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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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  • 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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  • Which team will Andrew Wiggins be with at the start of the 2014-15 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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  • Will Carmelo Anthony ever play in an NBA Finals?

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Jason Kidd to coach Bucks

The Jason Kidd coaching experiment is over in Brooklyn, but it's going to continue in Milwaukee. The Bucks agreed to send the Nets two second-round picks in exchange for Kidd, who coached Brooklyn to a 44-38 record in his debut season. Kidd and the Nets were at odds due to the team's decision not to give him control of basketball operations, an opportunity which he may get with a struggling Bucks franchise. He leaves behind a pretty lucrative coaching position, which could end up being filled by a big name.

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  • How far will Jason Kidd take the Bucks?

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  • Did you agree with the Nets' decision to not give Jason Kidd control of the team's basketball operations in addition to his head-coaching duties?

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  • Which of the following candidates rumored to be a replacement for Jason Kidd in Brooklyn would be the best choice?

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NBA 5-on-5: Milwaukee Bucks

Most agree that the Milwaukee Bucks needed to start anew without Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, but has the team done enough to change its long-term outlook? Do the Bucks have the right young core that they can build around? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.

What grade would you give the Bucks' offseason?

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  • Which of these is the biggest question facing the Bucks this season?

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  • Who is the Bucks' most intriguing player?

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  • Which of these bold predictions for the Bucks is most likely to come true?

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There's no question that the NBA has become a young man's game. Basketball fans see it night-in and night-out when the Thunder's high-scoring duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook or the Rockets' James Harden and Jeremy Lin take the court. It's also noticeable in the high-flying dunks and sweet passing that members of the Cavaliers and Pelicans are capable of. Which team has the best young talent? NBA Insider Amin Elhassan had his say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in! Mouse over the team logos to view each team's under-25 players, then click to set your rankings!

Rank 'Em: Point guards | Shooting guards | Power forwards | Centers

NBA teams under-25 talent

76ers

76ers

Lavoy Allen (24)
James Anderson (24)
Michael Carter-Williams (21)
Justin Holiday (24)
Arsalan Kazemi (23)
Arnett Moultrie (22)
Nerlens Noel (19)
Tim Ohlbrecht (24)
Evan Turner (24)
Royce White (22

Bobcats

Bobcats

Bismack Biyombo (20)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (19)
Jeff Taylor (24)
Kemba Walker (23)
Cody Zeller (20)

Bucks

Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo (18)
John Henson (22)
Brandon Knight (21)
Khris Middleton (21)
Larry Sanders (24)
Nate Wolters (22)

Bulls

Bulls

Jimmy Butler (23)
Erik Murphy (22)
Derrick Rose (24)
Tony Snell (21)
Marquis Teague (20)

Cavaliers

Cavaliers

Anthony Bennett (20)
Carrick Felix (22)
Kyrie Irving (21)
Sergey Karasev (19)
Tristan Thompson (22)
Dion Waiters (21)
Tyler Zeller (23)

Celtics

Celtics


Avery Bradley (22)
MarShon Brooks (24)
Jordan Crawford (24)
Colton Iverson (24)
Fab Melo (23)
Kelly Olynyk (22)
Phil Pressey (22)
Jared Sullinger (21)

Clippers

Clippers

Reggie Bullock (22)
Blake Griffin (24)
Byron Mullens (24)
Maalik Wayns (22)

Grizzlies

Grizzlies

Jerryd Bayless (24)
Ed Davis (24)
Jamaal Franklin (22)
Kosta Koufos (24)
Jon Leuer (24)
Willie Reed (23)
Tony Wroten (20)

Hawks

Hawks

Jared Cunningham (22)
John Jenkins (22)
Shelvin Mack (23)
Mike Muscala (22)
Lucas Nogueira (21)
Dennis Schroeder (19)

Heat

Heat

Norris Cole (24)
James Ennis (23)

Jazz

Jazz

Trey Burke (20)
Alec Burks (22)
Derrick Favors (22)
Rudy Gobert (21)
Gordon Hayward (23)
Enes Kanter (21)

Kings

Kings

DeMarcus Cousins (22)
Jimmer Fredette (24)
Ray McCallum (22)
Ben McLemore (20)
Patrick Patterson (24)
Isaiah Thomas (24)

Knicks

Knicks

Tim Hardaway Jr (21)
C.J. Leslie (22)
Iman Shumpert (23)
Jeremy Tyler (22)

Lakers

Lakers

Ryan Kelly (22)
Robert Sacre (24)

Magic

Magic

Maurice Harkless (20)
Tobias Harris (21)
Doron Lamb (21)
E'Twaun Moore (24)
Andrew Nicholson (23)
Kyle O'Quinn (23)
Victor Oladipo (21)
Romero Osby (23)
Nikola Vucevic (22)

Mavericks

Mavericks

Jae Crowder (23)
Shane Larkin (20)
Ricky Ledo (20)

Nets

Nets

Mason Plumlee (23)
Toko Shengelia (21)
Tyshawn Taylor (23)

Nuggets

Nuggets

Kenneth Faried (23)
Evan Fournier (20)
Danilo Gallinari (24)
Jordan Hamilton (22)
J.J. Hickson (24)
Quincy Miller (20)
Anthony Randolph (24)

Pacers

Pacers

Paul George (23)
Solomon Hill (22)
Orlando Johnson (24)
Lance Stephenson (22)

Pelicans

Pelicans

Al-Farouq Aminu (22)
Anthony Davis (20)
Tyreke Evans (23)
Eric Gordon (24)
Jrue Holiday (23)
Pierre Jackson (21)
Darius Miller (23)
Austin Rivers (21)
Jeff Withey (23)

Pistons

Pistons

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20)
Andre Drummond (19)
Brandon Jennings (23)
Tony Mitchell (21)
Greg Monroe (23)
Peyton Siva (22)

Raptors

Raptors

Quincy Acy (22)
Dwight Buycks (24)
DeMar DeRozan (24)
Terrence Ross (22)
Jonas Valanciunas (21)

Rockets

Rockets

Isaiah Canaan (22)
Robert Covington (22)
James Harden (23)
Terrence Jones (21)
Jeremy Lin (24)
Donatas Motiejunas (22)
Chandler Parsons (24)
Greg Smith (22)
BJ Young (20)

Spurs

Spurs

Cory Joseph (21)
Kawhi Leonard (22)
Patty Mills (24)
Deshaun Thomas (21)

Suns

Suns

Michael Beasley (24)
Eric Bledsoe (23)
Archie Goodwin (18)
Malcolm Lee (23)
Alex Len (20)
Kendall Marshall (21)
Markieff Morris (23)
Marcus Morris (23)
Miles Plumlee (24)

Thunder

Thunder

Steven Adams (20)
Kevin Durant (24)
Serge Ibaka (23)
Reggie Jackson (23)
Grant Jerrett (20)
Perry Jones III (21)
Jeremy Lamb (21)
Daniel Orton (23)
Andre Roberson (21)
Russell Westbrook (24)

Timberwolves

Timberwolves

Lorenzo Brown (22)
Gorgui Dieng (23)
Kevin Love (24)
Shabazz Muhammad (20)
Ricky Rubio (22)
Alexey Shved (24)
Derrick Williams (22)

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Will Barton (22)
Nicolas Batum (24)
Victor Claver (24)
Allen Crabbe (21)
Meyers Leonard (21)
Damian Lillard (23)
C.J. McCollum (21)
Thomas Robinson (22)

Warriors

Warriors

Harrison Barnes (21)
Kent Bazemore (24)
Festus Ezeli (23)
Draymond Green (23)
Nemanja Nedovic (22)
Klay Thompson (23)

Wizards

Wizards

Bradley Beal (20)
Otto Porter Jr. (20)
Glen Rice Jr. (22)
Kevin Seraphin (23)
Chris Singleton (23)
Jan Vesely (23)
John Wall (22)

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Pistons acquire Brandon Jennings

Stuck in the lottery the past four years, it seems the Detroit Pistons got tired of waiting. They grabbed free agent Josh Smith earlier this month, and on Tuesday, they agreed to acquire Brandon Jennings from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov. Does this push the Pistons into playoff contention? And what of their long-term future?

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  • Which of these 2012-13 Eastern Conference lottery teams has the brightest future?

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  • Where does Brandon Jennings rank among NBA point guards?

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  • Do you consider Joe Dumars a good GM?

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