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Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 27th

In Wednesday's episode, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) recap the Cavs closing out the Hawks and advancing to the NBA Finals. They also talk about the future of both teams, discuss some NBA news and answer listener questions. Click here to listen or download. Subscribe on iTunes or via the XML feed.
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LeBron Believes Finals Return With Cavs Is Unfinished Business

LeBron James will return to the NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking on either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets. James discussed his return to the Cavaliers and the Finals. "I'm a guy who believes in unfinished business," James said. This will mark James' fifth consecutive Finals appearance.
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Tom Thibodeau's Contract With Bulls Contains Offset Language

Jerry Reinsdorf remains the wild card in the contentious battle between the Chicago Bulls' front office and Tom Thibodeau. Both the front office and Thibodeau would like to part ways, but the Bulls don't want to fire him to have him coach another team next year without compensation. Thibodeau's contract contain offset language, meaning the Bulls' financial commitment would be "offset...
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Kyrie Irving To Start Game 4 With 25-Minute Time Limit

The Cleveland Cavaliers will play Kyrie Irving in Game 4 with a 25-minute time limit. Irving has missed the past two games with knee tendonitis. Irving visited Dr. James Andrew before Game 2. Irving will also start in the game.
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NBA Decides Against Upgrading Dwight Howard's Flagrant Foul On Bogut

The NBA has decided to not upgrade the flagrant foul one committed by Dwight Howard in Game 4. Howard elbowed Andrew Bogut and some said it could be upgraded to a flagrant foul two, which would have resulted in a suspension for Howard. "Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him the face with an open hand. The contact was unnecessary but not deemed excessive...
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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The NBA Draft

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks about the upcoming NBA Draft with Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports and the Amateur Hour podcast (@Sam_Vecenie). The two discuss the top four prospects (Karl Towns, Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay and D'Angelo Russell) and their potential fits with the recent lottery results, the depth of this draft class and some of their favorite...
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Kyrie Irving Could Return For Game 4

Kyrie Irving has missed Games 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but there is a growing optimism that he'll play in Game 4. The Cleveland Cavaliers are ahead 3-0 in the series against Atlanta Hawks. Irving is dealing with knee tendonitis.
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Kevin Love Able To Travel With Cavaliers For Remainder Of Playoffs

Kevin Love is able to travel with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the remainder of the playoffs. Love had his left shoulder reexamined in New York while the Cavaliers played Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Atlanta. Love is out for the season and can opt out of his contract to enter free agency in July.
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Assistant GM Bobby Marks, Nets Part Ways

Bobby Marks has parted ways with the Brooklyn Nets after 20 years with the franchise. Marks was most recently assistant general manager and is especially well-versed on cap matters. It is believed that Nets' ownership is determined to cut costs across the board.
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Rival Execs Expect Nets To Explore Market For Mason Plumlee

The Brooklyn Nets were not believed to have shopped Mason Plumlee hard during the season. However, some rival executives believe the Nets could go explore the marketplace for Plumlee anyway. Plumlee averaged 8.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in 82 games this season.
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LeBron Admits Receiving IV After Game 3, Declines To Elaborate On Ailments

LeBron James received IV treatments following Game 3 when he cramped up during the overtime period. James briefly motioned towards the Cleveland Cavaliers' bench for a sub before he changed his mind and remained in the game. James also cramped up in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals in San Antonio. James admitted to receiving the IV, but declined to elaborate on his ailments. James said...
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Nick Calathes Denies Wanting To Return To Europe

Nick Calathes has denied a report from Spain that claimed he wants out of the NBA and has been offered to Barcelona. "The NBA is my first priority," Calathes said. Calathes will be a restricted free agent this summer after two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. Calathes previously spent four years in Europe.
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Some Executives Now Looking For 'Playmaking 4' Instead Of 'Stretch 4'

A few executives have dumped the term “stretch 4” altogether and replaced it with “playmaking 4.” Traditional stretch-4's like Ryan Anderson, Ersan Ilyasova and Channing Frye are multidimensional, but can only thrive in specific offensive systems. A "playmaking 4" can shoot the ball, but also drive into the lane and make some sort of play when an opponent successfully contests...
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Post-Up Possessions Down Dramatically In NBA

The post-up game has become increasingly phased out of modern basketball Only eight teams this season finished even 10 percent of their possessions with a post-up, according to Synergy Sports. A decade ago, 22 teams hit that mark, and every team ended at least 7.5 percent of its trips with some kind of post-up. One-third of teams finished with a lower post-up share than that this...
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Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 26th

In Tuesday's episode, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) break down Games Three and Four of Rockets vs. Warriors and discuss some NBA news including Tristan Thompson and the Tom Thibodeau/Bulls situation. Click here to listen or download. Subscribe on iTunes or via the XML feed.
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LeBron James Believes Cavs Should Keep Tristan Thompson For His Entire Career

LeBron James praised Tristan Thompson on Monday and said he believes the Cleveland Cavaliers should keep the big man long-term. "Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career," James said. "There's no reason why he shouldn't. "This guy is 24 years old. He's played in 340-plus straight games, and he's gotten better every single season. It's almost like what more can you...
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Jason Terry To Play Another Season With Rockets Expected To Try Re-Signing Him

Jason Terry said he will not retire and plans to play his 17th NBA season in 2015-16. "One hundred percent," Terry said. The Houston Rockets are expected to try to re-sign Terry, who has been a contributor for the team as the starter with Patrick Beverley out.
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Stephen Curry Leaves Game 4 With Head Contusion Following Hard Fall

Stephen Curry hit the floor hard going up for a block defending Trevor Ariza. Curry tumbled over Ariza and appeared to land on his shoulder and then his head banged hard against the floor. Curry was face down on the floor for several minutes, but he was able to walk off the court and into the locker room on his own power. The Golden State Warriors said Curry suffered a head contusion...
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Pacers To Work Out Unsigned Acquisition Stanko Barac

The Indiana Pacers will bring unsigned draft acquisition Stanko Barac to Indianapolis for mini-camp workouts in June, league sources told RealGM. Barac, a 7-foot-2 center out of Croatia, turned his attention this year toward making the leap into the NBA. He signed a deal with Cedevita in the Euroleague midway through the season, gradually improving his play. Barac went to the Miami...
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NBA Decides Against Moving Up Start Of Finals

The NBA has decided not to move up the start date of The Finals. With both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors potentially advancing with a four-game sweep, there could be an extended layoff between the end of the Conference Finals and the start of the Finals. The Finals will begin on June 4th as scheduled.
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Al Horford Faces No Additional Discipline From Game 3 Incident

Al Horford will not be suspended for Game 4 following his Flagrant Foul 2 in Game 3. Horford elbowed Matthew Dellavedova shortly before halftime and was ejected.
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Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 25th

In Monday's episode, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) break down Game Three of Cavs vs. Hawks, recap Game Two of the same series and discuss the weekend’s NBA news. Click here to listen or download. Subscribe on iTunes or via the XML feed.
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Curry Could Become First Player To Defeat Other Four All-NBA First Teamers In Playoffs

Stephen Curry could become the first player in NBA history to defeat all four of his fellow All-NBA First Team members in the playoffs. Curry and the Golden State Warriors swept Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans, followed by a six-game series win over Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors are now one win away from defeating James Harden and the Houston Rockets...
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Paul Pierce Could Opt Out Of Wizards' Deal, Sign With Clippers

Paul Pierce can opt out of his contract with the Washington Wizards this offseason. Many around the league expect Pierce to opt out and finish his career with the Los Angeles Clippers. Pierce would have the opportunity to reunite with Doc Rivers while also playing in his hometown. Pierce was pursued by the Clippers last offseason. The Wizards thrived with Pierce as a small ball power forward.
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LeBron: Dellavedova Doesn't Deserve People Giving Him Rep As Dirty Player

LeBron James backed Matthew Dellavedova on Sunday amid several member of the Atlanta Hawks and the public attacking the guard's reputation. "This is my teammate, and this is a guy that goes out and works his tail off every single night and people are trying to give him a bad rap," James said. "He doesn't deserve it, and I don't like it." Dellavedova has been involved in perceived...
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