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  1. Wednesday And-1 links: Trade deadline talk (and some Barkley)

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    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. Today we have lots of smaller trade rumors and reports that we just haven’t…

  2. Report: Josh Smith ‘not opposed’ to re-signing in Milwaukee if traded to Bucks

    Feb 20, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    As the trade deadline rapidly approaches, the biggest name expected to be dealt is Atlanta’s Josh Smith. The latest reports have Milwaukee, Brooklyn, and Phoenix as the most likely trade partners, and if the most recent information out of Smith’s camp is indeed true, then the Bucks may have reason to push even harder to…

  3. PBT Extra: Talking Howard, Garnett, Smith at trade deadline

    Feb 20, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard isn’t getting traded. The real question is what does that mean for the Lakers going forward this season and into this summer when Howard is a free agent. Kevin Garnett isn’t getting traded, but what moves are the Celtics going to make? Kay Adams and myself discuss all of that plus some Josh…

  4. Report: Nets made pitch for Paul Pierce, were shot down

    Feb 20, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    At this point, I pretty much picture Nets GM Billy King like the peanut vendor at a baseball game, walking around asking, “Who wants Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first round pick? Get them while they’re hot. Gotcha Humphries here!” Nobody’s buying. Not Danny Ferry in Atlanta for Josh Smith. And not Danny Ainge…

  5. Spurs’ Patty Mills shows off impressive towel-waving repertoire (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Patty Mills

    Patty Mills spends about 10 minutes a game on the floor for the Spurs, backing up Tony Parker at the point. Which leaves 38 minutes a game for towel waving. And the Australian has become quite good at it. He has a lot of moves and he named them. It may lack the irrational exuberance…

  6. Report: Suns, Bucks, Nets leaders in Josh Smith sweepstakes

    Feb 20, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    If it appears two things are certain following the trade deadline now — Lakers fans will complain (because they always do) and Josh Smith will be in another uniform. The question now seems to be “where will Josh Smith play the rest of this season?” Followed by, “what about next season?” Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo…

  7. Report: Trade interest in Paul Pierce around league “lukewarm”

    Feb 20, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    Who is looking to pick up a 35-year-old player who is shooting the lowest percentage of his career this season and is due to make $15.3 million next season? When you say the name Paul Pierce we think of the NBA finals MVP and Celtic icon. But GMs see the numbers above, see the increasing…

  8. History of public subsidy support could be key issue in Sacramento Kings’ future

    Feb 20, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    kj stern hugging

    It’s no secret that public funds for arenas make the NBA world go round. Seattle lost their Sonics because politicians did not want to play ball, right or wrong, and to top matters off they openly admonished David Stern and the NBA during the critical days and months that determined the Sonics’ fate. The past…

  9. Mike Woodson says Knicks will ‘sit tight’ at trade deadline

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    We’re seeing the list of teams that are coming out and saying they won’t be doing anything at the trade deadline grow longer by the minute, and with good reason. The new tax structure in the recently negotiated collective bargaining agreement, which goes into full effect next season, is scaring teams from adding salary and…

  10. Report: Celtics make Fab Melo available in trade for guard

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    Fab Melo is the kind of project that a team like Boston can take on — they are a veteran team who can have a very athletic but raw guy at the end of the bench who barely plays, who can spend time in the D-League, who can be brought along slowly. Fans always fall…

  11. Report: Nets still hoping Humphries, Brooks enough to get Josh Smith

    Feb 20, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    Atlanta doesn’t have to rush with Josh Smith. Well, sure, there is the trade deadline at 3 ET on Thursday. But they have the biggest name and best player available on the trade block right now and a lot of teams calling them. Atlanta GM Danny Ferry is not taking the first offer he sees.…

  12. Report: Celtics say they won’t trade Rajon Rondo

    Feb 20, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    All reports regarding a team’s trade intentions at this time of year should be read very carefully until any deal is actually completed. But this one regarding what the Celtics are planning to do with Rajon Rondo as Thursday’s deadline approches seems as close as we can get to a true assurance. From Sam Amick…

  13. Just to reiterate, Lakers GM Kupchak says he’s not trading Howard

    Feb 20, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    UPDATE 1:17 pm: Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak went on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles and said the same thing again — Dwight Howard and Pau Gaol will not be traded at the deadline. He said the Lakers have a two-year title window right now — this and next season — and they plan on having…

  14. Denial: No Suns’ Gortat for Thunder’s Perkins trade happening

    Feb 20, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    If you’re in the Oklahoma City front office and you watched the Miami Heat toy with your team last Thursday night, it had to make your stomach turn a little. Get to a finals rematch and things may not be pretty. Maybe you need to make a trade. Find a way to get some points…

  15. Report: Bucks tell teams Brandon Jennings is off market

    Feb 20, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd, Brandon Jennings

    While he denies it, multiple reports suggest Brandon Jennings wants out of Milwaukee. His hiring of a new agent known for getting players to big markets adds fuel to that fire. But the latest reports suggest the Bucks want to hold on to Jennings and are willing to ship his backcourt mate Monta Ellis out…

  16. Grizzlies, multiple teams in on J.J. Redick trade talks

    Feb 20, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Bobcats Magic Basketball

    There has never been anyone more likely to be moved at the deadline than J.J. Redick. It’s not that they don’t want to re-sign the free agent and keep him, it’s that contending teams that need a shooter will play more for him next summer than the Magic are willing to pay. So they need…

  17. Report: Hornets shopping Eric Gordon around, finding no takers

    Feb 20, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    There is no shortage of New Orleans Hornets fans ready to ship Eric Gordon out of town. He begged the Hornets not to match the Suns max offer sheet last summer (the Hornets did) then he’s been out with a knee injury that seemed mysterious to some. Since his return he’s had good games and…

  18. It won’t get the notice of MJ, but Charles Barkley turns 50 today

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    barkley black suns jersey

    Happy birthday Charles Barkley. For a younger generation he’s the opinionated and funny guy on the TNT broadcasts. But for people a few years older, they remember that Charles Barkley could play. Like got into the Hall of Fame could play — he was an NBA MVP, a gold medalist on the Dream Team, an…

  19. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Joe Johnson is the man

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:07 AM EDT

    P.J. Carlesimo, C.J. Watson, Joe Johnson

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the residents of Harlem say the Harlem Shake meme has nothing to do with the Harlem Shake…. Nets 113, Bucks 111 (OT): Joe Johnson is clutch — so far this season he is 8-for-9 shooting with less than 30 seconds remaining…

  20. Three Stars of the Night: No Average Joes

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:11 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Johnson smiles on the bench after leaving their NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder, in Oklahoma City

    Wasn’t Monday night awful? No NBA games being played brought back some serious lockout flashbacks, but Tuesday night was just the remedy. Nine games were on the slate to welcome us back from the All-Star break, and there were some impressive performances put up. Tony Parker rattled off 30 points and 11 assists in a…

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