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  1. Report: Magic a house divided on Dwight Howard trade

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:58 PM EST

    Magic's Howard meditates just before the tip-off of their NBA basketball game with the New York Knicks in New York

    We all keep waiting for some kind of definitive decision from the Orlando Magic — are they going to keep or trade Dwight Howard? Maybe the reason we don’t have that answer is that the Magic are still divided on what they want to do, or what kind of trade package they want back. That’s…

  2. Bucks put Bogut on trade block, but you have to take Stephen Jackson too

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:12 PM EST

    Andrew Bogut, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier

    For a long time, Andrew Bogut was untouchable as a trade piece in Milwaukee — there just are not a lot of quality big men in the NBA and when healthy Bogut was a borderline All-Star. But he hasn’t really been healthy for several years — first his major elbow injury two years ago and…

  3. Richard Hamilton’s shoulder may not be right by playoffs

    Mar 9, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

    Richard Rip Hamilton

    At the end of the Bulls loss to the Magic Thursday night you saw how much Chicago misses Richard Hamilton — Chicago shot 2-for-10 in the final five minutes with Kyle Korver going an uncharacteristic 0-for-5. They needed another reliable scorer on the floor. Rip can be that scorer, but a shoulder injury has him…

  4. Friday And-1 links: Zach Randolph, trade rumors and more

    Mar 9, 2012, 11:20 AM EST

    zach-randolph-game-6

    Here is our daily 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). Zach Randolph is aiming to be back in the Grizzlies lineup next Tuesday against the Lakers. He has been out since Jan. 1 since tearing…

  5. Celtics don’t expect to make big move at trade deadline

    Mar 9, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Avery Bradley, Mickael Pietrus, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    The rumors swirling around the Boston Celtics are of radical changes — Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have all had their names come up in trade scenarios — but in the end it may all be a lot of words with no action. Well, it is an election year, we should expect a…

  6. Report: Magic seek package similar to ‘Melo deal for Howard

    Mar 9, 2012, 10:04 AM EST

    Dwight Howard;  Jerryd Bayless ; Chris Duhon

    Orlando still has not decided that they are going to trade Dwight Howard — in fact, they seem to be leaning toward keeping him through the trade deadline and the end of the season — but if they do move him they are letting teams know what they want: A haul like Denver got last…

  7. Timberwolves bringing back GM David Kahn for another year

    Mar 9, 2012, 9:27 AM EST

    davidkahn

    We are going to have David Kahn to kick around for another year. Minnesota owner Glen Taylor told the Pioneer Press the team plans to bring David Kahn back next season. Kahn is in the final year of his deal but the team has two one-year options and they are picking one up. “I like…

  8. MRI finds nothing wrong with Lowry; he spends night in hospital

    Mar 9, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

    Kyle Lowry

    UPDATE March 9, 8:55 am: The MRI of Kyle Lowry‘s groin — apparently the mystery injury moved up the leg from the original ankle report to the groin area — found nothing structurally wrong. Which is good. However Lowry still spend the night in the hospital as he had reportedly abdominal pains. This all sounds…

  9. Video: Derrick Rose beats the buzzer for three

    Mar 9, 2012, 8:25 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    The Bulls may not of have won Thursday night, but Derrick Rose still put on quite a show. That includes this buzzer beater just before halftime from about 30 feet out. By the way, Joakim Noah got an assist on this play… pretty generous score keeping but okay. The Bulls could have used a little…

  10. Phoenix 96, Dallas 94: Suns come back from double-digit defict to take down Mavericks

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:21 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki, Grant Hill

    A few weeks ago, any talk involving the Phoenix Suns and the word “playoffs” would have seemed completely ridiculous — and maybe, to a certain extent, it still is. But the Suns have shown they possess the necessary grit and fight that is evident in postseason teams, battling back from double-digit deficits in their last…

  11. Orlando tries to send message to Howard: Look, we can beat Bulls

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:19 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Everything Orlando does for the next 6 days is colored by Dwight Howard trade talk. That includes their 99-94 win over Chicago Thursday night — the Magic are trying to convince Howard that they can be contenders with him in tow if they just make a couple tweaks. Beating the actual contenders from Chicago and…

  12. Derrick Rose is just like you — sick of Dwight Howard talk

    Mar 8, 2012, 10:30 PM EST

    Dwight Howard Derrick Rose

    Are you sick of all the Dwight Howard rumors and talk? Derrick Rose is. Many Bulls fans have an odd obsession with Howard — they are offended Chicago is not on his list of preferred destinations because they see a Rose/Howard pairing as a cornerstone that can contend with the Heat. They see Howard as…

  13. Pacers showing trade interest in Jamal Crawford, Chris Kaman

    Mar 8, 2012, 9:24 PM EST

    Jamal Crawford

    Indiana is a team you can expect to be busy around the trade deadline. There are a couple of reasons, for one they have a ton of cap space so they can take on contracts and not have to send back equal value (something teams trying to shed payroll covet). Secondly, they are a good…

  14. Do you need a closer to win in NBA? George Karl says no.

    Mar 8, 2012, 7:21 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    It looks great when Derrick Rose makes the sweet crossover and drains the jumper to win the game. Hero ball makes heroes when it works. But the league’s best “closers” miss more of those shots than they make. As we start to get more and more information that look at situations and players we learn…

  15. Is Tony Parker the fastest point guard in the NBA?

    Mar 8, 2012, 5:50 PM EST

    Parker of the Spurs competes in the skills competition during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida

    It’s a great barstool or blog comment debate: “Who is the fastest point guard in the NBA?” Derrick Rose? John Wall? Russell Westbrook? Kyrie Irving? Nope, try Tony Parker. Advanced stats are trying to answer all our debates — who is the best guy to trust with a game-winning shot? — and one of them…

  16. Beasley trade talks ongoing with teams trying to woo Howard

    Mar 8, 2012, 4:29 PM EST

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    If you were Dwight Howard, would the presence of Michael Beasley on a team make you want to play there? I wouldn’t think so either, but some of the teams most active in trying to get the forward out of Minnesota are teams trying to impress Howard, according to Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. It’s no…

  17. Report: Josh Smith tells Hawks to trade him

    Mar 8, 2012, 4:10 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    Josh Smith has been a borderline All-Star for years in Atlanta but that is different from being happy — he feels he is the scapegoat of the Hawks problems among the fans and media. He doesn’t feel like he has the backing of the organization or that they do things like promote him as an…

  18. Paul Silas rips Boris Diaw. Can you really blame him?

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

    Boris Diaw

    We passed along the report a couple days ago that Boris Diaw asked to be traded or bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats. He was done, he wanted to get out of town. Sounds like the feeling is mutual. Diaw sat with a the DNP-CD on the last two games and coach Paul Silas didn’t…

  19. Hornets may not move Kaman… because of Mike Dunleavy?

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers

    This is why the league needs to get out of the business of owning the Hornets fast, things like this get messy. It has been assumed that one of the guys that would certainly get moved at the trade deadline is Chris Kaman of the Hornets — they took him out of the lineup earlier…

  20. Stackhouse says ‘Sheed can still play the NBA game

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Rasheed Wallace Pistons

    Rasheed Wallace’s reported comeback to the NBA remains in limbo. He worked out for the Heat, that’s all we know about it. The question isn’t if the Heat could use some help along the front line — they could, especially a “stretch five” who can shoot from three — the question is could ‘Sheed still…

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