HOOPSWORLD Publisher Steve Kyler will hold his weekly chat at 10:30am EST on Thursdays. Drop in your questions regarding NBA trades, the NBA Draft, roster moves or questions about your team.
KJ seems to be building a strong case to keep the Kings in Sac. What do you think happens?
Welcome in everyone. Hard to believe we have basically 12 more games to go, seems like we just started this thing. Lots to get to, so lets get after it.
Here is the thing… Mayor Johnson has the playbook. The NBA has been extremely forthcoming in what a competing bid needs to look like, so its been up to KJ to check off as many boxes as he can and he’s done a good job of that. At the end of the day and this was said very clearly to me at All-Star in Houston, the NBA never wants to see a franchise moved. Moving a team comes down to the existing market failing the team.
As long as Sacramento’s bid has the same merits as a Seattle bid, the home market should win out. That said, and I have talked to a lot of people about this. Over a five year span Sacramento will generate more money than Seattle will based on whats in place now – assuming Mayor Johnson gets the checklist right. The swing for Seattle is over a ten year projection Seattle crushes Sacramento in the back part of the projection.
So how do the other owners view it? if the Kings move, there will be a relocation fee which is split among the owners. If the Kings stay, there will be no fee. So how do the owners view it, because ultimately they will vote how they vote.
I agree with you… Mayor Johnson seems to have put together a solid counter-offer, but ultimately its not an easy race to call because of the long-term being so much brighter in Seattle. That said I was told emphatically the NBA’s first option is always to leave a team where it is, as long as the counter-offer is equal in as many ways as possible. The initial offer wasn’t even close, so we’ll see what happens next Wednesday.
If Sacramento loses the Kings, no one can say David Stern didn’t go out of his way to map out a way to keep them, its about the offers now.
Will the Pick’em Game continue into the playoffs or will it end by the end of the regular season?
Two more weeks… We are at Week 22 now… we’ll do 23 and 24 and then call a winner. if there is a tie that needs breaking we might do a few tie breaker games.
We will spin up a Playoff version and do new prizes for that one.
Your NBA AM article earlier this week refers to a Week 22 Pickem- what happened to it(not on site thru Wed afternoon)?
Was not aware that it did not go live as scheduled, that’s been fixed you can log Week 22 right here:
Would you ever consider getting a job in NBA front office? I could see you working in NBA headquarters (where it is Stern works)
Not sure my wife would move to New York… it would have to be the right job, that is a brutal environment.
As for working for a team… I’d be lying if I said I haven’t had a conversation or two about it. But it would have to be with someone I trust and someone who has a clear vision for me and the team. The life-span in the NBA is short, GMs and teams change course too frequently for me to uproot the family just to say I worked for a team.
There are a couple of people that if they called, I would have a hard time saying no to them – I obviously won’t name them.
NBA life is grueling and taxing, and a lot of the jobs don’t pay what you think they do. I don’t have a desire to be a GM, but there are a few people that I would help if they asked.
1)Are you in the camp of people who believe OKC are very unlikely beat Miami in playoffs?
2) Ever since Wall had that interview with the brilliant Zach Lowe claiming himself a max player, he’s been playing like one (even hitting his 3s, 7-9). I never doubted Wall would get his money but if he keeps it up he’ll actually be deserving of one…
Also this isn’t a questions as funny comment I saw I thought you might want to comment on: “I’m surprised ESPN showed the next game after the Heat lost, I thought they’d have breakout programming and cancel showing the Blazers/Nets game to mourn their loss”
I think Miami proved last night they are not invincible… OKC has a good chance if they are healthy and they are aggressive. Thats a better OKC team than last year and they have more grit to them too.
I like Zach too… I talked with John at All-Star and he’s been hampered by injuries… he’s always been this kind of player, but his body just never allowed it. I think you are finally seeing what everyone expected from him. The other thing that always gets overlooked is the value of sitting and watching the game. Guys who have prolonged injuries talk about how much they learn being forced to watch and take in the whole picture. I think John’s benefited from having to watch his team rather than learn from the floor.
As for the HEAT comment… one of the reasons we started HOOPSWORLD was because of that very concept. Most media outlets focus on the top 5 or 6 teams and never talk about the next 12 or 13… we wanted to be those guys – the guys that cared about every team. I care as much about Charlotte as I do Miami, but I agree the love affair with the HEAT’s streak has been a little over the top, but they were closing in on a 41-year old record, so that is history and that’s sometimes more entertaining than game 75 of the regular season.
There’s something about DraftExpresses predraft measurements thats always bothered me: guys listed at the same height without shoes having different height with shoes. For example Lebron, James Jones, and Sam Hoskin, all in 2003 draft, all measured 6’7.25″ without shoes yet measured 6’8, 6’8.5″, and 6’8.75″ with shoes.
How is that?
Guys bring their own shoes and most guys wear orthotics inserts or varying thickness.
I just pulled out a few different brands from the closest and Jordan brand for instance has about 1 1/2 sole. Reebok is about an inch. Adidas varies depending on shoe, but if you have added a lot of insert to the factory insert, you can get a huge variance.
I think the Heat’s loss to Chicago help’s their chance to Repeat…Ref to Coach Pop.
LBJ complaining about hard fouls in a loss seems like sour grapes to me?
LBJ is a HUGE man and absolutely put his shoulder down and Bull rushed Hinrick into the floor to draw a foul? He’s a little guy…Kirk “clinched” LBJ as a reflex…he was back peddling, just trying to survive??? and then LBJ want’s to complain about it in the press?
I always say this about post-game quotes. Guys rarely volunteer information, its generally a response to a very specific question and then smart reporters get the guy to expound on the topic after he goes in a certain direction.
The truth is and LeBron knows this, you have to hammer him to slow him down. Its like Dwight Howard. There is also the idea of jam him good and hard and see if he comes back.
The Chicago Bulls play mean basketball. They are going to make you work. They are going to be physical with you just like Memphis does. That is why both teams are as good as they are, especially on defense.
As for losing… It removes the pressure for sure and will allow Coach Spo to rest guys or start limiting minutes. I talked with the guys about the streak in Orlando, and they were using it as motivation at a time when the games don’t mean much to them. They have an 11 game hold on the East and a two game lead on San Antonio for the best record in the NBA. In a week they will have nothing at all to play for.
Hey there Steve
Does an NBA team HAVE to draft a player in the NBA Draft or can they pass on it and keep that roster spot open for a Summer League invitee?
Yes teams have to use their picks, but they can trade the player they draft… NBA rules don’t allow you to trade picks in consecutive years, but once you draft a player with it, you can trade him for a future asset if you want the roster spot.
Equally there is cash value for draft picks. Teams can and often do sell their picks for cash. Miami for instance had the chance to draft for DeJuan Blair, but opted to sell the pick instead. Every pick has some level of value and there are always teams willing to take on cheap draft talent.
hi any word on who rob hennigan and scott perry like in this years draft
They are starting the process. This group doesn’t make decisions that way. Those guys are going to bring in a small army of prospects and are going to look at everyone they can before making any decisions. Alot of things get answered once they know where they draft, but even if they get the top pick, they are going to consider a dozen guys with that pick and consider a dozen options including trading down.
Orlando is collecting as many chips as they can, because that how you get good quickly. having four promising guys that you could flip for a proven All-Star or could leverage to get a serious free agent is the plan.
The draft is in 91 days… they are going to look at a lot of guys between now and then and try to find the ones that fit their system and their belief structure and that might not be the guys you think should be drafted at the top of the class.
Look where OKC got Russ Westbrook… where they got James Harden… even Serge Ibaka.
That is how this will go. Orlando is going to find their guy and draft him, and that won’t have anything at all to do with where anyone projects a player.
Look no further than Cleveland. That is how Orlando’s draft is going to go.
If the Bulls have already beaten the Heat twice without Derrick Rose, why do so many say they have no chance to beat the Heat in the playoffs? Sure, playoffs are different, but don’t the Heat get up for playing the Bulls? Didn’t the Heat want to extend their streak? It seems the Heat gave their all, and they still lost.
The HEAT tried… its not like they laid down. Chicago is an extremely tough and physical team, so take nothing away from this other than Chicago is really pretty good and when they play like they did last night they can beat anyone.
How would you fix the Raptors?
Not sure I would call the Raptors broken. They have some talent and that talent has to have a full season together.
Good morning Steve,
I know there is no clear cut #1 pick in the draft but if Orlando winds up with it, who should they target? I hope the Magic keeps Beno Udrih for a discounted rate, he makes good decisions with the basketball.
Here is a fun little nugget for you… Beno’s wife is actually from Tampa. Beno would love to stay but its a business and he’ll go where the money is. Orlando will have his bird rights, so they can do a decent deal regardless of capspace.
As for #1… if Orlando pulls the top pick they should go Nerlens Noel. They have the room to take the risk because of what they have in Nik Vucevic and what Nerlens is right now is what Nic is not. Equally, Orlando can bring Nerlens along slowly and when it comes time to pay Nic they can make an educated decision and trade one of them for a better group of assets.
If Nerlens becomes something great, use him or trade him. if he doesn’t there isn’t anyone in this draft that could change Orlando’s futures like Nerlens if he can become something.
I know you get a lot of hypothetical questions so I’ll try my best to avoid that here.
Is there anyway the NBA can change the “1 and done” rule or would that have to wait for the next collective bargaining agreement?
Staying in colleger for 1 year for players who obviously have the talent to play in the NBA right out of high school doesn’t make sense to me.
Actually the NBA and the Players Association agreed to table the “1 And Done” rule and revisit it a during this CBA, the problem is the NBPA imploded on itself.
The Players want unrestricted access, and I think the compromise is what baseball has… you can come straight from high school or you can do three years in college. I think the Players would agree to that, not sure the NBA would. They want a “two and through” rule.
The myth of the “One And Done” is that it has something to do with talent, it has nothing at all to do with talent. It has to do with maturity, the ability to remove doubts and more importantly to make sure that the guys coming into the NBA are ready to be professionals and play in a system. Its never been about talent, its been about professionalism and marketability of rookies.
The fastest way to be terrible for a decade is to botch the draft, the more certainty teams can have about players the better.
Hi Steve, did you have any notion Josh McRoberts would do so well in CHA especially after he moved to starter: CHA is 4-4(JM starting), he has 2 double/doubles with 3 more games very close to that; he’s really thriving as Bobcat- just him given the opportunity?
Josh could always play, but keep in mind he’s getting serious minutes. He is in a contract year and his team is allowing a lot of freelancing. I think this is 100% about opportunity and also a lot to do with being a real professional on a roster full of young guys that struggle.
Kentucky’s recruiting class is looking historic and may only get better if Andrew Wiggins decides to go there? But with that amount of talent on that roster would it make sense for him to go to Kentucky as opposed to the 3 other choices he has?
Not a fan of Kentucky or either of the schools on his list, just curious
Was talking about this, this week… Julius Randle would never have agreed to go to UK if Wiggins was coming. But yes, UK has become a machine.
We have had high schoolers tell us they were waiting for Kentucky before committing to other schools. That is the kind of swag UK has now that kids are hoping for the call from UK even with dozens of teams begging them to come to their school. Coach Cal seems to be able to just pick who he wants.
As someone who grew up in Kentucky and played on the court at UK, I am torn, because I was raised to bleed Blue, but the Coach Cal stigma makes it hard to love them. I said this when they hired him, they traded their soul for this and they got everything they traded for. Every recruit in the country considers them and that is the trade off.
Steve, I have just three questions for you: Do you see Ricky Rubio & Kevin Love being 80% or plus as effective as Stockton & Malone duo were once both get into their prime?
What´s Derrick Williams ceiling in your point of view? Which player would you give up to trade up in the draft & get Oladipo?
No… Stockton and Malone were completely unique in their skills and their approach to the game. Not saying Ricky and kelvin won’t be good together, but Stockton/Malone was a hall of fame once in a life-time duo.
I like D-Will, not sure he’ll be a star in the NBA, but he’ll start in the NBA for a long time. Not sure the Wolves will have to trade to get Oladipo and also not sure he makes the Wolves appreciably better enough to warrant giving away a proven NBA player.
If you’re a team that’s guaranteed to have a high pick in a draft without a genuine franchise cornerstone, such as Charlotte, are you trying to deal the pick? Not sure there’s a player on the block this off-season who merits a top-5 pick, but then again, not sure any of the top-5 picks warrant an All-Star in return?
Charlotte wants to get a proven impact player, so yes I could see them trading their pick.They tried desperately to trade their pick in 2012, but could get the value they wanted.
There is no player in this draft worth an All-Star in return, not even Noel, so if you think a top five pick is gonna net someone serious, you are mistaken. Now you might be able to do what Orlando or Houston did… Trade for a guy on his rookie deal that has got real upside. Would New Orleans move Austin Rivers? Would Toronto move Terrance Ross?
I think that becomes the question with Charlotte can they trade out of an average draft to get a player they liked last year or the year before that might be available because of other developments.
What do you think the Magic will do in the off season with Turk, Al, and Big Baby? At least one of those guys has to be cut or be traded right? Who do you think the Magic are likely to pick in the Draft?
I think Turk gets traded… his contract is favorable to a team looking to shed Luxury Tax dollars or to get under the cap.
Not sure anyone trades for Al and the problem with Al is he is a cap hit in both his remaining years… so do you hang on to him and try and deal him later when someone might have interest in him or you can get something for him?
I think Baby is going to be very hard to move. He’s been injured a lot and he’s owed real money. Orlando might be stuck with him unless they package someone with him.
Guys… I am out of time. Thanks for all the questions. Make sure you are following me on Twitter (@stevekylerNBA). See you all next week.
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