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  1. Dwight Howard and James Harden could form NBA’s best duo

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard is a center. James Harden is a guard. Howard is one of the NBA’s best defenders. Harden is one of the league’s top offensive players. Howard is an elite interior scorer. Harden’s range extends beyond the 3-point line. Howard is excellent as the screener in pick-and-rolls. Harden is superb as the ball-handler on…

  2. Report: Josh McRoberts reaches deal to re-sign with Bobcats

    Jul 5, 2013, 5:07 PM EST

    Josh McRoberts

    Midseason Josh McRoberts was traded from Orlando to Charlotte for Hakim Warrick as two of the worst teams in the league rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic. But McRoberts liked what he got in Charlotte — a starting role and nearly double the minutes. It showed on the court as he averaged what would…

  3. Warriors sign Andre Iguodala after trading Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins to Jazz

    Jul 5, 2013, 4:58 PM EST

    Nuggets' Iguodala controls the ball against Warriors' Thompson during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    The Warriors have either put themselves in prime position to get Dwight Howard or completely eliminated themselves from the race. David Aldridge of NBA.com: Source says the Warriors are sending Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson to the Jazz. Checking on what they're getting back. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 5, 2013 Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: Brandon…

  4. Kings’ brass visit Alabama with DeMarcus Cousins’ big payday looming

    Jul 5, 2013, 12:47 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    In the last two years, a dozen players have posted 17 points and nine rebounds in a season. Here’s the list with the terms of each player’s most recent contract or extension in parentheses: Blake Griffin (five years, $95 million) Dwight Howard (five years, $83,235,900) David Lee (six years, $79,537,680) LaMarcus Aldridge (five years, $65…

  5. Bobcats to amnesty Tyrus Thomas

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:47 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Charlotte Bobcats

    21.7 21.0 18.8 13.8 Notice a pattern? Those are, in chronological order, the minutes per game for Tyrus Thomas during his four seasons with the Bobcats. Still just 26 years old, Thomas has faded into near-obscurity. He averaged career lows in points (4.8) and rebounds (2.3) per game this season, but the lowest point came…

  6. Report: Al Jefferson agrees to three-year deal with Bobcats

    Jul 4, 2013, 2:10 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    Al Jefferson was reportedly looking for a four-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $15 million per season in free agency. He also was said to be interested in waiting for the Dwight Howard domino to fall before choosing his destination, in case a contender became interested in retaining his services. As it turned out,…

  7. Report: Al Jefferson wants $15 million salary, will wait for Dwight Howard to sign

    Jul 3, 2013, 10:48 PM EST

    Al Jefferson

    Al Jefferson signed a five-year, $65 million extension that paid him $15 million last season in the final year of the deal. Whenever teams offers a player so much money, there’s always a risk he rests on his laurels. Jefferson didn’t do that. Since getting that extension, he’s worked hard to develop his offensive game.…

  8. Report: Pistons want to trade for Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay

    Jul 2, 2013, 7:07 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    The Pistons have two of the NBA’s most promising big men, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, and they’ve cleared more than $20 million in cap space this summer. They’re definitely in position to make a jump to the playoffs, which is what general manager Joe Dumars probably needs in the final season of his contract,…

  9. Jose Calderon meeting with Kings, one of many suitors

    Jul 2, 2013, 1:44 PM EST

    Looks more like football as Toronto Raptors' Calderon races Sacramento Kings' Robinson up the court in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    When the Pistons traded for Jose Calderon and his expiring contract, they immediately stressed they didn’t view him as a one-year rental. After years of subpar point guard play since they traded Chauncey Billups, Calderon brought playmaking skills to the position Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey couldn’t come close to matching. But Calderon and Andre…

  10. Late night And-1 links: A few free agency rumors, more

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:39 AM EST

    Nick Young shirt

    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 NBA fans love free agency…. • Not long after free agency opened,…

  11. Brandan Wright poised to get substantially bigger contract

    Jul 1, 2013, 11:41 AM EST

    Bradnon Wright

    Just 14 players have ranked in the top 25 for PER in each of the last two seasons: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Al Jefferson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Brandan Wright, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry. The 13 highest-paid members of that group, even…

  12. Report: Mavericks agree to terms with Israeli guard Mekel; talk to Calderon, Williams

    Jul 1, 2013, 10:35 AM EST

    Gal Mekel

    The Dallas Mavericks need a point guard, especially since they are letting Darren Collison walk. Well, they’ve agreed to terms with one guy who can be their backup and reached out to Mo Williams and Jose Calderon to likely be the starter. We know that Israeli based Gal Mekel has agreed to terms on a…

  13. One dozen NBA free agents to watch (not named Howard or Paul)

    Jul 1, 2013, 3:51 AM EST

    Josh Smith

    Chris Paul is going to stay a Clipper. Dwight Howard is going to do whatever it is Dwight Howard is going to do. But those two are not the only guys who became free agents at the stroke of midnight and we ventured into Monday. Here are a dozen other newly minted free agents worth…

  14. Report: Bobcats plan to pursue Al Jefferson in free agency

    Jul 1, 2013, 1:14 AM EST

    Al Jefferson

    The Bobcats have have a lot of cap space and are looking to spend it on an impact player to help bolster their offensively challenged front court. Their target will be Utah Jazz free agent Forward/Center Al Jefferson according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports. Jefferson averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds a game last…

  15. Andre Iguodala a riskier free agent than meets the eye

    Jun 30, 2013, 8:30 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Which of these players would you have most liked on your team last season: Andres Nocioni, Baron Davis, Brendan Haywood, Charlie Bell, Chris Mihm, Corey Maggette, Damien Wilkins, Earl Watson, Elton Brand, Fred Jones, Hedo Turkoglu, Joel Przybilla, John Salmons, Lamar Odom, Mehmet Okur, Metta World Peace, Michael Redd, Rashard Lewis, Rasual Butler, Ricky Davis,…

  16. Report: Mo Williams won’t re-sign with Jazz unless he remains a starter

    Jun 29, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Mo Williams

    Mo Williams is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he apparently won’t re-sign with the Jazz as a backup point guard — he wants to be the starter. That’s the word out of Williams’ camp, anyway, and if true, he may want to start engaging in some contract negotiations with other teams. From Marc…

  17. Three winners, three losers from NBA Draft. You bet Anthony Bennett is a winner.

    Jun 28, 2013, 3:04 AM EST

    Anthony Bennett from UNLV reacts after being selected by the Clevland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    I will admit this up front: declaring a winner in the NBA draft the night of the draft is premature. We can accurately say tonight that Indiana was a winner in the 2010 draft (Paul George at No. 10, Lance Stephenson at No. 40), but we don’t know how this draft will ultimately play out.…

  18. Jazz owner admits Sloan quit after another fight with Deron Williams

    Jun 26, 2013, 12:50 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    Didn’t we all pretty much know this is how it went down? There has always been a bit of a cloud of mystery around Jerry Sloan’s sudden mid-season departure from the Utah Jazz a couple years back (followed by Deron Williams getting traded away a few weeks later). Sloan and D-Will were at loggerheads often…

  19. Irving, Lillard highlight guys heading to Team USA mini-camp this summer

    Jun 12, 2013, 2:09 PM EST

    East All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes in the three-point contest during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    This summer is when USA Basketball brings in its prospects — guys it wants to get a closer look. Next summer Team USA will be heading off to Spain for the World Championships with a roster that could include a handful of the guys from this camp (mixed with some big name NBA stars). USA…

  20. Gregg Popovich: American players don’t work as hard as foreign players

    Jun 11, 2013, 6:37 PM EST

    Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan

    I always figured the Spurs’ large contingent of international players – Tim Duncan (U.S. Islands), Tony Parker (France), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Boris Diaw (France), Cory Joseph (Canada), Nando De Colo (France), Patty Mills (Australia) and Aron Baynes (Australia) – was the product of three main reasons. 1. Scouting. San Antonio does an…

  21. Report: Jazz talk to Jerry Sloan about returning to organization

    Jun 3, 2013, 12:55 AM EST

    Image (1) nba_sloan.jpg for post 1640

    For 23 years, Jerry Sloan was the head coach and face of Utah Jazz basketball. Then out of nowhere, 54 games into that final season in 2011, he just quit. Mid-season, with no warning. We can debate how much the Deron Williams situation played into that, but the old-school Sloan decided he was done and…

  22. Utah’s Marvin Williams to undergo surgery, expected to be out six months

    May 31, 2013, 9:02 PM EST

    Marvin Williams

    Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams has elected to have surgery to repair his sore right heel/Achilles tendon after several consultations, the team announced on Friday. The estimated recovery time is six months, which would put Williams back in Utah’s lineup sometime after the beginning of December, at the earliest. Williams posted numbers a season ago…

  23. Report: Celtics tried to land Jefferson or Millsap at trade deadline

    May 31, 2013, 2:54 PM EST

    Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

    There has been buzz that Utah Jazz free agent Paul Millsap is the top off-season target of Danny Ainge and the Celtics. They certainly need help along the front line and Millsap would fit in that way. It’s just that the money thing makes it far more complex. But apparently Ainge was trying to land…

  24. Karl Malone to help coach Utah Jazz big men

    May 29, 2013, 7:42 PM EST

    Karl Malone

    The Utah Jazz have a couple really good young frontline players — Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Two guys that could form a powerhouse frontline in a few years. So why not have them learn from the best Jazz big man ever? No, not Mark Eaton, the other one. Karl Malone. Malone is apparently taking…

  25. Friday And-1 links: Conan’s NBA mascot’s that shouldn’t dunk

    May 24, 2013, 7:26 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    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 like Jon Stewart loves Fox News gaffes… • Conan O’Brien gives us (fake, obviously)…

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