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Adam Silver: Smart teams like Nets rewarded in free agency

LAS VEGAS — There has always been a concern about big market-small market disparities in the NBA, and five of the league’s superstars ended up in either New York or Los Angeles this offseason. But NBA commissioner Adam Silver isn’t concerned after watching the Nets and Clippers dominate free agency. He, in essence, said the league is a meritocracy, and the Nets and Clippers — long the second team in their respective cities — earned every bit of this summer’s success. “To [the] point that you have players going to non-traditional big-market teams … at the end of the day, we want to be a league where strong management is rewarded and that every team has the opportunity to compete,” Silver said after the NBA Board of ...