Warriors Plan B

The Golden State Warriors have been rumored all summer to be in the Kevin Love sweepstakes. But due to their reluctance to include their up and coming superstar, Klay Thompson the Warriors gave up on their pursuit of Kevin Love. If they are still in search of a stretch 4 power forward, I think they need to go out and acquire Ryan Anderson from the New Orleans Pelicans. Using ESPNS trade machine, I’ve come up with a scenario where the Warriors can acquire Anderson. This trade will be involving the Warriors, Pelicans, and Kings.

Warriors

Ryan Anderson 2yrs at 8.5million

New Orleans Pelicans

Jason Terry 1yr 5.9million

Carl Landry 3yrs 6.5million

Sacramento Kings

David Lee 2yrs 15.0million

I like this trade because the Kings get a All Star caliber PF in David Lee, Warriors get their stretch four PF in Ryan Anderson, and the Pelicans add depth in Carl Landry. Also, if the Pelicans don’t want to keep Jason Terry they can always buy him out, and maybe even trade him.

I’m not sure if this trade happens, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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The Clock Is Ticking

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a life long Bulls fan. Dating back to the Jordan era, and until now. The one thing I hate about this franchise that upsets me the most, is when they are never able to bring in a big time SUPERSTAR through free agency. The best players that they’ve ever brought in are guys like Eddie Robinson (BUM), and Ron Mercer (BUM). They’ve struck out on stars like Grant Hill, and Tracy Mcgrady back in the day. Four years ago the Bulls struck out on Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh the three biggest names in free agency that year. But they settled for guys like Carlos Boozer (BUM), Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, and CJ Watson. Basically guys that weren’t enough to win a championship aka Utah Jazz 2.0. I’ve always asked myself, “Why doesn’t anyone want to come to Chicago?”

Chicago is the third biggest market in America, and we can’t get anyone to come here. I know most recently the Bulls have fallen on bad luck, thanks to Derrick Rose missing the past two years due to injuries. But it has to be something the front office can do in order to bring in some big names to help this team. Now in 2014 the big talk is about bringing in Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love. Two names that have been consistently brought up for the past two years. Do I think the Bulls can land one of these guys? NO! I think if we strikeout on Carmelo Anthony, we need to make a trade to acquire Kevin Love. And I don’t think you stop there, after we acquire Kevin Love, I think the Bulls need to make a trade for Aaron Afflalo. The shooting guard position has been our biggest weakness these last couple of years, and I think Afflalo addresses that need for us. But knowing our front office none of this will happen. Our front office sucks! Gar Forman, and John Paxson haven’t done a damn thing since they’ve been in control of this roster. The best thing they’ve done was draft Joakim Noah, and somehow the NBA blessed the Bulls with the number 1 pick back in 2008 so they could draft Derrick Rose. I think it’s time for the Bulls to get a whole new front office. I don’t know how you can’t get any big name stars to come to Chicago, when we all know Chicago sales itself! These guys are obviously doing something wrong, and I think as fans we need to DEMAND drastic changes if the front office can’t land Kevin Love or Carmelo Anthony this summer. We can’t waste the rest of the prime years we have in Noah, Butler, Gibson, and Rose. This summer will show me a lot about where this organization is headed, and I hope all Bulls fans feel the same.

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Cavs Win The Number 1 Pick

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For the third time since Lebron James left, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won a pick in the top 5. The Cavs had a 1.7% chance of winning the number 1 pick, but somehow they won it AGAIN. With the previous three picks the Cavs drafted Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and Anthony Bennett. I can see the Cavs drafting any of the top 3 prospects that are mentioned for the number one pick (Parker, Wiggins, Embiid). Whatever decision the Cavs make, lets hope it pans out. Here is the rest of the draft order. Remember the NBA Draft takes place Thursday June 26th.

1. Cleveland

2. Milwaukee

3. Philadelphia

4. Orlando

5. Utah

6. Boston

7. Lakers

8. Sacramento

9. Charlotte

10. Philadelphia

11. Denver

12. Orlando

13. Minnesota

14. Phoenix

15. Atlanta

16. Chicago

17. Boston

18. Phoenix

19. Chicago

20. Toronto

21. Oklahoma City

22. Memphis

23. Utah

24. Charlotte

25. Houston

26. Miami

27. Phoenix

28. Clippers

29. Oklahoma City

30. San Antonio

 

 

NBA First Week In Review

The NBA season finally kicked off last Tuesday night, and I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s my first week assessment.

1. The Indiana Pacers are very good. Lead by superstar Paul George, they’re the only undefeated team left in the NBA. Lets not forget Danny Granger is out the first three weeks of the season nursing a calf injury. Look for them to be one of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference all year.

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2. Dwight Howard looks like the Dwight of old. Yes he’s healthy, and FINALLY happy. Dwight is averaging 17.4ppg to go with 14.6 rpg. Expect to see great things from him and star shooting guard James Harden this year. The Houston Rockets biggest question mark to me is their defense, but they can certainly score with anyone in the league.

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3. The Golden State Warriors look great. They’re off to a 4-1 start, and they’ll only get better as the season goes on. They have two lights out shooters in Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson that can carry the team on any giving night. Look for this team to continue to grow, and yes people they’re a legitimate NBA Finals team.

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4. The Bulls have been awfully rusty to begin the 2013 campaign. As they’re off to a 1-3 start to begin the year. Derrick Rose has struggled shooting 28% from the field. They need to cut down on the turnovers, and score more on offense. Remember offense has been their biggest problem the last several years. No need to panic Bull fans I believe in Derrick Rose and this team.

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5. The Suns, Bobcats, and the Sixers will compete every night. So much for the “Tank For Wiggins” idea everyone thought the bad teams around the NBA were doing. As these three teams have competed every night and they’re a combined 9-6. Yes each team is 3-2, but they’ve been in every game they played early on. As the Bobcats defeated the Raptors and Knicks, and the Sixers defeated the Heat and the Bulls. If these teams are planning on tanking they better do it sooner than later. The Suns look like they have a star in the making in Eric Bledsoe. No wonder why they call him mini Lebron. The Sixers look like they found their point guard of the future in Michael Carter Williams

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6. The Knicks are sluggish out the gate starting off the year 1-3, and to make matters worse they’ve lost their leader on defense in center Tyson Chandler for 4-6 weeks due to a fractured right fibula. Who will step up while Chandler is out? Will that be Amar’e or Kenyon Martin? Knicks must get their defense in order, and get Melo on track. If they continue to lose games and give up points, how long will Mike Woodson remain the head coach? Lets not forget owner James Dolan expects a championship this year.

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The season is still very young, but we look like we’re in store for another great NBA season.

Lamar Odom DUI Delayed

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Lamar Odom’s arrest was August 30th with a DUI charge after cops pulled him over on the 101 freeway for driving too slow. He refused to take any blood and alcohol tests which resulted in him losing his drivers license.

Odom was not in Van Nuys, CA courtroom this morning for the scheduled arraignment– but his attorney Richard Hutton was. Odom’s case was put on hold as his attorney requested a continuance.

Demarcus Cousins Signs A Extension

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It’s been a great offseason for the 2010 NBA Draft class. First John Wall signed his 5yr 85million dollar deal, Larry Sanders signed his 4yr 44million dollar deal, and this week Paul George signed his 5yr $90million dollar contract, and now Demarcus Cousins has followed suit. Cousins who’s only 23yrs old has signed a 4yr $62million dollar extension with the Sacramento Kings. This should come as no surprise due to Cousins telling the Kings sign me to a max extension or trade me. There’s no question if  Cousins is worth max money. Cousins is a walking double-double waiting to happen. For his career Cousins has averaged 16.3ppg and 9.8rebs while shooting 44% from the field.  The only thing that should be questioned is can Cousins mature as a player to stay on court when the Kings need him and become the leader of this team? That’s something I’m sure new Kings head coach Mike Malone has spoken to Cousins about.  This is a great signing by the Kings now they can focus on developing this roster for the long term. Next guy from this draft class I can see signing a extension is Greg Monroe. But congrats to Demarcus Cousins on a well deserved contract.

Kevin Durant And Dwayne Wade At Odds?

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Kevin Durant was doing a media tour promoting his work with his sponsors when he was asked about Sports Illustrated Top 10 NBA players list. Durant felt James Harden should be ranked in the Top 10 over Dwayne Wade. When Wade got word of this he responded on Instagram. Wade posted “9-24-13: Kevin Durant said James Harden should replace me in the top 10 …. Note to self: Make him respect your place in history .. — again …” It was accompanied by a statement from Wade that read: “Don’t believe me just watch.” Then Kevin Durant went on to Twitter to send a response of his own. “Show Me Don’t Tweet Me” I totally agree with what Durant said Harden is a star as we all saw last year and he deserves to be ranked in the Top 10 and Dwayne Wade is on the decline. We all respect and love Dwayne Wade for what he’s done for the NBA, but right now I’d take Harden over Wade too. This is just a case of a older player not wanting to pass the torch over to a younger player. Peep the responses below. And if you were wondering the Thunder take on the Heat January 29th in Miami, and that game will be on ESPN.

Kevin Durant Reponse

Dwade Reponse