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How The Pacers' New Identity Will Look

by Brett Koremenos

The Pacers sudden transition from their "power" lineups to a wing-centric roster is nothing but an extreme shift, one that will either look like a hasty, knee-jerk reaction or calculated, brilliant foresight depending on how they sort out the details. Read more »
Analyzing The Exum vs. Smart Summer League Duel

by Cameron Schott

While Marcus Smart and Dante Exum can still improve as jump shooters, both showed why they were such high draft picks on Monday. The sophomores already showed improvement from their rookie seasons and - if they can continue their development - can become valuable NBA point guards with rare size and talent. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Salary Cap

by Trevir Nath

The NBA salary cap is used to maintain a competitive balance and is calculated as a percent of all forecasting Basketball Related Income for the upcoming season. Read more »
Mavs Offering Perfect Marriage Of Spot, Opportunity

by Jonathan Tjarks

Superstars want to be the final piece of the puzzle. The real appeal of the Mavs' pitch was to guys like DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons who wanted to be bigger pieces in a new puzzle. 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 »
Stanley Johnson Showing Summer League Success

by Cameron Schott

Stanley Johnson has showed no fear competing inside, using his strong frame to crash the offensive glass and finish with contact. The Arizona product knocked down a three, mixed in a pair of floaters, and held his own on the defensive end of the floor. Read more »
Kawhi, LaMarcus, The Mid-Range And The Spurs' Next Epoch

by Christopher Reina

Beyond the mere benefit of adding a player of LaMarcus Aldridge's caliber to a team already competing for a title, the greatest impact of his signing is how it elevates what's possible for Kawhi Leonard. Read more »
Piece By Piece With No Shortcuts

by Jonathan Tjarks

It doesn't matter whether you are in Los Angeles, New York, Milwaukee, Phoenix or San Antonio. Everyone has to build a team the same way in the modern NBA. Read more »
Greg Monroe Finds Perfect Opportunity With Bucks

by Brett Koremenos

For the vast majority of players in the NBA, finding situations where teams can accentuate their strengths while subsidizing their weaknesses is the only way to unlock their true potential. By choosing to take the Bucks, Greg Monroe did exactly that. 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 »
Grading The Deal: Khris Middleton Re-Signs With Bucks On Five-Year, $70M Deal

by Andrew Perna

Khris Middleton is one of the NBA's best young two-way wings and spending $70 million for five seasons of his prime will turn into a bargain for the Bucks. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Kevin Love Re-Signs With Cavaliers

by Christopher Reina

Kevin Love's first round injury gave both he and the Cavs time to miss each other. They quickly agreed upon a five-year, $110 million deal instead of a 1+1. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Celtics Sign Amir Johnson To Two-Year, $24M Deal

by Andrew Perna

Amir Johnson on a two-year, $24 million deal is an underwhelming first signing for the Celtics as Danny Ainge continues to accumulate role players without a franchise defining player. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Anthony Davis Commits To Pelicans Until 2020

by Christopher Reina

No team in the NBA has a better five-year title window now than the Pelicans simply because they know they'll have their franchise player under a five-year, $145 million contract. Read more »
Cliff Alexander And NBA Teams Being Saved From Themselves

by Jonathan Tjarks

Guys like Cliff Alexander are why the one-and-done rule exists and they are why the NBA is going to fight to extend it to two seasons during the next CBA. Read more »
Breaking Down Sacramento's Pick Of Willie Cauley-Stein

by Spencer Oshman

Willie Cauley-Stein has unique attributes on defense to make him worthy of a lottery pick, but was he the best pick available to the Kings at No. 6? 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 »
Justise Winslow Slides To Perfect Situation

by Jarrod Rudolph

Justise Winslow wasn't the top-five pick that many projected him to be, but he won the night and could win a lot more as a member of the Heat. 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 »
Four Notes Following The Draft

by Brett Koremenos

On the value of late first round picks, Mason Plumlee's new home, no more excuses for the Wolves and three picks finding perfect homes. Read more »
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