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  1. As expected, Warriors ink deal with Brandon Rush

    Jul 31, 2012, 2:06 PM EST

    Brandon Rush, Arron Afflalo

    We told you this was coming, consider this the formal notification it is here. The Warriors have reached a two-year, $8 million deal for Brandon Rush to remain with the team, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. Rush averaged 9.8 points per game for Golden State last year and gives…

  2. Mike D’Antoni as a college coach? He’d consider it.

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:52 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    It’s a little odd to look down the bench of Team USA and see Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan — the two well-respected NBA coaches — without jobs. And in the case of D’Antoni, he didn’t get a lot calls from NBA teams this summer. But would he coach college ball? It seems an unusual…

  3. The Inbounds: The Warriors become tank-proof

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Harrison Barnes

    The Warriors won’t be able to tank next year if they try. Well, OK, if they try they will. But it’s going to be a lot harder, because all of a sudden, their ten-man rotation isn’t just decent, it’s downright pretty good. Watching the Warriors’ moves over the past year has been an exercise in…

  4. Report: Cavaliers interested in Delfino, C.J. Miles

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:42 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks' Carlos Delfino reacts after making a three point basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    The Cavaliers need some depth at the three. They’ve got Omri Casspi and in theory they can match any offer for restricted free agent Alonzo Gee, but Cleveland is looking at its options. So while the Bucks are not reaching out to him, the Cavaliers are talking to Carlos Delfino, according to a report at…

  5. Portland begins next round of coaching interviews

    Jul 31, 2012, 11:44 AM EST

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    And the Portland coaching search that has made as much sense as gymnastics judging is moving forward again. Portland enters the second round of interviews for its next coach this week, reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. The Portland Trail Blazers began round two by interviewing Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts this morning and former…

  6. Magic, Mavericks talk about Dwight Howard deal, but it’s unlikely. At best.

    Jul 31, 2012, 10:52 AM EST

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures to the crowd after winning in Toronto

    If you want to know why the Orlando Magic are holding out, waiting for a better offer to come their way for Dwight Howard, it is in part because they know other offers will come. Other teams will at least probe the talks. Like, the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas has had conversations with Orlando about a…

  7. Raja Bell so far refuses to accept team’s buyout. Awkward.

    Jul 31, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

    Raja Bell

    Back on July 8, Raja Bell and the Utah Jazz reached a verbal agreement to a contract buyout. This wasn’t a rumor from some random “source,” this was something Bell himself confirmed. But here we are on the final day of July and Bell has yet to sign the actual buyout paperwork, reports the Salt…

  8. Is Daryl Morey following the Danny Ainge playbook?

    Jul 31, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    Daryl Morey

    For the past few years, the Rockets have been stuck in a rut of mediocrity — not terrible, fighting for a bottom playoff seed and either way ending up with a pick in the middle of the first round somewhere. Not a bad team, not a contender, just a team riding along in the middle.…

  9. Lakers’ Matt Barnes arrested for traffic warrant, resisting arrest

    Jul 31, 2012, 3:04 AM EST

    Matt Barnes

    Matt Barnes, who played for the Lakers last season, was arrested in Manhattan Beach — an independent beach city in the South Bay area of Los Angeles where a number of players live and go out — and he resisted that arrest, according to NBCLA.com and broken by TMZ. Here are the details from NBCLA:…

  10. Shane Battier played conga drums with Jimmy Buffett during concert

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:58 AM EST

    Shane Battier

    It’s good to be the king. Or an NBA champion. Perks come your way. Like, say, getting to play the conga drums with Jimmy Buffett as he performs “Margaritaville” at a concert near your home town. Which is what Shane Battier did. Battier is a Buffett fan — Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie reminds…

  11. Lakers going to run some Princeton offense next season

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:49 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Three-man and two-man offenses on one side of the court. Motion off the ball. Always keep spacing. Read the defense and react, don’t just run set plays. Create and exploit mismatches. It sounds like the triangle offense that Kobe Bryant won rings with and clearly missed last year when the Lakers started running more traditional…

  12. Monday night and-1 links: See hoop players pictures tweeted from London

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:14 PM EST

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    A late-night version of 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 cowboys love oversized belt buckles. • Pixable has a really cool…

  13. Clippers trade for Willie Green from Hawks

    Jul 30, 2012, 8:31 PM EST

    Raptors forward Anderson defends against  Hawks guard Green in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    If things go well for the Clippers, Willie Green will rarely see the court. They have Jamal Crawford to play the two guard spot and they hope Chauncey Billups will be healthy and eating up minutes soon. But, things rarely to plan and the Clippers want to be prepared, so they announced they have traded…

  14. Report: Sixers will not be trading Iguodala this summer

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:59 PM EST

    Andre Iguodala

    For a guy who is an All-Star and Olympian, Andre Iguodala’s name sure shows up in trade rumors a lot. And there are plenty of people in Philadelphia more than happy to ship him out of town, for reasons I frankly don’t totally understand. It’s not happening, anyway. At least not in the near future.…

  15. Warriors reach deal with Carl Landry; close with Rush

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:52 PM EST

    Brandon Rush, Arron Afflalo

    UPDATE 6:52 pm: The Warriors have reached a deal with Carl Landry for two years at $8 million, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The second year of that is a player’s option. 5:07 pm: Golden State is close to rounding out their roster and they are doing it in an impressive manner. The Warriors are…

  16. Report: Nate Robinson set to sign with Chicago Bulls

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:18 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 2:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Looks like the Bulls may be picking up another point guard and some scoring off the bench with the inconsistent energy of Nate Robinson. That according to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, who spoke to Robinson’s agent and tweeted this (on Sulia): the agent for Nate Robinson, Aaron Goodwin, says the veteran point guard will…

  17. Washington can’t like this: Nene still battling plantar fasciitis

    Jul 30, 2012, 5:42 PM EST

    Brazilian centre Nene Hilario (L) jumps

    Brazilian big man Nene missed a chunk of time after being traded to Washington last year because of plantar fasciitis — the foot injury that makes it painful to run. Which, it turns out, is a key part of playing basketball. The only cure for it is rest. Nene is playing in the Olympics for…

  18. Video: Rainn Wilson interviews Blake Griffin in his van

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    PBS Announces Hosts for Nine-Part PBS Arts Fall Festival, Kicking Off October 14

    I love that Blake Griffin is doing this kind of stuff (and working at Funny or Die during the lockout) now. Letting Dwight from the Office (otherwise known as Rainn Wilson) ask him questions like “why were you afraid to go to the Olympics?” Great stuff here. Totally worth taking a break from watching Olympic…

  19. Nicolas Batum thinks a few teams could beat Team USA

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:17 PM EST

    US forward LeBron James (L) challenges F

    It’s not going to happen this week. Tunisia and Nigeria are no threat to the United States, and while they have some talent Lithuania really isn’t either. But next week against Argentina then moving into the medal round play things are going to get serious for Team USA. They need to start playing better because…

  20. Video: USA vs. France game highlights replayed by LEGOs

    Jul 30, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    French centre Ronny Turiaf (L) challenge

    In case you didn’t get to see the USA start slow then come on to thump France in the Olympics opener for both teams on Sunday, we’ve got you covered. Kind of. From the Guardian in the UK itself, we have a recreation of the highlights, but using LEGOs. Thing is, I kind of like…

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