Oklahoma City Thunder rightly building around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Young Thunder finding their legs in playoff run vs. Rockets - HoustonChronicle.com

After a whirlwind month which saw his mentor Chris Paul depart for Phoenix, a new head coach appointed, multiple teammates leaving in trades or free agency, it’s become increasingly clear that the Oklahoma City Thunder are both prepared and willing to build their team around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander going forward – a belief echoed by GM Sam Presti earlier this weekend. Continue reading

NBA releases 2020-21 preseason schedule, set to begin December 11

NBA considers 72 games, pre-Christmas start for 2020-21 season - UPI.com

As the NBA gears up for the quickest turnaround in league history next month, a 49-game preseason schedule was announced overnight with some intriguing storylines and matchups to keep an eye on as all 30 teams report for training camp with games coming in December. Continue reading

NBA’s Manic Monday: Chris Paul to the Suns, Holiday-Bogdanovic join Giannis and more

Sources: Bucks to acquire Holiday, Bogdanovic | World Sports Tale

On an eventful night as far as NBA transactions go, there was significant movement across the league – namely with the Milwaukee Bucks going all in to secure more firepower with two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo still considering whether he’ll sign their super-max offer. Chris Paul has a new home in Phoenix, while Trevor Ariza returns to Houston and more besides. Continue reading

Russell Westbrook’s trade request and tensions in Houston is no surprise

Russell Westbrook, Rockets knocked out of playoffs by Lakers

As reported by The Athletic and ESPN, Houston Rockets All-Star guard Russell Westbrook has expressed his desire to leave – less than 18 months after joining in a blockbuster trade from Oklahoma City. After taking a moment to absorb the news, you’ll quickly begin to understand that this latest development isn’t really a surprise at all. Why though and how did we get here? Continue reading

Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder discussing potential Chris Paul trade

The case against the Phoenix Suns trading for Chris Paul - Bright Side Of  The Sun

According to ESPN reports, the Phoenix Suns have had ongoing discussions about acquiring All-Star point guard Chris Paul from their Western Conference rivals Oklahoma City Thunder – the 35-year-old has two years and is owed $85.5m on his existing four-year contract, which was among the main reasons why he remained in Oklahoma after last summer’s blockbuster trade. Continue reading

Golden State Warriors linked with trade interest in Suns’ Kelly Oubre Jr

Here comes the Tsunami of Kelly Oubre Jr. trade suggestions

After a year plagued with injuries to star players, Golden State want to surround their multiple-time All-Star trio Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green with the supporting cast capable of contending for another championship: both next season and beyond. Among those they’ve been linked with, is Phoenix’s Kelly Oubre Jr – who has a year left on his existing deal.

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Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets – Comeback kings in familiar spot

Lakers treating Game 5 against the Nuggets 'like a Game 7' - Los Angeles  Times

The Lakers were given a run for their money in the fourth quarter, but ultimately restored their two-game series advantage vs. the Denver Nuggets. Now, the season’s comeback kings must respond as they have done regularly in Orlando – it’s win or go home time again for Michael Malone’s men. Will Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and co step up in another elimination game here? Or will the Lakers secure their first NBA Finals trip since 2010?  Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers – A swift response needed

Anthony Davis buzzer-beater gives Lakers Game 2 win vs. Nuggets - Report  Door

Anthony Davis’ buzzer-beating three broke Denver hearts dramatically at the end of Game 2. Now, the postseason’s comeback kings are down 2-0 to the Los Angeles Lakers and there’s increasing belief this matchup is one step too far for Nikola Jokic and co. After narrowly falling short on Sunday, how will they respond in Game 3 of this year’s Western Conference Finals? Continue reading

Playoff Preview: LA Lakers vs Houston Rockets – Can D’Antoni’s men extend series?

LeBron James on Caruso's shot: 'He knows I have confidence in him'

Following a ten-point victory on Thursday evening, the Lakers have edged ever closer to their first Western Conference Finals appearance in a decade. They can clinch that in Game 5, against a Houston side who appear genuinely defeated. Will they finish the job once and for all, or can the Rockets extend their stay in Orlando like Denver did against the Clippers overnight?  Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers – Game 3 up for grabs

The key to Game 2: Rajon Rondo outplays Russell Westbrook as Lakers tie series - xoonews

Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined for 62 points, 21 rebounds and 13 assists as the Lakers returned to winning ways in Game 2 with a eight-point victory against the Houston Rockets. After making adjustments to the Rockets’ fast-paced style, will the purple and gold replicate their impressive resurgence from the Portland series and cruise to victory here? Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets – Who takes Game 1?

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers odds, picks and best bets

After a stunning Game 7 finale win against the Jazz on Tuesday night, rest is in short supply for Denver as they prepare to face a well-rested Los Angeles Clippers side tonight in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals. Are Michael Malone’s side capable of snatching an early lead in a matchup where the odds are stacked against them? Or will the Clippers prove too strong? Continue reading