Heisler: Trade deadline widens gap between best, worst teams

dragic

Why is the trade deadline different from all other nights of the year? It’s not. The West just got tougher. In the East, where there’s no life-or-death importance attached to getting better, the top teams sat this one out while the bad teams—your Knicks and 76ers—dumped, shut down or otherwise disposed of their best players in order to tank more definitively. [Read more…]

Read more...

Here’s Your NBA Trade Deadline Buyout Cheat Sheet

Jamal Crawford

The NBA trading deadline is slightly more than 24 hours away. And while the feeling is that there will be some deals, many teams made their biggest moves some time ago. The deadline has become about far more than acquiring players. It is just as much about stockpiling assets such as draft picks and expiring contracts or unloading players with long-term deals. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of veteran players who have either partial or no guarantees on

Read more...

EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Wiggins “Most Likely” To Play for Canada in Olympics Qualifier

wiggins

BROOKLYN — Andrew Wiggins will “most likely” play for Team Canada in this summer’s FIBA-Americas Olympic qualifying tournament, a huge piece of positive news for a Canadian federation that has been hoping and praying that the NBA’s most exciting rookie will play for his national team. Wiggins gave me the “most likely” quote as he warmed up for the Rising Stars challenge Friday night at the Barclay’s Center. When I pressed him and asked it he was 100 percent in, he hedged

Read more...

Three-point shootout set to be amongst the best ever

The Sprite Dunk Contest has been the headline maker for many seasons, but in 2015, it’s fair to say it is the Three-Point Contest that is the more exciting event. Amidst a campaign that has showcased several all-time great shooting performances from long distance, and features two conference-leading teams that live by the three, it is the long ball showdown that will be most worth watching. The excitement starts with Kyle Korver, the late-addition All-Star who leads the NBA in three-point

Read more...

Worst Draft Picks of the Millenium

Although the NBA season is in full swing and it is some time until the draft comes along, we have decided to take a look at some of the worst draft deals of this Millennium. So let us inspect the flops made by basketball franchises since 2000. [Read more…]

Read more...

LeBron v. Blatt: Video evidence of their disengagement

Blatt1

I’m an avid Cavs fan who grew up in Beachwood, a suburb of Cleveland. I moved to Scottsdale in 2002 and have attended every Cavs/Suns game since. I didn’t even have a ticket to this game until 2 hours prior when I stumbled upon a ticket directly behind the Cavs bench for $300, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Hearing about the discord between coach David Blatt and LeBron James for the past week, I noticed some interesting interactions on

Read more...

Sheridan: In three-team trade, Phil Jackson gives gifts to contenders

Phil Jackson Knicks

Is this some sort of way to earn a quasi 12th ring? New York Knicks president Phil Jackson could not have done much worse Monday night in dealing away Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-way trade that netted the Knicks three non-guaranteed contracts and a second-round draft pick in 2019. We’ve all heard of selling low, but this? This was a gift to the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers, who just became the first team to lose in

Read more...