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  1. funkykingston

    Kings at 9

    I can't imagine McNair wanted to be in a position of paying Hield and Bogdanovic a combined $42M this season and $40M next season we there was already enough evidence that they didn't play well together. Add in Harrison Barnes at $24M this year and $22M next plus Fox's extension and you're...
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    [Game] Kings at Timberwolves, 4/5/2021, 4 PM Pacific 7PM Eastern

    Outside of Whiteside, who went for 7 & 6 on 3 of 6 shooting, the Kings' reserved scored 9 points and shot 7-22 and 1-10 from 3. Have to get more production from the bench to win games, even against the cellar dwellers of the NBA.
  3. funkykingston

    Monte McNair’s Trade Deadline Strategy

    I'm not sure what people expected McMair to say. "We plan to trade Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes in the following deals, re-sign Richaun Holmes at $9 million/year, and trade up in the draft for player X"? Keeping all options open means exactly that. All options for building a better team. If...
  4. funkykingston

    Barnes and Boston

    I read that article today and had the same reaction as @chief bromden After this many years I would hope that Vivek has learned to hire basketball people and let them do their job but (if the article's assertions are true) that doesn't seem to be the case. It's already tough enough...
  5. funkykingston

    Barnes and Boston

    That's been my thought for an asking price. Nesmith and a 1st or Nesmith and Williams. The funny part is that Ainge built his reputation on fleecing other teams in trade but now he's potentially on the hot seat and might overpay to help the Celtics make a playoff run this year. Nesmith...
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    Barnes and Boston

    I'm not necessarily advocating for this deal, but here's the logic: Bjelica and Whiteside are FAs after this season and likely will move on. Well, Nemanja definitely will and Hassan likely would. Barnes has had a very good season but is also overpaid for his production and not likely a long...
  7. funkykingston

    CLE/SAC Trade

    I don't think there's any way Cleveland deals an unprotected pick for Marvin and cap space. Top 5 protected this year and unprotected next year? Maybe. But yes, depending on McNair's view of Bagley this is the kind of deal bad teams need to make - taking on bloated contracts for draft capital...
  8. funkykingston

    Probable Lottery picks in the 2021 Draft:

    I think you're working from a different definition of intangibles than the rest of us. I use it to refer to things that can't be measured and/or don't directly show up on film but contribute to a winning culture. Things like: leadership, work ethic, attitude, wanting the ball in big moments...
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    Probable Lottery picks in the 2021 Draft:

    Both the advanced stats and the eye test show Cunningham to be a VERY good defender. And what you're describing as intangibles ("the physical side" and "jumping, fast twitch") aren't intangibles. Those are measurables/athletic ability. Cunningham is a big playmaker. That's the most important...
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    Probable Lottery picks in the 2021 Draft:

    I agree for the most part. My hope going into this season was that Bagley would stay healthy and take a big leap. To me, the only path for Bagley to be a building block is if he either can be a starting center or really develops his outside shot. He simply can't be an old school PF (especially...
  11. funkykingston

    [Game] Kings vs. Lakers, 3/3/21, 7pm PST 10pm EST

    In addition to LeBron & AD, Gasol will miss the game (Covid protocols?) and Kuzma is day-to-day. For the Kings, no Hali, Whiteside, or Parker and Buddy is listed as day-to-day. The Lakers likely roll out this lineup: Schroder Caldwell-Pope Horton-Tucker Morris Harrell with a very depleted...
  12. funkykingston

    Probable Lottery picks in the 2021 Draft:

    Mobley just has great feel for the game. He is almost always in good position on defense which only amplifies his ability to rim protect and his fluid hips which let him switch onto smaller players on the perimeter and hold his own. He's also a great passer. Mobley isn't super fluid on...
  13. funkykingston

    Probable Lottery picks in the 2021 Draft:

    I think you'd have to. Jalen Green is 6'6" and 180 lbs and just turned 19. He wouldn't be that undersized as a 3 in today's NBA and will get stronger with time. That said, I'm hoping for a top 3 pick for Cade, Mobley, or Kuminga.
  14. funkykingston

    Probable Lottery picks in the 2021 Draft:

    I like Kuminga but I would take Mobley #2. It isn't just that he has the fluid hips and enough lateral quickness to switch on the perimeter and the length and timing to protect the rim - he has amazing feel for the game which is rare for a young big. He's rarely out of position and makes the...
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    Probable Lottery picks in the 2021 Draft:

    Cade Cunningham just showed why he's the #1 pick. He dropped 40 & 11 and just willed Oklahoma State to a win over a very good Oklahoma team. Sure, 1 assist and 6 turnovers isn't ideal, but the big takeaway is that beyond the great skillset, Cunningham is a winning player that elevates his game...
  16. funkykingston

    [Game] Kings @ Pistons, 2/26/21, 5pm PST 8pm EST

    [Rasheed Wallace] Both teams played terrible. [/Rasheed Wallace]
  17. funkykingston

    [Game] Kings @ Knicks, 2/25/21 4:30pm PST 7:30pm EST

    What happened to this team? This is more than just a few minor injuries. They went from looking like they could challenge for a playoff spot to looking like the worst team in the NBA seemingly overnight.
  18. funkykingston

    [Game] Kings @ Knicks, 2/25/21 4:30pm PST 7:30pm EST

    Joseph's contract is minimally guaranteed for next season. He's essentially an ending contract.
  19. funkykingston

    [Game] Kings @ Knicks, 2/25/21 4:30pm PST 7:30pm EST

    McNair needs to trade CoJo. Period.
  20. funkykingston

    GR3 gone

    The only reason I wouldn't suspect this motive is that Walton already WAS giving his minutes to DQJ