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NBA Free Agency 2017: Latest Rumors and Predictions for Gordon Hayward and More

When it comes to an expected wild summer in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls surrendering Jimmy Butler was only the beginning.<p>The NBA might need to swipe the "madness" moniker of which the NCAA is so fond. Nothing seems to come close to the three-month stretch starting in June that reshapes the league in …

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How the Bulls killed the Thibodeau era and became a laughingstock

There was definitely some sort of poetic justice in play Thursday night when the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off what will surely be remembered as …

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Blake Griffin Reportedly Opts out of Clippers Contract, Will Enter Free Agency

Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin has reportedly decided to decline the $21.4 million player option in his contract for the 2017-18 NBA season and will now become an unrestricted free agent, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.<p>Griffin is one of the league's top power …

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Jimmy Butler Traded to Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, No. 7 Pick

The Chicago Bulls started what is likely a full-scale rebuild Thursday, trading All-Star guard Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a draft-day blockbuster.<p>The Timberwolves sent Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall selection—which became former Arizona big man Lauri Markkanen—in …

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How do NBA shoe deals work?

You’ll hear about players signing with shoe brands all the time, but what do those deals actually entail and why do they matter?<p>Sneakers matter in the NBA. Sporting apparel companies have their fingerprints all over the league fans know and love, and virtually every player has some type of …

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NBA Draft Day – The Impossible Dream To Beat The Golden State Warriors?

For those too young to remember the NBA's Michael Jordan era, you're living it now. The Golden State Warriors are the new Michael Jordan.<p>When Jordan ruled the earth's hardwood, everyone else played for second. That's where we are today with the super team from the Bay Area that just wrapped up its …

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Kill the NBA draft

The annual event and its subculture are fun. But the whole enterprise is a drain on NBA competitiveness and remains unfair to amateur players entering the league.<p>The NBA draft is a lot of fun. It’s also terrible for everyone involved.<p>Both of those statements are true. While we all love the …

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Jimmy Butler, Paul George Cavs Trades Reportedly off Due to Kevin Love Interest

It was reported Thursday that the Cleveland Cavaliers' attempts to trade for Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler or Indiana Pacers forward Paul George are unlikely to come to fruition.<p>According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst (h/t ESPN Cleveland), the deals aren't going to materialize due to the Cavs' …

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Phil Jackson is digging the Knicks deeper into their sad little hole

Jackson continues to show his knack for making bad situations even worse.<p>Phil Jackson is one of the most decorated basketball coaches in history, and he unquestionably deserves his place in the Hall of Fame for his work with the Bulls and Lakers. But great coaches don’t always make suitable front …

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Does the NBA Draft lottery work? Premium picks rarely lead to titles

Only four No. 1 picks since 1985 have led the team that drafted them to a title -- and three get asterisks<p>When a team lands the No. 1 or No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft lottery, executives, fans and players alike rejoice. It's the chance for what was likely a bad team to have its fortunes turned around …

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The Curse and the Comfort of Being the No. 2 Draft Pick in the NBA

<b>Kevin Durant didn't know whose name</b> then-NBA Commissioner David Stern would announce when he walked to the podium to begin the 2007 draft.<p>"I held my mother's hand and we both looked at each other in the eye, and when he said 'Greg,' I figured where I was going to be going next," Durant said …

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Why the Warriors Are Behind the NBA's Chaotic Summer

The Golden State Warriors are technically beatable. Nothing in the NBA rulebook stipulates that beating them is illegal. They will be toppled at some point. If not next year, then the year after that. Or the year after that. The Warriors won’t be champions for the next five seasons. We think.<p>But …

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Report: Clippers Exploring DeAndre Jordan Trade

The LA Clippers are reportedly snooping around about a potential trade for All-Star center DeAndre Jordan.<p>ESPN Sources: Los Angeles Clippers …

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Sports. Highlights. News. Now.

Ranking the Greatest U.S. Sports Dynasties Since 2000<p>The Golden State Warriors have won two NBA titles in the past three years and might be the best team to ever play the game, but where do they rank against the likes of the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Blackhawks and Alabama Crimson Tide on the …

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Sources: Bulls are actively shopping Jimmy Butler prior to NBA Draft

It's becoming clearer by the minute that the smoke surrounding Jimmy Butler is looking more like truth and not just conjecture as the NBA Draft

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Celtics interested in trading for Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis

As Phil Jackson's stated publicly, he's not ruling out dealing anybody — including Kristaps Porzingis. And the Celtics are interested.

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Kawakami: How the Warriors are set to re-sign Durant, Curry, Iguodala and others

They’ve won the title, dumped a lot of beer and champagne onto each other and onto many dozens of other bystanders, smoked some cigars, held the …

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Potential Trade Packages and Landing Spots for Pacers Star Paul George

Paul George's trade value plummeted Sunday.<p>According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, George officially "informed" the Indiana Pacers "that he plans to become a free agent in the summer of 2018 and will leave the franchise—preferably for the Los Angeles Lakers."<p>It doesn't get much worse than …

Cleveland Might Not Riot, but Uncertain Future Exists Without LeBron James

CLEVELAND — With rumors of another LeBron James departure from Cleveland swirling—this time to a team out West—it doesn't take much to conjure memories of the last time James left. But this time around, those fans within the city expect a less chaotic scene if Akron's own does depart in 2018.<p>"I …

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Go ahead, LeBron, get Paul George. He won’t help you beat the Warriors again

Superstar Paul George informed the Indiana Pacers, in no uncertain terms, he will test free agency at the end of the 2017-18 season, prompting the franchise to began shopping the guard over the weekend.<p>According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, George, a Southern California native, would …

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Clippers Reportedly Targeting Paul George Sign-and-Trade After Pacers Rumors

Paul George might land in Los Angeles by the time the summer is over. It may just not be with the Lakers.<p>Sean Deveney of Sporting News reported the Clippers have expressed interest in George via potential sign-and-trade. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick are set to become free agents this …

Andre Iguodala to Reportedly Seriously Consider Leaving Warriors in Free Agency

Andre Iguodala has been a key part of the Golden State Warriors' success over the past three years, but he could be moving on this offseason.<p>According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the free agent will "seriously consider" other teams this offseason. The Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago …

Cavaliers have a better chance to land Paul George now amidst uncertainty

After losing in the NBA Finals, many are starting to speculate who’s the best upgrade for the Cavaliers. Many think it’s Paul George and they still …

Report: Celtics trying to trade for Anthony Davis

Danny Ainge is forever searching for his next superstar, or at least he's always rumored to be.<p>The latest trade target for the Boston Celtics is New …

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Paul George Reportedly Tells Pacers He Will Test Free Agency, Prefers Lakers

Paul George's future with the Indiana Pacers appears to be in doubt.<p>On Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported George told his team he plans to enter free agency in the summer of 2018 and prefers to play elsewhere. League sources told Wojnarowski the Los Angeles Lakers are George's …

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‘It’s like you’re a bystander’: Wizards left watching as Celtics and 76ers grow stronger

Just before the start of the NBA playoffs, Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld fielded questions on the successful season that was. Still, Grunfeld couldn’t help but gaze toward the future.<p>“We still have a very young talented core that we can continue to build with and build around,” …

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Celtics Reportedly Trade No. 1 Overall Pick in 2017 NBA Draft to 76ers

The Boston Celtics will shake up the top of the 2017 NBA draft by trading the No. 1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers.<p>TNT's David Aldridge first reported the sides agreed to a deal that will send the No. 1 pick to Philadelphia and will be finalized Monday, and the 76ers are expected to take …

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Best and Worst Pick at Every NBA Draft Position over Past 20 Years

The NBA draft runs on speculation. Nobody can know for sure how any pick will turn out as a player during his rookie season, let alone five years down the line. But scouts and executives can certainly make educated guesses based on medical histories, physical measurements, skill evaluations and …

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How trading the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft works out: A brief history

Celtics reportedly close to dealing the No. 1 pick to the Philadelphia 76ers<p>The NBA world was rocked Friday afternoon with reports indicating the Boston Celtics are in serious talks to deal the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for a package centered around the No. 3 …

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