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Incremental progress on NBA tanking is still progress

Back in 2014, as Sam Hinkie deftly built a franchise based upon the power of losing, the NBA considered reforming its draft lottery in a major way. Every non-playoff team would have a shot at the No. 1 pick, and a good shot at a top-5 pick. There would have been less incentive to be truly bad as the odds evened out among the lottery teams.

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These free agents show how tough the NBA free agency market has been in 2017.

NBA free agency typically burns hot and fast. Normally, most key free agents ink deals between the stroke of midnight on July 1 and the end of that month. Some players in trickier contract situations wait it out until early August. An occasional free agent — often one under restricted status — will wait until September.

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Thomas published a letter on The Players’ Tribune detailing the mixed emotions he had following his trade from Boston to Cleveland.

Isaiah Thomas was driving home after celebrating his one-year wedding anniversary when Danny Ainge called him. By now, you know the deal: Thomas was sent as part of a package to Cleveland that landed Boston its point guard for the future, Kyrie Irving.

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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.

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Good morning. We have that and more in Tuesday’s NBA newsletter.

Playoff basketball is back on Wednesday as the WNBA's postseason gets underway.

The first two rounds of the eight-team tournament are single elimination. (The top two seeds have byes to the semifinals.) The Lynx, behind Maya Moore, are the No. 1 seed for the fifth time in seven years. But Tina Charles and the New York Liberty are the hottest team on the planet. It should be a fun, fun bracket.

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