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: Silver Screen and Roll. "TheGreatMambino" bids a fond farewell to Pau Gasol, who departs for the Windy City having perhaps never been appropriately valued in Hollywood: "As I look back on one of the greatest seven season runs in franchise history, I can't help but feel melancholy not only for losing such a phenomenal player and person, but also because he wasn't fully appreciated in the way that he truly deserved."
PF: Sports on Earth, Grantland, GQ and Deadspin. I liked the things that Seerat Sohi, Zach Lowe and Bethlehem Shoals wrote about LeBron James rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Albert Burneko's deflation of all our pointyheadedness about it made me laugh.
SG: Eye on Basketball. Matt Moore on the differences between how Dan Gilbert and Daryl Morey have gone about their business, the differences in what they've gotten in return, and proof that life in the NBA can be flat-out unfair.
PG: The Triangle. Andrew Sharp casts Morey as the front-office Chris Paul, for better and for worse: "Morey got famous as the mastermind who exploits every inefficiency, but the greatest lesson of his career is that you can control only so much."
6th: Mavs Moneyball. Jonathan Tjarks on Chandler Parsons wanting to get paid like a star, signing an offer sheet that would ensure he'd become a featured option whether it was matched or not, and likely walking into a ton of shot attempts on the Dallas Mavericks.
8th: SLAM. Before he landed a four-year, $27 million contract in a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns, Isaiah Thomas spoke with Brett Weisband about, among other things, why he thought the Sacramento Kings (and other teams) seemed so skittish about him despite his evident, estimable skills: "It’s because I’m 5-foot-9. If I was 6-foot, I would be signing for a $90 million contract, just like [Kyrie Irving]." (A potential counter-argument, via the fanposts at Sactown Royalty: "[…] when looking at players that actually played, the ball died in Isaiah's hands more than any other Kings player.")
10th: ShamSports. Mark Deeks breaks down a new league memo sent to teams about the rules governing how trades can and cannot get made, which suggests that even NBA teams are sometimes unsure how the complicated rules of the collective bargaining agreement work.
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