Bernucca: 2012 Draft Class Contract Extension Scoreboard

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The silence following Jonas Valanciunas’ contract extension was deafening. When the Toronto Raptors gave a reported $64 million over four years to Valanciunas, there were no proclamations from pundits that the NBA’s financial sky was falling. Owners didn’t start forming plans of collusion. No one drew comparisons to Jim McIlvaine. On the other side, there have been no whispers that Raptors GM Masai Ujiri engineered another steal. Virtually no one has suggested that Valanciunas got fleeced. Agent Leon Rose – who days

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Tweet of the Night: Damian Lillard introduces his latest work called “Free Bands”

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The offseason is mostly an opportunity for players around the league to work on their games and improve in some way for next season (at least from a professional standpoint), but it’s also a time when players get to do things they have a passion for outside of the game of basketball. For Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, who is now also known as Dame DOLLA (Different on Levels the Lord Allows), that other definitive activity is being a

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Three-Man Weave: Good or Bad Moves by Thunder, Kings, Blazers?

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After taking a look at the offseason activity of a handful of teams in the Eastern Conference, we turn our focus to the Western Conference. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers all made significant moves for different reasons. The Thunder want to remain title contenders. The Kings want to make the playoffs. And the Blazers want to rebuild. But did they make the right moves? In this edition of the Three-Man Weave, the Sheridan Hoops staff takes a look

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Three-Man Weave: Who Won the West’s Offseason?

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We have already looked at the Eastern Conference and told you who has won and lost the offseason. Now it is time to look at the Western Conference, which seems to get stronger and stronger every year. How much did DeAndre Jordan’s indecision really impact the conference? Has anyone closed the gap on the defending champion Golden State Warriors? Our staff takes a look in the Three-Man Weave. 1. Which Western Conference team has had the best offseason thus far? [Read more…]

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Tweet of the Night: LaMarcus Aldridge will be a Spur

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Looking back, it was really the most likely outcome. Once LaMarcus Aldridge made up his mind to leave Portland, joining the Spurs made more sense than any other option. There’s no better coach in the game than Gregg Popovich, he’ll return to his home state, and he’ll have a chance to be the first option on a team with a genuine chance to win a ring. Still, there were enough twists and turns in the proceedings, including the Lakers’ farcical pitch

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NBA players react to Day 2 of 2015 free agency on twitter

Day 2 of the 2015 free agency period wasn’t quite as crazy as Day 1, but plenty of players looking for new homes (or old) were still on the move and locking themselves up with teams for years to come. Unless you were Dwyane Wade, of course, who agreed to a one-year deal worth $20 million to stay with the Miami Heat. In most cases, though, free agents have agreed to multi-year deals including the following: Damian Lillard – five-year, $125 million contract with

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NBA players react to a glorious first day of free agency on twitter

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The golden age for NBA players wasn’t supposed to arrive before 2016 when the new TV deal would kick in, but it has clearly arrived early enough for the free agents of 2015. It started just as the free agency period kicked in with the calendar turning July when Anthony Davis agreed to the largest single contract ever for an NBA player. While other big-name players like LaMarcus Aldridge, Monta Ellis and Marc Gasol are still trying to figure out what they want

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Tweet of the Night: Damian Lillard finds Chris Kaman’s doppelgänger

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Did Portland Trail Blazers center Chris Kaman make a cameo appearance as a cameraman during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals? With the Golden State Warriors taking on the Houston Rockets in what would turn out to be a series-ending contest on Wednesday, most eyes were focused on Stephen Curry and company. Damian Lillard, however, noticed something else on the side, as you can see below: [Read more…]

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