Dwight Howard’s name is once again swirling in trade rumors as the NBA’s February 18 trade deadline approaches. In what is expected to be a dull trade deadline, Howard switching teams could immediately change the league’s playoff landscape.
The NBA Draft is rapidly approaching (Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. on ESPN) and rumors are flying. Not just speculation about who will be selecting who at the draft, but also what teams will be looking to move up and down on draft night. After doing the Zocco’s Modern Life podcast with our very own Joey Zocco (which you can listen to here) Jordan Katz compiled a full two round mock draft with trades.
The best time of the year is finally here for professional basketball fans: the NBA Playoffs. This year brings some intriguing first round matchups, but not as many the NBA could have had if they took some of my advice.
This is going to be a great couple months of competitive basketball, and now that I all of the matchups are set its time for me to stop hiding and make some picks. Remember, these playoffs are as much about who’s playing who as any. A 7-game series format ensures the team playing the best come April, May and June usually win. Enjoy!
This is for all the Brooklyn Nets fans out there who are feeling the same sort of disappointment and disbelief as I am. Our team is about to miss the playoffs in the Eastern Conference (I am just mentally preparing myself for that) and do not even have their own lottery pick to fall back on. Continue reading
With the NBA calendar turning over and free agency in the NBA still in its early stages, there are four teams that keep flirting in trade talks with each other. The free agency landscape could change drastically if either or both of these deals go down any time over the offseason.
Kyrie Irving was the first player to get a new deal when free agency started on July 1 and found a unique way to celebrate. Irving will sign a 5-year, $90 million extension that will start once his current rookie contract runs out after the 2014-15 season. Players cannot make these contracts official until the league moratorium is lifted on July 10.
The Wizards struck a deal to keep their free agent big man around for the next five seasons as well. Marcin Gortat has agreed to a 5-year, $60 million contract that is fully garenteed: no player or team options are part of the contract.
The Pistons were also busy as they have agreed to a 3-year, $20 million contract with shooting guard Jodie Meeks. Former Cleveland Cavalier has agreed to change teams and will sign a 4-year, $18 million deal with the Pacers.
Besides these early agreements, the players changing teams and free agent frenzy has yet to really begin. That being said two trades (one is a lot closer to happening than the other) can amp up the offseason madness and really shape what free agents end up where.