1. LeBron James' Contract with Cavs Sets Precedent for Other NBA Stars

    When LeBron James went home, he did it for the right reasons—reasons that, according to him, went "above basketball," per the heartfelt missive he released through Sports Illustrated 's Lee Jenkins ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 50,968 reads 126 comments

  2. Best Potential Landing Spots for Free Agent Ray Allen If He Delays Retirement

    Ray Allen is missing something these days, which sounds strange to say about a guy whose career has been marked by unparalleled long-distance accuracy. It's not shots the NBA 's all-time three-point king is missing, though; it's a job...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 71,829 reads 135 comments

  3. Dwyane Wade's Contract Gives Miami Heat What They Need Most

    The Miami Heat will pay Dwyane Wade $34 million over the next two years, but they'll owe him a heck of a lot more than that...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 31,299 reads 156 comments

  4. LeBron James' Return Puts New Level of Pressure on Kyrie Irving

    LeBron James ' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers is a boon for every player on the roster, but it could also make a few things tougher on some of them— Kyrie Irving in particular...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 22,969 reads 80 comments

  5. Timberwolves Must Face Reality, Trade Kevin Love Before Market Dries Up

    With every passing second, it gets harder to understand why Kevin Love is still a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 33,205 reads 218 comments

  6. Why LeBron James Is in for Rude Awakening in Return to Cleveland Cavs

    LeBron James is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers , and for now, the Rust Belt is alive with the pure jubilation that comes from a sense of the world being back in its proper alignment...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 56,206 reads 234 comments

  7. Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for Pau Gasol with Chicago Bulls

    In terms of his quality as a human being, there's not much breadth of opinion on new Chicago Bulls big man Pau Gasol . Anyone who's ever heard or read anything about the Spaniard loves him...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 55,421 reads 229 comments

  8. Houston Rockets Quickly Reveal Logic of Passing on Chandler Parsons

    The Houston Rockets are short one heartthrob after declining to match the Dallas Mavericks ' three-year, $46 million offer sheet for Chandler Parsons , per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 56,341 reads 260 comments

  9. 8 Takeaways from Day 2 of 2014 Las Vegas NBA Summer League

    The second day of Las Vegas Summer League action got off to an unexpected start, and not just because New York Knicks rookie Shane Larkin hit an impossible, high-arcing floater to give his team a victory...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 73,068 reads 117 comments

  10. Is Signing Pau Gasol Consolation Prize or Missing Piece for Chicago Bulls?

    Pau Gasol isn't Carmelo Anthony, but the skillful Spaniard is exactly the guy the Chicago Bulls need to take them where they want to go...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 87,043 reads 483 comments

  11. After Missing on Carmelo Anthony, What Do Chicago Bulls Do Now?

    The Chicago Bulls failed to connect on their biggest free-agency swing, losing Carmelo Anthony to Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks and max money in a whiff befitting the Windy City...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 4,704 reads 3 comments

  12. Complete Guide to NBA Free Agent Signing Period

    NBA free agency has given us enough gut feelings, amorphous "sources" and clandestine surveillance of Dan Gilbert's private jet to last a lifetime. Talk, cheap as it is, has been in ample supply since the postseason concluded in June...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 32,735 reads 38 comments

  13. What Does an NBA Free-Agency Contract Look Like?

    NBA free agency arrives in the heat of summer, marked by endless what-ifs, pipe dreams and possibilities. It's a time for fantasizing—for envisioning team-and-player pairings that seem too good to be true...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 34,272 reads 21 comments

  14. Would Miami Heat Completely Start Over If LeBron James Leaves?

    Pat Riley talked big in the aftermath of the Miami Heat 's NBA Finals defeat, and though they weren't in the room, his words were aimed directly at LeBron James , Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 57,833 reads 313 comments

  15. Why Cleveland Cavaliers' Every Move Will Be Linked to LeBron James

    There may come a day when we won't scrutinize every Cleveland Cavaliers storyline for connections to LeBron James , but that day's not coming anytime soon...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 193,778 reads 481 comments

  16. 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 3 months ago 42,620 reads 81 comments

  17. 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 3 months ago 60,578 reads 430 comments

  18. 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 3 months ago 7,007 reads 18 comments

  19. 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 3 months ago 3,320 reads 7 comments

  20. 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 3 months ago 9,319 reads 8 comments

  21. 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 3 months ago 14,805 reads 73 comments

  22. 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 3 months ago 37,764 reads 82 comments

  23. 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 3 months ago 104,902 reads 140 comments

  24. 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 3 months ago 38,945 reads 195 comments

  25. 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 3 months ago 14,090 reads 51 comments