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Recent articles by Jeff:

Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins suffers torn ACL

Four-time NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, suffered a torn ACL this week. → Read More

Opinion: NBA stars opting out of FIBA World Cup is not new. Here's why it happens

Prominent NBA players have withdrawn from the FIBA World Cup in China, but they have legit reasons. The U.S. still has a team capable of winning gold. → Read More

Opinion: Draymond Green deal shows Warriors won't go away quietly in the West

The Warriors' extension with Draymond Green shows their determination to stay competitive in the Western Conference, despite the loss of Kevin Durant. → Read More

Draymond Green agrees to four-year, $99.7 million extension with Warriors

With free agency looming next year, Draymond Green is sticking with the Golden State Warriors, agreeing to a four-year, $99.7 million extension. → Read More

An inside look at the Wizards' new and unusual front-office structure

The Wizards created a three-pronged front-office structure that focuses on basketball operations, player services and health and wellness. → Read More

Key takeaways from the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas

What we learned from the NBA's Summer League session in Las Vegas, from the Pelicans' over-achieving draft picks to the Wizards' top job opening. → Read More

Ben Simmons agrees to 5-year, $170 million max extension with 76ers

Simmons has only played two seasons but has averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.9 assists over the course of his career in Philadelphia. → Read More

Opinion: In today's NBA, every summer can be a blockbuster, whether players are free agents or not

Players have the power in the NBA and they wield it at will. Just look at the wild deals from this summer, which didn't include just free agents. → Read More

Kawhi Leonard conspiracy theory only heightens Lakers-Clippers intrigue

The notion Kawhi Leonard waited deep into free agency to join the Clippers in order to sabotage the Lakers' plans will add fuel to the L.A. rivalry. → Read More

Pelicans sit Zion Williamson for rest of NBA Summer League as precaution

The New Orleans Pelicans have ruled Williamson out for the rest of Las Vegas Summer League after he sustained a bruised left knee in his debut Friday. → Read More

Opinion: How Kevin Durant's injury, Golden State opened door to wild West free agency

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers vs. Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers in a made-for-Hollywood rivalry. Pass the popcorn, please. → Read More

Clippers' shocking moves for Kawhi Leonard, Paul George shake up the NBA

The Clippers instantly became a championship contender by acquiring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. → Read More

Clippers' shocking moves for Kawhi Leonard, Paul George shake up the NBA

The Clippers instantly became a championship contender by acquiring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. → Read More

Earthquake postpones games in Nevada, rattles baseball games in California

The NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas were called for the night and baseball fans in California felt the earthquake. → Read More

Zion Williamson impresses in abbreviated debut at NBA Summer League

Zion Williamson put on an impressive display before leaving the Pelicans' game against the Knicks for precautionary reasons after a knee-to-knee hit. → Read More

Opinion: Kyrie Irving finally got to choose his team. What will he do with this chance?

Kyrie Irving has his dream situation in Brooklyn alongside Kevin Durant. Can he enhance his legacy or will this stop be another disappointment? → Read More

NBA free agency: Winners and losers from Day 1, from Nets to Rockets

The Brooklyn Nets came out on top with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, while the New York Knicks watched as other teams outmaneuvered them. → Read More

Warriors land D'Angelo Russell in sign-and-trade with Nets, send Andre Iguodala to Grizzlies

The Warriors mitigated somewhat the loss of Kevin Durant by reaching a deal to acquire D'Angelo Russell from the Nets in a sign-and-trade. → Read More

Kevin Durant will join the Brooklyn Nets on four-year, $164.3 million deal

The most coveted free agent this off-season, the power forward will miss most or all of 2019-20 while recovering from Achilles surgery. → Read More

Opinion: Outdated NBA free-agent moratorium rules need to change

Rules preventing NBA teams from contacting players before a set date once had a purpose. Teams ignore the rules today, and league should change them. → Read More