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  1. PBT’s constantly updated trade deadline tracker

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    Here it is — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. With our thoughts on everything. This post will be constantly updated throughout the day as the newest information becomes available. Just hit refresh and you will know the latest. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Eastern (all…

  2. Spurs trade Richard Jefferson to Warriors for Stephen Jackson

    Mar 15, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    stephen-jackson-spurs

    The Spurs have acquired Stephen Jackson from the Warriors in exchange for Richard Jefferson, according to a report from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Golden State will also receive a conditional first round draft pick as part of the deal, according to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. Jackson wasn’t with the Warriors…

  3. Lakers get point guard, trade for Cavaliers’ Ramon Sessions

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    Jonny Flynn, Luis Scola, Ramon Sessions

    The Lakers — desperate for a point guard — have traded their first round pick this season to get Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Multiple sources now confirm this trade, although Brian Windhorst of ESPN was the first. The full deal is Sessions and Christian Eyenga to the Lakers, for Luke Walton and the…

  4. With Dwight Howard off the market, Nets trade for Gerald Wallace

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Trail Blazers Wallace celebrates against Mavericks during NBA playoff game in Portland, Oregon.

    The Nets had their hearts set on seeing Dwight Howard playing for them — either beginning this season by acquiring him via trade, or starting next year after signing as a free agent. New Jersey was widely reported as the team at the top of Howard’s list of where he wanted to play if he…

  5. It’s official — Dwight Howard to stay in Orlando next season

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Orlando Magic did not win the war, they just earned the right to fight it for another year. Multiple reports now confirm that Howard has waived the opt-out clause in his contract, meaning he will remain with the Magic for the 2012-13 season. And make $19.5 million. Which is pretty good money where I…

  6. Thursday And-1 links: McGrady thinks he’s a Hall of Famer

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    Here is our daily 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). Note: For the latest in trade deadline news, click on over to our deadline trade news and rumor tracker. Do you think Tracy McGrady is…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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