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  1. NBA’s amnesty window open, here are three candidates to watch

    Jul 10, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The NBA’s amnesty window is open — from now until July 16, teams that haven’t used their one-time amnesty provision since the lockout can wipe one contract off the official books, so long as that is a contract they signed before the lockout. Which means there are only 13 teams and 34 total players where…

  2. Mavericks to sign Wayne Ellington to two-year, $5 million+ contract

    Jul 10, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Wayne Ellington, Carmelo Anthony

    Back in March of 2011, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban revealed key piece of his strategy for building a team. Henry Abbott of ESPN: Cuban confessed that once Dirk Nowitzki retires he expects the Mavericks to lose, and, if he gets his way, they’ll lose badly. Kevin Pritchard seemed to agree and introduced a new term…

  3. Report: Pistons to sign Italian guard Gigi Datome

    Jul 9, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

    Luigi “Gigi” Datome

    With a front line of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith, the Pistons need guys to space the floor and knock down jump shots. No, not you Josh Smith, you stay near the basket, they need to get other guys to be shooters. Enter Italian forward Luigi “Gigi” Datome. The 6’9” forward who was…

  4. Will Bynum, one-time Knicks and Lakers target, re-signing with Pistons

    Jul 8, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

    Will Bynum, Carmelo Anthony

    Will Bynum – a backup point guard the Knicks and Lakers reportedly wanted – has agreed to re-sign with the Pistons, his agent told reporters. David Aldridge of NBA.com: Will Bynum's deal in Detroit is for two years, $5.75 million. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 9, 2013 Bynum had his finest season last year. His…

  5. Jason Kidd gets technical in first game as coach… in Summer League (VIDEO)

    Jul 8, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    NBA Draft Basketball

    It’s not that easy to get a technical in Summer League, it’s a much more chill than the NBA season. Scores and standings are kept and there is in theory a championship to be won, but all that really matters is to find out who maybe can and who definitely cannot play in the NBA.…

  6. Devin Harris agrees to three-year deal with the Mavericks

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Pacers Hawks basketball

    The Mavericks have targeted another player at the guard position, after already adding three of them to the roster this offseason. From Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas: The Dallas Mavericks and guard Devin Harris are close to finalizing a three-year deal worth in excess of $9 million, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. The Mavs struck an agreement Saturday to…

  7. Report: Josh Smith agrees to four year, $56 million deal with Pistons

    Jul 6, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Apparently the slow building process with one of the better young front lines in the NBA wasn’t g0ing fast enough for the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons have reached out for the biggest name free agent left on the board and have agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with Josh Smith, according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  8. Jose Calderon to sign with Mavericks

    Jul 6, 2013, 2:10 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Jose Calderon drives up the court as Dallas Mavericks Brandan Wright follows during their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    The Mavericks were so bad at point guard last season, they brought in 38-year-old Derek Fisher and 37-year-old Mike James to start. Dallas’ best point guard, Darren Collison, is a free agent now, so the Mavericks are going with a full-blow youth movement at the position. Enter 31-year-old Jose Calderon. Marc Stein of ESPN: The…

  9. 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…

  10. Pistons will look at Calderon, others to bring point guard depth

    Jul 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Brandon Knight is the starting point guard in Detroit and that is not likely to change next season. But one of the Pistons’ goals of the off-season was to get some depth at the position. They have a few targets, reports the Detroit News, from the realistic to bringing back some old friends. The Pistons…

  11. Raptors not keen on trading Rudy Gay for Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva

    Jul 3, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

    Raptors Gay prepares to throw the ball into play from the end court in the first half of their NBA game against the Celtics in Toronto

    New Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri just turned Andrea Bargnani, an underwhelming player on a terrible contract, into a first-round pick. Sure, the Raptors had to take back Marcus Camby’s bad contract and Steve Novak’s lengthy deal, but they also got a couple second-round picks for the trouble. Ujiri should be feeling pretty, pretty, pretty…

  12. Report: Pistons want to trade for Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay

    Jul 2, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    The Pistons have two of the NBA’s most promising big men, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, and they’ve cleared more than $20 million in cap space this summer. They’re definitely in position to make a jump to the playoffs, which is what general manager Joe Dumars probably needs in the final season of his contract,…

  13. Jose Calderon meeting with Kings, one of many suitors

    Jul 2, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

    Looks more like football as Toronto Raptors' Calderon races Sacramento Kings' Robinson up the court in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    When the Pistons traded for Jose Calderon and his expiring contract, they immediately stressed they didn’t view him as a one-year rental. After years of subpar point guard play since they traded Chauncey Billups, Calderon brought playmaking skills to the position Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey couldn’t come close to matching. But Calderon and Andre…

  14. Report: if Rockets don’t land Howard they may chase Josh Smith

    Jul 2, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    UPDATE 5:01 pm: Talking on Houston Radio today, they said this may not be a plan to have a fallback for Dwight Howard so much as to unite Howard and Smith — offer the Hawks a sign-and-trade with Omer Asik and other pieces or contracts the Rockets want to unload. The Hawks might take that.…

  15. Report: Mavericks agree to terms with Israeli guard Mekel; talk to Calderon, Williams

    Jul 1, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

    Gal Mekel

    The Dallas Mavericks need a point guard, especially since they are letting Darren Collison walk. Well, they’ve agreed to terms with one guy who can be their backup and reached out to Mo Williams and Jose Calderon to likely be the starter. We know that Israeli based Gal Mekel has agreed to terms on a…

  16. Report: Pistons ready to make Josh Smith a big offer

    Jul 1, 2013, 12:49 AM EDT

    Josh Smith, Andre Drummond

    Joe Dumars has shown he’ll strike quickly to get the players he wants, price be darned. Sometimes, that means getting Chauncey Billups. Other times, the result is Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. Dumars appears to be going full speed ahead to get his man again. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Detroit Pistons general manager Joe…

  17. 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,…

  18. Trey Burke ready to compete with new teammate point guards right now

    Jun 26, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    NEW YORK – When Trey Burke committed to Michigan, the Wolverines still had Darius Morris. Though Morris’ NBA success as a Lakers second-round pick has been moderate at best, he was a star at Michigan. Morris left early for the NBA before Burke arrived in Ann Arbor, but Burke’s preparation for playing with Morris could…

  19. Report: Lakers, Knicks both interested in Will Bynum

    Jun 13, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT

    Will Bynum

    Will Bynum seemed to finally have his game grow up this season at age 30 — they guy always had the quick first step and the ability to put up points in bunches on the right night. But this season, playing behind Brandon Knight, he stopped taking as many bad shots and turning the ball…

  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. GM on Warriors turnaround: “Sense of desperation has passed”

    May 20, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    Just three seasons ago, the Golden State Warriors were a 26-win team with Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette as their two leading scorers — this was a team in need of a radical overhaul. Enter new ownership willing to invest in winning, new players to go with then rookie Stephen Curry, a new coach in…

  22. Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis headline NBA All-Rookie Team

    May 14, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    It was an interesting year for rookies. Damian Lillard stood out as the point guard Portland needed, but he had the advantage of talent around him that other promising players (Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond) did not. Then there were good young players like Jonas Valanciunas flying under the radar in Toronto. So picking the NBA…

  23. Monday And-1 links: Andre Drummond to work out with Hakeem

    May 13, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    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 Chicagoans love to boo LeBron James… • Detroit rookie big man Andre Drummond…

  24. Report: Pistons hire Phil Jackson to consult on coaching search

    May 2, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Phil Jackson is not going to be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons. But he’s going to help pick the guy that is. That according to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News. #Pistons are brining in Phil Jackson to help advise on the coaching search, the team announced — Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) May 3,…

  25. It’s official: David Kahn let go as Minnesota GM; Flip Saunders to step in

    May 2, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    davidkahn

    It’s not a surprise. We told you it was coming. But it is still the end of an era we all enjoyed, even if we enjoyed mocking most of the time. David Kahn has been let go as the general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves the team has confirmed, something first reported by the Associated…

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