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Thanks for all of the updates Cameron.  With the moves made out there, what are the chances of Jabari getting an offer??  Phoenix seemed like a team that had been lining up to make one and Sacramento also.  With Ariza though going to the Suns, does that hamper their efforts of signing him??  Any sign and trade possible with the Suns??  

I like Ersan and his ability to shoot it.  2 years for $14 million doesn't seem excessive to me.  His toughness is something the Bucks have desperately needed and missed.  I did have my hopes on Bellinelli in Milwaukee.  He just always seems to make shots.


Phoenix now does not have the money to sign Jabari.  CHI, ATL, PHI, LAL, SAC are the five teams with remaining cap space to sign Jabari to a contract to his liking.  I think you can cross off ATL, PHI and LAL as suitors.  ATL is likely to save their cap space, and use it in salary dumps in trades to acquire assets.  PHI isn't signing Jabari and LAL is looking at much bigger deals to use their space.  That leaves the threat of CHI and SAC.  Chicago has Zach LaVine as a pending free agent and they're working out a contract with him, but it seems they could be far apart.  If they can't come to an agreement, they could move on to target Jabari, but I'd put it at less than a 50% chance.  SAC is the one scary team.  They throw around money so stupidly that they could offer him something in the realm of $18M per year.  They've been awfully quiet to this point so something has to be in the works.  But they drafted Marvin Bagley as their PF and Bogdanovic was really good for them last year at SF, albeit, maybe as more of a bench guy.  And SAC has very little defenders.  Hield, Bagley and Bogdanovic struggle on defense, do they want to continue down that path adding Jabari?

I'd say the writing is on the wall with the Ersan signing they're not expecting Jabari back.  But it's still very feasible.  If they decline Jennings and Zeller's contracts, they're still under the luxury tax with room to match a Jabari offer up to $21M.  I don't know how I feel about him.  I want him to be successful, I just fear what he would continue to bring to the team.  If he's brought back for less than $15M I'd be fine with it.  It's still a tradeable contract as long as he doesn't get hurt again. 
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Are the Bucks just going to let Jabari sign the offer and then not match it or is sign and trade the direction??  Not sure the Kings have a lot of assets and I don't see them parting with a guy like Labissiere.  
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CC,

Should I be irritated that Julius Randle just went to New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent for a two-year, $18 million deal that also features a player option for the second year.  That seems like an absolute steal for the Pelicans especially when I see you thought he was going to get 20 million for one year?  He seems like he would have been a great fit for the Bucks especially if that was the price to get him.

What do you think about the Bucks going after Nemanja Bjelica now that the Timberwolves pulled their qualifying offer?  When he got decent minutes, like he did in March, he has been able to hit shots and shoots it at 40% from three.   I liked the Ilyasova signing at first, but now I'm thinking that maybe they did overpay for him? 
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DeMarucs Cousins agrees to 1-year, $5.3M deal with the Golden State Warriors.  This is a bunch of crap, unreal.
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I agree this is total bs.  At some point, the NBA has to step up to the plate and somehow control this super team mentality.  I know the NBA isn't going to address it, but all of the manipulations of the salary cap and different ways around it using different exemptions is allowing for these super teams to form and it doesn't seem to be good for the NBA.   Quite honestly, only about 4 teams are playing for a championship - everyone else is just playing.  
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I agree this is total bs.  At some point, the NBA has to step up to the plate and somehow control this super team mentality.  I know the NBA isn't going to address it, but all of the manipulations of the salary cap and different ways around it using different exemptions is allowing for these super teams to form and it doesn't seem to be good for the NBA.   Quite honestly, only about 4 teams are playing for a championship - everyone else is just playing.  


That is how it has always been in the NBA and I go back to the early seventies in watching the NBA.   There is never more than four teams in any era that have had a chance to win it.  I love the super teams but that leads to one big problem for the NBA, the regular season is meaningless.   The bad teams don't try to win so the can improve their draft chances and the good teams don't worry about winning every night because they want to be fresh for the playoffs.  This year the conference finals were both great.  Unfortunately most of the basketball leading up to the finals was not great. 
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Julius Randle-the Randle signing was a product of him being able to play alongside Anthony Davis and the Pels took advantage of Boogie leaving and opening up cap space to do it.  It has no reflection on the Bucks.  I've said this all day on Twitter...the reaction to any signing being, "we could've paid that!" or "we could've paid more!" is null and void in today's NBA.  The Hawks and Kings had the most money coming into this off-season.  The Hawks could've offered Randle 3/30 instead of the 2/18 he got in New Orleans, but it wouldn't necessarily be the best basketball move for him.  Maybe he has ties to New Orleans, or a coaching staff he likes.  There's so many factors that go into free agency that doesn't include money.  And as for the Bucks, they can offer the MLE, which, the max they could offer a free agent is about 3/25.  That's $1M less annually than Randle got.  Don't react to every signing about how the Bucks could've got them.  That's not how to measure a signing.

Jabari Parker-as for Jabari, it's clear the Bucks are letting Jabari find his offer.  And his options are dwindling.  It's hard to find updated cap sheets for teams after verbal signings, but I think it's down to ATL, CHI, PHI, SAC and LAL for teams that can offer him above the MLE.  I broke this down in an earlier post,

ATL-probably won't have interest, it seems they're saving their cap space to take on contracts for assets. 

PHI-not bringing in Jabari, I don't think.  They have Covington, Saric and Simmons as their 3/4's right now.  I don't know where Jabari would fit into that.  And I think they're really trying to pull for the Kawhi trade but are holding out hope SA brings down the asking price since it's not a sure thing Kawhi stays.

SAC-a report came out they don't have interest in Jabari.  Whether that's true or not remains to be seen.  But they have Hield, Bagley and Bogdanovic, none of which are good defenders.  That could be disastrous on the defensive end. 

LAL-they have money to play with but are also in the Kawhi sweepstakes.  If they don't get Kawhi, they have Lebron, Ingram and Kuzma as their forwards.  None of them can play center for any length of time and there are no minutes for Jabari in that situation.  Kawhi plays the same position as well, but a Kawhi trade would likely send out one of, if not both, Ingram and Kuzma.

CHI-still a very real possibility.  They've been quiet this summer, they have a need for a versatile scoring forward.  But they also have LaVine's contract situation to work out.  If they signed Jabari, then LaVine, at both of their asking prices, it'd cap them out with a core of Dunn, LaVine, Jabari, Markkanen, Carter, Portis and a few lesser named guys.  Do they want to make that their core without financial flexibility moving forward?

Sign and trade-this is also still a very real possibility.  It'd involve the Bucks taking back money because any team doing a sign and trade can't sign Jabari to their books outright.  I'm a little fuzzy as to how the Bucks can make that work.  And it's extremely complicated as far as Jabari's outgoing trade value, financially and what the Bucks can take back in return.

I still think the last straw, and the most likely, is him taking the qualifying offer.  It's not a great situation.  That'd give Jabari a no-trade clause, so unless he asks for the trade AND accepts where he's going AND it fits financially (again, very tough to do), a trade wouldn't happen.  He also, at the end of the year, would become an unrestricted free agent, so the Bucks lose all future leverage.  Combine all that with the Ersan signing, it makes for a weird situation as far as minute distribution goes.  I don't think the Bucks signed Ilyasova with the thought that the most likely scenario is Jabari taking the qualifying offer, but I don't see many other options.
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Demarcus Cousins signs with GS for 1/5.3-don't freak out.  Yes, it's another star heading to Golden State, but Cousins suffered an achilles tear late in the season.  That's probably the most devastating injury a player can have, especially for a big.  Cousins won't be able to play until January at the earliest.  So Golden State is going to be running out a ton of Draymond/Bell/Zaza center lineups which were their most vulnerable at times last year.  I also don't think it's an indictment on Cousins staying long term.  If Cousins heals and plays well late in the season, he's going to be a free agent again next summer and GS has absolutely no money to re-sign him to a long term deal.  They're coming up on Draymond and Klay extensions soon which are already tough enough to work around.  Sure, the Warriors could go on a tear late in the season adding Cousins to their lineup, but it's going to take a world of adjustments getting him into the rotation.

Clippers re-sign Avery Bradley to 2/25-what a massive overpay, probably one of the biggest overpays yet this summer.  Bradley is a phenomenal defender, but he has never been the same, offensively, since he left the Celtics.  I'm curious to see if it's fully guaranteed or if there's a team option, but LAC added Shai Gilgeous Alexander and Jerome Robinson in the draft giving them a guard rotation of Lou Williams, SGA, Robinson, Teodosic, Bradley, Thornwell, Beverley and Tyrone Wallace is still a RFA for them.  That's a ton of guards to find minutes for.

Pelicans sign Elfrid Payton to 1/2.7-I kind of saw this coming for Payton.  He had a regressing year in ORL before being traded to PHX and doing well, but it's hard to put a lot of stock into his time in PHX as it was stat driven.  Payton needs to rehab his stock and will do that very well in New Orleans alongside Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis.  

Pelicans sign Julius Randle to 2/18-losing Cousins after sending out major assets in a trade for him hurts.  If he didn't have that achilles injury, I'd bet he'd be back.  But the Pels bounced back with a bargain of a deal.  Randle is probably on a 1 year deal, because it has a player option for the 2nd year.  He's a great fit next to Davis where he can bang on the interior and get rebounds.  He can play small ball 5 with Mirotic off the bench.  These last two signings were great pick ups for New Orleans who seemed destined for mediocrity.

JJ Redick re-signs in PHI for 1/12-I'm surprised JJ didn't take a longer term deal.  He's 33 going on 34 and had a career year in PHI.  But it may be more about where he wants to play than anything.  And Redick is showing no signs of slowing down.  It's another steady move for PHI to maintain some outside shooting threat while maintaining cap flexibility for the future.

Nerlens Noel signs with OKC for 2/3.7-Noel needs to rehab his image badly after a tumultuous career wherever he played.  He'll be relegated to bench duty behind Steven Adams and they won't be able to play together, but Noel has a ton of talent defensively.  This has to say a lot about teams wanting to stay away from him, so there has to be even more behind the scenes with Noel.  But OKC got a bargain here.

Derrick Favors re-signs for 2/36 in UTA-I don't love this move for UTA.  But they didn't have a lot of options.  It seems like a lot of money, but the second year is non-guaranteed so it's low risk.  Favors and Gobert were pretty good defensively, but offensively, they shrink the floor badly.  

MIN signs Anthony Tolliver to 1/5.8-these contracts are all over the board, I would've thought Tolliver was going to get the minimum.  And MIN renounced the rights to Nmenja Bjelica, a similar floor stretching 4, to sign Tolliver.  But Tolliver's a better defender.  

DET signs Jose Calderon to 1/2.3-Huh?  They have Reggie Jackson, Ish Smith, and Dwight Buycks under contract as PG's for next season.  Buycks deal may be non-guaranteed so Calderon will operate as a backup.  The deal is for the minimum, but I would've thought DET would've been targeting their wing depth more than anything early.

Clippers sign Mike Scott to 1 yr deal-eh.  The Clippers need some depth in their front court, but this deal may not be able to be judged properly until the financials of it come out.  Scott was a hot commodity as a stretch 4/defender, so I'd bet they paid more than the minimum for him.  They targeted him early and hard, so my guess is they paid a pretty decent penny to get him on a 1 yr deal.

POR signs Seth Curry to 2/5.6-second year is a player option.  Curry at that money for any other team would be a steal.  But rolling out any backcourt combo of Curry and Lillard/McCollum is going to be disastrous defensively.  At that price, it's a bargain and you have to take it, but POR has been doing themselves no favors this off-season.

One quick note on the Lakers.  There current roster stands as:
PG-Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo
SG-Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart
SF-Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng
PF-Lebron James, Kyle Kuzma
C-JaVale McGee, Ivac Zubac

There has to be more coming, Lebron didn't go to LA, to a tougher conference, to play with that roster.  Signing Rondo to a pretty massive one year deal ($9M), seems to me that they're going to trade Lonzo.  And like I said, Ingram, Kuzma and Lebron isn't exactly a formidable front court, and Kuzma isn't going to be relegated to bench duty permanently.  A Kawhi trade seems inevitable, but if news breaks that Kawhi is staying or is traded to any other team would be VERY interesting to see how LA handles this.
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yzerman1 wrote:


That is how it has always been in the NBA and I go back to the early seventies in watching the NBA.   There is never more than four teams in any era that have had a chance to win it.  I love the super teams but that leads to one big problem for the NBA, the regular season is meaningless.   The bad teams don't try to win so the can improve their draft chances and the good teams don't worry about winning every night because they want to be fresh for the playoffs.  This year the conference finals were both great.  Unfortunately most of the basketball leading up to the finals was not great. 
         You need to add a couple HUGE caveats in about the 'past' NBA. Until 1966, their were only 9 NBA teams. By the late 1960's, the league had expanded to 14 teams; so with about 1/2 the teams more teams did have a chance to win the NBA championship. This is after the Boston Celtic domination of about 12 years. Go back and look at the number of different teams that won the NBA championship AFTER the Boston dominance of the late 1950's thru most of the 1960's. Also, add in that many great players played in the ABA in those years(prior to the merge). Today's NBA game has too many teams and not enough top level ELITE players. Even in the late 1970's and into the mid 1980's there were more teams that were truely capable of winning an NBA championship, than there are today. The Milw Bucks had some very good teams in those years, yet they could not make it to the championship series. Bucks had to battle the Celtics, Pistons, 76er's, Bulls in any given year in just there own side(EAST).  To say there was never more than 4 teams that were competitive for the championship in the 1970's is just laughable, if you were actually around and watched the teams in real time. With about 1/2 the number of teams , that is a huge huge difference than today's NBA of 30 teams and having only 3-4 teams legit. Had all those guys who played with the ABA stayed or gone to the NBA, the NBA would have been even more competitive. I have been watching NBA basketball since the late 1950's and the last decade is the least competitive I have ever seen the league overall. Gotta know the REAL history of the NBA and context.
Eight DIFFERENT NBA teams won NBA championships in the 1970's(1970-1979), with only the Knicks and the Celtics winning 2. NO team won back to back championships in that decade. That parity(for lack of a better word) absolutely MADE the NBA as leagues are only as good as their weakest assets. Just way way too many weak assets/teams in the NBA today. It makes the regular season a joke.

I dont attribute this to LeBron either because as dominant as LeBron is in today's NBA game, he is not as dominant as Wilt was in the first 1/2 of Wilt's career. There are other players with 'similar' games to LeBron(although none equal to LeBron). No one was even in the same world with Wilt. Wilt wasnt able to move to other teams with great players until late in his career(Lakers and Jerry West for the most part as Elgin Baylor was about done when Wilt got to LA). Same goes for Bird/Magic or M. Jordan as those guys were just as dominant in 'their' NBA as LeBron is in today's NBA.  The reason guys didnt dominate championships was because their simply were more good teams. Who was the best of the best? I will always go with Wilt as he did things on a basketball court that no one even to this day has done or will do. He was the 'freak' of his time. Rules were changed because of Wilt. I saw Wilt play with the Glodetrotters in Chicago in the 1950's and it was amazing to see a guy over 7 feet tall handle the ball like Wilt did. Many people probably have no idea Wilt ever handled the ball. He usually brought the ball up the court when he played college ball at Kansas.  Kinda like Jim Brown was in 'his' NFL. You had to just try to 'control' those guys and shut down the rest of the team and still hope Wilt or Jim Brown didnt beat you. TEAMS usually win championships and not individuals. Wilt couldnt do it alone and LeBron cant do it alone. LeBron has been able to hop on teams with several other top players though. Wilt was never able to do that in his prime.
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HOU signs Michael Carter Williams to 1/1.5-HUH?!  MCW hasn't been a useful NBA player in a few years.  I'm SHOCKED at how bad this deal is for them.  Playing along superstars can really up a players value and their abilities, but MCW has only shown regression throughout his career.  Bad move.

WAS signs Jeff Green to 1/2.5-for all the crap Jeff Green takes, in a certain role, he can be a useful player.  He's a really good defender and can occasionally provide you some offense.  I like him on this team and with them losing Mike Scott to FA, Green can play small ball 4 for them alongside Otto Porter.  

WAS signs Dwight Howard to 1/5.3-what an awful locker room.  Dwight has long been known to be hated by his teammates.  And WAS has long been a team, on paper, that should be good.  I expect more of the same.  They're certainly deep right now, but a locker room of Wall, Markieff Morris and Dwight Howard seems like a ticking time bomb.

IND signs Tyreke Evans to 1/12-I don't love what IND is doing this off-season.  They came out and shot their load on Doug McDermott, signing him to 3/22, fully guaranteed, then brought in Tyreke.  He's going to be really good for them and I guess it provides them some flexibility still moving forward where IND will have upwards of $50M in cap space next summer, it just seems like they're still playing an in between year next season.  I guess when it's all said and done, IND wouldn't have been a destination for any of the big FA's, but if they were thinking short term deals to maintain flexibility, why give McDermott such a massive contract to begin with?

UTA re-signs Dante Exum to 3/33-I expected this to be a similar FA to the Bucks and Jabari.  Exum has been hurt A TON, he's missed 40% of his NBA career thus far due to injury, very similarly to Jabari, but the fans in UTA and his teammates love him.  They want nothing but success for Exum.  It seems to be a fully guaranteed deal which is risky, but it's about $4M less than what was expected he'd fetch.  There was a lot of talk about an Exum for Jabari dual sign and trade.  And UTA is rumored to still be interested in Jabari, but the financial aspects of that would be difficult.

GSW re-sign Kevon Looney to 1/1.5-this was shocking.  Looney was going to be a hot commodity in free agency and a guy I would've loved the Bucks to target with their mid-level exception.  He's a long, lanky center with switchability and rim protection.  Some of his traits may be a bit overblown because of the team he played for and the system he was in, but I'm surprised he took such a small deal, but it just goes to showwinning and team chemistry mean a lot to players nowadays.  With McGee off to LA and Zaza a free agent, GS will rely on a younger more versatile front court of Looney, Bell and Damian Jones.
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C-Clint Capela-Capela is a RFA and it seemed before the draft that there would be a line of suitors, to include PHX and DAL looking to offer a contract that would make HOU wince at matching.  With PHX adding Ayton and DAL signing DeAndre Jordan, his suitors dwindled to zero.  It looks like he'll end up back in HOU and I expect a big money, long term deal to keep him around and maintain their core of Paul, Harden and Capela.

F-Jabari Parker-with the market drastically dwindling for Jabari, his only hope of a contract offer without a sign and trade is CHI.  And that situation may take awhile to sort itself out.  I'm still hopeful of a sign and trade where Jabari finds a team he wants to play for, gets a contract he likes and the Bucks get some value in return.  That's just about, minus some minimum contracts, the last chance for MIL to add any higher level value.

C-Jusuf Nurkic-POR has made some horrendous decisions this off-season and Nurkic is still out there.  His market was always going to be slow, because he's a good on-paper guy, but his skill set isn't exactly formidable for today's NBA.  POR was always going to let him go out and seek an offer and it looks like he won't find one unless it comes in a sign and trade.

G-Marcus Smart-it was clear early on BOS and Smart were going to be far apart on a contract and Smart hasn't been able to secure an offer sheet yet.  He's an outstanding defensive player, but his mindset and inconsistent offense are a concern.  I'd bet he signs the qualifying offer to keep him in BOS where he'll enter UFA next summer.

PG-Isaiah Thomas-after a tumultuous season, IT seemed destined for trying to catch on with anyone.  He still has the mindset that he's a full time starter, but he's not.  He's a good spark plug off the bench.  It looks like ORL is close to a contract with him, as they are in desperate need of a PG, but it'll come down to length and money to be able to truly judge that deal.

SG-Zach LaVine-a few days ago, a Bulls reporter tweeted something about how the Bulls were hoping to keep a LaVine contract in the $14-16M range.  LaVine replied to that tweet with a laughing emoji.  It's crazy to think LaVine would get anything more than that.  He hasn't been able to stay healthy and he was massively inconsistent.  I don't see any teams getting anywhere near that amount so there may be a lengthy stalemate between CHI and LaVine.

F-Kyle Anderson-KA is a very intriguing player, he's about 6'9", but has very slow feet and seems to be playing in slow motion sometimes.  He can't shoot worth a lick, but he's a good playmaker and scorer from midrange on in.  He's restricted which complicates a contract for him and I think SA is going to try to work out the Kawhi situation before they work on Anderson's contract.

SG-Wayne Ellington-Ellington has maintained he wants to stay in MIA, but with MIA having a glut of guards at big contracts (Dragic, Waiters, Tyler Johnson) and Dwyane Wade's free agency pending as well, they may slow play Ellington in hopes he takes a minimum.  They need floor spacing which Ellington provided last season for them, but it'll come at a very small cost because MIA has such little cap flexibility.

F-Luc Mbah A Moute-with Ariza leaving HOU for PHX on a 1/15 contract, HOU will need to keep Mbah A Moute as a perimeter defender.  HOU also has little cap flexibility outside of some of their exceptions, so I wouldn't expect a deal to remain in HOU to be over $2.5M per year.

G/F-Rodney Hood-with Lebron leaving, CLE may look to re-build.  Hood was out of the rotation from the time he stepped foot in CLE and didn't really break onto the scene until the series against the Warriors where he looked competent.  Hood had a high value in his days in UTA but injuries and inconsistent offense and shooting has tampered that value.  CLE, outside of Collin Sexton, has very little to hang their hat on.  I'm sure they'd love to keep Hood and give him a lot more freedom next year in a rag-tag group, but would want to keep a deal to a 1 year deal.  It'd benefit Hood to take a larger 1 year deal and get more PT in CLE to improve his stock.

F/C-Montrezl Harrell-with the Clippers adding Marcin Gortat and Mike Scott, to pair along with Tobias Harris, Harrell's market in LAC is dwindling especially with the contracts they've doled out this summer already.  He's restricted, so if he gets an offer, LAC could and probably would match it barring some unexpected large contract.

C-Brook Lopez-outside of a bench role, there isn't much of a role for Lopez in the NBA anymore.  He has some of the worst rebounding numbers of any front court player in the NBA.  He's also very slow and outside of a few blocked shots, can't defend anybody.  He'll probably take a bargain deal from a contender to bolster their frontcourt.

C-Kyle O'Quinn-KOQ opted out of a $4.5M contract and rumors were he wanted to play in GS.  With GS resigning Looney and adding Cousins, it looks like they're now set at center.  PHI has a boat load of space still left and has a need for a backup center.  I'd expect them to target him sooner rather than later.

SG-Dwyane Wade-after a rocky start to his tenure in CLE, he was traded to MIA where he became the glue guy and played really well.  He's 36 and mulling retirement, but there has to be a spot somewhere for his services.  Another year onto his body could hamper his dwindling skills, including his horrendous outside shooting, but he's still a very useful offensive spark.  Boy, wouldn't it be fun to bring Wade back to Milwaukee for the end of his career.

PG-Shabazz Napier-Napier had a really hot run mid-season before cooling off drastically in POR to end up with some DNP's in the playoffs.  POR has been a disaster over the last five months, so it's hard to judge him on that.  He's a very capable back up PG and it'd be nice to see him in a more defined role outside of POR.

Best of the rest-Michael Beasley, Tony Parker, Alex Len, Jamal Crawford, Nemanja Bjelica
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DEN trades Wilson Chandler, 2nd round pick to PHI for cash

For DEN-after re-signing Barton and Jokic, it became clear DEN was going to salary dump Chandler and Faried.  They have to get under the luxury tax and dumping those two would do just that.  

For PHI-now this is how you manage your cap space.  Chandler is still a very effective defender and sometimes provides some offense including spot up shooting.  PHI drafted Mikal Bridges to shore up that end but quickly traded him for a future 1st and Zhaire Smith.  Chandler will come off the bench as a 3/4 behind Simmons, Saric and Covington.  
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Kings to sign Zach LaVine to offer sheet?

A rumor came up tonight the Kings are closing in on an offer sheet for Zach LaVine.  I have no idea why.  LaVine and Buddy Hield would be terrible in the backcourt together.  Hield excelled as a 6th man, so it may keep him in that position, it would put them on the court together at times.  Sacramento just can't help themselves when they have cap room.  They blew their load by signing George Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter last summer.  I'll be the first to admit, I liked the signings, I thought it'd help them improve by bringing in three vets, but it didn't, at all and they ended up having to salary dump George Hill.    If the Kings do offer though and the Bulls don't match, the Bulls could be in the market for Jabari, so stay tuned to that.

Amir Johnson signs 1 yr, minimum contract to stay in PHI-

A good move for them to bolster their front court.  They lost Ilyasova, but gained Wilson Chandler who should be able to play some small ball 4 for them to give PHI a front court of Embiid, Simmons, Covington, Johnson and Richaun Holmes.  PHI, however, has lost two of their best shooters this off-season in Marco Belinelli and Ilyasova.  They re-signed Redick, but he's their only real knock down outside shooter.  They need floor spacers badly and haven't made a move to address it yet.
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Kings sign Zach LaVine to 4/80 offer sheet, Bulls match-
LaVine was a restricted FA so the Bulls allowed LaVine to go out and find his own offer.  He found a massive one in Sacramento, signing him to a 4 year, $80M contract, the largest contract doled out by a team who wasn't signing their own free agent, aside from Lebron, this summer.  The Bulls, within a few hours, surprisingly matched.  LaVine has battled numerous injuries throughout his career.  He tore an ACL in Minnesota early on, then was hampered by injury all of last year and was inconsistent shooting the ball.  He's stuck between a PG and SG but can score at will when he's right.  But for $20M a year, that's an insanely expensive contract in today's NBA.  The Bulls have a ton of cap room to work with, and will again have max salary cap space next summer even with this signing, but it's an unusual match considering LaVine's history.  There are some exceptions within the contract in regards to a future injury.  The Bulls will be competitive next year, but they certainly won't be competing for an ECF crown.  They have a number of talented young players in LaVine, Kris Dunn, Markkanen, Portis and rookie Wendell Carter, it's a promising core.

Trailblazers re-sign C Jusuf Nurkic to 4/48-
Nurkic was a RFA and didn't find any contracts to sign from other teams.  The Blazers got a pretty good bargain here.  Nurkic was traded to POR for a future 1st from DEN last year and transformed their defense on the interior.  But he's big and plodding, not exactly ideal for today's NBA.  The Blazers had to make a decision whether to sign him long term or move forward with their young 1st round pick from last summer, Zach Collins.  Collins can play both the PF and C positions, and at that price, and considering the 4th year is non-guaranteed, the Blazers had to match.  It's been a rough summer for POR, they let their best energy, defensive big, Ed Davis, sign with BKN for a minimal deal without ever offering him a contract.  The Blazers also let a few guys walk including Pta Connaughton, to sign Nik Stauskas. 

Grizzlies sign Kyle Anderson to 4/37.5 offer sheet-
Anderson is a RFA that the Spurs hold his rights to match.  Anderson, nick-named Slo-Mo, is a unique player in that he's not fast or agile, but he's long and at 6'9" is an excellent playmaker and zone defender who can get his hands on balls and block shots.  But he can't shoot worth a lick.  It's shocking to see the Grizzlies go out after Anderson considering the amount of money they have tied up in their front court to Marc Gasol, JaMychal Green and Chandler Parsons.  I see them playing a lot of small lineups with Parsons and Anderson together with Gasol or rookie Jaren Jackson at center.  After an abysmal season in MEM, I expected them to blow it up and collect assets and begin to re-build.  Instead, theyre tying up even more money.  They need a comeback year badly, and if not, they have little cap flexibility and very few promising young players outside of Jackson.

CHA signs Tony Parker to 2/10-
I was shocked when I saw this.  I thought Parker would retire before he played for another team, let alone CHA.  This shows me CHA is still all in on this roster in hopes of a playoff push.  Parker isn't coming in to take over the PG reigns, but to spell Kemba.  They started out this summer by trading Dwight Howard, which may be addition by subtraction, but this roster still isn't good enough.  CHA has been salivating over an 8th seed playoff appearance for years and I think they see an opportunity now with Lebron leaving for the West to get to that point.

Pacers sign Kyle O'Quinn to 1/4.5-
This is an excellent signing at a bargain for IND.  O'Quinn is a great defender and rebounder, something IND is sorely lacking on the interior.  KOQ opted out of a $4.5M player option to take the same contract in IND.  Clearly he wants to go to a winner.  IND is in the top 5 for best off-seasons to this point, adding O'Quinn and Tyreke Evans, both of which are replacing Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson.  The McDermott signing of 3/22 is still perplexing, but he'll be a floor spacer for their creators.
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CHA out-Timofey Mozgov, Julyan Stone
CHA in-Bismack Biymobo

ORL in-Timofey Mozgov, Jerian Grant
ORL out-Bismack Biyombo

CHI in-Julyan Stone
CHI out-Jerian Grant

For CHA-it's kind of a lateral move for them.  Biyombo is a bit more active on the defensive end than Mozgov.  Both make almost identical contracts, 2 years left at around $33M total for each.  CHA has a lot of big men-Kaminsky, Marvin Williams, Biyombo, Cody Zeller, Willy Hernangomez, and not too mention, their 1st round pick Miles Bridges who plays like a 4, but will likely be slotted as a 3.  It seems like they just kind of shrugged and said, "sure, I guess we'll do that."  

For ORL-ORL has three centers on their roster-Vucevic, Bamba and now Mozgov.  They also have Khem Birch, however I'm not sure that his contract is guaranteed.  The big sticking point for ORL was getting Jerian Grant in the deal.  Grant is a good scorer, and a very good defender as a backup PG.  After releasing Sheldon Mack, ORL needed a backup PG which is exactly what this deal gets them.

For CHI-an interesting deal.  They essentially are salary dumping Grant's rookie contract and guarantee of $2.3M.  Stone is non-guaranteed so this will get them even more cap space.  Even after matching Zach LaVine, they're slotted to have $19M in cap space yet this summer.  I don't think they do this deal without another deal in sight.  CHI clearly has their eyes on another free agent in that $15-19M range.  Now, the question is who is it?  I would venture a guess that it's either Jabari or Marcus Smart.

Jazz release Jonas Jerebko, expected to sign with Warriors-
A good move for GS to bolster their front court with a guy who can spread the floor.  They needed to add depth to their front court with Zaza Pachulia and David West free agents and possibly not returning.  Jerebko is a really good shooter and decent rebounder.  
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