mavericks, Cavaliers win trade deadline gold

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    In practice, the winners and losers at this trade deadline will be determined in the playoffs, the summer free agent market and this and future drafts. But we’re not that patient, either. Enter Ira Winderman, who gave out medals to the winners. The gold goes to a few teams, including the Dallas Mavericks. It’s not…

  9. Tony Parker has no concept of his body's own limitations

    Feb 18, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Tony Parker has battled plantar fasciitis this year, a condition which is, to be honest, painful as all get-out. It hasn’t affected his speed, nor his patented dribble-hesitation as much as it has his focus and his jump shot. Then again, you also have to factor in how much of his game has been impacted…

  10. Eight teams have room to sign max free agent

    Feb 18, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    Tom Ziller, writing for FanHouse, names the eight teams that will have room to give a free agent max money. Here’s my quick breakdown of the pros and cons of each free-agent destination: New York: The Knicks may have the cap space to sign two major free agents. They also play in the Mecca of…

  11. Bobcats get Theo Ratliff in trade

    Feb 18, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Spurs have traded Theo Ratliff to the Charlotte Bobcats. It is unclear what the Bobcats will be sending to the Spurs in exchange. Ratliff was once one of the league’s most fearsome defenders of the paint, but has slowed down at 36. Ratliff is only averaging 9 minutes a game…

  12. Nets moving to Newark before Brooklyn

    Feb 18, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    The New Jersey Nets will become the Brooklyn (INSERT BRANDING HERE) in 2012. But until then, they need somewhere else to play, as the IZOD center is widely referred to as “a dump.” So they’re headed to Newark, to play at the Prudential Center. Some of the advantages of the move are as follows: Closer…

  13. Dominic McGuire becomes trade deadline's Mr. Irrelevant

    Feb 18, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    It wouldn’t be the trade deadline if a player worse than most high-level D-Leaguers didn’t get moved for a second-round pick. According to the Sacramento Bee’s Sam Amick, the Kings have traded a second-round pick and cash for Dominic McGuire. Apparently the Kings enjoy trading things.  McGuire is only 24 years old, but doesn’t seem…

  14. Boozer to Miami talks fail

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:35 pm: These talks never came to fruition, really never came close, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. The Heat initiated the talks, they tried to bring the Wizards in, and while the Jazz were too polite to hang up the phone they were never going to do this, anyway. Boozer is playing fantastic basketball…

  15. Brewer traded for pick

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Multiple sources are reporting talk that Ronnie Brewer may have been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis radio host Chris Vernon tweeted that he heard the Grizzlies are only giving up a protected pick in the deal.  If the rumors are true, this would be a cost-cutting move for the Jazz, who do not want…

  16. Lakers/Raptors last minute talks fail

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    Update 3:24 pm The Lakers made it official after the deadline passed, they did not make a trade. Lakers fans, good news — Sasha is still your whipping boy. The deal would have been Vujacic and forward Josh Powell for Banks and Patrick O’Bryant. Why? Toronto pushed the deal because Powell and Chris Bosh are…

  17. Ford: Heat making a final push for Stoudemire

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:15 PM: Steve Kerr went on NBATV and said that he and Suns management were “relieved” that no deal came together and that the offers to them “just weren’t good enough.” He added that they want to win now but also build for the future at the same time. “We’ve been kinda rebuilding on…

  18. Lewis on Cavs trade: "It doesn't scare me."

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    One benefit of the Cavaliers trading for Antawn Jamison is that it may help them match up better against the Orlando Magic. The Magic were able to eliminate the Cavaliers from the playoffs last year because of the matchup problems they caused, particularly in the frontcourt.  In the off-season, the Cavaliers added Shaquille O’Neal, who…

  19. Trade Deadline: Bobcats talking to Pacers for D.J. Augustine-T.J. Ford swap

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:03PM: Chad Ford reporting the deal broke down, no go. Guess Augustine will have to continue the rest of the season with that startling vote of confidence. UPDATE 1:43PM: The deal is close but not yet done, and includes Nazr Mohammed and Gerald Henderson going to Indiana, and Brandon Rush going to Charlotte. The…

  20. Troy Murphy remains a Pacer

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    From a basketball perspective, Troy Murphy is a guy in demand. Everyone loves them some stretch fours these days. But he is also a guy owed $12 million next year, and in this economy that matters more. Despite him being shopped around and his name coming up for deals all over the NBA and twitter,…

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