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  1. Report: Suns prepping large offer for Hornets’ Eric Gordon

    Jun 30, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    It sounds like Eric Gordon is going to get paid. Likely he gets that money to stay and play in New Orleans, but the restricted free agent who may be the best young two guard in the league will get his money. The Suns want a two guard and are looking to make a big…

  2. Kevin Garnett will return to Celtics next season

    Jun 30, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

    He’s baaaaack. As most expected after his strong playoff run, Kevin Garnett has shot down talk of retirement and told the Celtics he will return to the team next season, the Boston Herald reports. The Herald has learned this morning that Garnett has informed the club he will be back. The 36-year-old considered retirement, but…

  3. After the dust has settled, 25 observations from the NBA draft

    Jun 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    25 thoughts, observations, and wisecracks about the 2012 NBA Draft, now that there’s been some time to see the whole board.   1. I spent two months talking myself into the idea that Tyshawn Taylor was a first round pick because I was worried I was being overly harsh on his decision making late in…

  4. Cleveland is very comfortable with Dion Waiters at No. 4

    Jun 29, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    No team has taken as much public heat after the draft as Cleveland — most people considered it a reach to take Dion Waiters, the Syracuse sixth man, at No. 4. The reviews have been mixed. Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated graded Cleveland’s draft an “A” saying they picked Waiters but a lot of teams…

  5. Royce White’s fear of flying shouldn’t ground NBA career

    Jun 29, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Timberwolves White Basketball

    It was a steal of a pick by the Houston Rockets — Royce White played point forward in college and excelled at it, leading Iowa State in points, rebounds, assists and virtually every other category you can think of. Yet he slid down to 16 in the draft, possibly in part do to a generalized…

  6. NBA Draft Grades: Yes, New Orleans gets an A+

    Jun 29, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    Yes, this is very premature. I know that, you know that. But neither of us like to wait. So here are my draft grades from 2012. We can look back on this together in three years and have a good laugh. Atlanta Hawks: B They got the best pure shooter in the draft in John…

  7. Video: John Wall on Beal, “We got exactly who we wanted.”

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    The Washington Wizards got their man. After their trade last week to bring in Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor, four-fifths of the Wizards starting lineup was set. They needed a two guard. Thursday night they drafted the best two guard on the board in Bradley Beal out of Florida. Draft picks are always a risk,…

  8. Report: Timberwolves went hard after Pau Gasol, but Derrick Williams isn’t enough

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Shane Battier, Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh

    The Minnesota Timberwolves tried to make a bold move Thursday night during the NBA Draft — they tried to move Derrick Williams to Charlotte for the No. 2 pick overall, which Minny was going to swing over to the Los Angeles Lakers to help them land Pau Gasol. That’s what the Associated Press is reporting.…

  9. NBA Draft recap: Three winners. Three losers.

    Jun 29, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    NBA prospect Davis from the University of Kentucky tries on his cap after being selected by the Hornets as the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft in Newark

    Let’s be honest — we don’t know who the winners and losers from this draft are. We will not know for a three to five years. We should be rating the 2009 NBA Draft now (Clippers and Thunder are your winners, the Grizzlies and Hasheem Thabeet are your losers) not the one that happened last…

  10. Three guys who didn’t get drafted but should have been

    Jun 29, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

    Iona v Brigham Young

    When you get to the end of the second round of the NBA Draft, you see a lot of “stash” picks — teams take players from Europe they think could develop but aren’t ready to come over to the United States. They stash them in Europe for a couple years. There were some of those…

  11. NBA Draft: PBT’s pick-by-pick Draft tracker

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:11 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Locate the refresh button on your browser now, because this is where you are going to want to be for the entire 2012 NBA Draft. Every pick will be discussed here, from Anthony Davis at No. 1 to the next Isaiah Thomas at No. 60 (last year’s final pick who turned out to end the…

  12. Heat trade the rights to Arnett Moultrie to Sixers

    Jun 28, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

    arnett-moultrie-heat-76ers

    Arnett Moultrie, the 6’11″ power forward out of Mississippi State, was projected as a late-lottery or mid-first-round pick in most experts’ mock drafts. The Suns selected Kendall Marshall at 13, but had enough interest in Moultrie that they had him in for a second workout last week. Despite the reported level of interest, Moultrie ended up…

  13. Suns did not draft Kendall Marshall for his athleticism

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

    North Carolina Marshall reacts after scoring against the Creighton during a college basketball game in Greensboro

    Kendall Marshall was selected by the Suns with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and by listening to the team’s GM Lance Blanks — as well as to the loud applause that rained down from the team’s war room as the pick was announced — it was clear that the organization was…

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

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 28, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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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…

  16. Report: Pistons expected to take UNC’s John Henson at No. 9

    Jun 28, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    John Henson speaks during a news conference for prospective NBA draft picks in New York

    I’m higher on North Carolina’s shot-blocking forward John Henson than most, or at least most not wearing powder blue. And if he falls to No. 9, which is highly likely, look for the Detroit Pistons to grab him, reports the Detroit Free Press. Henson is the likely pick. The Pistons like his makeup and, despite…

  17. Report: Rockets talking to Kings about No. 5 pick… unless Robinson is there

    Jun 28, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Sacramento’s No. 5 overall pick has been in play since pretty much the night of the draft lottery. The Houston Rockets have spent the last few days making smaller moves and working hard to get high up in the draft — either to draft Andre Drummond or to turn that high pick into a player…

  18. Report: Bobcats have five offers for the No. 2 pick

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Bradley Beal

    Bradley Beal may well be the No. 2 overall pick in this draft, but the question is will it be the Bobcats that take him or some other team. On one hand, you have this tweet from David Aldridge of NBA.com and TNT: Source: Bobcats have five legit offers they’re currently exploring to trade the…

  19. Report: Baylor’s Perry Jones may fall in draft due to knee injury

    Jun 28, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Perry Jones

    Perry Jones seemed to be sliding down draft boards in recent weeks, but we all attributed that to the risks that come with taking him — he has the physical gifts to match anyone in this draft but he didn’t show them consistently on the court. There are questions about his drive, his commitment, his…

  20. Coach Krzyzewski sticks up for Austin Rivers before draft

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    Austin Rivers is not the most polarizing guy in this draft – we’re looking at you, Andre Drummond — but he’s on the list. Rivers has unabashedly modeled his game after Kobe Bryant. That has upside — he has a real drive to score, he has the ability to shoot outside or get inside, he’s…

  21. Report: Cavaliers considering picking Dion Waiters at No. 4

    Jun 28, 2012, 2:07 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Ohio State v Syracuse

    There was a time a few weeks ago where we wondered if Syracuse sixth man Dion Waiters was going to get into the lottery portion of the NBA draft. But in recent weeks he has rocketed up draft boards, to the point that Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo is reporting this: The Cleveland Cavaliers’ intrigue with…

  22. Jerry West basically says Golden State not taking Drummond

    Jun 28, 2012, 1:50 AM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Connecticut center Andre Drummond is one of the great enigmas of this draft. To borrow the Bull Durham line, he’s got a million dollar body and a five-cent head. If he matures, his game matures and he brings real effort every night he could be the second best player in this draft. Or, he could…

  23. Winderman: Heat official explains why teams take medical red flags seriously

    Jun 27, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger sits on the court after the Buckeyes were defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans

    Sometimes it take a neutral, third party to offer perspective, a party that has no stake in what others might consider manipulation. So amid heightened concern that Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger is free-falling from what most previously viewed as a lottery fate due to concerns about a bad back, now not even invited to…

  24. Beal says Thunder have interest in him… that’s not happening

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

    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, the young Florida two guard that plays line an Eric Gordon-type, is going to go No. 2 or No. 3 on Thursday night. The Wizards love him at No. 3 and other teams that covet him — hello Cleveland! — will have make a deal with the Bobcats to get into the No.…

  25. Report: Kings reject Rockets’ offer of Lowry for No. 5 pick

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    West Virginia v Connecticut

    UPDATE 9:18 pm: David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the Kings have shot down the Rockets’ offer to get the No. 5 pick. But their offer of guard Kyle Lowry along with the 16th pick overall to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the fifth pick overall and forward Chuck Hayes was rejected Wednesday by…

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