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  1. Chris Paul, Lamar Odom unlikely to report when training camps open

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

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    Training camps are set to open for all 30 teams on Friday, but don’t expect Chris Paul to report to the Hornets or Lamar Odom to report to the Lakers. After the three-team deal that would have sent Paul to Los Angeles and Odom to New Orleans was killed by the league late Thursday night,…

  2. Pistons have nothing to do with Chris Paul trade, but do re-sign Prince and Jerebko

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:04 AM EDT

    Tayshuan Prince, Gerald Wallace

    From the AP: DETROIT – The Detroit Pistons are attempting to rebuild by keeping at least a couple key players. Tayshaun Prince and Jonas Jerebko will re-sign with the Pistons, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deals have not been announced. Prince, an…

  3. League finds way to make bad PR situation worse by killing trade

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

    David Stern

    The only public relations move worse than the league allowing Chris Paul to be traded to the Lakers after a five-month lockout allegedly about “competitive balance” is to have David Stern come in with an iron fist and kill the deal because owners complained. Well done NBA. Well done indeed. David Stern and the league…

  4. Quote of the day: Phil Jackson pretty much predicted the CP3 situation a year ago

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Via a Kevin Ding article from December 29th, 2010, here’s Phil Jackson on the troubles the league-owned Hornets might run into: The [Hornets] were recently bought by the NBA, which prompted Jackson to say: “Not happy about that.” Jackson put forth a scenario where Hornets star Chris Paul might revive his demand for a trade,…

  5. After killing Chris Paul deal to the Lakers, there’s no way the league can trade him anywhere else

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

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    The deal was done, agreed to in principle by all three teams. The Lakers would get Chris Paul, in exchange for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. The Rockets would end up with Gasol, and the Hornets would end up with a solid package of Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Goran Dragic, with the cap…

  6. League kills Chris Paul three-team trade to Lakers

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Within hours of all parties saying the deal was all but done, the proposed three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers is dead. And David Stern is standing over it holding the gun. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo writes said the deal is dead because the league — which currently…

  7. Chris Paul deal does not improve the Lakers, unless a Dwight Howard deal is next

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

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    If the three-team trade between the Lakers, Hornets, and Rockets is finalized as expected when the league opens for business on Friday morning, L.A. will have sent Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom out of town in exchange for Chris Paul  — and possibly another piece to make the salaries match, like Emeka Okafor. In doing…

  8. Lakers complete three-team blockbuster to acquire Chris Paul

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    In the blink of an eye, the entire landscape of the NBA has changed. As originally reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets, and Houston Rockets have agreed on the framework of a deal that will bring Chris Paul to L.A. The long-standing rumors linking the league’s best…

  9. Report: Three-team deal bringing Chris Paul to the Lakers has been completed in principle

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Chris Paul Andrew Bynum

    UPDATE (7:33 p.m. ET): According to yet another tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the three-team deal has been completed in principle. The Hornets will also receive an undisclosed draft pick in the deal. UPDATE (6:31 p.m. ET): Wojnarowski is now reporting that this will be a three-team trade involving the Lakers, Hornets, and…

  10. Caron Butler agrees to a perplexing three-year, $24 million offer from the Clippers

    Dec 8, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    Free agency wouldn’t be free agency without a twinge of instant regret, and the Clippers may be the first buyers in this year’s market to experience it. According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Caron Butler has agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Clips, a fair bit more than the league’s more reasonable…

  11. If Billups is out in New York, does he land in Miami?

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    If Chauncey Billups walked around all day today with a dumbfounded look on his face, he’d have a right. When he woke up this morning he thought he was the starting point guard of the New York Knicks, by the end of tomorrow the NBA’s bottom feeders could be bidding on him. Billups still has…

  12. Report: Knicks about to land Tyson Chandler

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

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    If the Knicks are going to compete with the Heat and Bulls as the elite in the East during the next few years, they were going to have to find a way to play much better defense. They may be very close to solving that problem — but it comes with a price. Potentially a…

  13. Lakers, Rockets, Hornets talking three-way Chris Paul trade

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    After things seemed to cool of on Wednesday, the Chris Paul trade rumors have heated up fast and furious on Thursday. That includes a three-way deal where Paul ends up with the Los Angeles Lakers, who give up Pau Gasol. Then there is both Boston and New York working hard to find multi-team deals that…

  14. Tayshaun Prince agrees to four-year deal to stay in Detroit

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Tayshuan Prince, Gerald Wallace

    There’s no place like home… or in this case your adopted home. While Tayshaun Prince flirted with the Los Angeles Clippers in his hometown, he will be staying in his adopted hometown and playing in Detroit. Prince has agreed to a four-year, $27 million deal to stay with the Pistons, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.…

  15. Warriors offer Tyson Chandler $60 million; Knicks may get him anyway

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Golden State really wants Tyson Chandler, they are not messing around. But the New York Knicks are about counter with a huge offer of their own — one likely to win the day according to multiple reports. The Warriors have made a four-year, $60 million offer to Chandler, reports Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. The New…

  16. Report: Oden to sign one-year offer to stay in Portland

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    The Trail Blazers are giving Greg Oden one more shot. Oden is going to sign the Blazers one-year qualifying offer at $8.9 million, reports Jason Quick at the Oregonian. This is essentially the last year of his rookie deal, Oden will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Oden has played…

  17. Hawks show uncharacteristic sensibility with signing of Tracy McGrady

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    Teams aren’t technically allowed to come to agreements with free agents just yet, but Tracy McGrady is reportedly locked in to join the Atlanta Hawks nonetheless. But, before anyone engages in the usual snark-fest that ensues whenever McGrady’s name comes up, they should honestly consider the terms and return on this deal. McGrady may not have the…

  18. Lakers are already NBA Facebook champions

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    You like the Lakers. You really like them. We can tell because you actually pushed the “like” button on Facebook for the Lakers more than any other team in professional sports, reports Yahoo Sports. The Los Angeles Lakers quietly became the first American sports franchise to accumulate 11 million Facebook fans. Bryant’s team isn’t just…

  19. Report: Suns “close” to signing Sebastian Telfair

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair

    The Suns dealt for Aaron Brooks at last season’s trade deadline, in hopes that he might be a long-term solution at point guard for the team — both as a backup to Steve Nash, and possibly as his someday-replacement. Brooks was to be a restricted free agent this season, and while it’s unclear whether or…

  20. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Chris Paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. The Celtics may have been closer to getting Chris Paul than you think. Eddy Curry is about to sign a deal with the Heat. So, you can just start sizing them all for championship…

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