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  1. Report: Three team deal sending Lopez to Hornets in danger

    Jul 26, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 4

    UPDATE 8:44 am: According to an updated Arizona Republic story, there are “significant issues” to be worked out to make this trade come together. While the sides have agreed to a deal in principle, the money may not fit league trade guidelines and could be rejected. If so, Lopez likely plays out next season on…

  2. Ronny Turiaf signs one-year deal with Los Angeles Clippers

    Jul 26, 2012, 7:54 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Turiaf dunks ball during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    The Clippers know who is going to get the bulk of the minutes at center, DeAndre Jordan. When he sits Ryan Hollins will come in and play. Same thing at the four where Blake Griffin starts and Lamar Odom is behind him But as some insurance behind all those bigs, the Clippers have signed Ronny…

  3. Cavaliers trade for Grizzlies point guard Jeremy Pargo

    Jul 26, 2012, 12:14 AM EST

    Jeremy Pargo, Jonny Flynn

    Cleveland has added a little more depth at point guard spot, although this is more about hoping a guy develops than big minutes now. Cleveland has traded for Jeremy Pargo from the Memphis Grizzlies, with swingman D.J. Kennedy heading back to Cleveland. Pargo has played one season in the NBA (don’t confuse him with his…

  4. Dwight Howard meets with Magic, reiterates trade demand

    Jul 25, 2012, 9:44 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Orlando doesn’t like what they are being offered back in trade offers for six-time All Star Dwight Howard, the best center walking the planet. So new general manager Rob Hennigan made a smart move, he flew out to Los Angeles where Howard is rehabbing his back injury to try and talk the center into staying…

  5. Lakers talk extension with Andrew Bynum (which he will not sign)

    Jul 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Seven

    While the Lakers were talking to Orlando about a Dwight Howard trade, they have always been only willing to make a deal they really liked. Because the fallback position for them is to bring Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash into camp and chase a ring. Then the Lakers can sign their…

  6. Report: Minnesota near two-year, $20 million for Kirilenko

    Jul 25, 2012, 6:56 PM EST

    Turkey Basketball Euroleague Final Four

    Andrei Kirilenko coming to Minnesota appears to be more and more likely. We told you yesterday the Timberwolves may have moved to the front of the line because they can offer a lot of money and the Brooklyn Nets could only offer the veteran minimum ($1.2 million). Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC…

  7. Celtics still not expecting Avery Bradley for start of season

    Jul 25, 2012, 6:05 PM EST

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Boston will start next season in Miami against the Heat, and a refrain from Celtics fans all summer has been “if we just had Avery Bradley and our injured guys we could have won that series.” I hate the “if we had been healthy” game, in this case because two of Miami’s big three were…

  8. Wednesday And-1 links: Team USA on Segways

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:38 PM EST

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    After a little hiatus, 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. • As you can see from the photo to the…

  9. Report: Blazers coaching search down to four that will not wow fans

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:02 PM EST

    Terry Stotts

    We told you recently that for the first round of coaching interviews, new Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey interviewed seemingly everyone. Now that list is down to four, and not four Blazers fans are going to jump up and down about, reports Jason Quick at the Oregonian. The Oregonian has learned the Blazers Final Four…

  10. Outside shots, tempo, Chandler key for Team USA in London

    Jul 25, 2012, 4:18 PM EST

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    Sunday it gets real. For the past three weeks Team USA has been training and scrimmaging and playing some exhibition games, getting ready. But Sunday they tip off the Olympics against France and if they can go 8-0 they will have another gold medal. (They could lose one of the first five group-play games and…

  11. Yi Jianlian will carry China’s national flag in Olympic Opening Ceremonies

    Jul 25, 2012, 3:09 PM EST

    China's basketball player Yi Jianlian po

    They’ve got 1.3 billion people and they choose Yi Jianlian? Yes. Apparently so. Reports out of China say that the washout NBA player will carry China’s national flag into the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics Friday night. (Thanks to Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie for finding this.) This news leaks a day after…

  12. Another report Tom Penn is about to be new 76ers GM

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:41 PM EST

    tom penn

    UPDATE 2:41 pm: Former Hornets GM Jeff Bower also is going to be interviewed for the 76ers position, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. He reminds us that Danny Ferry also was interviewed for this job but decided to take the Hawks GM job instead. We’ll see how it shakes out, but reports remain that things…

  13. Video: Valanciunas throws down an off-the-glass ally-oop

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:40 PM EST

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    For a lot of Raptors fans, and a lot of NBA fans in general, the Olympics and watching Lithuania will be the first reach chance to get a look at last year’s No. 5 overall pick, center Jonas Valanciunas. He was the guy everyone was saying maybe turns out to be the best (or second…

  14. Kobe Bryant dropped 16 pounds to get ready for the Olympics

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:12 PM EST

    U.S. Olympic basketball player Kobe Bryant talks to his coach Mike Krzyzewski during a training session at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona

    Nobody questions Kobe Bryant’s condition. Shot selection? Yes. Willingness to pass? Yes. But his commitment to his craft and his body are never in doubt. So if Kobe drops 16 pounds, you know it was a choice. And he did that not only for the Olympics but the season he sees ahead, he told the…

  15. Report: Knicks to open season against Nets in Brooklyn

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

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    Oh, this one is going to be fun. The New York Knicks will open their season against the Brooklyn Nets, opening up the new Barclays Center and a budding rivalry in New York, according to Newsday. It is a TNT nationally televised game on Nov. 1, according to the report. The Knicks would then return…

  16. Carmelo thinks his Team USA play will benefit Knicks

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:38 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony of the US Olympic basket

    Carmelo Anthony was the best player on the floor for Team USA in their convincing win over Spain. He came off the bench shooting, knocking down good look threes and helping change the momentum of the game. It’s a very different Anthony than the ball-dominating one we see on the NBA hardwood. Here is works…

  17. Pietrus will not play for veteran minimum, so goodbye Boston

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:13 PM EST

    Mickael Pietrus

    Boston is already pretty deep with swingmen. They have Paul Pierce starting at the three with Jeff Green back behind him. Avery Bradley starts at the two guard and Courtney Lee is behind him, with Jason Terry able to play that role depending on how Doc Rivers decides his rotations. Mickael Pietrus is a luxury…

  18. Watson says Deron Williams better point guard than Derrick Rose

    Jul 25, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    Rule No. 1 once you get a new job — make friends with the key employee. That’s what C.J. Watson kind of tried to do. He has left the Chicago Bulls for a new deal with the Brooklyn Nets. He’s going from backing up Derrick Rose to backing up Deron Williams. And at his introductory…

  19. Video: Highlights of USA thumping of Spain, 100-78

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:37 AM EST

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    Spain actually did a reasonable job against the United States defense, they scored 1 point per possession (there were 78 possessions for each side in the contest). The problem was the USA got its offense going for three quarters, particularly once Carmelo Anthony entered the game (27 points on 15 shots), and the USA blew…

  20. The Inbounds: A Hive In Construction; How to Protect Anthony Davis With Robin Lopez

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:18 AM EST

    Draft Hornets Basketball

    Hang on to your monitors, I’m going to get through the rest of this column without mentioning the busted CP3-to-the-Lakers trade. You ready? Break! When the Hornets agreed to terms with the Suns and Wolves in a three-way trade Sunday night, it wasn’t anything that was going to be bust over Ichiro Hamel’s new deal…

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