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: Truth About It. Kyle Weidie tries to get his arms around the apparently concluded (for now, at least) NBA career of Jan Vesely, whom the Washington Wizards selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft — ahead of Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Vucevic, Kenneth Faried, Nikola Mirotic, Reggie Jackson, Jimmy Butler, Chandler Parsons and Isaiah Thomas, among others — and who "sure did mean well," but "was not an NBA man," as it turned out.
SF: Posting and Toasting. Phil Jackson has said that he thinks the New York Knicks' roster is a little heavy at the shooting guard spot, which could lead the team to trade one of its wings for another frontcourt body. Joe Flynn thinks this would represent a failure to learn from the lessons of Mike Woodson's final year-plus in Manhattan, and he makes a pretty compelling case for it.
SG: Valley of the Suns. Heading into this summer, the odds seemed good that Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe would receive a really rich, and perhaps even max-level, restricted free-agent offer sheet from some team looking for a backcourt upgrade this summer. Instead, three weeks into July, there's precious little chatter surrounding the Kentucky product. What gives? What do we know? Kevin Zimmerman brings us up to speed.
PG: The Hook. Friend of the program Tom Ziller on how Basketball Internet people on both sides of the aisle talk about Daryl Morey, what they're saying and not saying about the Houston Rockets' general manager, and the issues with it all: "The problem with Daryl Morey isn't that he's a bad GM -- he's objectively not. The problem is that he's been mythologized before he's done anything worth heralding."
6th: Denver Stiffs. Jeffrey Morton considers whether Morey's position at or near the forefront of the movement to treat players as "assets" rather than people might have contributed to the Rockets' swing-and-a-miss summer: "How long before your reputation as that kind of organization, catches up to you? Can dehumanization lower your ceiling as a team?"
7th: SecretRival. Speaking of Morey's particular flavor of general managing, Mark Porcaro takes a quick look at how former Morey lieutenant-turned-Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie has gone about rebooting a middling Sixers roster by burning it down and (slowly) rebuilding it.
8th: Welcome to Loud City. A sharp piece from Kevin Yeung on what the Oklahoma City Thunder trying, and failing, to land Pau Gasol might mean in the overall context of their roster-building strategy, and the possibility that GM Sam Presti might feel a need to swing for the fences with the Thunder "nearing a significant and potentially pivotal point in their current era."
9th: The Oklahoman and Upside and Motor. Darnell Mayberry reports on the chances that the Thunder might look to make 2014 first-round pick Josh Huestis the first U.S./D-League "draft-and-stash" player, and Seth Partnow thinks that's a pretty abhorrent idea that the NBA should prevent from coming to fruition.
10th: SLC Dunk. Intrepid Utah Jazz blogger Amar and equally intrepid San Antonio Spurs blogger Jolly Roger Wilco discuss the links between the two franchises, from the front office (Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey was an assistant GM in San Antonio for a handful of seasons) to the coaching staff (new Jazz head coach Quin Snyder spent three years coaching the Spurs' D-League affiliate) and, Jazz fans hope, eventually to roster-building strategy, on-court tactics and overall results.
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