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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

  • 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

  • Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham serious candidate for Hornets job

    Pro Basketball Talk "Mike D’Antoni is reportedly a serious candidate to become the Hornets’ next coach. He’s not the only one. Bucks assistant Darvin Ham got the “serious candidate” label, and former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts is also..." 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

  • 2 Trade Packages To Send Hornets’ Gordon Hayward To Pelicans

    NBA Analysis "The Charlotte Hornets have a bright future entering the NBA offseason, but they may have to clear some cap space to ensure they have a bright present. After all, Miles Bridges is due to hit Restricted Free Agency soon. LaMelo Ball’s inevitably huge rookie contract extension..." 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mike D’Antoni in “strong position” to be next Hornets coach

    Pro Basketball Talk "Apparently, concerns about the defense are not the primary drivers of the coaching search in Charlotte. The temptations of putting All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball and his creative playmaking in a Mike D’Antoni system may be too much for the Hornets to..." 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Frank Vogel Has Interviewed With Hornets

    Silver Screen And Roll "With the Lakers and Charlotte Hornets being the only teams left with no head coach, the search for a new one continues. Both teams have been linked to some of the same names over the past few weeks, a few of which they’ve already interviewed and/or requested to talk..." 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

  • LaMelo Ball Has Revealed Some New Tattoos

    The Spun "Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball has made a few additions to his tattoo collection.  The NBA world has known for a few years that Ball has a significant No. 1 chest piece with wings. Now, the former Rookie of the Year has a few hand tattoos.  Images of Ball's..." 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

  • 2 Trade Targets Lakers Absolutely Must Pursue

    NBA Analysis "The offseason came much earlier than the Los Angeles Lakers were expecting. As we near the start of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals, the Lakers are in full NBA offseason mode preparing for potential roster changes to get LeBron James more help. Last season, the major target..." May 12

  • Best & Worst Free Agency Landing Spots For Jalen Brunson

    NBA Analysis "The 2022 NBA free agency class is largely considered a weak one considering most of the top talent is expected to remain with their current franchise. Among the top options to monitor is Jalen Brunson of the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks were reluctant to get a long-term deal done..." May 12

  • 5 Best Destinations For Bradley Beal This Summer

    Fadeaway World "Bradley Beal is one of the most talented shooting guards in the game right now because he is an offensive machine that is very capable of averaging at least 30 PPG in a season. Starting off as a spot-up shooter that benefitted from John Wall’s playmaking in Washington, Beal has worked on..." May 12

  • 3 Ben Simmons Trade Ideas The Nets Should Pursue

    NBA Analysis "Former NBA All-Star Ben Simmons has not played a minute in a Brooklyn Nets uniform. Surely they couldn’t trade him. That has to be some form of malpractice, right? Wrong. There’s nothing in the rule book that states that just because you acquire a player, you’re..." May 12

  • 2 Trade Packages To Send Bradley Beal To Hornets

    NBA Analysis "If there’s any correlation between NBA trade rumors and actual trades, Bradley Beal’s days with the Washington Wizards are limited. He’s been subject to NBA trade rumors for years. They don’t seem to be going anywhere. It feels like these Wizards might have..." May 12

  • 3 Ideal NBA Draft Landing Spots For Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis

    NBA Analysis "The postseason is still playing around the league, but it is never too early to take a look at the upcoming 2022 NBA Draft. One intriguing prospect that continues to climb up draft boards is Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis. The Badger was named the Big Ten Player of the Year..." May 12

  • Chicago Bulls Fans Take Issue With The Latest Zach LaVine Trade Proposal

    Side Action "Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine has failed to reach a contract extension over the past year with the team. So now, he finds himself in a position where he can look around to see what’s out there. After the series loss to the Bucks, LaVine re-iterated his love for Chicago and the..." May 12

  • 2 Sign-And-Trade Packages To Send Miles Bridges To Grizzlies

    NBA Analysis "The Memphis Grizzlies had an outstanding 2021-22 season. As it stands, they’re down 3-1 vs the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Regardless of the outcome of that series, the first statement holds true. They finished the season second in the Western..." May 12

  • NBA unveils new trophies, awards honoring Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson

    ESPN "It's no coincidence that in the same year the NBA is celebrating its 75th anniversary, the league is unveiling an ensemble of trophies and awards that will feature new designs and will honor iconic players such as Larry Bird, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Bob Cousy and Oscar..." May 12

  • This Hornets-Pacers Trade Sends PJ Washington To Indiana

    NBA Analysis "After an up-and-down year, it will be interesting to see if the Charlotte Hornets decide to make some changes in the NBA offseason. The Hornets started out hot this season but leveled out as time went on. LaMelo Ball was selected to his first All-Star Game and is now a future star in..." May 12

  • Crazy 3-Team Trade Idea To Send Donovan Mitchell To Lakers

    NBA Analysis "It’s becoming increasingly more apparent that the world has seen the last of the Donovan Mitchell-Rudy Gobert pairing. After yet another disappointing early exit in the NBA playoffs by the Utah Jazz, newly minted Executive Danny Ainge is poised to shake up the roster in a drastic way...." May 11

  • 4 ideal Ben Simmons trade scenarios for Brooklyn Nets

    Sportsnaut "While it might seem unlikely that the Brooklyn Nets would trade Ben Simmons in the offseason, there are actually rumblings of teams around the league interested in acquiring his services. Meaning the Nets might need to seriously ponder if Simmons has more value to them long-term as part of a..." May 11

  • 3 Stars We’d Like To See Wizards’ Bradley Beal Team Up With

    NBA Analysis "It’s not hard to find a photoshopped image of NBA All-Star Bradley Beal in a different team’s uniform on the internet. After all, the star off-guard has been the subject of trade rumors for years. It makes sense. His Wizards have struggled to advance in the playoffs during..." May 11