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Wilson Mui
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 2:53pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Apparently, Houston is a possible destination. Melo's
business manager was spotted hanging out with the HOU
contingent of Mike DíAntoni, Chris Paul, Tillman
Fertitta and John Lucas II during the Rockets-Warriors
Summer League game last night. Hmmm...
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 8:18am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Reinforcing the D'Antoni mantra of all offense and spottier defense, though those two didn't get on that well in New York so it's a little surprising.  Anthony (like Cousins and Durant before him) may just be ring hunting. 
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 13 July 2018 at 5:38pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Out of the past ten years, the things that I've most hated as a Lakers fan:

David Stern interfering with the trade and sending Chris Paul to the Clippers.

The Lakers acquiring Dwight Howard.

The Lakers making Mike D'Antoni their head coach.

ANYTHING Jim Buss had anything to do with.




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Rick Senger
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Posted: 18 July 2018 at 7:29am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Looks like Kawhi and Danny Green are headed to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 1st rounder.  I've never felt Kawhi was interested in the bright lights and big city so from that standpoint Toronto is a talented small market team that might fit and Kawhi is an upgrade on DeRozan but Toronto is taking a huge risk because Kawhi has been open about planning to play for Los Angeles next year. They must have been heartened by Paul George staying with OKC after similarly expressing interest in LA a year ago and hope to do the same with Leonard.  DeRozan on Instagram: "Be told one thing & the outcome another. Canít trust em. Ainít no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing... Soon youíll understand ... Donít disturb."
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 18 July 2018 at 7:52am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Thinking about it some more, clearly Kawhi's ability to play great defense versus LeBron must have motivated Toronto, who has been destroyed by LeBron in multiple post-seasons.  But Toronto way overpaid, giving up a four time All Star in DeRozan who loved Toronto and wanted to be there versus Kawhi whose health status remains up in the air and who reportedly doesn't want to be in Toronto.
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 18 July 2018 at 11:57am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I don't know that I'd qualify Toronto as a small market
team. Toronto has a metropolitan population larger than
Chicago.
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 18 July 2018 at 12:47pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Population-wise maybe, but it's one of the least-reported-on and least-nationally-televised teams in the entire NBA, particularly given how successful the Raptors have been in the past few years.  The perfect place for a player who doesn't want attention (as I perceive Kawhi to be, though I'm not so sure about his "group.")
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 8:41am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I don't get the Carmelo trade.  Atlanta sends Dennis Shroder (fiery but talented) to OKC and gets Melo (who they will waive), light shooting Justin Anderson and a protected 2022 first rounder.  Atlanta did just draft Trae Young who may fill Shroder's role but Shroder was a near-20 PPG scorer and nice defender while Young has yet to play a game in the league.  To me OKC completely fleeced Atlanta, dumping a horrible contract and getting a good player in return for basically a protected mid-level draft pick. 
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 9:19am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Great move by OKC! Iím big on Schroeder.
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 9:51am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Unbelievably great OKC move.  I just can't fathom why Atlanta would be so dumb even if Shroder wasn't working out for them chemstry-wise.  They're just going to eat Melo's $28 mill and give away Shroder, who is young and super-talented all for a 15th or 20th first rounder four years from now?  No wonder Atlanta has fallen from a 60 win team a couple years ago to just awful.
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