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PBT Extra: Pelicans, Mavericks winners at trade deadline passes; Kings not so much

There was a lot of sound and fury on NBA trade deadline day, but as the clock turned 3 p.m. Eastern Paul George was still a Pacer, Jimmy Butler was still a Bull, and Carmelo Anthony was still employed by Phil Jackson’s team. 69 more words

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PBT Podcast: What does Magic's return mean for Lakers, with Mark Medina of the LA Daily News

Magic Johnson has a statue outside Staples Center.

He’s now also in control of the product inside it — Magic is head of the Lakers’ basketball operations after Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak were let go on Tuesday. 145 more words

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PBT Podcast: Breaking down DeMarcus Cousins trade with Dan Feldman

It happened very quickly and snuck up on the league. As of Friday night there was not even a whisper of the Kings shopping Cousins among the NBA media. 138 more words

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PBT Extra: Despite Russell Westbrook's triple-double pace, James Harden is MVP frontrunner

The NBA’s MVP race is down to two men. Sure, you can make a case for Kawhi Leonard or LeBron James, some even want to throw Isaiah Thomas in the mix, but the best any of them is going to do is down the ballot in the final three slots. 58 more words

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PBT Extra: At All-Star break, Eric Gordon leads in close race for Sixth Man of Year

Lou Williams with the Lakers. Greg Monroe with the Bucks. Patty Mills with the Spurs. And that’s just the first few.

There’s a lot of qualified candidates for Sixth Man of the Year in the NBA this season, but the Rockets’ Eric Gordon is starting to separate from the pack a little, something I talk about in this latest PBT Extra. 60 more words

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PBT Extra: Giannis Antetokounmpo running away with Most Improved Player

Before the season tips off, the Most Improved Player award is the hardest to predict — the point of it is to rewarded the guy who made big strides we didn’t see coming. 48 more words

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