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Wilson Mui
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Apparently, Houston is a possible destination. Melo's
business manager was spotted hanging out with the HOU
contingent of Mike DíAntoni, Chris Paul, Tillman
Fertitta and John Lucas II during the Rockets-Warriors
Summer League game last night. Hmmm...
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Reinforcing the D'Antoni mantra of all offense and spottier defense, though those two didn't get on that well in New York so it's a little surprising.  Anthony (like Cousins and Durant before him) may just be ring hunting. 
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Out of the past ten years, the things that I've most hated as a Lakers fan:

David Stern interfering with the trade and sending Chris Paul to the Clippers.

The Lakers acquiring Dwight Howard.

The Lakers making Mike D'Antoni their head coach.

ANYTHING Jim Buss had anything to do with.




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Looks like Kawhi and Danny Green are headed to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 1st rounder.  I've never felt Kawhi was interested in the bright lights and big city so from that standpoint Toronto is a talented small market team that might fit and Kawhi is an upgrade on DeRozan but Toronto is taking a huge risk because Kawhi has been open about planning to play for Los Angeles next year. They must have been heartened by Paul George staying with OKC after similarly expressing interest in LA a year ago and hope to do the same with Leonard.  DeRozan on Instagram: "Be told one thing & the outcome another. Canít trust em. Ainít no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing... Soon youíll understand ... Donít disturb."
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Thinking about it some more, clearly Kawhi's ability to play great defense versus LeBron must have motivated Toronto, who has been destroyed by LeBron in multiple post-seasons.  But Toronto way overpaid, giving up a four time All Star in DeRozan who loved Toronto and wanted to be there versus Kawhi whose health status remains up in the air and who reportedly doesn't want to be in Toronto.
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I don't know that I'd qualify Toronto as a small market
team. Toronto has a metropolitan population larger than
Chicago.
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Population-wise maybe, but it's one of the least-reported-on and least-nationally-televised teams in the entire NBA, particularly given how successful the Raptors have been in the past few years.  The perfect place for a player who doesn't want attention (as I perceive Kawhi to be, though I'm not so sure about his "group.")
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I don't get the Carmelo trade.  Atlanta sends Dennis Shroder (fiery but talented) to OKC and gets Melo (who they will waive), light shooting Justin Anderson and a protected 2022 first rounder.  Atlanta did just draft Trae Young who may fill Shroder's role but Shroder was a near-20 PPG scorer and nice defender while Young has yet to play a game in the league.  To me OKC completely fleeced Atlanta, dumping a horrible contract and getting a good player in return for basically a protected mid-level draft pick. 
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Great move by OKC! Iím big on Schroeder.
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Unbelievably great OKC move.  I just can't fathom why Atlanta would be so dumb even if Shroder wasn't working out for them chemstry-wise.  They're just going to eat Melo's $28 mill and give away Shroder, who is young and super-talented all for a 15th or 20th first rounder four years from now?  No wonder Atlanta has fallen from a 60 win team a couple years ago to just awful.
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The Cavs extended Kevin Love's contract for another four
years. I guess beggars can't be choosers.
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I also already read that they may think having him locked up improves
his trade value.
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Love lucked out.  He's an okay player who has had a bunch of injuries who will be 30 a month from now but who got max money because the Cavs need something after LeBron's exit.  Because it's tacked onto his current deal, he's actually signed for five years which is a big risk I wouldn't have taken given his history and age.   Maybe it makes him more tradeable but like Melo's old deal, whoever has Love three years from now will likely regret the contract's length.
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Giving a contract like that (money, not length) to an injury prone player makes no sense....
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I've always though of Love as overrated even though he does get people to pay him lots of money. I don't look at him as harshly after he talked about his mental health. He gets a lot of credit for that (in my book).
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It is amazing that Vince Carter can still play at his
age. Generally, I'm not a fan of these older players
who keep hanging around on the bench season after
season. Financially speaking, he is probably set for
life. Maybe he should let someone else have a payday.
If he still wants to play, he should go overseas.
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Dwyane Wade might be going to play in China.....

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He should do it. $8 million a year for three years to play half as many
games as the NBA sounds pretty good. Also, he has that lifetime shoe
deal with a Chinese shoe company.
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It's certainly an option and would surely help his long term business relations with China but does he really want to live in China for parts of three years with kids in junior high and high school and a hot wife actress who is presumably against the move?   After 16 years mostly as an all star and $100 mill earned, I hope his wallet allows him to do what makes him happiest.  He could play it out in Miami (they have a $5.3 mill slot... no state taxes vs. high taxes playing in China so probably not that big a financial hit to stay home) or retire on his own terms. 
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Vegas predictions are out and they have the Lakers winning 48.5 games, good enough for 4th in the West.  That sounds plausible, but I'm a bit surprised they only have Houston winning 54.5 games when the Rockets won 65 last season.  They did lose Ariza's D and Mbah A Moute but Ariza's shooting has declined and at 33 he may be slowing anyway.  Melo would give them a nice midrange offensive option they lack though his D is questionable.

The dog days of summer and the NBA off-season dead zone are here with most of the big deals long done and still more than two months until the new season.  Curious to see the "Shut Up And Dribble" documentary about LeBron, who got oddly and unfairly slammed by a clearly misinformed Trump (how many times have you heard that expression?) the other day.  Raptors look to add Greg Monroe at the vet's min, a decent offensive pickup / backup for cheap. 
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I wonder Why Ariza left Houston for Phoenix. Was it
just for the money or were there personality issues?

Is Greg Monroe no longer a good player? He is only 28
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Greg Monroe is a great pick up for Toronto. I expect
him to excel in a limited backup role.

48.5 wins is very optimistic for the Lakers in my
opinion. Lots of question marks for that team to be
sure.

Houston- I worry about the loss of some of the key
supporting guys who knew their role and bought into
the team aspect (Ariza and Mbah A Moute) in exchange
for Melo who is anything but that. Apparently Vegas
has the same concern.

I'm liking OKC more and more in the West.
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One thing about the much-maligned Lakers last year is they started 13-27 but were quietly above .500 the rest of the way and beat a bunch of good teams in that stretch.  That's not to say they were great or even very good but they were no longer terrible even before the best player on the planet joined them.  Typically LeBron adds ten wins to teams he joins so taking LA's 35-47 record would suggest 45 wins at least.  Their "interesting" other additions like Stephenson and Rondo and Beasley and Javale McGee will certainly be an adventure with the constant threat of combustion but those guys all do like to play hard and LeBron generally has been able to keep colorful personalities like JR Smith in check (that didn't help him keep score in game one of the Finals, but ah well.)  Developing youngsters Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart and Kuzma and Ingram adding a year of experience should only make each of them better, plus KCP can play.  I think they will be in the playoff mix though I do admit it could all implode if Walton can't keep a lid on the drama.  Whatever happens, it will be entertaining to watch!


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I wonder Why Ariza left Houston for Phoenix. Was it
just for the money or were there personality issues?
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No idea about anything behind the scenes, but the $15 mill offer was pretty sweet.  Considering Ariza's age I would have been surprised if he hadn't grabbed it since it's probably a good $5 mill more than he'd have gotten elsewhere and he's got to think about his post-NBA life which will be here sooner than later.

Is Greg Monroe no longer a good player? He is only 28
years old.
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He provided nice offensive bursts for Boston last year from the low post but I think the knock on him is limited defensive ability.  He can still rebound some and is a reliable scorer but he's one of the poster boys for the NBA's recent de-emphasis of low post players.  Here's a good summary of the change from a tweet:

This summer, centers DeMarcus Cousins, Brook Lopez, Nerlens Noel, Greg Monroe and JaVale McGee have signed for a combined total of:
$17 million

In 2016, Timofey Mozgov, Joakim Noah, Ian Mahinmi, Meyers Leonard, Bismack Biyombo & Miles Plumlee signed for a total of:
$365 million

ó Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) August 6, 2018

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The Pelicans add big man Jahlil Okafor to further try to replace the loss of Cousins.  Okafor was initially very promising for Philly as a rookie before a series of injuries and apparent clashes basically put him on the shelf.  If he's healthy he should get some playing time in NO and I'm curious to see him back in action.  One year only partially guaranteed with a team option on year two, another likely lowball big man deal.  His cousin Emeka Okafor is also on the team so they may wind up competing for minutes.


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