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Favorites in NBA's East?

Less than a week into the NBA's official free agency, nearly all of the big names have made their decisions. And while the Western Conference saw little movement, the East saw some deals that will certainly shake things up.

LeBron James, in case you hadn't heard, left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat, though, kept Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and added Luol Deng in the process. The Chicago Bulls picked up Pau Gasol and brought over Montenegro-born Nikola Mirotic from Spain to team with a (presumably) healthy Derrick Rose. And the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday saw Lance Stephenson go to the new-look Charlotte Hornets. (Also, let's not forget about Carmelo Anthony staying with the New York Knicks and Jason Kidd leaving the Brooklyn Nets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks.) Naturally, there are a lot of questions ...

  • Which team will win the NBA's Eastern Conference in 2014-15?

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  • Which team outside the Bulls and Cavaliers has the best shot at winning the East?

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  • Which of these non-playoff teams from 2013-14 will fare the best in 2014-15?

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  • What do you make of Lance Stephenson leaving the Pacers for the Hornets and a three-year, $27 million contract?

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  • Which of these was the best signing for the team?

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  • How will Derrick Rose fare this season?

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  • Which team will Andrew Wiggins be with at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • If you were the Cavaliers' general manager, would you trade Andrew Wiggins as part of a deal to get Kevin Love?

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  • How many championships will LeBron James win in Cleveland?

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  • Will Carmelo Anthony ever play in an NBA Finals?

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NBA free agency predictions?

July 1 marks the beginning of NBA free agency, and what a time it should be. LeBron James is available. So are Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, James' and Bosh's fellow Big Three member Dwyane Wade and -- perhaps briefly, if he re-signs as expected -- Dirk Nowitzki. That's not to mention restricted free agents such as Eric Bledsoe and Gordon Hayward, plus trade targets like Kevin Love. What will happen when the players start moving?

Where will LeBron James play next season?

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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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  • How many of the Heat's Big Three will return next season?

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  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

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  • Behind LeBron James, who is the best unrestricted free agent on the market this summer?

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  • On which team will Kevin Love be at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • Will restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe (Suns), Gordon Hayward (Jazz) and Greg Monroe (Pistons) change teams this summer?

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Pistons hire Stan Van Gundy

Sources have told ESPN.com that the Pistons and Stan Van Gundy have agreed on a five-year deal to make him head coach and president of basketball operations in Detroit. Van Gundy previously coached the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic. Would he be a good fit?

  • Is Stan Van Gundy a good fit as head coach of the Pistons?

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  • Who would you rather have coaching your NBA team?

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  • Which is the better job opportunity?

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  • Who is more likely to win an NBA title first?

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Should Pistons fire Dumars, too?

Just 50 games into his first season there, Maurice Cheeks was fired by the Detroit Pistons. His record (21-29) certainly wasn't stellar, and it's hard to deny there's talent on the team with Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, Brandon Jennings. However, this is far from the first coach let go by general manager Joe Dumars, who has had considerable struggles since constructing Detroit's 2004 championship team. In fact, many -- including ESPN Insider Amin Elhassan -- point to the GM as the reason why this franchise hasn't made the playoffs since 2008-09. Should he go, too? Can Detroit turn things around soon?

  • Should the Pistons (21-29) have fired Maurice Cheeks?

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  • Which is a bigger factor in assessing Joe Dumars' tenure as Pistons GM?

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  • Should the Pistons fire GM Joe Dumars?

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  • Which has been Joe Dumars' biggest free-agent mistake?

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  • If your team needed a head coach, would you want it to hire Maurice Cheeks?

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  • When will the Pistons next make the playoffs?

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NBA 5-on-5: Pistons preview

To an already intriguing pairing of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, Joe Dumars added another more established duo: Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings. But is their fit in Motor City good enough to give the Detroit Pistons an A-grade for their offseason? What is the biggest question facing this win-soon team? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.

What grade would you give the Pistons' offseason?

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  • What is the biggest question facing the Pistons in 2013-14?

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  • Who is the Pistons' most intriguing player?

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  • Which of these bold predictions by the 5-on-5 panel is most likely to come true?

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  • Prediction time: How far will the Pistons go this season?

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