Found October 26, 2013 on Pass The Pill:
The NBA kicks off the 2013-2014 season Tuesday As we roll up on the 2013-2014 NBA season, the Pass The Pill crew will update you on all of the NBA news that took place during the day. With the season beginning Tuesday, many teams are going through their final tuneup before the start of another crazy hoops season. Check out this great montage previewing this up coming season. Speaking of crazy, somehow Chris Smith made the New York Knicks roster (ESPN New York) despite averaging 1.o point during the preseason. What’s worse is he believes he “earned” his spot! (The Knicks Blog) The Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns made a trade centering around Marcin Gortat and Emeka Okafor. ( While this helps the Wiz short-term, Gortat is in the final year of his contract. Potentially, the Wizards could lose Gortat and next year’s first round pick if it lands outside the top 12. And the 2014 NBA draft is expected to be a very deep draft. Meanwhile, the Suns may have as many as four first-round picks next year. Contrary to earlier reports, the Los Angeles Lakers apparently do want to sign Kobe Bryant to an extension. (Slamonline) RealGM did a nice list of the top 10 lottery teams that could make the 2014 playoffs (RealGM) Looks like Jamaal Tinsley is still kicking around as the Utah Jazz have brought back the 35-year-old point guard ( Speaking of the Jazz, reports are indicating that they remain far apart in contract talks with Gordon Hayward (ProBasketballTalk) The Daily Dish video of the day belongs to Steve Nash with this nice over the shoulder pass. And last, but certainly not least, the Daily Dish woman of the day belongs to Andre Drummond‘ s galpal, Jennette McCurdy. The post The Daily Dish: Knicks, Gortat/Okafor, Kobe, Hayward and hoops hottie of the day appeared first on Pass The Pill - Kings of Hoops.

Wizards Trade for Marcin Gortat; Continue Quest for Playoff Run

Piece by piece, the Washington Wizards are looking to continue in their rebuild efforts and make a serious push for a playoff birth in the 2013-13 NBA season.  Friday, they moved one step closer in the right direction by completing a multiplayer trade with the Phoenix Suns to acquire center Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, Malcolm […]The post Wizards Trade for Marcin Gortat; Continue...

Phoenix Suns: Emeka Okafor/Marcin Gortat Trade-Grade

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Jazz Far Apart In Extension Discussions With Gordon Hayward

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Okafor Out Until All-Star Break?

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Report: Suns Trading Marcin Gortat, Kendall Marshall & Shannon Brown To Wizards For Emeka Okafor

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Suns' Miles Plumlee, from throw-in to starting center

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