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Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul remains available for the taking after getting traded to Oklahoma City. He just doesn't have any serious suitors.

Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski the Thunder's attempts to reroute Paul "are parked," and that "both sides believe there are benefits" to him spending the entire season in Oklahoma City. Yeesh.

This struggle is not at all a surprise. Paul is owed $124.1 million over the next three years. The risk at the back end of his deal is arguably greater than the uncertainty attached to the latter portion of Russell Westbrook's monster contract.

Keeping Paul through 2019-20 is not the end of the world for the Thunder. They'll miss out on one season of tanking, but the flattened draft-lottery odds make that a less appealing avenue anyway. A team built around Paul, Steven Adams, Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Andre Roberson and Dennis Schroder isn't a title contender, but it can be a playoff hopeful at full strength.

Moving him will never be effortless, but it'll get easier after Dec. 15, when most of this summer's free agents are eligible for trades. As ESPN's Bobby Marks noted, roughly 40 percent of the league's contracts currently cannot be dealt, and no team has more than $7 million in cap room. Finding a suitable trade partner borders on impossible without the Thunder accepting bottom dollar or greasing the wheels with future picks.

Teams to watch beyond Dec. 15 include the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and, depending on how the Ricky Rubio era begins, Phoenix Suns. The Lakers could also cobble together four- or five-for-one packages in December if LeBron James isn't worried about Anthony Davis bolting in free agency next summer.



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Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal can quash speculation about his future by signing a three-year, $111 million extension with the Washington Wizards at the end of July. That doesn't appear likely, as the Washington Post's Candace Buckner wrote:

"The team has indicated it plans to give Beal the offer, and both the player's camp and the franchise have remained in contact throughout the summer. Around the league, however, the extension is not viewed as a done deal, and there is a growing belief that Beal will not remain in Washington for his entire career."

Skirting an extension wouldn't necessarily mean Beal wants out. He has said he wants to retire with the Wizards and will be eligible for a longer and larger deal next summer if he makes an All-NBA squad.

To date, Washington has rebuffed inquiries into Beal's availability, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. That might change if he doesn't take the extension, regardless of whether he's asking out.

He can sign a five-year, $247.3 million extension with Washington next summer if he makes an All-NBA team. Giving him that much money when John Wall will still have three years and $132.8 million left on his contract might be steep enough to coax the Wizards into action.

Washington needs a permanent front-office figurehead before tackling that decision. Tommy Sheppard is the acting general manager and has taken the team through free agency and the draft, but he still carries the interim tag.

Beal's future is too important to confront with the front office in any sort of flux. And there may not be anything to reconcile. Beal is 26 and under contract for two more years. The Wizards can rebuild around him.
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Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love is entering the first of a four-year, $120.4 million extension no one expects him to finish with the Cleveland Cavaliers. That sentiment isn't changing anytime soon.

The two sides hashed out an agreement at a curious time. LeBron James had just left for the Lakers, and the Cavaliers were gearing up for a lengthy rebuild without him, no matter how highly they thought of their roster before canning head coach Tyronn Lue.

From the moment it was announced, this deal felt like a mutual back scratch. Love secured a long-term bag in the face of a market that continues to devalue bigs, and the Cavaliers positioned themselves to command more for his services by keeping him out of free agency until 2023.

Cleveland has yet to reap the benefits from that logic. Love missed most of last season with a left toe injury that required surgery, and teams aren't tripping over themselves to bankroll nine-figure deals for floor-spacing bigs who don't protect the rim.

Next summer's shallow free-agency class helps Cleveland. So does this offseason's player-movement frenzy.

Starry alternatives are wearing thin. Too many switched teams this summer for the trade market to expand before next season, and if Anthony Davis (player option) re-signs with the Lakers, Draymond Green will be the best free agent available in 2020.



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Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Losing Kawhi Leonard to Clippers has given the Toronto Raptors an excuse to hit reset. This is team president Masai Ujiri's chance to retool the Raptors from the ground up.

He apparently isn't going there just yet, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg.

"As for veterans Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka—who are all on expiring deals—the Raptors have no intention of moving them, at least not before the season, according to sources. Like he did with previous Raptors teams, Ujiri will give this group an opportunity to sink or swim before choosing a path and deciding what comes next."

Standing pat for now is the correct move. Holdovers from last year deserve to receive their championship rings as members of the team, and Lowry is the only one possibly worth a can't-miss return. (Even that might be overstating his value. The 33-year-old is set to earn $35 million this season.)



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D'Angelo Russell, Golden State Warriors
D'Angelo Russell knows the Golden State Warriors may have maxed him out in the Kevin Durant sign-and-trade just to trade him later. He already sounds like he's bracing for it, per ESPN.com's Nick Friedell:

"That's the business of it. It is what it is. You put yourself in a position to go somewhere for a long period of time, and it may not be what it is a year later. And that's the business. I've come to a realization of that, and I understand that, so whatever situation I'm in, I know the business side of it, so we'll just see. I can't predict it."

Klay Thompson is slated to return from his torn ACL between December and February. Any delays or curveballs in that timetable might cause the Warriors to play next season out as currently constructed. Golden State may even want the chance to see how a quartet of Russell, Thompson, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green fares in the Western Conference.

Russell isn't a seamless fit unless head coach Steve Kerr rejiggers his offense to include boatloads of pick-and-rolls, but he's a 23-year-old All-Star who can play on or off the ball. Flipping him before or just after Thompson returns would be disingenuous to exploring this core's ceiling.

General manager Bob Myers can argue the contrary all he wants, but this may be a marriage of temporary convenience. Russell will overlap with Curry and Thompson on offense no matter how well he fits. And remember: He was not a max-contract formality entering free agency. Golden State is rolling the dice on his career contract year.

Cutting the cord sooner minimizes that risk. The Warriors will have more leverage to broker a high-end return if Russell thrives, but last year's All-Star appearance will be fresh enough between December and February to deal him for value no matter what. The same cannot be said for next summer and beyond.


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Last edited by Southpaw; 07-22-2019 at 12:06 AM..
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 4 weeks ago '16        #2
mlbnba2016 242 heat pts242
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 4 weeks ago '07        #3
stogz 20 heat pts20
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I believe that if Ben Simmons comes to next season with the same jumpshot that he had last season, his a*s should be on the trading block. Philly should go all in on ship next season like Toronto did. If Ben Simmons is on the block then that puts Kyle Lowry, CP3, DiAngelo Russell and Westbrook in play. Simmons needs to be attempting at least 3 three pointers a game and making close to an average of one per game.

Lowry makes sense because he's from philly and it would be an expiring contract. He has high I.Q. and can co-exist with everyone on the court. He'll make the game easier for Embiid.

CP3 is the same as Lowry but is injury prone and on a long expensive contract... but, if you going all-in for this year, you might have to take that risk.

D'angelo makes sense because he basically does the offensive stuff that you needed Simmons to do last year that he wasn't capable of. Plus, if it doesn't workout, you still have a very attractive a*set that you can trade away next season.

Russy isn't scared. So the running away from the ball that Simmons did in this year's playoffs, Russ won't do. Plus, Russ can get hot.

With D'angelo and Russ, it all depends on if the experiment with their new teams works out though.
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 4 weeks ago '10        #4
sho 2010 268 heat pts268
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Lowry would be great for the lakers




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 4 weeks ago '18        #5
ItsThatEasy 7 heat pts
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 stogz said
I believe that if Ben Simmons comes to next season with the same jumpshot that he had last season, his a*s should be on the trading block. Philly should go all in on ship next season like Toronto did. If Ben Simmons is on the block then that puts Kyle Lowry, CP3, DiAngelo Russell and Westbrook in play. Simmons needs to be attempting at least 3 three pointers a game and making close to an average of one per game.
If Embiid was able to get in shape and take his conditioning serious I would 100% agree with you.

As of now though Embiid is continuously overweight and run down by the playoffs. If he were to come to camp with a body transformation I'd go all out on finding a better complimentary player than Simmons.

 4 weeks ago '04        #6
zone3cp 5 heat pts
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They really trying to push the Russell sh*t to the max even tho GS said they not trading dude
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 4 weeks ago '13        #7
PaperBoy 72 heat pts72
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FINALLY Odell cut that bullsh*t off his head

My dawg got the wholesome cut
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 4 weeks ago '15        #8
DreamSeller 2 heat pts
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 stogz said
I believe that if Ben Simmons comes to next season with the same jumpshot that he had last season, his a*s should be on the trading block. Philly should go all in on ship next season like Toronto did. If Ben Simmons is on the block then that puts Kyle Lowry, CP3, DiAngelo Russell and Westbrook in play. Simmons needs to be attempting at least 3 three pointers a game and making close to an average of one per game.

Lowry makes sense because he's from philly and it would be an expiring contract. He has high I.Q. and can co-exist with everyone on the court. He'll make the game easier for Embiid.

CP3 is the same as Lowry but is injury prone and on a long expensive contract... but, if you going all-in for this year, you might have to take that risk.

D'angelo makes sense because he basically does the offensive stuff that you needed Simmons to do last year that he wasn't capable of. Plus, if it doesn't workout, you still have a very attractive a*set that you can trade away next season.

Russy isn't scared. So the running away from the ball that Simmons did in this year's playoffs, Russ won't do. Plus, Russ can get hot.

With D'angelo and Russ, it all depends on if the experiment with their new teams works out though.
Philly just gave Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and al horford 450m+. Safe to say they’re all in on a ring. Simmons may get moved eventually if him and Embiid don’t work, but would be stunned if it’s not a couple of years into his extension

None of the guys you listed make much sense for Philly nor do they elevate phillys level of title contention to a whole other level


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 4 weeks ago '10        #9
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 stogz said
I believe that if Ben Simmons comes to next season with the same jumpshot that he had last season, his a*s should be on the trading block. Philly should go all in on ship next season like Toronto did. If Ben Simmons is on the block then that puts Kyle Lowry, CP3, DiAngelo Russell and Westbrook in play. Simmons needs to be attempting at least 3 three pointers a game and making close to an average of one per game.

Lowry makes sense because he's from philly and it would be an expiring contract. He has high I.Q. and can co-exist with everyone on the court. He'll make the game easier for Embiid.

CP3 is the same as Lowry but is injury prone and on a long expensive contract... but, if you going all-in for this year, you might have to take that risk.

D'angelo makes sense because he basically does the offensive stuff that you needed Simmons to do last year that he wasn't capable of. Plus, if it doesn't workout, you still have a very attractive a*set that you can trade away next season.

Russy isn't scared. So the running away from the ball that Simmons did in this year's playoffs, Russ won't do. Plus, Russ can get hot.

With D'angelo and Russ, it all depends on if the experiment with their new teams works out though.
Would you rather have a player that canít shoot but can do everything else or a player that can shoot but canít do anything else?

I think the former is far more valuable. Especially if any of those other things are done at an elite level.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #10
BrooklynDamien 4 heat pts
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I'd rather specialists than a jack of all trades. I want a 3 and d wing, stretch 4, rebounding/shot blocking center pass first pg and slasher at the 2. I think cats like Bron, Simmons, Westbrook do too much and hurt their teams by taking players out of their roles. A versatile player is useful in different roles but I don't want one guy leading my team in every stat. It stunts almost everybody else. I would tell Bron drive every time and don't do nothing else unless driving wasnt possible. He could score 50 a game and spend most of it shooting free throws. Tell Westbrook drive and kick first and look to shoot if that doesn't open up etc etc
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 4 weeks ago '10        #11
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 BrooklynDamien said
I'd rather specialists than a jack of all trades. I want a 3 and d wing, stretch 4, rebounding/shot blocking center pass first pg and slasher at the 2. I think cats like Bron, Simmons, Westbrook do too much and hurt their teams by taking players out of their roles. A versatile player is useful in different roles but I don't want one guy leading my team in every stat. It stunts almost everybody else. I would tell Bron drive every time and don't do nothing else unless driving wasnt possible. He could score 50 a game and spend most of it shooting free throws. Tell Westbrook drive and kick first and look to shoot if that doesn't open up etc etc
Bro got Bron riding the pine for James Ennis the 3...
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 4 weeks ago '17        #12
money99 86 heat pts86
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 DreamSeller said
Philly just gave Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and al horford 450m+. Safe to say theyíre all in on a ring. Simmons may get moved eventually if him and Embiid donít work, but would be stunned if itís not a couple of years into his extension

None of the guys you listed make much sense for Philly nor do they elevate phillys level of title contention to a whole other level
Simmons has future Laker written all over him if he doesnít develop a shot very soon

 4 weeks ago '17        #13
money99 86 heat pts86
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 BrooklynDamien said
I'd rather specialists than a jack of all trades. I want a 3 and d wing, stretch 4, rebounding/shot blocking center pass first pg and slasher at the 2. I think cats like Bron, Simmons, Westbrook do too much and hurt their teams by taking players out of their roles. A versatile player is useful in different roles but I don't want one guy leading my team in every stat. It stunts almost everybody else. I would tell Bron drive every time and don't do nothing else unless driving wasnt possible. He could score 50 a game and spend most of it shooting free throws. Tell Westbrook drive and kick first and look to shoot if that doesn't open up etc etc
Lebron went to 8 straight finals won 3 how you gonna say he does too much and hurts the team

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 4 weeks ago '07        #14
Sincere730 16 heat pts16
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Not 1 superstar listed
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 4 weeks ago '14        #15
Swade009 92 heat pts92
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 stogz said
I believe that if Ben Simmons comes to next season with the same jumpshot that he had last season, his a*s should be on the trading block. Philly should go all in on ship next season like Toronto did. If Ben Simmons is on the block then that puts Kyle Lowry, CP3, DiAngelo Russell and Westbrook in play. Simmons needs to be attempting at least 3 three pointers a game and making close to an average of one per game.

Lowry makes sense because he's from philly and it would be an expiring contract. He has high I.Q. and can co-exist with everyone on the court. He'll make the game easier for Embiid.

CP3 is the same as Lowry but is injury prone and on a long expensive contract... but, if you going all-in for this year, you might have to take that risk.

D'angelo makes sense because he basically does the offensive stuff that you needed Simmons to do last year that he wasn't capable of. Plus, if it doesn't workout, you still have a very attractive a*set that you can trade away next season.

Russy isn't scared. So the running away from the ball that Simmons did in this year's playoffs, Russ won't do. Plus, Russ can get hot.

With D'angelo and Russ, it all depends on if the experiment with their new teams works out though.
This has to be the most retarded post I've ever seen. The media has convinced you that Simmons not having a jump shot makes Kyle Lowry a better player than him. You're fu*kin stupid and should be banned
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 4 weeks ago '14        #16
Swade009 92 heat pts92
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 BrooklynDamien said
I'd rather specialists than a jack of all trades. I want a 3 and d wing, stretch 4, rebounding/shot blocking center pass first pg and slasher at the 2. I think cats like Bron, Simmons, Westbrook do too much and hurt their teams by taking players out of their roles. A versatile player is useful in different roles but I don't want one guy leading my team in every stat. It stunts almost everybody else. I would tell Bron drive every time and don't do nothing else unless driving wasnt possible. He could score 50 a game and spend most of it shooting free throws. Tell Westbrook drive and kick first and look to shoot if that doesn't open up etc etc
Bron and Westbrook are awful off ball players.... Simmons is good without the ball even though he cant shoot.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #17
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This fool said “Superstars” and proceeds with a list that has Kevin love and Bradley Beal
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 4 weeks ago '14        #18
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Anyone who’s saying trade Ben Simmons is a fu*king casual and a clear offspring of what the media has created

Yeah, trade a 22 year old 6’10 point guard who can run like a gazelle and can post up centers who’s jumper isn’t even technically “broken”, all because ESPN does a segment on it everyday

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 4 weeks ago '17        #19
Prodigital SC 1023 heat pts1023
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DeMar DeRozan too

 4 weeks ago '17        #20
money99 86 heat pts86
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 Swade009 said
This has to be the most retarded post I've ever seen. The media has convinced you that Simmons not having a jump shot makes Kyle Lowry a better player than him. You're fu*kin stupid and should be banned

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Sir_Burn_Alot 152 heat pts152
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Not a single superstar on this list


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 4 weeks ago '04        #22
Dash 236 heat pts236
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Would like to see K Love in Miami or Houston

Beal in Miami

The rest don't matter.
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 4 weeks ago '16        #23
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Should say "stars" possibly on the move.

Either way, Derozan and Aldridge should be on that list as well.
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 4 weeks ago '04        #24
Dash 236 heat pts236
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Add Jrue Holiday as well.

Can easily move him for younger a*sets with Zo Ball on board.

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 Swade009 said
This has to be the most retarded post I've ever seen. The media has convinced you that Simmons not having a jump shot makes Kyle Lowry a better player than him. You're fu*kin stupid and should be banned
sh*t u read that whole post?...u better than me, I stopped reading after the 1st sentence
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