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  1. Spurs are aggressively shopping for a small forward, Jefferson on the way out?

    Dec 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Richard Jefferson

    The Spurs will likely look a bit different this year than they did last season. Tim Duncan‘s a year older. Manu Ginobili is a year older. DeJuan Blair‘s knees are a year older. They traded George Hill for Kawhi Leonard. Tiago Splitter will get more minutes. And from the looks of it, they’ll have another…

  2. Friday Night Video: John Wall’s summer highlights

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:31 PM EST

    John Wall, Jeff Teague

    I watched way too much meaningless basketball this summer trying to get a fix. I will be the first to admit that you can’t take much away those games. But one guy jumped out at me — John Wall. I think he’s going to explode this season. He looks healthy (he was slowed by nagging…

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

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    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…

  4. Report: Wizards will not amnesty Rashard Lewis. Yet.

    Dec 1, 2011, 1:10 PM EST

    Rashard Lewis Wizards

    If we didn’t call this the amnesty provision the Gilbert Arenas rule, we would call it the Rashard Lewis rule. He is owed $21.1 million this season and $22 million next season, and while he still has some value at as a stretch four he doesn’t have second-highest-paid-player-in-the-league value. But the Wizards are not going…

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

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    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.…

  6. David West drawing interest from Pacers, Warriors, more

    Nov 30, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    David_west

    David West (kind of like Caron Butler) is an interesting free agent case — he’s 31 and coming off major knee surgery. Combined those are a pretty massive red flag. But he has been a good, borderline All-Star (he made it in 2008 and 2009) forward who is one of the best pick-and-pop bigs in…

  7. Westbrook, Griffin talk dunks, wear suits in GQ

    Nov 30, 2011, 2:08 PM EST

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    Nothing goes together like fashion and dunks. Well… maybe chocolate and peanut butter, but that’s it. Which is why a new photo spread in the pages of GQ goes so well together. NBA players Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Andre Iguodala, JaVale McGee and Shannon Brown talk dunks and get their pictures taken dunking in suits.…

  8. Don’t go blaming the lockout when injuries pile up

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Starting Dec. 9 when training camps open, guys are going to get injured. And when it happens you are going to inevitably hear an announcer or that fool down bar from you drinking Bud Light say, “That’s because of the lockout.” No, it’s not. While it seems intuitive, it just doesn’t work that way. A…

  9. Tuesday morning one liners: Rumor mill starting to spin

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Kris Humphries Nets

    If you read one thing on the new NBA CBA, this breakdown by Larry Coon of ESPN should be it. This will make you smarter. Here is a complete list of all 129 free agents that hit the market Dec. 9. It makes almost no sense for the Lakers to make a run at Kris…

  10. Monday morning one liners: Coming, going from Europe

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:47 AM EST

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    With the end of the NBA lockout, NBA players are exiting Europe and heading back to the good ol’ US of A for an NBA season. What players are on the move are the highlights of our morning one liners. If you read one thing today, make it this very thoughtful look at where the…

  11. Report: Yi Jianlian out 2-4 weeks

    Nov 26, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    Players will be making their way back from overseas now that the lockout is effectively over, yes, even those that signed with the Chinese Basketball Association and their “no opt-out” rule. You’re going to see a slew of releases over everything from “injuries” like strained hamstrings to “personal differences” as reasons why CBA teams “release”…

  12. NBA labor meetings rolling along with little word

    Nov 25, 2011, 7:51 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    If you’re desperately looking for good news out of the NBA labor talks, after nearly eight hours of negotiations on Friday there is almost no news out of the room. No news may be good news, or at least a sign that the two sides have gotten serious. There have always seemed to be leaks…

  13. Friday one liners: Steve Nash vs. Jason Kidd charity game

    Nov 25, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    kidd-nash

    Like the leftovers you are trying to fashion into meal, here are few things scattered around today we are fashioning into a post. • Up at UC Berkley (what you call Cal) there is a charity game scheduled now for Dec. 10 billed as “Steve Nash vs. Jason Kidd” (via the twitter of Yahoo’s Marc…

  14. Wednesday Morning One Liners: Ceballos doing well

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

    ceballos

    We bring you a Thanksgiving feast of rumors, reports and international news this morning. Cedric Ceballos is recovering well after having a blood clot removed from his coronary artery, reports the Arizona Republic. You can odd Magic Johnson and Paul Pierce to the rosters for the Barack Obama fundraiser game next month, reports the Washington…

  15. Wizards rookie Chris Singleton shows some perspective on the lockout

    Nov 4, 2011, 3:29 PM EST

    Chris Singleton

    The NBPA hasn’t done the best job of managing their PR front. David Stern has done his damnedest to control the public message of the lockout, all while the factions that have reportedly formed among the players threaten to decertify the union entirely and rip the 2011-2012 season apart. Yet individually, the lockout has provided…

  16. Wolf Blitzer convinced Jordan to play for Wizards? Thanks a lot.

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:56 AM EST

    Michael Jordan Wizards

    In my “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” world, I have wiped out memories of Michael Jordan in a Wizards jersey. But it did happen. And really he didn’t play poorly, he was an older good player on a bad team, something we see plenty of in the NBA. That’s just not how I choose…

  17. JaVale McGee may become citizen of, play for Philippines

    Oct 31, 2011, 1:57 PM EST

    JaVale McGee of the Wizards gets ready to throw one of his jerseys into the crowd before a USO "Hoops for Troops" event at Schofield Army Barracks in Wahiawa

    Last summer, while NBA big men were dropping like flies, Wizards center JaVale McGee came close to being part of the Team USA squad that won gold at the FIBA World Championships. But he didn’t make the cut, Tyson Chandler did. However, if McGee were on the Philippines national team, he would be the best…

  18. Jordan Crawford feels he can be better than that other Jordan guy

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:12 AM EST

    Jordan Crawford Wizards

    There are things you should not admit publicly. For example, that you like Jimmy Buffett music. Or that you don’t like chocolate. People will just look at you askew if you say that out loud. Or, if you’re a baller, saying that you think you can be better than Michael Jordan. Well, we’d like you…

  19. John Wall working on jumper, thinking dunk contest

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    John Wall

    John Wall has been one of the stars of the summer. The free flowing, showboat and no defense games from the pro-am circuit cater to his strengths, but there has been something special. He looks healthy and his explosive athleticism is back. He is lightning fast end-to-end. And his jumpshot is falling. I’ve seen Wall…

  20. Yi Jianlian signs deal to play in China during lockout

    Oct 10, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    Jianlian

    Yi Jianlian, the second best player to come to the NBA out of China and who played last season for the Washington Wizards, is headed home. Yi has signed a deal to play in China during the lockout. That in and of itself is not a shock — he’s a star over there and had…

  21. Allan Houston Rule could become the Gilbert Arenas Rule

    Oct 9, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Chicago Bulls

    Rashard Lewis is talked about as the poster child for bad contracts. But Lewis is a willing defender, can hit from the outside, and was very productive for most of his contract. So when talk of the so-called amnesty clause came up recently in NBA discussions, it wasn’t Lewis whose name was linked. It was…

  22. John Wall drops moves on unsuspecting guys on the street

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:56 AM EST

    Wall_celebrates

    You’re just walking down the street minding your own business, thinking about if you’d fire Hank Williams Jr. or maybe checking twitter out on your phone, then… BAM, John Wall drops a crossover on you. It happens. The Wizards’ point guard was speaking with ESPN’s high school site and talked about what could happen if…

  23. What the Wizards should do when the lockout ends…

    Sep 28, 2011, 7:37 PM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    We’re trying to be optimistic about the lockout here at PBT, and as part of that we are looking at what all 30 NBA teams should do when the lockout ends. And we’re sticking with when, not if, it ends. To see the full Western Conference list, click here. Last season in Washington D.C.: For…

  24. Murder suspect Crittenton out on bond, must wear ankle monitor

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    Javaris Crittenton, Brian Steel

    Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has been released from jail on a $230,000 bond but must wear and ankle bracelet so that he will not try to skip out before a pending murder trial. That is the result of a hearing on Tuesday, one of the first steps in putting Crittenton on trial for the…

  25. Video: John Wall shines again in Indy vs. Goodman League exhibition

    Sep 25, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    Perhaps you’re struggling to make any sense out of these exhibition games. Truth be told, there’s almost nothing to take away from them. They’re for the players to stay in playing shape, hang out, get taken care of by promoters, and make a few highlights. The trends we see with players shining can have vastly…

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