Sources: Houston’s Howard pursuit takes Linsane twist

(Updated July 15, 12 AM ET) ORLANDO – At this time next week,  the Dwightmare may not be over. This is a change from Friday’s report, which detailed Orlando’s Dwight Howard would finally be moved to Houston, but NBA business delays keep pushing back the timetable. Houston was seemingly creating income

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Pro Basketball News Podcast – 7/12/12

Tony and Brian are finally back to break down NBA free agency throughout the league, trades made, the biggest impact moves and, of course, the Dwight Howard saga. You can subscribe to the Pro Basketball News podcast on iTunes by clicking here.

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Free agency checklist

Key: Names that look like THIS are still in play Top 15 Free agent Small forwards 1. NICOLAS BATUM, Blazers - The Timberwolves came in strong right out of the gate, but new GM Neil Olshey knows how valuable a piece the French swingman can be. He failed

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Mejia’s first round pick-by-pick analysis

A little freestyle, pick-by-pick, on Thursday night’s NBA draft. The accompanying photo pays homage to John Calipari’s strengthening influence as the event’s Godfather. Loved the tweet telling recruits he was sorry for being out of touch this week because of all the NBA personnel he had to

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Bobcats get paid off to expedite Pistons rebuilding

The natural inclination to wonder why anyone would take Ben Gordon’s contract on overwhelms the senses in this Detroit-Charlotte swap, but it’s not all that awful. You’re going to hear about Michael Jordan adding to his Hall of Shame executive career with this move, and I’m not

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Mejia’s mock draft: Lots of ifs after Davis goes No. 1

Here’s how PBN sees the NBA Draft unfolding on June 28.  (Updated 6/28, 10 AM EST) 1. New Orleans – Anthony Davis, F/C, Kentucky: Won’t have to be the savior out of the gate, stepping into a great situation with team ownership finally solidified and cap space

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NBA Draft prospects: Mejia’s Top 10 Cs

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky: More of a four, but his elite shotblocking talents will have him anchoring defenses in New Orleans from the jump. It will be exciting to monitor his progress through his rookie year as opposed to pinning expectations on this draft’s lock No. 1.

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NBA Draft prospects: Mejia’s Top 10 SGs

1. Bradley Beal, Florida: Given his youth, upside and shooting mechanics, he’s going to be a quality performer for years to come at a position that’s becoming increasingly harder to fill with a can’t-miss type. Beal fits the bill. 2. Austin Rivers, Duke: He’ll have to find

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NBA Draft prospects: Mejia’s Top 10 PGs

1. Tony Wroten, Washington: In this draft, the top point guard is a guy who will have to grow into the role. Whatever your reservations are with that, consider Russell Westbrook is still doing that. This kid has the highest ceiling and worth the reach. 2. Damian

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NBA Draft prospects: Mejia’s Top 10 PFs

1. Thomas Robinson, Kansas: His work ethic and intensity has catapaulted him to lock top-five status, as does a demeanor that suggests he’ll keep fighting through the ups and downs. I flirted with placing the guy below in this spot since this is a projection game, but

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NBA Draft prospects: Mejia’s Top 10 SFs

1. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky: Super glue guy here, with skills so valuably versatile that anyone who watches him for five minutes can overlook the warts. Relentless with an extremely high IQ, he’s someone you’ll always want out there finding a way to make an impact. 2. Harrison

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Minors: Employee No. 8 clocks out

By Steve LeMaster Pro Basketball News Following his latest stint with the NBA D-League’s Idaho Stampede, Antoine Walker (6-9, F) has announced his retirement from basketball. Walker told his Idaho teammates at the conclusion of their D-League finale against the Bakersfield Jam on Saturday night. A three-time

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Minors: Moon’s journey continues in D-League

By Steve LeMaster Pro Basketball News Former NBA standout Jamario Moon, a veteran player who logged minutes in the minors across the country prior to signing with an NBA franchise, continues to thrive in the D-League. Recently, Moon was named the Development League Player of the Month

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Minors: Memphis assigns Selby to Reno

By Steve LeMaster Rookie guard Josh Selby became the fourth NBA player assignment to the Reno Bighorns on Tuesday when he drew the reassignment from the Memphis Grizzlies. Selby has averaged 2.5 points, 1.2 assists, 0.6 rebounds and 0.3 steals per game for Memphis. He has played

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Lakers to Exercise Option on Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum has been putting up big numbers for the Lakers this season. And LA plans on keeping him in purple and gold for at least another season.

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