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  1. Maryland’s Alex Len could be the No. 1 pick. Why is that?

    Jun 27, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Alex Len, Tahjere McCall, T.J. Cline, Antoine Mason

    Alex Len put up nice but not thrilling stats at Maryland last season — 11.9 points a game on 53.4 percent shooting, with 7.8 rebounds a game. He’s seen as talented but raw. After the season he had surgery on a stress fracture in his ankle, and there are concerns his health issues could be…

  2. Alex Len harbors no resentment toward Maryland for handling of injury

    Jun 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA Draft basketball

    NEW YORK – It’s reached the point where I expect so little from major college athletic programs that I hardly raised an eyebrow when Alex Len told Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons he played through the stress fracture in his ankle last season and didn’t have an MRI done until after Maryland’s last game. But…

  3. Easy-going Steven Adams really wants to know where he’ll be picked, but he has no clue

    Jun 27, 2013, 1:09 AM EDT

    NBA Draft Basketball

    NEW YORK – Steven Adams, the 7-footer from New Zealand by way of a year at Pittsburgh, took a moment to put his easy-going nature into words. “If something breaks, everybody is like ‘Ah!’” Adams said. “Get another one. You know what I mean? I just find a lot solutions pretty quickly that seem reasonable.…

  4. Report: Bucks have ‘strong’ interest in J.R. Smith

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    J.R. Smith opted out of the final year of his deal with the Knicks, and that was the smart move financially following his Sixth Man of the Year award-winning season. It doesn’t mean Smith won’t return to New York, but it does mean that other teams may throw a lot more money in his direction…

  5. Suns officially unveil new logos

    Jun 26, 2013, 11:51 PM EDT

    suns new logo

    Some of the new logos that will be in play for the Phoenix Suns next season hit the internet a short time ago, but the team made the announcement official on Wednesday. The changes are eloquently explained in the team release: “The Suns’ primary logo changes for the first time in 13 years (2000) and only…

  6. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope implies he’ll get drafted by Timberwolves or Trail Blazers

    Jun 26, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    NBA Draft Basketball

    NEW YORK – Many prospects scan mock drafts, though few admit it. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is one of the rare players who’s copped to looking at mocks, so he knew he was viewed as a mid- to late-first round pick when Georgia’s season ended. That made it extra sweet when, at home with his mother, Caldwell-Pope…

  7. Raptors Bryan Colangelo steps down as team president, will be consultant

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:23 PM EDT

    Raptors general manager Colangelo takes questions during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    It seemed a little awkward from the start — long time Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo was pushed aside to make way for young hot shot Masai Ujiri. New management at the top of the Raptors gave Ujiri all the power, so Colangelo moved to the business side of the operation as team president. With…

  8. Lakers unveil signs on Staples Center urging Dwight Howard to stay

    Jun 26, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    via twitter

    There is a significant portion of Lakers fans who don’t want Dwight Howard to walk as a free agent. It’s not hard to find them on twitter. The idea is you just get terrible for a year (meaning Kobe sits out a lot of the season), you take your chances in the lottery then in…

  9. PBT Extra: 2013 NBA Draft preview

    Jun 26, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    NBA Draft Basketball

    Down year or not, there is some real excitement around the NBA Draft. It’s just fun to think about and project the future. We talk the Cavaliers and the No. 1 pick — if they grade out Nerlens Noel as the best player (and they have seen more of him healthy than any other team,…

  10. Wednesday And-1 links: Bobcats say they are not shopping Kidd-Gilchrist

    Jun 26, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points almost as much as we love draft rumors… • It’s time for a lesson…

  11. Ben McLemore: I called Mario Chalmers’ ‘miracle shot’ in Game 7

    Jun 26, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK – If you thought LeBron James was in the zone during Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Ben McLemore says he wasn’t far behind. McLemore, while rooting for LeBron and the Heat, said he had a pretty good performance of his own. First of all, he predicted Miami would win. And then he…

  12. Report: Alvin Gentry chooses Clippers over Lakers, will be on Rivers’ staff

    Jun 26, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry

    UPDATE 5:34 pm: It didn’t take that long for him to decide. Not long after Doc Rivers was formally introduced as the Clippers head coach, Alvin Gentry said he would become part of Doc’s staff, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni signed off on this (not that he had much…

  13. Larry Bird returning to run Pacers front office

    Jun 26, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

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    It was just like Larry Bird was on a year sabbatical. After a year away from the Pacers — a year where the team he built made a run all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals — Larry Bird will return to the Pacers front office, first reported Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  14. Unlike everyone else, Otto Porter wouldn’t be surprised if Wizards don’t draft him

    Jun 26, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr.

    NEW YORK – It’s difficult to find a credible NBA Draft projection that doesn’t have Otto Porter going No. 3 to the Wizards, and it makes a lot of sense. The Cavaliers at No. 1 seem to be eying a big man like Nerlens Noel or Alex Len, and Porter has never really been seriously…

  15. Doc Rivers said he didn’t plan to leave Boston; doesn’t shy away from Clipper title talk

    Jun 26, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers gestures to his team during their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series against the New York Knicks in Boston

    Doc Rivers said he wanted to stay focused on the Clippers in his introductory press conference (which was shown live on NBA TV), but you knew there were going to be a lot of Boston questions. Rivers admitted he didn’t plan to leave Boston — he said he went so far to say he wanted…

  16. Trey Burke ready to compete with new teammate point guards right now

    Jun 26, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    NEW YORK – When Trey Burke committed to Michigan, the Wolverines still had Darius Morris. Though Morris’ NBA success as a Lakers second-round pick has been moderate at best, he was a star at Michigan. Morris left early for the NBA before Burke arrived in Ann Arbor, but Burke’s preparation for playing with Morris could…

  17. Report: Rockets looking at Cavs at 19, Bulls at 20 for Thomas Robinson

    Jun 26, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

    Thomas Robinson

    There are going to be a number of draft day trades this year and the situation will be fluid and unpredictable. But if you can bet on one thing, it is the Rockets trading Thomas Robinson. They need to move his $3.5 million to offer Dwight Howard a max contract and the Rockets are certainly…

  18. Brian Shaw says playing and working for Phil Jackson hurt his previous chances at becoming a head coach

    Jun 26, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    There was an outpouring of support for Brian Shaw this week when he finally landed a long-deserved head coaching spot with the Denver Nuggets. Shaw was a part of five NBA championships as a player and assistant coach, and more than paid his dues along the way, most recently rising to the top assistant position…

  19. Report: Cavaliers targeting Alex Len with first overall pick in the draft

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Alex Len

    There seems to be a few guys near the top of most draft boards that will be impact players in the league for years to come, but none are at that superstar level that would make them a no-brainer to be selected with the number one overall pick. That may be why the Cavaliers were…

  20. Jazz owner admits Sloan quit after another fight with Deron Williams

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    Didn’t we all pretty much know this is how it went down? There has always been a bit of a cloud of mystery around Jerry Sloan’s sudden mid-season departure from the Utah Jazz a couple years back (followed by Deron Williams getting traded away a few weeks later). Sloan and D-Will were at loggerheads often…

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