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  • NBA Rumors: 30 Free-Agent Targets for 30 Teams Next Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Following a summer that saw Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis, Mike Conley and more change teams, 2020's free-agency class looks a bit sparse by comparison. That's not meant as a slight to players..." July 18

  • 10 NBA stars facing the most pressure in 2019-20

    Sportsnaut "Now that most of the pieces have been moved during what has been a frantic summer around the NBA, it’s time to look forward to the 2019-20 season. The Los Angeles Lakers added Anthony Davis to team up with LeBron James, creating a ton of pressure for both..." July 18

  • The NBA's Supermax Is Doing What It Was Supposed To

    Deadspin "The provisions of a collective bargaining agreement can be tricky things. After all, by definition they’re negotiated and agreed upon by parties with different and largely opposed interests, who will want different and often directly conflicting things out of them. The purpose or intent..." July 18

  • 5 NBA Players Poised for a Breakout Year in 2019-20

    12 Up "1. Lonzo Ball The NOLA Bayou is a far cry from the bright LA lights, which is perfect for Lonzo Ball. Ball came in with immense expectations, and like D’Angelo Russell, can thrive with a change of scenery as a former No. 2 overall pick. Zo hounds his opponents on defense while..." July 18

  • Damian Lillard says shot to eliminate Thunder was ‘for Seattle’

    Larry Brown Sports "Damian Lillard effectively ended an era of the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise as we knew it with his walk-off shot to eliminate them from the playoffs. Lillard hit a deep 37-foot 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left to break a 115-115 tie with the Thunder in Game 5 of their first-round..." July 18

  • Who are next NBA stars (James Harden?!) to ride trade wave?

    Yardbarker "Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul and Paul George are “Patients Zero” for the trade epidemic that has rocked the NBA the past two years. Following disappointing ends to their respective 2016-17 seasons, each demanded a trade and was subsequently dealt to a new team that June. Butler went to..." July 17

  • NBA Rumors: Kevin Love Trade ‘Makes A Ton Of Sense’ For Portland Trail Blazers

    Inquisitr "Since the 2019 NBA offseason started, the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to remind everyone in the league that they have no intention of trading Kevin Love. Despite suffering a huge disappointment in the 2018-19 NBA season, the Cavaliers still see Love as the centerpiece of the title-contending..." July 17

  • Every NBA Team's Biggest Hole After Free-Agency Madness

    Bleacher Report "Another hectic round of NBA free agency has come and gone, and with the dust now settling, teams are left to grapple with the roster holes that went unfilled. Nothing, of course, is set in stone so far from training camps. But barring any more blockbuster trades, depth..." July 17

  • Trail Blazers Remain In Market For Center

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers intend to add one more player to their roster this offseason and enter training camp with 14 players, according to Jason Quick of The Athletic, who tweets that Portland is the market for a center. The Blazers, who are currently carrying 13 players..." July 17

  • Damian Lillard: Western Conference 'Definitely Not' Wide Open

    SLAM Online "This summer marked the death of the so-called NBA super team, but Damian Lillard isn’t buying it. Lillard says the Western Conference still features plenty of monster squads. Dame also feels pretty good about Portland’s offseason, and has “more..." July 17

  • Damian Lillard wouldn't give any spoiler alerts on Space Jam 2 but says his role is "not a cameo"

    NBC Sports Northwest "Space Jam 2 is scheduled to be released in movie theaters summer of 2021. Filming for the much-anticipated sequel has already began. In mid-June, it was first reported that Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard would be joining LeBron James, along with..." July 17

  • 3 Winners and Losers From the Hectic NBA Offseason

    12 Up "It really does feel like the NBA offseason is more entertaining than the regular season sometimes. This summer has shaken up the league tremendously with a bunch of old faces in new places, and plenty of mouths left agape after finding out who’s going where. Let’s take a look at..." July 16

  • The Best Player From Every NBA Team

    Fadeaway World "Summer Leauge is already here which means most of the NBA rosters are already set, and while we’re going to see a lot of trades go on throughout the season, several top-tier players are likely to stay put for most of the season. You just can’t win in this league unless you..." July 16

  • Canada’s FIBA World Cup training camp features 17 NBA players

    Pro Basketball Talk "No Andrew Wiggins, no problem. The disconnect between Wiggins and Canada Basketball seemed like a big deal when Wiggins looked like a budding star from a country without much basketball pedigree. But Wiggins has stagnated. Canada, on the other hand, looks like a rising..." July 16

  • Predicting 5 Years from Now Which 2019 NBA Offseason Moves Look Best

    Bleacher Report "Nothing lasts forever. That's the lesson of the 2019 NBA offseason. Actually, based on the shake-ups, teardowns, undertakings and overhauls we saw this summer, it seems more accurate to say nothing lasts for more than a year or two. Example: Of the 25 players named to..." July 16

  • The 11 best rookies at the NBA Summer League, ranked

    SB Nation "NBA summer league lost its main attraction when Zion Williamson exited with a knee injury just nine minutes into his debut for the New Orleans Pelicans. Williamson wasn’t the only top draft pick to miss time in Las Vegas: Ja Morant, Jarrett..." July 16

  • Predicting the Next Wave of Breakout NBA Stars

    Bleacher Report "Who will be the breakout stars of the 2019-20 NBA season?  Before we answer that question, we need to address what the term means, as both "breakout" and "star" can be somewhat subjective.  For the purpose of this article, we'll..." July 15

  • The next 3 NBA stars to change teams

    SB Nation "There has been unprecedented movement of NBA stars in recent years. It’s not over. It’s never over. The churn is eternal thanks to shorter NBA contracts, a player mindset that is less wed to the concept of staying with a single franchise over an entire career, and teams..." July 15

  • How Every Bad Free-Agency Signing Could Actually Work

    Bleacher Report "Did your favorite NBA team overspend on free agents this summer? Still scratching your head over that $60 million deal for the career backup? Has your team's front office lost it, or is there actually a plan here? For some big-money free agents, the initial numbers may..." July 15

  • Five Players Who Boosted Their Stock at NBA Summer League

    The Big Lead "The NBA Summer League is filled with illusions. There have been hundreds of players over the years fans got excited about who amounted to nothing after dominating in summer league. But there are still some summer league standouts who earned a roster spot and continue to play productive..." July 15

  • Top 10 NBA Players To Never Have A Triple-Double

    Fadeaway World "We can all agree that personal stats don’t always reflect on the true impact on your team, as you can have the best performance of your life and still lose by 20 points when playing in the NBA. However, some players have made a living out of piling up stats and logging..." July 15

  • Trades to Save Every NBA Free-Agency Loser

    Bleacher Report "The summer of 2019 has been the wildest offseason ride in NBA history. In less than a month, we were treated to the following transactions (and this is just a taste of everything that went down): There's more to a lot of those deals. For example, Butler went to..." July 15

  • Hassan Whiteside says Damian Lillard ‘wrote books’ with long texts selling him on Blazers

    Oregonian "With the sweltering desert heat soaring above 110 degrees in Las Vegas on Thursday, Hassan Whiteside couldn’t help but think about the sun as gushed about joining the Portland Trail Blazers. “You ever been on a beach?” Whiteside said. “Just chilling and..." July 13

  • Damian Lillard Responds to Shannon Sharpe’s Hot Take: 'If I’m Forgotten I’ll Be a Rich Forgotten MF'

    Hot New Hip Hop "Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard inked a four-year, $196 million super max contract extension this summer, which will likely keep him with the Blazers through the 2024-25 season. That's obviously good news for Portland, as Dame led the team all the way to..." July 13

  • The 8 best players left in NBA free agency, ranked

    SB Nation "The opening eight hours of NBA free agency answered most of the questions we had about the future of the NBA, and the stunning Kawhi Leonard decision to join the Clippers with Paul Georgeanswered the rest. So who’s left on the board? Not too many people, now that..." July 12

  • The 10 Best Pairings In The NBA, Ranked

    Dime Magazine "For years, the NBA has been dictated by superteams. The squad that has found a way to get three or four All-NBA level players together has generally been the one that wins. We can debate for days whether or not that’s been a good or a bad thing, but for at least the start of the 2019-20..." July 12

  • NBA Rumors: 5 Blockbuster Trades That Could Happen This Summer

    Fadeaway World "The NBA is always changing. I am going to allow to enter an alternate universe for a minute. Let’s use knowledge and skills to match salaries and make some plausible which could jolt the NBA sphere. Sorry, Kyrie Irving the earth is not flat, but maybe this article will come full..." July 11

  • NBA Teams Blowing It in Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "The 2019 iteration of free agency has permanently transformed the NBA. Several teams will lament that fact for years to come. Some invested massive funds in the wrong places. Others missed opportunities to address glaring needs. One major-market club talked a huge game..." July 11

  • 10 Most Underrated Signings Of 2019 NBA Free Agency

    Fadeaway World "Summer league is already underway which means most free agents have already signed a new deal to take their talents elsewhere, and while most people were focused on Durant and Leonard, this free-agent class was stacked with talent. Obviously, superstars win games, but depth wins..." July 11

  • 2019 NBA Free Agents Most Likely to Finish 2020 on a Different Team

    Bleacher Report "Imagine trying to figure out which freshly signed NBA free agents may not finish the 2019-20 season with their current teams. Can't we let the ink dry for a second or two? Nope. Free agency isn't what it used to be. Contracts are shorter in general, and..." July 11

  • Ten 2019 free agency moves/trades that changed the face of the NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "It seems like we say this every off-season, but this time we really, REALLY mean it: That was the wildest NBA off-season ever. Superstars shifted teams — and teamed up — and with that contenders for the crown rose and fell (including the team with the..." July 10

  • LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis and More Potential 2021 NBA Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "Teams were already carefully monitoring the NBA's 2021 free-agent class even before the group potentially added another surprise member.   When Kawhi Leonard agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers last week, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported..." July 10

  • NBA trade block: Russell Westbrook, Kyle Lowry, Kevin Love among 12 big-name players that could be moved

    CBS Sports "As perhaps the wildest free agency period in NBA history draws to a close, a whole new set of circumstances for a number of teams takes shape. Specifically, the Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder are in starkly different situations after the departures of Kawhi..." July 10

  • 5 Worst Contracts in the NBA

    12 Up "With all the money thrown around in recent years in the NBA, there were bound to be some deals that went wrong. Of course, the organizations cannot always be blamed for contracts gone awry, especially considering the injury issues of several star players who made the cut. 5...." July 10

  • Biggest Losers in NBA Free Agency

    The Big Lead "NBA free agency is now largely behind us and, hoo-boy, did it fundamentally change the landscape of the league. With all of the top players now under contract, here’s a look at the biggest losers from free agency in 2019.  New York Knicks I mean, this is almost..." July 10

  • Most Surprising NBA Paydays in 2019 Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "The NBA's summer of 2016 set an unreachable standard for reckless free-agent spending, so please understand that even the most egregious overpays of 2019 seem fiscally responsible by comparison. Still, a handful of surprising deals flew around during the first week of free..." July 10

  • NBA Will Add In-Game Challenges, Make Changes To Replay For 2019/20 Season

    Hoops Rumors "NBA Coaches will have the ability to challenge plays during the 2019/20 season, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter links). The rule will be implemented on a one-year, trial basis. The league has also made changes to the use of replay. The NBA Replay Center will now..." July 09

  • The 10 best players left in NBA free agency, ranked

    SB Nation "The opening eight hours of NBA free agency answered most of the questions we had about the future of the NBA, and the stunning Kawhi Leonard decision to join the Clippers with Paul Georgeanswered the rest. So who’s left on the board? Not too many people, now that..." July 09

  • Top 10 Best Superstar Duos In The NBA

    Fadeaway World "Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the NBA is known for explosive duos. The dynamic 1-2 punch in basketball is back and better than ever. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant … it has been a..." July 09

  • 'It Doesn't Matter': Even Best NBA Franchises Can't Compete with Superstar Whims

    Bleacher Report "Kawhi Leonard will soon be a Los Angeles Clipper, because the Los Angeles Clippers did everything right. They assembled a roster of tenacious, talented young players. They built methodically, impressively—winning in the present while pocketing salary-cap room and extra draft..." July 09

  • What does Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard need to add to his game this offseason?

    NBC Sports Northwest "Damian Lillard had yet another excellent season for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2018-19. Portland’s star guard and franchise player made small improvements here and there; a four percent increase in field goal shooting; half an assist per 100 possessions; 40 additional defensive..." July 09

  • Impact Moves Contenders Can Still Make in NBA Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "Hollywood has nothing on the NBA's 2019 summer blockbusters. Free agency has seemingly seen one superstar relocation after the next. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are Brooklyn Nets. Kawhi Leonard is a Los Angeles Clipper. Kemba Walker is a Boston..." July 09

  • 10 best moves of the NBA offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "The NBA offseason is very much in full swing, and there are still moves left to be made. However, plenty of big ones have been made already, including some that will change the face of the NBA. That doesn’t automatically mean they’re all good moves. Some teams have spent a..." July 09

  • Multiple NBA Teams In Attendance For Amare Stoudemire, Monta Ellis Workout

    Real GM Basketball "14 NBA teams attended a workout in Las Vegas featuring Amare Stoudemire and Monta Ellis, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports. The two players are hoping to make their return to the NBA. The teams included the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Knicks, Thunder, Bucks,..." July 09

  • Portland Trail Blazers Could Trade Hassan Whiteside For Kevin Love

    Fadeaway World "As the Western Conference latter of power continues to shift, teams are scrambling to keep up. Even with Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and a roster of rough-riders, the Trail Blazers still have plenty of ground to make up if they want to become true contenders next season. Kevin Love..." July 08

  • Every NBA Team That Can Realistically Win a Championship Next Season

    Complex "We're months away from a real NBA game being played but the anticipation for next season is probably higher than any season in recent memory. The massive shakeup in the league over the past few weeks has created parity in the NBA that we haven't seen in a long..." July 08

  • Are Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and LeBron James Too Powerful?

    New York Times "One week into N.B.A. free agency, two historically woebegone franchises have reveled in the splashiest acquisitions. The Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers outdueled the far more glamorous teams in their respective cities for the most coveted superstars. It took ambitious signings and..." July 08

  • The 5 Greatest 'What-Ifs' in NBA History

    Maxim "As NBA Free Agency crests, every fan can only help but wonder, “What if?" The NBA Is the What-If league for a few reasons. It’s much more fluid, free-wheeling, and player-centric than the other leagues, but by rule and..." July 08

  • NBA Trades That Should Happen After 1st Week of Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "It's hard to imagine this NBA offseason getting much wilder than it's already been. Anthony Davis was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Mike Conley was traded to the Utah Jazz. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signed with the Brooklyn Nets. Jimmy..." July 08

  • Harrison Barnes and the Worst Signings from NBA Free-Agency Week 1

    Bleacher Report "The free-agency start date is like the NBA's version of Black Friday. The doors get kicked open, owners metaphorically race through with hundreds of millions of dollars burning holes in their expensive pockets, and they buy everything on the shelves.  And just..." July 08