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: Beyond the Arc. Our own Adrian Wojnarowski reported last month that bruising big man Zach Randolph is focused on re-signing with the Memphis Grizzlies this offseason. Kevin Lipe wonders: What's Z-Bo worth to Memphis at age 33, what's he going to be worth at 35, and how should the Grizz weigh those two evaluations when making their call should he opt out this summer?
SF: The Triangle. Andrew Sharp about how Internet discussions of LeBron James' strengths and weaknesses can be exhausting, no matter which way you feel about him. Possible alternate title: "Gotta Hear No Sides."
SG: Boston Globe. Baxter Holmes sets about dispelling the mystery surrounding possible top-five draft pick Dante Exum by talking to scads of scouts and front-office types … and comes away with perhaps even less of a consensus on the Australian guard than there was going in. (As good as this is, it's not the best thing Baxter wrote this week.)
PG: Raptors Republic. Zarar Siddiqi takes a deep breath and considers the possibility of point guard Kyle Lowry leaving the Toronto Raptors in free agency, "a horrifying prospect because any version of a near-term outlook for a fan involves Lowry, the unquestionable leader of last season, being front-and-center."
6th: Grantland. Zach Lowe imagines a world without maximum player salaries. Would LeBron James get $40 million a year (or maybe even more)? What would happen to the NBA's comparatively vast middle class? How would teams' roster-building strategies change, and who would benefit most?
7th: Sports Illustrated. Speaking of max contracts: Just how much would Carmelo Anthony actually be leaving on the table in terms of take-home pay if he decided to leave the New York Knicks for the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat or Houston Rockets, when you factor in taxes?
8th: Bright Side of the Sun. Considering the state of the Phoenix Suns' rebuilding/retooling plan in the context of several other teams trying to get back to contention after periods as also-ran squads.
9th: Orange County Register. The great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar revisits the best and worst moments from his 10 trips to the NBA Finals.
10th: OnMilwaukee.com. A deep dive into one of the former Lew Alcindor's 10 Finals trips — the 1974 championship between Kareem's Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics, a series almost literally lost to history.
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