Scotto: Draymond Green’s Free Agency Value Is Skyrocketing Amid Breakout Season

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NEW YORK – Draymond Green picked the best time to have a breakout season – his contract year. Several general managers and executives, who spoke to SheridanHoops on the condition of anonymity, pegged Green’s value between $10-14 million per year as an unrestricted free agent this summer. After leading Golden State to the team’s 40th victory against New York on Saturday, Green discussed his breakout season and upcoming free agency with SheridanHoops.

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Bernucca: “Soft” Wizards Staggering Toward All-Star Break

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After the Washington Wizards ended a season-high five-game losing streak Saturday with a 37-point victory over the Brooklyn Nets, Marcin Gortat wasn’t quite ready to declare that their earth was back on its axis. “At the end of the day, it was Brooklyn, so we can’t get really excited,” he said. There’s nothing like perspective. And Gortat is right: One win against a plodding, tired team is nothing to get excited about. What the Wizards should be is concerned. Prior to the win

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Sheridan: Adam Silver MUST suspend Jim Dolan IMMEDIATELY

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NEW YORK — Pardon the ALL CAPS in the headline, but we are going to borrow a device from Jim Dolan and Irving Bierman and use that construction liberally in this post. Because frankly, OUTRAGE is not a strong enough word to describe my feelings on this issue. After writing a hateful, venomous e-mail to a fan who criticized his ownership of the Knicks, Dolan deserves to be suspended by the NBA for A MINIMUM OF ONE YEAR. At the very least

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Sheridan: Is Eli Holman the next Hassan Whiteside?

Everybody in the NBA wants top get their hands on the next Hassan Whiteside — a late bloomer who been a force in the middle for the Miami Heat. The guy who may fit that profile is Eli Holman, formerly of the University of Detroit and now playing in China where he finished one assist shy of a triple-double in Game 1 of his team’s first-round playoff series. There are some remarkable similarities between their stories. But whether Holman jumps to

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Eisenberg: Hawks’ depth and former AAU teammates prove to be deciding factors vs. Warriors

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ATLANTA — With just over a minute left in the third quarter, the Hawks and Warriors were gridlocked at 83-83. Mike Scott was sitting patiently on the bench for his opportunity to make an impact. “I always tell myself when I’m sitting there on the bench and I sense the game getting a little tight, ‘I could spark the game with energy and change the game in our favor whether it be with scoring or by outrunning the bigs – just

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Sheridan: Trade Deadline Lookahead — Who Will be Active?

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We don’t get many seasons like this in the NBA, with so many trades happening so early before the deadline. It used to be that GMs would hold out until the last minute, and then the trade queue at NBA headquarters would get jammed at 2:59 p.m. on deadline day. But this year? Chances are it’ll be more quiet than usual. Rajon Rondo has already be traded. Jameer Nelson has already been traded twice. The Cleveland Cavaliers solved their problems in

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China Update: Previewing the CBA Playoffs and Foreign MVP Race

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The traditional ‘quiet week’ in Chinese basketball is rarely what it’s designed to be. Instead, the brief break that splits the regular season and the playoffs are often the most frantic few days in the CBA schedule as teams race to get ready for the postseason. But this year however, things have been even more chaotic than usual. Not only did the playoffs create some unexpected matchups, the recently unveiled foreign MVP shortlist also raised a lot of eyebrows. With

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Sprung: Austin Rivers Not Doing Much to Help Dear Old Dad’s Bench

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Doc Rivers is still trying to make things work on the basketball court with his son Austin. After orchestrating a three-way January trade for his son with Boston and Phoenix, giving up what many thought was too high a price at the time, Doc is betting on Austin becoming the catalyst for a Los Angeles Clippers second unit that has been in the league’s bottom third this season in both points scored and allowed. Austin has played 10 games so far for Los

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