Category: NBA News

Lowe: Every realistic trade scenario for Jimmy Butler

2:17 PM ET The initial trade market for Jimmy Butler is confused and cool, league sources say, as teams contemplate their appetite for risk and wonder whether the Timberwolves can coalesce around trade talks — or whether Tom Thibodeau’s reported desire to keep Butler at all costs wins the day. The three teams on Butler’s…

NBArank: Predicting Tatum, Mitchell and more top-30 players

8:13 AM ET For the eighth season in a row, ESPN.com is ranking the top players in the NBA. Who will be the best player this season? To get the final prediction, we asked our expert panel to vote on pairs of players. NBArank is a prediction for the coming season. Dozens of panelists from…

Kyle Kuzma’s dream of having a LeBron-like impact on Flint

Sep 14, 2018 FLINT, Mich. — Kyle Kuzma is standing on the YMCA basketball court where he spent countless hours working on his game growing up. A decade ago, this was where Kuzma insulated himself in a basketball bubble that protected him from drugs, violence, gangs and peer pressure. On this August day, Kuzma is…

NBA BPI projections: New playoff favorites and title chances

9:00 AM ET Neil Johnson Close ESPN Analytics Analytics developer at ESPN Ohio native and Ohio State University graduate Seth Walder The ripple effect of LeBron James’ move to Los Angeles is more like a series of tidal waves. Sure, the Golden State Warriors remain commanding favorites over the league, but this season our Basketball…

Lowe: How to fix the NBA supermax

Jul 27, 2018 Jimmy Butler in June 2017 fell right into the nebulous region where debating a maximum or new supermaximum contract becomes especially fraught for teams. With another All-NBA berth the next season (2017-18), Butler would qualify for a five-year, $ 220 million supermax — vaulting to a salary equivalent to 35 percent of…