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27 Feb 2018 03:29:43
Anthony Davis is a beast

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27 Feb 2018 23:50:03
He's on an insane run. It's just sad how bad the team around him is without Cousins. He's basicaly carrying over a ton of dead weight to the playoffs right now.

28 Feb 2018 04:52:34
So, Skip Bayless just pressed Disagree.

26 Feb 2018 17:17:55
Wondering what lakes well do with Randle dude been balling and been pretty efficient

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26 Feb 2018 22:40:08
Probably only because it's contract year.

26 Feb 2018 23:45:15
Obviously a lot depends on George and Lebron. If they could get one of them, Randle is probably gone in place of some veterans on one year deals and if they get both, they'll basically only have their MLE, minimum contracts, and the draft to fill out the roster. I don't see how Randle would fit. He doesn't shoot or defend well and that's what the roster will need out of the center position ( he can't play pf at all beside LeBron) .

That said, if they strike out this year on stars, I think he gets something like 3 years 18 to 27 million total or 6 to 9 million a year depending on who else is interested in him. I think they would be confident in their ability to get rid of Deng's contract in the last year either by trade or a stretch that would be much more palatable. So it wouldn't effect their ability to go out and get to stars, plus they would have money left over to fill out the roster more.

24 Feb 2018 22:53:43
Butler could be back in time for the playoffs, but MIN will likely have to face HOU, or GS in the 1st round. Kind of a bum deal, but great that it wasn't ACL. - 11 with Butler out.

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25 Feb 2018 04:42:21
Nah I think they'll fall to 6th seed, slight chance they could be 7th or 8th though.

24 Feb 2018 17:40:30
NCAA is a joke. Profit from forced slavery for 1 year, and then the NBA holds a slave auction with the least valued player going last, and getting the least money. All players should be free agents, and choose where they want to play. Even if that means the G-league. Parents can accept money for their kid in high school if they want. Hollywood does it. Capitalism is supposed to be a free market. Tricking kids, and their families to sign with specific agents is all the NCAA is good for.

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24 Feb 2018 18:41:12
Terrible take for basketball. They have the choice to go play overseas professionally if they want. If they don't choose that then go to college and as a company, the NBA has a responsibility to keep the league as even as possible. If you let free negotiations happen and let incoming players freely negotiate it's going to hurt the product. At that point, why should fans outside of LA, NY, Chicago, and Houston have any interest. Basketball is so predicated on a handful of stars and you are basically giving all the stars to big market teams. Alienating 70 percent of the fan base wouldn't be good for the NBA and I turn wouldn't be good for the players.

24 Feb 2018 22:45:52
I'm not interested in a more gun laws, more guns echo chamber argument. Caring about people should be a crime, I guess. I haven't heard one name of one NCAA board member dragged through the mud. Gee, I wonder why. Lavar ball is one of the few that can afford to send his kid to Europe to earn starting pay. Were you equipped at 18 to handle something like that on minimum wage? Can't speak the language, different culture? The euro model could, and should be provided here. They don't draft players. I really don't care about the NBA, the NCAA, or its product. It can change for the better, and I'd be in support of it. Freedom of choice is always good. I care about the unsuspecting kids, and parents getting played for fools by liars, and charlatans for a buck to benefit billionaires. What's wrong with making it better for these kids. Or wanting it. It's a terrible take though right?

25 Feb 2018 03:45:13
I'm no fan of the NCAA. I think the organization is corrupt, a ton of the rules are ridiculous, they don't actually care about the athletes, their money hungry, the enforcement of the rules is subjective and the punishment of the rules are all over the place, but if you sign on, you know the rules. The majority of the athletes benefit from college sports. Even majority of the men's college basketball players. The top 20 or 30 players are the only ones that are getting these benefits. Most kids are getting elite training, a stipend, and a free education and that's fair. Those elite players that are getting paid could end up with atleast 6 figure contracts in Europe and all of their expenses paid. As for the Euroleague model, if it worked, the NBA wouldn't be the top league in the world. The players in the NBA have a union that can negotiate and have some of the best conditions of any league. The way rookies are handled benefits everyone. I have no problem with the past straight to the NBA drafting, but free market rookies would destroy the NBA. They would lose viewers and as viewers leave, the players lose money since the cap is tied to NBA earnings. It's in everyone's interest for the NBA to make money, not just owners.

25 Feb 2018 09:12:20
The owners and the NBA are not the same. Separate corporate entities entirely. The players, and owners are more closely related than the NBA, and the owners are. The referee's and the NBA are the same. The refs work for the NBA not the players, or owners. They conduct in game adjustments for the NBA to steer a narrative. It's why the NBA is a sports entertainment company like the NFL, and pro-wrestling, and others. For betting, and gambling purposes primarily. No federal laws enforcing rico statutes on entertainment companies because the name entertainment suggests choreographed, or rehearsed. The bettor is the idiot who doesn't investigate this fact before placing a bet. The outcome of a contest, and in-game play can be manipulated legally. The NCAA is doing the same, and the only thing college, or school associated with them is the Mascot, the name on the jersey, and where the court is located in some instances, and where the player goes after their career sometimes, but usually not. Oh, and who to make a small check out to every season. What is free college really worth when you've made millions? The rico violations are real for these agents and coaches, and players in the current investigation though. Unreported income, and a conspiracy to bribe, or solicitation of cash for services outside the established policies of the NCAA which strictly prohibit illicit, and illegal activity of course. It's why these guys will pay the piper, and the NCAA has plausible deniability along with the NBA. Even though they knew, know, and encourage it privately. Plausible deniability. Its a way of obtaining talent on the cheap illegally while maintaining all the leverage, and remaining virtually invisible which you claim is a good thing. If laws were created to discourage this, I might look into why that is, and what are the advantages of sidestepping the law with use of corporate semantics, and or bribery. Whichever you prefer. Both are currently prolific throughout U. S. sports. The contracts players and owners sign, state specifically the penalties associated with speaking about anything outside of what the NBA, and NCAA allows about the structure, and underpinnings of their business strategies, and operational practices. The financial penalties, and punishments of disclosing such information publicly are so extreme, and strictly enforced, and legally binding by way of employment contracts, and intellectual property protections, and or copyrights contained therein, that its been kept low key for nearly 50 years. College point shaving has never gone away, it's just become organized as entertainment so it's legal on paper, and not publicly disclosed, though you can look up any public organization, but who does? It's all a big fat scam on everyone, and it's creating more problems than opportunities more, and more. More so since the 1 and done was mandated by the NBA. A revenue stream was being averted, and would have eventually dried up if the best players kept going straight to the NBA. This degradation of humans beings, and trickery, and lies perpetuated for money, by billionaires is appalling. To me anyway. Some players know about it some don't. Most aren't naive. Some relish in the role of choreographed super-stardom. I imagine the contracts are enormous in length, similar to home buying, and car loans while being inherently complicated. The acceptance, and unquestioning lust, and support for sports entertainment is comparable to a heroine addict with heroine. It's worked for you. Your entire criticism of me, and my "opinion" is the NBA making money for everyone, and allowing player unions is altruistic somehow, and good for everyone. Look into all this. I work in this field of legality, not law, and it's my business to know the foundation on which corporations are created because it specifically defines how they can lawfully, and legally operate under UCC guidlines, and license provisions. Meanwhile, the NBA is making money you haven't a clue about, and exist, and operate in a capacity outside your view, and comprehension. It's like owning a printing press legally. You thought my view was terrible before? None of the above is a view of mine individually. I couldn't write this tale if I tried. I discovered it through very little research, but many questions. Legal marijuana sales, and legal gambling operations are very similar. They are unlawful federally but licenses can be purchased to do what is otherwise illegal. The NBA is the grower/ producer, the sports book, and cable companies, and ticket/ memorabilia sales, are the dealers, and or retailers. Whichever you prefer. Memorabilia, paraphernalia. Funny how those words are kind of similar. Just a coincidence. I'm sure.

24 Feb 2018 04:19:59
Butler looks like ACL. MIN will have a tough go of it. Good for developing Wiggins. Good thing they didn't waive Muhammed yet.

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24 Feb 2018 04:31:33
Wow, this season has been awful for injuries.

24 Feb 2018 05:50:06
He didn't play a single minute in the all star game because he is thinking about his team's success. Suddenly, the plan was ruined. smh.

22 Feb 2018 18:06:17
I didn't think the Kawhi stuff would really go anywhere, but it's starting to get weird. He's cleared and he's not playing. What kind of offers do you think the they could get for him?

Imo here's some of the best I can think of

Cleveland sends Love, Brooklyn 1st and Osman

Boston sends Hayward, Brown/Tatum and possibly their own 1st

The Bucks send Middleton, Brogdon, and a 1st

Denver sends Harris, Chandler, a 1st and 2nd

Portland sends McCollum, Collins and a 1st

LA sends Ingram, Hart, Deng, and 2 future 1sts

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22 Feb 2018 20:09:31
He got a 2nd opinion, and is choosing so far to sit. He isn't healing as fast as expected, and has discomfort, and I'm guessing doesn't want to come back early, and re-aggravate. Trade is possible this summer, but highly unlikely. There are deals to be made. Spurs have few bad contracts, many teams have too many, and could really contend with 1 or 2 player additions and/ or subtractions with Kawhi in the fold. Spurs fans rest easy.

23 Feb 2018 03:12:27
Jorga, I know my statement was misleading, but I didn't mean that I thought he was leaving. I meant that I really didn't put much stock in the Kawhi Spurs discord stuff, but it is starting to seem legit. If I were to put money on it, I would say he's on the Spurs roster come next playoffs, but immits becoming evident that there should be doubts on the subject.

23 Feb 2018 06:26:27
I was just commenting on how good of a situation SA is. It's not as unsure as Davis, and NOP. Maxed out near hard cap, SA has room, and Parker expiring, Murray developing. Aldridge value higher than ever. They'll be tough with Gasol, and Aldridge, Gay, Murray come post-season. Better with Kawhi, and even tougher with another addition or 2 next season. Scary tough. I'd wanna stay if winning a title was important to me.

23 Feb 2018 11:02:07
It's a fun rumor and we can make some trades, but i think he's going to stay SA.

But i would like him in Green, if he leaves.

23 Feb 2018 21:26:25
I think trading Hayward with either Brown or Tatum and a 1st is way too much. Brown and Tatum and a 1st like the Grizzlies I think would be a good deal. I know that doesn't fit salary wise but that would be a scary green team if they could get it done.


23 Feb 2018 23:03:50
Larry, maybe, I have to low of an opinion of Hayward, but I think that's a worse deal for the Celtics. Brown and Tatum have more upside than Hayward and they are on significantly better contracts. Plus, they are significantly better defenders and don't need a ton of touches to be successful. This would keep them from paying luxury tax for an extra year, which is huge with the repeater tax. It will let them keep the core together longer and the team will have a longer window since Hayward will be on the decline as Brown or Tatum will be hitting their prime.

24 Feb 2018 01:10:24
Heyward is really good. Hell of a shooter, plays defense.

24 Feb 2018 15:30:41
agree with jorgawood.
Hayward is a great shooter and defender.
But i would trade him for Leonard

Hayward an Tatum for K Leonard would be great for both teams.

22 Feb 2018 12:13:34
Hornets get Hardaway Lillard Thomas
Blazers get Mudiay Ntilikina Kanter 11th
Knicks get Walker Batum Leonard


New coach


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22 Feb 2018 18:11:41
Outside of Porzingis, there's no one on the Knicks roster that would get them Walker.

22 Feb 2018 20:11:27
Blazers get expiring stuff, and a lottery. Would have to be a little more. Swap in Turner instead of Leonard would help.

22 Feb 2018 09:47:06
Something different from me.

Can the cavs give James a four year max extension totaling to five years signed. Then after season stretch him so he gets paid the same amount but it hits the cap over a 11 year period giving the cavs money to resign Hood to whatever.

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22 Feb 2018 10:24:21
Why would they do that? Stretching someone means you are releasing them. Then the money is distributed over multiple years rather than a 1 time cap hit. If Lebron opts out, he's off the books and the Cavs owe him no money.

22 Feb 2018 21:09:09
Okay I wasn't sure if when you get stretched do you get released or not. I thought you could keep the player and stretch him.

23 Feb 2018 16:23:22
That's what Lakes should do with Deng extend him 3 years totaling 5 and then stretch release. Cap hit 3.2 for 11 years.

21 Feb 2018 15:53:08
Mark Cuban. The hands on, involved owner. Turns out he was fostering a hands on ownership style alright. Just wasn't him, so far, and was either not around, or blind. I'm guessing he's had some good marketing, and media people over the years building his image. How would you not know if your an involved owner? Which is it? This guy should be a politician.

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21 Feb 2018 05:45:55
Just something to think about but could work. But there's point is if Lakers can trade those 3 players for a star player under the old cap they can sign 3 stars also.

Trade ball, Ingram and Deng plus two first round picks for Leonard. Now Lakers have about 78 MIL in cap. James George and Paul 26 each plus mle on Noel. Especially if warriors win again those players would take 26 each to compete with them. Or the Lakers can do the same package someone else. Ball Ingram and the picks and talking Deng 42 MIl should get you a star

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21 Feb 2018 06:48:54
It could be done. It's pushing the boundaries of imagination, but I never see the actual trades that occur coming. Pieces, but there's always something unpredictable involved. Ball, and his worn out welcome is the X factor here. Not sure if that's the case, or what "agreements" LAL has cooked up. They surely didn't trade away Clarkson, and Nance for expiring deals by accident.

21 Feb 2018 08:28:18
That's the best LA can do. Trade Deng in a package for a star.
K Leonard, D Lillard, Butler, .

21 Feb 2018 13:33:45
It would be worth considering, but the question is, how do teams see Ball right now and who's actually available? I can't see the Timberwolves trading Butler. He's in a great situation long term and he seems to really like Thibs. Portland doesn't seem like they're on the verge of blowing it up and trading Leonard doesn't really seem like a move the Spurs would make. Also, if Lillard or Leonard were available, the Lakers wouldn't be the only team bidding for them.

I think the other thing they would need to consider is what if they strike out on Lebron and George. I'm not sure they're the favorite to land George right now and they might be in 3rd place in the Lebron race.

21 Feb 2018 21:46:23
Butler going to want a Max after the next season and then Kat the following don't think Minny will keep team and pay the money. For 3 Max plus pay teague, a bench Gibson, dieng, minny can't do. So with ball, Ingram, Wiggins and Kat would be special to build around.

Leonard may or may not commit so spurs would accept the package and broom Ingram into a beast. Instead losing him for nothing like ock did on Durant. Be smart like Indy.

I wanna see golden state pay 4 Max contracts so Thompson can be odd man to get traded. So three team trade can be done where Lakers land Thompson and give up 2 first ball Ingram and Deng.

None of this is highly to happen but certain situations can trigger. Like Lakers being aggressive, players talking on the low and having agent demand trade. Or the teams feel we don't wanna risk losing for nothing so let's get value. Just able to happen but highly unlikely.


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