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NBA Executive Thinks Jimmy Butler is Worth Max Contract

Free agency has begun, and it’s your annual reminder that there will always be terrible contracts thrown around. Guys are constantly overpaid, and some of the deals are just flat out laughable. If Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls ever hits the open market, he could be a prime example. Butler is a nice player, particularly on the defensive end. He competes as hard as anyone, and...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeremy Lin tweets cryptic message at Carmelo Anthony?

Did Jeremy Lin tweet out a message aimed at Carmelo Anthony? It’s no secret that there was some “tension” between Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin during the famous “Linsanity” run while with the New York Knicks during the 2011-2012 NBA season. The exact tension is unknown, but there were plenty of reports of Anthony possibly being jealous of Lin’s unlikely run from fringe...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Dwight Howard surprisingly had an issue contacting Carmelo Anthony

Dwight Howard was trying to track down Anthony’s cell number Houston Rockets‘ big man Dwight Howard reportedly wants to land big fish Carmelo Anthony pretty bad. According to sources, Dwight wants Melo in a Rockets uniform and apparently has tried to contact the scoring machine from Syrcause, but didn’t have his number. This comes as a surprise seeing that we’re in an era...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Chauncey Billups impresses during Vegas workout

The Detroit Pistons have declined to pick up the $2.5 million option on Chauncey Billups’ contract, once again leaving the veteran out in the cold. This isn’t the first time that the Pistons (a franchise Billups helped bring a championship to) have seemingly tossed Billups aside. Remember when they dealt him to the Nuggets back in 2008? But reports have surfaced today claiming...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Avery Bradley, Celtics agree $32 million deal

The Boston Celtics have come to terms with restricted free agent guard, Avery Bradley. Bradley’s deal is a four-year, $32 million deal. Bradley averaged 14.9 points and 3.8 assists over 30.9 minutes per game for the Celtics last season. Can confirm that the #Celtics & RFA Avery Bradley have agreed to a deal. Terms: 4-year-deal worth $32 million. — Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcin Gortat, Wizards agree on $60 million extension

Marcin Gortat, or Polish Hammer, whichever name you prefer, has agreed to a five-year, $60 million extension with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. Marcin Gortat has agreed to a five year, $60 million contract extension with Washington, league source tells Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2014 Gortat was instrumental in the Wizards’ late season succes...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Shaun Livingston, Warriors agree on $16 million deal

Shaun Livingston was on a few team’s radars during the NBA’s free agency period, which kicked off today (July 1st). Livingston played well, in spurts, for the Brooklyn Nets next season, but ultimately sought a better deal than what the Nets planned to offer. Livingston decided to take his talents to the Bay Area, as he signed a 3-year, $16 million deal with the Golden State Warriors...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Magic have sights set on trio in free agency

I know it’s early in the NBA’s Free Agency period. Today (July 1st) marked the start of free agency around the association and the Orlando Magic, while unlikely to make a huge splash, do have their sights set on a trio of players to bolster their lineup. http://wp.me/p4DP7E-1e The post Report: Magic have sights set on trio in free agency appeared first on Pass The Pill - Kings of Hoops.
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Kobe Thanks Hornets for Trading Him

Kobe has played every single game of his NBA career for the Los Angeles Lakers, although he was actually drafted by the Hornets. Things have worked out pretty well for Kobe and the Lakers, and I’m sure the Hornets would like to take that trade back. Knowing Kobe, he certainly took this to heart. It doesn’t seem like the Mamba takes anything lightly. So, of course, he thanked...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Celtics Reportedly Called About Two Big Free Agents

credit: Getty Images The Boston Celtics are coming off of a rough season in which they struggled through a rebuild. Rookie coach Brad Stevens was learning the ropes, and the team’s star, Rajon Rondo, was trying to find his way back from injury. While they’re still a way away from contending again, it looks like Danny Ainge is already trying to make some big moves. As free agency...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The Hawks have traded Lou Williams to free up cap space

The Atlanta Hawks have a made a trade to free up cap space for summer free agency. Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: The Atlanta Hawks are clearing salary cap space for free agency, trading away Lou Williams and 2013 first-round pick Lucas Nogueira to Toronto Raptors for John Salmons, a leagues sources told Yahoo Sports. Salmons has a $7 million team option for the 2014-15...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Mavericks First to Contact Big Name Free Agent

Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks always seem to have their name in the hat when there’s a big name free agent. This summer  won’t be much different, as the Mavs are looking to add some pieces around the likes of Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis. Free agency just started, but it didn’t take long for the Mavs to make a move, as they were the first team to reach out to Luol Deng...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Lionel Hollins is the frontrunner for the Nets’ head coaching job

credit: sports.yahoo.com With Jason Kidd on his way to Milwaukee, Lionel Hollins has emerged as the frontrunner for the head coaching job in Brooklyn. Via Ken Berger of CBS: Lionel Hollins is a top candidate to succeed Kidd in Brooklyn, where the Nets are facing important free-agent decisions with Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, Shaun Livingston and others. Hollins will interview...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Cavaliers eyeing big prize in free agency

The Cleveland Cavaliers are eying the biggest fish of them all via NBA Free Agency. It comes as no surprise that I’m speaking of one LeBron James. James spent his first seven seasons in Cleveland, and fans from the area have always held onto the belief that he’s return one day. LeBron is a free agent right now and is seeking nothing less than a reported $22 million per season...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Kyrie Irving agrees to $90 million offer from Cavaliers

The question of whether or not Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Irving, is a max player has been answered. It is a resounding yes. The Cavs offered their star guard a 5-year extension, worth $90 million. The deal will go into effect after next season, as Kyrie still has one-year to go on his original deal with Cleveland. Kyrie sounded pumped via Twitter: I’m here for the...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

How each NBA team fared against the Vegas pre-season win totals

(Credit: Full Scale Sports) Before each NBA season, Vegas sets their win totals for every team. Now that the 2013-2014 season has concluded, it’s time to look back on the season and see how each team fared against the win totals predicted by SportsBook.com before the season. While some teams like Milwaukee, Boston or Philadelphia were clearly not attempting to field a winning...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucks Reach Agreement With Nets For Jason Kidd

Photo Credit: espn.go.com The Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets have come to an agreement on Monday for Jason Kidd to become the next coach for Milwaukee, according to USA Today Sports. This is purely based off of what sources have been told since the trade hasn’t been officially announced by either teams. The Nets will obtain two second round draft picks in the deal, one in...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic waive Jameer Nelson

The Orlando Magic, a team devoted to young talent, has ultimately decided to cut ways with point-guard, and lifelong Magic player, Jameer Nelson on Monday. The Orlando Magic have decided to waive Jameer Nelson, the Orlando Sentinel has learned. — Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) June 30, 2014 As many had suspected for a while now, the Magic were reportedly exploring trade avenues...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Brooklyn Nets already have replacement head coach lined up

Jason Kidd’s power-play with the Brooklyn Nets has ended up in what appears to be the end of the Jason Kidd era (already) as the Nets’ head coach. Kidd had a questionable season of ups and downs, from Cup Gate, to leading a team filled with old timers to the post season, only to lose to the Miami Heat. Kidd then figured he could make a move to circumvent Bill King, by requesting...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA: Five things to watch for in free agency

With the NBA’s free agency period right around the corner (July 1st), the time for decisions will weigh heavily on players around the association. From superstars, to role players. From unrestricted free agents, to singed players who may simply fall victim being part of a sign-and-trade deal in order to land a bigger fish. These scenarios are the ones to watch out for a free agency...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s starting to make sense: Other teams were after Bruno Caboclo, too. Plus, he will play for the Raptors right away

credit: thestar.com The most stunning pick of the NBA draft was the Raptors taking Brazilian forward Bruno Caboclo with the #20 overall pick. The only guy who had heard of him on ESPN’s set was Fran Fraschilla and even he said on air “He’s 2 years away from being 2 years away”. With this in mind, the rational mind has to ask “Why not take him in the second round?” Well...
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Winners & Losers of the 2014 NBA Draft

Oklahoma St. PG Marcus Smart was perhaps the big value pick of the night. (Getty) The night was full of excitement at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as the NBA draft took place. We’d see a whole new generation of athletes have their names called, walk across that stage, and shake hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Signaling the start of what may be multiple historic...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Spreadsheet of each team’s acquisitions during the 2014 NBA Draft

For anyone who is like me, you like to see a team by team breakdown of what happened during yesterday’s draft. I don’t care as much about the one pick difference between picks no. 27 and 28, as I do about which player went to which team. Here is a spreadsheet look of a team by team breakdown of everything that happened during last night’s draft that I created. The chart includes...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic draft recap

The 2014 NBA draft is in the books. This draft may go down as one of the best drafts of all-time. Names like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Joel Embiid stole the show, but the depth seemed endless, and if you happen to believe the things that Jay Bilas says, then you probably believe that every prospect taken will eventually reach stardom in the NBA. http://wp.me/p4DP7E-12 The...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic deal Arron Afflalo, net Evan Fournier

The Orlando Magic had been looking for creative ways to trade up in the 2014 NBA Draft. 28-year old shooting guard, Arron Afflalo appeared to be their best trade chip, as the UCLA product put up great numbers last season, averaging 18.2 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per contest over 73 games with the Magic. http://wp.me/p4DP7E-W The post Magic deal Arron Afflalo, net Evan...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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