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Latest in the Dwight Howard Saga

The NBA is a buzz with rumors today about Dwight Howard.   “Dwightmare” is in full force.   Initial reports indicated the big man requested a trade to Brooklyn to play alongside Deron Williams. Even though the Orlando Magic are well aware of Dwight’s wishes, that isn’t stopping them for...

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Clippers Lock in Blake Griffin; Future with CP3 Unsure

As soon as free agency began on July 1, 2012, the Los Angeles Clippers offered contract extensions to their two stars, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.   As expected, all-star forward Blake Griffin agrees to sign the five-year/$95 million contract extension that was offered to him. However, Chris Paul declined...

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Eric Gordon to Visit Potential Teams to Sign With

A week and a half before the start of the previous NBA season, Eric Gordon was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in the package deal which sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. As a Hornet, Gordon only played a total of nine out of 66 games.  ...

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Scott Brooks to Remain Head Coach for Thunder

After the Thunder lost to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, it was questionable that coach Scott Brooks would return next season as head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Rumors swirled around saying Phil Jackson might make a comeback to coach the young Thunder squad.   All the...

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Dwight Howard wants trade to Nets

According to ESPN.com, Dwight Howard has told Magic GM Rob Hennigan Friday that he wanted out of Orlando and wants to play for the Brooklyn Nets.   Howard still has one-year left on his deal and won’t become a free agent until next summer.  No decision has been made about...

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Nets Trying To Land Joe Johnson To Pair With Deron Williams

The Nets and Hawks are discussing a trade centered around Joe Johnson, according to sources.   Brooklyn would pair Johnson with a re-signed Deron Williams.   With no deal is close to completion, sources say the teams are discussing trade on multiple fronts.   Trading for Johnson would likely eliminate...

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Luis Scola, Kevin Martin & Kyle Lowry On The Trade Block

General Manager Daryl Morey is on the hot seat.   With the team stuck in neutral after not making the playoffs for three consecutive years, Houston has decided to put all of its’ top players on the trade market. Samuel Dalembert has been traded. Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin have been shopped around extensively.  Now comes...

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Clippers acquire Lamar Odom; Mo Williams Sent to Jazz

The Clippers acquired Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks in a four-team trade, which also sent guard, Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz. Williams exercised his player option which put the final stamp on the deal to move the rightful pieces to each of their respective teams.   The Clippers...

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Kevin Garnett to Remain with Boston Celtics

The news is Kevin Garnett will be coming back to play for his 18th NBA season with the Boston Celtics. After the Boston Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, the veteran forward was considering retirement.   The season was rough because...

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Scott Brooks, Thunder Not Close To Contract Agreement

While the focus as of Sunday will be on free-agent NBA players, the Oklahoma City Thunder are still hoping to keep their coach, Scott Brooks, from entering the same waters.   As of Friday, the only certainty is that for the tale of the Thunder’s feel-good rise to continue, general manager Sam...

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O.J. Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies To Part Ways

The Memphis Grizzlies issued qualifying offers to two of their impending free agents, but they did not extend one to guard O.J. Mayo. That makes the sought-after Mayo an unrestricted free agent.   Ronald Tillery of Memphis’ Commerical Appeal writes that Mayo’s high qualifying threshold — $7.4 million — factored into...

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Flynn Interested In Bulls, Lakers, Nets, Suns, Blazers & Raptors

Jonny Flynn is seeking a fresh start this offseason and just might find it with the Los Angeles Lakers.   Flynn has identified six teams — the Lakers, Portland, Phoenix, Toronto, Chicago, and Brooklyn — as potential destinations and should find mutual interest from the potential suitors, according to a...

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Jordan Farmar To Opt Out, Become Free Agent

Jordan Farmar, who has played with the Nets franchise for the last two seasons, has opted out of his contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent.  Farmar signed with the Nets after a fairly successful run off the Lakers bench to begin his career, but he never separated...

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Lakers Extend Qualifying Offers To Ebanks And Darius Morris

The Los Angeles Lakers have extended qualifying offers to forward Devin Ebanks and guard Darius Morris, making them both restricted free agents, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.   A second year player out of West Virginia, Ebanks was selected by the Lakers in the second round...

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Jameer Nelson Opts Out, Becomes Free Agent

Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson has declined his player option for the 2012-13 season and will become a free agent, reports Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel.   Schmitz’s colleague, Josh Robbins, detailed on Thursday the pros and cons of Nelson’s decision. In essence, Nelson has opted to hit free...

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Wolves Actively Pursuing Pau Gasol

The Wolves are pursuing Pau Gasol and are offering Derrick Williams in the process, according to two sources.   Minnesota offered Derrick Williams to the Bobcats for the No. 2 overall pick in hopes of helping to acquire Gasol.   The Wolves want to pair Gasol with Kevin Love and...