With the end of the regular season winding down, there isn't much news worth printing. But that won't stop us from printing it anyway.

piercePaul Pierce can opt out of his contract after this season and become an unrestricted free agent. The Celtics, naturally, don't want to let this happen. Isn't it funny how the possibility of free agency coincides with Paul's best season as a pro? A season that in which he achieved career highs in almost every area and worked his ass off for a losing team? I may be wrong, but we can probably write this off as a textbook case of Contract Year Phenomenon.

Oh, and by the way...the Celtics have officially given up hope on making the playoffs. The Bulls haven't given up though, and they're ready to start treating every game as if it's important. Too bad they didn't start doing that 20 or 30 games ago.

Speaking of the Bulls, they've
finally figured out who might make a good replacement for Eddy Curry. And the answer is: Joel Przybilla. I find this oddly appropriate.

The "
Chauncy Billups for MVP" campaign has officially begun. This article provides a Nash versus Billups debate, ignoring that Billups is in a weaker division, a weaker conference, and has a better team (the Pistons have the best starting five in basketball; the Suns have Nash and Shawn Marion).

Shaq is rounding into his annual Playoff Whine form. Oh, and he's not fat anymore, either.

The
Nets are making some end-of-season noise...just like last year. And, just like last year, they're not going anywhere near the NBA Finals.

Chuck Daly is defending Isiah's brutal destruction of the Knicks. According to Chuck, Isiah has been "evaluating and collecting assets." The article just so happens to mention Daly's age (75), which is probably their way of saying, "Take it easy on the old man. He's senile."

The latest in the endless stream of Kevin Garnett trade rumors involved The Answer. Wouldn't you someday like to see a trade rumor that actually benefits both teams?

Avery Johnson has a potty mouth. But it's probably warranted, given the fact that the Mavs are suffering through their annual end-of-season slump.

Bryon Russell is back!! The Nuggets think they can benefit from all his experience in not winning the Big One with Utah.

The
Clippers might start looking to Vin Baker for leadership. If that's not a cry for help, I don't know what is.

If the
Timberwolves finish as the 11th worst team or better, they'll lose their first round draft pick to the Clippers as part of the deal where they gave up Sam Cassell for a guy who barely plays. They are so screwed.
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