There are seven NBA teams that have never had a luxury tax payment since it came into existence with the 1999 collective bargaining agreement.
James Harden, Serge Ibaka
The Bulls, Warriors, Clippers, Wizards, Bobcats, Hornets and Sonics/Thunder have always been on the receiving end of tax distributions.
While the Clippers, Wizards and Hornets have taken on salary during the 2012 offseason and the Thunder face tax issues if James Harden and Serge Ibaka are signed to new deals, the Bulls and Warriors continue to be tax conscious in their decision-making.
Golden State has just one playoff appearance over that stretch.
The Nets have offered Brook Lopez a fully guaranteed maximum deal of $58 million.
Brooklyn and Lopez are discussing the fifth years.
The Nets have made this offer to prevent Lopez from seeking an offer sheet with a rival team as they are keeping hope of trading for Dwight Howard.
Marc Stein reports that both the Blazers and Bobcats are prepared to sign Lopez to a four-year maximum offer sheet.
The Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Ben Gordon and a 2013 protected first-round draft pick to the Charlotte Bobcats for swingman Corey Maggette.
Sources told ESPN.com the first-round pick going to Charlotte is lottery-protected in 2013, top-eight protected in 2014, top-one protected in 2015 and unprotected in 2016.
The deal provides significant long-term savings for the Pistons. Maggette is in the last year of his contract that pays him $10.9 million during the 2012-13 season.
Paul Silas has been fired as head coach of the Bobcats.
Paul Silas, Stephen Silas
Charlotte will immediately begin their search for a new head coach. Silas posted a 32-88 record with the Bobcats during his two seasons.
“I would like to personally thank Paul for everything he has done for this team under some pretty unique circumstances,” Rod Higgins said.
“His basketball experience as a coach and a player speak for themselves. We have been fortunate to have someone of his character associated with this franchise and we hope he will continue to be a valuable resource to us in the future.”
Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas shoved 6-foot-10 forward Tyrus Thomas after a postgame screaming match Sunday night, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Paul Silas, Tyrus Thomas
Several players intervened immediately and separated the coach and player, and no punches were thrown, sources said.
Silas, 68, had been incensed with Thomas chatting with some Boston Celtics players on the court, and lashed out at him in the losing locker room afterward. Eventually, Thomas snapped back at Silas, and the coach warned him to say no more or risk a suspension.
Once Thomas stood up, Silas pushed him toward his locker stall, sources said.
The chances of Boris Diaw not finishing the season with the Charlotte Bobcats are growing, with his agent — Doug Neustadt — inquiring about a buyout that would free Diaw to sign elsewhere.
Bobcats president Rod Higgins revealed that he met with Diaw before the All-Star break about Diaw’s role and his expiring contract. Higgins said he has since had discussions with Diaw’s agent.
“Boris and I had a meeting prior to the All-Star break, maybe Wednesday before. We talked about quite a few things,” Higgins said. “The issue with the buyout, it was raised on their side, from Doug. We haven’t gone down that road any further.”
Kemba Walker was selected ninth in the draft last month by the Charlotte Bobcast, which is of course owned by Michael Jordan, the greatest shoe endorser of all time. And if the point-guard out of University of Connecticut turns out to be the real deal, it might get a little bit awkward.
The basketball shoe market might be the toughest challenge for Under Armour, which hit $1 billion in sales for the first time in 2010. Nike and the Jordan Brand, which is owned by Nike, make up 91.5 percent of all basketball shoes, according to SportsOneSource, a sports market retail tracking firm.
Bismack Biyombo’s Spanish team apparently expects a buyout of approximately $1.4 million to allow the 18-year-old forward/center to join the Bobcats, who drafted him No.7 overall Thursday.
NBA rules say the Bobcats can’t pay more than $500,000 toward any buyout, so in some ways the team’s hands are tied.
The primary negotiation will need to be between Biyombo’s agent and the Madrid-based team that currently holds the player’s rights.
The Bucks, Kings and Bobcats have a three-way trade, sources have confirmed.
Milwaukee will acquire Stephen Jackson, Beno Udrih and the 19th overall selection.
Charlotte will acquire the No. 7 overall pick as well as Corey Maggette. They will keep their own pick, the No. 9 overall selection.
Sacramento will acquire the No. 10 overall pick from Milwaukee, as well as John Salmons.
When it counted the most, Derrick Rose didn’t find himself up against Mike Bibby or Mario Chalmers. It was LeBron James and Dwyane Wade who took on the hefty defensive challenge of slowing down Rose in the clutch. And it worked.
“Tonight definitely was on me,” Rose said. “I had two opportunities to end the game. Couldn’t do it. If anything, learn from it.”
Rose finished 8 of 27 from the field for 23 points, was 1 of 9 from the 3-point range and had seven turnovers. He was 1 for 5 from the field in the fourth quarter and was 0 for 3 in overtime with a turnover.