Monday, 1 July 2013

The 10-man rotation, starring Mikhail Prokhorov backing up the Brink’s truck

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

C: The Brooklyn Game. Once the massive draft-night deal to make Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce the newest members of the Brooklyn Nets becomes official on July 10 and the Nets' roster is filled out, owner Mikhail Prokhorov will likely be footing a bill of $186,118,490 to field a team this year. That, somehow, is not a typo. Devin Kharpertian breaks down the expenditures.

PF: David Aldridge sets the table for free agency, recaps last Thursday's 2013 NBA draft, gets in-depth with new Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger and much more in his mammoth Monday column.

SF: SB Nation. Tom Ziller offers a helpful reminder of why the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, among other teams, are so eagerly selling themselves to secure the services of free-agent center Dwight Howard: He is, when healthy, one of the five best basketball players in the world.

SG: The National Post. Eric Koreen on how Andrea Bargnani plummeted from the No. 1 pick in the 2006 NBA draft to a player for whom Toronto Raptors fans "are overjoyed" to offload in a deal that merely "saves a bit of money [and] gets a few picks with low success rates."

PG: The Denver Post. Nearly 20 years to the day after losing his parents and sister in a car crash, Brian Shaw became the head coach of the Denver Nuggets. Benjamin Hochman talks with the longtime NBA player and assistant about the people who shaped him, the experience of losing them and the process of moving on without them.

6th: Rush'n Hoops. Alexander Chernykh translates a Russian-language interview in which Andrei Kirilenko explains why he declined the $10.2 million player option in his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves to become an unrestricted free agent: "It was a strategic decision. I want to sign a longer contract. And it doesn’t mean that I’m definitely leaving Minnesota — at all. I really do like everything here. Everything but the length of my contract."

7th: At the Hive. With reports circulating that the New Orleans Pelicans could be readying a four-year, $44 million (or perhaps $48 million) offer sheet for Sacramento Kings restricted free agent guard Tyreke Evans, SB Nation's Hornets/Pelicans blog takes a look at what kind of maneuvering general manager Dell Demps might pursue to make the salary-cap math work out. (There are roster questions, too: Would this mean the end of Eric Gordon in New Orleans?)

8th: Memphis Flyer. Chris Herrington on the Grizzlies' likely top priorities in free agency and some questions to answer, headlined by the fate of All-Star power forward Zach Randolph.

9th: Daily Thunder. Royce Young breaks down the concerns facing the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency and explains why a quiet offseason is the most likely scenario for Sam Presti and company.

10th: Orlando Pinstriped Post. After Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that the Orlando Magic are considering experimenting with No. 2 overall draft pick Victor Oladipo at point guard during Summer League, Tyler Lashbrook considers the likelihood of said experiment actually bearing fruit.

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