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An annual summer series, ESPN released its summer forecast yesterday, projecting where each team would finish in the 2013-14 season.

The top five in the East, according to ESPN, goes as follows: the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

It's the same teams that finished in top five a season ago, except teams 2-5 are scrambled up. In 2012, the Knicks finished second in the Eastern Conference, followed by the Pacers, Nets and Chicago.

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Earlier this week, ESPN Insider projected J.R. Smith to be a top-10 shooting guard in 2013-14. Now, the site has shifted its focus onto the forwards.

Projecting the top 10 power forwards for the upcoming season, analyst Bradford Doolittle placed Carmelo Anthony in the No. 10 spot. According to Doolittle, Anthony's 11 WARP -- the first double-digit offensive efficiency total -- is combated by a poor defensive effort.

"His offensive efficiency spiked with his position shift, and his acceptance of the move," Doolitte wrote. "The downside of the tweak is Anthony's lack of defensive acumen. His defensive rebounding was fine when he was a 3, but one position over, it doesn't look too good. Anthony does, without a doubt, score a lot of points. Make of that what you will."

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The latest trade news around the NBA involves none other than the Brooklyn Nets. League sources have said for days that San Antonio, Brooklyn and Charlotte all have strong interest in the Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith. It is highly unlikely at this point that a two-team trade with the Nets would work for Smith since Atlanta will not just give him away.

The latest scenario could involve the Cleveland Cavaliers entering into the mix.

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The?Brooklyn Nets?are aggressively pursuing a trade for?Atlanta Hawks?star forward?Josh Smith, league sources told ESPN.Reports surfaced late last night from?Chris Broussard, via Twitter.?? According to him,?the Brooklyn Nets were "aggressively pursuing" a trade for Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks to fill their issue at power forward.

The Nets situation at power forward is a real problem for the team and it is becoming clear that an upgrade of some sort needs to be made.? Kris Humphries lost his job to Reggie Evans. But?while Evans brings the Nets a much needed tenacity and rebounding prowess, he is extremely limited on the offensive end, and that?causes problems.

Billy King will certainly be looking around the league to add a piece prior to the February 21st NBA trade deadline.

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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Nets host the second game of a home-and-away series with the Atlanta Hawks.

The Hawks dominated play Wednesday night in a 109-95 victory in Atlanta.

Brooklyn will look to rebound from that tough effort as it returns home to Barclays Center.

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