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NBA Offseason Grades – Southeast Division

It’s been a busy summer for teams in the East’s Southeast Division.  Miami lost LeBron James, which automatically made for a bad summer, but did recuperate pretty nicely.  Charlotte is slowly becoming a very good team.  Washington was busy in free agency but will still rely on guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.  Orlando remains on the rebuilding path.  And finally, the Atlanta Hawks made some small but solid moves this summer.  Let’s take a closer look at each team’s offseason:

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NBA Offseason Grades – Northwest Division

We continue our offseason grades with a look at the West’s Northwest Division.  Denver had a fruitful offseason, building both through the draft and by trading for Arron Afflalo.  Utah and Minnesota are rebuilding, but both teams added exciting prospects who have superstar potential.  Meanwhile, Oklahoma City and Portland are still the class of the division, but really failed to make game-changing moves.  Here’s how it all turned out:

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NBA Offseason Grades – Pacific Division
NBA Offseason Grades – Pacific Division

Several teams were very busy in the West’s Pacific Division while others just made smaller moves.  The Clippers and Golden State didn’t make any huge splashes, but both teams added some depth off the bench.  Despite the Suns’ heavy activity, their dealings with talented guard Eric Bledsoe are still unresolved.  The Lakers are building toward the 2016 free agent class.  They’ve added some quality players for the time being, however.  And finally, who knows what the Kings are doing.  Let’s take a closer look:

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NBA Offseason Grades – Central Division
NBA Offseason Grades – Central Division

There was a ton of movement in the East’s Central Division this offseason.  The Bulls and Cavs are now positioned as Eastern Conference favorites, while the Pacers have tumbled down the pecking order after losing Paul George to injury and Lance Stephenson to free agency.  Milwaukee is slowly rebuilding and got their centerpiece in Jabari Parker.  Meanwhile, the Pistons added some shooters around the team’s big frontcourt.  Here’s how things transpired:

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NBA Offseason Grades – Southwest Division
NBA Offseason Grades – Southwest Division

We continue our NBA offseason grades by examining the West’s Southwest Division.  Dallas scored a coup by stealing Chandler Parsons away from Houston, which could result in the two teams switching positions in the West’s pecking order.  Meanwhile, the Pelicans added a center to start alongside Anthony Davis.  Memphis signed Vince Carter, who will provide help off the bench.  And finally, the defending champion Spurs stood pat by securing all of its own free agents.  This division could be the most competitive in the league once again next season.  Let’s take a closer look:

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NBA Offseason Grades – Atlantic Division
NBA Offseason Grades – Atlantic Division

This week, we are taking a look at the winners and losers of the NBA offseason.  We start with Atlantic Division teams.  The Knicks and Raptors retained their important free agents in Carmelo Anthony and Kyle Lowry.  The Celtics and 76ers are in full-fledged rebuilding mode.  Meanwhile, the Nets had to retool after suffering the loss of two starters who left in free agency.

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Can Derrick Rose Get Back To His Old Form?
Can Derrick Rose Get Back To His Old Form?

The Chicago Bulls have had a fair shot at the Eastern Conference title over the last two seasons, but without Derrick Rose on the court, they are way too limited offensively.  Rose seems to be ready to comeback, but can he last and get back to his old form? Read More

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Lakers Hired Byron Scott As Their New Head Coach
Lakers Hired Byron Scott As Their New Head Coach

The Los Angeles Lakers are seeking for a new direction after two dreadful years under coach Mike D’Antoni, and they announced they hired Byron Scott to be their Head Coach for their next four years. Read More

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NBA Free Agency 2014: What’s Left?
NBA Free Agency 2014: What’s Left?

Free agency continues with the NBA’s biggest names already off the board.  But plenty of talent remains available for teams still on the market.

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NBA Free Agency – Best Players Available
NBA Free Agency – Best Players Available

The NBA’s biggest free agents mostly remain available as the free agency period progresses.  Although players like Dirk Nowitzki, Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat are off the board, teams can still find plenty of talent at every position.

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NBA Free Agency – Impact Players Off the Market
NBA Free Agency – Impact Players Off the Market

Free agency season has begun in the NBA, and a handful of players have already made their decisions.  Although teams can’t sign anyone until July 10th, they can negotiate with free agents and agree to deals.

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2014 NBA Draft Preview
2014 NBA Draft Preview

With the top pick in tonight’s NBA Draft (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN), the Cleveland Cavaliers still seem undecided on their choice. Before last week, the league consensus was that the Cavs would pick Kansas center Joel Embiid. But with news concerning Embiid’s injured foot, which could potentially sideline him for the entire season, the Cavs shifted course.

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    NFL Sneak Peek – Week 1 – Giants vs. Lions

    The Giants and Lions both fell short of the playoffs last year each playing in divisions that earned just one postseason slot. Detroit was alive until the Giants beat them 23-20 in overtime during week 16 in Michigan. It also put the final nail in Lions coach Jim Schwartz’s coffin. Detroit seemed on their way to victory leading 20-13 late in the fourth quarter but New York scored a defense touchdown to tie the game, and kicked a game winning field goal on their second possession of overtime. The Lions final five chances with the ball ended with four punts and a defensive score. New York was limited to just 41 yards on the ground on 21 carries while the Lions scampered for 148 yards. The teams combined for five turnovers.

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    NBA Offseason Grades – Southeast Division

    It’s been a busy summer for teams in the East’s Southeast Division.  Miami lost LeBron James, which automatically made for a bad summer, but did recuperate pretty nicely.  Charlotte is slowly becoming a very good team.  Washington was busy in free agency but will still rely on guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.  Orlando remains on the rebuilding path.  And finally, the Atlanta Hawks made some small but solid moves this summer.  Let’s take a closer look at each team’s offseason:

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    NBA Offseason Grades – Northwest Division

    We continue our offseason grades with a look at the West’s Northwest Division.  Denver had a fruitful offseason, building both through the draft and by trading for Arron Afflalo.  Utah and Minnesota are rebuilding, but both teams added exciting prospects who have superstar potential.  Meanwhile, Oklahoma City and Portland are still the class of the division, but really failed to make game-changing moves.  Here’s how it all turned out:

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