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Listen, we we come in, obviously on the tail end as and probably still some or things are gonna happen here.
Smaller moves around free agency, though.
There's still some big looming names like James Harden and what's gonna happen there, obviously for NBA teams.
But you said it was we were trying to figure out what are we gonna lead in with here? And it was maybe a case of the rich getting richer because in spite of the fact that we knew the Lakers we're gonna have some holes to fill, and then we're gonna need to figure some things out.
They figured himself out, as in significantly improved their roster, looking to run it back a second time through, right? Yeah, I watched the Lakers and I can't help but to say I'm impressed and I'm also kind of worried as a Nets fan.
And Nets fans were thinking, Hey, we're going to the championship Well, we might have to meet the champs and I just keep thinking back to LeBron saying, You know, the organization wants their respect.
You know, I want my respect to well, a lot of respect to Rob Pelinka, Jeanie Buss and what the Lakers Air doing after winning the title, arguably coming out and winning free agency.
They've got a whole new team.
That team looks locked and loaded and ready to repeat, I'm afraid little phrases.
It is interesting because like a guy, say a piece like Rondo, right, who shows up really big for them in the bubble and it is crucial to them winning a championship.
And it might be easy if you were a let's say, a surprise team that had someone like that bubble up for you Go.
We've got to bring him back.
But the Lakers kind of go.
Okay, we get it. We got you on the cheap deal.
You're gonna go to cash in somewhere else.
You're moving on, then they turn around and and I'll say on another team.
If you told me Schroeder was coming in to be the, you know, to be a starter, you go.
But we just found the sweet spot for him where he's better being the sixth in Now you look at it, though, when you combine them with, say, a Caruso and you go these rotational guys on and off the court, you can use them as you need.
Thio, it feels like Oh, of course, that's the perfect spot.
If you're gonna move him back into a starting role, would be on the Lakers.
What other? What other pieces beyond that excited you that the Lakers did here as they move off the JaVale McGee and arguably burning in ah farm or accomplished farm or season that to replace him as well.
Mantra is Harold, Uh uh huh.
Soon as I saw that move, I'm like, Oh, man, obviously the L A rivalry.
Taking him off the Clippers.
You grab the sixth man of the year, then you get Dennis shrewder the runner up to sixth man of the year and these air guys that stand and get a lot more playing time and have larger roles on the Lakers.
Wesley Matthews, you snag Wesley Matthews and the deal.
Where's the deal for? Was just a one year deal.
You take him away from the Bucks? I just I don't know.
I like all the moves that they made.
Even Gasol late.
Um, obviously the ties with his brother.
I think that's what the article were speaking on is about.
But just like the Lakers started this thing off with the Dennis shrewder move, kinda kicked it off saying, Hey, we're gonna make moves and then you know it's not over yet, But late last night they show you they're still working on improving the team and, you know, trying to figure out what they could do.
I feel like there's another move that they made that I'm not thinking of while you take a peek, because we'll touch on there.
Is you mentioned Gasol and The interesting thing about the Castle move is that this introduces a different element for them, right? Especially when you talk about wanting to have Anthony Davis play the five times he doesn't really want to have to do that, but because he has perimeter shooting at times, it just becomes the obvious move that you make in a matchup to make it really difficult on the opposition.
Now you talk about bringing in a guy and Gasol who can stretch you can shoot from the perimeter.
He's gonna have far less pressure in terms of what he needs to do for a team relative to being on the Raptors this past year.
Now he gets to come in.
Don't need you to bang bodies too much.
If you don't want Thio, you could go ahead and sit there on the outside, and that's gonna allow a D with more flexibility to play it before without diminishing what you could have at the five if you hadn't play in there.
So that just feels like it feels both inequality move, obviously, but also just that it's also going to change the look of this team, so the Lakers were like making a tweak to say, Yeah, you know how you got confused? Maybe by what we were doing and we went big.
We didn't have a lot of the three point perimeter shooting and we beat you up and we got a championship.
Now we're gonna kind of go a little different way.
Now we're going introduce them size and Samora perimeter shooting and say, Now, figure this one out.
So, you know, it's a really nice tweak by them to give the league another new look tryto figure out on the fly.
Yeah, they're gonna play differently.
And I mean, I think that what what they're what they're going to try and do is preserve LeBron James these next few years.
We're all focused on LeBron and a D.
And they they've now put some players around LeBron and 80 that could do it without either one of those guys on the floor.
The last move that they made was KCP before Gasol, and it's not.
It's not a blockbuster thing.
It's not a huge deal, but I thought it was huge for him.
Um, for him to get three years, 40 million and stay in L. A.
I think he's got a good relationship there with someone, whether it's LeBron, whether it's the front office, like somebody like this guy.
Yeah, somebody is cool with him over there.
And I think that just, you know, he he's a guy that flashes.
You're like It's a pretty talented guy.
This guy complain, And then there's other times were like, Break, this guy is missing.
You know he can't hit, you know, to save his life.
But I think maybe LeBron has, you know, some hope for him and, ah, place for him.
And he's gonna be with this Laker team the next three years, which is crazy because K.
P has been through a couple different eras with the Lakers so good for Casey Peters.
You know, link that deal.
And that's short, long term to write for the Lakers, where you just say, Hey, obviously we're within this wind down mode with LeBron, but we want at least keep guys around here on a three year deal.
Is it a little bit, you know, is the price tag a little high, maybe relative to you know, to the production of what you feel about him, but over the next three seasons.
If he shows it off, you'll be happy to go right back in and give him another deal.
He's still relatively young, and you can keep him around in this fold a swell.
So listen like you say, it's gonna be interesting, man, how the league reacts to especially early days of the season and and we know first month of the season.
We're not going to see a lot of LeBron James out there on the court.
So it's also going to be a while in a 72 game season where you're not going to see LeBron, maybe for the 1st, 15 20 or so, at least not in big sample sizes.
You're also not gonna know what they look like, like you're gonna be midway through the season going so the Lakers, or what? When they show up on the court.
And that, to me, is just another great move by them knowing that, hey, we're gonna give our guys rest, you'll see us when you see us, and when you dio feel free to try to figure out how you balance out, you know, and give us competition on both ends of the floor be beyond that.
What other you know, we look around the league.
There's some some moves that are viewed kind of questionably.
There's sums that it looked like teams, really In both conferences, I think, uh, that really solidified themselves.
We can, you know, footnote The idea of CP three going to Phoenix.
Obviously, that's a team that saw themselves on the fringe of the playoffs and and wanted to make a move to get themselves better and stronger.
That almost falls by the wayside.
Relatives is somewhat the other stuff going on, Um, the big one for me.
When I looked out, there was three Atlanta Hawks.
Like this is a team that, you know you have trade young.
You know you have offensive firepower.
But the problem is it doesn't mean anything.
It means that you're just really you know, you're the Washington Wizards. Great.
You have all this.
You have all this firepower, and you can't stop anybody.
Your leaky sieve.
So they go and get the aforementioned Rajon Rondo off the Lakers on a two year deal.
They going get Chris done off of Chicago's roster, who's kind of established himself as an elite defender.
They already have Clinton Capella from last season.
You know, in trade there, they really to me.
There's a couple other moves that they made in there as well.
But when you talk about now, excuse me small moves Gallinari adding him into it.
A veteran like giving him a substantial contract to come in there to help supplement the offensive firepower.
Give them a little bit more size.
This is a team that clearly looked at and said, It's the East.
We haven't been great.
Trae Young is awesome.
How do we make this team better? How do we get defensively? Competitive? Because we can be, Ah, seventh seed.
A six seed in the Eastern Conference right now this upcoming year.
Do you? Do you like what you saw from them? Yeah, I have the hawks of my list.
Um, I think their fourth on my list of teams that I liked what they did, and I think exactly what you said.
It's about trade Young.
It's about knowing that you have a superstar on your team.
Ah, guy that can drop 40 almost every other night and getting the defense around him and the veterans around him to kind of like lock lock everything else down, and I think they definitely took a step forward.
But then also, I think that they're the Hawks.
And, uh, that's the fear, right? The fear is still what you are.
The Atlanta Hawks, right? This is still the Hawks, and there's like they might do all this and still not make the playoffs.
Like, I mean, it's It's supposed to be expanded to 20 teams this year, so maybe that will help him.
But, I mean, I like what they did because, like I said, it's like they're investing in the team around, trade young, their superstar.
But will it be enough? There's so many good teams and there's so many teams that air that have changed this week and that are trying to ante up, trying to do something.
Thio give themselves a shot, and none of us really know what it's gonna be until we see it on the court.
And even when we see it on the court is gonna be months until we know who is who and what is what if you think it's a risk reward when you have a young talent like like a trade young, you say? Well, we want to get better around them.
And obviously, if if we if we stick through the draft and we say, Well, look, we brought another.
Another young, exciting piece they've had Collins is on that roster, right? You can you can try to sell trade Young.
I'm saying we're building and it may take us another year.
When you make moves like these, it gives you that cachet of Hey, look, we're making the splashes.
But to your point, like you know, Gallanar is not young.
He's 32 gonna be 33.
What does he look, you know, What does he look like? He's had injury concerns in the course of his career, and it's a delicate balance to me when you when you go forward a little bit in free agency toe help your young star.
And if that doesn't pan out, it almost it can trigger for that player of Oh, so you guys don't know what you're doing then, like you couldn't make the right moves in free agency when you had the chance you brought in veterans you brought in this town. Okay, great.
And if it doesn't pan out.
It's almost worse than if you miss in the draft, cause these are guys that you got to see young players, right? Like it's ah, a bit of a ****ed if you do, ****ed if you don't scenario.
But now you have Rondo, you brought in done.
You have got trade.
Young is gonna look at this season and say, Well, I'm gonna do what I dio.
And if these things don't all come together, I'm gonna start thinking Is this the place for me? Do you start to get in those conversations of Maybe I'm not signing that next contract.
Yeah, And it's It's crazy how star driven the league is and how most of these front offices and organizations have to do what they can to appease the stars that they have in hopes that those stars will not leave to join a super team or team up with one of their buddies or whatever and like that's what a lot of free agency is.
Even like another team.
I I put on my like I don't know if they did, enough was the bucks.
And obviously the bucks are doing everything they can to keep you honest, locked in in Milwaukee to stay there, and I feel like they made some moves.
But it's not enough for them to make that jump.
Make that leap, especially because the East is going to get more competitive.
As you add the Brooklyn Nets into the conversation, I'm like there's a Drew holiday.
Yeah, that's that's a guy that everybody was interested in.
That's the guy that everybody respects.
But there's a drew holiday.
Make the bucks immediately.
But I don't know if he does enough to move the needle for Yannis to say Okay, Yeah.
Now our team, you know, can take that step to make it to the Eastern Conference finals.
They haven't made it to the Finals.
This was supposed to be their year to get there, right? The bucks, the Bucks air.
Just like I don't know there. They've been competitive.
They've been the favorites.
They've had the M V p, but they haven't had enough to get them across the finish line.
There's Drew Holiday and D. J. Augustine.
And who else did they pulling this well, and I'll tell you s o that Bogdanovich deal falls through.
Obviously, that's because whether or not you liked or didn't like it, you know, get the tampering and now they're going to investigate on the boulevard.
You don't know whether it's on the King's around The bucks, like the Bucks assumed they went to Bogdanovic.
Consider you down with this.
The Kings were like that would just kind of assumed he would opt in and go, so that falls apart.
Whether or not Matt, Matt Brooks and I talked about this is like, Yeah, there's a lot of pieces.
I don't know how they all fit together, But if you have Bogdanovich, who gives you more perimeter shooting that opens? Something's up for Middleton as well.
You know, you have to stretch with Brooks There like that opens things up to when you get into this is where it feels dangerous because once you get okay, you get your holiday and I like that.
But then when you when you go and get D.
Augustine that feels like a panic button push for the box of like we make something went wrong here for us and for agency.
Let's reboot where we gonna go like Augustine doesn't move the needle for me in the slightest, and that is not a knock on him in his game.
But to your point like that doesn't make me go.
Watch out now, they added.
It makes you go.
Okay, you know, it's another good player toe have on your roster, but it's still gonna fall on the same shoulders of the honest Middleton and Brook Lopez like it's still the same guys you were talking about.
And then what the needle move is defensively with having holiday.
That's interesting to me.
In the last little thing is holidays.
Offensive game might look a lot better on the Bucks.
Knowing all those pieces you have around, he's gonna open up some for his mid range game.
So he may have a little bit even better upside offensively for the Bucks than he did when he's on the palate.
Yeah, three years, 21 million for D.
Augustine, uh, kind of undersized veteran.
I think the Knicks were interested in him.
Another team that was looking at him.
I forget who, but I wasn't expecting the Bucks to do that.
And I didn't really look at that as like, okay, the Bucks we're getting better.
Uh, Pat Connaughton.
And then I think they scoop Bobby Portis from the Knicks.
So, yeah, they've made some moves.
But I don't think these air any moves that everyone's gonna say.
OK, now book Yanis in the books to get to the Eastern Conference finals on and I don't know, like I don't want to say they did a bad job.
They did a better job, but that's what I'm saying.
It goes back to, like all of these teams just trying to appease their stars and, like, did they do enough? No one knows right now, but we'll see in the season.
And will it be enough to keep their star players there? I don't know.
And would you have made those same moves, right? If if if not for the star that you're trying to appease, would you have gone about free agency in that same way? The other thing? Ah, team that jumps out to me and he said, going through some of ones and there's there's some questionable, like the like, the bucks and kind of a mixed bag there with them, a team that I think really did themselves a lot of favors in this offseason quietly is the Portland Trailblazers.
I think that for a team that we know is so offensive firepower based, they ended up early free draft, getting that trade that gets them Covington from the Rockets.
That's a nice piece to add in you.
Bring back Carmelo Anthony.
You also grab, uh, Harry Kyle's there off of the King's like he comes in to supplement Nurkic.
Who's going to come back.
You still have. Collins is recovering from injury.
Then you also get Rodney Hood like they did a nice job of, of improving what their weakness was like.
How do we make ourselves more balanced on both ends of the floor? I don't know.
Now listen, had to claw their way in the bubble to make the eighth seed.
So I'm not saying that.
Hey, watch out! But at the same time, like this is a team that's hung their hat on McCullum and and game for so long, and at some point you go.
You got to know it's not enough.
It's not getting the job done, so they've at least done things that aren't big, big flash moves.
But they've done enough, then I think you'll still look at them and say they're right there in that mix of 87 c.
They're going to be competitive, and I'll be curious.
If a season starts to unfold, they head toward the trade deadline.
Maybe they're a team that's in that.
Hey, who's available out there? Maybe we try to make a splash move to move ourselves up that Western Conference, Frank, because again, you are hanging your hat on your veterans right now, and that's who you're gonna live and die by.
There's only so much moves that you could make here around this roster.
Yeah, and I feel like they're they're doing what they can.
And again, it goes to appeasing the star right game time.
You know he's got the max.
And he's spoken out so much about not wanting to leave Portland, not trying to duck the grind.
Well, we know he grinds.
We know he works hard in the front office, seems to be trying to work hard.
I was surprised that Carmelo came back.
There was interesting for Carmelo and more places than there's been.
Carmelo was out of the league for a while like the interest for Carmelo was higher than it's been in the last three years.
Um, they get Derrick Jones Jr out of Miami.
I'd like to see some of the pieces in Miami moving because I feel like they had so many talented players on their team.
Uh, did they end up getting his cantor? I know there's some movement.
No, they did. He returned. Yet he gets back.
I think he's officially back there.
Although, by the way, what things about NBA free agency is like names getting attached to places and then within, you know, 14 hours.
You're like, Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.
So I believe, Yes, he's gonna end up back there Well, as well, which again? Because Whiteside leaves and free agency.
But you bring back in cancer, and that's a nice, just pure defensive energy guy ad coming off the bench there For them.
That helps supplement they have.
And he has previous ties there with Portland as well.
So you know the quick side note on them, I'll say, because you mentioned appeasing to start.
Do you think that McCullum would have been moved if not even this offseason or previously? if not for game level, because I feel like Dame Lillard.
They like their bodies.
They like each other on and off the court, and he's obviously the number 1 to 1 A or two of McCollum.
But again, appeasing your star, right? If this organization look at this roster, they might say, Hey, it's time to break this pairing up and try to bring somebody else in and we could get value from a column.
Do you think that Daimler is like, This is my guy like this is this is the tandem and we do everything else that we want around.
Yeah, I think they definitely want to run it back.
I think they want to keep working on this together.
Um, I think the organization wants them to stay together.
McCullum is the Robin to dames Batman, and I don't think they're even.
You know, I don't think they're even thinking about going separate ways yet.
I feel like there's, ah, lot more for them to do, and they've got, you know, a new cast, a new roster, so we'll see if they take a step forward this year.
But I feel like they're vibes, their energy like those two guys like they play well together.
They're probably really good friends, and they're not looking to break those guys up yet.
The footnote that you mentioned you mentioned Carmelo Anthony, Um, good on him because I think that these last couple of years were the, you know, the wake up call for him checking in on where he was in his career, maybe get himself in.
Probably the best shape that he's been in in a handful of seasons.
And then when he plays with Portland last year, it was legitimate when he said, like, I feel comfortable here.
I have a role here.
I'm getting used here, obviously.
And even though you get all this traction in free agency about possibly able to go somewhere else, I don't think if not for the last three years that he's gone through, he probably would have gone somewhere else.
He would have gone to the market and look for that splash and maybe gotten caught up in the idea of like, Hey, you could be the man here on this team.
You could be the legit number two.
Instead, he goes, I'm comfortable.
They're giving me my minutes.
I'm getting my looks.
And the two players I have around me afford me to get some nice looks like Good.
Let's Let's go ahead.
Step right back into these nice, comfortable waters where I know what my role is gonna be.
Yeah, Carmelo, Originally from New York, Syracuse guy, Um, Denver guy, you know, played played a few different spots for him to find a home in Portland, Oregon.
He must really like it out there.
Um and you must feel comfortable out there.
I know the fans have embraced him out there and, you know, they expect to see more of this.
And I'm really happy for Carmelo because, like you said, it looks like he got in a better shape.
They're calling him skinny, mellow.
And maybe, you know, something happened over the course of him.
Just not getting the looks that he thought he deserved him not being in the league.
Players like Jared Dudley being in the league over him.
Um, I think he found ah, place that took a chance on him.
Um, that he ended up liking, and he feels like, you know, I'm gonna stick stick it out here maybe for the rest of his career, because they did.
It's kind of like a reward, like, Hey, you guys took a shot on me.
I'm going to stay here and work with this team versus trying to get more money elsewhere or more minutes elsewhere.
Like, you know, I appreciate what you guys did, and I'm going to stick it out right here in Portland, and I really hope that they can compete.
I hope that they can take that step because they've got some guys and they've got the superstar and Damian Lillard and the West is crazy.
But you know, it's about it's about team.
At the end of the day, it's about defense.
It's about team.
It's about more than one guy.
One guy doesn't ever win anything in the MBA.
So maybe the Trailblazers have their right mix of guys to get into the playoffs and maybe make make some noise.
I mean, they were in two years ago, but I guess after this year, you know, with the bubble and everything, they're looking to be in the top eight, probably the whole year.
Stay there and be competitive.
So good luck to the Trailblazers.
They're definitely a team that I'm rooting for.
I was interested to see how how they look heading into the years.
Well, there's obviously there's one of the other L A team in the Clippers that ties to the name going across your jersey as well in terms of targets for free agency.
But just before we do get their, uh, the Charlotte Hornets.
Listen, I don't know Boston upto a lot.
Allegedly in this free agency market.
It seemed like they were involved in everything and nothing.
At the same time.
Gordon Hayward opts out of it.
He ends up signing ah, substantial deal with the Charlotte Hornets.
On the surface, some people seem to question it.
It's It's a pretty big payday for a guy that obviously has an injury history.
He's not the youngest guy in the world.
Uh, he ends up signing 100 $20 million contract with the Hornets.
Just what's your take on it? Because it for me, I look at it as you're not a huge market.
It's difficult to attract stars there.
You have some young players and pieces that you like and this just listen, This moves you forward you know, health being considered Gordon Hayward.
Get makes your T.
He looked good, you know, in the in the bubble.
And he dealt with injuries as well in that, you know.
But when he was there, he looked good.
He was He was an important piece for the Boston Celtics.
And I think I understand why Boston will move on from him.
But I don't necessarily understand the way people looking at from the outside.
I think this is the kind of money you pay in free agency to get a guy that wouldn't normally come maybe to your team or to your market.
This makes the Hornets better.
This makes a decent, young, exciting team a little bit better and gets them into that conversation.
Can we make the playoffs? Can we get into this Atlanta Hawks and all these other teams? They're gonna be a relatively around the bottom of the East like this can put us over the top.
I think that's what they're thinking, right? I think you know, they draft, uh, Romelo ball and I read somewhere like, you know, they're not making the same mistake they did when they drafted Kemba Walker. Hi.
you know, they had Kemba in there as the point guard would not too much around him.
They bring in a guy like this and I mean Gordon Hayward.
Ah, lot of people were talking about the money.
I think it was a four year $128 million contract.
Gordon Hayward originally signed with the Celtics for four years, 120 million like he was hurt.
We all know that gruesome injury that he sustained and, you know, he was out for a while, and I guess he never really messed with the Celtics.
But I feel like he has the opportunity to be a star in Charlotte, potentially an All Star, and then help some of the younger guys along like like Graham, who had his like coming out party this year.
He took a step that I don't think too many people were expecting him to take.
And then, like I said, they draft Um, Lemelle lowball, and you want him toe walk into a situation where there are proven MBA stars on the team.
There is proven talent, and he doesn't feel like he's got to do too much right away.
So I think people gotta kind of pump the brakes on this.
I'm seeing a lot of hot takes.
And you know what I find whenever there is a former Celtic or the Celtics Air involved? You get all these hot takes and chatter on Twitter on MBA, Twitter and really, all it is is all the trolls and all of the ghost accounts that made, like Celtics fans, have made 10 burners each to criticize every player or every move.
Oh, he doesn't accept the 34 million to go back to the Celtics.
Whoever signs him like the rumors were that he was looking to go home.
The rumors were that he was trying to go back to the Pacers on, but the Pacers would have a deal for him.
I like that, too, but I think I like the Hornets better.
I think this is Hayward's chance.
Toby, like this is my team.
I'm 27 years old.
I've been in the league long enough like I can lead this team and scoring.
I could be the face of this team next to some other guys that are gonna be the face of the team, too.
But he is gonna be the most proven, the probably, you know, biggest name.
And now he's got the money to match it.
So good luck to him and the Hornets.
I think I think MJ is heading in a slightly different direction with these group of guys that he has.
Yeah, by the way, you mentioned it, right? Trying to go home.
So maybe the Hornets, if you want to get him and the Pacers are involved in those got you gonna pay a little bit more to get them? Thio come to Charlotte as opposed to going back to back to home there with the Pacers and then the other pieces to remember when you draft ball, there's a lot of upside to him.
And one of the things that, like the creative playmaking ability for others, is what is what's really so great about balls games.
So why don't you go ahead and given to your point a veteran guy that if you're if you allow ball to focus on being a creator and facilitator first and then allow all the natural athleticism to give you those buckets on the offensive end? Now you're talking about okay, guess who you're kicking into.
And an experienced veteran guy on the wing who knows how to knock down shots, who, as long as he could be healthy, can also take guys off the dribble.
He can get into the lane.
He doesn't have like, has he lost? Maybe a little bit.
About half step of quickness through these injuries? Sure, but again, reliability and consistency is paramount.
When you talk about creating a balanced roster and if in Jordan you say, Hey, hey, word to your point, man like you can be the guy.
You could be that veteran on this roster that we understand.
We got all the young guys, whatever, but, like, you're going to be the guy that moves us with consistency throughout the season and gives us a chance to have success, hopefully going into a playoff front.
So I quietly like it.
We'll see what it shakes out.
The problem is like you say, a lot of other teams are making a lot of moves around both conferences, so it's hard to tell how all this stuff shakes out when we get into the regular season.
Thea and I mean the last thing I'll say about it and kind of like you said right? Right with the Pacers, if you're competing with someone, you gotta ante up a little bit more.
And I think I think the Hornets wanted tow land.
Ah, top free agent. They wanted to.
They had some money to spend.
They wanted to bring in someone.
And it happened to be Gordon Hayward.
A lot of people are talking about his age, and you know, he's like, 567 years older than some of these young guys on the team.
And, you know, I read an article that said like, he's gonna be he's gonna be washed.
He's gonna be out of his prime when these younger guys are ready to compete.
I don't think that's necessarily true on.
Like I said, I think the Hornets were looking to land a free agent this year in this class, spend some money, make their team better, and they and I think they effectively did it with this.
Um, as long as he's healthy, I think he's a great player on that team to go along with Bridges to go along with Graham Rosier ball.
Uh, Malik Monk like they have.
They have some guys that if they practice our and they put it together, they might be able to surprise some people.
And, you know, they just missed the bubble last year.
So maybe they will sneak in in in the East as the eighth seed or one of the lower seeds this year.
Well, by the way, is we look over just briefly before we get out of here to the Clippers.
We talked about the Atlanta Hawks. You bring gallanar.
Is he gonna be there when the Hawks and Trade Young are ready to compete for titles? Potentially, that's in their future like No, of course she's not like, Okay, so, Gordon, hey, we're not gonna be there.
Okay? So you so don't bother competing.
Don't bother signing a guy who's who's five years older than most of your roster because it means in four years when he's done, where we going? Who cares that that's 2024 problems? That's not That's not 2020 problems I got.
I got problems about being competitive.
Free agency is competitive.
This is competition between teams, general managers, organizations, whatever and like you can lose free agency by sitting on your hands.
You don't lose free agency by making a move right now.
And I think the Hornets have done some things where now people are kind of looking at them differently, like Okay, maybe they have a shot and that's considered a win.
And Michael Jordan is very competitive.
I'm sure he takes free agency very personally.
Yes, yes, we know.
At the very least, we know that Michael Jordan treats it as it is either an indictment on me.
Yes, I know I own a team, but we're talking about me.
It's the Michael Jordans and whether or not we're having a good offseason.
So, um, the last piece that will get out on the Clippers because it ties in again to Brooklyn.
And obviously you know the speculation.
WAAS, Brooklyn Harden These deals air coming, if not hard.
Bam, We're going for Bill.
It's going to be the move.
Something big is coming.
And I just discussed this with Doug earlier today, where we were saying like, it's weird that remember, it's been a long time, even though it's only been one season, and I think that fans are having the sense of like we've had Katie and Kyrie for so long.
We got to make another move.
We gotta get better, right? Like this long 18 month season that we had to go through Makes it feel like there should be desperation around Brooklyn.
And the reality is that well, we are pretty deep.
We got I mean, pretty deep.
Probably one of the deepest teams and deepest rosters in the league.
Now we made some supplemental moves.
We get Sham it, we get Brown.
I actually really like those moves a lot.
And when you talk about a name like in the secondary kinda tier of Ibaka who ends up signing a two year deal with the Clippers, what was your take on it from both sides? Really? Do you think that this is a oh, no.
Brooklyn got beat to the punch on Ibaka Or that they were interested, willing to, you know, take a look at that And the Clippers really were not just compared to the Brooklyn, but in general, they were a desperate team to make a tweak here to this roster, knowing what they went through last season and realizing Hey, look at L.
A they're getting better.
They're you know, they're refining themselves again for another one here.
What are we doing? Veteran like Ibaka helps move the needle for them.
Yeah, I think this move saved the Clippers.
As faras free agency goes.
I also think the Clippers anteed up a little more.
Two years, 19 million.
Most people in that slam we're talking about, uh, sir, just coming here and signing for the minimum to play with a D.
And I'm like, Does he love Katie that much? It's been some time since they played together.
I think he loves Kawai a little bit more.
The ring with CO I two years ago might be looking toe, run it back with him and connect with him again.
And that's exactly what he did.
He went back to the Clipper, or he went back to play with Hawaii and sign with the Clippers for more money than he would have signing in Brooklyn.
Now, I don't think you know that hurts the Brooklyn Nets.
Too much would have been awesome to bring in a Serge Ibaka, especially because we had a wild week of thinking that James Harden was coming here.
I mean it's still floating around out there.
But what I think it is, just Nets fans not being in this position very often, Like like the last time we were in this position.
We signed K G and Paul Pierce and that whole fiasco.
So it's fun for Nets fans to be, you know, at the top of the draft, the draft comes on and they're talking about the Nets Free agency special comes on and they're talking about The Nets were all getting greedy like we want hearted.
We're not getting hard and you know we want Ibaka.
We're not getting a bucket, and it's like, Look at this team.
We've got a bunch of like, talented players on this on, and I also don't think we're done because all of us have been talking about it.
How many guards can you have on one team? How many MBA guards like that have to get playing time that have MBA experience? Can you have on one team? So I think there's another move that's gonna be made.
I don't know exactly what it is or what it will be, but as far as the Clippers air concerned, good for them getting Serge Ibaka.
That dream was short lived.
It didn't work out for us.
But they, you know, they ended up.
And we all understand that surge is going back to play with CO I over playing with Katie.
They played together two years ago versus playing together eight years ago, you know, and won a title, by the way, right? Like, Hey, I know we played when we were young and we started out together in the league with Katie.
This is a guy that I have ah, a known relationship with on the court.
I know what it feels like to play with him.
I know what it means for my game and to your point to, regardless of Brooklyn fan base or anybody in general.
If you thought that Sergi.
But listen like I know he's older, I think that he's not.
He's not the same guy who was a couple of years ago.
Also, he's a quality player, and if you think that surged at the point in his in his mind of his career, he's like maybe I'm just like a minimum guy, you know, like like maybe I'm like he doesn't need to he just want already won a championship.
So that's that's different to when you're an older player and you haven't won yet.
Then you start to think about where is my best chance to win.
He gets to do a combination of both being on a very competitive team, obviously, in the Clippers and also cash in a nice little payday for himself.
It's gonna put him back on the market in two years when he will be able to at that 20.
34 35 say, Okay, where do I want to go? What's my comfort spot? How do I chase a couple extra rings? So I think everyone's a little bit early on where Ibaka is in his career on what his mindset was gonna be.
That being the case, man, it's not over yet.
I wouldn't be surprised if Brooklyn you know some of those role players start to rotate out, and maybe they bring in one key piece that they're looking at.
Remember, rosters air up to 17 players going into this season, so there's additional depth here for MBA player teams to be able to play with, and that could be going to the season with a deeper roster than you normally anticipate.
And seeing how the early stage of the season play out looking at other teams and how they're performing as well.
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I, uh I told my boy on the podcast man that if the Cowboys won a game with Andy Dalton, they're actually the bigger threat in the division.
In spite of the fact that most of the fan base probably would have liked to have just seen them lose and go ahead and close the chapter on on what is the 2020 season? They actually did a few things yesterday that I said that they needed to do that.
I didn't think they were gonna dio.
That now has changed the narrative where it's like we could win the division.
I guess we got I guess this season is not over.
So turn it back on.
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Turn it right back on, boys.
Don't turn off the lights this soon. Yeah.
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