After opening day defeat, Detroit need Cade Cunningham at his best – quickly

Cade Cunningham and Hamidou Diallo of the Detroit Pistons look on while playing the Chicago Bulls at Little Caesars Arena on October 20, 2021 in...

Lonzo Ball’s second made three-pointer of the evening, at 6:22 in the fourth quarter, erased Detroit’s slender lead – one they jostled for throughout – as Chicago executed plays better down the stretch and earned a 94-88 road win in their season-opener. It reinforced the belief the Pistons desperately need top draft pick Cade Cunningham (ankle sprain) to return and quickly. Continue reading

Orlando Magic’s rebuild begins here, armed with a motivated first-year head coach

Head Coach Jamahl Mosley of the Orland Magic talks to the Orlando Magic during a preseason game against the Boston Celtics on October 13, 2021 at...

After seven years as an assistant for the Mavericks, overseeing the development of franchise star Luka Doncic and others, first-year head coach Jamahl Mosley is among contrasting surroundings in Orlando this term. Having traded away their best players, there are seemingly no expectations but that doesn’t concern him with an ambitious group at his disposal. Continue reading

Naive or not, Kevin Durant’s visualisations of Kyrie Irving are echoed by many

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets high fives Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets during Round 2, Game 2 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 7, 2021 at...

Kyrie Irving’s public anti-vaccination stance has caused tension aplenty, especially as the New York laws require him to get a shot if he wants to participate in home practices or games this season. Kevin Durant admitted his visualisations of his All-Star teammate may be naive, but they represent a belief echoed by many with the new campaign less than two weeks away now.
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New home: Lauri Markkanen joins Cleveland Cavaliers in three-team sign-and-trade

Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to get off a shot under pressure from Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March...

In a three-team trade that has left critics with multiple questions, the Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Chicago’s wantaway RFA PF Lauri Markkanen. They send PF/C Larry Nance Jr to the Portland Trail Blazers, while small forward Derrick Jones Jr will depart Rip City for the Bulls, alongside two future draft picks (2022 first, 2023 second-round). Is this a good move all-round? Continue reading

Veteran sharpshooter JJ Redick to bypass training camp, assessing options

Redick of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons in the second quarter at American Airlines Center on April 21, 2021 in...

After an abrupt and messy departure from New Orleans saw him traded to the Dallas Mavericks at the trade deadline last season, veteran shooting guard JJ Redick revealed he wouldn’t be participating in training camp on his own podcast – so will likely bide his time waiting for the right opportunity before agreeing terms with a team at some stage for the 2021-22 season. Continue reading

Warriors, Nets interested in signing Paul Millsap; Klay Thompson injury update

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns is defended by Paul Millsap of the Denver Nuggets in Game Three of the Western Conference second-round playoff...

After four seasons with the Denver Nuggets, veteran power forward Paul Millsap is expected to agree terms to join the fourth NBA team of his 15-year career this offseason and remains an available free agent. Golden State and Brooklyn have both been linked with the 36-year-old, while an update on five-time All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson’s status has been issued. Continue reading

No Kemba? No problem for Celtics’ second-year guard Payton Pritchard

Payton Pritchard of the Boston Celtics brings the ball up the court against Nah'Shon Hyland of the Denver Nuggets during the 2021 NBA Summer League...

Ahead of the new season, Boston are outsiders to emerge from an Eastern Conference boasting the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, a determined Brooklyn Nets team stacked with an All-Star trio as well as Philadelphia – who agreed new terms on a max contract extension with MVP frontrunner Joel Embiid earlier today. Second-year PG Pritchard wants to bridge that gap. Continue reading

Spurs coach Becky Hammon hopes it’ll be normal for women to get NBA jobs

Assistant Coach of the San Antonio Spurs Becky Hammon talks to Keldon Johnson of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Utah Jazz on...

Entering her eighth season as an NBA assistant coach with Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, already interviewed for multiple head coaching jobs, the 44-year-old – who played 15 years in the WNBA – still awaits a first opportunity to be the first woman to lead a NBA team after being a finalist for the Portland Trail Blazers job, which went to Chauncey Billups this past offseason. Continue reading

76ers’ guard Tyrese Maxey focused on making incremental improvements

Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during the game against the Atlanta Hawks during the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League on August 12, 2021...

Even with a Ben Simmons-shaped cloud hanging over the Sixers, there are positives for them to take into training camp next month. Coming off a promising rookie season where he played 61 games for Doc Rivers’ Philadelphia 76ers team, shooting guard Tyrese Maxey is focused on making developments to get 1% better everyday ahead of his second season in Philadelphia.
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