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  1. Despite rumors everywhere, Suns say Nash not being traded

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    It was maybe the craziest rumor of this draft… which is saying something. Steve Nash to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 2 pick was discussed, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. He went on to say in the article it was unlikely because Nash wants to go to a contender, not a 17-win team.…

  2. Kyrie Irving is a deserving No. 1 pick

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    Michigan v Duke

    Kyrie Irving will be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. But he wouldn’t have beaten out John Wall for the top spot last draft. Or Blake Griffin for the top spot two drafts ago. Or Derrick Rose three drafts ago. Or… It has some fans wondering is Irving a deserving No. 1…

  3. Kevin Durant says “nothing” to TMZ, that gets him in trouble

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    Kevin Durant is not the kind of athlete who ends up on TMZ as he is hopping from club-to-club or trying to line up his next reality show. That’s just not who Durant is. He’s more the “wear a backpack to a press conference” kind of guy. Yet he still got in trouble via TMZ…

  4. Celtics say they have had no talks about Josh Smith trade

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    We told you about the rumors the Atlanta Hawks are going to be shopping Josh Smith around, and that Smith is good with that. In fact, like everyone, Smith has a list of teams he’d like to play for. One was the Boston Celtics. But there have been no such talks with the Celtics, according…

  5. Team president out as power shift continues for Warriors

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:38 AM EDT

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    This is not really a surprise, but the timing caught people off guard. Golden State team president Robert Rowell has left the organization, according to CSN Bay Area. Rowel, coach Don Nelson and GM Larry Riley formed the power structure under old owner Chris Cohen that has been blown up by new owners Joe Lacob…

  6. David Kahn wants Andrew Bynum for the #2 pick

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:09 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Marco Belinelli

    There has been widespread speculation that the Timberwolves are looking to trade the #2 pick in this year’s draft, because projected #2 pick Derrick Williams is a small forward/power forward and the Timberwolves already have Kevin Love at the 4 and Michael Beasley as a tweener 3/4, which Williams projects as. Anyways, David Kahn would…

  7. Report: Spurs willing to trade Parker to get into the lottery

    Jun 21, 2011, 9:47 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Here’s an absolute shocker of a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: NEW YORK – The San Antonio Spurs are engaged in discussions about trading point guard Tony Parker to secure a high pick in Thursday’s draft, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Spurs have talked to teams in the lottery, including the Toronto Raptorsand Sacramento Kings, who hold the fifth…

  8. Warriors extend qualifying offer to Reggie Williams

    Jun 21, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

    WILLIAMS_REGGIE

    From the team’s official website: The Golden State Warriors have extended a qualifying offer to guard/forward Reggie Williams, the team announced today, making him a restricted free agent. Per team policy, financial terms were not disclosed. Williams, 24, appeared in 80 games last season (nine starts), averaging 9.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.3…

  9. Ford: Kings may trade #7 pick for Felton

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    More draft rumors! This one comes courtesy of ESPN.com’s Chad Ford: The phones have been ringing off the hook today with just 48 hours to go before the NBA draft. Here are some more quick hitters on what I’m hearing. • Would the Kings be willing to send the No. 7 pick to the Nuggets…

  10. Knicks targeting Shumpert, Fared at #17?

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    Fared

    From probasketballdraft.com: @thenyknicks appear focused on Iman Shumpert and Kenneth Faried at 17. Donnie wants players that help on court right away. Both Faried and Shumpert are projected to be available when the Knicks pick at 17. Faried averaged an impressive 17.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game on 62.3% shooting last season at Moorehead State.…

  11. NBA Draft rumor roundup for Tuesday

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    There are 8 million rumors out there in the naked city, and while only a handful will come true we thought we’d put a bunch of them in one place, because we know how valuable your time is. One of the biggest ones our own John Krolik just wrote about — the Wizards trying to…

  12. Markieff Morris impresses Pistons in workout

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Markieff Morris

    Just another quick hitter on the draft, this time courtesy of the Detroit News’ Vincent Goodwill (H/T to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford): Source: Markieff Morris may have put himself in the mix for the No. 8 pick with the #Pistons with his workout today. This is pretty big news for Morris: Draft Express currently projects Markieff as the…

  13. Biyombo says that Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love are his favorite players

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

    bismack biyombo

    Grantland.com’s Davy Rothbart did a really interesting interview with draft prospect and possible lottery pick Bismack Biyombo earlier today. Here’s one interesting tidbit on the players Biyombo idolizes and tries to model his game after: Grantland: Who are your favorite players? Biyombo: Hakeem Olajuwon, this is my favorite player. But there are two others I idolize in…

  14. Video: The NBA Champs, on a plane

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Now this looks like a fun plane ride. Click the video to see Dirk Nowitzki wearing a finger splint, some intense specs, and a shirt that says “I’m that dude,”‘ Jason Terry apparently smoking a cigar on an airplane, Mark Cuban sitting next to the trophy, Brian Cardinal and Tyson Chandler eating Lucky Charms, and…

  15. Wizards may be looking to trade up to grab Kanter

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    enes Kanter

    The Washington Wizards have apparently fallen in love with Enes Kanter’s combination of size and skill, and it appears as though they’re looking to move up in the draft in order to get him. According to Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony, the Wizards are discussing a trade that would involve them giving their #6 pick to…

  16. Still big gap between NBA owners, players after key talks

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    If you were waiting to really worry about an NBA lockout, now is a good time. Tuesday’s negotiation session — which NBA Commissioner David Stern had previously called key to avoiding a July 1 lockout — had both sides leaving and speaking in pessimistic tones. Chris Paul said this to Brian Smith of the Salt…

  17. NBA Draft: Five big risks in the 2011 NBA Draft

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Josh Selby

    Right now, there are no busts in the 2011 NBA Draft. By 2014 we will be calling a few of these guys busts, but right now they are just risks. In this draft, picking out what risks to gamble on is amazingly difficult, seemingly every player has some glaring flaws. We’d preach patience — wait…

  18. Stunning news: Knicks would still like to get Steve Nash

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    nash-game-time-decision-magic

    From the NBC Sports Department of the Obvious, we bring you this news: The New York Knicks still have interest in getting Steve Nash. The New York Post has the shocking details. There have been renewed whispers the Knicks have inquired about Suns point guard Steve Nash, who lives in SoHo in the offseason. The…

  19. Not a surprise but now official: Casey to coach Raptors

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    dwane Casey

    We’ve been telling you this was coming since last week, everybody except your mom has been telling you Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey would coach the Raptors since last week. (She kept telling you not to forget Father’s Day.) Now it is official, Casey is the man in Toronto. Bryan Colangelo — the GM that built…

  20. LeBron may not have a ring, but he made Heat owners a lot of money

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    LeBron Sunglasses

    Heat fans – well, actually mostly Heat haters — were beating up LeBron James after fourth quarter struggles in the finals. The Internet is no fan of the “don’t kick a man when he’d down” axiom. But the Heat’s management has been nothing but supportive. In part because they know if they want another banner…

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