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17 May 2022 18:26:07
According to John Goodman of Stadium, many NBA general managers are scared to take Holmgren. They're also "terrified" to pass on him.

During a recent episode of "The Field of 68," Rob Dauster pointed out Holmgren's flaws heading into the pros.

"The biggest one is he's not going to be able to hold his ground physically, which wouldn't be a problem if you can trust, on the offensive end of the floor, that he'd be able to take advantage of someone who is bigger and more physical than him, " Dauster said. "He's a great shooter. You're never going to be able to contend his release because of how high it is. But for someone with that level of skill and that level of handle, I don't know how he's going to be able to create separation on his shots. "

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17 May 2022 20:17:26
Not that I'm comparing the two talent-wise in the slightest, but Chris Boucher has managed to stick around and carve out an important role for the Raptors with a similarly slight frame. He has a wonky looking shot but because of his length he's able to shoot over most defenders. He compensates for lack of physicality by slinking around and getting above bigger players for rebounds with his length and athleticism.

Holmgren has a good handle but my concern would be how well it works against longer and faster defenders at the NBA level since he's not able to get as low as other playmakers. And I think Dauster is right about creating enough separation to get his shot off. There are a lot of long and strong wing defenders who will give him a hard time outside of the paint, especially if they know all they have to do is body up on him and try to force the shot.

The best situation for him would be to end up somewhere playing alongside a (not necessarily bigger) but stronger, more traditional 5 who can bang in the post and take some of the physicality for him.

Problem is the teams most likely to be at the top of the draft don't really have that guy, except for maybe Portland with Nurkic. Unless they land Holmgren and make another move to bring someone in.

Guess we'll just have to wait and see. He's definitely one of the more intriguing prospects in awhile. Could go either way I think.

17 May 2022 21:27:10
Sabonis with the Kings big/ physical enough?

17 May 2022 22:24:29
Sabonis and Holmes would definitely be a good cushion for him. If they can get lucky in the lottery. Even the Spurs and Poeltl. Unlikely the Kings or Spurs land high enough to take him, but you never know I guess.

18 May 2022 00:32:09
What if Thunder take Chet @2 and Williams @12.

18 May 2022 00:53:50
Would love Chet to fall to 4.

If OKC is planning to go Big @ #12 wouldn't getting someone like Sharpe/ Ivey make sense @#2?

17 May 2022 06:10:43
Orlando Magic situation

God please for top 4 pick

It's a dream to have number 1 pick

I'm fine with 2 pick or 3 pick or 4 pick

Imma be very upset if my team falls outta top 4 again

Give me

Banchero

Smith Jr

Ivey

Murray

Not

Holmgren (not interested) another Kristaps Porziņģis & Mo Bamba & Dragon Bender

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17 May 2022 14:19:42
God, if you are a just God, you would have Orlando fall out of the Top 4. Amen.

18 May 2022 00:32:18
There you go MD.

18 May 2022 00:54:44
Well, God is just. If He is going to give Orlando #1, the least He could do is move Kings up to #4.

13 May 2022 22:51:03
Would Harden opt out if another team is willing to give him a long-term deal?

Maybe through an S&T? (For Lavine if he wants out?)

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14 May 2022 01:01:43
Just curious. Who do you see offering Harden a long-term MAX deal? Let's be real. Harden also wants to be paid in order to enjoy his current lifestyle.

14 May 2022 02:05:18
A team could also be desperate. If Bulls don’t want to lose Lavine for nothing, they may be willing to go a straight swap in S&T.

Knicks could send multiple players, I’m sure they would take him and his name.

15 May 2022 16:59:26
Harden opting out would be as stupid as Westbrook opting out.

16 May 2022 00:25:09
Not if he knows he can get another long term max.

16 May 2022 16:30:33
Harden too easily "checks out" on his team to invest a multi-year max offer. It would be career suicide to put your future in the hands of James Harden.

16 May 2022 18:42:15
It also feels like career suicide to trade everything that Philly did for him, then let him walk for nothing. If he opts out, Philly is pretty much priced into giving him 3+ years max, right?

16 May 2022 22:26:34
Yea, Daryl Morey should be sent out of the league.

17 May 2022 21:07:48
I’ve said Morey is wildly overrated for years and have been ridiculed for it. I stand by it still.

13 May 2022 09:09:03
What tandem would you rather have on your team?

1)Tatum-J Allen or Adebayo -D Mitchell
2) J Morant-Antentokounmpo or doncic-T young
3)D booker-J Brown or Ingram-KAT
4)S Curry-Durant or LBJ-CP3
5) P George-Butler or Leonard-Beal
6) Lamelo Ball-Zion or Edwards-Garland
7)Giddey-Mobley or S Barnes-Haliburton or Cunningham-Jabari smith

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13 May 2022 09:49:36
Tatum Allen
Morant Giannis
Booker Brown
LBJ CP3 only if we are talking about primes
Leonard Beal
Lamelo Zion
Cunningham Smith.

13 May 2022 15:57:01
Mitchell/ Bam
Ja/ Giannis
Book/ Brown
Curry/ KD
PG/ Butler (perfect fit imo)
Melo/ Zion
Cade/ Smith.

13 May 2022 04:08:22
Top 10 current players in the NBA

Giannis
Doncic
Butler
Curry
Embiid
KD
Tatum
Booker
Jokic
Kawhi

Close: Lebron, Ja, Dame, Anthony Edwards
Rating the top 10 in players that contribute to winning not stats. If Kawhi doesn't get back to his old self post injuries Ja and Ant will be coming up

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13 May 2022 05:39:24
Kawhi played this year? How is he currently ahead of LeBron? I would definitely put Ja ahead of Kawhi right now.

13 May 2022 08:42:13
Clearly says Kawhi needs to return to his old self next year. Not disqualifying anyone because they're hurt. Also it says contributions to winning, which the Grizzlies did plenty of without Ja. Lebron couldn’t even will his team to a play in game this year. Every team deals with injuries and some deal with bad rosters, but a top 10 player finds a way to at least get into the playoffs

13 May 2022 08:45:16
I do think Ja or Ant will take his spot next year but can’t move the man off the list because he was hurt this year

13 May 2022 19:15:06
Even with injuries excluded, Lebron is still a top 10 players.

14 May 2022 17:33:45
If Lebron is a top 10 player he would’ve got the Lakers into the playoffs.

15 May 2022 04:03:36
It takes way more than just 1 person for a team to make the playoffs lmao I take Lebron over half these players.

15 May 2022 21:07:40
Not really. See everyone else on the list besides Kawhi obviously, who carried their teams through injuries this year. Obviously there are other players on their teams who contributed but having top 10 player should be enough to get close to 500, and at least make the play in game, if not the playoffs.

16 May 2022 17:36:06
Carry is a big word to use for some of these players

Booker for example didn’t make the playoffs until CP3 came and ran the offense

Half the other players had great teammates who were healthy unlike Lebron, outside of Jokic and Doncic

Lebron is still 6-10.

17 May 2022 03:53:05
Jokic and Embiid didn’t have their second best players for all or most of the year. Doncic obviously carried the mavs. The suns won when cp3 was out because booker took over. Giannis took the Celtics to 7 games without Middleton. The rest of them got their teams to top seeds in their conferences, it wasn’t close for them getting into the playoffs. I’m not a Lebron hater, but his value just isn’t what it was before in terms of contributions to winnings. He is now a 2 and needs a younger star that will take his team to new heights. The rest of the guys on this list are the best players on playoff teams. Not sure who you’d put Lebron over unless you just wanted to put him over Kawhi because of injuries, in which case I’d still move Ja up first. And after next season, I’d bet I’d move Anthont Edwards up first too

17 May 2022 06:19:37
Suns were irrelevant until CP3 came along

Book isn’t a top 10 player, if you’re excluding injuries/ playing time like you are for Kawhi, Dame PG Kyrie and AD is still above him.

Lebron is better at every part of the game than Booker and abt the same in 3pt shooting. Lebron is also better at every part of the game than Butler outside of perimeter defense. Neither one can playmake, finish, or rebound like him. Idk if I can even think of Edwards in the same convo as Lebron lol.

12 May 2022 16:37:19
Realistically, is it impossible to trade Russell Westbrook without a pick or any asset attached?

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12 May 2022 18:12:15
Probably no. But this is the NBA, where anything can happen.

12 May 2022 19:32:58
Teams don't usually don't have $47 mil worth of garbage salary to send back to the Lakers for Westbrook. Therefore teams want picks to compensate for the talent or cap space (salary dump) being sent to the Lakers.

Seriously betting on a waive and stretch of Westbrook if he opts in.

12 May 2022 20:57:59
The only one that makes sense to me is the Knicks. They’ve got a few contracts (Fournier, Rose, Kemba, Burks) that could be fit together to match Westbrook. They’re not going to compete next year. Maybe they want to shed that extra year of Fournier’s?

12 May 2022 22:22:22
Maybe if you're trading him to the Knicks.

12 May 2022 23:54:04
Knicks are going to hold out for a draft pick as they realize that they may be the only team willing to deal.

12 May 2022 14:07:26
If lakers keep Westbrook and let him run his contract out how much capp lakers will have in 2023 offseason?

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12 May 2022 15:39:53
This is really hard to answer because it is dependent on what contracts are signed this off season that impact the following seasons (AKA if they sign someone now to a multiyear deal during this upcoming off season) .

Resigning Lebron will also have an impact on this answer as well.

So the best answer would be if THT opts in to his contact for 2023-2024, then currently the Lakers would have only 2 players under contract (Davis and THT) at $51.6 mil. The salary cap for 2023-2024 is projected to be $128.1 so there is $76.5 mil available.

Now signing Lebron at max (35% of salary cap) would be around $44.8 mil. That would leave the Lakers with needing to fill at least 10 other roster spots with a cap space of $31.7 mil.

Now I am also leaving out the salary for 1st round draft pick that the Lakers currently has, but even if that is traded, there will still be quite a few vet-minimum players being added fill out the roster.

12 May 2022 10:41:33
Kings big man Richaun Holmes has won a court victory in the custody battle that led to him missing the season’s final 11 games for personal reasons, according to James Ham of ESPN 1320. Holmes was accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife, but judges in Los Angeles and Georgia ruled in his favor, granting him sole physical and legal custody of his son.

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