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Phoenix has zero incentive to trade Dragic
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Thunder vs. Magic: Pregame Primer
Dragic or Conley.
Other than the rebounding, they're essentially clones. And his numbers this season have plummeted across the board.
Too risky. Too much Jeff Green potential for me.
Ew. Want nothing to do with Ilya.
Any trade midsession would be in an attempt to consolidate talent (I don't imagine trading for picks + a lesser backup pg). Bringing in a bigger name would go over fine, I think. And I think the Harden trade (and the Green trade before it) show that Presti isn't worried overly about chemistry or acting decisively if he thinks he's presented the best move.
Even if the team were willing to pay $7-8m/per (which I think would be a mistake) I don't think Reggie would take that offer. He wants to start, he wants to be a top pg, and more power to him. And if he doesn't sign an extension, that leaves the door wide open for some team to offer him a contract we can't match. Hence: gotta plan ahead and get value at its peak.
Strategically, I think it probably makes the most sense to make a list of targets and teams where he would fit a need, then make a determination when we would have the most leverage. But I think you really need to go in with the understanding that he's gonna be gone by the end of his rookie deal so we need to maximize value and look at potential opportunities starting now.
The more I think about it, the more I like packaging Reggie with some salary this year. Even at $7.5m/per, which probably fair market value for him, I don't see how Reggie will be worth that to the Thunder. I don't want to be forced into another situation where we're looking for the best return in his expiring year.
Sprung for wifi :)
What about Reggie + Sheem + Roberson (I don't know if that gets our salaries there, but let's pretend it does)
Well, my job here is done. Stir the shit then take off on a 5 hour flight. That's how I do.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 2.7.14
I'll admit I'm maybe higher on Afflalo's defensive potential here than maybe is warranted. I do think having an elite shooter who the team trusts to leave out there 30 minutes a game and jack up 4-5 threes would do wonders for us.
I think the team's success has gotten you boys a little conservative and complacent. I'm not saying we aren't capable of winning a 'ship with this roster -- we're definitely the favorites to make it out of the west -- but it's clear our offensive success is still largely built on KD and Russ doing stuff and Serge being an outlet valve. It's a system with no plan B if one or two parts fail. Even with healthy Russ last postseason, making it back the finals (let alone winning) would have been a daunting task. I'm sure Presti hasn't stopped looking for ways to improve our roster balance, and tip the odds further in our favor.
You can't improve through a mid-season trade? Um... Yes you can. Obviously. Like, it's happened many many many times in the NBA. Remember Jeff Green?
*meant offensive production, not defensive, obviously
Hmm. That's not good news. I still make the trade but it's prolly not the no-brainer it was in my head. Where are all the elite 3-and-d guys? Despite his incredible play this season, I'm worried about relying on KD and Russ to be superheroes for our defensive production. Do you know we don't have anyone in the top 100 of efficiency in corner threes? And that KD is the only player on our roster I trust to hit a three at above league average.
I haven't dug into his numbers at Denver but I think with less of an offensive burden put on him, in our system, Afflalo would thrive defensively. I am very worried about our ability to space the floor in the playoffs.
I don't think we have any intention of re-signing Thabo and I have a feeling trading Reggie right now is selling high.
The Dallas pick is super heavily protected for several seasons and our own first is gonna be very late. This is about talent consolidation. Also: I don't think you realize how valuable Afflalo would be to this roster. You could make an argument that there's no shooting guard in the league that would make a better fit for this roster. Yes, even more than Harden. You stagger rotations so one of KD/Russ is playing with the second unit. I completely trust KD at with the point forward role. Afflalo's on a GREAT deal; you fit that contract in because he gives is a really upper-hand at a championship over the next two years.
Reggie + Thabo + both picks (our first + Dallas' protected first) for Arron Afflalo. Any chance Orlando says yes to this?
@Sigmund OKC. The 72-win Bulls aren't in the league this year.
7 months ago on One streak ends, another continues as OKC dominates the Nets, 120-95
@LAMBGOD @[brooks' fault] Clips would need to be super hot from 3 and Blake would need to be an absolute beast and even then that might not be enough. I don't see them stopping KD and that 16-18 footer would be open for Serge all day.
@[brooks' fault] @SammyThunderer @LAMBGOD Also, Serge's USG is like nearly double DJ's...
@[brooks' fault] @SammyThunderer @LAMBGOD The Clips are still ranked 25th in DREB% though. Individual dReb% is much more variable to surrounding talent than I think I previously considered. How many rebounds a game does Russ and KD steal from Ibaka? Like, literally, sometimes ripping the ball from his hands...
@[brooks' fault] @LAMBGOD I'd put Serge definitively above DJ. I don't think Serge has gotten enough credit for his defense this season. I think we've become accustomed to thinking of Serge defensively as nothing more than a shot blocker with dubious overall defensive value, but I think over the last two years he's steadily improved his awareness and become a really huge asset on that end. DJ, on the other hand, is still nothing more than 'just another shot blocker' to me.
KD is arguably having a better season than LeBron has had at any point in his career. I honestly never thought that would happen.
You don't even have to go as far back as watching Sonics playoff games to see how Seattle fans support their sports teams. Take a look at any Seahawks home game this year.
@Dicharden I'd place primary blame on Schultz. Sharing in equal measure, though, is the very flawed structure of professional sports team owners holding cities hostage unless they get public funding for their venues.
Whoa, T-dot http://imgur.com/LIn3dR4
@AIaska @kevindurant35 @Sustainable Parameters
@Legendary_Dork @SammyThunderer Really not looking forward to the amount of chatter we'll need to wade through during the inevitable rough stretch we hit at some point after Russ is back. (I say inevitable just because KD and Ibaka are gonna regress to the mean at some point)
Just realized we're four games up on SAS/PDX, who are tied and trailing us by three in the loss column. That's a pretty significant edge.
@KD4theWin Equally as stupid as DeMar DeRozan getting in instead of Kyle Lowry. Actually, the DeRozan selection is even more face-palm worthy because the reserves are voted in by coaches who should know better.
7 months ago on Video: KD and LeBron’s third quarter duel
@Chandler Bing. @SammyThunderer Are you kidding me? I threw Anthony Davis, a bigger snub than Ibaka in my eye, in here just for good measure:
@Chandler Bing. @SammyThunderer I've seen his name tossed around plenty by writers when they are listing players having "all star quality" seasons. The field is just so tough, he doesn't even have a clearly better case than the top 3 snubs.
@Chandler Bing. Who, honestly, does Serge have a decidedly stronger case than?
@Chandler Bing. You answered your own question... "I know Serge is in the west"
I just realized something crazy: KD is providing more value making $17.8m this year than he provided in 2010-11 when he was still on his rookie deal.
@Lost Ones Looking to keep him out of foul trouble.
7 months ago on Thunder vs. Heat: Pregame Primer
The thing is, you can't really kill Thabo too much because we wouldn't have even had that break opportunity if not for his great steal.
Thabo leading the break always seems like a 50/50 proposition.
sm damn h. There was like 4 or 5 decent shots on that last possession that we passed up eventually settling for a missed Fisher runner.
I give up. I have no idea how to embed tweets.
We're in the game because Lambo and Fish are lighting it up from 3. Just like we drew it up.
@tygablood @Perk-Punt > Se-PumpFake-olosha @SammyThunderer He played like shit.
Hey Scotty. Maybe Jeremy should get 35m+ tonight since KD + SI obviously can't carry the entire load tonight.
@KD4theWin (Also, he's clearly progressed as a defensive coach)
@KD4theWin Regular season record + KD brilliance masks all flaws.