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  1. If Billups is out in New York, does he land in Miami?

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    If Chauncey Billups walked around all day today with a dumbfounded look on his face, he’d have a right. When he woke up this morning he thought he was the starting point guard of the New York Knicks, by the end of tomorrow the NBA’s bottom feeders could be bidding on him. Billups still has…

  2. Report: Knicks about to land Tyson Chandler

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks c

    If the Knicks are going to compete with the Heat and Bulls as the elite in the East during the next few years, they were going to have to find a way to play much better defense. They may be very close to solving that problem — but it comes with a price. Potentially a…

  3. Lakers, Rockets, Hornets talking three-way Chris Paul trade

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    After things seemed to cool of on Wednesday, the Chris Paul trade rumors have heated up fast and furious on Thursday. That includes a three-way deal where Paul ends up with the Los Angeles Lakers, who give up Pau Gasol. Then there is both Boston and New York working hard to find multi-team deals that…

  4. Tayshaun Prince agrees to four-year deal to stay in Detroit

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Tayshuan Prince, Gerald Wallace

    There’s no place like home… or in this case your adopted home. While Tayshaun Prince flirted with the Los Angeles Clippers in his hometown, he will be staying in his adopted hometown and playing in Detroit. Prince has agreed to a four-year, $27 million deal to stay with the Pistons, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.…

  5. Warriors offer Tyson Chandler $60 million; Knicks may get him anyway

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Golden State really wants Tyson Chandler, they are not messing around. But the New York Knicks are about counter with a huge offer of their own — one likely to win the day according to multiple reports. The Warriors have made a four-year, $60 million offer to Chandler, reports Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. The New…

  6. Report: Oden to sign one-year offer to stay in Portland

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    The Trail Blazers are giving Greg Oden one more shot. Oden is going to sign the Blazers one-year qualifying offer at $8.9 million, reports Jason Quick at the Oregonian. This is essentially the last year of his rookie deal, Oden will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Oden has played…

  7. Hawks show uncharacteristic sensibility with signing of Tracy McGrady

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    Teams aren’t technically allowed to come to agreements with free agents just yet, but Tracy McGrady is reportedly locked in to join the Atlanta Hawks nonetheless. But, before anyone engages in the usual snark-fest that ensues whenever McGrady’s name comes up, they should honestly consider the terms and return on this deal. McGrady may not have the…

  8. Lakers are already NBA Facebook champions

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    You like the Lakers. You really like them. We can tell because you actually pushed the “like” button on Facebook for the Lakers more than any other team in professional sports, reports Yahoo Sports. The Los Angeles Lakers quietly became the first American sports franchise to accumulate 11 million Facebook fans. Bryant’s team isn’t just…

  9. Report: Suns “close” to signing Sebastian Telfair

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair

    The Suns dealt for Aaron Brooks at last season’s trade deadline, in hopes that he might be a long-term solution at point guard for the team — both as a backup to Steve Nash, and possibly as his someday-replacement. Brooks was to be a restricted free agent this season, and while it’s unclear whether or…

  10. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Chris Paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. The Celtics may have been closer to getting Chris Paul than you think. Eddy Curry is about to sign a deal with the Heat. So, you can just start sizing them all for championship…

  11. Report: Dwight Howard giving Orlando chance to improve

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Any reports that leak out of these intense meetings like the Orlando Magic had with Dwight Howard Monday need to be taken with a grain of salt. Or a handful. That said, the report out of Hoopsworld about where Dwight Howard stands with the Magic makes some sense. First, because it notes he is not…

  12. Shane Battier announces he will sign with the Heat

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

    shane-battier-heat

    Shane Battier was reportedly considering four teams as his free agent destination for the upcoming season: the Grizzlies, Pacers, Raptors, and Heat. The Pacers and Raptors aren’t exactly relevant these days, and while Memphis is on the rise after making an exciting run in the playoffs last year, the veteran known for his defensive ability…

  13. Don’t bet on Grant Hill heading East just yet. Or is he…

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    UPDATE 10:07 am: I guess it depends on where the news is coming from. While Arizona says Hill is staying put, more reports in the New York Post Thursday say Grant Hill is about to be a Knick. “It’s not 100 percent done, but he’s leaning,’’ one source said. The Bulls and San Antonio also…

  14. Chuck Hayes on verge of deal to join Sacramento Kings

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes

    The Sacramento Kings may just have lined up some good post defense. The Kings have made a four year, $20 million offer to the free agent forward who played his entire career for the Rockets, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. What’s more, it looks like Hayes will take the deal. The Kings will have a…

  15. NBA to allow teams to help pay to get player out of China

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler are still in China. In fact, Smith dropped 46 points the other night (via nba247365.com). Which on the surface is what they should have expected — from the start the proud Chinese Basketball Association said it was not going to allow teams to rent NBA players during the lockout. The…

  16. Report: Chris Paul says he will not extend with Clippers, Warriors

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:28 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is in control of his destiny. He will ultimately decide where he will work in the fall of 2012. Which is apparently bad news for the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Those two teams had been considered frontrunners in the CP3 sweepstakes, but both were hesitant to include their biggest guns…

  17. Lakers owner Jerry Buss hospitalized

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized due to blood clots in his legs, reports the Orange County Register. It is not considered serious and Buss, 77, is expected to be released in the next couple days, reports the Orange County Register. “He’s doing well,” (Lakers spokesman John) Black said Wednesday evening. Black said the…

  18. Reports: Lakers reach deal to sign Jason Kapono

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout

    Two years ago the Lakers needed better outside shooting. They brought in Steve Blake, but that didn’t work. In new coach Mike Brown’s twin-towers offense (with Kobe drawing doubles in the post as well) the Lakers will need much better long-range shooting. So they have reached a handshake deal to sign Jason Kapono, according to…

  19. Hornets willing to sign-and-trade David West to contender

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

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    If David West had not blown out his knee last year, he would be mentioned with Nene as a top free agent in this class. There is not a better pick-and-pop big in the game (well, maybe that Nowitzki guy, but the list is short) and West has an all-around game. He’s a former All-Star…

  20. More details of labor deal NBA players are voting on

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    For the players, the polls have opened. NBA owners will vote on the new NBA Collective Bargaining Ageement on Thursday. Both sides are expected to pass this — not unanimously but clearly — and by Friday we can talk trades and training camp. But first, one last look at what the two sides are voting…

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