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  1. Jimmy Butler 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    Knicks are out. Called it. Watch the Nets/Clippers follow suit. These are 3 non-contenders who are rebuilding and nowhere close to a win-now position. Toronto, Cleveland, New Orleans, Philly - he's going to one of those 4 spots, with Toronto being most likely. The Knicks are unlikely to trade for Jimmy Butler. "We’re committed to not missing any steps," Knicks President Steve Mills said. "We’re going to take this as a step-by-step process. We’re going to continue along with our plan." Butler named the Knicks, Nets and Clippers as his preferred destinations (Clippers are at the top of his list), but the Knicks have learned from their mistakes in the past and won't give up assets when they can pursue high-profile free agents as soon as 2019. Source: The Athletic
  2. Jimmy Butler 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    I could definitely see Philly make a move cause they're in a position to win now too.
  3. Jimmy Butler 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    Why are you assuming that Butler has a say here? Minny is going to trade him to the team that offers the most. Pretty sure Kawhi didn't want to go to Toronto.
  4. Jimmy Butler 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    Cause the people who decide where he goes are the Wolves, and they're going to get better deals from other places. Just like how Kawhi preferred the Clippers, but was traded to Toronto.
  5. Jimmy Butler 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    I'd be surprised if he goes to any of those 3 places. None of those franchises are looking to compete this year. There's no reason for them to give up assets for a 1 year rental. You have to consider the teams that would benefit and can make an actual push this year. Here's my most likely scenarios: 1. Toronto - if the Kawhi trade proves anything, it's that Toronto's going all in on this year. Bringing in Butler to fill up that recently vacated starting SG spot makes sense. With Butler on the squad, Toronto becomes favorites to win the east (something they have never done, and do care about). 2. Cleveland - Butler and Love can get you a playoff spot in the east. Worth it when you've just had the kind of season/offseason you just did and are terrified of going back to irrelevance in a post-Lebron era. 3. New Orleans - They're clearly looking to compete for a playoff spot in the stacked West, and would want someone to couple with AD after the loss of Cousins. With them also losing Rondo, they've lost a lot of star power this offseason.
  6. 2018-2019 Yahoo! Pre-Draft Rankings

    Bunch of inflated rankings in the Top 50 (all of these are a round too high imo) 14 Kemba 16 Simmons 17 D. Mitchell 20 Jrue 49 Barton
  7. 2018-2019 Yahoo! Pre-Draft Rankings

    2 Center Leagues Punt TO builds In either of those, Embiid's value goes up.
  8. Kawhi Leonard 2018-19 Season Thread

    I love RedDogNamedClippers - he gives such good troll.
  9. I don't think he understood your point. I follow the same approach - loading up on FG/FT is a pretty useful strategy in H2H.
  10. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    Um, if OKC are a lock to make the playoffs, then so are the Lakers. Hell, I'd be willing to bet the Lakers end up with more wins in their 2nd half of the season than OKC does. You're discounting the best player in the NBA. There's no way Portland or New Orleans end the regular season above the Lakers. Vegas has Houston and LA having the same odds to win the NBA championship.
  11. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    That isn't really a good way to measure playoff-making possibility. I mean, you're assuming that all of their younger core (Ball, Kuzma, Ingram) who have another year under their belt aren't going to contribute anything more than they did last year. You're also assuming that none of their FA pick ups with the exception of Lebron are adding any wins either. LA's a definite lock to make the playoffs - somewhere between #3-#6 seed most likely.
  12. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    Having heard more of how this played out, excellent decision from Cousins side. If noone was willing to offer him what he thought he was worth, he took a low pay in order to heal up, while still being guaranteed a late playoff run (and almost certainly a ring), and freeing up for FA next year when the market's better. By that time, he could have championship experience, demonstrated that he'd recovered from his injury, and showed that he can play nice even when he's the 4th(?) option on a team. The risk for him pretty low, but the payoff could be an easy ring and a max contract next year. There's no ifs or buts around this - this was a smart call. Could it blow up if he has a career ending injury his first game back? Absolutely, but that's the risk with any short term contract (even the 2-year one that KD signed).
  13. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    This opens up the Warriors game so much. In the last 4 years (where they've won 3 rings), they did it all by playing small ball, with a weak center. Now, they have the option to still do that, but also play with a conventional center who can wreck havoc. Not even fair.
  14. 2018 NBA Offseason and Free Agency Thread

    This is crazy. And since he's a free agent, I don't think the League can even do anything. There's no way he wasn't offered more than 5m by some other team. He may not have been offered max, but I'd be surprised if NO didn't at minimum offer 15-20m an year for 3-4 years. This is just about the ring. Money isn't a factor here. 5 All-Stars on the same team. It's literally an 'All-Star' team. Only thing that can stop them is injuries, boredom or internal dysfunction. Not talent or a better team.
  15. Paul George 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    Fantasy wise, solid second rounder. I'd go late 2nd since I think a lot of folks might jump over him this season. With a couple of big men gaining value due to either player movement or more experience (Embiid, Aldridge, Love etc.), would be more likely to go for them over a wing. Real basketball wise though, oh god, that move makes no sense. I mean, he does know that he has no chance of winning a title in OKC, right? OKC couldn't get past Utah, so expecting them to be any challenge to the Warriors or even the Rockets or new Lakers is silly tbh. And he must remember how his dream was to be a Laker, right? And OKC isn't event a good marketing opportunity.