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  • NBA discussing new In-Season Tournament, starting in 2023-24

    Sportsnaut "When the NBA made the decision to introduce the Play-In Tournament following the regular season, we heard all about it, from fans and players across the nation. Some liked the idea of lower-seeded teams having a chance at competing for a playoff spot by winning an extra game or two,..." May 17

  • Adam Silver on NBA Stars Forcing Trades: We Want Players and Teams to Honor Contracts

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN's Malika Andrews on Tuesday that he wanted to see both players and teams honor existing contracts.   "From a league standpoint, we want teams to honor contracts, we want players to honor contracts," he said...." May 17

  • NBA 'Transition Take Foul' Rule Change Receives 'Widespread' Support From GMs

    Bleacher Report "A potential rule change to the NBA's "transition take foul" was reportedly met with "widespread support" during the league's general managers meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.  Per that..." May 17

  • 'Daryl Morey has big, giant plans to acquire another star' for 76ers

    Yardbarker "Despite adding point guard James Harden before the trade deadline to pair with superstar Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers' postseason run ended with a second-round loss to the Miami Heat in six games.  ESPN's Brian Windhorst, a guest on Mike Greenberg's ESPN Radio..." May 17

  • These 3 Teams Should Monitor Chris Paul’s Trade Market

    NBA Analysis "Nothing lasts forever, but some things are more sustainable than others. The Phoenix Suns’ reign as one of the top teams in the NBA, however, looks to be crashing at warp speed. They surely didn’t look the part in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Mavericks..." May 17

  • 3 Intriguing Trade Ideas Involving 76ers’ James Harden

    NBA Analysis "The Philadelphia 76ers set some lofty expectations when they acquired James Harden at this year’s NBA trade deadline. Having been eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, it’s fair to say they fell short of them. This offseason, they’ll need to improve their..." May 17

  • Biggest 2022 NBA Conference Finals X-Factors

    Bleacher Report "We're finally down to the NBA's Final Four. With the Boston Celtics defeating the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks shocking the world with a 33-point win over the Suns in Phoenix, both have moved on to the conference finals. Here's how the final two..." May 17

  • What’s the future hold for NBA’s second-round losers? Free agents, cap exceptions, more

    The Athletic "Take a breath. Losing in the second round sucks. You can see the conference finals — the only portal to the glorious, honey-drenched, sun-filled NBA Finals — right in front of you. All you have to do is beat this damn annoying team in front of you, that..." May 17

  • Best & Worst Free Agency Destinations For Deandre Ayton

    NBA Analysis "Here’s a question being asked throughout NBA circles: is Deandre Ayton a max player? It’s not an easy call to make. On the one hand, Ayton is a hyper-efficient pick-and-roll finisher. He’s basically a walking block of granite who can use his bulk and mobility to get..." May 17

  • NBA playoffs 2022: The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have postseason history -- a lot of it

    ESPN "To understand the depths of animosity between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics entering this year's NBA Eastern Conference finals, you have to go back to an otherwise nondescript regular-season night in March 2013. That night in New Orleans, a Heat public..." May 17

  • 3 Blockbuster Trades The Phoenix Suns Can Do This Summer

    Fadeaway World "After their embarrassing Game 7 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the Phoenix Suns are going to have some thinking to do. Many believed that this would finally be the year that Chris Paul would win his first championship ring. Instead, the team lost to the Mavericks at home for the first time since..." May 17

  • 5 teams set to improve the most with luck in Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery

    Sportsnaut "Heading into the annual NBA Draft Lottery set to take place prior to the start of Tuesday night’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup, there is no top consensus, LeBron James, Zion Williamson, or otherwise top-regarded No. 1 prospect in the incoming class. Instead, there are..." May 17

  • Does It Make Sense For The Boston Celtics To Pursue A Damian Lillard Trade?

    NBA Analysis "The Boston Celtics are on the verge of championship contention. After a slow start to the year, Boston has turned into the best team in the NBA by net rating. The hallmark of the Celtics this year has been their suffocating defense, which helped them sweep Kevin Durant and the Nets in round..." May 17

  • 3 Trade Targets Phoenix Suns Must Pursue

    NBA Analysis "Heading into the postseason, the Suns looked like the most complete team in the NBA. The Mavericks thought otherwise though, embarrassing Phoenix 123-90 in Game 7 to knock them from the postseason. Phoenix is left to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of one of the largest home Game..." May 17

  • These 3 Teams Should Monitor Kevin Huerter Trade Market

    NBA Analysis "The Atlanta Hawks might be making some changes this NBA offseason after an underwhelming year. The Hawks made a run to the Eastern Conference Finals last season when no one expected much. This season, the Hawks were looking to prove that last season was not a fluke but was unable..." May 17

  • Kevin Durant Refuses To Answer Who Are His Top 10 NBA Players Right Now

    Yardbarker "Kevin Durant is one of the best players in the world but that has never stopped him from being extremely active on social media sites like Twitter. While many of his contemporaries use it as a means to engage with fans in a friendly manner and ignore the haters, KD usually comes out all..." May 17

  • 1 Trade Every Lottery Team Must Consider If It Wins No. 1 Draft Pick

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 NBA draft lottery is Tuesday, and it could change everything for whichever team lands the first overall pick. In most cases, the squad that secures that top selection should keep it. Cost-controlled players with star potential are hard to come by, and there's a..." May 16

  • 1 Free Agent Sleeper The New York Knicks Should Target

    NBA Analysis "One of the biggest goals for the New York Knicks this NBA offseason needs to be figuring out the direction they want to take the roster. When Leon Rose first took over the front office, it looked like this would be a rebuilding effort through the draft. New York would cultivate and..." May 16

  • Four Deandre Ayton Free Agency Destinations

    The Big Lead "The Phoenix Suns' hopes for a repeat NBA Finals run spontaneously combusted last night, when they fell to pieces for all of Game 7 against the Dallas Mavericks. It was a team failure. No one person can possibly be blamed for the performance. It takes a village to..." May 16

  • Jimmy Butler Sends A Message To The Doubters Ahead Of Game 1

    Fadeaway World "Two years after their run to the Finals, the Miami Heat are just 8 wins away from reaching their ultimate goal. After beating Atlanta and Philadelphia in the first two rounds, they are set to face the Boston Celtics in the ultimate Eastern Conference showdown. And while many are..." May 16

  • Boston Celtics Embrace Path of Most Resistance in Latest Deep Playoff Run

    Bleacher Report "Ten games into the season and the Boston Celtics were a train wreck.  The 4-6 start felt like just the beginning. In their home opener against Toronto, Boston was drilled 115-83, the first of several early home games that brought out the boo-birds.  Now,..." May 16

  • Five finalists named for NBA’s social justice award

    Sportsnaut "The NBA announced the five finalists Monday for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award. Reggie Bullock (Dallas Mavericks), Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Fred VanVleet (Toronto..." May 16

  • 3 Crazy Zach LaVine Sign-And-Trades We’d Love To See

    NBA Analysis "On some level, we’d love to see Zach LaVine stay with the Chicago Bulls. Their 2021-22 NBA season just feels a little incomplete. They had a solid year, but it was unexceptional. They finished the year 46-36 and got eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. After..." May 16

  • Does Chris Paul (or Anyone) Really 'Deserve' a Ring?

    Bleacher Report "Four teams are left in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, and Chris Paul's team is not one of them. He will go into his 18th season with his place more than cemented on the very short list of greatest point guards of all time but still without a ring. We'll have all summer (and beyond) to..." May 16

  • Ime Udoka on Celtics' Run to Eastern Conference Finals

    Bleacher Report "Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka saw a 109-81 victory over the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday as validation. "Our proof is in our record in the second half of the season," Udoka said of his team after it punched its ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals...." May 16

  • 3 Players For 76ers To Target With James Harden Trade

    NBA Analysis "The James Harden experience is a complicated one. It’s proven to be for multiple NBA franchises. There’s no question that he’s one of the most impactful offensive players in the history of the sport. On the other hand, there’s a case to be made that he tends to..." May 15

  • Grant Williams' career game leads Celtics past Bucks, on to East final vs. Heat

    The Score "The Celtics will take on the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals after crushing the Milwaukee Bucks 109-81 in Sunday's Game 7 in Boston. The Celtics were led by a game- and career-high 27 points from third-year power forward Grant..." May 15

  • 2 Dream Team Targets For Los Angeles Lakers To Monitor

    NBA Analysis "As the NBA playoffs rage on, LeBron James’ absence from the festivities only grows more noticeable. Fans of the league have grown accustomed to seeing him on its biggest stage. Unfortunately, his Lakers didn’t come remotely close to qualifying to perform there. In fact,..." May 15

  • Every Team's Biggest Need in the 2022 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Most of the NBA is already operating in offseason mode. The rest will get there in the next month (give or take a few days). If you aren't thinking about your franchise's next step, you're already behind. We're here to bring everyone up to..." May 15

  • Grant Williams hilariously infiltrates Bucks’ team huddle

    Larry Brown Sports "Grant Williams is known for having a quirky personality and at times getting under the skin of his opponents, and the swingman lived up to that reputation during Game 7 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics on Sunday. " May 15

  • This Celtics-Nets Trade Pairs Kevin Durant With Jayson Tatum

    NBA Analysis "What’s better than an oversized wing with fluid handles who can create his shot at will for an NBA offense? How about two of them. Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum would put opposing NBA defenses in an almost unprecedented bind. Not only do you have to double team both, but you..." May 14

  • 3 trades Sixers must make in 2022 NBA offseason after ugly playoff exit vs. Heat

    Clutch Points "The Philadelphia 76ers have their work cut out for them this offseason. With almost no wiggle room, they will have to find ways to upgrade their roster after losing in the second round of the NBA playoffs for the fourth time in five years. Figuring out what to do with James..." May 14

  • 3 Crazy Trade Ideas Involving Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving

    NBA Analysis "Kyrie Irving may be the most unpredictable player in what’s become a wildly unpredictable league. Any headline with his name in it should not come as a surprise to NBA fans this summer. If that headline reads that the Nets traded him, it will anyway. That’s not a decision..." May 14

  • 3 shot outside Milwaukee Bucks game; hours later, 17 others shot few blocks away

    ABC 6 "Seventeen people were shot Friday night in downtown Milwaukee just hours after three were shot a few blocks away, near the arena where the Milwaukee Bucks were playing in the NBA Playoffs. Ten people were taken into custody in the shooting downtown, and nine firearms were..." May 14

  • Kevin Love Praises International Players Thriving In The NBA

    Fadeaway World "International players have made a big impact in the league in recent times, becoming huge figures in the association, changing the way that American players and fans see foreign stars that land in the NBA looking for an opportunity to shine. It's been a couple of great years for these..." May 14

  • 3 best trade destinations for Jazz's Mike Conley after latest playoff disappointment

    Clutch Points "After another disappointing showing in the 2021-22 NBA Playoffs, the Utah Jazz could be on the verge of disbanding their core players in a bid to head in a new direction moving forward. According to Bleacher Report, one of those players would be Mike Conley who is already past..." May 14

  • Skip Bayless Challenges Jayson Tatum To Produce Another Superstars Performance In Game 7

    Fadeaway World "Jayson Tatum put in a massive performance in an elimination game against the Milwaukee Bucks and was the primary factor in the Boston Celtics being able to force a Game 7 in the series. Tatum dropped 46 points with great efficiency to lead his team to the win and has been rightly lauded..." May 14

  • 3 Potential Offseason Trade Suitors For Cavs’ Kevin Love

    NBA Analysis "The Cleveland Cavaliers took big steps in the 2021-22 NBA season. Since LeBron James left town, Cleveland has had trouble finding consistency but that might be coming to an end. The Cavaliers are the spot in the play-in portion of the postseason but were eliminated prior to series..." May 14

  • Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo Have 'All-Time Playoff Duel' as Celtics Defeat Bucks in Game 6

    Bleacher Report "An epic battle between Jayson Tatum and Giannis Antetokounmpo ended with the Boston Celtics defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 108-95 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday. Tatum scored 46 points on 17-of-32 shooting (7-of-15 from three-point range) alongside nine..." May 14

  • Paul Pierce Compares Jayson Tatum And Giannis Antetokounmpo's Game 6 Duel To His 2012 Battle Against LeBron James

    Fadeaway World "Jayson Tatum was on a mission on Friday night, willing the Boston Celtics to a big win over the Milwaukee Bucks, at Fiserv Forum, despite Giannis Antetokounmpo's big night for the home team.  It was a great game for JT, who bounced back and dropped 46 points to go along with..." May 14

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo got away with a blatant travel in Game 6

    Larry Brown Sports "The NBA has gotten embarrassingly lax when it comes to enorcing traveling rules, especially for superstars. The travel Giannis Antetokounmpo got away with late in the third quarter of Game 6 on Friday night was a joke. Antetokounmpo made a layup with 33.9 seconds left in the third..." May 14

  • Scott Foster, ‘The Extender’, ruled out of refereeing Bucks-Celtics Game 6

    Sportsnaut "Just when Boston Celtics fans thought they were in good hands with Scott Foster being tabbed to referee the Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 6 matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, bad news has dropped out of the NBA league office. Foster is now ruled out of tonight’s potentially..." May 13

  • 4 ideal Kyrie Irving trade scenarios from the Nets

    Sportsnaut "There’s now a decent chance that the Brooklyn Nets will have to pull off a Kyrie Irving trade this summer. Following the Nets’ ugly first-round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics, there’s a ton of drama brewing in Brooklyn. That includes general..." May 13

  • Celtics trolled outside of team hotel ahead of pivotal Game 6 against Bucks

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics are facing elimination on Friday, and the opposition is doing their best to bring the heat from all angles. Hours before Game 6 against the Bucks in Milwaukee, Celtics announcer Sean Grande shared an image from outside of Boston’s team hotel. " May 13

  • 4 Realistic Blockbuster NBA Trades That Could Happen This Offseason

    Fadeaway World "The playoffs are veering towards the NBA’s final four. Still, the league is chock full of around-the-clock trade rumors. And why not? Over 20 teams are already on vacation, looking for ways to upgrade for next season. Even the eight squads still playing could always strive to improve upon..." May 13

  • 2 Dream Trade Targets For New York Knicks To Monitor

    NBA Analysis "Show us a Knicks fan who was happy with the team’s 2021-22 NBA season, and we’ll show you a masochist. The disappointment was widespread in the Big Apple following their campaign. Having advanced to the playoffs the year prior, the Knicks didn’t even qualify for the..." May 13

  • Why Jimmy Butler gives the Miami Heat a chance against either the Bucks or the Celtics

    The Athletic "The 76ers gave up so much for James Harden, and they’re probably going to have to pay him a ton of money while trying to reconcile that he took two shots and scored no points in the second half of a game with the season on the line. It’s a pile of crashed..." May 13

  • How Enes Kanter Freedom went from NBA athlete to human rights activist

    Yahoo! Sports "In February, Boston traded Kanter Freedom to Houston, which promptly waived him, leading to speculation that he would never play basketball in the United States again. Although he maintains that his lack of a new contract is political, others insist that comparisons to former San..." May 13

  • Enes Freedom Urges Elon Musk to Buy NBA So He Can Play Again

    The Daily Beast "Free-agent basketball player and newfound right-wing “free speech” martyr Enes Kanter Freedom begged edgelord billionaire Elon Musk to buy the NBA on Thursday, calling it “my dream” as Musk could potentially force a franchise to bring him back to the..." May 13

  • NBA Superstars on Trade Watch This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The clock perpetually ticks toward the NBA's next superstar trade. No one knows exactly when, where or why it will happen, but a premature playoff exit here or a fractured relationship there, and suddenly the gears are in motion. While it's impossible to predict..." May 12