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: ESPN.com. J.A. Adande breaks out the heavy artillery in trying to wrap his mind around what would lead LeBron James back into business with Dan Gilbert, who's not only the guy who wrote that letter, but also one of the hardline owners during the 2011 NBA lockout: "A return to the Cavaliers by James would be a tacit endorsement of all he rejected. It wouldn't represent just a swallowing of his own pride — it would be a surrender in the battle for self-determination for NBA players."
PF: Brian Spaeth. One of the greatest NBA bloggers ever has some really good suggestions for which songs should soundtrack the inevitable "coming home" YouTube tribute videos that would accompany LeBron heading back to the Cavs, if it actually came to pass. ("These lyrics about learning during our time apart really sold it, and also made me openly weep right in front of my landlord.")
SF: SLAM. Russ Bengtson revisits Vince Carter in 2014, "content" with his past and his lot in life after a late-in-the-game stint with the Dallas Mavericks that's burnished a career in which he's "long since silenced the naysayers and accomplished more than most."
SG: SLAM again. Ben Osborne catches up with Rafer Alston, one of the rare playground legends who actually made it on at the NBA level.
PG: Daily Thunder. A fun bit of stream-of-consciousness-y work on how learning that Russell Westbrook is going to be selling custom sunglass frames can make watching the U.S. men's national soccer team lose a little bit easier to stomach.
6th: Sports Illustrated. Rob Mahoney with a nuanced look at why Gordon Hayward got a max contract offer from the Charlotte Hornets, and why the Utah Jazz will match it — "not for the player he was last season or even the year before, but for the amalgamation of both."
7th: Charlotte Observer. Rick Bonnell, who had news of the Hayward offer sheet first, with a good look at the pros and cons of the Hornets going all-in on the Butler product, from a roster-building and flexibility perspective.
8th: The Associated Press. The NBA makes it official: the salary cap for 2014-15 will be set at an all-time high of $63.1 million, with the luxury tax line slotting in at $76.8 million.
10th: SB Nation. Paul Flannery on a trio of sophomores looking to make a statement at Orlando Pro Summer League.
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