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Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT.

A fantastic read at Hoopspeak.com on what the Thunder need to do to get Kevin Durant more open looks.

After signing Baron Davis for the mini mid-level, the Knicks are out of the running for James Posey (because they can only offer the veterans minimum) and are looking at Al Thornton.

As Tom Ziller pointed out: Thanks to the NBA amnesty clause, Baron Davis’ salary went from $13.9 million to $16.4 million this season. Yes, one of the most dramatically overpaid players in the league gets to double dip.

By the way Knicks fans, you can thank Spike Lee for you having Tyson Chandler now.

Dwight Howard got a warm reception from Orlando fans at the team’s first scrimmage.

Who wins the 7th and 8th seeds in the West?

Suns coach Alvin Gentry said he is going to rest Steve Nash and Grant Hill on the team’s two back-to-back-to-backs. Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers are dealing with similar questions right now.

Look for more Rodney Stuckey at the two guard this year with Brandon Knight and Will Bynum playing the point.

If you’re looking for a fantasy player your friends are going to overlook, try Greg Monroe. The Pistons center had 12 points, 13 boards, two steals and two blocks on Friday.

Cleveland’s Manny Harris is expected to miss another couple of weeks due to “freezer burn” he suffered on his foot in a Nike-sponsored “cooling chamber.” (Super cold rooms are a hot trend in helping players bodies regenerate.)

Blazers coach Nate McMillan said Jamal Crawford will be coming off the bench in Portland, as he did in Atlanta.

E’Twaun Moore looked good in the Celtics first preseason game.

Rhino sighting — the Trail Blazers have picked up veteran Craig Smith. Nice pickup to provide depth up front.

In case you missed it, David Stern and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson had a successful meeting recently. The Maloofs seem to be coming around on the issue. Long way to go, but Sacramento may save its team.

The Bulls waived Jannero Pargo.

The Kings grabbed Travis Outlaw off amnesty waivers.

Jason Smith is staying with the Hornets on a one-year deal.

Sean Marks will retire from the NBA after an 11-year career.

The Warriors signed Ish Smith to a one-year deal.

J.R. Smith going with the Karl Malone imitation dunk during a game in China.

The Raptors are going with the optical illusion logo on the court for television. (It’s an NBA first, but European soccer teams have done this.)

Now what for the Boston Celtics? It’s not a pretty picture.

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What really matters in all of this is that Jeff Green will be fine and next season will return to the NBA. That is what is important.

But Green being out for the entire NBA season following heart surgery leaves the Boston Celtics in a bind. Green was key to their chances this season — he was the sixth man, the energy off the bench, the guy who was going to pick up the scoring, play hard defense (which was a concern) and let Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett get some rest in a condensed season that is going to be hard on older legs (at 6’8” Green could play either forward spot).

The key bench players currently on the Celtics roster are Keyon Dooling, Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox. That’s not going to cut it.

But Boston is going to have a tough time brining in quality at this point, according to A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com.

Because the C’s are well over the league salary cap of about $58 million, the only thing they can offer free agents is a veteran minimum contract.

And the market, as one NBA executive told CSNNE.com on Saturday, is “extremely thin….”

Some of the possibilities for the C’s include former Celtic James Posey, Al Thornton and DeShawn Stevenson.

However, some if not all of them may bet larger money offers elsewhere.

Boston is mostly going to have to make due with the guys on the roster, which means Bass, Pavlovic and Daniels are going to have to have big years if the Celtics are to get anywhere near their goals.

We knew reaching those goals would be tough for Boston and that injuries would play a factor. We just didn’t expect Green to be the one that is out.

Wizards buy out Al Thornton; likely to sign with Warriors

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Early in the season the Wizards needed Al Thornton at the forward spot. Then they traded for Rashard Lewis and Mo Evans. Then Josh Howard returned from injury.

Then Thornton dislocated the middle finger on his shooting hand, he slid totally out of the rotation, and he was not getting back in soon. So Tuesday he and the Wizards agreed to a buyout, the team announced.

It looks like Thornton is headed across the country to the Golden State Warriors, according to Matt Steinmetz at CSN Bay Area.

Thornton was drafted No. 15 by the Clippers and spent his first two years with the team. He is pretty athletic and can get you some points in transition and when he gets to the rim. The problem is he takes a lot of midrange jumpers when he just shouldn’t because he can’t hit them. His defensive rotations are not going to inspire poetry, or big minutes either. That said, there are worse backup threes in the league if you can get him on a minimum deal as the Warriors are about to.

Video: Get out of Al Thornton’s way

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Al Thornton can get up.

As proof, we bring you this. We should add that apparently Zaza Pachulia is not intimidating anyone from going to the rim.

But this is one of the better dunks of the season. It might even crack Blake Griffin’s top 10.

More Rashard Lewis means less Al Thornton in Washington

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We don’t know exactly how good the Wizards are going to be with Rashard Lewis as their fancy new stretch four — his first three games with the team have not impressed but there is an adjustment period. Plus, being shipped from a contender to one of the worst teams in the league takes some getting used to mentally.

What we are starting to see is a lot less Al Thornton. He saw just 8 minutes against Houston on Monday, and is being squeezed not only by Lewis now being the starter but also the return of Josh Howard from surgery.

Thornton had his chance, he started 22 games but averaged 9.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting (and 15 percent from three). He was average to a little below average. He played like a guy who probably should be a backup, and that is where he has landed.

Which is a little disappointing, because watching a lot of him his first couple years with the Clippers there was hope. If his shot selection got a little better, if his game matured he could be a quality NBA starter. So far, he hasn’t gotten there.