Basketball Articles

Lonzo Ball's Court Vision Passes The Eye Test

by Dave DuFour

Jul 18, 2017 11:56 PM

Lonzo Ball is entering the league as a top 10 passer. The ability to make your teammates better is an incredibly important skill, particularly on a team this young. Read more »

Tags: Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Carmelo Anthony's Third Act

by Colin McGowan

Jul 18, 2017 8:50 PM

The way we think now, Carmelo Anthony is a remarkable talent whose best years were squandered primarily on unremarkable teams. But turn that logic over in your head and let it settle into a fresh orientation: is beauty, rare as it is, ever really wasted? Read more »

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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2017 Summer League Notes On All 30 NBA Teams

by Keith P Smith

Jul 18, 2017 1:19 PM

Notes and observations on all 30 NBA teams from how they evaluated their offseason moves and what they saw from their Summer League prospects. Read more »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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Grading The Deal: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Signs One-Year, $18M Deal With Lakers

by Christopher Reina

The best part of this deal for the Lakers is they get to preserve their 2018 cap space while acquiring their starting shooting guard of the present, and potentially the future if they're unable to sign two max players. Read more »
The Knicks Could Choose Not To Knick Their Way To Decadent Mediocrity

by Colin McGowan

New York would hypothetically be a place good players would want to play if the franchise wasn't trapped in a perpetual cycle of erecting waterfalls and speeding over the edge of them. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Wizards Match Otto Porter's $106.5M Offer Sheet With Brooklyn

by Christopher Reina

Otto Porter's value comes from an uncomplex combination of playing the NBA's thinnest position, off the ball efficiency, defensive versatility, and the lack of options for the Wizards to replace him and remain a top-4 team in the East. Read more »
Grading The Deal: James Harden, Rockets Commit To $228M Extension

by Christopher Reina

The Rockets have provided James Harden the infrastructure of an imaginative GM and a committed owner where the dead ends that have plagued team and superstar combinations have been avoided. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Thunder Get Andre Roberson, Patrick Patterson On Value Contracts

by Christopher Reina

The Thunder were going to get better no matter what by virtue of the Paul George trade, but they're continuing their excellent offseason run by signing Andre Roberson and Patrick Patterson to affordable deals. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Warriors Sign Nick Young, Omri Casspi

by Christopher Reina

Nick Young and Omri Casspi give the Warriors a pair of rotation wings who can shoot three-pointers and be versatile on defense. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Kings Sign Pair Of Veterans In George Hill, Zach Randolph

by Christopher Reina

The Kings did well identifying and actually signing their veteran targets, but there is a clear opportunity cost in using resources on two players that won't be on their next playoff team. Read more »
Tom Thibodeau's Shot At Getting The Exec-Coach Hybrid Right

by Colin McGowan

The executive-coach hybrid experiment has yet to work out in the modern NBA, but the Wolves are on the right track so far with a roster good enough to win-now and also pursue grander ambitions down the road. Read more »
Celtics Set Course For More Decisions After Landing Gordon Hayward

by Andrew Perna

There is a good chance the Celtics will be the only team in the East capable of claiming they've improved this offseason. But there are roster balance issues and a decision on Isaiah Thomas still to make. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Gordon Hayward Finally Joins Celtics On Four-Year, $128M Deal

by Christopher Reina

With an easier path in the East and a number of ways they can shape their roster, Gordon Hayward made the difficult decision to leave the Jazz for Boston. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Kevin Durant Takes Major Discount Re-Signing With Warriors

by Christopher Reina

Kevin Durant showed his commitment to winning and loyalty to the Warriors in an extraordinary and seemingly unprecedented level of sacrifice and discount from a player of his caliber. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Nuggets Sign Paul Millsap To Three-Year, $90M Contract

by Christopher Reina

Paul Millsap fits perfectly with Denver's young core with his combination of defense, complementary offensive game and veteran know-how. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Raptors Re-Sign Kyle Lowry, Give Core Three More Years

by Christopher Reina

The Raptors were able to avoid giving Kyle Lowry more than a three-year deal, which not coincidentally lines up with the end of Serge Ibaka's deal and when DeMar DeRozan can become a free agent. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Serge Ibaka Stays With Raptors For $65M Over Three Years

by Christopher Reina

Serge Ibaka has all the tools to be the perfect complementary big man for the modern NBA with his floor spacing on offense and shotblocking on defense, but his game has fallen off even if he remains a productive starter. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Warriors Re-Sign Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston

by Christopher Reina

With an assist from Kevin Durant, the Warriors were able to keep their veteran depth by re-signing Andre Iguodala to a three-year, $48M contract and Shaun Livingston to a three-year, $24M deal. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Joe Ingles Becomes A Very Rich, Late Career 3&D Star

by Christopher Reina

With a dearth of capable defenders against small forwards who can spread the floor as well as he can, Joe Ingles was always going to receive significant interest in free agency, even restricted free agent. Read more »
Grading The Deal: J.J. Redick Joins The Process On One-Year, $23M Contract

by Christopher Reina

J.J. Redick will help the 76ers spread the floor for Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz while providing a veteran presence in the locker room. Read more »