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  • Larry Bird's Upset Over Mural, Remove Those Tattoos!

    TMZ "Larry Bird is adamant he's NOT a "tattooed guy" -- and he ain't happy with a new mural in Indiana that depicts him as a walking canvas. The NBA legend's attorney has reached out to Jules Muck, the artist who created the Bird tribute on a Fountain Square..." August 21

  • With Bucks hoping to take off, leaving behind Malcolm Brogdon a risky choice

    Pro Basketball Talk "Next season is the Bucks’ time. They shouldn’t wait. They can’t wait. Milwaukee is very good. Good enough to win a championship. There are no overwhelmingly dominant-looking teams this year. Most of the top contenders will beat up on each other..." August 20

  • NBA Stars Who Could Unexpectedly Request a Trade

    Bleacher Report "Player movement is at an all-time high in the NBA. There were 29 in-season trades in 2018-19, headlined by stars like Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, Marc Gasol, Harrison Barnes, Otto Porter Jr., Kristaps Porzingis and Nikola Mirotic. Anthony Davis' midseason trade..." August 20

  • The Most Important NBA Rumors: Dwight Howard, DeMar DeRozan And Carmelo

    Fadeaway World "The 2020 NBA Season is almost upon us and most NBA teams currently have their rosters set, but it seems the rumors are really starting to ramp up. With players going down to injuries and players still looking to make trades to put them over the hump, teams are still being very active as we..." August 20

  • Traded First Round Picks For 2020 NBA Draft

    Hoops Rumors "The 2020 NBA draft is still 10 months away, but several teams have already traded their first round picks for that night, and more clubs are likely to do so before this season’s trade deadline. We’ll use the space below to keep tabs on each team’s first round pick..." August 20

  • 10 NBA Careers That Made You Wish Injuries Didn't Exist

    Bleacher Report "Last week, new Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL. That will likely sideline him for the entire 2019-20 NBA season and is the third serious leg injury he has suffered in the last two years. Unfortunately, Cousins is far from the..." August 20

  • NBA's Young Role Players Who Can Still Become Stars

    Bleacher Report "The next generation of NBA All-Stars will likely include De'Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell, based on their productive starts and youth. But who among the slower career starters will eventually break through? It takes some players longer. Khris Middleton just..." August 19

  • Players Who Can’t Be Traded Until December 15

    Hoops Rumors "As teams explore the trade market for potential deals to complete their rosters for training camp, there are a number of trade restrictions those clubs must take into account. For instance, recently-signed draft picks can’t be traded for 30 days and waiver claims can’t be traded for..." August 19

  • Victor Oladipo believes new-look Pacers 'definitely' will make playoffs

    Indianapolis Star "Victor Oladipo isn’t going to talk much about the right knee injury that ended his second All-Star season with the Indiana Pacers. He wouldn't speak on it at all Saturday, though a league source told IndyStar a few days prior that the guard remains on track to return..." August 18

  • 1 Player Every NBA Team Should Already Be Targeting at the Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The NBA trade deadline feels like it's a lifetime away. Technically, it's a shade under six months (Feb. 7, 2020), but the distance between now and then allows ample opportunity for change. An offseason of hyperactivity transformed identities all across the hoops landscape,..." August 16

  • How Players Who Declined Options Fared In Free Agency

    Hoops Rumors "Heading into the 2019 offseason, 27 veterans held player options on their contracts, allowing them to either opt in for the 2019/20 season or opt out and reach the open market. Of those 27 players, a dozen decided to turn down their options and become free agents. For some..." August 16

  • NBA trade rumors: Four stars who could be on the move during the 2019-20 season

    Sporting News "The 2019 offseason only confirmed what we already knew about the modern NBA: Lucrative contracts for the league's top stars, regardless of the years and dollar amounts attached, can be quickly rendered irrelevant if a general manager wants to make a move - or if a player is ready to request..." August 16

  • Rachel Nichols, Maria Taylor replacing Michelle Beadle as ‘NBA Countdown’ hosts

    Larry Brown Sports "ESPN has officially begun the process of revamping its “NBA Countdown” crew, and Michelle Beadle is being replaced as the show’s host. Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor will be named the new hosts of “NBA Countdown” for the 2019-20 NBA season, according to..." August 16

  • 2020 NBA Free Agents By Team

    Hoops Rumors "Hoops Rumors’ up-to-date list of 2020 free agents by team is below. These are players who are eligible for restricted or unrestricted free agency after the 2019/20 season. Players with team or player options for the 2020/21 season are listed, unless they’re..." August 16

  • Pacers deconstruct playoff team to build… similar-level playoff team

    Pro Basketball Talk "The 2018-19 Pacers built a strong identity. They were balanced and persistent despite relying on numerous players with expiring contracts. Indiana won 48 games, showing no signs of internal strife while deal with Victor Oladipo‘s injury. In a situation where many players..." August 15

  • NBA Players With Trade Kickers In 2019/20

    Hoops Rumors "A trade kicker is a contractual clause that pays an NBA player a bonus when he’s traded. They’re one of the tools teams have at their disposal to differentiate their free agent offers from the ones put on the table by competing clubs. Sometimes the kicker is..." August 15

  • NBA Teams That Will Exceed Expectations in 2019-20

    Bleacher Report "With free agency all but over, the hierarchy for the 2019-20 NBA season is beginning to take shape. The Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers appear set to reign over the Eastern Conference, while Los Angeles hosts both consensus Western Conference favorites in the new-look Clippers..." August 15

  • Who Are the NBA's Best Clutch-Scorers?

    Bleacher Report "Every kid who grew up shooting in the backyard or on the playground has played the situation out in his or her mind countless times: Andy brings the ball up the court. The clock is winding down. Five...four...three...two...He shoots! He scores! The crowd goes wild! Now, this is a..." August 15

  • Team USA Lost By 19 To A Team Of G-League And Overseas Players In A Scrimmage

    Dime Magazine "The Minnesota Timberwolves may no longer the owners of the most embarrassing scrimmage loss of the season after reports poured out of USA Basketball camp in Los Angeles on Wednesday that a rag-tag group of G-League and overseas players stomped all over the national team in a 36-17 win in a..." August 15

  • How to Trade the NBA's Worst Contracts

    Bleacher Report "No contract in the NBA is untradeable, no matter how egregious or lengthy it may be. There are a few ways to move a bad deal. The Houston Rockets just demonstrated one by trading Chris Paul for another hefty contract in Russell Westbrook, also throwing in..." August 14

  • 1 Trade Every NBA Contender Should Make to Go All-In

    Bleacher Report "Maybe this is the offseason optimism talking, but the NBA's championship race looks as wide-open as it has in years. The Association no longer runs through Oakland, California. A frenetic offseason reshaped the basketball landscape several times over, resulting in..." August 13

  • The definitive guide to when booing is acceptable at an NBA game in 2019-20

    SB Nation "We at SB Nation believe NBA fans are allowed to express their frustration in the form of booing certain league figures. We also believe booing is an activity that must be practiced in moderation, under very specific circumstances that justify the behavior. That’s why Tom Ziller wrote..." August 13

  • NBA Players Entering Now-or-Never Seasons

    Bleacher Report "Even NBA lottery picks need multiple years to get acclimated. But some are running out of time.  For these struggling young players, the level of urgency varies by case. But this coming year will still be a make-or-break season for their overall..." August 12

  • Notable Free Agent Big Men Still Available

    Hoops Rumors "We’re six weeks into the NBA’s 2019 free agent period, and the market has been just about picked clean. None of our top 50 free agents of 2019 remain on the board, and news of free agent signings within the last couple weeks has focused primarily on non-guaranteed training..." August 12

  • Why are NBA superstars shunning Team USA at the World Cup?

    Yahoo! Sports "Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Zion Williamson… those are just some of the American superstars you won’t be seeing when the Fiba Basketball World Cup starts off in China on 31..." August 12

  • The Blockbuster NBA Trade That Almost Happened: Kobe Bryant And Kevin Garnett

    Fadeaway World "It’s always intriguing to take a look at trade opportunities from the past that didn’t end up paying off. In 2007, The Los Angeles Lakers had some big decision to make in the post-era of Shaquille O’Neal. Three seasons after Shaq’s departure, the Lakers..." August 12

  • NBA Legends You Forgot Played for That One Team

    Bleacher Report "In this era of increased player movement, superstars playing their entire careers with one team are few and far between. Gone are the days of Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird staying with one team for their decade-plus-long careers. Not every legend of past..." August 12

  • Notable Free Agent Wings Still Available

    Hoops Rumors "We’re nearly six weeks into the NBA’s 2019 free agent period, and the market has been just about picked clean. None of our top 50 free agents of 2019 remain on the board, and news of free agent signings within the last week or two has focused primarily on non-guaranteed..." August 09

  • Domantas Sabonis Talks Extension, Fit With Myles Turner

    Hoops Rumors "Domantas Sabonis has one year remaining on his rookie deal with the Pacers. The big man believes there’s a good chance he’ll sign an extension this offseason, but he’s remaining patient. “Like my dad said: You did your job. You did your best and now..." August 09

  • The NBA Will Release The Full 2019-20 NBA Regular Season Schedule On Monday

    Dime Magazine "The first game of the NBA regular season is still roughly three months away, but we’ll know every game on the schedule well before then. The NBA is set to release the full, 82-game schedule on Monday, August 12 at 3 p.m. ET, giving fans a chance to start planning for possible trips to see..." August 08

  • The NBA's Most Underrated Offseason Pickups

    Bleacher Report "The NBA offseason was dominated by the movement of stars, and for good reason: Jimmy Butler, Mike Conley, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Al Horford, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, D'Angelo Russell, Kemba Walker and Russell..." August 08

  • Jerry Colangelo admits he was ‘disappointed’ in dropouts, but there’s nothing he can do to change their mind

    Clutch Points "USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo has invited more than 50 players to participate in Team USA’s training camp and the consequent FIBA 2019 World Cup that begins at the end of the month. Yet the longtime architect of this project has been disappointed at the recent wave of..." August 08

  • Notable Free Agent Guards Still Available

    Hoops Rumors "We’re nearly six weeks into the NBA’s 2019 free agent period, and the market has been just about picked clean. None of our top 50 free agents of 2019 remain on the board, and news of free agent signings within the last week or two has focused primarily on..." August 08

  • 6 Players That Need To Break Out Next Season

    Fadeaway World "Being a young player in the NBA is not an easy thing, especially if you enter the league with high expectations. Top-ranked prospects are asked to deliver right away, but making adjustments to get settled in the league can take some time. Prospects can get a free pass during their..." August 08

  • Every NBA Team's Biggest L of the Offseason

    Bleacher Report "While the NBA offseason is in a brief hibernation, we can explore how rosters will look for the 2019-20 season. Some teams, most notably the Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets, had historic summers thanks to free agency and the trade market. Others, like the Charlotte..." August 08

  • Report: NBA mental health memo sets new expectations for teams

    The Score "The NBA expanded its mental health initiative Wednesday, sending a league-wide memo detailing requirements each team must fulfill before the 2019-20 season begins, sources told The Athletic's Sam Amick. Teams must reportedly retain one or two licensed mental health..." August 07

  • NCAA Issues Rules For Agents Of Certain NBA Prospects

    Hoops Rumors "The NCAA has created requirements for agents to represent college athletes testing the NBA draft waters, as Jeff Borzello of relays. According to the new criteria, agents must: Hold a bachelor’s degree. Be NBPA certified for at least three..." August 07

  • Best-Case, Worst-Case Scenarios for NBA's Stars on New Teams

    Bleacher Report "The wildest offseason in NBA history sets the stage for a fascinating 2019-20 campaign. Through blockbuster trades and max-money free-agency deals, a small army of the Association's brightest stars swapped jerseys this summer. The movement itself was a nonstop..." August 07

  • NBA's custom-shoe trend is about more than making a fashion statement

    USA Today "Shoe designer Salvador Amezcua knew something was up. His phone was blowing up -- he was getting non-stop texts from NBA stars.  "Yo, have you seen the rule change?" they asked Amezcua. Amezcua, a custom shoe artist better known as..." August 07

  • 2021 Free Agency Could Be The Craziest In NBA History

    Fadeaway World "The summer of 2019 saw an unprecedented number of stars change don a new jersey. Dynasties were crushed, new ones formed, and now we are faced with, perhaps, the most anticipated NBA season in a decade. Get ready to do it all over again. In 2021, we could see another..." August 06

  • NBA Teams With Hard Caps For 2019/20

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA salary cap is somewhat malleable, with various exceptions allowing every team to surpass the $109,140,000 threshold once their room is used up. In some cases, teams blow past not only the cap limit, but the luxury-tax limit of $132,627,000 as well — the Trail..." August 06

  • LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant Top's 2010's All-Decade Team

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant, Houston Rockets' James Harden and Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard were named to the All-Decade First Team for the 2010s..." August 06

  • Which sneakers will this year's top NBA rookies be wearing?

    ESPN "Single-handedly, Zion Williamson made this the most anticipated rookie class, from a sneaker perspective, since LeBron James entered the league in 2003. Originally, Williamson was hoping to sign his sneaker deal before the draft lottery, but he didn't ink his..." August 06

  • 10 best contracts in the NBA today

    Sportsnaut "A summer that saw money thrown around at a record clip around the NBA has now given in to the dead part of the offseason. As teams prepare for the 2019-20 campaign, we’re left wondering if there’s any real team-friendly contracts around the Association. That got us to..." August 06

  • Carmelo Anthony's case to join the Lakers, Knicks and every other NBA team

    Sporting News "How do NBA fans know when it's time to finally stop refreshing the feeds of their favorite reporters? The Carmelo Anthony summer workout videos are here. Cue the isolations! Yes, Anthony is still searching for a new contract months after being traded by the Rockets and..." August 06

  • Pacers’ Goga Bitadze honored to be working out with Myles Turner

    Clutch Points "Indiana Pacers rookie Goga Bitadze has been working hard all summer to prepare for what should be a very intriguing debut campaign for the 6-foot-11 Georgian national. According to the 20-year-old, he has been adjusting well to life in the United States as well as under the mantle of the..." August 03

  • T.J. McConnell signed with Pacers with no promises for playing time

    Clutch Points "After spending his first four years with the Philadelphia 76ers, point guard T.J. McConnell moved on and signed with the Indiana Pacers this past summer. However, according to Scott Agness of The Athletic, McConnell signed on the dotted line without any promise for..." August 03

  • 5 overrated NBA players heading into 2019-20 season

    Clutch Points "There are a lot of really good players around the NBA, and in a league that has really changed over the last several years, players who may not have been all that useful 10 years ago are suddenly really important today. But even with the NBA landscape changing and with the infusion of..." August 02

  • 5 underrated NBA players heading into 2019-20 season

    Clutch Points "These days, there is so much exposure in professional sports due to the presence of social media and a more hands-on experience for the fans that there really aren’t many secrets in the NBA. Basically, all of the stars are fleshed out, both in terms of their performance on the..." August 02

  • 2019/20 Non-Guaranteed Contracts By NBA Team

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA regular season approaches and teams reduce their rosters from the 20-player offseason limit to the 15-man regular season max, the best way to determine which players will survive preseason cuts is to consider their contracts. Players with guaranteed salaries for 2019/20 are far more..." August 02