In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) previews the playoffs with Arturo Galletti of Arturo's Basketball Numbers (@ArturoGalletti). The two work through the entire first round slate, predict later rounds (going through multiple possibilities) and talk a little about ways to improve the playoff structure.
East 1st Round: 1:37
The Los Angeles Lakers will spend money available to them this summer and hope to land a superstar talent such as Kevin Love.
"Two years from now, it looks like almost every team in the league is going to have cap room," Mitch Kupchak said Thursday. "We do have a lot of cap room this summer. You can look at that as a strategic advantage, yeah."
The Lakers could have consecutive summers...
David Lee will miss the Golden State Warriors' Game 1 against the New Orleans Pelicans with a strained lower back.
Lee has backed up Draymond Green this season.
DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for April.
DeRozan had a PER of 24.1 in April, while Westbrook's 28.3 ranked sixth in the Western Conference.
The NBA has sent a new set of salary cap projections to all 30 teams.
For the 2015-16 season, the cap is projected at $67.1 million with the tax at $81.6 million.
For the 2016-17 season, the cap is projected at $89 million with the tax at $108 million.
For the 2017-18 season, the cap is projected to reach $108 million with the tax at $127 million.
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) previews the 2015 NBA Playoffs with Seth Partnow of the Nylon Calculus (@SethPartnow).
The two work through all eight series in the opening round and give preliminary predictions all the way through to the championship.
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The Indiana Pacers won a tiebreaker with the Utah Jazz to get the No. 11 seed in the lottery. The Jazz will get the No. 12 pick if they don't move up in the draft.
In other tiebreakers, the Dallas Mavericks will drafted 21st ahead of the Chicago Bulls at 22nd.
The Memphis Grizzlies will pick 25th ahead of the San Antonio Spurs at 26.
The Los Angeles Lakers will pick 27th with the...
The NBA discussed potential changes to the current structure for the playoffs and lottery, but they've decided to leave the status quo in place for now.
Adam Silver says one idea that was discussed by owners was a play-in tournament.
Some have called for the NBA to switch to a top-16 format.
On lottery reform, owners again concluded "we are not ready for a change," Silver said.
Nike is close to agreement with the NBA to become their next on-court apparel supplier.
Adidas' deal with the NBA expires after the 16-17 season and they already announced they wouldn't seek a new deal.
Nike and the NBA still have "a million I's to dot and T's to cross," said a senior industry source, "but it's at that stage, as opposed to getting to the right number."
Larry Bird does not believe the Indiana Pacers will look to re-sign C.J. Watson.
Watson will become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Watson averaged 10 points in 57 games this season.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will not watch the 2015 NBA Playoffs.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were one win short of reaching the playoffs, losing a tiebreaker with the New Orleans Pelicans.
"Hell no," said Durant when asked if he'll watch.
"I don't ever watch other teams," said Westbrook.
Goran Dragic confirmed Friday that he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent in July.
Dragic has said he hopes to stay with the Miami Heat, but he will review offers in free agency.
"Every offer, we're going to go through," Dragic said. "I like this organization, this basketball style."
The Los Angeles Clippers may get a new logo next season.
Steve Ballmer purchased the franchise a year ago and the Clippers' logo has remained largely unchanged throughout their history.
Two sources have sent Uni Watch the following designs:
The Indiana Pacers plan on playing faster on offense next season to contend with smaller and versatile lineups of opponents.
Roy Hibbert is the player that will most likely be impacted by the change in scheme.
"Possibly," said Vogel when asked if Hibbert will be benched. "Roy's role will be diminished."
Hibbert can opt out to become a free agent.
"Whatever he does, he does," said...
Thabo Sefolosha underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair fractures in his leg and is expected to return healthy for the Atlanta Hawksâ€™ regular season opener in 2015-16, league sources told RealGM.
Sefolosha suffered injuries to his right leg in a physical altercation with the New York Police Department early last Wednesday, and videos emerged later online that appeared to...
In Friday's episode, host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncan) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) preview the first round of the NBA playoffs, providing analysis and predictions for each of the eight series.
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Stephen Zimmerman committed to UNLV as a member of the 2015 class on Thursday night, he announced via Twitter.
The 7-foot center is rated as the No. 10 prospect in the country by ESPN. He was selected as both a McDonald's and Jordan Brand All-American after playing locally at Bishop Gorman High School (NV). Zimmerman is considered the most skilled big man in the class due to his...
Dell Demps refuted a report that the New Orleans Pelicans received a "playoffs or else" mandate from the team's ownership.
"'I am hoping to keep the focus on the Pelicans and our playoff run,'' Demps said Thursday.''To answer the question, I did not receive a mandate to make the playoffs from ownership or anyone else. That conversation did not happen. Our ownership group has been...
The Detroit Pistons could extend Andre Drummond on a maximum salary contract in the offseason and already view the center as worthy of that deal.
"Andre's a maximum guy," Tom Gores said. "He's a maximum guy. He's not only a great player, he's a great person."
Drummond could sign an extension through 2020 or 2021.
"I'm just here to play basketball. I'll let all of that deal with itself...
Trevor Lacey has announced his intentions to declare for the NBA Draft.
"I would like to thank the coaching staff, university and fans for a wonderful experience the last two years at NC State, but I'd like to declare for the NBA Draft," Lacey said. "I had a great group of teammates the last two years and they'll always be like brothers to me. This has been the toughest decision...
Al Jefferson said he does not plan to opt out of his $13.5 million option for the 2015-16 season.
"Iâ€™ve got unfinished business here. Thatâ€™s not even an option for me," Jefferson said. "Unless something dramatic changed, I canâ€™t see myself opting out, and leaving that bad taste in my mouth. And in the Charlotte Hornetsâ€™ mouth. I canâ€™t walk away from that."
Stephen Curry says the Golden State Warriors are entering the playoffs with a championship or bust mentality.
"For the players, it is," Curry told Yahoo Sports. "No one will be happy for anything less. If we don't win our last game this season it's going to be a disappointing feeling, one where we felt like we fell short."
The Warriors won a franchise record 67 games in the regular...
K.J. McDaniels will likely miss the remainder of the season with a fractured wrist.
McDaniels was acquired by the Houston Rockets from the Philadelphia 76ers at the deadline and played sparingly. McDaniels was unlikely to play in the playoffs.
McDaniels will be a restricted free agent in the summer.
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association have agreed to add HGH blood testing to the anti-drug program.
If a player tests positive for HGH, he will be suspended 20 games for a first violation, 45 for a second violation and dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for a third.
Bakersfield Jam guard Joe Jackson has been named the 2015 NBA Development Leagueâ€™s Most Improved Player, as voted on by the leagueâ€™s 18 head coaches. The award honors the player who demonstrated the most significant improvement over the course of the 2014-15 NBA D-League season.
Jackson (6-1, 171, Memphis) played in 38 games for the Jam this season, averaging a team-high 4.8...