Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/8/19

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 BKN: Nets’ Biggest Pickup At Trade Deadline: Caris LeVert! (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Read it here: https://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/nets-caris-levert-returns-from-injury-1.27027082

– BKN: Q&A With Ian Eagle, Nets Announcer For The Past 25 Years (from Neil Best, Newsday):

Read it here: https://www.newsday.com/sports/media/ian-eagle-nets-announcer-25-years-1.27012934

– BOS: Showtime Theis: C’s Big Man Has Career Night Vs. Lakers (from Taylor C. Snow, Celtics.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-020819-showtime-theis-celtics-big-man-career-night-lakers

– DET: In 12 Hours, Pistons Take First Steps To Solving Next Season’s Roster Puzzle (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/pistons/features/12-hours-pistons-take-first-steps-solving-next-seasons-roster-puzzle

– GSW: Nylon Calculus: Stephen Curry Is Inevitable (from Senthil Natarajan, FanSided):

Read it here: https://fansided.com/2019/02/08/nylon-calculus-stephen-curry-inevitable/

– IND: Pacers Thriving In Drama-Free Setting (from Mark Montieth, Pacers.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/pacers/news/pacers-thriving-drama-free-setting

– LAL: What Did We Learn About The Lakers From The Trade Deadline? (from Sabreena Merchant, SB Nation: Silver Screen & Roll):

Read it here: https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2019/2/7/18215921/lakers-nba-trade-deadline-grade-magic-johnson-rob-pelinka-tenure-rumors-mike-muscala-reggie-bullock

– MEM: Leaving Home With Marc Gasol (from Joe Mullinax, SB Nation: Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read it here: https://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2019/2/7/18216144/the-mythical-marc-gasol-nba-memphis-grizzlies-trade-deadline-toronto-raptors

– MIA: Heat Embrace New Perimeter Reality In Wake Of Dealing Ellington, Johnson (from Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel):

Read and watch it here: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-sp-miami-heat-nba-trading-deadline-s20190207-story.html

– NYK: Knicks Three-Point Woes: Will They Catch Up With The Rest Of The NBA Soon? (from Nick Scolaro, The Knicks Wall):

Read and watch it here: https://theknickswall.com/knicks-three-point-woes-catch-up-with-rest-of-the-nba/

– OKC: If Defense Matters, Shouldn’t Paul George Be Getting More MVP Love? (from Matt Moore, Action Network):

Read it here: https://www.actionnetwork.com/nba/paul-george-nba-mvp-case-analysis-matt-moore-2018-19?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mattmoore

– ORL: Magic View Their Trade For Markelle Fultz As Low-Risk, High-Reward Opportunity (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/807201/2019/02/08/magic-trade-for-markelle-fultz/

– PHI: Sixers GM Elton Brand: ‘I’d Be Disappointed For Sure If We Don’t Get To The Eastern Conference Finals’ (from Keith Pompey, The Inquirer):

Read it here: https://www.philly.com/sixers/sixers-elton-brand-eastern-conference-finals-philadelphia-nba-20190208.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

– PHI: Examining How Tobias Harris Will Fit In Offensively With The 76ers (from Bryan Kalbrosky, HoopsHype):

Read it here: https://hoopshype.com/2019/02/08/philadelphia-76ers-tobias-harris-trade-deadline-recap-analysis/

– PHI: With Jersey Retirement, Moses Malone And His Legendary Hustle Are Finally Immortalized In Philadelphia (from Michael Lee, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/806358/2019/02/08/with-jersey-retirement-moses-malone-and-his-legendary-hustle-are-finally-immortalized-in-philadelphia/

– SAC: Vlade Divac’s Growth Into GM Job Has Kings Heading In Right Direction (from James Ham, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.yahoo.com/vlade-divacs-growth-gm-job-062327334.html

– TOR: Masai Ujiri Swings Big For The Fences In Bringing Marc Gasol To Raptors (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/806001/2019/02/07/masai-ujiri-swings-big-for-the-fences-in-bringing-marc-gasol-to-raptors/

– TOR: Raptors Take Calculated Risk With All-In Push For Marc Gasol (from Blake Murphy, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/805920/2019/02/07/raptors-take-calculated-risk-with-all-in-push-for-marc-gasol/

– TOR: Raptors Getting Marc Gasol Is Just Business, And Their Business Is Winning And Keeping Kawhi (from Seerat Sohi, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.yahoo.com/raptors-getting-marc-gasol-just-business-business-winning-keeping-kawhi-leonard-043205110.html

– TOR: Grade The Trade: Raptors Make Big Play By Acquiring Marc Gasol From Grizzlies (from Zach Harper, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/805938/2019/02/07/grade-the-trade-raptors-make-big-play-by-acquiring-marc-gasol-from-grizzlies/

– 2019 NBA Trade Deadline: Ranking The 10 Most Important Deals, From Kristaps Porzingis To Lakers’ Backup Plans (from Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2019-nba-trade-deadline-ranking-the-10-most-important-deals-from-kristaps-porzingis-to-lakers-backup-plans/

– Adidas Next Generation Tournament: Scouting Usman Garuba (from Pietro Caddeo, BBall Index):

Read and watch it here: https://www.bball-index.com/angt-usman-garuba-2019/

– Buckle Up, The Eastern Conference’s Upper Echelon Is A War Zone (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2019/2/7/18216323/bucks-raptors-celtics-sixers-east-elite

– Euros Dominate The NBA Trade Deadline (from Emmet Ryan, BallinEurope.com):

Read it here: http://ballineurope.com/nba-trade-deadline-europe-8058/

– Inside Landry Shamet’s Meteoric Rise In The NBA And Final Day As A Philadelphia 76er (from Taylor Eldridge, The Wichita Eagle):

Read and watch it here: https://www.kansas.com/sports/college/wichita-state/article225595400.html

– Markelle Fultz And The Smaller NBA Deals That Mattered (from Benjamin Hoffman, The New York Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/sports/markelle-fultz-trade-deadline.html

– NBA Trade Tracker: Grades And Details For Deadline Deals (from ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23736393/nba-trade-tracker-players-picks-grades-details-every-deal

– NBA Buyout Market: What Is It And How Does It Work? (from Kristian Winfield, SB Nation):

Read it here: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/2/9/16994790/nba-free-agency-nba-buyout-market-explained-how-do-contract-buyouts-work

– The Important Stuff That Did (And Didn’t) Happen During NBA Trade Season (from Mike Prada, Matt Ellentuck, Kristian Winfield, Seth Pollack; SB Nation):

Read it here: https://www.sbnation.com/2019/2/7/18210686/nba-trades-2019-deadline-recap

– The Solution For Eradicating The NBA’s Tanking Problem (from Mike Vaccaro, New York Post):

Read it here: https://nypost.com/2019/02/08/the-solution-for-eradicating-the-nbas-tanking-problem/

– Top NBA Buyout Candidates Now That Trade Deadline Has Passed (from Bryan Kalbrosky, HoopsHype):

Read it here: https://hoopshype.com/2019/02/07/carmelo-anthony-deandre-jordan-enes-kanter-wes-matthews-nba-contract-buyouts/

– Top Of The East Can Now Swing Superstar Free Agency (from Zach Lowe, ESPN Senior Writer):

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25944936/top-east-now-swing-superstar-free-agency


The Basketball Writers

– What Do Falling TV Ratings Mean For The NBA? (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):

Read it here: https://bballwriters.com/analysis/what-do-falling-tv-ratings-mean-for-the-nba/

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Today’s Basketball Intelligence was curated by Farhan Dhanani (@DonFarhito).

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