Bernucca: 2012 Draft Class Contract Extension Scoreboard

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Contract extensions for first-round picks can sometimes be a tricky business. And never is it more tricky than this summer. Next year’s new TV deal is projected to increase the salary cap from $70 million this summer to $90 million – or possibly more. Simplistically, all that extra money should make the decision to offer a young, improving player a contract extension much easier. Realistically, it makes it much harder. There are just a handful of teams that will not have room under

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Three-Man Weave: Playoffs or Lottery for These West Teams?

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It takes a lot to make the NBA playoffs if you are in the Western Conference. The West is the grown-up table of the NBA. It has had at least one team finish above .500 and miss the postseason every year since 2007. There will be some shuffling in the West’s playoff picture this season. But who is in the frame, and who gets cropped out? And has any team improved enough to topple the defending champion Golden State Warriors? The staff of

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NBA Las Vegas Summer League Roundup for July 19

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The semifinal round is set at the Las Vegas Summer League and seeding was apparently unimportant. The 4th, 7th, 8th and 14th seeds will do battle at the final four on Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center. The top three scorers in Vegas are in the semifinals. Let’s see how the semifinalists got there:   Spurs 95 Celtics 93 It sure doesn’t seem like San Antonio is distracted or impeded by being coached by a woman. Becky Hammon’s Spurs got 21 points from Kyle

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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: Andre Iguodala reacts to Steve Kerr saying the Finals MVP unlikely to start next season

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Andre Iguodala wrapped up the most incredible year of his career exactly a month ago when he helped the Golden State Warriors capture a championship for the first time in 40 years over the Cleveland Cavaliers and took the Finals MVP trophy in the process. He made it happen when Steve Kerr decided to insert the long-time veteran into the starting lineup in favor of Andrew Bogut after playing the wingman off the bench for the entire season. [Read more…]

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NBA Las Vegas Summer League Roundup for July 16

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After five days of fun-filled competition, Day Six at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League finally eliminated eight of the 24 teams and whittled the field down to 16. Here’s a quick recap of Wednesday’s eight games and a look forward to the Round of 16.   Bucks 97 Rockets 93 Milwaukee, the 24th and final seed in the tournament, advanced despite going 0-3 in the three-game regular season. Sean Kilpatrick continued as the breakout star of this Summer League with a game high 26

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PODCAST: David Lee to the Raptors makes sense

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The Toronto Raptors are flush with salary cap space. Yes, they need to re-sign Sixth Man award winner Lou Williams, and they’ll likely need to give him a significant raise after what he gave them. But what about getting unrestricted free agents to come to Toronto? It has never been an easy thing to do (last summer’s Kyle Lowry re-signing notwithstanding), and Masai Ujiri is going up against some awfully heavy hitters when it comes to going after the likes of

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SH Blog: Is George Karl known as a snake in the grass?; Goran Dragic officially enters free agency

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Is veteran coach George Karl secretly a snake in the grass? That’s what DeMarcus Cousins and a few other stars from Karl-led teams seem to believe. Via Basketball Forever, here’s the infamous tweet of emojis from Cousins last night mashed with several others in past years from previous Karl players such as Carmelo Anthony and Andre Igoudala. There seems to be a common theme. According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Karl has recently tried to convince Kings’ management to trade Cousins, an idea that owner Vivek Ranadivé

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