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. Rob Mahoney on how LeBron James' choice to exercise his early termination option affects the decision-making calculus of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh: "During [the past four years] they shared a common goal, with two titles and four Finals appearances to show for it. Now, empowered by their respective options, they have no choice but to think of themselves."
PF: Forum Blue and Gold. A cold cup of coffee from Darius Soriano: "Despite having money to spend, the [Los Angeles] Lakers still aren’t necessarily in a very good position to snag LeBron or [Carmelo] Anthony, much less both."
PG: Clips Nation. The Los Angeles Clippers can offer DeAndre Jordan a contract extension this summer. What would such an extension be worth, and would the center be interested in re-upping early rather than playing out this season to reach unrestricted free agency next offseason?
6th: Roundball Mining Company. Kalen Deremo highlights eight prospects who might be available in the second round and who could wind up being draft-night steals if they land with the right team.
7th: National Post. Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri on his plans to go "full force" in an attempt to re-sign free-agent point guard Kyle Lowry, and about how his front office approaches evaluating talent and targeting players in the draft: "We can’t just draft anybody to come here and just throw to Dwane Casey. I don’t think that would be fair."
8th: The Triangle. Kirk Goldsberry on whether the league should consider moving the 3-point line further back, and if so, how such a change to the geography and geometry of the court might actually work.
9th: Grantland. Zach Lowe goes into the tape and the numbers to offer a scouts-y look at the arguments for and against the Golden State Warriors pulling the trigger on a Kevin Love trade, even if it would mean sending Klay Thompson to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
10th: The Cauldron. Kevin McElroy considers which teams would be the top choices of the players in the 2014 draft class if the selection process was reversed and the kids got to pick their destinations. A fun thought experiment.
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