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21 Feb 2018 05:06:36
Will Noah be bought out, or waived? My bet is a buy-out. I think he wants to play, and will take less.

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21 Feb 2018 06:18:26
He'll be good with Warriors or Wolves.

21 Feb 2018 13:36:54
Unless the Knicks are willing to stretch him, I can't see him going anywhere this year. They can't waive him. He has 72 millionish on the books still and he would have to leave 50ish million on the table for them to buy him out.

21 Feb 2018 15:19:41
I was thinking more of a summer thing as would apply to every deal proposed this time of year. Yes he is owed 41-43 mil from here on out, but it's 36 in July. ATL, and CHI had some big contract buyouts this season.

21 Feb 2018 15:57:30
Ok got you. I thought you meant before the buyout deadline. I wouldn't say that a buy out this summer is impossible, but Noah would have to be willing to leave so much money on the table and there is no way he can make that money back on any subsequent deal.

22 Feb 2018 00:58:45
It's okay, he never should've gotten that money in the first place.

22 Feb 2018 20:15:46
20-25 mil is a good deal for both sides. Depends on Noah. 25 is my guess because of the friction. Noah has some history with adversarial on-goings. He's not going to back down much.

19 Feb 2018 16:06:05
My predicted final NBA standings and playoff projections


1. Raptors vs 8. Heat = Raptors in 4
4. Pacers vs 5. Bucks = Bucks in 7
3. Celtics vs 6. Wizards = Celtics in 6
2. Cavs vs 7. 76ers = Cavs in 5

1. Raptors vs 5. Bucks = Raptors in 6
2. Cavs vs 3. Celtics = Cavs in 7

1. Raptors vs 2. Cavs = Cavs in 6


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

1. Rockets vs 4. Spurs = Rockets in 5
2. Warriors vs 3. Thunder = Warriors in 6

1. Rockets vs 2. Warriors = Rockets in 7

Rockets over Cavs in 6.

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19 Feb 2018 16:38:27
I like it.

19 Feb 2018 16:42:25
I don't see the Cavs as being able to make up enough ground to be the 2 seed, but I'm not sure it matters with the Celtics lack of scoring punch and Derozan and Lowry's struggles in the playoffs.

I also can't see anyone taking more than 2 games from the Warriors. They've been fairly disinterested all year and still are going to cruise to 60 wins. I think come playoff time, they turn it on and they're impossible to guard. Maybe teams like the Cavs or Houston will have a chance every game with all of their shooting, but they would need to extremely hot from 3 the entire series to even have an outside shot at taking 4 games. Houston probably has the 2nd most offensive weapons in the league, but you also have to remember that both Paul and Harden have struggled at times in the playoffs. I think Paul can play well, but deep in the playoffs, when physical basketball is allowed and Harden isn't getting his typical weak foul calls, can he really be the elite player he is in the regular season?

18 Feb 2018 23:43:00
So what are your opinions on Luka Doncic? From what I've read, it seems like the analytic guys are in love with him, the scouts really like him but maybe don't see him as the consensus number 1, and a lot of American NBA fans are calling for him to be a bust.

Outside of clips, I haven't seen him play, but apparently he isn't an elite NBA athlete and he's only an average shooter. I think it's safe to say that he'll be atleast a solid NBA player. He's the best player in the 2nd best league in the world. It's hard to imagine him being bad. I just don't see how he can be an elite nba player unless he's an elite shooter or athlete. I can't think of a top 15 or 20 player who isn't atleast one of those things at their position. Even big men at this point seem to need to be atleast one or the other.

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19 Feb 2018 02:14:26
Depends on who picks #1. If a team needs his position he'll go #1. Porter jr. Is about to come back, and he'll get some tournament time, but Bagley looks like A. Davis. Bamba has good numbers, but I value Bagley the most so far. Shoots, dribbles, passes.

19 Feb 2018 13:42:45
Unless Porter Jr can come back, put up huge stats and lead his team deep into the tournament, I can't see him going 1st. Back injuries tend to be chronic and to have had one that requires surgery seems like a huge deal. It's good he got back this year, but given the high number of elite or almost elite prospects, I can't see Porter being with the risk in the top 3.

I think the biggest knock on Bagley is that he's a bit of a tweener and isn't much of a defender at this point. I don't think being a tweener is nearly as big of a deal in today's NBA given the small ball lineups, but he needs to get stronger and if he can't get stronger is he a good enough athlete to play sf? Maybe, he can since he's a great athlete with a ton of length and he probably fills out given how young he is, but I think it's a legitimate concern.

I think Doncic is probably the clear number 1 right now and it's more about where his floor is rather than his ceiling. In a perfect world where prospects reach their full potentials, I think you take a guy like Bagley, Porter, Ayton or Bamba, but has there ever been a safer pick than Doncic? What's worse case scenario for him? Probably a starting caliber wing barring injury.

20 Feb 2018 16:39:24
Well he's 18 and he plays against professionals in the best European league. So he should be able to make it in the NBA. He could become the best player in this draft, but no team can take the risk drafting him in a top three spot, drafting a second Hezonja.

20 Feb 2018 17:32:51
Gasupo, it seems unfair to compare him to Hezonja, who was older and far less productive in the Euroleagues, when he got drafted. I just can't see him being a flat out bust. I know he's not playing a ton of guys that would be considered athletic in the NBA, but I highly doubt the league he's in isn't at the minimum comparable athletically to high level college basketball and the guys he's playing are stronger, more skilled, and craftier than the players college prospects are going against.

21 Feb 2018 00:59:42
Don't get me wrong Rkenne. I really like Doncic. But the Cavs should trade down when the get the 1st pick and draft Doncic with a lower pick.
They can't take a second Bennet scenario.

21 Feb 2018 04:32:21
If the Cavs get the 1st overall, I think it should go different ways depending on Lebron. If he's walking, I think they should take Doncic. He seems like the safest pick in the draft and can be the foundation to a solid rebuild. I think guys at the top of the draft like Bagley, Bamba, Ayton, and Porter have bigger bust potential than Doncic. If Lebron comes back, I think they should trade down to the 3 to 5 spot and take Jackson or Bamba. They need an upgrade at center that is athletic and can block shots. I would prefer Jackson since he can come in and be an above average shooter at center day one. Then they have more options with whatever assets they end up with in a trade.

23 Feb 2018 00:54:17
Doncic is good. Maybe the best of all these guys. Slight shooting struggles against professionals who earn a living playing ball isn't too bad. He will roll right into NBA zone defensive schemes, and is competent enough to launch the 3. I believe in drafting the best player, but with good scouting discipline you can get position, and the right player with diligence. OKC has an amazing drafting resume no matter where they draft. SA is consistently good at it too.

18 Feb 2018 22:35:48
A great coach is priceless, obviously Hornacek isn't one of those. Shoving a 7ft tall veteran of 10+ years is telling of what kind of guy he is. Great media coverage leading up till now blaming the whole thing on Noah, and his bad contract, and attitude. This is why the NBA is a joke at the executive level. Gossip now, truth later, has become the calling card for this league. Knicks better fix this. Players aren't going to like this if Noah is mistreated, and Hornacek is unchecked. Zinger already has shown he'll stand up to tom-foolery.

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17 Feb 2018 17:20:24
Let's assume that Lebron signs a long term contract with the Cavs and the Brooklyn pick falls top 5. Do you try to package the pick for a star?

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17 Feb 2018 18:10:33
Yeah like whiteside.

17 Feb 2018 21:36:17
If it's No.1 then Doncic is chosen, and the worry of signing Hood goes away.

17 Feb 2018 21:58:45
Brook pick and Smith plus Thompson for whiteside.

17 Feb 2018 22:01:54
Then can resign hood with no problem and waive hill.

With Clarkson korver Nance jr and green as main bench players.

18 Feb 2018 02:47:58
Sure you can waive Hill, but then you pay 7 mil for 3 seasons for nothing?

18 Feb 2018 14:50:39
Lebron won't sign a long term contract. It'll be a 2yr with player option on the 2nd year.

18 Feb 2018 20:01:55
Hill last year only 1 MIL guaranteed and that's after this year . So they can easily waive him and not owe anything but 1 MIL.

18 Feb 2018 20:21:37
True 99, he draws a salary for '18-'19 of 19 mil. '19-'20 is the 1 mil guarantee year. He signed his contract last summer. I'm not making this up.

21 Feb 2018 01:30:15
I'm not sure it would be worth it since they would end up pretty thin on players that can create for other guys, but they could possibly stretch Hill. He would have 20 million left on his deal spread over 5 years. So they would 15 million in salary and then something like 45 million in luxury tax. NBA, I could see him signing long term. At some point the leverage and extra money he's seeing from those 1+1 contracts won't be worth the risk. Maybe, it still is this summer, but next summer he'll be on the verge of turning 35. At that point do you offer a 5 year max and how much longer is he worth a max contract?

16 Feb 2018 16:07:24
here a sign for the raptors that would make one for the ages.

Raptors sign Bosh for the rest of the season. then let Bebe go. and sign Carter if he get a bought out by the kings.

have Bosh and cater come off the bench more so bosh and less Carter but still old man can shoot and pave the way for youngster like Powell and OG

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16 Feb 2018 16:29:52
I'm curious if he can actually get the okay from NBA doctors. If he can, someone is going to get a steal. He says he's been in the gym working. I would imagine the 2 or so months before the playoffs would be plenty of time to get back in good enough shape to go out and play 20 minutes a game. Not to mention that the playoffs last for another 2 months and he probably would only sign with a team that has a real shot of going far. I just hope he doesn't end up on Golden State.

16 Feb 2018 18:24:02
More than 2 months if he's not stayed in even 1/ 2 shape. Ask Lamar Odom. Bosh has had a serious non-activity medical issue. He even said his return this season is unlikely. Toronto because they're in the hunt is unlikely to put a guy on their shortened play-off roster that is unfamiliar with the team, that may play if he can get in shape fast enough. It's possible, but around 1/ 10,000 that it happens. Toronto is not going to fool with that likely. He's in his 30's its takes more work to get back in shape after a lay-off than when your 25. Considerably more. I think he could join a team, but just for prep. Mostly for next season. Close to home.

16 Feb 2018 13:26:05
how's this for a scenario raptors Sign bosh to a 10 day contract to see if he's able to make a comeback. and if so keep him on for the playoffs and maybe sign him for a year in the off-season. Raptors could use another big who can stretch the floor. coming off the bench and providing scoring would be huge.

and if not him then they need another stretch 4 like fry.

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16 Feb 2018 14:39:25
I think the Lakers like Frye. Need the shooting. Could have been the difference last night. Bosh, in my opinion, if he can get on the floor this season, it would be with a California team, PHX, UTA, maybe even HOU. HOU being the most unlikely. Stays close to home.

16 Feb 2018 06:36:40
I believe PG13 will sign a 1yr deal with Thunder after the season to give it another shot with Westbrook so the Lakers should be patient. I'm against the idea of trading their young guys to unload Deng. Those young guns are pretty much playing well now together. Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Zubac and probably Randle should be part of their core although Randle could be tradeable because of contract. 2019 should be the year they build a strong team that could be a contender with Klay and Kawhi to chase or maybe if Thunder fails again? It's time for PG and Klay to team up in LA

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16 Feb 2018 15:00:41
The last 25 games of the season will be telling. Westbrook has been especially grumpy the last few games with the media. Injuries have hurt them as well. Their bench is thin. In need of a 6th man, and solid PF/ C for the second unit. We'll see. If Bosh can play he would be a nice fit there, but that is unlikely.

15 Feb 2018 17:12:47
Celtics fans, if it came down to trading either Tatum or Brown in a package for Davis, which one would you rather lose?

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15 Feb 2018 17:32:06
Definitely not a popular pick but I'd go with Tatum, and here's why.

-Tatum definitely has the better upside to become a star so
it could mean that we can deal less to get AD

-Brown projects to be a better defender then Tatum and has already been given tougher assignments on the defensive end all season. I think with the scoring we would have with Hayward, Irving and Davis it would be better suited to keep the defensive guy in Brown.

15 Feb 2018 19:11:51
Why is A. Davis constantly rumoured on here? On this site alone as being available? NOP just went through great lengths, and expense to patchwork quilt their team together to make the playoffs? His deal is not expiring anytime soon either. Is it that he had 2-40 point games in a week?

15 Feb 2018 19:56:53
Jorga, It's common knowledge that Boston wants the guy and there is reason to think that if the Pelicans off-season goes poorly, Davis isn't going to be happy. At that point, it may be worth trading Davis for the Pelicans, while they still have all of the leverage in any deal. I don't think he really has a price tag at this point, but that could change.

15 Feb 2018 20:02:28
Agree with LarryLegend.

Tatum is an interesting player for NO, if Cousins doesn't resign with them.

16 Feb 2018 00:38:40
Rkenne, I don't share your sentiment on the timing of your reason-to-think analogy. NOP deserves a shot at putting something together. Same as CLE did with Lebron, and Irving.

16 Feb 2018 11:11:39
That’s a hard one R-16 because Hayward is coming back probably trade Tatum ahead of Brown.

16 Feb 2018 16:53:46
Disagree with all the trade-Tatum folks.
Between the two, Brown should go, and here's why: The kid just doesn't look that interested in becoming a big-time NBA player. It's great that he oozes intelligence and has non-hoops interests, but all that doesn't help when you have the ball late in a tie game. These questions were raised when the Celtics drafted him, and I think there are legitimate.

16 Feb 2018 18:06:00
But Brown wouldn't have the ball in his hands late in a tie game if the Celtics had AD, Irving and Hayward. Trading Tatum, at least in my mind, would bring the cost down for AD. That in itself is a bargain.

13 Feb 2018 20:36:08
Spots 4-8 in the west are up for grabs between it looks like between 6 teams I have POR, LAC, and NOP fighting for the final spot.

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14 Feb 2018 14:09:30
I think the top 5 teams are basically locked in barring major injury. Maybe, without an injury OKC or Minnesota could fall to 6th, but they'll all be firmly in the playoffs. With Cousins hurt and the Clipper trades, I think the Nuggets and and Portland are clearly in. They're both really talented teams. That 8th spot should be interesting, but imo with how the Jazz have been playing, they probably have the best shot at taking it.

14 Feb 2018 20:33:04
I have POR losing 14 of their remaining games by seasons end. Barring injury. Conservatively. Giving them wins against losing, and .500 teams. Their strength of schedule has been in their favor so far. Tougher matchups in the final 20-25 games of their season.


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