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  1. Winderman: Chris Paul rumors show why Hornets need owner fast

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    Since the NBA last bounced a ball, one team has changed hands (Philadelphia) and another was sold only to have that deal fall apart (Atlanta). All the while, a franchise that might have as great an impact as any in reshaping the league remains in the hands of the league (New Orleans). While the NBA…

  2. Dalembert considering Heat, Knicks, Rockets

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    Centers are at a premium in this league, that should be evident by now. Nene, Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol, all will lead this free agency class. Dwight Howard headlines the next. Chandler’s defensive impact was a primary factor in the Mavericks winning the title. So Samuel Dalembert will be getting his fair share of calls…

  3. Top 10 free agents when the lockout ends

    Nov 26, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    On December 9th, assuming the deal is approved by both sides, players will re-enter training facilities for the first time since last spring to being working towards the NBA season. At the same time, NBA free agency for the 2011-2012 season will open, and all hell will break loose as teams scramble to sign their…

  4. Agents make empty threat to steer players away from hardliners

    Nov 9, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    In a lockout filled with — at times seemingly defined by — empty threats, this is my new favorite. There are agents and players out there very frustrated with the hardline NBA owners. Understandably. Those are the owners who think even the 50/50 deal the sides are close to making is too soft a play.…

  5. Jamal Crawford wouldn’t mind playing in Portland

    Nov 7, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    Around the league, players love Jamal Crawford. He is a popular guy in league locker rooms. And he’s a guy who can come off the bench and light it up — he’s not going to be efficient doing that, and he’ll get lost on defense every other time down, but he’ll put up points. That’s…

  6. Jamal Crawford is in high demand. Why?

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    More good stuff from Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe: Jamal Crawford is a confounding player. He has a fairly high-profile, takes the sort of difficult crunch-time jumpers that make highlight reels and just looks the part of a dynamic NBA player. LeBron James and LaMarcus Aldridge have both recruited Crawford, an impending free agent, via Twitter the…

  7. Arron Afflalo talks free agency, efficiency, and the Bulls

    Nov 3, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe recently did a great interview with forward Aaron Afflalo, who is a free agent after four seasons with Detroit and Denver. Here are a few highlights: SI.com: The Nuggets have had a crazy offseason, with Nene about to be an unrestricted free agent and three different free agents (J.R. Smith, Kenyon…

  8. ‘Melo wants CP3 in New York. Isn’t this why there’s a lockout?

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Jordan Brand Presents The 23/25 Energy Space In Dallas, TX

    This news is not surprising. In fact, I’d be shocked if Carmelo Anthony didn’t say he wants Chris Paul to play for the Knicks. It’s been on the radar since ‘Melo’s wedding and New Yorkers are salivating. But it also has lockout undertones. It helps explains why we are here. First, the quote from the…

  9. David West’s agent says David West is healthy

    Oct 20, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    david-west-torn-acl

    From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent David West, one of top players on market, has doctor’s full clearance to return after ACL surgery, agent Lance Young tells Y! West averaged 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, and his combination of a good inside game and a reliable pick-and-pop jump shot has made him…

  10. What the Pacers should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago

    This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Indiana Pacers. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads.   Last season: What a start! Oh, things fell apart. Oh, but…

  11. What the Knicks should do when the lockout ends…

    Oct 11, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Miami Heat. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads. Last season: Quite the wild ride for ye old Knickerbockers last season.…

  12. Could the Celtics bring in Josh Howard?

    Oct 2, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Boston Globe reported Sunday that the Celtics might consider Josh Howard as a free agent when, you know, free agency happens. It’s actually a pretty solid idea. Howard, everyone forgets, was an All-Star in 2007 and a borderline All-Star for years before that. He was a huge part of the Mavericks’ first Finals run…

  13. Shane Battier may be looking for more money than the Grizzlies are willing to spend

    Sep 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier isn’t quite the defensive force he once was; even the plus-minus data that illustrated his worth to teams like the Houston Rockets — not to mention made him the subject of Michael Lewis’ renowned piece for The New York Times — has turned on him of late, leaving Battier as merely a competent defender…

  14. J.J. Barea says he likely will return to Mavericks next season

    Sep 20, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    J.J. Barea fits the mold of a guy who is going to get overpaid on his next contract based on his playoff performance right before he became a free agent. Barea was a spark off the bench for the Mavericks on their run to a title, averaging 8.9 points per game in the post season.…

  15. Memphis holds advantage in courting restricted free agent Marc Gasol

    Sep 19, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    At this stage in the lockout and the negotiations within, it’s impossible for any free agent player to address their situation with certainty. That much is guaranteed by the fact that no explicit communication can go on between player and team at the present juncture; any indications given at this point convey only intent or…

  16. T.J. Ford will accept a smaller role to be on a winning team

    Sep 16, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    FORD_TJ

    T.J. Ford will be a free agent when the lockout ends, so he is saying what every free agent says — I want to play for a winner. Of course he does. The Pacers made the playoffs last season but with a losing record. And he was not a huge part of that. Ford was…

  17. Miami to make a run at Nene in free agency… yes, it’s a longshot

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Nene has been very clear that as the most coveted free agent in this upcoming class — whenever we get into a condensed, hurried free agency period post lockout — money is not going to be his deciding factor. He wants to win. It’s not about the money. I’m sure he means it. That said,…

  18. Orlando mayor counting on new CBA to help team keep Howard

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The mayor of Orlando is working hard to keep Dwight Howard in Orlando (remember he can and likely will opt out of his current deal next summer), taking part in online efforts to woo Howard. And he thinks he’s got some real help coming in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Here is what mayor Buddy…

  19. Nene plans to savor being a top free agent. Eventually.

    Aug 19, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Right now, Nene is playing a lot of soccer and spending time with his first child. Good things to do with his summer. What he normally would have spent his summer doing is being courted as the top free agent big man on the market. He’s a legit center who can defend the paint and…

  20. Kenyon Martin fires agent, puts house on market. He may be gone, Denver.

    Aug 11, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Kenyon Martin is going to be one of the more sought after free agents in the mad scramble that will be post-lockout free agency (did you see how things went in the condensed NFL free agency?). He looks like a guy clearing the way for one more big kick at the can, and likely moving…

  21. Granger wants Indiana to go after a power forward

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Indiana was back in the playoffs last season after a four-year absence. They have a young core with Danny Granger, Paul George, Roy Hibbert and Darren Collison. And they have a lot of money to spend. We may not know what the league’s post-lockout salary structure will look like, but we do know the Pacers…

  22. Things did not go well in the early Tyson Chandler-Mavericks talks

    Aug 6, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    Saying that Tyson Chandler won the Mavericks an NBA title would not be far off. You can’t point to him as the sole difference maker, but then, this a team sport, who is? (A: Jordan) But he was in large part the biggest differential in the Mavericks teams that had failed for ten years and…

  23. Delonte West wants to remain a Celtic

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Delonte West, Rajon Rondo

    According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, unrestricted free agent guard Delonte West would like to stay with the Boston Celtics next season: West is an unrestricted free agent this summer and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge previously expressed a desire in retaining West’s services at season’s end. The team stuck by West…

  24. Free agent Aaron Brooks expects to return to Phoenix

    Jul 13, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT

    aaron-brooks-suns-qo

    Damn lockout. Right now we should be up to our necks in free agent signings, rumors of signings and the fun that can be player movement in the off-season. Instead we’re talking if Nate Robinson can play NFL cornerback. Which is about as likely as the Celtics landing Dwight Howard. Point guard Aaron Brooks would…

  25. Report: Pistons want to re-sign Tayshaun Prince

    Jul 12, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    TPrince_sad

    When free agency opens up — eventually — Tayshaun Prince is going to have options. He will turn 31 next season and while he can bring you some solid offense (14.1 points per game on 47 percent shooting last season and he can hit the three) what really makes him valuable is his wing defense.…

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