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Should the NBA prevent top buyout players from signing with the best teams?

Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system Time for another edition of the NBA mailbag. Throughout the NBA season, I will be answering your questions about the latest, most interesting topics in basketball. You can tweet me directly at @kpelton, tweet your questions using […]

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‘Point Zion’ lauded for ‘tremendous’ efforts in win

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans’ experiments with Zion Williamson as their primary ball handler this season have mostly been relegated to him getting a rebound and pushing it up or the team going with it off of dead balls and free throws. But Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, with starting point guard […]

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Green on Rapinoe’s criticism: ‘I’m on their side’

Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green said Thursday that he believes his tweets about women’s sports and the pay-gap with […]

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Lakers to unveil championship banner on May 12

Lakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09. Seven months after winning the franchise’s 17th title, the Los Angeles Lakers will finally unveil their 2020 NBA championship banner, the team announced. Prior to Thursday’s rematch […]

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NBA West contender tiers: Biggest threats to the Lakers

Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) is a professor and an NBA analyst for ESPN. The race for the NBA’s Western Conference title is wide open. While the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers remain the favorites, they’ve got injury problems and they’re dropping in the standings. Meanwhile, a fascinating group of challengers are hoping to dethrone LeBron James […]

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Sources: NBA expecting full capacity next season

Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print, focusing on the NBA. He has covered the Lakers, the Celtics and previously worked for The Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. With COVID-19 testing becoming more available and more vaccines being administered, the NBA expects all arenas to be at full capacity […]

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Gasol: ‘Fully committed’ when Drummond’s back

Lakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09. Marc Gasol might have just turned in his best effort since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in Tuesday’s 110-101 win over the Toronto Raptors, but L.A. coach […]

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Ranking the NBA’s 25 best young stars by future potential

Which young NBA stars are taking over, and which teams have the best collections of young talent in the league? Bobby Marks, Kevin Pelton and Mike Schmitz rank their top 25 players under age 25 based on future potential, including LaMelo Ball, Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum, Zion Williamson, and Trae Young. Note: Each writer’s individual […]