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BDL 25: Was last season as good as it gets for the Raptors? Ball Don't Lie (Eric Freeman) — DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry zone out. (Vaughn Ridley/ Getty Images) There is no reason for the Toronto Raptors to be pessimistic after the greatest season in franchise history. Toronto finished 2015-16 with a number of team-firsts — a record 56 wins, a No. 2 seed in the playoffs, and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto looked headed for a sweep at the hands of the...
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Blake Griffin says he’s working on improving his three-point shot ProBasketballTalk (Sean Highkin) — Griffin is a career 27.1 percent outside shooter.
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Steve Kerr endorses shorter preseason to limit back-to-backs ProBasketballTalk (Sean Highkin) — The idea has been thrown around over the past few years.
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NBA PM: Magic Will Be Counting On Ibaka

Basketball Insiders (Cody Taylor) — Serge Ibaka could be a vital piece for a new-look Orlando Magic team looking to make some waves this season, writes Cody Taylor.
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'Fed-up' judge in Derrick Rose civil rape case gives lawyers gag order Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — Derrick Rose speaks during a June 24, 2016, news conference at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP) At the final pretrial hearing before the scheduled start of the civil case alleging that Derrick Rose and two of his friends drugged a woman, broke into her apartment, and raped her while she was unconscious , the presiding judge on Thursday gave lawyers on both sides of the...
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Tyronn Lue trying to talk Kevin Garnett into becoming Cavaliers assistant coach ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — Three all-time greats retired from the NBA this year. What’s next for Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett? Kobe is making movies and babies. Duncan is hanging around Spurs practice and is expected to join the franchise full-time. Garnett? Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, who was an assistant coach for the Celtics when Garnett played […]
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BDL 25: Al Horford, the Celtics and building from the NBA middle Ball Don't Lie (Ben Rohrbach) — David Ortiz (left) points Al Horford in the direction of a Boston championship. (Getty Images) The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL...
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Ranking the NBA’s Top 10 Small Forwards

Basketball Insiders (Jesse Blancarte) — Basketball Insiders ranks the top 10 small forwards entering the 2016-17 NBA season.
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Report: Rockets signing P.J. Hairston ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — The Rockets created a little roster confusion by giving Gary Payton II a fully guaranteed deal, bringing Houston to 15 players (the regular-season roster limit) with guaranteed salaries plus restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas. This won’t clarify the situation, but P.J. Hairston will give the Rockets another intriguing piece. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: Sources: […]
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OKC's Cameron Payne breaks bone in right foot for 2nd time this year Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — Oklahoma City’s Cameron Payne drives during a 2016 NBA Summer League game. (AP) After joining a veteran-laden, championship-hopeful Oklahoma City Thunder squad last season, Cameron Payne earned more headlines for his pre-game dancing than for his play as a rookie. But with Oklahoma City retooling its attack after the loss of Kevin Durant, and with veteran backup point guard D.J. Augustin...
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