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Francisco Garcia "is available (in a trade) and has been for some time," according to Hoopsworld's...

Francisco Garcia "is available (in a trade) and has been for some time," according to Hoopsworld's Steve Kyler. ------------------ Garcia has a $6.1 million salary in 2012-13 and then a team option for $6.4 million in 2013-14, so he's essentially an expiring contract for a team that wouldn't want to keep him beyond this year. However, we can't imagine there is much of a market for him due to his consistent battles with injuries and his subpar 2011-12 season when he averaged just 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds on 37.6 percent shooting in 16 minutes per game. Source: Hoopsworld Aug 30 - 10:44 AM E.T.

NBA free agent Donte Greene suffered an ankle fracture while working out in Charlotte last...

NBA free agent Donte Greene suffered an ankle fracture while working out in Charlotte last Saturday, his agent Chris Luchey tells Y! Sports.

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"Sources within the Kings organization also say the Maloof brothers, who own the team, have plans...

"Sources within the Kings organization also say the Maloof brothers, who own the team, have plans to keep the team on the west coast."

Report from WAVY.com, VB's NBC affiliate. Interesting choice of words, but it could very well be just a sloppy retelling of previous reports that the Maloofs are "committed to Sacramento".

"If [Serge Ibaka] sticks around and remains mad, though, it is my fervent hope that the United...

"If [Serge Ibaka] sticks around and remains mad, though, it is my fervent hope that the United States fights fire with fire in the years ahead and deploys its most dangerous and enticing weapon: DeMarcus Cousins. Big, mad and gifted is a hell of a way to go through life, y'all." We got a shoutout y'all!!! #fridays

Serge Ibaka was very upset during Olympics, ‘will not return’ to Spanish team without increased role

"Eventually, winning solves all of these issues. And I wouldn’t be in this business if I didn’t...

"Eventually, winning solves all of these issues. And I wouldn’t be in this business if I didn’t think we would win. I’ve lived the American Dream, and I’m blessed financially. If you’re looking for a return on your investment, this would be one of the worst-performing businesses possible. That’s not why I bought the team. It’s a competitive challenge. I want to win." Must be nice to have an owner that sees things in this way...

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--jaguars--rookie-owner-shahid-khan-is-a-veteran-when-it-comes-to-riled-up-workers-like-mjd.html

Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas working with Kings Isaiah Thomas on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas working with Kings Isaiah Thomas on Saturday in Los Angeles.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are finalizing a blockbuster four-team trade to acquire Dwight Howard from...

The Los Angeles Lakers are finalizing a blockbuster four-team trade to acquire Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Lakers will send All-Star center Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers, who also will receive shooting guard Jason Richardson from the Orlando Magic. The Sixers will send guard Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. The Magic will receive Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, rookie swingman Moe Harkless and three first-round draft picks.

Adrian Wojnarowski I already hated the ****** but they just made it even easier. Here's to hoping Kobe can't coexist with everyone and their chemistry sucks.

I know tyreke fills the statline but i couldnt help but think of him when i read this Abbot piece...

I know tyreke fills the statline but i couldnt help but think of him when i read this Abbot piece because I can never decide if what he does actually helps the team. I love watching the kid and i hope he can make similar progressions that Abbot claims DRose made. He'll never be DRose but maybe he can learn how to influence the game in more than just one way. Heres Abbot: When most of us watch basketball, we watch the ball. That's normal -- that's where the action is -- especially if you're watching for entertainment, as opposed to scouting your next opponent. But any scout will tell you us ball-watchers are poorly equipped to judge who is really playing well. I asked David Thorpe this morning for some examples of things you miss when just watching the ball and he asked "how many do you want?" Within seconds he was rattling off: What did the perimeter players do to get open? How are the bigs handling their crucial away-from-the-play duties? All the work that goes into offensive rebounding before the shot is even released. and Scoring's the main thing people do with the ball. People who do a lot of it will always have vehement fans in the stands. But are they actually helping their team with that scoring? Depends how much it cost in lost opportunities. As a rookie, Derrick Rose scored a ton, but didn't help his team much 'cause he missed quite a bit, played so-so defense and didn't get to the line very often. To the naked eye, and by looking for great scoring moments, Rose played similarly last season. But to scouts and advanced stats, his game had progressed immensely -- now he is clearly helping his team, thanks to stuff that you might not notice just watching the ball.

http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/48306/keep-your-eyes-off-the-ball

"Source close to the situation says Aaron Brooks left money on the table in Houston to take less in...

"Source close to the situation says Aaron Brooks left money on the table in Houston to take less in Sac....feels Kings are closer to playoffs" - Bill Ingram: Twitter Can't say I've ever heard this said of Sacramento... things must be pretty bad in Houston!

Q. I was reading quotes from two years ago about how much you thought signing Blatche to an...

Q. I was reading quotes from two years ago about how much you thought signing Blatche to an extension was a great idea. Two years later, does this qualify as your biggest disappointment of owning the Wizards’ thus far? A. Yes — we made a mistake — although the NBA has had close to $250 million of amnestied players to date — sometimes you get a chance to take a mulligan under the new rules and that is what we did. Q. Who bears the most responsibility for the fact that he didn’t work out in Washington? A. We are all in it together — so we are all to blame. Buck has to stop with me though as owner. I appreciate Andray’s apology to the fans and I hope he is able to turn around his career. Q. Given your belief in redemption, was it particularly hard to cut him loose? A. No, it wasnt. It was in best interest of franchise.

Ted Leonsis on the amnesty of Andray Blatche. H/T to Mike Prada of Bullets Forever. There's a lot of great stuff in there including why Leonsis chose to retain Randy Wittman.
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