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  1. Tuesday And-1 Links: Re-imagining the 2010 NBA draft

    Aug 27, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game One

    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 pundits love mock outrage over Miley Cyrus (you know, if you don’t…

  2. Kelly Olynyk, C.J. McCollum fare well in annual rookie survey

    Aug 27, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT

    Kelly Olynyk

    We already told you that when asked during the rookie photo shoot who their favorite player in the league was, the majority of incoming NBA players said Kobe Bryant. But those rookies to be were asked a lot more, too — and it was the Celtics Kelly Olynyk and the Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum who…

  3. Jazz could get Marvin Williams back from Achilles early in season

    Aug 22, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

    Marvin Williams

    Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke was doing a Google hangout/chat talking all things Utah when he dropped in an interesting little nugget: Reserve forward Marvin Williams could be back from his Achilles injury by training camp or early November, a couple weeks into the season. Williams is in the last year of his contract…

  4. Blazers GMs says Aldridge is happy, scoffs at trade rumors

    Aug 9, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Portland has a LaMarcus Aldridge issue to deal with — there are reports he is unhappy and his people have come to the Blazers proposing trades. Aldridge has denied all of this. Of course, if you’re an unhappy player it is best to have your agent and others do this kind of legwork while you…

  5. Who are Rookie of the Year favorites? Burke, Oladipo to start

    Aug 9, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    There’s a formula for who often wins the Rookie of the year. They have to be a good player, certainly. More than that, he needs to be a player with the ball in his hands and on a team where he is going to be asked to take on a lot of responsibility. Damian Lillard…

  6. Mo Williams says he could have started elsewhere, wanted to win in Portland

    Aug 8, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

    Mo Williams

    Mo Williams had some options, there were a number of teams that had interest in him — at Summer League you heard teams surprised he was available. The Miami Heat were among the teams that wanted him. Williams wanted a chance to win plus more than just the league minimum salary. He got it in…

  7. Trey Burke talks draft, living in Utah with NBC Sports

    Aug 8, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    Trey Burke

    If you’re looking for your early Rookie of the Year favorite, Trey Burke is the guy. First, we know he can play after watching him lead Michigan to the national championship game last year. Second, he’s going to get a ton of minutes in Utah (where they want him to learn on the job) and…

  8. Report: Portland reaches deal to bring in Mo Williams

    Aug 7, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

    Mo Williams

    Damian Lillard to start then Mo Williams off the bench? That’s a pretty good combination. That’s what Portland has now — the Blazers have reached a two-year $5.6 million deal with Williams, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The second year is a player option. This is a great get for Portland, they now have…

  9. A few more images out of Rookie photo shoot day

    Aug 7, 2013, 2:57 AM EDT

    Trey Burke

    As we’ve been telling you, Tuesday was Rookie Photo Shoot day in the NBA — we’ve brought you some fun images and a couple good dunks. Tomorrow we’ll have some other fun stuff from the day. But for now here are some of the official photos of the day that I liked. No. 1 pick…

  10. 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…

  11. Heat, other teams show interest in Mo Williams

    Jul 27, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Mo Williams

    When talking at Summer League, people around the associated seemed surprised that Mo Williams was still on the board as a free agent. Williams isn’t elite but he is a solid veteran — 12.9 points and 6.2 assists a game last season, plus he shot 38 percent from three. The most likely landing spot for…

  12. Karl Malone thought the Jazz threw him a birthday parade before he even played for them (They didn’t)

    Jul 26, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    NRA 500

    Karl Malone grew up in the country and played at the relatively at small Louisiana Tech before the Jazz drafted him with the 13th pick in 1985, so he was a little wet behind the ears at that point. Steve Luhm of The Salt Lake Tribune: His first visit to Utah coincided with the state’s…

  13. Rosters set for Thursday’s USA Basketball intra-squad showcase

    Jul 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes

    LAS VEGAS — USA Basketball will wrap up its four-day mini-camp on Thursday with an intra-squad showcase that will be played in front of fans at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV, and televised nationally on NBA TV. The rosters have been set for what is essentially an All-Star game where the…

  14. Who are the best free agents left on the board? Here are seven.

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Gary Neal

    There’s not much left out there. By this point in the summer the guys left as free agents are flawed and are still free agents for a reason. That said, there are still quality players out there who could help teams. Guys with skill sets that if used properly can bring real value to a…

  15. Summer League championship game set between Suns and Warriors

    Jul 22, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Raptors Suns Basketball

    LAS VEGAS – The two teams that have played the best and most consistent basketball through the first 10 days of Summer League will, not surprisingly, compete for the inaugural tournament championship played on the final day of the action. The Suns will face the Warriors in Monday night’s title game, with tip-off set for…

  16. Delonte West hopes for another shot with NBA team

    Jul 22, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    Delonte West was cut for disciplinary reasons before the start of last season by the Dallas Mavericks, probably the most player friendly organization in the NBA. After that he couldn’t find another NBA gig, spent a little time in the D-League, but basically sat out last season. Now he is hoping to get a chance…

  17. Second round Jazz pick Neto will play into Europe next season

    Jul 22, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

    Raul Neto

    This isn’t a surprise — when the Utah Jazz traded with Atlanta to grab point guard Brazilian point guard Raul Neto with the No. 47 pick in the last draft we said he’s a guy that could be stashed overseas a year or two while he develops. Apparently that is what is going to happen,…

  18. Sprained ankle to keep Taj Gibson out of Team USA mini-camp

    Jul 19, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    Chicago’s Taj Gibson’s blend of size and athleticism makes him an interesting fit for what Team USA likes to do — press on defense, create turnovers then get out and run. Play to your strengths, and with the USA that is the level and depth of athleticism. But a sprained ankle is going to keep…

  19. Report: Magic to sign Ronnie Price

    Jul 16, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire, Ronnie Price

    Much like why the tanking Jazz signed John Lucas III, the tanking Magic will sign another guard with a reputation for being a good locker room presence. Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest: Ronnie Price has reached an agreement with the Orlando Magic, a league source informed CSNNW.com. Alex Kennedy of Hoops World: Ronnie Price's agreement…

  20. Kawhi Leonard to skip USA Basketball mini-camp; George Hill, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added to the roster

    Jul 16, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    USA Basketball will hold a four-day mini-camp in Las Vegas following the conclusion of Summer League beginning on July 22, and while the roster was originally set to include Kawhi Leonard, that will no longer be the case. Leonard will miss the mini-camp “while rehabbing from a long season,” USA Basketball announced on Tuesday via…

  21. Report: Jazz to sign John Lucas

    Jul 15, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey talks with guard John Lucas III during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills

    If the Jazz are Riggin’ for Wiggins – and by letting two of their top players (Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson) leave in free agency and trading for hefty contracts (Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and, to a lesser degree, Brandon Rush) just to get draft picks, it sure seems like they are – they’ll still…

  22. Report: Elton Brand to sign with Atlanta, according to agent

    Jul 15, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    Elton Brand

    The Atlanta Hawks needed a solid center who would allow Al Horford to play his more natural four spot. For a year they may have found that guy in Elton Brand — the veteran big has agreed to a one-year deal with Atlanta, his agent David Falk told Hoopshype. “We think it’s a great opportunity…

  23. Who is left on free agent market? Pickings getting slim but a few good players out there

    Jul 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Free agency has been open for more than two weeks now and most of the big names are gone, not just Dwight Howard but also guys like Andrew Bynum, Mike Dunleavy, Al Jefferson, Andrei Kirilenko, Quentin Richardson, Nick young and more. But there are a few name guys left on the market. Guys with flaws…

  24. Cody Zeller looks comfortable, drops 23 in Summer League

    Jul 14, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Cody Zeller

    LAS VEGAS — When the Bobcats have the ball next season, Al Jefferson is going to set up his own personal KOA Campground on the low block. When he is out of the camp and resting on the bench Bismack Biyombo will be in that same spot. Which means rookie No. 4 pick Cody Zeller…

  25. Report: Kemba Walker pitched Bobcats on, recruited Al Jefferson

    Jul 13, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Charlotte Bobcats

    In 2011-12, the Bobcats could have won 12 more games – in a 66-game schedule, no less – without sacrificing any lottery positioning. The Magic out-tanked Charlotte last season, but both those teams were so far below the rest of the NBA, the Bobcats still could have won a couple more games without relinquishing any…

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