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  1. On Marcus Thornton and the messages sent in free agency

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

    Marcus Thornton

    There’s no use in denying it: free agency in the NBA is kind of a blast, and particularly so when the entire period is condensed into a few hyper-active weeks of player movement. But beyond the surface-level intrigue of roster shuffling is a pretty clear demonstration of league-wide values. Free agency gives general managers the…

  2. Magic intend to sign Jason Richardson as franchise spirals further into madness

    Dec 10, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Let’s play a little thought exercise. Magic GM Otis Smith walks into a room. He stands at a podium and answers questions regarding the state of the team. He opens by informing the media that Dwight Howard has requested a trade, twice, today, in the last year year of his contract. His team is facing…

  3. Weekend NBA rumors and deals (constantly updated)

    Dec 10, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    Just because you didn’t go to work today — you’re at home trying to hang Christmas lights, like that’s not work — doesn’t mean the wheels of NBA free agency and trades stopped. Not in the least. This post is your one-stop shop for up-to-date, breaking info on what is happening around the league. (If…

  4. Knicks will sign Mike Bibby for the minimum salary, but keep their point guard options open

    Dec 10, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    Mike Bibby

    The New York Knicks have gone to great lengths to find a talented center counterpart for Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. They used the amnesty clause to waive veteran point guard Chauncey Billups, and blew $14 million in the process. They chipped in another $3 million just to ensure the passing of the three-team deal…

  5. Howard tells Orlando Magic to trade him, maybe to Nets

    Dec 10, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    There is no doubt now. Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith confirmed that Dwight Howard told the Magic to trade him, Smith told the Orlando Sentinel. Smith said Howard has made the request twice in separate conversations since Monday. Howard requested that trade be to the Nets, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. That has been…

  6. Chauncey Billups out and out threatens any team thinking of claiming him off amnesty waivers

    Dec 10, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups

    Here’s the thing. Everybody’s got their limit. Everybody’s got the edge of where their professionalism meets its end in the face of personal feelings. Chauncey Billups has reached his. After being amnestied by the New York Knicks as part of their effort to bring Tyson Chandler to the Big Apple, after Billups was never comfortable…

  7. Nuggets try, but Bucks match offer to keep Mbah a Moute

    Dec 10, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Mbah a Moute

    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is one of those players that the casual fans say “who?” and GMs around the NBA covet. He is one of the elite perimeter defenders in the league and those are hard to come by. Denver tried to steal Mbah a Moute out from under Milwaukee with a four-year, $19…

  8. Tyson Chandler signing official, Chauncey Billups gets the amnesty boot

    Dec 10, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    Thanks for coming, Chauncey. After being traded for Denver in a deal he didn’t want (Billups is from Denver and was happy there), as a sidekick to Carmelo Anthony, and then having his option exercised to pay him $16 million, the New York Knicks exercised their amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups Saturday. The move means…

  9. New framework in place for Chris Paul to Lakers, pending league approval

    Dec 10, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    chris-paul-lakers-trade

    Let’s try this again, from the top, shall we? ESPN reports: Just filed to ESPN w/@Chris_Broussard: New trade framework of original three-team CP3 deal has been submitted to league office for approvalSat Dec 10 17:45:00 via UberSocial for BlackBerryMarc Stein ESPNSteinLine Wait, let me do it for you, since  I know you’re thinking it. “Yeah,…

  10. Chicago Bulls making serious run at Rip Hamilton

    Dec 10, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Rip Hamilton

    This comes as a surprise to just about nobody. But it also seems a good fit. And destined to happen. The Bulls are making a hard charge at Richard Hamilton to become their new two-guard, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. Rip Hamilton was bought out by the Pistons on Friday and is a free agent.…

  11. 2011 NBA Free Agency and Trade Current Events: This league is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    Let’s say you had a full day of work on Thursday, and then a dinner engagement with a friend, or your kid had a basketball game or something. Then on Friday you had another full day, and then a work Christmas party. This is the holiday season, everyone’s busy. Perhaps you’ve missed what’s gone on in…

  12. Video: Suns owner Robert Sarver talks NBA business

    Dec 10, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    Suns Robert Sarver

    Suns owner Robert Sarver went on Darren Rovell’s Sports Biz Game On on CNBC and talked NBA business. He wisely sidestepped the steaming pile of Chris Paul trade fiasco and instead focused on what the shortened schedule (but he didn’t complain too much this time) and revenue sharing will mean for small market owners. Not…

  13. Chris Paul to Lakers deal back from the dead. Maybe. But modified.

    Dec 10, 2011, 1:49 AM EDT

    Chris Paul, Quincy Pondexter

    A little more than 24 hours after the iron fist of David Stern crushed the Chris Paul to the Lakers trade because small market owners complained it was not good for the Hornets, we know four things. 1. Chris Paul is going to be traded. Sooner rather than later. 2. The Lakers’ and Hornets’ three-team deal…

  14. Amid Magic dysfunction, Dwight Howard’s agent is given formal permission to speak with L.A., New Jersey, and Dallas

    Dec 10, 2011, 1:08 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    UPDATE (12:59 AM EST): Sam Amick of SI.com to the rescue: Orlando PR man Joel Glass calls to inform that D. Howard’s agent now has permission to speak w/ Lakers, Nets, & Mavs about possible trade. Glass was clear that this permission was from here “going forward,” not previously. The Lakers and Nets make sense…

  15. Report: Celtics close to deal with free agent David West

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:36 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Hornets

    Well, Boston is going with the “penetrating point guard and shooters” theory. Apparently. The Celtics are on the verge of signing free agent David West, tweets David Aldridge of NBA.com. This would be a three-year deal for about $27 million and likely will be a sign-and-trade where Jermaine O’Neal and others will head back to…

  16. Magic trade Brandon Bass for Glen Davis, but what exactly do they hope to gain?

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic

    Amid a flurry of activity across the league, the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic quietly agreed to swap two somewhat frustrating bigs. Brandon Bass, the athletic power forward who gave Stan Van Gundy more than a few gray hairs during his stint with the Magic, is Boston-bound in exchange for a signed-and-traded Glen Davis. It…

  17. Report: Vince Carter headed to Dallas Mavericks

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    vince-carter-suns

    As expected, early on Friday the Phoenix Suns made it official and bought out Vince Carter’s contract. He was owed $18 million and he’s just not that guy anymore. So they bought him out for $4 million and Carter became a free agent. The only question was where would he land. How about Dallas? That…

  18. Magic have not filed any tampering charges. Yet.

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    The threat may have done the job. The idea of Dwight Howard demanding the Orlando Magic trade him to New Jersey died when the Magic started talking about potential tampering charges on Friday. By the end of the day everyone has denied everything. But the rumors of Howard to the Nets had died out by…

  19. There is new Greg Oden news, which means there is new horrible news

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    From the Oregonian’s Jason Quick: Breaking: Blazers determine center Greg Oden has suffered setback, and restructure his one-year deal for a lesser amount… …But the Blazers, who didn’t comment Thursday after his appointment, determined that he is less likely to return to the court this season. Ugh. Looks like another year lost for the former…

  20. Warriors apparently ready to offer DeAndre Jordan around $10 million

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    From the Contra Costa Times’ Marcus Thompson: The Warriors are preparing an offer sheet for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to a team source. The Warriors must have the space under the cap to cover the first year of the deal in order to make the offer. Don’t yet know how much the…

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