Bernucca: For West Teams, Trade Grades as Deadline Arrives Early

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After last week’s loss in Atlanta, Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger – whose team has the fifth-best record in the NBA – lamented his roster’s shortcomings. “We have to get another playmaker on the floor,” Joerger said. “We’re going to have to start playing multiple point guards (at the same time). We’ve got to be able to get inside of defenses.” It doesn’t matter that the Grizzlies have been at or near the top of the league for most of the season.

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The Big Four? Trade for Bogans Positions Cavs To Land Another Star

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Today was media day for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and understandably everyone was crowding around LeBron James.They asked him the patently obvious questions. What’s it like to be back where it all started? How much do you know about new coach David Blatt? Can the Cavaliers win the NBA championship and finally end Cleveland’s 50-year sports title drought? Here’s a question they might have wanted to ask: Hey, LeBron, which fourth star would you like to add to the roster next summer?

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The Bernucca List – Edition 30

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Really? Thirty of these already? We started these about a year ago for two reasons. One was both editor-in-chief Chris Sheridan and yours truly both were big fans of The Spy List, which ran in Spy, a wonderfully snarky monthly magazine in the late 1980s and early 1990s. (It also did its fair share of good investigative reporting, by the way.) The other reason we began running these was NBA commissioner David Stern and union chief Billy Hunter were remarkably unsympathetic to

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Five reasons to feel positive about the Charlotte Bobcats

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(This is another in a series of 30 guest columns that will run in October, when optimism reigns supreme across the NBA. The theme will be “Five Reasons to Feel Positive About … ” We encourage you to follow the authors on Twitter and visit their sites. – CS) The Bobcats of last season were 100 percent tragedy. They were an utter disaster on the court, making NBA history with the worst season winning percentage. Thankfully for them, the shortened season

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Amnesty victims are a playoff team

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While everyone was watching the clock strike 12 on Jeremy Lin on Tuesday night, the bell also tolled for the end of this year’s amnesty period. Teams had until midnight Tuesday to use the amnesty clause – a one-time provision delineated in the new CBA that provides immediate relief from both the salary cap and the luxury tax – and both the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers beat the buzzer, making late decisions to let go of Chris Andersen and

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SH Blog: Knicks upset over Lin’s updated negotiations with Rockets

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The biggest news story in the NBA continues to be Dwight Howard, who could, as reported by an Orlando TV station earlier, be headed to the Lakers soon.  Or he could be headed to the Rockets.  Or maybe he’ll stay in Orlando for another year.  Check out Chris Sheridan’s report (linked above) and Chris Bernucca’s podcast for the latest on Dwight, as well as Jan Hubbard’s continued coverage of the USA Olympic basketball team and Joe Kotoch’s look at the

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