The Big Three, represented as a Big One, a Medium Second and a Tiny Third. (Image via r/nba)
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
PF: Fear the Sword. "Type into Google 'Anderson Varejao trade' and 236.000 results appear. One of the top links is a blog post about his trade value being 'spoiled.' Quite frankly, we should be grateful that he is still alive."
SF: TrueHoop. An interesting read from Steve McPherson and Andrew Lynch about the "biometric monitoring" the San Antonio Spurs have deployed with their D-League affiliate and at Las Vegas Summer League, and how its maker, a company called Catapult Sports, aims to measure how much "stress [is] placed upon the body during athletic activity" in the interest of reducing exhaustion-related injury and keeping athletes as effective as possible for as long as possible.
SG: Grantland. A great soup-to-nuts read on the state of the Oklahoma City Thunder by Zach Lowe, taking into account the avoid-the-luxury-tax thinking that appears to run through the franchise's fiscal decision-making, the uncertainty surrounding who serves as the team's third scorer next season in an increasingly crowded West, and more.
6th: TMZ. After turning himself in to New Orleans police to face a second-degree battery charge, Daniel Gibson chats with Harvey Levin and That Other Gentleman about the "profane" and disrespectful treatment of his wife, Keyshia Cole, that led to the Essence Festival altercation from which the charge stems.
7th: Hang Time. A good read from Sekou Smith on how Harrison Barnes has been working in preparation for playing more power forward in his second season, should the Golden State Warriors go to more of the small-ball lineups that were so successful for them against the Denver Nuggets and (at times) the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs.
8th: SB Nation. Paul Flannery chats with new Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough about transforming "arguably the most nondescript team in the league" into a future-focused squad predicated on pushing tempo and surrounding multiple pick-and-roll ball-handlers with screen-setters and shooters.
9th: Isiah Was a Prophet. Should the Detroit Pistons be shopping Greg Monroe if the talented big man could return a small forward and a 2014 first-round pick? Chris Gaerig thinks so, and he thinks he's identified a potential trade partner out in the desert.
10th: FOX Sports Florida. Tim Hardaway wants to be the next general manager of the Miami Heat when Pat Riley decides to step down: "I understand this collective bargaining agreement. I understand how to put teams together. I understand how to maneuver contracts." OK, cool.
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