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Kings preparing offer sheet for Marcus Smart-
I've said it all along, the Kings can't help themselves the minute they are handed a few dollars.  But this would be a smart signing for them-no pun intended.  They need defensive ferocity on that team.  Buddy Hield thrived as a 6th man last year and would be a great fit alongside De'Aaron Fox and Smart.  The problem with Smart is he thinks he's a much better scorer than he is, by evidence of him nearly tanking the Bucks series.  He shoots way too much.  But depending on what this offer is, it'd be a good building block for them.  Of course, the Celtics could match.  But with how they want to maintain flexibility, anything over $12M per year, I'd expect the Celtics to let Smart walk.

Kings also interested in Rodney Hood-
Hood is a RFA owned by the Cavs.  I'd expect the Cavs to match a deal for Hood, barring some crazy amount.  I think they like the potential Hood has.  And I don't love the fit in SAC.  He can be a good defender, but he duplicates a lot of what Bogdan Bogdanovic does for them already.

Clippers sign Luc Richard Mbah A Moute to 1/4.3-
The Rockets are having a horrible off-season.  They lost two of their top three free agents in LRMAM and Trevor Ariza, both who propelled them defensively.  The contract negotiations with Clint Capela are reportedly not going well either.  The Rockets haven't made any moves outside of signing Chris Paul to an extension, so they can still go out and add some guys to lesser contracts, but they need to do it fast or else they're going to be relying on PJ Tucker and Eric Gordon (?) as their primary defenders.  Their apparently interested in bringing in Carmelo once he works his buyout with the Thunder.  And although he'd probably be an okay fit, he's not a top tier defender.  As for the Clippers, they stuck to their word that they'd be trying to re-load this summer.  They've brought in Marcin Gortat, Mbah A Moute, and re-signed Avery Bradley not too mention drafting Jerome Robinson and Shai Gilgeous Alexander.

Spurs re-sign Davis Bertans to 4/20-
This was a much longer contract than I expected, it may have some non-guarantees, but $5M is about right for this market.  Bertans is big and can shoot from anywhere.  He was a good floor spacer for them, something they desperately need.

DEN re-signs Torrey Craig to 2/4-
I believe this is just above minimum value for Craig and likely comes with a team option.  Craig played quite a bit the second half of the season almost entirely as a defender/energy guy, something the Nuggets need.


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Some non-FA news-

-NBA will scrap the age limit regarding the draft in 2021-This has been a topic of discussion in recent years and might finally come to fruition in 2021.  It looks more likely the NBA will scrap the age limit all together and allow high schoolers to enter the draft again.  One and done has really done a number on college basketball in my opinion.  It has turned my favorite program, Duke, from its once storied school of developing players over 3-4 years into a big time one and done school which makes it far less fun to follow programs year to year.  It will have an impact on the NBA for sure, but with the G-League and two-way contracts, the NBA is in a far better position to include high schoolers into the draft.

-NBA to move FA start period earlier in the day-this also came up this year big time, that the midnight start time for free agency was becoming quite troublesome.  Now, it's all a formality.  Something like 15-20 deals were consummated in the first hour or so of free agency.  Obviously, there's a lot more going on behind the scenes against the CBA rules, but it's hard to penalize for that.  This will also create a big time TV event which is clearly the biggest draw.  ESPN can host a primetime event, say 6PM, for free agency start and have a set of talking-heads at a reasonable hour with various other TV interaction.

Back to FA-

Davis Bertans contract is actually 2/14.5-it was originally reported as 4/20 which I commented already was really long even though it was at a smaller number.  This contract is much more manageable.  

Carmelo Anthony to be bought out-
Carmelo has already been allowed to contact other teams so it's just a matter of time before his buyout is completed and he signs elsewhere.  The top three teams reported to be interested are HOU, LAL and MIA.  There was a small report earlier today that OKC was still looking around the league for a trade partner, however that trade partner would have to agree to either buyout or release Carmelo outright.  Buyouts are expensive and always a complete last resort.  So don't jump on the idea of MIL trading bad contracts for Carmelo to buy him out.  However, one interesting scenario would be to sign and trade Jabari, attach Henson and Dellavedova and get back Carmelo, then release him as his contract is only 1 year, in essence cutting Henson and Delly's contracts off the books by a year.  That seems pretty outlandish and not likely, especially because OKC has no use for Henson as they have Adams and Noel as their centers now.  And the Bucks certainly aren't attaching Snell's contract because of his potential value in a Coach Bud system.  As for the teams reported, it seems that HOU is the front runner with MIA in second and LAL far behind as LAL is much more likely to trade for Kawhi than try to fit Carmelo into their equation.  If he goes to HOU, it wouldn't be a horrible situation for him, but in essence, HOU would have swapped Mbah A Moute and Ariza for Carmelo and Michael Carter Williams this summer, a huge loss to an already embarrassingly bad off-season thus far.

Kawhi situation-
A few different reports from insiders are saying high ranking members of various NBA front offices know a Kawhi trade is just a matter of time.  And the rest of the NBA is waiting on that to happen before finalizing any other big contracts.  There are a few teams still with cap space left that could give out offer sheets to the likes of Marcus Smart, Jabari and Rodney Hood, but it may be more beneficial to try to sneak in as a 3rd team with cap space to take on a Luol Deng contract, get back a high level prospect/player like Lonzo or Kuzma instead of using their cap space to sign FA's.  It seems the hold up on a Lakers deal is they may value Brandon Ingram much higher as they should.  Ingram is a budding star at 20 years old and took some gigantic leaps forward last year.  It seems to be a two-headed race with PHI and LA for Kawhi where PHI is likely to offer Saric, Covington and picks whereas the Lakers can offer a combo of Ball, Kuzma, future picks but would likely take a 3rd team to facilitate.  The Spurs have been very public through their insiders they're not interested in Lonzo, so Lonzo would likely get attached to Deng and shipped to the third team, but that third team is likely to give little back leaving the Spurs with only acquiring Kuzma and maybe one lesser player which SA clearly isn't going to do.  It seems LAL is going to have to send Ingram to SA to get a deal done.
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ATL trades rights to foreign 2016 draft pick, 2020 2nd rd pick (via POR) to BKN for Jeremy Lin, 2023 pick swap and 2025 2nd round pick-

For ATL-this is the new way to manage cap space.  I've been following NBA free agency intently for well over a decade and it's crazy to watch how it's changed.  July 1st use to be the day teams would blow their cap space on every FA they could get their hands on without much thought given to the future.  Now, July 1st is for big names and teams with little cap space that are targeting middle of the road free agents to fill their roster while teams that are re-building wait and see (unless youre the Kings) what the market looks like and take advantage of teams who need cap relief.  ATL is in a full re-build, by evidence of trading back from 3 to 5, drafting Trae Young and picking up a future 1st.  They sat on a ton of cap space for the last two weeks and settled to fill in that space with this trade.  In the deal, they pick up Lin, somewhat of a journeyman 6th man who can play both back court positions and provide energy.  They will give up a sooner 2nd round pick, but match that with a later one and a possible pick swap in 2023.  That's a huge get.  That pick swap is 5 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.  Brooklyn will be an entirely different team, as will ATL.  That's a huge gamble for BKN.  As for Lin, it's a headscratching move that obviously has more to come.  After acquiring Lin and drafting Trae Young, the writing is on the wall that Dennis Schroeder is on his way out.  

For BKN-this deal was consummated from BKN's side to get the next deal done.  You can essentially package these two trades into one.  Trading Lin was going to be an obvious target for BKN as they have D'Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie who can play both back court positions.  I'm a bit surprised it cost them a possible pick swap though.  I thought two 2nds could've gotten it done, but BKN is gambling on re-building to a solid core and it costing them nothing.  If ATL doesn't swap picks in 2023, this is an even swap where BKN doesn't give up anything.

DEN trades Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, 2019 1st rd pick (protected 1-12) and a future 2nd round pick to BKN for Isaiah Whitehead-

For DEN-this type of trade was written in stone the day DEN re-signed Jokic and Barton.  They were exactly what Faried and Arthur's contracts combination above the luxury tax, so they did those extensions with dumping those salaries in mind.  They got a pretty good deal out of this, dumping about $20M in contracts for a 1st and 2nd.  In comparison, BKN acquired Demarre Carroll from TOR (about $14M) in a salary dump which costed TOR their 2018 1st and 2nd rd picks.  I thought DEN was going to have to give up two 1sts to dump both.  

For BKN-BKN has done a really nice job re-building penny by penny.  It looked like this franchise was going to be in muddy waters for a decade after they traded away something like 3 1sts and two 1st rd pick swaps to BOS when they acquired Pierce and Garnett years ago.  They've managed their salaries, maintained some decent cap space, and instead of blowing it on mid-level talent, they acquired contracts and picked up 1st round picks for it.  BKN now owns all of its future 1st rd picks (minus the potential 2023 pick swap with ATL) and now own DEN's 1st next year which is likely to be in the 16-23 range.  Not too mention, BKN has a major hole at PF.  Faried will fill in nicely as a defender and rebounder for them.  His and Arthur's contracts are also expiring, so they won't be paying them beyond this season.

DEN signs Isaiah Thomas to 1 yr, veteran minimum deal-

Oh how the mighty have fallen.  Before IT's hip injury in BOS, it looked like he was headed towards a monster payday, but that injury cost him.  He was traded to CLE, couldn't play for the first two months, then played horribly in CLE, was shipped to LAL where he underperformed as a 6th man and now is settling for a minimum deal.  I don't love the signing for DEN, they need a better distributor and defender on the perimeter.  IT combined with Gary Harris and Jamal Murray will be a terror on offense, but on defense will be a matador group.

Heat re-sign Wayne Ellington to 1/6.25

The Heat really wanted Ellington back as he provided a spark as a lethal sharpshooter.  It was pretty clear Ellington didn't want to go anywhere else as he settled into a role in MIA after bouncing around the league for so long.  The Heat have been trying to trade Dion Waiters and possibly Tyler Johnson because they have such a logjam at the 2.

Bulls waive Sean Kilpatrick, renounce rights to David Nwaba and Noah Vonleh-

Obviously something is coming for CHI as this clears up even more cap space, about $14M to be exact.  This puts them at about $33M in cap space, if my numbers are correct.  Their roster currently stands as:

PG-Dunn, Payne
SG-LaVine, Hutchinson, Holiday
SF-Valentine, Zipser
PF-Markkanen, Portis
C-Carter, Lopez, Asik, Feliciano

Obviously CHI has a big hole at SF.  Valentine and Hutchinson can fill that, but I'd imagine if they're opening up cap space, it's for a SF.  It seems that Jabari could be the target.  Rodney Hood is still out there as well, but I don't think they're trying to clear for a $20M offer sheet per year to him.  Of all the scenarios that could play out, Jabari signing in CHI is probably my second least favorite, only ahead of Jabari taking the qualifying offer.  But the Bucks won't and can't match anything over around $18M per year.  
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PG-Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova, Brandon Jennings
SG-Khris Middleton, Donte Divincenzo, Sterling Brown
SF-Tony Snell, Jabari Parker
PF-Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ersan Ilyasova, DJ Wilson
C-John Henson, Thon Maker, Tyler Zeller

Throw in Lopez and a new coaching staff, that looks like a pretty tough team.
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Bucks rescind QO, Bulls sign Jabari Parker to 2/40-
Well, it's finally over.  After all the chatter and rumors about what could happen with Jabari, Jabari has signed with the Bulls, one of the most obvious outcomes of all.  I still have a lot of cap minutia to understand, because it turns out, the Bucks couldn't match any offer for Jabari, because they were hard-capped after signing Lopez and Ilyasova.  I still don't understand that, but it shows to me that the Bucks didn't have a whole lot of interest in keeping Jabari no matter what happened, because they filled holes that Jabari would fill with those two signings.  Look, Jabari had a rough go of it in Milwaukee.  He tore the same ACL twice as we all know, but coming from someone who watches body language intently, it was clear Jabari always wanted his own team and never wanted to be second-fiddle.  It showed so much more this season as he routinely would see himself out of the team in huddles, never interacted with players and constantly had body language issues.  To make matters worse, he was so bad defensively.  He never had an understanding of who he was suppose to be guarding.  On top of all that, he never hustled on defense.  Transition was the worst.  He was routinely roaming the perimeter, often ending in the corner 3 spot at the end of an offensive possession and if the opposing team got out and running, he would never hustle back.  I want him to do well and wish him the best, but this wasn't the right situation for him.

As for the Bulls, it's an interesting scenario.  It seems as though CHI doesn't have a clear direction.  They really punted on this last season, playing their young guys a ton and never moving towards competitiveness.  They were fine with developing Dunn, LaVine, Markkanen among others and coming into this summer loaded with cap space.  Instead of making shrewd moves to collect assets and save cap space, they blew it on LaVine on a 4/80 contract and then topped that off with Jabari.  Sure, a young lineup of Dunn, LaVine, Parker, Markkanen and Carter Jr looks enticing, but nobody, aside from Dunn and maybe WCJ, are going to be playing defense.  They also had to renounce David Nwaba and Noah Vonleh, and trade Jerian Grant, two of those guys being Nwaba and Grant, who showed flashes of being positive players in their young years.  They did all that to be able to sign these two.  Now they'll be pretty capped out this season with a possibility of available cap space next summer, but also having to begin extension talks with Portis and Dunn with Markkanen coming the year after.  

Going back to the Bucks, here's there scenario now.

PG-Bledsoe, Dellavedova, Jennings
SG-Middleton, Brogdon, Divincenzo
SF-Snell, Brown
PF-Giannis, Ilyasova, Wilson
C-Lopez, Henson, Thon, Zeller

That is a full 15 man roster, however Zeller and Jennings are both non-guaranteed and I'd expect both to get waived leaving them at 13.  They can still sign minimum contract guys and there are still a number of quality players out there to fill those spots.  Regardless, the 14th and 15th roster spots aren't going to be major playmakers.  I think the lineup will be those 5 starters with Brogdon, Brown, Ilyasova and one of the backup enters as the primary bench and rotation players.  
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The only issue I have with this is the Bucks got nothing in return.  I don't know who or what could have been traded with the Bulls, but it kind of just feels empty to let Jabari walk without getting some asset in return.  

I kind of hate seeing him go to Chicago.  I am guessing that his first return to Milwaukee will be interesting and he may try to score 40 - but he may give that many up also.   
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Just a complete waste of everyone's time. That's how I'd sum up the Jabari Parker Era in Milwaukee, unfortunately. And it ends with no real market for him and the Bucks to do anything with, and him signing with the the only team he ever wanted to play (and the only one willing to pony up) for way too much money.
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Let's go over Jabari Parker's tenure with the Bucks:

June 2014-drafted
December 2014-tears ACL 
November 2015-returns from ACL tear
February 2017-tears ACL again
February 2018-returns from ACL tear

In the 4 seasons in which Jabari was a Milwaukee Buck, out of a possible 328 regular season games, Jabari played 183 of them.  That's 55% of games played.  He never got full run as a Buck and the longest tenure he got was just over one full season, however that doesn't include the month or so it took for him to get back into game shape and get regular run.

Rift with Giannis/team-in 2017, a players-only meeting took place where Jabari spoke very publicly about what happened stating, "there was a meeting about the players and it didn't go my way.  I was getting thrashed, but hey, as long as they see my perspective."  He was subsequently benched for the following game by Kidd.

Rift with Kidd-it has been widely reported that Kidd and Jabari didn't like each other, even to go so far as that they never spoke.  This was a huge point of contention and I'm sure was a major reason why Jabari didn't get along with his teammates as well.  It's hard to fault Jabari for that, Kidd was an awful coach who played favorites.  But keeping Kidd around certainly didn't keep any hope of keeping Jabari long term, even after Kidd was gone.

Body language-Parker's body language was always bad.  Watching a lot of games in person and almost every game on TV, he spoke very little to his teammates, interacted very little with them on the floor.  He has always been an introvert, but that clearly affected his chemistry with the rest of the team.

Defense-Jabari was never going to be known for his defense, but in 4 years, it never improved and much of it had to do with his effort.  Jabari showed the ability to defend guys 1 on 1 and do it well.  But when it came to talking on the court and maintaining his spots on defense, he showed little effort.  It was reminiscent of him on offense.  When the ball wasn't in his hands, he wasn't an active participant in the game.  The same goes for his defense.  If the man in front of him didn't have the ball, he cared very little.  And that doesn't even begin to touch on his effort level.  He routinely jogged back on defense, failed to ever get back in transition and that affected his chemistry with Giannis.

Contract signing with the Bulls-
The Bulls signed Jabari to a 2/40 deal with a team option for the second year.  Lets get a few things straight.  For one, you CANNOT sign and trade a player to a contract under 3 years.  The Bulls clearly never had any intention of giving him a fully guaranteed 2 year deal, let alone 3 years.  That's reason #1 a sign and trade didn't happen.  Reason #2 is that the Bulls had no need to sign and trade him.  They cleared a bunch of cap room by releasing Paul Zipser, Sean Kilpatrick, trading Jerian Grant, and renounced free agency rights to Noah Vonleh and David Nwaba.  They did all that to get to an area where they could offer Jabari $20M per year.  The Bucks, after signing Ilyasova and Lopez, could not fiscally match that contract.  They were hard-capped.  It could've been more plausible if they worked out the Jabari situation first, THEN signed Lopez and Ilyasova, however, if they took back anything of monetary value (they would've had to) they would've been over the luxury tax line.  That, in turn, makes them a luxury tax team.  They offered Ilyasova a 3/21 contract using their mid-level exception.  There are two MLE's, the tax-player MLE and the non-tax payer MLE.  The tax-player MLE is around $5.2M per year.  The non-tax player MLE is $8.3M per year.  If the Bucks entered luxury tax scenario with the Jabari situation, they couldn't have offered Ilyasova a 3/21.  I guarantee the Bucks didn't willy-nilly throw out a 3/21 to Ilyasova without doing their research first.  Ilyasova was going to get paid and fast.  And my inkling is that Ilyasova was going to get a comprabale contract to the 3/21.  If the Bucks came out on the first night of the draft and told Ilyasova they could only offer 3/15 (being the tax-payer MLE), he probably turns it down and takes a bigger contract that was out there for him.

There has been so much conjecture about Jabari and yes, it sucks getting a #2 overall pick and ultimately losing him for nothing at the end of his rookie contract.  But one of the reasons I keep hearing Bucks fans are so upset is the argument, "we're paying Snell, Henson and Delly X-amount of money, and now we're not going to pay Jabari?"  YES!  You don't compound one problem by creating another.  At some point you have to be fiscally responsible.  Horst took over this team with those 3 under contract already, so his hands are tied.  And if we matched a Jabari contract, we'd just lose him to free agency again next year, because we'd then have Brogdon, Middleton and Jabari as free agents.  CHI also won't hold any rights to Jabari next summer if they decline his team option.  So in essence, it's a rental for Jabari.  

Look, I think Jabari is going to be addition by subtraction.  He was shoe-horned into lineups to get him minutes.  He didn't start because he didn't fit with the starting lineup.  And that starts with the fact that he's a bad fit alongside Giannis.  The Bucks were bad because they never had floor spacing.  Bringing back Jabari just compounds that problem.  Bringing in Ersan and Lopez is going to do wonders for this offense.  For example, one of Bud's assistants is running the summer league team.  Assistants run the same type of sets the head coach will run.  There was a highlight floating around where there was 3 players all stuffed into 1/3-1/2 of the floor.  In a matter of 5 seconds, all three of those players occupied the corner-3 spot basically running a circle around that corner.  It led to a guard getting a wide open look from that corner 3 spot.  That's how you utilize every inch of the floor.  Kidd and his cronies were allergic to not only 3 point shots, but to the corner 3, the most high percentage point-per-possession shot in the NBA.  Look back at the offense the last few years.  How many 3 pointers do you remember coming wide open in the system, not just based off of Giannis gravity driving?  How many 3's do you remember coming at the top of the key or baseline extended?  That is the longest part of the 3 point line.  That, aside form a long-2, is the worst shot, point-per-possession in the NBA.  Kidd and company force-fed those shots constantly.  Bud is going to open this sytem immensely.  
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Let's go over Jabari Parker's tenure with the Bucks:

June 2014-drafted
December 2014-tears ACL 
November 2015-returns from ACL tear
February 2017-tears ACL again
February 2018-returns from ACL tear

In the 4 seasons in which Jabari was a Milwaukee Buck, out of a possible 328 regular season games, Jabari played 183 of them.  That's 55% of games played.  He never got full run as a Buck and the longest tenure he got was just over one full season, however that doesn't include the month or so it took for him to get back into game shape and get regular run.

Rift with Giannis/team-in 2017, a players-only meeting took place where Jabari spoke very publicly about what happened stating, "there was a meeting about the players and it didn't go my way.  I was getting thrashed, but hey, as long as they see my perspective."  He was subsequently benched for the following game by Kidd.

Rift with Kidd-it has been widely reported that Kidd and Jabari didn't like each other, even to go so far as that they never spoke.  This was a huge point of contention and I'm sure was a major reason why Jabari didn't get along with his teammates as well.  It's hard to fault Jabari for that, Kidd was an awful coach who played favorites.  But keeping Kidd around certainly didn't keep any hope of keeping Jabari long term, even after Kidd was gone.

Body language-Parker's body language was always bad.  Watching a lot of games in person and almost every game on TV, he spoke very little to his teammates, interacted very little with them on the floor.  He has always been an introvert, but that clearly affected his chemistry with the rest of the team.

Defense-Jabari was never going to be known for his defense, but in 4 years, it never improved and much of it had to do with his effort.  Jabari showed the ability to defend guys 1 on 1 and do it well.  But when it came to talking on the court and maintaining his spots on defense, he showed little effort.  It was reminiscent of him on offense.  When the ball wasn't in his hands, he wasn't an active participant in the game.  The same goes for his defense.  If the man in front of him didn't have the ball, he cared very little.  And that doesn't even begin to touch on his effort level.  He routinely jogged back on defense, failed to ever get back in transition and that affected his chemistry with Giannis.

Contract signing with the Bulls-
The Bulls signed Jabari to a 2/40 deal with a team option for the second year.  Lets get a few things straight.  For one, you CANNOT sign and trade a player to a contract under 3 years.  The Bulls clearly never had any intention of giving him a fully guaranteed 2 year deal, let alone 3 years.  That's reason #1 a sign and trade didn't happen.  Reason #2 is that the Bulls had no need to sign and trade him.  They cleared a bunch of cap room by releasing Paul Zipser, Sean Kilpatrick, trading Jerian Grant, and renounced free agency rights to Noah Vonleh and David Nwaba.  They did all that to get to an area where they could offer Jabari $20M per year.  The Bucks, after signing Ilyasova and Lopez, could not fiscally match that contract.  They were hard-capped.  It could've been more plausible if they worked out the Jabari situation first, THEN signed Lopez and Ilyasova, however, if they took back anything of monetary value (they would've had to) they would've been over the luxury tax line.  That, in turn, makes them a luxury tax team.  They offered Ilyasova a 3/21 contract using their mid-level exception.  There are two MLE's, the tax-player MLE and the non-tax payer MLE.  The tax-player MLE is around $5.2M per year.  The non-tax player MLE is $8.3M per year.  If the Bucks entered luxury tax scenario with the Jabari situation, they couldn't have offered Ilyasova a 3/21.  I guarantee the Bucks didn't willy-nilly throw out a 3/21 to Ilyasova without doing their research first.  Ilyasova was going to get paid and fast.  And my inkling is that Ilyasova was going to get a comprabale contract to the 3/21.  If the Bucks came out on the first night of the draft and told Ilyasova they could only offer 3/15 (being the tax-payer MLE), he probably turns it down and takes a bigger contract that was out there for him.

There has been so much conjecture about Jabari and yes, it sucks getting a #2 overall pick and ultimately losing him for nothing at the end of his rookie contract.  But one of the reasons I keep hearing Bucks fans are so upset is the argument, "we're paying Snell, Henson and Delly X-amount of money, and now we're not going to pay Jabari?"  YES!  You don't compound one problem by creating another.  At some point you have to be fiscally responsible.  Horst took over this team with those 3 under contract already, so his hands are tied.  And if we matched a Jabari contract, we'd just lose him to free agency again next year, because we'd then have Brogdon, Middleton and Jabari as free agents.  CHI also won't hold any rights to Jabari next summer if they decline his team option.  So in essence, it's a rental for Jabari.  

Look, I think Jabari is going to be addition by subtraction.  He was shoe-horned into lineups to get him minutes.  He didn't start because he didn't fit with the starting lineup.  And that starts with the fact that he's a bad fit alongside Giannis.  The Bucks were bad because they never had floor spacing.  Bringing back Jabari just compounds that problem.  Bringing in Ersan and Lopez is going to do wonders for this offense.  For example, one of Bud's assistants is running the summer league team.  Assistants run the same type of sets the head coach will run.  There was a highlight floating around where there was 3 players all stuffed into 1/3-1/2 of the floor.  In a matter of 5 seconds, all three of those players occupied the corner-3 spot basically running a circle around that corner.  It led to a guard getting a wide open look from that corner 3 spot.  That's how you utilize every inch of the floor.  Kidd and his cronies were allergic to not only 3 point shots, but to the corner 3, the most high percentage point-per-possession shot in the NBA.  Look back at the offense the last few years.  How many 3 pointers do you remember coming wide open in the system, not just based off of Giannis gravity driving?  How many 3's do you remember coming at the top of the key or baseline extended?  That is the longest part of the 3 point line.  That, aside form a long-2, is the worst shot, point-per-possession in the NBA.  Kidd and company force-fed those shots constantly.  Bud is going to open this sytem immensely.  


I felt at the time that the entire 2014 draft was a crap shoot and lacking of great talent. All those frosh went early and only Embiid has really turned out to be a stud(WHEN HEALTHY). When Parker refused to participate in the NBA draft combine, I immediately hoped the Bucks wouldnt draft him. I have never liked the guys 'attitude' or his lack of really giving his all. Great talent that always seemed to play 'just hard enough'. Injuries have certainly hurt him, but I am glad he is no longer with the Bucks. He never fit and never would have fit. Tough to have a draft pick that high leave without getting anything, but it is a crap shoot with guys coming out after 1 season of college of foreign guys coming over very very young.  It is just hit and miss when you take a guy that young, even though he played at Duke.
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bucks were 27-23 without Jabari, and 17-15 with, for overall record of 44-38. How many wins does the subtraction of Jabari equate to? 50? 55?
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Kawhi to TOR?
Over the last week, Kawhi to TOR rumors have heated up and with the rumors that SA wants to trade Kawhi to the East, TOR would be another suitor alongside PHI.  It's become clear that PHI isn't offering Markelle Fultz in a package for Kawhi because if they were, I think SA would've taken a deal already.  So I imagine their offer is something in the realm of Saric, Covington and two first round picks.  TOR can offer one of Lowry/DeRozan and a package that could include one of OG Anunoby/Pascal Siakam and maybe a future pick.  A lot of these though, hinge on Kawhi re-signing with the team he's being traded to.  I don't think either of those packages stand without a promise to re-sign.  What's more is it seemed like LAL was banking on a Kawhi trade and with that seemingly not going to happen, LA has such a weird roster of misfit talents that don't really mesh well, nor is their clear starting lineups and bench players.  If I'm SA, I'm demanding DeRozan, Anunoby and a pick.  DeRozan is a high level scorer, Anunoby is a budding young player with a ton of potential and a pick would be good leverage for the future.  SA made the playoffs without Kawhi and Parker last year.  Put that team back together adding in DeRozan and OG and you have yourself a real contender.

Kings trade Garrett Temple to MEM for Deyonta Davis, Ben McLemore and cash-
For SAC-funny, McLemore was a high draft pick for SAC a few years ago, 7th to be exact, who busted hard for SAC.  Temple was a really good shooter and has been improving over the last few years as a perimeter roamer.  I'm not sure why SAC did this deal at all.  They recived $1.5M in cash, which is the equivalent to Davis' salary and with Cauley-Stein, Giles and Koufus at center, I'd imagine SAC is just going to release him.  So they took back McLemore, I guess to give him another run?  The Kings entire organization still befuddles me.  And they still have a bunch of cap space I fully anticipate them to blow it all on Smart or Rodney Hood.

For MEM-a pretty savvy move, MEM didn't have a need for either player with Jaren Jackson Jr getting drafted.  Their razor thin at center with only Gasol as their true center, but with Jackson being able to play the 5, but Davis hasn't produced well.  Temple, as I said, is a high level shooter, something MEM needs to surround Conley, Jackson, Gasol and Anderson.  
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Raptors trade Demar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, 2019 1st rd pick to Spurs for Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green

This is the issue I have with the player empowerment.  That has become a hot topic in today's NBA, that the players want to garner more control and they have by selecting where they want to be traded to, taking advantage of the salary cap's ever-rising and falling.  Kawhi, however, IMO, was crossing the line.  It's become increasingly difficult to trade star players.  With shorter NBA contracts via the 2011 CBA changes, most contracts are 4 years with 5 year contracts only eligible to super-max players.  With players signing max deals at 4 years, there's always going to be a 2 year honeymoon period where teams are going to give every opportunity for that player to work out.That third year is pivotal, players still have the most value because if they trade them, they offer the receiving team 1.5-2 years having that player under contract.  But it's still rare max players are traded by year 3.  Year 4 comes around and this is the scenario you end up with.  Kawhi is in the final year of his contract and has made it very clear, he doesn't want to get traded to anywhere but LA, so the Spurs were asking for a major haul, as they should, but teams were reluctant without a promise to re-sign.

For TOR-this is why player empowerment has become such a big thing.  DeRozan has played 7-8 years in TOR, has become one of the most storied players in franchise history, has never quit on the team and has always been a good leader.  He has basically single-handedly brought TOR from the abyss.  But yet, he still gets traded in a huge chance deal.  But that's the way the cookie crumbles.  I think this is a great trade for both teams.  TOR is taking a huge chance on Kawhi, they don't know whether he'll re-sign, let alone even report.  But TOR is a great city, has great fans, has a winning team and although it's a bigger market, still has a small market feel.  If anyone has a chance to re-sign Kawhi, TOR would be in my top 3.  They needed a player to take them over the hump.  Kawhi was arguably one of the top 3 best players in the league, when healthy.  The same can't be said for DeRozan.  TOR has also plugged and played with various forms of 3&D guys, drafting the likes of Delon Wright, OG Anunoby and Norman Powell and signed CJ Miles last summer.  None have taken a strangle hold on that position except Anunoby.  Danny Green will slot right into that position.  And if it doesn't work out and Kawhi leaves, they will have virtually every player on their roster in an expiring contract year in 2019-2020.  They will have a clean cap sheet to work with that season and a ton of possibilities for trades next summer.

PG-Lowry, VanVleet, Wright
SG-Green, Powell, Richardson
SF-Kawhi, Anunoby, Miles
PF-Ibaka, Siakam
C-Valanciunas

The Raptors are pretty thin up front and I'm sure they'll still bolster their front court with some smaller signings, but their back court and wing positions are extremely versatile.

For SA-SA wanted a bonafide star which is something they weren't being offered by any other team.  I think most offers were a combination of young players, useful role players, contracts and draft picks.  But Poppovich is likely to continue coaching for 2 years.  So he's going to want every chance at another championship before he retires, which this is what it gives him.  SA also doesn't have the greatest cap sheet.  Aldridge has 3 years remaining at $25M per year, Pau Gasol at $16M this season and next, Patty Mills at $12.5M for the next 3 years.  Gasol and Mills aren't really tradeable without it being a salary dump and giving up assets to dump them.  So to add DeRozan, at 3 more years, $27M per year, fits the bill with what they're trying to do.  SA won 47 games last year without their best player, a top 3 player in the league and they brought virtually everyone back except Tony Parker who was hurt most of the season and Manu who is a spot minutes player at this point.  

PG-Murray, Mills, White
SG-DeRozan, Walker, Forbes
SF-Gay, Cunningham
PF-Aldridge, Bertans, Metu
C-Gasol, Poeltl

I'm not sure of their cap situation, they've only re-signed Forbes and Bertans and signed Cunningham to a minimum deal.  I think they still have some exceptions to work with.  They can still fill out their roster a bit.  But that is a very versatile team that can defend well and compliments each other well offensively.  Adding Poeltl to the deal was a great pick too.  They lose Lovergne who is going to play overseas, so they needed another center ad Poeltl proved to be a useful backup in TOR as a big, rim protecting center.
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ATL trades Dennis Schroeder, Mike Muscala to OKC for Camelo Anthony, 2022 1st rd draft pick

A caveat to this trade is that PHI was involved and sent Timothe Luwawu-Cabbarot to OKC and Justin Anderson to ATL with Muscala going to PHI, however it seems like that part of the trade fell through as PHI was exploring other trade offers.  So this still may be up in the air, but it seems like the initial trade proposal is the bones of it.

For ATL-it's a salary dump.  Dennis Schroeder was owed $15M over the next 3 years, has been inconsistent, his defense comes and goes with effort and his shooting percentages have been horrific.  They drafted Trae Young and traded for Jeremy Lin to shore up their PG position before making this trade.  ATL will release Carmelo following the trade.  ATL used their cap space this summer to take on larger contracts, add up some future picks and keep moving in a re-build direction, a really smart move for their young franchise.  

For OKC-I have no idea what they're doing.  Keep in mind, they traded James Harden just a few short years ago because they were $5M apart in contract negotiations total.  That was $5M over 4 years.  Now they're trying to keep their franchise afloat.  They were set to pay, in salary and luxury tax, $300M.  They've now cut that down to about $220M.  Schroeder really doesn't fit at all.  He doesn't stretch the floor and needs the ball in his hands.  I imagine he'll come off the bench and probably close games alongside Westbrook, but that's a huge gamble considering his contract.  Muscala is kind of a contract throw in, he's owed $5.5M this season, is a stretch 4/5, can rebound a little bit and gives OKC some depth.  OKC continues to trade away all their future picks.

ATL now owns: all of their future 1sts, 2019 1sts from CLE (top 10 protected), and DAL (top 5 protected), OKC's 2022 1st and four future 2nd round picks.  They are also projected to have $60M in cap space next summer with Trae Young, John Collins and Taurean Prince under contract.

BOS re-signs Marcus Smart to 4/52-
A bargain of a deal for Smart.  This allows BOS still some flexibility in the future with their own free agents considering Smart's deal is about $10M per year.  Say what you will about Smart's offense, his defense is top-notch.  If he cuts down on his 3's he attempts or gets more efficient, this will be a bargain deal.

PG-Irving, Rozier
SG-Hayward, Smart
SF-Tatum, Brown
PF-Morris, Ojeleye, Abusele
C-Horford, Baynes, Theis

They can trot out a bench lineup of Rozier, Smart, Brown, Tatum and Horford.  And that's with Kyrie and Hayward resting.  BOS has to be the clear favorites in the East next season.
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Kings sign Nemanja Bjelica to 3/20.5, Yogi Ferrell to 2/6.2-
I've been saying for awhile, the Kings are gonna King.  They had a ton of cap space and signed Zach LaVine to a 4/80 offer sheet which CHI matched.  They were then reported to be targeting Marcus Smart and Rodney Hood.  Instead of blowing their cap space and overpaying for a player, they could've taken on contracts (like expiring ones) for first round picks.  Nope, they've instead signed two 8th and 9th man rotational players.  The contracts aren't horrendous.  Bjelica got what Ersan did.  But Bjelica, in my opinion, is strictly a stretch 4 that won't rebound or defend.  I'm curious as to his place on this team though.  The Kings now have Cauley-Stein, Bagley, Randolph, Labissiere, Giles, Koufus, Davis in their front court and now added Bjelica.  I have no idea what they plan to do with their front court.  I'd imagine they try to trade Randolph or buy him out, Koufus rides the bench, Davis is released, WCS, Bagley, Giles get the most burn with Labissiere and Bjelica fighting for the remaining minutes.  They also added Yogi Ferrell, now this contract isn't terrible.  But he's not a good defender.  He'll likely fight for backup minutes to Fox with Frank Mason Jr.

PG-Fox, Ferrell, Mason
SG-Hield, McElmore, Shumpert
SF-Bogdanovic, Justin Jackson
PF-Bagley, Randolph, Labissiere, Bjelica
C-Cauley-Stein, Giles, Koufus, Davis

That's 16 on their roster.  Like I said, Davis is likely to be released, that leaves them at 15 with 7 PF's or centers on the roster.  

Lakers sign Michael Beasley to 1/3.5-
It seems more and more likely the Lakers are adding deals to continue to have cap space for next summer.  I'm shocked Lebron signed here well knowing this has been the plan.  They have so many forwards on the roster, I have no idea how they plan to make this team work.  Beasley is a good add for any team at that price, he can get you buckets, is a good locker room guy.

PG-Ball, Rondo
SG-Caldwell-Pope, Hart, Stephenson
SF-Ingram, Deng
PF-Lebron, Kuzma, Beasley, Wagner
C-McGee, Zubac

One of two things is going to happen.  The Lakers are going to play a front court of Ingram, Lebron and Kuzma/Beasley with no true center for long stretches.  Or they're still angling to trade for a center.  Hassan Whiteside, Nikola Vucevic, Robin Lopez are all very much available, or maybe they're angling for a blockbuster Karl Anthony Towns trade?  If they don't acquire a center, this is a very weird roster with very little shooting and a whole lot of personality.

Kyle Korver is available-
It's been reported the Cavs and PHI were close to a deal of Korver for Bayless plus a pick.  It'd likely be a high second round pick or two future 2nd's.  The appeal for CLE is they let Korver go somewhere where he can be on a winning team, Korver's contract has 2 years remaining, so they'd cut a year off of the salary by getting Bayless who is expiring.  But that trade hasn't materialized yet.  I would love for the Bucks to nab Korver, he would be phenomenal on this team roaming the perimeter and he played for Budenholzer previously in ATL.  We do have two non-guaranteed contracts to throw at CLE in Jennings and Zeller, both who are highly expendable.  Add in DJ Wilson and I believe that trade works.  CLE gets Wilson as a project and clears their cap sheet by both cutting about $4M off their books this year and $6M next year.  

Suns acquire Richaun Holmes for cash considerations-
PHI traded Holmes to PHX for $1M cash.  Holmes had a small, $1.5M expiring contract, but PHI needed to make room to sign 2nd round draft pick Jonah Bolden.  PHI also acquired Mike Muscala in a trade yesterday, sending out Anderson and Luwawu Cabbarot.  They've been very active lately and aren't done yet.  PHX gets a competent back up center who is crafty around the rim and an above average rebounder to backup Ayton.

PG-Fultz, McConnell, Bayless, Milton
SG-Redick, Z. Smith, Shamet
SF-Covington, Chandler, Korkmaz
PF-Simmons, Saric, Muscala, Bolden
C-Embiid, A. Johnson

That's 16 on their roster.  I'd imagine Milton or Shamet (probably Milton), gets a 2-way contract to make this roster 15.  They are also close to acquiring Korver for Bayless.  It's a very weak front court outside of Embiid.  With his injury history, need for rest, I'm shocked they haven't gone after a much more prominent back up center.  

Nets trade Darrell Arthur to PHX for Jared Dudley, 2021 2nd rd pick

BKN did this deal to get the 2nd round pick.  Dudley makes about $3M more than Arthur, so they are tossing a 2nd round pick away to cut down on the buyout money.  Arthur will be bought out, Dudley may stay BKN, but that remains to be seen.  Dudley has very little use these days, he's still a decent defender and can still shoot the 3, but he was hobbling around even for the Bucks a few years ago.  I wouldn't mind the Bucks signing him to the minimum as a 3/4 in the Jason Terry towel-waver, good spirit guy.  He's a phenomenal teammate and always loved Giannis.
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Clippers re-sign Montrezl Harrell to 2/12-
I thought Harrell was going to end up as a bargain get in free agency, but he surprisingly decided to stay in LAC.  He was restricted, so offer sheets were going to be hard to come by with money drying up quickly.  Harrell is an absolute animal as a scorer.  Per 36, his scoring numbers are terrific.  He rebounds well for being undersized and has great touch around the basket.  It's likely he gets a lot of burn as a back up 4/5, but LAC is loaded in the front court, even after losing DeAndre Jordan to FA.  I like what LAC has done this summer even as they re-tinker their roster.  They've lost CP3, Griffin and Jordan to trades and free agency over the last year and a half, but have done a really nice job building a roster that will remain competitive with a good chunk of cap space in the future.

PG-Teodosic, Gilgeous-Alexander, Beverley, Evans
SG-Bradley, L. Williams, J. Robinson, Thornwell, Wallace
SF-Mbah A Moute, Gallinari, Dekker
PF-Harris, Harrell, Scott
C-Gortat, Marjanovic

That's 17 on the roster, I'd expect them to cut Dekker and potentially Wallace or Thornwell.

Hawks sign Alex Len to 2/8.5-
This was a fantastic bargain signing for ATL.  Len has been given some chances in PHX and he's not going to blow your socks off with some rebound year, he's a good rebounder and shot blocker, but his athleticism isn't great for perimeter defense.  He'll back up Dedmon as a consistent bench plyer rather than having his minutes jerked around so much like it was in PHX.  
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