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The Clipper Trap

by Danny Leroux

Jan 28, 2016 6:10 PM

A lack of salary cap flexibility and assets puts the Clippers in a complicated spot moving forward that necessitates taking strong steps to get the most out of every opportunity. Moving Lance Stephenson and possibly Jamal Crawford would show their willingness to make the best team possible moving forward. Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Minnesota's Dry Run

by Danny Leroux

Jan 21, 2016 1:21 PM

The dry run concept acknowledges that Minnesota's path to long-term success runs through Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. As such, their primary focus the rest of the season should be to prepare those talents for their eventual role in situations that resemble their future in terms of opposition and surrounding talent. Read more »

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

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CBA Encyclopedia: Disabled Player Exception

by Danny Leroux

Jan 12, 2016 2:29 PM

The DPE stands out among the CBA exceptions because teams have to apply for it, leading to one of the more interesting processes with an NBA-appointed doctor to make the ruling. Read more »

Tags: NBA, CBA Encyclopedia

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The Kristaps Porzingis Comparison Project

by Danny Leroux

If Kristaps Porzingis can expand his game while maintaining his uncommon ability to hit threes and crash the offensive glass, the new golden boy of New York could chart his own path to success in the NBA. Read more »
Cavs Enter Season As NBA's Most Probable Champion

by Danny Leroux

While the Warriors deserve to start their title defense as the best team in the NBA, Cleveland's comparatively easy path to the Finals gives them a better chance of holding the Larry O'Brien trophy in eight months. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Bird Rights

by Danny Leroux

Bird rights (named after Larry Bird) are exceptions to the salary cap that allow teams to retain players, typically those who have spent continuous time on that team. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia Title Page

by Danny Leroux

A full, regularly updated listing of every entry in the CBA Encyclopedia. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Bi-annual Exception

by Danny Leroux

The Bi-annual Exception is a nice source for teams to find low rotation players worth more than their minimum. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Mid-Level Exceptions

by Danny Leroux

While Bird rights carry the heavy lifting for teams looking to retain their own free agents, the Mid-Level Exception is often the most powerful tool over the cap teams have to add new talent. Read more »
Ranking Boston's Draft Pick Arsenal

by Danny Leroux

The Celtics have a nice collection of players and picks but coalescing them into a smaller number of strong assets gets more unlikely each year. Here's a rundown of Danny Ainge's hand. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Trade Exceptions

by Danny Leroux

Trade exceptions allow for additional roster flexibility in some important situations. For example, they provide an amazing way for teams butting up against the cap or tax to add another piece or two. Read more »
Grading The Deal: 76ers On Winning Side Of Atrocious Salary Dump By Kings

by Danny Leroux

For those who wonder why Sam Hinkie and the Sixers keep their books so clean, it works because it makes them the first call for teams looking to do terrible deals like this one. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Money In Trades

by Danny Leroux

Under the current CBA, each season has its own limit for the maximum amount of cash a team can receive or pay in trades. For the 2015-16 season, this limit will be $3.4 million. Read more »
2016 Pick Protection Primer

by Danny Leroux

There are nine traded first rounders for 2016 with pick protections that will be determined by regular season records next season. Read more »
Leroux's 2015 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

Great drafts for the Nuggets, Wolves, Heat, 76ers and Raptors; good drafts for the Bulls, Magic, Pacers, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets and Celtics, along with teams having enh and bad drafts. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: The Rookie Scale

by Danny Leroux

The Rookie Scale limits the salaries for first round picks in response to some outlandish contracts, predominantly in the 1990s. That change had greater waves around the league, some positive and some negative. It made young players substantially more valuable and draft picks hotter commodities. Read more »
Introducing The CBA Enyclopedia

by Danny Leroux

The CBA Encyclopedia will become a one stop shop that can explain the Collective Bargaining Agreement while putting it in proper context. Read more »
Leroux's 2015 NBA Draft Preview

by Danny Leroux

While this draft class does not have any super-high end guys (think the best player on a title team), it should produce a nice amount of starters and high rotation players that help make the league more enjoyable top to bottom. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Pistons Acquire Ersan Ilyasova From Bucks In Salary Dump

by Danny Leroux

Taking a flyer on Ersan Ilyasova without giving up any assets was a better outcome than most of their realistic free agent options in July, even with Greg Monroe almost certaining heading elsewhere. Read more »
DeAndre Jordan Or Bust

by Danny Leroux

DeAndre Jordan is the most interesting player of the 2015 offseason because leaving changes two franchises and likely takes the Clippers out of title contention for 2016. Read more »
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