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  1. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    This wouldn't be wise to bet on and it's a big IF, but if Embiid plays 65 games or so, I think the Sixers get in this season. When Embiid was on the court last season, the Sixers had a net rating equal to that of a 51 win team... they were also only 5 games, I believe, out of the 8th spot prior to his injury and this was with him on minutes restriction/not playing back to backs. I suspect that they're will be a slight regression in his overall play as he takes on a heavier workload and more minutes, but with the addition of guys like Reddick and actually having an NBA caliber handler in Ben Simmons, instead of the likes of, TJ McConell, I really think they might be good for 37 wins this- a figure that I believe will be good enough for the 8th seed. I also believe with the bottom of the East being worse this season, with teams like the Knicks, Bulls, Hawks, and Pacers all presumably tanking, I would not be shocked to see records at the top of the conference, be inflated. I can see Washington cracking 50, Toronto cracking 55 or so, with teams like Miami or the Pistons challenging 45 wins. The Bucks are likely quite a bit better than last season's record. The team noticeably flowed better offensively when Middleton returned and you can't count another jump from Giannis this year- for his age, he's been playing at a historic level. Edit: Turns out, Embiid should be on a minutes restriction to begin the season.
  2. 2016-2017 NBA Off-Season Thread

    Just curious, if anyone thinks Cleveland takes a step back this year? I really don't see how Wade can play against the Warriors in the Finals, given his penchant for not playing transition defense. And the entire Isaiah Thomas is a bit murky. If he isn't coming until ASB, that gives him approximately 29 games to play in a new system, with new teammates, and adjust playing to LeBron. I think this might be the year that LeBron's final streak ends, though I'm a little unsure of which team matches up best with them.
  3. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    You're probably way more likely to get other star free agents if you get Irving. From a fan's perspective, he might just be a very good, but not elite player that can't take you far as the #1 option. But judging by the tone of player's comments of him, his success on big stages, and Team USA relationships I presume that he has developed, I could see another star pairing with him. So, that would be the idea.
  4. NBA's Impending Nuclear Winter For FAs

    Dragic's contract is solid, it's not the crazy bargain people thought it would be, because the market became depressed this season and projects to be so forward . He's getting paid in line with what he probably should be getting. Nonetheless, that's fine, and I don't think most who paid attention thought that would be immovable. Miami not having any picks makes it hard for them to move off of mediocre/ bad contracts if they want to get off some salary. I suppose they could move a young player. I'm really not a fan of the JJ contract. I believe that he maybe be worth his annual year salary for at least one season, maybe 2 but the idea of committing 4 years to a 30 year old is not something I can agree with. I don't like Olynky's. And I don't like the back end of TJ's contract. Maybe other teams view it differently, but from my point of view they have 3 okayish contracts on the books, maybe 4 depending on which Waiters they get. For JJ, Waiters, TJ, Olynyk to be traded in actual deals for a star or for Miami to deal them w/o having to include picks, they'll probably have to be bargains. I I'm skeptical of that. Any contract in theory is tradeable, I just question if teams will be willing to pay the price to do.
  5. NBA's Impending Nuclear Winter For FAs

    If I'm not mistaken, I believe that Riley was overruled by Mickey Arison on the TJ deal. From his comments at his free agency recap presser in 2016, that's what it sounded like to me. With only 3 max teams, I think we'll see a bit of bidding war to move off these deals. The price for trading those kind of contracts will rise, at least that's how I see it.. That team , looking to move off of deals, will be operating from a stance of weakness, considering that they'll be scrambling to try to move off of deals to sign free agents. Saying teams won't be able to move off these contracts would be inaccurate, but you're most likely going to have to include sweeteners like first round picks, young prospects, etc. No one team taking a bad contract for the sake of doing that without cap trickery or sweeteners. I don't think the length of the contract was ever the problem for role players, but more so with stars. Committing a 6 year max to a 28 year old star is likely not going to work out in the long run. The main argument I've seen is that contract x,y, and z will be movable because the cap increased. And I don't think that's accurate at all. All of these already spent themselves out of the market,
  6. NBA's Impending Nuclear Winter For FAs

    The Crabbe deal wasn't a normal deal. The Nets are paying 3 years/37 for Crabbe, basically, because they traded 6 million in dead salary for him. He also waived his trade kicker. It was some nice trickery by the new Nets FO. The Lakers just needed to trade the former number 2 pick to dump Mosgov. None of these trades were your run of the mill deals, but one's that required creative thinking/ a dumping of a decent young prospect. It worked out for HOU last year and winning 56 games probably led to them getting Chris Paul, but the Rockets according to reports were being asked to include 2 first round picks in any deal containing Ryan Anderson. Even the, Knicks don't want anything to do with him. And that was perhaps the main reason why the Rockets didn't pursue Paul Millsap. So, as I said, trading those "bad" contracts requires that you actually have "stuff" to include as sweeteners. So I have to disagree with your lining of reason. The cap flattening out is about going to destroy the plans of numerous teams in the league and expose their horrific decisions in the summer of 2016.. Considering how depressed the market was this season, it's hard to argue that the cap spike was good for the league.
  7. Do You Guys Think Riley's Time Is Up?

    I didn't realize there were more of us in here. Keep fighting the good fight!
  8. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    That was the same thought I had initially. The more, the locked in reporters, write their stories, the more I really think LeBron is the reason he wants out. The jig with LeBron going to back to Cleveland was that he was going to be given to be ability to operate on his own terms, rules. What flies for him, doesn't fly for the other stars or players on the roster. When the Cavs win, it's LBJ's is amazing, when they lose the narrative is LeBron needs more help. Guys like Kyrie and Love completely get left out of the picture.
  9. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    I think he looked at Wade and Bosh as his peers. Both guys were drafted in '03 with him- they came up the ranks together and were apart of the same NBA era of stars. Kyrie , in LeBron eyes was the 22 year old that developed bad habits and needed to be shown the light.
  10. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    Well part of the reason, I'm interested in Kyrie is because I don't think it's going to take a monster offer to get him. Maybe I'll be wrong on that part.
  11. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    I don't know. LeBron has never treated Kyrie as a peer. Since his return to Cleveland, it seems as if he has put the onus on himself to take the young guys under his wing and teach them winning ways. That's fine, but at a certain point you can get to this area, where you begin to patronize players- and for a guy like Kyrie that is one of the most popular stars in the league, a 4 time all star, and a guy that hit the game winning shot in the finals I can see why that would be tiring. The fact that the Spurs were listed as one of his 4 teams, shows to me that he's fine with not being considered the best player- the problem seems to be centered around LeBron. In the process of pleasing LeBron, they've alienated probably their 2nd best player.
  12. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    If there is a better opportunity, that means you number one think a guy with 2 years left on his deal will be on the market. That player, in your opinion, will be superior to Kyrie. And three that player would be worthy of a godfather offer? So are you talking about Anthony Davis? Because, I'm almost certain that if he DOES request a trade, that 29 teams will be ready to throw the farm for him- and that's not a race you're going to win, imo.
  13. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    LeBron coming off of a finals series where he just averaged 30,10, and 10, is probably not going to defer and let Kyrie be the man.
  14. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    Well, this is where we disagree, like to a huge degree. I don't think he's close to being a top 25 player at all. Kyrie has Miami on his list, so I'm not sure why you'd be concerned about him leaving? I also think his unhappiness has to do with LeBron's dominant, micro managing, personality.
  15. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    They're not really close enough to Cleveland to be thinking like this. Maybe Boston can since they're heading into the season as the number 2 team in the East in most people's eyes. Plus, LeBron could easily leave Cleveland in 2018 if they lose to GS again in the finals. You're not really giving Cleveland pieces that make them better or increases or odds of winning the titles. Cleveland's most likely going to be worse if they trade Kyrie.