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  1. 2011 NBA Free Agency and Trade Current Events: This league is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:08 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    Let’s say you had a full day of work on Thursday, and then a dinner engagement with a friend, or your kid had a basketball game or something. Then on Friday you had another full day, and then a work Christmas party. This is the holiday season, everyone’s busy. Perhaps you’ve missed what’s gone on in…

  2. Chris Paul to Lakers deal back from the dead. Maybe. But modified.

    Dec 10, 2011, 1:49 AM EST

    Chris Paul, Quincy Pondexter

    A little more than 24 hours after the iron fist of David Stern crushed the Chris Paul to the Lakers trade because small market owners complained it was not good for the Hornets, we know four things. 1. Chris Paul is going to be traded. Sooner rather than later. 2. The Lakers’ and Hornets’ three-team deal…

  3. NBA “Deal Day” moves and rumors (constantly updated)

    Dec 9, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Today is going to be the Black Friday Sales of the NBA — there will be deals happening fast here, there and everywhere. Just like at Wal*Mart, you might have GMs pepper spraying others to make sure they get the player they want. It’s going to be hard to keep up with all the information,…

  4. Report: Lakers, Rockets, Hornets talking reworking Chris Paul trade

    Dec 9, 2011, 4:47 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    This could get interesting. And it could provide David Stern a “face saving” way out of his public relations disaster. The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets are talking again about ways to sweeten the three-team trade vetoed by Stern yesterday, tweeted Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (who has been on top of this story from the start).…

  5. Kings sign Chuck Hayes to a modest four-year, $21 million deal

    Dec 9, 2011, 4:07 PM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    The post-lockout free agency period has seen teams throw gobs of money at Caron Butler, Tyson Chandler, and Nene, but out in Sactown they’re showing some impressive restraint. The Kings aren’t in any rush to substantial salary commitments to their books, but in their efforts to build up their roster and meet the league’s payroll…

  6. David Stern releases statement on Chris Paul trade veto

    Dec 9, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Here is the official statement from David Stern on his veto of the NBA trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers in a three-team deal. “Since the NBA purchased the New Orleans Hornets, final responsibility for significant management decisions lies with the Commissioner’s Office in consultation with team chairman Jac Sperling. All…

  7. Hornets, Lakers, Rockets to appeal Stern’s trade veto

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

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    NBA executives around the league are shocked — never before has the league stepped in to block a trade, even ones that appeared painfully lopsided — but they have used that power now. And the teams involved don’t like it. The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets will appeal the cancellation of the three-team trade that would…

  8. League finds way to make bad PR situation worse by killing trade

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:52 PM EST

    David Stern

    The only public relations move worse than the league allowing Chris Paul to be traded to the Lakers after a five-month lockout allegedly about “competitive balance” is to have David Stern come in with an iron fist and kill the deal because owners complained. Well done NBA. Well done indeed. David Stern and the league…

  9. After killing Chris Paul deal to the Lakers, there’s no way the league can trade him anywhere else

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:21 PM EST

    Chris-Paul-lakers-trade-killed

    The deal was done, agreed to in principle by all three teams. The Lakers would get Chris Paul, in exchange for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. The Rockets would end up with Gasol, and the Hornets would end up with a solid package of Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Goran Dragic, with the cap…

  10. Lakers complete three-team blockbuster to acquire Chris Paul

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    In the blink of an eye, the entire landscape of the NBA has changed. As originally reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets, and Houston Rockets have agreed on the framework of a deal that will bring Chris Paul to L.A. The long-standing rumors linking the league’s best…

  11. Report: Three-team deal bringing Chris Paul to the Lakers has been completed in principle

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:33 PM EST

    Chris Paul Andrew Bynum

    UPDATE (7:33 p.m. ET): According to yet another tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the three-team deal has been completed in principle. The Hornets will also receive an undisclosed draft pick in the deal. UPDATE (6:31 p.m. ET): Wojnarowski is now reporting that this will be a three-team trade involving the Lakers, Hornets, and…

  12. Lakers, Rockets, Hornets talking three-way Chris Paul trade

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:41 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    After things seemed to cool of on Wednesday, the Chris Paul trade rumors have heated up fast and furious on Thursday. That includes a three-way deal where Paul ends up with the Los Angeles Lakers, who give up Pau Gasol. Then there is both Boston and New York working hard to find multi-team deals that…

  13. Chuck Hayes on verge of deal to join Sacramento Kings

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    The Sacramento Kings may just have lined up some good post defense. The Kings have made a four year, $20 million offer to the free agent forward who played his entire career for the Rockets, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. What’s more, it looks like Hayes will take the deal. The Kings will have a…

  14. Monday morning one liners: How CP3, Dwight Howard can team up

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    Dwight Howard Chris Paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories that are not other posts here at PBT. What if the Hornets traded Chris Paul to the Magic? That would be interesting. The Nets are going very hard after Nene. New Orleans has made bringing back David West its top priority. The Lakers might consider Delonte West…

  15. Report: Nets, Warriors Rockets leaders in Tyson Chander sweepstakes

    Dec 4, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    It starts here: Tyson Chandler wants to get paid. A lot. This is likely his last big contract and the man wants his money (reportedly he asked the Mavericks for a $20 million deal and wants max money from others). Dallas has balked at the cost and that is why Chandler has said he expects…

  16. Friday morning one liners: Where Afflalo gets some love

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Arron Afflalo

    Our daily list of things you should know about that didn’t fit in our other posts. Who is the most coveted free agent not over 6’11? Arron Afflalo of the Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. He is restricted and Denver will match any reasonable offer. Brandon Rush made some tweets that would have gotten…

  17. Thursday morning one liners: NBA rumor mill keeps churning

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Durant football

    LeBron James and Kevin Durant played flag football Wednesday night. The score: Nobody tore an ACL. That’s the only score that matters. If you want to get an early jump on MVP voting (which, admittedly, may be a tad premature what with training camps not even open yet) we’ve got you covered here at NBC.…

  18. Bucher: Monta Ellis-Rudy Gay trade possible

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:03 PM EST

    Monta Ellis tree tattoo

    From ESPN.com’s Ric Bucher: Mentioned on SC a Monta Ellis + asset for Rudy Gay deal. Came from GS side. If Mem considered – big if – it would be for financial reasons. Ellis is owed $11 million a year through the 2013/14 season, while Gay’s contract size will increase until he is owed $19…

  19. Goodbye Denver, Miami among suitors lined up for Nene

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Nene nuggets

    Nene is the biggest and best free agent on the market. Unless your team doesn’t need a legit 7-foot big man who plays smart, can defend the paint, rebound well, plus has a deft offensive touch around the rim and from the midrange. Denver can use one of those but after nine years in the…

  20. You can add Rockets to list of teams that want Nene

    Nov 28, 2011, 7:17 PM EST

    Nene

    Nene will be the most coveted free agent on the market this year. He is a true center who can defend the paint, is an efficient shooter (61.5 percent last season) who will give you around 14 points a game, and is a solid rebounder. In a league full of fours masquerading around as fives,…

  21. On the skews of the NBA’s new scheduling formula

    Nov 28, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Rockets Hornets Basketball

    We still have yet to see the NBA’s official schedule (or have approval of the tentative collective bargaining framework from the NBA’s players and owners, but who’s letting that stop them from moving on?) for the coming season, but thanks to a release from NBA.com, we have a basic idea of how the distribution of…

  22. Dalembert considering Heat, Knicks, Rockets

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:52 AM EST

    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…

  23. Report: Age limit under review, but could stay the same for 2012

    Nov 27, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

    2011 NBA Draft

    Among the so-called “B-List Issues” being worked on before a formal vote will be held, the age limit consideration could be the one that impacts the NBA the most and certainly draws the most fan interest. And Yahoo! Sports reports that it’s such a big issue, it may not get resolved right away. The NBA…

  24. Kevin Martin heads to the gym (and other lockout reactions)

    Nov 26, 2011, 10:15 PM EST

    Kevin Love Visits FOX Business

    Just like NBA fans, NBA players were shocked and excited early Saturday morning. (No, not like that. What is wrong with you people?) When a bleary-eyed David Stern and Billy Hunter sat side-by-side in a NYC conference room about 3:30 Saturday morning to announce a deal, the NBA players who were up got the news…

  25. What to serve with Thanksgiving dinner? Yao Ming wine.

    Nov 24, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

    Yao Ming

    It’s always one of the tricky questions surrounding Thanksgiving dinner — what wine goes best with this feast? Traditionally you think white wine with fowl, but who wants some overly oaky California Chardonnay to go between mouthfuls of stuffing and sweet potatoes? I usually lean toward a nice Pinot Noir, but those can be so…

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