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  • Suns’ real Deandre Ayton trade plan after failed extension

    Clutch Points "Deandre Ayton is disappointed the Phoenix Suns didn’t offer him his desired max contract extension prior to the start of the 2021-22 season, which is why there are talks whether the team plans to trade him or not. Apparently, the Suns don’t view Ayton as a..." October 26

  • Top Way-Too-Early Breakout Performers Of 2021-22 NBA Season

    NBA Analysis "We are officially one week into the 2021-22 NBA season and there is plenty to talk about! Not only are the Philadelphia 76ers still dealing with the drama surrounding the future of All-Star Ben Simmons, but the Chicago Bulls are 4-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season and both..." October 26

  • 1 Hot Take for Every NBA Team After First Week

    Bleacher Report "One week into the 2021-22 NBA season, it's time to fire up the "take" cannon. Yes, sample sizes are too small for sweeping takeaways. Yes, our perceptions of teams and players can change dramatically from game to game over the first few weeks of the season...." October 26

  • Rookie Scale Option Decisions Due Next Monday

    Hoops Rumors "Outside of the occasional back-of-the-roster transaction – like Orlando signing Mychal Mulder to a two-way contract earlier today – the first few weeks of the NBA’s regular season are generally a fairly quiet time for roster moves. However, one noteworthy..." October 26

  • 3 Logical Trade Suitors For Spurs Forward Thaddeus Young

    NBA Analysis "Thaddeus Young was traded to the San Antonio Spurs this past NBA offseason as part of the sign-and-trade deal that sent DeMar DeRozan to the Chicago Bulls, but Young could already be on his way out the door in San Antonio. The Spurs are rebuilding and have no use for veteran players..." October 26

  • Ideal Landing Spots for NBA's Top Trade Targets

    Bleacher Report "It's laughably early in the season and over a third of NBA players are ineligible to be moved until Dec. 15, which means the trade markets aren't fully open yet. But the trade-speculation business never stops booming, and the NBA is riddled with opportunistic front offices..." October 26

  • NBA fans roasted Patrick Beverley for being a complete jerk to Jonas Valanciunas

    For The Win "After Patrick Beverley was traded to the Timberwolves this summer, everyone wondered how long it was going to take him to get back to his petty antics in a new situation. Perhaps quite predictably, it took one. Just a single game. Beverly is already back to being Beverley. Honestly,..." October 26

  • 10 Most Underrated NBA Players Today

    Fadeaway World "After submitting the list of the 10 most overrated players in the NBA, it is time to rank the most underrated players. Being underrated means that a player does not receive enough recognition or praise for what they bring to their teams despite being a factor for their team’s success...." October 26

  • New rule working: NBA free throws at an all-time low to open season

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA came into this season cracking down on “abnormal, abrupt, or overt movements” to draw fouls — shooters leaping unnaturally sideways (or forward) into defenders, shooters kicking out legs and making other non-basketball moves to draw a whistle. To use Steve Kerr’s..." October 26

  • 3 Intriguing Teams Who Could Show Interest In Marvin Bagley III

    NBA Analysis "Marvin Bagley III continues to be a hot topic of discussion within the Sacramento Kings organization and the Kings may be ready to move on from their former No. 2 overall pick, who was selected prior to Luka Doncic and Trae Young in the 2018 NBA Draft. Sources have told NBA Analysis..." October 26

  • 5 unbreakable NBA records

    The Score "Players have set countless records in the NBA's storied history. In no particular order, here are five achievements that no one else will likely ever match or surpass.   Wilt's 100-point game Chamberlain set several league records..." October 26

  • Anthony Edwards calls out T-Wolves after loss to Pelicans

    The Score "Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards was far from pleased with his team's performance during their 107-98 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. "Wake-up call for sure," Edwards told The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski about the defeat. "Lock in. Lock the..." October 26

  • Should The Pelicans Have Drafted Ja Morant Over Zion Williamson?

    NBA Analysis "The New Orleans Pelicans have gotten off to another sluggish start in the 2021-22 NBA season. They are now 0-3 as Willie Green is still searching for his first victory as head coach. Part of the reason the team is struggling is that they are without All-Star Zion..." October 25

  • 9 observations from NBA's opening week

    CBS Sports "The 2021-22 NBA season began last Tuesday, but most of the headlines around the league have very little to do with basketball. Whether it's protests at Barclays Center about Kyrie Irving's vaccine status, the ongoing saga with Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia..." October 25

  • 4 NBA Stars Still In Major Need Of Change Of Scenery

    NBA Analysis "Each year in the NBA, there are players who are moved because they need a change of scenery. This year will be no different. The offseason saw plenty of movement with big-name players. Kyle Lowry was moved in a sign-and-trade deal to the Miami Heat while DeMar DeRozan is now in..." October 25

  • 10 Realistic Predictions for 2022 NBA Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The 2021-2022 NBA season is still in its infancy, but that doesn't mean we're not already getting some vibes about how the trade deadline is going to shake out. From players in uncomfortable situations to teams who are already starting to look like buyers (or sellers),..." October 25

  • Pelicans Should Consider Trading For Thaddeus Young

    NBA Analysis "It is that point in the NBA calendar when some teams get off to a slow start and begin to ponder whether making a trade could spark greater results. With the New Orleans Pelicans getting off to an 0-3 start and needing to stay afloat while Zion Williamson remains sidelined, they are a prime..." October 25

  • Best & Worst Midseason Trade Destinations For Marvin Bagley III

    NBA Analysis "The Sacramento Kings are going to be open for business this NBA season when it comes to the trade market. Whether or not the team is in playoff contention or not, they will be making deals during the season. One of the players they will be looking to move on from at some point is..." October 25

  • Pelicans commit 30 turnovers, start season 0-3; ‘They know how good they can be’

    The Athletic "Thirty turnovers. Three. Zero. The number looked like a typo on the box score following the Pelicans’ putrid 96-89 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night. The last time a team had that many giveaways in a regulation game was when the New Orleans Hornets set..." October 25

  • Interesting trade rumor name: Atlanta Hawks’ Cam Reddish

    Pro Basketball Talk "At this point early in the season, there is not a lot of NBA trade buzz — not even for Ben Simmons — as teams are settling into the season and figuring out exactly what they really have and what they need. Trade talk traditionally starts to ramp up closer to..." October 24

  • Predicting 10 'Showcase' NBA Trade Candidates This Season

    Bleacher Report "While the NBA trade market rarely closes, it typically builds up over the course of the campaign before potentially erupting in a flurry of activity at the deadline. The extra time spawns movement for several different seasons. Players who inked free-agent pacts aren't..." October 24

  • NBA's 24 Under 24 Rankings: Who Follows Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum in Next-Gen Rankings?

    Bleacher Report "The NBA has arguably never been loaded with as much promising young talent as it is right now. Between the college game, the international game and the increased viability of other avenues like the G League to bring young players into the league, there's a wider pipeline than there's..." October 24

  • 5 NBA Panic Trades Fans Already Want to See

    Bleacher Report "For fans of certain NBA teams, is it too early to panic? A one or two-game sample size certainly isn't much to go off of, but it can reaffirm fears that fans may have already had involving players or weaknesses that the team did not address in the offseason. The war..." October 23

  • 1 Way-Too-Early Observation For Each NBA Team

    NBA Analysis "The 2021-22 NBA season tipped off on Tuesday night with the defending World Champion Milwaukee Bucks hosting the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers hosting the Golden State Warriors, two games that were sights to see for everyone who loves the NBA!  Basketball is back and..." October 23

  • Adrian Wojnarowski Says The Nets Have Taken Calls For Kyrie Irving

    SI "The Brooklyn Nets played their second game of the NBA regular season on Friday evening in Philadelphia against the 76ers.  They were once again without their seven-time All-Star Kyrie Irving who is not eligible to play in games in home games in New York City (vaccine mandate),..." October 23

  • Kia MVP Ladder: 21 names to monitor during 2021-22 season "Fiddling with a strap on his backpack, reigning Kia MVP Nikola Jokic stopped his interviewer short of asking about pressure entering a potential repeat campaign. “Brother, I could not care less, for real,” he said. October 22

  • Special Trade Eligibility Dates For 2021/22

    Hoops Rumors "In a pair of previous articles, we took a closer look at the trade restrictions placed on two groups of players who signed free agent contracts this past offseason. The smaller of the two groups featured players who can’t be traded by their current teams until January 15, having..." October 22

  • 3 Teams Who Could Show Interest In Pursuing Kevin Knox

    NBA Analysis "The New York Knicks had a massive season last year, making the playoffs for the first time since 2013 and claiming the 4-seed in the Eastern Conference. Losing in the first round to Trae Young and the Hawks definitely hurt, but the Knicks are back and they are going to be a tough team to face..." October 22

  • 2022 NBA free agent rankings: Top players available during the next offseason

    USA Today "Headlined by James Harden, Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine, the top of the 2022 NBA free-agent class is loaded with elite shooting guards, the types of players who can elevate a team’s offense just with their presence. There are top-notch players from other..." October 22

  • 6 biggest snubs from the NBA's 75th Anniversary Team

    The Score "The NBA finished its multi-day unveiling of the 75th Anniversary Team on Thursday - and even with a super-sized field of 76 players, the league still couldn't find room to recognize some of its all-time greats. Here are the six biggest snubs. October 22

  • Players Eligible For In-Season Veteran Extensions In 2021/22

    Hoops Rumors "As we explain in our glossary entry on veteran contract extensions, rookie scale extensions have historically been the most common form of contract extension in the NBA. However, the league’s latest Collective Bargaining Agreement loosened the rules on eligibility for veteran..." October 22

  • 3 Teams Who Could Pursue Thunder Big Man Derrick Favors

    NBA Analysis "The Oklahoma City Thunder are continuing their rebuilding process through the 2021-22 NBA season and as a result, they are going to be looking to get their young talents as much playing time and experience as possible. Last season, we saw them bench veteran Al Horford in favor of..." October 22

  • Top NBA Takeaways From Wednesday’s Busy Slate Of Action

    NBA Analysis "The NBA season kicked into full gear on Wednesday night with 11 games taking place. We saw some head coaching debuts and new faces in new places. It was only the second day of the season, but there are already contenders for what could be the best games we see and some of the best..." October 21

  • NBA Fans Debate Which NBA Ring Is The Best

    Fadeaway World "Winning an NBA ring is the most significant achievement for any basketball player. Not only this gives players status, but something nice to wear and remember for the rest of their lives.  These rings always have a terrific story behind them, with teams defying the odds to win..." October 21

  • Details On Starter Criteria For 2022 RFAs

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s rookie scale, which determines the salaries first-round picks earn during their first four seasons, also dictates how much the qualifying offers will be worth for those players when they reach restricted free agency after year four. However, the value of those..." October 21

  • Lowball Ben Simmons Trade Offers the 76ers Should Actually Consider

    Bleacher Report "The Ben Simmons trade saga has taken a few strange turns after his late arrival to the Philadelphia 76ers last week. It culminated with him getting thrown out of practice Tuesday and receiving a one-game suspension for "conduct detrimental to the team," per Shams Charania of..." October 21

  • 3 Teams Best Positioned For Zion Williamson Trade In Future

    NBA Analysis "The New Orleans Pelicans are beginning the 2021-22 season without their star power forward, Zion Williamson. This is the second time in three seasons that they will not have him at the start of a season because of an injury. This time, he is recovering from an operation that he had on..." October 21

  • NBA Teams With Open Roster Spots

    Hoops Rumors "With the NBA regular season underway, most teams are taking full advantage of their ability to carry up to 17 players, including 15 on standard contracts and a pair on two-way deals. As our roster counts page shows, 23 of the league’s 30 teams have full 17-man squads. Most of..." October 21

  • Pelicans Fans Chant 'Where's Ben Simmons' During Sixers Matchup

    SI "As the drama unfolds in Philadelphia, the rest of the NBA has been paying close attention to the Sixers as they attempt to receive a commitment from Ben Simmons. Back in the summertime, Ben Simmons figured he wanted a fresh start after the Sixers dropped Game 7 against the Atlanta..." October 21

  • 10 NBA Teams That Almost Had Different Names: From Chicago Matadors To Boston Unicorns

    Fadeaway World "The process of choosing a team name can be tedious, with owners opting to hear several opinions before deciding on a name. Over the years, there have been downright ridiculous suggestions, but so far, so good, most team names in the NBA are pleasing to hear. Fans across the globe have gotten..." October 21

  • Bradley Beal says other players try to recruit him “almost every game”

    The Ringer "All eyes are on Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving now, but everyone from team executives to opposing players continues to monitor the Washington Wizards. “Almost every game we play, someone says something,” Bradley Beal tells me over the phone, regarding how often players recruit him to..." October 20

  • 3 Teams That Should Keep Tabs On Deandre Ayton Trade

    NBA Analysis "The Phoenix Suns shocked the basketball world on the eve of the 2021-22 regular season getting underway. The Suns had three players eligible for rookie extensions from the 2018 NBA Draft class; No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, No. 10 overall pick Mikal Bridges, and No. 26 overall selection..." October 20

  • Trade Situations To Monitor Around NBA As New Season Begins

    NBA Analysis "The NBA’s 75th season is upon us and while all 30 teams in the league enter the new year with playoff/championship aspirations, some dreams just do not become reality. The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets enter the year as two heavy favorites to reach the NBA Finals, but they may not..." October 20

  • Rival Execs Monitoring Zion Williamson-New Orleans Pelicans Relationship

    Bleacher Report "As news of Zion Williamson's latest injury setback trickled out of New Orleans last week, league personnel once again began to speculate on the looming 2022 extension talks between the New Orleans Pelicans and their 2019 No. 1 draft choice.  This is not to say Williamson..." October 20

  • 3 Realistic Trade Targets For Philadelphia 76ers To Consider For Ben Simmons

    NBA Analysis "This past offseason has been extremely chaotic for the Philadelphia 76ers and they are definitely happy that the 2021-22 NBA season is finally here, but with the new season comes continued drama within their organization. Ben Simmons trade talks went on all offseason long, as the 3x..." October 20

  • 1 player Bulls must keep an eye on for midseason trade

    Clutch Points "The Chicago Bulls made some splashy moves in the offseason by acquiring Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso, among others. The Bulls’ new front office of Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley has overhauled this roster over the past year in an attempt to take a big step forward after..." October 20

  • The 1 Thing Holding Back Every Under-30 NBA Superstar

    Bleacher Report "Superstars run the NBA. It's been that way for years, and for all of the innovations and evolutions in the basketball world, that part of the formula may never change. So, what defines a superstar? As broad as that question is, we'll use a simple answer for this..." October 20

  • Zion Williamson’s troubling weight gain

    Clutch Points "There has been drama surrounding Zion Williamson basically from the very beginning of his career with the New Orleans Pelicans. That’s only continuing as the 2021-22 season gets underway, with Williamson undergoing foot surgery over the summer and now missing the start of his third..." October 20

  • Pelicans, Jonas Valanciunas Agree To Two-Year Extension

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans and center Jonas Valanciunas have reached an agreement on an extension that will lock him up through the 2023/24 season, agents Aaron Mintz, Mitch Nathan and Drew Morrison of CAA tell Andrew Lopez of ESPN. According to Lopez, Valanciunas’ two-year extension will be..." October 20

  • 3 Potential Trade Destinations For Kings’ Marvin Bagley

    NBA Analysis "Marvin Bagley is forever going to be a player that is held under a microscope in the NBA. Bagley was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, going one pick ahead of Luka Doncic. October 19