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14 Aug 2017 11:11:26
Christmas games predictions:
1. Sixers vs Knicks -- hopefully melo get traded, and sixers get the win..
2. Cavaliers vs Warriors -- cavs team will be weaker than last yr without kyrie but I expect Rose to improve his game, Warriors win but in an overtime 1 or 2 pts lead win..
3. Wizards vs Celtics -- Wall will score 40plus pts, but the Celtics win because of Tatum..
4. Rockets vs Thunder -- Paul/Harden vs Westbrook/George, Thunder win, as revenge from playoffs, in a clutch buzzer beater shot..
5. Wolves vs Lakers -- Wolves win, but Ball gets a triple double..

I wish Spurs vs Warrios in xmas game.. (getting tired of cavs vs warriors especially without kyrie)
Cavs vs Wolves (if kyrie traded to minny), Sixers vs Lakers (Simmons and Embiid wanted to dunk on Lonzo)..

Looking forward for Celtics vs Wizards and Rockets vs Thunder will be exciting matchup..

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15 Aug 2017 01:17:36
Celtics win because of Tatum. Okay.

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10 Aug 2017 09:39:20
LA: Monroe

Bucks: T Young

Indy: Deng+ 1rnd pick LA 2020+ 1rnd pick Bucks (top 5 protected)+ 2rnd pick LA 2018 and 2020

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15 Aug 2017 02:37:33
coming from a bucks fan, i would rather have Monroe than young. So i definitely would not do this, especially with the pick.

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15 Aug 2017 08:41:36
I'd prefer Monroe over young on that bucks roster unless maker makes a huge leap.

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09 Aug 2017 21:42:43
Cle - Drummond Middleton Bradley and Wilson

Det - Irving and Henson

Mil - Love and Shump

- Smith Thompson Korver

- Jackson Leuer Galloway

- Monroe Shumpert Delly Parker(injured)

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09 Aug 2017 22:23:02
Middleton is more valuable than love bucks say no.

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09 Aug 2017 23:18:43
That's not enough for Love and Irving.

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08 Aug 2017 14:27:36
What kind of trade do you guys think it would take for the Pelicans to get Carmelo Anthony?

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08 Aug 2017 18:47:45
Mid-to-late first round pick or a lower rotation player should do it. Anthony likes the nightlife, so you actually would have a shot at getting him.

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07 Aug 2017 10:58:15
Houston: C Anthony

Tor: R Anderson

Phoe: Valanciunas

NY: T Ariza+ T Chandler+ 1rnd pick Miami 2018 (it's top seven protected)+ 1rnd pick Hou 2018

Toronto can move Ibaka to the 5
And anderson is a good fit in a team that go's all in the next three years. He can space the floor for Derozan.
C: Ibaka/Poetl
PF: R Anderson/ Siakam
SF:Derozan/ Miles
SG: Powell/ Miles
Pg: K Lowry/ Vanvleet

Phoenix receive a good and still young center

NY can start rebuilding, this would give them 3 picks in the 2018 draft, so they can draft 3 prospects or they could try to move up in the draft.

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07 Aug 2017 23:15:36
I think Toronto would rather end up with cap relief, Chandler and a first for JV than Anderson. I think anyone taking on Andersons contract is going to want a pick for taking it on.

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08 Aug 2017 05:54:58
Not sure Raptors would be crazy about adding Anderson but his contract is only 4 mill per year more than JV (although that doesn't count luxury tax expenses) so I think if Raptors got a slight sweetener they may be willing to do it since Anderson as a floor stretcher could be more valuable than JV to them. They can still bring in Siakam for more defensive lineups.

Don't like the move for Phoenix. They can just sign Len who is a similar style player to JV that is younger and probably would be cheaper.

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06 Aug 2017 02:54:07
I think Kyrie will go off on his new team if traded because everyone is calling him crazy for wanting to be traded and I think he'll prove them wrong and go off and play crazy good.

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06 Aug 2017 07:10:14
Not sure I see this. Kyrie is an elite scorer but the rest of his game is lacking and he got plenty of looks alongside Lebron and they'll likely be of higher quality than he'll get on a new team. I don't doubt the rest of his game will improve with time but I don't see Irving going to another level and being dramatically better than he is now, an elite scorer that isn't that great of a playmaker for his teammates and doesn't give much defensively. I'm not sure what type of leader he is (he strikes me as a quiet type but that could be since he was under Lebron's shadow and he can grow into his role regardless) so I'm not sure if he'll be able to bring his teammates to another level right away either.

Long-term I think getting away from Lebron is the best for Kyrie's development and maturation as a basketball player but I don't think we'll see considerable improvements right away.

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06 Aug 2017 14:15:25
As the primary play maker, I think you see him average a few more assists a game. It's possible you see a small uptick in points, but I think you see his efficiency go down. The Cavs offense is designed to give Irving and James space inside. I don't see him getting that kind of space any where else or the open looks he gets from the outside playing beside Lebron.

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06 Aug 2017 14:54:20
This is all false. His points won't go up as well as averaging a few more assists. He is solely a scoring threat. He is a below average play maker for teammates. Stop trying to see it differently. This is why he is t getting a knock you out franchise player deal. He's a great player. But he absolutely isn't top 10

No defense. No passing. No rebounding. Great scorer. Not much else. Hell. At least melo rebounds decently lol.

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06 Aug 2017 15:13:45
He was 17th in assists for pgs this year as the 2nd ball handler for the Cavs and his best year for assists was the year before Lebron came back. He's not an elite level passer, but he's a solid passer. As the primary playmaker for a team you would have to assume those numbers go up. Irving isn't a top 10 player, but is definitely top 20.

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06 Aug 2017 21:15:56
He is 28th among pg in assists per 48.
27 in assists to turnovers.

Among PGs, he is a below average laser and play maker. You can't be a top 20 player if the main function of your position you aren't good at.

Not to mention you are looking at only point guards. The assists leader was a shooting guard.

He is a TERRIBLE defender.

You can't be a top 20 and play only one side of the ball.

I love Irving. Would want him on my team. He is NOT a franchise cornerstone. No matter how much you try and say he is. He is a one dimensional player. That's it.

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07 Aug 2017 04:57:30
Hes the perfect sidekick to a superstar and will be found out next year if trying to lead a team!

Hopefully at least this will force k love to be the beast he was in Minnesota.

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03 Aug 2017 16:59:59
Raptors keep JV.. Move him to the bench like bucks do with Monroe.

Have Ibaka starting with siakam next to him. That's a very athletics lineup. Rebounding won't be a problem with those two on the court. Then start Miles and DD Lowry. Have Powell JV Wright OJ off the bench. The next biggest g thing for raptors is to get another Pf with good range. They can even go after Nicholson who just got traded and will be waived shortly. He's a good shooter with rebounding. Nothing fancy and he's Canadian.

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03 Aug 2017 20:30:57
Yes that's probably Raptors best option since it doesn't seem likely they'll find a trade partner. Ideally Raptors move JV not only to hopefully get another piece that can improve their depth but to move his salary in an attempt to get under the luxury which they are close to doing after moving Carroll and Joseph. Raptors already have solid backup bigs in Poeltl and Nogueira so moving JV to the bench just makes things worse and creates a hole at the backup pf slot. Raptors depth has taken a step back losing Patterson, Carrol and Jospeh and only really adding Miles. Anunoby is scheduled to return in Oct/ Nov so once he gets back up to speed he should be able to give some solid minutes and he and Miles could play the pf spot for a few minutes given the matchup.

That being said its going to be pretty hard to move JV and bring back anything of significant value due to his offensive big man game. He isn't a bad player tho, just a bad defender and only 25 but due like 50 mill over next 3 years (3rd is player option) . It's unlikely Raptors will find a suitor.

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02 Aug 2017 04:45:42
My NBA Standings/ Playoff Predictions

15. Hawks
14. Nets
13. Bulls
12. Knicks
11. Magic
10. Pacers
9. 76ers

1. Celtics vs 8. Pistons = Celtics in 5
2. Cavs vs 7. Hornets = Cavs in 5
3. Wizards vs 6. Heat = Wizards in 7
4. Raptors vs 5. Bucks = Bucks in 6

1. Celtics vs 5. Bucks = Celtics in 5
2. Cavs vs 3. Wizards = Cavs in 6

1. Celtics vs 2. Cavs = Cavs in 7

15. Kings
14. Suns
13. Mavs
12. Lakers
11. Grizzlies
10. Pelicans
9. Jazz

1. Warriors vs 8. Nuggets = Warriors in 4
2. Rockets vs 7. Clippers = Rockets in 5
3. Thunder vs 6. Blazers = Thunder in 6
4. Spurs vs 5. Twolves = Spurs in 7

1. Warriors vs 4. Spurs = Warriors in 5
2. Rockets vs 3. Thunder = Thunder in 7

1. Warriors vs 3. Thunder = Warriors in 5

Warriors vs. Cavs = Warriors in 4.

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03 Aug 2017 05:05:52
Ok nostradumas, stay off the drugs.

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03 Aug 2017 13:25:26
If Philly stays relatively healthy it can get the 8 spot. If Sixers stay very healthy they can finish as high as 5th.

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03 Aug 2017 15:04:24
This is hysterical. Sixers when healthy last year were one of the worst teams in the league.

So if they are really healthy, they add fultz and Simmons to the team. Mind you. These two players couldn't get their teams into the playoffs. In college. When 64 teams make it.

However, they bump sixers up to potentially 5th in the east. Hysterical.

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03 Aug 2017 20:32:16
How does this have 4 disagrees?

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03 Aug 2017 21:02:28
Because 4 people disagree with your projections and pressed disagree. Thought that was obvious.

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04 Aug 2017 13:35:12
Im going for Spurs, Rockets, Thunder or Wolves will beat Warriors in the playoffs.
Cavs may be in the NBA Finals if they can get good return players from Irving trade.

1. Celtics
2. Cavaliers
3. Bucks
4. Raptors
5. Wizards
6. Heat
7. Hornets
8. Sixers (trust the process)

2. Rockets
3. Spurs
4. Thunder
5. Twolves
6. Clippers
7. Pelicans
8. Nuggets.

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01 Aug 2017 23:24:31
Next summer bulls have 50m+ in cap space but with garpax in the front office they won't get any super stars I mean money talks but all players got to do is hit jimmy up and well gars plan for financial flexibility in 2018 is down the drain maybe Jerry will see a dip in attendance fire gar hire David Griffin. My hope is we go after Dmc max built a new super team plus we may get 1st pick also have MPJ.

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02 Aug 2017 02:23:17
Chicago is going to have to be patient. The new cba's max contracts make it next to impossible to build a super team similiar to how the Heat did. The money just doesn't work any more. 3 deals anywhere near max (even without the super max) are going to be close to 90 percent of the cap and with so much money available getting decent role players with the left over money is almost impossible. You're going to have to draft a large portion of you're team. Also, it's going to be pretty hard to keep super teams together for more than a few years with the luxury tax.

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02 Aug 2017 03:47:38
I think the Bulls lack of existing and established talent is a bigger obstacle than who is in their front office (although it doesn't help) . Without any big player on their team even with all that money I don't think they'll be able to attract any of the top FA who should all have other options to be paid where they could join at least a better existing team (as you mention the Bulls should be bad and could potentially end up with a top pick although being in the east should help their record some) .

With 50 mill I think they'd be smart to throw the max at a guy like Cousins and see if he budges. However, I think more realistic targets would be a guy like Derrick Favors who is good and still fairly young but may struggle getting money elsewhere since he is isn't the new age big who can shoot and has been boggled by injuries recently. Also, a guy like Will Barton who is a younger FA that Denver probably won't be able to afford paying with Harris the priority and Chandler also a FA. KCP would be another young FA to target and if Lakers plans go the way they want they likely won't be keeping him around. They should also target RFA like Norman Powell, Patrick McCaw, Rodney Hood, Aaron Gordon, and although risky they should think about offering a fat contract to hometown kid Jabari Parker who may be difficult for Bucks to commit 20+ million to when they have a promising team without him and that money could probably be spent better. The only issue is with him scheduled to return in February and likely having training wheels then it'll be difficult to get a great look at how he fairs after the injury.

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02 Aug 2017 14:07:06
I agree first throw max at dmc will Barton maybe Rodney hood can play sf but who knows.

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03 Aug 2017 05:08:20
Overpaying for Moody dmc as your face of your franchise is not the way to go.

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05 Aug 2017 23:19:56
Put Wilson chandler at pf Rodney hood sf maybe take shot at brook Lopez good scorer can hit outside shot or go after Jabari hood and brook Lopez.

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01 Aug 2017 12:04:39
"the Cavaliers want a veteran starter, a blue chipper on a rookie contract and a first-round pick for the superstar PG"

This is what Cavs are asking for according to "sources".

Irving is young, so he clearly fits Phoenix and their timetable. I have an idea I haven't seen before here.

Irving for Bledsoe, Chriss and Suns own 2018 1st rounder.

Cavs get a starting PG, rookie with a huge upside and lottery pick probably (cant see Suns making playoffs, yet).

Personally I like Chriss, but I like Bender more as he could turn out to be almost the same player as Porzingis, but he needs to get regular playing time to develop.


Jackson/Warren/Jones Jr.

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01 Aug 2017 12:41:36
You like Chriss so much that you forgot to put him on the Cavs roster?

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01 Aug 2017 13:08:07
Lol, my bad. he wqs supposed to be behind Love.

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01 Aug 2017 15:07:49
It's not terrible. Maybe add Chandler or Dudley. I think the Cavs might hold out for one of their young players though.

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01 Aug 2017 19:38:26
I think it works for both sides. Cavs get what they are looking for. Chriss isn't Jackson or Booker but I think he is their next best prospect and not as likely to be a bust as Bender but he does have a slightly lower ceiling. Chriss having started 75 games for Suns however, should be able to come in and contribute for Cavs at least 15-20 mins per game right away. He has only been playing basketball for 6 years so he has plenty of untapped potential, just turned 20, is a very good athlete and has shown range out to 3pt line. The Suns pick will likely have to be protected (top 3 or top 5) for Suns to include it since they would much rather include the Miami pick.

I think Cavs adding someone like Frye to the deal for Dudley is mutually beneficial since it helps Suns clear salary with expiring deal and Cavs get another role player.

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01 Aug 2017 21:29:30
Their better young players*.

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03 Aug 2017 07:13:11
What the Cavs want is far above what the Cavs will get.

It is not surprising that they have to look back to the 2011 Melo trade, because for the last seven years, the market has shown repeatedly that stars only bring back 75 cents on the dollar. It has been even less recently with Jimmy Butler and Boogie, because win-now stars are in even less demand with GSW blocking playoff ambitions.

Moreover, it should be even lower with Kyrie demanding a trade, his naming four teams (alienating 25), weird lack of loyalty to CLE (will he want to stay with any team that trades for him? ), injury concerns, timing this after teams have spent free agent money, and filled their PG positions, constraints on a trade from LeBron, the repeater tax, and a brand new GM.

I really hope for Cavs fans' sake that they can get two teams to bid against each other, because history makes it very unlikely they are going to get 2011 levels of trade assets.

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