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  1. cheech13

    72 Suburbs in Search of a City: Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers

    If you were GM of the Celtics would you have traded Jaylen, Smart, Timelord, the Memphis pick and 14, 20 and 22 this year, because I’d argue the Lakers gave up more than that for AD. Griffin absolutely killed it in this deal.
  2. cheech13

    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    Well 1B for the 2010s would just be whoever Lebron was playing for. He had eight Finals appearances and three titles between Miami and Cleveland. That’s arguably more impressive than the Warriors.
  3. cheech13

    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    I agree. The Celtics got 3 titles in six years while the Warriors got 3 (unless they rally yo win more) in five. Very similar overall and you also have the '86 Celtics and '17 (or '16 I guess) Warriors that are in the pantheon of all-time great teams. Not quite '60s Celtics or '90s Bulls in...
  4. cheech13

    Byerie Irving? Do you want Kyrie back?

    If Horford alone walked you'd be in the same situation described above (losing the cap hold but still over the cap). If Kyrie and Horford both walked they could actually open up a decent amount of cap space. They could even conceivably get to a max slot if they renounced everybody, including...
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    Byerie Irving? Do you want Kyrie back?

    Nope, you get nothing for it. Boston will operate as an over the cap team and when Kyrie signs elsewhere his cap hold will be off the books, but they'll still be over the cap. The only way to "preserve" that Kyrie cap figure would be to wrap his departure into a sign and trade and get back a TPE...
  6. cheech13

    Offseason Thread - Betty when you call me, you can call me Al

    Maybe this has been stated somewhere else in the thread, but from what I've read on twitter Klay and KD will cost somewhere between $100 and $150MM in salary and luxury tax next year and neither is likely to contribute much, if anything. It's not even a lock that they'd make the playoffs given...
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    Oh yeah, I absolutely get that and I kind of think we are in agreement here. In a decade no one will remember the the individual games and injury circumstances but they remember that it was three titles total. In that sense I think they get slotted in with the "lesser" dynasties like the Lakers...
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    You don't pay attention to much mainstream sports media then, do you? The clickbait guys are already circling Curry for going 0-9 on game-winning shots and Simmons on his podcast last night was already talking about how different things would be if the Warriors had played a healthy Cavs team in...
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    Whether it's fair or not, it's going to be part of the narrative that the Warriors "only" went 1-2 in the Finals without KD and the one win came against a hobbled Cavs team missing two of its three best players. Three titles in five years is a dynasty, but it looks more like the '00-'04 Lakers...
  10. cheech13

    Anthony Davis: No Loyalty

    As a Blazers fan I'd have no problem with them offering McCollum, Collins and multiple first round picks. I don't think New Orleans would want a package built around a 27-year-old who's not quite an All-Star though. But to your larger point now that Golden State has been mortally wounded any...
  11. cheech13

    Anthony Davis: No Loyalty

    If you're going to call the Memphis pick a tier one asset then you better include LA's #4 pick in that group as well. Maybe it's a down year for the draft, but the certainty of knowing when and what you'll get makes it more valuable than a future pick. Just look at the Brooklyn or Sacramento...
  12. cheech13

    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    Masai should double down and trade for AD now.
  13. cheech13

    Anthony Davis: No Loyalty

    Is it though? Tatum is the best individual player being discussed and a better main piece than Ingram, but I think I'd rather have Ball/Kuzma/#4 than Smart/Williams/#14. Throw in the Memphis pick too and it probably swings back to Boston.
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    Anthony Davis: No Loyalty

    It's not just a wrinkle. Paul George's agent is Aaron Mintz of CAA, who has somewhat notoriously clashed with both Rob Pelinka and the Lakers over the years. Paul George, D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle all share Mintz as an agent. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to connect the dots there.
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    Anthony Davis: No Loyalty

    He could turn it down and sign another 1+1 deal with the Celtics or another team. He could pick up the option if he suffers a catastrophic injury. Or he could pick it up and kick the can down the road. The 1+1 gives him the most options.
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    Anthony Davis: No Loyalty

    He's an eight-year veteran. A 1+1 deal gets him ten years while preserving maximum flexibility. A 2+1 gets there as well, but for a player that has made as much money as Kyrie I think the additional flexibility of the 1+1 is key.
  17. cheech13

    Anthony Davis: No Loyalty

    To be fair it was Dell Demps negotiating with Magic at the deadline and now it's Griffin and Pelinka. Different front offices. Different goals. Different evaluations of players. It would make sense that they re-evaluate and discuss the pieces. Pelinka calling up Griffin and saying anything and...
  18. cheech13

    Anthony Davis: No Loyalty

    https://twitter.com/taniaganguli/status/1138907076204195840 One player that the Lakers’ trade discussions with the Pelicans for Anthony Davis could hinge on? Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers do not want to trade him, but the Pelicans want him as part of a package, sources tell me and @BA_Turner. LA...
  19. cheech13

    Anthony Davis: No Loyalty

    Guessing that the NBA trade machine is based on 2018-19 salaries and not 2019-20. Any trade would be completed in the new league year starting after July 1. ESPN probably doesn't update that for a while.
  20. cheech13

    Anthony Davis: No Loyalty

    If I were a betting man I'd wager that AD ends up in LA, #4 and Ball end up on a third team and Ingram and whatever the third team provides (Beal?) go to NOP.