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24 Sep 2017 01:35:20
Cavs Spurs Phoenix

Cavs receive
Bledsoe
Aldridge

Spurs receive
Thompson
Osman
Frye
Jefferson
2019 from Cavs (Minnesota)
2020 second round pick Cavs (Miami)

Phoenix receives
Shumpert
Felder
Forbes
2018 first from Cavs

24 Sep 2017 03:01:37
2019 a second round pick.

24 Sep 2017 12:11:13
In other words, the Cavs get rid of every crappy player on their roster and pick up two starters. Can't see any problem with that.

24 Sep 2017 14:10:51
In all fairness Supercollider, it worked for the Thunder.

14 Sep 2017 02:03:26
Wolves-Wizards-Spurs-Pacers

Wolves : M.Morris, B.Forbes
- Morris would be the perfect stretch 4 for the Twolves as he plays as a role player and let their stars shine, a mid to late 1st is worth it.

Teague-Jones-Forbes
Butler-Crawford-Rush
Wiggins-Muhammad
Morris-Gibson
Towns-Dieng-Patton

Wizards : L.Aldridge
- they get their 3rd star
- sign Gerald Green

Wall-Frazier
Beal-Green-Meeks
Porter-Oubre
Aldridge-Satoransky
Mahinmi-Smith

Spurs : M.Gortat, T.Young, 1st from Wizards
- they move on from Aldridge and get 2 big men who can grind for them and adding a 1st. Quite a good return for LMA

Mills-Murray-Parker-White
Green-Ginobili
Leonard-Gay-Anderson
Young-Lauvergne-Bertans
Gasol-Gortat

Pacers : C.Aldrich, 1st from Twolves
- get a 1st to continue rebuild

Collison-Joseph-Young
Oladipo-Stephenson
Bogdanovic-GR3
Sabonis-Leaf
Turner-Jefferson-Aldrich

27 Aug 2017 18:32:05
2 trades and 2 free agent signings the Pistons can do to be more competitive

(TRADE 1)
Pistons get:
(GS)
SG K. Thompson

Mavs get:
(GS)
PG P. McCaw + '19 2nd (DAL pick)
(DET)
PF H. Ellenson

Warriors get:
(DET)
PG R. Jackson + '18 1st (UP)
(DAL)
SG S. Curry

Pistons add a star player who helps in an area the pistons lack in production (3 point %). They insert him at SG while Bradley moves over to PG. They give up Jackson, Ellenson and 2018 1st round pick to do so.

Mavs add McCaw who would fill the void of Curry at SG but comes off the bench. They also add a future replacement for when Nowitski retires and resembles a similar play as a decent 3 point shooter for a PF. They also get back their 2019 2nd round pick they traded to the Warriors ahwile ago.

Warriors add Jackson who can be a reliable piece off the bench or move to SG. They also get an unprotected 1st round pick next year from the Pistons. They also get Steph Currys little brother who also is a good 3 point shooter and can go to SG.

SALARIES match for incoming and outcoming salaries.

Pistons recieve $17,826,150
Pistons send out $17,780,800

Mavs recieve $3,093,411
Mavs send out $3,028,410

Warriors recieve $19,028,410
Warriors send out $19,138,761

(TRADE 2)
Pistons get:
(MIN)
'18 2nd (top 40) + '20 2nd (UP)
(PHI)
C J. Okafor

Wolves get:
(PHI)
'18 2nd (HOU pick)
(DET)
PF J. Leuer

76ers get:
(DET)
'19 1st (Right to swap: DET-PHI)*
(MIN)
C C. Aldrich

*: pistons would recieve '19 2nd (NYK pick) and '20 2nd (DAL pick) if PHI excerices the swap

Pistons add 2 draft picks with a possible 3 more if the 76ers swap 1st in 2019. They recieve a 2nd that's top 40 protected in 2018 and a 2020 2nd that's unprotected from the Wolves. They also recieve Okafor who replaces Leuer on the depth chart.

Wolves add a 2018 2nd that's HOUs pick and Leuer (whos from Minnesota) to play at PF.

76ers add a right to swap 2019 1st round picks with the Pistons and if they choose to do so, theyd give them a 2019 2nd (Knicks pick) and a 2020 2nd (Mavs pick). They also recieve Aldrich to be a replacement for Okafor on the depth chart. His salary for the 2018-2019 season is partial guaranteed.

(FREE AGENTS)
PG Jason Terry or Trey Burke
1 year $2,000,000
$3,000,000 team option in year 2

SG James Young
1 year $1,250,000
$1,250,000 team option in year 2

Terry provides 3 point shooting and veteran leadership. Burke adds youth. Young adds youth and athleticism.

(DEPTH CHART)
PG:
Avery Bradley
Ish Smith
Jason Terry / Trey Burke
SG:
Klay Thompson
Langston Galloway
James Young
SF:
Stanley Johnson
Luke Kennard
Reggie Bullock
PF:
Tobias Harris
Jahlil Okafor
Anthony Tolliver
C:
Andre Drummond
Boban Marjanovic
Eric Moreland

27 Aug 2017 18:55:40
Sooooooo. Pistons give up Reggie Jackson, Henry Ellenson, and a 2nd rounder. And they get Klay Thompson? I hope this is a joke.

27 Aug 2017 19:31:42
I said unprotected 1st round in 2018, lol.

27 Aug 2017 19:55:30
I'm not even sure Jackson has positive value at this point.

27 Aug 2017 21:49:20
Lol is right to that trade, it's a joke.

27 Aug 2017 23:23:08
I'm confused as to why Golden State does this trade.

26 Aug 2017 06:58:35
Wolves/Clippers/Cavaliers

Wolves acquire Love
- get their star back now with so much better team

Teague/Jones
Butler/Crawford
Wiggins/Rush
Love/Gibson/Bjelica
Towns/Alrich/Patton

Clippers get Shumpert , Muhammad(s&t), Dieng , Cavs own 1st round pick & 2nd round pick from MIN
- get plenty for Deandre

Beverley/Teodosic
Shumpert/Rivers/Dekker
Gallinari/Muhammad/Johnson
Griffin/Harrell
Dieng/Reed/Johnson

Cavaliers get Lou Williams , DeAndre Jordan & Wolves 1st round pick

Thomas/Rose/Calderon
Smith/Lou Will/Osman
Crowder/Korver/Jefferson
James/Green/Frye
Jordan/Thompson/Zizic

26 Aug 2017 12:46:51
Clippers vetting a pile of pk guys for Jordan. What makes them better?

26 Aug 2017 14:28:43
I don't think Dieng, a yet to be signed free agent, and a late first get you Love.

26 Aug 2017 15:28:12
Love is overrated.

24 Aug 2017 12:48:29
Cavs could use twolves to take shumpert for a 1st pick and send it to knicks..

Cavs get Melo
Wolves get Shumpert
Knicks get Aldrich, Tavares, Frye and Osman plus 1st pick from Minny (okc pick or future 1st pick) and cavs 2nd rd pick

Melo will be the starting Pf and Love will be the starting center

Shumpert is an upgrade of shabazz especially in defense..

Knicks getting some picks

23 Aug 2017 12:33:54
3 team trade:
Shumpert to Wolves
Frye, Osman and Aldrich and 1st pick from wolves to Knicks
Melo to Cavs

23 Aug 2017 14:04:12
I don't see the Wolves giving up their first for Shump, even if it allows them to clear Aldrich.

23 Aug 2017 06:02:45
2 possible moves for Cavs now


1. Cavs-Suns-Twolves
-Cavs get Tyson Chandler, and a 2nd rd pick from Suns and Twolves
-Suns get Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye, and Cole Aldrich
-Twolves get Jared Dudley

Lineup:
PG: Thomas, Rose, Felder
SG: Smith, Korver, Calderon
SF: James, Crowder, Osman
PF: Love, Green, Jefferson
C: Thompson, Chandler, Zizic


2. Cavs-Kings
-Cavs get Kosta Koufos
-Kings get Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson

-Sign D-Wade if bought out

Lineup:
PG: Thomas, Rose, Felder
SG: Smith, Wade, Calderon
SF: James, Korver, Osman
PF: Love, Crowder, Green
C: Thompson, Koufos, Zizic.

22 Aug 2017 22:22:53
Cleveland Cavs moves
(If D-Wade is bought out)

•Cavs-Suns-Twolves-Kings trade
-Cavs get Eric Bledsoe, Dragan Bender, Kosta Koufos, and Miami's 2018 1st rd pick (via Suns)
-Suns get Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, Edy Tavares, and a 2nd rd pick (via Twolves)
-Twolves get Jared Dudley
-Kings get Cole Aldrich, Richard Jefferson, and a 2nd rd pick (via Suns)
(This saves the Cavs about 5.5m on salary which would save even more in luxury tax)

-Sign D-Wade 1yr 2.5m (rest of taxpayer MLE)

Lineup:
PG: Bledsoe, Rose, Felder
SG: Smith, Wade, Calderon
SF: James, Korver, Osman
PF: Love, Bender, Green
C: Thompson, Koufos, Frye.

23 Aug 2017 00:13:33
if the Cavs were willing to take a package similar to this it would already be done. I also don't see the Cavs having much interest in Koufos. I doubt they would want to pay him 9 million a year to play 10 minutes a game and then sit the bench in the playoffs. Especially when there are still free agents that could be had for less and do the same thing. Even with Wade, Shumpert would probably play more minutes for almost the same price.

23 Aug 2017 01:57:30
Gut feeling that this trade does not get done.

17 Aug 2017 17:28:49
Sacramento Kings moves
(based on possibility of Zach Randolph lifetime NBA ban)

-Terminate Randolph's contract (removed from salary cap)

-Sign JaMychal Green 3yr 40m

-Trade Garrett Temple to Minnesota for Cole Aldrich and a 2nd rd pick

-Waive Cole Aldrich (contract is non-guaranteed for 2018/ 19)

-Sign Monta Ellis 1yr 2m

Lineup:
PG: Hill, Fox, Mason
SG: Hield, Carter, Ellis
SF: Bogdanovic, Jackson, Richardson
PF: Green, Labissiere, Giles
C: WCS, Koufos, Papgiannis.

17 Aug 2017 15:19:38
What if??
Kyrie goes to Spurs in 3 team deal involving aldridge (send back to Portland)

Melo goes to Rockets with Paul and Harden

Davis goes to Celtics with Thomas

Westbrook, George and Love(via trade) to Lakers with Lonzo Ball and Ingram

LeBron, Wade and Rose teaming up with Whiteside, Dragic and Winslow in Miami

DAndre Jordan to Bucks with Giannis, Brogdon and Middleton

Cousins to Wizards, reuniting with Wall

Nba top East teams would be Heat, Celtics, Wizards, Bucks, Raptors and Sixers

Nba top West teams would be Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, Lakers, Wolves and Blazers

17 Aug 2017 15:51:54
Ok, how about proposing an actual trade.

17 Aug 2017 16:12:39
I see. And the other teams are just going to hand over their Superstars because we need 12 teams to have all the talent. try posting a trade idea instead of a "what if"

17 Aug 2017 16:34:23
The Spurs really don't have much of value to offer the Cavs and I don't see Portland being willing to give up much for Aldridge.

Melo to Houston still could happen, but at this point it seems like a long shot. Unless either Ny or Houston drastically change their stances it doesn't even seem close.

The Celtics would have to offer NO something ridiculous to even make it a conversation. From the Pelicans stand point, why trade Davis right now?

Outside of Ingram and Ball, what would the Lakers have that the Cavs would be interested in? They would have to let Randle walk to sign the first two and would almost certainly have to include Deng in any trade for Love. It's not happening.

Riley screwed over Wade 2 years ago. I don't see him or Lebron being willing to go back.

I' don't see Jordan being a player that Milwaukee really needs. They're already a long team that's solid on defense. They need more shooting.

The Wizards are capped out for the next few years and don't have many valuable assets out side of Wall and Beal, I'm not sure how they would end up with Cousins.

17 Aug 2017 07:43:45
Trades these teams need to make before the 2018 Playoffs!

Lakers : Jordan Clarkson + Luol Deng for Dwyane Wade

Celtics: Jayson Tatum for

Rockets: Trevor Ariza + Tarik Black + Eric Gordon for Carmelo Anthony

Cleveland: Iman Shumpert for Kyle Anderson

OKC: Enes Kanter + Andre Roberson for Dwayne Wade + Cristiano Felicia

Minnesota: Gorgui Deng + Tyus Jones for Greg Monroe + Tyus Jones

NYK: Carmelo Anthony + Joakim Noah for Malik Monk + Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Suns: Eric Bledsoe + Brandon Knight for Dante Exum + 2018 First Round Pick

PHI: Jahlil Okafor + Robert Covington for T.J. Warren + Brandon Knight or
Kent Bazemore

Kings: Kosta Koufous for Wesley Johnson

Bucks : Greg Monroe + Mirza Teletovic for Kent Bazemore + Miles Plumlee

Pelicans: Frank Jackson + 2018 First Round Pick for Tobias Harris

Nuggets: Emmanuel Mudiay + Will Barton + Kenneth Faried for Nicolas Batum

Spurs: Patty Mills + Kyle Anderson + 2018 First Round Pick for Eric Bledsoe

Wizards: Markieff Morris + Kelly Oubre for Keneth Faried

Raptors: Kyle Lowry + C.J. Miles +Serge Ibaka + 2018 1st Round Pick for Kyrie Irving + Iman Shumpert

This last one hurts the most.

17 Aug 2017 07:50:41
almost all are way off.

17 Aug 2017 10:13:08
like which ones.

17 Aug 2017 11:48:35
Can't say for sure, but I tend to doubt that Celtics would be willing to give Tatum away for nothing.

17 Aug 2017 12:00:47
Why would Minnesota want Monroe? And why trade for Tyus Jones when they have Tyus Jones?

17 Aug 2017 16:43:41
Why would the raptors trade there best Pg who's and Allstar and everyone else for kyrie. I laugh at how bad this trade request is maybe a Lowry Powell straight up with a draft pick For kyrie and shumpert.

17 Aug 2017 18:39:54
Knicks give melo and noah for monk and MKG? Yes please.

These are beyond foolish.

17 Aug 2017 22:25:59
Noah's contract is horrible and Monk dropped 50 in NCAA. You are getting another top 10 lottery pick and dumping Noah. For the rebuild.

12 Aug 2017 20:12:30
Minnesota /. Denver

Wiggins, Cole A., ok 1st

For

Murray, faried, chandler

12 Aug 2017 20:45:16
Not a fan of it for either team. I think right now Chandler is an all around better player than Wiggins and Denver has a ton of young talented wings. I don't see them wanting to part with a lot for someone who doesn't really address their biggest need (pg) .

As for Minnesota, they have their 3 stars in place and could be good for a really long time. Unless they can get a star back I don't see why you trade Wiggins and with how far into the luxury they'll be soon. Picks will be vital to being able to create depth for cheap.

12 Aug 2017 21:54:40
Minnesota gives up the best player in the trade and a 1st? For what, a decent young player and 2 past their prime players?

12 Aug 2017 22:50:36
And Minnesota does this why?

10 Aug 2017 06:04:54
Twolves rest of Offseason


•Trade Cole Aldrich and a 2nd rd pick to Dallas for Josh McRoberts

-Sign Gerald Green, CJ Watson, Mike Dunleavy

-Wait until a few weeks into season to decide to extend Wiggins

Lineup:
PG: Teague, Jones, Watson
SG: Wiggins, Crawford, Georges-Hunt
SF: Butler, Green, Dunleavy
PF: Gibson, Bjelica, McRoberts
C: Towns, Dieng, Patton.

07 Aug 2017 17:34:25
Twolves moves


•Trade Cole Aldrich and a 2nd rd pick to Sacramento for Garrett Temple

-Sign Beno Udrih 1yr minimum
-Sign Mike Dunleavy 1yr minimum
-Sign KJ McDaniels 2yr minimum
-Sign Dante Cunningham 1yr minimum

Lineup:
PG: Rubio, Jones, Udrih
SG: Wiggins, Crawford, McDaniels
SF: Butler, Temple, Dunleavy
PF: Gibson, Bjelica, Cunningham
C: Towns, Dieng, Patton.

07 Aug 2017 20:58:54
Didn't Rubio get traded to Jazz?

08 Aug 2017 02:10:04
I meant Teague lol.

08 Aug 2017 15:47:51
I think Kings would need more than that to justify taking on another big man with them already having WCS, Koufos and Papagiannis as guys who can basically only play center. If they needed them to Labissiere and Giles could play there too so I see no need for them to add a center if anything it would be the opposite and them offloading Koufos.

09 Aug 2017 11:06:33
Temple forward?

07 Aug 2017 13:50:57
NYK-HOU-OKC-MIN trade

New York gets- Zhou Qi, Cole Aldrich, Kyle Singler, Doug McDermott, Alex Abrines, Semaj Christon, Josh Huestis, Isiah Taylor, Shawn Long, 1st rd pick (HOU), 1st rd pick (OKC), 2nd rd pick (MIN)

Houston gets- Carmelo Anthony

Oklahoma City gets- Ryan Anderson

Minnesota gets- Kyle O'Quinn


Whats your thoughts?

07 Aug 2017 14:19:21
OKC can't take on Anderson's contract unless they add more salary, likely in the form of Kanter. Anderson wouldn't be an awful fit in OKC if it didn't take much more than Kanter to get him.

Trade is as good as Knicks are going to get from Rockets. Minnesota part I'm not sure is completely necessary but O'quinn is cheaper and better than Aldrich.

07 Aug 2017 14:59:17
I run all trades through trade machine so I know salaries work and the O'Quinn was just so they could get another draft pick.

07 Aug 2017 15:18:40
I don't see OKC being willing to part with all that for Ryan Anderson. Kanter would have to be involved for this to make any sense for them. I also don't see why they would add a pick. Andersons contract isn't very easy to move. If anyone should get a pick it's OKC.

08 Aug 2017 00:47:12
Knicks geting bums and not enough picks. jaws, Harden for Noah and since that is good as it going to get from NY.

08 Aug 2017 01:25:23
Shizzee the Knicks would take this in a second. There aren't any ridiculously bad contracts and there are a 4 or 5 solid assets in that mix.

08 Aug 2017 01:57:30
Noah for that package, once again Cleveland will be the bottom feeder after this yr.

08 Aug 2017 01:59:32
Aldrich for O'Quinn is garbage. I don't want to wait 4 yrs for 1st.

09 Aug 2017 00:12:07
Terrible trade this is the type of trade to get Kevin love not Ryan Anderson!

10 Aug 2017 14:22:23
Why in the world are the thunder giving up so much this is stupid.

06 Aug 2017 17:59:45
Kings moves


-Trade Garrett Temple to Minnesota for Cole Aldrich and a 2nd rd pick

-Waive Cole Aldrich (his contract is non-guaranteed for 2018-19)

-Sign Alex Poythress

2017/ 18 Lineup:
PG: Hill, Fox, Mason
SG: Hield, Bogdanovic, Richardson
SF: Carter, Jackson, Poythress
PF: Randolph, Labissiere, Giles
C: WCS, Koufos, Papagiannis


2018 OFFFSEASON

-Trade or waive Kosta Koufos if he accepts his player option

-Team should have a top 5 draft pick in 2018 draft; Draft Marvin Bagley (if he reclassifies)

-Sign Will Barton 3yr 37m
-Sign Quincy Pondexter 1yr 3m

2018/ 19 Lineup:
PG: Fox, Hill, Mason
SG: Hield, Bogdanovic, Richardson
SF: Barton, Jackson, Pondexter
PF: Bagley, Randolph, Giles
C: WCS, Labissiere, Papagiannis.

06 Aug 2017 18:30:19
I thought about it and maybe Will Barton should get a little bit more money like at least 3yr 39m.

06 Aug 2017 21:01:31
Awesome additional comment. Complete game changer.

06 Aug 2017 22:06:09
Kings don't have 1st rounder in 2018.

04 Aug 2017 17:34:38
Phoenix Suns moves


-Renounce rights to Alex Len

-Sign Nerlens Noel 3yr 55m (player option)

•Trade Eric Bledsoe, Dragan Bender, Elijah Millsap, Derrick Jones jr, and Miami's 2018 1st to Cleveland for Kyrie Irving and Channing Frye

•Suns-Twolves-Kings trade
SUNS get Garrett Temple
TWOLVES get Jared Dudley
KINGS get Cole Aldrich and a 2nd rd pick (via Twolves)

-Sign Greivis Vasquez 1yr minimum

Lineup:
PG: Irving, Ulis, Knight (hurt)
SG: Booker, Temple, Vasquez
SF: Jackson, Warren, Reed
PF: Chriss, Williams, Peters
C: Noel, Chandler, Frye.

04 Aug 2017 22:14:29
I like the trade for Irving (although not sure Millsap and Jones are necessary since Cavs don't really have roster spots for them and just waiving them is expensive with them deep in luxury tax) . Moving Dudley for Temple isn't a bad move and they could also try to send him to Cavs for Shumpert.

I'm not crazy about the Noel signing. It isn't awful but Suns aren't going to be a playoff team with or without him so I think they'd be better off being patient and maybe targeting a more impactful player next offseason as well as improve their pick by having slightly worse record. If they make the move for Irving I think the Suns will have to explore more aggressive moves including their remaining picks, young players and salary space if they want a real shot at keeping him for more than 2 years when NY will likely be more attractive than it is now (can't get worse) .

05 Aug 2017 03:27:12
No point to sign Noel. Dallas will match it.

05 Aug 2017 21:35:43
Cavs say no . Bledsoe, warren and
M. chriss gets it done .

04 Aug 2017 14:11:14
Cavs want Beldsoe, Booker and Jackson
Suns doesn't want to trade Booker and Jackson

Why not trade Bledsoe plus 3 1st rd picks..

But the Knicks got me intruiging Melo wants to go to Rockets or Cavs but after Kyrie told that he wants to go to Spurs, Heat, Wolves or Knicks he suddenly backouts and wanted to be traded to Rockets only..

Think Melo think!! The odds on getting you to finals is 90%..

04 Aug 2017 15:26:09
Getting to the Finals is not a priority for Anthony.

04 Aug 2017 23:04:33
There is no need for Suns to include Booker or Jackson. Even without them Suns are likely still the best trade partner the Cavs have especially with Twolves likely out of it with their attempts to resign Wiggins. Unless another team steps up Cavs don't have much leverage especially since they likely want to deal Irving before the start of the season and Suns aren't confined to any sort of timeline.

I'm not that concerned about the Melo saga. I don't think he'll win a ring with Rockets or Cavs so he might as well just do whatever makes him happy (celebrating just getting to the finals in a weak eastern conference in a team that has done it consistently the past few years isn't much of an accomplishment for Melo)

03 Aug 2017 06:24:52
Let's keep it simple

Cavs-Twolves


Cavs get Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng, Tyus Jones, and a 2nd rd pick
Lineup:
PG: Rose, Calderon, Jones
SG: Wiggins, Smith, Shumpert
SF: James, Korver, Osman
PF: Love, Green, Jefferson
C: Thompson, Dieng, Tavares

Twolves get Kyrie Irving, Channing Frye, and Kay Felder
-Sign Matt Barnes, CJ Watson
Lineup:
PG: Irving, Watson
SG: Teague, Crawford
SF: Butler, Barnes
PF: Gibson, Bjelica, Frye
C: Towns, Patton, Aldrich.

03 Aug 2017 14:54:55
Lot to give for Irving, who said yesterday that he will not commit to signing a long-term deal with any team that trades for him.

03 Aug 2017 21:51:37
I think this would be a great move for the Cavs but unfortunately the Twolves actions seem to show they aren't interested in this trade. I don't think Twolves were delusional enough to think they could get Irving without moving Wiggins so I assume they wanted a straight swap. Cavs reportedly wanted more than a straight swap so Twolves have gone another direction and thought it was wiser to give Wiggins 5 yrs 148 mill.

If I were Twovles I'd do this trade just so I don't have to give that ridiculous money to Wiggins. Wiggins hasn't been much besides an inefficient scorer thus far in his career. I get he is only 22 and can still improve but I wouldn't be rushing to give this guy that amount of money. I don't really understand the advantage of giving a restricted free agent a maximum contract extension ahead of time.

03 Aug 2017 23:10:54
In a recent pol, the majority of Wolves fans would not trade Wiggins for Kyrie.

The correct decision will certainly depend on how the kid develops, but when he came out of college, people expected with his jaw-dropping physical tools, his floor would be Kawhi Leonard, and people questioned whether he could ever do anything offensively. Wiggins has focused on the offensive end, and become a capable (but ineefective) 20+ scorer. I believe though that his offense will improve, because of the tools, finally having two seasons in a row with the same coach, and Jimmy Butler's guidance.

Regarding the question about why teams sign max, or near max players to deals right away, there are pro's and con's. The team generally gives up cap space in the next season (the salary > cap hold), and inherit the risk that a player never develops, or worse, has a career-ending injury. However, in return, they usually get great allegiance from the player for giving him that first max deal, and guaranteeing his financial future.

Glen Taylor has already announced that he is offering the max, after advocating in the new CBA to allow teams to give two players max deals with 5 years. As you recall, the old CBA only allowed for one player, and when the Wolves did not give the 5-year max to Love, he was offended and eventually wanted off the team. The Wolves were lucky that LeBron wanted him, because when most stars want out, their teams get 75 cents on the dollar, or even less lately. Therefore, I think there was little chance that Taylor was going to repeat the same mistake, and not offer Wiggins the full 5-year max as soon as it was allowed.

30 Jul 2017 06:18:27
MIN GETS: Jared Dudley

PHX GETS: Cole Aldrich

Why for PHX? They clear cap space for next year. 2018 Free Agency looks like a place for bargains, as the free spending of 2016 and 2017 has limited the buyers. Aldrich's contract is $7.3 mil this year, and a TEAM option for $6.95 mil next year, with only $2 mil guaranteed. This saves PHX $2.7 mil this year, and $8 mil next season. Best of all, Aldrich can still play, and removes some of Len's leverage in his free agency negotiations.

Why for MIN? The addition of Jimmy Butler has made them a more win-now team, but they only have three swingmen on the roster - Butler, Wiggins, and Jamaal Crawford. Dudley not only fills a positional need, but the team also needs his three point shooting. He will be more useful than another center like Aldrich, and the Wolves have no other means to fill that gap other than the vet min. Finally, Dudley is overpaid at $10 mil this year, and next season, but MIN shouldn't mind. They won't be under the cap this year or next, and the two-year window matches when Taj, Crawford, and Jimmy's deals are all up.

 
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