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Nets up for sale?

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Owners looking to sell high?

Grantland's Jonathan Abrams on Ray and Rashard

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After leaving behind an almost-great team 10 years ago, Heat veterans and old friends Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis find themselves competing again for the championships that eluded them in Seattle

Where are they now? Robert Swift

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Short answer: nobody knows, publicly at least. Would he have been better off going to college? Maybe. A college coach and team and campus might've provided the safety net of having something useful to do each day when injuries knocked him out of basketball for a year. But he might've lacked the maturity and grit to stick to a college team.

FiveThirtyEight Sports Blog: When to Sign a Player to a Max Extension

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I found this to be really fascinating, especially given the wild swing in outcomes depending on whether or not a player eventually proves he was worth the max contract (or not).

Steps On Just How the NBA Can Remove the Sterlings

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Reminding us that sports franchises are different from business/restaurant franchises, Michael McCann and Larry Coon walk through the steps of how the NBA can remove Donald and Shelly Sterling from NBA ownership, assume the Clippers team as an asset, and sell it off.

Local newspaper headline calls Durant "Mr. Unreliable"

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I don't blame any Sonics fan who chooses to ignore the NBA. But this year's first round has to be one of the most interesting and exciting ones ever, with close games, upsets, and surprising outcomes aplenty. The Grizzlies are #7 in the west, but have taken a 3-2 lead against the team that we want to see lose -- with the last four in a row all having gone into overtime, which must surely be an NBA playoff record. As I write this, the Grizzlies are losing game 6 but if there was ever a case of justifiable schadenfreude, it is this one, seeing the Grizzly foes get unsettled and point fingers at each other.

The Silver Hammer: The Banning of Donald Sterling and Unrest in These Playoffs

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Grantland's Zach Lowe on the Sterling decision aftermath and the tone of the NBA playoffs

Uncontested: The life of Donald Sterling

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by Peter Keating, ESPN The Mag... ... This story ran in the June 1, 2009 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

March Madness, As We Know It, Started in Seattle in 1984

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In yet a further display of Seattle's rich basketball tradition, David Eskenazi and Steve Rudman of Sportspress NW detail how the 1984 Final Four in Seattle transformed the college basketball championship tourney and gave rise to the craze that would come to be known as March Madness. Need more reasons, NBA?

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