Shaka Smart Turns Down Illinois, Will Remain at VCU

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, VCU head coach Shaka Smart has turned down Illinois’ offer to become its men’s basketball coach.

NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers Trade For Ramon Sessions From Cleveland Cavaliers

The Los Angeles Lakers swung a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire Ramon Sessions in exchange for the their first-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft

NBA Trade Rumors: Dwight Howard To Stay With Orlando Magic; New Jersey Nets, Portland Talking Gerald Wallace

Today, just hours before the NBA’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, Dwight Howard has reversed course again, claiming he will not opt-out of his contract and will return to Orlando next season.

NBA Trade Rumors: Orlando Magic-New Jersey Nets Trade For Dwight Howard Now Likely By Trade Deadline

Dwight Howard is NOT willing to waive his opt-out clause. That means the Magic may have to move him before tomorrow’s trade deadline or risk losing him and getting nothing in return.

NBA Trade Rumors: Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors Swap Monta Ellis, Udoh for Andrew Bogut, Stephen Jackson

The Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors got the NBA’s trade deadline off to a rousing start Tuesday night by pulling off a five-player deal. In the trade Golden State sent Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to Milwaukee in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.

NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets Cannot Work Out Deal For Pau Gasol

The Houston Rockets thought they had gotten Pau Gasol back in early December before the NBA vetoed the blockbuster Chris Paul trade. Since that time the Rockets have kept in touch with the Los Angeles Lakers regarding the four-time All-Star and would still like to get him.

NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers Hold Team Meeting; Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher Speak

The Los Angeles Lakers have been in the news lately for their failures on the court and the incessant trade rumors swirling around the team. On Thursday in Minnesota head coach Mike Brown canceled practice and instead scheduled a film review at the team hotel, then followed that by inviting the players and coaches to speak their minds.

NBA Trade Rumors: Dwight Howard From Orlando Magic To The…Atlanta Hawks?

The Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and New Jersey Nets are still the three preferred destinations for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard if the team decides to trade him. But would Howard be willing to go to his hometown of Atlanta if the Hawks offered the right package?

NBA Trade Rumors: Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets Join L.A. Lakers In Michael Beasley Interest

The Los Angeles Lakers have shown some interest in Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Michael Beasley. Today word comes to us that the Lake Show aren’t the only team looking at potentially acquiring the talented but immature wing man.

NBA Trade Rumors: Orlando Magic Targeting Golden State’s Monta Ellis To Pacify Dwight Howard?

The Orlando Magic are going to do whatever they can to pacify center Dwight Howard over the next week or so. One player the Magic have discussed trading for is Golden State’s Monta Ellis.

NBA Trade Rumors: Dallas Mavericks To Trade Lamar Odom To Los Angeles Clippers?

Since being traded to the Dallas Mavericks by the Los Angeles Lakers before the season started, things have been rocky for forward Lamar Odom. Now there are whispers that the Mavericks may try to buy out or trade Odom – anything to get him out of him.

NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers Pursuing Ramon Sessions, Kirk Hinrich

To bolster their backcourt, the Los Angeles Lakers have been pursuing Cleveland Cavaliers’ backup point man Ramon Sessions, who is likely to be traded by the Cavaliers before the NBA’s March 15 trade deadline.

NBA Trade Rumors: Josh Smith From Atlanta Hawks To Boston Celtics? (Probably Not)

Danny Ainge has apparently been working to try and pry forward Josh Smith away from the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks reportedly are willing to part with Smith, but they won’t just give him away for expiring contracts.

NBA Trade Rumors: Michael Beasley Being Shopped By Minnesota Timberwolves; Lakers In His Future?

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been looking to trade forward Michael Beasley pretty much all season. Could the Lakers end up being Beasley’s ultimate destination?

NBA Trade Rumors: Is Rajon Rondo Being Shopped By The Boston Celtics?

Despite Boston general manager Danny Ainge’s protestations to the contrary, the Celtics are still reportedly shopping point guard Rajon Rondo around the league. With two weeks until the NBA’s trade deadline, don’t expect rumors about Rondo’s future to stop any time soon.