Here’s what the Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler should do

The Step Back (Keith Parish) — There is currently a lot of smoke coming from the Timberwolves camp. Weeks of rumors finally led to Shams Charania proclaiming that there will be a “last-ditch” meeting between Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau to see if the relationship can be repaired. That seems ominous. Meanwhile, young franchise cornerstone Karl-Anthony Towns reportedly won’t sign what could […] ...
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Tobias Harris, Defensive Stats and Understanding the Trendy Breakout Candidate

NBA Math (Adam Spinella) — Anticipating breakout candidates requires assessing opportunity and ability. Those two lanes are merging in Los Angeles with Tobias Harris, the scoring swing forward now playing with the Clippers. Harris was phenomenal for the team after being acquired at the trade deadline in the Blake Griffin
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Can Bud Boost the Bucks?

Cleaning the Glass (Ben Falk) — Mike Budenholzer has a rep as an offensive wiz. But does that mean he’ll actually make the Bucks' offense better? Contributor Ryan Nguyen dives into the Xs and Os.
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There Are No Winners in the Jimmy Butler Rumors

Sports Illustrated: SI: NBA (Andrew Sharp) — Two years ago Minnesota appeared to be one of the brightest young teams in the NBA. But as frustrations bubbled and rumors swirled, the narrative around the Timberwolves took a genuinely shocking turn.
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Sports Illustrated's Favorite NBA Stories From Lee Jenkins

Sports Illustrated: SI: NBA (The SI Staff) — With Lee Jenkins moving on to join the L.A. Clippers, Sports Illustrated takes a look back at the senior writer's best NBA profiles and features over the years.
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Indiana Pacers 2018-19 NBA Season Preview

Basketball Insiders (Basketball Insiders) — The Indiana Pacers should be darling of the Central Division and easily next in line as an Eastern Conference contender The problem for the Pacers is they will face pressure to improve on last year, and that's a tall order for such a young and unproven core. Basketball Insiders takes a look at the Indiana Pacers in this 2018-19 NBA Season Preview.
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The NBA rivalries that matter: Suns vs. Lakers

The Step Back (Brendon Kleen) — For the past few years, the death of rivalries has been an endlessly recycled talking point. The idea is that NBA players are too friendly and it’s diluted the league’s competitive spirit. It’s also absurd. NBA rivalries are as intense as they’ve ever been and this week at The Step Back, we’re celebrating the rivalries […] The NBA rivalries that matter:...
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Jimmy Butler says his meeting with Thibodeau, Timberwolves is Tuesday (today) ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin) — Who cares if the reporting on the day was one off if the substance of the meeting is the same?
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The Whiteboard: The Timberwolves need Jimmy Butler more than he needs them

The Step Back (Ti Windisch) — The Minnesota Timberwolves really need Jimmy Butler, and losing him would be a serious blow to the franchise. Jimmy Butler has just one guaranteed year left in his deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it seems as though there’s a chance he could be with the franchise for even less time. According to The Athletic’s […] The Whiteboard: The Timberwolves need Jimmy Butler...
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John Wall is looking for a bounce-back season

The Step Back (Eric Spyropoulos) — Despite a disappointing, injury-riddled 2017-18 season, it’s too early to give up on John Wall as he looks to bounce back and lead the Washington Wizards. For John Wall, the 2017-18 season was a massive disappointment. He slugged through an injury-riddled campaign before the Washington Wizards were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. […] John Wall is looking for a...
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NBA Season Preview 2018-19: 20 things to watch this NBA season

The Step Back (Bryan Toporek) — Though the Golden State Warriors are likely to win the 2019 NBA title, there are plenty of reasons to tune into the 2018-19 regular season. Even if you believe the Warriors are preordained to three-peat this year, the journey between now and mid-June will feature no shortage of captivating twists and turns. Player movement this […] NBA Season Preview 2018-19: 20 things to watch this...
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Sources: NBA Updates Salary Cap Projections for Future Seasons

Basketball Insiders (Basketball Insiders) — Sources: The NBA has informed its teams of updated projected salary cap and tax level for 2019-20 ($109M, $132M) and 2020-21 ($118M, $143M). Sources: The NBA has informed its teams of updated projected salary cap and tax level for 2019-20 ($109M, $132M) and 2020-21 ($118M, $143M). — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 18, 2018 Sources: Shams […]
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Sources: Pelicans, Jarrett Jack Agree to Deal

Basketball Insiders (Basketball Insiders) — Free agent guard Jarrett Jack has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, per league sources. Free agent guard Jarrett Jack has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, per league sources. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 17, 2018 Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
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