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Ridiculous 12 Player, 4 Team Trade Idea - (it does work. For whatever reason the ESPN trade machine is not recognizing trade exceptions right now) Celtics Trade: Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris, Marcus Smart, 8.4 trade exception, and 2018 Lakers pick Celtics Receive: Kawhi Leonard, Channing Frye Why? For Channing Frye of course. Seriously, though, a team of Kyrie, Hayward, Leonard, and Horford […]
Team-Builder for the Charlotte Hornets - The Hornets are not a playoff team. Unfortunately, they have a roster full of mediocre players on bloated contracts for several more years. It is with my deepest sincerity that I offer my help to Michael Jordan and Richard Cho for the next stages of the Charlotte Hornets franchise. 1. Trade Kemba Walker, Nic Batum, […]
The Cavs Just Aren’t Very Good - After starting the season 5-7, the Cavs went on a massive 19-2 streak that spawned comments like, “Are the Cavs starting to figure it out?” and “Are the Cavs better without Kyrie?” After that, they fell back to earth with a 2-8 losing streak. What’s their problem? Are they having an up-and-down year? Are they […]
The Most Important Physical Attribute for Rim Protection is also the Least Recognized - Although there are probably not as many great rim protectors in the modern NBA as there used to be, and although a rim protectors’ impact is mitigated by modern NBA offenses, rim protection is still a valuable asset to a team defense. Rudy Gobert, Kristaps Porzingis, Anthony Davis, DeAndre Jordan, Clint Capella, Joel Embiid, Serge […]
Confessions of a Tortured Celtic Basketball Soul - My basketball soul is tortured with guilt. I need absolution through confession. Forgive me readers, because I have sinned. I don’t think Kristaps Porzingis is that good. I mean, don’t get me wrong, he’s good. He’s a fine player, but every time I hear people assume he is a top 10 player, or even a […]
Basketball-isms Made by Commentators or Avid Fans That Need Definitions - I was listening to the Hornets broadcast of a Celtics-Hornets game recently when the commentator called Michael Kidd-Gilchrist a “jack-of-all-trades.” I chuckled to myself and wondered, “How confusing must it be for a person who knows nothing about basketball to hear a player called a “jack-of-all-trades.” Most would assume that the title would be given […]
Where Does Jaylen Brown Rank as a Wing in the Current NBA? - Brown has out-performed expectations so far this season, but it got me thinking about how good he currently is compared to other players and how many wing players I would rather have than Brown moving forward. He plays guard because of his quickness, but his ideal position is more off-ball than on-ball. For that reason, […]
Celtic Trade Ideas … Because Reasons! - Let’s make a Celtics deal! The 3 teams mentioned are the Clippers, the Grizzles, and Orlando. Let’s make a trade idea for each. Orlando Magic Terry Rozier, Abdul Nader, and Marcus Morris to Magic Jonathan Simmons and Shelvin Mack to the Celtics The Magic wanted Terry Rozier last year in a trade for Serge […]
Two Emergency Sixers Trade Ideas - The Sixers have one of the most talented young teams in the NBA. Surely they have a decade to develop and contend for championships, right? Right? Here are four reasons why the Sixers should consider win-now moves. 1. Joel Embiid’s Health It’s not that the Sixers have red sirens going off in Wells Fargo Center. […]
What’s the Smart Market for a 33% Shooter? - Marcus Smart is probably one of the most unique players in the NBA. Though he is only shooting 33% from the floor and 31% from 3, Marcus Smart continues to be a key cog on the best team in the NBA (by record). What will his market be this off-season, though? Short answer? Not good. […]