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  1. Report: Josh Smith won’t sign an extension, Hawks can thank the new CBA

    Oct 14, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    From the New York Daily News: Josh Smith has told the Hawks that he isnt going to sign an extension during the season. Hed rather wait to become a free agent, when he can get a five-year deal. An extension would limit him to a three-year deal, according to the new CBA rules. New GM…

  2. Friday And-1 Links: Discussing coming out in the NBA

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Statistically speaking, there is somebody playing in the NBA right now who is…

  3. NBA Preview: Utah Jazz

    Oct 11, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors, Al Jefferson

    Last season: The Utah Jazz were what they have always seemed to be — solid. They moved on from the Deron Williams era to a team that tried to dominate with its front line of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, while hoping young guys like Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors would develop. The result was…

  4. Hawks off and running, but Horford still wants ball in post

    Oct 10, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Hawks Media Day Basketball

    It feels like every training camp we hear the same thing out of Atlanta — “this year we are going to really run, be more up tempo. We swear.” Then every year once the games start the Hawks return to their three-toed sloth tempo. They have finished in the bottom 10 in pace in the…

  5. Report: McGrady officially signs deal to play in China

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    We told you it was coming and it didn’t take long to get the deal done. Tracy McGrady, wildly popular in China from his days playing next to Yao Ming, has signed a deal to play with Qingdao in the Chinese league this season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. This is a one-year contract.…

  6. Report: Iverson not likely to sign, play season in China

    Oct 9, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    We showed you the highlight of Allen Iverson crossing over a guy in China that looked just like the old days (then missing the shot, which looked like the new days). But that one play is not the reality. The play was part of Iverson playing in an exhibition in China against Stephon Marbury’s Beijing…

  7. Report: Tracy McGrady finalizing deal to play in China

    Oct 8, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Tracy McGrady was looking for another year in the NBA, a 16th NBA season. But not finding a guaranteed deal, he is taking his talents to the port city of Qingdao, China, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. McGrady, 33, will likely complete the deal within the next couple days and leave for China within…

  8. Notes from Sunday’s NBA preseason games

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:46 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    It doesn’t matter who won or lost, so while the scores are listed below just consider those just a little headline so you know who we are talking about. What we want to know in preseason is who stood out — like Eric Bledsoe and Ty Lawson did in the Clippers/Nuggets game Saturday in Las…

  9. Joe Johnson wants it made known that he didn’t ask to be traded from Atlanta

    Oct 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson

    Joe Johnson was the face of the Hawks for over half-a-decade. He as a six-time All-Star with Atlanta, and in retrospect, took them to a level of respectability that gets overlooked because of how tough his era turned out to be. Now that he’s in Brooklyn, apparently everyone’s asking him why he decided to bail…

  10. NBA uses stars to demonstrate flops that will be fined

    Oct 5, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Tony Parker, flop

    Since the NBA announced they were going to be reviewing potential flops at the league office the next day, and fining players determined to have flopped, the big question has been “where will they draw the line?” Friday, the league released a video showing what would and would not draw a flop (that video is…

  11. NBA Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks

    Oct 4, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Last season: Just another Hawks season. That’s the best way to put it after a year where despite losing Al Horford for the vast majority of the season, Atlanta managed to land a top four seed in the East. They had this bizarro season underneath the headline of “Boring.” They would look awesome one night,…

  12. Report: Tracy McGrady considering playing in China

    Oct 4, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    Reality is sinking in for Tracy McGrady — training camps are open and underway, teams basically have their rosters set, Rasheed Wallace hasn’t played in the NBA in two seasons but he’s got a contract, yet McGrady can’t find a team to give him a shot. Well, not on this continent anyway. And without other…

  13. Josh Smith says no more threes, call him “mid-range shawty”

    Oct 3, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Among the training camp clichés that seem never pan out to be true — “we’re going to play faster this year” and “Player X has shot 500 jump shots a day this summer” are our favorites — is this classic from Atlanta: Josh Smith says he will be better about his shot selection. This year…

  14. Tuesday And-1 links: Felton starts but does Kidd close for Knicks?

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like old people love In The Heat of the Night. • Raymond Felton will…

  15. Wizards sign Pargo to come in while Wall is out

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Jannero pargo AP

    It was expected the Wizards were doing to look around for some depth at the point guard position with John Wall out for a couple months (let us hope it is only a couple months), but they moved faster than had been expected. The Wizards have signed Jannero Pargo to a one-year deal, his agent…

  16. Video: Josh Smith got a shoe commercial focused on Atlanta

    Sep 27, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Does Josh Smith have the weight of Atlanta’s expectations on his shoulders? I think Matt Ryan does, not so sure about Josh Smith. But heading into the final year of his contract he does have the weight of the Hawks on his shoulders… well his shoulders and Al Horford‘s shoulders and Jeff Teague‘s shoulders. But…

  17. Don’t expect Atlanta to extend Josh Smith. Which means more trade rumors.

    Sep 25, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    If you are taking preseason bets on “guy to show up in the most trade rumor posts” on your favorite message board, Josh Smith would be a good call. For example, look at this one from Boston already. (By the way, Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley and a first round pick for Smith is a horrible…

  18. Anthony Tolliver to sign with Atlanta Hawks

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

    Tolliver_wolves

    If you want confirmation of where Anthony Tolliver will play next season, ask Anthony Tolliver himself: I will be signing with the Atlanta Hawks for the upcoming season…thanks to all the Twolves for 2 great yrs! #thedecision #finally lol — Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) September 25, 2012 To be fair, Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida…

  19. NBA Season Preview: Chicago Bulls

    Sep 24, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    Last season: Once again the Bulls outworked everybody in the regular season — while 29 teams treat games like the regular season, the Bulls grind every night and they were a league best 50-16 because of it. And that was with Derrick Rose missing 27 games. They were the top seed in the East and…

  20. NBA Season Preview: Brooklyn Nets

    Sep 20, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Last Season: I want you to imagine the most you’ve ever vomited. Like, literally, the greatest single bout of nauseated vomiting you’ve ever gone through. I want you to think about what you ate, what it smelled like, that cold, hard porcelain  or unfeeling trash can that embraced you after the day-old shellfish or that…

  21. Hawks waive Jordan Williams, expect some team to grab him

    Sep 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New Jersey Nets

    You can add one new name to the list of available power forward free agents, one that will quickly move to the top of the board for a lot of teams. The Atlanta Hawks waived Jordan Williams, the second-year player out of Maryland. Williams had been with the Nets last season but was traded to…

  22. Report: Knicks, Celtics like Kenyon Martin, but money is issue

    Sep 18, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    The Knicks are still looking to add one more backup power forward to the roster, and a lot of Knicks fans look out at the rather barren landscape of available free agents and see Kenyon Martin as the best option. He probably is. And the Knicks fans are not alone in seeing it. But this…

  23. J.R. Smith thinks McGrady could help Knicks. That’s’ great.

    Sep 17, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    You know who some of the worst judges of talent and team building skills are? No, stop it with the Bobcats jokes. It’s other players. They often see players for what they were not are, or have inflated (or undersized) understanding of a player based on what they have seen in person in a game…

  24. NBA Season Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    Today begins PBT’s team-by-team season preview, going through all 30 squads. We are starting in the deep Atlantic Division that could well send four teams to the playoffs, and we will move West from there. First up, your Philadelphia 76ers. Last season: They were a slightly better than .500 team (35-31) that played great defense…

  25. The Inbounds: Why players and their agents should consider a franchise’s spending history in free agency decisions

    Sep 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler react to a call in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    Two and a half weeks ago, Business Week released a study on the “smartest spenders in the NBA.” Kurt talked about the top and bottom ten here. It’s nothing shocking. The Lakers spend really well! The Wizards and Kings spend really badly! Turns out there’s a high correlation between “being a really good team” and…

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