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  1. Three spots remain on Team USA. Who should get them?

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

    Clippers' Griffin slam dunks against Grizzlies during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    We know who already had their tickets punched for London. Nine spots on the Team USA Olympic hoops roster have been secured and you can’t really argue with any of them: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler. That means three spots are…

  2. Not even Drake can keep Tony Parker out of Olympics

    Jul 6, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

    Tony Parker

    Not Drake. Not Chris Brown. Nobody is keeping Tony Parker out of the Olympics. The French point guard has been “given the green light” by doctors to compete for France in the Olympics and he will play in some of their tune-up games in the next few weeks, the team announced (via the AP). “The…

  3. Hasheem Thabeet agrees to deal, will come off Thunder bench

    Jul 6, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    hasheem thabeet

    When you think Hasheem Thabeet, you think bust. Harsh, but let’s be honest. He’s the former No. 2 overall pick of the Grizzlies (taken in front of James Harden, Ricky Rubio and Stephen Curry) who has struggled the last two seasons to get on the court for some pretty unimpressive teams (Houston, Portland late in…

  4. Nicolas Batum is very excited to agree to offer sheet with Timberwolves. Too bad Portland thinks that’s adorable.

    Jul 6, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum defends against Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton in Portland

    We’ve got another “my heart is in XXXX” that’s pointless. At some point, these players need to accept their fate as restricted free agents and move on. This is the CBA, it’s life in the NBA, and if you wanted to accept the qualifying offer you could. But no. Nicolas Batum has agreed to a…

  5. Thursday And-1 links: Maybe Indy will not match Hibbert offer

    Jul 5, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    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. • I have said I expect the Indiana Pacers to match the max-offer (four…

  6. Report: Kidd jilts Mavericks at altar, agrees to deal with Knicks

    Jul 5, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Mark Cuban’s “tear it down to build it back up” plan has worked out about as well as Napoleon invading Russia so far. No Deron Williams. No Steve Nash. No Dwight Howard (yet, at least). Jason Terry leaves for Boston. And now Jason Kidd, who the Mavs said they were near a deal with, has jilted…

  7. Report: Clippers reach deals with Jamal Crawford, Chauncey Billups

    Jul 5, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

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    The battle for Los Angeles games next year are going to be amazing. And we could see those battles deep in the playoffs. The Clippers addressed a key need Thursday by reaching a three-year agreement with Jamal Crawford, reports the Los Angeles Times. At the same time they reached a deal to bring back injured…

  8. With Nash out of picture, Knicks trying to bring back Felton

    Jul 5, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    The Knicks lost out on their target — they thought they were the front-runners for Steve Nash, but he chose being close to his family over his second home in New York. So now the Knicks are looking at bringing back Raymond Felton, tweets Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Knicks have emerged…

  9. Clippers meet with Jamal Crawford, scheduled to meet with Ray Allen next

    Jul 4, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    jamal-crawford-blazers-clippers

    The Clippers’ plans in free agency are fairly simple, and make a lot of sense to anyone who watched them last season: Upgrade the outside shooting to open things up for Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to do what they do inside. The team took steps in that direction on Tuesday by bringing in Jamal…

  10. Bulls’ Noah’s ankle injury keeps him out of Olympics for France

    Jul 4, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    France enters the London Olympics with an outside shot at a medal. Everyone expects the gold and silver will go to the USA and Spain in some order, but bronze is wide open and France brings some real talent — Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw… But not Joakim Noah. Remember he rolled his ankle…

  11. Nicolas Batum is angry at Portland, except he’s really not

    Jul 4, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    What a long, strange trip it’s been this free agency than Nicolas Batum. And it’s not even close to over yet. It’s an entertaining tale but we all know how the movie ends — he will be back in Portland as a key part of the rebuilding there. Let me explain. It all started last…

  12. Anthony Davis’ ankle injury not that bad, will attend Team USA camp

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    The initial reports did not sound good, but sometimes injuries are not as bad as they first appear. Anthony Davis’ ankle injury was not as severe as first reported and he will attend the USA Basketball Olympic training camp in Las Vegas starting later this week, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC…

  13. Don’t be shocked if Thabeet ends up on Thunder bench

    Jul 3, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

    Thabeet

    The days of Hasheem Thabeet — he former No. 2 pick of the Grizzlies, taken in front of James Harden, Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan and others — getting a big NBA payday are gone. But he likely is still on an NBA roster next season. Maybe a very good one. From Darnell Mayberry…

  14. Clippers ready offers to Jamal Crawford, Chauncey Billups

    Jul 3, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    The Clippers need a two guard who can help them diversify their offense (we saw what happened when the Spurs stifled Chris Paul in the playoffs, it wasn’t pretty). Jamal Crawford can do that, even if last year’s Crawford should not be confused with the Sixth Man of the Year version. On another note, Paul…

  15. Long shot Odom pulls self out of Olympic consideration; Lin leaves USA Select Team

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    He was a long shot anyway after the disaster of a season he just had, but Lamar Odom — who had an invite to Team USA Training Camp — is dropping out of consideration. Via the only other national media member that went to my high school, ESPNLosAngeles’ Arash Markazi, on twitter: Lamar Odom tells…

  16. Monday And-1 links: Free agency odds/ends edition

    Jul 2, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    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. Today, lots of free agency stuff. • Michael Jordan’s son Marcus, who plays college…

  17. Report: Anthony Davis severely sprains ankle, out of Olympics

    Jul 2, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Draft Hornets Basketball

    And Team USA loses another potential big man for the roster. Recent No. 1 pick Anthony Davis severely sprained his ankle in a workout for the Hornets, which leaves him very unlikely to be ready when USA Basketball opens training camp Friday (July 6) in Las Vegas and he is now out for the games,…

  18. The Inbounds: Free Agency and the Magical Musical Chairs

    Jul 2, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Suns guard Nash looks to drive on Mavericks center Mahinmi during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy.  If the Pacers don’t match Hibbert’s offer, then Batum could go to Minnesota. If the Bulls don’t match Asik’s offer,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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,…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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