Free Agency Shootaround

By: Scott Levine, Ethan Giles, and Brian Kane

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Thibs wyd… (Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons)

This offseason was not the grandiose money bath that was the summer of 2016. However, it had its fair share of polarizing contracts, some of which we will discuss. We didn’t mention signings like Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap, and Blake Griffin because those have been discussed at length other places on the internet.

Favorite signing

Scott: P.J. Tucker to the Rockets, 4 years, $32 million

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Random Summer League Thoughts Pt. 2

By: Scott Levine

I don’t want to take credit for predicting Dennis Smith Jr.’s success for two reasons. One, he is playing way better in Summer League than even I expected. Two, it’s just Summer League. But holy hell does he look good.

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Random Summer League Thoughts Pt. 1

By: Scott Levine

After watching Summer League I have opinions. Instead of carefully weaving them together, I am going to present them in a slapdash unorganized manner to best simulate Summer League style of play.

I am tired of Summer League. I have deduced what I can about the rookies and sophomores of interest. The charm of fondly remembering that certain fringe NBA players exist has pretty much worn off. I am left with a reality of bad basketball.

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The Celtics Turned a Guard Problem Into a Forward Problem

By: Brian Kane

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Jae Crowder would be an irreplaceable starter on most teams, but Boston could soon have several wings capable of taking his starting spot. (Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons)

The first monumental tremor of the 2017 NBA Draft came three days before draft night. The Celtics completely disregarded public opinion on Markelle Fultz, de facto best player in the draft, by trading the #1 pick to Philly for #3 and a future first round pick. The future pick will come from either the Lakers in 2018, were that pick to fall between 2 and 5, or the better of the Sixers and Kings pick in 2019 unless one of them is the #1 overall pick. This move’s been harped on enough, and the Celtics likely made the right move considering value gained, even if the timing of the deal was unfortunate for the C’s fanbase.

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Dennis Smith’s Role in the Mavericks Offense

By: Scott Levine

When the Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina with the eighth pick, the Dallas war room celebrated. They then picked Dennis Smith, the player with the second highest upside in the draft.

Smith gives the Mavericks their first high-ceiling lottery point guard since they drafted Jason Kidd in 1994. While Smith does not have the playmaking ability that Kidd did, he has shown he can score off-the-dribble at all three levels, an important skill in the modern NBA. High-powered offenses such as the Warriors and Trailblazers run pick and roll sets predicated on the defense having to respect Curry and Lillard’s off-the-dribble threes. Smith also demonstrated elite handle and athleticism at NC State.

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Five Draft Picks I Don’t Know How to Feel About

By: Scott Levine

I make a lot of snap judgments on draft night. I loved when the Sixers picked Jonah Bolden at 36, I hated the TJ Leaf pick at 18 for the Pacers, and so forth. However, there are always a few picks where I kind of just sit there, confused, directionless. I wouldn’t have made the pick, but it also isn’t bad. If I was Chad Ford and did draft grades, I’d give all these picks a B, or a B-, or a B/B- like a total cop out.

Josh Jackson, #4, Phoenix Suns

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FOURTH ANNUAL MOCK FIRST ROUND PODCAST

Tomorrow is the draft. Part 1 covers 1-14, and it was before the Philly/Boston trade, so ignore the first three or four picks. K thanks!

Part two was before the Nets gave 27 to the Lakers, but who cares?

 

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4 Win Now Moves for The Celtics That Don’t Involve Jimmy Butler, Paul George, or Nets Picks

By: Scott Levine and Brian Kane

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Yup. (Keith Allison via Flickr)

As Celtics fans, we’re hoping something big happens this trade deadline. But, when something  invariably does not, these trades are in play. Let’s all have our hopes deflated together and look forward to one of these “blockbusters” instead of refreshing Paul George rumors on Twitter every twenty minutes or so.

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Where Paul Millsap Should Go If He Cares About My Happiness

By: Brian Kane

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Pretty much every team could use the services of Millsap, a stretch four who fits with any scheme imaginable. (Keith Allison via Flickr)

The first tremor of NBA Trade Deadline season hit yesterday when Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap announced he plans to opt out of his contract after the season to explore free agency. This prompted the Hawks to announce that they would be fielding trade offers for Millsap, and my brother to text me frantically about the possibility of an Atlanta big man reunion in Boston.

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Shootaround: Most Poorly Constructed Team

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Did you expect such a negative article to not include the Sacramento Kings? (Mike via Wikimedia Commons)

The NBA Trade Deadline is February 23 at 12 p.m. Now begins the slow burn of NBA trade discussion. In order to best figure out which teams need to make trades, we started by debating who has the most poorly constructed roster in the league. Some of these teams should look to make a deal before the deadline … others are too far gone for it to matter.

Orlando Magic: What had happened was…

Jake Mattleman: Oh boy, where do we start with the Orlando Magic? Famous singer Aaliyah once said “If at first you don’t succeed, get yourself up and try again,” and this team has been trying and trying again every since they traded Dwight Howard.

After struggling under Jacque Vaughn and Scott Skiles, the Magic seemed to find a coaching answer in Frank Vogel: an established, even-keeled, and successful coach. Great! However, they proceeded to make a series of egregious, paradoxical personnel moves to ensure that they wouldn’t succeed for years to come. So congratulations, Magic. You’ve won the award for the worst constructed NBA team on the 2016-17 season.

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