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How Portland Trail Blazers Take the Next Step

The Golden State Warriors have been the class of the conference for half a decade, but that could change next season. They’re guaranteed to be without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson for most, if not all of the 2019-20 campaign. Barring a near-miraculous recovery, Durant (torn achilles) probably won’t return until 2020-21. Thompson (torn ACL)…

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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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L.A. Lakers Have Anthony Davis. So Now What?

It took a public negotiation, a failed Magic Johnson pep talk and a regime change. Months passed, countless Twitter jokes were made and a LeBron-less postseason ensued. It was easy to be down on the Los Angeles Lakers in the midst of their turmoil. But of course, that’s before you remember they’re the Los Angeles…

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The Risk and Reward of 1-Year NBA Rentals

The Toronto Raptors just won their first championship in franchise history because general manager Masai Ujiri made a bold gamble this past offseason. However, that shouldn’t necessarily inspire imitators to do the same by trading for Anthony Davis in the coming days. While the Raptors’ acquisition of Kawhi Leonard paid off regardless of whether he…

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Raptors Usher in New Parity Era by Dethroning Warriors Dynasty

For the first time in their 24-year history, the Toronto Raptors are NBA champions. By dethroning the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Raptors likely ushered in a new era of NBA parity with their series-clinching 114-110 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night. When the Warriors signed DeMarcus Cousins with their taxpayer mid-level…

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Where Does Free Agent D’Angelo Russell Fit?

The Brooklyn Nets have positioned themselves for a big summer. They were a League Pass darling last season, dazzling fans with an aesthetically pleasing style that led to a load of close games. Their slight playoff drought ended thanks to a 42-40 record, though their actual run was short-lived. Even after a five-game series loss…

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No, Raptors Don’t Deserve Asterisk if They Win NBA Title

The Toronto Raptors are one game away from toppling the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors and winning their first NBA championship in franchise history. But regardless of whether Warriors star forward Kevin Durant returns at some point—he’s questionable ahead of Monday’s Game 5—no one should suggest the Raptors deserve an asterisk if they do win this…

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Just What Are the Brooklyn Nets Up to?

We all knew Sean Marks was moving the Brooklyn Nets in the right direction. From the resurgence of the organization during the 2019 NBA Playoffs to the sudden rise of their free agent candidacy, the Nets have been considered a threat to turn the corner from rebuild to contender. When news broke on Thursday of…

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Atlanta Hawks Are Sleeping Giant in the East

Armed with an impressive young core, multiple first-round picks in this year’s draft, gobs of salary-cap space and no onerous long-term contracts, the Atlanta Hawks have the ingredients to become an Eastern Conference powerhouse in the coming years. Likely Rookie of the Year runner-up Trae Young started his NBA career off slowly, but he finished…

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