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Um, I had a whole stream all prepared.
I'll get to go on coaching and the Pacers latest higher and fill handy.
And then this popped up in the dock.
It and I said to myself, I got to do this.
I got to do this.
This stream right now as I get myself centered here.
Paul, this is an interesting little headline.
Um, this lovely Wednesday morning, I guess the athletic pulled 20 agents and went ahead and and basically, um, asked them who they thought the most likely star was to get traded.
And Chris Paul is the guy that's come up.
So you have to think about all the cast of guys that are potentially available for trade.
I think Oladipo would have actually probably been my number one draft pick.
I mean, I'm not surprised that Chris Paul is coming up, you know, we saw once they lost, he put that video on his twitter where it kind of seemed like a sad goodbye in a lot of ways eso I'm not necessarily surprised that his name came up, but it is a big headline nonetheless.
I mean, you know, they obviously are gonna go a different direction.
I mean, um so for them, it's I think they'll be aggressively shopping him.
Those those those rumors of kind of died down a little bit, but it's still, I mean again, like, this is a big thing to to show up.
This is a big thing to see right now.
And it clearly shows you that a lot of the conversation right now in MBA circles is entails Chris.
So, um, first off, I've got his contract details pulled up a zai go try to find that hey, makes hey makes Jesus's.
It is a sizeable contract.
Um, he makes 41 million this year that he makes 44 million, which I mean, you think about what What cap is about to be.
It's they're predicting it's gonna be anywhere between 132 million and 136 million.
So you're spending $44 million for somebody like Chris Paul.
That's obviously ah, lot of money like that's a that is a sizable amount off money for one player.
You have to find a very specific team.
I think you can see in the thumbnail.
They've pulled up a couple of teams that question mark team, the Lakers and the Bucks.
I'm gonna tell you right now, I don't think the Lakers happens even a little bit.
I don't know how they get their salary wise.
I'm not even sure if they could absorb that under their books.
I think I don't even know how that would work.
Would they do a sign and trade and then pair them pair that contract with Danny Green and Kyle Kuzma and other people? I have no idea.
I don't think it makes any sense.
I think you you just kind of roll with the punches.
Maybe you bring Rondo back.
Or maybe you bring in another free agent like a Jordan Clarkson or some somebody like that and just have you know, LeBron B the 6 10 point guard as he transitions into that for that next era.
Um, so I I don't think that makes any sense.
Finding the perfect destination for him is very, very difficult.
Um, he obviously had a great year, but I think you look at him.
You look at his age, you look at his height and it's It's been the things that we've heard the last couple of years with Chris Paul, and you kind of wonder what that looks like as we transition into this next stage of his career.
So I've got the standings pulled up.
Little standings watch.
I think there are a couple of teams that make a little bit of sense for him.
Um, and they all present different avenues, like different ways.
Different reasons for him to go there.
So Milwaukee is the obvious one.
Milwaukee has been really cool, like, very.
They just haven't given any indication that they are going through going for a Chris Paul.
We've heard other names rumored that I mean exactly.
Oh, mentioned this on the bills on his podcast with Bill Simmons.
Um, that they are a stealth victor Oladipo destination, which is, I think, odd.
I think they're probably looking at what they have to send out and that the fact that Oladipo is a free agent in 2021 if Yannis does leave, um, they aren't going to be stuck with, you know, a contractor, a player that they don't really want long term.
So they are in play for this now.
What I don't quite understand about that is like because again, like all the indications from Milwaukee have been, they don't want to take on his salary.
They don't want him on their books for whatever, whatever extended period of time.
Um, I don't quite get that because it's really only one more year.
And if you if you bring him in and it because I think the difference between where they finish this year and where they could finish next year could really come through a Chris Paul, Um, he's a guy that I think would unlock Yannis and a lot of ways as a big man.
And it would take, you know, like all those possessions that we saw in the playoffs against Miami, where he's isolating at the three point line and trying to just bulldoze his way to the rim.
And it's it's just not happening.
I mean, it's great that he can handle for his size, but I think that there's a lot that Chris Paul could unlock.
He's one of the best pastors ever.
He's such an instinctive player and just so intuitive that for for him I just I just could see that doing wonderful things for Yannis game.
It also gives them a clutch player, which they desperately could use because they're crunch time possessions.
Look, ah, lot of the time.
Just like, Hey, we're just gonna Chris Middleton, Yannis, and in a cup o pick and roll you to death.
And I don't know, I just It didn't seem like it was a viable way to try to win.
You bring him in.
That makes a little bit of sense, even if you bring him in and Johannes leaves you on.
Lee have Chris Paul for one more year, and maybe you run into a situation like the thunder just right into where you have him there and he's actually great for some of your younger pieces.
I mean, I know the bucks don't have many.
I guess you'd have to hope Dante DiVincenzo becomes a star.
But, um, you know, like maybe he comes in there and is a real culture center in those final years of his his twilight years, I guess, and sets a culture for you.
So that going forward, you just You bring younger players and you're probably gonna be going back into the draft.
And, you know, you can see if you can build a Nextera.
I I think the downsides have are just I mean, look, the upsides, I think, outweigh the downsides.
I mean, compared to what they're looking at, which right now is in a Victor Oladipo who has not looked right for an entire year.
Um, like, if that's what your alternative is and you're saying, Oh, there's too many risks associated with Chris Paul.
Well, you're looking at Victor Oladipo, who is probably one of the biggest question marks I can remember.
Like there's a case to be made that you could trade for Blake Griffin.
And you might, you know, you might actually be getting a safer player.
It's it's very odd.
So because again we don't know what Victor Oladipo's medicals look like.
We don't know what he looks like coming off a frankly really disappointing playoffs.
We just don't know.
So that, I think, is I think that that that it makes a lot of sense for them to do that.
Another one I had pulled up.
I have the Philadelphia 70 Sixers, so it would mean taking in another contract that I don't.
And I almost wonder if the if the Thunder wouldn't play ball with this like they'd rather just keep Chris Paul in the books, then bring in like a Tobias Harris or in Al Horford.
Um, but I think Tobias is at least because of his age.
And because he's yes, he's overpaid.
But he is complimentary, I think, in the right role.
So if you could swing it, Tobias trade somehow with a couple of young assets.
Um, for Chris Paul, I think that makes a little bit of sense.
Um, so I and I like that trade a lot for the Sixers.
I think Paul again comes in there, gives them clutch scoring, which they may need even more than Milwaukee.
He's a bit of a table center, so I think that those what you do is you'd really split up the Embiid Simmons minutes and you kind of run.
You either run them together or run them individually with Chris Paul.
That makes a lot of sense to me because in one scenario you're using Chris Paul is the guy that I mean, look, he's from a different area, a different era.
He's going to get and be the ball on the block like he is like he's just he's gonna make those entry passes.
I think a lot of players in this league don't really know how todo so.
He makes a little bit of sense there.
You also may unlock, and as I just said, with the honest being, a little bit of a role man, a big man, you could unlock Simmons in that way you could use him is a little bit of a downhill threat.
I really like that for them.
I think that, like maybe even more than Milwaukee, like he could really be a key piece to this.
I don't know actually what his relationship is like with Doc Rivers, but that's another one.
That's like, Look, that's like familiarity right there.
Those guys have worked together.
I should probably know this, but I don't know what terms they ended on, but I will say like yeah, like that might make a little bit of sense.
So that's another one. I kind of like for them.
You know you do that, you bring him in, he's going to fill a lot of gaps for you.
They've needed a point guard since, you know, since they tried to draft Marquel Fultz eso, you know, and they really haven't had a point guard the entire Joel Embiid era, which is it's a little daunting eso So I think that that makes a little bit of sense for them again.
You got to be able to get the thunder to play ball.
But if the market maybe isn't as robust as they were expecting, or if Philly is really the only team that wants to send pics out because I think there in desperation mode, they have to be looking at this like okay, we brought in this coach, we still have a roster, you know, whether they want to admit it or not.
They have a roster that doesn't fit the Al Horford thing.
I mean, look like that's a son, cause I mean, if if the thunder would rather take him in and you know, God bless, I guess, and maybe, and maybe it is just based on the picks thing.
Like the Sixers air so desperate to get rid of Al Horford that they'd actually trade that extra pick Thio Thio to Philadelphia to Oklahoma City.
Um, I I think maybe that's what what works? Well for them, So I mean, yeah, that's kind of I look at that is like an either or, But they're the team that feels like they trade the most picks to really figure this out. Milwaukee.
I don't get the desperation thing yet.
I don't know if that's necessarily correct, but I don't feel like I get that yet.
Let's move to the Western Conference.
I think there's a couple teams in here that are interesting.
We talked about a little bit. I think it's rather unlikely.
I just, you know, they they've never really made a ton of sense for me.
Um, one of the teams that I kind of like is the Clippers.
I mean that that team is speaking of desperation.
They have no picks to trade.
You'd be trading Lou Williams and other contracts.
I don't even know what contracts you could trade away, but you'd be You'd be basically sending out as much salary as you could possibly could.
Bile and you'd be sending it for Chris Paul.
Chris Paul would go there.
He'd give Kuai a point guard.
Another team that just needs a point guard.
It always feel like they were a short a guy that, you know.
Yeah, like I Yeah, I don't think they need a guy to take shots in the clutch, but they need a guy that can set people up, set the pace a little bit on offense, distribute things the way they really need him.
Thio Um, so I I really I again another fit for them where it's like I think Chris Paul would make a little bit of sense.
It's weird how Maney contenders just sort of need a guy like Chris Paul.
Just need someone that that either adds a little bit of clutch scoring or sets the table for others takes the weight off their best players plates.
I mean, look, you're going to see a commonality between Milwaukee and the Clippers.
They're just feels like there's too much on quiz plate, not in terms of what he has to do is a score.
But what he has to do is a ball mover.
What he has to do as, ah, guy that is basically almost completely responsible for engineering any and all offense for his teammates.
Um, which again, that's because they have a bunch of guys like a Lou Williams or a Pat Beverley, that they're either spot up guys or in Patrick Beverly's case or Lou Williams is really just kind of like a slashing scoring guard that they just don't really have anybody that is going to alleviate that load.
Like just the role that quiet to take on this year, where he's, he's moving the ball more than ever.
That's great that he's doing that.
It's impressive that he could do that.
I don't know if it's the most optimized role for him.
So Chris Paul makes a lot of sense there the salary yet it's salary gymnastics, and I Truthfully, I'm not.
I'm not sure how you would work that I'm not sure how you would entice.
Okay, See, I think it would be a situation where they have encompassed everything and taking a look at the league and just really realize, Hey, we're not gonna get that much for this guy, and maybe we just want to move him.
I don't know, I think I would actually probably roll over and see if you could retain him till the deadline in that situation.
But the Clippers make a little bit of sense.
I'm gonna end with this one.
I think it's my favorite one.
And then we're gonna do a little bit of coaching stuff.
We'll close this out after that.
Um, Phoenix Suns.
I like the Phoenix Suns.
I I don't know like it's funny, I when the I think this must have been like during the bubble, like, really towards the end of the bubble right after the sun's missed the playoffs.
Um, you know, it felt like there was a lot of juju going their way.
It felt like there was a lot of good tidings going to the sons and people wondering if if this team was going to be in the mix for the playoffs next year, you could make a case that I don't like what six.
Maybe yeah, maybe six of the playoff teams that were in the playoffs this year are potentially going to improve, and I'm gonna throw Golden State in that mix so you could make a case that that most of the teams that were competitive this year could get better.
The Lakers could get better, and we're gonna talk about that in a second.
The Clippers could absolutely get better.
Probably through a little bit of subtraction.
Denver could get better through the ascendance of Jamal Murray.
And just another year of Yokich doing Yokich things.
Um, Dallas could absolutely get red get, like, considerably better, like, considerably better.
So you have all these teams I'm gonna throw? Okay.
See, in that mix, um, and it just kind of feels like I did, I say.
Okay, See, I said golden, I meant Golden State.
Um, you just have all these teams that are just in a situation where they are either going to improve or they're going to remain relatively the same.
I think Utah would probably fall into that mix, though they could improve to, based on what you get from Donovan Mitchell, you just never know.
And you're getting boy on back like, really, it's again.
Every single team could look at next year and just be like, Yeah, we're probably gonna get a little bit better.
The sun's for his Great as they were, uh, they are in a situation where they I like what they have.
They have got Devin Booker surrounded by a bunch of wings and Kelly you Bray and Cam Johnson and Michael Bridges and and DeAndre eaten one.
You're a like he's actually probably gonna play for a full season and not have to deal with the suspension and be just again one year better and and really showing some things that he actually might be something.
I don't know if he's gonna be like a multi time All Star, but he's something.
You have all of this and you have the opportunity to upgrade your lead guard spot.
And again, like e mean, Zach Lowe talked about this on his podcast this week.
It was. I've talked about this trade.
It must have been a couple months ago.
I threw this out of my Twitter, which you can follow me at.
Matt Brooks. MBA.
Um, I really like and it seems like he's in the same camp off some deal, entailing Paul for you Pray and Ricky Rubio, and I guess maybe a pick if you really need to.
But if not, then that's fine.
Um, I really like that because I think the obvious upgrade is your your moving from Rubio to Chris Paul, that zone upgrade, even if if Paul declines a little bit, I'm not saying Ricky Rubio is bad.
I'm just saying they do very similar things.
And if you're getting a bit of a decline from, you know, from Chris Paul, I just think like output wise, I still just think it's gonna be better than what Ricky Rubio is gonna give you.
Um, And then you and then sure, you're losing Kelly.
But realistically, they showed they didn't miss a beat.
Like they actually are one of the few teams in the league right now that has almost a surplus of wings.
Like they have enough toe like get by and then some.
And they didn't miss a beat without, You know, Kelly, you bray.
They're also find Kelly Oubre to be a little bit overrated.
Uh, as much as I like him, um, I think his impact is a little overstated personally, but yeah, So I think that if you look at that situation for them, you bring Chris Paul in.
They have a guy that has been able to play next to a Devin Booker, a sort of a sort of similar Devin Booker type of player in James Harden.
They're obviously not the exact same.
Devin Booker is, you know, similarly kind of underrated playmaker definitely scores in different manners a little bit more of a means like the complete opposite.
From an ****ytics perspective, he's a guy that shoots a lot of twos.
He likes to post up, but he is somebody that controls the offense a lot.
He's a great, great, just prolific score on, but I think that there's a lot of similarities in that way.
Maybe not so much in terms of how they score, but just the fact that they score and how relentless they are and how great they are getting the free throw line.
All these things kind of make them, You know, similar players.
Chris Paul is actually and and look, we look back at this era now of Chris, Paul and James Harden is like this abject failure and all this this stuff and all these guys they had personal differences.
They were really good, like they were really, really, really good.
And that playoffs, where they went toe to toe with Warriors.
Those guys traded off nights and they traded off quarters.
They traded off possessions and I felt like it was a really viable strategy, and I think that's huge.
You bring Chris Paul and yeah, he's not the same player he was in that Siri's.
But you also have a Devin Booker who's rising in a lot of ways.
There's a lot that Chris Paul could teach.
A guy like Devin Booker.
Ah, lot of again culture that Chris Paul Qin said.
He can come in Day one and say, Hey, this this team had a lot of success, a lot of success and especially and I know it Look, it's only eight games, but there's clearly something here.
Let's take those principles, those fundamentals and build on that and and try to take whatever we were doing in that bubble and replicate that over a full season.
I think he's the right guy to do that.
You look at how okay, see, performed.
Um, you know, he he got Look, he's a big reason.
I think Billy Donovan was in the mix for coach of the year.
I mean, truthfully, I I like Billy Donovan.
I don't think he's like exceptional, I think a lot of last year what we saw from that.
Okay, see, Team was really just Chris Paul doing Chris Paul things.
So that's kind of where I'm at with that team.
I I just like that fit a lot.
So for them, you bring somebody like Chris Paul in.
I just I like it.
I don't really know how to explain it.
I I think we get very stuck on Windows and again, like the Chris Paul thing.
It's a little panicky for the sons like it's a little bit like they're rushing things, but it's on Lee two years like you have next year.
I think you're going to get production from him unless something like, if he gets injured, then, yeah, this is a failure of an experiment, but you're gonna get something from him if you don't get that much from him the year after.
I mean, what can you do? I also think you could move him at the deadline.
You could he'll be in expiring.
So I think all the worries and the hand wringing about his contractual status, I actually find them to be a little overstated, like this isn't a Kevin Love scenario where the guy has got 3 to 4 years left like it's Yeah, it's two years.
It's a lot of money, but if you get something from him from for shoot two years to be great, even one year, it's like, Okay, like this is kind of interesting, So I don't know.
I like him more than most.
I think he makes quite a bit of sense for at least I honestly think all the teams mentioned I really dio whether it's a team that needs to make an impact right away or need somebody to come in there and said a bit of a foundation like we we talked about with the sons or the Bucks.
If Yannis does leave, I don't know.
We're having the same conversations we had last year, which makes sense.
Chris Paul's age has not changed and his his height and injury history hasn't changed either.
But he had a really great season where he really turned a lot of things around and, um I don't know, I I am a little higher on him than most and I think that he's an interesting match for whoever does go for.
Um, we're up to 23 minutes right now, so we won't be doing much coaching stuff.
Maybe I'll get into that a little bit with Adam are brick tomorrow, which we will be doing at 10.
So maybe we'll get into a little bit of coaching stuff.
I'll talk that over with him, but yeah, thank you guys for watching.
This was a good discussion today.
I do love doing some trade stuff.
We're in that type of the We're in that part of the season kind of waiting for moratorium to be lifted where we could be in the transaction window trades could be flying left and right.
It really seems like there's gonna be an active off season.
I don't know who is gonna be dealt.
Could be Oladipo Could be Rudy Gobert.
Could he could be Chris Paul.
There's a bunch of guys that are also kind of I think it depending upon how their extension talks go.
Like even somebody like a P J. Tucker.
If he's not offered an extension, you ever know like they're gonna be guys that they're gonna have discussions about, you know, either extending or free agency in the future.
And if those fall through, then Hey, we could be looking at a pretty active trans transaction period.
So that's all I've got today.
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And a team that has an owner that may or may not be hurting a little bit financially and has to Max free agents on the books as well as a bunch of wings that are going to be heavily sought after by pretty much every single team in the league.
I find the Rockets to be fascinating.
I want to get a grip of where we're at, where they're at, and, yeah, I'm really excited for it.
I just I have no idea.
I want to talk to somebody who kind of knows what's going on there because they are maybe the most unclear team in the league right now.
They are easily the most volatile franchise.
And and that's saying something because we have a lot of teams that air panicking.
It seems both internally and externally.
Um, but I I really do feel like that That that Rockets team is incredibly volatile.
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