cameroncrazies02
I know, another long, rambling post from me, but I thought this is an especially useful one to break down all of every teams moves.

Atlanta Hawks-B+
Draft-PG-Trae Young, SG/SF-Kevin Huerter, PF-Omari Spellman
In-Jeremy Lin, Justin Anderson, Carmelo Anthony, Alex Len (2/8.3)
Out-Dennis Schroeder, Mike Muscala

PG-Trae Young, Jeremy Lin
SG-Kent Bazemore, Kevin Huerter
SF-Taurean Prince, Justin Anderson, DeAndre Bembry
PF-John Collins, Omari Spellman
C-Dewayne Dedmon, Alex Len, Miles Plumlee

The Hawks did a ton of moving around this summer without drastic changes, outside of trading away Schroeder.  They are clearly in a full-on, re-build, hope for development from young guys and tank at the same time mode.  It's not a bad plan though.  They are set to have about $60M available in free agency next year and if Young, Prince, Collins and Huerter look to become a solid core, they could draw in some free agents.  The biggest acquisition this off-season was draft picks.  They acquired OKC's 2022 1st rd pick in the Carmelo trade, BKN's 2025 2nd round pick and rights to swap 2023 2nd rd pick while sending BKN a 2020 2nd rd pick.  They also moved back from 3 to 5 in the draft to select Trae Young and picked up DAL 2019 1st rd pick.  They are loaded with ammo and cap space next summer which is an enticing grab.  ATL may not be in the running for big time free agents, but teams will be motivated to dump contracts to become free agent players which ATL can continue to take advantage of.  The one question I have about ATL's off-season is they moved from drafting Luka Doncic at 3, to trade down and select Young.  DAL's pick is top 5 protected so it's immediate impact may not be there in DAL is bad, but with their roster construction, they should be improved. Considering ATL's lack of big time players, they made out pretty well by taking on 1 year contracts, filling the roster where it needed and continuing to acquire assets.

Boston Celtics-B+
Draft-PF/C-Robert Williams
In-Brad Wanamaker
Out-Abdel Nader
Re-sign-Marcus Smart (4 yrs, $52M), Aron Baynes (2 yrs, $10.6M)

PG-Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier, Shane Larkin
SG-Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart
SF-Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris
PF-Al Horford, Robert Williams, Semi Ojeleye, Guerschon Yubesele
C-Aron Baynes, Daniel Theis

The Celtics didn't need to do much this summer.  They made the ECF without their two best players.  They are absolutely loaded full of talent and draft picks including SAC's 2019 1st rd pick that's only top 1 protected.  With a late 1st, the Celtics selected Robert Williams who fell hard in the draft and it seems to have been warranted.  He's already missed his introductory press conference and a practice.  The Celtics re-signed Smart to a phenomenal contract of 4/52.  He is the engine to their defense.  The one worry BOS has will be how they dole out their playing time this year.  Two of their starters last season won't start this season.  BOS is in the driver's seat in the East for the time being.  Next summer will be the time to watch BOS as Kyrie will be a free agent, but lingering injury issues may cause them to move on from him.  I would venture a guess BOS will start a lineup that has Tatum and Horford in the front court with Hayward and Brown on the wings, bring Smart, Rozier and one of their bigs off the bench.

Brooklyn Nets-A
Draft-Dzanan Musa, Rodions Kurucs
In-Ed Davis (1/4.4), Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, Shabazz Napier (2/3.8), Jared Dudley
Out-Isaiah Whitehead
Re-sign-Joe Harris (2/16)

PG-D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Shabazz Napier
SG-Allen Crabbe, Caris LaVert
SF-Demarre Carroll, Dzanan Musa, Rodions Kurucs
PF-Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Kenneth Faried, Jared Dudley
C-Jarrett Allen, Ed Davis

-Traded Timofey Mozgov for Dwight Howard, bought out Howard
-Traded Jeremy Lin, 2025 2nd, 2023 2nd pick swap to ATL for 2020 2nd
-Traded Isaiah Whitehead to DEN for Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, 2019 1st (top 12 protected), 2020 2nd
-Traded Darrell Arthur to PHX for Jared Dudley and a 2021 2nd rd pick

BKN made a slew of moves this summer to continue to re-build their assets.  After the disastrous KG/Pierce/Terry trade of a few years ago that emptied their cabinets of draft picks for the foreseeable future, GM Sean Marks has done a great job tinkering bit by bit to replenish.  They came into the summer with some cap room and used it to acquire Faried and Arthur and pick up a 1st and a 2nd, then flipped Arthur for Dudley and another 2nd.  The core of their roster remained the same and they got better in the depth deprtment.  Faried will be a massive upgrade over Quincy Acy, and Napier and Davis were massive bargains in free agency.  They nabbed Musa and Kurucs in the draft, both versatile forwards and signed them both to come to the NBA right away.  BKN will enter next summer with a host of cap space and will potentially be suitors if their young players develop.  With a pretty open bottom half of the East, BKN could surprise some teams.

Charlotte Hornets-C
Draft-Miles Bridges, Devonte Graham
In-Timofey Mozgov (traded again), Bismack Biyombo, Tony Parker (2/10)
Out-Dwight Howard

-Traded the 11th pick (Gilgeous Alexander) for the 12th pick (Bridges) and two 2nd rd picks
-Traded Dwight Howard for Timofey Mozgov
-Traded Timofey Mozgov for Bismack Biyombo, two 2nd rd picks

PG-Kemba Walker, Tony Parker, Devonte Graham
SG-Jeremy Lamb, Malik Monk
SF-Nicolas Batum, Miles Bridges, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF-Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams
C-Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo, Willy Hernangomez

After what was expected to be a tear down and re-build for CHA with Kemba's impending free agency and interest around the league, the Hornets went the opposite direction by re-tooling, adding Parker, making a few trades and picking up some 2nd rounders and otherwise shuffling chairs on the deck.  CHA is in desperation mode to get to the playoffs.  They were flat bad last year and were decimated by inconsistent and inefficient play and injuries.  CHA is certainly deep enough, and somehow convinced Parker to join them for the twilight of his career, but if he has anything left, he'll be a positive add as a backup.  But Monk and Bridges are going to be the two players to watch for CHA, they are two of their lone bright spots on their roster.  Without any stellar big men, they'll rely heavily on their guards to propel them.  CHA didn't hurt their cap sheet by any means, but it will certainly cost them to free up any money.  They acquired some 2nd rd picks this summer which could help them alleviate some of their cap constraints in the future.  I just thought this was the summer to tear it down completely and instead, they're shooting for a 4-0 sweep in the playoffs.

Chicago Bulls-B-
Draft-Wendell Carter Jr, Chandler Hutchison
In-Jabari Parker (2/40)
Out-Jerian Grant, Noah Vonleh, David Nwaba, Paul Zipser
Re-Sign-Zach LaVine (4/80), Antonio Blakeney (2/3)

-Traded Jerian Grant to ORL for cap relief

PG-Kris Dunn, Cameron Payne
SG-Zach LaVine, Justin Holiday, Antonio Blakeney
SF-Jabari Parker, Denzel Valentine, Chandler Hutchison
PF-Lauri Markkanen, Bobby Portis
C-Wendell Carter, Robin Lopez, Cristiano Felicio, Omer Asik

After blowing it up and trading Jimmy Butler, CHI was seemingly on the road to a re-build.  After a less than stellar season, albeit a positive one for Markkanen and Portis, CHI was at a crossroads with free agent Zach LaVine.  After he signed a 4/80 offer sheet with SAC which Bulls fans promptly wanted CHI to decline matching, they DID match, then signed Parker, an even worse defender.  CHI will certainly put up points, and they have an interesting core of young players and lineups, but they don't have much for defenders and are razor thin at PG.  They'll likely try to shore up their backup PG slot with their 15th roster spot, but having Felicio and Asik on their books for a combined $20M this year and next hurts their flexibility at the bottom.  CHI also had some positive players in Nwaba and Grant, however they rescinded and traded them respectively to free up cap space to sign Jabari a contract about $8M too much per year.  The Bucks weren't matching anything over $12M per year, so they were bidding against themselves.  They did well in the draft, Carter was a stud in summer league and looked every bit as athletic as projected and Hutchison, although already 22 years old, will push Valentine in a put up or shut up year for him.
Twitter: @TheSpangover

Check out diener and my new website @ http://www.thirddegreewithcc.weebly.com

Newest additions
-top 15 NBA free agents by position. That's 75 reviews of free agents.
-Diener breaks down the Brewers as a franchise
-2013 NBA Draft Combine Day 1 results and review
-State of the Roster-breaking down 3 best and worst NBA rosters
Quote 0 0
cameroncrazies02
Cleveland Cavaliers-INC
Draft-Collin Sexton
In-Channing Frye (1/2.4)
Out-Lebron James

-Signed Kevin Love to 4/120 extension

PG-Collin Sexton, George Hill
SG-Jordan Clarkson, Kyle Korver, JR Smith
SF-Rodney Hood (?), Cedi Osman
PF-Kevin Love, Larry Nance, Channing Frye
C-Tristan Thompson, Ante Zizic

The Cavs are going to be an interesting experiment to see how they fair essentially doing nothing except swapping Lebron for Sexton.  The Cavs held strong with their roster even after Lebron left, even re-signing Kevin Love to a massive extension.  Now this opens up a lot of opportunities for guys like Clarkson, Osman and Nance.  CLE's defense was atrocious at times last season, but that started with poor PG play.  Sexton looks to be every bit as advertised and more.  Rodney Hood's contract situation is still in flux, CLE has a line of contracts to work out-Love's extension which is complete, a Nance extension and Hood's re-signing.  Hood could develop into a nice starter, he has shown flashes as a lethal scorer, but he's never put it all together, so they'll have to be cautious with a contract with him.  CLE, however, must send ATL their 2019 1st rd draft pick if it falls outside of the top 10, and it's very possible CLE isn't bad enough to get into the top 10, but not good enough to make the playoffs.

Dallas Mavericks-B
Draft-Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Ray Spalding, Kostas Antetokounmpo
In-DeAndre Jordan (1/22.4), Ryan Broekhoff (2/2.4)
Out-Seth Curry
Re-sign-Dirk Nowitzki (1/5), Salah Mejri (1/1.6)

-Traded #5, top 5 protected 2019 1st rd pick for #3 (Luka Doncic)
-Traded Jonathan Motley (2-way) to clear 2-way contract

PG-Dennis Smith, JJ Barea, Jalen Brunson
SG-Luka Doncic, Wes Matthews, Ryan Broekhoff
SF-Harrison Barnes, Dorian Finney-Smith
PF-Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Powell, Ray Spalding
C-DeAndre Jordan, Salah Mejri, Maxi Kleber

The Mavs were movers and shakers this summer as expected.  They traded up for Luka Doncic, surrendering their 2019 1st which is top 5 protected and likely to convey.  They also shored up a very shaky front court by signing DeAndre Jordan to a 1 year deal.  Jordan will be a massive upgrade over their soft lineups they threw out last summer.  DAL also has some enticing young players.  Brunson was a POY who doesn't do anything great, but can score, run an offense and be a winner.  Broekhoff is an interesting player.  He came from overseas where 90%+ of his shots were from 3.  Short of Doncic immediately becoming James Harden, it's unlikely DAL breaks out.  But they have a lot of flexibility.  Next summer, Dirk is likely to retire, Jordan will again be a free agent and Wes Matthews and JJ Barea expires.  They're set to have max money with a core of Smith, Doncic and Barnes. DAL will likely be big time suitors in FA next season.

Denver Nuggets-C-
Draft-Michael Porter Jr, Jarred Vanderbilt, Thomas Welsh
In-Isaiah Thomas (1/2.3)
Out-Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, Wilson Chandler
Re-sign-Nikola Jokic (5/142), Will Barton (4/52)

-Traded Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur to BKN for Isaiah Whitehead, 2019 1st (top 12 protected), 2020 2nd
-Traded Wilson Chandler and future 2nd rd pick to PHI for cash

PG-Jamal Murray, Isaiah Thomas, Monte Morris
SG-Gary Harris, Malik Beasley
SF-Will Barton, Torrey Craig, Jared Vanderbilt, Michael Porter (out)
PF-Paul Millsap, Trey Lyles, Juan Hernangomez, Tyler Lydon
C-Nikola Jokic, Mason Plumlee

DEN went out and spent, spent, spent this summer in retaining their own free agents, then traded away their big contracts for picks to stay under the luxury tax.  DEN is going to be in limbo until Porter gets healthy which isn't likely to be this year.  They signed Thomas and brought back Craig to fill holes.  I don't love DEN's current roster construction.  Millsap is their only net-positive defender, followed by Craig who will be a minimal rotation player.  They're clearly in a mode where they like their core of Harris, Jokic and Barton, while Murray is due an extension, want to remain competitive and see what Porter can provide for the future.  Trading Faried and Chandler opens up a lot of minutes for young players like Lyles and Hernangomez, but again, DEN has a lot of bigs without a lot of depth on the perimeter.  It remains to be seen whether Jokic can be the leader on a winning team.  I'm skeptical because he's so bad defensively, but they'll surely put up a lot of points. For the record, I think Barton was a massive overpay considering the conracts received this summer and DEN is going to be playing a lot of small 3 guard lineups, not condusive to their horrendous defense.  Porter was a great nab at 14 though.  He's a long term project, but if it pays off the way Joel Embiid did, it'll have been worth it.

Detroit Pistons-C-
Draft-Khyri Thomas
In-Zaza Pachulia (1/2.4), Jose Calderon (1/2.4), Glenn Robinson (2/8.4)
Out-Anthony Tolliver, James Ennis, Jameer Nelson, Eric Moreland, Dwight Buycks

DET did little to mess with their roster, but with their limited flexibility after Stan Van Gundy crapped all over the roster then was sent packing left them with few options.  They traded their 2018 1st rd pick in the Blake Griffin trade (where LAC got Jerome Robinson and Shai Gilgeous Alexander at 11 and 13) and have no cap room to work with.  They filled in some veteran players, adding Calderon and Pachulia, both very short term stop gap players.  But DET's razor thin wing position remains in shambles outside of Luke Kennard.  DET is going to be a team fighting for an 8th seed.  As currently constructed, DET won't have cap room until 2020 and don't own a 2nd round pick until 2023.  The one positive move they did make was buying into the 2nd round and picking up Khyri Thomas who was thought to be a mid-1st round pick.  He's a versatile, long defender on the perimeter.  Robinson was also a good pick up considering DET's lack of production from Stanley Johnson.  DET really shot themselves in the foot selecting Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson as their lottery picks in 2015 and 2016.

PG-Reggie Jackson, Ish Smith,Jose Calderon
SG-Luke Kennard, Langston Galloway, Khyri Thomas
SF-Stanley Johnson, Reggie Bullock, Glenn Robinson III
PF-Blake Griffin, Jon Leuer, Henry Ellenson
C-Andre Drummond, Zaza Pachulia



Twitter: @TheSpangover

Check out diener and my new website @ http://www.thirddegreewithcc.weebly.com

Newest additions
-top 15 NBA free agents by position. That's 75 reviews of free agents.
-Diener breaks down the Brewers as a franchise
-2013 NBA Draft Combine Day 1 results and review
-State of the Roster-breaking down 3 best and worst NBA rosters
Quote 0 0
thecrackerjack
Keep them coming!
Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.
- Yvon Chouinard

@miedent 
Quote 0 0
cameroncrazies02
Golden State Warriors-A
Draft-SG/SF-Jacob Evans
In-Demarcus Cousins (1/5.3), Jonas Jerebko (1/2.6)
Out-David West, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia
Re-sign-Kvin Durant (2/61.5), Kevon Looney (1/1.6)
In-Flux-G/F Patrick McCaw

PG-Steph Curry, Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook
SG-Klay Thompson, Jacob Evans
SF-Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala
PF-Draymond Green,  Jonas Jerebko
C-Demarcus Cousins, Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney, Damian Jones

The Warriors didn't make any long term moves, but broke Twitter by signing Demarcus Cousins.  Cousins is coming back from an achilles injury but is expected back around December.  It remains to be seen how it affects him long term.  Big men are affected long term when they suffer achilles injuries, especially the full tear DMC did.  But at his worst, Cousins will be a massive upgrade over what was offered last year.  How he fits with the team though, will be the big question.  They don't ask for much from their centers, except to defend and grab rebounds.  DMC is certainly going to want his touches, especially on a 1 year deal to prove himself for a long term contract.  GS added Jacob Evans in the draft, a versatile defender with high percentage offense.  Jerebko was a great pick up as a stretch 4, something GS hasn't had in awhile and will provide versatility to their front court.  Re-signing Looney to a minimum deal was shocking.  He started for much of the playoffs, and showed his ability to defend the rim, be active all over the floor on defense and be impactful.  They have a slew of guys who can play center and some are bound to be destined for the bench.  GS is a little thin on the perimeter, one injury to a guard could be costly.  But they only have 13 guys under contract with McCaw still in restricted status.  I'd expect them to add another high level shooter like Jamal Crawford.  All in all, it was a safe summer for GS.  They didn't offer any contracts beyond 1 year as Klay and Draymond are due for extensions while Durant still plays the 1+1 game.  They left themselves wiggle room for the future and GS is still the clear favorite next year.  But beyond that remains a mystery how they'll handle their own free agents.

Houston Rockets-D
Draft-DeAnthony Melton, Vincent Edwards
In-Carmelo Anthony (1/2.3), James Ennis (2/3.4)
Out-Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah A Moute, Michael Carter Williams (1/1.8)
Re-sign-Chris Paul (4/160), Gerald Green (1/2.4)
In-flux-Clint Capela (RFA)

PG-Chris Paul, Michael Carter Williams
SG-James Harden, Eric Gordon, DeAnthony Melton
SF-Carmelo Anthony, Gerald Green, James Ennis
PF-PJ Tucker, Ryan Anderson
C-Clint Capela, Nene, Qhou Zi

Clearly, HOU isn't done with the off-season.  But nothing they do will undo the damage they did this summer.  They were 1 game away from the Finals and a likely championship before a CP3 injury derailed them.  They ran a perfect system of Paul, Harden and Gordon managing a large majority of the offense, versatile defenders on the perimeter, a big man who could protect the rim.  They lost their two best defenders in Ariza and Mbah A Moute and replaced them with a washed up, defensive allergic Carmelo, MCW and James Ennis. They need another body in the front court.  Anderson is almost unplayable at times due to his defense.  And to top it all off, they are still in limbo with Capela.  He'll either get re-signed or return on the qualifying offer, but they low balled him from the start which has just been bad management.  I'm not saying Chris Paul isn't worth the money, but his contract has become untradeable.  At $40M a year, chronic nagging injuries and getting old, it's a huge gamble because it hampers any future moves they can make.  They did pick up Melton who is a top notch defender with some offensive prowess ad could be a huge steal getting him in the 2nd round.  But the West is catching up and the Rockets may not see the same regular season success they had last year.  One injury could derail this team.  And oh, MCW is not an NBA player.  Locking him up in the first week of FA with a slew of other PG's available and likely to take a minimum deal was a huge mistake.
Twitter: @TheSpangover

Check out diener and my new website @ http://www.thirddegreewithcc.weebly.com

Newest additions
-top 15 NBA free agents by position. That's 75 reviews of free agents.
-Diener breaks down the Brewers as a franchise
-2013 NBA Draft Combine Day 1 results and review
-State of the Roster-breaking down 3 best and worst NBA rosters
Quote 0 0
cameroncrazies02
Indiana Pacers-A-
Draft-Aaron Holiday
In-Tyreke Evans (1/12.4), Kyle O'Quinn (1/4.5), Doug McDermott (3/22)
Out-Lance Stephenson, Glenn Robinson, Trevor Booker

PG-Darren Collison, Cory Joseph, Aaron Holiday
SG-Victor Oladipo, Tyreke Evans
SF-Bojan Bogdanovic, Doug McDermott
PF-Damantas Sabonis, Thad Young, TJ Leaf
C-Myles Turner, Kyle O'Quinn, Ike Anigbogu

The Pacers finished 48-34 last year with what seemed to be a makeshift roster.  Collison, Bogdanovic and Sabonis exceeded expectations while Oladipo took a major leap and won Most Improved.  They needed more consistency from their backcourt and better defense up front.  Not only did they get deeper, they got star talent deeper.  Evans had a major comeback year in MEM last year, putting on a scoring clinic and will slot in as a 6th man, likely a top candidate for 6th man of the year.  They also added O'Quinn on a fair, 1 year contract.  KOQ is a phenomenal defender, very active and a good rebounder.  He'll be a major upgrade for IND.  They added Holiday in the draft early in the 20's when he could've gone as high as 15.  Holiday is a really good facilitator and a microwave scorer.  He'll be the predecessor to Collison once he expires.  IND did make one head scratching move by signing McDermott to a massive 3/22 contract at 12:01 am on July 1st.  McDermott was going to get interest in FA, but for a fully guaranteed 3 year deal, it was a huge stretch very early.  IND is deeper and more talented than last year and if Oladipo can continue on his tear, the Pacers will be a 50 win team.  They need a major boost from Turner who hasn't put it all together yet, but he's still young on coming up on an extension.  Beware the contract year.  IND also has a ton of expiring contracts, while holding onto their core of Oladipo, Sabonis, and a few young players in Leaf, Anigbogu and Holiday.  They'll have max cap space next summer.

LA Clippers-B+
Draft-Shai Gilgeous Alexander, Jerome Robinson
In-Mike Scott (1/4.3), Luc Mbah A Moute (1/4.3), Marcin Gortat
Out-DeAndre Jordan, Austin Rivers
Re-sign-Avery Bradley (2/29), Montrzl Harrell (2/12)

-Traded Austin Rivers to WAS for Marcin Gortat
-Traded #12, two 2nd rd picks to CHA for #11 (Gilgeous Alexander)

PG-Pat Beverley, Milos Teodosic, Shai Gilgeous Alexander, Jawun Evans
SG-Avery Bradley, Lou Williams, Jerome Robinson, Sindarious Thornwell
SF-Luc Mbah A Moute, Danilo Gallinari, Wes Johnson
PF-Tobias Harris, Montrezl Harrell, Mike Scott
C-Marcin Gortat, Boban Marjanovic

The Clippers traded Blake Griffin last season and picked up Tobias Harris and the Pistons 12th pick which they used to select Gilgeous Alexander.  They then topped that off by re-signing Lou Williams to a contract that'll pay him $8M this year and next and $1.5M in year 3.  They've made some incredibly shrewd moves to remain competitive while waiting out a max contract slot.  They currently have 16 players under contract, but I'd expect them to waive Evans, Thornwell or Johnson and potentially use Beverley's non-guaranteed contract to take on a salary for this season and pick up a 2nd round pick for their troubles while another team looks to get out of the luxury tax.  They are incredibly deep.  While they're not top heavy with talent, they do have NBA talent in spots 1-15.  Losing DeAndre Jordan will sting, but they flipped Rivers for Gortat, a very capable defender on the interior and cleared the way for their young players like SGA and Robinson.  They're offense became stagnant at times when they'd close games with Williams and Rivers on the court together and their defense diminished badly.  Slotting Robinson, and SGA into one of those positions will be a major upgrade.  The Bradley contract was an overpay.  He hasn't been the same since his days in BOS, but he's still a very capable defender and occasional scorer.  There's a ton of talent in the West, but there's room to move up with teams like the Pelicans and Timberwolves in flux.  Overall, a fantastic summer of adding talent that compliments their roster and not adding any prolonged salary.  LAC only has $55M in salary slotted for the 19-20' season, however Tobias Harris will be a free agent.
Twitter: @TheSpangover

Check out diener and my new website @ http://www.thirddegreewithcc.weebly.com

Newest additions
-top 15 NBA free agents by position. That's 75 reviews of free agents.
-Diener breaks down the Brewers as a franchise
-2013 NBA Draft Combine Day 1 results and review
-State of the Roster-breaking down 3 best and worst NBA rosters
Quote 0 0
cameroncrazies02
Los Angeles Lakers-C
Draft-Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
In-Lebron James (4/153), Lance Stephenson (1/4.4), Rajon Rondo (1/9), JaVale McGee (1/2.4), Michael Beasley (1/3.5)
Out-Brook Lopez, Julius Randle, Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Thomas Bryant
Re-Sign-Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1/12)

PG-Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo
SG-Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart
SF-Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson, Luol Deng
PF-Lebron James, Kyle Kuzma, Michael Beasley
C-JaVale McGee, Ivac Zubac, Moritz Wagner

There's no way this is their complete roster, is it?  Well, it very well could be.  The Lakers won the Lebron sweepstakes and yet still get a C for the off-season.  They have set themselves up to build a makeshift team for this season while holding onto max salary cap space next summer when the real roster building will happen.  They didn't sign any contracts beyond 1 year except for Lebron.  But their roster building this summer was so strange.  Simple things like signing Stephenson to $4.4M is perplexing.  If they really wanted him, they could've probably held out for a minimum salary for him.  Signing Rajon Rondo to a $9M 1 year contract is also odd.  Rondo was reclaimed last year as a distributor and playmaking PG, but he played on a minimum salary last season, did he really deserve $9M?  And the only real address to their front court was adding McGee, who is just a part time guy that's going to be slotted for 30MPG.  And what is the plan when he's not on the court?  Play a front court of Ingram, Lebron and Kuzma?  Give that extra burn to Zubac or Wagner?  I fully expect Josh Hart to claim the starting spot pretty quickly.  He's a phenomenal shooter and scorer and absolutely lit up summer league.  And Hart is the only true shooter on this roster.  Kuzma, KCP, Stephenson and Beasley can shoot, but they're not consistent, roam the perimeter type guys.  This is the type of roster in NBA2K that you make trade after trade after trade and when you go to set your lineups, the minutes are just so uneven, some positions are too heavy, others are razor thin.  If this is truly how the Lakers plan to trot out this year, it's going to be hella interesting to watch.

Memphis Grizzlies-C+
Draft-Jaren Jackson Jr, Jevon Carter
In-Kyle Anderson (4/32), Omri Casspi (1/2.3), Shelvin Mack (1/2), Garrett Temple (trade)
Out-Tyreke Evans, James Ennis, Ben McElmore, Deyonta Davis, Jarell Martin
Re-Sign-none

-Traded Ben McElmore and Deyonta Davis to SAC for Garrett Temple
-Traded Jarrell Martin for Dakari Johnson

PG-Mike Conley, Andrew Harrison, Jevon Carter, Shelvin Mack
SG-Garrett Temple, Wayne Selden, Marshon Brooks
SF-Kyle Anderson, Chandler Parsons
PF-Jaren Jackson Jr, JaMychal Green
C-Marc Gasol, Ivan Rabb

After a miserable season in MEM and then bumping to 4th in the lottery, the Grizzlies seemed destined to blow up their team.  Instead, they went the other way and re-tooled around Gasol and Conley.  Hoping for those two to stay healthy for a full season is like hoping for a unicorn to come barging through your front door.  On paper, the additions they made made sense.  They traded McElmore who was passed in the rotation by Selden and Brooks, and Davis who hadn't produced even in summer league for Garrett Temple was a shrewd move.  Temple is a consummate professional who can shoot, something this team will need.  They added Jevon Carter in the 2nd round, an older NBA prospect with a high motor and consistent defensive intensity.  What I didn't understand was blowing their entire MLE on Kyle Anderson.  Tyreke Evans was great for them this past season.  If they offered him the full MLE for 3 years (something like 3/22), would he have turned it down?  He took a 1/12.5 to go to IND but that 1 year deal has some extra tax on it to get him to take a 1 year deal.  Instead, MEM is going to trot out a revolving door of Temple/Selden/Brooks at SG.  MEM is going to be razor thin up front.  I see them playing a lot of Anderson and Parsons at the 3/4 with Gasol or JJJ at center.  This team will certainly be improved, but it's not a world beater and certainly not a playoff team in the West.  They also do not project to have any cap space next summer as Gasol, Conley and Parsons are taking up most of the money.  It's just a weird situation for MEM who doesn't want to trade two staples of their franchise, but also couldn't improve enough to get to the playoffs.

Miami Heat-C-
Draft-NONE
In-NONE
Out-NONE
Re-sign-Wayne Ellington (1/6), Derrick Jones Jr (2/3.2)
In-Flux-Dwyane Wade

PG-Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson
SG-Dion Waiters, Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder
SF-Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow
PF-Josh Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Derrick Jones Jr
C-Hassan Whiteside, Bam Adebayo

MIA managed to squeak out 44 wins last season remarkably with such a makeshift roster.  They badly overpaid last season for several players however Johnson and Olynyk seem to be working out fine.  But the Waiters and Johnson contracts are horrific (Johnson-$40M for 2 years, Waiters $36M for 3 years).  They were bounced from the playoffs early and Whiteside was played off the floor and very vocal about how he wasn't happy about it.  It seemed MIA was destined to trade Whiteside this summer and make Adebayo their center of the future.  However no trades materialzed for one, because Whiteside seems to have such a bad attitude, two because his efforts floats so badly and three he's owed $52M over the next 2 seasons.  He could be a cancer to any team acquiring him.  And the way he ended the season, they were getting no value for him even if it meant taking bad contracts.  In a LockedOnHeat podcast, the Heat guy had Eric Nehm of LockedOnBucks and the Heat guy threw out a bunch of trades, most of which involved Brogdon or Thon which Nehm quickly shot down.  He resorted to accept a Dellavedova and Snell or Henson type deal which was still denied.  It goes to show Whiteside's value among guys that cover all 82 games of the NBA season.  MIA did literally nothing this summer except re-sign Ellington to a 1 year deal.  Wade is still in-flux, but I'd expect him to come back for 1 more season.  I just don't see any huge leaps any of these guys on this team are taking to make them better and some teams in the East (Nets, Bulls, Wizards) are going to improve and potentially leave MIA out of the playoffs.

Milwaukee Bucks-B
Draft-Donte Divincenzo
In-Ersan Ilyasova (3/21), Brook Lopez (1/3.4)
Out-Jason Terry, Brandon Jennings (probably), Shabazz Muhammed
Re-sign-NONE
2-Ways-Trevon Duval, Jaylen Morris

PG-Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Matthew Dellevadova
SG-Khris Middleton, Donte Divincenzo
SF-Tony Snell, Sterling Brown
PF-Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ersan Ilyasova, DJ Wilson

With the lack of flexibility the Bucks had they improved their roster drastically by two simple signings.  Yes, the Ilyasova contract was an overpay, however you have to think of it as a 2/14 contract rather than a 3/21 as the third year is non-guaranteed and not likely to be around then.  Ilyasova will provide some much needed depth at the 4 where last year, the Bucks trotted out 4 guard lineups with Middleton acting as the 4 at times.  Ilyasova can also play the 4/5 in a small ball lineup next to Giannis and be a major help rebounding the ball.  Adding Lopez for a near minimum deal was the steal of the summer.  Lopez is a scorer, he has soft touch around the basket and is a very respectable 36% shooter from 3 last season, very likely to improve playing next to Giannis.  The one concern is the Bucks were bad rebounding the ball, Budenholzer's team notoriously are bad rebounders and we didn't get better in that category and arguably worse as Lopez is one of the worst rebounding centers in the NBA.  I can live with below average rebounding if it means a drastic improvement in other areas.  Of all the moves they made though, adding Budenholzer was the biggest.  Getting a competent coach known for adjusting his playing style on the fly, excelling at both conservative and aggressive defenses and notoriously having a team with upper echelon passing is going to be huge.  He gets the most out of every player on his roster which will be a drastic improvement for Snell and Brown.  
C-Brook Lopez, John Henson, Thon Maker, Tyler Zeller
Twitter: @TheSpangover

Check out diener and my new website @ http://www.thirddegreewithcc.weebly.com

Newest additions
-top 15 NBA free agents by position. That's 75 reviews of free agents.
-Diener breaks down the Brewers as a franchise
-2013 NBA Draft Combine Day 1 results and review
-State of the Roster-breaking down 3 best and worst NBA rosters
Quote 0 0
cameroncrazies02
Minnesota Timberwolves-B-
Draft-Josh Okogie, Keita Bates-Diop
In-Anthony Tolliver (1/5.75)
Out-Nemanja Bjelica, Jamal Crawford
Re-Sign-Derrick Rose (1/2.4)

PG-Jeff Teague, Tyus Jones, Derrick Rose
SG-Jimmy Butler, Josh Okogie
SF-Andrew Wiggins, Keita Bates Diop
PF-Taj Gibson, Anthony Tolliver
C-Karl Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng, Justin Patton

The Wolves won 47 games in the West last year, made the 8th seed and promptly got bounced in the first round 1-4 by the Rockets.  They essentially are bringing back the same team next summer.  They lost Bjelica who was a good stretch 4 for them, but he initially signed with the 76ers for $4.4M on a 1 yr deal, then turned back on it and was going to sign overseas before Vlade Divac convinced him to stay in the NBA and signed him to a 2/16 contract.  Replacing him with Tolliver is a wash, Tolliver is a much better defender and a good 3P shooter, but is getting older and I thought the $5.75 (almost their entire MLE) was a bit much.  They brought back Derrick Rose as well who still is one of the worst advanced stats guys in the league.  MIN fans are dying for more Tyus Jones and with Jones in the final year of his rookie contract, he should get a lot more burn.  I thought the Wolves did well in the draft.  Okogie's fine, he'll be a defensive first player and has the tools to be a good shooter (good FT percentage, good on catch and shoot), but they needed a bit more toughness on defense on the perimeter to make up for their lack of true interior strength.  KBP was a steal in the 2nd rounder, he's a versatile, mature forward who could play right away, defend multiple positions, is ok off the dribble and a good 3P shooter.  MIN didn't improve their roster, but they certainly didn't get worse.  What's holding them back is the massive Dieng contract who has never improved and Patton was their 1st round pick last year who played all of 8 minutes last season.  He needs to take a big step forward, or he may be in DJ Wilson-land where he gets his 3rd year option declined.  MIN is teetering on not making the playoffs in a competitive West, but Butler was hurt for 1/3 of the season.  If they hover around .500, a quick exit for Thibodeau and a trade could be coming, but KAT is coming up an extension and won't want to stick around for a re-build.

New Orleans Pelicans-B+
Draft-Tony Carr
In-Julius Randle (2/18), Elfrid Payton (1/3)
Out-Demarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Emeka Okafor, DeAndre Liggins
Re-Sign-Ian Clark (1/1.8)

PG-Jrue Holiday, Elfrid Payton, Frank Jackson
SG-Etwuan Moore, Ian Clark
SF-Solomon Hill, Darius Miller
PF-Julius Randle, Nikola Mirotic
C-Anthony Davis, Cheick Diallo, Alexis Ajinca

The Cousins injury was a blessing in disguise.  The Pelicans contract situation isn't pretty this season, but there's some relief coming next summer depending on what Randle does.  Re-signing Cousins, which seemed inevitable if he stayed healthy, would've capped them out for years to come.  And the Davis/Cousins pairing had mixed reviews.  They were above .500, but when Cousins went out, it opened up the floor for Davis and he went into MVP-mode the second half of the season, then shocked the Trailblazers by shutting them out 4-0 in the playoffs.  They put together a fun team last year and I thought they did themselves even better with bargain buys this summer.  They added Randle on a fantastic 1+1 contract.  Randle will be a great pairing next to Davis.  Randle doesn't stretch the floor, but rebounds with ferocity and scores around the basket which will help Davis immensely.  They can also play small ball with Randle and Mirotic and still have enough scoring punch and defense to keep the team afloat.  Rondo was a great pick up for them, he ran the pick and roll beautifully with Davis but he's another year older.  They got Payton on a huge bargain who's played on bad teams with any truly talented big men.  Payton should have a huge bounceback year.  They are razor thin at SG and SF, however without almost any scoring options.  Moore, Clark, Hill and Miller are end of the bench guys for most teams.  They haven't improved their at all, but they still have some open roster spots and could pick up some veterans late in free agency yet.  They did sign Trevon Bluiett to a 2-way contract and he has some explosive scoring potential.  He should get a full contract at some point in the season.

New York Knicks-B
Draft-Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson
In-Mario Hezonja (1/6.5), Luke Kornet (1/1.5)
Out-Michael Beasley, Jarrett Jack, Doug McDermott, Kyle O'Quinn

PG-Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay
SG-Tim Hardaway Jr, Frank Ntilikina, Courtney Lee
SF-Kevin Knox, Mario Hezonja, Damyean Dotson
PF-Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Luke Kornet
C-Enes Kanter,Mitchell Robinson, Joakim Noah

On paper, NYK improved drastically.  Porzingis is still rehabbing however and will miss half the season yet, so this is still going to be a major work in progress.  In the mean time, NYK can get a lot of run for their young players.  They need some drastic improvement from Ntilikina though who hasn't shown much of an offensive game yet.  Adding Hezonja on a 1 yr, MLE deal, was a steal.  Hezonja can absolutely light up the scoreboard and was constantly pushed and pulled in ORL.  He could be a reclamation project for NY and break out big time.  Kevin Knox was one of the biggest surprises of summer league.  He's so fluid for being 6'9" and has a ton of scoring potential.  Robinson was a good late add in the draft, he's a big time project but is a bit of a mystery man not playing organized basketball in 1.5 years.  He could anchor a defense though, if he puts on some weight and live up to the riggers of the NBA.  What's most concerning is NY doesn't have a playable backup behind Porzingis and he's not going to be back to full strength for 75% of the season.  There's going to be a lot of small lineups with Knox at the 4 and their defense is going to be atrocious.  NY though, is going to have a lot of money to play with next season.  Porzingis needs an extension, but I'd expect them to work a buyout with one or two of Noah, Thomas and Lee.  NY is still likely to be a bottom feeder in the East strictly because their best player is out, but if they make some shrewd financial moves, pick up another good draft pick they could be in play for some major free agents next summer.
Twitter: @TheSpangover

Check out diener and my new website @ http://www.thirddegreewithcc.weebly.com

Newest additions
-top 15 NBA free agents by position. That's 75 reviews of free agents.
-Diener breaks down the Brewers as a franchise
-2013 NBA Draft Combine Day 1 results and review
-State of the Roster-breaking down 3 best and worst NBA rosters
Quote 0 0
cameroncrazies02
Oklahoma City Thunder-A-
Draft-Hamidou Diallo, Devon Hall, Kevin Hervey
In-Nerlens Noel (2/3.6), Dennis Schroeder (trade), Timothe Luwawu-Cabbarot (trade), Abdel Nader (trade)
Out-Carmelo Anthony, Dakari Johnson, Corey Brewer, Josh Huestis, Nick Collison
Re-sign-Paul George (4/137), Jerami Grant (3/27), Raymond Felton (1/2.4)

-Traded Carmelo Anthony, 2022 1st rd pick (lottery protected) to ATL for Dennis Schroeder, Luwawu-Cabbarot

PG-Russell Westbrook, Dennis Schroeder, Raymond Felton
SG-Andre Roberson, Alex Abrines, Luwawu-Cabbarot
SF-Paul George, Terrance Ferguson, Hamidou Diallo, Abdel Nader
PF-Jerami Grant, Patrick Patterson
C-Steven Adams, Nerlens Noel

The Thunder looked to be destined to putting together a rough roster after many, including myself, thought Paul George was leaving and they'd be stuck buying out or stretching Carmelo.  Instead, they got back George on a pretty good contract and traded Carmelo, adding a very minor asset in a 2022 1st and got back Dennis Schroeder.  It was stunning to me that George not only re-signed, but re-signed long term.  There are whispers out there that the NBA told George he couldn't sign in LA because of how much rumored tampering there was so he stayed in OKC.  To get anything of value for Carmelo was astonishing.  ATL had to trade Schroeder and everyone knew it.  That, combined with his inefficiency killed his stock in a trade.  The Thunder gave up only a 2022 1st that's lottery protected and if it doesn't convey, it turns into two 2nd rounders immediately.  That's shockingly good value for a dead money Carmelo contract and shame on ATL for not getting more for it.  I thought the Grant extension was too expensive.  The free agency hasn't been kind to many free agents, including restricted ones like Grant.  He's a glue guy, defense and energy are his calling cards but his 3P shot is evolving and it'd benefit OKC to have him target that as an improvement this summer.  The Noel deal was a flat out steal.  He won't carve out a ton of minutes as he'll only play in spurts when Adams is off the court, but defensively, he'll give them similar production.  There isn't much shooting on this roster thought.  They'll need a huge contribution from Abrines, Ferguson, Cabarrot and Diallo.  But that's a lot of young guys ready to prove themselves, including Ferguson who is budding with potential.  Roberson was the glue to their entire team and when he went down, it killed OKC's effectiveness on defense.  This is still a pretty rag-tag group, but Westbrook has shown the ability to carry a team.  Cutting Melo out will be addition by subtraction, but they are dangerously thin at SG, SF and PF, one injury could derail this team.  All in all, considering OKC's lack of money, they're incredible tax bill and lack of assets this summer, they made out like bandits.

Orlando Magic-C
Draft-Mohammed Bamba, Melvin Frazier, Justin Jackson, Isaiah Briscoe
In-Timofey Mozgov (trade), Jerian Grant (trade), Jarell Martin (trade)
Out-Mario Hezonja, Shelvin Mack, Arron Afflalo, Bismack Biyombo, Rodney Purvis, Marreese Speights
Re-Sign-Aaron Gordon (4/76)

-Traded Bismack Biyombo to CHA for Timofey, Mozgov, Jerian Grant
-Traded Rodney Purvis for Dakari Johnson, then traded Johnson for Jarell Martin

PG-DJ Augustin, Jerian Grant, Isaiah Briscoe
SG-Evan Fournier, Melvin Frazier
SF-Jonathan Simmons, Terrance Ross, Wes Iwundu
PF-Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Jarell Martin, Khem Birch
C-Nikola Vucevic, Mo Bamba, Timofey Mozgov

A pretty ho-hum summer for ORL.  They're one saving grace was drafting Bamba who looks to be a really good NBA center with a ton of potential.  Re-signing Gordon for 4/76 was fine, but he's so injury prone, it's scary to give him long term money.  He got paid in the same realm of Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker so it's not exactly an overpay.  They did trade Biyombo and got back Mozgov who a) won't play in the same vein Biyombo wouldn't have but also picked up Grant in the deal, a perfect backup PG for them.  But they are really thin at PG without much other than replacement level talent.  They also lost Hezonja in FA to the Knicks and they're going to be asking for a lot of scoring out of the roster of their roster.  Their franchise right now hinges on the development of Isaac and Bamba.  Those two can be a really good tandem, very long, athletic, budding offensive games and defensive-minded, but they have two starters in front of them.  It wouldn't surprise me to see Vucevic traded yet, but I'm not sure of his trade value.  He's on a 1 year deal, so somebody could take a flier on him for a PG or depth on the wing.  ORL is still in treadmill mode-they're just spurting out replacement level talent all over the floor.  They'll have some cap space next summer with Vucevic and Ross coming off the books and even more in 2020 when they still have their key young guys on rookie conracts and $50M in cap space, but ORL hasn't been a FA destination in forever...or ever.  They own all of their future picks as well as three future 2nd rounders, so they could play with their picks a bit, but I'm hard pressed to see any franchise changing trades out their for them.  
Twitter: @TheSpangover

Check out diener and my new website @ http://www.thirddegreewithcc.weebly.com

Newest additions
-top 15 NBA free agents by position. That's 75 reviews of free agents.
-Diener breaks down the Brewers as a franchise
-2013 NBA Draft Combine Day 1 results and review
-State of the Roster-breaking down 3 best and worst NBA rosters
Quote 0 0
cameroncrazies02
Philadelphia 76ers-C+
Draft-Zhaire Smith, Landry Shamet, Shake Milton, Jonah Bolden
In-Wilson Chandler (trade), Mike Muscala (trade)
Out-Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova, Justin Anderson, Timothe Luwawu Cabbarot, Richaun Holmes
Re-sign-JJ Redick (1/12.3), Amir Johnson (1/2.3)

-Traded Justin Anderson and Luwawu Cabbarot for Mike Muscala
-Acquired Wilson Chandler, future 2nd rd draft choice for nothing
-Traded #10 to PHX for #15, 2021 MIA 1st

PG-Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, TJ McConnell, Jerryd Bayless
SG-JJ Redick, Zhaire Smith, Shamet/Milton
SF-Robert Covington, Furkan Korkmaz, Jonah Bolden
PF-Dario Saric, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala
C-Joel Embiid, Amir Johnson

After 52 wins and the 76ers slotted for massive cap space and a high draft pick, many thought this would be the summer the Sixers pushed all their cards in and made an all-in move.  Instead, they went the opposite way, brought back a similar team and collected more assets.  Whether it was right or wrong remains to be seen.  The most puzzling move was drafting Mikal Bridges then trading him for Smith.  The 2021 MIA pick is unprotected so it has a ton of value as MIA may be in shambles in 2021, but Bridges was a perfect fit.  Smith really struggled in summer league shooting and just understanding the pace of the game.  His athletic ability is undeniable though.  PHI needed to cut down their roster by 1 and buying out Bayless hasn't been an option yet.  So they traded two swing men in Luwawu and Anderson for Mike Muscala.  This came after they had an agreement with Bjelica who backed out on the deal at the last minute.  PHI was searching for a stretch 4 and they got one in Muscala who certainly isn't up to the level of Ilyasova or Bjelica, but he'll be serviceable.  The Chandler acquisition netted them another defensive minded forward with veteran leadership.  His contract is for 1 year, but it still was surprising they couldn't get more than just one 2nd round pick for him.  They re-signed JJ Redick which was destined to be and a must considering his floor spacing and that he just seems to be getting better with age.  They signed Jonah Bolden to a 4 year contract, a big sticker price for a 2nd rounder, but it shows they have a lot of faith in him.  I'd expect them to put Milton and Shamet on 2-way deals, or if they can't trade Bayless, buy him out and sign one of the two (likely Shamet).  There have been rumors of a Bayless plus picks for Korver deal pending for about a week now which would be a huge add for them as they're thin on the perimeter, but Korkmaz showed out in summer league as a deadly 3 point shooter.  The Sixers have a positionless roster and their acquisitions show that.  They tout 10 players 6'5" or taller, all of which could see the floor on any given night.  The Sixers held onto Fultz in all trade discussions which hampered any deal for Kawhi, but considering they immense cap space they'll still have next summer and the ability to sign a max player, it was probably a smart move not to give up major assets for a possible Kawhi rental.  Their off-season wasn't off the charts, but it'll keep them in the 50-60 win discussion barring injury.

Phoenix Suns-A-
Draft-DeAndre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Elie Okobo
In-Trevor Ariza (1/15), Richaun Holmes (trade), Darrell Arthur (trade)
Out-Alex Len, Jared Dudley, Elfrid Payton, Tyler Ulis
Re-sign-Devin Booker (5/158)

-Traded Jared Dudley, future 2nd for Darrell Arthur
-Traded #15, MIA 2021 1st for #10

PG-Brandon Knight, Elie Okobo
SG-Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges
SF-TJ Warren, Josh Jackson
PF-Trevor Ariza, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss
C-DeAndre Ayton, Richaun Holmes, Tyson Chandler

It was rumored the Suns were going to be all-in this summer.  They ended up not pulling a ton of strings, but did move up and acquire Bridges, at an expensive cost.  Giving up the MIA pick was a bit short-sighted, that could be very valuable, but they clearly liked Bridges.  But after that, they made a bit of a puzzling move by signing Ariza, albeit to a 1 year deal.  Clearly, PHX is going to go small at almost all times.  They do have great depth at SG-PF with a lot of interchangeable parts, but they're banking a lot on the health of Knight (never guaranteed) and the development of Okobo to run the PG position all year.  They acquired Holmes from PHI for cash which was a great move to give them a more nimble, rebounding force behind Ayton as Chandler ages and is in towel-waiver mode.  Their draft was great, their free agency was ok and they still have a lot of assets for the future.  It's unlikely they extend Bender or Chriss, barring a break out season that isn't likely for either, and they will have a host of cap space next summer in the range of $20M.  PHX won't be world-beaters this year and are likely destined to the lottery again, but they did drastically improve their roster and have suddenly become one of the youngest, most exciting teams in the league with a solid core, draft picks and cap space.
Twitter: @TheSpangover

Check out diener and my new website @ http://www.thirddegreewithcc.weebly.com

Newest additions
-top 15 NBA free agents by position. That's 75 reviews of free agents.
-Diener breaks down the Brewers as a franchise
-2013 NBA Draft Combine Day 1 results and review
-State of the Roster-breaking down 3 best and worst NBA rosters
Quote 0 0
cameroncrazies02
Portland Trailblazers-D+
Draft-Anfernee Simmons, Gary Trent Jr
In-Nik Stauskas (1/1.5), Seth Curry (1/2.8)
Out-Ed Davis, Shabazz Napier, Pat Connaughton
Re-sign-Jusuf Nurkic (4/48)

PG-Damian Lillard, Seth Curry, Wade Baldwin
SG-CJ McCollum, Anfernee Simmons, Nik Stauskas
SF-Maurice Harkless, Evan Turner, Jake Layman
PF-Al Farouq-Aminu, Meyers Leonard, Caleb Swanigan
C-Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins

The Trailblazers finished with 49 wins last season, good for 3rd in the East, but it was all for not as they got bounced in the first round by the Pelicans 4-0.  The Trailblazers have one of the worst cap sheets in the NBA paying Harkless, Aminu, Leonard and Turner a combined $44M.  Top that off with two max contracts to Lillard and McCollum and they're way over the tax.  It's always been said, it's best to have top end contracts and bottom contracts, meaning you have max guys, rookie deals and cheap deals, and to have contracts in the middle can tear apart a franchise's cap sheet.  Well, the Blazers have three middle contracts and one top contract (Turner) to four guys who have little use for most teams.  By the numbers, this off-season wasn't terrible.  But they lost Davis, their most active defender and rebounder, and their back up PG in Napier who went to BKN on a minimum deal.  Clearly they wanted to add more shooting around Lillard and McCollum as their usage was sky high and the rest of the team was pretty terrible, but they added shooters at the cost of their defense.  Clearly, they're paving the way for their young guys.  Collins will take the backup big role from Davis and Baldwin will get a mighty good look as the backup PG.  The Nurkic contract isn't bad, he's a good rebounder and a decent team defender, so at $12M a year, it isn't terrible for an average team, but it just continues to cripple their hopes for maneuverability in the future.  Clearly, the Blazers are destined to have to trade Lillard or McCollum in the near future to begin to re-tool, they're just biding time at this point and winning 49 games has blinded them as to what they are.  Teams below them last year are catching up, DEN, UTA, LAL are just a few that are going to be better.  To spell it out even more, the Blazers won't have cap room until the summer of 2021 and that's only because Lillard and McCollum come off the books.  To keep them together, theyre going to have to mortgage a 1st round pick next summer to offload Turner, Leonard or Harkless just to give them the slightest ability to make another move.  Until then, they're going to be above average with no hope of contending.  They better hope for one of Baldwin, Simmons or Collins to become a third star.

Sacramento Kings-D
Draft-Marvin Bagley
In-Nemanja Bjelica (3/19), Ben McElmore (trade), Deyonta Davis (trade), Yogi Ferrell (2/6.2)
Out-Garrett Temple, Vince Carter, Malachi Richardson, Bruno Cabocolo

-Traded Garrett Temple for Ben McElmore and Deyonta Davis
-Signed Zach LaVine to 4/80 offer sheet, matched by Bulls

PG-DeAaron Fox, Yogi Ferrell, Frank Mason
SG-Buddy Hield, Ben McElmore
SF-Bogan Bogdanovic, Justin Jackson, Iman Shumpert
PF-Marvin Bagley, Zach Randolph, Skal Labissiere, Nemanja Bjelica
C-Willie Cauley-Stein, Kosta Koufus, Harry Giles, Deyonta Davis

Uhhh...ok.  So the Kings signed one PF to a fully guaranteed 3/19 deal then traded for Davis to round out an 8 man front court rotation.  The Kings may not be done, but they have 16 under contract with Davis likely to be waived.  They still have cap room to eat a contract and acquire an asset or sign another free agent (or try to sign away Rodney Hood), but it would cost them waiving another contract, none of which are non-guaranteed.  They held the #2 pick and chose Bagley.  It's hard to question the pick, Bagley is talented, but it seems like they could've traded down and picked up a future 1st the way ATL did for Doncic.  Hield excelled as a 6th man but now he's likely to be thrust back into the starting lineup.  They could've just taken Doncic #2 and created a phenomenal Fox, Doncic, Hield grouping.  The Bjelica signing just blows my mind.  They paid TRIPLE what the nex highest bidder was offering and there are no minutes for more than two PF's to play so two of Randolph, Labissiere and Bjelica won't play.  Just terrible cap management.  Giles and Jackson are two young players they need major conributions from this season.  A Giles improvement may ease the burden of WCS pending free agency.  The two moves they did make were also preposterous.  They essentially traded Temple, a steady veteran, for McElmore, who was drafted by SAC and has failed every team he played for.  Then they tried to sign LaVine and thankfully for SAC fans, the Bulls matched.  The Kings project to have only $40M in salary tied up next summer with only WCS as their lone big free agent, followed by Randolph, Shumpert, McElmore and Koufus.  It's a good spot to be in, considering SAC's pick will go to BOS next summer, but it's frightening to think what SAC is going to do with all their money next summer.

Twitter: @TheSpangover

Check out diener and my new website @ http://www.thirddegreewithcc.weebly.com

Newest additions
-top 15 NBA free agents by position. That's 75 reviews of free agents.
-Diener breaks down the Brewers as a franchise
-2013 NBA Draft Combine Day 1 results and review
-State of the Roster-breaking down 3 best and worst NBA rosters
Quote 0 0
cameroncrazies02
San Antonio Spurs-A-
Draft-Lonnie Walker, Chimezie Metu
In-Demar DeRozan (trade), Jakob Poeltl (trade), Marco Belinelli (2/12), Dante Cunningham (1/2.5)
Out-Kawhi Leonard (trade), Danny Green (trade), Tony Parker, Kyle Anderson, Joffrey Lauvergne
Re-sign-Rudy Gay (1/10), Davis Bertans (2/14), Bryn Forbes (2/6)
In-flux-Manu Ginobili

Traded Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green for Demar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl

PG-DeJounte Murray, Patty Mills, DJ White
SG-Demar DeRozan, Lonnie Walker, Bryn Forbes
SF-Rudy Gay, Marco Belinelli, Dante Cunningham
PF-Lamarcus Aldridge, Davis Bertans
C-Pau Gasol, Jakob Poeltl

All eyes were on the Spurs this summer with the Kawhi drama which kept getting weirder and weirder.  Ultimately they settled on a Kawhi for DeRozan swap which was probably the best top-tier haul they could've gotten for Kawhi.  It's a bigger risk on TOR end considering Kawhi could leave.  Poppovich probably has 2 years left as his contract has 2 years remaining, then I'd venture to guess he retires, so SA wasn't taking a deal for a package of picks and young players to fill in with their roster of older vets with bigger contracts.  Instead, they keep the train rolling.  They won 47 games with Kawhi essentially not playing at all.  Now insert DeRozan and this team is much better.  At every position they have great depth.  Murray and Mills will be a platoon PG lineup, but Murray took a huge step last year and is destined to be pretty good as a defender, distributor and bucket getter.  The wing position was their weakest last year.  Now insert DeRozan, Belinelli and Walker and they're vastly improved.  Manu is likely to return as well, so they have a grouping of vets who compliment each other really well with Walker waiting in the wings.  Their front court is a little thin, and Gasol was played off the floor at times last year, but they'll have the ability to deploy Murray, Belinelli, DeRozan, Gay and Aldridge as a closing 5.  Poeltl is also a good young piece to provide them depth.  He's a good rim protector and finisher around the rim, who will vastly improve depth there.  They got back Gay on a 1 year deal after he declined his $9M option to get an increase to $10M, a fair deal for a guy of his age and caliber on a 1 year deal.  Bertans is a tall, stretch 4 and a 2/14 contract was fair considering very similar deals for backup stretch 4's in this market.  Overall, SA got a lot better and will get back to their 50-win ways, barring major injury.  Deorzan and Aldridge are a great 1-2 punch with a lot of complimentary players.
Twitter: @TheSpangover

Check out diener and my new website @ http://www.thirddegreewithcc.weebly.com

Newest additions
-top 15 NBA free agents by position. That's 75 reviews of free agents.
-Diener breaks down the Brewers as a franchise
-2013 NBA Draft Combine Day 1 results and review
-State of the Roster-breaking down 3 best and worst NBA rosters
Quote 0 0
cameroncrazies02
Toronto Raptors-C-
Draft-none
In-Kawhi Leonard (trade), Danny Green (trade)
Out-Demar DeRozan (trade), Jakob Poeltl (trade)
Re-sign-Fred Van Vleet (2/18), Lorenzo Brown (1/1.5)

-Traded Demar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl 2019 1st rd pick for Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green

PG-Kyle Lowry, Dorell Wright, Fred Van Vleet, Lorenzo Brown
SG-Danny Green, Norm Powell, Malachi Richardson
SF-Kawhi Leonard, OG Anunoby, CJ Miles
PF-Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam
C-Jonas Valanciunas

After getting bounced in the playoffs again by Lebron, I thought they'd stand relatively pat, building on their 59 win season and battling it out with the Sixers and Celtics with Lebron going west.  Instead, they flipped the script and made one of the biggest star for star trades in NBA history, dumping franchise fan favorite DeRozan for Kawhi.  It's a huge gamble.  DeRozan was a beloved star in TOR since he was drafted, has been loyal to the team ever since and seemed to be a guy heading towards a one-team career.  They traded that for an enigmatic, grumpy superstar coming off a year long injury who made it very clear he didn't want to be traded anywhere but LA ans refused to sign any extension with any team outside of LA.  Not only is that a huge gamble in the short term-what if he doesn't mesh? What if he isn't healthy? It's a huge long term gamble as well.  DeRozan was their only youngish star and while yes, they cold clear $27M off their books in the summer of 2019 if Kawhi doesn't re-sign, they're still cap-strapped with huge contracts until 2020.  And not only that, what player is going to come to TOR as a free agent and believe any pitch that's thrown at them under the guise of, "we want you to be our guy," a year after they traded one of their most beloved stars in franchise history.  I'm not saying it's a bad move, TOR has been perpetually blown out in the playoffs, but their best case scenario-Kawhi loves TOR, re-signs, propels them in the playoffs-seems to be a bit of a pipedream when Kawhi doesn't mesh with the team, his contract situation is a hamper on the locker room and he bolts next year anyway seems much more likely.  As for their other moves, picking up Green in the trade was a good add.  Miles and Powell seem to have fallen off after early returns and Wright is up and down.  OG Anunoby is potentially their next blue chipper, but he'll again come off the bench, bringing along his development even slower.  TOR is also dangerously thin up front.  Valanciunas has had up and down seasons-he can either dominate on the court and in the middle, or be played off the floor.  Ibaka and Siakam form a fine front court duo in small ball, especially with Kawhi at the 3, but one injury is going to force them to play a lot of small ball.  The re-signing of FVV is fine.  2/18 seemed a bit expensive, especially when Wright is perfectly capable of playing both the 2 and 3, but the equivalent is the Bucks signing their 3rd PG (behind Bledsoe and Brogdon) to a 2/18 deal as well.  It fits their cap space timeline as they'll empty their cap sheet in 2020.  However, TOR has traded back to back 1st round picks and won't have one again until 2020.  That's very dangerous considering in the summer of 2020, everyone except Anunoby and Norm Powell will be free agents with Lowry being 35, Ibaka being somewhere between 30-35.
Twitter: @TheSpangover

Check out diener and my new website @ http://www.thirddegreewithcc.weebly.com

Newest additions
-top 15 NBA free agents by position. That's 75 reviews of free agents.
-Diener breaks down the Brewers as a franchise
-2013 NBA Draft Combine Day 1 results and review
-State of the Roster-breaking down 3 best and worst NBA rosters
Quote 0 0
cameroncrazies02
Utah Jazz-B+
Draft-Grayson Allen
In-None
Out-David Stockton
Re-sign-Dante Exum (3/28), Derrick Favors (2/34), Raul Neto (2/4.3), Georges Niang (3/4.9)

PG-Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum, Raul Neto
SG-Donovan Mitchell, Alec Burks, Grayson Allen
SF-Joe Ingles, Jae Crowder, Thabo Sefolosha, Royce O'Nel
PF-Derrick Favors, Georges Niang
C-Rudy Gobert, Ekpe Udoh, Tony Bradley

The Jazz literally did nothing this summer.  And that's pretty ok.  They were well above expectations last year and advanced their re-build by nabbing Donovan Mitchell, a top tier player who should've won rookie of the year, and getting some serious output from a whole bunch of role players.  The Jazz re-signed a few of their own guys.  The Exum deal is a big risk.  He hasn't stayed healthy since he came to the NBA, but a lot of it has been freak injuries.  He missed all of 15-16', the latter part of 17' and most all of 17-18' before coming back at the end of last season.  I think the plan is, when Rubio's contract expires, to give the reigns to Exum.  He has all the potential in the world as a creator, developing offensive game and top notch defender.  My surprise though, was that the 3 years is fully guaranteed and doesn't have team options on the end.  But at $9M per year, it's not a huge, over the top risk.  I think UTA would've liked to find a better fit than Favors at the 4, he's really stuck between a 4 and a 5, and with Gobert behind him, who doesn't have any range, it hampers their offense a bit.  But they couldn't and Favors deal is a 1+1 with a team option, so if it looks like FA or trades suit them to find a better fit, they could decline that option, and my guess is they will.  Neto and Niang are end of the bench guys.  I'm not sure UTA will blow the doors off the West this year, if they stay healthy they'll be a playoff team again.  And next summer, if they decline Favors option, they'll have about $30M in cap space with Rubio, Burks and Favors out while maintaining their young core of Mitchell, Exum and Gobert.  I personally like that they didn't try to get too cute.  This was a fun loving team and they brought the band back together.  It's a versatile team with a lot of depth at various positions and with Gobert, they can play a lot of small ball.

Washington Wizards-D
Draft-Troy Brown
In-Jeff Green (1/2.4), Austin Rivers (trade), Dwight Howard (2/11), Thomas Bryant (waiver claim)
Out-Marcin Gortat, Tim Frazier, Chris McCullough, Mike Scott
Re-sign-None

-Traded Marcin Gortat for Austin Rivers

PG-John Wall, Tomas Satoransky
SG-Bradley Beal, Austin Rivers, Jodie Meeks
SF-Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Troy Brown
PF-Markieff Morris, Jeff Green, Jason Smith
C-Dwight Howard, Ian Mahinmi, Thomas Bryant

Last year, the Wizards barely squeeked out 43 wins.  They had a ton of inner turmoil with Wall and Gortat sharing barbs in the media and a lot of backhanded comments about Wall from other teammates when Wall went down and their offense seemed to be more efficient.  If trading Wall and getting equal return was an option, it would've been the best option but Wall signed the supermax which won't even kick in until next season where he'll be owed an average of $42M (!!!!) per season for the next 4 years. That's crippling.  So to fix their bad locker room they acquired Austin Rivers and Dwight Howard?!  I'd put the over/under on the Howard vs teammates beef at 25 games.  It looks like a well rounded, deep team on paper, but I don't see how this team is any better.  They have a ton of chuckers, a pretty bad coach and some horrendous personalities in the locker room.  In a weak East, they still are likely to hover around 45 wins, but only because nobody in the East below them got drastically better.  What's more, Troy Brown was fine.  I'm not sure where he fits in, he's not likely to see any playing time with the added bench depth.  But they signed Dwight Howard to a 2/11 with a player option for year 2.  He wasn't tradeable before because of his attitude, now they gave him a 2 year deal at the MLE!  He should've been a minimum signing at best.  Washington won't have cap space until the summer of 2021.  In the summer of 2020, they'll have 3 guys under contract (Wall, Beal, Porter), and will still be right at the cap.  That's devastating.  The one thing they did improve is their depth, on paper.  Rivers, Green and Brown give them better depth 2-4 than they had last season, but they're going to be relying on heavy doses of Howard and having to play Mahinmi because Morris really isn't a 5, even in small ball with Green behind him.  Just an albatross of a summer for WAS.  They're going to have to blow it up at some point, but I don't even know where you start.  
Twitter: @TheSpangover

Check out diener and my new website @ http://www.thirddegreewithcc.weebly.com

Newest additions
-top 15 NBA free agents by position. That's 75 reviews of free agents.
-Diener breaks down the Brewers as a franchise
-2013 NBA Draft Combine Day 1 results and review
-State of the Roster-breaking down 3 best and worst NBA rosters
Quote 0 0
wissportsnet

Boys Basketball Alumni Round-up: February 21st, from @ColtonWilson23 #wisbb -- https://t.co/0K6CZzZWpf https://t.co/715tfpBGVS

wissportsnet

WSN15: Boys Basketball Top Teams #12 -- Two NCAA Division I players at one WIAA Division 4 school = state champions… https://t.co/1MThqzce9L

wissportsnet

Predicting winners of every state wrestling title plus a look By The Numbers, from @Nate_Woelfel -… https://t.co/HgU1bLP7d6

wissportsnet

Join the free Boys Basketball Playoff Pick 'Em Contest; Staff picks coming Tuesday #wisbb -- https://t.co/Y6yTA3OgP8 https://t.co/hA6Uyw9uje