The 2018 Player Movement Thread

Discussion in 'Know Your Enemy' started by TMC, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. Rob

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    I think that move covers up for the loss of Ariza and Mbah a Moute. There was serious concern that Capela would get an offer he couldn't refuse and that the Rockets wouldn't be able to afford him. But ive been impressed with Capela. I don't think this affects anything Houston can do to the Warriors next year, but maybe in 2 years.
     
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    I think Houston is worse than last year, as losing Ariza and Mbah a Moute is a huge blow to their defense. And CP is a year older, and as injury-prone as he's been, that's not exactly good news. Their window is closing, imho, particularly in a west that's as stacked as last year.

    They still should be our biggest threat in the west, but I think they're a worse team than last year. Even if they add Melo.

    I think Boston is going to be our biggest rival next season, btw. If they stay healthy, they're a real contender that won't be easy to defeat.
     
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    Well of course they aren't as good defensively as last year... The team would drop out of the top 3 without Capela in my opinion. So they sort of salvaged their poor offseason.

    Boston will have to prove it... they are the darlings, as the have the "IT" coach right now in stevens, they have the good guy of the Cleveland breakup in Kyrie, they have the great white hope in Hayward and they have some talented and scrappy young guys. But I will be interested to see how much they do stackup against the Warriors.
     
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    Teams are still making some moves:

    - Raptors sign Greg Monroe. It's a one-year, $2.2 million deal. At that price, Monroe is a bargain. He's going to be a solid backup for Valanciunas.
     
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    Can't wait to see the Raptors this season.
     
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    Interesting deal yesterday, with the Houston Rockets trading Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton to Phoenix for Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss.

    It's a money-saving move, as they've been trying to trade Anderson for a couple of years already, and I'm not sure what they're getting back, because Chriss sucks (although he's young, so I guess there's some potential to develop there) and Knight comes back after missing last year with a torn ACL.

    As for Phoenix, they probably will play Anderson at PF in order to stretch the court for Ayton. Melton is going to help, particularly on the defensive side, but he's a backup SG, so there's that... And now they really need to add a starting PG, likely via trade.
     
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    Interesting move. Always thought Anderson would be a good fit off the bench for the Warriors.
    Maybe a bit of a liability on defense though.
    Just keep making dumb moves Houston...
     
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    They have been trying to get rid of that contract for a while.. so this one is a decent move for them. They weren't even playing the guy.
     
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    I get it money wise, and he hasn't been back to his old self for a while now
     
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    Yeah, Anderson, at this point, is a tall guy that can score from outside. But you can't play him much, and not at all in the final minutes, too much of a liability on defense.

    I think the Suns made the deal in order to get Melton. Go figure.
     
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    Still some moves left, at this time of the offseason:

    - Rodney Hood signs his qualifying and stays in Cleveland. Statistically, it's going to be his best chance, if he stays healthy, because he's the second best offensive player on that roster. And they play in the east. So it's going to be a good chance to show his skills and prepare for unrestricted free agency next year.

    - Luol Deng signs a one-year deal with Minnesota. Thibs is a great coach, but he shouldn't even have an input regarding the roster, as he just signed another ex-Bull that was basically retired, after playing a grand total of 13 minutes on one game for the Lakers last year.

    - Udonis Haslem stays with the Heat for yet another season, his 16th. What a great career he's had for his hometown team.
     
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    i don't know if Thibs is a great coach. I think his reputation is unwarranted.
     
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    I think that, at least defensively, he's proven to be a very good one, going back to his days in Boston. And he always gets his teams to play hard.

    Managing the locker room is a different story, tho, and seems like Minny's has issues he hasn't been able to tackle yet. And yes, that's part of his job as well. So I get what you're saying and, to a certain extent, I agree. But I really do think he's a good X's and O's guy.
     
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    Then he should be a Ron Adams type assistant. I don't see Minnesota buying in on defense or playing exceptionally hard either.

    On top of that.. the guy calls a damn play everytime down the floor. i don't think a coach can operate like that in today's NBA.
     

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