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Less than a week into the NBA's official free agency, nearly all of the big names have made their decisions. And while the Western Conference saw little movement, the East saw some deals that will certainly shake things up.

LeBron James, in case you hadn't heard, left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat, though, kept Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and added Luol Deng in the process. The Chicago Bulls picked up Pau Gasol and brought over Montenegro-born Nikola Mirotic from Spain to team with a (presumably) healthy Derrick Rose. And the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday saw Lance Stephenson go to the new-look Charlotte Hornets. (Also, let's not forget about Carmelo Anthony staying with the New York Knicks and Jason Kidd leaving the Brooklyn Nets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks.) Naturally, there are a lot of questions ...

  • Which team will win the NBA's Eastern Conference in 2014-15?

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  • Which team outside the Bulls and Cavaliers has the best shot at winning the East?

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  • What do you make of Lance Stephenson leaving the Pacers for the Hornets and a three-year, $27 million contract?

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  • Which of these was the best signing for the team?

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  • How will Derrick Rose fare this season?

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  • If you were the Cavaliers' general manager, would you trade Andrew Wiggins as part of a deal to get Kevin Love?

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  • How many championships will LeBron James win in Cleveland?

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Andrew Bynum, Luol Deng traded

The Cleveland Cavaliers have ended their experiment with Andrew Bynum, trading the troubled star to the Bulls for Luol Deng and several future draft picks. Chicago is expected to waive Bynum shortly, thereby saving them a heap of salary as they prepare for Derrick Rose's return next season, while the Cavaliers seem to be attempting to build a core around Kyrie Irving. As for Bynum, he's still attracting interest from contenders around the league, although his occasionally brilliant career may be coming to an end soon. Meanwhile, the Lakers (who had been pitching a possible Bynum-Pau Gasol trade) will have to look elsewhere in order to avoid the luxury tax.

Who got the better of the Andrew Bynum-Luol Deng trade?

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  • All else being equal, what would have been a better trade for the Cavaliers?

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  • Will the Cavaliers (12-23, 2 games out of a playoff spot in the East) make the playoffs with Luol Deng?

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  • Which team would be the best fit for Andrew Bynum after he likely clears waivers?

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  • Will the Lakers trade Pau Gasol before the deadline?

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Bynum, Gasol on trading block?

The Lakers seemed to be happy with their decision not to trade Pau Gasol, but now that Kobe Bryant is out for six weeks, they seem to be putting Gasol back out there. They've discussed one potential deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which would exchange Gasol for Andrew Bynum. The Cavaliers would receive a veteran to complement Kyrie Irving, while the Lakers could waive Bynum in order to save more than $20 million in salary and luxury taxes. Not exactly a standard blockbuster trade for the Lakers, but when your playoff hopes are slim, sometimes you have to look to the future.

Which team would get the better end of this potential trade?

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  • Do the Lakers need to receive at least one other player to make a potential Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum trade viable?

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  • Would the Cavaliers be a playoff team with Pau Gasol?

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  • How confident are you that Andrew Bynum can be a productive player in the NBA again?

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Pa Gasol has been a key part of the Lakers for years, and it looks like he'll remain with the team for the immediate future. The Lakers have reportedly decided not to trade him, at least for the moment, as they're happy with his play in recent games. Gasol is averaging 14.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, with a 21-point performance on Tuesday night. This could all be just a smokescreen, however -- the Lakers are 12-13 and might need to make a significant move if they want to stay competitive in the brutally tough Western Conference.

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