Bucks are reportedly exploring Brook Lopez trades in search of a reinvention that may not even be possible

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The Milwaukee Bucks have spent the past year or so doing everything in their power to stop being the Milwaukee Bucks. Mike Budenholzer, the architect of the four-out offense and drop-coverage defense that took them from .500 to a championship, was fired after a first-round loss to the Miami Heat and replaced by Adrian Griffin, who was determined to reinvent the Bucks as a faster, more versatile team. The defense took another hit when Jrue Holiday was swapped out for Damian Lillard, theoretically fixing the half-court offensive woes that had plagued Milwaukee through previous playoff runs at the expense of the identity Milwaukee had spent years cultivating.

And now, according to Yahoo’s Jake Fischer, they are “gauging the trade value for Brook Lopez.” The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor hinted at why when he wrote that “there are

Why NBA teams are so intrigued by 7-footers Donovan Clingan and Zach Edey — for different reasons

Jeremy Woo, ESPNJun 23, 2024, 07:40 AM ET

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IT’S RARE THAT the viewing interests of fans and scouts ever completely align, but as circumstances would have it, last season’s most-watched jump ball came at the outset of the men’s national title game in Glendale, Arizona.

UConn’s 7-foot-3 Donovan Clingan, anchoring a defense on its way to a historic average margin of victory (23.3 points) and a second straight title, and Purdue’s 7-5 Zach Edey, the two-time national player of the year and college basketball’s most dominant interior force, squared off at midcourt. The two centers, both viewed as fascinating pro prospects, had their final opportunity to leave an impression on NBA decision-makers on April 8 — with a little more than two months to go before the 2024 draft.

UConn and Purdue were compelled to the championship game by, in large part, their titanic stars, who have

2024 NBA Draft Predictor: The most likely pick for each team

For the second consecutive year, we’ll play the odds to predict which player each NBA team will select in the upcoming draft. To do this, we’ll use Draft Predictor, a new tool that factors in our Aggregated Mock Draft and our workout tracker to generate the probability of every player landing at each draft slot.

A more complete explanation from last year of how Draft Predictor works can be found here. In the meantime, enjoy the results, which will be updated several times a day until the night of the draft.

No. 1: Atlanta No. 2: Washington No. 3: Houston No. 4: San Antonio No. 5: Detroit No. 6: Charlotte

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Jaylen Brown on Celtics repeat: I think we have an opportunity

By | June 22, 2024

What’s the buzz on Twitter? Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Dash Lovell, Jaylen Brown’s trainer, talked to @Sportskeeda about the keys to his Finals MVP season w/ #Celtics, defense on Luka Doncic, & dynamic with Jayson Tatum. Dash on @FCHWPO & @jaytatum0: “I see two guys sacrifice for each other all year long.” bit.ly/3RCAOjO12:38 PM Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Scalabrine asks Jaylen Brown on so many people picking the Mavs in the finals right before the Celtics championship parade:
I don’t really got to comment. We here. – 10:45 AM

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NBA free agency 2024: Latest signings, news, buzz and reports

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With the 2024 NBA Finals done, the league’s top decision-makers now have their eyes set on the draft and free agency.

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The free agency window will open June 30 at 6 p.m. ET, but teams and players are already hinting at what could be an impactful summer of moves and contract extensions.

The free agency pool this summer could be loaded with big names such as LeBron James and Paul George, who both could decline the final year of their respective deals and test the waters. Other stars such as Klay Thompson and James Harden will enter the summer as unrestricted free agents.

Our NBA insiders will be tracking all of the latest signings, buzz, news and reports throughout the summer and into free agency, so stay tuned as we report on the biggest moves that

2024 NBA free agency rumors: Klay Thompson, Warriors in stalemate

The 2024 NBA season is officially over, and the offseason is in full swing.

The league’s new collective bargaining agreement allows teams to negotiate with their own players right after the final game of the season. That said, players aren’t allowed to negotiate with teams other than their own until June 30 at 6 p.m. ET, and contracts can’t be signed until July 6 at 12:01 p.m. ET.

Some of the biggest unrestricted free agents to keep an eye on are LeBron James, Paul George, James Harden and Klay Thompson, to name a few. 

Here’s the latest off-court buzz from around the league.

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June 22

The Golden State Warriors have not made any offer to star Klay Thompson, and discussions between the two sides are essentially frozen, per The Athletic, making it increasingly likely that he could leave in free agency. Thompson is searching for a fresh start, even if the Warriors make him a competitive offer, per multiple reports.

June 20

The Philadelphia 76ers‘ interest in pursuing Paul George has diminished significantly in recent days, and the franchise is expected to be aggressive elsewhere with its salary cap flexibility and draft capital, per The Athletic

June 19

Paul George wants to be “playing the right style of basketball”

George, a six-time All-NBA honoree, is one of the biggest names poised to hit the open market this summer. He explained what he’s looking for, whether it’s with the LA Clippers or a new team.

“For sure, contributing to winning basketball, but, at this point, it’s not even about,” said George, who has a player option for the 2024-25 season. “People say, ‘Chasing a championship’. It’s not that. … Playing the right style of

GM: Mavs core intact; Luka, team must improve

Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff WriterJun 21, 2024, 12:47 PM ET

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DALLAS — In the wake of an NBA Finals run, Mavericks general manager Nico Harrison said he plans for the team’s rotation to return intact next season and has issued a challenge for “everybody to come back 10 to 15% better.”

That includes superstar Luka Doncic, an MVP finalist who just became the first player in NBA history to lead the league in total points, rebounds, assists and steals during a postseason.

Dallas Mavericks GM Nico Harrison said that while he wants everyone on the team to come back 10 to 15 percent better next season — including Luka Doncic — the team’s roster core will remain intact. hoto by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Asked how Doncic could make that sort