LeBron James is the odds-on favorite to win this year's MVP trophy (again) but who is in the hunt for the MIP award? Joel Brigham of HoopsWorld ran down this year's candidates for Most Improved Player, starting with newly-acquired Suns guard Eric Bledsoe. Even if he doesn't start at the beginning of the season, Brigham expects him to carve out a significant role for himself by the end of the 2013/14 campaign. Here's more from around the Association..
- Even though this season might not be a landmark one for the Bucks, they're finally on the right path after purging themselves of Brandon Jennings' ego, opines Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
- Former D-Leaguer Matt Janning has an NBA out clause in his new contract with Croatia's Cibona Zagreb, according to Sportando. The guard signed a multi-year deal with the Suns in 2010 after going undrafted but wound up getting cut in November before he ever appeared in a game.
- In his weekend mailbag, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star writes that he expects to see Jason Collins land a deal before the start of the season.