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Recent articles by Jeff:

NBA free agency: Winners and losers include the Lakers, Suns, Rockets and Bucks

Gordon Hayward and Fred VanVleet were among the winners along with a few NBA teams who made moves to improve rosters immediately as free agency began. → Read More

Opinion: Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell rookie max extensions all about future security for teams, young stars

When you have young All-Stars like Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell, you do what you must to keep them. So the Celtics and Jazz did just that. → Read More

Donovan Mitchell commits to five-year extension with Jazz that could reach $195 million

All-Star Donovan MItchell's five-year extension with the Jazz is a major move for the franchise and incoming owner Ryan Smith. → Read More

Breaking down NBA's top free agents in 2020: Few superstars, little cap space

NBA free agency officially begins Friday at 6 p.m. ET, and it's expected to be hectic, with a quick turnaround before the start of the regular season. → Read More

Reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell signing two-year deal with Lakers

Montrezl Harrell has agreed to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers after spending the prior three seasons with the rival Clippers. → Read More

2020 NBA free-agent tracker: Steven Adams trade to Pelicans caps busy first day to free agency

NBA free agency began Friday, but it was a trade - Steven Adams' pending move from the Thunder to the Pelicans - that stole the headlines. → Read More

NBA draft storylines: Will Minnesota Timberwolves pick LaMelo Ball first overall?

Among the notable storylines entering virtual 2020 NBA draft: It's still unclear who the first pick will be. Is there a chance it will be LaMelo Ball? → Read More

Opinion: In trading for Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns already one of the most improved teams in NBA

Chris Paul and Monty Williams reunite, making the Suns one of the most entertaining teams in the NBA along with Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. → Read More

How sports arenas ran up score on 2020 election, hosting hundreds of thousands of voters

USA TODAY Sports analysis found more than 298,000 people cast their ballots at 40 sports arenas, and that the facilities "solved major problems." → Read More

NBA players vote to approve Dec. 22 start date for 2020-21 season

Players approved the NBA's plan to start the season on Dec. 22 to take advantage of playing on Christmas Day and increase potential revenue. → Read More

Ready for Grizzlies to return? NBA targeting start date of Dec. 22 for 2020-21 season

With a targeted start date of Dec. 22, the next NBA season would include 72 games and finish before the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. → Read More

Meet the eight key figures who helped make the NBA bubble a success

When an NBA bubble idea was floated, commissioner Adam Silver was skeptical. Meet key figures who collaborated to make the bubble safe and COVID-free. → Read More

From no direction to 17th NBA championship, the Los Angeles Lakers are back

After five coaches in eight years and a couple of the worst seasons in franchise history, the Lakers are back on the NBA mountaintop as champions. → Read More

Lakers star LeBron James becomes first NBA player to win Finals MVP with three teams

Only Michael Jordan with six has more Finals MVPs than LeBron James, who won his fourth Finals MVP award after leading the Lakers to the championship. → Read More

Lakers close out Heat with Game 6 rout for record-tying 17th NBA championship

LeBron James and Anthony Davis took care of business in Game 6, leading the Lakers to a 106-93 victory for the 17th title in franchise history. → Read More

NBA Finals: Jimmy Butler's triple-double leads Heat past Lakers to force Game 6

Jimmy Butler kept the Heat alive with a 35-point triple-double to outduel LeBron James and beat the Lakers 111-108 and force Game 6. → Read More

Opinion: Heat's Erik Spoelstra would never say this, but he's under-rated as one of NBA's best coaches

What coach Erik Spoelstra has done with the Miami Heat after injuries to Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic this postseason is phenomenal. → Read More

Inside the NBA bubble, pickleball battles have become the stuff of legend

NBA referee Scott Foster is the unofficial pickleball commissioner in the Orlando bubble, where the sport has been taken up by nearly 70 people. → Read More

Opinion: Heat star Jimmy Butler backs up big talk with NBA Finals performance for the ages

Jimmy Butler told confidants the Lakers would not sweep the Heat. He backed it up with the third 40-point triple-double in NBA Finals history. → Read More

Jimmy Butler posts 40-point triple-double, Heat top Lakers in Game 3 of NBA Finals

Jimmy Butler was magnificent with 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds to lead the Heat to a 115-104 win in Game 3 to cut the Lakers' lead to 2-1. → Read More