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    Quote Originally Posted by Iamtdg View Post
    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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    Quote 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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    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.
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    Quote 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.
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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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    Quote 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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