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The Starters weigh the pros and cons of a playoff system without traditional conference seedings.

The NBA estimates an increase of about 40,000 miles of travel in the postseason if it scrapped its current conference format and took the top 16 teams.
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Calls to change the system were renewed this week when LeBron James left Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers, which could create another strong Western Conference team after Houston and Golden State had the league’s top two records last season. They met in a thrilling West final before the Warriors swept the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

Commissioner Adam Silver has said ideally there would be a format allowing the two best teams to meet for the title, but has repeatedly expressed concern about the additional travel that would be created if teams were seeded 1 to 16 in the postseason, instead of the current format in which it’s the top eight teams in each conference.

That would create about 150,000 additional miles of travel in the regular season, the league estimates, from the 1.4 million miles of total travel in 2017-18.

It’s still my hope that we’re going to figure out ways, Silver said. Maybe ultimately you have to add even more days to the season to spread it out a little bit more to deal with the travel. Maybe air travel will get better. All things we’ll keep looking at.

Seth Curry, the younger brother of two-time MVP Stephen Curry, agreed Monday to a 2-year free agent contract with the Blazers, a league source confirmed to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

The deal, first reported by ESPN, features $2.75 million in salary for the 2018-19 season and a player option the following year.

Curry, a 6-foot-2 guard, missed last season with a left leg Gustav Olofsson Jersey injury that required late-season surgery on his tibia. But he had a breakout season in 2016-17 with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 12.8 points and 2.7 assists, while shooting 42.5 percent from three point range, in 70 games.

In Portland, he will join a Blazers’ bench in transformation. During the first two days of free agency, the Blazers have cut ties with rotation players Ed Davis, Pat Connaughton and Shabazz Napier and Giancarlo Stanton Womens Jersey agreed to free agent deals with Curry and Nik Stauskas.

He missed all of last season with a stress reaction in his left tibia.