Basketball Intelligence for 6/26/23 – by Mike Shearer


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DAL: Dereck Lively II gives Mavericks hope, potential counter in NBA full of dominant bigs
Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News

DEN: Film study: Hunter Tyson brings hot shooting, steady rebounding to Denver Nuggets
Vinny Benedetto, Denver Gazette

DET: Detroit Pistons post-NBA draft roster questions: How will backcourt rotation shake out?
Omari Sankofa II, Detroit Free Press

IND: Jarace Walker’s unselfishness, discipline come from home, make him ideal Pacers fit
Staff, IndyStar

Derek Kramer, iPacers

IND: Jarace Walker is built like a linebacker is and a near-perfect fit with the Indiana Pacers
Tony East, All Pacers

MIA: Jaime Jaquez Jr. says don’t put him in a box, which could make him the perfect Heat package for Erik Spoelstra
Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

MIN: The $256 million question in Minnesota
Tom Ziller, Good Morning It’s Basketball

MIN: Howls And Growls: Naz Reid Re-Signs
Jake Paynting, Howls and Growls

If the Timberwolves front office is true to their word and are now considering Anthony Edwards (and, by proxy, Jaden McDaniels) as the future and the present of their team, then this was the first move that actually stayed true to that timeline.

NYK: New Knick Jaylen Martin has familiar mentor in Charlie Ward
Zach Braziller, New York Post

OKC: Sam Presti comments on Vasilije Micic as NBA speculation grows
Clemente Almanza, ThunderWire

PHI: Nick Nurse is the perfect coach for B-ball Paul
Matt Cahill, Sixer Sense

WAS: Stepping stones with Tyus Jones
Parker Fleming, SubTsakalidis

Most sports followers are worried when their star player goes down, but with Jones ready to step in, the Grizzlies rarely missed a beat. In the 2021-22 season, the Grizzlies were 21-4 when Jones started. Last season, he averaged averaged 16.4 points, 8.1 assists (1.5 turnovers), 4.0 rebounds on 50/41.5/77.8 shooting splits

NBA front-office fibs + Timberwolves triple down on size
Zach Harper/Shams Charania, The Athletic

France’s impact on 2023 NBA Draft bigger than Victor Wembanyama
Cam Cobey, NBA.com

Before Wembanyama hit the NBA draft, there was Frédéric Weis
Sam Borden, ESPN

Damian Lillard’s last days in Portland? Where is James Harden headed? NBA Free Agency notes
Sam Amick, The Athletic

2023 NBA free agent rankings: James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green among potentially available players
Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports

NBA free agency 2023: Which teams have cap space?
Bobby Marks, ESPN+

Final 2023 NBA Cap Space and Spending Power Projections
Keith Smith, Spotrac

Eight teams project to have cap space this summer. Not only will these teams likely go the cap space route, but they’ll also have the $7.7 million Room Exception too. Under the new CBA, the Room Exception has more spending power than the Taxpayer MLE does. So, these eight teams are kind of in control of the free agent board.

Offseason Preview: Central Division
Jared Dubin, Last Night, In Basketball

Draft Deeper’s Favorite 2023 NBA Draft Picks
Nathan Grubel, No Ceilings

NBA free agency sleepers: 10 players that every team can afford, including Yuta Watanabe and Jock Landale
Stephen Noh, The Sporting News

3 Teams that absolutely crushed the 2023 NBA Draft with smart moves
Ryan McCrary, Sir Charles In Charge

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