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Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks celebrates after receiving the Bill Russell Finals MVP Award after winning Game Six of the 2021 NBA...

Milwaukee Bucks are your new champs! The 2020-21 playoffs are over… but I will continue covering the NBA in depth alongside current sports with analysis, coverage, news and more besides! Enjoy my most recent pieces in order and stay tuned for more updates during what promises to be an intriguing offseason with multiple storylines (and player contracts) to follow.

2020-21 PLAYOFFS, offseason

August
New home: Lauri Markkanen joins Cleveland Cavaliers in three-team sign-and-trade
Veteran sharpshooter JJ Redick to bypass training camp, assessing options
Warriors, Nets interested in signing Paul Millsap; Klay Thompson injury update
No Kemba? No problem for Celtics’ second-year guard Payton Pritchard
Spurs coach Becky Hammon hopes it’ll be normal for women to get NBA jobs
76ers’ guard Tyrese Maxey focused on making incremental improvements
Multiple NBA teams targeting wantaway Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen
Necessary or excessive? Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and DeMar DeRozan join Chicago

July
Lakers agree trade deal for Wizards’ Russell Westbrook, featuring three-player package
Even after everything, 76ers’ high asking price for Ben Simmons isn’t a surprise
Bucks 106-98 Suns: Giannis’ iconic 50-piece carries Milwaukee to first title since 1971
Lonzo Ball, Dennis Schroder among Chicago Bulls’ free agency guard targets
NBA Draft to be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on July 29
Devin Booker unapologetic on criticism of Suns’ injury-impacted NBA Finals run

May, June
Detroit Pistons win top pick in draft lottery, Cade Cunningham expected
Suns 120-114 Clippers: Booker brilliance helps hosts gladly snatch Game 1
Donovan Mitchell: Game 6 loss to Clippers will eat at me for a long time
Justified or not, Kristaps Porzingis’ afterthought concerns were a long time coming
Kawhi Leonard delivers in the clutch again, as LA Clippers handed Game 7 lifeline
Play-in awaits: Stephen Curry continues to make the Warriors believe

2020-21 regular season

Jaylen Brown’s season-ending wrist surgery amplifies his Celtics influence
Lakers 123-110 Suns: Anthony Davis sparkles as LA ease to important win

April
Warriors 117-113 Kings: Tyrese Haliburton shines, but Dubs edge frenetic finish
Welcome back: Jaren Jackson Jr describes return as a big win, despite Clippers loss
Wizards 110-107 Warriors: Bradley Beal’s spirited surge saves Wiz blushes
Best of the best: Karl-Anthony Towns believes Anthony Edwards is Rookie of the Year
Jrue Holiday signs four-year, $160m maximum extension deal with Bucks
Bucks 127-109 Blazers: Giannis’ 47-point effort exposes Portland’s ever-present issues
Oklahoma State’s star freshman Cade Cunningham declares for 2021 NBA draft

January-March 2021
Back to work: Lakers win Andre Drummond race after he agrees buyout
Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic deadline day trade a necessary gamble
Jury is out: Milwaukee Bucks acquire PJ Tucker in four-player trade deal
All-Star break over, what now? NBA Q+A: Rookie watch, trade targets and surging Suns
Exceeded expectations: Hornets chairman Michael Jordan praises rookie LaMelo Ball
Steph Curry praises team’s toughness as Warriors recover to beat Lakers
LaMelo Ball isn’t surprised by his record-breaking numbers – you shouldn’t be either
Golden State Warriors 115-105 LA Clippers: Curry decisive as GSW erase 22-point deficit
Trail Blazers 108-111 Chicago Bulls: White, LaVine key as visitors rally down 20 to win


timeless archives

Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors defend for the rebound...

Featured game reports
2019-20
Heat 93-106 Lakers: LeBron key as LA ease to 17th franchise title
Heat 111-108 Lakers: Butler’s special showing forces a Game 6
Nuggets 80-78 Jazz: Jokic pivotal as Denver edge Utah in thrilling Game 7 finish

Time to retool
Time ticking: Stan Van Gundy has work to do, as Pelicans players unhappy
76ers exec Marc Eversley agrees deal, becomes Chicago Bulls GM
Bulls fire GM Gar Forman, ending his 22-year run with franchise

Coronavirus news
July 27: NBA commissioner Adam Silver cautiously optimistic about Orlando bubble restart
July 1: Player health concerns rise, positive COVID-19 tests and more ahead of resumption
June 3: NBA will resume 2019-20 season on July 31, 22 teams will feature to decide winner
May 11: 15-time All-Star, 4x NBA champ Shaquille O’Neal says league should ‘scrap the season’
May 8: Officials, staff worried about psychological effects of league return
May 3: NBA unwilling to separate players from families, should season resume
April 24: Celtics’ Brown speaks about COVID, impact on hometown Georgia
April 16: Gobert downplays rift with teammate Donovan Mitchell after Mitchell also tests positive
April 11: NBA teams encouraging league office to delay summer’s draft
April 4: League ‘angling’ to cancel 19-20 season, preparing multiple scenarios
March 26: NBA’s top-league executives to have salaries cut by 20%
March 12, 2020: NBA suspends season indefinitely, as Jazz’ Rudy Gobert contracts COVID

Q&A pieces, other features
LaMelo Ball isn’t surprised by his record-breaking numbers – you shouldn’t be either
Oklahoma City Thunder rightly building around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Russell Westbrook’s trade request and tensions in Houston is no surprise
NBA free agency Q&A: Giannis’ future, potential movers and 2020-21 season
Jacob Blake, NBA protests and ongoing quest for social justice: What’s next?
Five burning questions, storylines to watch as NBA season returns tonight
LA Clippers view Q&A: Kobe’s legacy, Zion watch, Embiid-Simmons future and more

Looking towards the future
May 2020: Carmelo Anthony – What does the future hold for the 10-time All-Star?
Apr. 2020: LaMelo Ball in DC? Assessing possible landing spots for star guard
Oct. 2019: Lonzo and Zion among an exciting core for new-look Pelicans

Hard-earned deals
Jaylen Brown: Assessing his Celtics contract situation, what lies ahead
Raptors extend Pascal Siakam’s deal, agreeing $130m four-year max
Draymond Green’s $100m max contract extension a long time coming