5 Teams to Watch after the NBA All-Star Break

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With games returning this Thursday after the NBA all-star break, teams will have to quickly refocus in order prepare for the playoffs. The most interesting teams will not only be those on the playoff bubble but those attempting to prove whether or not they are legitimate contenders. After the madness of the trade deadline, many new-look teams will have to prove themselves. Which team should you keep your eye on as the playoffs approach? Here are 5 teams you won't want to ignore: 1. Los Angeles Lakers This may not be a surprise to any NBA fan, but the Lakers are still in the spotlight. This season we've already witnessed the Anthony Davis fiasco and now LeBron James might miss the playoffs for

The Uncertain Future of Markelle Fultz

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During last season's exit interview Markelle Fultz appeared optimistic for his future with the 76ers. He was prepared to work during the offseason and claimed his shoulder and shooting strength were "pretty good" but not "100 percent". In his limited play last season, Fultz had already become the youngest player to ever record a triple-double. For a moment it appeared as if Fultz was headed in the right direction, but things have quickly gone sour this season. Just 19 games into the season Fultz decided to rest his sore shoulder, indefinitely. The time he was playing earlier in the season was confusing, to say the least. He seemed to have a new free throw release every game and found little success

4 Winners and Losers of the Jimmy Butler Trade

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Earlier today the long overdue Jimmy Butler trade finally happened. In the trade, Minnesota sent Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless, Dario Saric and a 2022 2nd round pick. Quite frankly, after rumors that Houston offered 4 first round picks, this deal is disappointing. In fact, it looked like Minnesota would win a trade with Houston. Nevertheless, the Wolves took the deal with Philly. Let's look at the winners and losers. Winner: Jimmy Butler Butler is a big winner in this trade. It may have taken months after his request, but he finally got out of Minnesota. Even better, the Wolves sent him to a team with conference finals aspirations. Although the Sixers are a younger