Cleveland Cavs must stick to the script this off-season

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The Cleveland Cavs have already brought back a very familiar face this off-season.  Nope, not LeBron James.  Even better, Mike Brown has returned to become head coach!  (Crickets)

Now in year three of the post-LeBron rebuilding effort, the Cleveland Cavs front office must stick to the script of the past few summers; build through the draft and avoid making dumb moves via free agency or trade that will ruin their cap space.

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Orlando Magic should blow up their roster this off-season

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The Sports Bank‘s series of NBA off-season team needs pages begins with the worst team in the league this past season; the Orlando Magic.  The franchise suffered a major setback after dealing disgruntled superstar Dwight Howard last off-season.  They enter the off-season stuck with a roster of average talent and rather than trying to scrape by, it is time for the Orlando Magic to blow up their roster and get straight to rebuilding mode.

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Top 20 2013 NBA free agents

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The 2013 group of NBA free agents is a lot deeper and more talented than last year’s crop.  Star players like Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Josh Smith will be available this summer and there are several teams that have put themselves in position to make some major splashes in free agency.  Here is a look at the Top 20 NBA free agents for this off-season.

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Top ten 2013 NBA restricted free agents

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We have already gone over our list of the top ten 2013 unrestricted NBA free agents.  Here are the best restricted free agents who are scheduled to hit the market next summer.  Don’t forget, a team has the right to match any offer sheet a restricted free agent signs which makes it difficult to sign away a player.   [Read more…]

Top ten 2013 unrestricted NBA free agents

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Now that the dust has pretty much settled on the 2012 NBA free agency period, we can look ahead to next summer when big names like Dwight Howard and Chris Paul are slated to hit the open market.  Here is a look at the top ten unrestricted free agents for the 2013 NBA off-seasonClick here for a list of the top NBA restricted free agents in 2013.
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2012 NBA off-season winners

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Yesterday, I handed out my dubious awards of which teams ended up “losers” during the 2012 NBA off-season.  Now it’s time to name the winners of the off-season.  At the top of the list, the defending champs who bring more talent to South Beach.
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2012 NBA off-season losers

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All the big moves in the NBA off-season have been made… except that one big guy in Orlando whose name I refuse to mention because I’m fed up with hearing rumors about where or where he might not end up.  So it’s time to dish out some winners and losers of the past few weeks.  Here are a few teams that were losers during the NBA off-season.
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NBA Free Agent roundup (7/10/12)

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While the NBA world awaits word on whether or not the Orlando Magic are actually going to give Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for ten cents on the dollar, there have been plenty of other major moves made via trade and free agency in the past couple of days.  Here is a breakdown of the latest player movement in this NBA off-season.

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Steve Nash trade leads to point guard roulette in NBA

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The Los Angeles Lakers made a huge splash by acquiring Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns for four future NBA Draft picks.  That deal has led to chain reaction of point guard movement in the NBA as Goran Dragic, Kyle Lowry, Jason Kidd, and possibly Jeremy Lin have all found new homes.

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Don’t expect Tim Duncan to leave San Antonio Spurs this off-season

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With smart drafting, wise acquisitions, and the genius puppetmaster Gregg Popovich pulling the strings; the San Antonio Spurs’ dynasty of being NBA title contenders continued this past season.  They face one major objection this summer; re-sign Tim Duncan.

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Memphis Grizzlies must upgrade depth this off-season

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By signing their key players to contract extensions the past couple of years, the Memphis Grizzlies have a solid starting five.  However, their bench production has been average at best which has held them back a bit.  The Griz need to upgrade the talent behind their starters this off-season, but that will be difficult to do since the team has very little cap flexibility in free agency.

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What Miami Heat can do this off-season to help repeat chances

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Your 2012 NBA Champion, Miami Heat.  That’s really all that needs to be said.  LeBron James got the monkey off his back and took the first step in their promise to win several rings upon his joining powers with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach.  In order for the Heat to repeat next year, they still need to make a few moves this off-season.

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