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Warriors, Green Come to Their Senses

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Monroe Picks Bucks Over Bright Lights

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For Love, Winning Won Out

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Everybody wins, but not quite equally, in the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade agreeing to the one-year contract that will pay him $20 million this coming season. Wade wins, yes. He gets...(full article)

Draymond Green and the Warriors did everything they said they would, everything they owed themselves, and, yes, everything they were destined to do. That's what happened, every bit...(full article)

In a move that signified the changing landscape of the NBA — where location and market size no longer outweigh money and the opportunity to win – former Georgetown center Greg ...(full article)

By the end of last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers had transformed themselves into a small pack of salty overachievers. Through injuries, age and attrition, they somehow came withi...(full article)

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Kevin Love was one of the summer's prized free agents. It didn't matter that he was coming off an at-times bumpy season that ended with him watching the NBA Fina...(full article)

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