Basketball Intelligence For 7/16/21

Today's Best NBA Reporting And Analysis


From Nekias Duncan, Basketball News:

From Chris Herring, Sports Illustrated:

From Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic:

From Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight:

From Trevor Booth, Bright Side Of The Sun:  and

From Eric Nehm, The Athletic:

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From Ben Ladner, The Step Back:

From David Aldridge, The Athletic:

From Dalton Sell, Behind The Buck Pass:

From Jordan Treske, Behind The Buck Pass:

From Jacob Maier, Behind The Buck Pass:


From Steve Aschburner,

From Jake Weinbach, Hoops Habit:

From Brad Botkin, CBS Sports:

From Adam Paris, Brew Hoop:


From Brendan Tobin, Audacy:

From Khobi Price, SunSentinel:

From Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald:

From Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports:


- The Top International Prospects (from Eric Guilleminault, NBA

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2021 DRAFT:

- The Case For # 1 Pick (from Krysten Peek, Yahoo Sports):

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- Two-Round Mock (from Zach Harper, The Athletic):

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From Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily:

- Profile: Jalen Suggs (from Kelly Iko/Seth Davis, The Athletic):

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- Which Players Each Team Can & Won't Trade (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):

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- End Of An Era As Spalding Basketball Bounce Out Of The NBA (from Jesse Washington, The Undefeated):

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- BKN: What The Nets Are Trying To Achieve This Offseason (from Alex Schffer/Sam Vecenie,The Athletic):

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- BOS: Marcus Smart's Future Is Most Important Question Of The Offseason (from Bobby Manning, Celtics Blog):

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- CLE: The Sexton Dilemma (from Nick Trizzino, Fear The Sword):

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- DAL: The New GM & Coach: Introductory Press Conference (from Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News):

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From Brad Townsend, Dallas News:

From Tim MacMahon, ESPN:

From Callie Caplan, Dallas News:

From Grant Afseth, Sports Illustrated:

- HOU: Ryan Anderson Opens Up About His Struggles With The Rockets (from Matt Young, Huston Chronicle):

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- LAC: Expert Medical Analysis Of Kawhi's ACL Tear (from Gilbert McGregor/Dr. Michael George,

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- LAC: Clips In "Serious Talks" To Add Brian Shaw As Asst. Coach (from Mirjam Swanson, OC Register):

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- NOP: Doc Rivers Confident Willie Green Can Take Pels To Next Level (from Christian Clark, The Advocate):

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- OKC: SGA Should Be Nearly Untouchable (from Nick Crain, Forbes):

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- PHI: 5 Problems Daryl & Doc Should Have Seen Coming (from Dave Early, Liberty Ballers):

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- Top 2021 Free Agents (from John Hollinger, The Athletic):

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From Tommy Beer, Basketball News:


- Mystics Poised For Comeback (from Jon Bird, Winsidr):

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About that time by Henry Abbott on the rumblings that “Dame Time” in Portland might be over.

Key graf:

Lillard’s value is so high that, in weeks past, the word from well-placed sources has been that Lillard simply would not be traded for two reasons: 

  • He won’t be a free agent until 2024, so he has little leverage.

  • Having him on the roster helps the team valuation as Allen prepares to sell.