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  1. Billups happy to be in Detroit and playing the point again

    Jul 31, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    billups pistons

    The Clippers have the best point guard, the best floor general in the game in Chris Paul. For the past couple seasons they had the up-and-coming Eric Bledsoe behind him. Which meant Chauncey Billups was at the two spot. He was the good teammate and did it, but it was not his preference. Throw in…

  2. Carmelo Anthony dodges talk of his plans next summer

    Jul 31, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    Carmelo Anthony can opt out of his contract next summer and he’s expected to do just that to lock down the security of a new longer deal — and he doesn’t really want to talk about it. He’ll talk about how he likes the offseason moves his Knicks made — picking up Andrea Bargnani and…

  3. NBA post free agency Power Rankings: Who is closing in on Miami?

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This summer saw Dwight Howard find a new home, the Clippers and Pacers add depth, and a few other teams making bold moves to get better (or, in some cases, worse intentionally). So how did all this impact the PBT Power Rankings? Glad you asked. Here is where things stand this summer (the number in…

  4. Pistons might keep Chauncey Billups around after this season… in the front office

    Jul 28, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Joe Dumars

    When the Detroit Pistons brought back Chauncey Billups on a two-year contract — $2.5 million a year with a team option on the second year — there were questions about the move in some corners. But in the short term for a growing team, I like it. Billups doesn’t bring a whole lot on the…

  5. Report: Chris Paul leaning toward playing in the 2016 Olympics

    Jul 27, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    The reason that USA Basketball held a four-day mini-camp in Las Vegas last week that featured 28 current and rising NBA stars (and a couple from the college ranks) is due to the fact that there’s plenty of uncertainty as to who will return to the team to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games. Program…

  6. First guess at who makes Team USA for 2014 World Championships

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    The FIBA World Cup – the basketball World Championships coming to Spain next summer — don’t play as big in the United States as the Olympics. It can get overlooked… unless Team USA loses, then newspaper columnists who hadn’t given the thing a sideways glance will pontificate on how this is some kind of disaster.…

  7. It’s official: Kyrie Irving is on the cover of NBA Live 14

    Jul 25, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Kyrie Irving, here is the sign that you have really arrived. We told you this was coming, but now it is official: Irving will be the guy on the cover of NBA Live 14, EA Sports announced Thursday. EA announced a couple of years back they were returning with the Live series, hoping to challenge…

  8. Report: LeBron will not play for USA in 2014, could well skip 2016 Olympics

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    When Kevin Love and particularly Kevin Durant said they would come back to play for Team USA at the 2014 World Cup (FIBA’s World Championship, but they want to steal the soccer name now) it was a real coup. Durant could blow off the trip to Spain next summer for the World Cup and still…

  9. Mark Cuban thinks Dirk Nowitzki can be in the MVP conversation next season

    Jul 23, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    Mark Cuban loves Dirk Nowitzki like a son, and the two have built a relationship that goes beyond the professional level over the course of Nowitzki’s stellar 15-year career with the Dallas Mavericks. It’s fine to have those feelings cloud Cuban’s sense of reality a bit where basketball is concerned; just don’t expect the rest…

  10. Fall asleep around Blake Griffin, end up on the Web

    Jul 22, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

    Clippers Raptors Basketball

    During the season, Blake Griffin was at the heart of the “Got ‘Em” trend where a photo was taken and posted of anyone who fell asleep on a team plane. It became a thing. Griffin was just on a long flight back from Asia with other Jordan brand players (Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and more)…

  11. Jrue Holiday-Nerlens Noel trade now official

    Jul 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toney Douglas, Jrue Holiday

    Congratulations, Jrue Holiday. Fresh off marrying U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team member Lauren Cheney (now Lauren Holiday) – and the subsequent honeymoon that delayed his trade from becoming official – Jrue Holiday is now a husband and Pelican. The trade, which sends Nerlens Noel and a future first-round pick to the 76ers, hinged on Holiday…

  12. Suns were the aggressors in three-team deal that brought Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to Phoenix

    Jul 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Caron Butler, Eric Bledsoe introduced in Phoenix

    PHOENIX — The Suns surprised everyone who closely follows the landscape of NBA free agency by coming away with one of the more coveted players in the summer sweepstakes that all teams take part in to try to bolster their rosters through talent acquisition. There were no rumors or leaked reports of conversations progressing between…

  13. Thursday And-1 links: List of deals that have become official

    Jul 11, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    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 they love going to Vegas for Summer League… • Since the calendar flipped…

  14. Suns will look to push the tempo under new head coach Hornacek

    Jul 10, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    Hornacek Suns Basketball

    PHOENIX — Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek conducted his first official practice with the team on Tuesday, but only a handful of the players who will fill out the regular season roster were in attendance. The session was for the Suns’ Summer League squad, which will play its opening game in Las Vegas on Saturday.…

  15. It’s official, Chris Paul re-signs with Los Angeles Clippers

    Jul 10, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    .@CP3 is back! #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/a6KyhBMK7v — Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) July 10, 2013 While the moratorium on signing players faded away at midnight Eastern, that hour is not so late on the West Coast. Within an hour of when they could do it the Clippers were over at Chris Paul‘s house, got the deal inked…

  16. Winners and losers to this point in NBA free agency

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    Teams began entering into agreements with free agent players shortly after midnight Eastern on July 1, but due to a league-imposed moratorium on activity, no deals can be officially signed until July 10. We’re almost there, and plenty of the top names available have indeed been swooped up by teams looking to make a splash…

  17. Clippers agree to one-year deal with Ryan Hollins

    Jul 7, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have had a very successful offseason. They’ve signed Chris Paul to a max contract, re-signed Matt Barnes, traded for Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick to get help on the wing and some solid perimeter shooting, and replaced Eric Bledsoe with Darren Collison as a backup to Paul at a very reasonable price. They can’t…

  18. Darren Collison agrees to two-year deal with the Clippers

    Jul 6, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Darren Collison

    When the Clippers engaged in the three-team deal that sent dynamic point guard Eric Bledsoe to Phoenix in exchange for Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick, they improved at the wing and shooting guard positions but suffered a substantial loss in terms of a capable backup to Chris Paul. The Clippers continued their shrewd offseason decision-making…

  19. Dwight Howard and James Harden could form NBA’s best duo

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard is a center. James Harden is a guard. Howard is one of the NBA’s best defenders. Harden is one of the league’s top offensive players. Howard is an elite interior scorer. Harden’s range extends beyond the 3-point line. Howard is excellent as the screener in pick-and-rolls. Harden is superb as the ball-handler on…

  20. Report Omer Asik ready to force a trade because of Dwight Howard

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Omer Asik

    Not everyone with the Rockets is pleased Dwight Howard has agreed to sign with Houston. Brian Windhorst of ESPN: Rockets center Omer Asik has no interest in backing up or playing next Dwight Howard, according to sources. Could force trade. — Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 5, 2013 How does Los Angeles sound, Omer? Because the…

  21. Report: Mavericks told they are out of Dwight Howard running

    Jul 5, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    And then there were three… The Atlanta Hawks really never stood a chance to get Dwight Howard in free agency (he was only going home if Chris Paul went with him, and that chance died). Now the Dallas Mavericks have been told they are out of the race, something first reported by to Marc Stein…

  22. Tyreke Evans doesn’t want Kings to match Pelicans’ offer

    Jul 3, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, Tobias Harris

    The Sacramento Kings had a max offer on the table for Andre Iguodala, then yanked it. Which is bad form. However, it was a pretty clear sign that the Kings are seriously considering matching the New Orleans offer expected for Tyreke Evans of four years, $44 million. Evans doesn’t want them to match, he wants…

  23. J.J. Redick-Jared Dudley trade might squeeze Chauncey Billups off Clippers

    Jul 2, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Ty Lawson

    Chauncey Billups – when healthy, which wasn’t very often – started at shooting guard for the Clippers the last two years. Now that the Clippers have upgraded their wing positions by trading for J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, Billups, a free agent, might no longer fit in Los Angeles. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:…

  24. Three team trade sends Redick to Clippers, Bledsoe to Suns, picks to Bucks

    Jul 2, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    The Clippers needed a few things to become serious title contenders in the West. One was a more consistent defense, Doc Rivers has to help handle that (and mature DeAndre Jordan’s game). They also needed a two guard and wings who could stretch the floor — you can check that off the list. This is…

  25. Jose Calderon meeting with Kings, one of many suitors

    Jul 2, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

    Looks more like football as Toronto Raptors' Calderon races Sacramento Kings' Robinson up the court in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    When the Pistons traded for Jose Calderon and his expiring contract, they immediately stressed they didn’t view him as a one-year rental. After years of subpar point guard play since they traded Chauncey Billups, Calderon brought playmaking skills to the position Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey couldn’t come close to matching. But Calderon and Andre…

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