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Realistic 2016 Free-Agency Targets for the Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets are set to engage in their biggest free-agent season since acquiring Dwight Howard in the summer of 2013. With his impending departure and the massive cap boost, general manager Daryl Morey will have a ton of money...Show More Summary

LeBron gave us a Game 7 for Father's Day. Thanks, LeBron!

Good morning. We have that and much more in Friday's NBA newsletter. Good morning. Let's basketball. FATHER STRETCH MY SERIES: After another superlative LeBron James performance, we're going to Game 7. LeBron had 41-8-12-4-3 and hadShow More Summary

No one likes Cleveland enough to rig the NBA Finals

Good morning. We have that and more in Wednesday's NBA newsletter. Good morning. Let's basketball. COMEBACK: It's pretty clear that Draymond Green damaged the Warriors' chances to close out this series. Paul Flannery wants to know whether...Show More Summary

Kyrie Irving sliced through the Warriors by going into Uncle Drew mode

Kyrie Irving gets buckets. That's who he is, and asking him to be something else misses the point. Some performances, you just can't watch alone. You need to be around friends. You need people with you when Kyrie Irving does something so incredible that it seems almost unreal. Show More Summary

Why traditional big men are the new running backs of the NBA Draft

Unless you're a star, big men aren't worth what they used to be in the NBA Draft. Centers were once the dominant species in the NBA, much like the dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth. But like the asteroid that turned dinosaurs into...Show More Summary

Draymond Green's Suspension Changes Everything for Warriors, Cavaliers in Game 5

Draymond Green does everything for the Golden State Warriors, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that his suspension for Game 5 of the NBA Finals changes everything. The NBA handed down a one-game timeout because Green accumulated four...Show More Summary

Don't Be Surprised by These Big-Money Deals During Wild NBA Offseason

In advance of an unprecedented salary-cap explosion this summer, the NBA has (unofficially) turned to Oprah as inspiration for its (totally unsanctioned) free-agent slogan. You get a max contract! You get a max contract! You get a max contract! Everybody gets a max contract! Or, um, maybe not. Show More Summary

2016 NBA Draft Prospects: Breaking Down Pro Future of Croatia's Ivica Zubac

An international riser in this year's NBA draft discussion, Ivica Zubac has suddenly become a must-scout prospect for teams picking during the mid-to-late first round. There was already some initial buzz around him over the summer, when...Show More Summary

NBA Finals 2016: Updated Schedule and Predictions for Warriors vs. Cavaliers

The 2016 NBA Finals, which unofficially ended after two games, returned to life Wednesday night. Learning nothing from the Western Conference Finals, onlookers declared the Golden State Warriors NBA champions after a decisive Game 2 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Show More Summary

Breaking Down Offseason Priorities for the Toronto Raptors

Even Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James had to marvel. He immediately moved past Doris Burke's postgame question after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, choosing to dish out praise instead. "I've never been part of anything...Show More Summary

2016 NBA Draft Prospects: Breaking Down Future of Maryland's Robert Carter Jr.

Any team looking to draft a professional bucket-getter at power forward should consider Maryland's Robert Carter Jr. Carter didn't put up eye-popping numbers this past year at Maryland, but he might just be the best combination of outside...Show More Summary

I've Been Waiting My Whole Life for the Cleveland Cavaliers to Win the Big One

Being both a journalist and lifelong fan of the team you cover is a unique balancing act that carries its share of challenges. I'm rooting like hell for the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their first-ever NBA championship. If this statement makes you question my credibility on the topic, go ahead. Show More Summary

Irie Jams

A ground-breaking DJ has been holding down the Miami Heat and their fans for almost two decades. The post Irie Jams appeared first on SLAMonline.

Kevin Durant Comments on Russell Westbrook, Free Agency

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant stated during the team's exit interviews Wednesday that he plans to seek outside input regarding his free agency, including an expected chat with teammate Russell Westbrook, but in the end...Show More Summary

NBA Pre-Draft Tour: Fred VanVleet Workout

Peep our exclusive footage of Fred VanVleet as he preps for the '16 Draft. The post NBA Pre-Draft Tour: Fred VanVleet Workout appeared first on SLAMonline.

BODYARMOR Player of the Week: Klay Thompson

Against OKC in the Western Conference Finals, Thompson averaged 28.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, including an NBA Playoff-record 11 three-pointers (41 points) in Game 6. The post BODYARMOR Player of the Week: Klay Thompson appeared first on SLAMonline.

The Thunder outplayed the Warriors, but lost to math

The Thunder did everything right all series, but it didn't matter because the Warriors made a bunch of three-pointers. As we learned in grade school, three is greater than two. At a basic level, that's how we can sum up the Golden State...Show More Summary

WATCH: Stephen Curry Lights Up OKC for 36 Points in Clutch Game 7

Stephen Curry seemed to draw motivation from Golden State’s 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference Finals. Curry and Klay Thompson proceeded to torch OKC from beyond the arc over the The post WATCH: Stephen Curry Lights Up OKC for 36 Points in Clutch Game 7 appeared first on SLAMonline.

In Getting Warriors to Game 7, Curry Again Shows He's One of NBA's Tough Guys

OKLAHOMA CITY — It's not exactly a complex, but there is a chip on Stephen Curry's shoulder regarding a certain topic. Physical strength. For his entire life, he's heard he's too small or skinny. It's why he lasted until the seventhShow More Summary

WATCH: Klay Thompson Hangs 41 Points on OKC, Forces Game 7

Klay Thompson was simply remarkable in Game 6, setting the NBA postseason record with 11 3-pointers. Thompson, a perfectionist, added this tidbit about his performance: "I should have had at The post WATCH: Klay Thompson Hangs 41 Points on OKC, Forces Game 7 appeared first on SLAMonline.

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