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Until there is a vaccine widely available the NBA should be playing all of their games on the West Coast or the NYC metro area. The "heartland" has literally given up on making any serious attempt to control the spread, most of the coastal states are at least making an effort even if it isn't as effective as one would like. I suspect they will also need daily testing of everybody around the teams as well as a MLB like schedule that minimizes travel.

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Was there any determination about when trade exceptions expire?

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Not that I could find. I know it was extended multiple times, but couldn't find anything specific to update associated with this news.

My guess is that when they formally open the transaction window we will also get an update on the TPE timing? I mean... the draft is in 7 days, so can't be too far out!

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Nov 10, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Absolutely good point that, with coronavirus cases on the rise throughout the US (even in California, where we have pretty specific restrictions and people actually complying with them) this is a much bigger problem to solve than the bubble.

Expect lots of players, and even teams, to miss games due to positive tests, personal reasons, injuries (seems like there will be fewer days off in this schedule), etc. That probably means that depth is more important than ever, this season. It also means that outcomes overall will be less predictable.

But between the election and the vaccine news, the end of this mess is in sight, so hopefully by the end of the 72-game season, things will be a bit more stable. Which is exciting!

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yeah, I wanted to highlight how many gaps there are still remaining in this plan - but also just let the good news shine.

I didn't think the Orlando bubble would work, and I have absolutely no idea how the league intends to make a 72 game season safely work - but at this point you gotta give the NBA the benefit of the doubt.

One of the concepts that made a lot of sense to me was a discussion on having a hard break after half the season (or whenever). Just get a few months out of the way and then re-evaluate and come up with phase 2

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Can we find another David West? He was such an asset.

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Would be a pretty fascinating mental exercise to try and figure out who that could be.

Would have to be a very good player on the tail end of his career, willing to forgo money but still good enough to be a top bench player for us.

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In my mind, Paul Milsap would be the closest. He just made $100,000,000 from Denver over the last 3 years. They can't keep him and still hope to sign a couple of their young guys they need to re-sign. I think he's ready for his ring.

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Dubs also had a big advantage of being an omega superteam that basically guaranteed a title when West came

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Nov 11, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Milsap is a good choice, but he is still good enough and young enough that he can probably find a competitive team to give him a 2 year deal at well above the minimum. Looking back at David West's career stats and salary, I think you can make a case that he was undervalued for much of his career likely because he never had any really stand out statistics on teams that never won a championship until he joined the Warriors. Just an all around solid player that did his work without much being noticed.

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Looking for someone similar to David West? Is Kanye West close enough?

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Nov 10, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Especially with keeping draymond's brain cool..

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