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22 Jul 2017 00:18:34
The Cavs are in an interesting situation at this point. While at first it seemed like the sky was falling (and maybe it is and I'm wearing my wine and gold glasses) . This could end up being a good thing for the Cavs. The Cavs are in desperate need of defense and Kyrie is a player that everyone in the league sans Portland, Washington, Houston, and Gs will probably try to get. One idea might be moving Lebron to the point in the starting line up and going after some players that can guard multiple positions to slide into the starting line up. Athleticism and Length maybe the only way to combat GS's shooting.

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21 Jul 2017 21:04:01
As a Cavs fan this is depressing. Might as well go into rebuild mode now and trade Kyrie Lebron Kevin TT........ well everyone. And at least get some picks and young players while we can

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22 Jul 2017 00:03:49
It'll hurt if we lose Kyrie, but the guy has a ton of value and we could end up bring back more (but older) talent for him. This might be a blessing in disguise as the up coming season is concerned.

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22 Jul 2017 00:42:20
I think rebuilding is probably the best and most likely strategy for Cavs at this point after a complete nightmare of an offseason. They should let the offers they get for Kyrie dictate this of course but Kyrie being only 25 and locked in cheap for 2 more years (with 3rd year option) makes him attractive to not only playoff teams (I think Twolves, Celtics and Nuggets would be good landing places with assets to make a meaningful offer for him) but to teams rebuilding and looking for a franchise cornerstone.

Like when trading any superstar they aren't going to get fair value on him so I think its very unrealistic to expect Cavs to improve after trading Kyrie (gaining more depth and defense could offset things tho) and with Warriors and Celtics improving and Lebron possibly leaving I think its wisest to hit the hard reset. I can't really think of what it would take to get Kyrie let alone Lebron (albeit a 1 year rental) but things should sure be interesting if a powerhouse like the Cavs blow things up.

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20 Jul 2017 10:43:01
CHA/SAS/ORL

CHA get LaMarcus Aldridge
> go all in and compete in the East

Pg Walker/MCW/Weber
Sg Batum/Monk/Bacon
Sf Mkg/Lamb
Pf Aldridge/Kaminsky
Ce Howard/Obryant

SAS get Nikola Vucevic & Marvin Williams
> add more line up flexibility

Pg Parker/Mills/White
Sg Green/Ginobili/Murray
Sf Leonard/Anderson
Pf Gay/Williams/Bertans
Ce Vucevic/Gasol/Lauvergne

ORL get Cody Zeller , 1st round pick CHA 2018 (top 7 protected) & 2nd round pick from SAS
> get a young decent center and a pick

Pg Payton/Augustin/Mack
Sg Fournier/Hezonja
Sf Ross/Simmons
Pf Isaac/Gordon
Ce Biyombo/Zeller

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20 Jul 2017 19:21:15
Solid return for Magic and Spurs but I don't think Hornets will be that great even with Aldridge so they probably better off not doing the trade especially since Aldridge could bolt after this season.

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19 Jul 2017 22:59:12
If you're favorite team could have any current player who would it be?

The only rule is you don't take that player off the current team. You get an exact clone and both teams still have the player. (Only so people aren't just trying to weaken other teams with their pick)

As a Cavs fan, I'm tempted to go with Durant or Anthony Davis. Durant and Lebron together would create an insane offensive team and Anthony Davis could control the paint and be the shot blocker that the Cavs need. He also would be a player that the Warriors don't have an answer for.

That said I go with Kawhi Leonard. I think alone he turns that Cavs into a formidable defensive team. They could stick him on the opposing teams best player and give Lebron the freedom to roam, which is where he's at his best on defense. He would probably share 3rd option responsibilities with Love on offense letting him expend more energy on defense and the offensive boards.

A line up of Kyrie, Leonard, Lebron, Love, and Thompson is probably the best rebouding team in the league with an average rebounder in Irving and then above average rebounders every where else. That line up is probably better than the Warriors.

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20 Jul 2017 00:27:36
Not a warriors fan but if Warriors could have a A. Davis, it's game over.

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19 Jul 2017 21:32:45
Knicks Get: Wesley Matthews, Cole Aldrich, Devin Harris, 2019 Warriors 2nd (via Mavericks), 2021 Cavs 1st and 2023 Heat 2nd (via Mavericks)

Mavericks Get: Kevin Love

Cavaliers Get: Carmelo Anthony

Timberwolves Get: Iman Shumpert


Wesley Matthews can immediately replace Carmelo Anthony in the Knicks starting lineup, Cole Aldrich's '18-19 salary is only partially guaranteed and Devin Harris fits the bill as a veteran point guard to compliment Frank Ntilikina.

Dallas could create a sneakily good tandem of Kevin Love and Nerlens Noel through this trade. Matthews, Harris and a pair of 2nd round picks is a small price to pay for a player that can average 25+ppg as the franchise piece.

Cleveland shake up their roster following an embarrassing loss to the Warriors in the NBA Finals. Anthony is a close friend of LeBron James and Cleveland should be pulling out all the stops to retain James when he hits free agency in 2018.

Minnesota swap a player that isn't even in the rotation for a legitimate perimeter defender that they've long been linked with. Iman Shumpert shot an impressive 36% from 3pt range last season and can help with the Timberwolves' spacing issues, assuming that he doesn't return to his abysmal >30% slump that plagued his '15-16 season.

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19 Jul 2017 23:06:50
So the Cavs don't just give up Love (to much for Melo), but they add a first and Shumpert? This is awful for the Cavs.

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21 Jul 2017 11:51:04
I'm just amazed how you think the mavs get love for this.

The bad players of Matthews Harris and 2 far off second rounders is a small price to pay for a sneaky franchise player? Did you think that making a huge trade and lots and lots of fillers would confuse people to believe it's possible? Well done ddrainer. Always amazed at the absurdity of mavs fans trades on here.

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19 Jul 2017 21:20:13
Cavs get: Carmelo Anthony, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, and one of Boston's 2018 1st round picks (not the Brooklyn pick though).

Celtics get: Kristaps Porzingis, Channing Frye, and Kay Felder

Knicks get: Tristan Thompson, Jaylen Brown, Jae Crowder, and JR Smith, and a future 1st rounder from Boston

Boston's New Depth Chart:
1) Thomas, Rozier, Felder
2) Smart, Nader
3) Hayward, Tatum, Ojeleye
4) Porzingis, Morris, Frye
5) Horford, Baynes, Zizic

Cleveland's New Depth Chart
1) Irving, Williams
2) Korver, Shumpert
3) Anthony, Jefferson
4) James, Green
5) Love, O'Quinn, Hernangomez

New York's New Depth Chart
1) Rose?, Ntilikina, Randle
2) Hardaway Jr, Smith, Lee
3) Crowder, Brown, Thomas
4) Thompson, Kuzminskas
5) Noah

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21 Jul 2017 04:37:11
Hahahah from a Knicks fan.

Once again. Hahahahahahhaha.

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19 Jul 2017 09:14:17
HOU/NYK/NOLA/BRK trade

Houston gets Carmelo Anthony and Joe Harris

Paul/FA/Taylor
Harden/Gordon/Harris
Ariza/Tucker/Williams
Anthony/Moute/Black
Capela/Nene/Qi

New York gets Solomon Hill, Jeremy Lin, Andrew Nicholson, Shawn Long, Isaiah Hartenstein, 2020 Houston 1st round pick, 2022 NOLA protected 1st round pick, 2019 NOLA 2nd round pick and 2020 Houston 2nd round pick

Lin/Ntilikina/Randle
Hardaway Jr./Vujacic/Dotson
Hill/Kuzminskas/Artis
Porzingis/Long/Nicholson
Hernangomez/Noah/Hartenstein

New Orleans gets Courtney Lee, Trevor Booker, Lance Thomas, Kyle O'Quinn and Tim Quarterman(waive)

Rondo/Crawford/Jackson
Holiday/Lee/Cook
Thomas/Pondexter/Toupane
Davis/Booker/Diallo
Cousins/O'Quinn/Asik

Brooklyn gets Ryan Anderson, Etwaun Moore, Alexis Ajinca, Chinanu Onuaku, 2020 NOLA protected 1st round pick, 2019 Houston 2nd round pick, 2022 Houston 2nd round pick

Russell/Whitehead/Dinwiddie
LeVert/Moore/Goodwin
Carroll/Hollis-Jefferson/Kilpatrick
Anderson/Acy/Onuaku
Mozgov/Allen/Ajinca

So, Houston gets what they want.

New York with this trade has a nice young core and Lin to help develop Ntilikina. Focus here is to develop young players and wait for the oportunity in the future.

NOLA is the winner with this trade IMO, they become contenders, have a deep team, SF is clearly an issue but the balance of attack and defense here should make it work.

Brooklyn gets deeper frontcourt something they are lacking and get bunch of picks for the rebuild (they won't be much better by the time they get to use those picks).

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19 Jul 2017 04:26:13
East and West Playoff predictions for standings

East
Cavs
Celtics
Bucks
Raptors
Wizards
76ers
Heat
Hornets

West
Warriors
Rockets
Spurs
Thunder
TWolves
Pelicans
Denver
Lakers

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19 Jul 2017 05:33:47
Right on

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19 Jul 2017 06:44:29
I'd go
Cavs
Celtics
Raptors
Wizards
Bucks
Heat
76ers
Pistons

Warriors
Spurs
Rockets
Thunder
Timberwolves
Nuggets
Pelicans
Trailblazers.

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19 Jul 2017 06:51:27
Even with the additions, I don't see the Lakers coming Amy where near the playoffs. They're probably the fourth worst team in the West this year. They have some talent, but unless Ball can come in right away and be a leader, it looks like a rudderless ship. Ingram seems passive, KCP was the third option on a team that under achieved last year, and Brook Lopez was a Net.

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19 Jul 2017 07:24:19
I think Clippers has the chance.

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19 Jul 2017 12:10:51
Lakers will finish 13th or 14 in the west.

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19 Jul 2017 16:48:28
I think Lakers are only clearly better than Kings and Suns in the west, I'd say Mavs are about on their level. In order for Lakers to make the playoffs Ball and Ingram would have to play at above average starter levels and one of them would have to be a borderline all-star. Although that isn't impossible I think its highly unlikely. Lopez already has the ability to play like a borderline all-star and KCP if he can shoot better can be a solid 3 and D supporting piece but I think it'll take more than that to unseat a trail blazer team that should be improved from last year with Nurkic being their full-time and other small additions, a Grizzlies team that took a step back but has two all-star caliber players in Conley and Gasol and if Parsons can finally stay healthy could make playoffs and Clippers who may have lost Paul and Reddick but added enough talent that they shouldn't be out of playoff conversation.

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18 Jul 2017 18:45:21
NYK- Brandon Knight, Trevor Ariza, John Leuer
HOU- Carmelo Anthony
PHX- Andre Drummond, Kyle O'Quinn
DET- Ryan Anderson, Tyson Chandler, Dragon Bender, 2018 PHX 1st (top 5 protected), 2020 HOU 1st (unprotected)

C- Willy Hernangomez/Joakim Noah
PF- Kristaps Porzingis/John Leuer
SF- Trevor Ariza/Lance Thomas
SG- Tim Hardaway Jr/Courtney Lee
PG- Brandon Knight/Frank Ntilikina

C- Clint Capela/Tarik Black
PF- Carmelo Anthony/Luc Mbah A Moute
SF- PJ Tucker/Jarrod Uthoff
SG- James Harden/Eric Gordon
PG- Chris Paul/Isaiah Taylor

C- Andre Drummond/Allen Williams
PF- Marquese Chriss/Kyle O'Quinn
SF- TJ Warren/Jared Dudley
SG- Devin Booker/ Josh Jackson
PG- Eric Bledsoe/Tyler Ulis

C- Tyson Chandler/Boban Marjanovic
PF- Ryan Anderson/Dragon Bender
SF- Tobias Harris/Stanley Johnson
SG- Avery Bradley/Luke Kennard
PG- Reggie Jackson/Ish Smith

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18 Jul 2017 23:47:25
Don't hate it for any of the teams. Knicks get a solid return consisting of Knight who is still relatively young and showed promise earlier in his career, Ariza is a solid role player and Leuer isn't that great but as a backup isn't terrible.

Houston gets their guy in Melo. I think its unwise to give up an unprotected 1st (they should do top 5 at least) since although they have Harden locked up long term, Melo and CP3 won't be the same players in 3 years and Rockets could be mediocre and contemplate trading Harden to spark a rebuild.

Probably a little on the high end price for Drummond especially with 2018 draft featuring a lot of promising big man prospects but he'd allow them a faster timeline while still young enough to grow with the rest of their core.

Drummond was once considered among the top echelon of young centers in the league due to his athleticism and avg over 13 pts and rebounds per game at the age of 19. He has remained healthy and is still an elite rebounder but hasn't really improved his game the 3 seasons since especially on the defensive end where he appears to have the physical tools to be elite. He doesn't appear to be the franchise center anymore and in a league going away from traditional centers Pistons would be wise to shop him to try and add more talent. Bender and Phx's pick offer significant upside and Anderson would be an upgrade over Leuer while Chandler could fill up the minutes at center.

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18 Jul 2017 08:21:45
All-Stars

West

Curry
Westbrook
Durant
Kawhi
Davis

Lillard
Harden
Butler
George
Green
Gobert
Cousins

>> maybe Millsap

East

Wall
Irving
James
Giannis
Love

Thomas
Walker
Hayward
Porzingis
Drummond
Melo - if he stays in NYK
Derozan

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18 Jul 2017 18:05:46
I think Klay Thompson would make it instead of Damian Lillard just because of the fact he plays for the Warriors.

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19 Jul 2017 14:16:33
that makes no sense maplejordan. If anything, its the opposite. All star selection is based on stats. How does Klay Thompson being the 3rd or 4th offensive option enhance his chances? Seriously. Green, Durant, Curry, Iguadala, all lessen his stats. Lillard is option 1, 2 and sometimes 3. Yes CJ is amazing, but lillard is the primary ball handler. Lillard just went 26/ 6/ 5 this year. How do you expect him to drop so hard this coming year he misses the all star team?

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