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  1. Draft trade: Tyler Zeller traded to Cavaliers for three picks

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:35 PM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Kansas v North Carolina

    The first trade of the draft moves a reliable big man to Cleveland, where he ideally can provide some balance to what the Cavs hope is a dynamic back court. Dallas, they get a few more picks. The first trade of a quiet NBA Draft night (relative to what was expected) has Dallas selecting then…

  2. Reports: Cavaliers may trade up to No. 2, down to No. 7, or anywhere

    Jun 28, 2012, 6:40 PM EST

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    As tends to happen in the hours before the draft, all kinds of trade buzz is out there… but this time there seems some real fire behind the smoke. We likely will see some trades in the top 5 of the draft. Specifically if the Cavaliers have anything to say about it. The Bobcats have…

  3. Anthony Davis will not be highest paid rookie ever

    Jun 27, 2012, 11:55 AM EST

    Anthony Davis

    There is a rookie salary scale in the NBA that makes first round-picks very affordable for owners for the first couple years at least, and really four or five for most players. It makes the truly elite players like a Derrick Rose or Blake Griffin a real steal for the first several years they are…

  4. Berri’s 10 most overpaid players list has hits, misses

    Jun 18, 2012, 2:16 PM EST

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    It’s a fun mental exercise to make us feel smarter than GMs — who are the 10 most overpaid players in the NBA? Dave Berri — the co-author of The Wages of Wins and the economics professor who has consulted with NBA teams — came up with a list for CNBC that got a lot…

  5. What would Team USA under-23 Olympic team look like?

    Jun 15, 2012, 7:37 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Team USA

    David Stern wants it. Mark Cuban wants it. Most of his fellow NBA owners want it. At his pre-finals press conference, David Stern again said he wants the Olympic basketball program to start following the soccer model — under-23. There would be one World Cup every four years with no age restrictions, but the Olympics…

  6. Bradley Beal only working out for teams with top four picks

    Jun 11, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Bradley Beal feels pretty confident he is going high in this draft. You can tell because he’s not bothering to work out for the Kings at No. 5 or anyone below that, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Agent Mark Bartelstein told SI.com that he has no plans for Beal to conduct workouts with teams…

  7. Video: Bradley Beal from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:07 PM EST

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Bradley Beal is going to get drafted in the top 5 come June 28 because he can shoot the rock. Teams with penetrating guards — Washington with John Wall and Cleveland with Kyrie Irving — like the idea of having a guy paired with their existing guards who can knock down open kick-out passes and…

  8. NBA Draft Profile: Bradley Beal

    Jun 5, 2012, 6:21 PM EST

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Two kinds of players rise up the draft board every year — big men and pure shooters. Florida’s Bradley Beal is the best pure shooter in the draft and he could go as high as No. 2 to Charlotte, although the Wizards are reportedly high in him for the No. 3 pick because they want…

  9. Tuesday And-1 links: The Dwight Howard loyalty T-Shirt

    Jun 5, 2012, 3:44 PM EST

    loyalty

    Here is our daily 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. • RIP LaRoy Ellis (the first ever center of the Portland Trail Blazers). •…

  10. Report: Suns have interest in Alonzo Gee

    Jun 3, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Manny Harris, Samardo Samuels, Jamario Moon, Alonzo Gee, Ramon Sessions

    Alonzo Gee is what you might call a value free-agent this summer. The Cavs forward has athleticism, youth on his side, a versatile skill-set, and strong upside. But he hasn’t played well enough or under a big enough microscope to carry with him serious buzz. So teams are going to get their shot at making…

  11. What would it mean for teams to win NBA Draft Lottery

    May 29, 2012, 7:59 PM EST

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Fates will be decided by some bouncing balls and random numbers Wednesday. Not just the fate of lock No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis (and guys like Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson and many more). It’s the fate of franchises (and general managers) that will be decided. What would it mean to the 14…

  12. Josh Childress sets dubious free throw record

    May 27, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

    Josh Childress, the former Hawk sixth man who bolted for Greece and was coaxed back to the NBA by Phoenix, wasn’t impressive this season and fell out of the rotation with the Suns (at least until Grant Hill got injured). But that didn’t stop him from setting a dubious record this season, something pointed out…

  13. Point guards Irving, Rubio lead NBA All-Rookie team

    May 22, 2012, 3:56 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    The NBA is evolving into more of a point-guard league — if you can’t touch a quick ball handler on the perimeter they are going to carve up any defense. With the rules enforced as they are, Tony Parker can’t guard Tony Parker. So no shock that the two guys on top of the NBA…

  14. Monday And-1 links: Would you play for Coach Brian Scalabrine?

    May 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

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    Here is our daily 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. • Coach Brian Scalabrine? Why not? • There are reports that Knicks guard J.R.…

  15. USA Select team officially announced, no surprises

    May 21, 2012, 2:10 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    We told you already — via our man Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com — who would be on the USA Select team. But now it is official, USA Basketball announced it Monday. The USA Select team are the guys brought in to scrimmage and practice against the Team USA Squad going to London this year for…

  16. Video: Kyrie Irving dresses like old man, schools some guys on playground

    May 18, 2012, 5:47 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    We’ve all been beaten by “old man game,” just ask the Clippers what it’s like. But this is ridiculous. Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving teamed up with Pepsi Max to do a video where he dresses up like an old man, “Uncle Drew,” goes to the playground, gets in a game then just abuses…

  17. It’s official, Kyrie Irving is your NBA Rookie of the Year

    May 15, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    This race had about as much suspense as the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the Thunder/Lakers series, but now it is official: Kyrie Irving is your NBA Rookie of the Year. The announcement and presentation came Tuesday morning in Cleveland, where Irving had praised heaped upon him by his coach Byron Scott (via Jason…

  18. Orlando is in trouble now because it’s not good at drafting

    May 14, 2012, 6:38 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    More and more research is showing, if you want to build a sustainable winner in the NBA you need to do it on draft day. Look at the teams still playing. Miami had to draft Dwyane Wade, which made it possible to bring in Shaq to get them one title (and LeBron James doesn’t come…

  19. Cousins, Lin, Wall, Irving head USA Select team roster

    May 14, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    The USA Select team is the team in waiting — guys invited to the USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas this summer to push and test the guys actually going to London. The Select Team are the guys Mike Krzyzewski and friends want to see up close, to consider for future Olympics and World…

  20. Report: Kyrie Irving to be named Rookie of the Year

    May 14, 2012, 1:05 AM EST

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Here’s another NBA postseason award we all knew was coming it was just a matter of when…. Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will be named the NBA Rookie of the Year on Tuesday, something first reported by Marc Stein at ESPN and confirmed by the Associated Press among others. The voting should be almost a…

  21. Steve Nash named GM of Canadian national team

    May 8, 2012, 12:52 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash is moving into a front office job. Well, not yet in the NBA. He’ll be courted as a free agent this summer and land in New York or Dallas or stay in Phoenix, but he’ll play a few more years. Instead, he is taking over a front office role with the Canadian basketball…

  22. Tuesday And-1 links: Joe Johnson wants the rock more

    May 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EST

    Joe Johnson

    Here is our daily 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. • Joe Johnson wants more touches in the Hawks offense. He only had 8…

  23. Spurs sweep Jazz in Game 4: the Plague moves on as the youngsters have a lot to learn

    May 7, 2012, 11:16 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Thank God that’s over with. Spurs win 87-81. The Spurs swept the Jazz Monday night in a contest where the Spurs controlled the entire game. The Jazz made a late run based mostly on the hustle of DeMarre Carroll, but it fell short went the Spurs picked off a pass and Manu Ginobili daggered the…

  24. You’re not going to like this, but LeBron has been great in fourth quarters this season

    May 4, 2012, 5:26 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

    We all saw the NBA finals last year. We all know the knock. We’ve all heard the jokes. Why would LeBron James be a great hockey player? There’s no fourth quarter. Funny. Except, this year LeBron James has been the best second quarter player in the NBA. Over at ESPN, the fantastic Tom Haberstroh had…

  25. Wall, Irving named to Team USA’s “Select Team”

    May 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    From Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will have a busy July representing team and country in Las Vegas. The presumptive NBA Rookie of the Year not only will lead the Cavs’ summer-league squad, but also help prepare the U.S. Olympic basketball club as it readies…

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