Two max players. Reportedly. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE/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: The Point Forward and 8 Points, 9 Seconds. More from Rob Mahoney and Tim Donahue on the apparently all-over-but-the-shoutin' five-year maximum contract extension that the Indiana Pacers are set to serve up to star swingman Paul George.
PF: Sactown Royalty. In other extension news, Tom Ziller weighs in on what the Sacramento Kings' apparently impending long-term contract for DeMarcus Cousins is, and is not, about, and what it might mean going forward.
SF: The Diss. Kevin Draper thinks the Pacers and Kings are nuts: "[...] if the incentive for teams is to prey upon the desire for security to offer a below-market rate, why do we see so many teams’ offering maximum extensions, which by definition cannot be below-market, earlier than they have to?"
PG: New York Post. Hey, Jason Kidd, why did you decide to buy Jay Z's shares in the Brooklyn Nets team you're about to start coaching? "[...] I feel like this is a company that is going in the right direction." (Kidd also talked with reporters about the Nets establishing a defined identity, which is something they lacked last season, and about the prospect of Brooklyn playing "positionless basketball" this season, according to The Brooklyn Game.)
6th: Atlanta Journal Constitution. Chris Vivlamore sits down with Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford to talk about an interesting offseason in which the team changed coaches, said goodbye to a two-way star, fought the Milwaukee Bucks to retain their starting point guard and added a bunch of frontcourt depth. (But don't you dare forget about Mike Scott. If you do, apparently, Al Horford will hunt you down.)
7th: Detroit Bad Boys. Matt Watson goes digging in the crates and finds a (nearly) five-year-old interview in which the lead designer of the original "NBA Jam" admits that he did just a teensy-tiny bit of rigging the game whenever the Chicago Bulls took on his beloved Detroit Pistons.
8th: Forbes and NBA.com. Shaquille O'Neal reportedly bought less than 5 percent of the Sacramento Kings, which might not seem like an amount worth hoisting a governor's wife into the air over, but it still represents a big move for Shaq, whom Scott Howard-Cooper writes "has been aiming for ownership for years."
9th: The Oklahoman. There's no timetable yet set for Russell Westbrook's return from season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, but the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard feels confident that when he does return, he'll still be a nightmare for opponents: "I'm going to come back and be better."
10th: Bright Side of the Sun. Speaking of confidence, Phoenix Suns rookie Archie Goodwin sure doesn't seem to be lacking any himself: "I feel like after 5 years, I'll be one of the best players in the league just because I'm coming in at such a young age and I'll be able to learn." (Goodwin also shares that the entire Suns team has been showing up for workouts, "except for the overseas guys because they're in their Euro-thingy.")
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