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  1. Winderman: 2012 Mavericks are what Heat should have been in 2007

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Marion, guard Kidd, guard Terry and forward Nowitzki stand with the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy before their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Heat-Mavericks wasn’t what it was cracked up to be on Christmas Day, and it won’t be on Thursday night either. At least when cast as an NBA Finals rematch. Oh, the Heat still start the same lineup they started in Game 6 in the 2011 NBA Finals, the night the Mavericks won the NBA championship…

  2. Report: Nets to target free agents Kevin Garnett, Ersan Ilyasova

    Mar 27, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan looks on in Los Angeles

    Dwight Howard is still the guy at the top of the Nets most wanted list. But he is not going to be there when the Nets start playing in Brooklyn next season, so the Nets are looking at some other potential free agents who could pair well with Deron Williams — who they are desperately…

  3. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe talks playing against Fisher

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derek Fisher

    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) — laid out in bullet points. Because god is a bullet (have mercy on us everyone). • Next Thursday night Derek Fisher will pull on…

  4. PBT Extra: I answer all your questions from twitter… or some at least

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    PBT Extra is back and today I answered your questions from twitter about everything from Deron Williams and the Nets (and Mavericks) to the evolution of positions in the NBA. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions, we will be doing this again, and I’ll take questions on Top Chef, bebop jazz and probably some…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bulls are beating everybody

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah

    What you missed while getting emails from your dead friend…. Bulls 85, Magic 59: Chicago is now 10-4 this season when Derrick Rose sits and now have beaten the Heat and Magic without him in the last week. Credit where credit is due — they have been playing the best basketball in the NBA for…

  6. Video: Point guards with huge slams on Monday night

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    We’ll let you decide who you think had the better dunk. Clearly Deron Williams above showed some power and athleticism with that throwdown above. But I like Jeff Teague over Ray Allen better.  

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Suns are rising, Spurs climb too.

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    Trade deadline moves aren’t changing the top of the rankings much, but we will see Portland and some other teams fall in the coming weeks. And we don’t know what the Nets are thinking either, so don’t ask. 1. Bulls (37-10, last week ranked number 1). They beat the Heat without Derrick Rose in the…

  8. Weekend Observations: 25 notes about the trade deadline

    Mar 18, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We’re thee days past the trade deadline. Some players have already landed and played a game with their new teams, some haven’t even arrived in their new destinations (does Hasheem Thabeet really have that busy of a calendar?). But we’re starting to recover from the shock of a still-nuts-if-quieter-than-last-year deadline that saw two coaches let go…

  9. Nets looking at short term, not building a solid foundation

    Mar 16, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    Billy King

    The Nets are moving to Brooklyn next season — they wanted to enter the nation’s largest market with a splash. They made a bold trade a year ago to get Deron Williams — giving up a lot of good prospects like Derrick Favors — in hopes they could use him and the looming bright lights…

  10. Deron Williams makes it clear he will become free agent

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Ultimately, Dwight Howard wanted to stay in Orlando and — after a couple days of ridiculous flip-flopping — he decided to “opt in.” (Technically he waived his right to opt-out of his contract, but we’ll go with opt-in.) Dwight Howard has a loyalty to Orlando that overcame everything else. Deron Williams has no such loyalty…

  11. Friday And-1 links: Did Wade mock Dwight Howard’s loyalty?

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard

    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). Was Dwyane Wade mocking Dwight Howard’s loyalty to the Magic? Kind of looks that way to me. Rudy Gay has cleared the league concussion protocols…

  12. NBA trade deadline report cards: Portland gets an “A”

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton

    Dwight Howard didn’t get traded and neither did any of Boston’s big three. But there were plenty of moves at the deadline. Here are our grades for each team. Atlanta Hawks: They wanted to move one player to get themselves under the luxury tax line (they are $440,000 over it). They couldn’t do it. So…

  13. PBT’s constantly updated trade deadline tracker

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    Here it is — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. With our thoughts on everything. This post will be constantly updated throughout the day as the newest information becomes available. Just hit refresh and you will know the latest. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Eastern (all…

  14. With Dwight Howard off the market, Nets trade for Gerald Wallace

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Trail Blazers Wallace celebrates against Mavericks during NBA playoff game in Portland, Oregon.

    The Nets had their hearts set on seeing Dwight Howard playing for them — either beginning this season by acquiring him via trade, or starting next year after signing as a free agent. New Jersey was widely reported as the team at the top of Howard’s list of where he wanted to play if he…

  15. Nets have no plans to trade Deron Williams, rejecting offers

    Mar 15, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    11:27 am: The Nets phones have been ringing all morning but they are rejecting offers to trade Deron Williams, according to sources and multiple other reports. That  includes them rejecting the idea of a Pau Gasol for Williams trade, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Apparently that was offered before the season and the Nets rejected…

  16. Magic give Howard until end of Wednesday to sign on for another year, or they trade him

    Mar 14, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    UPDATE 6:21 pm: Dwight Howard has told teammates he is in for this season and reportedly told both some teammates and the Orlando Magic front office he would “opt-in” and play for them next season. The Magic are not going to take his word for it — they have given Howard until the end of…

  17. Warriors may shut down Stephen Curry, can look forward to questions about tanking if they do

    Mar 14, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    stephen curry

    Stephen Curry has had a hard time staying healthy. He’s tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle more times this season than we’d like to count, including in Phoenix back on Feb. 22, and most recently in a win over the Mavericks on March 10. With the Warriors making the deal Tuesday that sent Monta Ellis…

  18. Report: D’Antoni wanted to trade ‘Melo for Deron Williams

    Mar 14, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    We know that now-former New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni and team owner James Dolan met Wednesday morning and came out of that meeting deciding to resign because of differences in how they saw the future of the organization. Those differences were major — D’Antoni wanted to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Nets for Deron…

  19. Nets would rather get Howard now rather than wait until July

    Mar 14, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    It’s not that the Nets are impatient, but the organization would rather get Dwight Howard now rather than wait until this summer. Even if that’s not the goal of Dwight’s latest statements. There are a couple of good reasons for this. One, the longer they wait the more things that can go wrong. Call it…

  20. Wednesday And-1 links: Calipari to Wizards, other rumors

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    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). John Calipari to coach the Wizards after Kentucky loses in the NCAA Tournament finals? Let’s just say it is out there and the guy who…

  21. D’Antoni on way out? Trade ‘Melo? Welcome to Knicks implosion.

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

    It was just more than a year ago, near the trade deadline, when the Knicks — specifically owner James Dolan — decided to trade away key players who kind of fit Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system to get Carmelo Anthony immediately. Couldn’t wait until the off-season, it had to happen right then. Following that up, last…

  22. Dwight Howard update: Magic want to talk to Lakers, Howard wants Nets

    Mar 13, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    There are two sides to where things stand with Dwight Howard less than 48 hours before the NBA trade deadline. One is what the Magic are doing and thinking. The other is what Howard wants. What the Magic are doing is having GM Otis Smith keep fielding offers and look for deals while ownership decides…

  23. Dwight Howard just wants to win. Which is why he’s refusing Chicago, still. Obviously. Because that makes sense.

    Mar 11, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Derrick Rose

    Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Magic finally have a team they’re willing to trade with, who wants Dwight Howard. One problem, he doesn’t. Howard has long said that all that matters to him is winning. That that’s what’s important. Which is made clearly by the fact he doesn’t want to go to… Chicago?…

  24. Do you need a closer to win in NBA? George Karl says no.

    Mar 8, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    It looks great when Derrick Rose makes the sweet crossover and drains the jumper to win the game. Hero ball makes heroes when it works. But the league’s best “closers” miss more of those shots than they make. As we start to get more and more information that look at situations and players we learn…

  25. Beasley trade talks ongoing with teams trying to woo Howard

    Mar 8, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    If you were Dwight Howard, would the presence of Michael Beasley on a team make you want to play there? I wouldn’t think so either, but some of the teams most active in trying to get the forward out of Minnesota are teams trying to impress Howard, according to Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. It’s no…

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