1. If Not Kevin Love, What's Warriors' Best Free-Agency Backup Plan?

    All's quiet on the trade front for the Golden State Warriors lately, a marked change from the pre -draft bluster that made Kevin Love 's arrival seem like a real possibility. Maybe it still is...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 42,695 reads 81 comments

  2. New York Knicks Look Like Leader for Carmelo Anthony in Free Agency

    In the end, when the frenzy of free agency subsides and the biggest stars once believed to be "on the market" return, inevitably, to their former teams, we'll wonder why we ever believed Carmelo Anthony when he said he was out for more than money...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 60,678 reads 430 comments

  3. Keeping Pau Gasol Key to Los Angeles Lakers Luring More Free Agents

    Kobe Bryant 's fat contract puts the Los Angeles Lakers in a position where short-term contention is the only sensible plan, and they'll need Pau Gasol back in the fold to carry it out...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 7,047 reads 18 comments

  4. Would Chicago Bulls Amnestying Carlos Boozer Be Precursor to Bigger Move?

    Amnestying Carlos Boozer might not signal the Chicago Bulls are certain to pull off a massive, league-altering signing, but it sends the message that such a follow-up move is possible...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 3,412 reads 7 comments

  5. Spurs and Injured Patty Mills Both Win Big with 3-Year, $12 Million Deal

    You wouldn't normally say rotator cuff surgery and seven-month recovery times are good things, but for Patty Mills and the San Antonio Spurs , the point guard's bad break yielded the best possible results...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 9,438 reads 8 comments

  6. Why Greg Monroe Sign-and-Trade Could Be Win-Win for Both Sides

    Last resorts are rarely appealing, which is why the Detroit Pistons might balk at the mutually beneficial idea of moving Greg Monroe in a sign-and-trade deal...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 14,941 reads 73 comments

  7. Best Potential Free-Agent Landing Spots for Paul Pierce

    Paul Pierce is in a complicated free-agency situation, and not just because his former coach, Jason Kidd, with whom he shares an agent, just skipped town after a spectacularly unsuccessful power grab...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 37,773 reads 82 comments

  8. Best Bargains of the 2014 NBA Free-Agent Class

    Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and the rest of the top-tier, franchise-altering superstars in this year's NBA free-agent class aren't really on the market in a serious sense...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 105,059 reads 140 comments

  9. Does Shaun Livingston Signing Make Klay Thompson More Expendable for Warriors?

    Shaun Livingston brings the Golden State Warriors a whole lot of what they were missing last season, but he also brings an intriguing question: What does his arrival mean for ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 39,085 reads 195 comments

  10. Will Miami Heat Big 3's Pressure Play on Pat Riley Pay Off?

    Pat Riley made a stirring speech in the aftermath of the Miami Heat 's Finals defeat, using a 55-minute media address to lay down a challenge for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 13,959 reads 51 comments

  11. Miami Heat Players Must Make Biggest Sacrifices Yet for Third Championship

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh gave up a little cash four years ago to chase championships together with the Miami Heat . If they'd like to continue that pursuit, now's the time to double down...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 16,446 reads 67 comments

  12. Is Chandler Parsons Really Worth Massive Payday He'll Command in Free Agency?

    Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons is about to field some big offers, as he hits free agency for the first time in his career this summer, but any team thinking about forking over superstar cash had better beware...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 7,096 reads 27 comments

  13. Why LeBron James Won't Walk Away from Miami Heat in Free Agency Now

    As the best basketball player on the planet, LeBron James was always going to have free-agent options. But with the Miami heat suddenly in a position to give him everything he ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 90,743 reads 236 comments

  14. Mark Cuban Says Dallas Mavericks Will 'Swing for the Fences' in Free Agency

    The Dallas Mavericks may not have max-level cash to spend, but that won't stop them from pursuing max-level free agents this summer. Per Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas .com , Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told 103...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 18,988 reads 50 comments

  15. Big 3 Opting Out First Step in Rebuilding Miami Heat Super Team

    Thanks to the concerted action of LeBron James , Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh , Phase One of the Miami Heat 's offseason overhaul is complete. Per Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 96,213 reads 535 comments

  16. Knicks' Draft Splash Shows Phil Jackson Already Shifting Franchise's Trajectory

    Phil Jackson 's first draft as president of the New York Knicks went pretty well, mostly because it proceeded in decidedly un -Knicks-like fashion...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 89,270 reads 153 comments

  17. Adam Silver's Righteous Reputation Grows After Isaiah Austin Gesture at Draft

    If anyone needed another indicator that Adam Silver's tenure as NBA commissioner was going to be vastly different than his predecessor's, the way he handled a brief, moving tribute to Isaiah Austin during Thursday's NBA draft provided it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 38,053 reads 39 comments

  18. The Biggest Steals from the 2014 NBA Draft

    The NBA draft is an annual tradition marked by anxiety, epic mistakes and, usually, ridiculous suits. But it's also an opportunist's dream...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 461,434 reads 418 comments

  19. Carmelo Anthony Has Much Better Free-Agent Options Than Los Angeles Lakers

    Carmelo Anthony has plenty of choices in front of him as a free agent this summer, but don't expect him to seriously consider the Los Angeles Lakers as one of them. Let's just get right into it: The Lakers are a terrible destination for Anthony..

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 30,156 reads 89 comments

  20. Best Potential Free-Agent Landing Spots for Luol Deng During 2014 Offseason

    Luol Deng has big free-agency plans this summer, which we know because he turned down a three-year, $30 million contract extension from the Chicago Bulls before they banished him to the Cleveland Cavaliers last year...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 12,029 reads 40 comments

  21. Rockets Clear Lane for LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony by Trading Omer Asik

    The Houston Rockets didn't pull off a trade for LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. Not directly, anyway...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 33,740 reads 193 comments

  22. Breaking Down Miami Heat's Best Free-Agent Pitch to Keep LeBron James

    It's tempting to argue the Miami Heat can keep LeBron James if they play their cards right, but that's putting things a bit too simply...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 4,432 reads 1 comments

  23. Tyson Chandler Trade Shows Knicks Preparing for Life Without Carmelo Anthony

    At first glance, it's hard to understand why the New York Knicks would take on more long-term cash while also dealing away Tyson Chandler in a multiplayer exchange with the Dallas Mavericks ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 34,478 reads 110 comments

  24. Best Potential Trade Packages, Scenarios and Landing Spots for Josh Smith

    As quickly as it hit the news cycle, rumors about Josh Smith leaving the Detroit Pistons in a multiplayer trade with the Sacramento Kings , as first reported by ESPN's Marc Stein , fizzled out...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 25,689 reads 82 comments

  25. Are Houston Rockets or Chicago Bulls a Better Fit for Carmelo Anthony?

    Carmelo Anthony will opt out of the final year of his contract with the New York Knicks, per Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal , opening himself up to suitors from South Beach to SoCal —and everywhere in between...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 28,105 reads 283 comments