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  • NBA Superstars Who Will Be on Trade Watch by Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Another star is always on the verge of being traded in the NBA. Even if he needs to come out of nowhere, the league always has a next man up. This summer alone is proof. The New Orleans Pelicans shipped Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 20

  • NBA Power Rankings Post-Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "OK, what just happened? That seismic shift you just felt on the NBA landscape? That was one of the wildest months in NBA history shaking up your favorite team; your parents' favorite team; your uncle's favorite team; heck, even the cat's favorite..." July 19

  • Best contracts of 2019 NBA free agency: Lakers, Warriors find bargains during busy offseason

    Sporting News "Roughly 40 percent of the NBA entered free agency this offseason. Yeah, that's a big number. With so much talent flooding the market, some free agents were inevitably going to be signed to cheaper deals than expected. Which GMs managed to snag valuable players on bargain..." July 19

  • Worst contracts of 2019 NBA free agency: Hornets, Kings weren't only teams to hand out bad deals

    Sporting News "Early in the 2016 NBA offseason, it became clear teams were passing out crazy contracts to average-at-best players. That's what happens when the league sees an unprecedented salary cap spike. Over the past three years, some general managers have gotten smarter with..." July 19

  • Magic To Re-Sign Amile Jefferson

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic and free agent forward Amile Jefferson have agreed to a new one-year deal, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). Orlando made Jefferson an unrestricted free agent by withdrawing his two-way qualifying offer, but will bring him back..." July 19

  • Magic Withdraw QO For Amile Jefferson

    Hoops Rumors "According to RealGM’s transactions log, the Magic have withdrawn their qualifying offer to two-way player Amile Jefferson. As a result of the move, Jefferson becomes an unrestricted free agent, free to sign outright with any team. The Magic’s decision on..." July 18

  • 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

  • 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: Top 5 Best Destinations For JR Smith

    Fadeaway World "JR Smith has been finally waived after entirely missing the prior season as he tried to work out on a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers that could take him to a contending team, as his contract was really difficult to move. So, now that Smith is finally a free agent and we all know..." 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

  • Magic still unsure when Markelle Fultz will return, Steve Clifford says

    Sporting News "The Magic still do not know when Markelle Fultz will play again. The 21-year-old guard has yet to play for Orlando after the team acquired him from the 76ers in early February in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and two draft picks. Magic coach Steve Clifford was asked about Fultz's..." July 17

  • NBA Rumors: Spurs Have Talked To Pistons, Magic, Bulls About DeMar DeRozan Trade

    Fadeaway World "As the loaded Western Conference prepares for the biggest season it’s seen in decades, the San Antonio Spurs’ placement among the league elites is in a shadow of a doubt. With LaMarcus Aldridge aging,  and Gregg Popovich preparing for the end, their turn for dominance..." 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

  • NBA Rumors: Celtics Could Trade Gordon Hayward To Magic For Mo Bamba And Evan Fournier

    Inquisitr "The departure of Kyrie Irving has greatly affected the Boston Celtics’ offseason plans. After failing to convince Irving to re-sign, the Celtics backed out of their plan to trade for All-Star center Anthony Davis, who ended up being moved to the Los Angeles Lakers. However, instead of..." 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

  • Magic’s Markelle Fultz Called Healthy, Starting Job His ‘to Lose’

    Heavy "When the Philadelphia 76ers opted to end the Markelle Fultz experiment by trading him to the Orlando Magic, one looming unknown was when he’d return to the court. Fultz, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of the University of Washington, showed up to join..." 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

  • Caron Butler thinks Orlando’s starting point guard job is Markelle Fultz’s to lose

    Clutch Points "Former first-overall pick Markelle Fultz has yet to play one minute for the Orlando Magic, but former NBA swingman Caron Butler believes the starting point-guard role is Fultz’ to lose. Speaking on NBATV while doing the color commentary for the Magic’s matchup with the..." July 14

  • Four most likely Chris Paul trade scenarios

    Sportsnaut "The Oklahoma City Thunder might have added Chris Paul in the blockbuster Russell Westbrook trade on Thursday, but he’s not going to be in OKC for too long. Oklahoma City is already looking to move Paul with a number of potential suitors, including the Miami..." July 12

  • 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

  • Gilbert Arenas Involved In Car Crash That Left Other Vehicle On Its Head

    Hot New Hip Hop "He walked away uninjured. "No Chill Gil" is counting himself lucky after he was reportedly involved in a car crash over Fourth of July weekend. According to TMZ, it was almost three o' clock in the afternoon when Gilbert Arenas was cruising down the 101..." July 10

  • Magic reportedly to re-sign Khem Birch to two-year, $6 million contract

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Magic paid big money to Nikola Vucevic to return at center, four-years $100 million (although descending in costs each season, making it more tradable on the back end). Behind him is Mo Bamba, last year’s top 10 pick who didn’t play after Jan. 31 due to a leg..." 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

  • Return to Magic wasn't only option for Terrence Ross

    Yardbarker "Veteran swingman Terrence Ross was one of the first players to come off the board after the free agent period officially opened on the evening of June 30, opting to return to the Magic on a four-year deal that will pay him a reported $54M. However, remaining in Orlando was hardly Ross’..." 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

  • Report: Magic to sit Mo Bamba for rest of summer league due to general soreness

    The Score "The Orlando Magic are holding center Mo Bamba out for the rest of summer league due to general soreness, according to The Athletic's Josh Robbins. Bamba suffered a stress fracture in his left leg last season but the discomfort is not in that area, Robbins..." 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