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  1. Tuesday morning one liners (KG is taunting Raptors again)

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2011

    Our morning 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). Kevin Garnett went all Kevin Garnett and taunted a Raptor during a meaningless preseason game. Does this even shock us anymore? Jason Terry had to leave Mavericks…

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks start out season on top

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to our inaugural power rankings for the 2011-12 NBA season (a regular Monday feature at PBT). These are fun if ultimately meaningless — in the NBA we have a playoff system to decide who is best (are you listening college football?). This is a preseason ranking, so remember that when you get mad about…

  3. Monday morning one liners

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Richard Jefferson

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. A fantastic read at Hoopspeak.com on what the Thunder need to do to get Kevin Durant more open looks. After signing Baron Davis for the mini mid-level, the Knicks are out of the running…

  4. Nick Young to sign Wizards qualifying offer, will enter free agency 2012

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:26 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Michael Lee of the Washington Post reports: Restricted free agent shooting guard Nick Young is in the process of catching a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Washington and is expected to sign his one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer with the Wizards on Monday, according to people with knowledge of the situation. via Sources: Nick Young…

  5. Blazers to formally amnesty Brandon Roy as he leaves game

    Dec 15, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Brandon Roy is walking away from the game… which makes us sad. But he’s doing it while he can still walk, which is understandable. How Roy’s retirement is formally going down is that the Blazers will amnesty him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. The reason is they need to get his salary of the books…

  6. Jamal Crawford going home, to sign with Portland

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    The Portland Trail Blazers always had an advantage in trying to land Jamal Crawford — and not just LaMarcus Aldridge’s naked and unabashed recruitment of him on twitter. Crawford was born in Seattle and lives in the Pacific Northwest in the offseason. The Blazers were close to home. And he is headed back, according to…

  7. NBA Season Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:00 AM EDT

    Newly hired Detroit Pistons head coach Frank speaks with media as Pistons President Dumars listens during news conference in Auburn Hills, Michigan

    2010-11 record: 30-52 Head Coach: Lawrence Frank (in his first year, replacing the disaster that was John Kuester). Key Departures: Richard Hamilton, Tracy McGrady Key Additions: Damien Wilkins, Kareem Rush Best-Case Scenario: Lawrence Frank injects a sense of purpose into the Pistons. Rodney Stuckey re-finds his game. Ben Gordon becomes one of the league’s deadliest…

  8. NBA Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:30 AM EDT

    Hawks-media-2011

    Last season: 44-38, fifth seed in the East. Took out the Orlando Magic in six in the first round, before losing in six to the Chicago Bulls in the second. Head Coach: Larry Drew Key Departures: Jamal Crawford is technically still with the Hawks, but several reports have him trying to decide between Portland, the…

  9. Jamal Crawford rules out Knicks, narrows choices to Portland and Sacramento

    Dec 14, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Jamal Crawford has narrowed his free agent choice to two teams, according to multiple reports. Portland and Sacramento have emerged as the leading candidates to land Crawford’s services, after the Knicks and Pacers were reportedly also in the chase. It’s unclear if the Knicks made an official offer, but Crawford did reject one worth $10…

  10. Report: Portland emerges as third team in Howard to Nets

    Dec 14, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    If a team were going to jump in as the facilitator in a Dwight Howard to the Nets trade, you would bet that team would be from the West. They would have motivation to keep Howard in the Eastern Conference and away from the Lakers (or Mavericks). Enter the Portland Trail Blazers. At least that…

  11. Jamal Crawford thinking Portland or New York (not Indiana)

    Dec 13, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Jamal Crawford doesn’t know what to do. Don’t take my word for it, this was his tweet Monday night. There’s pro’s and cons about the remaining teams I could be playing for this year..#confused Who are those teams? Well, not Indiana — Larry Bird offered two years, $10 million to Crawford but he shot that…

  12. Tuesday morning one liners (we’re talking haircuts)

    Dec 13, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    vintage-basketball-photos-14

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. The 50 worst haircuts in NBA history. Vladimir Radmanovic is way too low at No. 12. Despite the reports to the contrary, the Nets do not have a deadline to get Dwight Howard or…

  13. Knicks really want Jamal Crawford. Don’t bet on it happening.

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    The New York Knicks are working hard to get Jamal Crawford. Andy Miller, Crawford’s agent, is working really hard to get Crawford back to the Knicks. But unless he’s willing to take a big paycut, it’s not going to happen. The Knicks have already offered Crawford their mini mid-level of $2.5 million according to the…

  14. Knicks making effort to acquire Jamal Crawford in sign-and-trade

    Dec 11, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Donnie Walsh said in the press conference announcing his departure from the Knicks’ president job that the team’s objective was to build supporting players around Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. He acknowledged the difficulty of that given the salary constraints of having two stars, but also made it clear that it wasn’t about a third…

  15. 2011 NBA Free Agency and Trade Current Events: This league is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    Let’s say you had a full day of work on Thursday, and then a dinner engagement with a friend, or your kid had a basketball game or something. Then on Friday you had another full day, and then a work Christmas party. This is the holiday season, everyone’s busy. Perhaps you’ve missed what’s gone on in…

  16. Pistons agree to buy out Rip Hamilton

    Dec 9, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Rip Hamilton

    Richard Hamilton has been perfecting his sulking game in Detroit over the last year or so, and the Pistons are finally done with him. According to Perry Farrell of the Detroit Free Press, the Pistons have agreed to buy out Hamilton’s contract and make him an unrestricted free agent. Farrell makes the important distinction that…

  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. Report: Dwight Howard giving Orlando chance to improve

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Any reports that leak out of these intense meetings like the Orlando Magic had with Dwight Howard Monday need to be taken with a grain of salt. Or a handful. That said, the report out of Hoopsworld about where Dwight Howard stands with the Magic makes some sense. First, because it notes he is not…

  19. Report: Tracy McGrady agrees to one-year deal with Hawks

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    This was always a wink-and-a-nod game the NBA was playing this week — teams could talk to agents and players, but not work them out or offer contracts. Right. Like there was not going to be some handshake deals that just have to be inked on Friday. The NBA looks away and just pretends not…

  20. Wednesday morning one liners (now with extra rumors)

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories that are not their own post here at PBT. In case you didn’t get it in your inbox, here is David Stern’s letter to fans sent out yesterday. After the lockout and months of talk of change, does the new NBA feel any different than the old…

  21. Bulls, Magic among many who want Jamal Crawford

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    The Chicago Bulls need a two guard who can create his own shot to really round out their team (and take some pressure off Derrick Rose). They may be close to landing the best two guard on the market right now — Jamal Crawford. The Hawks spark plug off the bench is a free agent…

  22. Circle your calendars: Games not to miss on NBA schedule

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    LeBron James Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks

    We’re not so presumptuous as to tell you what to watch… well, yes we are. There is an NBA schedule littered with good games worth watching that was just released today. What follows are the games that leapt off the page at us as ones not to miss. Dec. 25: Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks:…

  23. Pretty much everyone wants Jamal Crawford

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

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    From Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld: On Wednesday, NBA teams were allowed to contact agents for the first time since June 30, the day before the lockout commenced. Executives were given the opportunity to work the phones and express interest in upcoming free agents ten days before those players can start signing with teams. One player…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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