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Ugh, I just got through reading the entire text of Lebron's apologia on Sports Illustrated (almost certainly written with considerable help from his "people), and I'm not quite sure whether to laugh or throw up. What a piece of work this guy is.
And Isaiah Thomas to Phoenix, $27M/4 yr.
I imagine many of us had successfully done so until you went and, y'know, quoted it.
Really? Daaaaamn. Nice work by McDonough. If some other team offers Bledsoe a poison-pill offer sheet, the Suns are covered. And if a GM comes dangling frontcourt help, then either Bledsoe or Dragic is nice asset. But if neither happen, that's a hella deep backcourt.
I can't see that, not with Rubio still in Minny.
The #Suns aren't signing Isaiah Thomas to deal Bledsoe or Ennis. Plan to use RFA rights on Bledsoe. Ennis, 19, can develop in Bakersfield.
Nothing bad so far,
I am not down with a four-year deal for Swaggy.
If Morey had pulled off the Bosh move HOU would have been my easy title favorite going into the season.
kpelton Kevin Pelton
I don't know what you guys are watching but I'm here for the Nate Wolters-Matthew Dellavedova matchup.
we have what Pau needs: the United Nations. He's the ambassador for the United Nations. That's a platform. Pretty soon he'll be secretary for the United Nations.
They've lost Lin and Asik
and given up (at least) 1 future pick.
So Bosh's first choice was always Miami? He would take less money if Lebron stayed, or the max if he left. If that's the case, why tease Houston like that? Why have them trade away players for cap room? Because he needed a backup plan in case Riley stabbed him in the back. If he feared that, why is Miami his first choice? Seems like a terrible work environment.
I mean, what good is a 7 million dollar trade exception when you are at the cap?
See this is an overly complicated attempt to parse Bosh's behavior to me. Why would it have anything to do with protecting from Riley stabbing him in the back? That implies that Bosh and Riley would have already had an agreement on what would happen if Lebron left beforehand. The far simpler and more likely explanation is that Bosh did not know what the Heat would do if Lebron left so he therefore kept his options open while awaiting events. As it turned out, the Heat turned around and offered him a max so he took it. That seems to fit what happened without requiring stabbing in the back or nefarious leading on of Houston. Just a bunch of people making decisions that are all contingent on what a bunch of other people decide to do.
but they didn't know that about each other?
I'm presuming Bosh and The Heat (Riley?) met at some point. Wouldn't Riley say "Listen, we want you here. Now of course, Lebron is the best player in the world, and if he wants more money we're going to give it to him. But we're hoping you'll take less to stay. Now we know Miami is less desirable if he leaves, so we're willing to offer you the max if he leaves".
Your version is actually more complicated than mine. Or at least more confusing to me. Why didn't Bosh know what Miami would do if Lebron left? Didn't he ask? Did Miami not know themselves? Did they not have a plan B? The world knew that Lebron could leave. The world speculated what the fallout would be. Miami wanted Bosh (with or without Lebron), Bosh wanted Miami (with or without Lebron), but they didn't know that about each other?
Doesn't make sense. Unless Bosh was more motivated by money and Houston's offer was a greater value than what Miami would offer him if Lebron stayed.
Theoretically, you'd expect them to be at around 32 wins. I'm very curious to see if Bosh turns back into Toronto Bosh.
Is there any way I can root for LeBron to win a championship that Gilbert somehow cannot take joy in?
Perhaps you guys are right...I must say the rules are very difficult for me to understand (what kind of committee came up with all these rules?), but the other issue is that the trade exceptions are only useful if you are trading a pick away for a player, and why the hell would the Kings be trading away draft picks?
It seems the Kings are actually subject to the hard cap in their current configuration, so their trade exceptions are pretty well useless.
We have a super-petty jerk who pouts when a business deal doesn't go his way
then he's more a "complicated" person than a pure "jerk".
Calling him a coward and a backstabber in the immediate aftermath is utterly tame,
(Morey) only needed a walk or single really to win this, but he opted for the home run
1. People really, really don't like being called "cowards" in any context. It's a pretty big deal.
Adrian Wojnarowski ?@WojYahooNBA 7h
Pau Gasol, Chicago working to complete an agreement, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Frank Isola ?@FisolaNYDN 7h
That means Carmelo back to Knicks
K.C. Johnson ?@KCJHoop 30m
As Bulls work to finalize deal w/ Gasol, can't fully know if Melo is done. Gasol on MLE and Melo S&T does work but longshot. Closure today?
K.C. Johnson ?@KCJHoop 19m
Will say Gasol turning down $10M from Lakers and $11M from Hawks make MLE seem longshot.
K.C. Johnson ?@KCJHoop 20m
As @EricPincus said, Bulls can get to $9M for Gasol S&T w/ Dunleavy and non-guaranteeds. Leaves Boozer in play for S&T or amnesty/cap space
EDIT - I'm lazy to ask this. I looked it up, guess it was about $17 million.
Wouldn't Riley say [to Bosh] "... we know Miami is less desirable if [LeBron] leaves, so we're willing to offer you the max if he leaves".
Moses, do you think the Bulls target Love now? Short of Wiggins, I think Mirotic plus is the best the Wolves will get, and with Gasol on board the Bulls can afford to give up Gibson, who would be a good fit with Pek, though Wolves could use a wing like Butler more.
What were the ground rules for getting the interview and publishing the story?"
Normally, the James camp should not have seen the finished product before you, dear readers, have, even off a 1-on-1 interview.
they could, but they didn't. they did have a writer piece together quotes from an interview, though, and list James as the author.
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