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Ranking: The players with the most Win Shares in the 90's

Ranking: The players with the most Win Shares in the 90's

No, it’s not Michael Jordan at No. 1.
12 hours ago
Lakers can provide more money, playing time to Derrick Rose than Cavs

Lakers can provide more money, playing time to Derrick Rose than Cavs

While former NBA MVP Derrick Rose was linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier today, the Los Angeles Lakers are now reportedly in the mix. Obviously Lakers feel they have a shot at Rose b/c they can offer more playing time in a better environment after his tumultuous year in NY — Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 20, 2017 ESPN’s Bobby Marks reports the Lakers can offer their $4.3 million mid-level room exception to sign Rose. For comparison, the Cavaliers would offer the veteran minimum of $2.1 million to sign him as a backup point guard for next season. As such, Rose could...
12 hours ago
Dennis Smith Jr. reportedly did not provide medical records to the Knicks

Dennis Smith Jr. reportedly did not provide medical records to the Knicks

Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was selected one pick after the New York Knicks drafted Frank Ntilikina. Now an early favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year, the move is already considered perplexing. Ian Begley and Howard Beck, who both cover the Knicks, joined The Lowe Post Show podcast with Zach Lowe and provided more context (via ESPN): “I heard there were concerns about Dennis Smith from a medical standpoint … You never know with these situations – are agents withholding information because they don’t want you to draft a guy? But there was, I believe, a lack of...
13 hours ago

Who was better: Shaquille O'Neal or Kobe Bryant?

Taking a look at two of the greatest Laker legends ever, then making a call on who was the superior player.
14 hours ago
Derrick Rose nearing a relatively cheap one-year deal with Cavaliers

Derrick Rose nearing a relatively cheap one-year deal with Cavaliers

Former NBA MVP and New York Knicks free agent point guard Derrick Rose is in “serious talks” with the Cleveland Cavaliers for a contract. Derrick Rose is in serious talks with the Cavs on a 1-year deal, sources tell @wojespn and me. — Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 20, 2017 ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports Rose would sign a one-year deal with the Cavaliers. If he is offered the NBA minimum salary, Rose would make $2.1 million next season due to his professional experience. The most Cleveland could offer him is the taxpayer mid-level exception. Last season, the Cavaliers were...
15 hours ago
Shane Larkin leaves lots of money on table to sign with Celtics

Shane Larkin leaves lots of money on table to sign with Celtics

Shane Larkin, son of MLB Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, will sign with the Boston Celtics rather than stay in Europe next season. Source: Boston Celtics, Shane Larkin agree on NBA comeback deal. Widely considered best Euroleague free-agent PG with Milos Teodosic gone. — David Pick (@IAmDPick) July 20, 2017 Larkin was expected to re-sign with Baskonia, a Spanish team, on a two-year deal worth $6.5 million. Instead, Larkin will attempt to make a return to the NBA. Boston does not have many ballhandlers so he has a legitimate chance to make the roster, albeit with not much playing...
17 hours ago
Trending stories: Carmelo Anthony trade talk, James Jones, two-way contracts and more

Trending stories: Carmelo Anthony trade talk, James Jones, two-way contracts and more

These are the articles the top NBA reporters have been sharing on Twitter the last 24 hours. Enjoy! Ian Begley & Howard Beck – via espn.com July 19 02:24 PM Zach talks to ESPN’s Ian Begley and Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck about some Carmelo Anthony trade scenarios, the state of the Knicks, and much more. Shares Carmelo Anthony to Portland? Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum make their pitch – via csnnw.com July 19 06:48 PM The Trail Blazers cornerstones reach out to Carmelo Anthony about a trade, but choose not to reveal the nature of what the New York star...
Jul 19, 2017
Suns make three-time NBA champ James Jones VP of basketball operations

Suns make three-time NBA champ James Jones VP of basketball operations

The Phoenix Suns have hired former Cleveland Cavaliers veteran and three-time NBA champion James Jones to their front office. Here is what the Suns GM Ryan McDonough, who received a multi-year contract extension, said about the decision (via NBA.com): “James has a wealth of experiences that will greatly benefit our organization. He is a three-time NBA Champion and has been one of the top executives with the National Basketball Players Association over the past few years. We welcome ‘Champ’ and his family to our Phoenix Suns family.” Jones played 14 professional seasons in the NBA,...
Jul 19, 2017
HoopsHype explains: How do two-way contracts work?

HoopsHype explains: How do two-way contracts work?

The NBA’s new two-way contracts, introduced in the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement, is the largely expected result of teams increasingly either partnering up with or owning G League (D-League until the 2017-18 season) franchises. For the start of next season, 26 NBA teams will have a one-to-one affiliate in the G League, compared to just 19 two years ago. Previously, from an NBA franchise perspective, a big problem with the developmental league was the lack of player control. Teams could pay up to $50,000 for a training camp invitation, find a player they really like and sign him to...
Jul 19, 2017
Sixers' JJ Redick says wife wanted Nets, Rockets offered more money

Sixers' JJ Redick says wife wanted Nets, Rockets offered more money

JJ Redick spoke about his decision to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent rather than the Houston Rockets or Brooklyn Nets. Redick (who is coming off what he calls “the four best years of his career”) left the Clippers this offseason to sign with the Sixers. He spoke about this on his new podcast. Redick previously had a podcast on The Vertical network, formerly run by Adrian Wojnarowski for Yahoo. However, he switched over to Uninterrupted – originally created and produced by the SpringHill Entertainment production company owned by LeBron James and run by Maverick...
Jul 19, 2017
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope gives LeBron James' agent better access to Lakers

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope gives LeBron James' agent better access to Lakers

When the Los Angeles Lakers announced they had officially signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the front office thanked his agent Rich Paul. This is particularly interesting because Paul also represents LeBron James, who is now nearly constantly linked to the team. Of course, the decision to sign Caldwell-Pope has more to do with the starting lineup for Los Angeles lineup next season than anything else. He is signed to a one-year deal. Rob Pelinka says agent Rich Paul contacted him, noticing how patient the Lakers have been with their cap space: ‘Let’s talk.’ — Serena Winters...
Jul 19, 2017
Ranking the top 10 best NBA uniforms

Ranking the top 10 best NBA uniforms

This week the NBA announced that as part of the league’s new uniform deal with Nike, each team will now have four different sets of threads to pick from. Before we get a look at all the new possible combinations for the 2017-18 season, let’s rank the top 10 best primary NBA uniforms. 10. Portland Trail Blazers Ezra Shaw- The Trail Blazers’ uniforms are interesting because they’re unique. The diagonal stripes—red, white, and silver on their black uniforms, red and black on their white uniforms—are unlike anything else in the NBA. 9. San Antonio Spurs Jesse D. Garrabrant-NBAE via...
Jul 19, 2017
Trending stories: Manu Ginobili, NBA uniforms and more

Trending stories: Manu Ginobili, NBA uniforms and more

These are the articles the top NBA reporters have been sharing on Twitter the last 24 hours. Enjoy! Interview: Tim Kawakami on leaving The Mercury News and joining The Athletic – Bay Area Sports Guy – via bayareasportsguy.com July 18 02:23 PM It’s been five days since Tim Kawakami announced his departure from The Mercury News after 17 years. His tweets surprised many and brought up several questions from longtime readers. For instance, I was asked on more than one occasion whether he would be replacing J.T. The Brick (the Las Vegas Raiders mouthpiece whose tenure with...
Jul 19, 2017
Nick Young on Lakers: 'I might be back and retire here one day'

Nick Young on Lakers: 'I might be back and retire here one day'

Even though Nick Young recently signed with the Golden State Warriors, he still has a soft spot for his former team: the Los Angeles Lakers. Young, who played for Cleveland High School in the valley and then at USC in college, spoke about his desire to eventually come back to Los Angeles in a recent interview (via O.C. Register): “I love L.A., I might be back and retire here one day. I’ll come back with Kobe, M.J. and LeBron … Aren’t they all getting everyone next year? I would have to change numbers.” Kyle Kuzma, a rookie for Los Angeles next season, was given No. 0 (previously...
Jul 19, 2017

12 things you may not know about Tracy McGrady

1. He would have played for Kentucky had he gone to college. 2. He’s said Michael Jordan nixed a trade that would have sent him to Chicago for Scottie Pippen. 3. He never finished in the Top 3 in the MVP vote. 4. He was acquired by the Magic in a sign-and-trade that sent a first-round pick to Toronto. The pick eventually returned to Orlando and was used to select Fran Vazquez. 5. In 2002-03, he took 24.2 shots per game. That’s 26.8 percent of his team’s overall shots. 6. He averaged 30-plus point per game in the playoffs four years in a row. 7. Orlando had the worst record in the NBA in...