NBA

  • How much did each NBA owner pay to buy their teams?

    Prices have jumped from $5 million to $2.2 billion in the span of almost 40 years.

    The Houston Rockets are changing ownership hands for the record setting price of $2.2 billion. Historically, this is an unprecedented price to pay for an NBA franchise, but over the coming years, it looks more and more like it will be the norm. The league is exploding monetarily due to its rising popularity and a record-setting $24 billion television deal that kicked in last season.

  • How Nick Young resurrected his career by becoming one of the NBA's best three-point shooters

    Young has been Swaggy-P(retty amazing) from distance.

    Common wisdom holds that less is more for most NBA players, but Nick Young isn’t most NBA players. Coming into the season, it wasn’t even clear Young would be on an NBA roster this year.

    Yes, it’s now become mandatory to mention just how unlikely Young’s career resurgence as a valuable role player for the Los Angeles Lakers this season is in almost every single thing written or said about him. Even his head coach is doing it.

  • How Nikola Jokic became the unlikely superstar transforming the Nuggets

    Who thought Nikola Jokic would turn into one of the future stars of the NBA? Nobody — and that includes the Denver Nuggets. They drafted him No. 41 overall in 2014, then played him out of position to start this season. Finally, on Dec. 15, they realized they needed to build their team around him.

    What a journey it’s been. Since that date, the Nuggets have the NBA’s best offense and are the favorites to earn the No. 8 seed in the West. And it’s all because they’ve built their team around Jokic’s beautiful, unique game.

  • How screwed are the Cavaliers if LeBron James leaves as a free agent?

    Pretty damn screwed.

    When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010, it crushed that franchise. But fortune and one killer trade helped the Cavaliers quickly amass some assets, enough to make a 2014 return to Cleveland for LeBron alluring.

  • How the NBA can keep self-destructive teams like the Nets from hurting the league

    The Nets doomed themselves to several hopeless years with foolish trades. That’s bad for business — and the NBA should try to prevent a repeat.

    The Brooklyn Nets had a productive offseason, adding D’Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, and Jarrett Allen.

    But let’s be honest: We’re grading on a curve here. The Nets also lost Brook Lopez, who is better now than anyone else mentioned. It’s not clear Brooklyn will win more than the 20 games the Nets won in 2016-17. The Nets are still in deep trouble.

  • How the NBA supermax contract effectively ended the individual max for most players

    The supermax has worked for some teams... but not for everyone.

    The NBA created a new type of contract in its 2017 labor deal in direct response to Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Thunder for the Warriors a year prior. This was officially called the Designated Veteran Contract, but we call it the supermax.

  • How the NBA's new 2-way contracts work and why some agents are worried about them

    The new two-way contracts are great for teams but worse for most players. Let agents explain why.

    LAS VEGAS — This coming season, the NBA will employ 60 more players than ever before. Don’t take my word for it: You’ll likely hear this fun fact oversaturate NBA television broadcasts almost as frequently as you’re reminded that the NBA replay center is based in Secaucus, N.J.

  • How the Timberwolves should handle Andrew Wiggins’ future

    Andrew Wiggins is eligible for a contract extension this summer, but has yet to get a deal

    Most players chosen in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft are eligible for contract extensions this summer. No one has yet inked a deal and it’s a mystery as to whether any of the big names will lock up long-term money this summer.

  • How the Warriors and Cavs grew to hate each other

    The Warriors and Cavaliers making their third straight NBA Finals. LeBron James passing Michael Jordan for the most points scored in NBA Playoff history.

    There are a ton of storylines entering into 2017 NBA Finals, but let us never forget that these teams legitimately hate each other.

  • How Warriors' start-up whizzes survived late plunge

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors held off the Toronto Raptors 121-111 in a game that included crunch-time struggles and a large, lost lead. It was a bit like Sunday's loss to Cleveland, but with a larger margin for error and sans Kyrie Irving's late brilliance. It should also be noted that Stephen Curry was conspicuously more involved throughout Wednesday's affair, finishing with 28 points, seven assists and seven boards.

  • How will Nick Young fit into the Warriors offense?

    The new Warrior is a great shooter, but has been known as a ballhog and chucker in the past. Will he buy into Warriors’ system?

    At Sunday’s practice, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr implored new addition Nick Young to shoot more. It’s a funny request for one of the most notorious chuckers in recent NBA history, and even more absurd given the Warriors’ egalitarian offense.

  • How would you change the NBA’s Christmas schedule?

    The NBA released its opening-week, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedule, and we talked about what we liked and didn’t like about a few of the matchups.

    The NBA released its opening-week, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedule on Wednesday, and while some of the games were headline-worthy, others didn’t live up to the hype. You can find all the games that have been made public here.

  • How Zhaire Smith went from a 3-star recruit to a potential lottery pick

    When Zhaire Smith’s parents dropped him off at college on his 18th birthday, they were just hoping he’d find a way to get on the floor for Texas Tech as a freshman. Smith was entering the program as a lowly three-star recruit, and the Red Raiders had six seniors on the roster ahead of him.

  • I still can’t blame Kevin Durant for going to the Warriors

    There hasn’t been a single day since July 4, 2016, that I’ve begrudged Kevin Durant for his decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors. This doesn’t mean I’ve loved what’s followed. I’ve lamented, countless times, the fact that there was very little tension in this NBA season. As soon as KD got his hands on the ball, you remembered: Oh, yeah. The Warriors have Durant now.

  • Ian Clark, Pelicans agree to 1-year contract, per report

    The former Warrior has a new home.

    an Clark, an NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors, is heading to the New Orleans Pelicans on a one-year deal, according to the Vertical’s Shams Charania. The contract is worth $1.6 million.

  • Identical twins Marcus and Markieff Morris now play for the Celtics and Wizards, who hate each other

    Marcus Morris was traded to the Boston Celtics on Friday morning along with a second-round pick in exchange for Avery Bradley. It was a salary dumping move for the Celtics, who can now happily sign their prize free agent, Gordon Hayward. But this trade means so much more than it appears on the surface, for both Boston and the Washington Wizards.

    It means a TWINS war between Marcus and Markieff Morris (who are incredibly identical) and now play for rival teams (who incredibly hate each other).

  • In an unnecessarily scrappy game, Warriors embarrass Thunder on their home court 111-95

    OKC vs. GSW would be a legit rivalry if the Thunder were any good.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder showed scrap, they showed fight. Unfortunately, the scrap and the fight were mostly shown during a meaningless scuffle right before the half that led to a back-breaking Stephen Curry three pointer to put the Warriors up 20. But... you know. At least the Thunder care? I guess?

  • In landing LeBron James, Magic Johnson validated his sometimes-controversial team-building process

    Magic Johnson didn’t care that people said he couldn’t just sign the biggest free agents. He wanted LeBron James, so he was going to go get LeBron James.

    A week ago at the introductory press conference for the two newest rookie members of the Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson made it clear he wasn’t worried about free agency.

  • Inside the Raptors’ big bet on Kawhi Leonard loving their culture

    The Raptors’ preseason has been quiet, hard, and fun — just the way they like it

    VANCOUVER — In front of a capacity-crowd at the Rogers Arena for the Toronto Raptors’ first preseason game, the anxieties attached to the biggest season in franchise history fell away.

    Jonas Valanciunas, who was just getting the hang of dribble hand-offs last season, secured a rebound and launched an outlet pass to Kyle Lowry. The ball didn’t even hit the ground before Lowry shuffled a behind-the-back touch-pass to new addition Kawhi Leonard. Leonard gave it back and Lowry got fouled before trying one last wrap-around pass, a split-second short of putting a bow on the play.

  • Irving to Celtics for Thomas plus Crowder, Nets' pick

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are sending their starting point guard to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round pick.

    Cleveland was known to be looking for a package that included a young star, veterans, and picks in return for the four-time All-Star, and was eyeing No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum. However, Boston wasn't willing to give him up, and instead yielded the rights to Brooklyn's first-rounder next year.