Sheridan: Midsummer Report Cards — Pacific Division

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Not too long ago, you could make the case that Rajon Rondo was the best point guard in the NBA. At the current moment, you could make the argument that DeMarcus Cousins is the best center in the NBA. And as far as pure scorers go, it is not a reach to say that Rudy Gay is in the top 10. Oh, and George Karl is a very good coach. Not many would dispute that. All of those guys are now members

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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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PODCAST: How Ty Lawson and Josh Smith’s moves could shake up the West

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Has Daryl Morey finally landed his third big fish? After his well-chronicled search for the “third-best player on a championship team” led to narrow misses on the likes of Chris Bosh and LaMarcus Aldridge, the GM of the Houston Rockets finally made a big splash this summer with his trade for Ty Lawson, the talented-but-troubled point guard formerly of the Denver Nuggets. [Read more…]

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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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Top 12 Remaining Free Agents — July 13 Edition

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“Fuhgetaboutit!” That’s what Brooklyn Nets fans were saying on Twitter when the team announced it had agreed to terms with Andrea Bargnani. Nets fans in Little Italy applauded the move. The agreement is reportedly a two-year deal for the veteran’s minimum salary, according to the New York Post. The second year of the deal is a player option. Barring a catastrophically bad season, Bargnani would opt out after this season. Fans of the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks may laugh at the signing,

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Tweet of the Night: DeAndre Jordan finally breaks silence, apologizes to Mark Cuban and the Mavericks

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By now, we all know what happened between DeAndre Jordan and the Dallas Mavericks. Long story short: Jordan agreed to sign with them at the beginning of free agency, changed his mind a week later after getting lured back in by Doc Rivers and company, signed with the Los Angeles Clippers for four years earlier in the week and devastating Mark Cuban and the Mavericks in the process. [Read more…]

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Top 15 Remaining Free Agents — Edition II, July 10 List

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One week after the Fourth of July, NBA free agency is still setting off fireworks across the league. Deron Williams — the face of the Brooklyn Nets after signing a five-year, $98 million deal in the summer of 2012 — wanted out according to ESPN. Ankle injuries have riddled Williams into a shell of his former Olympian self. Williams and Joe Johnson — once called the “best backcourt” in the NBA by general manager Billy King — have been shopped heavily. Now, Williams

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Top 15 Remaining Free Agents — Edition II, July 9 List

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We have our first offer sheet signing. Enes Kanter is going to the Portland Trail Blazers for a max contract of $70 million over four years, with a 15 percent trade kicker. Only he isn’t. Having lost LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Wes Mathews and Nicolas Batum, the Trail Blazers went for a Hail Mary on Thursday and tendered an offer sheet to Kanter, arguably the best pickup of the trade deadline. Oklahoma City has 72 hours to match the offer, and the only

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