Brad Botkin

CBS Sports Staff

If Jimmy Butler is all about honesty and picking his teammates up, he's got a funny way of showing it

Butler contradicted himself pretty blatantly when he sat down with Rachel Nichols

How Kyrie Irving's time with LeBron James, Cavs has made him the perfect leader for these Celtics

You can't replicate championship expectations, and only Irving has played under their immense weight

WATCH: Trae Young hits 30-foot game-winner; massive potential already starting to show

The game-winning bomb will get the buzz, but Young looked like a budding star all game long

Why Andre Roberson's injury setback puts the Thunder's playoff chances in jeopardy

OKC barely snuck into the playoffs last season without Roberson, and the West is even tougher this time around

Kyrie Irving verbally commits to Celtics, sets up Boston for potential half-decade (at least) of title runs

Assuming Boston ponies up to keep the band together, it doesn't look like this core is going anywhere

Four big Celtics questions, including tough decisions with embarrassment of riches and Smartest closing lineup

Brad Stevens has no shortage of talent on his hands, but there are tough decisions that come with it

Jimmy Butler latest to shun LeBron James; so why don't NBA stars want to play with the King anymore?

Stars not wanting to team up with James is actually starting to become a thing

If Jimmy Butler goes to Knicks, Nets or Clippers, he better have another superstar following him soon

It's a two-year plan that looks about as obvious as Butler wanting out of Minnesota in the first place

Why Kemba Walker and the Hornets could surprise us the same way Victor Oladipo's Pacers did last season

Look just a bit beneath the surface, and you'll see a Charlotte team that is better than you might think

As Rockets continue offseason moves with Ryan Anderson trade, closing gap on Warriors remains an issue

There are a couple ways to look at Houston's latest move, but we'll have to wait and see what it all adds up to

NBA 3-Man Weave: Are Rockets still second-best in West? What is Lakers' ceiling with LeBron James?

Also, which player will make the biggest leap this season?

NBA win total over/under predictions for all 30 teams: Lakers don't crack 50, Celtics clear 60

Our NBA experts predict which teams will exceed their projected win total, and which will fall short

2018-19 NBA MVP odds: Russell Westbrook among best value bets, Ben Simmons a sleeper, steer clear of Joel Embiid

Curry should be an MVP favorite based on his value, but that's not the way it works.

Six best NBA win total over/under bets: Lakers, Celtics, Thunder, 76ers look like value plays

While LeBron will make the Lakers much better, he won't be enough to get them to 50 wins in the West

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