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  1. Jodie Meeks looking for more than veteran minimum deal

    Aug 7, 2012, 1:11 PM EST

    Jodie Meeks, Mario Chalmers

    We’ve been saying this for a week now, we’ve reached the “hey, wait, I’m worth more than the veteran minimum” portion of the summer. Jodie Meeks, come on down, you’re next at the podium. Meeks, who started 50 games for the 76ers last season, is talking to the Lakers, reports the Los Angeles Times. However,…

  2. Lithuanian coach not exactly singing Valanciunas’ praises

    Aug 7, 2012, 12:14 PM EST

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    The Olympics were going to be the coming out party for soon-to-be Raptor Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 pick of the Raptors from the 2011 NBA draft who will join Toronto next season. Except, it hasn’t been that way at all. What he’ll be most remembered for from these games is Kobe Bryant elbowing him…

  3. James Harden says he is “pretty sure” he re-signs with Thunder

    Aug 7, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Harden watches during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have some serious salary cap issues to deal with in the future — Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have their max extensions already, James Harden and Serge Ibaka are coming up. The Thunder need to save money somewhere. It’s not going to be with Harden. He is getting a max offer.…

  4. Dwight Howard to skip own youth hoops camp. Ugh. Just ugh.

    Aug 7, 2012, 10:26 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Dwight Howard made changes in management of his career in recent years. Family members have louder voices in his inner circle. Since I’m not in that circle I can only judge those moves based on results and perceptions from the outside. My word of advice to Dwight Howard and his team: Once you are in…

  5. USA’s path to gold could feature rematch from 1972. Or 2008.

    Aug 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (L)  and US f

    We have reached the medal round and if you look at the way the USA played the last two quarters against Argentina — pressure defense where they did not gamble, then LeBron James and Kevin Durant scoring — nobody can stop them. We’re just going to pretend the first two quarters didn’t happen. So what…

  6. Video: Baron Davis’ British alter ego interviews himself

    Aug 7, 2012, 8:14 AM EST

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    Baron Davis is having a lot of fun during the Olympics making videos with his English alter ego Brian Davies, so he decided to interview himself. With such questions as “Who wins a race between Michael Phelps and a hammerhead shark?” Enjoy. It’s only Tuesday, so you could use a laugh to start off your…

  7. Kings extend coach Keith Smart’s contract to 2014

    Aug 7, 2012, 2:01 AM EST

    Keith Smart

    Keith Smart did a nice job with the Kings last year — taking over a team Paul Westphal had lost and connecting with key players. And by Kings players we mean DeMarcus Cousins. It all starts there. Kings management was impressed enough — and is desperate for some semblance of consistency — that they have…

  8. Joel Przybilla agrees to terms with Milwaukee Bucks

    Aug 7, 2012, 1:40 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    The Bucks have themselves a backup center. Veteran center Joel Przybilla has agreed to terms with the Milwaukee Bucks for next season, his agent told Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times. “We’re excited about this,” Bill Duffy, Przybilla’s agent, said in a telephone interview Monday night. “Joel had a great meeting last week with John…

  9. Video: Russell Westbrook’s monster dunk all over Argentina

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:16 PM EST

    Pity Juan Gutiérrez. He didn’t do anything wrong save be near the rim when Russell Westbrook decided to launch himself and put a monster throwdown on Argentina during the United States’ second half run to put the game away. This may well be the dunk of the Olympics, the kind of thing you should enjoy…

  10. Quick look at opening Olympic medal round games

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:26 PM EST

    Olympics Day 10 - Basketball

    Finally, we are done with the “everyone gets to play” portion of Olympic basketball. Time to get on with it. Eight teams remain in the win-or-go home medal round tournament starting Wednesday. The matchups are set after Brazil knocked off Spain (with Spain sitting key players in the fourth) and a surprise that didn’t matter…

  11. Report: Spurs assistant Lindsey near deal to become Jazz GM

    Aug 6, 2012, 8:53 PM EST

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    We told you today that Jazz general manager Kevin O’Conner was moving on up, taking on a more presidential position within the Utah Jazz organization. Oh, he’ll still be involved in decision making and planning I Utah, but he was weary of doing the day-to-day grind work of a general manager. Enter the Spurs Dennis…

  12. USA plays one good half, that’s enough to beat Argentina handily

    Aug 6, 2012, 7:50 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    If the USA can play the next four games like they played the second half against Argentina, they will cruise to a gold medal. Let’s just forget about the six quarters before that, shall we? After a sloppy first half of the defensive end and a lot of three point shots, Team USA got it…

  13. Monday And-1 links: Photographic evidence of Celtics changes

    Aug 6, 2012, 6:35 PM EST

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    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 like Alex Morgan loves headers. • How much have the Celtics changed the roster?…

  14. Quote of the Day: Deng tells Bulls nation to chill out. Politely.

    Aug 6, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    610x-6

    “Did I look like I needed surgery? I’m fine right now. I feel great.” —Chicago Bull Luol Deng after he and Great Britain knocked off China 90-58 to win one game in Olympic pool play and finish 9th in the tournament (better than many expected coming in). Deng has a bad wrist and there are…

  15. Utah to promote Kevin O’Connor, will search for new GM

    Aug 6, 2012, 4:44 PM EST

    Jazz logo

    The Millers run the Utah Jazz like an old-school family business in a lot of ways — it’s about relationships and once they are established they a very loyal bunch. Well, as long as they think you are going to be loyal to them (see: Williams, Deron). Along those lines comes this news, via Adrian…

  16. Celtics’ Jeff Green says he feels “awesome,” is back playing

    Aug 6, 2012, 3:05 PM EST

    Jeff Green

    Boston missed Jeff Green last year. He was going to be their sixth man, the first wing off the bench, a key contributor before he was found to have a heart condition that required surgery. We can discuss how I think Celtics fans (and at first Thunder fans before them) overvalued Green, but it was…

  17. If Jeremy Lin were a GM, he would even trade himself for LeBron

    Aug 6, 2012, 2:25 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is touring Taiwan right now, trying to increase his marketability in the country that thinks it’s not part of China but China disagrees. It’s smart marketing by Lin. And he is getting peppered with questions there: How would he explain Linsanity? (He can’t.) What he’s looking for in a girlfriend? Where does he…

  18. Report: Kenyon Martin talking to Nets, Lakers

    Aug 6, 2012, 1:51 PM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    Things haven’t really changed that much on the Kenyon Martin front — he wants to get paid, not the league minimum but real money. And that’s not out there. The Knicks might want him back at the minimum, but that’s not who Martin is talking to, according to Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Kenyon Martin,…

  19. Nets owner jokes he wants to open Barclays Center with Jay-Z

    Aug 6, 2012, 1:19 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Meets with Jay Z

    The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is going to open this fall with a Mikhail Prokhorov concert… Well, not exactly. It’s going to be a couple nights of Jay-Z shows. That probably sells a little better. But the Nets majority owner apparently thinks he is going to join the minority owner and face of the franchise…

  20. The Inbounds: Indiana and defense of second

    Aug 6, 2012, 12:38 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Welcome to the Inbounds, touching on one big idea, story, or discussion point of the day.  It’s fine to think the Celtics were the second best team in the East in last year’s playoffs (factoring the Bulls post-Rose injury). I mean, they finished second, right? They pushed the eventual NBA champions to seven games, and…

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