Do not underestimate the love of the Blazers fan base for Brandon Roy, or how that could weight into plans to use the amnesty clause on him.
Carlos Boozer thinks the Chicago Bulls can win an NBA title. This year.
How desperate are the Knicks for a big man to take a one year deal? They actually wouldn’t mind Andris Biedrins if Golden State uses the amnesty clause to free him.
The Pacers are reportedly going to make a run at Jamal Crawford. A lot of teams are going to make a run at Crawford.
Glen Grunwald likely will remain as the GM of the New York Knicks this season. No pressure, just make sure you land Chris Paul or you get kicked to the curb.
Why David Lee would be a better choice for the Warriors to use their amnesty clause on than Andris Biedrins.
I have a soft spot for the Hawks Jeff Teague, but he confounds all of us sometimes.
Evan Turner admits he had a hitch in his shot last season, but says it has been worked out. Sixers fans, head to church and light a candle for that one.
Jonas Jerebko said that he would “love” to return to the Pistons. He’s a restricted free agent.
Kim Kardashian punched Kris Humphries during their brief marriage and it was caught on film. If you care. I don’t.
Watch the video of J.R. Smith dropping 36 in a game in China, where he is staying for the rest of the season. (Thanks to nba247365.com)
Michael Jordan’s game-worn 1985 All-Star Game Nikes are up for auction.
Spud Webb is going to coach strippers to play basketball. Top that.
If you read one thing on the new NBA CBA, this breakdown by Larry Coon of ESPN should be it. This will make you smarter.
Here is a complete list of all 129 free agents that hit the market Dec. 9.
It makes almost no sense for the Lakers to make a run at Kris Humphries, they have more pressing needs (point guard) and no money to spend really, but that is the rumor from one quarter.
Whatever the Washington Wizards decide to do with the amnesty clause, Rashard Lewis wins.
The Wizards top priority is to ink Nick Young to a longer deal.
A lot of teams are eyeing Brandon Roy if the Blazers use the amnesty clause on him as expected, but don’t expect him to slip past the Timberwolves or Warriors in the bidding process. (This time around guys waived by amnesty cannot just choose a team; rather teams under the salary cap can bid to pick up a portion of their contract and the highest bid gets the player.)
NBA.com’s David Aldridge says the Celtics are looking very hard at Tyson Chandler as a free agent. I looked really hard at a $5 million beachfront home once, didn’t mean I could afford it. (The Celtics don’t have the cap space for a run at Chandler.)
Expect the Nets to make a run at Tayshaun Prince.
Expect the Pistons to make a run at Big Baby (that’s Glen Davis to the rest of us).
how u? A lot of players are lobbying Roger Mason Jr. to come play for them.
Making the argument that the NBA lockout was about the owners trying to control the workers more than it was just about the money.
A report that Andrea Bargnaini seems to have lost weight and is moving well. That’s nice.
In what is really news to nobody, the Memphis Grizzlies say they will match any offer another team makes to Marc Gasol.
The Golden State Warriors are in the market for a big man. Who isn’t?
We talked about this before the lockout and we can do so again now — the Bobcats buyout of Bismack Biyombo from Spain is not going to be that simple.
It sure looks like President Barack Obama wears Under Armour when he plays hoop (as noticed by Henry Abbott at TrueHoop).
Like the leftovers you are trying to fashion into meal, here are few things scattered around today we are fashioning into a post.
• Up at UC Berkley (what you call Cal) there is a charity game scheduled now for Dec. 10 billed as “Steve Nash vs. Jason Kidd” (via the twitter of Yahoo’s Marc Spears). Kidd went to Cal, Nash went to school down the road at Santa Clara. Also in are Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Stephen Curry, David Lee, DeMar DeRozan, Corey Maggette, Shawn Marion, and some other point guard named Ricky Rubio. Smart money says Kevin Durant shows up, too.
• Wizards forward Yi Jianlian injured his right knee during a game with his Chinese team Friday (thanks to nba247365.com for the updates). We do not yet know the severity, but he had to be helped off the court and did not return.
• Pacers guard (and former Spur) George Hill is reportedly close to a deal with Greek team Olympiakos. If not him the squad wants Jose Calderon. Hill should ask Josh Childress about the experience, that is the team he played with for two seasons.
• If the entire season is to be lost, Carlos Delfino says he will play in Argentina. It’s nice, it’s spring going into summer there.
• On the flip side of that coin, Reggie Williams and Spanish side Caja Laboral have agreed to part ways. The official reasons are cited as “questions of adaptation to different playing style, cultural barriers.” We’re going to see more of this.