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Former Miami heat player Shane Battier gestures to his former teammates before an NBA basketball between the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Shane Battier meets with Sixers, says “The playing ship has sailed”


Shane Battier, the 13-year NBA veteran and two-time NBA champion, was in Philadelphia meeting with people in the Sixers organization Thursday.

Battier was one of the names rumored as a veteran player the Sixers might bring in to provide some leadership in the locker room (the Sixers recently signed Elton Brand for that role), so him hanging out with Sixers brass raised some eyebrows.

Nothing to see here, move along.

That according to Shane Battier himself, via Jessica Camerato and John Finger of CSNPhilly.com.

If you’re taking fashion advice from Sam Hinkie, you’re doing it wrong.

But it sounds like this was just another step in the Sixers management talking to veterans and making changes that will bring a little more stability — and a few wins — to the organization.

Grizzlies waive center Ryan Hollins, sign Eliot Williams

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have waived center Ryan Hollins.

The 31-year-old Hollins, averaged 1.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 block and 7.0 minutes in four games with the Grizzlies. The 7-footer from UCLA signed with Memphis on Dec. 29.

Holins has averaged 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 490 games over a 10-year career with Charlotte, Dallas, Minnesota, Cleveland, Boston, the Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento, Washington and Memphis.

PBT Note:

This move was made to clear out space for a guard the Grizzlies want to take a look at more closely.

PBT Podcast: Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan talk with author Roland Lazenby

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Roland Lazenby is arguably the best author writing books on the NBA out there right now. His research is meticulous, his storytelling inspired.

His last book was about Michael Jordan. His next one coming out in April is about Kobe Bryant.

Lazenby and Kurt Helin talk about the comparisons between Kobe and Jordan, how they differ, Kobe’s farewell tour and much more. By the way, Lazenby is convinced that Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski are going to put Kobe on the Olympics roster for Rio this summer.

You can listen to the podcast below, you can listen and subscribe via iTunes, or you can check out our new PBT Podcast homepage, which has the most recent episodes available. If you have the Stitcher app, you can listen there as well.

Report: Teams calling Cavaliers about Mozgov trade, getting rebuffed

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Timofey Mozgov has seen his minutes steadily decline all season long. The first 10 games of the season he was starting and playing 21 minutes a night, but Cleveland is going smaller with a front line of Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love starting up front and Mozgov playing less and less off the bench (15.2 per game in his last 10 and just 4.5 minutes in the Cavaliers win against Washington).

That has other teams calling to see of Mozgov is available via trade, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports. The answer is no.

While the Cavaliers have expressed no interest in moving Mozgov, the 7-foot-1 center’s loss of his starting job, the franchise’s NBA-high payroll and his looming free agency could ultimately persuade Cleveland to make a deal. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 18.

If you are Cleveland, there are two competing ideas with potentially trading Mozgov.

The first is on the court this season — they may be playing Mozgov fewer minutes now, but he has a particular skill set that could be a handy matchup come the playoffs. Rim protectors have value. If the Cavaliers were to run into Detroit with Andre Drummond, or Toronto with Jonas Valanciunas, the Cavs might want Mozgov’s size and muscle inside.

But the other is financial, and Spears lays out that case for moving him.

Mozgov, 29, will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer and is expected to receive strong interest and a lucrative long-term deal. The Cavs’ plan is to attempt to re-sign him, but a return could be less attractive for Mozgov if his reduced role continues. Cleveland, however, does own his Bird Rights, and he is eligible for a five-year extension with the franchise. The Cavaliers have $103 million committed in salary next season. If the franchise were to sign Mozgov to a $10 million annual deal – and his value could be more on the market – it would likely cost the Cavaliers over $26 million in salary and luxury tax.

There is a legitimate “move him so you can get something for him” thought process here.

Ultimately it will depend on the offers coming back. Consider this something to keep an eye on.

PBT Extra: Don’t blame Doc Rivers for Blazers’ McCollum error


At the end of the day, Portland Trail Blazers’ coach Terry Stotts treated the official lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Clippers like you and I treat the Apple User Agreement — he agreed without looking.

C.J. McCollum wasn’t on the active roster as he was supposed to be.

The League went to Doc Rivers and, basically, asked if it would be okay if McCollum played anyway.

Rivers said “no.” That was fully within his rights and people who are blaming him miss the point — he’s not there to win a sportsmanship award. I cover that with Jenna Corrado in this latest PBT Extra.