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Raptors, Knicks on opposite ends of spectrum

The New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors will enter their game Thursday night at opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. The Raptors are coming off a 111-91 blowout win over the first-place Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Centre and now are one game behind them in the Eastern Conference. "I just like the way we came out and set the tone on both ends of the floor," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey, who did not need to play his starters in the fourth quarter for the second game in a row.

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It’s sure starting to feel like ‘the end could be near’ for LeBron in Cleveland … again

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Seven months ago, the prospect of LeBron James leaving Cleveland again seemed all but unthinkable. Hours before the latest installment of their spectacular on-court implosion against the Orlando Magic, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic laid out in pretty damning detail just how bad things have gotten behind the scenes for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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NBA trade-deadline diary: Jazz guard Rodney Hood bracing for potential move; Mario Hezonja staying focused

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Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood finds himself in a precarious position, a crossroads of a fourth-year guard balancing his own development and career destination. After losing Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics, Hood had appeared ready to become Utah’s premier wing player, but different visions of his value, a fluctuating role, injury issues and trade rumors have brought questions about his Jazz future. As Thursday’s trade deadline nears, teams are scouring the market.

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Knicks retain top spot as Forbes’ most valuable NBA team

The Knicks have been shut out of the playoffs since 2013 but their value rose to $3.6 billion, up 9 percent from a year ago, due to renovations to Madison Square Garden which produced new revenue opportunities from sponsorships and seating. The Los Angeles Lakers ($3.3 billion), reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors ($3.1 billion), Chicago Bulls ($2.6 billion) and Boston Celtics ($2.5 billion) rounded out the top five, Forbes said in a statement.

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Good LeBron James trades don’t really exist anyway

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LeBron James, the four-time MVP on a run of seven-straight NBA Finals appearance, might actually have minimal trade value. While James said on Tuesday he would never waive his no-trade clause and there are no signs the Cleveland Cavaliers' front office would even approach him on this subject, the reality is that there would not be a massive 29-team bidding war for his services even if both sides wanted to make a deal. Trading LeBron may sound like a plausible solution for owner Dan Gilbert and the Cavs to get out of their mess with James about to hit free agency and the team sliding. Yes, James can transcend an organization like he did in Cleveland and Miami, but a staggering number of teams would not be willing to gut their roster for four months of his service.

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NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Tyreke Evans, LeBron and More as Trade Deadline Approaches

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Buzz about potential NBA moves is heating up as the trade deadline stands just one day away. The trading deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET as teams try to make move to set up for a deep playoff run or stack draft picks for the future. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James says he would not waive his no-trade clause and owes it to his teammates to finish out the season.

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LeBron won’t waive no-trade clause despite rocky relationship with Cavs

If any teams had hopes of prying LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers before Thursday's trade deadline, it seems they can disregard that possibility. James will not waive his no-trade clause and is committed to seeing this season through with the Cavs, despite the club's recent struggles. "I owe it to my teammates to finish the season out," James said following the Cavs' 116-98 loss to the Magic in Orlando on Tuesday night.

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