Tuesday And-1 links: Let the trade rumors begin

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Here is our daily 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).

The Golden State Warriors have their eye on Brook Lopez (if that whole “trade for Dwight Howard” thing doesn’t work out for the Nets).

Ramon Sessions to the Hawks for Marvin Williams? It’s been discussed.

In a game of semantics, the Raptors say they are not shopping Jose Calderon, but they are listening to offers.

Looking at the remaining schedules of the playoff teams in the West — Dallas and Los Angeles have it tough.

On the other end of the scale, looking at who might be getting the most ping-pong balls come the lottery.

LeBron James sees a lot of Magic Johnson in his game.

Shawn Kemp thinks he was a better dunker than Blake Griffin… man, that is a close one.

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson returned from Orlando to a hero’s welcome at the Sacramento airport.

The NBA All-Star Game drew the second highest ratings of the last seven years. Which is not bad considering it was on opposite the Oscars.

Another Jeremy Lin song. This one a little more mellow.

The story of a woman who sort of knew Jeremy Lin in college and now all her friends want all the scuttlebutt.

The Celtics Jermaine O’Neal is going to see a hand specialist.

There was a time when Bobby Simmons was a rising star with the Clippers, a Sixth Man of the Year type guy. Things changed. Now he is up from the D-League with a 10-day contract from the Clippers.

The Grizzlies recalled rookie Josh Selby from the D-League on Monday.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.