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  1. NBA post free agency Power Rankings: Who is closing in on Miami?

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This summer saw Dwight Howard find a new home, the Clippers and Pacers add depth, and a few other teams making bold moves to get better (or, in some cases, worse intentionally). So how did all this impact the PBT Power Rankings? Glad you asked. Here is where things stand this summer (the number in…

  2. Pistons might keep Chauncey Billups around after this season… in the front office

    Jul 28, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Joe Dumars

    When the Detroit Pistons brought back Chauncey Billups on a two-year contract — $2.5 million a year with a team option on the second year — there were questions about the move in some corners. But in the short term for a growing team, I like it. Billups doesn’t bring a whole lot on the…

  3. Report: Chris Paul leaning toward playing in the 2016 Olympics

    Jul 27, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    The reason that USA Basketball held a four-day mini-camp in Las Vegas last week that featured 28 current and rising NBA stars (and a couple from the college ranks) is due to the fact that there’s plenty of uncertainty as to who will return to the team to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games. Program…

  4. First guess at who makes Team USA for 2014 World Championships

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    The FIBA World Cup – the basketball World Championships coming to Spain next summer — don’t play as big in the United States as the Olympics. It can get overlooked… unless Team USA loses, then newspaper columnists who hadn’t given the thing a sideways glance will pontificate on how this is some kind of disaster.…

  5. Report: Lakers not all that sold on Lamar Odom

    Jul 26, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    For a while it seemed likely that the Lamar Odom would find his way back to Los Angeles with either the Clippers or Lakers. The Clippers have seemed to move on — they have Blake Griffin, Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes, Byron Mullens and Ryan Hollins who can play the forward spot. Interest there appears dead.…

  6. Bucks waive big man Gustavo Ayon

    Jul 25, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    ayon bucks

    There was a time, not that long ago, when the Bucks were of the belief that they should retain big man Gustavo Ayon for next season. Back in June, they reportedly decided to pick up his $1.5 million option. A month later, however, before the contract was set to become fully guaranteed, the team has…

  7. Wednesday And-1 Links: Adam Morrison retires, joins Gonzaga staff

    Jul 25, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

    amorrison

    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 more than we like to debate In-n-Out vs. Five Guys (it’s In-n-Out, obviously)…. •…

  8. It’s official: Kyrie Irving is on the cover of NBA Live 14

    Jul 25, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Kyrie Irving, here is the sign that you have really arrived. We told you this was coming, but now it is official: Irving will be the guy on the cover of NBA Live 14, EA Sports announced Thursday. EA announced a couple of years back they were returning with the Live series, hoping to challenge…

  9. Mark Cuban has spirited defense of Calderon signing

    Jul 25, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    A+E Networks Hosts the NCTA Reception - Arrivals

    I liked the Jose Calderon signing by Dallas. They get a quality point guard — 11.6 points and 6.6 assists a game, plays smart, had a PER of 18.2 and shot 52 percent from three last year — for a reasonable price (four years, $29 million). Remember last season with the failed Darren Collison experiment…

  10. Rosters set for Thursday’s USA Basketball intra-squad showcase

    Jul 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes

    LAS VEGAS — USA Basketball will wrap up its four-day mini-camp on Thursday with an intra-squad showcase that will be played in front of fans at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV, and televised nationally on NBA TV. The rosters have been set for what is essentially an All-Star game where the…

  11. Report: LeBron will not play for USA in 2014, could well skip 2016 Olympics

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    When Kevin Love and particularly Kevin Durant said they would come back to play for Team USA at the 2014 World Cup (FIBA’s World Championship, but they want to steal the soccer name now) it was a real coup. Durant could blow off the trip to Spain next summer for the World Cup and still…

  12. Mark Cuban thinks Dirk Nowitzki can be in the MVP conversation next season

    Jul 23, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    Mark Cuban loves Dirk Nowitzki like a son, and the two have built a relationship that goes beyond the professional level over the course of Nowitzki’s stellar 15-year career with the Dallas Mavericks. It’s fine to have those feelings cloud Cuban’s sense of reality a bit where basketball is concerned; just don’t expect the rest…

  13. Top this Blake: Guy Dupuy goes between the legs over a car for dunk (VIDEO)

    Jul 23, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin car dunk

    We all remember Blake Griffin dunking over a car with a lob from Baron Davis out of the sunroof to win the Dunk Contest in what became the ultimate prop dunk. Even if JaVale McGee should have won that dunk contest we all remember Blake… and the Kia commercials that followed. Except that really wasn’t…

  14. Fall asleep around Blake Griffin, end up on the Web

    Jul 22, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

    Clippers Raptors Basketball

    During the season, Blake Griffin was at the heart of the “Got ‘Em” trend where a photo was taken and posted of anyone who fell asleep on a team plane. It became a thing. Griffin was just on a long flight back from Asia with other Jordan brand players (Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and more)…

  15. Lots of interest in Mike Miller, with Durant, Marc Gasol recruiting him

    Jul 20, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    This has been one of the dominant themes of this offseason — good shooters have value. Guys like J.J. Redick and Kyle Korver are getting longer deals (four years) well over the average NBA salary because they are deadeye shooters. Meanwhile, if you dominate the ball and are not an efficient shooter you find the…

  16. Sprained ankle to keep Taj Gibson out of Team USA mini-camp

    Jul 19, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    Chicago’s Taj Gibson’s blend of size and athleticism makes him an interesting fit for what Team USA likes to do — press on defense, create turnovers then get out and run. Play to your strengths, and with the USA that is the level and depth of athleticism. But a sprained ankle is going to keep…

  17. Report: Heat, Rockets, Bulls, Clippers all interested in Camby

    Jul 18, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Camby gestures while waiting for foul shot by Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of buying out Marcus Camby. He was traded to Toronto as part of the Andrea Bargnani deal (have fun with that one Knicks) but the veteran didn’t want to spend the last couple years of his career with a rebuilding team. He wanted to go to a contender.…

  18. Report: LaMarcus Aldridge’s camp suggests trades to Blazers GM

    Jul 18, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers

    LaMarcus Aldridge has two years left on his contract, which will pay the 27-year-old All Star forward $30.4 million. But there have been all kinds of rumblings about him wanting out of the Pacific Northwest, which puts Portland GM Neil Olshey in the same position the Jazz front office was with Deron Williams (and Denver…

  19. Report: Clippers nearing two-year deal with free agent big man Byron Mullens

    Jul 18, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Clippers have had a strong offseason, shoring up plenty of areas on the roster with a variety of moves intended to push the team to the league’s top tier, or at the very least, further than the first round of the playoffs. The one area that L.A. is still sorely lacking in is frontcourt…

  20. 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…

  21. Heat waive Mike Miller using amnesty provision

    Jul 16, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    The reality of the new collective bargaining agreement is that with the far more strict financial penalties in place for teams in luxury tax territory, most are going to try to cut costs whenever possible. And that includes the back-to-back champion Miami Heat. Mike Miller has been waived via the amnesty provision, the team announced on…

  22. 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…

  23. Report: Suns put Kendall Marshall on the trade block

    Jul 15, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

    Kendall Marshall

    The Suns brought in a new GM this offseason in Ryan McDonough, who has already begun to put his stamp on the team with a couple of critical moves. The hiring of Jeff Hornacek as head coach seems to be a solid choice at this early stage of things, and the trade to get Eric…

  24. Who is left on free agent market? Pickings getting slim but a few good players out there

    Jul 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Free agency has been open for more than two weeks now and most of the big names are gone, not just Dwight Howard but also guys like Andrew Bynum, Mike Dunleavy, Al Jefferson, Andrei Kirilenko, Quentin Richardson, Nick young and more. But there are a few name guys left on the market. Guys with flaws…

  25. JaVale McGee dunks all over poor guy at Drew League (VIDEO)

    Jul 14, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' McGee stuffs as Golden State Warriors' Jack looks on in the first quarter of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Denver

    JaVale McGee was made for the Drew League — fast-paced pickup basketball with little defense required. The Drew League is the premier pro-am series in Los Angeles and draws a number of NBA players (Jamal Crawford was a highlight on Saturday) and McGee was there. Thriving in an environment where an athletic big who can…

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