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  • Top 5 Young Stars Who Need To Change Teams

    Fadeaway World "For young players to blossom and play well, they have to be put into the right situation. Players such as Trae Young, De’Aaron Fox, and Karl-Anthony Towns have been given the keys to their respective teams and we have seen them take off and essentially turn into All-Stars. But..." September 20

  • Doc Rivers: Clips knew OKC wanted to break team up

    ESPN "Doc Rivers has revealed eye-opening, undisclosed details of the Los Angeles Clippers' free-agent meeting at his house with Kawhi Leonard and how the team approached it. Rivers, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, says the Clippers, knowing..." September 20

  • NBA All-Time Player Rankings: Top 10 Power Forwards

    Bleacher Report "Who's the greatest power forward of all time? Now that we've discussed the top 10 point guards, shooting guards and small forwards in NBA history, it's time to look at the chameleon of basketball positions: power forwards. For..." September 20

  • Doc Rivers recounts how Clippers moved on from Paul George trade the day it happened

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Clippers changed the landscape of the NBA by signing Kawhi Leonard and trading for Paul George, but the moves they made to alter it almost never happened. In a recent interview with The Los Angeles Times, Doc Rivers detailed how..." September 19

  • NBA Execs Anticipate Active In-Season Trade Market

    Heavy "fter an extraordinary summer of 2019, which saw a cavalcade of stars—including Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kemba Walker, Al Horford and Jimmy Butler—change teams, executives around the league expect..." September 18

  • NBA All-Time Player Rankings: Top 10 Small Forwards

    Bleacher Report "Who's the greatest small forward of all time? That's the question at hand with the top 10s for both point guards and shooting guards in the rearview. As was the case with the 2s, there isn't a ton of suspense surrounding the top spot here...." September 18

  • Thunder unload stars for all the right reasons

    Pro Basketball Talk "So many teams spent this summer trying to create star duos. The Lakers (LeBron James and Anthony Davis), Clippers (Kawhi Leonard and Paul George), Nets (Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving) and Rockets (James Harden and Russell Westbrook) certainly..." September 17

  • Ranking NBA's Best Backcourts for 2019-20 Season

    Bleacher Report "Most of the NBA's best backcourt combinations are going to look quite different in 2019-20. With Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Chris Paul, D'Angelo Russell and Mike Conley all switching teams this offseason, many of the league's best..." September 16

  • Rockets owner insists Chris Paul trade not about 'rift' with James Harden

    Clutch Points "Despite a relatively quiet free agency, the Houston Rockets made a splash by trading point guard Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook, a move owner Tilman Fertitta insists has to do with an opportunity to upgrade their roster rather than the reported rift that swarmed the..." September 16

  • The Denver Nuggets trading for Jerami Grant is the best offseason move nobody is talking about

    NBA.com "While the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers were busy chasing superstars this offseason, the Denver Nuggets quietly made a move that could solidify them as the team to beat in the Western Conference. In the first week of July, the Nuggets..." September 15

  • Several Reported Free Agent Deals Not Yet Official

    Hoops Rumors "When a free agent agrees to join an NBA team, his tentative deal with the club is generally reported before he officially signs his contract. Often, word of an agreement between a player and team breaks minutes or hours – or perhaps a day or two – before the deal is formally..." September 15

  • Jerry Colangelo won't forget U.S. World Cup pullouts

    Clutch Points "Jerry Colangelo, managing director for USA basketball, was not in a jovial mood after Team USA’s second consecutive loss in the FIBA World Cup. The Americans lost again on Thursday, as they fell to Serbia, 94-89. Following another disappointing loss, Colangelo made it clear that..." September 12

  • China loves the NBA, but when will the next Yao Ming arrive?

    ESPN "David Stern looked like a lost American tourist standing outside of the Chinese Central Television offices in Beijing for hours in 1989. Three years before "The Dream Team" made the world fall in love with basketball, the then-NBA commissioner actually helped light the spark that led..." September 12

  • 10 NBA Stars That Could Be Traded This Season

    Fadeaway World "The NBA is a league of movement, and this has been the case in most recent years. Some of the league’s stars have moved around a lot last season, and this trend will likely continue in 2020. Teams have different needs when they decide to trade their star players and these..." September 10

  • Kevin Durant Gets In Twitter Battle With Fans Over His Comments About OKC

    USA Today "If there’s one thing NBA fans have come to learn about Kevin Durant, it’s that he has trouble ignoring criticism from any source. It could be a teenager with an Instagram account or some random Twitter user with 100 followers — Durant doesn’t care. If he..." September 10

  • Kevin Durant on OKC: 'I'll Never Be Attached to That City Again'

    The Spun "Time does not appear to have healed the wounds Kevin Durant has when it comes to his old franchise, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant, who left Golden State for Brooklyn this summer, ripped Oklahoma City and its fans in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal. The..." September 10

  • NBA Teams That Never Won It All but Won't Be Forgotten

    Bleacher Report "Some of the greatest teams in NBA history never won a title for a variety of reasons, including because of injuries. As you'll see, we're not even including the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors, who have case for inclusion. There's also this Michael Jordan guy who killed some..." September 10

  • Mike Muscala Discusses Decision To Sign With Thunder

    USA Today "Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mike Muscala was a free agent this summer, and he signed with the Thunder in July. He recently spoke with The Athletic’s Brett Dawson about the free agency process, and he emphasized how appreciative he was of the Thunder showing interest in..." September 10

  • Nick Nurse intends to ramp up recruitment of NBA players for Team Canada

    Sportsnet "Nick Nurse believes he can play a bigger role in building Canada’s basketball team. Nurse was still soaking up the heady experience of the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA championship run when he was named head coach of the Canadian team in June, and tasked with securing an..." September 07

  • NBA Players Hilariously React to Chris Paul’s Nude Pics From ESPN’s Body Issue

    Total Pro Sports "Chris Paul is one of the NBA’s more familiar faces and has certainly brought him friendships just about everywhere in the league. On Wednesday, Paul took to Instagram and gave his followers a lot to see when he posted photos from his shoot for ESPN Magazine’s annual..." September 06

  • 12 NBA Salary Guarantees To Watch In October

    Hoops Rumors "The majority of the NBA players who are currently on non-guaranteed contracts won’t have their salaries for 2019/20 become fully guaranteed until January 10. That’s the league-wide salary guarantee date and the default deadline that applies to players who haven’t..." September 06

  • How Many Current NBA Players Are Really Future Hall of Famers?

    Bleacher Report "The NBA is flush with talent—perhaps more so than it has ever been before. This past season alone, there were over a dozen players who performed at what we would have considered MVP-level in the past. You're likely to run out of fingers and toes if..." September 06

  • Report: Major agencies planning to boycott NCAA’s new agent testing

    Clutch Points "Less than a month ago, the NCAA tried to impose their will on player agents, instituting a new mandate that would require agents to have a bachelor’s degree. Although the NCAA later rescinded the change after massive backlash, the community of agency firms and individual agents are..." September 06

  • NBA Rumors: Spurs May Consider Trading For Steven Adams

    Fadeaway World "With the Warriors weakened and “superteams” split, the Spurs are in an age of new opportunity in the Western Conference. Yet, at the same time, they lack the depth to truly compete as a Championship contender. The only way to take advantage of the suddenly wide-open league..." September 05

  • Chris Paul admits he finds it tough to constantly jump now

    Clutch Points "Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul, at 34 years old, admits he now finds it hard to constantly jump. In an interview with ESPN, Paul shared the elements of the game that come easy to him and those that have become difficult over time. While he said passing..." September 05

  • Eight NBA players who could have breakout seasons with their new teams following a busy free agency period

    CBS Sports "Victor Oladipo is the poster boy for a change of scenery leading to suddenly-fulfilled potential. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft was solid, but not elite in his first four seasons with the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder. But a trade to Indiana..." September 04

  • Thunder’s Chris Paul says ‘competitive nature’ keeping him going deep into career

    Clutch Points "Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul has been in the NBA for 14 years, and even up to this point in his career, he’s still highly regarded as one of the best floor generals in the NBA. Heading into his 15th season, he’s still motivated to succeed and prove to..." September 04

  • Thunder signing Devon Hall to two-way contract

    Amico Hoops "The Oklahoma City Thunder are signing former second-round pick Devon Hall to a two-way contract, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Hall is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard out of Virginia and was selected with the No. 53 overall pick in 2018. He then spent some time..." September 04

  • NBA weighing investment vehicle to buy minority shares of individual teams

    Clutch Points "At the end of the day, the NBA is still a business. The whole world was reminded of this very fact of late, with news emerging pertaining to the league’s reported interest in investing on a small stake in individual teams. In an article by Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg, this..." September 03

  • Trade Packages to Break Up NBA's Worst Star Pairings

    Bleacher Report "Collecting star players is usually the key to success in the NBA.  But while pure talent typically wins out, some star pairings are destined to fail due to skill overlap, chemistry issues or roster fit. While superstars such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi..." September 03

  • Team USA might really be in trouble at FIBA World Cup

    SB Nation "When Turkey’s Dogus Balbay took an unsportsmanlike foul from Joe Harris in the final nine seconds of overtime of Team USA’s second FIBA World Cup group stage, it looked like it was over. Turkey led the U.S., 92-91, and Balbaby was awarded two free throws and possession of..." September 03

  • Hawks, Warriors, Grizzlies Have Made Most Offseason Trades

    Hoops Rumors "A total of 43 trades have been completed by NBA teams since the 2018/19 season ended, including three deals involving three teams and one that included four teams. No club has been more active on the trade market during that time than the Hawks, who completed eight deals. However,..." September 03

  • Redick, Iguodala and Under-the-Radar NBA Veterans Who Aren't Done Yet

    Bleacher Report "We all know veterans such as LeBron James and Steph Curry are going to put up huge numbers in 2019-20, barring injury. But what about some of the equally seasoned but less heralded players? You know, the guys teams may not have built their offseasons around acquiring but who could be..." September 03

  • LiAngelo Ball says Nets, Thunder, Heat expressed interest in adding him to 2019 Summer League roster

    USA Today "The Oklahoma City Thunder had a few players on its 2019 NBA Summer League roster who earned some attention throughout play. But there could have been far more buzz surrounding the team had LiAngelo Ball been healthy. The younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball and..." September 02

  • NBA Teams In The Tax For 2019/20

    Hoops Rumors "While 2019’s salary cap increase wasn’t as substantial as 2016’s, the jump from last season’s $101,869,000 cap to this year’s $109,140,000 represents the second-biggest increase in NBA history. The luxury tax line increased along with the salary cap,..." September 02

  • Thunder’s Andre Roberson ‘feels really good,’ according to his father

    Clutch Points "The last time Oklahoma City Thunder forward Andre Roberson played in an NBA game was on Jan. 27, 2018. The defensive-minded swingman has been going through nearly two years of rehab and setbacks as he continues to recover from a ruptured left patellar tendon he suffered in that January game..." September 01

  • Thunder, Eric Moreland Agree To Training Camp Deal

    The Oklahoman "The Thunder has started to fill out its preseason roster, agreeing with free agent Eric Moreland to a training camp deal according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Moreland (6-foot-10, 238 pounds) appeared in five games between Phoenix and Toronto last season. The 27-year-old..." August 31

  • Power Ranking USA Men's Basketball Roster Ahead of 2019 FIBA World Cup

    Bleacher Report "Australia ended a 78-game winning streak for the USA Basketball men's senior team in the lead-up to the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup that starts Saturday in China. The hosts won 98-94 in front of 52,079 fans in Melbourne. After all the high-profile..." August 30

  • Highest-Paid NBA Players By Team

    Hoops Rumors "Earlier today, we listed the top 50 highest-paid NBA players for the 2019/20 season. While that list presented a clear picture of the highest earners for the upcoming season, not every NBA team was represented. Neither the Grizzlies nor the Knicks had a..." August 30

  • Decisions On 2020/21 Rookie Scale Team Options

    Hoops Rumors "Under the NBA’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the deadline for teams to sign fourth-year players to rookie scale extensions was moved up from October 31 to the last day before the regular season begins, but Halloween remains an important date on the NBA’s..." August 30

  • Who could be the NBA’s Andrew Luck?

    SB Nation "Andrew Luck’s decision to retire from the NFL at age 29 with tens of millions of dollars on the table continues to draw a mix of astonishment and understanding around the American sports landscape. The NBA does not have a serious record of early choice retirements probably because..." August 30

  • NBA Stars Ready for Career Years

    Bleacher Report "A career year is the most brilliant type of NBA breakout. The stars align, the basketball gods grant their blessing, and players put forth a campaign greater than any they'll ever produce. At times, these meteoric rises can seemingly come with no rhyme or..." August 29

  • Chris Paul has apparently put his Houston mansion up for sale

    Pro Basketball Talk "Chris Paul is no longer a member of the Houston Rockets, and for now it appears he will be staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Then again, the trade deadline will be coming up and next February, and some might have a hard time at betting on Paul staying in the Sooner state. In any..." August 28

  • Ranking the NBA's 15 worst contracts

    The Score "The NBA has mostly gotten better at fiscal restraint. Contracts are kept relatively short by design, meaning ascending talents can reach their next payday quicker - and bad money comes off the books a lot faster. Still, today's front offices aren't above handing out truly..." August 28

  • Thunder’s Chris Paul puts Houston mansion up for sale

    Clutch Points "It’s officially the end of a (brief) era for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Pauland the Houston Rockets. Paul, 34, reportedly listed his Houston-area home on the market, per Mansion Global. The house is on sale for a measly $8.3 million (if you have that kind..." August 28

  • Who's the Greatest In-Game Dunker of All Time?

    Bleacher Report "Forget about the three-point revolution, the post-up plays of old or even the all-eyes-on-them isolation game. Dunking remains king of the NBA. It's right there in the name: d-u-n-k-i-n-g. Nothing better captures the jaw-dropping, physics-defying athleticism of the..." August 27

  • NBA Players Who Are Headed Overseas For 2019/20

    Hoops Rumors "With a new group of incoming rookies arriving in the NBA this season and several players from international leagues also coming stateside, there simply aren’t enough roster spots around the league to accommodate all the players who spent time with NBA clubs last season. As such,..." August 27

  • Ranking The 10 Best Defensive Players In The NBA

    Fadeaway World "While the NBA has moved towards the direction of high-octane offenses and freedom of movement, defensive players still have tremendous value. After all, defense wins championships. If you look at every NBA Champion in history, they have all played defense at a high level. These 10..." August 27

  • 6 Players Who Are Unbelievably Still on NBA Payrolls

    Bleacher Report "In the post-amnesty NBA, there are no more contract mulligans. However, the stretch provision can help get bad—or unwanted—money off the books. If a team waives a player and triggers this mechanism by Aug. 31, his remaining salary is stretched over twice the number of..." August 27

  • Four risky NBA moves, including Warriors trading for D'Angelo Russell, Rockets gambling big on Westbrook

    CBS Sports "NBA front offices have gotten so smart. Every year it feels like we see fewer and fewer questionable decisions. Free-agent signings. Contract extensions. Trades. Draft picks. Information is everywhere, everyone is so careful, and yet, at the end of the day, everything is still a gamble. Here..." August 26