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OKC Loud Links: Trades Mostly Dead, Slightly Alive

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As maddening as the Chris Paul mess has been, it is still better than arguing about BRI splits, right?

Should James Harden Start? | Daily Thunder

Let's start with actual Thunder basketball related links. I'll take the opposite spin on this hot debate - how is James Harden going to be best used so that all the other players around him remain active contributors?

Billups Claim Could Pave Way for New CP3 Deal | CBS Sports

In a very rare turn of events, the Clippers find themselves not only in the driver's seat on the Chris Paul sweepstakes, but also pulling the right strings to keep the deal alive. By adding Chauncey Billups, they make Eric Bledsoe more dispensable.

Demps a Spectator Now? | CBS Sports

Young writes that Hornets GM Dell Demps might as well be a ballboy at this point. His authority has been completely undermined.

The Tangled Web of Chris Paul | ProBasketballTalk

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words...but how about $100 million?

Steve Kerr on the CP3 Mess | Sports Radio Interviews

"There are so many trades made these days that are lousy trades that are made for financial purposes. I mean I made one of the worst trades in NBA history. I traded Kurt Thomas and two first round picks to Seattle for nothing, to save 16 million dollars for our organization. Where was the NBA then to veto that trade for basketball reasons? That had nothing to do with basketball reasons."

Roger Mason Says CBA Talks Were 'Weird' for Paul | SB Nation

Prada writes that Wizards guard Roger Mason, Jr., who was on the NBPA executive board with Chris Paul, said that it was a challenge for Paul trying to negotiate through choppy waters knowing that many of the things he was fighting for would impact him directly.

CP3 And the Morality of Choosing Your Team | SB Nation

Ziller writes that by Paul trying to take the reins on his own career, he has inadvertently opened up a Pandora's Box of unforeseen consequences that shape the NBA landscape.

The Rise of the NBA Nerd | Grantland

This is a fascinating piece about the emergence of the new NBA fashion icons and where the history seems to come from. Is it possible that one of the foci was a supporting actor in a 1990's sitcom?

Royal Ivey Gets His College Degree | NewsOK

Royal Ivey, like like a lot of his teammates, used his downtime to truly push his life forward.

More links after the jump.

The Trial of David Stern | HoopSpeak

If only David Halberstam were still alive to one day write David Stern's biography.

Jordan vs Bryant | BBall Breakdown

Coach Nick does his normal stellar work in contrasting the way that Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant work out of the triangle offense.

Rick Carlisle on Khloe Kardashian | Celebuzz

"I will say this: Khloe's my favorite Kardashian. She's the coolest."

Podcasting the David West Deal | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Lost amidst the frenzy is the fact that the Pacers are quietly putting together a pretty solid team. The gurus Donahue and Wade discuss the ramifications of adding David West to the roster.

A Positive Spin on Rondo Revolution | Boston Herald

Rajon Rondo's name has been floating about for a while in trade discussions. This is a fascinating article that works to get at the core of what makes Rondo tick.

ABC Will Fly Van Gundy & Breen to Two Christmas Day Games | Ball Don't Lie

A grumpy Van Gundy is a fun Van Gundy.

Ballroom Blitz: Tyson Chandler | Hardwood Paroxysm

Tyson Chandler was a main reason why the Mavericks won it all last season, and now he's inching his way to NYC. Can he make a difference there as well?

NBA Adds New Concussion Policy, Program | CBS Sports

While we don't normally associate head injuries with the NBA, this is still a good development because any time athletes are traveling at a high velocity and exposed to injury, concussions are a risk.

Nets Owner Running for Russian Presidency | Ball Don't Lie

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is going to challenge Vladimir Putin for the Russian presidency. I don't even know what to say about this unprecedented development for an NBA owner, except maybe, don't tick off the Nets owner.