Kᴇᴇᴘ Cᴀʟᴍ, Eᴍʙʀᴀᴄᴇ ᴛʜᴇ Hᴀᴛᴇ.™
Updated: July 31, 2014
HOUSTON ROCKETS' REALISTIC DREAM OFFSEASON
• Use the MLE ($4.7M) and BAE ($2.1M) or cap space ($10.1M) to sign SF/PF Shawn Marion (10.4 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.2 SPG, .375 Catch-and-Shoot 3P%) and PG/SG Ramon Sessions (12.3 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.1 APG, 6.6 FTA/36 MIN), bolstering the bench.
• Add a proven defensive-minded assistant or associate head coach that will install a system revolving around discipline, toughness and accountability.
• Player progression and development will be essential in how much or how little we miss Asik's rim protection, Parsons' ball-handling (in the starting lineup) and Lin's ball-handling (off the bench).
- Harden, 24: Perimeter defense, focus/effort, ball control
- Jones, 22: Low-post defense, shot mechanics, facilitating
- Beverley, 26: PG instincts, strength, basketball I.Q.
- Daniels, 23: Ball-handling, facilitating, strength
- Canaan, 23: Perimeter defense, PG instincts, ball control
- Covington, 23: Basketball I.Q., poise, ball-handling
SF: Ariza / Marion / Covington (or Garcia)
PF: Jones / Motiejunas / Adrien
C: Howard / Dorsey / Capela
PG: Beverley / Sessions / Canaan
SG: Harden / Daniels / Johnson
I'm going to do the roundtable a bit differently now, I'm going to start asking the people what sports topic you want to talk/ask questions about and tally the votes. It could be any sports topic.
Sorry I haven't been on lately, I've been busy.
Is Corpus nice? I'm going to South Padre soon with my parents and a bunch of cousins and we had to decide between Galveston Beach,Corpus,and Padre.
The roundtable is postponed until tomorrow because I have to change the third question. :P
If you want to be in the roundtable, here are your questions:
1) Do you think the Hornets offered Gordon Hayward too much? Why?
2) What do the Pelicans need to do to make the playoffs next season?
3) Will the Heat's recent signings help them retain LeBron James? Why?
Ya you're right about Parsons, i forgot he was restricted, so he'll stay in houston for like 12-14 a year. And you think melo is going to chicago? why? I am 80% sure melo is going to la for tons of reasons: His wife, the market, Kobe, Pau, and Melo had dinner with each other, max money, POSSIBLY the potential to play with lebron if the proper discount is taken, weather, Robert anthony his brother said that carmelo loves LA and Kobe and Pau from what ive read on twitter. And LBJ I really think will go back to cleveland, im like 95% sure.
Suns get: Nerlens Noel, rights to Dario Saric, 2015 second-round pick (from Pacers)
76ers get: Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Miles Plumlee
* The Heat and Josh McRoberts have agreed on a Mid-Level Exception deal (four-year, $23 million)
* The Clippers and Spencer Hawes have agreed on a Mid-Level Exception deal (four-year, $23 million) with the fourth year being a player option
* The Magic and Channing Frye have agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal
* Nando De Colo agreed to a deal with CSKA Moscow
* The Hawks and Thabo Sefolosha have agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal
* The Pacers and C.J. Miles have agreed to a four-year, $18 million deal
* The Thunder and Sebastian Telfair have agreed on a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum
* The Trail Blazers and Chris Kaman have agreed on a two-year, $10 million deal
* The Heat and Danny Granger have agreed to a two-year, $8.4 million deal which includes the bi-annual exception
*The Spurs and Boris Diaw have agreed to a three-year, $22.5 million deal, with the final year partially guaranteed
* The Mavericks and Devin Harris have agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal
Sorry for the wait, I've been busy these past few days.
The roundtable will be up on the day right after I send you the questions.
The roundtable will now be held every week on Thursday.
1) Who holds more value in free agency, Gordon Hayward or Chandler Parsons?
John Haviland: Gordon Hayward, but slightly. Lots of teams like the Celtics and Cavaliers have shown interest and there is shortage of shooting guard free agents.
Small Fundamental: I guess Chandler Parsons, he has a higher upside between the two players, offensively and defensively.
New York Knicks suck: Parsons because he's a proven player on a playoff team and can essentially do everything you ask of him. Hayward is a nice player, but the difference is that Parsons is a winner and has a slight edge on defense and offense, but both are very similar.
Real NBA Fan: Chandler Parsons because he is more polished in the offensive and defensive end, has more potential in the league, and he has more playoff experience.
Atlanta Hawks Fan: Hayward because he could get a max deal.
Eddy Curry: Gordon Hayward because he might get a max deal this offseason and he has proven that he has the ability to be very good player already.
713KLP: Hayward because the Jazz or the Cavaliers may give him the max deal.
2) With all of these trade rumors, which player is the most likely to be moved this offseason?
John Haviland: Greg Monroe because of the frontcourt logjam, they need to move either Monroe, Smith, or Drummond. Smith would be to hard to trade and Drummond is a franchise centerpiece.
Small Fundamental: Carmelo Anthony because I think he's kind of sick of being in New York without winning. Maybe Greg Monroe as well.
New York Knicks suck: Rondo will most likely be moved to a team like the Lakers or Pistons in a sign-and-trade because they have Smart, and they signed Bradley to a four-year, $32 million contract, which means Rondo is gone.
Real NBA Fan: I say Kevin Love because this is the right time in his career where he has the most trade value and Minnesota can get a lot for him. He says he wants to be on a playoff team so maybe the Lakers or Warriors.
Atlanta Hawks Fan: Kevin Love to the Warriors because they have many pieces to trade for him.
Eddy Curry: Kevin Love to the Warriors because he wants to go to a playoff team and Golden State is a good fit.
713KLP: Definitely Love to the Warriors or the Rockets. I'm leaning towards the Rockets because the Warriors seem unwilling to move Thompson and, while the Warriors may have the bigger names, the Rockets have the most valuable package overall.
3) Which team got the biggest steal in the 2014 NBA Draft?
John Haviland: Definitely the Hornets because they got a player that was supposed to go in the top six and a very good scorer in Hairston.
Small Fundamental: Maybe being a bit bias here but I think it would be the Spurs with Anderson at #30. I didn't know much about him, but I have been watching some of his highlights and I think he was a good pick.
New York Knicks suck: Vonleh was the biggest steal in the draft, I thought that he would go in the top 5, as did other people but he dropped to a playoff team in Charlotte who improves their core of Walker and Jefferson, so that's huge. Also, Vonleh is going to be a great player in the league.
Real NBA Fan:The New York Knicks with Cleanthony Early at 34 and Thanasis Antetokounmpo at 51. Early was projected to be taken between numbers 15-25 and Antetokounmpo has plenty of potential.
Atlanta Hawks Fan: The Hornets got Vonleh and Hairston, which are steals because they were projected in top 6 and top 20.
Eddy Curry: NYK with Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo. Early is a first round talent and Antetokounmpo has a lot of upside and ability.
713KLP: No question, the Hornets. They got Vonleh who was projected to go as early as 4 at 9. He will be their power forward of the future and can provide the needed rim protection and spacing next to Big Al and MKG in the front court. It will be fun to watch.
Thanks for reading.