June 20 Recap: Derrick Rose to Cavs!~~~ Demar DeRozan Point Guard!!!

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Sorry I haven’t posted in a long time but here I am back again. Instead of having multiple posts in a day now I am just going to recap the day before.

So yesterday rumors came out that Derrick Rose and the Cavs were reportedly discussing about a 1 year deal. I first thought that he would eventually sign with the Bucks considering their “mutual interest” but since the Bucks never made another meeting with him so he is still waiting for a team to sign him. But if the Cavaliers do sign him it will be a very strange and peculiar move. Sure you are getting a solid back up, but someone who is ball-dominant. On a team with Kyrie Irving and Lebron James, Derrick Rose is not the best fit. He can’t play along side Kyrie Irving and even when Lebron James is not on the court, he doesn’t give the extra need to the Cavs in order to beat the Warriors. He is not the same MVP Derrick Rose, not as athletic as he was before. Not the same as the Derrick Rose who could use a pick and role to his advantage, not the  explosive one we once saw before. Which is why I feel sad for him. He could have been one of the greats, the best, but injuries cut him short. Imagine what would’ve happened if he didn’t get injured? He would have been an NBA Champion maybe, and right now, he would have been in his prime. Winning an MVP at 22 is amazing, but he could’ve done so much. Imagine him with out his injury, with a 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah, even better. They could have been NBA Champions. Maybe if he didn’t get injured he wouldn’t be in the point of his career where at the end of July he is still not signed to a team, and getting talks about him getting a veteran minimum won’t be even thought about.

Dwayne Casey plans to use DeMar DeRozan to get point guard minutes according to Bryan Meyer of Sportsnet. Speaking that DeMar can and will be a facilitator as a point guard and can pass more. He wants Lowry to move the ball also. The real issue for the Raptors in the past few years is that they don’t have the best ball movement. Their game play is more one on one, with either Lowry or DeMar taking the teams shots. DeRozan also showed he was a facilitator in the 20 games Lowry missed to injury, tallying up 4.4 assists, which would’ve been a career best if he had had this the whole season. The Raptors seem to be headed in a better direction now, as they should be able to surround their team with more shooters with a pass-first initiative.

One question here: Should the Celtics sign Isaiah Thomas to a Max Contract. When looking at the article, it really got me thinking because it is a big choice to make. Though we all know that Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas deserves, finishing top 5 in MVP voting and earning a spot on the All-NBA Second Team. He even knows that too. Though giving him the max will mean that they can’t be looking for free-agents next year, they won’t have too much cap space. With a Gordon Hayward and Al Horford max already their, Thomas may not be getting the money. But isn’t this all lined up for a max? The Celtics traded their first overall pick who was going to be Markelle Fultz because they already had Isaiah, and it looks like it’s just going to be him at point for the future. Then they trade Avery Bradley and his huge salary for Marcus Morris. So it looks like the Celtics are going to do it. On the other hand, the real question is should they, and how will it impact their future. Because remember, the Celtics are targeting Anthony Davis if the Pelicans season takes the wrong turn.

Doc Rivers just took shots at Chris Paul, saying that him leaving allows the team to “have ball movement.” It is clear that Paul is a ball-dominant star but come on. Rivers was just being salty. Ball-movement is important but winning is more, and they clearly aren’t doing as much with the departure of Chris Paul. And Chris Paul definitely doesn’t like him, even before the trade. Many rumors speculated players weren’t happy with him because of his son Austin, who is supposed to be “the best” because he is the coaches son. Even Glen Davis (former Clipper) had some beef with him recently. People say Austin gets lots of money because of his dad, gets lots of minutes because of his dad, and struts around the locker room because he is the coaches son.

That’s it for today. Sorry I put this up late. Hope you enjoyed. 🙂 BYE

Sources:

Bleacher Report

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How the Cavaliers are so close to Competing with the Golden State Warriors

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Most recently, a report came out saying that the Cavaliers were trying to acquire both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in a 5 team trade. Wow. More than just thinking about Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, I just thought wow, a 5 team trade, not something you hear everyday. Stupid, right? The teams reportedly in this trade were the Knicks, Pacers, Nuggets, and Phoenix. I’m guessing Kevin Love will be tossed from the Cavaliers to probably the Nuggets. Phoenix will probably give Eric Bledsoe away, though I don’t know to the Pacers or Knicks. But I will guess the Knicks because I think the Pacers are just going to receive some young players and draft picks from the other teams. Though the talks didn’t really continue from there but the Cavaliers do have a chance.

And if this trade goes down, or the Cavaliers do receive Paul George, man will the commissioner will be laughed at. As he says that he doesn’t think the league is ruled by just two teams in the Cavaliers and Warriors. Honestly even though we have been a few weeks into the off season it has been more exciting than the regular season and playoffs. And when free agency starts man oh man is all the stuff going to come at me to post. So many teams will be trying to compete with the Warriors and Cavaliers. The NBA has turned into this race to see who gets who before who. Or which team will get bla before bla gets to go to the other team with bla. I’m not sure whether the battle of the super teams ever stop. Even though there aren’t any others other than the Warriors everyone is scavenging for them.

Okay now I’m getting off topic. Back to the Cavaliers. This off season almost determines if the Cavaliers will win a championship or not. They need to make a move. Lebron is 33, even though he shows no signs of slowing down doesn’t mean he can’t take too much of the load. Kyrie has shown us that he can’t score without Lebron. And if Kyrie gets on fire, Lebron won’t pass it to him. Both players have their very own special style of play and it doesn’t go too well together. That’s why it isn’t good that Kyrie needs Lebron all the time. Getting Paul George means a lot more. Getting Paul George means that Lebron doesn’t have to play a full 48 minutes against the Warriors. Getting Paul George means that Kyrie won’t need Lebron by his side to score. Because really, Kyrie can only score if another star can draw some of the attention off him so he could go 1-on-1 and face off against the defender which is a piece of cake for him. Paul George is a really good fit for the Cavaliers. They could slide Lebron over to the four, because he is big and strong and really does the dirty work all game. The Cavaliers won’t even lose their floor spacing acquiring Paul George. Not only this, but sources close to Paul George states that George would resign with Cleveland if he gets traded over there, and if Lebron stays there too. So this is already looking amazing. Though the Cavaliers will have one weakness playing against the Warriors. Their bench.

Okay, there bench is the trash, just trash. All the “okay”(not that trash but trash)  people on the bench are Iman Shumpert (who can only play defense), Deron Williams (old), Richard Jefferson (90 years old), and maybe Derrick Williams. But have you even heard of Larry Sanders? How many times have you seen James Jones play? One exception in Kyle Korver, but he is 36, can he still compete with the Warriors bench? Then after them there is bunch of trash people on the roster. While the Warriors have Iguodala (at least for now), Ian Clark (a nice outside shooter), Shaun Livingston (arguably one of the best backup point guards in the league), Patrick McCaw (a rising star), Javale McGee (who should definitely be starting over Zaza), and the GOAT James Michael McAdoo. Even if some of the players leave I know Steve Kerr will find a way to lure young talent to the roster.

The Cavaliers need to sign players who are young and show talent. Lebron could be a great mentor for a small forward, and Kyrie could show a young point guard his ways. The Cavaliers still need to play their cards correctly. They just need that one superstar to compete with the Warriors. And if that does happen and they land Paul George….RIP NBA 2017-2021

That’s it for today. I know this was longer but I was just in a good mood. Hope you enjoyed. 🙂 PEACE

(Just want to make it 800 words)

Sources:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2718533-cavaliers-reportedly-tried-to-land-carmelo-anthony-paul-george-in-5-team-trade

NBA Rumors: Paul George Would Be ‘Open’ To Re-Signing With Cavs

 

Cavaliers and Pacers Looking for a Third Team in a Trade

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Recently, the Cavaliers have been in many trade talks, most recently, for Paul George. Someone they would need to match up against the Warriors, and someone who could play defense, and most significantly, score when Lebron isn’t around. They were having so much trouble in the Finals against the Warriors, because Kyrie can’t score when Lebron isn’t in the game. Paul George can create his own offense and score when Lebron isn’t around. He’s the only chance the Cavaliers have to win.

Giving background on this trade rumor, the third team is said to be the Denver Nuggets. And the Pacers already missed out on trading him in the draft, and they need to trade trade him before the season, so they won’t waste one season. Because if they don’t trade Paul George at all, they will end up having a good record, resulting in a better draft pick. The Pacers have to go into rebuilding mode because George isn’t coming back. So the first step is to trade George for young assets. Because trying to win now isn’t the best thing if you bring in the fact that the Warriors and Cavaliers are dominating the conferences.

So this is what the trade is thought to be. Paul George to Cleveland straight up. And Cleveland will give Kevin Love to Denver. While the Pacers will receive young assets or picks from Denver. Let me break this trade rumor down for every team (and since I already broke it down for the Cavaliers I will skip them):

Denver:

For Denver, getting Kevin Love will be important. Considering that they are an up and coming young team, they need a veteran to lead them. Kevin Love would be perfect. It will also allow them to have a great shooting front court. And will allow better floor spacing so Jamal Murray could get to the paint. They’ll be an exciting team to watch…on offense. Their defense is highly questionable but they will be very entertaining.

Pacers:

Okay. So the Pacers are going in rebuilding mode. We shouldn’t expect too much coming from Denver. Just something to get rid of Paul George. I’m not sure who they are going to get. But if this trade goes down expect the Pacers to be one of the worst teams in the league, so they could get the best pick. Basically tanking. Whatever the 76ers did the past few seasons should be the Pacers goal.

This is it for now, sorry I didn’t post much today, I can’t post too many things at a time since I am only one person. Hope you enjoyed. 🙂 PEACE

Other Facts: Marc Stein reported that before this trade rumor, Denver offered a “monster” trade to get Paul George. Though this trade didn’t get into many news pages at all because Paul George wasn’t interested in staying in Denver. So Denver reportedly disagreed and went about its own way.

https://www.sbnation.com/2017/6/25/15871478/paul-george-trade-rumors-nba-nuggets-pacers-cavaliers