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  1. Six teams jump into Jamal Crawford hunt on opening day

    Jul 2, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    To me, the question is what Jamal Crawford are you getting? Is it the 2010 version that was a feared gunner and Sixth Man of the Year who averaged 18 points a game, shot 38 percent from three and changed a contest when he stepped on the floor? Or, is it the 2012 version that…

  2. Top 10 most interesting NBA free agents to watch

    Jul 2, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Lockout? You mean those months last year we didn’t have basketball as owners fought to put constraints on themselves because when it comes time to bid for free agents they don’t trust themselves to be rational? What lockout? Less than 48 hours into the 2012 summer free agent frenzy owner rationality has gone the way…

  3. Free Agency Rundown 7.1.12: The movers, they are a shaking

    Jul 1, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Here’s what’s going on with free agency news and rumors as the moratorium period began Sunday night at 12:01 a.m..Do not, by any means, consider this comprehensive. There’s so much going on, we’re just trying to get you an overview. (HT: Hoopshype, IAmAGM.com) Atlanta Hawks Well, for starters, they’re exploring a deal for Joe Johnson…

  4. Report: Trail Blazers offer Roy Hibbert max deal. Expect Pacers to match.

    Jul 1, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    True NBA big men are hard to find. And the simple economic theory of supply and demand applies. Roy Hibbert is a 25-year-old All-Star true NBA center who averaged 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds a game, but showed his real value in the playoffs when his length really bothered Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on…

  5. NBA, union reach deal on Bird rights that is win for Knicks

    Jun 29, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    This gets complex but here is the bottom line for Knicks fans — you can re-sign Jeremy Lin now and still have your mid-level exception to chase free agents such Steve Nash or Ray Allen this summer. Remember last week that an arbitrator ruled in favor of the union — who filed on behalf of Lin,…

  6. Chris Bosh pulls name from Olympic consideration

    Jun 29, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh USA

    Team USA takes another blow to its front line. Chris Bosh played through an injury to beat Boston and win an NBA championship, but he never fully recovered from his abdominal strain that had him out for nine games of the playoffs. To recover from that, he has pulled his name from consideration for the…

  7. NBA Draft recap: Three winners. Three losers.

    Jun 29, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    NBA prospect Davis from the University of Kentucky tries on his cap after being selected by the Hornets as the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft in Newark

    Let’s be honest — we don’t know who the winners and losers from this draft are. We will not know for a three to five years. We should be rating the 2009 NBA Draft now (Clippers and Thunder are your winners, the Grizzlies and Hasheem Thabeet are your losers) not the one that happened last…

  8. NBA Draft: PBT’s pick-by-pick Draft tracker

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:11 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Locate the refresh button on your browser now, because this is where you are going to want to be for the entire 2012 NBA Draft. Every pick will be discussed here, from Anthony Davis at No. 1 to the next Isaiah Thomas at No. 60 (last year’s final pick who turned out to end the…

  9. Dwyane Wade needs knee surgery, withdraws from Olympics

    Jun 28, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    That Dwyane Wade played as well as he did through the Heat’s title run considering how bad his left knee was in an impressive feat. And his knee was bad. Wade has learned he will need knee surgery and today called USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski to withdraw from Team USA…

  10. Report: Celtics, 76ers, Timberwolves pursuing Jamal Crawford

    Jun 27, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol

    With its core getting up there in years (save Rajon Rondo), the Boston Celtics need to add some more scoring firepower. You could see it in the playoffs against Philly (and through the regular season). Jamal Crawford is walking, talking firepower. Or at least he was a couple years ago. The former Sixth Man of…

  11. Rockets, Blazers could emerge from draft much improved

    Jun 26, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    Five years from now, we may remember this as the New Orleans Hornets draft. It’s the one where they landed Anthony Davis and set the franchise on a path to contention. But there are other teams that could be making bold moves to become contenders. Specifically, Houston and Portland could come out of Thursday night…

  12. Tuesday And-1 links: The new NBA luxury tax and you

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    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. • There’s a great post from Mike Prada at SBN that starts to explain…

  13. Nets, Suns, Blazers and Knicks on Raymond Felton’s radar

    Jun 22, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    Free agent point guard Raymond Felton wants to play in a system that works for him next year. Of course, what he really wants to do is get the largest paycheck possible. But after that it’s about fit — he wants to be in an up-tempo offense again, Felton told SCNow.com (which is the combined…

  14. Sessions opts out, becomes free agent; Lakers need a PG again

    Jun 19, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    That turned out to be the definition of a rental… Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions — who the team picked up at the trade deadline, sending their first-round pick to Cleveland — has opted out of his deal and will become a free agent, reports Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. He was to…

  15. Berri’s 10 most overpaid players list has hits, misses

    Jun 18, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    kobe-game-3-thunder

    It’s a fun mental exercise to make us feel smarter than GMs — who are the 10 most overpaid players in the NBA? Dave Berri — the co-author of The Wages of Wins and the economics professor who has consulted with NBA teams — came up with a list for CNBC that got a lot…

  16. Brandon Roy confirms he wants to make a comeback

    Jun 16, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    The rumors are true, and for better or worse, Brandon Roy is going to give it another go. Roy’s friend Will Conroy said on Twitter that he and Roy were together answering questions Friday night, and provided photo evidence. Roy retired this season due to his knee condition which robbed him of most of his…

  17. Report: Heat, Knicks, Clippers on Jamal Crawford’s radar

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:31 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    Jamal Crawford is not returning to Portland last year. That turned out to be a failed experiment. So where does the former Sixth Man of the Year — who has put up pretty pedestrian numbers the last couple seasons — want to play next? Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports some rumors on that.…

  18. Report: Okur may leave NBA, sign in native Turkey

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    Mehmet Okur, the oft-injured veteran big man who was traded from the Nets to the Trail Blazers last deadline but was waived by Portland before he ever set foot on the court, may be leaving the NBA. Okur, a free agent, may return to play in his native Turkey, tweets David Locke, the radio voice…

  19. Blazers’ Crawford confirms he’ll opt out, become free agent

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    This is not a surprise, but now there is a quality two guard and former Sixth Man of the Year available on the free agent market. Jamal Crawford, who struggled to find a groove with the Portland Trail Blazers this year, has opted out and will test the free agent market, he confirmed to Seattle…

  20. 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.…

  21. 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,…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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