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Lakers make offer to Byron Scott

The Lakers may have finally decided on a head coach. They've reportedly made an offer to front-runner Byron Scott, who won three titles with the team and was a key teammate of Magic Johnson's. Crucially, Scott has Kobe Bryant's endorsement, but would he be able to turn the struggling franchise around?

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  • Would the Lakers ever win a championship under Byron Scott?

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  • What are you expecting out of the Lakers this season?

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  • How many more years does Kobe Bryant have as an elite player?

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Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love?

The Cleveland Cavaliers officially signed Andrew Wiggins on Thursday, meaning he cannot be traded for 30 days. This gives the Minnesota Timberwolves at least that much time to decide whether to send star Kevin Love to Ohio (reportedly in a deal for the 2014 No. 1 overall pick, 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a future first-rounder). The Chicago Bulls also seem to have gotten into the mix (with Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic as part of their offer), and the Golden State Warriors (provided they trade Klay Thompson) long have been rumored. What will happen?

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  • Which potential trade target would be the best fit for Kevin Love?

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  • Which would be the best offer for the Wolves in a trade for Kevin Love?

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  • If the Cavaliers acquired Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins, would they win the NBA championship in 2014-15?

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  • Where does Kevin Love rank among current NBA players?

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  • What is Andrew Wiggins' NBA future?

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European money machine and reigning UEFA Champions League winner Real Madrid currently is in the U.S., training at UCLA for games in Berkeley, California, and Dallas.

New York Knicks star and big-money player Carmelo Anthony is almost always in the U.S., and he too spent some time at UCLA on Wednesday with friend Dontaye Draper ... who happens to have played for Real Madrid's basketball team.

And so the two famous entities met, with Anthony and son Kiyan playing a little soccer -- albeit not against any of los Galacticos -- taking photos with stars such as Gareth Bale and Xabi Alonso, and answering questions about (naturally) new Knicks teammate/Spanish basketball star Jose Calderon.

Carmelo AnthonyReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony with several Real Madrid players.

Anthony & Bale & DraperReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony, right, with Dontaye Draper, left, and Gareth Bale.

AnthonyReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony with Xabi Alonso.

Carmelo AnthonyReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony goes for goal.

AnthonyReal Madrid/Facebook Carmelo Anthony goes for a header.

This comes about six weeks after Real Madrid's own top star, Cristiano Ronaldo, tried his hand at American football.

So we ask: Who would be better at their new sport, Ronaldo or Melo?

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The "next Michael Jordan" debate/discussion will never stop raging. Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, though, thinks the case has been closed for a long time.

Speaking to the crowd at the Seattle Basketball Pro Am, the Emerald City native introduced Kobe Bryant as "this generation's Michael Jordan." Check it out, as captured by davidverts on Instagram:

Bryant certainly has something of a claim, using his prodigious shot-creating ability to win five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Others, though, believe LeBron James deserves the title, while many surely believe there will never be a "next Michael."

What do you think?


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Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love?

Perhaps we haven't seen the last of elite player movement in the 2014 NBA offseason. After long insisting they wouldn't trade Andrew Wiggins, the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly are willing to include the No. 1 overall pick in a deal that would bring Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves and pair him alongside LeBron James. This would firmly entrench the Cavs in win-now mode. Would it be the right move for Cleveland? For Minnesota?

  • 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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  • If you were the Timberwolves GM, would you trade Kevin Love to the Cavaliers for a package that included Andrew Wiggins?

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  • If the Cavaliers acquired Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins, would they win the NBA championship in 2014-15?

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