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Rick Senger
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Posted: 13 November 2020 at 5:45pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Wilson, it's going to be interesting. I would have thought Philly was a disaster at 3Pt% (the keystone of Houston analytics) but it turns out they were a competent 36.2%, actually higher than Houston's 34.8% (Westbrook hurt there.) Philly has a ridiculously stacked line up but then, they did last year, too, and got smoked 4-0 by Boston. Sure, Philly was gimped but the Celtics were also missing all star Gordon Hayward.

Still, they have Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, Al Horford, Joel Embiid and Josh Richardson and four of those five players are 27 or younger. I've heard nothing but I wouldn't be surprised if Morey tried some kind of Hail Mary to get a player of Harden or Westbrook's caliber. The question will be how do you juggle the finances to make it happen (Philly is pretty capped as I recall).   
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Posted: 15 November 2020 at 4:10pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

ESPN is reporting that Harden is thinking
about playing in Brooklyn with Durant and
Irving. Some are doubtful this combination
will work since all three are so ball
dominant.
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That, plus Kyrie was unstable, disruptive, selfish and constantly getting injured in Boston. Super-talented, yes, but everyone was glad to be rid of him by the end. Plus Durant's recovery remains a question mark and Brooklyn is already at $140 mill and capped. There's no question it's getting hyped right now but A LOT of shuffling would be required plus what can Brooklyn offer Houston in trade? Spencer Dinwiddie? A broken down DeAndre Jordan? Chris LaVert is a nice piece but come on now... would you do it if you were Houston?
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35 y.o. PG Chris Paul (17.6 / 6.7 assists / 5 rebs) to the Suns for Ricky Rubio (13.0 / 8.8 assists / 4.7 rebs), Kelly Oubre (18.7 / 6.4 rebs), Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a protected 2022 1st rounder to OKC. OKC is going young, grabs some friendlier salaries and adds to an already absurd war chest of first round picks. Phoenix creates a credible and fun core in Paul, Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton but shee... it looks like Paul has pretty much given up on ever winning a title. At some point, OKC is going to have to package some of these picks because they now have something like 16 in the next 5 years.

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Bucks give up Eric Bledsoe (14.9 / 5.4 assists / 47.5% shooting), George Hill (9.4 / 46% from 3) and 3 first-round picks (plus pick swap options) to New Orleans for Jrue Holiday (19.1 / 6.7 assists, 45.5% shooter.) The Bucks overpaid. Holiday and Bledsoe are the same age and while Holiday scores more, he's not that big an upgrade to throw in three first rounders plus swaps plus Hill.
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Gordon Haywood heading to the Hornets. Woj points out
that the Celtics have lost two max contract players in
the last two years. Does this say anything about their
culture? They did treat Isiah Thomas poorly after his
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Yeah, Thomas' bad treatment certainly didn't help. Three major free agents left for zippo in two years if you include Al Horford. Hayward's departure isn't so bad considering Boston has Tatum (and just maxed him long term) and Brown already and I think Tristan Thompson is a decent replacement for Enes Kanter and Jeff Teague a serviceable PG backup signing. But still...Boston screwed up by not taking Myles Turner and Doug McDermott in a sign and trade for Hayward and wound up with nothing b/c they got greedy. They had three first round picks for the second year in a row and maybe Aaron Nesmith will pan out but I don't think Boston has really progressed.
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