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  1. Bucher: Monta Ellis-Rudy Gay trade possible

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis tree tattoo

    From ESPN.com’s Ric Bucher: Mentioned on SC a Monta Ellis + asset for Rudy Gay deal. Came from GS side. If Mem considered – big if – it would be for financial reasons. Ellis is owed $11 million a year through the 2013/14 season, while Gay’s contract size will increase until he is owed $19…

  2. Will the new CBA give David Stern less power to punish players?

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott suspects that it might: David Stern has more than a little power, which is especially clear when players really break the rules. After the unrestrained brawl known as “the Auburn Hills incident,” for example, the fortunes of the Pacers and Pistons franchises and several players hung in the balance. Were there hearings…

  3. Keeping Hill in free agency Phoenix’s “top priority”

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    HILL_GRANT

    From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic: At 7 a.m. Phoenix time, the Suns began talking to agents of players. That meant checking in on some of their own guys but the first calls needed to go to the agents of free-agent players to show the Suns’ interest. The Suns will be feeling out the market for…

  4. Nets reportedly interested in Nene, Tyson Chandler

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Nene

    From ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard: NJ will pursue free agents Nene & Tyson Chandler in hopes of landing 1. Could use either as trade bait to land Howard or players around him. Seeing as to how center Brook Lopez is one of New Jersey’s core players, this report is a bit baffling. Nene is the best…

  5. Penny, The Worm, The Glove, Uncle Cliffy, and more players with awesome nicknames are going to Asia

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Penny Glove China Tour

    From ballislife.com: Think back to 1995 when the unstoppable Chicago Bulls with Pippen and Rodman were battling the beasts in East like Penny Hardaway and the Orlando Magic & Western conference teams like the Supersonics lead by Gary Payton and the Houston Rockets with Clyde Drexler.  It was to many basketball fans the greatest time…

  6. Report: Thunder working to buy out Nate Robinson

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    You can add Nate Robinson to your list of free agents that fans love way more than GMs do. Not officially, yet. Officially and through Dec. 9 Robinson is a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder set to make $4.5 million next season. But the two sides are working on a buyout, tweets J. Michael…

  7. David West drawing interest from Pacers, Warriors, more

    Nov 30, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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    David West (kind of like Caron Butler) is an interesting free agent case — he’s 31 and coming off major knee surgery. Combined those are a pretty massive red flag. But he has been a good, borderline All-Star (he made it in 2008 and 2009) forward who is one of the best pick-and-pop bigs in…

  8. Just a reminder: Next year the Lakers will be insanely rich

    Nov 30, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    So much of the recent NBA lockout was really about small market owners trying to rein in the spending of big market owners in the name of mythical “competitive balance.” (I would say a lot of that was misplaced anger at bigger markets having better management, but we can debate that another day.) The Lakers and…

  9. Orlando not ready to trade Dwight Howard. Yet.

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    dwight_howard

    Give this to Magic general manager Otis Smith — he was pretty up front. He has about the most difficult job in the NBA right now: Either retool the Magic roster enough that Dwight Howard wants to stay (a job Smith made harder on himself with bad moves last year), or find a way to…

  10. Free agent Caron Butler drawing interest from power teams

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    Caron Butler is 32 years old and coming off knee surgery that forced him to miss the second half of last season and the playoffs for the Dallas Mavericks. Injured and getting old (by NBA standards) is not usually a combo that has teams clamoring for a guy. But in a sign of the market…

  11. Top priority for Chicago Bulls: Ink Rose to new deal

    Nov 30, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Yes, the Bulls need to give some consideration to a two guard (Arron Afflalo is the perfect fit but Denver won’t let him go) and some depth up front. But those are not the biggest priority. Job No. 1 — keep Derrick Rose happy. He is the franchise cornerstone, the MVP, the guy who fills…

  12. Westbrook, Griffin talk dunks, wear suits in GQ

    Nov 30, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    1211-GQ-FASU01.01

    Nothing goes together like fashion and dunks. Well… maybe chocolate and peanut butter, but that’s it. Which is why a new photo spread in the pages of GQ goes so well together. NBA players Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Andre Iguodala, JaVale McGee and Shannon Brown talk dunks and get their pictures taken dunking in suits.…

  13. Latest legal hoop jumped through: players settle lawsuit

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    courtroom generic

    There can be no basketball until the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is approved and in place, and there can be no CBA vote until the NBA union is reformed (remember the “disclaimer of interest”), and that can’t happen until the antitrust lawsuits against the league are settled. Well, we’ve got the first domino to fall…

  14. LeBron, Durant flag football game on for Wednesday

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    A couple of the NBA’s biggest stars are not letting the end of the NBA lockout get in the way of some good football. Kevin Durant and LeBron James will face off on the flag football gridiron Wednesday night as planned, reports Iran Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. And you can watch the game for…

  15. Nets GM says he hasn’t talked to Orlando in a year. Riiiight.

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Celtics

    And now comes the denial of the rumors. Which none of us will believe. Nets GM Billy King played dumb denied rumors that he is about to pitch Orlando on a Dwight Howard trade for Brook Lopez and picks, reports Howard Beck of the New York Times in this tweet. Hanging in East Rutherford today,…

  16. Wednesday morning one liners: Portland loves Brandon Roy

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Do not underestimate the love of the Blazers fan base for Brandon Roy, or how that could weight into plans to use the amnesty clause on him. Carlos Boozer thinks the Chicago Bulls can win an NBA title. This year. How desperate are the Knicks for a big man to take a one year deal?…

  17. Reports: Chris Paul won’t sign in Boston; Pacers talk to Celtics

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Chris Paul

    There is a lot of smoke around the Chris Paul to the Celtics rumors, enough to make you think there is some fire. But that is a very, very different thing than saying this trade is going to happen. More likely it is not. Why? For one, take this tweet from Chris Broussard of ESPN.…

  18. Turkish team retires Deron Williams jersey after 15 games

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    It was a unforgettable, magical whirlwind of basketball these past couple months in Istanbul. I guess. Besiktas, the Turkish team that had Deron Williams while lawyers argued BRI on the other side of the globe, decided to send D-Will off with a jersey retirement ceremony, reports Deadspin (and the video is below). D-Will looked pretty…

  19. Report: Nets to make big trade offer for Dwight Howard

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    New Jersey — soon to be Brooklyn — made a big move last year to get its first star in Deron Williams. Now owner Mikhail Prokhorov needs to get a second star and convince them both to stay. How about Dwight Howard? The Nets are going to make a big move to try and get…

  20. Video: Taiwanese animators pretty much nail lockout

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    I know what you said when you woke up this morning: I wish some Taiwanese animators would explain the lockout to me in a minute and a half. Well, here you go. This is a pretty spot on breakdown — small market owners were struggling to make money during the recession and they got everything…

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