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  1. 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…

  2. What Dwight Howard brings to Rockets (VIDEO)

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Newly signed Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard during news conference in Houston

    The Rockets won the big prize of the off-season… so what exactly did they win. Coach Nick of BBallBreakdown does great work (like this video on Brandon Jennings) and he turned his lens toward Dwight Howard. He talks about things we have here — this move makes the Rockets much better defensively, he’s an upgrade…

  3. Report: Marcus Camby will sign with the Rockets

    Jul 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    The Rockets have made another free agent big man acquisition, and while it’s not as big of a deal as the one involving Dwight Howard earlier this summer, it may be an important one to the team’s ultimate chances nonetheless. Marcus Camby is expected to sign with Houston today, according to a report from Marc…

  4. First guess at who makes Team USA for 2014 World Championships

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    The FIBA World Cup – the basketball World Championships coming to Spain next summer — don’t play as big in the United States as the Olympics. It can get overlooked… unless Team USA loses, then newspaper columnists who hadn’t given the thing a sideways glance will pontificate on how this is some kind of disaster.…

  5. 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…

  6. Lakers first take on Howard, Rockets on Nov. 7; open against Clippers

    Jul 25, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    The first showdown between Dwight Howard and his new friends on the Rockets and his old team the Lakers may happen before Kobe Bryant returns from Achilles surgery. The Lakers will face the Rockets first on Nov. 7 in Houston, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports and confirmed by Kevin Ding of…

  7. Chandler Parsons says credit him for Dwight Howard picking Houston

    Jul 24, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    We told you during the Dwight Howard period of indecision (well, the most recent one) that Chandler Parsons was going full on college recruiting on Dwight. It worked. And Parsons would like a little credit for that. Speaking with Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports Parsons laid out what he did to recruit Howard — and…

  8. Tuesday And-1 Links: Three years out, Lorenzen Wright’s murder unsolved

    Jul 23, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

    Lorenzen Wright

    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 Americans love baby English monarchs… well maybe not that much. • Three…

  9. Harden thinks Thomas Robinson will be fit in with Portland

    Jul 22, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks

    Thomas Robinson had a nice Summer League in Las Vegas. He’s a plus rebounder that not only gets the balls in his position but also takes them away from other guys, and he averaged 12.8 rebounds a game. He also averaged 10.4 points and 1.2 blocks through five games. However, the shooting woes were still…

  10. Lower expectations next season should give Mike D’Antoni a real chance with the Lakers

    Jul 21, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles during a media conference after practice at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    Mike D’Antoni was placed into a situation as head coach of the Lakers last season where he never really had a fair chance to succeed. The hope in Los Angeles this year is that due to expectations being lowered significantly from the championship-or-bust mentality that (rightfully) surrounded the team a season ago, D’Antoni won’t be…

  11. Lots of interest in Mike Miller, with Durant, Marc Gasol recruiting him

    Jul 20, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    This has been one of the dominant themes of this offseason — good shooters have value. Guys like J.J. Redick and Kyle Korver are getting longer deals (four years) well over the average NBA salary because they are deadeye shooters. Meanwhile, if you dominate the ball and are not an efficient shooter you find the…

  12. Jordan Farmar made a financial sacrifice to rejoin the Lakers

    Jul 20, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    jordan farmar

    It’s no secret that the Lakers needed to find talent willing to sign up to play for them at a bargain price to round out their roster for next season, once the plan to convince Dwight Howard to stay fell through and the team still had a payroll north of $70 million staring them in…

  13. Report: Mike Miller tells friends he’ll likely sign with Thunder

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    Mike Miller

    Mike Miller, who just cleared waivers after being amnestied by the Heat, becoming an unrestricted free agent, will have no shortage of contending suitors. Smart front offices – the type of front offices that can build a winning team that would entice Miller – recognize his value as a 3-point shooter, both because long-distance field…

  14. Rockets officially sign Aaron Brooks and Reggie Williams

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks

    Now that the Rockets have Dwight Howard, the goal is to surround him and the rest of the team’s core with enough talent and depth to build a contending team. With that goal in mind, the Rockets have officially added two perimeter threats that should be able to take advantage of the space Howard creates…

  15. 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…

  16. NBA to pay a portion of Kevin Durant’s max contract

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    BASKET-TPE-US-NBA

    NBA teams were operating under uncertainty entering the 2010-11 season. The Collective Bargaining Agreement was scheduled to expire the next summer, and there was no telling what terms the new deal would include. Teams might have to drastically shed salary to get under a hard cap. Trade exceptions could expire during a lockout. Existing contracts…

  17. Report: Pelicans consider offering Greg Oden a two-year contract

    Jul 18, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    The free agent tour that Greg Oden is on right now is rivaling the one that Dwight Howard embarked upon once the free agency period began on July 1. The difference, of course, is that while teams were begging Howard to allow them to give him close to $90 million over four years, Oden is…

  18. Mark Cuban says Mavericks are ‘in a better spot’ now than if they signed Dwight Howard

    Jul 18, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    The Mavericks were one of five teams Dwight Howard met with during his free agent tour, but for whatever reason, they were eliminated from contention fairly early in the process. Now that Howard is with Houston, and Dallas has been forced to fill in its roster with many smaller pieces that may or may not…

  19. Jon Hamm (you know, Don Draper) takes Dwight Howard shot at ESPYS (VIDEO)

    Jul 18, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

    John Hamm

    In case you missed ESPN’s annual award show the ESPYs Wednesday night because you were watching NBA GMs play table tennis or some other odd reason, Don Draper was the host. His friends call him Jon Hamm, but I believe in typecasting. And I love “Mad Men.” During the show he took a few shots…

  20. Joe Dumars calls Andre Drummond untouchable, but what about Greg Monroe?

    Jul 17, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Lawrence Frank, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond

    Just six other players have matched the per-minute scoring, rebounding and blocking rates Andre Drummond posted last season (minimum: 400 minutes). Most of them are in the Hall of Fame. Bill Walton did it ages 22 and 24, Robert Parish at 25, Hakeem Olajuwon at 27 and 28 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 28. Another likely…

  21. D’Antoni said Howard didn’t play his role on Lakers, questions fit in Houston

    Jul 17, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Dwight Howard

    How Houston incorporates Dwight Howard into their offense is going to be interesting. Here are two facts to dwell on: 1) The Houston Rockets played at the fastest pace in the NBA last season. They averaged 98.6 possessions per game, which was faster than the Nuggets (97.8), faster than the Warriors (96.8), faster than everyone.…

  22. Report: The Lakers want to chase LeBron and Melo next summer. Is that news?

    Jul 17, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

    So let me get this right: A team with massive amounts of cap space next summer that wants to rebuild free agency is going to go after the two biggest names potentially on the board? Shocking. Who could have predicted that? So apparently the Lakers are going to try and go after LeBron James and…

  23. Stephen A. Smith, speaking off the air, says Knicks owner James Dolan wanted to trade Iman Shumpert

    Jul 17, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    During a taping of an ESPN interview with Dwight Howard conducted by Stephen A. Smith, apparently someone was able to watch via the satellite feed, and then record it as it happened. What that led to was some off-camera comments that were obviously not meant for public consumption being released into the wild, and it…

  24. Report: Raptors nearing buyout with Marcus Camby, who will receive interest from Clippers, Bulls and Rockets

    Jul 16, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

    Marcus Camby wasn’t happy to be traded to the Raptors, who tried to flip him before the deal – also involving Andrea Bargnani – ever became official. When that didn’t happen, Camby again expressed his desire for a buyout or trade. Because of his high salary – $4,383,773 next season and $4,177,208 the following year…

  25. Tyler Hansbrough doesn’t exactly sound pumped to be a Raptor (VIDEO)

    Jul 16, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough

    Tyler Hansbrough is EXCITED to be a Toronto Raptor… After the Pacers brought in Chris Copeland and let Hansbrough walk, he landed a two-year deal with the Raptors for just over $5 million (second year not guaranteed). Not a bad pickup for Toronto, he brings some toughness and minutes at the four off the bench.…

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