Quiet trade deadline? Don't bet on it

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There have been no early big trades in the NBA, and that because of the economic climate (read: owners don’t want to spend big then go into Collective Bargaining Negotiations with the Players Union and plead poverty) that there might be no big moves made.

Ira Winderman doesn’t buy it.

That has had Portland linked to big men with reasonable contracts, such as Washington’s Brendan Haywood, as well as small forwards with not-so-reasonable contracts, such as the Wizards’ Caron Butler.

the Mavericks, there has been almost a singular fascination with Kevin
Martin and a lofty contract that the Kings appear to be rethinking amid
the rookie emergence of Tyreke Evans. Don’t be surprised to see Dallas
include Josh Howard in some type of far-flung Cuban creation.

is possible that by the trading deadline, the Mavericks bypass the
Lakers for the league’s loftiest payroll and that the Blazers move
closer to the tax threshold.

Read his entire trade deadline breakdown. You’ll be glad you did.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.