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  1. Dwight Howard’s ultimate fallback plan? Dallas.

    Jul 26, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Let us hope it doesn’t come to this. Not because I care if Dallas lands Dwight Howard or not but because it would mean 11 more months of this drama. None of us need that. Howard has made it clear that he wants to be traded and where he wants to be traded. And while…

  2. Bynum’s agent says there is no list of places he will play

    Jul 26, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum is in a great place, he can sit back and let the market come to him. He becomes a free agent next summer. If the Lakers trade him to Orlando or not, his options are pretty much clear — he can sign a five-year max deal with the team that has him or…

  3. Tim Duncan took a serious pay cut to get Spurs under tax line

    Jul 26, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan spreads his arms during a stop in play during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Last year, Tim Duncan was the third-highest paid player in the NBA at $21.5 million. Next season he is going to make $9.65 million. Three other guys on the Spurs will make more than Duncan. And he’s good with that. He signed a three-year deal with raises from that level. In an age where Andrew…

  4. E’Twaun Moore waived by Rockets, headed to Chicago?

    Jul 26, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    E'Twaun Moore

    Last season E’Twaun Moore played just about as much as you expect a second round pick rookie on a veteran-heavy Celtics team to play. Which is to say, not much. Boston liked his potential but he was shipped out to Houston in the Courtney Lee trade because Boston is in “win now” mode. But the…

  5. Nate Robinson not hurt in gunfire at legendary Rucker Park

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:49 AM EDT

    rucker-park

    NBA players swing by Rucker Park — the legendary Harlem playground pickup game/summer league — during he offseason. Heck, during the lockout last summer it was like an NBA camp out there for a while. Nate Robinson was there Wednesday watching from the sidelines and was fortunate to escape gunfire that injured five people, according…

  6. The Inbounds: Dwight Howard and the need for quiet time

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Moderation in all things. There’s room in our discussion for NBA players to have choices about their lives and careers, to have the opportunity to decide their own fate, to express their wishes to management and not simply shut up and play, and for us not to be left with what Dwight Howard has given us.…

  7. Kevin Love wins “best team sleeping photo” ever award

    Jul 26, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    team-usa-sleeping

    It started with the Clippers last year, who made a game of taking photos of guys sleeping on planes. It spread around the league, the “#gotem” photos on twitter were the rage. NBA players travel a lot at odd hours and so sleeping on planes is just part of the gig, but suddenly taking their…

  8. Gilbert Arenas’ old home for sale, complete with shark tank

    Jul 26, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Arenas shark tank

    Gilbert Arenas was fun. Because as fans we love guys who are wildly unpredictable. That’s different than saying you really wanted him as the anchor of your franchise, because his idea of fun crossed all kinds of lines at times. Basically vintage Arenas was great for fans and bad for locker rooms. But the Wizards…

  9. Report: Three team deal sending Lopez to Hornets in danger

    Jul 26, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 4

    UPDATE 8:44 am: According to an updated Arizona Republic story, there are “significant issues” to be worked out to make this trade come together. While the sides have agreed to a deal in principle, the money may not fit league trade guidelines and could be rejected. If so, Lopez likely plays out next season on…

  10. Ronny Turiaf signs one-year deal with Los Angeles Clippers

    Jul 26, 2012, 7:54 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Turiaf dunks ball during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    The Clippers know who is going to get the bulk of the minutes at center, DeAndre Jordan. When he sits Ryan Hollins will come in and play. Same thing at the four where Blake Griffin starts and Lamar Odom is behind him But as some insurance behind all those bigs, the Clippers have signed Ronny…

  11. Cavaliers trade for Grizzlies point guard Jeremy Pargo

    Jul 26, 2012, 12:14 AM EDT

    Jeremy Pargo, Jonny Flynn

    Cleveland has added a little more depth at point guard spot, although this is more about hoping a guy develops than big minutes now. Cleveland has traded for Jeremy Pargo from the Memphis Grizzlies, with swingman D.J. Kennedy heading back to Cleveland. Pargo has played one season in the NBA (don’t confuse him with his…

  12. Dwight Howard meets with Magic, reiterates trade demand

    Jul 25, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Orlando doesn’t like what they are being offered back in trade offers for six-time All Star Dwight Howard, the best center walking the planet. So new general manager Rob Hennigan made a smart move, he flew out to Los Angeles where Howard is rehabbing his back injury to try and talk the center into staying…

  13. Lakers talk extension with Andrew Bynum (which he will not sign)

    Jul 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Seven

    While the Lakers were talking to Orlando about a Dwight Howard trade, they have always been only willing to make a deal they really liked. Because the fallback position for them is to bring Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash into camp and chase a ring. Then the Lakers can sign their…

  14. Report: Minnesota near two-year, $20 million for Kirilenko

    Jul 25, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Turkey Basketball Euroleague Final Four

    Andrei Kirilenko coming to Minnesota appears to be more and more likely. We told you yesterday the Timberwolves may have moved to the front of the line because they can offer a lot of money and the Brooklyn Nets could only offer the veteran minimum ($1.2 million). Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC…

  15. Celtics still not expecting Avery Bradley for start of season

    Jul 25, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Boston will start next season in Miami against the Heat, and a refrain from Celtics fans all summer has been “if we just had Avery Bradley and our injured guys we could have won that series.” I hate the “if we had been healthy” game, in this case because two of Miami’s big three were…

  16. Wednesday And-1 links: Team USA on Segways

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    durant-williams-harden-segway-tour-1

    After a little hiatus, here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • As you can see from the photo to the…

  17. Report: Blazers coaching search down to four that will not wow fans

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Terry Stotts

    We told you recently that for the first round of coaching interviews, new Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey interviewed seemingly everyone. Now that list is down to four, and not four Blazers fans are going to jump up and down about, reports Jason Quick at the Oregonian. The Oregonian has learned the Blazers Final Four…

  18. Outside shots, tempo, Chandler key for Team USA in London

    Jul 25, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    Sunday it gets real. For the past three weeks Team USA has been training and scrimmaging and playing some exhibition games, getting ready. But Sunday they tip off the Olympics against France and if they can go 8-0 they will have another gold medal. (They could lose one of the first five group-play games and…

  19. Yi Jianlian will carry China’s national flag in Olympic Opening Ceremonies

    Jul 25, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    China's basketball player Yi Jianlian po

    They’ve got 1.3 billion people and they choose Yi Jianlian? Yes. Apparently so. Reports out of China say that the washout NBA player will carry China’s national flag into the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics Friday night. (Thanks to Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie for finding this.) This news leaks a day after…

  20. Another report Tom Penn is about to be new 76ers GM

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

    tom penn

    UPDATE 2:41 pm: Former Hornets GM Jeff Bower also is going to be interviewed for the 76ers position, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. He reminds us that Danny Ferry also was interviewed for this job but decided to take the Hawks GM job instead. We’ll see how it shakes out, but reports remain that things…

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