Ainge’s hypothetical trades vs the mercenary JuggerNets
Playoffs series so far:
76ers-Wizards - Sixers up 2-0
Nets-Celtics - Nets up 2-0
Bucks-Heat - Bucks up 2-0
Knicks-Hawks - Series tied 1-1
Jazz-Grizzlies - Series tied 1-1
Suns-Lakers - Series tied 1-1
Nuggets-Blazers - Series tied 1-1
Clippers-Mavericks - Mavericks lead 2-0 (lol)
The return of Spidah and presence of Grayson Ted Cruz Allen is enough to make root for the Jazz in this series.
Of course Grayson Allen’s now a brick artist.
I pick the Celtics. The will be out in 4, but Tatum is a great player. I hope Nets will watch the Finals on tv
Finances are a different matter but go watch that second Warriors vs Hawks game and watch Oubre's defense on Trae Young (who is currently tearing up a top 5 defense on the road in the playoffs) if you think losing him would help the team. The video box score doesn't do his performance justice because it doesn't show how many times he denied Young the ball or got him to pass and it's of course a team effort to contain a guy like that but you can see him in there:
People don't care as much about defense when they talk about "fit" though.
Myers saying that 400m will be past the limit that they can spend.
Person over at reddit did the math - https://www.reddit.com/r/warriors/comments/nlu5x9/bob_myers_said_in_his_last_presser_he_thinks/
"As of now, the Warriors currently have 13 players under contract for $167,478,593.
If they were to use both picks 6th ($5,988,000) and 14th ($3,562,080) and the full Taxpayer MLE ($5,890,000) while dropping Smailgić ($1,782,621) to balance the roster they would be at 15 players for $181,136,052 with a projected repeater tax bill of $205,577,855 which is already a combined salary+tax of $386,713,907.
Adding Oubre to that at say $15M takes them into the $500M range"
Funnily enough I would've rooted for the Nets to win it all had they not added Harden. Nash is cool and getting a "proper" ring (I know he doesn't care that much for the one he "won" with us) would be neat, KD will always have my love and I always felt Kyrie Irving is extremely disrespected by the NBA community as a whole even though he was the second-biggest reason Cleveland won in 2016 (the first being Kiki Vandeweghe, obviously). With Harden, however, they can get yeeted as far as I am concerned.
As much as I appreciate KD, I can't root for the Nets. They are a soulless killing machine that needs to be stopped.
I find it funny that the New Yorkers seemed to have embraced the Knicks over the Nets based on the fact the Knicks games sold out in 20 minutes versus the Nets having to offer discounts to get people to their games.
The one thing missing from these pieces are the panic meter trades. If the favorite loses, are there any scraps the vulture Warriors can scrounge? Be it a Gasol or an Ibaka/Batum. I love me some Joe Harris, but the Nets ain't losing this series. And I doubt they trade him even if they lost early.
Bob Myers just now on
said the Warriors had set up for James Wiseman to work out with Kevin Garnett this offseason: "The thing now is you don't want to throw a guy (out there) that's not 100 percent healthy with KG -- or else you're in trouble (laughs)."
OT from hoopsrumors:
After Ben Simmons scored just six points on 3-of-9 shooting in Game 1, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said he doesn’t understand criticism of the standout guard, who contributed 15 assists and 15 rebounds in the team’s victory. “Only in Philadelphia,” Rivers said, per Rob Maaddi of The Associated Press. “If you guys don’t know the treasure you have by now, then shame on everyone because he’s been fantastic for us. … I’m amazed that people don’t see what he does. We’re so caught up in the amount of points he scored. … Does it matter if Ben had all 125? Would we be mad that Joel (Embiid) didn’t score? Who cares who scores as long as we’re scoring. … When Ben plays, we score more points.”
OT: Anyone see that Clipper defense against Doncic? LD made incredible shots but Leonard/George/Beverley defense my A$$
If Steph saw defense like that he'd score 130 points
Strange as it feels to root for Harden, I feel the Nets would have a much better shot at beating LeActor in the finals, if it comes to that. I pick the Nets.
I can't get motivated to pick a favorite in this match but in any case, the Celtics are going to get swept.
And yet, many here want to do a little strip mining and net a mercenary for the Dubs.
>Celtics fans talk a lot about their many championships, omitting the fact that they’ve won 1 championship since 1986, and most of the previous ones came from Red Auerbach ripping off other hobbyist owners when the league was eight teams that could barely get a highlight on TV.
Kinda makes the point on the last thread of how hard it is to be a modern dynasty in American pro sports...