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  1. Winners and losers to this point in NBA free agency

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    Teams began entering into agreements with free agent players shortly after midnight Eastern on July 1, but due to a league-imposed moratorium on activity, no deals can be officially signed until July 10. We’re almost there, and plenty of the top names available have indeed been swooped up by teams looking to make a splash…

  2. Are the Brooklyn Nets contenders now? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

    Jun 28, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Former NBA basketball player Kidd poses for photographers with Brooklyn Nets player Williams at a news conference in Brooklyn

    Thanks to a blockbuster trade with Boston, next season the Brooklyn Nets will start Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. They will bring Jason Terry off the bench. They will start five former All-Stars and bring a former Sixth Man of the Year off the bench. So can we say…

  3. Report: Nets talk deal that would send MarShon Brooks to Minnesota

    Jun 24, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    MarShon Brooks

    The Timberwolves are stockpiling a lot of young talent — Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Derrick Williams, Chase Budinger — and there are some reports they may add to that. How about adding MarShon Brooks to the mix? That is a reported discussion going on according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily…

  4. Chandler Parsons talks daily with Dwight Howard about signing with the Rockets

    Jun 22, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard goes up to shoot under pressure from Houston Rockets Chandler Parsons during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Rockets are trying to clear cap space in order to pursue Dwight Howard, and he reportedly views that favorably. It’s one of the subtle ways teams are allowed to communicate, indirectly obviously, with free agents before July 1. Of course, teams can use impermissible methods, too. But there’s also another way Houston is getting…

  5. Jordan Farmar wants to return to NBA

    Jun 14, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT

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    Remember Jordan Farmar? He was a key reserve on two Lakers championship teams and then signed with the Nets. In 2011-12, he scored a career-high 10.4 points per game on a career-best 44 percent 3-point shooting. Then, he was traded to the Hawks in the Joe Johnson deal, bought out and signed in Turkey never…

  6. Carlesimo reiterates what we all know: The Nets aren’t winning a title

    May 24, 2013, 7:01 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Brooklyn Nets

    Veteran coach P.J. Carlesimo has landed on his feet. After the Brooklyn Nets let him walk when the season ended he strolled over to ESPN and has landed a job as an analyst (essentially taking the Flip Saunders job). Carlesimo held a conference call on Thursday to talk all things NBA, but much of the…

  7. Report: Nets ‘honing in on Lionel Hollins’

    May 20, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Would the Nets wait to hire a coach until Memphis is eliminated from the playoffs just so they can make a run at Lionel Hollins, whose contract expires after the season? If Scott Skiles is a top alternative, patience could make sense. What’s there to lose? Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times: Some NBA officials…

  8. LeBron second highest paid athlete in America, Kobe fourth

    May 15, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The answer is $56.5 million. If you wondered how much money LeBron James made last year, there is the answer to your query. That is the second most of any athlete in the United States, according to Sports Illustrated and its annual Top 50 earners report that came out Wednesday. LeBron trailed only Floyd Mayweather…

  9. The coach is gone, now what moves must Nets make this offseason?

    May 8, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Evans, Lopez and Williams wait during time out in their game with Chicago Bulls in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    P.J. Carlesimo wasn’t really the problem in Brooklyn. But he wasn’t really the answer, either. Brooklyn goes into the summer looking for a new coach and that hire is huge because it’s questionable how much the roster can be changed from last season’s 49-win, fourth in the East squad. That’s the challenge for the Nets…

  10. P.J. Carlesimo talks being fired by Nets (VIDEO)

    May 6, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Seven

    P.J. Carlesimo was up front with Dan Patrick — if the Nets had beaten the Bulls in Game 7 it would not have changed his fate, just the timing. The Nets were going to let P.J. Carlesimo go at the end of this season either way. They want to go a new direction. The Nets,…

  11. Joakim Noah leads Bulls to Game 7 win over Nets

    May 4, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

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    Immediately after the final buzzer sounded in the Bulls 99-93 Game 7 win over the Nets on Saturday, Joakim Noah walked toward center court, screaming with excitement and popping his road red Bulls jersey. He had every right to do so, considering his inspired performance was the main reason behind his team’s victory — one…

  12. Shorthanded Bulls scrap, but Nets have enough to force Game 7

    May 3, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Bulls' Robinson goes to the basket against Nets' Johnson and Williams during the second half of Game 6 in their NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball game in Chicago

    This is how unprepared the Nets were for this moment, a playoff Game 7 on their home court in Brooklyn in their first year in the city: They already had a Rihanna concert scheduled for Saturday night in the Barclay center. Thanks to Deron Williams and friends, Rihanna and crew will have to come back…

  13. Joe Johnson will play in Game 6; Hinrich status up in air

    May 1, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two

    Joe Johnson and Joakim Noah should get together at mid court during warm-ups Thursday and swap recovery from plantar fasciitis tips. The two are battling through the painful foot injury these playoffs to be out on the court. Johnson, who had 22 points in Game 5, will be out on the court for a huge…

  14. Nate Robinson, Joe Johnson exchange clutch shots to send Game 4 into its second overtime (VIDEO)

    Apr 27, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets' Keith Bogans during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The Bulls rode Nate Robinson‘s hot hand to a triple-overtime victory over the Nets in Game 4, and Robinson actually did his best to try to end this game after the first overtime session. Robinson scored 23 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, but this, um, less than sane shot with two seconds…

  15. Bulls win 3OT thriller thanks to Nate Robinson, Nazr Mohammed. Up 3-1 on Nets.

    Apr 27, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson

    The Nets had this. Deron Williams was his old self and Brooklyn up 14 in the fourth quarter against a Chicago team with no good offense. This series was going to be even and a best of three. Then Nate Robinson happened — a 23-point fourth quarter explosion in the fourth quarter led a dramatic…

  16. Bulls-Nets Game 4 preview: Can either team generate offense?

    Apr 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    The teams with worse offensive ratings than the Bulls and Nets in these playoffs are a combined 0-11. Part defensive struggle, part offenses struggling, this series is the Eastern Conference’s answer to the high-flying Nuggets-Warriors matchup. While Stephen Curry is bombing 3-pointers and Ty Lawson is dishing assists, Joakim Noah and Joe Johnson are comparing…

  17. Gerald Wallace: ‘I don’t have a clue what my role is on this team’

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two

    If Gerald Wallace wasn’t doubting himself before, he surely is now. The Nets outscored Chicago by 10 in the fourth quarter of Game 3, Brooklyn’s best quarter since the first half of Game 1 – all with Wallace on the bench. Where does that leave Wallace now? Via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily…

  18. Bulls, Nets make Nets’ offense stink

    Apr 26, 2013, 12:56 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    Joakim Noah scored his first point and on the next possession, in his 27th minute, he closed hard to marginally, if at all, bother a wide-open corner 3-point attempt. Tonight, that was plenty. The Bulls – with lots of help from Brooklyn – crippled the Nets’ offense and watched one more airball as time expired,…

  19. Nets-Bulls Game 3 preview: Still about Joakim Noah

    Apr 25, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two

    Joakim Noah, it seems, will decide this series. Battling plantar fasciitis, he played 13 minutes in Game 1, and the Nets won by 17. He played 25 minutes in Game 2, and the Bulls won by eight. More than just his quality play, Noah inspires the Bulls. In Game 2, their bench went wild and…

  20. Report: Nets near deal to extend GM Billy King’s contract

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Press Conference Announcing Firing Of Head Coach Avery Johnson

    The Brooklyn Nets are happy with the work of Billy King. Shake your head if you want, the Nets are about to extend the contract of their general manager, reports Adrian Wojnarowskiof Yahoo Sports. The Brooklyn Nets are finalizing a multiyear contract extension with general manager Billy King, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. A formal…

  21. Are Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson ‘the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game,’ as Mark Jackson says?

    Apr 25, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson

    Warriors point guard Stephen Curry just completed the best 3-point shooting season of all time (3.6 3-pointers made per game, 45.3 3-point percentage), and Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson had a pretty good year outside the arc, too (2.6, 40.1). Mark Jackson even called them “the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the…

  22. Wednesday And-1 links: Plenty of playoff injury, playing time notes

    Apr 24, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    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. Consider this the playoff injury update edition (with a few other things thrown in…

  23. Joakim Noah’s heart lifts Bulls to ugly win over Nets

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    Joakim Noah pushed Kris Humphries in the back, positioned himself between Humphries and C.J. Watson for a rebound and lunged out of bounds to save the ball as it took a sharp carom across the baseline. Noah’s heave was headed out of bounds on the sideline, but Kirk Hinrich jumped to save the ball, making…

  24. Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul get Jordan playoff edition shoes

    Apr 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin are among the stars representing Jordan Brand who are getting new-look, player exclusive versions of their signature shoes. From the official release: The Air Jordan XX8 worn primarily by Russell Westbrook this season will feature a team-inspired white (home) or black (away) upper with photo blue and tour yellow…

  25. Deron Williams dunks, Nets throttle limping Bulls

    Apr 20, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    Deron Williams made a pair of free throws as the Barclays Center fans chanted “M-V-P!” On the Bulls’ next possession, Williams stole the ball, sprinted down the court and – the same player who didn’t dunk until April – delivered a reverse slam. More than we’ve realized, this is a different Deron Williams. Frankly, and…

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