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Is LeBron really leaving the Cavaliers?

Good morning. We have that and more in Thursday’s NBA newsletter.<p>The rumors about LeBron leaving the Cavaliers next summer have been rampant. You sense they are affecting even other Cavaliers, as this interview with Kyrie Irving indicates. Kyrie states that the Cavaliers "are in a peculiar place." …

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LeBron James: Even The World's Best Athlete Has To Deal With A Horrible Boss

“Umm, LeBron… yeah, I’m going to need those TPS reports…”<p>Ever since I read Jeff Zillgitt’s report in USA Today about how LeBron James currently isn’t happy in Cleveland, I’ve gotten the image in my head of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert as William “Bill” Lumbergh from the fantastic Mike Judge comedy …

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Biggest Hole Every NBA Team Still Needs to Fill

Basketball's biggest garage sale—known formally as the 2017 NBA offseason—is winding down as both supply and demand dwindle.<p>But the task of personnel management is a yearlong endeavor.<p>As rosters come into focus, so do their biggest voids. And no matter how successful their summer shopping …

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NBA Free-Agency Report Cards for All 30 Teams so Far

One minute, you're glued to Twitter, watching NBA free agency unfold in real-time, your mind racing to figure out why Gordon Hayward joined the Boston Celtics twice.<p>Then, before you know it, the time has come to deliver feedback on everything you've seen—because, as you know, passing judgment on …

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Tax man cometh for Golden State Warriors

By Steve Megargee<p>With the mind-boggling money being doled out in NBA contracts, players don’t seem to be overly concerned about state taxes – or the …

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5 Worst NBA Contracts at Every Position

Remember last summer, amid the NBA's salary-cap explosion, when there was almost no such thing as a bad contract?<p>Welcome back to reality.<p>The league's cap boon has leveled off, suddenly and substantially, and teams are now left dealing with the fallout. Last year's position of strength has, in …

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Cleveland Cavs Rumors: LeBron James To Spurs Over Lakers Makes Most Sense, NBA Analyst Says

When it comes to NBA rumors involving Cavs star LeBron James, there are a lot of people with the belief he’ll end up joining the Lakers, but another …

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Tim Hardaway Jr. Gets A $71 Million Contract To 'Improve' Dumpster Fire That Is The Knicks

May 10, 1973 was over 44 years ago. So to say that Knicks fans have endured years of disappointment and failure is roughly as understated as Donald Trump’s penthouse in Manhattan.<p>The Knicks are bad. Dumpster-fire bad. So bad that David Griffin cut off contract negotiations with the team and took …

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Horry: 'You Have to be a Robot' to Succeed as a Spur

The San Antonio Spurs have produced the most wins of any franchise over the past 20 years.<p>But the Spurs’ system isn’t for everyone.<p>Just ask former …

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Michael Jordan's Former Teammates on How MJ Would've Handled the Modern-Day NBA

That Chicago Bulls charter flights served as de facto casinos throughout the 1990s was an open secret among NBA fans. There's the famous <i>Sports Illustrated</i> photo of Ron Harper, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan playing cards, thrown onto a perfectly folded blanket in the airplane's aisle. The setup …

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Carmelo Anthony Trade Talks Reportedly Paused Between Knicks, Rockets

The New York Knicks have "paused" discussions with the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers about possible trades for Carmelo Anthony, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.<p>The news comes hours after CSN Chicago's Vincent Goodwill reported the Knicks agreed to terms …

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Why recent big-money deals in sports can't be sustained

Get those cartoonish contracts while you can, because the clock is ticking.<p>While even run-of-the-mill NBA free agents figure out how to spend their new largesse — $23 million for J.J. Redick, really? — and the NFL divvies up $7.8 billion among its 32 teams, it’s nothing but bad news for the TV …

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Knicks and Rockets move closer to trade as Pelicans want in

The Rockets will hold a lavish press conference Friday to introduce Chris Paul — with guests including James Harden, coach Mike D’Antoni, GM Daryl …

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Nobody Loses More with the New Timeout Rule Than LeBron James

The world's best player needs as much rest as possible to stay at the top of his game. But the NBA isn't making it easy for him<p>In an effort to increase their product's pace of play, thereby making the games more entertaining to watch, the NBA announced today it has reduced the number of timeouts …

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Ranking the Worst Max Contracts in NBA History

Collectively bargained into existence during the 1998-99 lockout, the max contract has long been a source of controversy.<p>Oh, and also regret.<p>In addition to there being several types of max agreements—variances depend on years of service, annual raise rates, and who's offering the deal in the first …

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After Blowing Past Salary Projections, Warriors Face Different Kind of Pressure

When Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers met with local media late last week—decked out in his ultra-casual black sweatpants and gray T-shirt, looking like he was on his way to a weekly pickup game—he was relaxed and convivial, sounding like his summer was going swimmingly thus far.<p>And …

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The Lakers aren’t tanking any longer

Good morning. We have that and more in Wednesday’s NBA newsletter.<p>The Lakers made a second big move in NBA free agency on Tuesday, reaching a one-year deal with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for $18 million. KCP had struck out as a restricted free agent and been renounced by the Pistons; with no one …

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NBA trade rumors: Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets is getting closer to reality

Carmelo Anthony is finally willing to move on from the Knicks after seven seasons<p>After sticking it out for years in New York, it seems Carmelo Anthony is finally open to making his home elsewhere. Anthony is prepared to waive his no-trade clause if it means playing with Chris Paul and James Harden …

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Paul George On OKC, The Trade, And KD's Advice

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — The Conejo Valley lunch crowd was confronted by an alarming image Monday afternoon on the 3100 block of Willow Lane: Paul …

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The NBA Needs Melo On A Team That Matters

There are no good ways to insult the Knicks anymore. Everything the franchise does is such an incredible self-own that every time you try to make …

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Why Steph Curry Is Underpaid And What Players Can Do About It

Steph Curry is the golden arm of the Golden State Warriors. The arm that launches three pointers with eye-popping accuracy has been transformative for how fans consume the NBA product. His most recent contract seems to corroborate the point. Curry will reportedly receive 201 million over 5 …

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Knicks gonna Knick

Good morning. We have that and more in Monday’s NBA newsletter.<p>After the Knicks offered Tim Hardaway Jr. an incredibly large contract last week, there was a glimmer of hope for the fandom: The franchise had engaged David Griffin, one-time Executive of the Year and architect (in a way) of the …

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The West isn’t laying down for the Warriors

The question we had before us this summer was how the league would react to the Golden State Warriors. Would teams simply pack it in and keep their proverbial powder dry for another day, or meet the challenge head on and deal with it on its own terms?<p>We got our answer even before the NBA free …

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James Harden, Houston Rockets Agree to Biggest Contract in NBA History

The Houston Rockets announced Saturday that they signed James Harden to a four-year contract extension that will run through the 2022-23 season.<p>ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported the extension is worth $170 million over four years.<p>Harden, who signed a four-year, $118 million …

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The Oklahoma City Thunder: Paul George and the Spacing Revolution

Barely a year has passed since Kevin Durant took his talents to the bay and left the city of Oklahoma smoldering in his wake. Rather than curl up in …

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NBA Free-Agency Roundup: C's Not Done Dealing in Wake of Gordon Hayward Signing

Stop me if you've heard this before, but some of the NBA's big free-agency news revolved around the Golden State Warriors getting even better.<p>I know. That's redundant at this point. And yet, the defending champions did add Nick Young one day after landing Omri Casspi in a continued effort to …

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10 NBA Players Who Could Be Traded Following Free Agency

The frenzy of free agency eventually quiets, and a sense of relative calm settles over NBA teams—generally around late July.<p>That's when 30 revamped clubs can evaluate themselves in a colder, more rational light. At that point, they'll ask themselves the important questions.<p>Where are we?<p>What do we …

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Cavs' Front-Office Chaos Could Be Start of Cleveland's Worst Nightmare

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been to three consecutive NBA Finals. They won the city's first championship in 52 years just last summer. They remain the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.<p>It just doesn't feel like it.<p>For all the success the franchise has had since LeBron James returned home from …

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Metrics 101: NBA's New Western Conf. Dominates East at Nearly Every Position

Paul Millsap has left the Atlanta Hawks for the Denver Nuggets. Paul George was traded from the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder, bringing back only a modest return. Ditto for Jimmy Butler, whom the Chicago Bulls sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves.<p>Sure, moves like Gordon Hayward's …

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Rumors: 'Clock Has Started' on Bucks Star's Potential Exit

Speaking about Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo on Thursday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski suggested teams are already plotting ways to lure the Greek Freak away in the coming years.<p>On ESPN's <i>Russillo Show</i> (h/t Jordan Heck of Sporting News), Wojnarowski said the following regarding …

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