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@OberynStark Ask and ye shall receive. New article up on AD. Looking forward to your feedback.
Oh, and BTW, we have 10 times more downloads on our podcast than clicks on our articles, so you are actually in the vast minority. We love doing both, though.
1 day ago on In the NO Podcast Ep 191: Two Blowouts and Western Conf Preview Part 1
@504ever They need to fit a role. Need to hit spot up three's and Rivers need to be good defensively, while Jimmer has to be not terrible.
Their PER don't matter, their stats in the categories the Pels are not asking them to thrive in don't matter. Knock down open shots, play your role. Steve Kerr's career PER (a stat I know you love) was 13.1. But he was excellent at his role. These guys have a clear role when they are on the court with Tyreke. They need to do that, and only that.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on A Most Intriguing Second Unit
@6thMan I really think Babbitt deserves to be a rotation player, but who do you take minutes away from? Happy to have this problem, as opposed to a lack of depth, though.
@ryanschwan @Michael McNamara Who cares about THEM? I understand novices are all about scoring. I am saying that people who really understand basketball will see that AD is clearly the best player on the court because of all the things he does. He was not the focal point at UK, but I would say he broke out that freshman year and people who understood that the game is about more than points took notice
2 months, 1 week ago on Is Anthony Davis going to break out for USA Basketball?
He will be outstanding, but he won't score a bunch. Can still 'break out' without scoring. Maybe casual fans won't understand that he is the best player on the court on a given night, but readers of this blog are smarter than that. AD took the 5th most shots at UK and was the best player in the country. Same thing can happen here. But people have to watch the game, not just the box score.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Anthony Davis going to break out for USA Basketball?
@Sportnlyfe I love Demarre Carrol as a cost effective 3 and D next summer
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Anthony Davis and His Next Contract With the New Orleans Pelicans
@Houpgarou The extension starts when the spike starts in '16. Not when he signs it in '15
@PatWorth Correct. Kyrie's contract will start off based on the projected 66 million dollar cap of next year
@Caffeinedisaster @Michael McNamara Yep. And I am sure Jrue Holiday's numbers would look huge against the 2007 cap. But things evolve. He will basically be making (percentage wise) just a little bit more than what Gordon will make next season.
And I will say he will be well worth that.
@daThRONe You would think so. But from looking around the inter webs, there seemed to be a lot of misinformed people. Hopefully this stops that, or at least decreases it by a large margin
@Caffeinedisaster You might be looking at the numbers within current context. Even at his highest starting salary, he is only making about 27 or 28% of the cap. That is equivalent to 17 or 18 million under this current salary cap. That doesn't handcuff your team. Heck, that is a little more than what Parsons or Hayward are making.
You can still build a very good roster with a player taking up 28% of your cap. Especially if that player is one of the top 2 or 3 in the world, which he should be at that point.
3 months ago on Anthony Davis and His Next Contract With the New Orleans Pelicans
@Zed84 So, is that the only way AD stays in your opinion? Just do the simple task of 'getting Durant"?
@Pelican Poster @Jason Calmes You get min exemptions. Don't have to fit it into your cap.
And Casspi is not on the roster, so remove him. There is your 15
3 months ago on New Orleans Pelicans End Summer League With Loss to Timberwolves
@GerryV Yeah, but if YOU would have had your way, this team would have Asik but no Anderson. Dell stays patient and now he has both. There wasn't one person who didn't want Asik; they just didn't want to part with Ryno. Dell waits a year and now has one of the most impressive and versatile trios in the league.
Patience, my friend. Patience.
3 months ago on New Orleans Pelicans Acquire Omer Asik in Trade
@504ever @Michael McNamara I agree/disagree. I don't think they have to be "good" enough. Just not bad. Just don't mess it up for 20-25 mins a game
3 months ago on New Orleans Pelicans Add Shooters in Salmons, Fredette, and Miller
@504ever @Michael McNamara If Evans is going to play mostly SF, and you have Salmons, Miller, and Babbitt (who has been working to play SF), then I don't see the need for another SF.
That and a kind of built in assumption that Davis will be the same level of rebounder this year. With Asik next to him and weight added, I think he takes another leap on the boards.
3 months ago on Why The New Orleans Pelicans Shouldn’t Play Transition Basketball
To me the Jimmer signing signals that Evans will get the vast amount of his mins at SF, like I projected the other day. Has nothing to do with Rivers. If injuries happen to EG, Jimmer can be moved into the rotation for a few minutes.
A min contract with some upside and no downside. Is not a threat to anybody on the roster
@Nithenz @Michael McNamara @11ADubya11 There is one already up! :)
Agree. In games where a variable happens, all this goes out the window. But no foul trouble, no injuries, just a normal close game- I don't know where I can find minutes for someone else and who I should take minutes away from
3 months ago on An Educated Guess on the New Orleans Pelicans Rotation
3:00. Might be on NBATV, but not confirmed yet
3 months ago on Game On: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets
@RobertWelch @polofr3sh Well said Robert. Really well said.
3 months ago on Pelicans Scoop: Asik, Playoffs, and the Starters
@Larry Lemoine I couldn't disagree with this more, but that is what makes sports so great. We can all have such different predictions and expectations, and at least one of us will be greatly surprised. Can't wait until October to find out.
@voopster The Pelicans were top 10 in pace last year before injuries. But, the "Monty doesn't like to run" narrative is so easy that we have to say it whenever possible.
It could be anybody. My question is where/when?
Got 30 mpg in his best season in Houston. Knows he is a liability at end of games because of his FT shooting. No need to worry.
@504ever elite players at AD's age tend to get 38-40 mpg. KG, Duncan, etc. all got 38-41 mins.
Asik might get 1-2 more, but its about right. Even in his best season in Houston, he just got 30.
I agree with the 9 man rotation, but where do you get mins from? I mean, specifically, what lineup above changes and for how long? Kind of weird to just throw a guy in for 2-3 mins per half. Not enough time for him to get warmed up or make an impact. I know there will likely be a 9th guy. I just can't figure out where.
@11ADubya11 He will be released. Will never play for us. John Salmons will play the 3. Also, Darius Miller might be re-signed and/or a Summer League guy as well. Expect a lot of minutes from Tyreke at the 3.
3 months, 1 week ago on New Orleans Pelicans Acquire Omer Asik in Trade
@jmbell7 @Michael McNamara @bpec12 Richard Jefferson just signed for 1 yr and it was the min. I think the Pels got a decent shot at those guys offering 1 year and 2.7 mil PLUS a starting job. How many other places are they going to get that?
The roster is pretty loaded. Maybe one spot up for grabs. Maybe. Fells, Howard, Jones, Southerland all might get invited to camp to compete for it.
3 months, 1 week ago on Red Hot Start Helps the Pelicans Take Down the Lakers
@Houpgarou Hopson is gone
@bpec12 He is an upgrade over Miller, Southerland, etc. and the other backup SF options. Now, with the Room Exception, Dell can target one more SF. Some candidates include:
Francisco GarciaJames JonesAlan AndersonJohn SalmonsChris Douglas-RobertsJordan HamiltonWesley JohnsonShawn MarionCaron Butler
@wilthomas178 There is a summer league game today and two full seasons of basketball before 2016.
3 months, 1 week ago on Game On: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers
@504ever @Michael McNamara I guess I just don't see the other side. Who is the 5M small forward you are advocating for that all of a sudden makes you feel good there and makes you okay with Russ Smith as your backup PG?
3 months, 1 week ago on LeBron’s move to Cleveland allows Dell Demps to get creative with Asik trade
@yaboytonez He would be going into his senior year right now. Let's see how good he is in 2015-16. Maybe his 3 years in the NBA will mold him in a similar way. Got way better last summer. If he does the same this summer and next, how good can he be?
3 months, 1 week ago on Russ Smith and the New Orleans Pelicans Complete a Thrilling Comeback
@bpec12 If we want him, he will be on our roster. And, after seeing his effort and intelligence, I couldn't see us not wanting to add him to our roster. Walking into the 2014 draft with Pierre Jackson and walking out with Russ Smith and Patric Young was just another one of Dell's small moves that should be universally applauded. And it will be down the road.
@504ever At the end of the day, you are pretty much looking at:
1. Rivers, Ajinca, and the Room Exception
2. the MLE and the BAE
You are saying that you would rather have #2. Looking at the prices in this FA market, I disagree. I don't think you can even get Marvin Williams for the MLE (not that I would want him!)
Morrow is probably the best you can do, and while I would love him back, I would take Rivers and lets say Richard Jefferson or CDR over Morrow.
At the end of the day, we headed into FA with 6 mil in cap room and are walking our of this crazy Free agency period with huge price tags with Omer Asik. That is a mini miracle. People can nitpick around the edges I suppose, but what Dell did here is remarkable IMO
@KujoBrodaDaggs The Asik trade is happening. Make no mistake about that. It is just about how it goes down.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Lebron and Melo Are Handcuffing Dell Demps
@Houpgarou Woj and Stein. You hear it from anyone else, just ignore.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on New Orleans Pelicans Free Agency and Rumors Thread
@Houpgarou Have you noticed we haven't put one of his tweets up here?
That should tell you everything
@ChancelorBoudreaux If they miss out on their big name targets (extremely likely), the next plan is for them to target guys who can contribute right away on 1 or 2 yr contracts. The question is whether other teams are willing to dump players better than Gordon into that space.
@Kempleton To be fair, I think Ryan said he thinks the team views him as a luxury. I dont think abybody like Anderson more than Schwan. He would keep him here if it were up to him
3 months, 3 weeks ago on In the NO Podcast Episode 184: Free Agency and Making room for Asik
@Jake Madison I removed all the explatives :)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on New Orleans Pelicans MLE Tournament Champion Crowned
@504ever Well I think the plan is certainly to do that, and ideally move Gordon. But if I get Asik and a good SF coming out of this summer, I don't think I will lose any sleep over losing Ajinca
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The New Orleans Pelicans Options Heading Into Free Agency
@504ever @Michael McNamara One thing I have learned is that Dell can replace fringe players, so if he loses Ajinca, I am okay. Our center rotation could be Asik, Withey, P. Young and/or Jason Smith - with AD getting mins. there when Ryno is on the court. That is more than enough, so Ajinca can go if he helps this whole thing go down.
Rivers will be an unfortunate loss because he was getting close to below average on offense and getting better while being very good on defense IMO. But I will be happy if he can go somewhere where he can get some time and continue to improve
@504ever @Michael McNamara The issue with resigning guys and including them in the trade is that team would have to want them because it would be a guaranteed contract. "Fake contracts" like Ely and Babbitt work better because they are unguaranteed and the team can just cut them.
Why I mentioned Rivers, Ajinca, Babbitt, and Ely as the trade that works in the piece. The third team would get all those players, but only Rivers and Ajinca are guaranteed. Babbitt and Ely can just be let go with no salary reprecutions. .
@504ever @Michael McNamara Okay, you are right - this would be way easier in person.
If we go the trade Rivers route, we have to trade Rivers and an additional 3.4 million to keep our MLE and BAE.
If you renounce all your Bird Rights, you are doing so to create cap room. If you use cap room, no MLE. So, they are indirectly related.
We would have to wait 90 days to sign that player (in this case Babbitt. Would still be before the season starts)
Your salary numbers above are right. It was Ely that was wrong before. It is 1.4. Your confusion might be that you can take back up to 2.2 by trading it.
@bucklezzzman It counts against the cap
@504ever Why do you need a capologist? I can tell you anything you want to know.
First, your numbers are wrong and/or assumptions are wrong on a few things here. I have laid out the scenarios very clearly in this piece.
Ask me a specific question, and I guarantee I can answer anything any capologist could.
@polofr3sh @Michael McNamara If I responded to that, I would need to censor like 95% of it. So, I will just say that is your opinion and you are welcome to it
@Jamdunn06 They would have to agree to send him to us. I dont think they would. I think getting him is about as close to impossible as you can get