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Hoops Habit

NBA Free Agency: Grading all 30 teams on trades and signings

Free agency is often a time of tumult and chaos, as players fly around the league to new homes and teams look vastly different than they did a few weeks earlier. It’s Extreme Makeover: NBA Edition. While this summer featured one blockbuster trade for Rudy Gobert, and the prospect of other trades still hangs overhead, […] NBA Free Agency: Grading all 30 teams on trades and signings - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Golden State Of Mind

Andre Iguodala is taking his time, and that’s OK

Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via The Warriors don’t really care when they hear back from their crafty veteran. The Golden State Warriors are still waiting on Andre Iguodala. And it looks like they’ll be waiting on him for a while longer. And that’s perfectly OK. Ever since NBA free agency started a month and a half ago, we’ve heard virtually nothing from Iguodala. Well, not nothing. He’s been podcasting. He’s played in golf tournaments. He cheesed for the camera at Draymond Green’s wedding this weekend. But we haven’t heard anything about his free...

Swarm and Sting

Should the Charlotte Hornets pursue Sharife Cooper?

Despite not adding any outside pieces in free agency, the Charlotte Hornets still have a deep roster. There is a healthy balance of options for every position except for point guard. LaMelo Ball will be getting heavy minutes this upcoming season, and both James Bouknight and Terry Rozier are capable of filling in. However, neither of […] Should the Charlotte Hornets pursue Sharife Cooper? - Swarm and Sting - Swarm and Sting - A Charlotte Hornets Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Blog a Bull

If Bulls won’t trade Nikola Vucevic or Coby White, how about extending them?

Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via the case for continuity The Bulls still haven’t traded Nikola Vucevic or Coby White after their names were bandied about in a number of trade rumors going back to the deadline. Vucevic was viewed as a possible centerpiece for a Rudy Gobert trade, but that obviously didn’t come to fruition as the Minnesota Timberwolves offered the world to get a deal done. White was reportedly being packaged along with the No. 18 pick in the draft, but K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago also reported right before free agency the Bulls were asking for...

Lake Show Life

2 Lakers who would benefit the most from a Kyrie Irving trade

Many fans are hoping that the current version of the Los Angeles Lakers is not the team that begins the 2022-23 season. While not much can be done via free agency, there is a massive trade looming over LA’s head that would completely change the dynamic of the team. That trade is obviously a Kyrie […] 2 Lakers who would benefit the most from a Kyrie Irving trade - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - Los Angeles Lakers News and Fan Community

Lakers Nation

Lakers Rumors: L.A. Has Trade Options ‘Beyond The Ones That Have Been Reported’

As the days continue to pass, the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in the same spot they've been in since free agency began...

Lake Show Life

4 Free agent fits for the Lakers while they wait on Kyrie Irving

Since the Kevin Durant trade request news broke the Los Angeles Lakers have remained quiet in free agency and the offseason trade market. The team has made only small moves that can easily be undone or ignored if the franchise decides to go in another direction. There are the looming questions of Russell Westbrook and […] 4 Free agent fits for the Lakers while they wait on Kyrie Irving - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - Los Angeles Lakers News and Fan Community

CelticsBlog

Exploring how Luke Kornet can help the Celtics

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via The 7’2’’ big man is set for a larger role in the upcoming season. If you’re like me, having Luke Kornet as your primary backup center has caused you some concern over the last few weeks, especially as the Boston Celtics have continued to ignore the veteran big men that are currently available on the free agency market. I, too, was worried, especially for what might happen in the playoffs, or when facing some of the elite teams in the league in the latter part of the season. However, before hitting the panic button, I...

ClutchPoints

Warriors star Stephen Curry isn’t going to be happy with the latest Jordan Poole exit rumors

Jordan Poole had a breakout season in 2021-22, and there’s no denying that he played a key role in the Golden State Warriors championship run. So much so, that the Dubs are expected to face a bit of a headache once Poole hits free agency next summer. He’s done enough to prove that he deserves […] The post Warriors star Stephen Curry isn’t going to be happy with the latest Jordan Poole exit rumors appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Soaring Down South

Have the Atlanta Hawks left themselves too thin at the power forward spot?

The Atlanta Hawks have made a wholesale change to their roster. While management said that they were not going in for a major roster overhaul, trading away one starter for another is not small. Nor is the fact that they lost four bench players, three through free agency and the fourth was part of the […] Have the Atlanta Hawks left themselves too thin at the power forward spot? - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog

ClutchPoints

‘Milwaukee changed my life’: Bobby Portis gets real on decision to run it back with Giannis, Bucks

There wasn’t much drama to Bobby Portis’ summer. Reports of the veteran big man agreeing to a four-year, $49 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks emerged almost immediately after the start of free agency on June 30th, hardly a surprise considering his career turnaround since joining Giannis Antetokounmpo and company two years ago. During an […] The post ‘Milwaukee changed my life’: Bobby Portis gets real on decision to run it back with Giannis, Bucks appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

Patrick Beverley salty after being left off top 2023 NBA free agency list with Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Draymond Green

After playing a big part in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ success last season, Patrick Beverley commanded the media spotlight. He is still looking to get his respect. ESPN posted 12 players on their chyron for the key targets of 2023 NBA free agency. Patrick Beverley is nowhere to be found even though they chose to make […] The post Patrick Beverley salty after being left off top 2023 NBA free agency list with Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Draymond Green appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Daily Knicks

Bleacher Report’s grade of Knicks’ Jalen Brunson signing is inaccurate

The New York Knicks achieved what they were hoping to in free agency, which was to sign point guard Jalen Brunson. The 25-year-old didn’t hold a meeting with his former team the Dallas Mavericks before agreeing to a deal with New York, and the jury is still out on if the Knicks are going to […] Bleacher Report’s grade of Knicks’ Jalen Brunson signing is inaccurate - Daily Knicks - Daily Knicks - A New York Knicks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

CelticsBlog

The big man training camp battle

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ The Boston Celtics have multiple players set to brawl it out for a roster spot. Training camp might be over a month away, but the groundwork for a roster spot battle has already been put in place. Noah Vonleh, Bruno Caboclo, and Mfiondu Kabengele will be pitting their skills against one another as they look to earn one of the Celtics' open roster spots for the upcoming season. Things could have been different though. Because, at any point, Brad Stevens could have chosen to acquire a veteran big man in the free agency market, but instead,...

Daily Knicks

ESPN’s prediction for Knicks’ 2022-23 season record is unsurprisingly off-base

In 2021-22, the New York Knicks finished the regular season with a 37-45 record and came up short of the play-in tournament. Since then, New York made one crucial move in particular, which was signing point guard Jalen Brunson in free agency. It’s been two decades too long. If the Utah Jazz trade three-time All-Star […] ESPN’s prediction for Knicks’ 2022-23 season record is unsurprisingly off-base - Daily Knicks - Daily Knicks - A New York Knicks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Blazer's Edge

A Potential Blazers-Durant Trade Deadline Deal

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via What would it take to get Kevin Durant back to the Pacific Northwest? It’s clear that Kevin Durant hates lulls in the NBA offseason. While the rest of the league enjoyed the summer sun this week, the former MVP upped the stakes on his trade request to Brooklyn Nets Owner Joe Tsai, reportedly demanding that the franchise: Trade him or sack General Manager Sean Marks and Coach Steve Nash. OK, he seems pretty serious. Since his initial trade request the day before free agency opened, a number of teams have been discussed as potential...

The Sixer Sense

Rumors: Kevin Durant views Philadelphia 76ers as a potential landing spot

The Kevin Durant saga has been filled with twists and turns. After the Brooklyn Nets were swept out of the first round, the Nets were in a tricky situation with star point guard Kyrie Irving and his potential free agency. Once that was settled it was reported that Kevin Durant requested a trade from the […] Rumors: Kevin Durant views Philadelphia 76ers as a potential landing spot - The Sixer Sense - The Sixer Sense - A Philadelphia 76ers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

ClutchPoints

3 way too early bold Warriors predictions for 2022-23 NBA season

The Golden State Warriors raised the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the fourth time in eight years less than two months ago. But with free agency firmly in the rearview mirror, the roster close to finalized and training camp fast approaching, it’s time to consider the reigning champions’ chances of defending their title. Here are three […] The post 3 way too early bold Warriors predictions for 2022-23 NBA season appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Pounding The Rock

Introducing the Pounding the Rock Basketball Terminology Quizzes

Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Can San Antonio Spurs fans pinpoint every area of the hardwood? The offseason is home to the NBA Draft, free agency, Las Vegas Summer League, and an abundance of trades. All these moving pieces make for an exhilarating couple of months for basketball fans. But the thrill from these concurrent events soon withers into the monotony of worn-out rumors as writers rummage through the bottom of the barrel for content. The dead period has left me exploring ways to remain engaged within the hoops community. Opinion pieces, podcasts, and...

Hoops Habit

NBA Trades: Four teams that could make realistic offers for Kevin Durant

Once the dust settles on the draft and free agency, the basketball offseason shifts focus toward NBA Trades; though normally, players as monumental as Kevin Durant aren’t on the market. Not only did the surefire Hall of Fame forward request a trade, but doubled down in a recent meeting with Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai, as […] NBA Trades: Four teams that could make realistic offers for Kevin Durant - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

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Phoenix Suns linked to point guard Kemba Walker as potential free agent signing

Would Kemba Walker be a good fit with the Phoenix Suns, should he become available in NBA free agency?       

Lakers Nation

NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant Reiterates Trade Request In Meeting With Nets Owner Joe Tsai

After a flurry of moves at the beginning of free agency, the NBA offseason has been relatively quiet as everyone awaits...

CelticsBlog

Jayson Tatum on relationship with Brad Stevens: “he lets me do my thing, I let him do his thing”

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports With nearly six weeks before training camp, the sweet sounds of sneakers squeaking on the hardwood or the roar of 20,000 fans at TD Garden in a series clincher. And now that free agency is relatively over and trade season has died down, the NBA is finally settling in on the offseason and players and coaches are getting their last destination vacations done and wrapping up basketball camps. However, there’s still plenty of chatter. For the Celtics, a recent report that Boston was looking to trade for Kevin Durant and the slew of...

Blazer's Edge

Championship or Charisma: Which Matters More?

Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/ If you could conjure an NBA trophy, but your team wouldn’t be as likable, would you make that deal? In the slow month of August, Portland Trail Blazers news—and NBA news in general—is hard to come by. The hustle and bustle of free agency is past, the start of the new season still three months away. It’s a bad time for updates, but a fantastic opportunity to talk theory and hypothetical questions. We’re never shy around here, so we’re going to plunge with both feet, maybe up to our necks, into the one question that’s been...

ClutchPoints

REPORT: Kevin Durant, Nets lose key member of organization to Mavs

The Dallas Mavericks recently lost an integral part of their squad via free agency when Jalen Brunson decided to join the New York Knicks. This time around, it seems like it’s the Mavs who have been snooping around after reports confirm that they have successfully agreed to a deal with a high-ranking executive from the […] The post REPORT: Kevin Durant, Nets lose key member of organization to Mavs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

NetsDaily

ESPN: Nets Off-Season worst in the East with a ‘D+’ rating

Kevin Pelton of ESPN takes a look at all the East’s rosters, grading each team’s off-season. No surprise, but Pelton thinks the Nets, at least for now, are not doing well. He gave them a D+ and of course, the grade is most about Brooklyn’s unsettled superstar duo: Only time will tell whether the Nets overplayed their hand with Durant or can convince him to rescind his trade request ahead of free agency. Either way, Brooklyn’s handling of Kyrie Irving’s player option has left the team with major questions about all three of their best players heading into training...

The J-Notes

Utah Jazz: Early 2022 offseason grades for the franchise

The Utah Jazz have found themselves at the center of the NBA offseason and all the news that comes with it. Trading Rudy Gobert, allowing Eric Paschall to walk in free agency, and trading Royce O’Neale are all big moves, even if the main narrative surrounds Gobert and the pick haul the team got. Which […] Utah Jazz: Early 2022 offseason grades for the franchise - The J-Notes - The J-Notes - A Utah Jazz Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

ClutchPoints

3 reasons Gordon Hayward trade makes sense for Heat as Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell backup plan

The Miami Heat are a franchise that is never shy to make a splash. However, they have been eerily silent this offseason. Their most notable moves were resigning Victor Oladipo and Caleb Martin in free agency. The Heat also drafted Nikola Jovic who impressed greatly in the summer league. Following a year in which the […] The post 3 reasons Gordon Hayward trade makes sense for Heat as Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell backup plan appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Kawhi Leonard told Steve Ballmer 'if you don't change your team, I'm not coming' - report | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Dave McMenamin and Richard Jefferson react to a report in the Los Angeles Times in which Kawhi Leonard supposedly told LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer that he wouldn't sign in NBA free agency if he didn't change his team. Kawhi ended up jo

Giannis to the Warriors could happen if he enters free agency - Ramona Shelburne | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Ramona Shelburne and Nick Friedell discuss the prospects of Giannis Antetokounmpo signing a long-term contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, as opposed to signing with the Golden State Warriors. #TheJump #NBA #Sports ✔

Kobe explains why Kawhi chose the Clippers over the Lakers, gives KD injury advice | NBA Interview

Kobe Bryant analyzes Team USA's early exit in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, why Kawhi Leonard chose to sign with the LA Clippers instead of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2019 NBA free agency and gives Kevin Durant advice on his rehabilitating Achilles t