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PBT Podcast: MVP race, who gets the last playoff spots, and an interview with Jimmy Butler

Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls

Basketball: Closeup of Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler (21) before game vs Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Los Angeles, CA 1/29/2015 CREDIT: John W. McDonough (Photo by John W. McDonough /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X159229 TK1 )

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In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I start things off by discussing the union’s dismissal of Adam Silver’s salary cap smoothing proposal, and what that might mean for free agency in advance of the 2016-17 season.

We then shift our focus to the MVP race, where we agree on the top five candidates, but differ on who’s in the lead with just 20 games or so remaining in the regular season.

We also talk about the playoff races at the bottom of each conference, and whether the Spurs are back after winning six straight games.

All that plus Kurt’s one-on-one interview with Jimmy Butler, who explains his love for country music, among other things.

Listen in the embedded player below, or download the file to hear at your convenience.

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