Mike1989

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  1. Mike1989

    2018 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    If the rumor is true that they don't want to trade Kawhi to a team in the same conference, it does reduce the number of potential deals they could get for Kawhi Leonard if they focus on the east. What teams could trade for him? Boston have the young talent and draft picks to tempt the Spurs, but to be honest I think they should stick with what they've got because Irving, Brown, Hayward, Tatum and Horford is potentially one of the best all round starting fives in the league. Philly have the assets to get a deal done and putting Kawhi in the same team as Simmons and Embiid would be very appealing to them. However, they might not want to sacrifice some of their young talent and instead prefer to try to tempt LeBron or Paul George to town. Milwaukee could probably put a deal together to pair Kawhi and Giannis, but it would probably require Middleton and Parker (sign and trade) plus future picks, unless they throw Bledsoe and Middleton/Parker to them. It's just a question of how much they are willing to give up. Could Washington put something together involving Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre plus draft picks? It might be appealing to them to add those two highly rated young talents and at least this year's first round pick. The thought of Wall, Beal and Kawhi as a trio for Washington is potentially scary. New York could put something together but that might leave the cupboard fairly bare for them, but I'm sure they would love to have Kawhi and Porzingis as their main duo. As for us we do have some appealing young talent in Richardson, Winslow, and Bam that could interest them. We could also include Dragic in a deal to give them an upgrade at PG and that would allow them to remain competitive since I doubt they will want to enter tank mode next season. Granted it might be tough for us to put a deal together without leaving our cupboard bare but we do have some appealing players to help them now and in the future.
  2. Mike1989

    2018 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    It would be great if we did manage to pry Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs. Obviously we would need guarantees that he would sign an extension, but I suspect if LeBron came to town and Paul George as well it would be an easy decision for Kawhi to make. However, I don't see us being able to put that trio together. I think it would be more realistic to persuade one of them to come to Miami to pair with Kawhi, and hopefully we would be able to hold onto some of our young core to remain in starting spots like Richardson/Winslow to play SG and Bam at C, with PG and LeBron playing SF and PF.
  3. Mike1989

    2018 NBA Playoffs

    It's going to be tough for the Rockets without Chris Paul, but Eric Gordon has done a good job for them in the play offs this season and I suspect they'll slot him into the starting line up. I don't see them winning game six, but it would be nice if the Rockets did seal this series on the road to hopefully wipe those smug smiles off the Warriors' faces.
  4. Mike1989

    Top 5 Heat players of All-Time (non all-star)

    Re-read the task... "What's your 5 favourite Heat players that have NOT been all-stars with the Heat (no Wade, Bron, Bosh, Shaq, Zo...)" None of my starting five were all stars with the Heat. Jones' all star appearances came for LA and Charlotte before he joined us. Rice became a three time all star after he left here and played in Charlotte. That would also make Jamal Mashburn eligible for selection because his all star appearances also came with Charlotte. Funny how a few of ours became all stars with the same team!
  5. Mike1989

    Top 5 Heat players of All-Time (non all-star)

    My top five in respect to their position: PG - Mario Chalmers SG - Eddie Jones SF - Glenn Rice PF - Udonis Harlem C - Rony Seikaly
  6. Mike1989

    2018 NBA Off-Season Thread

    Leonard has two seasons left on his deal, the second he can opt out of making him an unrestricted free agent in 2019. If he gets traded somewhere he doesn't want to be he'll just walk. So that reduces the Spurs' leverage in any deal and are reliant on some team either taking a risk to win now (ie like OKC with George) or they send him to a team that persuades him before or after to extend with them. As for the Lakers if they sent a future first round pick (or picks) plus Brandon Ingram (starter at SG-PF), Kyle Kuzma (sixth man option or potential starter) and Deng (balances the salaries?) then that might be tempting enough for them to consider. It all depends on what anyone else could afford. The only other team that could offer more is the Celtics. They could send the future firsts they own next year, plus they've got young talent to tempt them if they wanted to do a deal. Philly could probably tempt them as well.
  7. Mike1989

    2018 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    If true I wonder what's gone on to cause that? It's not like he can complain he doesn't have a good supporting cast because he's got Teague, Butler, Wiggins and Gibson in the starting line up with him. I'd be surprised if they did trade him, but if he was available we don't have the assets to make the deal happen. I suspect it would be a team like Boston or Philly with their future picks and talent.
  8. Mike1989

    2018 NBA Off-Season Thread

    All in the pursuit of superstar players rather than letting their young talent develop and supplementing them with smart additions in free agency. Ball, Ingram, Randle and Kuzma all showed signs of being able to be part of a winning core. If I was them I'd be wanting to extend Randle and build our that young quartet. Sure try to add a premier free agent to help boost the win count, but don't sacrifice that young core. I suppose if they traded Ingram and Randle to San Antonio in a package for Kawhi that might be a plus move for them, especially if they can create the room to add LeBron or George. But they'd have to win to make it worthwhile and based on how the West looks I'm not convinced short term is the way to go.
  9. Mike1989

    Offseason Kwahi Leonard to the heat.

    That is crazy money 😲 Unless I'm mistaken the team that trades for him or he heads to in free agency can't offer him anywhere near that amount. Isn't the super max $70 million more than the rest can offer? If he's happy to leave that kind of money on the table, something must really have gone wrong in San Antonio...
  10. Mike1989

    Offseason Kwahi Leonard to the heat.

    So what makes him want to leave an organization like the Spurs? - 20 straight play off appearances - 18 straight seasons with 50+ wins (this would be 20 had 1998-99 season not been shortened by a strike because they were on pace to win 60 games and they won 56 games in 97-98) - 5 NBA championships It makes me wonder what his motivation really is because the Spurs are one of the teams that other teams want to copy because of their sustained success. I could understand his desire to leave if he was playing on a struggling team (e.g. Demarcus Cousins and Sacramento) or a team stuck in no mans land (e.g. Kemba Walker and Charlotte), but he is playing for one of the best coaches of all time and is playing for one of the most successful teams of all time. Does he want out because he wants to play in Los Angeles? If so, that rules us out long term and we aren't well enough positioned to take on a one year rental. Does he want out because he doesn't like Pop's style and wants an easier ride? If so, that rules us out because Riley won't let him coast. Or does he want out because he feels another team offers him a better chance at a championship? If so, then we need to put something pretty appealing together to make him want to commit to us long term. I'm high on veterans like Dragic, JJ, Waiters and Whiteside. I believe in Richardson, Winslow and Bam to get better. But to get Kawhi we'll have to make sacrifices (probably at least one of Richardson, Winslow and Bam, plus veterans to make the numbers work) and that might not leave us with enough to make a run in the east and persuade him to stick with us long term. I have no issue with going after him. I'd love to see him here. But at the same time we need to be careful that we don't give up too much and end up with egg on our face a year from now because he's opted out and left us, and we've given up a player that breaks out and becomes an all star (i.e. OKC trading Oladipo for Paul George).
  11. Mike1989

    2018 NBA Draft Thread

    The lottery saw the Kings make a big move from 7th to 2nd overall. They seemed to play hard at times last year even though they made moves towards featuring their young talent. With no first round pick next year this move up is really important for them. Adding Ayton or Doncic would be huge for them. Atlanta, Memphis and Dallas dropping one spot shouldn't make a big difference to them because Jaren Jackson, Michael Porter and Marvin Bagley can all fit into their starting line ups. Even Mohamed Bamba and Wendell Carter could get some consideration for them. Orlando and Chicago's drop does hurt them a little bit because they'll be picking from what's left of the so-called top seven, but in Orlando's case if one of them is Trae Young that makes it easier for them to select him at six, and same goes for Mohamed Bamba at six it's easier to go for than in the top few picks. But if they don't go for them it means considering the next tier guys like Wendell Carter, Collin Sexton, and Mikal Bridges.
  12. Mike1989

    2017-2018 NBA Season

    Agreed, we might not have beat them but I still think we could have beaten them had we played our best basketball. The thing about that series is the Wizards had opportunities, in games one, five and six they went cold in the fourth quarter and that cost them those games. The second game they never recovered from Toronto's 40+ point first quarter, but other than one game the Wizards managed to hold with them until the fourth. Granted we had similar problems of our own against Philly, but of those top four seeds the Raptors were there for the taking. It is going to be interesting to see what they do with that team this off season because I can't see them winning a championship with their current roster. They are very similar to the recent Atlanta Hawks team, very good in regular season, but not really good enough in the post season to bring home the title.
  13. Mike1989

    2017-2018 NBA Season

    To be honest the team I would have taken in the first round of the top four seeds would have been Toronto purely on the basis that to date they have been a better regular season team than post season team. So of the top four teams they appeared to me as the most vulnerable because the likes of DeRozan tend to choke come crunch time in the play offs. The thing about Boston is that they are very well organized and the players have bought into the system. The silly thing about it is that even without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, they still have the 2016 3rd overall pick and 2017 3rd overall pick in their starting line up, and a five time all star in Al Horford in their starting line up. Most teams that tank and build through the lottery pick up a couple of top talents and build around them, in Boston they are arguably their 4th and 5th options when their line up is fully healthy. So for me I didn't fancy Boston in the first round because they were well organized and still pretty deep even without their main two guys.
  14. Mike1989

    2018 NBA Playoffs

    Would the Rockets losing to the Warriors constitute failure? Not really. I think most people would pick the Warriors over the Rockets in a best of seven. The Warriors have four all stars and a deep roster. If they stay healthy it will be difficult for the Rockets to beat them. All they have to do is make sure they don't get swept like the Raptors did by the Cavaliers. At that point it would be a failure. The Cavs have LeBron, take him out of the equation and the Celtics would be favored, or add Irving and Hayward to their starting line and maybe the Celtics would be favored. As things stand they are rightly underdogs, but they are dangerous underdogs and I'd argue more likely to spring an "upset" than the Rockets.
  15. Mike1989

    2018 NBA Playoffs

    I'm kinda hoping that the Rockets and Celtics make the finals to give us fans something different, but whichever combination make the finals I'm hoping the finals are competitive and not one sided.