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  1. The Extra Pass: Klay Thompson’s interesting statistical season; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 13, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    Stephen Curry gets most of the headlines, and he earns them. Just remove Andre Iguodala from the rotation and the Warriors become pedestrian (as we have seen). Andrew Bogut anchors it all down. However we shouldn’t leave Klay Thompson off the list. When you start to look at the Sports VU camera data from the…

  2. Sunday night NBA grades: Giving “A” grades to point guards

    Jan 13, 2014, 1:39 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Sacramento Kings

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while you were wondering exactly how a guy gets high of cans of dust cleaner… Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings. He just completely outplayed All-Star starting point guard in the East this year Kyrie Irving. No, this doesn’t mean Thomas is better than Irving overall, even…

  3. Report: Pacers become latest team to express interest in Andrew Bynum

    Jan 12, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    When Andrew Bynum was traded from the Cavaliers to the Bulls and then immediately waived in a move to shed salary, several teams, including the Miami Heat, reportedly expressed initial interest in acquiring his services. The East is unquestionably going to come down to a battle between the Heat and the Pacers, so Indiana must…

  4. Andrew Bynum clears waivers, is officially a free agent

    Jan 9, 2014, 8:06 PM EDT

    Bynum Cavaliers

    As of 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Andrew Bynum has cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent. A quick reminder of how we got here — Bynum was suspended by the Cavaliers for “conduct detrimental to the team,” a short-term solution while they attempted to trade him before his contract would become fully guaranteed…

  5. Stephen Curry moves past Chris Paul as starter in latest NBA All-Star balloting

    Jan 9, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    We can take Chris Paul’s brilliance as a point guard for granted because he’s the guy throwing the lobs, not the guy finishing the highlight play. Paul can score and take over a game, but his mastery of the point guard play is subtler than that — he takes over games by dictating flow and…

  6. Luol Deng says Bulls made take-it-or-leave-it offer, he did not ask for $15 million

    Jan 8, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    How badly did the Chicago Bulls really want to keep Luol Deng? The two sides couldn’t reach an agreement on an extension last summer. It had been reported since Deng was traded to Cleveland for Andrew Bynum that the Bulls had made a last ditched take-it-or-leave-it offer to their All-Star small forward and he turned…

  7. PBT Extra: Fallout from Bynum/Deng trade for Bulls, Cavaliers and Bynum himself

    Jan 8, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Chicago Bulls

    It’s been the talk of the NBA and it’s the talk of the latest PBT Extra — the Cavaliers/Bulls trade of Andrew Bynum for Luol Deng. Kay Adams asks me what a lot of people have — is this it for Bynum in the NBA? No, not in the least, but how much he gets…

  8. Pau Gasol’s night at “The Lion King” almost ruined by false trade rumor

    Jan 8, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT

    Actors of the musical "The Lion King" pe

    There were a whole lot of Andrew Bynum for Pau Gasol trade rumors out there last weekend, ones that never came to fruition because the Lakers wanted pieces to help them down the line (young players or picks) and the Cavaliers had no intention of giving those up because they already had the Luol Deng…

  9. Reports: Eight teams reach out to Andrew Bynum; Heat, Clippers at top of list

    Jan 8, 2014, 11:39 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    No, Andrew Bynum’s basketball career is not over — NBA big men with skills get more comeback chances than Brett Favre. Bynum was traded from Cleveland to Chicago for Luol Deng and the Bulls instantly waived him in a salary dump. When Bynum clears waivers Thursday eight teams will be lined up to take a…

  10. Nets get $5.25 million disabled player exception approved for injured Brook Lopez

    Jan 8, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    It’s been well-documented that the Nets will have the league’s highest payroll this season when including luxury tax costs, a bill that will total in the neighborhood of $180 million when all is said and done. The league offered Brooklyn a small amount of relief on Tuesday, granting the Nets a disabled payer exception worth…

  11. The Extra Pass: Quiet Jazz and Tuesday’s recaps

    Gordon Hayward

    For the most part, the Utah Jazz typically fly under the radar. Occasionally they’ll pop up after unexpectedly beating a contender, like they did last night with a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. But other than that? You won’t hear much out of Utah. No real trade rumors, no murmurs of unhappiness, no headline…

  12. Tuesday night NBA grades: Durant gets more points, Hayward will take the win

    Jan 8, 2014, 2:05 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Utah Jazz

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wakeboarding in a flooded garage…. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. No Russell Westbrook. No Serge Ibaka. Nights like this Kevin Durant has to go supernova for the Thunder to have a chance and he did — 48 points overall, 11 in the fourth quarter…

  13. PBT Podcast: Talking Bynum/Deng trade, plus an interview with Brandon Bass

    Jan 7, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    We’re baaaaaaack. After taking some time off during the holidays Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio and I are back with the latest PBT Podcast and we discuss the topic of the day — the Andrew Bynum for Luol Deng trade and what that means for both the Bulls and the Cavaliers going forward. Then, after…

  14. Report: Warriors among teams interested in trading for Kirk Hinrich

    Jan 7, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich

    It would be a mistake to use the word “tank” with any Tom Thibodeau coached team, because he would not allow his teams to roll over like that. However, with the trade of Luol Deng it is clear Bulls management has moved on from trying to win this year (they brought the band back to…

  15. Andrew Bynum, Stephen Jackson top list of players waived Tuesday

    Jan 7, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT

    Bynum Cavaliers

    Today was essentially cut-down day in the NBA. Any player on the roster come Jan. 10 has his contract guaranteed for the full season (even if he is let go), and as it takes 48 hours to clear waivers players have to be let go of Tuesday (5 ET) to make that deadline. There were…

  16. Luol Deng-Andrew Bynum trade could backfire on both Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers in short term

    Jan 7, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    Luol Deng, Alonzo Gee

    The Luol Deng–Andrew Bynum trade signaled two teams hoping to go opposite directions in the short term. The Cavaliers clearly want to make the playoffs. Dan Gilbert has said so, and the franchise’s moves reflect that goal. I wouldn’t go as far as saying the Bulls clearly want to miss the playoffs, but when you…

  17. Will Cavaliers make the playoffs after trading for Luol Deng?

    Jan 7, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    luol deng

    The deal between the Bulls and the Cavaliers that went down Monday night was all about the long-term for Chicago, and more about this season in Cleveland. Luol Deng will be a free agent this summer, and after reportedly turning down a contract extension worth $30 million over three years, it was clear he was…

  18. The Extra Pass: Winners, losers from Bynum/Deng trade (plus Monday’s recaps)

    Jan 7, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Chicago Bulls

    Winner: Luol Deng Deng is going to a team that desperately needs him. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ small forwards have a PER of 9.2 and yield a PER of 15.5 to opposing small forwards, according to 82Games.  That’s a horrific net PER of –6.3. Of the 150 positions in the NBA (five per team), only three have have…

  19. Cavaliers trade Andrew Bynum to Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng

    Jan 7, 2014, 1:30 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    Not only was Luol Deng on the trade market, the Chicago Bulls had a taker — the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Chicago Bulls have agreed to trade Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum and a first round pick (the Kings’ pick owned by the Cavs that is top 12 protected this season, top…

  20. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Golden State climbing rankings fast

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

    The top two teams in the East are the top two teams on PBT’s Power Rankings, but with their current nine-game win streak Golden State has moved in as the top ranked team in the West. If they keep defending like this they are legitimate contenders come playoff time.   1. Pacers (27-6, Last Week…

  21. Report: Nuggets actively trying to trade Andre Miller

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:11 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    Andre Miller was suspended two games by the Nuggets following a public confrontation with first year head coach Brian Shaw that occurred on the sidelines during a loss to the Sixers. The team later rescinded the suspension, but only as a peace offering to Miller so he would paid for the two games he missed.…

  22. Gasol-Bynum trade talks update: Talks reportedly on hold as Lakers, Cavaliers can’t make deal work

    Jan 6, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT

    Bynum Cavaliers

    Don’t be shocked if word comes down Monday at that Andrew Bynum is on his way to the Utah Jazz. Or maybe the Cavaliers just decide to hold on to Bynum for a day then waive him themselves on Tuesday. That’s because the much-discussed Bynum to the Los Angeles Lakers for Pau Gasol talks have…

  23. Gasol-Bynum trade talks update: Cavs reportedly unwilling to include Dion Waiters

    Jan 5, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    dion waiters

    Talks remain ongoing between the Lakers and the Cavaliers about a trade involving Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. And with Cleveland under a deadline of sorts to get a deal done before Bynum’s contract becomes fully guaranteed Jan. 7, it’s not surprising that L.A. is sticking to its guns in terms of wanting an asset…

  24. Report of completed Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum trade quickly shot down

    Jan 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder -  Game Five

    A Pau Gasol–Andrew Bynum trade went from stalled to done to somewhere in between, at least according to ESPN reports. After the Lakers and Cavaliers hit a snag in their negotiations, ESPNLA 710 reported in a since-deleted tweet: https://twitter.com/ESPNLA710/statuses/419720923529236480 ESPNLA 710 later explained its reporting: We apologize for any confusion our earlier tweet about Pau…

  25. Andray Blatche returning to Nets after missing four games for ‘personal reasons’

    Jan 4, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    Andray Blatche has played well in a reserve role for the Nets this season, but the team had to do without him for its last four contests while he was away for “personal reasons.” Blatche returned on Saturday, and will play for the Nets at home against the Cavaliers. From Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New…

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