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  1. I remember back in July of 15' when we were heavily pursuing some of these marquee players, such as LaMarcus Aldridge. Of course, back then he was a top 2 power forward in the game. Riley's message to him was something along the lines of 'sign a short deal and we'll come after you when we can'. Boy was he right, considering that the fact that Aldridge could now be traded to a rebuilding team - a team that is far from championship aspirations. Nonetheless, LA is still an intriguing piece. He just didn't seem to fit into the Spurs system, which is rare. Although he had a disappointing season I'd still be willing to take a shot at him. San Antonio is shopping him for a top 10 pick, which probably means they want to get younger and clear some cap space at the same time. They'll probably get a few offers from a bunch of teams.
  2. Was a disappointing year for LA overall.
  3. No, there are definitely expectations for this upcoming season. What I meant is that I have no expectations in free-agency. I don't expect us to sign the Gordan Haywards or land the Jimmy Butlers via trade. Just keep who we have and add a nice complimentary piece and it'll be enough to satisfy me.
  4. Is there a reason why you keep bringing this up? In what ways have you been 'so accurate'? By predicting that Dion Waiters would opt out?
  5. Jimmy Butler has challenged Lebron plenty. In fact, lets not forget that the Chicago Bulls were a mere 2 seconds away from bolstering a 3-1 advantage over Cleveland in 2015 before James hit that game winning 3 on the road. Paul George is a great player, but in what way did he 'challenge' Lebron this year other than having 3 great scoring outbursts in the playoffs? After all, his team got swept, and actually managed to blow a 25 point lead in one of those games. The Pacers posed a challenge to Miami in 2012, 2013 and 2014, but that wasn't just because of the mighty, barely 6th best small-forward in the league. It was more-so because of the overall team effort of Indiana as opposed to one particular individual. The Pacers were a big and physical bunch and took advantage of the lack of size that the Heat had out on the basketball floor. Roy Hibbert was a double double machine, David West was unstoppable in the post, and George Hill along with Lance Stephenson provided the complimentary contributions. Lets debunk this myth: "Paul George is the only player to challenge Lebron in the East in the last 7 years". Okay, you ready? 2012 - Pacers vs. Heat playoffs (Heat win in 6): Paul George: 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists per game. (DRtg: 101, ORtg: 101, GameScore: 8.7) David West: 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists per game. (107, 111, 10.5) Danny Granger: 13 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3 assists per game. (107, 97, 7.3) Lebron James: 30 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists per game. (106, 121, 23.4) (2 other Pacers scored in double figure this series - George Hill @ 13ppg and Roy Hibbert at 12ppg to go along with 12rbpg. 2013 - Pacers vs. Heat playoffs (Heat win in 7): Paul George: 19.5 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists per game. (DRtg: 112, ORtg: 106, GameScore: 11.9) David West: 16.6 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists per game. (111, 103, 11.2) Roy Hibbert: 22 points, 10 rebounds per game. (112, 123, 16.9) Lebron James: 29 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists per game. (106, 121, 23.4) 2014 - Pacers vs. Heat playoffs (Heat win in 6): Paul George: 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists per game. (DRtg: 115, ORtg: 114, GameScore: 16.8) David West: 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists per game. (117, 110, 11.7) Lance Stephenson: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists per game. (118, 114, 11.3) Lebron James: 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5.5 assists per game. (106, 118, 19) Out of those 3 years of Pacers relevancy, Paul George was the best player on his team only one time versus the Heat. The other 2 outings his teammates did most of the heavy lifting, and he was completely outclassed by Lebron also. This year he got swept by The king and had a rather pedestrian closeout game on his home floor. 1 time out of the last 7 years has Paul George been the best player on his team AND posed a challenge to Lebron. 1 time. But even then, we can't ignore the impact that David West (16 points, 7 rebounds) and Lance Stephenson (14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists per game) had on that 'one' series. The Pacers success was due to a collective effort, not just one particular player. But is that the 'only' time Lebron has gotten challenged in the east - from the Pacers? I think not.. In 2012 the Celtics took James to game 7. In 2015 the Bulls lost a dog fight in 6. In 2016 the Raptors stole 2 games. That 2012-2014 Indiana Pacers team may be Lebron's toughest postseason foe outside of the finals, but their success was largely due to their size, strength and cohesion, rather than one individual. PG is a scorer and no one is going to stop him from doing so - as evident in this post season. However, he also isn't the type who will win you many games even with a decent roster and depth - as evident in this past season. And no, he wasn't the only player to challenge Lebron in the past 7 years. In fact, an argument could be made that his former teammate - David West - posed more of a roadblock towards Lebron's return at a finals than he himself did.
  6. I'll be pretty satisfied with this off-season if we can re-sign Waiters and JJ, find a young, energetic back-up C, and add another complimentary piece such as Rudy Gay. All of this seems doable and should put us in a competitive place heading into this upcoming season. No expectations, no heart breaks..
  7. I agree, if we're going to trade him it better be sooner rather than later. However, I'm not up for giving him away for no solid pieces in return just because of his salary spike in the final 2 years of his deal. Things can look very different a few weeks from now. All it takes is a Brooklyn Nets team offering bank and we could lose Dion. Tyler would sure come in handy for us then..
  8. Fun fact: Only 2 bench players this season averaged at least 12 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds per game. Both of those players were members of the Miami Heat (James Johnson and Tyler Johnson). As I mentioned several days ago, the Johnson brothers aren't just great all-around basketball players, but they are also elite defenders as the metrics place them in the top 5 at their respective positions defensively. Lets not forget, TJ hasn't even played over 140 NBA games yet. 19 mill is a fairly high amount but unless we're packaging him away for a star in return - or a high draft pick - he shouldn't be traded. Not yet at least. Tyler has all of the characteristics of a true Heat player. Guys like him don't always come around..
  9. Statistics are mathematics. Lol @ random statistics that I believe are relevant. I used practically the most meaningful stats in basketball, the same stats that are used by analysts, coaches and even GM's across the league. You haven't laid out a single number other than the amount of wins you believe the Heat will achieve this upcoming season. Stating "PG can win you big games" is nothing other than your own belief as you didn't provide any statistics to back up that claim.
  10. I already did, it's in the previous pages. Never said PG is exactly number 15. What I did say was that the statistics don't favor him being a top 15 player, and it's true given that the statistics are hardly in his favor of being top 6 at his own position.
  11. Some 30 year old European is going to take us to the promise land? Unless this is 2011 and his name is Dirk I think I'll pass.
  12. Didn't you pick them to win 50 games with HCA?
  13. Stats don't mean anything? I'd definitely have to disagree on that one. At the very minimum, stats mean much more than opinions. Stats aren't 'just numbers' - they are a numeric representation of your production on the court, and that is an integral in basketball nowadays. You're right, no stats can back that up, because it's not true lol. What big games has he won? The difference between mine and your opinion is that I am basing mine off of mathematics, whereas yours is off pure speculation.
  14. The guy is 20 and gets his eyebrows colored. I'd pass on him. Seems like a diva..
  15. The statistics don't back up the claim of him being a top 5 player, let alone top 15. George is a great scorer but that's all he really does. His defense is quite overrated and the stats prove it. There are 6 other small forwards in the NBA who shoot more efficiently, pass better, put up better defensive numbers (including advance stats) and score more points (minus Hayward, who scored 1.5 less than PG). I'm not sure what the one size fits all theory is. Why don't you give me a rundown on it?