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  • 3 Teams We’d Love To See LeBron James Join In The Future

    NBA Analysis "It is probably widely assumed that LeBron James has found his final NBA home with the Los Angeles Lakers. At 37, conversations about his future take place in a five-year window at the most. There are no safe assumptions in the National Basketball Association. James’ Lakers had a..." May 22

  • Tomas Satoransky generating interest overseas

    Hoops Rumors "Andalou Efes is the latest European team to express interest in signing NBA guard Tomas Satoransky, tweets Bugra Uzar of EuroHoops. A report last month indicated that Spain’s FC Barcelona is also targeting Satoransky, so the Turkish club is likely to have some..." May 22

  • Latest Rumblings on Team Plans as 2022 NBA Draft Approaches

    Bleacher Report "The Sacramento Kings may sit in one of the most valuable spots in the 2022 NBA draft.  Sacramento drew the No. 4 overall pick in the draft lottery and that could be a spot that teams look to trade up to.  The Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder and..." May 22

  • Trade or Draft: What Every 2022 NBA Lottery Team Should Do with Its Pick

    Bleacher Report "With the lottery in the rearview, teams can start to sharpen their strategies before June 23's NBA draft. They now have a better idea of who might be available when they make their selection (for the Orlando Magic, that's everybody). And if their favorite prospects..." May 22

  • Kings, Blazers, Pelicans Likely To Trade Top 10 Pick In 2022 NBA Draft

    NBA Analysis "WIth the 2022 NBA Lottery now behind us, teams are going to begin finalizing their draft boards knowing who could be available in their range. At the same time, organizations can now begin making plans to see what kind of moves they can make to upgrade their rosters. This year’s..." May 21

  • Promising NBA Players Who Need Bigger Roles Next Season

    Bleacher Report "Looking for the next NBA star? Or at least players who could make a big leap toward becoming one? Sometimes all it takes is the right opportunity, including an increase in minutes, usage and overall role. The following five players have shown flashes of breaking..." May 21

  • 3 best Rockets trades using No. 3 pick in 2022 NBA Draft

    Clutch Points "In the draft lottery, the team with the worst record may feel snubbed if they receive the third pick rather than the top selection. Some years, just two spots can make the difference between an All-NBA potential talent and a solid contributing role player. However, this year..." May 21

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Marcus Smart, Rudy Gobert Headline 2022 NBA All-Defensive Teams

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced Friday the members of the 2021-22 All-Defensive Teams, with some familiar faces and this season's Defensive Player of the Year headlining the First Team.  Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr., Utah Jazz center Rudy..." May 21

  • Chet Holmgren goes viral for awesome quote ahead of NBA Draft

    Larry Brown Sports "When the 2022 NBA Draft rolls around in late June, odds are that Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren has his named called over the first three picks. In fact, many experts anticipate the Orlando Magic will select him at No. 1 overall. And Holmgren certainly isn’t lacking any..." May 21

  • NBA Draft Buzz: Insiders Explain Why Chet Holmgren Makes Sense at No. 1

    Bleacher Report "For the fourth time in franchise history, the NBA draft will begin when the Orlando Magic are on the clock. And while Auburn forward Jabari Smith Jr. has emerged as the closest to a consensus top prospect among scouts polled by B/R for this 2022 class, early word among rival executives and..." May 20

  • 3 best Blazers trades using No. 7 pick in 2022 NBA Draft

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers’ historic post-All-Star tanking efforts didn’t pay off the way Joe Cronin and company imagined. All Portland has to show for its 2-21 finish to the regular season is the seventh selection in the draft come June 23rd, a stark disappointment for a team..." May 20

  • 5 Blockbuster Trades That Would Shake Up The NBA Draft

    NBA Analysis "With the NBA Playoffs in full swing, most casual fans aren’t thinking about the draft yet. For fans of teams in the lottery, it’s a primary focus. Fortunes are made and broken on draft night. For the worst teams in the league, it’s a night where they can get some..." May 20

  • Surprise NBA Draft Targets That Actually Make Sense for 5 Lottery Teams

    Bleacher Report "Now that the lottery is over, the 2022 NBA draft order is set. Certain prospects will start getting tied to specific teams based on projections throughout the year and roster needs. However, general managers typically ignore buzz and expectations. The draft..." May 20

  • 2 best Kings trades using No. 4 pick in 2022 NBA Draft

    Clutch Points "The Sacramento Kings are building up toward becoming a playoff team after trading for Domantas Sabonis at the deadline. Sacramento now has a star duo with De’Aaron Fox and Sabonis but lacks the surrounding pieces to make them a playoff roster. Trading the 4th overall pick could..." May 20

  • 2 Intriguing Dark-Horse Trade Destinations for Lakers’ Anthony Davis

    NBA Analysis "The Los Angeles Lakers will probably not trade NBA superstar Anthony Davis this summer. Still, “probably” is far removed from “definitely”. The Lakers’ 2021-22 season was so disastrous that no possibility is off the table. In this era of player..." May 20

  • 3 hypothetical trade targets for LeBron James, Lakers, per NBA exec

    Clutch Points "As much as LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers need to add in a few major pieces to shake up their roster, the harsh reality for them is that they currently do not have too many trade assets to go by. Their tank isn’t exactly empty, but let’s just say that..." May 20

  • Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins extension decision could help shape offseason, and he’s not alone

    The Athletic "Unrestricted free agency presents a major downside risk to a player’s current NBA team because of the distinct possibility the free agent chooses to leave for whatever reason, especially since it can happen without them receiving anything in return. This dynamic becomes even..." May 20

  • 2 Dark-Horse Free Agency Destinations For Suns’ Deandre Ayton

    NBA Analysis "The Phoenix Suns’ season unexpectedly came to a screeching halt in the second round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs. The favorites to win the NBA Finals coming into the postseason after finishing with the best record in the regular season were eliminated in seven games by the Dallas Mavericks in..." May 20

  • 3 Realistic NBA Free Agent Targets For Knicks

    NBA Analysis "The New York Knicks’ inability to put a viable NBA Championship contender has been compounding since Patrick Ewing stopped roaming the paint. They play in the league’s biggest market. The city is steeped in basketball culture. Yet somehow, they’re never really in the..." May 20

  • Lakers' LeBron James: Illegal Screens Have Become 'Crazy,' Must Be Point of Emphasis

    Bleacher Report "During Thursday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James noticed something that didn't sit well with him. James took umbrage with the amount of illegal screens he was seeing while the Miami Heat took on the Boston Celtics. He believes..." May 20

  • 3 Trade Targets For Houston Rockets To Pursue With No. 3 Overall Pick

    NBA Analysis "The Houston Rockets will not chase any trade targets with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Odds are, they’ll select the best player available. After all, having the third pick in what’s widely perceived as a three-man draft is about the least stressful place..." May 20

  • Dominique Wilkins Reveals His Mount Rushmore Of Dunkers

    Fadeaway World "Dominique Wilkins is one of the greatest athletes the game of basketball has ever seen. His dunking prowess is legendary, as 'The Human Highlight Film' got his nickname by pulling off moves very few had seen before in the NBA. His iconic dunk contest wars with Michael..." May 20

  • These 3 Teams Could Pursue Trade For Bulls’ Coby White

    NBA Analysis "Expectations don’t always align with reality. There is an element of surprise involved in any decision one makes. That holds particularly true in the NBA. Coby White is living proof. Three years into his NBA career, he hasn’t made the impact the Bulls hoped he..." May 20

  • Quick Fixes for 2022 NBA Playoff's Biggest Losers

    Bleacher Report "The NBA playoffs are a cruel exercise that eventually designates 15 of the 16 participants as losers. Not every team that falls short of a title goes out in the same way, though. Some departures are more painful than others.  The squads we'll cover (and..." May 19

  • Charles Barkley shares his Mount Rushmore of NBA players

    Larry Brown Sports "Rankings for the best NBA players of all-time often cause debate, and those from NBA and broadcasting legend Charles Barkley’s are no exception. During Wednesday’s premiere of “The Great Debate with Charles Barkley” on TNT, Barkley revealed his Mount Rushmore..." May 19

  • 3 Stars We’d Like To See LeBron James Team Up With

    NBA Analysis "We’ve seen LeBron James team up with his fair share of stars over the course of his illustrious NBA career. Could there be one more left to share the floor with the King? It may not be easy for the Lakers to land one. This club is cap-strapped and draft poor. They can’t..." May 19

  • 3 Intriguing Chris Paul Trade Ideas Suns Should Consider

    NBA Analysis "It wasn’t so long ago that life was good for the Phoenix Suns. Now, it’s just deeply complicated after their disappointing exit from the NBA playoffs. Two years ago, they advanced to the Western Conference Finals. After winning a league-best 64 games over this year’s..." May 19

  • Dominique Wilkins Says He Knows How To Fix The NBA's Slam Dunk Contest

    TMZ "Dominique Wilkins -- one of the greatest high flyers in NBA history -- says he knows how to fix the (broken) slam dunk contest, telling TMZ Sports superstars must participate ... just like he and Michael Jordan did back in the day. We spoke with the Hall of..." May 19

  • NBA owners have combined $10B invested in China

    Sportsnaut "Forty principal owners in the NBA have more than a combined $10 billion tied up in China, investments that have significant impact on the valuation of the teams, according to an ESPN report published Thursday. Between the personal investments and NBA China having grown into a $5..." May 19

  • 3 Dream Trades For Pelicans In NBA Offseason

    NBA Analysis "The New Orleans Pelicans showed impressive resiliency in the 2021-22 NBA season. In the absence of intended franchise player Zion Williamson, they still managed to punch a ticket to the NBA Playoffs. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t far once they landed there. They’d..." May 19

  • 3 Trade Packages For Bucks After Postseason Exit

    NBA Analysis "The Milwaukee Bucks’ bid to repeat as NBA champions came to an abrupt ending against the Boston Celtics on Sunday. The C’s took care of business by overcoming the Bucks by a final tally of 109-81. Now, they’ll spend the summer looking for avenues towards improvement...." May 19

  • Cavaliers Could Be Interested In Trading For Devonte’ Graham

    NBA Analysis "As the top teams battle it out in the Conference Finals, the NBA offseason has already begun for the rest of the league. Two teams on the playoff/play-in bubble, the Cavaliers and Pelicans, could benefit from exploring the trade market. The Pelicans finished 9th in the Western..." May 19

  • 2 Ideal Suitors For Malik Monk In Free Agency

    NBA Analysis "The Los Angeles Lakers suffered through an extremely disappointing 2021-22 NBA season, missing the playoffs after finishing 33-49. In a season with few bright spots, one of them was undeniably Malik Monk. At times, Monk looked like the Lakers’ second-best player behind LeBron..." May 19

  • Scottie Barnes, Evan Mobley lead 2022 NBA All-Rookie teams

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA saw a strong rookie class take the court this season, and it shows with just how deep the league's All-Rookie selections run. Toronto Raptors wing Scottie Barnes and Cleveland Cavaliers big man Evan Mobley, the top two finishers in the NBA Rookie of the Year race, led..." May 18

  • 3 Trades That Could Happen On 2022 NBA Draft Night

    Fadeaway World "The draft lottery is officially done, and that means that teams now know where their picks have landed. Now, teams can officially plan their next moves since they know the value of their draft picks. There is no doubt that we have seen a lot of trades during draft nights in the past...." May 18

  • 1 Trade Every NBA Team in the 2022 Conference Finals Wishes It Could Make Now

    Bleacher Report "Despite having advanced to the conference finals, the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat should all have concerns about the current state of their rosters. Whether it be potentially missing a key player because of injury, finding a defensive stopper..." May 18

  • In ways big and small, here's how the Raptors can reshape their roster

    Sportsnet "This week, the league’s executives and any player agent of note are in Chicago for the NBA draft combine, which also serves as a meeting ground where teams start shopping in earnest to see what’s available to improve themselves heading into next season, both via free agency and..." May 18

  • Rockets open to trading out of 3rd pick in 2022 NBA Draft

    Sportsnaut "With the 2022 NBA Draft order set, the Houston Rockets have the third selection, and it seems the team’s general manager is willing to take calls for the pick. On Tuesday night, the annual NBA Draft Lottery took place in Chicago. The Orlando Magic were the big winners for the..." May 18

  • 3 Players Named Possible Offseason Targets For Philadelphia 76ers

    NBA Analysis "The Philadelphia 76ers had another disappointing finish to a season, as they were bounced from the 2022 NBA Playoffs in the second round. It was the fourth time in five years that they were eliminated from the postseason in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, as they just cannot get..." May 18

  • Here's 4 Realistic Trades Post-NBA Lottery

    Bleacher Report "The pingpong balls have spoken. The 2022 NBA draft lottery results are in, and the celebration is on in the Sunshine State after the Orlando Magic won the No. 1 overall pick. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons round out the top..." May 18

  • The joy, despair and hilarity from inside the NBA draft lottery's most private room

    ESPN "Joel Glass, the Orlando Magic's chief communications officer and representative in the closed-off room where the NBA's actual lottery happens, entered the building Tuesday afternoon with three pingpong balls from past Orlando lottery triumphs: one apiece from their..." May 18

  • Inside the NBA Draft Lottery

    The Athletic "Joel Glass had the keepsakes in his backpack. One clear smoothie to-go cup filled with three ping-pong balls, one each from the three previous times the Orlando Magic won the NBA Draft Lottery. The Shaquille O’Neal draft. The Penny Hardaway draft (thanks to..." May 18

  • 3 Trades The Knicks Should Pursue To Get A Franchise Point Guard

    NBA Analysis "It has been 45 years since Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier was manning the point guard position for the New York Knicks. If you ask some people, it feels as if that was the last time that the Knicks had a franchise starting point guard. There have been some talented players at the..." May 18

  • Commissioner Adam Silver says NBA is working with WNBA for Brittney Griner's release from Russia

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that he is working "side by side" with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert to try to bring Brittney Griner home. Silver, speaking to ESPN's Malika Andrews in a televised interview from Chicago prior to the NBA draft lottery, said..." May 18

  • 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. "There's no doubt..." 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