one of these days where where the soundest doesn't come in.
Um, hope everybody's doing well, you know, a little bit of, ah, disappointing weekend, but I'm feeling good, man.
It was a long week.
Yesterday was the first time I got to bed before, like, midnight.
And that felt good.
That felt really good.
So everything's good over here? Um, yeah.
I mean, there's a lot to talk about and also nothing to talk about today.
So I'm really just taking questions.
Anything anybody wants to say Anybody you know, anything that people want to get off their chest or any questions about the roster? What I think of anything in the next year.
Um, I'm here to take questions.
Uh, you know, I'm coming in with Sal now. You can that sense.
I mean, eso these. These a Emma's.
I I want to start doing these at noon.
I think this makes sense to do it this time.
Um, nighttime is a little bit tough, because I have you know, now I'm gonna have reporting stuff that I'm gonna be doing.
Um, but I also have my own show, which I'm sure many of you guys are aware of eso.
Doing this at noon is a great little spot.
I have a morning show that I do over for the good folks at SportsCastr.
I do that usually it like 10, 10, 30 which I try to share on Twitter.
I don't know how many people watch those, but this slot right here is perfect.
So I've said this a million times.
I It's hard for me to fit these in because I haven't really been pragmatic about when I try to make these work, but this noontime slot is good.
Um, Taurean Prince is having to come back here.
I mean, for him, I I got to say, like the only way to go is up.
Right? So as long as he hits the catch and shoot looks that he was hitting with Kyrie on the floor, then I mean, you're getting more from him.
I This is where we're at right now.
This is things where the free agency offseason period has hit.
I was having debates today about who's the better back up small forward between him and TLC.
What? I thought I was gonna be arguing about, but, hey, here we are.
I actually still kind of like to you'll see a little bit. Mawr.
Um I just think he brings a little bit more just in terms of, like, secondary shot creation and defense.
Although he follows a lot, Um, so I think those two are gonna be battling it out for that small forward spot, assuming that there's no major trades which I don't know if there's an assumption I'm I'm really willing to make.
But that that would be What I'm looking at right now is those two are gonna be fighting it out.
So I will say also for prints like he's gonna be in the right position.
Um, I wasn't huge on the Jeff Green signing.
Not because I don't think it's a good value, but because I just you know, it's I think he's gonna be He's gonna be Jeff Green is gonna have weeks where he looks awesome.
There's gonna be weeks where he doesn't look awesome.
Um, what he really does, though, is that he shores up a lot of things.
So I think it was Billy Reinhardt who put up a like a full list of the Nets roster next year, and it's funny, like just looking at that. I wish I should.
I should have pulled this tweet up, but, um, just looking at the full roster listed, it actually makes a little bit of sense.
It made more sense seeing it all listed out than I thought it would.
Andi, I think part of it's just, you know, you actually have a guy that plays the floor, um, on the team, like that's That's your guy right there.
So you don't have Prince playing before.
You don't have a bunch of undersized guys doing it.
We don't have, You know, I don't know whoever you want to throw it, trading on Graham playing before you know, You have a guy that's actually manned that spot and done it pretty incredibly in certain spots last year in Houston and then in previous years in Cleveland.
So, yeah, I mean, I I like that.
I think that that makes a lot of sense.
Um, I'm gonna wait for a couple more questions, and then I'll really get more what I think of the free agency because I have some thoughts on it.
But, um, that's I I do think it it will.
Things have started to make a little more sense.
Roster construction wise? Should the Nets target a power forward in free agency? Or do you think there's a trade that works? My friend, tell me who the power forward is.
That's left because I would have said Markieff.
Morris Markieff Morris is now re up to the Lakers.
Uh, who else do you want to throw out? Tory Craig, Tory, Craig Want to Milwaukee? A nice little signing there.
Uh, Mo Harkless Mo Harkless would have been a pretty good option to throw the tax Emily at he signs for six million.
No, no, he signed for three million ish, I think, um, in Miami.
So all these guys that I think, hey, those would be good options.
They haven't They haven't been targeted.
And now the roster is Katie at the four.
I think we're kind of locked into that at this point.
Um, Jeff Green, as I mentioned, And then I guess if you really want to play small, you give your throw Prince or TLC out there at the four spot, so break the heart in trade.
That would be a way to come back, huh? Just drop it right here on this stream with no audio.
Yeah, Taj Gibson.
I like Taj Gibson.
Taj Gibson's a five, though in the sleep.
Um, same with same with Ibaka, you know? So what can you dio thoughts on Allen's? Why the rush to trade him? This is a great point.
I'm happy you brought this up.
That is a great, great point.
The Ibaka thing sucks in terms off.
It's a talent grab, right? Let me fix my camera a little bit.
All right? Yeah.
So it sucks from a talent craft.
You Obviously you want to bring in many talented players is possible and give Steve Nash is much, much toe work with as you possibly can.
So, in losing him, that sucks. You also.
The thing that sucks about it as well, is that you you don't quite have as much verse Italic e.
So the roster is now these two superstars Caris, Levert and Spencer Dinwiddie who do a lot of the same things.
I think I feel pretty confident in saying that to slashing guards.
Um, you know, distribute pretty well, especially in driving kick situations.
But they do a lot of the same things, Andi, and take a lot of the same driving lanes.
Then you have your centers, which are both rim rollers, vertical protectors.
Um, that's kind of what you're stuck with right now, so that sucks.
That opportunity sucks of not getting somebody that just adds a little bit of extra gusto to the rotation.
Jared Allen still really good.
And I think a lot of people are not really forgetting that.
But, you know, the tricky part is you have to figure out what you're doing with him next year.
I don't think they're gonna offer him an extension.
So at the very least, you have him under a rookie deal for another year, and you could just sort of figure it out on the go.
Whether that's trying to make a trade as we sort of tail off and get into training camp or waiting until the trade deadline, they're not screwed in this situation because it's not like Jared Allen can't play like he's a very, very good center.
I would say he's like a league average center, maybe a little bit better than that, and that's your guy coming off the bench or maybe even starting.
I would be surprised.
But maybe that's what you're working with.
So it's not a terrible place to be in.
And, you know, I mean, like, let's be honest.
The Lakers last year, JaVale Dwight Howard did very similar things.
So I think the the need tohave centers that do different things is a little bit overblown.
Um, you can absolutely survive with two rim rollers.
Now the issue is the Lakers have Anthony Davis, who could just slide into five.
A little different for the Nets.
What are you doing? Is the move to put Jeff Green at the five? Is it Durant at the five? Do you want Durant playing the five that much and keep Playoff? Siri's e don't know, but I do think that they're in a good situation.
With that, Um, Trevor Ariza will be out of okay.
See soon enough. Maybe him.
He's a buyout guy.
That's a great point. Young Novak.
He is a buyout guy and would make a lot of sense.
Um, you know, you don't wanna I wouldn't expect a ton from him, but he was good in certain spots last year.
It's funny that that trade, I think he was traded for Bazemore.
They both kind of looked good in their respective situations once they once they sort of got traded for one another.
So um yeah, I think he's a good option.
And he'll be one of the guys along, you know, with, like a James Johnson or somebody like that, that I do feel like it's gonna be a pretty big target for a lot of teams on the buyout market.
Bring back our H J.
I thought about it in my free agency video, which I'm working on my next video.
It's been really hard, just a brief tangent.
It's been really hard to figure out what I want to do next.
Content wise, because every week it seems like a different thing is happening.
So one week James Harden is coming to Brooklyn.
The next one, it's Serge Ibaka, the next one.
It's, you know, whatever a bunch of role players and there's gonna be a trade or, you know, somebody is going to Dallas or whatever.
Um, and as it turns out, none of that stuff is gonna happen For now. at least.
So, um, it zibin in interesting couple of weeks in terms of trying to plan what to do next, but yeah, all right.
Today was the guy that I had in my, uh, my free agency video from about a month ago as potential targets.
I think I think nurse unlocked a lot of things for him, and he's good.
He's a good energizer, you know, off the bench bully That knows what he's good at and and kind of six to that.
I feel like some fans want to make trade just for the sake of making trades.
Totally agree with that.
I do actually agree with that.
And I'm guilty of that too.
Trust me, I am very guilty of that.
I have spent a lot of time thing about trades, potential deals, who looks good, who doesn't look good.
Um, and I think part of its that we've had eight months, not even eight months.
Really? Since last What? Since last October.
November, you know, and because the second that Durant signed here, we kind of knew that.
Hey, we got a whole We got a whole gap here essentially and you know, and and with that comes a lot of I don't want to call it boredom, but just a lot of speculation hypothesizing.
So I I do agree.
I think there are a lot of that does stem from just the the excitement for next year.
I think there are moves to be made.
I do, and I think there's certain spots that they're missing.
But I do like the roster just seeing it again, all laid out.
I actually like it more than then.
I think the average person klaxon is the X factor.
If he has improved his shooting, totally agree, Mr Beef Einstein. I totally agree.
Uh, he's a guy that, like, if he really if he really shows out and and and shows some things in the first couple of months, if they do decide, Hey, we wanna move on with from Jared Allen, which again, I don't think they necessarily have to dio and they either trade him straight up for something or package him with, You know, I don't know what he's thrown in.
A lot of trade rumors.
Um, you do that and he looks really good.
Well, then you don't really have to worry about saying, Hey, we need a center back.
We need a guy that can play the five back.
If klaxon looks good, just run with them.
He's really versatile, at least in theory.
On the perimeter.
He's somebody that I think can possibly guard Smalls in certain switches.
He's not there yet.
He's got a long way to go in terms of really ironing that out.
You know, one of the big things for him is not falling for pump fakes, which is, I think, the thing that a lot of young guys have to deal with.
Jared Allen dealt with that to a degree when he first came in, so that's something he's got to figure out.
But I mean, if he makes dramatic improvement in Year two, and mind you, he's had a lot of time off.
Yes, he was injured, but he's got a lot of time off to work on things. Study film.
There's a chance that could happen.
Um, I crazy to think, Kevin, love is the perfect fit on this team.
Not sure how to match salaries, though.
Um, I don't I don't know.
I'm a little lower on Kevin.
love in the modern NBA.
I think he makes sense if you have a bad contract.
And, like, say, the Sixers hadn't been able to offload, Um, you know I'll Horford.
Maybe you flip those two for one another, and you just kind of try to find a guy that fits them a little bit better.
Fits that Ben Simmons Joel Embiid ARC type and put his much shooting around them is possible for the Nets.
Um, you know, I think he'd be even further relegated into, like, a spot up role, which I don't necessarily think is the best way to go about using Kevin Love.
And he just doesn't provide it's own on defense.
He's without a position in this league.
It's too slow to guard the four.
Not really ever been much of a shot blocker to guard the five, so he's tricky.
He's a very good player, and if you have somebody that is like a top top top top tier rim protector, he makes a lot of sense.
So say he went to Utah for I don't know.
I don't even want to try to make a fake trade right now, but say he went to Utah and he played next.
Thio Rudy Gobert.
That makes a little bit of sense for Brooklyn.
You know, DeAndre Jordan was good last year, but not to the degree where he's covering up for literally everybody's mistakes.
The Nets have six quality guards.
That's why I think a trade is coming.
Yeah, no, you're not crazy for thinking that again.
As I said when I first started, there's a lot of overlap and a lot of guys who do similar things, which I think in the grand scheme of things, could be a little bit overstated.
But I do worry a little bit mawr when it comes to guys that need the ball in their hands and they overlap.
That, I think is a lot bigger of a deal than, say, having to centers that you know both are rim rollers that I think that's fine, because again, those are those air, not a their low usage guys, but be there guys that they're low maintenance.
You don't have to worry about giving them post touches and stuff like that.
That's just not how the league works.
Um, they're selfless, so I think that's a little bit less of a big deal.
The guards, though I do think it's tricky.
I have heard about anything about Klaxons development over the break.
£20 of muscle alert.
And I I'm curious to see.
I wish we had a media day.
It doesn't seem like we're gonna do that.
So unless unless I'm wrong about that, I just haven't heard through the g****vine.
I wish we were, because that'd be a great way to tell I'm not on Instagram either, So I mean, I am.
But I use it like once every two years, so I wouldn't be the one to know There are other people on this community that I think are a lot more active on Instagram, and we'll see that stuff.
So, like, they have to trade dignity.
And Alan, if they don't plan on extending them.
Yeah, yeah, I agree.
You can't really lose both of those guys for nothing.
Um, that's a tough loss, but I also don't think they're in a giant rush to do it right now.
Like that's the beauty of waiting all the way till I guess February because they haven't really ironed out unless I missed that report.
I believe we're not really at a concrete date for for the trade deadline.
I think they're actually believe that I saw this, that they're keeping it the same date as usual.
Somebody can correct me if I'm wrong, so so they have some time.
How about John Collins for For for dinner and Alan? Yeah, I mean, he's fine.
I again kind of same thing with Kevin Love where I'm like.
I don't know if he has a position on defense.
I know I've talked with a couple of Hawks people or Hawks reporters and bloggers, and they've said that he improved quite a bit defensively.
Is he good? Probably not, but he's improved.
I still kind of same thing.
As I said with Kevin Love, he's not enough of a rim protector to play the five a little bit slow, a little bit rigid in the hips to play the four, because again like the second you go small ball.
If you're the other team, John Collins is in a kind of a tricky spot.
Do you think we'll see um, or energized deejay with Kyrie Irving and K D, especially in the playoffs.
I thought we saw an energized D.
J when he got that starting spot or really right before it.
I mean, he was playing hard.
He really waas um you know, it was it was weird.
The area you could see it was his box out.
Like it was such a pain point at the beginning of the year, Um was watching him lazily not really even try to get into the mix.
And then they're kind of the Nets were left with, you know, Prince tryingto wrestle for rebounds with Andre Drummond.
Like he he really turned that around.
I thought that was impressive, you know, And again, you could be like, Well, that's his job.
He should be doing that.
I mean, yeah, but still got to give credit.
Where? Credit to dio eso.
That's That's something that I felt like he improved in a lot a Z The year went on, and I hope that carries over to this year.
Um, well, I'm waiting for the next question.
I want to talk a little bit about free agency.
It's been a dud so far.
I'm gonna just get this out there.
I probably should have let off with this, but I had a bunch of questions coming in.
It's been a little bit of a dud.
There's two different parties right now on Twitter, and that's just Twitter for you.
Um, it Z reactionary and I'm part of that.
I'm not going to say I'm absolved of of being a part of this, but it is. It's reactionary.
It's, um, emotional place.
Um, there's two parties.
There's the trust in marks.
Everything is going perfectly fine.
And then there's This is a disaster.
You know? Mark should be worried.
All this stuff, I think that the true reality is probably somewhere in the middle.
We can call it like it is, though The James Harden thing has been tricky.
It seems like there's a lot of information flying around, and I think a lot of that comes from the flux the state that the Rockets are in right now.
There's just a lot going on with that team, and you could tell you could tell.
Look at the last two weeks of rocket basketball, they trade away Robert Covington for what looks like a decent salary dump on Lee for that first round pick to be included.
So really, you're just giving him up for, like, a protected first, which is not a good trade, by the way, then the next week they had Christian would which, like I guess, like the idea is to try to bring in young talent.
But that's pretty bizarre.
I thought it was a little bit bizarre and its like.
Are they trying to build a roster that you know, makes makes hardened and rust? Want to stay? It's It's just it's hard to get a feel for them.
There's been a lot of misinformation.
I think a lot of the stuff we've gotten so far has been from the net side of things.
And even the Nets like it just sort of feels like it's hard to get a grip hard toe tell on the weathervane where the Rockets air at.
So you know, you could say it's posturing and I could see that it could also just be that they're complete mess from top to bottom and it starts all at the top.
It's it's very hard to work with, so the hardest things been tricky.
It's put the Nets in a tough spot.
I think a lot of this off season is hinged on what's going to happen with that free agency was tough to, um it seems like they really wanted to go for the whole Ibaka thing and you know, that didn't happen.
At the end of the day, they were working with attacks Emily and yes, it's impressive that they got in the mix with Ibaka and they were actually able to compete with less money.
But there is an opportunity cost of doing that, and that's that.
They waited around for him to make his decision.
He didn't make his decision till.
I think Saturday night, I believe, and by the time he made his decision, a bunch of free agents come came off the board.
So now they're in a position where the rosters good. It's really good.
It might be better than any of us realize.
But there's an opportunity cost and that's where we're at right now and I think that it's understandable why some people feel like this wasn't the off season they expected.
It's also understandable why people are saying have faith in Marks, have faith in the organization they've gotten here because both of those things could be true at once.
So that's where my head's out with this.
I don't think there's reason to totally panic yet, but yeah, you could be upset.
You can feel like this hasn't been exactly how you wanted this offseason to go, and I would agree with you.
I'm like I'd be lying if I said that wasn't the case.
I made a 20 minute video on possible free agents, and none of those guys happen, and it is what it is.
So, yeah, I mean it.
Za tricky spot it zone emotional place on here right now.
It is very emotional this week.
If you're gonna take a break from Twitter, this is the week to do it.
Um, what do we got here? Houston Hard and P.
Tucker would be a home run if we could swing that.
Yeah, That'll be a heist asking for another piece from Houston after they already have given mixed reports, but do seem like they want a little bit more from the nets asking for Tucker to I don't know about all that.
It would be great, but that is a heist.
Alright, what do we got here? When I first saw the chart the Covington trade, I was 100% convinced rebuild was coming. Now I'm uncertain.
That's what I'm saying, Young Novak.
That's what I'm saying.
What is going on? Um, yeah, it's really bizarre.
I've kind of toyed with it.
What? What the exact thinking is is a.
I think they're trying to do two things at once.
So you grab somebody like Christian would who's, Ah, young player.
Some people have called him a young breakout star.
I just haven't watched him enough to feel like I could really make that case.
But like the outline of what he could be seems like there's some star potential there.
I just again I haven't watched him enough shocker.
I didn't watch a lot of Pistons basketball last year, so, you know, for for them like that's a somebody that maybe he does course hard into at least stick around for another year.
But it's also a great building block, I guess if they really do blow things up, it's still bizarre, though its's weird throwing a semi big contract like I guess a midlevel contract that a free agent that a lot of teams were going for.
He's not like super, super young, just interesting.
It really caught me by surprise.
So and speaking on the Covington thing, this is a complete tangent.
The Portland off season was sweet.
The Derrick Jones Jr thing was a little bit of an over pay, but sometimes that's what you gotta do, especially if you're Portland and you put together like you.
Look at that roster last year, man.
They have Mario Hezonja at the four, you know, like they don't know what what.
The idea was behind that, but they cheap that a little bit.
Last year, I felt like and just, I don't know, put a roster that bad, um, put together a roster that just really wasn't gonna help game or C J. Now.
Yeah, sure, you overpaid coming our Derrick Jones Jr.
But you know that's that roster makes a lot of sense.
It's deep, you know, 1 to 1 through three at every single position.
I like it. I like what they did.
Yeah, let me see what's What's this one.
Nets need a power forward center that can hit the three and play with Katie.
Big Gap on this team.
Anyone left the target? I, uh I put a joke up about He's kind of a joke.
It really wasn't that big of a joke.
Unfortunately, e put a thing up on my Twitter.
Just like I think it was a screenshot of a Google search of Maxie Cleaver and Kevin Durant workouts.
I was like a lot of my tweets.
I was halfway kidding.
Ah, little bit serious.
So I gotta be honest.
Maxie Cleaver would be a really good fit.
Could be a really good fit for the Nets.
Um, yeah, again.
Somebody that can play power forward center.
You could play next to their to their their current Biggs, DeAndre and Jared Allen.
You know, he can stretch the floor. He's a really good defender.
You'd be a really good fit.
And Dallas has said they want ball handlers.
They mentioned that they want somebody to play to sort of help them out.
When when Lucas, it's the Nets have that they absolutely have that.
I get the Derrick that Josh Richardson was a good ad for that.
I still don't know if he's fully capable of Manning the offense.
When Lucas, it's he's a great fit next to Luca, But I do think that's still a spot they could use.
They're gonna be really feisty next year.
I mean, really, really feisty.
They will be in the mix next year in the West.
I would not want to play them.
I would not wanna play Portland, the and Phoenix to honestly, um, those teams, they're all gonna be really fun and tough out.
So that would be a guy would look at somebody along those lines, though.
How do I feel about Nicholas Klaxon? I like clacks.
Like everybody else I am.
I think he's He's got areas for improvement.
Like many young players again, he's a second round pick, so that's not like a knock or anything like that.
Um, but yeah, I mean, you know, the big thing for him in terms of getting on the court is, and playing a little bit more would be the three point shot, because that gives him a skill that neither one of Brooklyn's current centers have and then just focus on D bulking up a little bit.
I mentioned the pump fakes earlier.
Just little things like that and and even little things like screening and just little things that I think we take for granted from Biggs are the points of improvement right now for him.
But I didnt again.
He played, like, what, 400 minutes? Maybe even less than that.
You might have been in the two hundreds.
It's been a while since I wrote about him and or even talked about him, so he barely played last year.
So I mean again, we're working with a pretty limited sample to know what he does and doesn't dio Just my preliminary observations were the things that are gonna give him more time on the floor in terms of just a baseline of being a center on a really good team.
He's got improve on those things.
I'll take a few more questions and I'm gonna I'm gonna get it started today.
This is fun, though.
I hope you guys like these.
I really want to do these at noon.
This is it's a great slot.
It is a great slot of time, um, again and I.
It seems like it works better for people to my goal, and this is a weird thing to say.
But my goal is to give people stuff to read, watch, enjoy, interact with while they're at work.
That's truthfully, my goal.
Um, because I have been there.
I There are plenty of people that I like to watch read, and I do that stuff when I'm you know, let's When I was at the restaurant on my breaks, I would read other people.
I know that that stuff is cool and it makes shifts go by faster.
That's my goal is just to make stuff for people to enjoy.
And and, uh, let's it.
So if this is a good time, I want to continue to do it at this time.
Is Cleber for Genuity? Enough of return for the Nets? E.
I mean, if it's not, you could ask for Dorian Finney Smith.
I think they could actually live without him now that they have Richardson.
So if you wanted to do that, that's fine.
I think that would make a little bit of sense, but you have to remember with dignity he's an expiring, which is a trickier.
It's a tricky deal for them.
So he's gonna be wanting big money next summer, summer, winter.
I think they're doing.
We're getting back to the normal calendar.
So I could say summer again.
So that Zatz something you have to keep in mind if you're another team.
But he's still a good player.
He's a very good player, and I think there will be teams.
If if they hang on to him, there will be teams making calls about him, Really, until we get to the deadline.
And if they keep him, the Nets do.
And I've been I've been on record saying, I think it's a good idea to do that because he makes a lot of sense next to Kyrie.
He makes a lot of sense next to Katy.
He's somebody that acquiesces to off ball rolls.
He's done that time and time again.
You go back to when they had D'Angelo, Russell, Low vert and Dignity.
It was dignity who really worked well next to Russell.
I felt like in watching that season, you know, they he could man the offense when, when Russell sat so he was having a bad game or, you know, he just needed rest.
Did what? He could totally do that.
But when they played those two down the stretch, what do you actually works pretty well off ball? He's a good catch and shoot player.
He, uh he moves well off ball.
You know, he's not somebody that just sits in the corner with his hands on his knees and and doesn't really look to get involved in the offense.
I will curl around a screen.
He'll do it so again, another guy that I'm just like, if that's what they a deal doesn't come toe fruition, it's not the worst thing that has.
Spencer Dinwiddie is a very good player, and I think a lot of people forgot that around here.
I honestly think the Nets like the roster construction.
I think Marx is just based on, you know, interviews and stuff like that.
And the presser that we had, What was that on Friday? Was that Friday? I don't know.
This week is I've barely slept this week, and every day is just kind of felt like the same thing where I'm just refreshing Twitter over and over, so I don't know what day it was.
But whenever you did that presser, uh, it yeah, kind of felt like he was.
He was big on the on the current roster construction, which makes sense. They have a lot of good players.
Um, but yeah, I agree.
I think another defender would have made some sense, and I They got what they needed from Bruce Brown.
I mentioned when I was doing my free agency outline for certain things they should be looking for a point of attack defender with somebody that I think was a big need for them.
So I threw out guys like Chris Done, and I think Michael Carter Williams was one of the guys I threw out there.
Bruce Brown does that for you.
Bruce Brown is a guy that Yeah, he could take the other.
The opposing teams.
You know, uh, initiator and really, the last spot that they could have used is a bigger forward.
And yeah, heart was have thrown him out a million times.
I think he would have been a good fit.
Of course, the heat got him.
He got him and Avery Bradley for nothing.
Pat Riley is so good, man, you're so good.
I thought they would feel that Jae Crowder lost a lot because he looked for a lot of money in Phoenix, gave it to him.
Uh, but But they made up ground and maybe a little bit more than that.
Even they might have actually improved.
There's a lot of teams that have improved this year or this this offseason.
The Clippers, I think, improved through subtraction and also grabbing a big that allows them to play five out.
You know, it's they basically got a better version for at least on offense, a better version of John Michael Green in Serge Ibaka.
The Lakers improved.
I know I was mixed on the roster at first, but adding Gasol, I think, is a big, big, big get for them.
It's really big, you know.
He's somebody that's gonna look really good next to LeBron, and I think LeBron is gonna have a lot of fun playing with him, just to I to hike you guys.
I mean, look, you saw how much LeBron love playing with Rondo.
You're getting that from Marc Gasol.
This is the best passing center.
Before, we had Yokich in the league, so They're gonna be fun.
He can still, you know, use his arms and protect the basket and basically do what JaVale did or do what Dwight did last year.
It's a great get for them.
I believe I'm having a Boston Celtics show this week on my show basketball more, which I guess you could see on the Borders here.
Um, so they improved.
Kristin Thompson was exactly what they needed.
They, you know, they sacrificed a lot of boards in the playoffs and it hurt them against the heat.
Bring interest in Thompson.
A guy that's versatile on the perimeter allows them to play that one through five switching defense and also controlled the boards a little bit.
That's a nice get heat, I mentioned.
The Sixers improved just by adding more shooters like all these teams improved and the Nets will improve by adding K D and having Kyrie there.
But But I mean, outside of that, I think you look at last year's roster compared to this one, you know, and and this is excluding Kyrie and Katie, I think it's about the same.
I would say Wilson Chandler is about as good as Jeff green.
The highs of Jeff Green are better than the highs of Wilson Chandler, but the lows of Jeff Green are probably a little bit worse.
Then what you're getting from Wilson, Chandler, Wilson.
Chandler knows what he is.
He hits corner threes above 40% can guard a couple of positions.
It knows what he's doing.
So, yeah, I think they're about the same spot as last year.
Katie will be obviously the swing factor.
It's gonna be a lot of fun to have him on the floor.
Totus What up? What's up, Matt? Did.
I already missed the Maxi Cleaver talk? What will it take? You did miss it.
Yeah, throughout Din Witty for Cleaver and Dorian Finney. Smith.
That's what I've sort of.
I don't know if I've talked about it on Twitter, but it's one I've had circled for a bit.
So so that Yeah, I think that that's an interesting one.
Or Dallas is like, No, you don't get both.
Those players, I guess for didn't really straight up because he's an expiring.
That would make a little sense.
Surprised that Tyler Johnson hasn't signed somewhere.
Looks solid in the bubble.
Yeah, we got a lot of Tyler Johnson fans on Nets.
I've seen his name come up a couple of times.
I thought he was good, you know? I mean, I thought he looked healthy, which was good.
That was the big thing for him.
Is he just wasn't healthy in Phoenix.
So he looked like he had his legs under him.
And you saw that in his jump shot.
Um, you know, he really shot the long ball pretty well.
He has that mid range pullup, which I liked, and I thought he moved well, defensively, you know he's not.
He's a little bit undersized, and that could work against him in certain spots.
But he's tough and he gets around screens well again just because he's smaller, which which helps a lot with screens.
If you're small, you could just slide around, you know, a big man setting a pick.
So I thought there was definite definite, um, definite pluses for him.
I don't know if he's gonna be back with the Nets, but you look at the remaining free agent market and it's like, you know, Shabaz Napier, Isaiah Thomas, Jeff Green already signed, which was interesting.
Uh, you know, just to say Jeff Green.
I'm I'm messing up right here.
All these point guards that I think are fine.
Like, I think Tyler Johnson is definitely in that mix for for best third guards out there.
I thought he was good.
How did we get what? We have been it 30? It took 30 minutes. Maybe 35.
I don't have the time right here, but well, we got you a minute. 30 35.
We got an Aaron Gordon question.
Come on. I expect better.
Guys, Um, I still in the Aaron Gordon business.
Um, I think Erin Gordon's good e I worry a little bit because they didn't deal for or they they didn't bring somebody like a bacon or Aaron Baynes in.
I'm a little concerned about the spacing on offense where you have, let's say he comes off the bench, which feels a little weird.
That's a little bit of a docks on on Aaron Gordon, But let's say he comes up the bench or let's say, even plays.
He starts at the four, and you have Katy at the three.
So you have your your starting rotation is is probably Kyrie Kerry's.
Who's a okay shooter? Durant, who is a good shooter, Very good shooter.
That was an understatement.
Aaron Gordon, DeAndre Jordan.
You don't really have much shooting next to those guys.
So then it becomes tricky.
It's like, Okay, well, are you gonna play him off the bench? Well, then he's next to Jared Allen, who is in a floor space.
Er, it's a little I don't know.
The offense feels a little bit collapsed almost, And you could say, Well, then just use Aaron Gordon is a cutter.
Well, the problem is because you have to, you know, traditional centers, rim rolling centers that are either gonna be setting screens or park next to the basket.
Well, they're defender is gonna be the secondary defender.
Whenever Aaron Gordon, let's say he back cuts and he tries to go for a big Dunc, Jared Allen or DeAndre.
Jordan's defender is gonna be right there.
He could just rotate over and try to contest Aaron Gordon's shot.
Or let's say he, you know, it was like, kind of like a pump fake and go situation where he gets run off the line he goes to the basket again, There's gonna be a secondary defender there.
It just it feels a little constraint.
So I like him because I think he's an awesome defender and actually quite underrated in that regard where he's somebody that really I mean, he Congar to Kawai.
We saw two years ago against Toronto.
He was great in that first round. You wouldn't know it.
I was the only weirdo watching that syriza.
I think I watched every minute of that Siri's because I thought it was fun.
I thought that Orlando team was fun and, you know, it was just the games were some games were decently competitive, and I just I honestly like one of the big highs in that Syria's was Aaron Gordon, so he was great against quiet.
I think he could guard other players like that.
He could guard LeBron e, don't know if he'd stop him or or shut him down, but he could.
At least you could put him in front of them and you feel okay about that.
But it's the other end of the floor that I get worried about.
Same thing with a Minu like that trade Aaron Gordon and Aminu for Spencer and Prince.
Yeah, that's solid.
I think you upgrade defensively, but then it's like, All right, What's the shooting look like? Like what? What are you gonna run those guys at the five Next Thio, Katie, Joe Harris, Sham it, Kyrie or whatever.
It just it kind of pronounces how Maney guards the Nets have.
And that's what that's why I say, Like I said this earlier, I get why there's some hand wringing on here, why people are worried about how this roster fits and how things were gonna go next year.
I do, because it's a little imbalanced right now.
And adding certain players doesn't necessarily solve that.
They have a really pronounced need where they do need a four.
But they also need somebody who can space the floor a little bit because of their centers.
It's it's tough, and just there's not that many players in this league that could do that.
Um, wait, Toadfish says.
My sincere condolences that you won do What's the one Do and Dotson have already been swept.
Where did dots inside? When did that happen? No way.
I didn't see that.
Let me check this out.
What? Did this happen? Oh, you went to the Cavs? Oh, that's so boring.
Wow. Breaking news.
I didn't see that today.
I mean, he was never going to the Nets.
I put him in that video I put out, like, a month ago.
He was never going to the Nets, But I like him.
That's a good signing.
I think he's gonna be good.
I mean, we'll at least know that we'll know by the end of this year if he's good, but yeah, There were one new thing, Kurt.
At least he's on the Mavs, the Mavs.
That team is so fun, he's gonna be great next to Luca, I feel like, uh, TP has lost a lot of momentum and goodwill at the end of the season.
Is he really staying for now? Yeah.
I mean, what he is is he's like one of their few mid level salaries.
So if you're trying to make a big trade like you know, the James Harden thing, he helps you get their salary waas.
Or if you're trading him with, you know, I don't know like Jared Allen or somebody like that where you need Thio Get another mid level guy.
Um, like, let's say you're trading for I don't know somebody that's a veteran on a losing team and they say, Hey, we wanna we wanna get somebody young back for whatever X, veteran level player.
Well, Prince is the way that you're gonna get their salary wise.
But but yeah, I mean, for now, I guess you just they don't make any deals, run with it and hope he has a better year.
This year, the Nets could get Niko Mirotic.
Big boss Biggs, I haven't heard merited his name and forever.
So I believe he's in still in Barcelona.
I would be cool, E You know, the thing with him is like I I go back to What was that? I think that was the conference finals two years ago against the Raptors.
God, like he he was unplayable.
And in that moment, that's when I really was my evaluation of stretch fours.
I think changed a lot because if you run them off the line and they don't have a ton of secondary scoring and they don't provide much on the other end.
Boy, it's just really hard to be in that spot.
And it's just really hard to find those guys minutes.
So I like him as a player, but I don't think he would be much of a mood.
All right, I'm I'm gonna do one more question.
I know a legit 11 more.
One last one if I even get it.
Do we agree? Yes, this is Yes.
I knew it was worth waiting.
Do we all agree? No way to DeMarcus cousins, but yes, I am so out on DeMarcus cousins.
I couldn't be more out on somebody.
There is no need to bring in DeMarcus cousins Don't get tricked by the big name.
Don't, Don't Don't do this.
Why? Even in his prime, he was a sub optimal defender at best.
Now you have two major injuries.
And like, what's he gonna dio? What? For? A team that already I think we're already a little bit concerned about them. Defensively.
What is DeMarcus cousins going to do for you in that area? He's another guy that needs touches.
He's never been a rim protector.
And because of the pedigree that he has, at least in his past, I do think you have tow play to him a little bit if you're gonna add it.
I'm there like a to this point.
Don't sign anybody.
I don't Even who's left, son? Tyler Johnson at that point over.
Over DeMarcus cousins.
No, no, DeMarcus.
Cousins don't do it.
If you get signed and I have tow watch this back and and And this gets used against me.
Oh, well, so be it.
I'm all the way out on DeMarcus cousins as well.
Thank you for that bigger boss picks.
And with that, we're out peace.