By Bryan Toporek

Bryan Toporek is a contributor at The Basketball Writers. He's also a Quality Editor for Bleacher Report, co-hosts The NBA Podcast and contributes at FanSided and elsewhere. He still trusts the Process.

The Brooklyn Nets Have Arrived

In mid-March, New York Knicks owner James Dolan boasted in a radio interview that his team was about to have “a very successful offseason when it comes to free agents.” “New York is the mecca of basketball and we hear from people all the time, from players, from representatives about who wants to come,” he…

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PODCAST: Instant Reaction to 2019 Free Agency’s Early Moves

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) give their instant reaction to the first free-agent signings of the summer. Did Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks just win Executive of the Year after signing Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan and Garrett Temple? Why did the Charlotte Hornets…

How Should Sacramento Kings Spend All That Free Agency Money?

As the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers gear up for runs at big-name free agents, the Sacramento Kings lurk as one of the NBA’s bigger wild cards. Harrison Barnes’ decision to decline his $25.1 million player option initially positioned the Kings to have more financial flexibility than all but a few…

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PODCAST: NBA Free Agency Preview, Part 2

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) catch up on the latest NBA free-agency rumors and predict where the top non-max free agents might land. How realistic is a Houston Rockets sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler? Would the Boston Celtics be better off divvying up their cap space rather…

PODCAST: NBA Awards Reax, Free Agency Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) react to the NBA awards show and discuss landing spots for the top free agents on the market. Was Masai Ujiri robbed in the Executive of the Year race? Who came out ahead in the Kent Bazemore-Evan Turner trade? Should the…

Plan B if NY Knicks Strike Out in Free Agency

The New York Knicks’ offseason plans appear to be on life support. Kyrie Irving, one of their long-rumored top free-agent targets, is “intensely interested” in joining the crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. And he might not be the only would-be Knicks superstar headed there. The Nets are reportedly “gaining confidence” that…

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PODCAST: 2019 NBA Draft Winners & Losers

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) walk through the biggest winners and losers of the 2019 NBA draft. Did any team have a better night than the New Orleans Pelicans? How bright is the Memphis Grizzlies’ future after landing Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke? Who else had…

Grizzlies Just Found Their New Era With Ja Morant, Brandon Clarke

The Memphis Grizzlies moved past the final remnants of the Grit-and-Grind era Wednesday when they traded longtime point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, this year’s No. 23 pick and a future first-rounder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. One day later, they officially jump-started that post-Conley future…

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PODCAST: Mike Conley Trade, Trouble in Boston & Houston

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the Mike Conley trade, the Houston Rockets’ latest drama and Al Horford’s free-agent options. Does adding Conley cement the Utah Jazz as legitimate Western Conference contenders? Did the Memphis Grizzlies get enough for him? Can the Rockets smooth things over…