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  1. The Houston Rockets have not gotten over the Pau Gasol trade falling through

    Dec 18, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Spain's Pau Gasol looks at the timeboard

    It was supposed to be different this time. After years of trying to trade for a legitimate star or sign one in free agency and having it fall apart at every turn, the Rockets were going to land their big fish. It was there on the table. It was agreed to by all parties. And…

  2. Suns successful in avoiding media circus around Nash’s impending free agency

    Dec 18, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns held their annual media day on Friday, and overall, things were pretty quiet. Too quiet, even. Especially when you consider that the face of the franchise, heart and soul of the team, and two-time MVP Steve Nash is playing in the final year of his contract, and will be an unrestricted free agent…

  3. Is Los Angeles a Clippers town now? No.

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Blake_Griffin_grabs_his_jersey_with_Kobe_Bryant_by_his_side

    Last year, the Clippers were the hot new girl at the party in Los Angeles. You couldn’t take your eyes off her but there was nothing serious going on, it was all flirting and fun. Now, things are getting serious. The Chris Paul trade has the Clippers feeling like we all thought about the Oklahoma…

  4. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    kobe-lakers-preview

    Last season: 57-25, second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The trip to the postseason was shorter than usual for the then-back-to-back defending champs, as they were unceremoniously swept out of the second round by the eventual champion Mavericks. Head Coach: Mike Brown takes the helm in his first season with the Lakers after Phil…

  5. Chris Paul traded from New Orleans Hornets to Los Angeles Clippers

    Dec 14, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Chris-Paul-lakers-trade-killed

    The NBA has approved the trade sending All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers. The trade, first reported by ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, brings guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice to New Orleans.  Here’s what ESPN.com’s Marc Stein first reported on the trade:…

  6. Report: Magic end all trade talks for Dwight Howard

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Do not think for a second this is permanent. But when Christmas Day comes comes Dwight Howard will suit up for the Orlando Magic against the Oklahoma city Thunder. The Orlando Magic have cut off all trade talks for Howard, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski. Magic decided to take Dwight Howard off market,…

  7. Lakers’ Derrick Caracter tears meniscus in left knee

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

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    The Lakers are already a little thin along the front line after sending out Lamar Odom — although getting Josh McRoberts was a nice pickup — and this is not going to help matters. Second year player Derrick Caracter has torn the meniscus on his left knee and is set to undergo surgery on Wednesday…

  8. Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to fill in for Lamar Odom

    Dec 13, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Josh McRoberts has a lot of fans around the league because he is a hard-nosed, smart player — not flashy but he plays within himself and gets the job done. Which will make him an interesting fit on the Los Angeles Lakers. McRoberts signed for two years with the Lakers for the mini mid-level exception…

  9. Kupchak says Lakers are “pursuing big deals right now”

    Dec 12, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    Mitch Kupchak is not a self promoter, not a guy who likes to see his name in the papers, not a guy who boasts (except about North Carolina hoops now and again). If he says something, he means it. Just like Jerry West, who he learned under (although West was more talkative than Kupchak). So…

  10. The tangled web of Chris Paul, David Stern, and the blockbuster trade that wasn’t

    Dec 12, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Chris-Paul-lakers-trade-killed

    Last Friday, David Stern — acting as some amalgam of both owner of the New Orleans Hornets and commissioner of the NBA — put the kibosh on a trade that would’ve sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, brought Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Lamar Odom to the Hornets, and shipped Pau Gasol to the Rockets.…

  11. The Lakers and the high price of losing a sure-bet

    Dec 11, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    If you had asked any NBA fan, or expert, or even Lakers official back in June what they’d be doing two weeks before the start of the season, they’d say there’d be some drama. There always is. With Phil Jackson retiring and Jim Buss taking the reins over from his father, there were sure to…

  12. It is now official, Lamar Odom a Maverick

    Dec 11, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    UPDATE 8:25 pm: It is now official, the Lakers have traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for a first round pick (restricted, starting top 20 this year) and a second rounder. Dallas fits him in using the salary exception from the Tyson Chandler trade. The Lakers get their own $8.9 million trade exception to…

  13. Report: Lakers will not trade Bynum and Gasol for Howard

    Dec 11, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    The Lakers are starting to play a little hardball in their negotiations. Or at least threatening to. First they pull out of the Chris Paul trade, surprising the Hornets and Rockets, and now this nugget from the well connected Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. I’m told the Lakers will not be trading Bynum…

  14. 2011 NBA Free Agency and Trade Current Events: This league is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    Let’s say you had a full day of work on Thursday, and then a dinner engagement with a friend, or your kid had a basketball game or something. Then on Friday you had another full day, and then a work Christmas party. This is the holiday season, everyone’s busy. Perhaps you’ve missed what’s gone on in…

  15. NBA “Deal Day” moves and rumors (constantly updated)

    Dec 9, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Today is going to be the Black Friday Sales of the NBA — there will be deals happening fast here, there and everywhere. Just like at Wal*Mart, you might have GMs pepper spraying others to make sure they get the player they want. It’s going to be hard to keep up with all the information,…

  16. Report: Lakers, Rockets, Hornets talking reworking Chris Paul trade

    Dec 9, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    This could get interesting. And it could provide David Stern a “face saving” way out of his public relations disaster. The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets are talking again about ways to sweeten the three-team trade vetoed by Stern yesterday, tweeted Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo (who has been on top of this story from the start).…

  17. Cavaliers’ owner emails David Stern to block Chris Paul trade to Lakers

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Orleans Hornets

    The three-team deal that was in place to send Chris Paul to the Lakers was killed by the league late Thursday, presumably at the behest of a group of small-market owners who loudly protested. One such owner was Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who emailed the commissioner directly to express his feelings on the…

  18. League finds way to make bad PR situation worse by killing trade

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

    David Stern

    The only public relations move worse than the league allowing Chris Paul to be traded to the Lakers after a five-month lockout allegedly about “competitive balance” is to have David Stern come in with an iron fist and kill the deal because owners complained. Well done NBA. Well done indeed. David Stern and the league…

  19. After killing Chris Paul deal to the Lakers, there’s no way the league can trade him anywhere else

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

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    The deal was done, agreed to in principle by all three teams. The Lakers would get Chris Paul, in exchange for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. The Rockets would end up with Gasol, and the Hornets would end up with a solid package of Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Goran Dragic, with the cap…

  20. Chris Paul deal does not improve the Lakers, unless a Dwight Howard deal is next

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    chris-paul-lakers-trade

    If the three-team trade between the Lakers, Hornets, and Rockets is finalized as expected when the league opens for business on Friday morning, L.A. will have sent Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom out of town in exchange for Chris Paul  — and possibly another piece to make the salaries match, like Emeka Okafor. In doing…

  21. Lakers complete three-team blockbuster to acquire Chris Paul

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    In the blink of an eye, the entire landscape of the NBA has changed. As originally reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets, and Houston Rockets have agreed on the framework of a deal that will bring Chris Paul to L.A. The long-standing rumors linking the league’s best…

  22. Report: Three-team deal bringing Chris Paul to the Lakers has been completed in principle

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Chris Paul Andrew Bynum

    UPDATE (7:33 p.m. ET): According to yet another tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the three-team deal has been completed in principle. The Hornets will also receive an undisclosed draft pick in the deal. UPDATE (6:31 p.m. ET): Wojnarowski is now reporting that this will be a three-team trade involving the Lakers, Hornets, and…

  23. Lakers, Rockets, Hornets talking three-way Chris Paul trade

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    After things seemed to cool of on Wednesday, the Chris Paul trade rumors have heated up fast and furious on Thursday. That includes a three-way deal where Paul ends up with the Los Angeles Lakers, who give up Pau Gasol. Then there is both Boston and New York working hard to find multi-team deals that…

  24. Lakers are already NBA Facebook champions

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    You like the Lakers. You really like them. We can tell because you actually pushed the “like” button on Facebook for the Lakers more than any other team in professional sports, reports Yahoo Sports. The Los Angeles Lakers quietly became the first American sports franchise to accumulate 11 million Facebook fans. Bryant’s team isn’t just…

  25. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Chris Paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. The Celtics may have been closer to getting Chris Paul than you think. Eddy Curry is about to sign a deal with the Heat. So, you can just start sizing them all for championship…

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