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: Forward Center. Sure, they're in Sin City to vie for spots on the U.S. senior men's national team roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, but as soon as Damian Lillard and Chandler Parsons got together, you knew exactly what they were going to talk about. Casey Holdahl takes us inside the conversation.
PF: SB Nation, USA TODAY Sports and The Triangle. Let Paul Flannery, Jeff Zillgitt and Jared Dubin introduce you to Michele Roberts, the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, who might be the only person standing between all of us and a lockout come the summer of 2017.
SF: Eye on Basketball. Zach Harper looks a few months into the future and wonders what we can, or should, expect from a re-upped Dwyane Wade in a post-LeBron context with the Miami Heat next season. (Also, Zach had some dork on his podcast today.)
SG: The New York Times. Scott Cacciola on the divergent paths forward being taken by the Los Angeles Clippers, who want nothing more than to shed their Donald Sterling-dominated past, and the Los Angeles Lakers, who want nothing more than to focus on their Showtime days to avoid facing the future.
PG: Denver Post. Christopher Dempsey on Arron Afflalo occupying a different role in his return to the Denver Nuggets, going from just one of the young guys to a veteran expected to lead the charge back to the postseason.
6th: SB Nation. Mike Prada on why speculation on whether Kevin Durant will sign with the Washington Wizards in two years — though far, far away and (to some of us, at least) pretty insane — is reasonable within the context of today's NBA news and roster-building cycles.
7th: TrueHoop. Longtime Durant watcher and Daily Thunder proprietor Royce Young won't believe KD's going to take a page out of LeBron's book until he sees it: "[Durant] may not be a boisterous leader, but he’s also not one to follow."
8th: Hang Time. John Schuhmann reports from Team USA camp in Las Vegas on the chances that Brooklyn Nets big man Mason Plumlee could earn a spot on the U.S. roster for the FIBA World Cup, thanks to the likes of Blake Griffin and Kevin Love pulling out of contention.
9th: Rip City Project. For as gifted and multifaceted a player as he is, Nicolas Batum at times frustrates Portland Trail Blazers fans with his inconsistent offensive production, which can sometimes be attributed to the scoring primacy of All-Stars Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, but at others seems more due to the Frenchman floating. Is this simply the way things are going to be for the versatile swingman, or could there still be a breakout campaign ahead?
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