Bernucca: 2011 Draft Contract Extension Scoreboard: Does Vucevic Change the Big Man Market?

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Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan probably saved somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million by giving center Nikola Vucevic a four-year, $53 million contract extension. At the same time, he probably cost some of his rival GMs millions of dollars down the road. Vucevic’s extension averages $13.25 million. That is more per year than Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah (5 years, $60 million) and fellow All-Star Al Horford (5 years, $60 million). It is also more than Nikola Pekovic (5

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Photo of the Day: Star-Studded Throwback Thursday

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This Throwback Thursday brought on a photo with a crop of future stars in the NBA. One at the time player at the time was already a budding superstar, a young LeBron James. Every summer for the past decade or so, James has held his traditional LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas. The four day camp is only open to those who are personally invited, offering a mixture of college and high school ballers. It’s where young and talented

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Five Things To Watch: Charlotte Hornets

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Coming off the first playoff appearance since 2010 and turning the page on some miserable years, Charlotte now has new hope — and a new old nickname. The Charlotte Hornets have rediscovered their sting and are for real.  Guided a year ago by first-year coach Steve Clifford, Charlotte restructured its entire defensive system, and along with star big man Al Jefferson saw its win total spike from 21 all the way to 43. According to analyst David Locke, the Hornets shaved off

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Tweet of the Day: With Season Nearing, Hawks Are ‘Rising’

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There has been a lot of movement and change in the Eastern Conference this offseason, enough so that the Chicago Bulls have emerged as challengers for the NBA title with a healthy Derrick Rose and an added big man in Pau Gasol. The Cleveland Cavaliers now hold Vegas’ highest odds to win the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy, having reeled in hometown hero LeBron James and All-Star power forward Kevin Love. The Charlotte Hornets are also getting consideration as a challenger in

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Photo of the Day: Warriors Unveil New Slate Alternate Uniform

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In February 2013, the Golden State Warriors were the first team in the NBA to wear “the first modern short sleeve NBA Uniform System” when they donned jerseys with sleeves in a matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. These new fashionable jerseys were later worn by several NBA teams, most notably in matchups on Christmas. Over the weekend, the Warriors were at it again. The normal blue and yellow color scheme just doesn’t cut it in the Bay Area anymore. Well,

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SH Blog: LeBron James Says He May have Stayed In Miami Had They Won The Finals

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It’s easy to look back at the end of last season and come up with a bunch of “what if?” scenarios about what would have happened if Miami had won the NBA Finals. Well NBA conspiracy theorists can continue coming up with their own possibilities, as word has spread that LeBron James is teasing folks on what this past summers decision could have been. In an interview with  Rachel Nichols that is set to air Friday night at 10:30 pm on

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SH Blog: Dwyane Wade Planning To Play In More Games This Season

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The departure of LeBron James as a free agent earlier this summer left a void for the Miami Heat to fill. With the leagues best player taking his talents back to Cleveland, there isn’t really a viable way to replace such a loss. Determined to remain competitive the Heat retooled by adding new free agents, but they’ll also be relying on their returning stars to contribute in a major way.

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