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  1. Report: Pelicans consider offering Greg Oden a two-year contract

    Jul 18, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    The free agent tour that Greg Oden is on right now is rivaling the one that Dwight Howard embarked upon once the free agency period began on July 1. The difference, of course, is that while teams were begging Howard to allow them to give him close to $90 million over four years, Oden is…

  2. Mark Cuban says Mavericks are ‘in a better spot’ now than if they signed Dwight Howard

    Jul 18, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    The Mavericks were one of five teams Dwight Howard met with during his free agent tour, but for whatever reason, they were eliminated from contention fairly early in the process. Now that Howard is with Houston, and Dallas has been forced to fill in its roster with many smaller pieces that may or may not…

  3. Jon Hamm (you know, Don Draper) takes Dwight Howard shot at ESPYS (VIDEO)

    Jul 18, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

    John Hamm

    In case you missed ESPN’s annual award show the ESPYs Wednesday night because you were watching NBA GMs play table tennis or some other odd reason, Don Draper was the host. His friends call him Jon Hamm, but I believe in typecasting. And I love “Mad Men.” During the show he took a few shots…

  4. Joe Dumars calls Andre Drummond untouchable, but what about Greg Monroe?

    Jul 17, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Lawrence Frank, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond

    Just six other players have matched the per-minute scoring, rebounding and blocking rates Andre Drummond posted last season (minimum: 400 minutes). Most of them are in the Hall of Fame. Bill Walton did it ages 22 and 24, Robert Parish at 25, Hakeem Olajuwon at 27 and 28 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 28. Another likely…

  5. D’Antoni said Howard didn’t play his role on Lakers, questions fit in Houston

    Jul 17, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Dwight Howard

    How Houston incorporates Dwight Howard into their offense is going to be interesting. Here are two facts to dwell on: 1) The Houston Rockets played at the fastest pace in the NBA last season. They averaged 98.6 possessions per game, which was faster than the Nuggets (97.8), faster than the Warriors (96.8), faster than everyone.…

  6. Report: The Lakers want to chase LeBron and Melo next summer. Is that news?

    Jul 17, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

    So let me get this right: A team with massive amounts of cap space next summer that wants to rebuild free agency is going to go after the two biggest names potentially on the board? Shocking. Who could have predicted that? So apparently the Lakers are going to try and go after LeBron James and…

  7. Stephen A. Smith, speaking off the air, says Knicks owner James Dolan wanted to trade Iman Shumpert

    Jul 17, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    During a taping of an ESPN interview with Dwight Howard conducted by Stephen A. Smith, apparently someone was able to watch via the satellite feed, and then record it as it happened. What that led to was some off-camera comments that were obviously not meant for public consumption being released into the wild, and it…

  8. Report: Raptors nearing buyout with Marcus Camby, who will receive interest from Clippers, Bulls and Rockets

    Jul 16, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

    Marcus Camby wasn’t happy to be traded to the Raptors, who tried to flip him before the deal – also involving Andrea Bargnani – ever became official. When that didn’t happen, Camby again expressed his desire for a buyout or trade. Because of his high salary – $4,383,773 next season and $4,177,208 the following year…

  9. Tyler Hansbrough doesn’t exactly sound pumped to be a Raptor (VIDEO)

    Jul 16, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough

    Tyler Hansbrough is EXCITED to be a Toronto Raptor… After the Pacers brought in Chris Copeland and let Hansbrough walk, he landed a two-year deal with the Raptors for just over $5 million (second year not guaranteed). Not a bad pickup for Toronto, he brings some toughness and minutes at the four off the bench.…

  10. Nash says no Howard means Lakers offense will be “more fluid”

    Jul 16, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard wants touches in the post — and he’s pretty good in the post despite not having a lot of counter moves to fall back on. He shot 44 percent on post up situations last season despite the injury, 49 percent and 50 percent the two years before that. But in Mike D’Antoni’s style…

  11. Nick Young’s Lakers contract has a player option for a second season

    Jul 16, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Nick Young

    As the Lakers looked to add talent to round out the roster in the wake of Dwight Howard leaving for the Rockets, much was made of the fact that the team was only looking to sign players to one-year deals. The reason, of course, is the salary cap. While the Lakers still have some talent…

  12. Kawhi Leonard to skip USA Basketball mini-camp; George Hill, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added to the roster

    Jul 16, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    USA Basketball will hold a four-day mini-camp in Las Vegas following the conclusion of Summer League beginning on July 22, and while the roster was originally set to include Kawhi Leonard, that will no longer be the case. Leonard will miss the mini-camp “while rehabbing from a long season,” USA Basketball announced on Tuesday via…

  13. 76ers claim a couple former Rockets off waivers

    Jul 15, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    James Anderson, Quincy Pondexter

    Sam Hinkie is turning the 76ers into the Rockets of the East. The former Houston executive vice president of basketball operations and new Philadelphia general manager already traded for Royce White and Furkan Aldemir. Now, Hinkie is adding two more Rockets. CSN Philly: A league source has informed CSNPhilly.com’s Dei Lynam that the Sixers have…

  14. James Harden throws down alley-oop from The Game (VIDEO)

    Jul 15, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    The Drew League is so much fun — ballers (pros and amateurs) and rappers and a whole lot of the Los Angeles basketball scene show up and just have a good time playing the game. Which leads to highlights like The Game throwing the alley-oop to Los Angeles’ own James Harden for the dunk. Harden…

  15. Howard says it was “very tough” to play with Kobe, but that’s not why he left L.A.

    Jul 15, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Lakers fans don’t want to hear this, but Dwight Howard handled the mechanics of his free agency pretty well. He met with teams but relatively quietly, not with media really camped outside the meetings. He made his decision quickly. He called the teams personally to inform them. Word leaked out faster than he and his…

  16. Rockets to hire Olajuwon to work with centers (we’re looking at you, Dwight)

    Jul 15, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    Hakeem Olajuwon was the center who took the Houston Rockets to two NBA championships. They want to return there again, albeit with a center who is plenty athletic but not nearly as polished and The Dream was back in the day. So the Rockets are about to hire Olajuwon to mentor Dwight Howard… and you…

  17. DeMar DeRozan throws down two monster jams at the Drew League (VIDEO)

    Jul 15, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan goes to the basket against Bucks forward Tobias Harris during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto

    Summer League in Las Vegas is happening right now, and it’s where rookies, second-year players, and undrafted guys looking to catch on with a professional squad play a serious brand of basketball in front of NBA executives, coaches, and league personnel. But in terms of pure entertainment value, it doesn’t come close to what happens…

  18. C.J. McCollum hits the floater after dazzling off the dribble at Summer League (VIDEO)

    Jul 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    C.J. McCollum

    LAS VEGAS — The overall quality of play in Saturday’s Summer League game between the Suns and the Blazers was among the best we’ve seen over the event’s first couple of days, and a quick look of the rosters makes it easy to understand why. Phoenix started four players that played heavy minutes in the…

  19. Rockets GM says Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik will stay in Houston

    Jul 14, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    The Rockets introduced Dwight Howard on Saturday, and while the free agent big man promised he’d keep on smiling on his way to trying to help his new team win a title, he’s also got some work to do to keep his teammates similarly engaged. Throughout the process, there had been rumblings in Houston that even…

  20. Royce White making 100 flights in a season? ‘Hell no,’ he says

    Jul 13, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rockets White Basketball

    The Rockets knew what they were getting when they drafted Royce White, and even more so, the 76ers knew what they were getting when they traded for him. White is, I think, a talented player, but I can’t say that with much certainty, because he’s never played in the NBA. His anxiety issues, which include…

  21. Dwight Howard makes friends, buys breakfast for entire Houston restaurant

    Jul 9, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard will not put his signature on his new four-year, $88 million contract with the Houston Rockets until Wednesday, but he’s not exactly light in the wallet. He’s cleared $100 million in earnings already, and that doesn’t count endorsements. So he can afford to pick up the tab for a few friends… or a…

  22. Report: Bucks to trade Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to Kings

    Jul 9, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Mirza Teletovic, Jerry Stackhouse

    If Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s knees can hold up the Kings have found themselves a nice fit at the three. But that’s a big if. The Sacramento Kings have acquired Mbah a Moute from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a couple second round picks (2016 and 2018), something first reported by Ken Berger…

  23. Next big free agent questions: What about Brandon Jennings and the other restricted free agents?

    Jul 8, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Jennings. Nikola Pekovic. Jeff Teague. Gerald Henderson. Timofey Mozgov. Gary Neal. These are the guys who could still make free agency interesting… if another team gets desperate enough to make a big offer. Now that the big name truly free — meaning unrestricted — free agents are off the market, we turn our attention…

  24. Monday And-1 links: Paul Pierce is relaxing, playing some poker

    Jul 8, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    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 basketball junkies love Summer League…. • Paul Pierce seems to be enjoying himself…

  25. Kevin McHale on Rockets: “We can play with anybody”

    Jul 8, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Mchale

    Kevin McHale should feel pretty confident right now. He’s the coach of the team that just added Dwight Howard, pairing him with James Harden — instantly a very dangerous pick-and-roll combo and potentially the best duo in the NBA. Add in some solid role players around them (starting with Chandler Parsons) and you have a potential…

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