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Best Free Agents Available-

C-Clint Capela-the book is still out on Capela, is he a stud young big man or a product of playing with two of the best guards in the game?  His free agency seems to lean towards the Rockets playing it safe, but also because HOU has dedicated so much money elsewhere, they don't want to create a historic cap sheet.  They reportedly offered him about $13.5M per year on a multi-year deal which he has declined, rightfully so.  HOU doesn't have a lot of options and no leverage in this negotiation, so they'll have to pay him or risk him signing the qualifying offer and becoming unrestricted next summer free to sign anywhere he wants.

G/F-Rodney Hood-Hood and CLE are both in situations that aren't beneficial to their free agency.  Hood was traded to CLE mid-season and played sparingly before showing off his dynamic athleticism and scoring ability in the playoffs at times.  He's restricted which has caused his free agency to slow and with so few teams left with little money, any offer sheet he gets, CLE is likely to match.  CLE is also in flux, although they're playing it like they still have a contender team.  They don't want to luck up bad contracts and Hood has a history of floating in and out of games and injury issues.  He may be best to take the qualifying offer, and with a likely influx of playing time with Lebron gone, taking advantage of that and becoming unrestricted next summer.

C-Greg Monroe-after being traded from MIL to PHX, then released and riding the bench in BOS, Monroe's suitors are few and far between.  He can rebound and score, but his defense is as bad as any big man in the NBA.  I'll be curious to see where he lands, maybe to fill an end of bench role, but it won't be for more than a 1 year deal.

SG-Dwyane Wade-Wade isn't likely to end up anywhere but in MIA, I think the hold up is the contract and whether he's mulling retirement.  He was a huge spark plug for MIA the second half of the season, but MIA has a ton of guards and wings to eat up playing time especially with guys returning from injury.  

SG-Jamal Crawford-after declining a $4.4M player option, Crawford has seen little traction in FA which seems to have been a bad financial decision, but maybe he just didn't want to play in MIN at all?  He'll likely catch on with a contender looking for veteran shooting.  Rumors early on were he and GS were a pairing and is still a very real possibility.

PF-David West-with GS moving towards a youth movement of Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney and Damian Jones, it doesn't look like GS planned to bring back West.  He's 37, going on 38, so he may be headed towards retirement.

C-Jahlil Okafor-after a bumpy road in PHI, he had the opportunity at a fresh start in BKN, however saw himself benched for much of the season.  His defense and rebounding are his major crutch, which doesn't fit the modern NBA.  He went so far as to release a work out video, showing perimeter skills to hopefully entice a team, but it seems like Okafor may be headed overseas to regarner some attraction.

G/F-Nick Young-Swaggy P was so hot and cold in GS, he couldn't be trusted for long stretches, even in a situation ideal for his freestyle of play.  Young hasn't looked in shape in over a year.  He may catch on late as a roster fill in, but there are a number of guards/wings with shooting abilities that are younger with more potential.
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Time to get caught up-

C Clinta Capela re-signs with HOU for 4/90-the contract is actually in the range of 4/85 with incentives.  This was a steal for HOU, IMO.  He's been dissected because of his free agency as a product of the two guards he plays with, but he's a staple on the defensive end, a great above the rim finisher and strong pick and roll player.  He's not going to dominate a game on the offensive end, but crash boards, be active every minute he's on the floor and fill lanes.

F Carmelo Anthony signs with HOU for 1/2.4-after being traded to ATL and waived, Carmelo, as anticipated has signed with HOU.  This is just not a good move for HOU.  He's playing in a similar situation as he was in OKC, a third banana playing off of two ball-dominant guards with a total lack of defensive intensity.  He's still not a great 3P shooter, a huge must for any off ball player in HOU.  Understandably, HOU doesn't have a lot of money and any offer to Ariza would've paled in comparison to what he got in PHX, but I thought they could've used their money on younger players who are hungrier on the defensive end and more reliant behind the 3P line.

Bucks waive Brandon Jennings, sign SG Pat Connaughton-the Bucks had no use for Jennings with 3 PG's on the roster and one on a two-way, so  it was an easy choice to waive him.  Connaughton won't finish games, he probably won't even play much, but as a relief guy who can shoot the 3 and is surprisingly athletic, it's a good pick up on a minimum deal.

G/F David Nwaba signs with CLE-Nwaba had his bird rights released from CHI so they could sign Jabari Parker.  Nwaba is primarily a high energy defensive glue guy.  His stat line isn't going to pop out at you, but he can cover anybody 1-3 and is young.  I don't see any deal parameters yet, but I'd imagine it's a low cost.  CLE needs to be better on the defensive end and they're transforming their wing position.  I'd imagine they'd bring back Rodney Hood and a Hood, Osman, Nwaba rotation is a solid young grouping with a lot of potential.

G/F Vince Carter signs with ATL-think of this as the Jason Terry signing.  They are incredibly young and need a positive veteran role model in the locker room and Carter has been a consummate professional.
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Kent Bazemore to MIL, HOU?
-Kent Bazemore, SG from ATL, has been shopped recently.  He has 1+1 with a player option for next season left at about $18.5M.  He was signed in the summer of the cap spike and got massively overpaid.  He's a good 2-way G/F, moreso a defensive minded player than an offensive weapon, but his shooting percentages are generally improving.  ATL has been moving on from just about everyone on their contract and aren't afraid to make moves to add assets as they've done all summer.  ATL tried to initially dump Baze around the draft when they engaged DAL in a Baze +3 for Wes Matthews +5 from DAL, but DAL turned down that deal, instead giving up their 2019 1st as they didn't want the added expense of Baze's 2019-2020 contract.  Now, he's been reportedly being shopped where MIL engaged ATL, but reports are negotiations fell off quickly.  MIL doesn't have a lot to offer for Bazemore except matching contracts.  If they had an expiring, it certainly would appeal to ATL, but instead, they're likely looking for a pick along with any matching contracts which MIL isn't likely to do unless it's for a 2nd.  HOU's package of Ryan Anderson and a 2019 1st is a bit more appealing as Anderson's contract is similar, fills a bit of a need for them as a backup 4 and they add a 1st as well.  MIL's package would likely center around Dellavedova and Henson, however they have Trae Young and Jeremy Lin already at PG and Dedmon left at center for 1 more year.

Knicks to waive and stretch Joakim Noah-
After a massive falling out after Noah's suspension, it looks like NY's only option is to waive and stretch Noah.  Noah is owed $38M on his 2 years remaining and a buyout just isn't feasible as it's way too much money.  So they're left with the stretch provision where Noah's contract would be stretched over a 5 year period (it's the length of the contract x2, plus 1 year, making it 5 years).  His cap hit will be $7.6M over the next 5 years, a MASSIVE hit.  That about equals an MLE contract.  Noah signed a 4/72 contract in the booming summer of free agency.  He played a total of 53 games for them.  It will go down as one of the worst contracts signed in NBA history.

Jahili Okafor signs with Pelicans-
Okafor needs a massive rejuvenation.  He was toyed around in PHI during the re-build years and was subsequently traded to BKN last season where it seemed he'd get to refresh his career, but he played sparingly and was openly upset to the media about it.  Now, he'll take a backup role in NO who is always searching for backup centers.  He'll play behind Davis, Randle and Mirotic, an already formidable group.

Sam Dekker traded to CLE-
LAC needed to clear a roster spot, so they traded Dekker to CLE, who seem to be adding anybody with a pulse that may have an impact.  If they bring back Rodney Hood, they'll have a few guys to look towards for the future in Hood and Cedi Osman.  Dekker has been a pretty big bust after being picked in the 1st round, never getting consistent minutes or being all that impactful.  He'll likely see the end of the bench most nights unless Hood doesn't stay in CLE (not likely he goes anywhere else).  

PHI rookie Zhaire Smith fractures foot, continues rookie 76er curse-
It's likely Smith misses a good chunk of time, probably several months, and continues the 76ers curse.  PHI traded away Luwawu Cabarrot and Justin Anderson to open up space for Covington, Chandler, Redick, Korkmaz and Smith.  It didn't seem entirely likely Smith was going to see a ton of time this season, but PHI is pretty thin at SG.  They have Redick and Landry Shamet as their only real SG's with Fultz possibly playing some off-ball and going big with Korkmaz and Covington at SG.  

Raptors sign Greg Monroe to 1/2.2-
I was pretty surprised Monroe caught on.  He was flat out bad in BOS last year on both ends of the court.  TOR has a massive hole at backup center, but Monroe won't be called on often, and if he is, he'll be playing alongside Kawhi, Ibaka/Siakam, all very defensively capable players.  Monroe's always been a really good teammate and TOR really needed another veteran leader in the locker room, especially with potential Kawhi drama, so the signing makes sense.
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HOU trades Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton to PHX for Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss

For HOU-well, they were finally able to unload Anderson and it didn't cost them a 1st round pick.  It's quite an amazing deal for them.  Anderson was played off the floor in most of the playoffs, averaging 8 MPG.  They had to give up Melton, the 46th pick in the draft, and Melton had a phenomenal summer league.  Melton has a ton of potential and was seen as a possible lottery pick before he was ruled ineligible at USC last season and didn't play at all.  But considering they only gave up what amounts to be a 2nd round pick and got back two *possibly* useful players is incredible.  Knight has been hurt continuously, but he's a good gamble.  It gives them a guard rotation of Paul, Harden, Eric Gordon and Knight and seeing how they tend to stagger Paul and Harden so much, it was useful to get another guard who is competent and is not Michael Carter Williams.  Chriss was seen to have serious potential when he was drafted based on his athletic ability alone, but he was stuck in a system with no flow, no point guard play and seemed to be mismanaged.  He'll be a great option as an energy guy, rim runner and developing outside shooter.

For PHX-I'm still very uncertain what PHX's plan is.  To get this deal done, Anderson lowered his guaranteed salary from $21.2M to $15.6M for next season which is unprecedented and just goes to show he was ready to move on.  But PHX traded one of their only PG's on their roster in Knight to get him.  PHX now has two rookie PG's-Melton and Elie Okobo and way too may wings.  It's entirely possible PHX doesn't play any of their PG's going with a Booker, Jackson, Ariza, Anderson, Ayton lineup with Bridges, Warren, Bender off the bench.  But from a pure trade standpoint, I think they did well.  Chriss was going nowhere fast with them and a Anderson/Knight swap is basically equal.  Their contracts now match (two years remaining) and Knight has been injured so often, they've basically been playing without him.  So they added Melton, a big question mark, but a lot of potential.  There's also been rumors PHX is eyeing a trade for a starting caliber PG in the realm of Lillard, Kemba or Rozier.  They've added enough assets and have some decent players to throw at teams that an Okobo, Warren, Bender + 1st package could net them something.  If CHA really wants to unload salary they could take a deal of Warren, Okobo, Bender, Chandler for Kemba and Batum swap.  PHX wouldn't have to include draft picks as they get a major expiring in Chandler, a flier (and expiring) on Bender, a decent role player and scorer in Warren and a pretty good prospect in Okobo while unloading the horrible Batum contract.  They could then begin to build around Monk, Okobo and Miles Bridges while PHX doesn't give up any of their key rotation guys and gets Kemba.  Kemba, Booker, Jackson, Ariza, Ayton with Anderson, Batum, Mikal Bridges, Melton off the bench is a young, exciting core.
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Timberwolves SG Jimmy Butler demands a trade-
Jimmy Butler, 29 year old wing, was traded from CHI last summer for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the pick that became Lauri Markkanen for Butler and the pick that became Justin Patton.  Butler is on the final year of his deal and will enter free agency next summer as a RFA.  Butler has given the Wolves three teams who he'd be willing to potentially re-sign with which would up the value of the trade: LA Clippers, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets.  Butler has notoriously struggled with teammates dating back to a year in which he played with Rondo in Chicago.  There have been some social media investigators that have uncovered rumors that Butler may have had a relationship with Karl Anthony-Towns girlfriend and he obviously has issues with Andrew Wiggins as Wiggins brother tweeted out, "Hallelujah!" after the rumor came out that Butler wanted a trade and Butler sent out a sarcastic Instagram responding to that tweet.  

This situation mirrors that of Kawhi Leonard's drama with the Spurs.  Butler is a top 15 player in the league who wants to be traded a year before he enters free agency and is going to try to strongarm his way to a team that he wants to go to.  Of course, in the Kawhi situation, he was traded to Toronto, a team not on his list, and not even on the radar of a trade.  That situation though, played out in a perfect storm that the Raptors could offer a package that included a star player in return which didn't hurt the Raptors long term projection, even if Kawhi doesn't re-sign as they'll clear their books of long term salary commitment.  

Let me start out by saying this: THE BUCKS ARE NOT GOING TO TRADE FOR JIMMY BUTLER.  Any Butler to MIL trade would start with MIN asking for Khris Middleton and the Bucks declining to include Middleton and the deal stops there.  Sure, Butler is a better basketball player than Middleton, but Middleton is 2 years younger, is significantly more likely to re-sign in Milwaukee and is a better teammate for Giannis.  Even if the Bucks put together a package that would entice a Butler trade that didn't include Middleton, a Middleton/Butler duo on the wing would be very repetitive.  And clearly, Butler wants to go to a big market where he can be the alpha-dog and that's not happening in Milwaukee.

There are a few dynamics that make a Butler trade interesting. 1) New York just had a stakeholders meeting where ownership said they wouldn't trade for a player that they could acquire in FA which is exactly what category Butler fits into.  2) Minnesota isn't going to accept a trade that solely brings them back draft picks and young players as MIN is in a short window with KAT a free agent next summer and they want to win now.
The darkhorses for a Butler trade not including those 3 teams listed IMO are: Philly, Miami.  Here's a few trades I came up with that could happen.  With training camp opening in 1 week, I'd be willing to bet a trade occurs before then so they don't have to deal with that circus.

New York receives-Jimmy Butler
Minnesota receives-Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr

Why for NY-I think this trade would start and stop at Ntilikina.  I think they have very high hopes for him and wouldn't give him away for the opportunity to get Butler now rather than fight for him next summer in free agency.  The one thing this does accomplish though, is getting Hardaway Jr off their books which would open up a whole lot of cap space to re-sign Butler, Porzingis and another star in free agency.  That's where they'd have to think long and hard about this trade.  

Why for MIN-it's probably the best haul they'd receive in decent player/high value asset.  Hardaway Jr is a microwave scorer who can shoot the rock.  He isn't going to get into any all-star conversations, but he'd be a decent starter.  Ntilikina has a ton of potential as a defender/playmaker and evolving scorer who they could build around.  He would open up a lot of opportunities for Wiggins and KAT.  Wiggins struggles for a variety of reasons, but mostly because he played with two other ball dominant guards last season in Teague and Butler.

LA Clippers receive-Jimmy Butler
Minnesota receives-Tobias Harris, Pat Beverley

Why for LAC-similar to NY, LAC is looking towards next summer as a high level free agent destination so do they give up assets now to fast forward that process.  LAC is rumored to be Butler's #1 preferred destination.  If LAC could pull this off and keep Butler, they would've gotten Butler, the Pistons 2018 1st rd draft pick (Shai Gilgeous Alexander) for Blake Griffin, a huge haul.  I think LAC pulls this off as they want to pull in two big free agents next summer and they can't do that if they want to re-sign Tobias, so they'd have to settle on re-signing Tobias and hoping the core they have now pulls in one free agent.  Beverley is on a non-guaranteed deal and is probably the odd man out in the stunningly deep guard rotation in LAC.

Why for Minnesota-Harris would be a great compliment to KAT as a scorer/outside shooter, however wouldn't help their interior defense woes, but there aren't many that fit that bill that would also compliment KAT.  Harris is expiring, so it's a risk to trade Butler to get Harris and Harris leaves in free agency, but they're going to have to take a risk to do it and Harris is probably one of the biggest names they could get in a Butler deal.  Beverley would be helpful as a defender on the perimeter and is also expiring, so they're not taking on any additional salary and Beverley would be Thibodeau's workhorse on the defensive end.

Brooklyn receives-Jimmy Butler
Minnesota receives-Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Allen Crabbe

Why for BKN-BKN has been re-building their brand for a few years now, being shrewd with their cap space to take on additional salary to get draft picks and this would be the payoff.  They keep their core of D'Angelo Russell, Jarrett Allen and a few other young pieces while handing the reigns to Butler as this would be his team.  BKN isn't the highest on Butler's list, but the reward would outweigh the risk.

Why for MIN-while this deal isn't top heavy, they could also ask for a few 2nd rounders to sweeten the deal.  RHJ is a defensive minded forward, a high level rebounder for his position and is still young at 23 years old.  Crabbe is expiring and would fill the role as a 6th man shooter off the bench that they need to fill after losing Jamal Crawford.  The sweetener for MIN is that they'd trade Butler to the Eastern Conference to get him out of the West.

Philadelphia receives-Jimmy Butler
Minnesota receives-Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless

Why for PHI-PHI seems to be heading down the road of being that team that is always 3rd on a free agents list.  They didn't even get a meeting with Lebron this summer, they weren't in the Kawhi trade conversation and are filling out their roster so much that free agents may not be flocking their.  They may have to pull off a trade to bring in a star player, coddle them for a year to get them to re-sign.  This would be a steep price to pay for a guy who's 29 years old and PHI wasn't on his list, but he'd be the perfect guard alongside Simmons and Embiid.  The concern would be the Type A personalities in the locker room.  But Fultz, Redick, Butler, Simmons, Embiid with Wilson Chandler, Zhaire Smith, Furkan Korkmaz, and Mike Muscala off the bench would be a top flight rotation in the East.  

Why for Minnesota-this trade doesn't have the top flight talent others may offer, but would fill in some weak spots for MIN.  Saric would be a great fit next to KAT as a shooter, defender, and passer.  Covington is a high level defender and excellent outside shooter, albeit with 4 years left on his contract.  Bayless would be a thrown in as contract fodder on an expiring deal.  Teague, Wiggins, Covington, Saric and KAT may not get them to a high level in the West, but there are some building blocks there and a decent complimentary rotation.
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