I have a question. Cleveland is currently picking 4th, and is in major need of a wing. I am a huge Harrison Barnes fan. Who is currently going 5th. Cleveland also has 3 more picks in this years draft. Which Leads to my question. I am a huge Duke fan (Austin Rivers). If Cleveland picks Barnes at 4, can Cleveland trade up for Austin Rivers? If so where would they have to trade up to, and how much would it cost?
What I'm thinking for Cleveland next year
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Austin Rivers
SF: Harrison Barnes
PF: Tristian Thompson
Can This Happen?
I'm very high on Austin Rivers myself, but not so much on Barnes. I love Brad Beal and Jeremy Lamb too, and I know Chris Grant and Byron Scott will be looking for pure talent, scoring, playmaking, character, and willingness to defend and play the right way.
That said, if the Cavaliers do select in the 4-6 range and Andre Drummond is on the board as Aran is currently projecting, there would be no way they could pass on him. They would absolutely have to take him. They would then hope someone like Terrence Ross or Dion Waiters falls to them with their pick from the Lakers in the mid 20s. They would be thrilled to go Kyrie-Ross-Gee-Thompson-Drummond.
I also know Cavalier management was quite enamored with Harrison Barnes last year, but with his relatively disappointing sophomore year and with the development of Alonzo Gee, I think they're more likely to target a scoring guard if Drummond is gone. I love Rivers, but my gut tells me Chris Grant probably prefers Beal, Lamb, Rivers in that order. This could mean Kyrie-Beal-Gee-Thompson-Varejao.
I don't know if they could pull off getting both Rivers and Barnes but that has a look of a very promising team with a hustle player like Varejao at Center. That would be a very young team but will have 4 potential allstars, it might take them couple of years to really be competitive but that would be a solid core of players to build around.
My only concern with that team is the two main scoring threats (Rivers and Barnes) share many of the same strengths and I don't feel like they compliment eachother well at all.
There would be a lot of talent on that team and with a PG like Irving making everyone better they would be a playoff team in no time.
I would put the chances of the Cavaliers finding a way to move from 25 or so (or whatever the Lakers pick will be) into the top 12 as EXTREMELY unlikely. It would take more than a few extra second rounders to move up 10 spots on the first round, and the Cavaliers don't really have any players on the roster that are valuable trade commodities. They are not going to end up with both Barnes and Rivers, I can guarantee you that.
But the painful thought of Nowitzki’s career ever ending naturally leads to another thought: Will he finish it in Dallas? And how many legendary players still have a shot at playing with only one team?
Kobe Bryant: Bryant’s deal, the largest per-year contract in the league, also expires after the 2013-14 season. He will make a hair above $30 million in that final season, a deal so cap-cripplingly large that some folks around the league wondered if the Lakers might use the amnesty provision on Bryant before that season. That was probably never a realistic option, and the acquisitions of Steve Nash (on a three-year deal) and Dwight Howard (whom the Lakers would surely like to re-sign beyond next season) signal that L.A. is willing to break the bank over the next two seasons in pursuit of a ring.
On a more fundamental level, Ginobili is one of those rare players who rates as “very good” to “excellent” in just about every phase of the game — scoring, long-range shooting, passing, defense on and off the ball, shot selection, etc. Toss in his international career, both in pro ball and in playing for Argentina, and Ginobili has a no-brainer Hall of Fame case.
Kevin Love: The three-year clock starts ticking now in Minnesota, with rivals, including even the big-spending Lakers and Knicks, set to have potential flexibility when Love hits free agency.
As I’ve written before, you can use it to measure player speed, the height of the ball on a particular rebound, how well a player shoots from a precise position on the floor, how well he shoots after one or two dribbles and lots of other things.
Nowitzki turned 34 in July, so he’ll be that age next season and 35 for the 2013-14 season. Since the institution of the three-point line, only 11 players 34 or older (as defined by their age on Feb. 1) and 6-foot-10 or taller have logged at least 1,500 minutes and posted a Player Efficiency Rating of 20.0 — a general approximation for an All-Star —
The Spurs don’t have a history of attracting big-name free agents, so they may well conclude (again) that it makes the most sense to re-sign Ginobili on the cheap and continue hoping the young talent on hand progresses. That would especially make sense if the Spurs get indications Duncan will decline his player option for 2014-15, leaving San Antonio with only Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Parker absolutely guaranteed to be on the roster that season.
On the other hand, the nonguaranteed portion of Pierce’s deal would make him a more appealing trade target if Boston underperforms and decides to enter into an honest rebuild by flipping as many assets as possible.
And the decisions on the Wade/James/Bosh trio aren’t really up to the Heat, unless they are willing to deal either Wade or Bosh for another franchise player who might become available. (Who?) Wade will be 34 when he hits free agency if he stays in Miami as long as possible under his current deal, right at the age where Nowitzki is now — the age of taking a massive pay cut and facing some interesting choices.
Derrick Rose: Locked up through 2016-17 on a Bulls team that might have to amnesty Carlos Boozer to have meaningful cap space before the summer of 2015, depending on what happens with Taj Gibson and others between now and then.
I was like, “Cool. It is what it is.”
You’ve obviously been to New York a bunch of times by now as an NBA player, but had you ever set foot in Brooklyn before the trade?
That’s what we are shooting for — the ring. There’s no need to sell ourselves short. You talk about gelling and figuring it out, and I think we have the perfect pieces: a great point guard, a great center. I don’t think any of our positions are the same or overlap at all.
I’m doing more agility work, more weight training, even some sled-pushing. It’s crazy what goes on down here. If people could watch us work, they wouldn’t believe it.
I can hear the gym getting noisier in the background. I have to ask you about the contract. Some Atlanta fans were almost celebrating the trade, given how much money you make and the salary cap. You dealt with that for years. How do you do it? Just tune it out? Use it as fuel? Just play? Do you care?
That’s a mark that would have tied Toronto for 25th in points per possession, per NBA.com’s stats tool. The Knicks spent most of the season as one of the league’s 10 worst offensive teams and one of its 10 stingiest defensive teams. If the offense doesn’t improve, especially when all the high-priced stars play together, the Knicks have a limited ceiling.
One thing that seems handy to know: How do particular players function when they stand in a certain area, or catch the ball there? And how do their teams function in those situations?
Portland Trail Blazers (11th place at 28-38 last season)
Monroe started and had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double. He was impressed with his young teammate.
“Dwight, to be a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, you’ve got to have a little of that dog in you,” Bryant said. “It’s just a matter of him digging deep and just pulling it out. But it’s already there. It’s just a matter of him having it become habit.”;klp8998
“Dwight has a lot of that in him. He just needs to bring it out and make guys pay every single day.”jgfju56
If anyone would know about how being an a$$hole on the court can benefit your game, it’s Kobe Bryant. Kobe has the reputation of being one of the most competitive, driven and cold-blooded players in the league. That type of attitude has helped Kobe become of the best to ever play the game.;lk;l89879