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  1. David Stern thinks you can get off his back now for the Chris Paul trade

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:45 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    The NBA held a conference call Wednesday night to discuss the trade of Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers for Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman, and a first-round pick. The call was as much for the league to try and spin the damage control caused by the league’s…

  2. NBA Season Preview: Washington Wizards

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

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    Last season: 23-59, the fourth lowest win total in the entire league. Head Coach: Flip Saunders, who may or may not be the best fit for this talented but undisciplined group of young players. Key Departures: None yet, although Nick Young, who improved offensively last season, is a restricted free agent. Michael Lee of the…

  3. NBA Season Preview: Miami Heat

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Last season: 58-24, second seed in the East. We all know how this turned out — Miami made it to the NBA Finals in its first season with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, but lost the title to Dallas in six games. Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra, who interestingly enough has not yet been…

  4. Chris Paul traded to Clippers: The salvation of Blake Griffin

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:30 PM EDT

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    Blake Griffin is going to have it different. That’s what the Wednesday night trade of Chris Paul to Griffin’s Clippers represents. There’s been a precedent set in this league, where great players have their youths squandered on poor teams, suffering without help. The most notable has been Kevin Garnett, and after him, LeBron James, whose…

  5. Cavaliers use amnesty clause on Baron Davis

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially announced that they have used their team’s “amnesty clause” on Baron Davis, and waived the 32-year old guard from their roster. Davis’ current contract will pay him 13.95 million dollars this season, and Davis has a player option for 14.85 million next season. Davis will still make that money, but…

  6. How much better are the Clippers with Chris Paul?

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

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    After days of rumors, a league-vetoed trade, and a series of on-again, off-again talks with multiple teams, the Hornets have finally reached an agreement to trade Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers get Paul and two future second round picks, and the Hornets get Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and most…

  7. Chris Paul traded from New Orleans Hornets to Los Angeles Clippers

    Dec 14, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    The NBA has approved the trade sending All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers. The trade, first reported by ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, brings guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice to New Orleans.  Here’s what ESPN.com’s Marc Stein first reported on the trade:…

  8. Sacramento City Council votes 7-2 to go forward with next step in arena process

    Dec 14, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

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    City council meetings can be dull, but the Sacramento City Council meeting on Tuesday to decide if the Kings should go forward with a key element of their plan to secure a new Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC) was anything but. Alright, it was still pretty boring, but Tuesday’s meeting had everything you could ask…

  9. Bobcats sign Reggie Williams to 2-year, $5 million deal.

    Dec 14, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

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    According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Charlotte Bobcats have signed former Golden State Warriors swingman Reggie Williams to a 2-year deal worth 5 million dollars. The 25-year old former D-league player averaged 9.2 points on 46.9% shooting from the field and 42.3% shooting from deep last season, and averaged 15.2 points on 49.5% shooting…

  10. Jamal Crawford rules out Knicks, narrows choices to Portland and Sacramento

    Dec 14, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Jamal Crawford has narrowed his free agent choice to two teams, according to multiple reports. Portland and Sacramento have emerged as the leading candidates to land Crawford’s services, after the Knicks and Pacers were reportedly also in the chase. It’s unclear if the Knicks made an official offer, but Crawford did reject one worth $10…

  11. Video: One Magic fan’s plea to Dwight (after dental surgery)

    Dec 14, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    You’re a huge Dwight Howard and Orlando Magic fan. You’re delerious after dental surgery to have you wisdom teeth pulled. What do you sound like? Well, like this. Thanks to The Basketball Jones for enriching all our lives with this.

  12. Chris Paul trade talks stalled, Hornets say they are in no rush

    Dec 14, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Taking a page out of the Orlando Magic (and before them Denver Nuggets) playbook, when major talks stall out New Orleans Hornets GM Dell Demps says he is in no rush to make a decision. Chris Paul trade talks between the Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers have stalled out, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com.…

  13. Baron Davis out indefinitely with bulging disk in back

    Dec 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    If Baron Davis is going to do any mentoring of Kyrie Irving, he will be doing it on the sidelines. Davis will not suit up for a while due to a bulging disk in his back, tweets Sam Amico of Fox Sports. For those of you med students out there, it is between L2 and…

  14. Mavs players ask for championship rings even Cuban thinks are too pricy

    Dec 14, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Dallas forward Nowitzki kisses the NBA Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    There is bling. And then there is what Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd think a championship ring should look like. On Christmas day the Dallas Mavericks will raise a championship banner to the rafters — while LeBron James and the Heat look on — but they will not get championship rings. That will come later.…

  15. Rip Hamilton clears waivers, will be Chicago Bull soon

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons  v Toronto Raptors

    Unlike what happened with Chauncey Billups ride to Miami (different situation), nobody has gotten in the way of Richard Hamilton landing with the Chicago Bulls. Hamilton — you know him as Rip — was bought out by the Pistons but has cleared the waiver wire and is now free to sign with the Chicago Bulls,…

  16. Report: Magic end all trade talks for Dwight Howard

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Do not think for a second this is permanent. But when Christmas Day comes comes Dwight Howard will suit up for the Orlando Magic against the Oklahoma city Thunder. The Orlando Magic have cut off all trade talks for Howard, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski. Magic decided to take Dwight Howard off market,…

  17. Rodney Stuckey balking at Pistons’ latest offer

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

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    What is Rodney Stuckey worth? Stuckey is the point guard of the future in Detroit and wanted to be paid big money. Like $10 million a year. But the Pistons have offered a five-year deal in the $40 million to $45 million range — $8 to $9 million a year. So we are at an…

  18. Lakers’ Derrick Caracter tears meniscus in left knee

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

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    The Lakers are already a little thin along the front line after sending out Lamar Odom — although getting Josh McRoberts was a nice pickup — and this is not going to help matters. Second year player Derrick Caracter has torn the meniscus on his left knee and is set to undergo surgery on Wednesday…

  19. Wednesday morning one liners

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Steve Kerr

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. Steve Kerr absolutely rips Dan Gilbert. And he’s right. Andre Iguodala is impressing at Sixers camp. Shawn Kemp award contestant: DeSagana Diop said that he is 25 lbs overweight. The Lakers and Knicks lead…

  20. NBA League Pass price remains similar despite fewer games

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    It’s all about the money. The lockout was largely about money. Cramming 66 games into a condensed schedule was all about the money (revenue for owners, paychecks for players). Every move the NBA makes is about money. And as another reminder of that — and a big middle finger to hardcore fans — the league…

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