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Lowe: Why the Dennis Schroder-Buddy Hield duo would have been the safer bet for the Lakers

LeBron James is perhaps the greatest problem-solver in NBA history and has played with guards who don't shoot 3s well or often. But Russell Westbrook brings an entirely different set of challenges.

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The biggest free-agency and trade storylines -- including the peculiar Westbrook-Lakers fit

Our NBA insiders are answering the biggest questions surrounding free agency and trade season.

What adding Russell Westbrook means for LeBron James and the Lakers

Kevin Pelton examines what the move for Westbrook means for both sides.

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NBA FREE AGENCY

Biggest 2021 NBA free-agency and trade decisions for all 30 teams

Which decisions on free agents and trades will be priorities for each franchise?

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Best available NBA free agents and their predicted salaries

Here is every free agent and their projected salary for the 2021-22 season.

CP3, Lowry and Lonzo: Why 2021 free agency will be defined by point guards

Who can be the next out-of-the-playoffs, into-the-Finals fairy tale? That's what teams will try to emulate.

NO ONE'S SAFE AGAINST MITCHELL

Mitchell shows no mercy to this camper

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NBA DRAFT

NBA experts: Winners, losers and shocking trades from a ridiculous draft

From blockbuster trades to shocking lottery picks, our experts break down everything from a wild draft night.

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WHO WON THE TRADE?

Who wins the Celtics-Hawks-Kings multi-player deal?

In a three-team deal, the Kings land some insurance at center with Tristan Thompson, while the Hawks and Celtics both land veteran guards. Which team comes out ahead? Kevin Pelton hands out his grades.

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Celtics or Mavs: Who won the Josh Richardson trade?

Can Richardson be an impact player for Boston? Grades on the deal for both teams.

BREAKING DOWN THE DEALS

NBA trade grades: What dealing Derrick Favors to OKC means for the Utah Jazz and Thunder

The Jazz sent center Derrick Favors and a future first to OKC to create some cap flexibility, while the Thunder acquired yet another first-round pick. Kevin Pelton hands out the grades.

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Ricky Rubio is headed to Cleveland -- who wins the deal?

The veteran PG has been dealt after his second stint with Minnesota.

Who wins the Phoenix Suns-Brooklyn Nets deal for Landry Shamet?

Kevin Pelton grades the deal.

DRAFT NIGHT REACTION

Cade Cunningham nearly speechless after being picked No. 1 by Pistons

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Raptors surprise everyone, pick Scottie Barnes at No. 4

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Basketball: A Love Story

  • Basketball: A Love Story
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    Director Dan Klores creates a vibrant mosaic of basketball by exploring the complex nature of love as it relates to the game. Stream 62 short stories on the NBA, ABA, college hoops, the women's game, international basketball, and socio-cultural issues told by 165 legends.