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Teams trying to move into the lottery

http://www.foxsportsohio.com/nba/cleveland-cavaliers/story/NBA-Notes-Lak...
Sam Amico is reporting that the Lakers and Hawks are trying to move into the lottery. Amico believes LAL may use Gasol as their leverage to get a deal done.

Only posting this because I hate when people say the draft is weak every year. They said 2011 was weak and there's a lot of starters right now who were drafted outside the lotto that year. Every draft is full of value just have to know what you're looking for and what you're looking at. Clearly LAL and ATL have seen something they like.


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I like it for both teams.

I like it for both teams.

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Good luck trying to get a

Good luck trying to get a lottery team to take on 19 million dollar rental in an aged Pau Gasol with a torn ligament in his hand and patellar tendonitis.

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As much as I pray the Bucks

As much as I pray the Bucks finally just rebuild instead of always trying to be a 7 or 8 seed, I could honestly see the Bucks bringing back Jennings and Redick, and acquiring Gasol to play alongside Sanders.

And for what it's worth, Gasol's contract expires after the year. That's a pretty big asset to a lot of teams.

Also, to be clear, when I said "I like it for both teams", I mean that I think it would be a good idea for them to try to get a young asset in this year's draft, where it seems like it'll be easier than ever to trade up. Not saying they can make a good deal to get it done, but that I like the idea for them.

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Expiring contracts are good

Expiring contracts are good assets in theory but they've been harder and harder to get rid of in recent yrs. Nobody wants to pay good value for a rental, especially an older guy who they don't even want to re-sign.
It makes sense for the Lakers to try to get rid of Gasol though. Especially since they have very few attractive young assets and no first round pick this yr.

If I were ATL I'd stand pat though. Their current picks have more value than if they packaged them for a higher pick, Unless they can completely oversell late teens picks and move into the 7-8 range, which I don't think they can.
There is good value to be had right where they are and they have 2 picks in that range.

Just because teams are trying to move up doesn't mean that it ISN'T a weak draft though. The value up top IS weak compared to other drafts. Teams could be trying to take advantage of that by buying low if teams want to move down or out.

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Who do you think LAL is

Who do you think LAL is looking at? Schroeder or MCW?

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Honestly could be anyone.

Honestly could be anyone. Schroeder and MCW don't seem like D'Antoni kinda guys to me though. But if they ignore fit to D'Antoni's system, they really could just use a young asset at any position. Kobe is just about done, and the only guy on the team really worth starting besides Kobe and Nash would be Dwight.

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Who do you think LAL is

Who do you think LAL is looking at? Schroeder or MCW?

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Who do you think LAL are

Who do you think LAL are trying to move up for? Shroeder or MCW?

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Have also heard Utah are

Have also heard Utah are trying to move up in the draft and grab a PG

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Ferry is a smart guy and I'm

Ferry is a smart guy and I'm sure whatever he does will be a great deal. He also is willing to just blow up the team and rebuild. I wouldbe surprised to see Horford dealt for picks and/or young building blocks. Paul not Howard are going to sign in Atlanta, and management has backed Ferry completely. Hate to use the "tank"word, but I think Hawks will be in position for a top 3 pick next year. Not solely due to tanking, but the team will not be very good at all in terms of talent. Fyi- Ferry coming from San Antonio and Cleveland knows the value of having a true cornerstone star. He will not spend cap space on players like Al Jefferson, Mayo, Jennings, etc just to make Atlanta mediocre again. One player whom I'll like to see them pursue, especially if at a reasonable price is Evans. I believe in him still and I think he and Teague meshes well and compliments each other, assuming Teague is brought back at a reasonable price as well.

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I think the Cavs with picks

I think the Cavs with picks 19, 31, and 33 should look to get into the lottery. They were in the same situation last year and they said they did not want 4 rookies, so they moved up. I think the Blazers would listen. They had the worst bench in the entire league this year. They can use as many guys as possible to fill out some depth. So picks 19, 31, and 33 for 10 seems like a good deal.

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I agree the Blazers are the

I agree the Blazers are the team most likely looking to trade down for multiple assets, but I'm sure Cleveland will need to throw in a player. Portland needs depth, but also wants to compete for playoffs now. I think with Verajo returning, Speights if he opts in, will be the odd man out. Cleveland were looking to deal Verjao earlier this year when they were losing, but as a potential playoffs team next season, he's more valuable to them. Would be nice for Cavs to target Zeller at 10 as a purely upside pick, or who would you suggest at 10? McCollum as the 6th man? Also, I posted before I wouldn't be surprised to see Cleveland keep most of those picks. At 19 they can take Saric or Adetokoubo and stash them overseas for the year, depth at their weakest position sf. 31 and 33 can be packaged to move up for a backup pg.

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