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  1. Magic vs. Thunder rounds out NBA Christmas Day

    Dec 2, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant dunks

    The real question is will Dwight Howard be in a Magic uniform for the game… But we now know the fifth and final Christmas Day game will be the Orlando Magic at the Oklahoma City Thunder, the league just confirmed it via its official twitter account. Again, this game is the kind of big stars…

  2. Chris Paul denies requesting trade to New York. As he must.

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    This was inevitable and predictable. And it doesn’t change one thing. Chris Paul has officially denied that he has requested a trade to the New York Knicks. Here are the quotes via the Times-Picayune. But two league sources confirmed after the story broke that Paul’s agent, Leon Rose, never made the request to the Hornets.…

  3. Friday morning one liners: Where Afflalo gets some love

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    Our daily list of things you should know about that didn’t fit in our other posts. Who is the most coveted free agent not over 6’11? Arron Afflalo of the Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. He is restricted and Denver will match any reasonable offer. Brandon Rush made some tweets that would have gotten…

  4. Chris Paul could get his max deal in New York… just don’t bet on it

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul wants to go to the Knicks. Chris Paul also would like a massive payday of a bird-rights extension — five years and $100 million. But he can’t get those two things the way Carmelo Anthony did, the new collective bargaining agreement takes that away. The Hornets could (in theory) do a sign-and-trade with…

  5. Bulls, Clippers going hard after wing players Butler, Prince

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    The Chicago Bulls need a wing player to create shots and take some scoring burden off Derrick Rose. The Los Angeles Clippers need a wing player to fill out a roster with Eric Gordon at the guard spot and Blake Griffin in the paint. Both teams have started to reach out to guys like Caron…

  6. NBA to release schedule next Tuesday (Dec. 6)

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The schedule for this season is not up yet on NBA.com. It will not be for a few more days. What is up though are pictures of NBA players and stories about current NBA players — things that were not on the site during the lockout. Images of current players were banned, which gave the…

  7. NBA league offices, union to meet Friday to seal deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    For once, there is no reason to dread the NBA owners and players getting together for a negotiation. Friday in New York the two sides will sit down to hammer out the details remaining on a labor deal that is expected to be finished and presented to both the owners and players for separate votes…

  8. Report: Magic might decide to trade Howard before season

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith said he wants to sit down with Dwight Howard and see where his head is. Prudent move. But what if Howard says his head is wanting out of Orlando? If Howard tells the Magic he is gone, then he might be gone really soon, tweets Marc Stein at ESPN.…

  9. Kirk Hinrich out for month after shoulder surgery

    Dec 2, 2011, 2:04 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Tough start to the season down in Atlanta, where Josh Smith is being shopped around and now Kirk Hinrich will miss all of training camp and likely the start of the season. Hinrich had shoulder surgery a couple weeks ago and will be out for about a month, until late December or early January, reports…

  10. Obama postpones hoops fundraiser due to training camps

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:48 PM EDT

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    The NBA season will stop for no man. Not even the president. Barack Obama’s fundraiser game featuring a number of NBA stars (and some pretty sweet jerseys) has been postponed until the summer. The game had been scheduled for Dec. 12, which is now three days into training camps. Tickets started at $100 and went…

  11. Grant Hill’s return to Suns a “big issue” for Steve Nash

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:29 PM EDT

    steve nash-grant hill

    The Suns have already made it clear that bringing back Grant Hill this season, who is currently an unrestricted free agent, is a “first order of business and a top priority.” In case you may have thought they weren’t putting enough pressure on themselves to retain Hill’s services, Steve Nash — who you may have…

  12. Has Rondo started to wear out his welcome in Boston?

    Dec 1, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    CSN New England’s Donny Marshall — the former NBA player who covers the Celtics and does some color commentary for the team’s broadcasts — was on NBC’s SportsTalk today talking Rajon Rondo and saying the Celtics were open to moving Rajon Rondo more because of his personality than his game. “My sources tell me he’s…

  13. It’s official — there is an NBA players’ union again

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    And to the joy and relief of us all, there is again an NBA players’ union. Actually, if you want to see NBA games on Christmas, it’s a good thing that a majority of NBA players voted to reform the union. Actually, well over a majority, with more than 300 of the roughly 450 members…

  14. Jason Terry lobbies for Tyson Chandler’s return to the Mavs

    Dec 1, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Jason Terry Tyson Chandler

    Tyson Chandler shocked the known basketball world yesterday with an acknowledgement that he doesn’t expect to be back with the title-winning Dallas Mavericks next season. For a variety of reasons, the Mavs have reportedly underwhelmed Chandler with their offers thus far, and their starting center — and the key to their half-court defense — could…

  15. Heat’s Miller out for two months after hernia surgery

    Dec 1, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Mike Miller is injured. Again. The sharpshooter the Heat brought in to space the floor missed half the team’s games last season with thumb injuries and was never healthy (meaning his shooting percentages dropped). Now he is out again for two months due to hernia surgery, he tells the Associated Press. “It’s unreal with my…

  16. Dexter Pittman is Joel Anthony’s biggest fan

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Joel Anthony

    Joel Anthony averaged just 2.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Miami Heat last season. Yet if you ask the right people, they’ll preach of his on-court value. Anthony is considerably undersized for the center position, but his smart decisions, constant activity, and impressive lateral quickness make him an excellent team defender. Anthony…

  17. Deron Williams turns down extension with Nets, may not be leaving

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    Deron Williams is going to become a free agent. But that doesn’t mean he will not lead the team into Brooklyn next season — it’s just all about the money. On the face of it this certainly does sound dire — the agent for Williams has told the Bergen Record that his client will not…

  18. Clippers vs. Warriors to be last Christmas Day game

    Dec 1, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Looks like Blake Griffin and Stephen Curry are going to have to work on Christmas. The Warriors are going to host the last of five Christmas Day games, with the Clippers as the opponent, according to CSNBayArea.com. (Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times broke the story.) This will be the last game of the…

  19. Video: LeBron breaks out the Stevie Johnson ‘Plaxico’ celebration

    Dec 1, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    LeBron NFL commercial

    Last night Team LeBron James beat Team Kevin Durant in their flag football game. While the only score that mattered was zero torn ACL’s, it was LeBron’s team that won on the gridiron. That included him having a pick six where he went with the Stevie Johnson ‘Plaxico’ celebration. Which we bring you now. Next time…

  20. Warriors looking to go big in free agent market

    Dec 1, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    While the return of the NBA has meant the return of fantasy trade scenarios, the Warriors are one team that appears locked in on free agency — at least for now. The Warriors are looking to sign a big man during the abbreviated free agency period, sources tell Warriors Insider Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. The…

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