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Summer League Prospects with Real Chance at Making Lakers' Regular-Season Roster

The Los Angeles Lakers headed into their off-season with a decimated roster, looking to rebuild for the future. The NBA 2014 Summer League allows the opportunity to evaluate unsigned prospects who could earn an invite to training camp in the fall.<p>The ultimate goal, of course, would be to find a few …

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Cleveland Cavaliers sign first-overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins

The<p>Cleveland Cavalierssigned No. 1 overall draft pickAndrew Wigginson Thursday to a four-year contract.<p>Wiggins, who will earn $5.5 million in the first year of the deal, has been at the center of many trade rumors involving the Cavaliers and<p>Minnesota TimberwolvesstarKevin Love, who can become a …

NBA Shootaround: It Might Get Loud

<i>So much amazing is happening, and the Shootaround crew is here to help you keep track of it all. You’ll find takes on moments you might’ve missed</i> …

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Raptors face summer decision with Lou Williams

Very cool for Lou Williams to grab the Sixth Man award yesterday and it was quite the dog and pony show to announce it.<p>Live TV, live radio, big hotel …

Biggest Adjustments Portland Trail Blazers Must Make in Game 2 Versus Grizzlies

Boy, that was ugly.<p>In the words of Nicolas Batum, per Joe Freeman of <i>The Oregonian</i>: "Nothing can be worse than that."<p>The Portland Trail Blazers got the 2015 playoffs off on the wrong foot, dropping Game 1 to the Memphis Grizzlies 100-86. The Blazers were thoroughly outplayed on both ends, unable to …

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NBA Playoffs 2015: Updated Odds, Bracket Predictions for Tuesday's Matchups

The most exciting moments of the 2015 NBA playoffs may be reserved for the latter stages, but there's no time like the first round for those looking to hit the sportsbook.<p>A plethora of matchups—some thrilling and enticing, others not so much—have made way for interesting bets in a bevy of different …

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Daily Fantasy Basketball 2015: Best NBA DFS DraftKings Lineup for April 21

Playoff basketball changes a daily fantasy player's mindset, allowing everyone to dissect repeating matchups while paying more attention to the stars.<p>Regular daily NBA participants are glad to no longer worry about starters resting or logging limited minutes. With the Larry O'Brien Trophy on the …

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2015 NBA Mock Draft: Top International Prospects and Full 1st-Round Predictions

The NBA draft is always infused with tons of talent from around the world, and the 2015 version will be no different.<p>Although the depth of international prospects is not as great as it has been in the past, there are a few players who are certain to be taken early in the lottery. These players have …

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Jimmy Butler is what the Bulls have always been missing

Jimmy Butler's breakthrough season now has a breakout playoff performance. Milwaukee simply couldn't stop the Bulls wing in Game 2.<p>Jimmy Butler might have forgotten he was wearing a microphone for TNT. Maybe just didn't care. Midway through the third quarter in an otherwise ugly, brick-infested …

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Wizards vs. Raptors, 2015 NBA playoffs: Time, TV schedule and online streaming for Game 2

The Raptors need a win at home in Game 2 in order to travel to Washington with their chances to advance still intact.<p>The Wizards edged out the Raptors in overtime in Game 1 to steal home-court advantage. Game 2 could shape how the series progresses, as another Wizards win would put them in perfect …

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Good morning. I'm not sure the Warriors are legal, and I'm serious.

That and more in Tuesday's NBA newsletter.<p>Good morning. Let's basketball.<p><b>THEY DON'T CALL IT SNORACLE:</b> The Pelicans played about as well as you could have asked them to play, and they still lost by 10 to the Warriors in Oakland. I'm becoming convinced no one will beat the Warriors in Oakland this …

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Steve Ballmer turned the Lakers' locker room into his owner's lounge for the playoffs

The Lakers have historically been the alpha franchise in the city. They even have a larger locker room in Staples Center than the Clippers.<p>But with the Lakers out after a 21-61 season, new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is taking advantage of the extra space. According to ESPN's Arash Markazi and …

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