Brandon Knight, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green lead emerging players in contract years

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Young players having the best seasons in their careers right before they’re due a new contract is hardly a new phenomenon, but it takes on new significance due to the NBA’s current economic situation. A likely escalation in the salary cap this summer will allow free agents to obtain more expensive contracts from a larger pool of teams with newfound cap space. A quartet of these young, emerging stars— Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight, Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, Orlando’s Tobias Harris and Golden State’s

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SH Blog: LeBron James looks open to ‘bolting’ Cleveland; Nets bench two stars

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It’s still too early to push the panic button, but the situation in Cleveland is becoming more troubling by the day. The Cavs are now 18-12 after an embarrassing home loss Sunday to outmanned Detroit. That record that places them as only the No. 5 seed in the mediocre East, which is hardly what LeBron James envisioned when an apparent “super team” was formed over the offseason with James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Anderson Varejao, one of the team’s only reliable big men, was

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Scotto: Is Jabari Parker The Next Carmelo Anthony Or Paul Pierce?

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After enduring a 15-67 season, there was light at the end of the tunnel for the Milwaukee Bucks. There was a new face of the franchise with the ability to light up a scoreboard like a towering billboard in Times Square. There was Jabari Parker. The November Rookie of the Month spoke exclusively to SheridanHoops.com during coach Jason Kidd’s infamous return to Brooklyn. Parker discussed his transition to the league, his relationship with Kidd, improving his game and comparisons to Carmelo Anthony and

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Rookie Rankings, Week 2: Kidd’s Return Overshadows Top Rookies

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Did you watch the Bucks-Nets game on Wednesday night? If you didn’t, you missed a good one. Unlike most NBA regular season games, it had a terrific storyline, with power-hungry backstabber upwardly mobile coach Jason Kidd returning to Brooklyn for the first time since his failed takeover move to Milwaukee. And the game was perhaps the best of the young season. Before a somewhat energized crowd, the Bucks and Nets battled into triple overtime. Brooklyn was on a four-game skid and desperately needed a

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SH Blog: Love not thrilled with his role on offense, SVG fires back at Markieff Morris

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It wasn’t supposed to be like this for Kevin Love when news broke that he would be joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland over the summer. Sure, he was supposed to sacrifice like everyone else. That’s expected when you build a super team like this because there is only one basketball to go around. Just ask Chris Bosh, who went from averaging 24 points in Toronto to never sniffing 20 points again (regularly in the 18-point range) when he

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Scotto: Amid Boos and Tension, Kidd Triumphs in Return to Brooklyn

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BROOKLYN – Jason Kidd didn’t give a Buck about the thunderous boos and chants from Nets fans at Barclays Center. “I have bad hearing anyways,” Kidd said. “I thought whatever the greeting was, it’s about the players. People don’t pay to come to see the coach.” On this night, they did. This was more than just a game. This was a personal score that had to be settled among Nets management, Brooklyn fans and Kidd. The tension between Nets management and Kidd could

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Lionel Hollins commands Brooklyn Nets’ respect

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Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has never met his new head head coach, but Lionel Hollins already has the respect and attention of both players and management. “We have a very strong experienced coach,” Prokhorov told reporters before Monday night’s home opener against Oklahoma City, a game in which the Nets would win by 31. In speaking with various Nets players and a coaching peer, it’s apparent that Hollins’ demanding, honest, no-nonsense style sits well with the players and is a nice

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Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will not give up majority control of the team

Mikhail Prokhorov

Brooklyn Nets majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov made a rare media appearance Monday night prior to the team’s home opener against Oklahoma City and maintained that he will not be giving up a majority share of the franchise. The line of questions comes amid various recent news reports and rumors that he was looking to shop the team and “cash out” given the rising value of NBA team valuations. “I will not give up control of the team,” Prokhorov emphatically stated a few times

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