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While it might not be safe to go to a movie theater right now, the NBA free agency has given us all the Blockbuster action we need.

November 23, 2020
SOURCE: TRAVIS BELL/SIDELINE CAROLINA
SOURCE: TRAVIS BELL/SIDELINE CAROLINA

The GIST: While it might not be safe to go to a movie theater right now, the NBA free agency has given us all the Blockbuster action we need. Plus, thereโ€™s even more to watch, with college basketball finally tipping off on Wednesday. Getcha popcorn ready.

Exciting! Tell me about free agency: Big names are on the move, including forward Gordon Hayward, who is leaving the Boston Celtics for the Charlotte Hornets (and a cool $120 million). And former Toronto Raptors Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol will trade in their snow boots for swim trunks after signing two-year deals with the LA Clippers and Lakers, respectively.

  • Meanwhile, some players are staying put but making headlines by securing the bag. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell signed a five-year, $195 million (!!!) contract extension. Yeah, dinner is definitely on him.

Are there any other players to watch for?: A handful of free agents remain unsigned, including LA Lakers star Anthony Davis. We expect Davis to stay with the defending champions, but heโ€™s in no rush to put pen to paper.

And whatโ€™s up in college basketball?: After the 2019โ€“20 season abruptly ended in March (still shook that happened this year), a new college basketball season finally begins on Wednesday.

  • On the womenโ€™s side, watch out for No. 1 South Carolina, led by legendary coach Dawn Staley and reigning national freshman of the year Aliyah Boston. No. 3 UConn will also rely on young talent, including 2020 top recruit Paige Bueckers.
     
  • For the men, keep tabs on No. 2 Baylor and returning point guard Jared Butler, who averaged 16 points per game last season. No. 3 Villanova is the other team to watch, led by senior guard Collin Gillespie. Bring on the madness!