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Cut-down deadline nears
With 30 teams in the NBA, each with a typical maximum roster size of 15 players, the league has 450 jobs available each season. Roughly 410 players currently have fully guaranteed contracts, and the nearly 40 with nonguaranteed deals will have their fates sealed Friday. The NBA's official cut-down date is technically next Sunday, but teams need to let players go 48 hours before that, to allow for the two-day waiver period.
The Lakers will need to decide on the contracts of Metta World Peace ($1.5 million), Tarik Black ($845,059) and Marcelo Huertas ($525,093). The Clippers are likely to keep starting small forward
As roster spots open, they may be temporarily filled by free agents signed to 10-day contracts. Teams can start signing players to 10-day deals Tuesday. Salaries are based on a player's years of NBA experience, ranging from $30,888 to $88,187. A player can sign with a team only twice, for a 20-day span — after which the franchise can look to keep the player for the remainder of the season or let him go back into the free-agent pool.
Many players who will sign over the coming weeks and months are currently in the
The Phoenix Suns, who were already struggling to win in the Western Conference, were dealt a significant setback when former Clippers guard
Phoenix has lost eight consecutive games to fall to 12-24, 13th in the West. Since missing the 2014 playoffs with 48 wins, the Suns have lost the chemistry that made them one of the league's exciting young teams. While Coach Jeff Hornacek is trying to pull his team up out of the prolonged skid, the front office let go of two of his assistants, Jerry Sichting and Mike Longabardi. Nate Bjorkgren and former UCLA guard
With 3.7 seconds left in overtime and the score tied at 100, former Lakers All-Star Pau Gasol received an inbounds pass, then lofted the ball up to teammate
Utah lost guard
NBA top scorers
Golden State guard Stephen Curry is the league's leading scorer, averaging 30.5 points a game through Friday. Behind him was Houston guard
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These two Western Conference rivals have faced each other in the playoffs three times in the last five seasons. After missing the playoffs last season, the