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Rick Senger
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Posted: 06 February 2019 at 11:41am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

All the Davis attention has blunted an otherwise major trade with Philly acquiring All-Star calibre Tobias Harris in exchange for picks and minor players.  Harris can shoot 3s, he's a 20 PPG fourth major offensive threat, and he's just the right age at 26 with 8 years of NBA experience to help the young team.  The 76ers are clearly in "win-now" mode, giving up two first rounders (one unprotected) and they lack bench depth but they now have arguably one of the top two starting fives in the league with Embiid, Simmons, Redick, Harris and Butler. 
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I think it also means they've kicked the tires on Butler and may want to move on from him after the season.
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Interesting late trade from Raptors, sending Jonas Valancunias, Delon Writght and a 2024 second-round draft pick to the Grizzlies in exchange for the 34-year-old Marc Gasol.

Sad to see JV go, who was a bit of a fan favourite: a long-standing Raptor, an uncomplaining team player who had shown a willingness to try and expand his game and had been having an effective season up until his thumb injury.

Gasol brings undoubted quality and should be an upgrade in the here and now, provided he stays fit. But he is pretty late-career.
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they've kicked the tires on Butler and may want to move on from him after the season.
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Right.  Keeping the four stars is possible, but cripplingly expensive.  Embiid gets about $27.3 mill next year and $29 the following and his price will only go up.   Harris makes $14.8 mill but is a summer free agent who can expect north of $20 mill going forward.  Butler is a max-type guy who can opt out of his $19.3 next year for a bigger payday.   Simmons is still cheap at $8 mill next year but then he's in for a big raise.  Philly is going for it right now and the fate of Butler is probably tied to how they do in the playoffs this year. 

Gasol brings undoubted quality and should be an upgrade in the here and now, provided he stays fit. But he is pretty late-career.
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Toronto is trying to buttress their argument to Kawhi to stay and I agree that Gasol brings short term stability and reliability that could help but it's a tight window and a gamble.  If Gasol gets them far in the playoffs this year and Kawhi stays, absolutely worth it.  But I see him as likely to decline further and sooner though, so the time is now. 

In general the East (other than Boston, who has summer plans for Davis) made the biggest splashes.  Milwaukee's acquisition of Mirotic (16.7 Pts / 8.3 rebs per 29 minutes and still only age 27) for a bunch of second round picks was the other significant move and maybe the biggest steal.  
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Boston's summer plans for Davis might blow up in their face. Hope its worth trading Tatum and more for a player they possibly will only have one season.
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It's a very nervous time for Celtics fans.  Boston can't sign Davis until Irving opts out July 1st but if Irving doesn't sign a new deal then they surely won't be getting Davis long term (and as you say it's a risk regardless) so giving up Tatum is quite a gamble.  Ainge has rolled the dice before and had it work plus it does seem like some change needs to be made so I'm trusting in the process. 
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What gets me is, the Celtics aren't one of the four teams that Davis has stated he'd be willing to sign a long term contract with, but the Knicks are. 

Why would anyone willingly sign on with the Knicks, when there are other options? That team hasn't been good in about 2 decades. Their ownership is trash. You only go to the Knicks for a boatload of cash or because no one else is interested. 
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Yeah, I think the list is an attempt by Rich Paul to make it harder for Boston and other non-LA teams to get Davis.  Milwaukee and the Clips really have little they'd want to offer that NO would want to take.  The Knicks have two max slots and they do have a shot at getting the #1 pick which would be an attractive trade piece.   If they could somehow get Durant or Irving then it might be more palatable for Davis to join up.
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