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  1. Trading for a star mid-season to make an immediate impact? Don’t count on it

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony

    The Luol Deng trade gave us something we hadn’t seen in three years – a star dealt mid-season. The trade might even give us something we haven’t seen in even longer – a star dealt mid-season actually improving his new team. Teams make mid-season trades for several reasons, but we’re going to examine one archetype…

  2. Chauncey Billups reportedly undergoing knee surgery

    Feb 19, 2014, 6:51 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups

    What a horrific signing by the Pistons last summer. He’s way overpaid. The Pistons, already a bad team, are worse on both ends of the court when plays. No, not Josh Smith (who’s actually helped the wayward Pistons offensively and defensively). I’m talking about Chauncey Billups. When you give Smith a $54 million contract, your…

  3. Tuesday night NBA grades: LeBron had no All-Star weekend hangover

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:29 AM EDT

    Heat Mavericks

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while listening to Sir David Attenborough narrate curling for the BBC as if it were Planet Earth…. LeBron James, Miami Heat. A lot of us — players and some of the media (myself included, damn Sazerac) — have been fighting off a post New Orleans…

  4. Ersan Ilyasova reportedly wants out of Milwaukee

    Feb 15, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Ersan Ilyasova is Milwaukee’s longest tenured player. He’s been there for the mediocre times, and he’s been there for the slightly worse than mediocre times. Over the course of five and a half seasons, the 26 year old forward has had ample opportunity to see exactly how the Bucks operate on every level. Basically, Ilyasova has…

  5. Dion Waiters, Tim Hardaway Jr. duel one-on-one during Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    NEW ORLEANS – Andre Drummond may have taken home the (admittedly broken) MVP trophy of All-Star weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge, but the most entertaining parts of the exhibition involved Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters. The pair of guards put on a show that began in the first half and carried on throughout the game,…

  6. NBA All-Star Weekend: Waiters, Hardaway light up Rising Stars Challenge with 3-point shootout

    Feb 15, 2014, 12:11 AM EDT

    dion waiters

    NEW ORLEANS — To be perfectly honest, there are times when the Rising Stars Challenge can feel like a bit of a chore. It can’t match the talent level of the actual All-Star game, but it has all of the lack of defense, intensity, and ball movement that is usually par for the course in…

  7. Rising Stars Challenge MVP trophy breaks while being presented to Andre Drummond (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT

    drummond trophy

    NEW ORLEANS – Andre Drummond was named the MVP of Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge, but the trophy for the accomplishment was almost broken beyond repair before it ever made it into his hands. The presenter fumbled the trophy, and the glass star that sits loosely on its base came crashing down to the floor,…

  8. Andre Drummond named MVP of Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

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    NEW ORLEANS – Andre Drummond finished with 30 points and 25 rebounds in his team’s 142-136 win in Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge, a performance which earned him the game’s MVP trophy. Few will remember him for it, however, thanks to an extended one-on-one shootout that went down between Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters.…

  9. Lionel Hollins says he hasn’t spoken with Pistons, is interested in job

    Feb 12, 2014, 7:46 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    When the Detroit Pistons fired Mo Cheeks as coach, a lot of eyes turned to Lionel Hollins. He had coached a somewhat similar roster in Memphis (great front line, not much outside shooting) all the way to the conference finals twice, plus he was the kind of disciplinarian the Pistons ownership feels the team needs.…

  10. Josh Smith leads the break, takes it to the rim, throws it down hard (VIDEO)

    Feb 10, 2014, 11:46 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Detroit Pistons

    Josh Smith can do eye-popping things. Sometimes lost in the rolling of eyes over his love of jump shots from beyond 18 feet is the fact Smith can be a beast. He has handles, strength, defend and much more. Against the San Antonio Spurs Monday Smith led the break, then finished it with authority. He…

  11. Report: Don’t expect a Greg Monroe trade (unless it’s a blockbuster)

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:07 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Washington Wizards

    Greg Monroe is going to be the name at the heart of a lot of trade rumors the next 10 days. The reason is this: Monroe is a restricted free agent this summer, the Pistons have three more years of Josh Smith at $12 million a year, and coming soon they are going to have…

  12. Minnesota’s Flip Saunders says strength of draft could dampen trade deadline

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves 2013 NBA Draft Picks Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng Introduced to the Media

    Last season’s trade deadline was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing — it was a very slow trade deadline, the bigger deals having already happened. This season seems to be more active and with some bigger names — Pau Gasol could be moved, as potentially could guys like Greg Monroe. Names like Brandon…

  13. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder stay on top, Bucks stay on bottom

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    More and more I think Adam Silver’s first NBA Finals as commissioner will feature Indiana and Oklahoma City — which would be good basketball but not exactly Super Bowl ratings. Things can change, but those are the two best teams right now.   1 Thunder (41-12, Last Week No. 1). We gave been praising Kevin…

  14. Andre Drummond reportedly very close with Pistons owner Tom Gores, who fired Maurice Cheeks

    Feb 10, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    In one of the NBA’s most-surprising coaching decisions, Maurice Cheeks benched Andre Drummond just 11 seconds into the second half of a loss to the Mavericks a couple weeks ago. In one of the NBA’s most-surprising front-office decisions, the Pistons fired Maurice Cheeks just 50 games into a multi-year contract. Perhaps, the moves were related.…

  15. Lionel Hollins says he would be interested in Pistons’ job. Coaching search may wait until summer.

    Feb 9, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    Before the season tipped off — before the lineup challenges became glaring problems, before the coach frustrated the guys that are the future of the franchise — on paper the Detroit Pistons looked like a poor man’s Memphis Grizzlies. Big front line that should be a force defensively, team probably meant to play at a…

  16. Pistons fire head coach Maurice Cheeks

    Feb 9, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT

    Maurice Cheeks, Brandon Jennings

    The Detroit Pistons have fired head coach Maurice Cheeks just 50 games into his first season as the team’s head coach, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The timing is a bit curious, considering the Pistons had just won two straight in blowout fashion over the Nets and the Nuggets. But there have been problems…

  17. Nuggets’ J.J. Hickson throws down the one-handed jam on Pistons’ Andre Drummond (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz

    The Nuggets are a bit injured at the moment, and have gotten rolled by large margins in their last two games. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t any highlights along the way. J.J. Hickson got free on a pick-and-roll against the Pistons on Saturday, and despite Andre Drummond being in the vicinity to protect the…

  18. Josh Smith gets hit in the face in midair, finishes the dunk anyway (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    This is a pretty good shot from the Nets’ Mirza Teletovic to the face of Josh Smith here, and one that was deserving of the flagrant foul that was called by the officials. But it was nothing to Smith, who simply continued flying through the air before throwing down the one-handed jam as though nothing…

  19. 2014 Rising Stars Challenge rosters set; Anthony Davis taken with first overall pick

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

    faried rising stars

    The Rising Stars Challenge kicks off the All-Star weekend festivities that Friday night, and features a mix of the game’s top rookies and sophomores competing in the exhibition. Teams used to be separated by seniority, which often times meant a blowout victory for the second-year players. But the league has since created a draft of…

  20. J.R. Smith fears Mike Woodson getting fired (as he should)

    Feb 6, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    J.R. Smith was suspended for the New York Knicks’ first five games due to a failed drug test. He delayed getting knee surgery until after signing a new contract. He feuded with Paul Pierce. And that was just before the season began. But when Smith returned after his suspension, Woodson immediately gave him big minutes.…

  21. Giannis Antetokounmpo to compete in Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend

    Feb 6, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Typically, rookies don’t get noticed. Typically, players from overseas need more time to build an American following. Typically, Milwaukee Bucks are ignored. Giannis Antetokounmpo is definitely atypical. “The Greek Freak” has wowed fans all season with his long arms, diverse skillset and outward happiness. He’s been so impressive, he’ll be competing in Skills Challenge –…

  22. It’s official: Cleveland Cavaliers fire GM Chris Grant

    Feb 6, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 2:07 p.m.: The Cleveland Cavaliers have confirmed the report, they have fired general manager Chris Grant. David Griffin, who had been an assistant to Grant, will step in as the interim GM. “This has been a very difficult period for the franchise,” Owner Dan Gilbert said in a released statement. “We have severely underperformed against…

  23. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s alternate reality; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. 24 years old, about 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9. Roughly 250 pounds. Stronger and faster than just about everyone. Phenomenal basketball IQ. Highly skilled, but often criticized for what he can’t do instead of appreciated for what he does. That’s Blake Griffin. And at one point, that was LeBron James,…

  24. Detroit Pistons finally alter starting lineup

    Feb 5, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Singler

    After weeks and weeks of everyone clamoring for the Pistons to change their starting lineup, they’ve finally done it. But Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond – who excel in pairs, just not as a trio – will still be starting together in the frontcourt. Instead Kyle Singler will replace Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at shooting…

  25. LeBron flops twice on the same play vs. Pistons (VIDEO)

    Feb 4, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    LeBron James is built like a tank, but when trying to defend a slightly taller and perhaps equally-strong Greg Monroe in the post, things can get a bit physical. This play actually was a real battle for position, it’s just that the contact that was made likely wasn’t enough to send LeBron flying to the…

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