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Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:41 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2011 9:43 pm

NBA Drive: Grizzlies fight, Mavs look to trade?

On this week's episode of CBSSports.com's NBA Drive, Ken Berger and Matt Moore join Lauren Shehadi to break down trade talk, the fight on the Memphis Grizzlies' team plane, trouble for the Los Angeles Lakers and the season-ending surgery for Dallas Mavericks forward Caron Butler. Posted by Ben Golliver.

In a jam-packed edition of NBA Drive, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger and Matt Moore cover a range of hot topics, including a fight on the Memphis Grizzlies team plane, the struggles of the Los Angeles Lakers, the all-but-over Rookie of the Year race, the trade implications of Caron Butler's season-ending knee surgery, and a whole lot more. 

Click here to stream the video, or watch below. Scroll down for a preview of some of the trade rumblings.

When it comes to trade talk, Berger says watch out for Dallas. "Number one, you have to keep an eye on the Mavericks. With Caron Butler out for the year, once they figure out where they are when Dirk Nowitzki and Roddy Beaubois come back, they're going to have to decide if they have enough to compete with the Lakers. If not, they'll be looking to make a big move."

Berger also noted that trade talks between the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets are back on. "The Nets, after backing away a week a week ago, are slowly starting to make progress again on a Carmelo [Anthony] deal. Most executives believe that will go right down to the deadline, because the Nuggets believe they can get the same deal then that they can get now. And the Nets aren't going anywhere either, they want Carmelo."

Finally, Berger says the Phoenix Suns could be looking to dump salary if they continue to remain out of the Western Conference playoff picture. "In Phoenix, the Suns do not foresee trading Steve Nash, that was not the intent behind the Orlando trade they made, but Phoenix right now is 2.5 games out of the eighth [playoff] spot and you have to be wondering how much longer owner Robert Sarver is going to be willing to pay that kind of money for a team that's going to be out of the playoffs."
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:05 am
Edited on: January 4, 2011 8:08 am

Shootaround 1.4.11: Confident Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins pretty much guarantees a Boston Celtics title, Michael Jordan visits David Letterman almost 20 years ago, Kevin Love sets some more rebounding records, Allen Iverson has his paper straight and Delonte West will remain on the shelf for longer than he had hoped. Posted by Ben Golliver.  shootaround
  • Celtics center Kendrick Perkins tells Yahoo! Sports that Boston would have beaten the Los Angeles Lakers in last year's NBA Finals had he not injured his knee. He also says no one can touch the Celtics in a series this year. “In seven games I don’t think we can be beat by any team,” he said. “Too deep. Too much experience. Too many hard-working guys. Too many guys that have a chip on their shoulder.”
  • Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche, who was involved in a nightclub fight with teammate JaVale McGee in December that led to some talk of him being traded, admitted to the Washington Post that the rumors are affecting his play. "That bothers me some," Blatche said. "But that's the name of the game. I just gotta keep trucking along with it."
  • Boston Celtics guard Delonte West was super ambitious in his hope to return to the court quickly after injuring his wrist earlier this season, but Celtics President Danny Ainge says West's return isn't expected until near the All-Star break in February, according to ESPNBoston.com.
  • Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus with an interesting note: "History suggests that the best teams should have already separated themselves from the pack. Over the six seasons since the NBA realigned for the 2004-05 campaign, 83.3 percent of the teams that led their division as of New Year's Day have gone on to win at least a share of the division title. Via Basketball-Reference.com, all six eventual division champions were on top on Jan. 1, 2010." 
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