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  1. 2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 3 recap

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:35 AM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp Day 3

    The final day of adidas Eurocamp didn’t necessarily feature the camp’s best players, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few guys who made their presence felt. The camp’s top prospects were long gone by Day Three, with Evan Fournier, Tomas Satoransky, and even Nihad Djedovic all choosing to forego the last day’s activities.…

  2. Danilo Gallinari tells players at adidas Eurocamp that they will have to earn their NBA respect

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp Day 3

    Danilo Gallinari and Nicolas Batum held a question and answer session with the players at adidas Eurocamp on Tuesday, and the event covered a variety of topics. The most interesting dialogue came from Gallinari, as he explained to the players what it’s like to transition from playing in Europe to playing in the NBA. Essentially,…

  3. 2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 2 recap

    Jun 11, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp Day 2

    Evan Fournier is the top international prospect in attendance at adidas Eurocamp, and after skipping the first day of action, Fournier was a full participant in Day Two’s activities. Projected as a mid-to-late first round pick before playing at Eurocamp, if anything, his play on Monday solidified his draft position, and perhaps even made his…

  4. Report: Kings not likely to offer Tyreke Evans extension

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried, Tyreke Evans

    This summer, everyone from the 2009 NBA Draft class is eligible to have their rookie contract extension. For a guy like No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin it’s a no-brainer. It’s a no-brainer for No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet, too, just for a very different reason. But what about Tyreke Evans? The Sacramento rookie of…

  5. Report: Golden State thinking small forward and Jason Kidd

    Jun 6, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    One half of the report out of the San Francisco Chronicle makes a lot of sense — Golden State needs an upgrade at the three spot and they have a lot of assets heading into the draft to make a move. But the second half of this makes no sense to me. The San Francisco…

  6. Sudden reversal: GM Olshey leaving Clippers for Trail Blazers

    Jun 4, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

    Neil Olshey

    This was a fast 360. First rumors circulated that Clippers general manager Neil Olshey had met with Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen about that franchise’s open general manager’s position. The Clippers responded by talking to Olshey and announcing last week they had reached a “deal in principle” with him to stay in Los Angeles. But…

  7. Anthony Davis “long shot” to make U.S. Olympic Team

    Jun 4, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Anthony Davis got the Golden Ticket, the invite to the ball — he got an invite to the USA Basketball Training Camp. He got in the door due to injuries — Dwight Howard is out, LaMarcus Aldridge may well be out and Team USA could use some size to deal with the Spanish front line.…

  8. Look for Portland, Brooklyn to make big-money run at Nash

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    We told you the Chicago Bulls may reach out to Steve Nash and see if the veteran point guard wants to play for them for the league minimum. But if Nash is willing to play for that price to chase a ring he will have his choice of destinations — Miami, New York, Dallas, Los…

  9. Blazers may just decide to make interim coach, GM permanent

    Jun 3, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    chad buchanan

    Portland’s year-long, on-and-off search for a GM has been as tidy and clean as a home on Hoarders. It’s a mess. And after all that it may end up falling back to the guy who has been doing the job the whole time — Chad Buchanan. The “interim” guy who has rocked the job while…

  10. LaMarcus Aldridge was hospitalized with deadly blood virus

    Jun 2, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    This is scary. As Kevin Garnett would say, “really [expletive] scary.” Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge found himself in the hospital this week with a potentially deadly blood virus. He wrote about it in his blog on trailblazers.com (hat tip to Blazers Edge). On Saturday I came down with a blood virus. I quickly…

  11. Report: Warriors targeting Iguodala, Gay, Granger, unicorns, hippogriffs

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Warriors logo

    The Warriors at this point might as well put up a big neon sign outside their offices that read “TRADE MARKET FLEA SALE TODAY!” Ever since they went into tank mode, they have made it known that their players are available for trade and that they want a small forward in return. And by landing…

  12. What would it mean for teams to win NBA Draft Lottery

    May 29, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Fates will be decided by some bouncing balls and random numbers Wednesday. Not just the fate of lock No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis (and guys like Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson and many more). It’s the fate of franchises (and general managers) that will be decided. What would it mean to the 14…

  13. Kevin Durant, LeBron James head All-NBA Teams

    May 24, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Here’s the problem with nitpicking the All-NBA teams — there are no bad players on any of the first three. You can argue if you want (and as I would) that LaMarcus Aldridge deserves a spot on the third team more than Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki, but that doesn’t make the guys on the…

  14. Clippers targeting wing players in free agency

    May 23, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    It’s still odd to think of the Clippers as a team that could enter next season as a contender — this has been the worst franchise in the league for decades. But Blake Griffin started to change the culture and perception around the team, then Chris Paul arrived before the season and added rocket fuel…

  15. Greg Oden had the German procedure Kobe had done on his knees

    May 19, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Greg Oden needs a break. A good break. He needs something, anything, with his health to go right. After so many knee surgeries I’ve lost count, Oden needs something to go his way to change his career and give him a second third fourth chance at living up to his potential. Everything that’s happened has…

  16. Friday And-1 Links: Kareem still not good at “Jeopardy”

    May 18, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Here is our daily 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. • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar went back on a charity/celebrity Jeopardy event (after his classic flub…

  17. Nicolas Batum isn’t waiting around, will sign first good offer

    May 15, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    Nicolas Batum will be in demand this summer — he is nearly an elite defender on the wing, averaged 13.9 points per game last season and plays within himself on offense, and he shot 39 percent from three. Name a team that couldn’t use a guy like that? The Spurs and other teams are reportedly…

  18. It does not sound like Andre Miller will return to the Nuggets

    May 13, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Andre Miller was traded on draft night last year to Denver, and from the start it was an odd fit. Miller had signed with Portland as a free agent and wanted to be considered a top tier player. He had struggled with Nate McMillan and despite his chemistry with LaMarcus Aldridge, was moved for what…

  19. Banged up Bulls Deng, Noah both still playing in Olympics

    May 11, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    Luol Deng and his wrist, Joakim Noah and his ankle were two names near the top of the lengthy scroll of Chicago Bulls injuries that undid them in the first round of the playoffs. But those injuries are not keeping Noah or Deng out of the Olympics this summer. Both confirmed since the Bulls were…

  20. USA Basketball wants to know if Aldridge is in or out

    May 9, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    LaMarcus Aldridge is on the list of players that USA Basketball is considering for the Olympics this summer — a big man with an outside shot is a valuable asset in the international game. Aldridge is also going to have surgery on his hip May 10. The short end of his recovery time from this…

  21. Paul Allen says he’s not selling Blazers in open letter to fans

    May 9, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Paul Allen

    This was not a good season to be a Blazers fan. They went into the season as a dark horse contender and ended it as a team that is rebuilding from the front office to the roster. Owner Paul Allen admitted in an open letter to fans it was his toughest year of the 24…

  22. USA Basketball given extension to submit Olympic roster

    May 9, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    NBC London Olympics logo

    USA Basketball faced a challenge — the deadline to submit their Olympic roster was June 18. That is before the NBA finals will be over (most likely), it is well before USA Basketball opens training camp on July 6 in Las Vegas. But the USA has gotten an extension, reports the USA Today. The deadline…

  23. Report: Blazers interview former Hornets GM Bower

    May 9, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    trail blazers logo

    Portland finally seems serious about getting a full time GM in, rather than just having Chad Buchanan do the job and calling him interim. Former Hornets GM Jeff Bower got an interview last week, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. The Portland Trail Blazers’ year-long search for a new general manager has continued in earnest,…

  24. Report: Crawford to opt out of contract, become unrestriced free agent

    May 8, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    From HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy: Jamal Crawford will opt-out this summer, source confirms. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent. Wolves, Nets, Suns among potential suitors. Crawford, the 2010 6th Man of the Year and the NBA’s all-time leader in four-point plays, is a combo guard who can get hot at any time and pour in points…

  25. Anthony Davis, James Harden added to Team USA training camp

    May 3, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    Anthony Davis could go straight from winning a national championship with Kentucky to winning an Olympic gold medal with Team USA. Davis, along with Oklahoma City guard James Harden, has been added to the pool of potential candidates that could be selected to represent the United States in London, USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo announced.…

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