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  1. Report: Baylor’s Perry Jones may fall in draft due to knee injury

    Jun 28, 2012, 10:24 AM EST

    Perry Jones

    Perry Jones seemed to be sliding down draft boards in recent weeks, but we all attributed that to the risks that come with taking him — he has the physical gifts to match anyone in this draft but he didn’t show them consistently on the court. There are questions about his drive, his commitment, his…

  2. Grizzlies No. 25 pick may be available, like every pick in 20s

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:53 AM EST

    Grizzlies logo

    This is not a new phenomenon. Every year every team with a draft pick gets calls about trading that pick. But this year there seems to be more teams willing to listen. Starting with the Bobcats at No. 2 every pick seems available for the right price, and once you get into the 20s there…

  3. Coach Krzyzewski sticks up for Austin Rivers before draft

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:17 AM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    Austin Rivers is not the most polarizing guy in this draft – we’re looking at you, Andre Drummond — but he’s on the list. Rivers has unabashedly modeled his game after Kobe Bryant. That has upside — he has a real drive to score, he has the ability to shoot outside or get inside, he’s…

  4. Doc Rivers to spend draft night with son Austin, not Celtics

    Jun 28, 2012, 8:42 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Family has to take priority. It does for Doc Rivers, who is not going to be in the Celtics draft war room during the NBA Draft Thursday night, he’s going to be hanging with his lottery pick son Austin. That’s what Celtics GM Danny Ainge told the AP. “(Rivers is heading to New York with…

  5. Report: Cavaliers considering picking Dion Waiters at No. 4

    Jun 28, 2012, 2:07 AM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Ohio State v Syracuse

    There was a time a few weeks ago where we wondered if Syracuse sixth man Dion Waiters was going to get into the lottery portion of the NBA draft. But in recent weeks he has rocketed up draft boards, to the point that Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo is reporting this: The Cleveland Cavaliers’ intrigue with…

  6. Jerry West basically says Golden State not taking Drummond

    Jun 28, 2012, 1:50 AM EST

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Connecticut center Andre Drummond is one of the great enigmas of this draft. To borrow the Bull Durham line, he’s got a million dollar body and a five-cent head. If he matures, his game matures and he brings real effort every night he could be the second best player in this draft. Or, he could…

  7. Winderman: Heat official explains why teams take medical red flags seriously

    Jun 27, 2012, 11:00 PM EST

    Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger sits on the court after the Buckeyes were defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans

    Sometimes it take a neutral, third party to offer perspective, a party that has no stake in what others might consider manipulation. So amid heightened concern that Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger is free-falling from what most previously viewed as a lottery fate due to concerns about a bad back, now not even invited to…

  8. Beal says Thunder have interest in him… that’s not happening

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:59 PM EST

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Bradley Beal, the young Florida two guard that plays line an Eric Gordon-type, is going to go No. 2 or No. 3 on Thursday night. The Wizards love him at No. 3 and other teams that covet him — hello Cleveland! — will have make a deal with the Bobcats to get into the No.…

  9. Report: Kings reject Rockets’ offer of Lowry for No. 5 pick

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:18 PM EST

    West Virginia v Connecticut

    UPDATE 9:18 pm: David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the Kings have shot down the Rockets’ offer to get the No. 5 pick. But their offer of guard Kyle Lowry along with the 16th pick overall to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the fifth pick overall and forward Chuck Hayes was rejected Wednesday by…

  10. Drexler denies Dream Team comments about Magic… but he said them

    Jun 27, 2012, 8:26 PM EST

    1992 Olympics: USAB

    Life is never really all that simple and all that clean. Politicians like to paint issues as black or white, but all of us know life is lived in shades of gray. So it is with Clyde Drexler’s comments on HIV-positive Magic Johnson as part of a new book about the 1992 Dream Team —…

  11. Kris Humphries may think he’s worth more than he actually is

    Jun 27, 2012, 5:37 PM EST

    Kris Humphries

    Kris Humphries — somehow the most hated man in the NBA, because he married poorly — is a free agent. He can bring 13.8 points and 11 rebounds, some good and efficient production, to the highest bidder. But what Humphries thinks that bid should be and what the rest of the NBA thinks could be…

  12. Baron Davis: “I am coming back.”

    Jun 27, 2012, 5:09 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

    Baron Davis has a long, long road back. He tore his ACL and his MCL — that’s hard to bounce back from if you are 23, not 33 like Davis. And Davis’ reputation has not been that of a guy who worked hard at his rehab or through the off-season to keep in top condition…

  13. Report: Lakers talking Gasol for Josh Smith, testing trade waters

    Jun 27, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

    Pau Gasol Josh Smith

    We said it before, the Lakers need to make a move if they want to get past the second round next year. And while no move seems imminent, the Lakers are testing all kinds of trade scenarios out there, according to multiple reports. Maybe the most interesting is with the Hawks, via the twitter of…

  14. Rockets trade 14 pick, Dalembert to Bucks for 12 pick, parts

    Jun 27, 2012, 4:05 PM EST

    Samuel Dalembert

    The Houston Rockets keep making moves and trading up the draft board, and you know they are aiming for something bigger. And the Milwaukee Bucks helped them out with a trade I don’t really get for them. The unstoppable force that is Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports broke the trade on twitter and it goes…

  15. Report: Top 5 picks Barnes, Kidd-Gilchrist want to avoid Sacramento

    Jun 27, 2012, 3:21 PM EST

    North Carolina Tar Heels forward Harrison Barnes slaps hands with teammate Stilman White in the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks in their men's NCAA Midwest Regional basketball game in St. Louis

    There is a lot of jockeying at the top of the NBA draft board… well, not the very top. Anthony Davis is a lock. But from pick No. 2 on down there are a handful of players that teams like and a more teams trying to get into position to pick them. Will Cleveland jump…

  16. Report: Kevin Martin will not re-sign in Houston. Think trade.

    Jun 27, 2012, 1:52 PM EST

    Kevin Martin

    In all the buzz about the Rockets trading Chase Budinger to get the No. 18 pick — a move clearly a precursor to other moves — there was a lot of talk about who might get moved with a pick so Houston can move up. It may not be now, but look for Kevin Martin…

  17. Report: Nuggets talking Chandler for Warriors No. 7 pick

    Jun 27, 2012, 1:08 PM EST

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    And as the draft nears, the rumors are flying fast and furious. On that passes the smell test is this from Chris Broussard of ESPN on twitter: Lots of teams calling Denver to trade for Nuggets’ young players. 1 of several moves being discussed: Wilson Chandler to G State for 7th pick Wilson Chandler could…

  18. Lakers trying to trade Gasol, make big move, but no takers yet

    Jun 27, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers need to make changes. Well, unless you think Kobe Bryant and the Lakers fan base sits well with second round exits. Los Angeles needs to bring in more talent to help them win now around Kobe, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. The Lakers management also sees the looming luxury tax increase they would…

  19. Anthony Davis will not be highest paid rookie ever

    Jun 27, 2012, 11:55 AM EST

    Anthony Davis

    There is a rookie salary scale in the NBA that makes first round-picks very affordable for owners for the first couple years at least, and really four or five for most players. It makes the truly elite players like a Derrick Rose or Blake Griffin a real steal for the first several years they are…

  20. It’s official: Deron Williams did not pick up option, now fun begins

    Jun 27, 2012, 11:32 AM EST

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams will be a free agent. In a move long expected, Williams did not opt in and pick up the last year of his deal with the Brooklyn Nets, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News tweeted. This is a business move, even if he stays with the Nets he makes more by…

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