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The 10-man rotation, starring ‘the Jason Collins conundrum’

Dan Devine
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Neither A$AP Rocky (left) nor Jason Collins has an NBA contract for next season. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images …

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.

C: Sports Illustrated. Nearly five months after he came out of the closet, Jason Collins does not have a job with, or even a reported training camp invite from, an NBA team. Much like Kelly Dwyer wrote about two months ago, Phil Taylor writes that "it's [...] impossible to ignore the obvious question" of whether nobody's biting because Collins is out, or if it's because he's a 34-year-old center with limited offensive skills whose screen-setting and post-defending don't make him more compelling than a similar minimum-salary flyer at a different position. It's also damn near impossible to answer that question, though.

PF: The Brooklyn Game. The Brooklyn Nets' starting point guard might have shown up to the Dodge Barrage in a walking boot, but his recently signed backup was ready to play some dodgeball ... and Devin Kharpertian was ready to try to ring up a professional athlete. This is a very fun read.

SF: ESPN Insider ($). Salary cap analyst extraordinaire Larry Coon identifies which teams have benefited most from changes made to the league's 2011 collective bargaining agreement and which ones have, to date, suffered the most severe consequences.

SG: The Sporting News. Sure, Giannis Antetokounmpo's coming to America as an 18-year-old who was playing, not starring, in a second-division Greek league last year, but the Milwaukee Bucks have no interest in sending the super-raw rookie to the D-League for development, according to general manager John Hammond.

PG: Red94 and For the Win. Figure out how to pick the five teams you'll follow this season in your $129 "Choice" League Pass package. Well, the four teams other than the Philadelphia 76ers, anyway.

6th: Statitudes. Justin Kubatko goes diggin' in the statistical crates to uncover seven of the flukiest "breakout" seasons in modern NBA history. Go ahead and click; it's been too long since you thought about Brent Price, hasn't it?

7th: The Score. Mark Deeks on the Charlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks, rebuilding and treading water. A good look at the perils and challenges of team-building for bottom-feeders and also-rans.

8th: Something Awful. "Terrence Malick's 'Space Jam'" is just as majestic and funny as its title suggests.

9th: Liberty Ballers. How does the Philadelphia 76ers front office led by Sam Hinkie intend to use its D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers? Derek Bodner asked 87ers general manager Brandon Williams, and the resulting conversation offers some insight into how big-league and minor-league clubs go about aligning their organizational goals and operations.

10th: MMQB. I realize that Peter King's boutique football site isn't exactly what you'd expect to find here, but the level of behind-the-scenes detail in Jenny Vrentas' story about the surgery to repair the torn left ACL of New York Giants safety Stevie Brown — she was literally inside the operating room — lends an amazing amount of insight into what actually goes into fixing the damaged ligaments of NBA players like Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Danilo Gallinari, Nerlens Noel, Ricky Rubio, Rajon Rondo and scores of others over the years. It's pretty fascinating stuff.

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