Covering all things NBA from the city of Dallas, join HOOPSWORLD NBA Writer Derek Page for his weekly chat this Saturday at 5:00 pm EST. Shoot your questions in now.
Does Pacers loss put you back into a Knick’s bandwagon to win the series?
It’s that time again. The quickly question/answer session is upon us once again and we have got plenty of questions to get to so let’s get to it:
I’m not one to jump to conclusions that easily after just one game. That being said, this is an extremely evenly matched affair and I expect this series to go the distance.
Forget the ping pong balls. Let’s fix the lottery and attendance problems with one solution:
With all draft teams included, draft order is determined as follows:
((# of Losses/82) + (Avg Attendance/Arena Capacity)) / 2
(Loss % + Avg Attendance %) / 2
So, bad teams’ fans are encouraged to turn out late in the year to increase their average attendance numbers.
Yes, a side effect is a home arena rooting openly for a loss, but at least they paid for entry, right?
Interesting but way too risky for the NBA to even contemplate initiating. The truth is that, over the course of a long 82-game season, teams are going to inevitably tank. Even what you’re proposing doesn’t solve that issue.
This offseason seems to be a very important offseason for my bucks considering the area issues, coach vacancy, and the $35 million in cap space. What coach and players would you go after this offseason to turn the bucks into a contender in the east? ( please be realalist )
There’s plenty of quality coaching candidates on the market but I think the first priority this offseason is re-signing Brandon Jennings. From what I know, the organization believes in his future as floor general with the Bucks and they’re going to lock him up this summer. I think Monta Ellis stays considering if he executed his ETO, he’ll be betting that a team will pay him more than $11 next year. After those dominoes fall, I think J.J. Redick walks and Milwaukee will be able to make a pitch to a max-level player.
If you were the Cavs GM and tomorrow were offered Jonas Valanacious for Tristan Thompson + Bradley Beal for Dion Waiters (both straight up deals). Do you accept one, both, or none. Justify your decision.
I’d take Beal for Waiters bot not Valanciunas for Thompson. Beal is going to be a superstar but I’m not convinced yet of Waiters potential and Thompson’s ceiling is higher than Valanciunas.
When Stephen Brotherson was asked about the terrible referring of Joey Crawford he said “When we are sitting in media row talking about the game, Crawford’s name comes up a lot, enough said.” Do you agree with this opinion and/or have similar experiences with Crawford?
There’s a lot of NBA officials who enjoy being the center of attention on any given night and Crawford is no different. It’s really not completely their fault when the NBA gives them so much power in interpreting calls and inevitably playing pivotal roles in deciding a contest.
We all know the Grizzlies need a bona fide 3-point ace and that Miami would probably like to move Mike Miller off its books for the luxury tax savings. The Grizz have that trade exception from the Rudy Gay trade, too, so they could do the trade while sending only some salary back (keeping themselves out of the tax while letting Miami reduce its tax bill). Possible?
I’m betting that when Miller leaves the HEAT, it’s going to be for retirement. Likely the last stop for him, especially considering he contemplated retirement after the championship.
Memphis seems right on the cusp of being a championship team, but IMO their un-doing will be a lack of 3 point shooting…
Do you think they will look at Korver or Redick this offseason & who do you believe would be a better long term fit?
Kyle Korver would look great with the Grizzlies but I think J.J. could be a bit expensive for their taste this offseason.
Hey Derek, the Magic definitely appear most interested in collecting assetts, and it seems there’s a very good chance their team will look very different in 2 years. With that being said, I’m still really intrigued by several players on the roster mainly Harris/Harkless/Vucevic.
Question: Do you think the Magic could build a potential playoff team around those 3 players? Also, if the Magic select Nerlens would Vuc/Harris/Harkless each be able to slide down a position to eventually accomodate Noel in the starting 5?
I think you’re on to something Max. Each of those players you mentioned are under the age of 22-years old but proved to be potent contributors this season – especially Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris. Harris, Vucevic, Moe Harkless and even Andrew Nicholson provide Orlando with plenty of options moving forward to either play the hand they’ve got or to be active in pursuing acquisitions.
People need to stop hating in Trey Burke’s size, I heard the same rumblings about CP3 coming into the league and look how that turned out. Paul didn’t lead his team to a National Championship team as a Soph
I think that point guards around the 6-foot area can succeed as long as they have the girth to not be bullied up and down the court. Burke will be a solid pro but I don’t see size as his most glaring weakness.
1.) Do you think Nate McMillon or SVG would be a better coaching fit for the Bucks?
2.) What should Milwaukee do with their roster in the offseason? Keep Monta/Jennings (or neither).
3.)Henson finished the season strong, is he ready for more minutes? What would that mean for Illyasova?
1. I like McMillon. Excellent head coach who got a bum deal in Portland.
2. Keep Jennings. Monta holds an option that he will likely withhold from giving up $11 mill.
3. I’m a big fan of Ersan Ilyasova’s game. Potential double-double machine when fully healthy.
Who do you believe has the highest ceiling out of last years crop of SF’s, Barnes, Harkless, MKG?
Personally I think both Barnes and Harkless will make GM’s regret passing them up
Harrison Barnes is a potential stud. All-Star caliber which isn’t something you can say about the other two quite yet.
Imagine what Steph would be doing to the NBA if he had 2 good ankles… just sayin’
That’s why he’s been so successful this season: he’s kept the injuries to a minimum. Even when he’s rolled his ankle a couple of times this season (most recently earlier this postseason), Curry’s been able to tough it out and make an elite-level contribution for Golden State.
First question…should the season be shorter due to this insane number of inuries. Guys are bigger, faster, jump higher…and it seems they are breaking down now late in the year. Second…any favorite sleepers in the draft, 2nd round. And i love denis schrodeder from what ive seen. Your thoughts where he might go.
I think the season should be shortened about a month to 70 games. This will never happen because of the lost revenue the NBA would incur but it would be better for the players and the professional game as a whole. As for the draft, I’ll be at the NBA draft combine this coming week in Chicago so I’ll have a better idea of who I’ve got as sleepers when I return Friday.
Whenever someone is asked about Derrick Rose returning from injury and the Chicago Bulls. The default answer is Chicago is supporting their star’s decision, thinking long term rather than short. However, I believe their hand is forced to take this stance (regardless of whether they truly believe this or not). Imagine if the Bulls took the opposite approach and lobbied for him to return for the playoffs? This would alienate their star as well as turn off other potential free agents in the future. So the Chicago Bulls stance is actually moot. It HAS to be this opinion as the backlash of not doing this outweighs the benefits of him returning. Internally they could be stewing about this decision, but would never be able to say this publically. Agree or Disagree the Chicago Bulls are forced to take this stance towards the Derrick Rose injury?
I think you’re right, Ricky. We’re talking about a player that won league-MVP just a few seasons ago and IS this Bulls franchise moving forward.
If you were starting a team from scratch, rank your preference from these shooting guards: OJ Mayo, Monte Ellis, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan.
1. Klay Thompson – One piece of arguably the best backcourt in basketball for the Warriors.
2. DeMar DeRozen – Excellent combo of size and athletic ability that he’s only continuing to build on at the NBA level.
3. Monta Ellis – Excellent scorer but doesn’t provide much other impact on the court or in the locker room.
4. O.J. Mayo – Laid an egg this season in Dallas. Tough to justify as a top player or even a solid second option after horrid final few months of the season.
With the way Jimmy Butler has played during the playoffs – how would you project him as a pro – solid starter, borderline starter, or best served as a back-up on a good team. And if you were a GM, rank your preference for these shooting guards: Jimmy Butler, Lance Stephenson, Avery Bradley, Danny Green.
Butler is a solid NBA starter already. He’s been huge for the Bulls this postseason and is a crucial reason why they are right in the mix of the 2013 playoffs.
Lots of rankings going on over the last few questions. OK:
1. Bradley – Best perimeter defender in the game while his shot and floor leadership continues to grow.
2. Butler – Read above.
3. Stephenson – Does a little bit of everything for East contender Pacers.
4. Green – Solid player who has leveled off a bit over the last two years.
If cp3 signs with the clippz and suddenly the rockets called dallas about sending jlin for a pick or maybe rody b., would cuban take him?
Beaubois is eligible for a Qualifying Offer this summer and is likely to become a free agent. Jeremy Lin has underperformed and has a contract that’s about to skyrocket over the next few years. Would not be a prudent investment for Dallas.
Be the laker gm of the day, would u stay put or make a move? How and why?
Dwight Howard must stay, hands down. LA needs to take serious consideration of whether or not to talk with Kobe about a possible amnesty. They know the Mamba much better than I do so I’m guessing they already know there would be no going back from even broaching that option.
The culture for the knicks franchise is changing as they find themselves getting out of the first round and probably the second round. during this years offseason should be difficult for the knicks trying to find ways to get more money for there own guys and also to bring in talented free agents. they must be able to do this in order to find themselves as contenders every year such as miami or the thunder how can they find ways to get extra cash maybe by trading amare or amnesty him will be able to resign j.r. can the sign a guy like brandon jennings or darren collision and who should they have their eyes on in the draft?
Fully healthy, this Knicks team is a force to be reckoned with in the NBA. The only problem is they’ve been banged up all year and haven’t been able to operate as a cohesive unit. Potent squad and the addition of Jason Kidd this past offseason has paid dividends in the way both the team and locker room operates.
If Raps bring Phil in (let’s say kings wont be moved) for Pat Riley’s type of job, do you see the following changes (let’s say salaries match):
1) T-Ross and J-Val for DMC and filler if needed: Phil has lots of experiences with players such as DMC. Ron Artest, Dennis Rodman. so I’m sure he can Get DMC under leash for his antics plus we will get All-Star Potential.
2) Flip AB7 and Fields into Gasol. Phil is very familiar with his style of play and they won championship together.
3) Phil comes in, B.C and D.C are gone, SVG, Jerry Sloan or even Brin Shaw.
AGAIN, ALL DEPENDS IF PHIL ACCEPTS THE JOB.
Your thoughts pls?
Phil Jackson is not going to accept the Raptors (or likely any) coaching position and I’m not sure those assets would yield the kind of return you’re alluding to in your question. Toronto has some nice pieces though and, with a few quality moves and some good health next season, could be competing for the eighth spot in the East next season.
Pressure is on Okc , durant said he is tired of mr.2nd. I dont see them winning next year. Lebron is in mj mode. What will okc do, trade ibaka? Westbrook ,durantmare trade? Or perkins amnesty?
The Thunder finished with the best record in the West this season and would’ve likely challenged the HEAT again in the Finals if Westbrook hadn’t gone down. No need to overreact and clean house.
Is there a way for nba referees to be fined or punished in some way for showing favoritism? Lebron James gets away with murder. Doesn’t get a lot of calls called on him,but refs call a lot for him.
It’s the NBA’s own system that breeds that favoritism. Can’t punish guys for doing what they’re told.
It has been said that even if Howard wants to leave, the Lakers will not sign and trade him because they don’t want to help Howard get that 5th guaranteed year unless it’s with them. But if the Nets offer Brook Lopez and a pick don’t the Lakers have to take that? Would they really not trade Howard out of spite?
As far as I’m aware, teams over the luxury tax threshold can’t receive a player via sign-and-trade.
do you think its possible the Mavs can get DMC this summer or what big do you see them possibly going after?
Not likely. The Kings are going to get the farm for DeMarcus Cousins and Dallas simply doesn’t have the young talent to offer to go along with cap relief.
Do you think the mavs will trade 4 Eric Bledsoe?
Not a great possibility unless the Clippers are enthralled over the likes of Shawn Marion and Vince Carter (Hint: They’re not).
Which player would you like to take a last,game winning shot on your team between Carmelo Anthony,Kevin Durant and Steph Curry? Thanks
Kevin Durant. He’s proven time and time again in the clutch that he not only relishes the opportunity at nailing a game-winner, but that he has the skill to drain those pressure-cooker shots on a consistent basis.
do you think the mavs can actually build a real team before Dirk is fried? Do today’s players really want to play for Carlisle? tia.
Mark Cuban and the Mavs’ brass have proven their ability to build multiple quality rosters around Nowitzki time and time again over the last decade. However, bringing in another superstar seems very pie in the sky.
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