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Fear the Links: How the NBA’s schedule changes affect the Cavs

That and more in today’s links.

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Yesterday, the NBA announced schedule changes that are aimed to change how often teams can rest stars. FTS’ Justin Rowan wrote how that might affect the Cavs here.

SB Nation’s Michael Sykes explains why Mavs rookie Dennis Smith Jr. signing with Under Armour over Adidas and Nike is a big deal. Now, with Smith Jr. and Suns forward Josh Jackson in the fold, UA has two of this year’s top-10 picks on its roster.

Over at MMAFighting, you’ll want to read (and listen) to how Pat Barry came back from the brink.

At the Sporting News, Scott Rafferty details how Blake Griffin will look as a No. 1 option on the post-Chris Paul Clippers. It could be really, really fun.

The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis wrote about how sportswriters and other media members lean on what older players say about the younger generations. As he shows, it’s on of the oldest tricks in the book.

The Summit’s Howard Megdal ranks the WNBA’s rookies. Kelsey Plum is the freaking truth, but go watch Allisha Gray of the Dallas Stars if you get the chance.

SI’s Jonathan Wilson writes about the Premier League turning 25. Shots to my fellow Spurs supporters.

Lastly, here is the WSJ’s Jason Gay on the return of Jay Cutler.