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Harrison Barnes Signing Is Good Enough (for Now) for Dallas Mavericks

July 5th, 2016
After striking out on a few top-level free agents (Mike Conley, Hassan Whiteside), the Dallas Mavericks have once again cobbled a team around the ageless Dirk Nowitzki. Consisting mostly of low-cost veterans that fill a specific role, this is what they've done pretty much every year since winning the NBA championship in ...

Breaking Down How Bismack Biyombo Fits After Signing with Orlando Magic

July 2nd, 2016
Last summer, nobody wanted Bismack Biyombo. A then-22-year-old free agent coming off four modestly productive years with the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets, Biyombo ended up signing a two-year, $6 million contract with the Toronto Raptors that contained a player option for the second season.  What a difference a year makes. Biyombo declined to pick ...

Breaking Down How Evan Turner Fits After Signing with Portland Trail Blazers

July 1st, 2016
The first day of NBA free agency often brings with it large contracts. Teams armed with cap space find themselves enamored with one player, and it results in deals that seem unexplainable.  2016 is likely to bring more of those types of deals than ever before with the salary cap expected ...

New York Knicks Are Rolling the Dice on Derrick Rose, but Not Betting Big

June 28th, 2016
Last week, the New York Knicks swung a trade for Derrick Rose in a stunning pre-draft move. In exchange for the former All-Star point guard, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick, New York sent Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon to the Chicago Bulls.  Media and fans alike have seemingly ...

Q&A with Karl-Anthony Towns: Rookie of the Year Favorite Talks Thibs and More

May 3rd, 2016
Karl-Anthony Towns just finished one of the greatest rookie seasons in modern NBA history. Whenever the voting results are announced, Towns is likely to run away with the Rookie of the Year Award, if not win it unanimously. Taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the ...

Scott Brooks Gives Wizards a Better Pitch to Free Agents Than You Think

April 21st, 2016
The Washington Wizards reached an agreement with Scott Brooks on Thursday to make the former Oklahoma City Thunder top man the team's new head coach. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Brooks' contract will pay him $35 million over five years.  It should come as no surprise that the move was immediately ...

Blake Griffin Under Pressure as LA Clippers’ Playoff Demons Loom

April 16th, 2016
LOS ANGELES — Just before the start of the 2015-16 NBA season, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers admitted if his team did not make a deep run in the playoffs, it might be time to shake things up.  “We’re right on the borderline,” Rivers told Zach Lowe, who was with Grantland ...

NBA Playoff Berth Sets Stage for Paul George to Rejoin Superstar Ranks

April 11th, 2016
NEW YORK — In the summer of 2014, Paul George was riding high. He was coming off his second consecutive All-Star season, and his Indiana Pacers looked again like they'd be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. After all, they were coming off back-to-back appearances in the Eastern ...

N.Y. Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis Pinpoint Rookie’s Biggest Weaknesses

March 29th, 2016
NEW YORK — Missing the playoffs is an irrefutable disappointment for the New York Knicks, but the 2015-16 campaign has been a smashing success for rookie Kristaps Porzingis on an individual level.  The No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 draft is averaging 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.9 blocks ...

Greek Freak Isn’t the Only Milwaukee Buck Flashing Superstar Potential

March 16th, 2016
BROOKLYN — This time last year, the Milwaukee Bucks were right in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff field. Their rebuild was way ahead of schedule, only a year after finishing with the NBA's worst record. And they were doing it without Jabari Parker, the second pick of the previous ...