Five Things To Watch: Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard

The city of Portland is at a crossroads. With a new apartment complex on every block and thousands of new residents flocking to the land of fair trade coffee and cruelty-free, artisan baked goods, the battle between Old Portland and New Portland has Rip City searching for a new identity. In an ironic twist of fate, as the City of Roses undergoes an extended facelift, so too does its basketball team. Gone is four-fifths of the starting lineup that won 50-plus


Fantasy Spin: Update From FIBA Americas & NBA Sleepers

Mirza Teletovic

The first round of the FIBA Americas tournament was like a four-game warmup to eliminate the worst team in each group. Cuba simply wasn’t good enough, though 21-year-old Jasiel Rivero has talent. The surprise was a weak team from Brazil. It’s understandable that Leandro Barbosa, Nene Hilario, Anderson Varejao and Tiago Splitter preferred to rest, but younger NBA players like Bruno Caboclo and Lucas Nogueira might have helped. The second round gets under way at 1:00 Eastern on Sunday, with every team


SH Blog: Gobert hopes to add mid-range game by working with Dirk’s shooting coach; Can Mavs keep Aminu?

Rudy Gobert full

After just two seasons in the NBA, Utah big man and storied Frenchman Rudy Gobert is already one of the league’s premier defensive anchors. But if he has his way, he’ll soon be becoming an even more complete player. According to Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune, Gobert is planning to add mid-range shooting to his game by working with Dirk Nowitzki’s famed shooting coach, Holger Geschwindner, in Germany this summer. His offseason plan: [Read more…]


Bernucca: Who’s Getting Maximum Production From Minimum Veterans?

Leandro Barbosa

In today’s NBA, the formula for winning in recent years was simple: Accumulate as many maximum-salary stars as you can without breaking the bank. But when you start piling up eight-figure salaries against the luxury tax, the bank breaks pretty quickly. So teams fill out their rosters with minimum-salary veterans. And if you look at the top of the NBA standings right now, many teams are getting very productive seasons from veterans signed to minimum-salary deals. The Chicago Bulls added Pau Gasol to Jimmy