By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., March 31, 2019 Helluva job this week, folks. Lots of interesting stuff in here and some entertaining and informative answers, if I do say so myself. Plus, a Pucks Question! Have fun with this, I’m going to stand in the backyard for a bit with Super Dog 2.0 and curse the devils who delivered snow on the ground over night. - Q: Given how well the former Raptors are doing on the Spurs and Grizzlies, 3 with double doubles last night. Do you think it will help Bobby make trades in the future? Article Continued Below Dan A: Nah, it won’t have any impact. It just goes to show that some trades can satisfy the needs of both teams and that the last two the Raptors made – DeMar, Yak for Kawhi, Green and JV-Delon-CJ for Gasol – fall into that category. But relationships GMs have with other GMs are not set on one or two deals. - Q: A few notes about an eventful Monday. First a reaction to your post … [Read more...] about We run the gamut in a very full weekend mailbag
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0 of 30 Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press Cap space figures to be a scarce resource in NBA free agency this summer, which both makes offseason happenings stupid-difficult to project while arming us with the latitude to get weird as we try. So, let's get weird. Each team's provided free-agent target is based on need, salary-cap outlooks, direction and what the suggested player should cost relative to a wonky market. Pre-existing reports will help shape the list, but consensus targets and popular pipe dreams are not the end-all. This space has the authority to rage against popular opinion. The endorsed free agents shouldn't even necessarily be every squad's first call. In many cases, these stamps of approval are less about the player and more about the money—or absence thereof—at the team's disposal. Pie-in-the-sky scenarios will be pandered to on occasion. But the evidence or mechanics behind them must be ironclad. Not every squad can go chasing waterfalls … [Read more...] about 1 Free Agent Every NBA Team Should Already Be Thinking About
0 of 10 Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images Decision time is upon us. NBA teams will be largely locked into their chosen course after Thursday's trade deadline passes, with only the buyout market to peruse for talent infusions. Before then, they have to make a crucial choice. Are they buyers, intent on adding more talent for a playoff push or a championship chase? Are they sellers, ready to slough off present pieces to help their long-term prospects? Are they content to stand pat and engage in zero movement during this inevitably hectic weak? Here, we aren't worried about what will happen so much as what should for each of the 10 fringe postseason teams—defined as those with between a 5 and 70 percent chance of making the playoffs, per FiveThirtyEight's CARMELO model.* Diving into their motivations, roster constructions, future plans and more, we're just here to give advice. Whether they follow it is up to them. *The Golden State Warriors (99 … [Read more...] about What Every Fringe Playoff Team Should Do at NBA Trade Deadline
0 of 5 Jim Mone/Associated Press Like potato chips past their expiration or fashion trends a few seasons behind, NBA stars can get stale when they're stranded in non-contending situations. But that's not a permanent status for the heroes of the hardwood. A simple scenery change can be all that's needed to perk them up and increase the significance of their elite statistics. Since Thursday's trade deadline is fast approaching, we're crossing our fingers that the following six players will soon be filling out change-of-address forms. Each top-tier talent here is overdue for a move, due to his club's inability to contend in the present and clear challenges to change its fortune in the future. We're also taking the next step and examining potential landing spots that would be much better fits than their current digs. 1 of 5 Nick Wass/Associated Press The Washington Wizards aren't tanking. In fact, they're offended by the idea, which we suppose is their prerogative, even … [Read more...] about 2019 NBA Trade Deadline: Superstars Ready for a Change of Scenery
0 of 30 Elise Amendola/Associated Press The NBA trade market closes at 3 p.m. ET Feb. 7. That might sound like it's still a ways off, but most clubs should have a good feel for their approach already. To be certain, those approaches can change in an instant. The trade pool is as fluid as its name suggests, and clubs must be prepared to operate under those conditions. Plus, teams might find themselves in situations in which buying, selling or standing pat could all make sense under different circumstances. In other words, these suggestions aren't necessarily absolute. And they certainly aren't set in stone. But with roughly a half-season of data at our disposal, we can help determine which clubs should be looking to add, subtract or maintain the status quo. 1 of 30 The Hawks have mastered at least one aspect of their rebuild: Their three most important players are also their youngest. The future runs through 20-year-olds Trae Young and Kevin Huerter and 21-year-old John … [Read more...] about Buy, Sell, Hold: What Should Your NBA Team Do at This Year’s Trade Deadline?