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  1. Report: Mavericks to add Yi Jianlian

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    Jianlian_Yi

    The Mavericks continue to search out new ways to improve their team after getting their first win Friday over Toronto. ESPN.com reports that the Mavs will be adding Chinese forward Yi Jianlian. The deal is likely to be finalized within the next 48 hours, sources said. After looking mostly at centers to fortify their frontcourt…

  2. Andrei Kirilenko to play full season in Moscow, not NBA

    Dec 31, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for

    Teams looking for a little boost along the front line will not be getting an AK47. Andrei Kirilenko came back to the USA as a free agent has decided to return to CSKA Moscow and play in NBA this season, TalkBasket.net confirmed. Kirilenko will join up with his CSKA Moscow teammates on January 3rd, after…

  3. 100 early season observations

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    We lost basketball this year. Precious, sweet basketball. And even though most of the lockout happened in the offseason, those days were still slogs through disappointment and frustration. So to mourn those days and celebrate the first week of professional basketball this season, here are 100 observations on the early season. 1. Lob City’s a…

  4. Monta Ellis out Saturday for Warriors, Curry questionable

    Dec 30, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Golden State’s scoring power could be very depleted when Philadelphia comes to town Saturday. Monta Ellis has been given permission to miss the game to attend the funeral of his grandmother who recently passed away in Mississippi, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. “Bottom line is he’s a family member going through something right now,” (coach…

  5. Deron Williams wants some help in New Jersey. Ya think?

    Dec 28, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Reading Deron Williams‘ comments in the New York Times, you get the idea that Williams likes living in New York. He is living in SoHo with his family and commuting to New Jersey, plus doing charity work in Brooklyn. He’s happy there. He was at a party Tuesday night in SoHo to celebrate his partnership…

  6. Baseline to baseline recaps: Lakers sure don’t look tired

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:07 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    What you missed while debating the merits of a law forcing porn actors to wear condoms… Heat 115, Celtics 107: We broke this one down as our game of the night. But can you ever really get enough Norris Cole? Lakers 96, Jazz 71: If you watched this game and didn’t know which team was…

  7. Report: Kyrylo Fesenko reaches deal with Golden State

    Dec 27, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

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    Golden State is still looking to add size in the paint, and they may have found some. Ukrainian center Kyrylo Fesenko has reached a one year deal with the Golden State Warriors, reports CSNBayArea.com and Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. It’s a one-year deal for about $1 million, using up the cap space Golden State…

  8. Nets trade for Mehmet Okur to fill in for injured Lopez

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    The Nets have landed a player Deron Williams is familiar with. New Jersey traded for Mehmet Okur, bringing in the Turkish big man to fill in for the injured Brook Lopez. The Jazz get a second round pick and a trade exception out of the deal — and they get $10.9 million off the books.…

  9. Video: Jeremy Evans dunks hard on Gerald Wallace

    Dec 22, 2011, 1:43 AM EDT

    Jeremy Evans, Gerald Wallace

    Damn Jeremy Evans. No that dunk didn’t count, it was called a charge. Gerald Wallace did have his feet outside the circle, although I think he got them there after Evans took off. That said, we’re not going to argue a borderline call in a preseason game. I didn’t know much about Jeremy Evans until…

  10. Tuesday morning one liners (KG is taunting Raptors again)

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2011

    Our morning 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). Kevin Garnett went all Kevin Garnett and taunted a Raptor during a meaningless preseason game. Does this even shock us anymore? Jason Terry had to leave Mavericks…

  11. Deron Williams says he will be “grumpy” if Nets lose a lot

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams is going to be grumpy. D-Will is a very competitive player and he’s about to be on a team that is going to lose a lot of games. He’s not used to that (college Final Four, Olympic gold, won more than he lost in Utah). The Nets have been trying desperately to land…

  12. Report: Andrei Kirilenko near multi-year deal with Nets

    Dec 19, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    This is not the superstar the Nets need — or the guy that keeps Deron Williams with the team into Brooklyn — but it would be a nice step forward. Sportando out of Europe reports Andrei Kirilenko — currently playing well for CSKA Moscow — is close to a multi-year deal to join the New…

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks start out season on top

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to our inaugural power rankings for the 2011-12 NBA season (a regular Monday feature at PBT). These are fun if ultimately meaningless — in the NBA we have a playoff system to decide who is best (are you listening college football?). This is a preseason ranking, so remember that when you get mad about…

  14. Josh Howard signs on with Utah Jazz

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Utah Jazz have decided to Roll the dice on Josh Howard. Howard has signed with the Jazz for this season (ESPN’s Chris Broussard broke the story). Utah has C.J. Miles at the small forward but a healthy Howard brings a lot more offensive weaponry and points to the picture. Healthy is the question mark…

  15. NBA Season Preview: Phoenix Suns

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    nash-gentry-preview

    Last season: 40-42, good for 10th place in the West, and six games out of the playoff picture. Head Coach: Alvin Gentry Key Departures: Vince Carter was waived by the team and was picked up by Dallas. Aaron Brooks signed to play in China just before the lockout was resolved, and while the Suns still…

  16. NBA Season Preview: Utah Jazz

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    2010-11 record: 39-43 Head Coach: Jerry Sloan… no, wait, Tyrone Corbin Key Departures: Ronnie Price Key Additions: Enes Kanter, Alec Burks Best-Case Scenario: Enes Kanter and Al Jefferson combine like Voltron to be one of the best offensive frontcourts in the league. Devin Harris reminds everybody why they thought the Jason Kidd trade was so…

  17. Tuesday morning one liners (we’re talking haircuts)

    Dec 13, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    vintage-basketball-photos-14

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. The 50 worst haircuts in NBA history. Vladimir Radmanovic is way too low at No. 12. Despite the reports to the contrary, the Nets do not have a deadline to get Dwight Howard or…

  18. 2011 NBA Free Agency and Trade Current Events: This league is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    Let’s say you had a full day of work on Thursday, and then a dinner engagement with a friend, or your kid had a basketball game or something. Then on Friday you had another full day, and then a work Christmas party. This is the holiday season, everyone’s busy. Perhaps you’ve missed what’s gone on in…

  19. NBA “Deal Day” moves and rumors (constantly updated)

    Dec 9, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Today is going to be the Black Friday Sales of the NBA — there will be deals happening fast here, there and everywhere. Just like at Wal*Mart, you might have GMs pepper spraying others to make sure they get the player they want. It’s going to be hard to keep up with all the information,…

  20. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Chris Paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. The Celtics may have been closer to getting Chris Paul than you think. Eddy Curry is about to sign a deal with the Heat. So, you can just start sizing them all for championship…

  21. Apparently Andrei Kirilenko is very popular these days

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    aKirilenko

    Andrei Kirilenko has a lot of friends in the United States. Or people that want to be his friends. Particularly general managers of teams that want to be his friend. Fifteen teams have reached out to the free agent forward, AK-47’s agent told Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers are among that group…

  22. Friday morning one liners: Where Afflalo gets some love

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    Our daily list of things you should know about that didn’t fit in our other posts. Who is the most coveted free agent not over 6’11? Arron Afflalo of the Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. He is restricted and Denver will match any reasonable offer. Brandon Rush made some tweets that would have gotten…

  23. Thursday morning one liners: NBA rumor mill keeps churning

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Durant football

    LeBron James and Kevin Durant played flag football Wednesday night. The score: Nobody tore an ACL. That’s the only score that matters. If you want to get an early jump on MVP voting (which, admittedly, may be a tad premature what with training camps not even open yet) we’ve got you covered here at NBC.…

  24. Nets reportedly interested in Nene, Tyson Chandler

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Nene

    From ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard: NJ will pursue free agents Nene & Tyson Chandler in hopes of landing 1. Could use either as trade bait to land Howard or players around him. Seeing as to how center Brook Lopez is one of New Jersey’s core players, this report is a bit baffling. Nene is the best…

  25. Turkish team retires Deron Williams jersey after 15 games

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    It was a unforgettable, magical whirlwind of basketball these past couple months in Istanbul. I guess. Besiktas, the Turkish team that had Deron Williams while lawyers argued BRI on the other side of the globe, decided to send D-Will off with a jersey retirement ceremony, reports Deadspin (and the video is below). D-Will looked pretty…

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