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Rise up: LeBron ready to hoist Cleveland's first NBA title banner

As a teenager, LeBron James remembers looking up to the Cleveland rafters and noting its scant offerings. Now he'll help hang the ultimate prize high above the court.

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There's Still Hope For Last Season's Worst NBA Rookie

FiveThirtyEight breaks down how one of the worst rookies in the NBA last season, Emmanuel Mudiay, is key to the Nuggets season and according to CARMELO is projected to be a solid contributor within a few seasons.

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The entire NBA rated by tiers

How will the season shape up for your favorite squad? We split up the best teams, the bottom-feeders and everything in between.

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11hDarren Rovell

Shaquille O'Neal teams up with Krispy Kreme

Basketball Hall of Famer and broadcaster Shaquille O'Neal, a big fan of Krispy Kreme, has been named a global spokesperson for the brand.

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1dCalvin Watkins

Rockets try to move on without Patrick Beverley

With Patrick Beverley sidelined four to six weeks with a knee injury, the Rockets will need all their players to step up their defense.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The 2016-17 NBA season opens Tuesday with just two teams in the luxury tax: Cleveland ($32.4 million) and the LA Clippers ($3.6 million).

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Pablo Prigioni, Jordan Farmar, Anthony Brown, Archie Goodwin, RJ Hunter ... some tough and unexpected last cuts all around the NBA today.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

According to multiple league sources, there is mutual interest between Dahntay Jones and the Cavs to reunite later on this season should Cleveland free up a roster spot and Jones be looking for a job at that point.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach David Fizdale purchased 500 tickets for the Grizzlies' season opener to be distributed to fans. He will give away the tickets on a first-come, first-served basis at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday in the FedEx Forum grand lobby.

Shelley Smith ESPN Reporter 

Sparks celebration!!

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Given Archie Goodwin hasn't shown any meaningful improvement in his three NBA seasons, can understand why the Suns were ready to move on.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

In a surprise move, the Rockets released veteran guard Pablo Prigioni to reach the 15-man roster limit according to a source. With the veteran Prigioni gone, the Rockets will stick with younger, inexperience guards behind James Harden and Eric Gordon. Bobby Brown and Tyler Ennis are the backup guards and last year's starting point guard Pat Beverley is out until December with a knee injury.