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  1. Deron Williams says 90 percent chance he stays with Nets

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams name gets thrown in with Chris Paul and Dwight Howard a lot. And he is in the same situation — he is an elite player who can opt out at the end of this season and become a free agent. But when the Jazz traded him to New Jersey last year Williams’ situation…

  2. Grant Hill choices down to Suns, Clippers, Knicks, Bulls

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    It’s going to come down to what Grant Hill really, really wants. He has narrowed his free agent teams down to four quite different choices, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. Grant Hill has his free agent Final Four, according to sources: the incumbent Suns, the Clippers, the Bulls and the Knicks. Each provides its own…

  3. Video: Shaq sings his intro into TNT, so get ready

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Usually I am a fan of the “don’t mess with a good thing” school of thought. But sometimes you take something good like waffles, combine it with fried chicken and you get something better. Or, if you take Charles Barkley and the TNT crew and mix in Shaquille O’Neal, maybe you improve the best game-night…

  4. Tom Thibodeau wants Bulls fans to lay off Carlos Boozer

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Chicago Bulls fans were frustrated with Carlos Boozers’ performance last season and let him know about it. Utah Jazz fans stood off in the corner nodding with a “we warned you” look on their face. But Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wants you to back off. Thibodeau did what any good coach would do and defended…

  5. Caron Butler to meet with Clippers, lots of other teams in line

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    UPDATE 11:33 am: Caron Butler has four meetings set, the Clippers just being one of them. Here is the report from ESPN Dallas.   Butler will visit with team officials from the Chicago Bulls on Monday morning, followed by trips to sit down with officials from the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, the San…

  6. Oden likely stays with Portland. You expected otherwise?

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    Greg Oden

    There are a few teams out there desperate enough for a big man — we’re looking at you, Miami — that they may take a risk on Greg Oden. But the smart money says Oden was never leaving Portland, and Marc Spears at Yahoo is reporting he is about to take his $8.8 million option…

  7. Monday morning one liners: How CP3, Dwight Howard can team up

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard Chris Paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories that are not other posts here at PBT. What if the Hornets traded Chris Paul to the Magic? That would be interesting. The Nets are going very hard after Nene. New Orleans has made bringing back David West its top priority. The Lakers might consider Delonte West…

  8. Winderman: NBA should bring order to free agency chaos

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    If the NBA was smart, it would swoop collectively upon Dallas, claim the already-booked hotel space and tell Major League Baseball that, at this moment, they need winter meetings far more than any other sport. In 2010, when the NBA actually had time to conduct an orderly free-agent process, most of the league found itself…

  9. Elite prep recruit asks LeBron where he should go to college

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Duke v Ohio State

    Deciding where to go to college is difficult, and you’re smart to ask for advice on the process. It’s not smart to say you’ll go where a basketball star who never went to college tells you. But that’s what Chris Walker has done. Walker is the kind of guy you might hear about on this…

  10. Dwight Howard and his Orlando dilemma

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Everyday until Dwight Howard makes a decision about his future we will hear conflicting reports about whether he wants to stay or go in Orlando. Because Howard himself is conflicted, torn between the only franchise he’s known and what is best for him as a player. The evidence of this conflict comes via this Baynews9.com…

  11. NBA Free Agency: The final chance for Vince Carter’s redemption

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:56 PM EDT

    vince-carter-suns

    At the 2000 NBA All-Star Game, Vince Carter put in one of the most prolific, maybe the single best performances in NBA history. In the 2000 summer Olympics, Vince Carter dunked over Frederic Weis in arguably the most famous posterization of all time. And in the early to mid-2000’s, Carter put together one of the…

  12. Report: Heat in the lead for Battier

    Dec 4, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier is the type of player you would expect to take a discount to ring chase. He’s been a glue guy in Houston, sticking with them through injuries and curious decisions. He was the chemistry guy in Memphis, helping the younger players get better and making the three that gave the franchise its first…

  13. Report: Nets, Warriors Rockets leaders in Tyson Chander sweepstakes

    Dec 4, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    It starts here: Tyson Chandler wants to get paid. A lot. This is likely his last big contract and the man wants his money (reportedly he asked the Mavericks for a $20 million deal and wants max money from others). Dallas has balked at the cost and that is why Chandler has said he expects…

  14. J.J. Barea wants to go back to the Mavs

    Dec 4, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    J.J. Barea

    Jose Juan Barea is going to get a lot of offers in free agency. That’s what happens when you’re the spark plug on the championship team. Barea does what he does very well. He manages the offense, hits some shots, and if you lose him for a minute, bam, he’s backdoor and you’ve given up…

  15. The Heat want to make a run at Greg Oden. I want to make a run at Isla Fisher. Both have equal odds.

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    greg_oden

    The Heat are cash strapped. That tends to happen when you have three superstars playing on one team (or former superstars in the case of Chris Bosh — sorry, Chris). They need to improve their team and yet they don’t have much room and only one exception to use. So what’s the plan? Apparently it’s…

  16. Video: Darren Rovell, David Falk talk labor deal numbers

    Dec 4, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    CNBC’s sports business expert Darren Rovell gives a great synopsis of the NBA’s labor deal and how it effects players and player movement. Then he brings in agent David Falk — and shockingly, agents don’t like this deal. Falk lays out his case for why pretty well, like most agents he wants a more pure…

  17. Report: Free agency lunacy tips off in earnest Monday

    Dec 3, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Behind the Scenes

    Yes, there have been back-channel communications. Yes, there are indications and sources and talks. But free agency hasn’t officially begun and won’t until Monday. But Monday, according to an ESPN report, that’s when free agents can begin being wooed by teams and executives. Cue the Brazilian steakhouse jokes! NBA team executives and coaches will be allowed to…

  18. Billups not happy he could be moved by whims of a superstar. Again.

    Dec 3, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    Chauncey Billups is not chopped liver. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, an NBA Champion and finals MVP. He’s a rock in the locker room, someone highly respected by other players around the league. He’s a damn good point guard. And last year he was moved on the whims of a superstar, yanked out of…

  19. Rondo’s not really cool with this whole “we may trade you to a non-contender, but seriously we love you” thing

    Dec 3, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Chris Paul

    How would you like it if you found out, through the media, no less, that your employer was thinking of shipping you to a worse company in exchange for someone who everyone says is so much better than you despite his never having reached the pinacle of your profession and your longstanding success with your…

  20. Spurs are aggressively shopping for a small forward, Jefferson on the way out?

    Dec 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Richard Jefferson

    The Spurs will likely look a bit different this year than they did last season. Tim Duncan‘s a year older. Manu Ginobili is a year older. DeJuan Blair‘s knees are a year older. They traded George Hill for Kawhi Leonard. Tiago Splitter will get more minutes. And from the looks of it, they’ll have another…

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