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  1. Reports: Blatche, Birdman could be amnestied by end of day

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    Tuesday is the final day teams can use their amnesty clause on players this year and a couple of players likely will be waived before the day is over. Two guys being reported as likely targets are Andray Blatche in Washington and Chris Anderson — the Birdman — in Denver. Blatche would not be a…

  2. The Inbounds: Steve Nash, the Lakers, and the lawlessness of the point guard wilderness

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    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. “How does Steve Nash help them stop Russell Westbrook or Tony Parker?’ That’s the standard reaction from skeptics to the…

  3. 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…

  4. Kyrie Irving fractured his hand at NBA Summer League practice

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:13 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The NBA Summer League has had a lot of solid players doing a lot of solid things, but there hasn’t been a player able to create a buzz quite like Blake Griffin, John Wall or any of the other Summer League stars of yonder years. It looked like Kyrie Irving might be that player considering…

  5. Donatas Motiejunas and other young players started off solidly at NBA Summer League

    Jul 14, 2012, 2:12 AM EDT

    donatas motiejunas

    LAS VEGAS — The NBA Summer League began on Friday and, unfortunately, none of the games were very close. Fortunately, however, there were a lot of pretty stellar performances that fans should be impressed with considering their rookies were playing in their first professional games. It’s tough to take too much of the game to…

  6. 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…

  7. It’s official, Ray Allen signs with Heat (Rashard Lewis, too)

    Jul 11, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles

    We knew it was coming, but it still seems a little strange to see Ray Allen sitting there with Pat Riley and holding up a Miami Heat jersey. Allen admitted this came out of the blue as well, saying he cried after the Heat eliminated the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals…

  8. Report: Rashard Lewis near deal to join Miami Heat

    Jul 10, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis Wizards

    UPDATE 6:11 pm: According to Brian Windhorst at ESPN this is a two-year deal worth $2.8 million. Other reports have suggested the second year of the deal is a player option. Not expensive. Still not a huge risk. But in that second year if he doesn’t pan out the Heat could have really used that…

  9. Report: One way or another, Wizards want out of Blatche game

    Jul 10, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    Priority No. 1 for the Washington Wizards had to be changing the locker room culture. It made judging players impossible. As yourself this question: If Rajon Rondo was drafted to Wizards and John Wall came out of college paired with the veteran leaders in Boston, how would they be different players now? So Washington has…

  10. Hawks meet with Anthony Randolph as Ferry keeps bargain hunting

    Jul 9, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Randolph_Anthony

    Anthony Randolph had himself a nice little season last year. After years of being the do-it-all forward who couldn’t do anything, he landed in Minnesota and showed some genuine talent and the ability to legitimately play the 4, something which had eluded him for years in Golden State. With Minnesota, he finally made some progress,…

  11. 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…

  12. Ray Allen joins Miami Heat: No such thing as traitors here

    Jul 7, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    In 2007, Ray Allen had spent five years in Seattle. There were likely kids in Seattle who had Ray Allen jerseys. Sonics fans touted him as a great scorer. The team wasn’t great. But Allen had ties to the Sonics at that point, since coming over in a trade from Milwaukee. Allen didn’t have a…

  13. Thursday And-1 links: Maybe Indy will not match Hibbert offer

    Jul 5, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    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. • I have said I expect the Indiana Pacers to match the max-offer (four…

  14. 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…

  15. Report: Suns prepping large offer for Hornets’ Eric Gordon

    Jun 30, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    It sounds like Eric Gordon is going to get paid. Likely he gets that money to stay and play in New Orleans, but the restricted free agent who may be the best young two guard in the league will get his money. The Suns want a two guard and are looking to make a big…

  16. NBA Draft Grades: Yes, New Orleans gets an A+

    Jun 29, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    Yes, this is very premature. I know that, you know that. But neither of us like to wait. So here are my draft grades from 2012. We can look back on this together in three years and have a good laugh. Atlanta Hawks: B They got the best pure shooter in the draft in John…

  17. Video: John Wall on Beal, “We got exactly who we wanted.”

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    The Washington Wizards got their man. After their trade last week to bring in Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor, four-fifths of the Wizards starting lineup was set. They needed a two guard. Thursday night they drafted the best two guard on the board in Bradley Beal out of Florida. Draft picks are always a risk,…

  18. 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…

  19. Coach Krzyzewski sticks up for Austin Rivers before draft

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    Austin Rivers is not the most polarizing guy in this draft – we’re looking at you, Andre Drummond — but he’s on the list. Rivers has unabashedly modeled his game after Kobe Bryant. That has upside — he has a real drive to score, he has the ability to shoot outside or get inside, he’s…

  20. Anthony Davis will not be highest paid rookie ever

    Jun 27, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    There is a rookie salary scale in the NBA that makes first round-picks very affordable for owners for the first couple years at least, and really four or five for most players. It makes the truly elite players like a Derrick Rose or Blake Griffin a real steal for the first several years they are…

  21. Report: Price for Bobcats No. 2 pick? Tyrus Thomas.

    Jun 27, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

    Tyrus Thomas

    You want your team to jump ahead of everyone (except New Orleans) and pick up Thomas Robinson or Bradley Beal high in the draft? The Bobcats are shopping the No. 2 pick around, you can jump up and get your man. The price? You have to take on Tyrus Thomas. That according to Michael Lee…

  22. Three potential NBA Draft busts (but we hope not)

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    West Virginia v Connecticut

    I hate the idea of calling a guy a bust before the draft. You simply can’t say a guy will not pan out before he steps on the court for even a Summer League game. Let alone for an NBA game. Some guys rise to the challenge of stiffer competition. Some guys take a few…

  23. Three guys who could be the surprise second best player in this draft

    Jun 23, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Make no mistake, this is the Anthony Davis draft. He is the franchise player, the guy who can be a top 10 player in the league, the guy you build a contender around, the guy people pay to see. The Hornets have literally won the lottery. After that there is a consensus of guys going…

  24. The Wizards and a future of risk

    Jun 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Wizards uniform, logo

    You know what I’d be angling for, were I an NBA GM? A boat. Because those guys make a lot of money and I want a boat. I’d also be angling for the Washington Wizards’ 2014 and 2015 first rounders. Getting future firsts is difficult in the NBA. NBA front offices take a lot of…

  25. Report: Hornets will match any offer for Eric Gordon

    Jun 23, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    One of the ways people found to discredit the Hornets’ trade of Chris Paul to the Clippers (as opposed to trading him to the Lakers for three old guys, one of whom is a space cadet) was the question of Eric Gordon‘s free agency. Either he wasn’t good enough as a return trade piece, or…

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