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April 3, 2012 Updates

Chambers, a billionaire philanthropist, co-owner of the Devils and a former Nets owner, helped move the Devils to Newark. O’Neal, a native of the city, wants to deliver a professional team as well. He said he is working to bring an NBA team to the Prudential Center, where he appeared today as an honoree of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark. O’Neal first dropped hints of that goal last year, and the pursuit is still on. With the Nets set to migrate to Brooklyn next season, the arena will be short an NBA tenant. “Yes, still working on it, still having conversations and still doing certain things to help beautify this city,” O’Neal said. “When the time is right, we’ll have a party. I don’t want to say things that are out of pretext or context. There’s things going on, we’re working on it, trust me. We’re working on it every day.” Newark Star-Ledger

The desire is apparent. Always one for big proclamations, he said if a team arrives “we’ll have the biggest party Newark has ever seen.” But O’Neal also took to filibustering when asked how the plan would come together, corking the details rather than divulging them under prodding. His role in the process still seems unsettled. He wouldn’t say if it was a new franchise in the works, giving the league an odd number of teams unless paired with another, or if a current organization would be dropping in. “It would be as an owner, possible general manager, possibly introducing some people to some people,” O’Neal said. “A couple of years ago I tried to help the marriage of the Nets to the Newark arena when I just made the statement, ‘How come the Nets are not playing in this arena?’ It was too late. But if I had been in those conversations earlier, hopefully the Nets would still be playing (in Newark).” Newark Star-Ledger

February 27, 2012 Updates

Dwight Howard: He’s the biggest name and seemingly the most likely to be dealt. But none of his supposed preferred destinations, at least New Jersey and Dallas, have anything worth taking for Orlando. Although the conventional wisdom is the Magic cannot afford to lose him for nothing like with Shaq in 1996, since then Orlando has proven to be a destination for free agents. So it makes sense to ride it out with Howard and see if he’ll wear the black hat and walk out on the team and for less money in free agency. I suspect the Magic is betting he won’t. If it were me, I’d take Andrew Bynum from the Lakers. But they seem determined to keep him and trade Pau and Howard hasn’t given any indication he’ll extend to stay with the Lakers. Chances of Howard being traded: 25 percent. NBA.com

February 26, 2012 Updates

The ultimate disaster for New Jersey would be if Williams and Howard end up playing together, but not in Brooklyn. With some roster alterations that are doable, including using their one amnesty move on Brendan Haywood, the Mavs could be set up, cap-wise, to accommodate both players. “The Mavs want to do what Miami did and put together their own big three,’’ said another GM. “That’s their goal.” New York Daily News

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The Dallas Mavericks are closing in on reuniting Vince Carter with his former New Jersey teammate Jason Kidd, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. The full financial terms of the agreement weren't immediately known, but sources said Dallas was discussing a multiyear contract with Carter and hoped to have him signed by Saturday. ESPN.com

December 2, 2011 Updates

Caron Butler, one of the most pursued small forwards in this year’s free-agent class, privately considers the Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls as his two most preferred destinations, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Butler is most attracted to the Bulls because of the chance to play with Derrick Rose(notes) and compete for a title, but he would have to take significantly less money to play in Chicago. The Bulls have a stronger need for a shooting guard and could ultimately spend their money there. Ultimately, that leaves the Clippers with an edge over the New Jersey Nets among the suitors with the most significant cap space and a need for a starting small forward. Yahoo! Sports

Atlanta Hawks free-agent guard Jamal Crawford has received interest from Indiana, New Jersey, Portland, Phoenix, New Orleans and Chicago, a league source told Yahoo! Sports. Crawford also hasn’t ruled out returning to the Hawks. Veterans Joe Johnson and Al Horford have told management they’d like to see Crawford re-sign. Yahoo! Sports

November 18, 2011 Updates

Newark's own Shaquille O'Neal is pushing for an NBA franchise in his native city -- and has engaged in talks with the league about the possibility. "Hopefully we can bring a team back to my hometown of Newark, New Jersey, and we have some talks going on now," O'Neal said Thursday on SportsCenter, adding that he'd "love to own an NBA team." ESPN.com

October 18, 2011 Updates

You’ve talked about owning a team someday. Do you still want to do that? Shaquille O'Neal: Yes. And I’m looking forward to bringing a team to Newark. I haven’t spoken to Mayor Booker about it yet, but I’m working on it. I know Newark can support an N.B.A. team. And I’m going to be one of the guys that’s going to bring a team there.  New York Times

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October 28, 2010 Updates

The NBA Draft will be held in New Jersey for the first time since 1996. Newark's Prudential Center will host the event on June 23, 2011. Commissioner David Stern was on hand Wednesday night for the Nets' opener against the Detroit Pistons to make the announcement with Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker and New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek. "This is a remarkable venue," Stern said of the Prudential Center. "It's a state-of-the-art facility that is justifiably a source of great pride for Newark, New Jersey." HoopsWorld

Stern said the $500 million summer renovations to Madison Square Garden, where the draft has been held since 2001, may have prompted the league to look for other venues, but also credited Newark for making a strong push to become the host. Other cities will have the opportunity to acquire the draft in future seasons, Stern said. "We're going to negotiate with the Garden and the mayor (Booker)," Stern said. "This is for this year and we don't have a draft facility. We don't have a place to hold the next draft. "I think the Garden (will be renovated) for a couple of summers," he continued. "But we do have a lot of attractive offers, so we don't want to give it up to the mayor quite yet." HoopsWorld

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