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  1. Is Daryl Morey following the Danny Ainge playbook?

    Jul 31, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    For the past few years, the Rockets have been stuck in a rut of mediocrity — not terrible, fighting for a bottom playoff seed and either way ending up with a pick in the middle of the first round somewhere. Not a bad team, not a contender, just a team riding along in the middle.…

  2. Friday And-1 links: Marv Albert is ready for Nets vs. Knicks

    Jul 27, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles

    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. • Marv Albert with the imaginary first call at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn as the Nets take on…

  3. Raptors ink John Lucas III to deal, giving them 3 point guards

    Jul 27, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    We told you recently this was close and now it has become official. Although, that hints at other moves. The Toronto Raptors have signed John Lucas III to a new deal, the team has confirmed. Lucas played well in the absence of Derrick Rose in Chicago for much of last season, averaging 7.5 points a…

  4. Here are all 39 NBA players taking part in Olympics

    Jul 27, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    The Olympic basketball tournament is loaded with NBA players. Loaded. There are 39, and that is just guys currently on rosters (there are a couple not on now that likely will be by the time camp opens. Here is a list of all the NBA players in the Olympic tournament. Not a coincidence that the…

  5. A closer look at the USA’s opponents in Group A

    Jul 27, 2012, 7:36 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony of Team USA fights for a ball against Federico Kammerichs of Team Argentina during their men's exhibition basketball game ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena, in Barcelona

    Anything less than a gold medal will be seen as a failure by Team USA in London. So, no pressure. Just the American basketball legacy on the line. But in reality, the pressure doesn’t ramp up until the final eight — the three knockout-round games. First, there is the group stage. There are 12 teams…

  6. Wednesday And-1 links: Team USA on Segways

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

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    After a little hiatus, 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. • As you can see from the photo to the…

  7. Video: Valanciunas throws down an off-the-glass ally-oop

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    For a lot of Raptors fans, and a lot of NBA fans in general, the Olympics and watching Lithuania will be the first reach chance to get a look at last year’s No. 5 overall pick, center Jonas Valanciunas. He was the guy everyone was saying maybe turns out to be the best (or second…

  8. USA sends golden message to Spain with 22-point win

    Jul 24, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    This was not the gold medal game, nothing was really at stake in Tuesday night’s exhibition in Barcelona. Spain did not put everything they had into this one — for starters, Marc Gasol did not even play. Nonetheless, the message the USA sent in the final three quarters of this rout — that their speed…

  9. Kevin Love finds minutes on Team USA slipping away

    Jul 24, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Andres Nocioni

    On paper, Kevin Love should be playing increasingly key minutes for Team USA — he is second most logical center behind Tyson Chandler, his rebounding and outlet passing skills fit the up-tempo style Team USA wants to play, and on offense he can hit the three and pull opposing bigs away from the basket. But…

  10. Argentina’s Nocioni not sure USA wins gold medal

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Andres Nocioni

    It’s the problem Team USA faces — they are judged as much on style points as wins and losses. So far they are 4-0 in preseason games, but because Brazil led after one quarter and Argentina lost 86-80 — two teams with big front lines playing into a weakness of the U.S. squad — they…

  11. Damian Lillard continues to impress at NBA Summer League

    Jul 20, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    damian lillard

    LAS VEGAS — Seven days in Las Vegas is a long time regardless of the occasion, but there are times that it has seemed particularly long this week as four games in a gym watching fringe NBA players play basketball can surprisingly take its toll on a guy. There are always a few moments that…

  12. Report: Raptors near deal for John Lucas III

    Jul 18, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    Kyle Lowry is in for Toronto (and will play well, this being a contract year and all). Jose Calderon wants no part of being a backup, so his agent and the Raptors are working to find a trade for him. Which means the Raptors need a backup point guard… enter John Lucas III. The former…

  13. NBA Summer League: Where Tyler Zeller stands out above the rest

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:43 AM EDT

    zeller

    The NBA Summer League is already through four days of basketball, leaving those around the world clamoring for non-Team USA basketball just six more days of games until the annual extravaganza is complete. There’s already been one player that has received a confirmed NBA training camp invite (congratulations, Chris Copeland!), but plenty more players are hoping for…

  14. Toronto to trade James Johnson to Sacramento for pick

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    James Johnson Raptors

    The Kings have picked up a good wing defender who can give them some solid if not spectacular minutes, and do so at a good price. The Toronto Raptors have agreed to trade James Johnson to the Sacramento Kings for a second round pick, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Other reports have confirmed this and…

  15. NBA Summer League’s second day features plethora of solid performances

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Memphis Grizzlies

    LAS VEGAS — The second day of NBA Summer League featured pretty the same things as the first — random cameos in the crowd by established NBA like Baron Davis, J.R. Smith and David Lee; a lot of less than stellar basketball interspersed with jaw-dropping highlights and 32 quarters of players most of the crowd…

  16. Raptors working to trade Jose Calderon

    Jul 13, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Calderon drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings' Thomas during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Think there are teams that could use a point guard who averaged 10.5 points and 8.8 assists per game last season (to 2 turnovers per game), who can shoot the three and assisted on 44 percent of his teammates baskets when he was on the floor last season? Anyone want Jose Calderon? He’s the guy…

  17. Welcome to NBA signing day tracker: Griffin, Nash, more ink deals

    Jul 11, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    It’s official, Steve Nash is a Los Angeles Laker. And Blake Griffin is a very rich Clipper. All the deals that have been reported in the past 10 days — such as Deron Williams re-signing with the Nets — go from “agreement reached” to “pen on paper” today. The league has a 10-day moratorium on…

  18. Report: Grizzlies reach deal with Jerryd Bayless

    Jul 11, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    Jerryd Bayless, Kyrie Irving

    He’s not O.J. Mayo, but he’s going to get his chance to fill that role. Last week the Toronto Raptors cut Jerryd Bayless lose and now the Memphis Grizzlies have stepped up and reached a two-year deal with the guard, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Terms of the deal were not yet known. Bayless had…

  19. Who are the most likely amnesty clause cuts? Hello Darko.

    Jul 9, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    We already know Elton Brand will be amnestied in Philly. But come Wednesday (and for one week after that) what other guys are likely going to be sent packing with the amnesty clause this year? Larry Coon of ESPN put together a comprehensive list and here is what we know — there will likely be…

  20. 50 Observations about NBA Free Agency

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    From time to time, I drop random observations because it’s too long for a tweet and too short for a full post. Also because it allows me to crack jokes, which is really the reason I’m here. That and the money. Mostly the money. Anyway, it’s been a crazy week of free agency. Here are…

  21. 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…

  22. 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,…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. Report: Raptors ready to trade No. 8 pick, more for swingman

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Toronto has some players in place, a coach, but they also have a distinct need — they want an established front line wing player. They have set their sights high. And they will give up their No. 8 overall pick to get it. So reports Marc Stein at ESPN. And that’s why the Raptors have…

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