A big guide to potential free agency scenarios, with graphs

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Sometimes, you come across something that makes you have to sit back and applaud. Over on Fanhouse, Bethlehem Shoals and Tom Ziller have made one of those things. It’s one of the most innovative and complete guides to 2010 free agency you’ll find, complete with visuals. 

Shoals and Ziller have constructed seven separate scenarios for what could happen in free agency this season, each of them involving the eight biggest free agents of the summer going to one of 15 potential destinations. Some of the scenarios are realistic, others outlandish. Some scenarios will give fans hope, others will depress them beyond belief. There’s a scenario that has LeBron, Wade, and Bosh all going to Miami. There’s a scenario that has LeBron joining forces with Dirk in New York. There’s a scenario that has Yao Ming joining LeBron in Cleveland. How about Wade and Boozer both coming to the Knicks, or Rudy Gay becoming a Wizard? It’s all there. Whether you believe free agency will shake out the way Shoals and Ziller predict it will or not, you have to admire the craftsmanship and innovation they show in trying to predict what will be one of the craziest summers in NBA history. 

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.