1. Stability Won't Last: NBA Coaches on Hot Seat Entering 2017-18 Season

    Every NBA coach who started the 2016-17 season finished it. Don't expect that to happen again. Not just because last year was the first time in 46 seasons without a head ...

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  2. Who Ya Got: James Harden or Chris Paul as Rockets' Alpha Dog?

    Trusting James Harden and Chris Paul to work out the key issue surrounding their partnership is different than saying there's no issue in the first place. Yes, these are two of the NBA 's most talented players...

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  3. Defending Champion Warriors' Greatest Challenges Reside Within

    If Steve Kerr opts for showmanship as a tool in the Golden State Warriors ' latest title defense, he should start the first day of training camp by gathering his team (preferably ...

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  4. NBA Superstars with Most to Prove in 2017-18 Season

    The second you get comfortable as an NBA superstar, you're in trouble. Up-and-coming talents are always waiting to pounce, to test themselves against an established name. Opposing teams harbor vendettas...

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  5. You Played Yourself: NBA Teams That Blew It This Offseason

    There are loads of ways for an NBA team to goof up its offseason. Some set themselves back by getting too little in return for outgoing stars. Others collected talent in a misguided rush to inch closer to playoff contention...

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  6. NBA Power Rankings as Free Agency Winds Down

    Free agency, the NBA 's annual period of reconstruction, is mostly complete—leaving us with 30 reconfigured, stripped down or boldly augmented rosters...

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  7. Position Logjams NBA Teams Need to Solve

    Depth is great, but too many players vying for minutes at the same position is typically a sign of a bad NBA roster. If you have a surplus of good wings who all deserve to play, you don't have one player who clearly owns the position...

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  8. Biggest Ripple Effects of 2017 Free Agency

    NBA free agency can tell you where the league is headed—if you look past the surface of big moves and key signings. In the short term, the league's annual talent reorganization creates new powerhouses and shifts conference hierarchies...

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  9. Ranking Every Team's Projected Starting 5 After Free Agency

    Nothing generates NBA optimism like the post-free-agency haze. This is when everyone thinks their team's starters are terrific, sure to be better than last year because of new additions or a clean slate and increased familiarity...

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  10. Irrational Conclusions to Draw from 2017 NBA Free Agency

    NBA free agency is supposed to be measured and precise, evidence-based and detail-oriented. But we're past all of that now...

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  11. 2017 NBA Free-Agency Big Board: Top 25 Remaining Players

    We're in the thick of wait-it-out free agency, as NBA teams hold out for late-stage bargains while hoping, in many cases, nobody else swoops in with a pricey offer for their own free agents...

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  12. 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. Oh, and also regret...

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  13. 2017 NBA Free Agency Big Board: Top 25 Remaining Players

    Several more NBA free agents have found homes as we get deeper into July, but there are still bargains to be had—especially for those teams savvy enough to save some of their precious cap space until now...

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  14. 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. That's when 30 revamped clubs can evaluate themselves in a colder, more rational light...

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  15. Clips' Stubbornness on Full Display with Danilo Gallinari Acquisition

    Adding Danilo Gallinari via a three-team sign-and-trade, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Wednesday, shows the Los Angeles Clippers aren't rolling over in the wake of Chris Paul 's exit to the Houston Rockets ...

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  16. Costly Vets on a Rebuild? Sacramento Kings' Latest Deals Don't Make Any Sense

    Years of shaky moves and capricious changes in philosophy mean no Sacramento Kings free-agent signing gets the benefit of the doubt. So the starting point on deals announced for George Hill and Zach Randolph must be, by default, skepticism...

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  17. Gordon Hayward Gives Boston Celtics Exactly What They Need

    Despite some last-minute hemming and hawing, Gordon Hayward was always headed to the Boston Celtics . It was the logical option, as it gave him a far easier path to deep playoff ...

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  18. In Honor of Independence Day, Every NBA Team's Mount Rushmore

    Independence Day is about throwing off the chains of colonial control, irresponsible use of fireworks and overeating—in some order. It is also about celebrating America's forefathers (USA!, USA!, USA!, etc...

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  19. How Each Potential Replacement for Phil Jackson Would Guide Knicks into Future

    Whoever takes over the New York Knicks ' top personnel job in the wake of Phil Jackson's departure will have at least one thing working in his favor: It'll be hard to do any worse than Jackson did...

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  20. Forget Your Lame 'One Ball' Argument, Rockets Will Make Chris Paul Trade Work

    The issues surrounding Chris Paul 's fit with James Harden and the Houston Rockets are so obvious, so potentially fraught with friction, they're powerful enough to cut through the blinding shock of the offseason's latest blockbuster trade...

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  21. 10 Realistic Paul George Trade Offers Pacers Can't Refuse

    If you're interested in trading for Paul George , get in line. But as you're queueing up, keep in mind that this particular bidding process is a strange one...

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  22. One Trade to Help Each Contender Catch the Golden State Warriors

    The Golden State Warriors are forcing opponents to play the game on their own switchy, undersized, two-way, up-and-down terms...

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  23. Jimmy Butler Trade Huge Win for Wolves, Could Have Profound Impact on NBA

    It's too soon to apply the superteam label to the Minnesota Timberwolves, but adding Jimmy Butler on draft night, as first reported by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune , at least gives them the beginnings of one...

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  24. Potential Trade Packages and Landing Spots for LA Clippers Star DeAndre Jordan

    The Los Angeles Clippers are at an organizational crossroads this summer, with three-quarters of its core hitting free agency and new executive Jerry West signing on to refocus the franchise's personnel vision...

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  25. How Sacramento Kings Should Approach 2017 NBA Draft

    Following last year's DeMarcus Cousins trade, there's a different pre-draft feel for the Sacramento Kings . There can be no postseason delusions now—no misplaced hopes regarding a ...

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