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  • NBA free agency to open August 2

    TSN "NBA teams can begin negotiating with pending free agents on August 2 and begin officially signing them on August 6. The dates were announced after the National Basketball League and NBPA agreed upon the opening of free agency ahead of the 2021-22 season. The negotiation..." April 19

  • NBA Teams That Need a Full Rebuild This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "NBA fortunes can change overnight. Sometimes the stars align—literally, in a two- or three-star conglomerate—and an also-ran transforms into a top-flight title contender. That's the fun kind of basketball metamorphosis. Not to drag the room down, but..." April 19

  • Sixers pass Suns, Nuggets and Clippers to top NBA Power Rankings: Plus third-quarter grades for each team

    The Athletic "We’re getting to the stretch run of a chaotic NBA season. We passed up the third-quarter mark for every team during the past week, meaning we just have one quarter of the season left before the postseason process begins. That gives teams roughly 15-18 games left to make their..." April 19

  • NBA Insiders Reveal True Impact and Consequences of NBA's Nightmare Schedule

    Bleacher Report "Dating back to 2005-06, there’s been an average of three ACL tears each NBA season, according to injury buff Jeff Stotts at In Street Clothes. Jamal Murray’s season-ending injury last week marked the fourth player to tear his ACL during this cam “Blame..." April 19

  • Shaquille O'Neal admits he's 'jealous' of Rudy Gobert's $205M contract

    The Score "Shaquille O'Neal's criticism of the five-year, $205-million extension handed to Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert last year appears to have been spurred at least in part by jealousy. During an appearance on "The Rex Chapman Show" earlier this month,..." April 19

  • This NBA Season’s Disabled Player Exceptions Set To Expire

    Hoops Rumors "The disabled player exceptions that teams have been granted throughout the 2020/21 season will expire if they go unused on Monday. April 19 is this year’s deadline to use or lose those exceptions. As our breakdown shows, the Warriors, Nets, Heat,..." April 19

  • NBA to allow vaccinated personnel to travel internationally for draft scouting

    ESPN "The NBA league office is eliminating restrictions on international travel for fully vaccinated personnel, according to a memo to teams obtained by ESPN. NBA team personnel based in the United States had been barred from traveling internationally for scouting purposes for the entirety..." April 19

  • After learning from Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, Jordan Clarkson thriving as Jazz sixth man

    USA Today "First, Jordan Clarkson spent the beginning of his NBA career playing with and learning from Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Since then, the Utah Jazz guard has become intent on pursuing a path that sounds both familiar and foreign to his two former star teammates. Just..." April 19

  • Predicting the 7 Biggest Steals in 2021 NBA Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "While few NBA teams will have max cap space this offseason, there's still plenty of talent to be found for the price of a mid-level exception (or less). Perhaps no team nailed their value free-agent signings more than the New York Knicks last offseason, moves that have propelled..." April 19

  • For the Jazz, it’s all about striking a balance between rest and relentlessness

    The Athletic "Earlier in the week, we wrote about how the Utah Jazz need to make some decisions when it comes to rest and the overall health of their roster. Especially with the playoffs looming in the next month. And Saturday afternoon’s 127-115 overtime loss to the Los Angeles..." April 19

  • Top 10 NBA Rookie of the Year candidates: Surprising new leader in the clubhouse

    Sportsnaut "Last season saw a breakaway NBA Rookie of the Year in that of Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant. He dazzled onlookers while No. 1 pick Zion Williamson missed extended time with a knee injury. It was a surprise given preseason NBA Rookie of the Year odds. Could we see..." April 18

  • Ex-Lakers Drafted Players Could Create A Respectable Playoff Team

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers could have had a very good team right now if they kept every player they drafted over the past couple of seasons. The purple and gold drafted a series of interesting players since 2014 and all of them are part of a different franchise now. Some have become stars and..." April 18

  • Dwyane Wade to remain with TNT after purchasing stake in Jazz

    Larry Brown Sports "Dwyane Wade announced this week that he has purchased a stake in the Utah Jazz, but the former NBA star is not giving up his career in television. Wade will remain in his role as an analyst for TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” according to Marc Stein of the New York Times...." April 18

  • NBA asks teams to prepare for impacts in wake of Derek Chauvin verdict

    Pro Basketball Talk "Monday, closing arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin — the Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd last year — are expected to begin. After that, the case will go to the jury for a verdict. When that verdict comes down, the NBA wants..." April 18

  • Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell gets encouraging update on ankle injury

    Clutch Points "Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell will not be out for long as his MRI on the right ankle sprain that he sustained on Friday night against the Indiana Pacers reportedly didn’t show any signs of structural damage. Due to the situation, he is expected to be..." April 17

  • The hilarious way Jazz star Rudy Gobert determines Mike Conley’s playing status

    Clutch Points "Aside from being one of the top defenders in the league today, Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert apparently also has a talent for predicting the future. As revealed by head coach Quin Snyder (albeit jokingly), the team usually relies on Gobert’s crystal ball to determine Mike..." April 17

  • Offseason Trade Ideas for NBA's Most Hopeless Teams

    Bleacher Report "Hope is fading for many NBA teams, as losses pile up and dreams of even making the play-in tournament start to feel far-fetched. Hope springs eternal each offseason, of course, with franchises already dreaming up deals that can improve their outlooks. For the six..." April 17

  • Jazz's Donovan Mitchell suffers right ankle sprain vs. Pacers

    NBA.com "Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell was helped off the court after suffering a right ankle sprain during the third quarter of Friday’s contest against the Indiana Pacers. He did not return. " April 16

  • How Will Nets Fill LaMarcus Aldridge’s Roster Spot? Here Are 5 Options

    Heavy "The Nets, with their nonstop stream of roster-shaking transactions and injury-related absences this season, have grown accustomed to a sort of revolving door as it relates to their daily lineups. After LaMarcus Aldridge’s abrupt retirement announcement earlier this..." April 16

  • NBA & WNBA Teams Donate Worn, Signed Items to Raise Money for Daunte Wright Fund

    TMZ "The NBA and WNBA teams that honored Daunte Wright by wearing custom shirts in the wake of his death are now auctioning off the items to raise money for Wright's family, league officials confirm. Players from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx -- along with the Brooklyn..." April 16

  • NBA G League Elite Camp to return in June before Draft

    USA Today "On Friday, it was announced that the 2021 NBA G League Elite Camp will take place June 19-21 with prospective draft hopefuls at a location still to be determined. Of course, the camp was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The scouting event gives prospects..." April 16

  • Miami Heat Owner Reveals Dwyane Wade Had Another Offer

    Heavy "There was a feeling of betrayal on Friday when news broke of Dwyane Wade buying an ownership stake in the Utah Jazz. The Miami Heat legend should have purchased a piece of the franchise that made him a three-time world champion. Why didn’t Wade pick up the phone and..." April 16

  • NBA Free Agency: Ranking the Top 5 Players at Every Position

    Bleacher Report "As the 2020-21 NBA season rounds into its home stretch, plenty of teams and players around the league are surely starting to think about free agency. For individuals, it's a potential opportunity to sign for loads of money and long-term stability, as well as a chance to..." April 16

  • Sixers Star Faces Stifling Competition in Quest to Be ‘Clear-Cut’ Best Defender

    Heavy "In the last week, Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has made some of his most demonstrative statements to date on the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year race. After Monday’s 113-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks, Simmons declared that he wants to be the..." April 16

  • Dwyane Wade buys ownership stake in Utah Jazz, wants hands-on role

    ESPN "Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade has purchased an ownership stake in the Utah Jazz, joining majority owner and governor Ryan Smith with plans to take an active role in the franchise and region. Wade, an eight-time All-NBA player with the Miami Heat, is the latest of..." April 16

  • Ranking The Highest Career PPG In A Season For Every NBA Franchise; One Player Is Way Ahead Of The Pack

    Fadeaway World "Scoring the ball is a facet of the game that is most attractive and most sought after. Especially in today’s NBA, the game is all about getting buckets. But which player does that best, when looking at each team’s greatest scoring leader? By going through all 30 franchises..." April 16

  • Ten NBA things Zach Lowe likes and doesn't like, including the Paul George vengeance tour

    ESPN "Let's roll with this week's 10 things, including Paul George's slithering attacks, the Tom Thibodeau effect and the most boring moment of the 2021 season. 1. The Paul George vengeance tour (regular season) is happening. Plus: Rajon Rondo! Watch..." April 16

  • NBA trades: 20 stars who could be moved this summer

    Sportsnaut "NBA trades will be the name of the game this summer as some teams attempt to shed salaries of high-priced players. Other contending teams could very well look to find NBA All-Stars to team up with their already-elite players. Could the Washington Wizards pull the plug on a Bradley..." April 15

  • 5 players who boosted their draft stock in the NCAA Tournament

    The Score "There's no bigger stage in college basketball than March Madness. For some players, the exposure gained in the Big Dance is the difference between reaching the NBA and going undrafted. Here are five players who boosted their draft stock with standout performances in this..." April 15

  • The 5 Best NBA Superteams That Could Have Been Created In 1990s If Superstars Wanted To Play Together

    Fadeaway World "We are living in the era of superteams. It seems every year, there are teams with incredible talent that are expected to win it all. Until more recently, there was little to no parity in the league. And it has been the case since the Boston Celtics pulled off the biggest heist in NBA history to..." April 15

  • 10 questions for final stretch of NBA season: Will Lakers secure top-four seed? Knicks to end playoff drought?

    CBS Sports "The NBA is approaching the tail end of the 2020-21 regular season, and as we set our sights on the playoffs, there's still plenty of storylines to keep an eye on as the final month of the season approaches. Some teams are firmly out of the playoff picture, like the Minnesota..." April 15

  • NBA GMs And Coaches Blame Injury Bug On The ‘Brutal’ Schedule: Worst Schedule in 25 years

    Fadeaway World "This NBA season has been tougher than most. Amid the constant threat of COVID-19, no fans in the arenas, and a brutal schedule, players have been having a hard time adjusting. In regards to the latter, specifically, NBA personnel are describing it as the worst schedule they’ve..." April 15

  • NBA Style Power Rankings: Kyle Kuzma is from the future and isn’t going back anytime soon

    The Athletic "It would be difficult to describe this NBA season as anything other than a slog. Between the constant COVID-19-related postponements at the very start of the season, to the constant churn of games during the condensed schedule leading to an uptick of load management for many of the best..." April 15

  • NBA personnel see link between compressed schedule, rash of injuries

    ESPN "Several NBA general managers and team health officials say the unorthodox and compressed schedule, attempting to make up games postponed due to COVID-related issues, has led to a rash of injuries around the league, with several teams fearing player health has reached a boiling..." April 14

  • Who deserves more attention as serious championship contenders?

    USA Today "With a month left in the NBA regular season, the championship race is taking shape. The top teams have distinguished themselves from the rest of the league, with most biding their time and trying to get healthy before the playoffs. Not all championship contenders garner the same..." April 14

  • Jordan Clarkson says L.A. used illegal screens in Kobe Bryant finale

    CBS Sports "Kobe Bryant's 60-point finale was so incredible in large part because of how rare such performances had become in his later years. The Hall-of-Fame guard averaged only 17.6 points per game in his final season on a dismal 35.8 percent shooting, and he hadn't even reached 40 points at any..." April 14

  • No New COVID-19 Cases Among Players Since April 7

    Yardbarker "There were no confirmed positives in the latest round of COVID-19 testing, the NBA announced on Twitter. This marks the first time since Feb. 3 with no positive results in the weekly tests. The league reported that 488 players have been undergone testing since April..." April 14

  • Top Offseason Goals for Every NBA Team

    Bleacher Report "Believe it or not, the 2021 offseason is only about a month away for some NBA teams. While it still seems like we just wrapped up bubble play, the chase for a new champion will soon kick off. As the playoffs rage, other teams will shift their focus to the draft and free..." April 14

  • Knicks’ top competition for Lonzo Ball in free agency

    Clutch Points "It’s no secret the New York Knicks had some level of interest in New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball before the NBA trade deadline. The Knicks obviously didn’t bring him in, but they will reportedly revisit the pursuit when Ball becomes a..." April 14

  • Concern over Jamal Murray's knee injury evokes reminders of shortened 2012 NBA season

    CBS Sports "One of the NBA's young stars has just gone down with a torn ACL. Fans, and even some players, are placing blame on the condensed schedule as of late for the wear and tear that could have led to this. In other news around the country, spring is in full swing, and Barack Obama is revving up..." April 14

  • Checking In On Traded 2021 NBA First-Round Picks

    Hoops Rumors "It’s been nearly two months since we checked in on the status of 2021’s traded first-round picks, and there have been plenty of shifts in the NBA standings since then. Those changes have an impact on where in the draft certain traded picks will land, as well as whether or not some..." April 14

  • NBA playoff races: The favorites and long shots to watch

    ESPN "With the NBA playoffs just over a month away, now is a good time to take a look at where the key races stand and which teams are most likely to have to play their ways into the postseason brackets. Remember, in this new play-in era, the postseason hunt in each conference is actually..." April 14

  • Who deserves more attention as serious NBA championship contenders?

    USA Today "With a month left in the NBA regular season, the championship race is taking shape. The top teams have distinguished themselves from the rest of the league, with most biding their time and trying to get healthy before the playoffs. Not all championship contenders garner the same..." April 14

  • In or Out? Predicting Postseason Fates for Fringe NBA Playoff Teams

    Bleacher Report "The NBA playoffs are the league's great separator. Even teams that get swept in the opening round or fail to advance past the first play-in game know quick exits are better than failing to gain entry in the first place. Playing beyond the 82nd game (or 72nd this season)..." April 13

  • 5 Superstars That Would Fit Perfectly With The Warriors’ System

    Fadeaway World "The Golden State Warriors are currently the 10th seed in the Western Conference, and it is clear that the offense needs some pieces that fit well with Steve Kerr’s motion offense. Steve Kerr’s system is based on having a lot of ball movement and spreading the floor with good..." April 13

  • 10 NBA Stars That Will Never Leave Their Teams

    Fadeaway World "Loyalty isn’t found everywhere nowadays, especially when it comes to sports. Everybody wants to play for the winning team and in the bigger market, so after a couple of failed playoff runs or tough seasons, it’s normal to see superstars forcing their way out of their..." April 13

  • Could More NBA Teams Succeed With Three Point Guards Playing Together?

    Five Thirty Eight "On Feb. 5, Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego made a remarkable choice. Starting point guard Terry Rozier was returning from a two-game absence because of an ankle injury. While Rozier was out, rookie point guard LaMelo Ball had joined point guard Devonte’ Graham in..." April 13

  • Jamal Crawford staying ready in case that final call comes

    Nets Daily "It’s been eight months since Jamal Crawford last stepped on the hardwood, where he played his 20th season as a member of the Nets against the Bucks in the Orlando “bubble.” Though his performance was cut short by an untimely hamstring injury, he’s..." April 13

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Low-Key 2021 Free-Agent Destinations

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 NBA free-agent class had a chance to be historic. Then just about everyone who ranked as a difference-maker decided they would bypass the open market and ink early extensions instead. The player pool hasn't dried up, but if Kawhi Leonard stays with the Los..." April 12

  • Donovan Mitchell fired up by Joe Ingles' trash talk

    ESPN "NBA games are usually full of chatter on the court. But some of the things the Sacramento Kings said to Joe Ingles made Donovan Mitchell take notice. Ingles can talk trash with the best of them, and it gets him going, but Mitchell turned his indignation..." April 11