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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. Damian Lillard plans to work out with Gary Payton

    Jul 26, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Doug McDermott

    Newly minted, soon to be inducted Hall of Famer Gary Payton is a Damian Lillard fan. “I like Damian Lillard because he’s from Oakland, California, and he’s a phenomenal basketball player,” Payton told ProBasketballTalk last January. “He should be the rookie of the year, he’s playing very well right now for Portland and I love…

  3. Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis shine in USA Basketball showcase

    Jul 26, 2013, 1:08 AM EDT

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    LAS VEGAS — The White team beat the Blue team 128-106 in the USA Basketball intra-squad showcase that put a bow on a four-day mini-camp held in Las Vegas this week, but the event was about anything but this game’s final score. The powers that be were looking for mostly intangibles from players in terms…

  4. 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)…. •…

  5. 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…

  6. Players at USA Basketball mini-camp trying to impress with minimal guidance from coaches

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    US Coach K Returns Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — The USA Basketball roster is not only at capacity, it’s overflowing with talented players who all want to represent their country on the world stage. This week’s mini-camp in Las Vegas on the campus of UNLV is an opportunity for 28 additional players to make an impression on chairman Jerry Colangelo, head…

  7. Harden thinks Thomas Robinson will be fit in with Portland

    Jul 22, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks

    Thomas Robinson had a nice Summer League in Las Vegas. He’s a plus rebounder that not only gets the balls in his position but also takes them away from other guys, and he averaged 12.8 rebounds a game. He also averaged 10.4 points and 1.2 blocks through five games. However, the shooting woes were still…

  8. Hawks may have steal of draft with Dennis Schroder at No. 17

    Jul 22, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    Hawks Clippers Basketball

    It is dangerous to read too much into an NBA Summer League performance — remember a year ago the co-MVPs were Damian Lillard and Josh Selby. They went on to have radically different NBA seasons. But the one guy in Las Vegas who leapt out to me as a potential steal of a pick was…

  9. Report: Mike Miller tells friends he’ll likely sign with Thunder

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    Mike Miller

    Mike Miller, who just cleared waivers after being amnestied by the Heat, becoming an unrestricted free agent, will have no shortage of contending suitors. Smart front offices – the type of front offices that can build a winning team that would entice Miller – recognize his value as a 3-point shooter, both because long-distance field…

  10. 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…

  11. Warriors’ Bazemore with big Summer League dunk (VIDEO)

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Wizards Warriors Basketball

    When you start talking about Summer League MVP candidates, Golden State sophomore Kent Bazemore‘s name needs to come up (along the Portland’s C.J. McCollum, Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, and Chicago’s Andrew Goudelock). Bazemore is averaging 18 points a game for the undefeated Warriors, and he put up 25 on Thursday against Dallas. The Old Dominion guard…

  12. 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…

  13. Wednesday Summer League Notes: Hawks may have something in Schroder

    Jul 18, 2013, 1:27 AM EDT

    Hawks Clippers Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Summer League entered the Tournament phase on Wednesday, which really didn’t feel any different yet than the rest of Summer League. Here is some stuff from my notebook… • Atlanta may have a steal getting German point guard Dennis Schroder at No. 17. He is 19 and the reports about his length…

  14. Tuesday Summer League Notes: Gorgui Dieng trying to find his groove, McLemore finds his

    Jul 17, 2013, 1:30 AM EDT

    Gorgui Dieng

    LAS VEGAS — Summer League is more than just coaches in cargo shorts, although it is a lot of that. There’s a lot more going on, so here are some notes from Tuesday…. • Minnesota didn’t draft Gorgui Dieng because of his offense, still it feels like his footwork and overall game has regressed since…

  15. 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…

  16. Wizards open contract negotiations with John Wall

    Jul 15, 2013, 9:12 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards

    The Wizards want to extend John Wall — he’s the guy they want to build around, the face of the franchise, he’s good in the locker room and good on the court (when he’s healthy and on the court). In his last 20 games last season he averaged averaged 23.9 points per game on 48.3…

  17. Sunday Summer League Notes: Talking big men like Zeller, Vesley

    Jul 15, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

    Wizards Warriors Basketball

    Our notebooks are full from another day watching hoop in Vegas are a few notes from Day 3 of the NBA Summer League: • In case you missed it, we’ve written about a couple of big men who are looking good in Las Vegas — Jonas Valanciunas of the Raptors and Cody Zeller for the…

  18. Blazers’ Will Barton leaves Summer League game with a knee injury (VIDEO)

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Barton grabs a rebound against Los Angeles Lakers center Howard during second half of their NBA basketball game in Portland

    LAS VEGAS — Will Barton had an active first half for the Blazers in Summer League action on Sunday versus the Lakers, getting to the rim for a couple of highlight plays that included a reverse layup and a flying slam dunk. In the third quarter, however, Barton suffered a knee injury and his afternoon was…

  19. C.J. McCollum hits the floater after dazzling off the dribble at Summer League (VIDEO)

    Jul 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    C.J. McCollum

    LAS VEGAS — The overall quality of play in Saturday’s Summer League game between the Suns and the Blazers was among the best we’ve seen over the event’s first couple of days, and a quick look of the rosters makes it easy to understand why. Phoenix started four players that played heavy minutes in the…

  20. Summer League Notes: The svelte Draymond Green and other Day 2 highlights

    Jul 14, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

    Wizards Warriors Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Saturday saw some rough rookie debuts but also some strong performances. Here are a few notes and highlights from Day 2 of Summer League in Vegas. • Ben McLemore had a rough shooting Summer League debut at 4-of-23, but as noted in PBT’s story it wasn’t as bad as it looked. •…

  21. Thursday And-1 links: List of deals that have become official

    Jul 11, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    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 they love going to Vegas for Summer League… • Since the calendar flipped…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. Report: J.J. Hickson reaches three-year deal to join Nuggets

    Jul 7, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    J.J. Hickson

    J.J. Hickson had a breakout year in Portland last season finally starting to deliver on long-seen promise — he averaged 12.9 points a game on 56.7 percent shooting, 10 rebounds a game and had a PER of 19.9. However he didn’t fit with the Blazers — Hickson is a four, the Blazers already have one…

  25. One of the next big summer questions: How big an extension for John Wall?

    Jul 7, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    John Wall

    Agent Dan Fegan has been a tad busy at the start of free agency, what with being one of the agents and key advisors to Dwight Howard and all. But now that is basically done and Fegan can move on to another client and one of the other interesting questions of the NBA Summer: What…

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