Eastern Conference

Waiver Watch: Reaching Potential

The Raptors needed a fresh start, as did forward Rudy Gay and 51 games was enough to prove the fact. After dealing for Gay prior to the last trade deadline, Toronto sent the forward to Sacramento to give the team some much needed depth.

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Rough Start in Detroit for Smith

The moment was exactly what Josh Smith had envisioned when signing a four-year $54 million deal as a free agent this summer. After nine inconsistent seasons in Atlanta, Smith came to Detroit as the clear cut franchise player, the veteran capable of filling any role and most importantly, the person counted on in crunch time.

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Bulls Exchange Deng for Bynum

The solution for Cleveland’s problem was just 350 miles away. As the Cavaliers approached Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline to either move disgruntled center Andrew Bynum or be forced to pay the guaranteed remainder of $6 million in salary this season, Chicago stepped in and offered an All-Star caliber player to take on the contract. 

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James Honing In On Fifth MVP Award

The 25.3 points per game he is averaging are the fewest since his debut season, exactly 10 years ago. An ankle injury forced him to miss just once game this season, but even with nearly 1,200 minutes on the floor this year, he has totaled just five double-doubles. 

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Another Franchise Burnt By Bynum

Andrew Bynum is back in the news this week and unsurprisingly its not to celebrate any accolades. After just 24 games into his tenure with Cleveland, the Cavaliers are looking to either trade the former All-Star center or buy out his contract before it becomes guaranteed on January 7. 

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Fantasy Focus: The Surprising Cats

The last days of the Bobcats have the potential to be special. Only 54 regular season games remain for the Charlotte Bobcats, the most abysmal expansion franchise in league history. 

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Broken Foot Ends Season for Lopez

The Nets suffered much more than an overtime loss to Philadelphia on Friday night. Brooklyn will be without All-Star center Brook Lopez for the rest of the season after he broke his right foot, marking the third time in four years he has broken his foot.

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Waiters Still Finding His Role

ORLANDO- Dion Waiters was supposed to be the odd man out in Cleveland. Entering Friday’s contest against the Magic, he scored a total of nine points on 3-of-16 while committing nine turnovers in his past two games. 

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Raptors Deal Gay Away to Sacramento

This summer’s hiring of general manager Masai Ujiri essentially marked the end of the Rudy Gay era in Toronto. The only hurdle left to clear was finding a taker for the two-years and $37.1 million remaining on his contract. 

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Fantasy Focus: All About Wall

Instead of entering a drawn out negotiating process, the Wizards offered John Wall a maximum contract months before the deadline. To begin the season, Wall has emerged as the franchise point guard Washington envisioned when selecting him first overall in the 2010 NBA Draft. 

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