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From the NBA draft to the playoffs and back again, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take you on a ride up and down the NBA standings, laying out the latest news and rumors along the way, and leaving no basketball conspiracy theory stone left unturned. Strap on your tinfoil hat and welcome to the Open Floor Globe.

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From the NBA draft to the playoffs and back again, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take you on a ride up and down the NBA standings, laying out the latest news and rumors along the way, and leaving no basketball conspiracy theory stone left unturned. Strap on your tinfoil hat and welcome to the Open Floor Globe.

    NBA free agency winners and losers

    NBA free agency winners and losers

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina sort through the winners and losers from the opening weekend of the NBA free agency period. Did the Lakers tighten their hold on the 2021 title chase? How will Giannis Antetokounmpo respond to the Bucks' missteps? Why did Michael Jordan give $120 million to Gordon Hayward? Has Rich Paul established himself as one of the league's ultimate power-brokers? Can the entire world agree that it's great news Fred VanVleet re-signed with the Raptors? Which players landed in great fits? Which ones settled for horrible fits? Which executives nailed their plans, and which came up empty?
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    2020 NBA Draft Winners and Losers

    2020 NBA Draft Winners and Losers

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina run through the winners and losers of the 2020 NBA Draft. How crushing of a blow is Klay Thompson's Achilles injury to the Warriors? Did LaMelo Ball find a good home in Charlotte? What about Killian Hayes in Detroit? Could the Minnesota Timberwolves have done better? Did Daryl Morey ace his first test in Philadelphia? What was Phoenix doing? Are the new Knicks the same as the old Knicks? Did we all lose because there weren't any lottery trades?
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Chris Paul traded, James Harden rumors, top 5 draft projections

    Chris Paul traded, James Harden rumors, top 5 draft projections

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by breaking down the Suns' splashy move for Chris Paul. Why did Phoenix decide to pull the trigger, and could this move backfire? Why is OKC so aggressively tearing things down after an awesome season? From there, the guys shift gears to discuss the bubbling James Harden trade rumors. How good would the Nets be if they landed Harden? What motivation does Houston have to do a deal now rather than waiting? Ben and Michael close by looking at which players would make the most sense for the Hornets, Bulls and Cavaliers, who all hold top-five picks in Wednesday's draft.  
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Matchmaking with LaMelo Ball, Rusell Westbrook, Chris Paul & James Harden

    Matchmaking with LaMelo Ball, Rusell Westbrook, Chris Paul & James Harden

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina gobble up the latest round of rumors before the upcoming NBA Draft and free agency period and try to find the best landing spots for the biggest names. Is LaMelo Ball worth the No. 1 pick and which team should draft him? Does he fit at all in Minnesota? What type of teams can afford to trade for Russell Westbrook and his massive contract? Does Westbrook need to relocate to the weaker Eastern Conference and save a dead-end franchise? Are Chris Paul and the Suns a natural fit? Can Phoenix afford to think about its long-term planning after so much losing? With so much turmoil in Houston, should James Harden try to pull the plug and form a new superteam with one of his high-profile teammates?  
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    NBA election reaction; Minnesota, Golden State & major Draft decisions

    NBA election reaction; Minnesota, Golden State & major Draft decisions

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina round up NBA player reaction to the presidential election. Did the players' More Than a Vote campaign make a difference in key battleground states? What lessons should the players take from their voting advocacy experience? Then, Ben and Michael shift to a discussion of the schedule agreement between the owners and players that will launch next season on Dec. 22. Which of the eight non-bubble teams are they most and least excited to watch? The guys close with a look at the Pistons, Spurs, Cavaliers and other teams seeking a new direction before debating how the Timberwolves and Warriors should use their top draft picks next week.  
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Jrue Holiday fake trades; NBA Draft pressure check

    Jrue Holiday fake trades; NBA Draft pressure check

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by discussing a recent report that New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday is on the trading block. Which types of teams should be interested in acquiring him and how much trade value does he really have given his age and contract? Then, Michael designs his three favorite fake trades involving Holiday and Ben grades them. The guys pivot to discuss which other players they most want to see traded before the start of the upcoming season, including a number of big names. They close by briefly looking ahead to the 2020 NBA Draft. Which three organizations have the most pressure to make the right pick this season? 
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    • 1 hr 6 min

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