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  1. Rockets task Olajuwon with re-signing Dwight Howard if they pull off the trade

    Jul 14, 2012, 9:48 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The Rockets have a dream. And to keep the dream, should they get the dream, they’re going to use the Dream. Fox Sports Florida spoke with Hakeem Olajuwon regarding the Rockets’ prospective acquisition of Dwight Howard, and the Hall of Famer confirmed that should Houston pull off the biggest trade in franchise history (and there…

  2. Houston Rockets going hard after Dwight Howard dream

    Jul 13, 2012, 9:49 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey is going all-in. He is pushing his chips in and trying to win the bracelet. Or in this case, the ring. To win titles in the NBA you need to have a franchise anchor, a true superstar. Since 1980, one team has won a title without at least one of those…

  3. Raptors working to trade Jose Calderon

    Jul 13, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors' Calderon drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings' Thomas during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Think there are teams that could use a point guard who averaged 10.5 points and 8.8 assists per game last season (to 2 turnovers per game), who can shoot the three and assisted on 44 percent of his teammates baskets when he was on the floor last season? Anyone want Jose Calderon? He’s the guy…

  4. Winderman: Max contracts and amnesty, have the owners learned anything?

    Jul 12, 2012, 7:26 PM EST

    Brook Lopez

    With Elton Brand about to come off the market and Luis Scola about to go on the market, we’re reminded of why there is an NBA amnesty process in the first place: because of large-scale contracts that were shortsighted. And then we have Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert and Eric Gordon getting maximum-scale offers this summer…

  5. Report: Rockets to amnesty Luis Scola

    Jul 12, 2012, 7:03 PM EST

    Luis Scola

    Rockets general manager continues to be very aggressive, trying to break out of the mediocre rut Houston has been stuck in. In a league where quality big men are at a premium, the Rockets are going to use their amnesty clause to cut loose Luis Scola and his three-years, $31 million remaining, reports Adrian Wojnarowski…

  6. Lee, Mayo Timberwolves targets after Batum offer matched

    Jul 12, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

    O.J. Mayo, Andrew Bynum

    Minnesota used its amnesty provision on Darko Milicic, they are about to buy out Brad Miller and Martell Webster. They have cleared the way to make a big four-year, $45 million offer sheet to Portland’s Nicolas Batum. They tried to pressure Portland into a trade and that didn’t work, so they are going to call…

  7. Welcome to NBA signing day tracker: Griffin, Nash, more ink deals

    Jul 11, 2012, 9:05 PM EST

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    It’s official, Steve Nash is a Los Angeles Laker. And Blake Griffin is a very rich Clipper. All the deals that have been reported in the past 10 days — such as Deron Williams re-signing with the Nets — go from “agreement reached” to “pen on paper” today. The league has a 10-day moratorium on…

  8. Courtney Lee says he wants to play with Celtics next season

    Jul 10, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

    Courtney Lee

    You lose Ray Allen but replace him with Jason Terry and Courtney Lee? Every GM in the league would take that deal. Boston lost Allen to Miami and signed Terry already. Now they may get Lee — he wants to play in Boston next season, he told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. Lee has…

  9. J.R. Smith agrees to re-sign with Knicks for two-year deal

    Jul 10, 2012, 2:06 AM EST

    Knicks' Smith shoots during their win over the Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    That’s it. I’m calling it. Creative Artists Agency is run by aliens. That’s the only conclusion I have as the behemoth representation agency that counts among its clients LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and several members of both the Knicks’ roster and management office has announced that J.R. Smith will return to the Knicks,…

  10. Report: Knicks reach deal to get Marcus Camby from Houston

    Jul 9, 2012, 8:07 PM EST

    Marcus Camby Knicks

    It may not end up being the biggest trade to go down in New York in the next 24 hours, but this is still a good signing for the Knicks. Marcus Camby is back with the Knicks. New York has reached a deal with Houston to bring in Marcus Camby as part of a sign-and-trade…

  11. Courtney Lee says more than 8 teams interested in him

    Jul 9, 2012, 5:28 PM EST

    Courtney Lee

    Everything you hear from players, agents and teams right now should be taken with a grain of salt. But it’s been clear for a while that Courtney Lee — the swingman who is a good perimeter defender — was drawing a lot of interest. But he tells A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com a number that…

  12. Report: Pacers to match $58 million max offer to Hibbert

    Jul 9, 2012, 3:07 PM EST

    Roy Hibbert

    Roy Hibbert will remain an Indiana Pacer. It was the only move the Pacers could really make. The Portland Trail Blazers agreed to offer Roy Hibbert a max extension — four years, $58 million — on July 11. Indiana was torn as to whether or not to match the offer, but they have decided to…

  13. 50 Observations about NBA Free Agency

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    From time to time, I drop random observations because it’s too long for a tweet and too short for a full post. Also because it allows me to crack jokes, which is really the reason I’m here. That and the money. Mostly the money. Anyway, it’s been a crazy week of free agency. Here are…

  14. Kevin Love tired of waiting for Timberwolves to get good

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:58 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Teams rarely become good overnight in the NBA. They build it up over time — think of the Thunder model, who took steps forward every season the past three years. What Miami did is the aberration. Minnesota could be one of those teams on the rise, but Kevin Love wants management to speed up the…

  15. Report: Ersan Ilyasova close to five-year, $45 million deal with Bucks

    Jul 8, 2012, 9:46 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova   goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors' Alan Anderson during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee Wisconsin

    HoopsHype reports: Free agent forward Ersan Ilyasova is close to an agreement on a five-year, $45 million contract to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks, agent Tolga Tugsavul tells HoopsHype. via HoopsHype’s post on Basketball | Latest updates on Sulia. Ilyasova stands as one of the best value contracts on the market. he was hyper-productive and efficient…

  16. Dwight Howard trade rumors heating up; maybe to Nets in three-team deal

    Jul 8, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The Magic nearing a deal to ship out Ryan Anderson signals one thing — they are entering rebuilding mode, no joke, no holdovers. Which means Dwight Howard rumors are picking up steam, fast. How much steam depends on who you ask — some sources sugest the deal could be done as soon as Monday, but there…

  17. Avery Bradley to have shoulder surgery, will miss start of season; Celtics to pursue Courtney Lee

    Jul 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Perhaps you are confused, after Avery Bradley had shoulder surgery during the Eastern Conference Finals. Yeah, he has to have the other one done. Not good. CSN New England reports that Bradley will have surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday, and the injury will keep him out for the start of the season. That’s…

  18. Camby postpones Heat visit, will meet with Knicks, as Nets come in as dark horse

    Jul 8, 2012, 9:30 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    Remember what we told you about Marcus Camby and the Heat and visiting and maybe a sign-and-trade? Yeah, chill on that. From the Miami Herald: Free agent center Marcus Camby’s scheduled Saturday visit to South Florida to meet with the Heat was postponed Saturday morning because the Heat no longer has its $3.1 million mid…

  19. Camby will still meet with Heat after Allen signing, sign-and-trade possible

    Jul 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    They got LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh. They got Shane Battier. They landed Ray Allen Friday night. The rich could get even richer. Yahoo Sports reports that Marcus Camby will still visit the Miami Heat on Saturday. How on Earth, with the money the Heat have committed, could they possible add Marcus Camby and…

  20. Camby to meet with Heat, Knicks, more; Rockets out

    Jul 6, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    At age 38, Marcus Camby still brings some things to the table — height (6’11”), shot blocking, a deadly pick-and-pop midrange jumper. All things coveted by some contenders. So that’s who he is meeting with, tweets Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: Rockets center Marcus Camby to meet with Heat on Saturday, source said. Knicks…

  21. Pacers need a two guard, targeting O.J. Mayo, Courtney Lee

    Jul 6, 2012, 1:41 PM EST

    O.J. Mayo, Andrew Bynum

    While the Pacers front office is grappling with the big question — literally — of whether to match the Trail Blazers max offer for center Roy Hibbert, they are dealing with their other needs as well. Specifically, they need to step up at the two guard. More accurately, they need to bring in a shooting…

  22. Thursday And-1 links: Maybe Indy will not match Hibbert offer

    Jul 5, 2012, 7:39 PM EST

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    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. • I have said I expect the Indiana Pacers to match the max-offer (four…

  23. Report: Raptors trade for Rockets’ Kyle Lowry

    Jul 5, 2012, 2:54 PM EST

    Kyle Lowry

    The Raptors did not win the Steve Nash sweepstakes, but it looks like they have landed a very good and underrated point guard. At least for next season. The Raptors reportedly have reached a deal for Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. The trade would be for a future first-round pick,…

  24. Nash to the Lakers the right move for Phoenix, but a bitter one for Suns fans to swallow

    Jul 5, 2012, 11:40 AM EST

    Steve Nash

    The Lakers appeared to be a longshot at best to acquire Steve Nash, but unexpectedly pulled off the deal that will send multiple draft picks back to Phoenix in exchange for the two-time MVP’s services. The sign-and-trade deal will net Nash a contract of three years and more than $25 million to play for the…

  25. Report: Lin gets offer from Rockets, Knicks will match

    Jul 5, 2012, 3:44 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    When free agency started a few days back we all thought Jeremy Lin would remain with the Knicks when free agency ended. And he will, it’s just going to cost New York a lot more than it thought. Lin spent the Fourth of July in Houston with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and gave him…

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