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  • 2 trades Lakers could still make that would make them legitimate NBA title contenders in 2022-23

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers have a bit of optimism surrounding their team heading into the 2022-23 season. Still, it feels like they missed an opportunity to make some big moves this offseason that could have made them a surefire championship contender. With the season right around the corner, the..." October 01

  • Celtics 'Won't Stand in' Ime Udoka's Way Should He Pursue New HC Job

    Mass Live "The Celtics won’t prevent Ime Udoka from taking another coaching job during his year off. According to a report by ESPN that detailed some of an independent law firm’s findings during its investigation of Udoka’s conduct, Adrian Wojnarowski cited..." October 01

  • 2 potential trade candidates for Timberwolves entering 2022-23 NBA training camp

    Clutch Points "The Minnesota Timberwolves executed arguably one of the biggest trades in the offseason as they acquired All-Star center Rudy Gobert. That was a bit surprising from a fan’s perspective because there was no inkling that Minnesota was interested to give up the full house for another star..." October 01

  • Raptors Reportedly “Monitoring” Availability of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

    The Spun "The Toronto Raptors are reportedly eyeing bringing one of the league's brightest Canadian stars back homes. According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN, the Raptors are "closely monitoring" the Shai Gilgeous-Alexander situation out in OKC, where the Toronto-born star may..." September 29

  • Ranking the Top 10 NBA Breakout Candidates This Season

    Bleacher Report "They got next. Each NBA season spawns a new batch of breakout ballers, and the 2022-23 campaign will be no different. If anything, it might be more active than most seasons in terms of sending up-and-comers into orbit. The list of potential breakout candidate is extensive,..." September 29

  • 2 potential trade candidates for Nuggets entering 2022-23 NBA training camp

    Clutch Points "The NBA season is less than a month away, and training camps are here to determine the final roster battles. That means some teams still have time to make moves that can turn them into real contenders. The Denver Nuggets are one of those teams that might still need some pieces to finally make..." September 29

  • The 10 most interesting things to monitor from NBA media days

    The Score "Media day has come and gone for all 30 NBA teams, training camps are open, and preseason basketball is just days away, so let's bounce around the Association and filter through some of this week's biggest talking points.   Suns down in the..." September 29

  • Why Precious Achiuwa's unexpected rise could change the Raptors' short-term outlook

    Sportsnet "Sometimes the answers you’ve been seeking lie in plain sight. That’s probably an overly simplistic interpretation of the Toronto Raptors' relationship with Precious Achiuwa, the team’s intriguing third-year big man, but it’s not all that far from..." September 29

  • Toronto Raptors Land Deandre Ayton In Blockbuster Trade Scenario

    NBA Analysis "A happy home makes for a functioning home. When everyone’s getting along, everything runs more smoothly. NBA teams are no different. Think about it. Let’s say you beat your partner home from work. There are dishes in the sink. You’re tired from a long day of..." September 28

  • Most likely landing spots for available NBA free agents

    ESPN "NBA training camps opened this week, and players from all 30 franchises are preparing to refine their skills and build chemistry with their teammates for the 2022-23 season. But a handful of serviceable players are still unsigned and not yet sure which team they will be helping..." September 28

  • 2 potential trade candidates for Grizzlies entering 2022-23 NBA training camp

    Clutch Points "The NBA training camps are officially here, so teams will be making their final evaluations on who could be in the starting lineup or even be moved. With the regular season starting in less than a month, organizations do not have much time left to make those decisions. The Memphis Grizzlies..." September 28

  • Raptors' science experiment continues in second season of the Scottie Barnes show

    CBS Sports "If big-budget blockbusters have taught us anything, it is this: Raptors, brought to life by mad scientists conducting futuristic experiments, are to be feared. But is this true in the NBA? Just how scary is the team that Masai Ujiri's front office and Nick Nurse's..." September 28

  • Predicting Every NBA Team's Best Closing Lineup

    Bleacher Report "Most basketball players, at some point in their lives, want to be starters. There's just something innately satisfying about that designation. For plenty of teams, there's at least an argument that the starting five isn't the most important lineup, though. A lot of squads..." September 28

  • Report names 4 contenders that could trade for Jae Crowder

    Larry Brown Sports "Jae Crowder’s new NBA home will likely be well east of Phoenix. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Monday on the latest efforts by the Suns to trade the veteran forward Crowder. Charania specifically named four contending teams (the Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas..." September 27

  • 5 NBA Championship Hopefuls That Might Be Getting Too Old

    Bleacher Report "The NBA season is a marathon. Add a postseason that lasts months, and it's an ultramarathon. The length of the campaign alone can make things difficult on an older roster. The intensity of games (particularly postseason games), can essentially knock those rosters out of the chase..." September 27

  • Buy or Sell 2022 NBA Lottery Teams to Make 2023 Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "For the 14 teams denied entry to the 2022 NBA playoff party, the promise of the upcoming 2022-23 campaign is a reminder they don't have to be resigned to the same fate. Not most of them, at least. While a few squads have seemingly already committed to piling up losses..." September 27

  • Buying or Selling Top Viral Quotes from NBA Media Day

    Bleacher Report "Hope typically springs eternal on NBA media days, and that was the case for just about every team throughout the league on Monday. Every year, we hear about players who are in the best shape of their lives, those who've gained 10 pounds of muscle (or lost 10 pounds of unwanted..." September 27

  • Predicting the Best NBA Offenses Ahead of 2022-23 Season

    Bleacher Report "At no time in NBA history have offenses been more dynamic than they are now, with the past two seasons producing the highest ratings (112.0 or higher) since data collection expanded in the 1973-74 season. Some of last year's best teams have only added to their scoring..." September 26

  • Every NBA Team's Best and Worst Value Contract

    Bleacher Report "A couple of decades ago, the amount of money NBA teams now guarantees to their players would've been unimaginable. This summer, Nikola Jokic signed a five-year, $264 million extension which is the biggest in league history. By the end of this deal, his career earnings will be..." September 24

  • Here's 5 potential coaches to replace Ime Udoka if Celtics suspension leads to firing

    Clutch Points "The Boston Celtics announced Thursday that Udoka has been suspended for the entire 2022-23 season for “violations of team protocols.” Keep in mind that he just led the franchise to the 2022 NBA Finals in his first season as head coach. Udoka was involved in an..." September 23

  • Every NBA team’s biggest question heading into training camp

    The Athletic "The NBA is (almost) back. Over the next week, teams across the league will hold their individual media days with training camp and the preseason to follow. Safe to say, there are a lot of looming questions entering training camp. Has your team addressed all it needed to..." September 23

  • Kendrick Perkins Reveals His Top 5 Players In The NBA

    Fadeaway World "The NBA is in a pretty interesting place right now. As the older generation of NBA greats begins to fade, a new cast of characters is taking up the mantle and slowly edging out the same guys they grew up admiring. The result has been a rapidly-changing league that has destabilized the..." September 23

  • Lowering NBA Draft age minimum doesn’t help anyone. Especially not the players

    The Athletic "It’s no secret NBA commissioner Adam Silver has made lowering the NBA Draft age minimum from 19 to 18 a clear priority. He’s brought it up many times over the years and firmly believes the NBA should allow 18-year-olds to enter the draft. “I’m on..." September 23

  • 2 potential trade candidates for the Miami Heat

    Clutch Points "The Miami Heat finished last season with the best record in the Eastern Conference at 53-29, no small feat in a conference that has shaped up to be extremely competitive. They also came terribly close to making it back to the NBA Finals, just falling short to the eventual runner-up..." September 22

  • Predicting Every NBA Team's Starting Lineup and Top Reserve This Season

    Bleacher Report "NBA training camps open everywhere over the next week, with plenty of players looking to secure their spots in opening lineups. With so many big names changing teams this offseason (Donovan Mitchell, Dejounte Murray, Rudy Gobert, Jalen Brunson, Christian Wood, Collin Sexton, Jerami..." September 22

  • 2 potential trade candidates for Hornets entering 2022-23 NBA training camp

    Clutch Points "The Charlotte Hornets did not make any major move in the 2022 offseason. Outside of adding Dennis Smith Jr. and re-signing Cody Martin, not much has changed on their roster. The rest of the league seems like they are improving drastically. The Boston Celtics added Malcolm Brogdon. The Cleveland..." September 22

  • Hawks Sign Armoni Brooks To Exhibit 10 Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Hawks have signed free agent guard Armoni Brooks, the team announced in a press release. According to Lauren L. Williams of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brooks will receive an Exhibit 10 contract. The 24-year-old spent last season with the..." September 22

  • Trade Targets to Put NBA Contenders Over the Top

    Bleacher Report "For NBA teams fortunate enough to find themselves in the championship race, a little greed can be a good thing. The margin for error at the Association's apex is either wafer-thin or simply nonexistent. Teams must be over-prepared for anything the basketball gods throw their way,..." September 21

  • 2 potential trade candidates for Knicks entering 2022-23 NBA training camp

    Clutch Points "In the 2020-21 NBA season, Tom Thibodeau led the New York Knicks to the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. In the 2021-22 season, though, the Knicks couldn’t replicate that magic, finishing 37-45 and 11th in the Eastern Conference. Heading into Year 3 of the “Tibs”..." September 21

  • What's next for NBA's top 100? Expect Paolo Banchero to move in, and Russell Westbrook to move out

    CBS Sports "The only constant in the modern NBA is change. Players get better. They get worse. They change teams. They retire. The Boston Celtics were below .500 more than halfway through last season and came two wins short of a championship. There is no such thing as a status quo in..." September 21

  • Blockbuster Trade Ideas for 2022-23 NBA Season

    Bleacher Report "While the summer trade period has died down as we approach training camp, it's never too early to explore what deals may take place during the 2022-23 regular season. After we watched All-Stars such as Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Dejounte Murray switch teams this offseason,..." September 20

  • 3 Best Future Landing Spots For Giannis Antetokounmpo

    NBA Analysis "Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t waste much time getting back into the gym this offseason. After his Bucks were eliminated in the second round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, Antetokounmpo was quickly back at work, preparing to play for Greece in..." September 20

  • Nets are supposed to be contenders in stacked East, but are they doomed to repeat history?

    The Athletic "Kyrie Irving was so dangerously close to making it to Brooklyn Nets training camp without bringing further unwanted distractions to his teammates and the franchise. From there, maybe, he could simply hoop. But if we’ve learned anything over the years, that’s..." September 20

  • Ranking the NBA's Top Sleeper Teams for 2022-23

    Bleacher Report "The basketball world is buzzing as the 2022-23 NBA campaign creeps closer. The defending champion Golden State Warriors sit atop the throne, but their list of challengers is as daunting as it is long. The Boston Celtics regrouped from their Finals loss and added Malcolm Brogdon. The..." September 20

  • NBA Experts Debate One-and-Done Rule Pros and Cons

    Bleacher Report "The NBA's eligible draft age has been debated since it was increased to 19 in 2005. For the past 17 years, fans have wondered if the league would ever return to a model where high school stars could enter the draft at 18 years old. Now, that "if" looks far more..." September 20

  • Lakers Land Richaun Holmes In Intriguing Trade Scenario

    NBA Analysis "Everyone is a critic. It is, without question, easier to identify problems from a distance than it is to solve them when you have the power to. Often, this is the dynamic between an NBA team and its fans. Everyone knows what they think they’d do if they were the general..." September 20

  • Five takeaways from the proposed lowering of the NBA Draft age and how it could impact college basketball

    CBS Sports "The NBA and the NBPA are reportedly in advanced talks, and expected to soon approve, lowering the draft eligibility age from 19 to 18 years old as soon as 2024. The move, which could be agreed upon as soon as this week as part of ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations, would..." September 20

  • Jae Crowder 'Available' on Trade Market; Suns Have Been 'Very Active'

    Arizona Sports "With a roster built to win now, the Phoenix Suns remain active in efforts to improve their title odds before training camp begins on Sept. 26. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on Monday that the Suns are expected to be percolating in trade negotiations, many centered around..." September 20

  • Spurs shopping 3 noteworthy players

    Larry Brown Sports "Though the San Antonio Spurs already traded All-Star Dejounte Murray earlier this summer, the sell-off may only intensify from here. Veteran Spurs writer LJ Ellis reports Monday that center Jakob Poeltl and guard Josh Richardson are two players who have commonly been..." September 20

  • Trade Ideas for Every NBA Team 1 Month Before 2022-23 Season

    Bleacher Report "With the Donovan Mitchell deal in the rearview, the 2022 offseason feels like it's pretty much wrapped up. Sure, we might still see a Russell Westbrook trade or some more unloading by the Utah Jazz, but for the most part, teams are settled and preparing for the start of training..." September 19

  • NBA's new CBA expected to lower draft age, create mental health designation

    The Score "The NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) are expected to agree to lower the draft-age eligibility from 19 to 18 as they negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania. The two sides are also reportedly expected to..." September 19

  • Pretender or Contender: Which 2023 NBA Title Favorites Can't Be Trusted?

    Bleacher Report "The top of the NBA is loaded with talented and title-hopeful squads, as a number of teams could realistically take home the Larry O'Brien Trophy next summer. So, how can we tell the contenders from the pretenders? Looking at the last 10 NBA champions, a few things stand..." September 19

  • Knicks Sign Svi Mykhailiuk To One-Year Deal

    Sportsnaut "The New York Knicks are signing free agent guard/forward Svi Mykhailiuk. He agreed to a partially guaranteed one-year deal, his agency SIG Sports told The Athletic on Sunday. " September 19

  • Spain Wins EuroBasket 2022

    NBA.com "Spain dominated the EuroBasket tournament, finishing with an 8-1 record after defeating France in the final to capture its first gold medal since 2015 and 4th all-time. Spain, who placed first in Group A play earlier in the tournament, was led by the Hernangomez brothers. Toronto Raptors big..." September 19

  • Examining 3 Los Angeles Clippers players that could end their ’22-’23 seasons elsewhere

    Sportsnaut "There is no weak link on Los Angeles Clippers head coach Ty Lue’s roster — almost everyone on the floor can knock down a three and guard their man. However, some may provide greater impact skillsets, and others could be more complementary and flexible around star forwards..." September 17

  • 3 Teams Should Monitor LaMelo Ball Trade Request

    NBA Analysis "The Charlotte Hornets looked to be one of the up-and-coming teams in the NBA. They increased their win total by 10 games this past season, going 43-39. Despite that, James Borrego was fired but Kenny Atkinson was going to take over as head coach, an excellent fit for a young roster..." September 17

  • NBA Insiders: Five big questions we can't wait to see answered in 2022-23

    ESPN "The NBA's two biggest offseason questions -- the futures of Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell -- have been answered. But while the Brooklyn Nets seem on track to run it back with their current core intact, the drama at Barclays Center is far from..." September 16

  • What Every Top NBA Rookie Needs to Show In 2022 Training Camps

    Bleacher Report "Rookies should be extra motivated to make strong impressions during their first NBA training camps. It's an opportunity to show coaches the work they've put in since the draft, and how they can add value to the 2022-23 rotation or long-term roster. Depending on the..." September 15

  • If The Nets' Season Starts Rough, The Raptors Should Pull Off A Mega Blockbuster Deal For Kevin Durant

    NBA Analysis "The Toronto Raptors were involved in many NBA trade rumors this offseason. While nothing came to fruition regarding those negotiations, it was clear that the Raptors were in the market to make some major upgrades to their roster. After winning 48 games during the 2021-22 campaign and..." September 15

  • NBA, referees agree to seven-year CBA

    Sportsnaut "The NBA and the National Basketball Referees Association entered into a seven-year collective bargaining agreement, the two sides announced Thursday. The seven-year agreement will begin with the 2022-23 season and run through the 2028-29 campaign. The sides said it would not announce..." September 15