Mitnick: 10 Overseas Players Who Can Help NBA Playoff Teams

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overseasNBA playoff teams in need of help can still find a difference maker before the deadline arrives for setting postseason rosters.

All they need to do is look overseas.

With the playoffs less than a month away, and the trade deadline and “February free agency” in the distant past, NBA teams are typically left to rely on the D-League to provide injury replacement players at this point of the season.

With players needing to have been released by their previous NBA team by March 1 to be playoff-eligible, there is a limited market of guys who can sign to fill in for an injured player. One month ago, a team like the Clippers could make a big upgrade, as they did in signing Danny Granger and Glen Davis.

However, at this stage in the game it becomes a little more tricky – unless you cast a wider net.

With the Chinese CBA Finals coming to a close and many European league regular seasons winding down, there is a market of high-level players who have not played in the NBA this season and are eligible for the NBA playoffs.

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Your 2014 Guide to the Chinese Basketball Association

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The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) is an amazing league for North American fans to follow. It features old-school, up-tempo basketball with a lot of American players. You’ll undoubtedly see some familiar faces and more than a few career revivals. The CBA is well run and very fan friendly.

This is as good a time as any to start following the CBA – teams are just over the midway mark of the regular season, with the 2014 All-Star Weekend coming this month. My hope is that you’ll be intrigued enough to follow along!

This is the first of a 2-part series. Here in Part 1, I’ll introduce you to the basics of the CBA. In Part 2, I highlight some of best reasons to watch the CBA right now — the crazy lines being put up by the American imports.

Bauman: Kevin Garnett has come full circle

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When Kevin Garnett came into the NBA as the fourth preps-to-pros phenom, he was a gangly, 6-11, 220 pound player with unmistakable skills and a burning passion and insatiable appetite for the game of basketball.

He entered the league when Patrick Ewing was a dominant player, and last night his 15 points against New Orleans moved him past Patrick Ewing for 16th on the all-time scoring list.

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DraftStreet Diary: Plenty of Opportunity in Daily Fantasy Leagues

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Anyone who plays in Rotisserie leagues knows it’s a long six months and patience is required. Even the one-week mini-seasons of Head-to-Head leagues create matchups that ebb and flow. On DraftStreet, there’s a new opportunity every day to put your basketball knowledge to profitable use.

Hakim Warrick traded to Charlotte for Matt Carroll

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If you go by the axiom that it is always a good thing to trade a small for a big, the Charlotte Bobcats made a nice move today by acquiring forward Hakim Warrick from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for shooting guard Matt Carroll.

The move should give the Bobcats an extra defensive presence, which is something you need when you are ranked 30th in the NBA in points allowed (107.2).

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