The Hook

Any Bledsoe trade won't be easy

There are few scenarios in which a trade makes sense for a team prepared to pay Bledsoe top dollar.

Lottery reform will have unintended consequences

Ending tanking comes with a cost to competitive balance. Is the trade-off worth it?

Players should share in team sale profits

The despicable Donald Sterling walked away with a huge pile of cash after his team sold for a record price. Players should do whatever they can to fight for a piece of that pie.

Greg Monroe's empty threat

The big man is willing to sign a one-year deal to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. It's a negotiating tactic, but why would the Pistons be afraid of a result that would fit their needs?

How NCAA ruling helps case for raised age minimum

Adam Silver wants a higher age minimum. Here's why a ruling against the NCAA in the Ed O'Bannon case will help his case.

Mitch Richmond and the NBA's heroic losers

Richmond had a career replete with losing seasons and a dearth of playoff action. That doesn't matter. There's no denying his greatness. This is what we can learn from Richmond's Hall of Fame career.

Solutions for Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe

There's no movement in the free agency experiences of Eric Bledsoe or Greg Monroe. But there are some basic solutions to ending the stalemates.

The Pacers can only wait

The injury to Paul George is totally unfortunate, but really it just presses pause on the Pacers' upward aspirations.

Why LeBron's decision was surprising

LeBron remains a black box, which makes it hard to figure out why some of us were so wrong about the chances of him returning to Cleveland. Here's an attempt nonetheless.

Blame the 76ers for the lottery changing

Incremental lottery reform -- and not anything more drastic -- is the right move for the league. The 76ers have little room to complain since they are the reason change is happening.

3 bad NBA teams that got even worse

Usually, bad teams improve by virtue of being in the lottery. Not these three franchises.

Harden is right about Parsons

The former running mates are feuding, and while he's making himself look like a jackwagon, James Harden is right that Chandler Parsons was a role player last year.

NBA must stop Thunder from denying rookie full pay

The Thunder may have found a loophole that allows them to strong-arm their first-round pick into accepting a D-League salary for one year. The NBA can't allow that to happen.

Daryl Morey can't live up to his own hype

The Rockets' Daryl Morey isn't a bad general manager, but he hasn't done anything to prove how great he is either.

Kobe is why the Lakers will stink again

In the new NBA, with tougher caps on payroll and wider contract parity, Kobe Bryant's massive contract is too much for L.A. to overcome.

How the Spurs can overpay role players

Boris Diaw and Patty Mills will make a lot combined for role players next season, but thanks to the Spurs' stars being underpaid, it doesn't matter.

LeBron has a Dwyane Wade problem

LeBron's co-star is declining, presenting a complication that could drive him out of Miami.

The Lakers might be Melo's best option

A combination of ethereal and concrete reasons make L.A. a really attractive destination for Melo.

This year's LeBron derby has 1 key difference

The conditions of this year's LeBron James chase mirror 2010's in a lot of ways, but there's one very different quality that changes a lot ... and it isn't a TV special.


Raptors lock up an elite, affordable backcourt

With Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in tow, Toronto is paying low overall rates for a potential double All-Star backcourt.

Why a Rondo-Thomas swap makes sense

The Celtics already have two premium point guards on their roster, so why would they be interested in Kings' free agent Isaiah Thomas? For that matter, why would the Kings let Thomas leave? We...

How the Suns can rise to NBA glory

With cap space, assets and Eric Bledsoe, no one is in better position heading into free agency than the Suns.


NBA teams should be able to trade everything

Why stop at players, coaches and draft picks? Let's treat everything like a commodity.

Sixers' rebuild turns sadistic

Sam Hinkie did it again: He has committed to being awful in June by taking two players unlikely to suit up next season. Will the Hinkie Gambit survive the scrutiny?

Superstars have always used their power

By terminating his contract and becoming a free agent, LeBron James is putting pressure on Miami to improve. It's a power move straight out of the playbook handed down by Michael Jordan and Kobe...


Gay opting in was ideal for the Kings

The veteran wing will make a lot of money next year and put the Sacramento Kings over the salary cap, but for a team in transition having Rudy Gay around for one year is better than not.

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