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  1. Demarcus Cousins 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    Apparently Lakers also had a chance to sign Boogie for cheap, but they declined. This puts Boogie in a somewhat better light for me. Didn't contact GSW as the first option. I would've thought that going to the team in which you'd prefer to play long term would've been a logical option. You'd have one year to get to know the franchize and vice versa. Given that he has said Lakers was his favorite team growing up, that was an understandable option. I don't quite get this from the Lakers POV though. Could've been able to gauge Boogie's character/value for the duration of the entire season. A long tryout. As to teams lowballing him... What would've been his rightful value after suffering an achilles injury, known to be a tough one to recover from, not to mention for a guy his size... Obviously a lot of risk involved, and add to that his history of antics. NO would've offered him a max before the injury, and had a decent offer on the table even after that (which was now arguably proven furing FA).
  2. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    I disagree with Skip's point/wording. I can understand that every player wants a ring, but people have shifted the narrative into this and that player needing a ring. What is that about... Ridiculous. Possibly feeding into this general spirit.
  3. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    For one, he (= the mainstream media really) is an opinion leader. I don't need to cosign his statements, but just know that those talk shows both impact and reflect the general vibe. Did Ewing need a ring? Did Malone need a ring? The script is flipped, and this is the sign of the times. Weak times from a competitive stand point. Even you're talking about Demarcus walking out of this with a ring, like that would be the thing that counts instead of going at it hard and embracing the competition no matter what...
  4. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    Revenge... I guess there can be that side to the story. Then there's also the side of flipping off the fans and chasing a ring. The whole thing about rings... Just as we speak, Skip Bayless is on tv talking about how "Demarcus needed a ring... he was 8 years into the league and he needed a ring". This is where it has come down to. Malone and Hakeem join Bulls. They needed rings.
  5. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    You're going b&w between zero and none... surely there are some teams with cap space, and some without. Not buying this take of Boogie being a victim at this point of free agency. Hopefully we'll get to know more.
  6. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    I already stated above he could've gone to plenty of other contenders instead of the clear frontrunners, pulling a KD 2.0. In addition, was listening to First Things First and they claimed that apparently the situation wasn't over and done with. I mean, we were into the 2nd day of free agency. But I'll guess there'll be more info later on. A farce, really...
  7. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    Every other team had room to give max? Find it hard to believe...
  8. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    Yes, and Bob didn't offer him 20-25...
  9. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    joshua18 is disparaging teams for not giving Boogie what he's worth, but GSW offering 5.3M is all well and good.
  10. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    Did GSW offer him 20-25? Why is it "they get a pass" so to say?
  11. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    Yep, this is good... shouldn't be much pressure on him. Would've been the same on other contenders though. The best team part is a negative for a guy of Boogie's caliber. Weak. Again, not a surprise on clearly the best team. Could've also chosen plenty of other PO contenders with that salary. Yes, next level ring chasing. Worthy of what... Well, we'll see. Hopefully he gets at least healthy. Disagree on the genius part. I'd still say weak, since if 5M is the cap hit, you could've negotiated with any team really. Plenty of other competitive teams out there, instead of the frontrunner/most stacked one. Surely any team would've taken him for 5M. The pressure would've been pretty much the same on some of the other contenders, i.e. team has invested peanuts and hope to get Boogie back for PO's. In any case Boogie would want to come back to showcase himself for the next contract.
  12. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    Yeah, but GSW didn't offer him max either, so I don't see how that was the strongest move from Boogie. Obviously a tough situation with the injury, but what I've read is that there was interest, and wheels were still turning. We're into the 2nd day of free agency, and Boogie flipped off NBA fans. Obviously he's free to do what he wants, but the way I see it, in no way was this the strongest move doing it so rapidly. At this point, more so the ultimate ring chase.
  13. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    Who knows what deals were on the table... GSW thought 5.3M and a ring were a good offer, Boogie agreed. Now he becomes a champion* *
  14. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    The power of "come get yourself a ring"... 5.3M for Boogie...
  15. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    What the actual f...