Basketball Articles

Grading The Deal: Dwyane Wade Leaves Miami For Chicago

by Christopher Reina

Players will always be interested in Miami with its advantages of weather, culture and no state income tax, but the reality of even Dwyane Wade being unable to trust his 13-year relationship with Pat Riley has caused irrevocable damage. Read more »
A Basketball Capital Born In The Dust Considers What's Next

by John Wilmes

A small-market team fought for championships every year, gaining global prominence and pride as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook defied the long odds facing a multi-national entertainment product that stakes its identity in the middle of a state most known for its unbeautiful dust. Read more »
If It's Only About Golden State's Coronation

by Colin McGowan

Kevin Durant hasn't done anything wrong, per se, and he's created something we've never seen before, but the novelty of it will only carry us so far. Is this really going to be so wonderful to watch? Read more »
Grading The Deal: Harrison Barnes Signs $94M Deal With Mavs

by Christopher Reina

Harrison Barnes is not the transcendent talent many expected him to be as a hyped high school kid in Iowa, but he's figured out how to be productive and valuable as a prototypical combo forward. Read more »
What Kevin Durant On The Warriors Will Actually Look Like

by Brett Koremenos

On the immediate upgrade of Kevin Durant replacing Harrison Barnes, the endless possibilities of their sets and the concerns of how he'll adapt to the flowing randomness of the Warriors' base offense. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Zaza Pachulia Joins Warriors As Starting Center

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors' center rotation of Zaza Pachulia and Damian Jones won't be as effective as Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli, but it will come at a fraction of the cost. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Pau Gasol Signs With Spurs

by Christopher Reina

The Spurs could have instead pursued a younger, more athletic big with upside to emerge to another level within their system, but they went with the safe plug and play option of Pau Gasol. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Kevin Durant Leaves Oklahoma City For The Warriors

by Christopher Reina

Signing Kevin Durant with an existing team so young and talented that just won a record-breaking 73 regular season games is an NBA miracle. Durant's legacy will now be playing within the greatest offense in the history of basketball and however many titles they win. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Rajon Rondo, Bulls Agree To Low Risk Deal

by Christopher Reina

The Bulls didn't need a ball dominant, high profile point guard who more than likely still can't shoot and has become disinterested in defense but at least the risk in years and dollars is minimal. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Marvin Williams Re-Signs With Hornets

by Christopher Reina

Marvin Williams was always destined for this combo forward role as soon as he worked on his perimeter shot and the NBA evolved to match his physical gifts. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Courtney Lee Signs $50M Deal With Knicks

by Christopher Reina

Courtney Lee has always seemed like an ideal complementary shooting guard with his stable all-around game, yet he's been traded five times in his career and has never last more than two seasons with any single team. Read more »
With Monumental Disappointment In Sight, Celtics Sign Al Horford To Keep Big Dreams Alive

by Andrew Perna

From the early moments of the 2013 offseason until this spring three years later, there were stark parallels between the 76ers and Celtics despite vastly different on-court results. It finally changed with Boston signing Al Horford. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Rockets Sign Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon

by Christopher Reina

Houston is loading up on shooters in Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon to surround James Harden within Mike D'Antoni's system and must be assuming the defensive side of the floor will be a layup line regardless. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Al Horford Chooses Boston

by Christopher Reina

Al Horford quintessentially demonstrates the sum of being pretty good at everything makes you really good in the aggregate. This is also the type of team the Celtics have been over the past two seasons. By landing an All-Star without losing any assets, they've accomplished the first step in becoming great. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Bismack Biyombo Signs With Magic For $72M

by Christopher Reina

Seemingly out of nowhere, Bismack Biyombo became a plenty respectable generic drug version of Dikembe Mutombo. Now he joins a crowded yet talented Magic frontcourt on a reasonable contract. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Luol Deng Joins Lakers' Rebuilding Project

by Christopher Reina

The Lakers have rebuilt in the past at a light-speed pace full of shortcuts and since thatís clearly not happening this time around, they've instead now shifted to signing players that are effectively human gauze to stop the bleeding. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Hawks Keep Kent Bazemore On $70M Contract

by Christopher Reina

Kent Bazemore parlayed his increased opportunity with the Hawks over the past two seasons to become one of the NBA's better 3&D wings and is now one of the best paid ones. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Joakim Noah Signs $72M Contract With Knicks

by Christopher Reina

Unless Joakim Noah becomes his 2014 self again in 2016, the Knicks had a better center on a better contract in Robin Lopez. The problem with this way of team building the Knicks have found themselves pursuing an uncountable number of times is that it is unsustainable even if it breaks perfectly right. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Matthew Dellavedova Signs $38M Offer Sheet With Bucks

by Christopher Reina

There is some concern with how well Dellavedova will function outside the LeBron James' ecosystem but playing beside Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a captivating new adventure in its own right. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Dwight Howard Signs With Atlanta On Three-Year Deal

by Christopher Reina

For all of the Hawks' attempts at becoming San Antonio East, it has felt like they're making it up as they go in terms of roster construction. Signing Dwight Howard feels like another such move even if it could work out exceptionally well. Read more »