NBA trade deadline: What Shams is hearing about the Raptors and trade talks around the league

The NBA trade market has officially heated up with next week’s Feb. 9 deadline upon the league, and conversations among team executives are expected to become more serious as the next few days unfold. Across the NBA, it’s no secret the Toronto Raptors are viewed as a swing team in this year’s trade market. Raptors … Read more

FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Tuesday 1/24/23

Since it’s much simpler to predict than baseball or football, daily fantasy basketball would get plenty of votes as the best sport to play on FanDuel. Players usually stick to the same minutes and produce at roughly the same rate. Sounds easy, right? As a result, NBA daily fantasy is highly reliant on a player’s … Read more

NBA trade deadline: What Shams is hearing about Jakob Poeltl, John Collins, Fred VanVleet and more

Just under one month remains before the Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline, and as team executives ramp up conversations, the marquee names of this year’s marketplace are beginning to emerge. Atlanta’s John Collins and Phoenix’s Jae Crowder are still on the trading block, and discussions surrounding both are expected to continue elevating in the days … Read more

Instant observations: Joel Embiid lifts Sixers to win over Suns in return from illness

The Sixers rode Joel Embiid in his return game and got seven huge threes out of Georges Niang, outpacing the Suns in a 100-88 win. Here’s what I saw. The Good • All things considered, Joel Embiid’s return to the floor went about as well as anyone reasonably could have hoped. He was Philadelphia’s pace-setter … Read more

As Lakers stumble early, Russell Westbrook trade possibilities linger: Shams’ Inside Pass Notebook

We are one week into the NBA season and teams across the league are still working on finding their footing on and off the floor. Playing and rotation styles are still being figured out. It is still far too early to make changes in most situations, and as front-office officials travel with their respective teams, … Read more

NBArank 2022 – Ranking the best players for 2022-23, from 10 to 6

NBArank is back for its 12th season counting down the best players in the league. Where are MVP candidates such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic? What about rookies and young stars ready to take the leap into the upper tier of NBA players? Where is LeBron James, who is entering … Read more

2022 NBA free agency Day 2: Grades, great values, head-scratchers and more

Day 2 of 2022 NBA free agency was another day of big money and big moves. We also saw three significant trades all happen within a couple of hours of one another, and none of them were Kevin Durant. His trade request still looms over the NBA, but it has not halted business in the … Read more

Why Kevin Durant has sights set on Phoenix; latest on Damian Lillard, Kings and Warriors

A few thoughts here as Day 2 of NBA free agency unfolds Kevin Durant sweepstakes, Day II All eyes are on Phoenix when it comes to Durant, the Nets star who is believed to be targeting the Suns as his preferred next destination. Yet while I wrote at length on Thursday about how a deal … Read more

Why Kevin Durant has sights set on Phoenix; latest on Damian Lillard, Kings and Warriors

A few thoughts here as Day 2 of NBA free agency unfolds Kevin Durant sweepstakes, Day II All eyes are on Phoenix when it comes to Durant, the Nets star who is believed to be targeting the Suns as his preferred next destination. Yet while I wrote at length on Thursday about how a deal … Read more

As NBA free agency 2022 begins, here are the top 25 available players

The thing about 2022 free agency is that we’ve already had an awful lot of action considering we haven’t even hit the “free agency” part of the program yet. Player transactions are going back and forth despite that in the form of player trades and contract extensions, even though nobody can agree to a deal … Read more