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  1. Possessions and You: The Atlanta Hawks

    Aug 19, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    From time to time, we’ll take a look at what teams looked like on offense last year using some basic but nifty charts. Today the Atlanta Hawks.   I’ve done these before with overlays of production, but it’s difficult to get a real indication relative to usage. Points per minute? Still impacted by too many…

  2. Daryl Morey believes Rockets were “close” to trading for Dwight Howard

    Aug 14, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

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    The Rockets made plenty of personnel moves this summer, but it’s hard to argue that any of them were geared toward making the team better in the immediate future. The plan was to acquire multiple lottery picks and clear cap space in the hopes of trading for a superstar that the franchise could finally build…

  3. And at long last, the NBA goes to sleep for a month

    Aug 12, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    The lockout had a lot of effects. One beat writer told me last week that because of the frequency of the games, stacked on top of each other, it didn’t feel like a 66-game season, but a 120-game season. Then there were the playoffs, with back-to-backs in the second round. The conference finals whizzing by…

  4. 25 Observations about the Dwight Howard trade

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    25 observations about the Dwight Howard trade to send Howard to the Lakers, Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets, Andrew Bynum to the Sixers, and very little to the Orlando Magic. 1. Let’s start with LA, since they’re the moneymaker for media and they get the best player. Wow. Holy Wow. Holy Geez Wow. The amount…

  5. The Inbounds: Dwight Howard and the NBA’s arms race gone too far

    Aug 10, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard

    “Weapons are like money, no one knows the meaning of enough.” – Martin Amis In 2008, it was the Celtics getting both an aging Kevin Garnett and an aging Ray Allen. Then it was the Lakers getting Pau Gasol, commonly a sub-star due to his market at the time. Then came The Decision, Melodrama, the…

  6. Monday And-1 links: Photographic evidence of Celtics changes

    Aug 6, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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    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 Alex Morgan loves headers. • How much have the Celtics changed the roster?…

  7. Who will be better next season, the Knicks or Nets?

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    With rosters pretty much getting set except for a few final pieces around the NBA — save for one big shakeup still to come out of Orlando… eventually — we can start to get a serious look at how rosters are shaking out. And after all the moves the Nets made so they could open…

  8. NBA schedule released, some big games on the front end

    Jul 26, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

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    Would you look at that, a full 82 game schedule. Haven’t seen one of those in a while. Kind of missed it. The NBA released the full season schedule on Thursday and clearly they had some marketing in mind. Some fans liked the big splash when the league opened on Christmas Day last year after…

  9. Report: Knicks to open season against Nets in Brooklyn

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Oh, this one is going to be fun. The New York Knicks will open their season against the Brooklyn Nets, opening up the new Barclays Center and a budding rivalry in New York, according to Newsday. It is a TNT nationally televised game on Nov. 1, according to the report. The Knicks would then return…

  10. The Inbounds: Dallas’ Improv High-Wire Act

    Jul 24, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after hitting a three point shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz  in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Dallas had the worst offseason. Dallas had the best offseason. Two sides, one coin. Usually when you whiff on a…

  11. Deron Williams says last season his toughest “by far”

    Jul 23, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Basically Deron Williams has confirmed what we all already knew — it sucked to be a New Jersey Net last year. There was the 22-44 record (that’s a lot of losing). There’s being a lame duck team in the last year in New Jersey, where fans became indifferent. There were the constantly swirling trade rumors.…

  12. What luxury tax? Nets new payroll massive because owner not concerned.

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    Let’s run through the Nets starting five and their salaries for next season: Point guard Deron Williams, $17.2 million; shooting guard Joe Johnson $19.8 million; Gerald Wallace $9 million; Kris Humphries $12 million; Brook Lopez $13.7 million. That is $71.7 million, not counting incentives some players may hit. That is with a salary cap of…

  13. The Inbounds: The new Brooklyn Empire and the Crown of Relevance

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets logo

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Sometime last Wednesday, after yet another round on Twitter battling the Brooklyn faithful (and they are a faithful lot for…

  14. Joe Johnson says the Nets are ‘definitely’ better than the Knicks. Here we go.

    Jul 14, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson

    Let the Battle for the Basketball Boroughs commence. We’re headed for a new rivalry, as the Nets and Knicks face off for the soul of hoops in Gotham, and the Nets have no plans to enter the arena humbly nor quietly. At a pep rally in Brooklyn introducing Joe Johnson, Johnson told reporters that the…

  15. Report: Bulls trade Kyle Korver to Hawks

    Jul 13, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Kyle Korver is taking his three-point shooting down south. Korver has been traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Atlanta Hawks, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. And it’s not exactly a straight swap, it involves the Timberwolves and could involve Chicago getting Kirk Hinrich back in a sign-and-trade. The Korver trade to Atlanta…

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

    Jul 12, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

    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…

  17. It’s official: Deron Williams signs with Nets, is very rich

    Jul 11, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Deron Williams will say this wasn’t about the money, and to a degree that is true — he would have made a lot of money wherever he chose to play. So really, him deciding to stay with the Brooklyn Nets was about the franchise and where he wanted to play. But it is still a…

  18. Dwight Howard latest: Three-team deal with Bynum to Rockets in play

    Jul 10, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have not been able to swing a Dwight Howard for Andrew Bynum deal. The Rockets have not been able to convince Orlando to trade them Howard for picks and a few players. So, how about a three way deal. It’s being discussed, reports Eric Pincus at Hoopsworld (and confirmed by Marc Stein at…

  19. Report: Lou Williams reaches agreement with Atlanta Hawks

    Jul 10, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    Joe Johnson and his points are gone, headed to Brooklyn. Jamal Crawford has been gone for a while as the gunner off the bench for the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks need some buckets from the perimeter. Enter Lou Williams. Williams, the 76ers leading scorer last season despite coming off the bench, has reached an agreement…

  20. Dwight Howard trade talks stall with Cleveland out as third team

    Jul 10, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    If Dwight Howard is going to be a Brooklyn Net anytime soon, either Magic and Nets are going to have to find another team to facilitate this or they are going to have to figure out a two-team trade. Something they have been unable to do for a year. Talks are still going on to…

  21. Details of potential Dwight Howard trade leaking. Magic get Lopez, picks.

    Jul 9, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    UPDATE 4:54 pm: The Clippers may be the fourth team in the deal, reports both Ken Berger at CBSSports.com and Chad Ford at ESPN. The Clippers would send a first round pick to the Nets for MarShon Brooks, then the Nets would ship that pick to the Magic as part of the deal. This appears…

  22. 50 Observations about NBA Free Agency

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 8, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 5, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

    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…

  25. Nets push Teletović to take mini mid-level so Howard, other doors open up

    Jul 5, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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    The Nets like to make things hard on themselves. But they apparently have just cleared one more hurdle to making the very difficult trade to bring Dwight Howard to Brooklyn a little more possible. They may have reached a deal to get Mirza Teletović to take a smaller offer than they verbally agreed to, which…

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