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  1. New Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger says he’ll play starters less than Lionel Hollins did

    Aug 27, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    The Grizzlies didn’t overly rely on any single player last season. Marc Gasol played 35.0 minutes per game (32nd in the NBA), Mike Conley 34.5 (40th) and Zach Randolph 34.3 (45th). But collectively, Memphis was extremely reliant on its starters Just three other teams – the Warriors, 76ers and Trail Blazers, who had four –…

  2. Heat, Thunder have smallest roster turnover this summer

    Aug 27, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and teammates wait to take the court against the Spurs during the second half in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Roster consistency is a good thing. Look at the final four teams left standing in the NBA last season — Miami, Indiana, Memphis and San Antonio. Every one of them is consistent. You have to make some moves to get the talent you need, but after that there is really something to be said for…

  3. Dorell Wright said being brought along slowly is why he is still in NBA

    Aug 26, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    Dorell Wright

    Dorell Wright was one of six guys taken straight out of high school back in 2004 — Dwight Howard was the biggest name but Josh Smith and J.R. Smith were as well. (The reason there is a one-and-done rule now is how other picks that year like Robert Swift and Sebastian Telfair made owners want…

  4. Trailer for new “Linsanity” movie looks pretty good

    Aug 26, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    “Linsanity” was a perfect storm in the perfect market. You had a player in Jeremy Lin about to be cut but with one really good skill — he could attack off the pick-and-roll going right (and he was good in transition). He gets thrown on the court out of desperation by a struggling Knicks team…

  5. Top 10 rookie plays of the 2013 season (VIDEO)

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes gets a backwards slam dunk on Denver Nuggets' Anthony Randolph in the fourth quarter of their second NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Denver, Colorado

    This video could be more appropriately titled the top rookie dunks of the 2013 season, since Terrence Ross and Harrison Barnes make multiple worthy appearances. Like most of these compilations, if you paid attention at all last season, the highlight coming in at number one should have been obvious. But it’s all about the journey…

  6. Kevin Durant, other stars light up NYC gym (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

    Kevin_Durant

    This was supposed to be the EBC Finals at the legendary Rucker Park in New York… but Mother Nature was not in the mood for hoops and rained on the parade. So the game got moved indoors in the Bronx to the Gauchos Gym, where some NBA stars still put on a show. Kevin Durant dropped…

  7. Thursday And-1 Links: Dion Waiters party angers neighbors

    Aug 22, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters

    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. • Dion Waters was part of the attraction at an evening pool party outside…

  8. Raptors coach Casey on whether eye surgery will help Rudy Gay improve: ‘I’m keeping my fingers crossed’

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Dwane Casey

    Many NBA observers were happy for Dwane Casey when he got another chance at being a head coach with the Toronto Raptors to start the 2011-12 season. Casey is known for having a high basketball IQ, and for being a no-nonsense, defensive-minded coach. And many believed he didn’t get the fairest of chances while holding…

  9. Kobe Bryant impressed by Frank Robinson at Drew League championship (VIDEO)

    Aug 21, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    frank robinson

    The Drew League gained quite a bit of fame when the NBA’s top players took their talents to the Charles Drew Junior High School in Compton, Calif., during the 2011 NBA lockout.  The annual summer league doesn’t only host talented players during lockout years, however, as proven during Tuesday night’s league championship game featuring the…

  10. Magic let $17 million trade exception received in the Dwight Howard deal expire

    Aug 12, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    When Orlando traded Dwight Howard to the Lakers last summer, the team did so with a long-term vision of entering a full-fledged rebuild in mind. Made simpler, it meant that unless something truly incredible came across the desk of Magic GM Rob Hennigan, that it was fairly likely that the $17.8 million traded player exception…

  11. Report: Grizzlies sign Nick Calathes to two-year, nearly $2 million contract

    Aug 9, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

    Nick Calathes

    Nick Calathes rated No. 6 in the 2009 NBA Draft, according to John Hollinger’s statistical system – behind only Ty Lawson, Blake Griffin, Tyreke Evans, Austin Daye* and Stephen Curry. Back then, there was nothing Hollinger could do about Calathes falling to No. 45 in the draft. Now an executive for the Grizzlies, Hollinger has…

  12. Joe Dumars hopes Josh Smith-Greg Monroe-Andre Drummond frontcourt can take cues from Hawks and Grizzlies

    Aug 7, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

    Josh Smith, Andre Drummond

    Which team has the best starting frontcourt in the NBA? Depending on how you value the top player compared to the depth of the trio, there are several contenders including: Nets (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez) Bulls (Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah) Nuggets (Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee) Warriors (Andre Iguodala, David…

  13. Harden finishes DeRozan alley-oop at Drew League (VIDEO)

    Aug 5, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden takes a defensive position against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City

    The Drew League draws some of Los Angeles’ best to come on out for a little pro-am action. So sometimes you get Compton High’s DeMar DeRozan throwing the lob and Artesia High’s James Harden finishing the play. Impressively, we should add. Just a little summer fun.  Hat tip to Hoopmixtape and SLAM.

  14. Report: Heat express interest in Sebastian Telfair

    Aug 4, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors guard Sebastian Telfair passes the ball in front of Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    After agreeing to terms with Greg Oden on Friday, the Miami Heat now have 13 players who will be on guaranteed contracts for next season. They have the rights to a 14th in Jarvis Varnado, but his deal is not fully guaranteed just yet. If Miami is to max its roster out with 15 guaranteed…

  15. Marcus Camby sacrificed more than $600,000 in salary to leave Raptors

    Aug 2, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Marcus Camby

    Update: Marcus Camby and the Raptors agreed to waive set-off rights in his buyout, according to Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com, which means Camby will make more than I previously calculated including a set-off. The post is now update to reflect accurate figures. Marcus Camby really didn’t want to be in Toronto. After being sent to…

  16. Brooklyn Nets tax bill could be $87 million for next season

    Aug 1, 2013, 10:16 AM EDT

    Newly acquired Net's Pierce, Garnett and Terry hold up their new jerseys as they pose for a photo with principal owner Prokhorov after a news conference in Brooklyn

    The largely free market loving, Republican owners of the NBA teams pushed hard in the last Collective Bargaining Agreement for something that you would think goes against their nature — an increased and very stiff tax structure that sets up a more socialist system. (They would argue the system is needed for the growth of…

  17. Brandon Jennings says he’s happy with trade to Detroit

    Jul 31, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Jennings changed agents last summer because he wanted an eight-digit deal and a move to a major market. Well, he got $8 million a year and a move t a larger market in Detroit, a team that had already added Josh Smith this summer and now with Jennings looks like a playoff team. One…

  18. Report: Austin Daye reaches two-year deal with Raptors

    Jul 30, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

    Austin Daye, Cartier Martin

    On the bright side, last season Austin Daye stopped his trend of getting worse and worse each season he was in the league. He wasn’t great — a PER of 12.9, below the league average — but he was knocking down threes at a 41.8 percent clip. Which is why he gets a chance to…

  19. 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…

  20. Report: Marcus Camby will sign with the Rockets

    Jul 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    The Rockets have made another free agent big man acquisition, and while it’s not as big of a deal as the one involving Dwight Howard earlier this summer, it may be an important one to the team’s ultimate chances nonetheless. Marcus Camby is expected to sign with Houston today, according to a report from Marc…

  21. Suns trade Luis Scola to the Pacers for Gerald Green, 2014 first round pick

    Jul 27, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    scola-suns

    UPDATE 2:48 p.m.: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports the deal has been agreed to, and will send Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee, and a lottery protected 2014 first round draft pick to Phoenix in exchange for Luis Scola. “The trade is consistent with our stated plan to continue to acquire young assets,” said Suns President of…

  22. Report: Bulls, Rockets now front-runners for Camby (Heat not so much)

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    Marcus Camby is an unrestricted free agent, thank you very much Raptors. And big men who can protect the rim have real value around the league, so it is no shock the guy traded to then set free by Toronto has other suitors. Nothing has come together yet, but the Bulls and Rockets are the…

  23. Nets sign former Raptor Alan Anderson to two-year deal

    Jul 26, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v New York Knicks

    Alan Anderson Is a 30-year-old (31 early next season) guard who can knock down open outside shots and provide depth to a team that pictures itself a contender. Say… the Brooklyn Nets. Anderson has reached a deal with Brooklyn, something tweeted out by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, then confirmed by Anderson himself (if you…

  24. 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)…. •…

  25. Coach says development of Valanciunas, DeRozan to alter Raptor offense

    Jul 25, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Jonas Valanciunas

    We’ve been telling you for a couple weeks now that Jonas Valanciunas turned a lot of heads with his play at the Las Vegas Summer League. He got named the Vegas Summer League MVP for a reason. We we’re the only one who noticed. Raptors coach Dwane Casey did as well. He said told Ryan…

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