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  1. Dwight Howard trade rumors heating up; maybe to Nets in three-team deal

    Jul 8, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Magic nearing a deal to ship out Ryan Anderson signals one thing — they are entering rebuilding mode, no joke, no holdovers. Which means Dwight Howard rumors are picking up steam, fast. How much steam depends on who you ask — some sources sugest the deal could be done as soon as Monday, but there…

  2. Heat win getting Allen, but Celtics will be just fine

    Jul 7, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    This is what scares 29 other teams — the Miami Heat just got better. Ray Allen has agreed to terms with the world champion Heat, bringing arguably the best 3-point shooter the game has ever seen to a team that has desperately looked for a way to the stretch the floor. Miami won a title…

  3. Eric Gordon once again says he wants to be in Phoenix, Hornets fans just want to be loved

    Jul 6, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon USA

    Eric Gordon really doesn’t like not having a choice where he plays next season. He clearly wants to be wanted and we should all admit the Hornets didn’t really handle that well (Gordon says neither GM Dell Demps nor coach Monty Williams have reached out to him since free agency started). But Eric — stop…

  4. Eric Gordon says he wants to be a Sun. Hornets don’t care, will match offer.

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon wants to play his basketball in Phoenix next year and made that clear again Thursday. Tough…um, cookies. He will be a Hornet next season playing in New Orleans. His wishes are irrelevant — he is a restricted free agent and New Orleans has said it will match any offer he gets. And that…

  5. Agent says Brandon Bass reaches deal to return to Boston

    Jul 5, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Jared Sullinger is going to learn how to be an NBA big from some real professionals next season. First, there’s some guy named Kevin Garnett on the Celtics roster who is supposed to be pretty good. But now there also will be Brandon Bass, reports Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald and we got more…

  6. Report: Raptors trade for Rockets’ Kyle Lowry

    Jul 5, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    The Raptors did not win the Steve Nash sweepstakes, but it looks like they have landed a very good and underrated point guard. At least for next season. The Raptors reportedly have reached a deal for Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. The trade would be for a future first-round pick,…

  7. Nash to the Lakers the right move for Phoenix, but a bitter one for Suns fans to swallow

    Jul 5, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Lakers appeared to be a longshot at best to acquire Steve Nash, but unexpectedly pulled off the deal that will send multiple draft picks back to Phoenix in exchange for the two-time MVP’s services. The sign-and-trade deal will net Nash a contract of three years and more than $25 million to play for the…

  8. Suns offer Eric Gordon max deal, Hornets will match

    Jul 4, 2012, 12:19 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    The New Orleans Hornets were never going to let Eric Gordon go, the only question was how much it was going to cost to keep him. The answer is a max deal, $58 million over four years. Gordon, a restricted free agent, had been meeting with teams all over the map trying to find someone,…

  9. Brandon Bass has offers from six teams besides Celtics

    Jul 2, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Brandon Bass proved to be a huge upgrade for Boston over Glen Davis last season. By bringing consistent, professional effort nightly for one reason. In the playoffs his midrange game and timely cuts to the basket were a perfect fit in the Celtics offense. But as comes with success, the price of keeping the band…

  10. Free Agency Rundown 7.1.12: The movers, they are a shaking

    Jul 1, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Here’s what’s going on with free agency news and rumors as the moratorium period began Sunday night at 12:01 a.m..Do not, by any means, consider this comprehensive. There’s so much going on, we’re just trying to get you an overview. (HT: Hoopshype, IAmAGM.com) Atlanta Hawks Well, for starters, they’re exploring a deal for Joe Johnson…

  11. Kendall Marshall, Suns’ brass talk about the rookie’s fit in Phoenix

    Jun 30, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    kendall-marshall-suns

    The Suns couldn’t be happier with their choice in this year’s NBA Draft, and the feeling was mutual as Kendall Marshall met the media in Phoenix on Friday. “I’m extremely happy to be here,” he said. “Best case scenario, this is exactly where I wanted to be.” The team’s management echoed much of the same…

  12. Report: Rockets looking to move Scola, just about anyone else

    Jun 30, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

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    It’s not a fire sale. But it does feel like a clearance sale. Rockets GM Daryl Morey is clearly looking to make some big moves and shake up the Rockets roster. He brought in three picks in the top 20 from the NBA Draft — and tried to do a lot more — and now…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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.…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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