2017 NBA Free Agency: The rise of the super team era

2017 NBA Free Agency: The rise of the super team era

By Sully Akbari
As the free agency period begins on July 1, many players are following a pattern in joining forces with other talented players to create a super team. VAVEL USA writers Sully Akbari, Robert Brunswick, Christopher Jeter, Youssef Machkhas, and Austin McConnell see that pattern happening and give their takes on which free agent will join the next super team....
Los Angeles Clippers trade Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets

Los Angeles Clippers trade Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets

By Youssef Machkhas
Many thought Chris Paul was going to join the Houston Rockets, but it happened a lot sooner than they thought. Instead of waiting for free agency, the team traded for CP3. Does this move help and what's next for the Rockets?...
Boston Celtics to pursue Gordon Hayward and Paul George

Boston Celtics to pursue Gordon Hayward and Paul George

By Ben King
On Tuesday Afternoon, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Boston Celtics were interested in signing upcoming free agent Gordon Hayward and trading for Paul George....

2017 NBA Awards: Eric Gordon wins Sixth Man of the Year

The awards keep coming for Eric Gordon. After winning the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest back in February, Gordon (358 votes, 46 first place) edged out his teammate Lou Williams (70 votes, five first place) and Golden State Warriors’ forward Andre Iguodala (326 votes, 43 first place) to win the Sixth Man of the Year.  This is a huge revival in his career, as his previous seasons were plagued with various injuries. He only reached 70 games in one season, and that was his rookie one. This year, he played 75 games, while averaging 16.2 points per game and shooting 37.2 percent from deep. These are very impressive numbers for a player coming off the bench. When the Houston Rockets signed him last season, they were hoping for a player that can spread the floor and fit in Mike D’Antoni’s distinct gameplan. He did just that, quickly becoming James Harden’s favorite target when driving to the basket....
2017 NBA Awards: Mike D'Antoni wins Coach of the Year

2017 NBA Awards: Mike D'Antoni wins Coach of the Year ByYoussef Machkhas

Mike D'Antoni had a fantastic season rallying the reeling Houston Rockets to the third seed of the Western Conference. As a result, he won the Coach of the Year award....
Phoenix Suns stay put, draft Josh Jackson

Phoenix Suns stay put, draft Josh Jackson ByRichard Martinez

With trade speculation running rampant, the Phoenix Suns keep their number four selection and draft Josh Jackson...
Los Angeles Lakers trade D'Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez, first-round pick

Los Angeles Lakers trade D'Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez, first-round pick ByNoel John Alberto

The Lakers were able to dump the salary of the Russian center by sending the former number two pick and him for the former Stanford standout....
2017 NBA Free Agency: Houston Rockets look to make a splash once again

2017 NBA Free Agency: Houston Rockets look to make a splash once again ByYoussef Machkhas

In an attempt to compete with the Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets are trying to attract another star free agent to pair up with James Harden. How will each of their targets fit on the team?...
2017 NBA Draft Results and Comments

2017 NBA Draft Results and Comments

By Robert Brunswick III
Welcome to the 2017 NBA Draft live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The draft is set to begin at 7 PM ET. Follow us here at VAVEL USA for more live steam updates and commentary....
2017 NBA Draft: Roundtable predictions for the first round

2017 NBA Draft: Roundtable predictions for the first round

By Sully Akbari
Welcome to our 2017 NBA Draft roundtable predictions. This year's NBA Draft showcases many young stars in the making as the talent level in this year's 2017 class is set to open some eyes....
Atlanta Hawks trade Dwight Howard to Charlotte Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli

Atlanta Hawks trade Dwight Howard to Charlotte Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli

By Austin McConnell
The teams will also swap second round picks in the upcoming draft, with the Hornets receiving pick No. 31 and the Hawks moving to No. 41...
2017 NBA Draft: Semi Ojeleye's versatility makes him a sleeper

2017 NBA Draft: Semi Ojeleye's versatility makes him a sleeper ByAustin McConnell

The Duke transfer has all the tools to be a productive role player in the NBA, with the potential to become even more than that....
2017 NBA Draft: De'Aaron Fox, the Third Point Guard

2017 NBA Draft: De'Aaron Fox, the Third Point Guard ByYoussef Machkhas

De'Aaron Fox is a very promising point guard with good size and tremendous speed. However, he is being overshadowed by two other point guards in the draft: Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball. Will he be able to prove that he deserves to be in the same conversation as them?...
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