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

Why the Celtics Might NOT Trade for Anyone

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For the past few weeks the Celtics, or no, for months and months the Boston Celtics have been in trade rumors with top-tier players in the league. We have heard all sorts of rumors, and whenever we get excited Boston just never does it. They never pulled the trigger on the trade, even though they are a piece away from a stacked team, or maybe even a super team. We’ve heard Paul George, Hassan Whiteside, Demarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Gordon Hayward, and Jimmy Butler (but of course, they don’t have a chance at him because he was already traded to the T-Wolves).

But a recent report that came out states that Danny Ainge thinks that teams think that Boston is stacked with future assets, which is true, but are asking for too much, because of how valuable the Celtics are. But when it came to the Jimmy Butler trade the Celtics reportedly turned down the offer of trading their no. 3 pick in this year’s draft (which already happen, it was Jayson Tatum) or the Brooklyn Nets pick in 2018 straight up for Jimmy Butler. That was a really good deal for the Celtics, but they decided to turn it down, but why?

When being asked about how the Celtics strong position in the league is an obstacle to overcome, Ainge replies saying that the trading periods, were one of the obstacles to overcome, and ends saying “We’ll just continue to find the right deals.” And you might say that the Jimmy Butler trade offer was an amazing deal, and as I said before, yes it was. But after watching the latest Mike Korzemba video (link in description) he introduced my mind to something else when talking about the Celitcs, and the Bulls and their future. He explained that the timeline for Jimmy Butler in Chicago didn’t match the NBA timeline. He says that the Warriors will dominate the next 3 years at the least, and teams like Chicago are trying to build for the future. Sorry if I’m getting off topic but he changed my mind about the Jimmy Butler trade and how it can actually pan out for the Bulls. Getting back on topic to the Celtics, Mike was saying how for the Celtics, there was no point trading for Jimmy Butler. And if they trade for anyone now, for big names like Gordon Hayward and Paul George, it will only allow the Celtics to actually compete against the Cavaliers in the conference finals. No not win. COMPETE. They won’t be able to defeat Lebron, and even if the Celtics do make it to the Finals, they definitely won’t outmatch the Warriors, no not even close. This is why teams in the NBA are trying to go young, rebuilding because these superstars now that are 25 or 26, they won’t have a chance of winning a title unless they hop on the Warriors bandwagon which is STUPID. That’s why you might not see the Celtics trading for superstars or even players anytime soon. They are going to rebuild slowly. That’s why they are trading picks for more picks, and those picks for even more picks. And this is what more teams in the NBA are going to do. Like the Raptors, Spurs, Trailblazers, Pacers, almost every team who has starplayers over 25 might do this. It sounds a lot like just giving up, but it will prepare them for the future. And young teams emerging are lucky, because they aren’t gonna waste any time at all. The 76ers, Suns, Lakers, Bucks, T-Wolves, Heat, and Nuggets are on the rise. And they are going to be our future after the next 5 boring years in basketball.

But for these superstars it’s a sad time to be in the NBA, because down the road, instead of hearing names of what used to be amazing players like, Gordon Hayward, Paul George, Demarcus Cousins, Damian Lillard, and Isaiah Thomas, you’ll just hear about the Warriors, them blowing the 3-1 lead, and winning championships after that season with KD. And those great players, like Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and others will be robbed of an NBA Championship, though they will be all-time greats. And really, there is no one else to blame other than Kevin Durant.

To conclude, the Celtics don’t look like they are going to take the next step yet, or at least for a long time. As an organization the Celtics are doing amazing, because they get to rebuild and have  successful playoff team at the same time. This sure means a lot of money for the Celtics in the next decade, since I’m almost sure after the Isaiah Thomas era in Boston, another one will begin. As for other teams, they have no hope right now. And they should get to start  rebuilding right now, because it is going to be the Warriors and Cavs for a few more years, and most definitely the Warriors before someone in the West stops them. Hope you enjoyed 🙂 PEACE

Sources:

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/report-celtics-turned-down-bulls-trade-offer-of-jimmy-butler-for-no-3-pick-in-draft/