Why the Clippers traded Dudley 

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In a deal first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on Tuesday just before noon on the East Coast, the Los Angeles Clippers will reportedly send Jared Dudley and a future first-round pick to Milwaukee in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica.

ESPN's Marc Stein adds on Twitter that the pick the Bucks will receive will be a protected first-rounder in 2017, and that the Clippers are expected to get a second-round pick back in the deal.

What's the thinking behind this deal from the Clippers' perspective?

How bright is Terrence Ross' future? 

August, 26, 2014
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There has been a lot of pressure on Terrence Ross to fulfill his potential ever since the Toronto Raptors selected him one pick ahead of Andre Drummond in the 2012 NBA draft. Throw in the fact that Drummond has looked like a future max-contract player in his first two years in the league, and you can see the type of expectations Ross has to face.

To his credit, the 23-year-old shooting guard made some strides in his second season, improving his shooting and raising his PER from 10.48 as a rookie to 12.09. However, he'll have to show more in his third year to cement himself as a starter in this league. Just how bright is Ross' future? And what's the ideal fit for him?

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Bigger role for Caldwell-Pope? 

August, 26, 2014
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played a lot for Detroit as a rookie last season. In fact, his 19.8 minutes per game ranked No. 12 among all rookies.

While coach Stan Van Gundy has voiced his optimism about KCP's game, does that necessarily mean more minutes are in store for the second-year swingman in year two?

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Washington's small forward rotation 

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When it comes to replacing Trevor Ariza at the small forward position in Washington, the list of suitable options starts with veteran free agent acquisition Paul Pierce. After that, things get a little more hazy.

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Will Tavares play in the NBA in 2014-15? 

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Will Atlanta's second-round pick from this past June, 7-foot-3 big man Walter Tavares, figure into its plans for the upcoming season?

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Cavs target Mozgov, Koufos? 

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will have 17 players under contract after they sign Shawn Marion and that number could increase to 18 if Ray Allen decides to join LeBron James in NE Ohio. The Cavs have a bunch of players with non-guaranteed salaries for the upcoming season and the team will likely shop them for a backup center.


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Why Antetokounmpo turned down $550K 

August, 26, 2014
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The New York Knicks currently have 15 players under contract and this group will likely start the 2014-15 NBA regular season. With no room on the roster, Thanasis Antetokounmpo has accepted his fate that he'll have to play the upcoming season in the D-League or overseas and he's decided to choose the D-League. That decision cost him a good chunk of money as he'll only make $25,000 in the D-League.

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Budinger or Brewer on the block? 

August, 26, 2014
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Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune conducted a chat with fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday in advance of the press conference on Tuesday to officially welcome Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggins and Thaddeus Young to the team. During the chat, Zgoda was asked if Chase Budinger or Shabazz Muhammad could be traded as the Wolves have a plethora of small forwards on the roster. Zgoda believes president of basketball operations / head coach Flip Saunders won't trade Muhammad, but Budinger could be traded down the line.

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Will Wolves make room for Robinson III? 

August, 26, 2014
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The Minnesota Timberwolves had 15 players with full salary protection for 2014-15 prior to the Kevin Love trade on Saturday and that number stayed the same as they sent out three and brought back three in the three-team deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers. Will the Wolves move another player off the roster so they can sign Glenn Robinson III the No. 40 selection in the 2014 NBA draft, or will he his agent have to look at options overseas and in the D-League? All signs point to the Wolves moving another player to open up the last roster spot for the rookie.

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Suns: Alex Len update 

August, 26, 2014
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Phoenix Suns backup center Alex Len needed most of his rookie season to fully recover from the ankle surgeries. Len was hoping to use the 2014 Las Vegas Summer League to get in some important game action, but that didn't happen as he broke his right pinky finger during the first game.

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Will Luigi Datome bolt for Barca? 

August, 26, 2014
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Forward Luigi Datome did not play as much as he would have liked last season in his first year in the NBA. Some players would look to move on in this situation, but apparently Datome is not one of them. Datome spoke with La Gazzetta dello Sport (translation from Sportando.com) and told the Italian newspaper that FC Barcelona has shown interest after losing Kostas Papanikolaou to the Houston Rockets, but he prefers to stay in the NBA for 2014-15.

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Rockets pursuing trade for point guard? 

August, 25, 2014
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The Houston Rockets have some decent internal options when it comes to replacing Jeremy Lin, from Isaiah Canaan to Troy Daniels to Nick Johnson.

But a report on Monday morning indicates that the Rockets are actively looking to acquire a point guard from a team in the Eastern Conference.

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Ilgauskas thinking comeback? 

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Cleveland fans got LeBron back. They landed Kevin Love. How can this get any better? Here's a hint: Big Z.

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What to expect from Papanikolaou 

August, 25, 2014
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When Houston reached a two-year deal with 24-year-old forward Kostas Papanikolaou earlier this month, he immediately became somewhat of a wild card for the Rockets' roster next season. After all, Papanikolaou may need to come up big to help the Rockets contend with the big boys in the Western Conference.

So how much will the 6-foot-9 Greek forward be able to contribute and make up for the loss of Chandler Parsons?

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Power forward in Dieng's future? 

August, 25, 2014
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Gorgui Dieng came on strong in the late part of his rookie season, and, according to Flip Saunders' recent comments, there's reason to believe he could take on a bigger role on Minnesota's new-look frontline in 2014-15.

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