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  1. Minnesota’s Flip Saunders says strength of draft could dampen trade deadline

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves 2013 NBA Draft Picks Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng Introduced to the Media

    Last season’s trade deadline was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing — it was a very slow trade deadline, the bigger deals having already happened. This season seems to be more active and with some bigger names — Pau Gasol could be moved, as potentially could guys like Greg Monroe. Names like Brandon…

  2. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder stay on top, Bucks stay on bottom

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    More and more I think Adam Silver’s first NBA Finals as commissioner will feature Indiana and Oklahoma City — which would be good basketball but not exactly Super Bowl ratings. Things can change, but those are the two best teams right now.   1 Thunder (41-12, Last Week No. 1). We gave been praising Kevin…

  3. Cavaliers’ interim GM says team will be buyers at trade deadline

    Feb 10, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

    David Griffin, Cavaliers

    The guy in the general manager’s chair may have changed but the directive from ownership has not: Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had laid out the playoffs as the goal. That may not happen this year — Cleveland is currently the 11 seed, four games out of the last playoff spot in the East. It…

  4. Sunday night NBA grades: It’s Kevin Durant’s world we just live in it

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:08 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Jeopardy to see what all the Arthur Chu fuss is about…. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. If you are going to win the MVP award you need a couple monster games on national television. Durant delivered that on Sunday — 41 points, 10…

  5. Report: There is little to no chance Luol Deng re-signs in Cleveland

    Feb 7, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    We already told you there were reports Luol Deng was dismayed at what he saw in Cleveland — as he should be. Of course, he came out and publicly denied this but what players say to the media when the mics are on and what they tell their friends are as different as what happened…

  6. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert gives Mike Brown a vote of confidence

    Feb 7, 2014, 11:36 AM EDT

    Mike Brown

    It’s really hard to envision Mike Brown being the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. If Knicks’ fans want to see a team that has really tuned out its coach, they should watch the Cavs — this is a bottom 10 offense and defense. While part of the issue is the talent on the…

  7. 2014 Rising Stars Challenge rosters set; Anthony Davis taken with first overall pick

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

    faried rising stars

    The Rising Stars Challenge kicks off the All-Star weekend festivities that Friday night, and features a mix of the game’s top rookies and sophomores competing in the exhibition. Teams used to be separated by seniority, which often times meant a blowout victory for the second-year players. But the league has since created a draft of…

  8. 2014 Three-Point Contest field features five All-Stars

    Feb 6, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Kyrie Irving will defend his title at the 2014 Three-Point Contest in New Orleans, and to win it for the second straight year he’ll have to beat a field that, at least on paper, appears to be pretty stacked. In addition to Irving, the east will be represented by Arron Afflalo, Bradley Beal, and Joe Johnson.…

  9. Giannis Antetokounmpo to compete in Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend

    Feb 6, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Typically, rookies don’t get noticed. Typically, players from overseas need more time to build an American following. Typically, Milwaukee Bucks are ignored. Giannis Antetokounmpo is definitely atypical. “The Greek Freak” has wowed fans all season with his long arms, diverse skillset and outward happiness. He’s been so impressive, he’ll be competing in Skills Challenge –…

  10. It’s official: Cleveland Cavaliers fire GM Chris Grant

    Feb 6, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 2:07 p.m.: The Cleveland Cavaliers have confirmed the report, they have fired general manager Chris Grant. David Griffin, who had been an assistant to Grant, will step in as the interim GM. “This has been a very difficult period for the franchise,” Owner Dan Gilbert said in a released statement. “We have severely underperformed against…

  11. The Extra Pass: Central heat, plus Monday’s recaps

    Mike Brown

    No NBA head coach has been fired yet this season. Of course, “yet” is the key word there. Given the performances and the high expectations of a few teams in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division, that could be changing soon. Here’s a look at the tenuous positions of three coaches from that division, in order…

  12. Carlos Boozer not pleased with his frequent fourth-quarter benchings

    Feb 3, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau, Carlos Boozer

    Starting lineups get the most attention, and Carlos Boozer has started for the Bulls since signing with them in 2010. But closing lineups might be more important, and Boozer isn’t part of Chicago’s. He’s played just 117 fourth-quarter minutes all season – ninth on the team. In fact, he’s nearly as close to 12th-place Derrick…

  13. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Adam Silver signs the balls, Kevin Durant keeps shooting them

    Feb 3, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Brooklyn Nets

    A look at PBT’s power rankings show basically the only thing that really changed this week was the signature on the Spaulding balls — Adam Silver’s signature is in play. Aside that Durant has the Thunder on top and the Lakers continue fall like the lead balloon they are. 1. Thunder (38-11, Last Week No.…

  14. Report: Cavaliers likely to shake up roster before trade deadline, which could mean dealing Dion Waiters

    Feb 3, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    dion waiters

    The reports of problems with the Cavaliers have been largely ongoing this season, but reached what may have been a tipping point over the last few days. Luol Deng, who was recently traded to Cleveland from Chicago, was reportedly shocked at what a mess the team is, which included details of Dion Waiters getting kicked…

  15. Report: Luol Deng shocked at mess that is the Cavaliers

    Feb 2, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng

    When Luol Deng was traded from the Bulls to Cleveland, he was coming from the only team he had known in his nine-plus NBA seasons. His Chicago teams, especially under head coach Tom Thibodeau in recent years, have been the epitome of professionalism in pursuing winning above all else. The Cavaliers, apparently, are the complete…

  16. Report: Bulls discussed Taj Gibson trade with Lakers, Wizards and Bobcats

    Jan 31, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls

    The Chicago Bulls, at least on some level, aren’t totally concerned with how they fare this season. Derrick Rose is already out for the year, and no matter how well everything else comes together, the superstar’s injury limits the Bulls’ upside in 2014. They already traded Luol Deng for zero assets that will help them…

  17. Kyrie Irving on Cleveland: “I’m happy to be here”

    Jan 31, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    You knew Kyrie Irving was going to say something like this. Thursday afternoon a report leaked that Kyrie Irving was telling people around him he wanted out of Cleveland, a fan base still a little sensitive to stars being unhappy and bolting them. So you knew Irving was going to get asked about it. And…

  18. The Extra Pass: Which non-All-Stars will make an All-NBA team?

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

    All-Star selections have become the de facto measure of good seasons, even though they’re really only the measure of good half seasons and rely on a gerrymandered system that splits players by conference. But All-NBA teams – which evaluate a full year and aren’t split by conference – are a better metric for good seasons. In the last…

  19. Thursday night NBA grades: Goran Dragic would like the coaches to snub this

    Jan 31, 2014, 2:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns  v Indiana Pacers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering if you can get a beer delivery by drone while off in some remote spot…. Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns. Just as he was taking the court he found out he was snubbed from the All-Star Game (although smart money is he gets in…

  20. J.R. Smith broke Tristan Thompson’s ankles with stepback crossover (VIDEO)

    Jan 30, 2014, 10:52 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    That’s about as bad as you’re going to see a guy get burned by a crossover. That move also pretty much sums up how this game went for the Knicks and Cavaliers. New York’s J.R. Smith was driving to his right with Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson on him when Smith pulled out a stepback crossover —…

  21. Report: Kyrie Irving has been telling people he wants to leave Cleveland Cavaliers

    Jan 30, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers went 21-45 Kyrie Irving’s rookie year, 24-58 his second year and are 16-29 in his third year. It’s 27 degrees in Cleveland right now, the warmest it’s been there in days. Why wouldn’t Irving want out? Apparently, he’s struggling to find reasons, too. Chad Ford of ESPN: Kyrie Irving has been telling…

  22. Cavaliers GM Chris Grant rips team for “lack of effort”

    Jan 30, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Cleveland Cavaliers

    I imagine Chris Grant’s seat is feeling a little warm. He’s the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that has been awash in high draft picks in recent years — including last season’s No. 1, used on Anthony Bennett — who was told by his owner publicly it’s time to start making the…

  23. PBT Extra: PBT does its own Rising Stars Challenge draft; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The NBA announced the field for the Rising Stars Challenge, but the teams won’t be selected until next week. A sucker for any opportunity to hold a mock draft, I enlisted Kurt into holding our own. We followed the same positional rules whoever picks the teams on TNT next Thursday – the general managers have yet to…

  24. Michael Carter-Williams, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard all in All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge

    Jan 29, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Sacramento Kings

    While the All-Star Game itself is an exhibition for the biggest names in basketball, a sneaky fun part of All-Star Weekend is always the Rising Stars Challenge — watching the games best young players put on a little show. And there are plenty of good young players to showcase this season. Last season’s Rookie of…

  25. Anthony Bennett took a really long time to score double-digits

    Jan 29, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett, Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Anthony Bennett had 15 points and eight rebounds in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. It was a good game for Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. It was also Bennett’s first double-digit scoring game of his career. As Kurt wrote, it’s too soon to write…

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