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NBA free agency 2021: The players, teams and decisions that matter most this offseason

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Did the Los Angeles Lakers make the right move, opting to swing a blockbuster deal for Russell Westbrook over the reported potential deal for Sacramento Kings sharpshooter Buddy Hield? Will the Philadelphia 76ers accept a deal for Ben Simmons or head into next season with the All-Star still on the roster?

And which upcoming offseason decision could most impact the road to the 2022 NBA title?

Our NBA insiders are answering the biggest questions and making their boldest predictions heading into the free-agency season, which officially begins Monday at 6 p.m. ET.

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1. Should the Trail Blazers take a big swing to try to convince Lillard that they really can contend? See how things played out with James Harden in Houston after the Westbrook trade for a warning of how wrong that route might be. Westbrook is one of the league’s worst volume 3-point shooters, which is why teams dare him to shoot, sagging way off him when he doesn’t have the ball in his hands. The Lakers will have over $120 million tied up in just three players – Westbrook, James and Anthony Davis.

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