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  1. 2017-2018 Official Season Discussion Thread

    So apparently we have picked up Rashad Vaughn after he has been a pinball for the last couple of weeks. As far as I can tell he is kind of in the same situation as Mario, in that he will be a Free Agent at the end of the season because his club (Milwaukee) did not pick up his option. I'm just wondering if that means that 1) Ross is out for the rest of the season, 2) Afflalo has requested his release to chase a contender, and/or 3) we are planning on sitting Isaac the rest of the season? I'm not really sure why else we pick this kid up, unless we think he might be a piece that can stick/come back next year.
  2. 2017-2018 Official Season Discussion Thread

    I have my doubts that anyone will sign him to a max deal - who is going to take that chance based on his injury history? I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes an issue getting insurance; remember a few years back NYK couldn't get coverage for Amare Stoudemire because of his injury history. They signed him anyway, but he was a multiple-time all-star at the time. Parker doesn't have the playing history to justify taking that chance.
  3. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    According to his profile on NBADraft.net he measured 6'1.5" in shoes 3 years ago at the age of 16 - Nike Basketball Academy " Measured at 6'0, 158 lbs, with a 6'1 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Elite 100 ... Measured 6’1.5’’ in shoes, with a 6’2’’ wingspan and 162 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy"
  4. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    But only on the offensive side of the court - neither is known for their defense, and neither is tall for their position. Young is average for a point, and Monk is short for a 2.
  5. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    I wasn't that impressed with Monk last year, and was glad we didn't draft him. I'm afraid that he is strictly a backup 1/2. He is basically a shooting guard in a point guard size body.
  6. 2017-2018 Official Season Discussion Thread

    One thing that someone pointed out earlier on this board is that Aaron Gordon is still only 22 years old. So is Hezonja. I find myself forgetting just how young this team really is. We have two rookies that are older than Gordon or Hezonja. Khem Birch is 25, and Wesley Iwundu is 23. We may not have the absolute youngest team in the league, but we are close. Isaac - 20 (rookie), Gordon - 22, Hezonja - 22, Iwundu - 23 (rookie), Payton - 23, Birch - 25 (rookie), Biyambo - 25, Fournier - 25, Ross - 26, Vucevic - 27, Mack - 27, Simmons - 28, and only 3 guys over 29. Augustin - 30, Speights - 30, and Afflalo - 32.
  7. 2017-2018 Official Season Discussion Thread

    Not really. If we had chosen to exercise our option, we would have had him for one more year at the option price of approx. $5M; we chose not to, so he is now treated like a free agent for the rest of the league. But because we refused that option, we can't offer him more than that amount. I have seen people saying we can only offer a one-year deal, but I don't think that is correct; the only limitation I can find is the monetary limit for the first year. Anyone else can make him any offer, assuming they have the cap space. Bottom line, if someone offers him more we can't compete.
  8. 2017-2018 Official Season Discussion Thread

    My understanding is that Mario is now almost like any other free agent; but we have less bargaining power with him. He is still our free agent, so we can still offer an additional year over anyone else, and we can still offer 7.5% raises (others limited to 5%); BUT, we are limited to the $5M or so for that first year.
  9. 2017-2018 Official Season Discussion Thread

    True, he could have not made those trades, been fired, and we might now look like Philadelphia; Grateful for the long-term success from the GM we fired for short-term failure. I don't actually think that Henny was as bad as we make him out to be. He would still have been fired if he had stayed his course, but I think he just caved to the pressure he was getting, and that sent him home earlier. On the other hand, I don't know that Victor Oladipo would be the player he has become without that year of playing with and watching how hard Russell Westbrook works in the off-season to get into shape.
  10. 2017-2018 Official Season Discussion Thread

    http://www.espn.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=yadutnux Thoughts? Vuch/EP/Birch to Dallas Noel/Smith, Jr/McRoberts to Orlando
  11. 2017-2018 Official Season Discussion Thread

    With all the injuries he's been trying to do too much on the offensive end, instead of just playing his role. It is the other side of that high-energy, aggressive game of his.
  12. 2017-2018 Official Season Discussion Thread

    Missed that, haven't been on for about a week, and didn't see it when I scrolled through.
  13. 2017-2018 Official Season Discussion Thread

    And here it is - Elfrid Payton is blocked by his own hair. If I'm the coach I'm telling him to cut that overhang, or plan on being on the end of the bench. That thing is ridiculous, and from a purely professional standpoint, if it interferes with your game, it needs to go. http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=21936888
  14. 2017-2018 Official Season Discussion Thread

    The one consistent thing I have seen this season is that this team plays better when they play fast. When we get past mid-court in 2-4 seconds, guys seem to already be setting screens, cutting, and playing faster/with urgency. That just doesn't happen when we take 5-6 seconds bringing it across half-court. If our point-guard is playing with energy, and initiating the offense with energy, everyone is already moving and continues moving; if we meander up the court, everyone seems to relax and cease moving. This was the big difference when Payton was out, and his one really good game was when he first came back, because that game he played in "attack mode". I just don't get it, Payton seems content to walk the ball up most of the time. Is this him, or is this the coaching? Either way, something has to change.
  15. 2017-2018 Official Season Discussion Thread

    Hopefully if management works out a contract renewal for EP they can put in a clause to get rid of the "hair shelf"?