Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 AM EDT Jul 29, 2019 The first day of free agency brought a flurry of contract agreements totally more than $3 billion. That set the stage for an overheated market where 40% of the league’s workforce was on the market. The Detroit Pistons were bystanders when it came to big-ticket players, but used every means available to improve the roster. Lacking cap space and only armed with mid-level and biannual exceptions for free agency, the Pistons addressed needs with point guard Derrick Rose and big man Markieff Morris. They added a potential starter at small forward before free agency, trading for Tony Snell. The Pistons drafted forward Sekou Doumbouya, a talented top-10 prospect who fell to No. 15. The Pistons signed another point guard, Tim Frazier, for protection against the injury histories of Rose and Reggie Jackson. The Pistons added frontcourt depth by picking up big man Christian Wood off the waiver wire. Training camp is … [Read more...] about Where do Detroit Pistons stand after offseason of upheaval?
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The Toronto Raptors will be looking to clinch a berth in the Eastern Conference Finals when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the conference semifinals on Thursday. The Sixers, conversely, will be attempting to stave off elimination and force Game 7 on Sunday in Toronto. Pascal Siakam had 25 points and eight rebounds despite playing with a sore right calf while Kawhi Leonard added 21 points and 13 rebounds in Game 5 as Toronto took a 3-2 series edge. Danny Green scored 17 points in a balanced effort as the Raptors crushed the Sixers 125-89 in Philadelphia. Toronto head coach Nick Nurse had talked about finding consistency throughout the roster. As a result, the Raptors are on the verge of clinching the series. Legendary Moments: Jordan eliminates Cavs with iconic shot "We needed for everyone to play well," point guard Kyle Lowry told the Toronto Star. "Not individually, but just more of a team, well-rounded game, when everyone played well, everyone played together, … [Read more...] about NBA: Raptors aim to close out 76ers
Ben Simmons had 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to lead the host Philadelphia 76ers past the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-99 on Tuesday. Joel Embiid added 17 points and 19 rebounds for his 50th double-double of the season. Embiid also blocked four shots. JJ Redick scored 17 points for the Sixers, who were without Jimmy Butler as he was held out for a planned rest day. The Sixers have won two straight. Collin Sexton paced the Cavaliers with 26 points while Cedi Osman added 18 and Jordan Clarkson had 13. The Cavaliers played without forward Kevin Love, who has yet to play in back-to-backs since returning from a foot injury. Love had 16 points and 18 rebounds in Monday's 126-101 win over the Toronto Raptors. Marquese Chriss was suspended for the contest after being ejected for fighting with Toronto's Serge Ibaka a night earlier. The short-handed Cavaliers also played without forward Larry Nance Jr. because of a rib injury. READ: Oakley calls Knicks owner a 'bully' for fan altercation … [Read more...] about NBA: Simmons, Embiid lead Sixers past Cavs
Anthony Davis is the latest NBA superstar to request a trade in advance of his free agency. In recent years, teams dealing superstars have not always fared well on the trade market, with deals that either focused on getting back proven players over future assets, or deals that didn’t land the team any top-tier talent. The Pelicans will likely try to get players who can help now and future assets, but recent history suggests that it will be hard to do. Anthony Davis’ trade request from the New Orleans Pelicans is the latest example of what’s become known as “pre-agency” in the NBA. Star players have exerted their power in the NBA by demanding trades from their teams with their free agency on the horizon. The idea is that, if they’re unhappy, they can force their teams to move them before they leave for nothing in free agency. It also allows them some control over where they land. Opposing teams won’t give up much in value if they … [Read more...] about The NBA’s recent history of trading superstars is a bad omen for the Pelicans
Ben Simmons had 22 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Philadelphia 76ers past the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-105 on Sunday. It was Simmons' third triple-double this season and the 15th of his career, and he completed it with more than four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Simmons also had zero turnovers in 32 minutes. Simmons was 9 of 15 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line while coming within one assist of tying a career high. Joel Embiid added 24 points and nine rebounds, while Jimmy Butler returned from a two-game absence due to a strained groin to score 19 points. Landry Shamet scored 16 points, JJ Redick added 14 and Wilson Chandler had 11 for the Sixers, who rebounded after a home loss to the Indiana Pacers two nights earlier. READ: Dunn, Markkanen rally Bulls late to beat Spurs, 98-93 Cedi Osman and Jordan Clarkson each had 18 points for the Cavaliers, who fell to 5-12 at home. Rodney Hood and Matthew Dellavedova contributed 13 points … [Read more...] about Simmons’ triple-double carries Sixers past Cavs