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  • Top 5 Young Stars Who Need To Change Teams

    Fadeaway World "For young players to blossom and play well, they have to be put into the right situation. Players such as Trae Young, De’Aaron Fox, and Karl-Anthony Towns have been given the keys to their respective teams and we have seen them take off and essentially turn into All-Stars. But..." September 20

  • NBA All-Time Player Rankings: Top 10 Power Forwards

    Bleacher Report "Who's the greatest power forward of all time? Now that we've discussed the top 10 point guards, shooting guards and small forwards in NBA history, it's time to look at the chameleon of basketball positions: power forwards. For..." September 20

  • Losing Kemba Walker would always sting. Hornets made it nearly as painful as possible

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Hornets faced a miserable choice this summer: Lose not only their by far best player, but the greatest player in franchise and someone with a deep connection to the community Sign a point guard to an expensive contract that will further inhibit an already-strapped team..." September 19

  • Kobe Bryant reveals what Hornets GM told him when he was traded to Lakers

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant recalled what Charlotte Hornets general manager Bob Bass told him when the organization made the decision to trade him to the Lakers on draft day. While brief and inconsequential, Bass’ words had a profound effect on Bryant, which stuck with..." September 18

  • NBA Execs Anticipate Active In-Season Trade Market

    Heavy "fter an extraordinary summer of 2019, which saw a cavalcade of stars—including Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kemba Walker, Al Horford and Jimmy Butler—change teams, executives around the league expect..." September 18

  • NBA All-Time Player Rankings: Top 10 Small Forwards

    Bleacher Report "Who's the greatest small forward of all time? That's the question at hand with the top 10s for both point guards and shooting guards in the rearview. As was the case with the 2s, there isn't a ton of suspense surrounding the top spot here...." September 18

  • Hornets Sign Kobi Simmons To Camp Deal

    NBA.com "Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Kobi Simmons. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Simmons, who went undrafted out of the University of Arizona,..." September 17

  • Nicolas Batum on Celtics center Vincent Poirier: "It's a good pick-up for Boston for sure"

    NBC Sports Boston "Team USA didn't finish the FIBA World Cup as expected, but there were plenty of positives to take away from the tournament if you're a Celtics fan.  Not only did Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart contribute to Team USA and certainly took..." September 16

  • Ranking NBA's Best Backcourts for 2019-20 Season

    Bleacher Report "Most of the NBA's best backcourt combinations are going to look quite different in 2019-20. With Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Chris Paul, D'Angelo Russell and Mike Conley all switching teams this offseason, many of the league's best..." September 16

  • Michael Jordan, Jeanie Buss & Other NBA Owners Launch New Tequila

    Hot New Hip Hop "A collection of NBA owners, highlighted by NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and Los Angeles Lakers' lead woman Jeanie Buss, have today announced the launch of Cincoro Tequila. In addition to MJ and Buss, the group of founders includes Milwaukee Bucks owner Wes Edens, his..." September 16

  • Why did Michael Jordan choose now to sell a chunk of the Charlotte Hornets?

    Charlotte Observer "Michael Jordan isn’t hurting for cash flow. His estimated net worth is $1.9 billion. Then why choose now to sell a piece of the Charlotte Hornets to two hedge-fund executives from New York? As first reported by the Observer, Jordan has agreed to sell a large piece of..." September 16

  • Several Reported Free Agent Deals Not Yet Official

    Hoops Rumors "When a free agent agrees to join an NBA team, his tentative deal with the club is generally reported before he officially signs his contract. Often, word of an agreement between a player and team breaks minutes or hours – or perhaps a day or two – before the deal is formally..." September 15

  • Michael Jordan to Sell Portion of Hornets but Remain Majority Owner

    SI "Michael Jordan will sell a portion of the Hornets to two New York-based investors but will remain majority owner, the team announced in a statement on Saturday. The transaction is subject to NBA approval. "I'm excited to welcome Gabe and Dan as my partners..." September 15

  • Jerry Colangelo won't forget U.S. World Cup pullouts

    Clutch Points "Jerry Colangelo, managing director for USA basketball, was not in a jovial mood after Team USA’s second consecutive loss in the FIBA World Cup. The Americans lost again on Thursday, as they fell to Serbia, 94-89. Following another disappointing loss, Colangelo made it clear that..." September 12

  • Hornets talk losing Kemba Walker, why they won’t rebuild with free agents

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak won’t let “rebuild” slip from his lips. “Transition” is the word he prefers to describe his team’s life without Kemba Walker. But rebuild, the Hornets must. And rebuild, they..." September 12

  • China loves the NBA, but when will the next Yao Ming arrive?

    ESPN "David Stern looked like a lost American tourist standing outside of the Chinese Central Television offices in Beijing for hours in 1989. Three years before "The Dream Team" made the world fall in love with basketball, the then-NBA commissioner actually helped light the spark that led..." September 12

  • 10 NBA Stars That Could Be Traded This Season

    Fadeaway World "The NBA is a league of movement, and this has been the case in most recent years. Some of the league’s stars have moved around a lot last season, and this trend will likely continue in 2020. Teams have different needs when they decide to trade their star players and these..." September 10

  • NBA Teams That Never Won It All but Won't Be Forgotten

    Bleacher Report "Some of the greatest teams in NBA history never won a title for a variety of reasons, including because of injuries. As you'll see, we're not even including the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors, who have case for inclusion. There's also this Michael Jordan guy who killed some..." September 10

  • Michael Jordan Donates $1M to Hurricane Dorian Relief in Bahamas

    Bleacher Report "Chicago Bulls legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan has pledged to donate $1 million to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas. Jordan's manager, Estee Portnoy, released the following statement on his behalf: September 10

  • 12 NBA Salary Guarantees To Watch In October

    Hoops Rumors "The majority of the NBA players who are currently on non-guaranteed contracts won’t have their salaries for 2019/20 become fully guaranteed until January 10. That’s the league-wide salary guarantee date and the default deadline that applies to players who haven’t..." September 06

  • How Many Current NBA Players Are Really Future Hall of Famers?

    Bleacher Report "The NBA is flush with talent—perhaps more so than it has ever been before. This past season alone, there were over a dozen players who performed at what we would have considered MVP-level in the past. You're likely to run out of fingers and toes if..." September 06

  • Report: Major agencies planning to boycott NCAA’s new agent testing

    Clutch Points "Less than a month ago, the NCAA tried to impose their will on player agents, instituting a new mandate that would require agents to have a bachelor’s degree. Although the NCAA later rescinded the change after massive backlash, the community of agency firms and individual agents are..." September 06

  • Eight NBA players who could have breakout seasons with their new teams following a busy free agency period

    CBS Sports "Victor Oladipo is the poster boy for a change of scenery leading to suddenly-fulfilled potential. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft was solid, but not elite in his first four seasons with the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder. But a trade to Indiana..." September 04

  • Ahmed Hill Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Hornets

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to sign Ahmed Hill to a Two-Way contract. Hill went undrafted out of Virginia Tech in 2019. " September 04

  • NBA weighing investment vehicle to buy minority shares of individual teams

    Clutch Points "At the end of the day, the NBA is still a business. The whole world was reminded of this very fact of late, with news emerging pertaining to the league’s reported interest in investing on a small stake in individual teams. In an article by Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg, this..." September 03

  • Trade Packages to Break Up NBA's Worst Star Pairings

    Bleacher Report "Collecting star players is usually the key to success in the NBA.  But while pure talent typically wins out, some star pairings are destined to fail due to skill overlap, chemistry issues or roster fit. While superstars such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi..." September 03

  • Team USA might really be in trouble at FIBA World Cup

    SB Nation "When Turkey’s Dogus Balbay took an unsportsmanlike foul from Joe Harris in the final nine seconds of overtime of Team USA’s second FIBA World Cup group stage, it looked like it was over. Turkey led the U.S., 92-91, and Balbaby was awarded two free throws and possession of..." September 03

  • Hawks, Warriors, Grizzlies Have Made Most Offseason Trades

    Hoops Rumors "A total of 43 trades have been completed by NBA teams since the 2018/19 season ended, including three deals involving three teams and one that included four teams. No club has been more active on the trade market during that time than the Hawks, who completed eight deals. However,..." September 03

  • Redick, Iguodala and Under-the-Radar NBA Veterans Who Aren't Done Yet

    Bleacher Report "We all know veterans such as LeBron James and Steph Curry are going to put up huge numbers in 2019-20, barring injury. But what about some of the equally seasoned but less heralded players? You know, the guys teams may not have built their offseasons around acquiring but who could be..." September 03

  • Hornets, Kobi Simmons Agree To Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets and free agent point guard Kobi Simmons have reached an agreement on a one-year contract, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). Although Charania doesn’t go into detail on the terms of Simmons’ deal, he notes that the..." September 03

  • Power Ranking USA Men's Basketball Roster Ahead of 2019 FIBA World Cup

    Bleacher Report "Australia ended a 78-game winning streak for the USA Basketball men's senior team in the lead-up to the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup that starts Saturday in China. The hosts won 98-94 in front of 52,079 fans in Melbourne. After all the high-profile..." August 30

  • Highest-Paid NBA Players By Team

    Hoops Rumors "Earlier today, we listed the top 50 highest-paid NBA players for the 2019/20 season. While that list presented a clear picture of the highest earners for the upcoming season, not every NBA team was represented. Neither the Grizzlies nor the Knicks had a..." August 30

  • Decisions On 2020/21 Rookie Scale Team Options

    Hoops Rumors "Under the NBA’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the deadline for teams to sign fourth-year players to rookie scale extensions was moved up from October 31 to the last day before the regular season begins, but Halloween remains an important date on the NBA’s..." August 30

  • Who could be the NBA’s Andrew Luck?

    SB Nation "Andrew Luck’s decision to retire from the NFL at age 29 with tens of millions of dollars on the table continues to draw a mix of astonishment and understanding around the American sports landscape. The NBA does not have a serious record of early choice retirements probably because..." August 30

  • Michael Jordan’s Jordan Brand still richest shoe deal in NBA

    Clutch Points "It’s been a while since basketball fans last saw Michael Jordan — the greatest of all time — grace the basketball court. Yet years after his third and final retirement, we still feel his presence via his shoe company — which may also be tagged as one of the greatest..." August 30

  • NBA Stars Ready for Career Years

    Bleacher Report "A career year is the most brilliant type of NBA breakout. The stars align, the basketball gods grant their blessing, and players put forth a campaign greater than any they'll ever produce. At times, these meteoric rises can seemingly come with no rhyme or..." August 29

  • Ranking the NBA's 15 worst contracts

    The Score "The NBA has mostly gotten better at fiscal restraint. Contracts are kept relatively short by design, meaning ascending talents can reach their next payday quicker - and bad money comes off the books a lot faster. Still, today's front offices aren't above handing out truly..." August 28

  • Who's the Greatest In-Game Dunker of All Time?

    Bleacher Report "Forget about the three-point revolution, the post-up plays of old or even the all-eyes-on-them isolation game. Dunking remains king of the NBA. It's right there in the name: d-u-n-k-i-n-g. Nothing better captures the jaw-dropping, physics-defying athleticism of the..." August 27

  • NBA Players Who Are Headed Overseas For 2019/20

    Hoops Rumors "With a new group of incoming rookies arriving in the NBA this season and several players from international leagues also coming stateside, there simply aren’t enough roster spots around the league to accommodate all the players who spent time with NBA clubs last season. As such,..." August 27

  • Ranking The 10 Best Defensive Players In The NBA

    Fadeaway World "While the NBA has moved towards the direction of high-octane offenses and freedom of movement, defensive players still have tremendous value. After all, defense wins championships. If you look at every NBA Champion in history, they have all played defense at a high level. These 10..." August 27

  • 6 Players Who Are Unbelievably Still on NBA Payrolls

    Bleacher Report "In the post-amnesty NBA, there are no more contract mulligans. However, the stretch provision can help get bad—or unwanted—money off the books. If a team waives a player and triggers this mechanism by Aug. 31, his remaining salary is stretched over twice the number of..." August 27

  • Four risky NBA moves, including Warriors trading for D'Angelo Russell, Rockets gambling big on Westbrook

    CBS Sports "NBA front offices have gotten so smart. Every year it feels like we see fewer and fewer questionable decisions. Free-agent signings. Contract extensions. Trades. Draft picks. Information is everywhere, everyone is so careful, and yet, at the end of the day, everything is still a gamble. Here..." August 26

  • Bucks, Knicks Carrying Most 2019/20 Dead Money

    Hoops Rumors "Over three-quarters of the NBA’s 30 teams are carrying some sort of “dead money” on their salary cap for the 2019/20 season. This dead money is created as a result of having, at some point, waived a player who had guaranteed money left on his contract. In some cases,..." August 26

  • Every NBA Team's Most Glaring Weakness Right Now

    Bleacher Report "With much of the NBA turned over this summer, the league and its eventual 2020 champion feel as up in the air as they have in years; perhaps decades. In the absence of one or two superteams, we'll now be treated to around a half-dozen or more title contenders led mostly..." August 26

  • Team USA sees betting odds in World Cup skew downward

    Pro Basketball Talk "Team USA is 12 man roster is now set, and they are prepared to take on the rest of the world in the 2019 FIBA World Cup In China with summer. The United States finally lost a game for the first time in 13 years on Saturday, falling to Patty Mills and Australia,..." August 26

  • Hornets would’ve traded for Marc Gasol before deadline, but he wouldn’t commit beyond last season

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hornets coming close but ultimately not trading for Marc Gasol before last trade deadline reportedly soured Kemba Walker on Charlotte. Walker then left Charlotte in free agency this summer. That was at least partially about money, but it’s never only one thing. If the Hornets had done..." August 24

  • Re-Drafting Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the 2017 NBA Draft 2 Years Later

    Bleacher Report "A re-draft of the hyped 2017 NBA draft class would look significantly different than the original order after two seasons. Star-caliber players have emerged—just not the the ones who the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers or Phoenix Suns expected. Those three teams have..." August 23

  • The All-Time NBA “What-If” Team

    Fadeaway World "We have seen so many great players in NBA history whose careers were cut short due to injuries. Often, these injuries were severe enough that these players were not able to recover from their All-NBA form, or were even forced into early retirement. It can be particularly difficult to..." August 23

  • We Ranked NBA Teams By How Much Fun They’d Be On ‘Hard Knocks’

    Dime Magazine "Hard Knocks is appointment viewing for football fans. Every summer, HBO gets incredible access into one NFL team’s training camp, giving fans a mostly unfiltered look into teams and the people who suit up for them. This year, it’s been the Oakland Raiders, which ended up being..." August 22

  • 10 Sneaky-Good NBA Offseason Additions

    Bleacher Report "The NBA saw one of its wildest, most expensive spending sprees during this offseason's first few weeks of free agency. Lost in the shuffle of moving superstars such as Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker were the savvy veteran acquisitions of the teams that..." August 22