25 Feb 2017 01:15:05
FA 2017 prediction
Kevin Durant / Steph Curry - GS
Chris Paul - CHI or NYK
Blake Griffin - BOS
Gordon Hayward - UTA
Kyle Lowry - TOR
Paul Millsap - DAL
Serge Ibaka - TOR
Jrue Holiday - MIL
Danilo Gallinari - OKC
Dwayne Wade - CHI
Jeff Teague - SAS
Derrick Rose - PHI
Rajon Rondo - NOLA
Andrei Iguodala - GS
JJ Reddick - NOLA
Rudy Gay - ATL
Patty Mills - ATL
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25 Feb 2017 01:15:05
25 Feb 2017 01:00:02
sign Chris Paul - 2yr/48mil
sign Paul Millsap - 3yrs/60mil
Wade pick up his option
trade MCW to SAC for Ben McLemore
draft Jarrett Allen PF/C
24 Feb 2017 12:44:54
Thunder now have a need for a backup point guard. They have a roster spot and are said to be active in buyouts. I would love Deron Williams but he'll head to the Cav's.
What other options are going to be there?
24 Feb 2017 20:46:48
Give Chalmers a shot otherwise wait for Rondo, Watson or any other buyout candidates.
24 Feb 2017 22:44:12
There are some solid pg already in FA (Chalmers, Cole, Jack) . Not sure what other pg are buyout candidates. Devin Harris maybe? With a fair number of teams fighting for 8th seeds in both conferences I don't think there are too many situations of veterans wanting off a team that isn't going anywhere and they're in their last year so it makes some sense for team too.
24 Feb 2017 23:47:43
24 Feb 2017 12:38:10
What's going on in Philly?
Over the years on this site I've seen fans defend their strategy of how they go about their business but after yesterday, once again, what is going on?
The owners are trying to run the team as the business & have lured fans into buying into 'the process' to almost cover & mask what they're doing.
How many times are we going to see them draft a player, develop them for a couple of years & then before they have to pay them, trade them?
Not every player on your roster can be an all star/superstar caliber type player however the 76ers front office don't seem to understand that you need role players to be a successful team.
Trading Noel for fresh air after he's proved he can be a valuable defensive presence & a good re-bounder makes absolutely no sense. It's not absurd to think you're still going to move Okafor as well. Who know's what you'll get in return for him, maybe 8 second rounders?
But jokes aside, Embiid looks like he has great potential if he can stay healthy & Simmons, you'd expect to go on to be a All-star caliber player. However at this rate are they going to have any team mates to play with or just draft picks?
This post is not to disrespect the Philly organisation but more to gain more of an understanding on how the fans feel about what's going on?
24 Feb 2017 23:23:24
76ers had the correct mentality. Its better to be an awful team and get a chance at picking the next superstar than to be mediocre. Its also smart to go for talent over fit when you are a horrible team. Getting 3 centers probably wasn't the wisest move in hindsight but given Embiid's injuries and that Okafor at the time was considered the best prospect available at #3 (some argued he should go #1 over KAT and it was a surprise Lakers with their big man history didn't take him) I don't think those were inherently bad moves. It did however have the effect of decreasing the value of all 3 since everyone knew they'd have to move one of them eventually. 76ers should've stomached this since it did after all give them time to evaluate all three and ultimately discover Embiid as a beast and dealt Okafor or Noel at a slight loss early this season.
However, naturally they thought they should get more for their guys and that the price might increase later into the season. This obviously didn't happen and they got stuck in a situation where they could keep all 3 or move one for a significant loss. They obviously opted for the 2nd option and I think its the best move. Overall, the 76ers are coming out very much ahead and are one of the most promising teams in the league. Keeping all 3 for longer is a distraction for the team and would hurt development of all three. Don't think Noel's value would ever increase unless he played consistent minutes and he'd be even harder to deal with new contract (plus 76ers would have to take back significant salary in a trade) .
Although they clearly lost that trade I think they are in a better place. Embiid has proven to be already among the best centers in the league. 76ers' own pick should be very good and they still have over a 50% chance of keeping Lakers pick (assuming they end season with 3rd worst record) and they have Simmons coming back next year. With more minutes for Okafor he has a chance to increase his trade value but he also wouldn't make a bad backup.
The return for Noel was a bit underwhelming but I don't think its any reason to sound the alarm. 76ers still have a bright future ahead of them and depending on how the ping pong balls go and the rest of offseason could be a serious contender for a playoff spot as soon as next season.
25 Feb 2017 01:33:19
'I think they are in a better place. ' - This is the mindset I'm talking about. If I was a 76ers fan I wouldn't be happy at the fact I just traded one of my better players because the front office made a mistake in drafting too many big's in a league that's getting smaller by the second.
Philly fan's have bought into the 'run the team as a business' policy and its almost like they don't understand or don't see what's going on. Happy accumulating picks and shedding/ dumping salary to keep the books neat and tidy.
The question I ask myself throughout all of this is, who's going to want to come and play in Philly through free agency? without having to seriously overpay?
Embiid is looking like he's going to be a monster, however in 2 years has played 31 games. Simmons, (I don't know enough about to say how good he's going to be but from what I've heard other people say is the next big thing) won't play a single minute this season. Yes they are both good prospects, but in a win now league good players aren't going to go out of their way to come join the band in Philly.
The pick you get this year will be crucial in how things progress and of course, the tanking shall now begin. As an NBA fan I just find it frustrating at what I've seen from the organisation over the past couple of years and also frustrating that the fans are okay with it.
Even with the emergence of Embiid, you're still a good couple of years from even being a solid playoff contender due to the moves being made. Not everyone you pick is going to be as good as he is and certainly not develop so quickly and it just feels like the front office want superstar caliber guaranteed and if they're not going to be a world beater, move them on and try again in the following years draft or one down the line.
24 Feb 2017 12:21:34
OKC needs to sign or find a reliable backup point guard now (Christon is not the answer yet) .
If they fail to find one, I think this should be their lineup:
24 Feb 2017 23:55:21
I'd love to see Dipo lead the 2nd unit. But still have time to go along with Westbrook.
25 Feb 2017 04:11:00
Yea I think it'd be good for Oladipo to come off bench but he'd still play just as much if not more than Roberson and McDermott.
24 Feb 2017 03:58:43
Raptors new team
Put what u think about their trades in the comments
24 Feb 2017 11:41:43
They won them.
24 Feb 2017 11:42:44
Only problem is, they will have a tough offseason. Free agents due for pay raises (Lowry, Tucker, Ibaka, Patterson)
24 Feb 2017 12:06:29
I think the Raptors made very smart moves and at great values. They finally addressed their hole at pf and got a saavy veteran forward who can help them be more versatile and match up defensively. They are easily the deepest team out of the contenders which should bode them well in the playoffs. It'll be interesting to see how they mesh together over the final stretch of the season. Barring injury they should crack top 3 in the east and should be a interesting team to watch throughout the playoffs due to their depth and versatility as well as possessing star power with Lowry and Derozan.
23 Feb 2017 20:39:41
The Cavs came out of the trade deadline the biggest winners. Boogie Cousins stayed in the west, the Celtics didn't make any moves to push them over the top. And Bogut and Deron Williams are likely to hit the buy out market and both of them fill needs for the Cavs.
24 Feb 2017 03:09:03
Raptors look like a threat though, and Boston is a tiny threat. And who knows about the Wizards.
24 Feb 2017 05:32:51
Wouldn't consider them winners. Cavs ultimate goal is to win a championship and they made no steps to improve their chances of doing so. Yes it helps the Cavs that Boston didn't make a big move to get a superstar but Raptors made two solid moves that will make them formidable. Cavs have looked quite mortal lately and didn't make any of the moves that they need to to even out their lineup and not have to play Lebron so much leading up to playoffs.
Lucky for them there are a fair number of veteran guys who are candidates for buy outs and they may be able to get help there although not sure if that will even be enough. Its a bit risky too since no guarantee certain guys get bought out and once they do the Cavs won't be the only team going for them. Someone like Bogut may opt to go to Boston instead and maybe Williams wants to return to the Jazz.
24 Feb 2017 11:33:53
Cavaliers Starting Lineup
Kyrie Irving/ Deron Williams
J. R. Smith/ Kyle Krovor
LeBron James/ Rich Jefferson
Kevin Love/ Channing Fyre
Andrew Night/ Tristan Thompson.
25 Feb 2017 04:47:02
Bogut is signing with the warriors because of a CBA loophole.
23 Feb 2017 20:36:27
See you guys in 4 months :-)
23 Feb 2017 19:15:12
Colangelo sucks. He basically got the same value for Noel as he did with Ilyasova. A top 18 protected pick? There's no chance that happens so I don't know why that gets included in the deal he traded him for 2 second round picks. Noel is worth the money he's going to prove how good he is in Dallas. Colangelo belongs with the Kings we want Hinkie back he would've traded Okafor last year when he had some value or for the Pacers 1st round pick that's way better then 2 2nds what can you do with the 50 second round picks the Sixers have now?
23 Feb 2017 17:58:23
BOS gets Griffin, George
INDY gets Amir Johnson. Bradley, Jerekbo and 1st rd pick from Celtics (1st pick)
LAC gets Thad Young, Crowder, and 2018 1st rd pick from Boston
*Trade 2018 pick to DET for KCP
Josh Jackson (3rd pick) / CJ miles
Kentavious Pope/ Reddick
Thad Young/ Speights