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Hollinger's Insider Gems: Oct. 31, 2008

Five observations as we head into Friday night's games.

Updated: October 31, 2008, 5:42 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
A nickel's worth of thoughts:

1. Today is the deadline for contract extensions, and the one whopper that came down was center Andrew Bynum's four-year, $57 million deal with the Lakers, the last year of which isn't guaranteed. This struck me as a rather sensible bargain, given the likelihood that somebody was going to massively overpay Bynum as a restricted free agent next summer and force L.A. to match an Elton Brand-sized contract.

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