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20 May 2022 19:09:02
Raptors need a few things but I'll tell you what they don't need is to trade away siakim freddy and Gary.

They need to add and trade Birch Flynn and draft picks for a proven big center.

There core guys
Freddy. Leader off guard position

OG moved to sg more drives to the rim and create shots

Barnes point forward improved shot mid range and out.

Siakim moves back to pf and continues to improve 3 and learn a nice dirk fadeaway.

Starting center who's rebounds and blocks shots.

6th man Trent Jr. Improved 3 and defense.

7thman Acheiwa plays both center and PF continues to improve shooting and get bigger like Bam.

8th man,?
9th man ?
10th man?
11th. Champagne.
12th brooks
13th banton
14th draft pick
15th G-league.

The 8th to 10th players need to be improved if its boucher or young then also need a solid guard who can relieve freddy and a forward who can shoot and defend well.

But ultimately they need to improve individually if they want to win again. Trading there core or rotation guys won't win them anything yet. Barnes is to young and not enough trade prices to land another kawhi type player.

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20 May 2022 21:47:20
Could prolly get Korkmaz for Birch.

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20 May 2022 21:51:29
They're not getting anything of significant value for Birch and/ or Flynn, and the likelihood of this front office trading multiple future firsts for anything short of a top five player is extremely low. Birch and Flynn MIGHT get them some other team's lost cause reclamation project and/ or a future second or two, but don't count on much more. Unless they're salary matching throw-ins in a larger deal.

I agree they need to see some improvement from the current core to make any significant noise moving forward, but they're also going to have to make some tough decisions in a couple of years given the contracts most of these guys are likely to command. They simply won't be able to afford all of them. That means sending at least one of them out to try and improve their depth and bench scoring or add a two-way, floor spacing rim protector, which are few and far between.

I kind of doubt GTJ would accept a bench role, even as the lead guy, and I'm still not sold on OG turning into the superstar a lot of people think he'll become. Really good 3 and D guy on a competing team? Sure.

Agree changes are on the horizon, but I doubt we'll see anything earth-shattering. And we have to be realistic with the value these guys ACTUALLY have.

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21 May 2022 13:33:12
Siakam for Barnes+Holmes+Mitchell?

Freddie/ OG/ Barnes/ Barnes/ Holmes with Mitchell, Trent and Achiwua coming off the bench.

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21 May 2022 22:51:04
Sorry Fred, but no matter how much Darry tries to send him Masai and Bobby are not going to let you have Siakam. I think they only deal him if they can package him with picks to get a bonafide superstar.

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22 May 2022 02:55:18
Trying to do DeRozen for Kawhi 2.0, huh?

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19 May 2022 20:40:07
What's the best draft pick the Pels can land at 8?

Also would the 8th and two seconds move them up a couple spots?

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19 May 2022 21:25:23
8th and 2 seconds would move them up to #7 at best.

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19 May 2022 21:26:25
Now, #8 and that 2024 (or 2025) Lakers pick may get you up a couple of spots.

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19 May 2022 21:55:28
Who is best available at 8 in your opinion. But I’d give up the seconds to go to 7. I was hoping maybe 6th.

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19 May 2022 23:21:20
Duren and/ or Davis? It's hard to tell with that cluster of SGs after the top 6.

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19 May 2022 23:24:56
I think the difference between 6 and 8 this year is pretty big. A first would be the minimum it would take, and it would probably have to be a pretty decent first.

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20 May 2022 14:02:10
I've been hearing a lot of Dyson Daniels at 8 for Pelicans.

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20 May 2022 17:21:36
I trade down from six to eight for that Lakers 2024 pick, not for two seconds.
I hope we draft a small forward and Mathurin or Griffin can fall down to 8.

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20 May 2022 17:27:27
I don’t think there’s much difference between the players available in the 6-11 range.

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20 May 2022 17:28:34
7-11*… I think it can be pretty easy for any of the team between 8-12 to get 7.

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20 May 2022 17:52:25
I thought if they don’t trade up maybe Mathurin?

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21 May 2022 03:53:09
Trade it to Pacers for Brogdon that's the best they could do with that pick.

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21 May 2022 14:37:10
I think it would take at least a future first round pick to move up to #7. Or #13 + #15.

I could see a team falling in love with the Bam Adebayo comparision for Duren and want to get him at #7.

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18 May 2022 14:20:56
So assuming the 3 bigs go 1, 2, 3, who tries to move up to #4 to get Ja Morant. errr. Ivey? What trade package do they offer?

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18 May 2022 17:07:32
If Ivey is Ja Morant, wouldn’t you rather have him over Fox? (I haven’t been a big fan of that comparison other than the athleticism and hair lol) I’ve always seen Ivey more of a taller Donavan Mitchell, Dwade lite (not as good as dwade obviously)

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18 May 2022 02:07:39
Shams now reporting a new in-season tournament that could start as early as the 23/ 24 season. We've heard rumblings about this before. No other details.

What is your best guess as to how this would play out? Who would be included? What would the winner (s) gain? Or would this just be a standalone tourney to crown some kind of "best of the regular season" team? Maybe a way to tie bonuses to contracts? Make the middle of the season more competitive?

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18 May 2022 03:18:00
I personally don't know where the Commush is going with this. I heard him say something about the tournament being before X-mas which means it will be competing against the NFL playoffs/ Super Bowl.

Not sure players are interested in playing more games for a trophy that will be on par with the Summer League Championship.

This just seems like a revenue grab by the League.

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18 May 2022 13:37:40
It’s not more games. They’d basically play the same amount of games. And I think the eliminated teams would continue playing “regular season” games to keep up with total games played. But they’d reduce the regular season by a few to compensate from what I’ve read.

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18 May 2022 14:59:49
Curious to see what the eventual format is and what the motivating factor would be for teams and players. If it's literally just a tournament for another trophy mid-season. who cares? I guess the thought would be to try and make mid-season games more competitive, but really, what player or team is going to care about a mid-season trophy unless there are financial incentives attached to it? They'll still be more focused on the end goal.

Maybe the winner or top (insert number here) are guaranteed a playoff spot (doesn't make sense if it's early in the year)? Huge $$ bonus to the winner? Replaces all-star weekend festivities somehow?

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18 May 2022 15:03:53
Winner gets home court in the playoffs? More cap room? Extra draft pick? I'm sitting here scratching my head as to what the point could possibly be.

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18 May 2022 15:30:46
They talked about a big bonus for the winning team.

I could maybe see adding maybe 2-4 picks between the first the second round for the teams that win the tourney? A nice asset that doesn’t really break anything.

Zach Lowe also went crazy a while back and proposed a hockey type point system, where you get the equivalent of 2 or more wins (I think he had like 5 points for the championship game) for the tourney. And each eliminated team plays a losers bracket to keep the number of games played equal across the league. I like that idea. It gives a real strong reason to take the tourney really seriously for teams, players, and fans.

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18 May 2022 16:13:27
I like the idea of the points system to pick up an extra game or so in the standings, and handing out extra picks.

I think whichever direction they go there would have to be multiple incentives attached. For example, if the top team already has a five or six game lead in the standings, they won't care about picking up an extra half game by winning the tournament. But if they ALSO got an extra pick and/ or more wiggle room under the cap they have something to play for.

Then you have to consider how they structure it as far as seeding. There would have to be some parity otherwise any incentive just makes the rich richer. Something like this (just an example) :

Tier 1 (top 10 teams) winner: more cap room (or their tax gets waived or something), extra second round pick, guaranteed home court in playoffs

Tier 2 (6 thru 10 in each conference) winner: gain a game in the standings, extra late first round pick

Tier 3 (lottery teams) winner: extra lottery pick

Having a tiered tournament creates more parity so every team has a chance to walk away with something valuable, based on their position in the standings.

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18 May 2022 01:58:06
Per Sports Ilustrated

Based on the buzz at the combine, where Sharpe put on a lengthy pro day workout on Monday that included some dazzling footwork and shot-making, it feels very much like he’s going to hear his name called in the top five on draft night. I’d also scrap the notion that the first four picks are locked in as there's a very real chance Sharpe crashes the party. He’s an amazing athlete who can create space for himself and is also a gifted shooter—rarely do those things all come in one teenage prospect. There are definitely areas of his game he needs to iron out, and he’s behind his peers in terms of high-level game experience, but Sharpe’s upside is significant to the point where someone is going to take a swing. The Kings will have to think hard about it.

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18 May 2022 04:04:04
I read that his shooting is one of his weaknesses so that’s interesting to see someone says he’s a gifted one. Maybe they’re just looking at the potential shot making. Seem like he’s the 2nd riskiest player to draft behind Chet.

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19 May 2022 11:07:16
I think he was making shots on this particular workout. I would still have him come in for a private workout and see if he continues to "hit shots".

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18 May 2022 01:06:26
@DifferentBeast_MD must be very happy right now.

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18 May 2022 01:15:51
Yes I am!

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18 May 2022 18:43:26
I feel sorry for the pick. OKC. SAC and HOU are far better destinations.

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18 May 2022 18:50:21
I could make an argument that Orlando has just a bright of a future as either team tho.

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19 May 2022 00:49:50
Against 38 picks for OKC over 7 years? Before a legit star like Cade Cunningham? I’m all ears.

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19 May 2022 23:24:23
Kinda feel this could be an Ayton-Bagley-Luka-JJJ-Young kinda draft.

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18 May 2022 00:41:16
Orlando Magic situation

I'm so happy!!!


We're not trading the pick!


Don't even try to make trade packages to get 1 pick the Answer is NO!!!!

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18 May 2022 08:51:10
No one expect anyone to trade the No.1 pick. However it makes it more likely Bamba walks and Isaac to be available for trade (won’t be getting 1sts)

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18 May 2022 00:27:33
1. Magic - Smith PF
2. Thunder - Banchero PF/C
3. Rockets - Holgrem PF/C
4. Kings - Murray PF
5. Pistons - Ivey SG
6. Pacers - Sharpe SG/SF
7. Blazers - Duren C
8. Pelicans - Griffin SG/SF
9. Spurs - Eason F
10. Wizards - Washington PG
11. Knicks - Davis SG/SF
12. Thunder - Williams C
13. Hornets - Mathurin SF/SG
14. Cavs - Agbaji SG

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18 May 2022 00:51:40
Sharpe is in play @#4. Hope to see him at the combine to get a better idea of where he is at.

Any chance of Thunder (getting big @ #12) or Rockets (Wood+Sengun) passing on Holgrem for a wing like Ivey/ Sharpe?

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18 May 2022 02:00:15
I don’t see Rockets passing on one of the big 3 for Ivey. That’d give them 3 6’4 players who pretty much all need the ball in their hands and none really fit well at SF. I don’t think Sengun is the type of player that makes you pass up on a top tier prospect.

I think Thunder will be doubling up on bigs. Get their PF @ 2, then Mark Williams @ 12. They’re pretty set on wing players.

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