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  1. James Harden would consider signing with Suns in free agency, would have same answer for living on the moon

    Jul 28, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder player James Harde

    James Harden will be a free agent in 2013 and there’s going to be a world of heat around the decision for the Thunder to retain him or let him free. He’s going to get max offers. If he doesn’t take a paycut to re-sign, the Thunder can’t afford to retain him if they want…

  2. Preview: Things get defensive as USA takes on France

    Jul 28, 2012, 12:59 PM EST

    France's player Tony Parker looks on, du

    If the French team that earned a spot in the London Olympics by coming in second at EuroBasket last summer were the one taking on the United States on Sunday, American fans would have reason to worry. That French team played lock down defense and had Tony Parker at his shot-creating best to spark the…

  3. Jacque Vaughn hired as head coach of the Orlando Magic

    Jul 28, 2012, 11:36 AM EST

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    The Orlando Magic announced Saturday, following multiple media reports including the first from the Orlando Sentinel, that they have hired 37-year-old former NBA player and Spurs assistant Jacque Vaughn as their new head coach. The move is not a surprise, as Vaughn has been in the running for weeks, and held a second reported interview with…

  4. Dwight Howard’s agent defends spin after confirming he leaked details of meeting with Magic

    Jul 28, 2012, 9:43 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    “They started it!” This is what professional business negotiations have, once again, turned into, in the NBA. A day after David Stern outed Dwight Howard agent Dan Fegan as the source of leaks concerning Howard’s meeting with the Orlando Magic this week, Fegan hit the media again, this time with regards to why he leaked…

  5. Ricky Rubio recovering, hopes to be running by September

    Jul 27, 2012, 10:30 PM EST

    Rick Rubio

    These Olympics would be a lot more fun if Ricky Rubio were there playing for Spain. It also would make things a little scarier for the United States. But it is our loss as basketball fans. Back in March, in a fluke little collision, Rubio torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament. It ended…

  6. David Stern blames Dwight Howard’s agent for all the leaks

    Jul 27, 2012, 8:47 PM EST

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    Oh, great. David Stern is getting involved in the Dwightmare. That will make everything better. One of the most annoying parts of the entire Dwight Howard trade saga has been the constant flow of leaks trying to spin the story — and keeping the news cycle going on the story. The latest of those has…

  7. The debate that will not die: LeBron says 2012 team could beat Dream Team

    Jul 27, 2012, 7:13 PM EST

    LeBron James of the 2012 USA Basketball

    Which update and debate is more annoying right now: 2012 Team USA vs. the Dream Team; or the Dwight Howard saga? It’s close for me, because at some point our Dwightmare will end but the unanswerable, theoretical Dream Team debate could go on seemingly forever. Case in point: At a pre-Olympic media session on Friday…

  8. Friday And-1 links: Marv Albert is ready for Nets vs. Knicks

    Jul 27, 2012, 6:32 PM EST

    Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles

    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. • Marv Albert with the imaginary first call at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn as the Nets take on…

  9. Raptors ink John Lucas III to deal, giving them 3 point guards

    Jul 27, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    We told you recently this was close and now it has become official. Although, that hints at other moves. The Toronto Raptors have signed John Lucas III to a new deal, the team has confirmed. Lucas played well in the absence of Derrick Rose in Chicago for much of last season, averaging 7.5 points a…

  10. Reason 4,723 Team USA doesn’t stay in the Olympic Village

    Jul 27, 2012, 4:55 PM EST

    Tyson Chandler Olympic bed

    There are a whole lot of reasons the USA Olympic men’s basketball team is not staying in the wild, out of control party the Olympic village. Security for one. Second, the rooms in the village are basically dorm rooms and do you think Kobe Bryant and LeBron James want to stay in a dorm? But…

  11. Hornets Xavier Henry has minor knee operation

    Jul 27, 2012, 4:10 PM EST

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    What is it with Hornets players needing minor surgery Friday? First it was Austin Rivers needing some bone spurs taken out of his ankle, and now it is swingman Xavier Henry having his knee cleaned up a little bit, according to Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune. GM Dell Demps confirmed that Henry had arthroscopic surgery to…

  12. Team USA is running a LeBron/Durant pick-and-roll. Scary.

    Jul 27, 2012, 3:40 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Lebron James

    LeBron James is the best basketball player walking the planet earth right now. Kevin Durant is, in my opinion, the best pure scorer walking the planet right now. Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski is a smart man. He knows what an unstoppable force those two guys are — so he started playing them off each…

  13. Lakers reportedly showing interest in Jodie Meeks

    Jul 27, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    The Lakers are pretty set at starting two guard. Got a guy they kind of like there.   But if the goal is to keep Kobe Bryant’s minutes down — he averaged a ridiculous 38.5 last season for Mike Brown — you need a reliable backup. And while Andrew Goudelock and Darius Johnson-Odom are on…

  14. Austin Rivers has ankle surgery Friday, will be ready for camp

    Jul 27, 2012, 2:05 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets Introduce Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers - Press Conference

    It’s a minor “clean up.” He is expected to be ready when training camp opens this fall. It is no bid deal. But it’s still a little disturbing to hear that New Orleans’ recent No. 10 pick out of Duke Austin Rivers had ankle surgery on Friday. This was done to clean out some bone…

  15. James Harden even looks cool in tattoo form

    Jul 27, 2012, 1:39 PM EST

    james-harden-arm-tattoo

    This guy’s James Harden tattoo is better than yours. Wait, you don’t have one yet? You will. We all will. It’s part of his master plan. This guy is just ahead of the curve. Way ahead. And while some have questioned the quality of the work done (the beard is off a bit), I will…

  16. Report: Three-team Lopez trade completed, T-Wolves to sign Kirilenko

    Jul 27, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 4

    Finally. News of a three-team trade that sends Robin Lopez to New Orleans leaked out a couple days ago but it took some tweaks around the edges to make it comply with league rules. Finally, it got there, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The trade sends Lopez and…

  17. Video: Wade swings by Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    Jul 27, 2012, 12:41 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Sounds strange to say, but Dwyane Wade is out on his book tour. He has a book on fatherhood that comes out Sept. 4 and he is using the publicity from the Heat’s NBA championship to get out there and do some promotion. Smart business. He swung by the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on…

  18. Here are all 39 NBA players taking part in Olympics

    Jul 27, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    The Olympic basketball tournament is loaded with NBA players. Loaded. There are 39, and that is just guys currently on rosters (there are a couple not on now that likely will be by the time camp opens. Here is a list of all the NBA players in the Olympic tournament. Not a coincidence that the…

  19. The Inbounds: Team USA and the meaning of London

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    Bryant and James of Team USA react during their men's exhibition basketball game against Team Argentina ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona

    It’s extremely difficult to measure what winning a gold medal does for a player, outside of you know, giving them the actual object and putting a line on a resume. When most people think Michael Jordan, 99 percent of them don’t think “Olympic Gold Medalist.” They think six-time NBA champion, the Greatest of all Time,…

  20. Pau Gasol feels ready to be a “beast” for Olympics, Lakers

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    Pau Gasol, the “beast?” Gasol has been called a lot of things, like “the most skilled big man in the game” or four-time All-Star. He is a finesse player, which some people (a subset of Lakers fans in particular) mislabel as soft. Those same fans didn’t think he was soft when he held Dwight Howard…

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