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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 27 June 2019 at 11:02pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Well, according to some reports, Paul wants out of Houston. But still, I cannot see Butler and Harden getting along. Disaster waiting  to happen if Butler goes to the Rockets. If the deal is made, get your popcorn ready. 




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Rick Senger
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Posted: 28 June 2019 at 12:04pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Yeah, Paul and Harden don't get along but I don't see many teams sopping up Paul's $38.5 mill annual salary given Paul's bad injury history and age plus his guaranteed salary escalates to $44.2 mill three years from now when he's 37.  Houston overpaid hoping he'd bring them a championship this year and the stars seemed to align (Paul stayed healthy and Durant got hurt) but unfortunately it still didn't happen.  I think they're stuck with him now as he declines though he could still be pretty good for another year or so. 

According to Stephen A. Smith Kawhi is indeed giving the Lakers a second look... if that comes to pass the Lakers clearly become the favorite because Kawhi's smother defense and outside shooting is the perfect offense spreading addition to Lebron's distributing and penetration plus AD's fearsome rebounding and inside presence.  Then just load up on roleplaying vets on minimum contracts plus Kuzma and pray the core stays healthy.
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 30 June 2019 at 3:39pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Woj is reporting Durant, Kyrie and DeAndre Jordan are signing with the Nets.  This means D'Angelo Russell will undoubtedly be leaving and the next rumor is that Russell could return to the Lakers which would complete an absolutely stunning re-tool by LA in one year, adding three All Stars in LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell along with Kyle Kuzma and a vets minimum bench to be named later.  One wrinkle to that is that Kawhi Leonard is also still in the Laker mix, so either alternative is pretty startling. 

The Nets were 42-40 last year and might not dramatically improve short term but they should be a legit playoff team and once Durant is healthy, watch out. 

Boston is going to sign Kemba but they now desperately need a big or three to bang with the Nets and Philly.  

Plenty of good players left but the Knicks appear to have struck out on their top priorities once again.  And GS faces major changes with KD gone and Klay probably out for most of next year. 
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 30 June 2019 at 9:12pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Rumors have Kawhi going to the Lakers or Clippers or staying with the Raptors. One of my favorite players, but if he goes to the Clippers, I hope he turns to crap.  

As for the Knicks, as long as Dolan is their owner, that team is hosed.


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Peter Martin
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Posted: 30 June 2019 at 9:39pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Danny Green is in my neck of the woods for Canada day!
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 01 July 2019 at 12:47am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Now it's Russell to GS (a solid player pickup) but he's a short offensive PG and they've already got the best shooting short offensive PG in the league with Steph Curry.   Essentially they got smaller and younger, trading away Igoudala's age and height for a possible eventual heir apparent to Curry who is 31 and Shabazz Napier and another guy. 

Salaries are bananas.  Durant and Thompson, who may not play next year (and Durant's achilles may never be the same), are both getting max deals for over $350 mill combined.  Jamal Murray is a solid young player but $170 mill for 5 years?  Tobias Harris (18.2 / 7.9 but faded in the playoffs) $180 mill for 5 years?  Kristaps Porzingis, who has a torn ACL many bigs have never recovered from, gets $158 mill for 5 years.   Horford, an excellent player in decline and will be 37 at the end of his contract, gets $109 mill for 4 years.  
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 01 July 2019 at 3:01pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Philly is interesting.  Losing Redick and Butler isn't so bad considering Redick is 36 and they couldn't afford Butler (or his disruptive personality) and they landed Horford (the best player in the league at defending Embiid... together a fearsome frontcourt) and 25 y.o. Josh Richardson (17 / 4 / 4 and shoots threes.)  Keeping Tobias Harris means an awesome starting five and some guys who can still hit threes (if Simmons ever gets an outside shot, Philly will be the favorites to win it all.)  They may already be the favorite to come out of the East assuming Kawhi leaves Toronto. 


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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 02 July 2019 at 3:16pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Apparently there's no interest in DeMarcus Cousins.
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Rick Senger
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Woj agrees and is usually right.  I still think someone will sign Cousins on a flyer; maybe the mid level for a year with a player option.  Certainly a one year vet's min.   He went from a sure supermax to this in about 16 months and didn't even get his title.  A cautionary tale for all the max suitors for Durant who is a couple years older with no guarantee of ever being Durant again.  New York may wind up looking wise someday for getting rejected by him!

The Lakers and Clippers and Raptors are all praying their wait for Kawhi pays off because all of have missed many other now-gone opportunities. I think the Lakers get him (his questions for Magic seem like those asked by someone who intends to come) but whatever happens, two teams are going to be sorely disappointed.
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 02 July 2019 at 11:18pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Brooklyn got all the headlines as will the Lakers if they land Kawhi but Utah has done insanely well in free agency as has New Orleans.  Both are full of promising youngsters with a nice mix of veterans with some game, both are much improved and both could make noise in the playoffs. 
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 03 July 2019 at 4:24pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Jalen Rose is saying Kawhi is 99% certain to return to Toronto for 2 years, which would give him 10 years in the league and make him eligible for the biggest supermax payday possible.  If so, Masai Ujiri becomes the executive of the year for taking an incredibly risky gamble and paying off huge.
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Robert Bradley
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Posted: 06 July 2019 at 9:33am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

And Kawhi Leonard surprised us all.

Going to the Clippers and taking Paul George with his was probably not on anybody's radar.

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