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Which New NBA Duos Will Have Greatest Impact?

The biggest theme of the 2019 offseason was an unprecedented deluge of blockbuster trades and monstrous free agency moves. Unlike some recent offseasons, this year’s shuffling produced a slew of new dynamic duos rather than trios or superteams. Now that the dust is starting to settle, it’s time to examine exactly how impactful these new…

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What LeBron James’ Move to Point Guard Really Means

After the Los Angeles Lakers struck out on Kawhi Leonard in free agency, they quickly went out and cornered the market on remaining shooters, bringing in Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Quinn Cook⁠—the first two of whom have earned strong defensive reputations as well. A few days later, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported the…

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What We’re Doing at The Basketball Writers

Dating back to my days at Bleacher Report’s NBA Department—can’t believe it was 10 years ago I started at B/R already—I’ve been near constantly asked by students, family, friends, etc.: “How do I get involved in sports media? How do I break through? How do I have a career?” I almost grimace when it’s time…

How Close Are Toronto Raptors to a Rebuild?

Three weeks after winning their first NBA championship in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors’ feel-good summer came crashing to a halt. Kawhi Leonard shook the league to its core by announcing he’d be signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, who had long been rumored as a possible free-agent landing spot for him. While the Los…

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Teams That Lost the 2019 NBA Offseason

While plenty of NBA teams came out ahead during perhaps the wildest offseason in league history, a few notable exceptions weren’t so lucky. After all, free agency is a zero-sum game. If one team adds a superstar, another team loses one by definition. The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers are celebrating major free-agent coups,…

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5 Teams That Won 2019 NBA Offseason

After a whirlwind start to the 2019 NBA offseason, the dust finally appears to be settling. Anthony Davis is now a Los Angeles Laker. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are Brooklyn Nets, while Kemba Walker is a Boston Celtic. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are both Los Angeles Clippers, and Russell Westbrook is reunited with…

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Are LA Clippers Really the NBA’s Next Superteam?

The Golden State Warriors no longer appear be an unstoppable force, but a new superteam might have just sprung up down the coast of California. And, no, it’s not the L.A. Lakers like everyone thought. As Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports first reported late Friday night, Kawhi Leonard is leaving the Toronto Raptors to sign…

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Are Utah Jazz Biggest Threats to Clippers, Lakers, etc.?

Former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins spent his Fourth of July dropping hot takes on FS1’s Undisputed. With Kawhi Leonard’s next destination still up in the air at the time, Perkins said if the season started today, the Utah Jazz would be “the best team in the West.” “If the season started today, the…

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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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5 NBA Free Agents With Complicated Markets

Perception is not always aligned with reality. There’s no better argument for the lack of synchronization between the two than how some rumor mills and websites talk about impending free agency. The takes they fire off can be as brazen and reckless as they are devoid of context. “Player X would make a great fit…

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