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  1. 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…

  2. Omri Casspi agrees to two-year deal with the Rockets

    Jul 6, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Omri Casspi

    When I spoke with Omri Casspi last month in Italy at adidas Eurocamp, he wasn’t yet sure if the Cavaliers would extend him the qualifying offer necessary to make him a restricted free agent. But after playing for losing teams in each of his first four NBA seasons, Casspi wasn’t only looking for a new…

  3. 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…

  4. Report: Earl Clark agrees to two-year deal with the Cavaliers

    Jul 4, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Earl Clark

    As the Lakers await word on whether or not the biggest free agent name in the league will decide to return to Los Angeles, another one of the team’s big men has already decided to skip town. There has been mutual interest between Earl Clark and the Cavaliers in recent days, and it appears that…

  5. Report: Cavaliers talking to Earl Clark, there is “mutual interest”

    Jul 3, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    Earl Clark

    Earl Clark got his chance to shine with the rash of Lakers injuries last season and on a team that desperately needed more athleticism he stood out at first. But as time wore on Mike D’Antoni went away from him more and more as the flaws in his game were exposed. Still, there is a…

  6. While the Lakers wait on Dwight Howard, they’re pursuing outside shooters for Mike D’Antoni’s system

    Jul 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls

    Dwight Howard is the Lakers’ first (and second and third) priority in free agency. They’ll meet with the big man on Tuesday with the hope that their pitch seals the deal on his return to Los Angeles where he will anchor their franchise and lead them into the post Kobe Bryant era. However, as the…

  7. Brandan Wright poised to get substantially bigger contract

    Jul 1, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

    Bradnon Wright

    Just 14 players have ranked in the top 25 for PER in each of the last two seasons: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Al Jefferson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Brandan Wright, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry. The 13 highest-paid members of that group, even…

  8. Andre Iguodala a riskier free agent than meets the eye

    Jun 30, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Which of these players would you have most liked on your team last season: Andres Nocioni, Baron Davis, Brendan Haywood, Charlie Bell, Chris Mihm, Corey Maggette, Damien Wilkins, Earl Watson, Elton Brand, Fred Jones, Hedo Turkoglu, Joel Przybilla, John Salmons, Lamar Odom, Mehmet Okur, Metta World Peace, Michael Redd, Rashard Lewis, Rasual Butler, Ricky Davis,…

  9. Anthony Bennett, Steven Adams bring NBA Draft to new international levels

    Jun 28, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett from UNLV reacts after being selected by the Clevland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    NEW YORK – Anthony Bennett – who became the NBA’s highest-drafted Canadian when the Cavaliers picked him No. 1 in last night’s NBA Draft – said seven dangerous words in his press conference. “I’m not a big fan of hockey,” Bennett said as reporters shot each other nervous looks, wondering what fate his home country…

  10. Three winners, three losers from NBA Draft. You bet Anthony Bennett is a winner.

    Jun 28, 2013, 3:04 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett from UNLV reacts after being selected by the Clevland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    I will admit this up front: declaring a winner in the NBA draft the night of the draft is premature. We can accurately say tonight that Indiana was a winner in the 2010 draft (Paul George at No. 10, Lance Stephenson at No. 40), but we don’t know how this draft will ultimately play out.…

  11. NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker

    Jun 27, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Top prospects pose together with NBA Commissioner David Stern for a group picture before the start of the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn,  New York

    The time for rumors, smokescreens and agents pumping up clients is gone — NBA teams are on the clock. The 2013 NBA Draft is here. In this post we will update you with every pick, telling you a little about the player your team just selected. We’ll also keep you up to date with all…

  12. Anthony Bennett to Cavaliers kick-starts wild, unpredictable draft

    Jun 27, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Bennett from the UNLV shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    NEW YORK – Anthony Bennett began shaking his head side to side just as a reporter began a question about whether Bennett saw any signs of becoming the No. 1 pick. The question was the only thing Bennett – and the rest of us – saw coming tonight. Against all odds, the Cavaliers passed on…

  13. Shocker: Cavs take Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft

    Jun 27, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    Literally nobody saw this coming. The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected UNLV’s Anthony Bennett with the number one pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, and it comes as a huge surprise. Most mock drafts had Nerlens Noel at the top of the board in the weeks leading up to the draft, and Alex Len began to…

  14. Report: Cavaliers make trade offer for Kevin Love, Timberwolves take seconds to say no

    Jun 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Why do you think Flip Saunders was brought in to be the new general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves? Yes, David Kahn’s act was old, but Saunders is there with one goal — repair the team’s relationship with Kevin Love so he doesn’t opt out and bolt in the summer of 2015. By all accounts…

  15. Reports: Celtics want first round pick for Pierce; looking at younger coaches

    Jun 25, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Let the rebuilding process begin. With the Doc Rivers to the Clippers deal in place (waiting on the Clippers and Rivers to finish hammering out contract details) the Celtics have started to look around at trade options for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, and they starting to think about what coach to bring in. And…

  16. Report: Cavaliers haven’t warmed up to taking Noel as top pick

    Jun 20, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

    Marshall v Kentucky

    And they wonder why they are not getting great trade offers? On pretty much every draft board out there worth mentioning Nerlens Noel is taken with the No. 1 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers. But they are not thrilled with him — we’ve heard the Alex Len rumors and about how the Cavaliers want to…

  17. Spurs backup guard Patty Mills out for Finals after foot surgery… who will waive the towels now?

    Jun 16, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

    Spurs' Mills celebrates during play against the Heat during Game 3 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in San Antonio

    This really doesn’t impact the Spurs on the court in the Finals, but it will sadden the basketball fans of Australia. Spurs reserve guard Patty Mills — best known in this series for his enthusiastic towel waving —  is out for the remainder of the postseason after having surgery on his foot, the team announced…

  18. Anthony Bennett to visit No. 1 pick-holding Cavaliers

    Jun 14, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

    Mountain West Basketball Tournament - Championship - UNLV v New Mexico

    Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel is the consensus choice for the Cavaliers with No. 1 pick. Otto Porter, a polished small forward, is probably the best short-term fit. Or the Cavaliers could go in a completely other direction, as they’ve made annual habit. Dion Waiters (No. 4 in 2012) and Tristan Thompson (No. 4 in 2011) were…

  19. Otto Porter’s agent seems quite certain Porter won’t slip past No. 3 in draft

    Jun 12, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr., John Thompson III

    Otto Porter is one of the most polished prospects in the NBA Draft. He showed an ability to run Georgetown’s offense, and his smooth jumper gave him success off the ball, too. He has ideal size for his position in the NBA, which made him a good defender in college. Porter is also younger than…

  20. Irving, Lillard highlight guys heading to Team USA mini-camp this summer

    Jun 12, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    East All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes in the three-point contest during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    This summer is when USA Basketball brings in its prospects — guys it wants to get a closer look. Next summer Team USA will be heading off to Spain for the World Championships with a roster that could include a handful of the guys from this camp (mixed with some big name NBA stars). USA…

  21. Tuesday And-1 links: Kyrie Irving is on the cover of NBA Live ’14.

    Jun 11, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    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 I love Top Chef… • Kyrie Irving is on the cover of NBA…

  22. 2013 adidas Eurocamp: Day 2 recap

    Jun 10, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 2

    TREVISO, Italy — The camp’s second day was lighter on the competition for the older, draft eligible international prospects, and was focused instead on drills, coaching, and showcasing the younger teams in attendance. There was only one game featuring the event’s main attractions, and it was used by two Brazilian players to dominate the action.…

  23. Chauncey Billups wins inaugural NBA Teammate of the Year award

    Jun 9, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups

    Whether he was in uniform or in a suit on the sidelines as he recovered from a torn Achilles, a lot of Clippers players would turn to Chauncey Billups for advice. How to deal with certain defenses, how to cover particular players, whatever it was he was like another assistant coach for the team. So…

  24. Reports: Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller invited to Team USA minicamp

    Jun 5, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, Alonzo Gee, Tyler Zeller, Dion Waiters

    USA Basketball will hold a minicamp in July for promising players who haven’t participated in or have had limited exposure to the national program. USA Basketball hasn’t announced a pull list of invitees, but the names are beginning to trickle out. Pacers swingman Paul George will participate in the Team USA minicamp this summer. —…

  25. Tuesday And-1 links: Heat/Pacers Game 7 draws largest TNT game audience ever

    Jun 4, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James goes up to score against Indiana Pacers' Green and George during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    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 more than Americans like cheese… and we like cheese… • Game 7 between the…

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