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  1. Leandro Barbosa traded to the Pacers

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Tyrus Thomas

    The Indiana Pacers added a little scoring pop to the team’s roster on Thursday by acquiring Leandro Barbosa from the Toronto Raptors, in exchange for a second round draft pick. Yahoo! Sports reported the deal initially, which has since been confirmed by several others. Barbosa has averaged 12.2 points in 22.3 minutes per game this…

  2. Nets have no plans to trade Deron Williams, rejecting offers

    Mar 15, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    11:27 am: The Nets phones have been ringing all morning but they are rejecting offers to trade Deron Williams, according to sources and multiple other reports. That  includes them rejecting the idea of a Pau Gasol for Williams trade, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Apparently that was offered before the season and the Nets rejected…

  3. Derek Fisher isn’t convinced Phil Jackson will coach again

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson Derek Fisher

    Phil Jackson is option No. 1 for the New York Knicks as coach next season. And option No. 2. And No. 3. He is the guy James Dolan wants according to every report and rumor. But I’m not convinced Phil Jackson wants to do it — watching him in Los Angeles the last couple years…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls beat Heat even without that Rose guy

    Mar 15, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James is guarded by Chicago Bulls' John Lucas and Luol Deng during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while waiting for Dwight Howard to change his mind again…. Bulls 106, Heat 102: This just shows the different mentalities of these two teams. No Derrick Rose, no Richard Hamilton and yet the Bulls just brought it with fantastic energy. They defended, guys like John Lucas III (24 points) and Jimmy Butler…

  5. Video: Joakim Noah with block on one end, dunk on other

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:17 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Energy is a talent. It may be Joakim Noah‘s best talent. In a game where the outgunned Bulls just had more energy and outworked the Heat, nobody exemplified that better than Noah — and this play may have best summed up the game. Joel Anthony ends up in a poster. I’m not going to read…

  6. Another reversal: Dwight Howard says he will opt-in with Magic

    Mar 15, 2012, 7:35 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Orlando called Dwight Howard’s bluff — when he refused Wednesday afternoon to waive his Early Termination option (ETO, the thing that lets him opt out of his contract next summer) the Magic had enough of Howard’s “take a chance on me” game and worked the phones hard to trade him. Orlando was done. But Howard…

  7. While team shops him, Dwight Howard tells Magic “take a chance” on me

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:32 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    It’s actions, not words that matter. Dwight Howard told the Magic Wednesday night to take a chance on him again, like they did when he was 18. Trust him. “They took a chance on me at 18,” Howard said (transcribed from the Orlando Sentinel’s postgame video). “And what did I do? I gave them everything…

  8. Celtics’ Chris Wilcox out for season with heart condition

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

    Chris Wilcox, Brandon Bass

    It has been a rough season for the Celtics when it comes to rare heart conditions. Chris Wilcox, the journeyman backup big who has given Boston quality minutes in recent weeks, is out for the season because he will undergo aortic surgery in a couple weeks, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. Wilcox had a…

  9. Report: Nets interested in Boris Diaw and his expiring contract

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    Boris Diaw

    If the New Jersey Nets are indeed at the top of Dwight Howard‘s list of preferred places to play next season, then they’re going to need as much salary cap space as possible — not only to pay Howard, but also to have some money left over to surround him with some decent pieces. It…

  10. With no deals close, Suns likely to keep Nash (and everyone else) past trade deadline

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

    Suns guard Nash looks to drive on Mavericks center Mahinmi during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    When it comes to teams dealing with superstar players who can become unrestricted free agents at the end of this season, the Suns are essentially the polar opposite of the Magic. While Dwight Howard has tortured the franchise by changing his mind nearly every four minutes about what his intentions are, in Phoenix, Steve Nash…

  11. Derrick Rose out, will not play against Heat due to groin injury

    Mar 14, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose LeBron James

    So much for thinking of this game as an Eastern Conference Finals preview. Chicago’s Derrick Rose will not play against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night due to a strained groin muscle, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game, reports Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com. C.J. Watson is in and will get the start. It’s…

  12. Report: Dwight Howard flip-flops again, will not opt-in with Magic

    Mar 14, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Dwight Howard has handled his exit from Orlando about as poorly as one person can. He has made LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony look smooth. And it will be an exit from Orlando now. You can bet after today the Magic are burning up the phones in an effort to get a deal done before…

  13. Video: Wojnarowski, Mannix discuss ‘Melo, Knicks situation

    Mar 14, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Anthony reacts to the Bulls missing a free throw attempt in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated swung by NBC’s Sports Talk on Wednesday to talk how Mike D’Antoni lost the power struggle and how Carmelo Anthony won in New York. Now ‘Melo gets a coach who ran an offense in Atlanta known as “iso Joe” for all the times Joe Johnson…

  14. Lakers, Blazers, Timberwolves talk three-team deal to move Crawford, Beasley

    Mar 14, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Three-team trades tend to die on the vine — there are too many moving parts, too many players and agents and teams to make happy. But there is one involving the Lakers, Trail Blazers and Timberwolves that is picking up some steam, according to multiple reports including Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Also CSNNW.com says the…

  15. Magic give Howard until end of Wednesday to sign on for another year, or they trade him

    Mar 14, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    UPDATE 6:21 pm: Dwight Howard has told teammates he is in for this season and reportedly told both some teammates and the Orlando Magic front office he would “opt-in” and play for them next season. The Magic are not going to take his word for it — they have given Howard until the end of…

  16. Who should Knicks get as coach? First pick a system, stick to it.

    Mar 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Knicks' Lin walks up-court during game against Kings in New York's Madison Square Garden

    I don’t know what the Knicks are going to do next because I’d have an easier time guessing what the Kardashian sisters are thinking than reading James Dolan’s mind. In the wake of Mike D’Antoni’s sudden firing/resignation/whatever Wednesday there are a lot questions about what is next and who will be the Knicks coach next…

  17. Warriors may shut down Stephen Curry, can look forward to questions about tanking if they do

    Mar 14, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    stephen curry

    Stephen Curry has had a hard time staying healthy. He’s tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle more times this season than we’d like to count, including in Phoenix back on Feb. 22, and most recently in a win over the Mavericks on March 10. With the Warriors making the deal Tuesday that sent Monta Ellis…

  18. Report: D’Antoni wanted to trade ‘Melo for Deron Williams

    Mar 14, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    We know that now-former New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni and team owner James Dolan met Wednesday morning and came out of that meeting deciding to resign because of differences in how they saw the future of the organization. Those differences were major — D’Antoni wanted to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Nets for Deron…

  19. Nets would rather get Howard now rather than wait until July

    Mar 14, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    It’s not that the Nets are impatient, but the organization would rather get Dwight Howard now rather than wait until this summer. Even if that’s not the goal of Dwight’s latest statements. There are a couple of good reasons for this. One, the longer they wait the more things that can go wrong. Call it…

  20. Mike D’Antoni resigns as coach of New York Knicks

    Mar 14, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    Something had to give with the Knicks, and it was coach Mike D’Antoni. He has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks, something first reported  by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and since confirmed by multiple sources. The two sides described a conflicting vision of the future of the franchise and made a mutual decision…

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