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: Daily Thunder and 48 Minutes of Hell. Royce Young and Trevor Zickgraf take a look at some of the already available and potentially available options on the buyout market, and try to figure out if the No. 1-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder and No. 2-seeded San Antonio Spurs might find a match to bolster their rosters in the race for the top overall spot in the Western Conference.
SF: Waiting for Next Year. Reminder: Ron Harper was awesome.
SG: Grantland. Now that we've all had a chance to take a deep breath after the trade deadline, Zach Lowe runs through some questions facing NBA teams that did and didn't make moves.
PG: ESPN New York. Ian O'Connor speaks with Dennis Shepard — father of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay student whose murder in 1998 inspired Jason Collins to wear the jersey number 98 during the 2012-13 season — about Collins' return to the NBA and intent to once again don No. 98 when the Brooklyn Nets take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
SG: The New York Times. Speaking of those Collins No. 98 jerseys in Brooklyn's black-and-white: They're apparently already becoming a very popular item for the NBA's online store.
7th: The Columbian. Erik Gunderson notes that not only has Blazers point guard Damian Lillard stepped his scoring up in the absence of injured All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, but he's done so while doing a much better job of finishing around the basket than he was earlier in the season.
8th: ESPN Insider ($). With whispers that Kyrie Irving wants out of Ohio persisting despite his public statements to the contrary, Amin Elhassan lays out the options available for the Cleveland Cavaliers and their All-Star point guard come this summer, when he's eligible for a maximum contract extension and will have to make some decisions on his future.
9th: Sports Illustrated. Sports law expert Michael McCann provides a primer on the legal fallout from New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton's Tuesday morning arrest on three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, detailing the charges Felton faces, his likely defense, how the NBA might respond and whether the Knicks might look to void the 29-year-old point guard's contract.
10th: Bleacher Report and The Wall Street Journal. From the courtroom to the court: Jared Dubin and Chris Herring take a look at what's made the Knicks' defense so awful this season, with Herring focusing specifically on New York's penchant for affording career-best nights to wing players and Dubin taking a global view of a system that seems to break down on each and every level.
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