Has the Indiana Pacers’ championship window closed?

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Have the Indiana Pacers already gone as far as they can go with this roster? It’s a question overlooked with all the big moves being made this offseason in the Eastern Conference, and the Central Division in particular. A quick synopsis, for those who watched the World Cup and forgot about basketball since the Finals ended:Cleveland signed LeBron James, drafted Andrew Wiggins and could trade Wiggins to Minnesota in a blockbuster deal for Kevin Love. Chicago got rid of Carlos Boozer and

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Tweet of the Day: Lance Stephenson Is Heading To The Hive

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Lance Stephenson, seen posing with $1 million in cash, will be cashing in upwards of $27 million in Charlotte. Lance Stephenson has chosen to turn down longterm offers to stay in Indiana for the Charlotte Hornets. The reports seem as perplexing as his on-court behavior. He was being offered five years and $44 million guaranteed to remain with the Pacers, but opted for three years and $18 million guaranteed—the third year is a team option. While it may seem puzzling to

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Knicks embracing triangle offense, winning in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS – Writers and team officials called for a running clock or the Mercy rule Monday afternoon at the Cox Pavilion when the New York Knicks opened up a 73-33 lead over the Charlotte Hornets. The 95-72 final score pushed the Knicks to 3-0.The team’s play has been an endorsement of the triangle offense Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher are implementing in New York. Players are sharing the ball and fluidly moving the ball to the open man, which

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Shabazz Napier grows into important role for post-LeBron Heat

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LAS VEGAS- Shabazz Napier has a set of skills you all know about; the slick handle, the pick-your-pocket defense and the winning pedigree with UConn’s national championship in April as Napier’s collegiate capstone. The other skills he needs to pick up as his rookie season approaches will help determine how well the Miami Heat can fare in South Florida’s post-LeBron James era. With James gone, Napier is now a much more important part of the team than Miami management imagined.

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Charlotte Hornets Salaries and Analysis

CHARLOTTE HORNETS 2014-15 Free Agents: G Chris Douglas-Roberts 2014 Draft Picks: F Noah Vonleh, G P.J. Hairston Draft Picks Coming: 2019 second round (Miami) Draft Picks Going: 2016 second round (to San Antonio, protected 31-55) Trade Exceptions: Jeff Adrien ($920,000, expires Feb. 20, 2015) Over/Under: Under the cap Amnesty Provision: Used on Tyrus Thomas (2013) Stretch Provision: Available SALARIESPLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18Al Jefferson $13,500,000 $13,500,000Lance Stephenson $9,000,000 $9,000,000 $9,500,000Marvin Williams $7,000,000 $7,000,000Gerald Henderson $6,000,000 $6,000,000 M. Kidd-Gilchrist  $5,020,000  $6,330,000  $8,260,000Cody Zeller $4,030,000 $4,200,000$5,320,000  $7,010,000Bismack Biyombo  $3,870,000  $5,480,000 Kemba Walker $3,270,000  $4,680,000Gary Neal  $3,250,000Brian Roberts $2,750,000 $2,750,000 Jannero Pargo $1,450,000 Jeffery Taylor  $920,000TOTAL SALARY $60,160,000 $58,940,000 $23,080,000 $7,010,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM SALARY INDEX

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2014 Sheridan Hoops NBA Draft Live Blog- 12:12 a.m. Update

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12:12 a.m. Eastern -Billy King could not talk about the 59th and 60th picks on record but those deals should be finalized by the end of the night. Xavier Thames and Cory Jefferson, who were selected by other teams, will be Nets. 11:53 p.m. Eastern -Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the newest Knicks player. He hopes to bring energy and effort to the team, he told reporters.                11:44 p.m. Eastern -The Knicks just took Thanasis Antetokounpo, the older brother of Milwaukee’s Giannis. He played for Delaware in the

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How Atlanta Could Attract LeBron and Carmelo to Create a Dynasty in the East

NBA: Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers

This may come as a surprise, but the Atlanta Hawks are actually closer to becoming championship contenders than you might think. This summer, Atlanta has a realistic opportunity to present LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony with the most attractive free agent pitch of any team in the league, if Danny Ferry maneuvers contracts aggressively and appropriately. It’s certainly an ambitious idea, but it’s far from ridiculous. First and most obviously, the Hawks are situated in the Eastern Conference. This gives them a succinct

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Tweet of the Day: Player Reactions To All NBA Teams

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Wednesday the All-NBA Teams were announced, and with them came a slew of congratulatory, confused and frustrated tweets. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant led all vote getters as the lone unanimous selection to the First Team, followed by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. Much to the chagrin of 124 NBA writers with voting privileges, Chris Sheridan, our esteemed Editor-in-Chief, was the lone vote preventing

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