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Would an espn insider mind posting this article if it is not too much trouble?

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http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/news/story?id=5492202&action=logi...


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With the most highly anticipated free-agency period in NBA history in the books, ESPN Insider is surveying the new landscape of the Association over the next five days. Chris Broussard examines what changed for each team and what issues still linger, before ranking the teams from No. 30 to No. 1 for the coming season. And John Hollinger weighs in with per-40 minute statistical projections for each squad's starting lineup.

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24. Cleveland Cavaliers
The More Things Change: Well, what can you say? The King is gone. And not just The King, but the GM (Danny Ferry) and the coach (Mike Brown), too. It's an entirely new day in Cleveland. Actually, it's a return to life before LeBron James, when the Cavaliers were a doormat and an afterthought. The past few years they've been on national TV the maximum amount allowable by the NBA. This season? Two times -- once when LeBron and Miami make their first trip to Cleveland and again when new coach Byron Scott faces his former club, the New Orleans Hornets. While Cleveland would have given anything to have heard LeBron say, "I'm keeping my talents in Cleveland," new GM Chris Grant and crew are looking forward to rebuilding the franchise from scratch and proving the Cavs weren't just LeBron and a bunch of bums.

The More They Stay the Same: Owner Dan Gilbert's immature tirade against James, while panned nationally, was well received in Cleveland, and many believe it was a ploy to get the fans to continue supporting the team. It may work for a few months, or maybe even most of the season, but if the Cavs pack Quicken Loans Arena this season, that'll be one of the few things that's the same. Some of James' old teammates are still there -- Mo Williams, Anderson Varejao, J.J. Hickson and others -- but needless to say, the whole dynamic of the operation will change without LeBron.

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23. Sacramento Kings
The More Things Change: The Kings got a potential star in the draft, selecting 6-foot-11 power forward DeMarcus Cousins with the fifth pick. All the concerns surrounding Cousins related to his perceived lack of maturity. The Kings hired Cousins' high school coach, Otis Hughley, as an assistant to help the 20-year-old make the transition to pro ball and, perhaps more importantly, pro living. If Cousins matures and avoids trouble, the Kings have the makings of a potential contender in him and reigning Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans. It typically takes a great big man and a great perimeter player to contend in the NBA; Cousins and Evans could fit the bill. Athletic shot-blocker Samuel Dalembert could be a nice complement to Cousins inside, and the Kings also drafted 7-foot Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside is a project, but his upside -- again if he matures (and he may have further to go than Cousins) -- is high.

The More They Stay the Same: If Evans and Cousins both become legitimate stars, the Kings already have the role players in place: Dalembert, Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Beno Udrih, Omri Casspi and Donte Greene. If the Kings don't implode -- if maturity reigns -- their future is bright.

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22. Los Angeles Clippers
The More Things Change: The long-awaited debut of last year's top pick, Blake Griffin, is what everyone's waiting for, but the Clippers' new look won't end there. Vinny Del Negro, who took a young Chicago team to the playoffs in two straight seasons, takes over on the bench, and he's got plenty of talent to work with. The Clippers had a strong draft, getting small forward Al-Farouq Aminu and point guard Eric Bledsoe. Throw in Randy Foye from the Wizards and solid role player/citizen Ryan Gomes, and the Clippers have tons of depth and ability.

The More They Stay the Same: For all the new faces, the Clippers will go only as far as veteran Baron Davis takes them. Davis, a Hall of Fame talent who's spent half his career underachieving, can put L.A. in the playoffs if he's engaged or in the dumpster if he loafs. Midsummer reports weren't good, as sources said the 6-3 point guard was up to 260 pounds, 45 pounds above his listed playing weight.

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21. Golden State Warriors
The More Things Change: The most significant change here may be the ownership transfer from Chris Cohan to Joe Lacob. Lacob, who previously held minority ownership in the Boston Celtics, is a no-nonsense guy who's vowed to put an end to the Warriors' recent history of dissension and dysfunction. He is evaluating the front office and coaching staff and might replace Don Nelson on the bench. On the court, Golden State moved Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike to New York in exchange for David Lee. Lee is a legitimate double-double guy who should play well alongside Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, because he can be productive without having plays run for him. They also sent Corey Maggette to Milwaukee for reserves Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Bell.

The More They Stay the Same: Lacob is being patient before making changes, but he needs to get rid of Nelson. Nelson has hampered the Warriors' young talent for years and his gimmick offenses are played out. In Curry, Ellis and Lee, Golden State has a promising nucleus that needs to be honed by a serious coach. A few years ago, Nellie would've been the man for the job. That's not the case anymore. If Nelson's not replaced, expect some fun, highlight-quality moments from the Warriors' young guns, but lots of losses.

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20. Charlotte Bobcats
The More Things Change: It's likely that the Bobcats will waive Erick Dampier and his non-guaranteed contract, but if they keep him, he's basically replacing Tyson Chandler. Since Chandler spent so much time on the injured list, and Dampier could be in a contract year, that could be a good thing. Dampier's last strong season -- the best of his career -- came when he was playing for a contract in Golden State. Eduardo Najera is a bruiser who could add some necessary toughness, and the once-wildly-promising Shaun Livingston will be given a chance to resurrect his career, which was derailed in 2007 by a brutal knee injury.

The More They Stay the Same: The Bobcats experienced a bit of prosperity last season, and we all know how crazy that makes Larry Brown. There have long been rumblings of tension between Brown and the Bobcats' front office, so unnecessary Brown-caused drama would not be surprising.

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19. Philadelphia 76ers
The More Things Change: League lifer Rod Thorn, who worked lots of magic in New Jersey, moves two hours south to become the president of the Sixers, rejoining his old Nets partner, Ed Stefanski. Doug Collins, a former Sixers star, is the new coach, replacing Eddie Jordan and his Princeton offense. Center Samuel Dalembert was shipped to Sacramento for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes, a trade that sacrifices athleticism for grit. No. 2 pick Evan Turner is hyped but was underwhelming in summer league.

The More They Stay the Same: The Sixers' biggest problem is that highly paid power forward Elton Brand is a slow, halfcourt player who doesn't fit with the Philly speed demons (Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young), who are better suited for playing up-tempo basketball. You have to wonder if the Sixers are going in an even slower direction with the hiring of Collins, who has a history of playing deliberate, plodding basketball. If that's the case, how will Iguodala, Williams et al. fit into Collins' scheme? In other words, there was confusion last season and there will be confusion this season.

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May you also post the first part of this series. Teams 30-25. Thanks in advance.

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With the most highly anticipated free-agency period in NBA history now in the books, ESPN Insider is surveying the new landscape of the Association over the next five days. Chris Broussard examines what changed for each team and what issues still linger, before ranking the teams from No. 30 to No. 1 for the coming season. And John Hollinger weighs in with per-40 minute statistical projections for each squad's starting lineup.

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30. Minnesota Timberwolves
The more things change: Losing the best player on a 15-win team is no big deal, so bye-bye Al Jefferson. Now, the Wolves' most talented player, though perhaps not their best, is Michael Beasley, who's already had a duffle bag's worth of controversy in his disappointing two-year career. While you hope Beasley can turn it around in Minny, it just doesn't seem like the place to build a problem child into a professional. Elsewhere on the roster, Luke Ridnour replaces Ramon Sessions. Ho-hum. Both are truly backups.

The more they stay the same: The Timberwolves remain, undisputedly, the worst team and franchise in the league. Since Kevin Garnett left for brighter days in Boston three years ago, the Timberwolves have become a joke. They're overstocked at point guard, yet all of them are mediocre, and perhaps the best of the bunch (Ricky Rubio) refuses to play for them, choosing instead to remain in Europe. The one bright spot is Kevin Love, but even he's not bright enough to overcome the darkness covering this club.

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29. Detroit Pistons
The more things change: Years ago, when Tracy McGrady was healthy and in his prime, the Pistons tried and failed to trade for him. Well, they finally got McGrady, signing him as a free agent this summer for the veteran's minimum of $1.35 million. But the 31-year-old McGrady is such a shell of himself that the Pistons were perhaps the only team that wanted him. McGrady will get a chance to shine in Detroit, though, which is an opportunity he would not have received in most places. The Pistons also finally got a skilled big man, happily drafting Georgetown's Greg Monroe. Monroe has great talent, but his toughness and determination have been questioned, as he underachieved in NCAA ball.

The more they stay the same: Detroit's three best players may still play largely the same position. Point guard Rodney Stuckey may be more like a shooting guard, a position that's already stocked with Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon. The three are too small to start in a three-guard lineup, but the Pistons' front line is too offensively challenged to put up big points without those three on the floor.

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28. Toronto Raptors
The more things change: The Raptors played the Chris Bosh situation all wrong. It seems that every single individual in the league knew Bosh was leaving Toronto except those working in Toronto. Why else would the Raptors hold onto him until the summer, when they would have been far better off trading him before last season's deadline? In the end, Toronto was left to take whatever it could get in the form of draft picks and a huge trade exception for its best player. The Raptors were able to get rid of the disgruntled Hedo Turkoglu, bringing in another international player in Leandro Barbosa, and they also added free agents Amir Johnson and Linas Kleiza and draft pick Ed Davis. Those are decent players, but this was, without question, a lost summer for the Raptors.

The more they stay the same: The Raptors organization has to begin seriously wondering whether it can get an American-born star to stay in Toronto. McGrady left as a free agent years ago, then Vince Carter forced his way out of the country and now Bosh has followed suit. If talented second-year guard DeMar DeRozan blossoms into a star, will he eventually bolt, too? You can't help but think "probably."

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27. Indiana Pacers
The more things change: The Pacers added a potential star in Darren Collison, who put up big numbers while filling in for Chris Paul last season in New Orleans. James Posey also came along in the trade that cost Indiana Troy Murphy, and he brings championship pedigree and leadership. For all their struggles on the court, the Pacers are beginning to manage their cap well and could be players in free agency next summer.

The more they stay the same: Second-round pick Lance Stephenson's recent altercation with the mother of his child, in which he allegedly pushed her down a flight of stairs and slammed her head against a step, brings back despicable memories of the havoc wreaked by Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jamaal Tinsley a few years ago. Indiana, in an effort to win back its fan base, has brought in nothing but "good guys" the past few years, but diverted from that strategy in drafting Stephenson, whose troubled past is well-documented. They got burned for it.

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26. Washington Wizards
The more things change: There's a new leader off the court, in new owner Ted Leonsis, and one on the court, in new point guard John Wall. Wall has explosive talent and is expected to become a superstar, and the Wizards acquired Kirk Hinrich to give Wall a veteran sounding board to help him maximize his potential. There's been a ton of team turnover, both at last February's trade deadline and over the summer, including a minor move that brought Yi Jianlian over from New Jersey. The Wizards are now a young team with big talent.

The more they stay the same: Gilbert Arenas is back, but back in a different role. When Gilbert left the team after being suspended because of his foolish gunplay with Javaris Crittenton, he was the face of the franchise, on and off the court. Now both of those titles belong to Wall, and no matter what he says, Arenas will have a hard time accepting that. The Wizards would love to trade him but his baggage and the four years and $80 million left on his contract make that awfully hard to do. Arenas helped ruin last season; the Wizards are determined not to let him ruin this one, as well.

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25. New Jersey Nets
The more things change: Rod Thorn and Kiki Vandeweghe are out, and Billy King, Avery Johnson and celebrity Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov are in. Johnson was one of the league's most successful coaches during his tenure in Dallas and will whip the talented but young Nets into shape. Free agency was a failure, pure and simple, since the Nets missed out on all the big names, but they added some quality in Travis Outlaw (though they overpaid him with a five-year, $35 million deal), Jordan Farmar and Anthony Morrow. No. 3 pick Derrick Favors has a world of potential, and the Nets smartly brought in Troy Murphy to hold down the power forward spot until Favors learns the ropes.

The more they stay the same: The Nets are still stuck in a sort of limbo. While they've left the Izod Center in the New Jersey swamps, they're still not in their permanent digs yet. They'll spend the next two years in Newark, playing at the Prudential Center, before moving to Brooklyn for good in 2012. The failure to reach Brooklyn earlier, which was the initial plan, certainly cost the Nets a legitimate shot at LeBron James and the other big-name free agents this summer. Some would say it was fitting for a franchise that, despite its back-to-back trips to the Finals in 2002 and 2003, is still largely regarded as backward.

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With the most highly anticipated free-agency period in NBA history in the books, ESPN Insider is surveying the new landscape of the Association over the next five days. Chris Broussard examines what changed for each team and what issues still linger, before ranking the teams from No. 30 to No. 1 for the coming season. And John Hollinger weighs in with per-40 minute statistical projections for each squad's starting lineup.

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18. New York Knicks
The More Things Change: New York didn't get the man/men they wanted in free agency, but they definitely improved by adding Amare Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Anthony Randolph, Roger Mason, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike. Obviously, the addition of Stoudemire makes up for the loss of David Lee, and Randolph is a diamond in the rough, a versatile youngster with star potential. There's no guarantee he'll reach full bloom, especially under the pressure-packed bright lights of NYC, but if he does, he'll be special. Of course, the talk of Carmelo Anthony wanting to join the Knicks has made this once-proud-but-recently-embarrassing franchise feel loved again.

The More They Stay the Same: Mike D'Antoni still loathes defense, sometimes going days without mentioning the subject in practice last season, according to one former player. Unless that changes -- and there's little reason to think it will -- the Knicks will be an inconsistent team. In the past, the Knicks have brought in talented, big-name power forwards, paraded them around Madison Square Garden as saviors and then watched them fail miserably (Antonio McDyess and Zach Randolph, anyone?). Many believe it'll be a case of déjà vu with Stoudemire, who has such bad knee problems his contract could not be insured.

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17. Houston Rockets
The More Things Change: Of course, the biggest change is that the biggest man in the league, Yao Ming, will return from his foot injury. But his days of playing 30-plus minutes a game (not to mention averaging 20 and 10) could be over. The signing of Brad Miller will give Houston a nice one-two punch at center, even if Yao's minutes are limited. Courtney Lee was acquired in a trade for Trevor Ariza, which is at best a lateral move; Lee's no better than Ariza and probably a bit worse. Draft pick Patrick Patterson is a promising talent.

The More They Stay the Same: The good news is that Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry were re-signed, and one would expect the high-scoring Kevin Martin to be better acclimated to his teammates after playing a half-season with them last year. In Martin and Aaron Brooks, the Rockets could have one of the highest-scoring backcourts in the league.

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16. Memphis Grizzlies
The More Things Change: The free-agent signing of Tony Allen was a nice move, giving the Grizzlies much-needed depth off the bench. And while Allen is not exactly known as a leader, he spent the last three years under Kevin Garnett's wing and in the professional, title-contending culture of the Celtics. If he can transfer some of those lessons learned to the Grizzlies, that will be a benefit in Memphis.

The More They Stay the Same: The Grizzlies brought back Rudy Gay to the tune of $82 million. A bit high? Without question, but it keeps the young nucleus of Gay, O.J. Mayo and Zach Randolph together -- at least for another year. Throw in Marc Gasol and that's a nice young foursome. Problem is, Mike Conley continues to be a weak link at point guard, and last year's lottery pick, Hasheem Thabeet, still seems to be in the "project'' stage.

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15. Atlanta Hawks
The More Things Change: The biggest change was the move from Mike Woodson, who improved the team's record in each of his six seasons, to longtime assistant coach Larry Drew as the head man. Drew was the players' choice, which could be a good or a bad thing. What we do know is that he will try to get more movement in the Hawks' offense, nixing Woodson's iso-exclusive philosophy. Besides that, the Hawks added a couple of nondescript bigs in Jason Collins and Josh Powell. They're hoping Jeff Teague can wrestle the reins away from veteran Mike Bibby, but that may be too big a jump for the second-year point guard. Rookie draft pick Jordan Crawford gained fame for dunking on LeBron James, but can he play?

The More They Stay the Same: For all the excitement over the return of Joe Johnson, fact is, the Hawks have hit their ceiling. They may win 50 games but they are a second-round playoff team at best, a step below the real EC contenders: Miami, Boston, Orlando and probably Chicago. Collins and Powell won't improve Atlanta's fate against real bigs like Dwight Howard. The Hawks will be good again, but no way they threaten to win the East.

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14. New Orleans Hornets
The More Things Change: First and foremost, Chris Paul, who missed 37 games because of injury last season, is back, though he's not necessarily happy about returning to New Orleans. The point guard wants to play for a contender, and new GM Dell Demps and new coach Monty Williams have tried to make moves to appease their superstar. They traded away his backup, Darren Collison, to bring in Trevor Ariza and sent Julian Wright to Toronto for Marco Belinelli. Ariza and Belinelli are young and full of potential. The hope is that with Paul getting them open looks, they'll finally tap their upside with the Hornets.

The More They Stay the Same: If Marcus Thornton can improve on his pleasantly surprising rookie year, in which he averaged nearly 20 points over the last three months of the season, the Hornets could have their best backcourt in recent memory. That would make the already-solid big-man tandem of Emeka Okafor and David West that much better, and with Ariza aboard, Peja Stojakovic can perhaps fill the role of sniper off the bench. Basketball-wise, it doesn't look as bad as many might think. But off the court, it's a mess, as the ownership transfer from George Shinn to Gary Chouest continues to hit stumbling blocks. Closure for this club won't come until Chouest is running the team.

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13. Milwaukee Bucks
The More Things Change: Reigning NBA Executive of the Year John Hammond was at it again this summer, making moves for the surprising Bucks that should leave them just a tier below the elite. Trading for Corey Maggette was the big move, and while Maggette has made the playoffs only once in his 11-year career, he is a big-time scorer who gets to the foul line as well as anyone else in the league. The Bucks were 29th out of 30 teams in free throws attempted last season, and Maggette can cure that deficiency all by himself. If he buys into coach Scott Skiles' hardcore defensive philosophy -- bottom line, he won't have much choice -- the Bucks could surpass Atlanta and maybe (maybe!) challenge Chicago or Boston for the third seed. Drew Gooden adds toughness and is an upgrade over the power-forward-by-committee system the club employed last season.

The More They Stay the Same: The last image we saw of Andrew Bogut was a harrowing one, with the 7-footer writhing on the floor in pain after suffering a gruesome elbow injury. Bogut's rehabbing now, but missing the start of the season is not out of the question. Beyond that, the Bucks are hoping that when he returns he comes back as the All-Star-caliber player he was last season (15.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg and 2.5 blocks). Also, expect point guard Brandon Jennings to build on his excellent rookie season, mainly by improving his .371 field goal percentage. He thinks the added talent can enable him to average a double-double (points/assists). Re-signing John Salmons was huge. And on a sad note, injury-plagued former All-Star Michael Redd, who's missed the better part of the last two seasons, is on the shelf again and not expected back until February.

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ESPN is gonna sue you buddy.

ESPN is gonna sue you buddy. When it comes to money, Disney dont play

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kemme cite them then

Those are all from espn.com

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is the worst sports website out there. Anything worth reading has to be paid for. If you are not an insider it is basically a glorified box score for sports.

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It's called BSPN sometimes,

It's called BSPN sometimes, but some articles are informative and I like Bill Simmons.

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i disagree... pistons are not

i disagree... pistons are not gonna be the 2nd worst team this year

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So who is? Its gonna come

So who is?

Its gonna come down to the Wolves, Pistons, Raps, Cavs, and maybe Nets as the bottom 5.

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Worst team

1. Cavs
2. T Wolves
3. Raptors
4. Nets
5. Pacers
6. Washington (there divison is just deep)
7. 76'ers
8. Clippers
9. Pistons
10. Kings

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Baron Davis 260 Lbs!!! Good

Baron Davis 260 Lbs!!! Good god lol could that be true?

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Hornets are a bit high if you

Hornets are a bit high if you ask me.

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I find it funny

the Warriors are ranked as high as they are. They're gona be horrible.

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