The Nuggets traded Arron Afflalo for Andre Iguodala a few years ago, as part of the Dwight Howard trade. Then the Nuggets traded Iguodala after a year, as part of a deal full of expiring contracts and draft picks, that yielded a trade exception. Then today, the Nuggets used that same $9 million trade exception to re-acquire Arron Afflalo, for Evan Fournier and the 56th pick in tonight’s draft. GOOD GOD Nuggets, figure out whether you like Afflalo or not! In a league, where GM’s are constantly trying to accumulate assets, the Magic just threw a pretty valuable one out the window. Don’t try to tell me Evan Fournier is a legitimate asset. The only reason he has any value is that he’s 21 years old. He has yet to show any potential in the NBA. And the 56th pick will probably bring back nothing, as well. The Nuggets get a borderline All-Star in Afflalo, a 28 year old starting shooting guard in the league, who plays both sides of the ball. Go down the list of the best shooting guards in the league. You’ll notice just how thin the position is today. James Harden doesn’t play defense. Dwyane Wade and Manu Ginobili are old. Jamal Crawford, Monta Ellis, Joe Johnson, and Kevin Martin are just gunners that don’t do anything else. DeMar Derozan probably isn’t as good as stats would indicate and despite making his first All-Star game last year, he is probably a career borderline All-Star caliber player. You’re left with guys like Afflalo and Wes Matthews, very competent and capable starting shooting guards, who probably will never make an All-Star game, but are very valuable. Continue reading
Yesterday, the rumor was Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, and the 5th overall pick for the #1 pick and Jarrett Jack. That is enticing, but pales in comparison to what the Magic supposedly offered. The Magic are offering Arron Afflalo, the 4th pick, and the 12th pick just for the #1 pick. If the Cavs are as desperate as we think–doing anything and everything they can to get LeBron’s attention–then this is the trade for them. This trade helps immediately and is also a move for the future. Pair Afflalo with Kyrie in the backcourt, and they have one of the best set of guards in the NBA. Then the #4 and #12 pick provide flexibility. The Cavs could do a couple things here. They could use the picks and a combination that could yield Julius Randle and Doug McDermott, for example. Or, they could trade both picks to move up, and try to get Joel Embiid, the prospect most experts think has the highest ceiling.Or they could use the two picks to make a trade for a veteran. Could they make a package around Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, the 4th, and 12 pick for Kevin Love. Continue reading
As you’ve heard by now, LeBron opted out of his final year with the Miami Heat. So every team desperate and deluded enough is clearing cap space with the hope that they’ll be able to convince LeBron to join their team. The thing is, there are only really five teams with legitimate chances to get LeBron. Zach Lowe mentioned the Hawks and Suns as other unlikely candidates, but all he is saying is that they have the requisite cap space to get LeBron. He’d never go to either of those teams, even if they’re not that bad. Who really has a chance at getting LeBron?
1) Miami Heat
They’re still the most likely scenario for LeBron. He knows their management, respects Pat Riley’s judgement, and still made the Finals last season with its weak roster. LeBron opting out is merely a ploy to motivate the Heat and get Micky Arison to spend more money. It’s a move to push Wade and Bosh to restructure their deals and take much less money. This is the least exciting move LeBron could make. The Heat would need to show LeBron they’re going to completely alter the bench and add some real contributors and fresh legs. Let’s all hope he leaves Miami so that the bandwagons fans in Miami can disappear again. They don’t deserve a good team. Continue reading
The Bulls somehow managed to win 48 games this year, despite losing Derrick Rose again to injury. Joakim Noah finished fourth in the MVP voting, becoming a triple-double machine in the second half of the season. But the Bulls’ scoring woes were glaring when they faced the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs. It was clear to anyone who watched that the Bulls lacked a scoring punch. They were counting on Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy Jr., and D.J. Augustin to consistently contribute offensively. It was an overachievement for the Bulls to win 48 games with their depleted roster. No one knows if Derrick Rose will ever be close to the player he was, and the Bulls are finally looking to upgrade its roster to give him more scoring help. While this may be typical NBA summertime speculation, there have been a few rumors that, if true, could see Chicago transformed into a legitimate contender in the East. Granted, it does not take much to qualify as a ‘contender’ in the NBA’s inferior conference. Regardless, the Bulls look poised to rejuvenate its roster this offseason. Here are a possibilities for Chicago this summer: Continue reading
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Group U: “We’ll Listen, But He’s Way More Valuable To Us Than He Is To You”
75. Tony Allen
Not bad paying one of the best perimeter defenders in the league $5 million per season for the next three years. Allen is already 32, but just ask Kevin Durant how tough it is to score on Allen. Allen was the reason the Grizzlies very nearly sent the MVP home packing in the first round. Someone as good on defense as Allen would fit on any team, but there’s perhaps no better fit than Memphis’ Grit and Grind basketball. Continue reading