Celtics Rumors: Ime Udoka, Joe Mazzulla, Robert Williams, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, more

News on Ime Udoka’s future, Robert Williams’ injury, why Boston signed Blake Griffin over Carmelo Anthony, Grant Williams’ extension talks.

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and The Athletic’s Jared Weiss discuss the future of Celtics coach Ime Udoka. The duo also reports on Robert Williams’ injury, why Boston signed Blake Griffin over Carmelo Anthony, and where extension talks stand with Grant Williams on the latest HoopsHype podcast episode.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

Nuggets season preview: Can Nikola Jokic reach the Finals with more help this time around?

Can the two-time reigning MVP, Nikola Jokic, make a deep playoff run with the help of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr.?

The Denver Nuggets have made the playoffs four years in a row with Nikola Jokic, getting as far as the Western Conference Finals in 2019-20. Last year’s performance may have been even more impressive than that, however, as Denver reached the postseason with a 48-34 record despite being without the services of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. basically all campaign, and with Aaron Gordon as the team’s second-best player.

Now, with Gordon back to being a No. 3 or No. 4 option on most nights, a healthy Murray and Porter back in the mix and Jokic still performing like Jokic, just how far can the Nuggets go?

Trade rumor rankings: Jae Crowder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and more

HoopsHype ranks the five players who have appeared most in trade rumors over the past week, headlined by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

It is time for another installment of our trade rumor rankings series, where we rank the five players who have appeared most often in trade reports over the previous week, as judged by our Trade page. The trade market has been relatively active of late, though maybe not with the most exciting names, as the likes of Derrick Favors and Moe Harkless have been traded this week.

Regardless, there are some interesting names still popping up in trade scuttle, which we’ll get into below.

Clippers season preview: Best team in L.A. again?

HoopsHype previews the 2022-23 Los Angeles Clippers, with the team, under Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, looking primed for a title run.

The most anticipated season in Los Angeles Clippers history is upon us, one that will carry the heavy burden of expectation for a franchise with zero championships and zero Finals appearances in its history. Heck, the team has only made it to the Conference finals twice in its 53-season history.

Finals or bust may be unfair, but with how loaded the Clippers project is, led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who will be surrounded by good-to-great role players, maybe that should be the team’s goal for the upcoming campaign.

Below, we preview the 2022-23 Los Angeles Clippers season.

Heat season preview: Can Miami take that final step to win a title?

HoopsHype previews the 2022-23 Miami Heat, who have come close under Jimmy Butler to winning a championship. Can they get there this year?

Three seasons ago, the Miami Heat got all the way to the NBA Finals, coming within two games of taking home the fourth championship in franchise history, albeit in the COVID-19-related bubble in Orlando. Then, last year, they were within one game – and arguably one three-point attempt by star forward Jimmy Butler – from reaching the Finals again. Now, the team will look to take that final step and win a championship while Butler remains in his prime. The question is: Do they have enough as construed to get there? Because after this offseason, one in which they lost PJ Tucker to the conference rival Philadelphia 76ers without finding a replacement to start at power forward, there are questions about if the Heat have enough firepower for another deep playoff run.

Below, check out our season preview for the 2022-23 Heat.

Trade rumor rankings: Russell Westbrook, Jae Crowder and more

HoopsHype ranks the five players who appeared most in NBA trade rumors over the past week, including Russell Westbrook and Buddy Hield.

After the surprising trade of Bojan Bogdanovic from the Utah Jazz to the Detroit Pistons following weeks and months of scuttle that he’d probably be sent to an NBA title contender, we decided it was time for another edition of our trade rumors rankings series, where we rank the five players who have appeared most in trade rumors over the prior week.

This week is headlined by a player who has been at the center of trade rumors for this entire offseason and dating back to last season’s trade deadline. Will that player get dealt? It’s starting to look unlikelier.

Below, check out the five players with the most trade rumors around their name this week.

Nets season preview: From turmoil to contention?

HoopsHype previews the 2022-23 Brooklyn Nets, who – behind Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons – could be championship contenders.

When Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving joined the Brooklyn Nets back in the 2019 offseason, it was expected that the team would be competing for championships (plural) and reign among the NBA’s elite. Instead, in that three-year span, James Harden has come and gone, now replaced by Ben Simmons, Durant has already tried to get out and Irving’s off-the-court antics have slowly gone from being somewhat silly to indefensible.

The 2022-23 Nets, with the turmoil (maybe?) behind them, project to be one of the strongest teams in the league… on paper. Will things hold steady enough for Brooklyn – behind Durant, Irving and Simmons – to contend for a championship? That remains to be seen.

Below, check out our season preview for the 2022-23 Nets.

Q&A: Ronnie 2K on Kevin Durant, JR Smith and Dion Waiters stories, what’s next for NBA 2K, more

NBA 2K23’s Ronnie 2K shares updates on the game and behind the scenes stories on Kevin Durant, JR Smith, Dion Waiters, and Harrison Barnes.

NBA 2K23, the hottest sports video game, has taken over Twitter recently, with ratings debated for the league’s top stars.

Ronnie Singh, better known as @Ronnie2K on social media platforms, spoke with HoopsHype and discussed the new additions to NBA 2K23 and behind-the-scenes stories with Kevin Durant, JR Smith, Dion Waiters, and Harrison Barnes. Singh also explained how a player’s rating is determined, how the cover athlete is selected, what’s next for 2K long-term, and more.

NBA offseason winners and losers; EuroBasket stars who can join NBA

HoopsHype’s winners and losers of the 2022 NBA offseason and potential overseas players to monitor following the EuroBasket tournament.

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, Yossi Gozlan, and Dionysis Aravantinos discuss the winners and losers of the 2022 NBA offseason and react to the end of the EuroBasket Tournament with potential overseas players to monitor on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

76 greatest NBA players ever: The HoopsHype list

Since the first edition of our HoopsHype 75 list went so well with many people liking it better than the official NBA one, we decided to do another one with the catch being that we’re adding another player to make it a 76-deep list. (We’re actually …

Since the first edition of our HoopsHype 75 list went so well with many people liking it better than the official NBA one, we decided to do another one with the catch being that we’re adding another player to make it a 76-deep list.

(We’re actually turning this into a yearly exercise with a new player after each season).

As far as who that lucky player is, we don’t want to give it away here, but just know that he’s Serbian and likes horses, and has a couple of MVPs on his mantle at home. Though no rings (yet).

The main difference between our list and the NBA75 one is that we give modern-era players their flowers to a larger extent. Egregious omissions from the official list like Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol easily made it onto our ranking.

Like last year, we held a team vote with the opinions of eight HoopsHype staff members, removed the highest and lowest rank for each and awarded points 76-1 for the rest.

Without further ado, let’s jump into it.