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2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Northwest Division

The 2019-20 NBA season is just around the corner. After an offseason chock-full of player movement, the title race appears as wide-open as it has been in years. Over the past few weeks, we have examined one big question hanging over each team heading into the season. We’ll finish with the Northwest Division, where all…

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PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Northwest Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Andy Bailey (@andrewdbailey) of the Hardwood Knocks podcast preview the Northwest Division ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season. How much of a difference will Jerami Grant make with the Denver Nuggets? Is there any hope for Andrew Wiggins? How…

Can Miami Heat Find Jimmy Butler a Co-Star?

Despite entering the offseason well over the salary cap, the Miami Heat managed to finagle their way into the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes. The Heat landed the four-time All-Star in a four-team sign-and-trade after complications arose with the original deal’s structure. That move hard-capped Miami for the remainder of the season, which means it cannot go…

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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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Will Russell Westbrook, James Harden 2.0 Fit?

There is much to be made of the asset play the Houston Rockets just made in the trading for Russell Westbrook. But once the games actually start in the fall, very little will matter outside of what he can bring to the table for his new team and the strengths and weaknesses of the new-look…

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Russell Westbrook Trade Primes OKC Thunder for Intriguing Rebuild

What a jaw-dropping week it’s been for the Oklahoma City Thunder. If NBA Twitter wasn’t already in flames, it’s now incinerated. First, OKC blindsided everyone by trading Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers last Friday night for an avalanche of draft picks. (Four, actually, plus two favorable swaps.) Then it shipped out Jerami Grant…

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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…