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  • Originally posted by Iamtdg View Post


    No surprise here.
    I think it's a slam dunk he's going to the Lakers. I can't imagine he'll go back to Cleveland just because of their inability to put much of a team around him. It doesn't seem like any other team is in the mix.

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    • Originally posted by Simpleton View Post
      Maybe so, makes perfect sense to force his way to LA then.

      Pop can be whackier than even LA.

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      • I guess we can find it in ourselves to forgive and forget.
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        • Lebron to LAL.

          lawl I can’t wait til they whiff on all their other targets and they expect him to win with Kuzma and Lonzo.

          Hopefully Leonard is dealt to the Clips and it solidifies Celts/6ers v Golden state for the next 10 Finals’.

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          • Now that the smoke has cleared after the first full day of free agency here are some of my initial thoughts.
            • Obviously Lebron to the Lakers was the biggest move of the day. Unless they catch a few breaks, I don't see them getting past round 2 this year. However next If they do indeed add Kawhi as well as a couple of good shooters, I could see them making a run and being a serious threat to the Warriors.

            • I think the Lakers need to get off their high-horse and include Ingram & Kuzma in their trade offer to the Spurs. They played with fire last year when they tried to wait out Paul George, assuming that he'd sign with them as a FA, and they ended up getting burned. Kawhi is widely considered one of the top 5 players on the planet. Why the hell would you balk at not giving up a couple of young guys for an elite talent like Leonard? What if the Sixers acquire Kawhi and he actually likes it there and decides to re-sign.....just like PG13 in OKC? I wouldn't take the chance and risk losing out on him.

            • Paul George staying in OKC was nice and all but I hate the fact that OKC is sticking with Billy Donovan as their head coach. He limits their potential. I made the comparison yesterday that it's like handing the keys to a Corvette to an 85 year old grandma....the car will never get over 60 MPH. My new nickname for him is the human restrictor plate.

            • Reports of Kawhi Leonard threatening to sit out are empty. I read that there's a provision in the NBA's CBA that prevents players from withholding their services. So basically he can't just sit out this year and re-sign with the Lakers next year. By league rules if he chooses to sit out in a contract dispute he wouldn't be eligible for FA in 2019 and the Spurs would still retain his rights.

            • With the the Western Conference receiving another boost of star power, they've re-started talks of having the best teams in the playoffs, 1 thru 16, regardless of conference affiliation. If this happens I'd be willing to bet that 12 of 16 playoff teams come out of the West.

            • Cleveland is probably lottery bound and will now fall into the abyss of faceless NBA franchises. Where they will join the likes of the Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, and Orlando Magic. Who?....you might ask. Exactly.

            • I like DeAndre Jordan to the Mavs. He's a Texas native and before he was kidnapped by the Clippers in 2015, you kind of get the impression that he was home sick and really wanted to play in Texas. For that reason I think this one-year deal is a precursor to a multi-year contract next summer. As for on the court impact. He's a player that's largely dependent on his teammates setting him up for easy baskets. If Doncic is as heady of a player and passer as reports say he is, then Jordan should still get you around 12 ppg. His biggest and most immediate impact will obviously be on the defensive end. He's a great rebounder and pretty good rim protector.

            • All in all the real winners yesterday were the Sixers, Raptors, and Celtics. The path in to the NBA Finals is finally wide open for them.
            Last edited by 1bigfan13; 07-02-2018, 08:42 AM.

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              • Originally posted by 1bigfan13 View Post
                Now that the smoke has cleared after the first full day of free agency here are some of my initial thoughts.
                • Obviously Lebron to the Lakers was the biggest move of the day. Unless they catch a few breaks, I don't see them getting past round 2 this year. However next If they do indeed add Kawhi as well as a couple of good shooters, I could see them making a run and being a serious threat to the Warriors.

                • I think the Lakers need to get off their high-horse and include Ingram & Kuzma in their trade offer to the Spurs. They played with fire last year when they tried to wait out Paul George, assuming that he'd sign with them as a FA, and they ended up getting burned. Kawhi is widely considered one of the top 5 players on the planet. Why the hell would you balk at not giving up a couple of young guys for an elite talent like Leonard? What if the Sixers acquire Kawhi and he actually likes it there and decides to re-sign.....just like PG13 in OKC? I wouldn't take the chance and risk losing out on him.

                • Paul George staying in OKC was nice and all but I hate the fact that OKC is sticking with Billy Donovan as their head coach. He limits their potential. I made the comparison yesterday that it's like handing the keys to a Corvette to an 85 year old grandma....the car will never get over 60 MPH. My new nickname for him is the human restrictor plate.

                • Reports of Kawhi Leonard threatening to sit out are empty. I read that there's an provision in the NBA's CBA that prevents players from withholding their services. So basically he can't just sit out this year and re-sign with the Lakers next year. By league rules if he chooses to sit out in a contract dispute he wouldn't be eligible for FA in 2019 and the Spurs would still retain his rights.

                • With the the Western Conference receiving another boost of star power, they've re-started talks of having the best teams in the playoffs, 1 thru 16, regardless of conference affiliation. If this happens I'd be willing to bet that 12 of 16 playoff teams come out of the West.

                • Cleveland is probably lottery bound and will now fall into abyss of faceless NBA franchises. Where they will join the likes of the Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, and Orlando Magic. Who?....you might ask. Exactly.

                • I like DeAndre Jordan to the Mavs. He's a Texas native and before he was kidnapped by the Clippers in 2015, you kind of get the impression that he was home sick and really wanted to play in Texas. For that reason I think this one-year deal is a precursor to a multi-year contract next summer. As for on the court impact. He's a player that largely dependent on his teammates setting him up for easy baskets. If Doncic is as heady of a player and passer as reports say he is, then Jordan should still get you around 12 ppg. His biggest and most immediate impact will obviously be on the defensive end. He's a great rebounder and pretty good rim protector.

                • All in all the real winners yesterday were the Sixers, Raptors, and Celtics. The path in to the NBA Finals is finally wide open for them.
                10/10. Would read again.
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                • Does it really matter who makes it out of the East if they have no shot to beat whoever comes out of the West, barring injury?

                  A fully healthy Celtics team are the only ones who I think have a chance at whoever comes out of the West, so if the Sixers or Raptors make it and get swept or lose 4-1, does it really matter?

                  As far as the Lakers, even with Kawhi I wouldn't favor them to come out of the West, and I'm not even sure I'd favor them to beat the Rockets in a series. Depends on how the rest of the Rockets/Lakers rosters shake out, and of course whether or not Paul is healthy.

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                  • Rockets were supposed to talk wit Capela over the weekend. Wonder how much they are going to be forced to pay him?
                    #Fire Garrett

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                    • Originally posted by Simpleton View Post
                      Does it really matter who makes it out of the East if they have no shot to beat whoever comes out of the West, barring injury?

                      A fully healthy Celtics team are the only ones who I think have a chance at whoever comes out of the West, so if the Sixers or Raptors make it and get swept or lose 4-1, does it really matter?

                      As far as the Lakers, even with Kawhi I wouldn't favor them to come out of the West, and I'm not even sure I'd favor them to beat the Rockets in a series. Depends on how the rest of the Rockets/Lakers rosters shake out, and of course whether or not Paul is healthy.
                      I could actually see one of the Celtics finish with the best record in the NBA next year; thanks in large part to them being able to pad their stats against weak Eastern Conference competition. If fully healthy and Tatum continuing his development, I'd give them a solid shot against the top teams from the West.

                      As for the Sixers, I think a lot depends on the development of Ben Simmons. Dude has got to develop some type of outside shot because once the playoffs roll around teams are going to teams are going to take clog the driving lanes and force him to prove he can beat them outside the pain. He doesn't have to develop a 3 point shot. Something in the 15-18 foot range would help tremendously.

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                      • The reason that the conferences are so unbalanced comes down to one thing: Piss poor management of some of the East's better markets/franchises, such as Chicago, New York, and up until very recently, Philadelphia.

                        I'd rather the league step in and pressure ownership groups before we completely restructure the playoff system that will still at the end of the day result in pathetic basketball coming out of those cities.

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                        • Originally posted by Rev View Post
                          Rockets were supposed to talk wit Capela over the weekend. Wonder how much they are going to be forced to pay him?
                          I was watching NBA TV yesterday and they were trying to claim that the loss of Trevor Ariza is going to hurt the Rockets championship hopes. I don't see it that way.

                          Seemed like he wore down as the season went on. The second half of the season it seemed like he'd have a solid game then follow that up with 4 or 5 sub par games. That pattern continued into the playoffs. Essentially you're looking at getting 2, maybe 3, solid games from him in a 7 game series.

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                          • Originally posted by mschmidt64 View Post
                            The reason that the conferences are so unbalanced comes down to one thing: Piss poor management of some of the East's better markets/franchises, such as Chicago, New York, and up until very recently, Philadelphia.

                            I'd rather the league step in and pressure ownership groups before we completely restructure the playoff system that will still at the end of the day result in pathetic basketball coming out of those cities.
                            A suggestion that I like is that the NBA should adopt conference realignment that's not strictly based on geographic location. Similar to what you see in the MLB and NFL.

                            Create two conferences....American Conference and National Conference, for example. You can still have East/West type divisions but not every east or west coast team is lumped into the same conference like we have under the current format.

                            You could put the LA Lakers in the American Conference and have the LA Clippers National Conference. And so forth and so on.

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                            • Cousins to Golden State.

                              Why even bother anymore?
                              #Fire Garrett

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                              • Originally posted by Rev View Post
                                Cousins to Golden State.

                                Why even bother anymore?
                                Yeah, it doesn't even seem fair. An already stacked team is able to pull top talent in free agency while teams needing to become competitive can't get anything but scrubs to sign there.

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