Adrian Wojnarowski

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Adrian Wojnarowski is the NBA columnist for Yahoo! Sports. His book "The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty"; was a New York Times best-seller. He is a 1991 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he considers Butler Gymnasium's rims to be the most giving in the game.

  • Celtics still pushing hard to land Chris Paul

    As the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors appear unwilling to include their young stars in a trade for Chris Paul(notes), the New Orleans Hornets were redoubling their research of Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo(notes) as a possible centerpiece of a blockbuster deal, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    The Celtics have relentlessly pursued Paul and have presented the Hornets with as many as eight different scenarios that would bring them some combination of Rondo, Jeff Green(notes), two future No. 1 picks and additional talent from third teams, sources said.

    Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers believe they can sell Paul on re-signing with Boston for the long-term and desperately want him as the franchise star of their post-Big 3 era.

    “Danny is a risk-taker,” one league official involved in the talks said. “He’s willing to gamble on Paul, because he believes you win championships with stars, and he’s going to get another one to rebuild his team around.”

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  • Lakers to sign Jason Kapono

    Forward Jason Kapono(notes) intends to sign a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum after the NBA's free-agent moratorium is lifted on Friday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Kapono, a 30-year-old UCLA graduate, visited the Lakers on Monday.

    Kapono was lost on the Philadelphia 76ers' bench last season, appearing in just 24 games. Nevertheless, he’s a 43.7 percent 3-point shooter in his eight-season career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and 76ers.

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  • Kris Humphries focusing on free agency

    Perhaps there'll be no easy way for Kris Humphries(notes) to emerge from one of the most peculiar public romances of this reality-television age and simply slip back into the character of the NBA's relentless rebounder. As his estranged wife Kim Kardashian debuts a fresh season of "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," Humphries is far away, training in Minnesota, waiting on a new team, a new life.

    If the resumption of the show happens to resound with a most unflattering portrayal of him now, Humphries' job is to counter NBA executives with a far calmer, sensible, grounded truth on the eve of the opening of training camps.

    Here Humphries was on the phone with Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday night, in his first interview since the divorce filing, talking at the end of his daily double session of workouts, trying desperately to talk basketball again.

    "The same people have seen me here at the gym for seven years, and they know how I come to work and prepare myself for the season," Humphries said. "I

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  • Spurs to use amnesty clause on Jefferson

    The San Antonio Spurs have decided to use their one-time amnesty clause on Richard Jefferson(notes) to waive their starting small forward, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    The decision allows the Spurs to remove the three years and $30.5 million left on Jefferson's contract from the team's payroll for salary-cap and tax purposes. Jefferson will still be paid the $30.5 million.

    The Spurs are aggressively looking for a small forward, and removing Jefferson's contract will allow them to spend the full $5 million midlevel exception for teams under the luxury-tax threshold. Spurs officials have met with Caron Butler(notes) and Josh Howard(notes).

    Butler has been the Spurs' primary target, but team officials have been speaking with agents about a number of different options. Before visiting San Antonio, Butler preferred the Chicago Bulls over the Spurs – both of which could use the midlevel exception on him, league sources said. Among teams which can offer him a contract greater than the

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  • Clips, Warriors, Celtics in Paul trade talks

    As the New Orleans Hornets push closer to making a decision on where to trade Chris Paul(notes), the All-Star point guard has indicated the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors could significantly raise their chances of keeping him beyond this season if they also sign center Tyson Chandler(notes), league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday.

    Paul hasn’t promised he would re-sign with one of those teams following the 2011-12 season if they acquired Chandler, but league sources said Chandler could make a significant difference in ultimately swaying Paul to commit to a long-term deal.

    Three teams in pursuit of Paul believe the Hornets will push for final offers – and make a decision – by the start of training camp on Friday, front-office sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Clippers' and Warriors' packages are the most intriguing to New Orleans general manager Dell Demps, league sources said.

    So far, talks between the Hornets and Los Angeles Lakers have gathered little, if any,

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  • NBA teams to open camps Friday

    NBA teams will open training camps on Friday after the league decided against a possible three-day delay.

    The league office had polled team executives about the possibility of moving the start of camps to Monday, sources said.

    Friday is the first day that teams are allowed to sign free agents and make trades. By delaying the start of training camps, teams would have had more time to assemble fuller and more complete rosters.

    "Teams with just a handful of guys under contract have been complaining that it's going to be too difficult to start on Friday," one league executive said.

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    There were also concerns about the so-called "B-list" issues in collective bargaining talks finishing in time for the players to take a vote. The owners have a Board of Governors meeting scheduled for Thursday.

    The NBA's preseason starts Dec. 16, with each team playing two games against regional rivals. The regular season starts Dec. 25.

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  • Free-agent buzz: Players seek way out of China

    Denver Nuggets free agents J.R. Smith(notes) and Wilson Chandler(notes) are still pursuing ways to get out of their Chinese Basketball Association contracts but have yet to find a prompt avenue back to the NBA, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Smith and Chandler play for the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, respectively, and sources said those teams could be willing to agree to steep buyouts to let the players return to the NBA. The players would have to return all the salary they’ve made, plus agent fees and an additional $1 million to satisfy owners – but that still won’t assure them they could play in the NBA.

    As a member of FIBA, the government-run Chinese Basketball Association would still control the players’ letters of clearance, and sources in China insist the league has no interest in allowing the NBA players to leave before season’s end in March. NBA teams can’t sign free agents without letters of clearance showing the players are free of contract

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  • Are Chris Paul, Dwight Howard in race to L.A.?

    When Dell Demps was hired as the New Orleans Hornets general manager, his plane landed at the city's airport in the summer of 2010, and he stepped into the terminal with his bags, folders and the thrill of running his own franchise. He walked into the gate area, peered toward a television and squinted his eyes to read the bottom scroll on the screen. Chris Paul(notes) wants a trade, it read.

    “Welcome to New Orleans,” Demps would tell himself.

    For everything he's done to try to make Paul want to stay with the Hornets, Demps has always understood it was the most improbable resolution. The Hornets had no owner, no second star and no leverage to push back the momentum of other superstar players fleeing small markets for the bright lights, big city. The owners have made it more costly in the new collective bargaining talks for stars to leave, but the NBA can’t stop the magnetic pull to the metropolises, and never will.

    So Demps made the call on Wednesday to Paul’s agent, and there was no

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  • Lakers bring in Jason Kapono for visit

    The Los Angeles Lakers' search for perimeter shooting has led them to bring free agent Jason Kapono(notes) to their practice facility for a visit on Monday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    The Lakers have shown significant interest in signing Kapono, a 30-year-old UCLA graduate, to a veteran’s minimum contract.

    Kapono was lost on the Philadelphia 76ers' bench last season, appearing in just 24 games. Nevertheless, he’s a 43.7 percent 3-point shooter in his eight-season career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and 76ers.

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  • Free-agent buzz: Heat lead chase for Battier

    Once NBA teams can speak with free agents beginning Monday, Miami Heat president Pat Riley has his franchise in strong position to sell Shane Battier(notes) on signing to play with LeBron James(notes) and Dwyane Wade(notes), league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Battier has been a primary target in free agency for the Heat, and sources say the pitch of Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra and key Heat players could ultimately confirm Battier’s strong feelings about chasing a championship in Miami.

    Riley and Spoelstra see Battier as a strong defender with an ability to hit the open shots that’ll come his way playing with James, Wade and Chris Bosh(notes). Battier has been a proven playoff performer, and possesses the professionalism and maturity to navigate within the harsh glare of the Heat’s existence.

    Battier, 33, is still studying the marketplace, and how his personal scenario could change as different teams use the amnesty clause to create salary-cap space. Nevertheless, Miami currently stands

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