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Discussion in 'Know Your Enemy' started by Quazza, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Money

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    Rockets going after Faried.

    He's a useful piece, but I'm not suddenly thinking, OH NO not Kenneth Faried!! lol
     
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    He's gonna help them, tho. Basically, they're a one-man show at this point, and a hustle guy like Faried is going to help them, particularly with Capela out and House going back to the G-League.

    It's a good signing. Just not good enough. Harden is great, but the Rockets window is suddenly a small one. CP3's contract is terrible and is going to hurt them a lot long term, enough to not have enough assets to add the necessary help for Harden.
     
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    Paul George is amazing. What a season he's having... I can't stand OKC, but PG is having the best season of his career, worthy of MVP consideration (he won't win MVP, but DPOY is a real possibility).

    Never thought he had this in him, particularly not after signing his new contract. It's not that I considered him a "contract-year" kind of guy, but hey, it happens... in his case, it's happening after signing it, which makes it even more impressive.
     
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    If it comes from Jackie McMullan, I believe it. Or, least, that her sources firmly believe that to be the case.

    Don't know what they're expecting. Kuz is playing great, but that's it. LAL has a pretty poor roster without LeBron, and it's not fair to expect Luke to right the ship with that kind of players, particularly in the west.

    But if they fire him, it can be a blessing in disguise for him. I think he's a pretty decent coach, and we surely can find a spot for him in our staff.

    On the other side, Ty Lue should be available and knows the franchise inside out... :cool::D
     
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    Sh*t. Anthony Davis just told the Pelicans he wants to be traded and that he's not going to re-sign once his current deal is out.

    He "wants to be traded to a team that allows him to compete", same shit as everybody else. Instead of doing their best to try to improve the team that drafts them and get close to that ring, they want everything handed to them: play with great players, be a part of dominant teams that simply cruise through the regular season and just the easiest possible route to success. It sucks.

    And yes, we've benefited from that as well, because that's why KD is a Warrior now, but it still sucks. I think the players should be generously compensated, but right now, they're running the league. And that means small team market don't really have a chance, unless they find a truly special kind of guy (just wait til Giannis has two or three losing seasons if Milwaukee can't sign anybody to help him).

    It's going to be a serious issues, maybe the main on, by the time the CBA runs out. The NFL has the franchise tag, and I wouldn't be surprised if the owners push for something like that for the next CBA. I don't think it's the answer, and that something like a hard cap might work better, but something's going to happen.
     
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    Coach Killer (lebron) wants Luke gone and AD in LA. I hope that happens because I think that potentially galvanizes our guys to try to stay together for another few years.
     
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    i'm thinking that could be the case. Did you catch KD's appearance on Gilbert Arenas' podcast? He was talking about how they go out to demoralize teams.. and he spoke with such passion, that it seemed plausible that he could stay. If we could only convince boogie that his ankle needs another year of strengthening
     
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    I don't think KD has his mind set in either staying or leaving. It still is pretty much in the air, leaning slightly towards staying, imho. I think how the season ends will definitely matter a lot, much more than the offers KD could get.
     
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    AD "intent on signing with the Lakers in 2020"

    So weird how this has all come down... Pels may have no choice but to "Kwahi" him. Shut him down until this summer..

    You know what'd be really fucked up: Lebron, Kwahi, Kyrie, and AD... fuck, I would be pissed off..
     
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    A lot harder to pull that off with no homegrown contracts.
     
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    Minor deal that doesn't deserve its own thread, but Milwaukee and Detroit are trading Thon Maker for Stanley Johnson.

    Don't really get the trade for Detroit, because, if anything, they need help on the wings, and Stanley was just that. Now they've lost Bullock and Johnson, probably the two most reliable wing guys on their roster (that's not saying much, tho). And Thon Maker wanted to move away from the Bucks because he wasn't playing enough? Now he's got to compete vs Blake, Drummond and Zaza for minutes. Good luck.

    The deal makes perfect sense for Milwaukee. An athletic wing that can defend two, sometimes three spots? Perfect sense.

    Maybe the Pistons trust Maker's potential more than anybody else, maybe they're ready to move Blake or Drummond, I don't know. But I don't get the deal from their side. Or maybe they just want to secure the best possible pick for the upcoming draft.
     
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    Plenty of moves lately... the Mirotic to Milwaukee is a great deal for the Bucks, although I can't believe they weren't able to get more than Stanley Johnson, a filler and second rounders for him. Guess it depends on how many and how high are those second rounders. But Mirotic is a perfect addition to Milwaukee's roster.

    Also really like the Wiz-Bulls deal for both sides. Porter and Portis both needed a scenery change and both get a new start with a franchise that needed players like those. I'm guessing Jabari Parker will end up as filler and as a free agent next summer, but you never know with Ernie, he might sign him to a max contract to become part of John Wall's entourage. But I think Porter and Portis will both thrive with their new teams.

    Harrison Barnes in Sacramento is interesting. It's a few months tryout for both sides, before he decides if he's gonna stay or not, but it's a solid addition for the Kings at a very low price and a deal that clears cap room for Dallas.


    Edit: Seems like Milwaukee is sending 4 second rounders to New Orleans in the Mirotic deal, and two of them are the Wizard's 2020 and 2021 picks, which are expected to be high second round picks. That makes the deal more even.
     
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    More deals:

    - Don't really get the Gasol deal. He's a better defensive player but, at this point, I'd rather keep Delon Wright and Valanciunas than Marc. The Raptors gave up a lot in order to add a better defensive player. Not sure it's worth it. On the other side, Spain's national team coach, Sergio Scariolo, is part of the Raptors coaching staff, and I'm pretty sure he pushed for this deal all he could. I guess Marc is going to help going vs Embiid, and I don't know if the Raptors were going to sign Delon Wright long term, but still... that was a big price they had to pay for him.

    - As for the Fultz deal, I think it's great for Markelle, who gets to start anew for a franchise that really needs a PG. It wasn't a huge price to pay, so I think the Magic did really well with this deal. OKC's pick should be a late first rounder and the Magic second rounder should be at the top of the round, and Simmons can be a role player, at best, so not huge value. Philly really gave up soon on Markelle, I thought they were going to keep him for next year and evaluate everything then.
     
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    What the f*ck happens with big time stars once they retire to become total pricks?

    Magic just said that the Pelicans "didn't act on good faith" during the Davis trade negotiations. What the f*ck were they supposed to do? Trade him to LA at whatever the price? Particularly when the Lakers have been tampering for more than a year with Davis, George and many other upcoming free agents? (yes, I know the Lakers learned their lesson and did nothing directly, but they've been tampering anyways, via Klutch Sports, a company run by Rich Paul, a guy "run" by LeBron James. So the Lakers provoked this situation, and now the Pels have to deal with a disgruntled Davis and move him to LA just because his agent says so? Here's hoping they move him anywhere else, anywhere but LA.

    Magic has had a bad year, blaming almost anybody (the young kids on their roster, Luke Walton, god almighty... doesn't really matter, but someone other than LeBron and himself are to blame for the Lakers not being a contender)

    Same thing happens with MJ, who had a deal for Marc Gasol but he finally got traded to Toronto. He had a deal for Harrison Barnes and he ended up being traded to Sacramento. Why? Because he wanted such kind of protection on the picks he was sending to Dallas and Memphis that they were, basically, worthless (in other words, late first rounders that would become second rounders if not conveyed) and he insisted on those teams taking on bad contracts on Charlotte's roster. No wonder he finally got nothing at all. Really hope Kemba leaves in free agency, because it's clear the Hornets are going nowhere with MJ at the helm.
     
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    Great post TMC! More reasons for us to hate the arrogant Lakers!
     
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    Agreed! Great post TMC.
     
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    @Chum !!! Nice to see you around. Hope all is well
     
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    Yes it is! Stop by more often if you feel like it Chum.
     
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    Thanks fellas :D

    I came to say... I'm worried about Houston. The play great d and they are very physical. Also, as much as I dislike CP3 he's really, really, good. Between him and the Beard they have two guys you don't want to deal with at the end of a tight game.
     

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