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  1. A few early highlights from NBA rookie photo shoot

    Aug 6, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

    via @nba twitter

    Today is the NBA rookie photo shoot, where usually some pretty cool and inventive shots are taken. But the first stuff coming out on the NBA’s twitter account are just more fun. Enjoy. Jamaal Franklin: Kelly Olynyk: The Pistons rookies: Shabazz Muhammad: Victor Oladipo:

  2. Nikola Pekovic will miss EuroBasket while waiting on new NBA contract

    Aug 6, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic will not be competing for Montenegro in next month’s EuroBasket championships. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ center was expected to be an important part of his team’s attempt to qualify for next year’s FIBA Championships and eventually the 2016 Olympics, but his contract situation with the NBA will prevent that from happening this year. Pekovic…

  3. Ralph Sampson says Rockets have built a “good foundation”

    Aug 6, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

    ralph-sampson

    Ralph Sampson was part of the pitch to bring Dwight Howard to Houston — he’s a Hall of Famer and part of the Rockets history of big men. But like a guy who has been through the long grind of an NBA season, Sampson knows assembling good players is like having all the ingredients to…

  4. Al Harrington, DeShawn Stevenson officially free agents

    Aug 5, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Al Harrington

    This was a bit of housekeeping. Expected news but now it is official. Al Harrington and DeShawn Stevenson have cleared waivers and are now free agents, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Again, not a shock as, for example, nobody was going to pick up the $14.7 million left on Harrington’s contract (his buyout with Orlando…

  5. Odom wants to stay in L.A., but does anyone want him?

    Aug 3, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Greg Oden, who last played in the NBA in 2009 and has had multiple major knee surgeries since then, got a contract for next season before Lamar Odom. Which tells you about how far Odom’s stock has fallen. He is battling Antawn Jamison and Al Harrington for the “veteran forward at the end of the…

  6. Magic waive Al Harrington. Now who will pick him up?

    Aug 2, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    Al Harrington

    It has been expected for a while — the Magic had been looking to see if they could trade Al Harrington before they just cut him loose, but there wasn’t much of a market. So, Orlando waived him Friday, something that Harrington addressed on Instagram. It’s Official… Orlando has waived me! I just want thanks…

  7. Agent says five teams interested in Beno Udrih

    Aug 2, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    =vn19

    We told you the other day that the New York Knicks were interested in bringing in Beno Udrih as a third-line point guard with the team. Clearly they thought that was going so well they also have started talks with Jannero Pargo for the same role. The Knicks can only offer the minimum and Udrih’s…

  8. Roy Hibbert works out wearing Google Glass (VIDEO)

    Aug 2, 2013, 4:05 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    If you ever wondered what Roy Hibbert sees when he is working out — or when dunking a basketball — there you go. Hibbert worked out wearing Google Glass, which certainly went better than Victor Oladipo‘s attempt to wear them to the NBA Draft. It’s interesting. No sure about cool, but interesting. Hat tip The Basketball…

  9. Report: Knicks in negotiations with Jannero Pargo

    Aug 1, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

    Jannero pargo AP

    The Knicks have been looking for one more point guard to go with Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni. They had been trying to lure in Beno Udrih. But it appears they are looking in another direction — toward Jannero Pargo. He bounced around the NBA last season but is now looking for a home. This…

  10. Report: Knicks trying hard to sign Beno Udrih

    Jul 31, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

    =vn19

    Beno Udrih was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Orlando Magic last season, enjoying a mild career resurgence when he was handed the reigns late in the season while  getting some spot starts in the absence of starting point guard Jameer Nelson. The 31-year-old Slovenian’s decent production while his team went 2-16 to end…

  11. Al Harrington says he dropped 27 pounds, wants to be on a contender

    Jul 30, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

    Al Harrington

    It started with a common knee surgery that led to a staph infection, which kept him out until after the All Star Game last season. Combine that with the fact Orlando really wanted to play its young guys and you end up with Al Harrington playing in just 10 games for the Magic. And being…

  12. 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…

  13. Magic announce signing of Ronnie Price

    Jul 25, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Ronnie Price

    As Orlando continues a rebuilding project which appears to be coming along ahead of schedule, the team has added a veteran presence to its locker room that should help with developing the youngsters into true professionals. The Magic announced the signing of Ronnie Price on Thursday, for what is believed to be a one-year deal…

  14. Report: Foot surgery could mean Orlando’s Davis to miss start of season

    Jul 24, 2013, 1:17 AM EDT

    Glen Davis

    Glen Davis broke his foot back on Jan. 30 and was forced to miss the rest of the season. Then a couple weeks ago Big Baby had a second surgery to replace a screw in his foot from the first surgery. That’s a lot of foot surgeries for a guy whose job it is to…

  15. Marcus Smart declares for 2014 NBA Draft

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

    Johnathan Loyd, Marcus Smart

    Marcus Smart – a potential No. 1 pick and top-10 lock – made the surprising decision to forgo the 2013 NBA Draft and return to Oklahoma State. Though he says he doesn’t regret it, Smart won’t be repeating that choice next year. Marcus J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports: Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart doesn’t…

  16. Cousins, Rubio, Shumpert teach you about the finer things in life (VIDEO)

    Jul 23, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Amusing little video from the folks at Relativity Sports — the agency of Dan Fegan and others — that represents a number of elite (and otherwise) NBA players. They got Iman Shumpert, DeMarcus Cousins, Ricky Rubio and more to playoff the “dumb jock” stereotype and go 180 degrees the other way and show them as…

  17. Report: Magic to sign Ronnie Price

    Jul 16, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire, Ronnie Price

    Much like why the tanking Jazz signed John Lucas III, the tanking Magic will sign another guard with a reputation for being a good locker room presence. Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest: Ronnie Price has reached an agreement with the Orlando Magic, a league source informed CSNNW.com. Alex Kennedy of Hoops World: Ronnie Price's agreement…

  18. Al Harrington, Hedo Turkoglu don’t expect to remain Magic much longer

    Jul 13, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Al Harrington, Greivis Vasquez

    We already knew the Magic and Hedo Turkoglu were negotiating a buyout, but Al Harrington could be headed out of Orlando, too. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: Harrington and Turkoglu don’t expect the Magic to keep them. Like Turkoglu, Harrington also has a partially guaranteed salary for 2013-14 ($7,148,600, half guaranteed). Unlike Turkoglu, whose…

  19. Magic, Hedo Turkoglu discussing buyout

    Jul 9, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu

    In some ways, Hedo Turkoglu became the face of the Orlando Magic during the 2009 NBA Finals. Dwight Howard was unquestionably Orlando’s top player, but with point guard Jameer Nelson battling injury, Turkoglu became the Magic’s primary ball-handler and leading scorer. All eyes were on him. After the series, a 4-1 loss to the Lakers,…

  20. Five players who have stood out at the Orlando Summer League

    Jul 9, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Kelly Olynyk

    Be careful about reading too much into success at NBA Summer League — the old adage is Summer League doesn’t tell you who can play in the NBA, only who cannot. Look at it this way, last year’s Las Vegas Summer League co-MVPs were Damian Lillard and Josh Selby. A future Rookie of the Year…

  21. Glen Davis has another foot surgery to replace screw

    Jul 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Glen Davis

    Back in Jan. 30, Glen Davis had what up to that point had been a good season stopped when he injured his foot against the Knicks. That led a few days later to foot surgery that kept him out the rest of the rest of the season. It showed for Orlando on the court —…

  22. Monday And-1 links: Paul Pierce is relaxing, playing some poker

    Jul 8, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    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 basketball junkies love Summer League…. • Paul Pierce seems to be enjoying himself…

  23. Dwight Howard and James Harden could form NBA’s best duo

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard is a center. James Harden is a guard. Howard is one of the NBA’s best defenders. Harden is one of the league’s top offensive players. Howard is an elite interior scorer. Harden’s range extends beyond the 3-point line. Howard is excellent as the screener in pick-and-rolls. Harden is superb as the ball-handler on…

  24. Report: Josh McRoberts reaches deal to re-sign with Bobcats

    Jul 5, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

    Josh McRoberts

    Midseason Josh McRoberts was traded from Orlando to Charlotte for Hakim Warrick as two of the worst teams in the league rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic. But McRoberts liked what he got in Charlotte — a starting role and nearly double the minutes. It showed on the court as he averaged what would…

  25. Reports: Eric Bledsoe trade rumors include Redick, Mayo

    Jul 1, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    We told you once Chris Paul said he was in for next season the Clippers would get serious about moving Eric Bledsoe. And Chris Paul says he is all in with the Clips. So expect new trade rumors for Bledsoe to start popping up, such as this one from Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles:…

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