Russell Westbrook is due for a big payday, and his past three years of development is a big reason why. The challenge for Presti & company is to pay him right while not upsetting the rest of the team's delicate balance.
Westbrook has been focusing on his offensive weaknesses, specifically his pull-up jumper and his lack of an in-between shot. I can't wait to see how this new facet plays out.
It looks like the league isn't a big fan of Kevin Durant's "rip move." I honestly don't see a huge drop off because of this though; the latter update, involving shooting continuation, looks like it will have bigger impact.
Our resident expert on the unshaped but high potential group of players writes up a great post on some of the cheap assets that could be made available during this season. I think this group is worth data mining, especially if we end up seeing a rash of injuries mid-way through.
The NBPA is urging the players to ratify the next CBA. Berger runs down the more interesting facets for our review.
I'm sorry Suns fans, but your owner is a complete Tool.
Young runs down the list of more minor aspects of the new CBA. You will be happy to know that player per diem is $120. That's a lot of Subway sandwiches.
The Legend turns 55 today.
The smaller market teams are going to miss out on the best opposite conference teams coming to their stadiums.
Lowe takes the opposite approach to many of us, describing how the season's schedule is actually quite balanced. Everyone feels the pain.
We could not have picked a more perfect looking guy to be at the center of this ridiculous Dwight Howard story.
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If Roger Mason, Jr. ends up moving to Washington, he might want to check in with the rest of the political class to better reign in his mis-tweets. How U?
I'm kind of sad about this one. Even though I did not see any evidence that OKC might be chasing McGrady, the fact that he's going to a B-level team for the veteran's minimum indicates that he could have been easily picked up by Presti.