My Dinner With Andre

LeBron James 2018 Offseason Thread

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8 hours ago, Auction>Snake said:

Wherever he goes they beat the Warriors. 

 

 

No one's beating the Warriors, barring injuries. Keep dreaming though, it's precious.

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Do you know how many times X team could’ve/would’ve/should’ve beaten Y team in the history of sports? 

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It's obvious the implication is the Warriors were pushed to 7 games, they're not head and shoulders above all teams in the league.  They're bench continues to get shallower and guys they have leaned on like Iggy and Livingston continue to decline with age.  Houston and Boston are two teams with potentially enough fire power in the league to challenge the Warriors.  Maybe Philly but a bunch of things would have to go right for them.  With Kawhi most likely being pushed out East, the East could be the stronger conference at the top..... for the first time in a number of years.  Not sure who will fill the vacuum of 3rd best team in the West now, maybe Utah?  A lot will depend on where Lebron ends up in the power construct....

 

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14 minutes ago, Patrick Bateman said:

It's obvious the implication is the Warriors were pushed to 7 games, they're not head and shoulders above all teams in the league.  They're bench continues to get shallower and guys they have leaned on like Iggy and Livingston continue to decline with age.  Houston and Boston are two teams with potentially enough fire power in the league to challenge the Warriors.  Maybe Philly but a bunch of things would have to go right for them.  With Kawhi most likely being pushed out East, the East could be the stronger conference at the top..... for the first time in a number of years.  Not sure who will fill the vacuum of 3rd best team in the West now, maybe Utah?  A lot will depend on where Lebron ends up in the power construct....

Utah was the 3rd best team, just too bad they had to play the Rockets without Rubio last year. Give Brow another year of development though...I would assume NOP will be the better team next year, regardless of Cousins's health. And I think it more likely than not that the Lakers get Kawhi and Lebron next year. Their starting 5 alone (and yes, it will be alone by the time all hypothetical trades get finished) is going to be better than Utah, at the very least.

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8 minutes ago, miasma16 said:

Utah was the 3rd best team, just too bad they had to play the Rockets without Rubio last year. Give Brow another year of development though...I would assume NOP will be the better team next year, regardless of Cousins's health. And I think it more likely than not that the Lakers get Kawhi and Lebron next year. Their starting 5 alone (and yes, it will be alone by the time all hypothetical trades get finished) is going to be better than Utah, at the very least.

 

Going to be exceedingly difficult for the Lakers to get Kawhi this year.  It basically has to happen in the next month and they don't have the most to offer so they'd have to get a 3rd team involved.  Maybe Magic and company can get it done, but have to figure Lebron will want George or another star to come with him and they may cost assets in S&T deals.  After this offseason, the Lakers probably won't have the cap space to sign Kawhi in a UFA deal outright.  It's going to be really hard for the timing to work out especially with the Spurs in no hurry....

 

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