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  1. Sixers trade Spencer Hawes to Cavaliers

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

    Spencer Hawes

    The Cavaliers continue their quest to try to recover from a series of unsuccessful moves that were all meant to propel the team into the playoffs this season. Cleveland has acquired Spencer Haws from the Sixers in exchange for two second round draft picks, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. CSNPhilly.com…

  2. Trading for a star mid-season to make an immediate impact? Don’t count on it

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony

    The Luol Deng trade gave us something we hadn’t seen in three years – a star dealt mid-season. The trade might even give us something we haven’t seen in even longer – a star dealt mid-season actually improving his new team. Teams make mid-season trades for several reasons, but we’re going to examine one archetype…

  3. Tuesday night NBA grades: Carmelo Anthony loves playing in New Orleans

    Feb 20, 2014, 5:29 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Orleans Pelicans

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while worrying about our national clown shortage… Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks. New York picked up a win in New Orleans because of Carmelo Anthony (who seems to play well in that city as he had monster numbers in the All-Star Game, too). He poured…

  4. Report: Luol Deng won’t sign extension with any team, limiting Cavaliers chances of trading him

    Feb 19, 2014, 6:18 PM EDT

    Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng

    The Cavaliers were so desperate to make the playoffs this season, they traded for Luol Deng without any guarantee he’d stay with Cleveland this summer. Deng’s production has fallen off, though the Cavaliers were so deficient at small forward, he’s actually helped them (8-10 with him, 13-23 without him). Still, Cleveland is three games out…

  5. Wednesday And-1 links: Trade rumor updates, mostly bad news if you want trades

    Feb 19, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

    Grizzlies' Tony Allen celebrates on the bench during the third quarter in Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis

    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. Today we start off with a heavy dose of trade rumor updates. • Talks between Memphis and Minnesota on…

  6. Report: Nets agreed to deal to get Marcus Thornton from Kings; Nets near adding Hill from Lakers

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Sacramento Kings

    We passed along the report this trade was being discussed yesterday. Apparently it’s about to be much more than discussed, and with that the Nets continue to laugh at the NBA’s new, stiffer luxury tax. The Nets and Kings have agreed in principle to a trade that would send Marcus Thornton to the Nets in…

  7. Report: Cavaliers testing trade market for Luol Deng

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:31 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    Cleveland brought in Luol Deng because owner Dan Gilbert laid down a “playoffs or bust” mandate and then GM Chris Grant realized they were more bust — even in the lowly East — so he tried to add an All-Star level player at their weakest spot. That likely will not work (Cleveland is three games…

  8. Dion Waiters leaves with injury after throwing down monster dunk against Sixers (VIDEO)

    Feb 19, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    dion waiters

    Dion Waiters is known for being a bit of a chucker if you’re the glass-half-empty type, or perhaps as a deadly outside shooting threat if you’re feeling more positive. On this play from Tuesday night’s win over the Sixers, however, he showed that he has the athleticism to attack the rim with the best of…

  9. The Extra Pass: Five teams to watch closely as the trade deadline nears

    Feb 19, 2014, 7:59 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried

    With just more than 48 hours left until the NBA’s trade deadline, it feels like the biggest deals may be behind us — Rudy Gay and Luol Deng have already been moved. Rumors are swirling, but the feeling around the league is it is all a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. Still there…

  10. For his next trick, All-Star MVP Kyrie Irving wants to lead Cavaliers into playoffs

    Feb 18, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Houston Rockets

    Right before the All-Star break, the Cleveland Cavaliers strung together four wins in a row. In the lowly Eastern Conference, that is enough to get you back in the playoff picture — Cleveland is the 11 seed in the East, three games back of the Charlotte Bobcats. The Cavaliers are Kyrie Irving’s team and he…

  11. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder, Heat on top coming up to trade deadline

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Today’s PBT NBA Power Rankings — brought to you by the technology of airplane wi-fi — will talk about the All-Star weekend past and the trade deadline coming up, as there weren’t many other games to speak of. 1. Thunder (43-12, Last Week No. 1). Their addition at the trade deadline is simply getting Russell…

  12. Report: Nets, Cavaliers talking Jarrett Jack for Jason Terry swap

    Feb 17, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

    Jarrett Jack, Jameer Nelson

    Jarrett Jack came off the bench last season for a Golden State team that made a nice playoff run going small (remember that three guard line-up with Jack, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson?). Brooklyn has had found it’s idenity and had some success going small this season, and they are now looking to add pieces…

  13. Kyrie Irving’s top plays on way to All-Star MVP (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    2014 NBA All-Star Game

    When the East was down 18 and needed to makes its comeback, that’s when Kyrie Irving stepped up. The Cavaliers point guard scored 15 of his 31 in the fourth quarter to help lift the East to a victory and earn MVP honors. We can always tell you about his exploits, but it’s better to…

  14. All-Star players pay tribute to Bill Russell, wish him happy 80th birthday

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest 2014

    NEW ORLEANS — That was maybe the best moment from the All-Star Game — legendary former players such as Dr. J and Magic Johnson honored Celtics legend Bill Russell, who turned 80 this week. The crowd sang happy birthday to the 11-time NBA champion and then the players took time to shake his hand and…

  15. All-Star 2014: The Standouts

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:40 AM EDT

    NBA-All-Star-Game-2014-starters

    First, the obvious: The NBA All-Star Game is different from a normal basketball game. Apathy often reigns supreme, especially on defense, in this yearly exhibition, and there’s a premium on flashy play instead of solid, efficient basketball. For some players, it’s a dream format, while it’s less than ideal for others. In short, how a…

  16. Kyrie Irving wins MVP of 2014 NBA All-Star game

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:26 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2014

    NEW ORLEANS – At halftime of what was a record-setting 2014 NBA All-Star game, Kyrie Irving wasn’t on anyone’s radar as far as the game’s MVP award was concerned. By the time it was finished, he was the obvious choice. Irving finished with 31 points, five rebounds and 14 assists, and was the catalyst for…

  17. Kyrie Irving, Carmelo Anthony shoot East to win in highest scoring NBA All-Star Game ever

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:18 AM EDT

    2014 NBA All-Star Game

    NEW ORLEANS — The NBA All-Star Game is never exactly a defensive showcase, it’s an exhibition. But this year’s version was an analytic lover’s dream: Three pointers and dunks. A lot of them. In the highest-scoring NBA All-Star Game ever, the East beat the West 163-155. This was the kind of showcase of athleticism the…

  18. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says he doesn’t regret “The Letter”

    Feb 16, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert, Mike Brown

    When LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami nearly four years ago, emotions were obviously running pretty high. A lot of things that probably shouldn’t have been said were said. Media, fans, LeBron — it wasn’t handled all that well by anyone. But let’s make one thing clear: no one handled himself as poorly as Cavs…

  19. Curry, Lillard, George bring mid-major flavor to All-Star Game

    Feb 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    NEW ORLEANS – Fresno State. Davidson. Weber State. Paul George. Stephen Curry. Damian Lillard. This year’s NBA All-Star Game has a distinct mid-major feel. While most of the top players in high school head to the big-name basketball factory colleges, that is not the only route to NBA stardom. With more games televised and the rise…

  20. Belinelli beats Beal in tiebreaker, wins 3-point shootout

    Feb 15, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT

    via @marcobelinelli on twitter

    In the first year of the new 3-point contest format, the 27-year old Marco Belinelli emerged victorious, holding off Sophomore Bradley Beal with a contest-high 24-point performance in the tiebreaker round to beat Beal’s 18-point performance. The first format change, which pitted the conferences against each other and had the top shooter from each conference…

  21. Dion Waiters, Tim Hardaway Jr. duel one-on-one during Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    waiters hardaway

    NEW ORLEANS – Andre Drummond may have taken home the (admittedly broken) MVP trophy of All-Star weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge, but the most entertaining parts of the exhibition involved Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters. The pair of guards put on a show that began in the first half and carried on throughout the game,…

  22. NBA All-Star Weekend: Waiters, Hardaway light up Rising Stars Challenge with 3-point shootout

    Feb 15, 2014, 12:11 AM EDT

    dion waiters

    NEW ORLEANS — To be perfectly honest, there are times when the Rising Stars Challenge can feel like a bit of a chore. It can’t match the talent level of the actual All-Star game, but it has all of the lack of defense, intensity, and ball movement that is usually par for the course in…

  23. Andre Drummond named MVP of Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

    drummond

    NEW ORLEANS – Andre Drummond finished with 30 points and 25 rebounds in his team’s 142-136 win in Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge, a performance which earned him the game’s MVP trophy. Few will remember him for it, however, thanks to an extended one-on-one shootout that went down between Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters.…

  24. The Extra Pass: Predictions for All-Star Weekend

    Feb 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    All-Star weekend is upon us. While the rest of the PBT crew gets to eat beignets and earn beads for showing a little skin (that’s how that works, right?), some of us will be stuck at home watching the celebrity game and reevaluating our life choices. Not that I’m bitter or anything. Not at all.…

  25. PBT Podcast: Talking trades, Andrew Bynum, coaching Detroit

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Bynum Cavaliers

    With all the trade rumors now flying around the NBA, with a coaching change that still leaves a lot of questions in Detroit, one thing has clearly caught PBT readers’ attention. Andrew Bynum‘s antics right before he got let go by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Myself and Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio talk about Bynum…

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