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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 ...
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Jason Kidd to coach Bucks
The Jason Kidd coaching experiment is over in Brooklyn, but it's going to continue in Milwaukee. The Bucks agreed to send the Nets two second-round picks in exchange for Kidd, who coached Brooklyn to a 44-38 record in his debut season. Kidd and the Nets were at odds due to the team's decision not to give him control of basketball operations, an opportunity which he may get with a struggling Bucks franchise. He leaves behind a pretty lucrative coaching position, which could end up being filled by a big name.
Pistons acquire Brandon Jennings
Stuck in the lottery the past four years, it seems the Detroit Pistons got tired of waiting. They grabbed free agent Josh Smith earlier this month, and on Tuesday, they agreed to acquire Brandon Jennings from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov. Does this push the Pistons into playoff contention? And what of their long-term future?