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  1. Kings, Pelicans, Blazers agree to three-way deal involving Tyreke Evans, Robin Lopez, Greivis Vasquez

    Jul 4, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Greivis Vasquez, Jae Crowder, Vince Carter

    UPDATE 5:31 p.m.: The deal has been agreed upon, and now involves a third team in the Portland Trail Blazers. Tyreke Evans goes to the Pelicans, Greivis Vasquez heads to Sacramento, and Robin Lopez ends up in Portland. Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that Terrel Harris will also head to the Blazers, who will send…

  2. Report: Tyreke Evans agrees to four-year, $44 million offer sheet from New Orleans

    Jul 3, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    Tyreke Evans has seen a decline in his numbers in each of the three seasons since his first, when he took home Rookie of the Year honors with the Sacramento Kings. There were reasons for that, including nagging injuries and a revolving door at the head coaching post in Sacramento under the team’s previous ownership.…

  3. Tyreke Evans doesn’t want Kings to match Pelicans’ offer

    Jul 3, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, Tobias Harris

    The Sacramento Kings had a max offer on the table for Andre Iguodala, then yanked it. Which is bad form. However, it was a pretty clear sign that the Kings are seriously considering matching the New Orleans offer expected for Tyreke Evans of four years, $44 million. Evans doesn’t want them to match, he wants…

  4. Reports: Pelicans to offer Tyreke Evans $40 million–$44 million

    Jul 1, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

    Kings Hornets Basketball

    Tyreke Evans, a restricted free agent, can’t sign an offer sheet until July 10. But he can agree to terms on one, and though it wouldn’t be binding, it’s an extreme breach of protocol to renege at that point. So, Evans and teams can negotiate in good faith right now. Once Evans signs an offer…

  5. Report: Pelicans making big offer to Tyreke Evans

    Jul 1, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, Robin Lopez

    The Pelicans aren’t content adding just Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson to a dynamic backcourt that already included Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez. They’re also ready to offer Tyreke Evans, a restricted free agent, a sizable contract. David Aldridge of NBA.com: As @ESPNSteinLine reported, Pelicans will meet with Tyreke Evans late tonight. Told they will…

  6. Three winners, three losers from NBA Draft. You bet Anthony Bennett is a winner.

    Jun 28, 2013, 3:04 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett from UNLV reacts after being selected by the Clevland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    I will admit this up front: declaring a winner in the NBA draft the night of the draft is premature. We can accurately say tonight that Indiana was a winner in the 2010 draft (Paul George at No. 10, Lance Stephenson at No. 40), but we don’t know how this draft will ultimately play out.…

  7. Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams team back up with 76ers

    Jun 28, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT

    Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, C.J. McCollum

    NEW YORK – Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel have know each other a long time. A very long time. “I knew him before the flat top,” Carter-Williams said. “We’ll say that.” Now, the former AAU teammates with BABC in Boston, are teammates with the 76ers. “It’s like a dream come true,” Carter-Williams said. “We always…

  8. NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker

    Jun 27, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Top prospects pose together with NBA Commissioner David Stern for a group picture before the start of the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn,  New York

    The time for rumors, smokescreens and agents pumping up clients is gone — NBA teams are on the clock. The 2013 NBA Draft is here. In this post we will update you with every pick, telling you a little about the player your team just selected. We’ll also keep you up to date with all…

  9. Trade: New Orleans sends Nerlens Noel and a 2014 pick to Sixers for Jrue Holiday

    Jun 27, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

    Noel from the University of Kentucky shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Pelicans as the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    We have our first trade of the 2013 draft, and it involves some fairly big names. The New Orleans Pelicans selected Nerlens Noel with the sixth overall pick, but he won’t be playing alongside Anthony Davis on the front line next season. They picked him for the Philadelphia 76ers, who will send All-Star point guard…

  10. Trey Burke ready to compete with new teammate point guards right now

    Jun 26, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    NEW YORK – When Trey Burke committed to Michigan, the Wolverines still had Darius Morris. Though Morris’ NBA success as a Lakers second-round pick has been moderate at best, he was a star at Michigan. Morris left early for the NBA before Burke arrived in Ann Arbor, but Burke’s preparation for playing with Morris could…

  11. Report: Pelicans may try to snatch Copeland away from Knicks

    Jun 25, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

    Chris Copeland

    Chris Copeland proved a real value for the Knicks last season, especially when they went small — remember he dropped 13 points on the Pacers in Game 5 of that series. Mike Woodson seemed a little slow to warm to him, but Copeland brought hustle and size to the court and that won over Knicks…

  12. Miami has to get bigger, better if they dream of a three-peat

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Odds makers already have the Miami Heat as the favorites to win the NBA championship again next year — 2-1 odds at Bovada online. But if the Heat thought this title run was like climbing Mount Everest, wait until next year. The Bulls get Derrick Rose back. The Pacers are not going to get any…

  13. Irving, Lillard highlight guys heading to Team USA mini-camp this summer

    Jun 12, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    East All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes in the three-point contest during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    This summer is when USA Basketball brings in its prospects — guys it wants to get a closer look. Next summer Team USA will be heading off to Spain for the World Championships with a roster that could include a handful of the guys from this camp (mixed with some big name NBA stars). USA…

  14. Report: Pelicans have interest in Trey Burke at No. 6 in draft

    May 28, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    The Pelicans have the guy they think will develop into a franchise anchor in the paint in Anthony Davis (who flew under the radar this year but showed the signs of being a very special player in a couple years). But you can’t succeed in the NBA on the inside without some balance on the…

  15. Pelicans’ Greivis Vasquez will have surgery on both ankles

    May 24, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    Greivis Vasquez, Jae Crowder, Vince Carter

    If I’d had a vote, Greivis Vasquez would have gotten mine for Most Improved Player award — the third-year guard averaged 13.9 points and 9 assists per game for the then Hornets (now Pelicans) this past season, playing smart basketball along the way for a team that was grooming Anthony Davis and waiting for Eric…

  16. Wednesday And-1 links: The Knicks expect Jason Kidd back

    May 22, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard Kidd looks down during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    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. • Knicks GM Glen Grunwald says after his exit meeting with Jason Kidd, he…

  17. Why there’s a 100 percent chance the NBA lottery is fixed

    May 21, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

    Nerlens Noel, Lakeem Jackson

    The NBA lottery is fixed. There’s no question about it. Just as last year’s draft order was determined by a David Stern-led conspiracy, this year’s will be determined the same way. Think about it. If the NBA lottery really were legitimate, why not conduct the draw publically rather than in a back room? If the…

  18. Eric Gordon played through bone spurs second half of season

    May 15, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon missed the first 29 games of the season, skipping out of New Orleans to rehab his knee (following surgery) back in Los Angeles. That didn’t sit well with then Hornets/now Pelicans fans. When he did return, he was on a minutes/games restriction (for example, no back-to-backs until the very end of the season)…

  19. Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis headline NBA All-Rookie Team

    May 14, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    It was an interesting year for rookies. Damian Lillard stood out as the point guard Portland needed, but he had the advantage of talent around him that other promising players (Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond) did not. Then there were good young players like Jonas Valanciunas flying under the radar in Toronto. So picking the NBA…

  20. Andrew Wiggins would be the No. 1 pick this year. Kansas lucks out.

    May 14, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    0515_wiggins_0

    The NBA’s much-ridiculed one-and-done rule was not meant for guys like Andrew Wiggins. It was meant to protect owners from themselves and draft picks like Leon Smith or Darius Miles (and a host of others). We can make the a good argument that even with an extra year NBA teams still make some pretty bad…

  21. Monday And-1 links: Andre Drummond to work out with Hakeem

    May 13, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    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 Chicagoans love to boo LeBron James… • Detroit rookie big man Andre Drummond…

  22. Pelicans’ Gordon has arthroscopic surgery on left ankle

    May 10, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets' Gordon reacts after a call by officials while his team took on the Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans

    This just adds to the fun. After what we will politely call a rough season for Eric Gordon in New Orleans, the Pelicans announced on Friday that the guard underwent “a successful arthroscopic procedure yesterday in his left ankle to alleviate pain caused by particles of scar tissue.” He should be fine and back for…

  23. Damian Lillard named Rookie of the Year in unanimous vote

    May 1, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

    adidas x Damian Lillard ROY

    We’ve essentially known this for quite some time, but it became official on Wednesday: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers was named as the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Lillard’s selection was a unanimous one, as he received all 121 first place votes. The last unanimous winner of the award was Blake…

  24. Pacers’ Paul George wins Most Improved Player Award

    Apr 23, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

    Paul George

    Paul George made a leap this season and people noticed. With Danny Granger basically lost for the year due to knee issues, George took on a larger scoring role with the Pacers — he used 23.5 percent of their possessions when on the court — averaging 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.…

  25. It’s official: J.R. Smith is NBA Sixth Man of the Year

    Apr 22, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    The Knicks have the NBA’s scoring champion at forward in Carmelo Anthony. Now they have the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, too. As we told you would happen earlier in the day, the New York’s J.R. Smith has been named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year. His strong end of the season —…

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