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  • tmarohl

    Anthony Davis just traded to the Lakers for Lonzo, Hart, Ingram, and three first round picks including the number 4.

  • tmarohl

    Let me guess, that is their way of trying to get their foot in the door for Giannis down the road.

  • gaelicgirl

    @tmarohl said...

    Let me guess, that is their way of trying to get their foot in the door for Giannis down the road.

    According to deranged Lakers fans in twitter comments, absolutely! LOL

  • gaelicgirl

    Another one bites the dust! Bradley Beal is the latest to withdraw from the FIBA World Cup, following withdrawals by Anthony Davis, James Harden, Eric Gordon and CJ McCollum.
    Team USA’s roster is down to 15 players now: Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond, Tobias Harris, Kyle Kuzma, Damian Lillard, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, Kyle Lowry (who just had thumb surgery), Khris Middleton, Paul Millsap, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, PJ Tucker, Myles Turner, and Kemba Walker.

    Does anyone else find this hemorrhaging of our top NBA talent somewhat disturbing? I’ve heard the excuses about wanting to focus on playing with their new teams, but Beal’s excuse seems a bit lame. Did he just find out when his new baby is expected to arrive? I’m just wondering if something else is going on here. Is it Trump? Is it Popovich? Is it that patriotism is dead? Is it a growing “me first” mentality in the NBA? Is it that so many teams feel like they have a real chance to compete for a championship this coming season?

    Tobias Harris just withdrew from Team USA – good grief! – and Zion Williamson has withdrawn from the Select Team.

  • gaelicgirl

    Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan are the latest to defect from Team USA training camp.

    I know it’s a copycat league and all, but this is getting ridiculous. At least Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton and Donovan Mitchell have said they intend to keep their commitments.

  • yisman

    Blazers sign Pau Gasol

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    @yisman said...

    Blazers sign Pau Gasol

    How much help does Hassan Whiteside need?

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    @gaelicgirl said...

    How much help does Hassan Whiteside need?

    Well, you got Nurkic who always breaks a leg. Whiteside who sometimes doesn’t want to play. Now Gasol who’s time has past and always has a bad something. So basically the Blazers are now covered at C with someone willing and able for 75% of the upcoming seasons games.

  • gaelicgirl

    @gaelicgirl said...

    I’m just wondering if something else is going on here.

    Hmm…this never occurred to me. Could it really just be a cyclical thing?
    https://www.theringer.com/nba/2019/7/24/20707390/team-usa-basketball-olympics-world-cup

  • gaelicgirl

    Great news! Players Only is no more.
    https://deadspin.com/report-tnt-will-finally-get-rid-of-those-sloppy-player-1836681849

    Now if they could only get rid of these clowns…

    but that’s probably asking too much.

  • tmarohl

    Bucks just signed Dragen Bender to be 15th man. How much help does Pat Connaughton need?

  • gaelicgirl

    @tmarohl said...

    Bucks just signed Dragen Bender to be 15th man. How much help does Pat Connaughton need?

    LOL Lucky break for Bender, moving from one of the worst teams in the league to a contender. He’s probably thrilled!

  • gaelicgirl

    Here’s an interesting article that looks at the possible ramifications of this offseason’s unprecedented player movement. It touches on the way Kawhi and the Clippers were able to extract PG13 from OKC mid-contract, and what that might mean for the next round of CBA negotiations between owners and players in 2022.
    https://www.theringer.com/nba/2019/7/26/8931051/kawhi-leonard-nba-michael-jordan

  • yisman

    Draymond 4 years, $100 million extension

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    @yisman said...

    Draymond 4 years, $100 million extension

    Warriors fans right now

    https://deadspin.com/draymond-got-paid-1836936534

  • superstars92

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    Anyone know why Draymond signed that contract? I don’t get it.

    Rich Paul just loves getting his players ripped off. Bledsoe first, the Nerlens Noel, then Draymond. All of them get bigger ones without signing it before their first contract ends (and in Noel’s case, signing the first offer sheet). Draymond coulda gotten like 50M more if he just waited 1 season. It’s almost like Rich Paul wants the guarantee money as the agent and somehow tricks his clients into signing.

    Look at what Khris Middleton got. That’s what Draymond coulda gotten.

  • gaelicgirl

    @superstars92 said...

    Anyone know why Draymond signed that contract? I don’t get it.

    Probably a combination of factors, not least of which is loyalty. He said this last September: “I’m confident that I’ll be here for a very long time … I’m not looking at this one-sided like, ‘Oh man, I gotta do what’s right for Draymond.’ It’s a partnership and it’s a family and doing the right thing for everyone involved is important.”

    He also seems to believe, as Klay does, that the Warriors aren’t finished winning championships yet. He said this after they lost to the Raptors: “I think everybody thinks it’s kind of the end of us. But that’s just not smart. We’re not done yet. … But, yeah, I hear a lot of that noise, ‘It’s the end of a run’ and all that jazz. I don’t see it happening though. We’ll be back.”

    I don’t think it’s the case that Rich Paul ripped him off. When Draymond signed with Klutch Sports, it made me uneasy, for sure. But in this case, the max extension makes the most sense for both sides. The Warriors now have a core 4 (if D-Lo stays) locked in for the next several years: Steph for 3 more years, Klay for 5 more, Draymond for 5 more, and D-Lo for 4 more. You know Steph’s not going anywhere. For Draymond, he’s got security with his original team until age 33. He’s got insurance against injury (maybe a factor after seeing what happened to KD and Klay). But I think the most important things to him are loyalty and the chance to continue competing for titles.

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    @gaelicgirl said...

    He also seems to believe, as Klay does, that the Warriors aren’t finished winning championships yet.

    I do believe that too. I hope they win another one. I guess I was mostly confused on why he just didn’t wait. Optionality is like an athlete (or really any person with a contract) greatest luxury, and he gave up that optionality by signing early. Like you said, he could just really want to stay with the Warriors and he also didn’t want to risk anything, but given I read somewhere Draymond wanted to be a billionaire, this is against that mentality.

  • telestraightshooter

    Projected “starting pitchers/ PG’s” for the Rockets next year:

    20 games of Harden sans RWb
    20 games of RWb sans Harden
    42 games of both

    Rockets Daryl Morey said that his training staff will have a “very put together plan” on load management for Russell Westbrook and James Harden this upcoming season.

    Traditionally, Westbrook and Harden have eschewed away from random rest, but Westbrook has had some knee issues over the years and Harden has played a ton of minutes over the past few seasons, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see both these guys have some sort of maintenance plan. After what Kawhi Leonard just did in the Finals, “load management” will likely be the bane of fantasy players existence for many years to come.

    SOURCE: Alykhan Bijani on Twitter
    Jul 31, 2019, 11:19 AM ET

  • Smallchimp

    @telestraightshooter said...

    After what Kawhi Leonard just did in the Finals, “load management” will likely be the bane of fantasy players existence for many years to come

    “Load management” is an issue for the people physically going to the games. Obviously it’s not so bad when your team has 2-3 stars like some in the league, but it’s still crummy that any game you go to could be a “load management” night off. Potential league intervention if this becomes commonplace?

  • gaelicgirl

    @Smallchimp said...

    “Load management” is an issue for the people physically going to the games. Obviously it’s not so bad when your team has 2-3 stars like some in the league, but it’s still crummy that any game you go to could be a “load management” night off. Potential league intervention if this becomes commonplace?

    Maybe, if ticket sales plummet. Don’t know how the league can force players to play, though, since teams can always just make up some excuse like “soreness” to sit players they want to rest.
    It could definitely be an issue for DFS players, especially on sites that don’t allow late swap (like FD).

  • Pandamonious

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    Dog days. Can we get a DDR or Beal trade already? Chris Paul? Something? Anything?

    There’s rules in place against load management, but they do need to be stricter. Too many loopholes. Teams have so much cash they don’t care if they have to pay fines.

  • tmarohl

    @gaelicgirl said...

    Maybe, if ticket sales plummet. Don’t know how the league can force players to play, though, since teams can always just make up some excuse like “soreness” to sit players they want to rest.
    It could definitely be an issue for DFS players, especially on sites that don’t allow late swap (like FD).

    I feel sorry for Moms and Dads who go out there and spend a lot of money on game tickets so their kids can go see Lebron or guys like that. I’ll give you an example. Lakers at Bucks last year. They only play a home and home against each other. Lakers come to Milwaukee they are a marquee game on the schedule. Flex pricing is in effect for games like that so single game tickets cost 4-5 times more than they do for non marquee games. The game comes, they decide to load manage Lebron, Bucks in turn load manage Giannis, and the tickets you spent hundreds of dollars on, maybe as a Christmas present for your kid, are now worth pennies on the dollar. Parents spend a ton of money, kid doesn’t get to see Lebron. In fact, Lebron doesn’t even make the trip.

    That is one example that I’m sure happens on close to a nightly example in the NBA. To make the best of situations like that in the future, I think the league could maybe look into requiring super star players who are going to be load managed, to maybe encourage them to spend some time high fiving the kids, spend some time signing autographs, or something like that. Especially when the team in question only comes to your building once a year. I know Giannis spends tons of time at just about every road game, whether playing or not, signing autographs for fans. That is probably more because teams tend to have their Greek Heritage Night whenever the Bucks come to town, but still, I think something like what I am suggesting would soften the blow a little bit for fans.

    Not a big deal when Golden State of the past few years comes to town, and one of 4 superstars are on the pine. Much different situation when a team like Lakers come to town and Lebron doesn’t play.

  • gaelicgirl

    @Pandamonious said...

    Dog days. Can we get a DDR or Beal trade already? Chris Paul? Something? Anything?

    No kidding
    I’m so bored right now

    Does anyone know if the FIBA World Cup will be televised?

  • gaelicgirl

    @tmarohl said...

    That is one example that I’m sure happens on close to a nightly example in the NBA. To make the best of situations like that in the future, I think the league could maybe look into requiring super star players who are going to be load managed, to maybe encourage them to spend some time high fiving the kids, spend some time signing autographs, or something like that. Especially when the team in question only comes to your building once a year. I know Giannis spends tons of time at just about every road game, whether playing or not, signing autographs for fans.

    I like this idea. Steph usually takes the time to sign autographs for fans when they’re on the road, like Giannis does. Most superstar players seem to get how important it is, that they’re the ones people have paid hard-earned money to see.

    A few superstar players, not so much, but I think they’re the exceptions. Since the Lakers have AD now, at least one of them should be playing in road games.

  • yisman

    Boogie injured his knee during offseason workouts…

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