Marks: Changing Lottery Rules Won’t Cure What Ails the NBA

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PHILADELPHIA – Let’s begin with a question. In the three-plus decades since David Stern took the reins as NBA commissioner from Larry O’Brien  and handed them to Adam Silver, what do these franchises – the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers – have in common? Answer: None has gone to the NBA Finals. Furthermore, among that group only Denver, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Sacramento and

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Tweet of the Day: Joel Embiid’s Hilarious Twitter Pursuit Of Rihanna

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The doldrum of summer is upon us. The only remaining hot topic of discussion in NBA news cycles is the back-and-forth battle for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love. The Chicago Bulls have thrust themselves back into the picture with a strong offer. Sheridan Hoops publisher and editor-in-chief, Chris Sheridan, has the scoop if you’re thirsty for details. [EXCLUSIVE: Bulls have offered Gibson, McDermott and Mirotic for Love] [PODCAST: More on Bulls’ Big Trade Offer for Kevin Love] If you’re looking for

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Tweet of the Day: Dallas, Nowitzki Make Statement; LeBron Recruitment Perks Up

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Could LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki join forces in 2014-15? As Carmelo Anthony’s tour concludes Thursday with a meeting in Los Angeles with the Lakers completed and a meeting with the New York Knicks underway. Wednesday night, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban met with Anthony to make a pitch for his services. A day later, he and Dirk Nowitzki made a statement for the younger star free agents to take notice. They want a championship contending team. In addition

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Philadelphia 76ers Salaries and Analysis

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 2015-16 Offseason Additions: F Jason Thompson, F Carl Landry, G Nik Stauskas 2015 Draft Picks: C Jahlil Okafor, F Richaun Holmes, G J.P. Tokoto Draft Picks Coming: 2016 first round (LA Lakers, protected 1-3); 2016 first round (Miami, 1-10); 2016 first round (Oklahoma City, 1-16); 2016 first round (Sacramento, right to swap); 2016 second round (Denver); 2017 first round (Scaramento, right to swap); 2018 first round (Sacramento, protected 1-10); 2018 second round (LA Clippers); 2018 second round (Cleveland); 2018 second round (New York, right

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Sheridan: Biggest winner on draft night was Miami; Big Four is Realistic Possibility

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How many more years will LeBron James stay with the Heat? Not two, not three, not four … It might just be five. And a big part of the reason why was Miami’s acquisition of point guard Shabazz Napier in Thursday night’s draft, a move that James openly praised on Twitter just moments after the deal with Charlotte went down. If ever there was a case in which you needed to read between the lines, this was it. And how is this for

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2014 NBA Draft Trades Analysis

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When it comes to trades, the 2014 NBA draft hasn’t been quite as nuts as last year. Nevertheless, there have been a handful of deals. Here’s a breakdown: Philadelphia 76ers trade Elfrid Payton to Orlando Magic for Dario Saric, 2015 second-round pick and 2017 first-round pick. Philadelphia didn’t need another point guard with Michael Carter-Williams entrenched at the position, and the Sixers are all about assets. Injured Joel Embiid went third and now Dario Saric will be in Turkey for the next two seasons.

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Kotoch: Utah could trade Favors and No. 5 pick to Cavs for No. 1 pick

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Joel Embiid of Kansas has a broken foot and needs surgery. And now that piece of news has thrown everyone’s draft projections into disarray. Embiid was listed at No. 1 in Mock Draft 4.0, but he is not there in our latest edition. So does that mean the Cavs will not draft him? Perhaps not. The Cavs are now looking at trading down a couple of spots, believing that Embiid will still be available. And with the Philadelphia 76ers coveting Andrew Wiggins,

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Tweet of the Day: NBA Players Congratulate Michael Carter-Williams

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Who ever said the “experts” knew what they were talking about? After getting drafted behind the likes of Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter, Cody Zeller, Ben McLemore, Trey Burke and C.J. McCollum, Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams was an afterthought when projecting the top rookies in the 2013 NBA draft class. However, after opening the 2013-14 NBA season with a cool 22 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds in a four-point victory over the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat, he put

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