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Almost all of the 30 teams in the NBA have found themselves in a situation in which they could erase a choice in which management either signed a free agent that did not pan out as hoped or made an agreement with another club to swap players, hoping that a new home would reap benefits. It is easy for fans and media to sit back and critique these moves months or years after they have taken place, but to be honest, there have also been a few doozies that were obvious flops right out of the gate.

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Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri has spent several years building the team into one of the league's elite, and it's thanks in large part to his ability of retaining big stars like Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

Ujiri was able to prove that the Raptors are capable of keeping and/or landing top-tier players, despite the ongoing theory that NBA superstars don't want to play in Canada. Lowry and DeRozan both re-signed with the Raptors on two different occasions, rather than seek a trade or test free agency.

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Over the course of his career, LeBron James hasn’t had very much patience for the development of youth around him, which makes sense, given the expectations that come with his presence on any team. His first year with the Los Angeles Lakers is going to be different, though, and he acknowledges this as a different type of challenge, but one he doesn’t have to undertake alone.

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Even in doing the right thing, the Timberwolves find a way to mess it up.

When Jimmy Butler told the Minnesota Timberwolves he would leave in free agency in a year, and requested a trade in the process, I wrote that the team should absolutely deal him and lock up Karl-Anthony Towns. This is precisely what Minnesota is doing now: Towns inked a max rookie extension over the weekend, and the Wolves are attempting to trade Butler before training camp officially begins on Tuesday. The Timberwolves are doing exactly what they should be doing.

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Lakers sophomore Kyle Kuzma is coming off of a promising rookie campaign, but some still doubt how good he can be. Magic Johnson says Kuzma is focused on proving them wrong.

Even after a season’s worth of headlines and effusive praise, Kyle Kuzma is still somehow a wildcard. With players who come out of nowhere like he did in his first year with the Los Angeles Lakers, there’s a wait-and-see attitude to find out whether the clock will strike midnight on a Cinderella story, or if this is the new reality. If you go by the noise surrounding Kuzma’s offseason, it’s definitely closer to the latter.

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The line of excoriation started to the right.

No luau pig was roasted as thoroughly as the Bulls were on Draft night 2017, after they traded Jimmy Butler and the 16th pick overall to the Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the 7th pick overall in the first round. The conventional wisdom was that Minnesota was not only getting the best player in the deal, but the Bulls weren’t getting anyone of significance in return. Meanwhile, the Wolves were putting together a contender in the rugged West, with Butler joining Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins to form a potential triple-headed hydra that could be as good as anyone’s outside of Oakland.

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Minnesota views Butler as a franchise player. He might be, but they still need to trade him.

The Timberwolves are currently not interested in trading Jimmy Butler. Instead, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, they’re shooting down all teams reaching out about a deal for the All-Star forward, telling them he is a franchise player they intend to keep.

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