Celtics trade Fab Melo to Grizzlies

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celtics small logoIn a minor trade which has luxury tax implications for both teams, the Boston Celtics traded project center grizzlies small logoFab Melo to the Memphis Grizzlies for Donte Greene.

The swap of Syracuse alums was announced Wednesday by the Grizzlies.

Dumping Melo’s $1.3 million salary for the 2013-14 season gets the Celtics right to the tax line, according to our salary analysis.  They take back Greene, who is scheduled to make $1.03 million in a non-guaranteed deal.

SH Blog: Jim Buss takes shot at Dwight Howard, Olajuwon says Howard is still raw

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Lakers Jim BussWhen certain NBA owners are unable to attain a coveted player via free agency, they seem to feel the need to lash out or downplay what that player meant to their franchise. Mark Cuban has done this a number of times: he said the Dallas Mavericks were better off by not signing Deron Williams in the summer of 2012, and basically said the same about Dwight Howard after missing out on the center this summer. We all know about the vicious things Dan Gilbert had to say about LeBron James when the forward bolted to the Miami Heat.

Add Jim Buss to the list of owners who feel bitter about the loss of a critical player. In an extended interview with NBA insider Ric Bucher about a variety of topics about the Los Angeles Lakers, Howard’s name came up and here is what Buss had to say about losing the center to the Houston Rockets, from The Hollywood Reporter:

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Evening News: T-Wolves give Pekovic $60 million; Orlando almost traded Dwight to Houston in 2012?

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Hello and welcome to the Evening News.

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Pistons Unveil New “Motor City” Uniform

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pistons small logoThe people of Detroit, whose city recently declared bankruptcy, could use something to brighten their days a bit.

And here it is.

The Pistons on Wednesday unveiled a special uniform that will be worn for 10 games in the 2013-14 season. Intead of DETROIT or PISTONS across the chest, the uniforms will say MOTOR CITY. Greg Monroe is modeling them below.

SH Blog: Kobe Tours China; Hakeem Works With Dwight; Phil Jackson Verse Kendrick Lamar

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There’s no such thing with Kobe Bryant, as the new Lenovo smartphone presentation stated during Bryant’s tour of China.

Bryant’s tour is covered by Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, who offers insight about the message the black mamba was spreading. A 24-minute video of Kobe’s speech and tour can be seen below.

Kobe may no longer be the best basketball player on planet earth, but he is still treated as such when he makes his annual trip overseas. Bryant is proving whether he is on or off the court, he still has plenty to offer the game. A trait of his that is often overlooked by his critics. 

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