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  1. Brook Lopez says he’s 90 percent

    Aug 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Brook Lopez

    Brook Lopez broke his foot in December, before the season. After just five games, he sustained an ankle injury, and that was the season. He re-signed with the Nets during their shopping binge on a four-year max deal that will pay him over $12 million each year for the duration of the contract. Training camp…

  2. The Inbounds: The vanishing trade offer for Dwight Howard act

    Aug 16, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. If one were to really want to, you could find out what exactly the Magic were offered for Dwight Howard…

  3. What was in Rockets offer for Dwight Howard depends on whom you ask

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:13 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Rob Hennigan, the Orlando Magic’s new on the job general manager, and the entire Magic organization is taking a lot of incoming fire — that’s all you got for Dwight Howard? What they got in a four-team deal that landed Howard with the Lakers was a quality wing in Arron Afflalo, veteran forwards Al Harrington…

  4. Daryl Morey believes Rockets were “close” to trading for Dwight Howard

    Aug 14, 2012, 7:35 PM EST

    daryl-morey-rockets

    The Rockets made plenty of personnel moves this summer, but it’s hard to argue that any of them were geared toward making the team better in the immediate future. The plan was to acquire multiple lottery picks and clear cap space in the hopes of trading for a superstar that the franchise could finally build…

  5. Orlando admits what became obvious: It’s about the draft

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:41 PM EST

    Rob Hennigan

    There are a lot of ways to question the ultimate decision that Orlando made in trading Dwight Howard. That has to start with, why didn’t you just do this at the trade deadline? I know you wanted to keep your superstar but everyone could see where this was headed, you needed to get out quick…

  6. Report: Nets-Magic Howard deal blew up because of Orlando animosity

    Aug 11, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Business is business. But business is conducted by humans, and humans have emotions, like pride, anger, and resentment. And it turns out that what may have sunk a potential Nets-Magic deal wasn’t the deal itself, but how Orlando felt about the Nets. From the New York Daily News: A league source told the Daily News…

  7. 25 Observations about the Dwight Howard trade

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    25 observations about the Dwight Howard trade to send Howard to the Lakers, Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets, Andrew Bynum to the Sixers, and very little to the Orlando Magic. 1. Let’s start with LA, since they’re the moneymaker for media and they get the best player. Wow. Holy Wow. Holy Geez Wow. The amount…

  8. Did Orlando blow Dwight Howard trade? Too early to tell.

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:27 AM EST

    Rob Hennigan

    With the Lakers, we’re going to know very quickly how this blockbuster four-team Dwight Howard trade worked — they are in win-now mode and with Dwight Howard it is possible for them. With the Sixers, we’ll know in a few years — Andrew Bynum gives them a true center (on several levels) for their young…

  9. Report: Four-team deal sending Howard to Lakers finalized, awaits league approval

    Aug 9, 2012, 10:27 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Finally, Dwight Howard is being traded. A complex four-team trade that sends Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets and involves the 76ers and Magic has been approved in principle by the teams and will go to the league for formal approval on Friday, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Sources close…

  10. Who will be better next season, the Knicks or Nets?

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    With rosters pretty much getting set except for a few final pieces around the NBA — save for one big shakeup still to come out of Orlando… eventually — we can start to get a serious look at how rosters are shaking out. And after all the moves the Nets made so they could open…

  11. Wednesday And-1 links: Bulls interested in Tracy McGrady? Really?

    Aug 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    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 Eminem likes facebook. • The Bulls are done adding to the roster… except…

  12. Dwight Howard’s ultimate fallback plan? Dallas.

    Jul 26, 2012, 2:11 PM EST

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Let us hope it doesn’t come to this. Not because I care if Dallas lands Dwight Howard or not but because it would mean 11 more months of this drama. None of us need that. Howard has made it clear that he wants to be traded and where he wants to be traded. And while…

  13. Report: Knicks to open season against Nets in Brooklyn

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

    brooklyn-nets-logo-0

    Oh, this one is going to be fun. The New York Knicks will open their season against the Brooklyn Nets, opening up the new Barclays Center and a budding rivalry in New York, according to Newsday. It is a TNT nationally televised game on Nov. 1, according to the report. The Knicks would then return…

  14. Deron Williams says last season his toughest “by far”

    Jul 23, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    Basically Deron Williams has confirmed what we all already knew — it sucked to be a New Jersey Net last year. There was the 22-44 record (that’s a lot of losing). There’s being a lame duck team in the last year in New Jersey, where fans became indifferent. There were the constantly swirling trade rumors.…

  15. Appears Nets near deal for Nazr Mohammed

    Jul 20, 2012, 3:23 PM EST

    Mohammed_Nazr

    It was known the Nets had had serious conversations with center Nazr Mohammed, but apparently things are about to take the next step. Mohammed tweeted this (via Chris Tommason of Fox Sports Florida, who says he is heading there to ink a deal) Airplane mode to Newark… ✈✈✈ The deal likely will be for near…

  16. The Inbounds: Hennigan’s Rainbow

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Earlier this month, it seemed like new Magic GM Rob Hennigan was trapped, and succumbing to the pressure. Word spread that the Nets were that magical word, “close” to a deal for Dwight Howard, in one of the most complicated trades maybe ever proposed, involving up to 14 players being swapped. The result was shady…

  17. Lakers want to move quickly on Howard or focus on Bynum extension

    Jul 18, 2012, 10:45 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Seven

    The Lakers and Magic sat down Tuesday and talked about what it would take to get a Dwight Howard trade done. We told you that was happening and Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com confirmed it. We also told you that they can talk all they want but unless Andrew Bynum agrees to commit to staying in…

  18. What luxury tax? Nets new payroll massive because owner not concerned.

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:53 PM EST

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    Let’s run through the Nets starting five and their salaries for next season: Point guard Deron Williams, $17.2 million; shooting guard Joe Johnson $19.8 million; Gerald Wallace $9 million; Kris Humphries $12 million; Brook Lopez $13.7 million. That is $71.7 million, not counting incentives some players may hit. That is with a salary cap of…

  19. Report: Kris Humphries reaches deal to remain with Nets

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:42 AM EST

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    This is the outcome Kris Humphries was pushing for and it looks like he got his wish. The power forward is returning to the Nets, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Kris Humphries is staying with Nets on two-year deal valued at $24 million Humphries had been close in negotiations with the Nets, the team’s GM…

  20. The Inbounds: The new Brooklyn Empire and the Crown of Relevance

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets logo

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Sometime last Wednesday, after yet another round on Twitter battling the Brooklyn faithful (and they are a faithful lot for…

  21. Are NBA teams giving out “foolish” contracts? Yes. Lockout couldn’t stop that.

    Jul 16, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    NBA fans are shaking their heads when they see Jeremy Lin about to get $25 million over three years. Or when they see Brook Lopez getting a max contract. Or JaVale McGee not signing a $50 million deal while seeking more. Or countless more deals since the start of free agency. Fans thinking pretty much…

  22. After everything, Kris Humphries likely ends up with Brooklyn

    Jul 14, 2012, 4:01 PM EST

    Kris Humphries

    He might have gone to Orlando. Then there were talks with Cleveland to facilitate a bigger trade with Orlando. Charlotte reached out and wanted to talk deal. But after a pretty crazy couple of weeks, it looks like Kris Humphries will be back with the Nets next season, reports Howard Beck of the New York…

  23. Report: Nuggets offer JaVale McGee five years, $50 million

    Jul 13, 2012, 10:09 AM EST

    JaVale McGee

    Athletic big men in the NBA get paid. Actually, the better way to phrase that is NBA big men get over paid. It’s simple supply and demand, there just aren’t many of them. Enter JaVale McGee. Denver traded for McGee (from Washington) in the middle of last season and got 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds…

  24. Winderman: Max contracts and amnesty, have the owners learned anything?

    Jul 12, 2012, 7:26 PM EST

    Brook Lopez

    With Elton Brand about to come off the market and Luis Scola about to go on the market, we’re reminded of why there is an NBA amnesty process in the first place: because of large-scale contracts that were shortsighted. And then we have Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert and Eric Gordon getting maximum-scale offers this summer…

  25. Report: Moving on from Howard deal, Nets still shopping Brooks

    Jul 12, 2012, 9:49 AM EST

    MarShon Brooks, Shannon Brown

    Anyone surprised that the Nets’ house of cards trade efforts to land Dwight Howard fell apart wasn’t watching closely the past year. Yes, it got closer this time around, but it took two other teams and 11 players — many on sign-and-trade deals — all to agree just to get it that close. It was…

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