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What's up, Logan? Good to see you. Alec.
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Um, right now? Yeah.
I just moved in this week.
I guess I should do a little bit of a life updates since it's been I don't know.
What has it been like a month or two since I've done something like this? Let me get the M o Hare out of here? Um, yeah, I moved into a new spot, Have a full new office and everything like that have a second monitor.
So that's a nice new set up for me.
It's gonna pay a lot of dividends when I'm streaming throughout the next, Uh, however long however long we have for this offseason, Andi, that's gonna be an exciting thing for me.
I mean, I think a lot of you guys have seen TheStreet Ming stuff has picked up a little bit.
It's been nice, kind of found like a nice little thing to do as we're kind of especially during this this offseason, Which again, we don't know how long it's gonna be. It's been nice.
So been doing this show.
I'm streaming on SportsCastr right now.
I've been working with them since basically February, and we've been able to turn basketball arm or into one of their featured shows, so that's been cool.
I've been very happy about that.
Um, I also don't wanna make that seem like I'm not doing nets content because that is still absolutely something I want to do and plan on doing so.
Yeah, that's that's what I'm here doing today.
Taking a bunch of nets questions? Um, been a good week.
Like in terms of just having Nets ideas and Nets, questions and everything along those lines.
Um, I think for me, like just seeing this Lakers team win, it's kind of opened my eyes a little bit, too.
What could like what this offseason could look like.
So I've worked under the assumption that they need a bunch of wings.
They need guys like Robert Covington, guys like P. J. Tucker.
I mean, you've seen the whole cast.
Um, I'm not sure if I will go that route, because I think if you look at the best players, the best teams, really next year you're looking at I think Milwaukee has a really good chance of being something I did this actually talked about? Speaking of SportsCastr, I talked about this this morning.
They are one guard away from being really, really interesting.
It doesn't even need to be a star level guard doesn't need to be a Chris Paul.
It could just be a minor adjustment.
They have a real chance to be something.
You have the Lakers who I think everything is going to run through the Celtics.
Which Yeah, sure, they may seem smaller on paper, but they have to bigger wings.
Two guys that air filling out and are only gonna get stronger, Only gonna get better at utilizing their size.
I think you actually need to size up a little bit, maybe try to get some more versatile defenders, but definitely try to bring some size down low.
I still think the Nets need a wing, but I'm actually weirdly more focused on getting a four or five for those of you that follow me on Twitter.
So if you're on SportsCastr watching this go follow me on Twitter. Matt Brooks, MBA.
For those of you watching this on Twitter, this is probably a really useless think I'm running through right now.
But, you know, I've been kind of the guy That's that's arguing mawr for, like, the 34 type of position.
And now I'm kind of reconsidering because of this Lakers team that I think has every chance in the world to be Justus Good next year? Um, they One of the benefits for them is that they have Anthony Davis and he's 27 that's just a huge bounty.
LeBron's found a way to become pretty much like a jumbo sized point guard.
So I think this is what it would look like if Magic Johnson hadn't, you know, had his health concerned with HIV.
Like, I think that what you're getting right now from LeBron, where he's this jumbo sized point guard, he's just only going to get better and better and better.
It kind of playing in a little bit more of an old man game.
Um, and it could be Aaron Vein season, Nolan. It could be.
I mean, I think there's gonna be a lot of teams chasing him, but it could be.
I actually don't even think you need to go after somebody is like like Tristan Thompson is really, really interesting to me at this point in time.
I'm going through free agents next week like I'm pretty much there.
I mean, look, the M l and veteran minimum.
It's not like the ***iest things to look through, but I think there's there's gonna be something there.
But anyways, this Lakers team, I don't want to gush about them too much because I'm gonna be doing this next week I have a Lakers guests lined up, Uh, is that they have the ability to continue to kind of do what they do.
They actually really are going to be, like, last summer.
You look at what they worked with.
They were in this weird hold over period with Kawhi Leonard basically playing a my coming, am I not? And he eventually made his decision and it kind of made the Lakers work with the what? The leftovers, the bargain bin guys.
And I think that, like not having that as a factor, is going to greatly change what their outlook could be.
So if they're working with those same veteran minimums, those same Emily guys that I think the Nets are gonna be looking at the Clippers they're gonna be looking at.
I mean, you talk about a team right now, they're coming off of finals appearance.
They have a guy who is arguably, I think, in the mix for one of the what, like five best players in the league, as well as another guy who is still firmly in the five best players in the league.
I'm talking about Anthony Davis at first and then and then LeBron James, Obviously.
So I mean, look, like if you wanna win a championship in live in L.
A like it doesn't get much better than that.
So they'll be really interesting.
And I think that for the Nets, if you're looking at what they should do, going forward, give me one second.
But yeah, basically, like for them.
They need to figure out a way to essentially maximize what they already have, but also find a way to remain versatile, not just for some of the smaller teams like the Clippers or the Celtics, But you got to figure out a way to size up.
I mean, who knows, maybe the Sixers or something next year? I don't know.
It's just it's kind of changed my perspective.
It's something I kind of wanted to share a little bit.
And because of that, I think that it's something that I just wasn't prepared for.
It like I'm try to be, maybe to a fault.
On certain things.
I'll try to be rigid on other things.
I'm people that know meal.
I'll flip flop on things all the time, but on on something like this, I was really trying to be rigid about it.
And now I'm kind of in a position where, I don't know.
I think it's an interesting thing and a conundrum for them.
And all of a sudden, all these guys that maybe I wasn't looking at a month ago like a Serge Ibaka.
Ah, Paul Millsap.
Um, those guys are a little more attractive for them, so I think that's something to keep in mind.
Other thing I wanted to break up, and this is kind of a weird take.
I don't even know how toe put this to be completely honest with you, But right now, I think somebody that in the East is gonna make a trade.
I don't know who is who is gonna be.
But if there is a star player that becomes available, what I think makes the Nets so interesting is that they I think that of all the available teams that you're looking at, the heat, the Bucks, the Celtics, if they wanted to try to trade for another player, who am I missing? The Sixers, I guess.
Don't the Nets have the best trade package? And I've talked about this briefly kind of offline a little bit, but That kind of seems like a really avenue for them to to really take advantage of some of whatever, like take advantage of the competition in the East.
Like not only do they just have a total talent advantage in terms of having Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, but they also kind of have the best assets of everybody.
So you could take care of subvert, match them up with Tyler Hero.
Who are you picking? If you're another team that's dealing a star, I'm personally picking Caris Levert eight times out of 10.
Take the Sixers.
If you're not trading Simmons and Embiid, and right now, I think they're probably going to stand Pat, at least through this Doc Rivers thing.
Um, What I think I'd rather have Caris Levert than Tobias Harris than Al Horford than who else? Josh Richardson.
Like it? Z Not even close for me. The Celtics.
If you're not putting Jalen Brown and Jason Tatum on the table, then yeah, 100%.
So they not only have the advantage of having probably two of the for best players in the conference, they also have the ability to outbid people.
And I think that that is, if anything happens this season and things don't kick off the way they do, because I'll tell you right now.
Privately, I've wondered a little bit how it's gonna look to start out next year.
You know, having a guy in K D who hasn't played in two years and a guy in Kyrie who has missed some time as well as a rookie head coach and probably a completely new team because I don't know how many guys from this year's team are gonna be continuing to this next year.
Um, you're suddenly in a position where Wow, that's a lot of new faces.
We don't really.
I mean, unless you're like the Lakers and you come out the gates with an identity, I'm not quite sure what the Nets identity is gonna be.
You assume it's gonna be offense, and it's gonna be isolation and stuff like that.
But that gets into a kind of a murky territory of Okay, is this just what's the identity of this group? And I'm still honestly trying to piece together because I think that's a big part of being a contender is having that identity, and I think for them if things don't kick off the way they do, and it does just feel like a bunch of guys that kind of don't necessarily, I don't know, not necessarily fit, but also just gel in a way that's just such a huge advantage.
And it was something that I thought, you know, it's just kind of hit me The other day I was like, Oh, wow, like I It would be a real disservice if they don't win the East next year And I'm I'm somebody that tries to temper expectations as much as I can.
But the flexibility of what they could do is it's not underrated because I think people have been clearly people get it every time you go on next Twitter.
It's 15 fake trades like I think people understand the flexibility thing.
But I think on the outside looking in, if you're a fan of the I don't know the Denver Nuggets or the fan of the Houston Rockets, you're not gonna really be looking at the Nets is like Oh, wow, not only do they have the guys that we all you know that everybody in the entire league knows you could be a casual fan and know who Kyrie and Kevin Durant are.
But they also have these assets that I think really give them a serious, serious advantage in a bidding war.
And and that goes into the West to, um, you know, I mean, you look at the Lakers.
They obviously have a much better package than a Kyle Kuzma or the Clippers.
I mean, what's their best pack? Something with Landry Sham.
It, um, Denver is interesting.
You? Some teams are probably a little bit higher on Michael Porter Jr than than others, but it's just it's a huge advantage, and I a.
To this point, I don't know what their move is gonna be.
I feel a little bit out of the net side of things, but I mean, look like it za riel advantage for them.
So those are my main two points today.
I will take some questions if if we got some of those, well, the nets make any trades.
Um, I don't know, I that's such a boring answer, but I'm not sure I I I think the Nets like probably every single other team and what I mentioned at the top of this broadcast.
They may be reassessing what they're looking for.
Like, yeah, Drew.
Holiday Really good fit.
Makes a lot of sense there.
Congar did one through three.
I'm almost wondering if you don't need to worry about that one through three position.
Like with the way that the game is now.
There's so many.
There's so much screening going on and and and guards to me personally, I would rather have a versatile big than a guard right now, defensively by a long shot.
So and that's just my calculation.
Just based on what we've seen for the last three months.
Um, and you know, I mean, look like I've said this on the podcast a little bit earlier.
What was your take away from these playoffs? Was it how wow, how great is Marcus smart? Or is it some of these other guys that you're looking at on guys that you're having riel moments of being like, Wow, that guy is awesome.
And he's whatever.
6 ft nine and above, I just felt like I had more moments where I'm looking at a Jeremy Grant or somebody along those lines, then a Marcus Smart, and I think that means something.
Because the reality of the situation is that Logan, I'm gonna get to this Joe Harris question.
This is, uh this is interesting.
Um, but I think the reality of the situation is we're not in the Warriors era anymore.
We're not We're just not in it anymore.
Yes, they might be something next year.
I'm a little more optimistic on them than most people out there.
It appears that was tweeting about the warriors the other day ago.
And And I think I'm the big warriors believer now, Um, but no.
I mean, you look at what at At that at the landscape.
And there's just not that many scary small ball teams.
So for me, I don't know, I'm just kind of looking at things a little bit differently, and I don't know if that right guy is gonna come available for the Nets.
So for them, I think that these that nets team, they really like their homegrown pieces marks especially so if that right guy doesn't come available and you have to also keep in mind if there isn't a guy that the stars and the head coach are have an idea on or are slightly enamored by, I don't know, I would actually lean towards No, I could see, like Jared Allen getting moved.
But even then I'm like, you know, having a stretch center is amazing.
But you kind of already like, I think you can run out Katie at the five and then like a bigger four out there.
So I don't know.
I don't even think that there is a huge issue with with them keeping somebody like Jared Allen right now.
But again, like, I think the reason I'm I've flipped so much is that my entire perception of how I thought this n b a season was going to go with the Clippers beating the Lakers.
I had them winning in six.
Um, it didn't happen that way and, you know, the entire playoffs.
I was on multiple broadcast saying, I think the Lakers like somebody that I think it was just the Houston serious.
I was like, Wow, the bad thing about the Rockets is that they've unlocked this Lakers team by making them play Anthony Davis at center when in fact, we've now seen that they may be just a Z effective with playing him at the four and having somebody like a Dwight Howard out there.
Andi, I think that causes real problems for the league because nobody else is prepared to play that way.
No one, no one is prepared to play that way, having to lob threats.
But one guy that could pop out and take mid range shots or even the occasional three and and just be absolutely devastating in terms of shot blocking on the other end.
So that's That's where I'm at right now.
I'm telling you, this Lakers team, like, broke my basketball brain.
Uh, is Joe Harris is free agency.
Good to see you on here, Logan.
We got to do a pod this weekend.
Joe Harris is free agency.
Like Klay Thompson's free agency done deal that he stays.
I see what you mean.
Um, yeah, I think so.
Joe Harris is a good, good question.
It seems like there's gonna be a lot of guys, a lot of teams chasing him, which makes sense.
Um, I don't think it would be a disaster, but it would be just like right below that if they let him walk because they have his bird rights, and every inclination is that he wants to say so.
Yeah, I think that he will.
And also, like, it's remember, like I mean, I'm trying to think in Virginia, he didn't win.
Right? Um, I write about this, so I'm not a college guy.
So I also have to think about, like, guys that come close in college.
I'm gonna get called out because this is definitely doesn't feel correct already.
Um, but I I would assume, like just having the ability to compete for something as high level is an NBA championship speaks volumes to somebody like that.
Imagine if the Nuggets figure out how to play Bull Bull Porter Jr and Yokich at the same time.
Um, I don't know.
Yeah, I don't know, e.
I mean, first off, the spacing in that lineup is nice.
The biggest thing will just be trying to balance out the defense of issues.
And, like, can you do? Can you play ball? What is Bobo like? The three in that lineup, I guess.
Or I guess Michael Porter is, too.
But, I mean, if they figure it out like, that's the thing about next year.
Like if I'm gonna If I'm in the Western Conference, especially, I'm trying weird stuff like I'm not coming into this year and playing the exact same way that they did this year.
I'm gonna try, um, or big lineup.
I hope the Nets try with weird, big lineups this whole year.
I said, Klaxon can't play the four klaxon can't play the four.
They better play classes before this year and just go for it.
Because, honestly, there's too many teams that have different variations of, of how you can succeed now that if you don't have any experience playing a certain way and you just try to match up that way in the playoffs, you're screwed.
You're absolutely screwed.
Look at what happened in Milwaukee against the Miami Heat in Round two.
They haven't done a switching defense the entire year, and they try to deploy this thing in like game, too.
And it's a disaster.
It's an absolute unmitigated disaster.
So if you're another team and you see all these larger teams on the horizon, yeah, you better like, you better try weird things.
So, yeah, I hope they do something like that.
Like I think at this point, the regular season.
Now it's not meaningless because seating means a lot.
Still, I think, especially when we actually have home court advantage.
It is kind of, in a way, I think teams should experiment a little bit more.
And I think there's really two different types of teams.
There are the teams that have an identity when they come into the season and are rigid to that and don't try anything.
And then there are the teams that try different things at different times and and see what works.
I mean, Toronto is a great example of that.
So I hope they dio I feel like Spencer and Alan or Odd man out.
No way they play.
No way they pay Alison Allen and Harris.
You think Big Boss big is good to see you, bro? Um, no.
Where they play Allen and Harris.
I think they pay Harris for sure.
I absolutely think they dio I think it gets tricky if they don't win this year.
And then that tax bill comes up like I'm not people of sort of like, you know, whatever e Don't know.
Like a little bit of hand wringing about the Nets and Joe Sigh.
And just with paying the tax this year, I've always been in the belief that he's gonna pay it this year.
It's if they lose and they fall short.
That's when I start to get worried a little bit more, because that's when as a new owner owner, you look at your team and you say, Yeah, I don't think this team is worth paying like that's when I would worry about it little bit more so that really applies more to Allen and Din Witty, who I think makes sense in terms of positional e.
There's a lot of teams that can use Ah, guy like Spencer Dinwiddie like Carrie Silver.
It's amazing a star player in his own right, I think, didn't what.
He's a little bit easier to fit into a team archetype Just because of his ability to come off the bench.
He can shoot off ball a little bit better.
He just makes a little more sense on every single roster. Some rosters.
Caris Levert doesn't make sense.
Let me let me remind you, the Nets are at certain points, have looked like one of them, so that's something to keep in mind, but I I think the biggest thing will be Do they wanna pay? I mean, really will know where they're at with Jared Allen. If they don't.
If they don't offer that extension this offseason, so that's That's where that's where I'm at.
Can we outbid other teams on Joe with bird rights? How does that work? Yes, so they can match anything that another team throws effectively and they could go over the cap.
Um, better fit for Simmons.
Warriors, Warriors trade Wiggins in a pick.
I would love the Nets.
I just don't know what the deal looks like.
Um, I think if you're Philly, well, I don't think the the Simmons trade will happen this year just because, again, I it really feels like the you could look at every team on a road map.
If they underachieve, they fire.
The coach coach gets fired, the general manager's probably next, and then they'll think about moving the stars.
That's typically how things work with this, so I think that we are not quite there on that timeline.
If things really shake up and and it is more unstable than you know, reporting is even indicated there, and they do look to move Simmons.
I think the Warriors package is probably the most interesting.
Not because you're getting a Andrew Wiggins, but because you're getting a second overall pick this year and then a Timberwolves pick.
That gets mighty interesting next year.
Think about all the teams that you have that are gonna be competing in the West.
You have the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Rockets, Jazz.
That's five teams nuggets.
Who have I not mentioned? The Trail Blazers? Um Grizzlies.
Potentially pelicans? Who I not mentioned? Um, somebody's gonna have to remind made sons will be in the mix.
So I'm at 10 teams right now that I actually feel a little bit more comfortable with then the Minnesota Timberwolves.
That's 10 teams right now.
A lot can change.
Maybe the Kings have a bounce back here.
I just in terms of what I think the Timberwolves are, they're a team that have two stars that do not defend whatsoever, and and I think because of that, I just don't feel super strong about that.
I just have not moved by them and I don't know.
That's a really interesting package, and he if they do try to move Simmons.
I just thinking that draft capital is just gonna be so much more attractive.
Rockets are tricky because I don't know how many picks they have and you're going to go way, way, way far out.
And that just gets a little bit more uncertain.
So if I'm a team, I'm looking to trade a star.
I personally just I want to get the immediate value back.
So And that's of course, if nothing else like you will take a deep future pick from the Rockets, if nothing else is on the table and you're getting a real asset back, but I just don't know that's where I'm at with with that trade right now.
I'm looking Maura, getting a couple of really great assets back immediately.
Also, getting a 21 21 pick is like that's that's what you're looking for.
That's gonna be a good draft on Bead will go before Simmons.
That's a hot take.
That's a really hot take.
Um, I've gone back and forth so much on who I think will go first, but I'm also interested to see how much equity Doc Rivers has in this team.
He is someone that I mean has just a great perception league wide.
And I think if he has an opinion on which of those stars, I mean, I'm sure the Sixers right now are very excited about bringing in somebody's with the just the pedigree of Doc Rivers there.
So for them, I do wonder if he has a part in that.
I mean, maybe, you know, maybe if it really goes poorly next year, then Doc will be the one to go again.
But I don't know.
I would lean towards who he prefers a little bit, and to me that that kind of feels more like an Embiid.
Think Simmons is tough because, you know Doc Rivers is a relationships coach.
He's somebody that e mean he's beloved league wide.
It's a big reason that CO.
I went to three L A Clippers, um, and and beat seems like somebody that's a little bit easier to click with.
Simmons is tough.
I don't know, like who's Who's boys with Ben Simmons? I don't know.
It's weird because, like all this personality stuff, it doesn't really matter.
But it does kind of especially for an organization that's so rudderless, like the Sixers are so without any leadership or really just any driving factors that for them having a Doc Rivers in there, a strong personality like that, I think he's going to really thrive there.
Maybe not in terms of where that team goes, but in terms of like he can really again.
He could take a lot of equity there, so that's where I would be out right now.
But, yeah, I mean, and I agree, Mr.
Charisma, injury prone centers aren't really needed to dominate the game like they did in the old days.
I would agree, but look at who's about to win the title right now.
I'm going to keep coming back to this.
I'm like, a little bit higher on on M V and not not for the Nets, but just in terms of like, if you really want to take a swing and I don't think the Nets should be that team, all right, they should not bring in another injury prone guy.
They should bring a guy that you know what you're getting, but if you're another team and you're taking a last ditch type of thing like if you're the Rockets dude trade for Joel Embiid and put him with with James Harden, like, Do it, just do it for whatever just changed. Whatever.
All your future pick doesn't matter.
Especially Daryl Morey, who, if he does last, like, kind of last beyond this this offseason, like Go for it, you're going to get fired eventually.
Um, that's That's what I would do if I'm a team that's really trying to make a last ditch effort.
Hope that he's healthy and he's an interesting He's like a really interesting player for that scenario.
Alright, what else we got Nets on Paul George.
Trade rumors broke out, and I'm not liking any of it, Really.
I like you know what? I'll say it. I like Paul.
George is a third option.
Um, he is a lot like I think he makes sense kind of in the same way that Chris Middleton would make more sense if he's receiving like first off, let me just say, hated the way the Clippers used him.
Hated it, absolutely hated it. There.
Using him is like a transition threes guy, a guy that's isolating and yet smooth handle.
Nice game don't feel like that's the way you get Paul George going.
I want Paul George coming off screens.
I want him coming off a double screen on the other side of the court, curling to the top of the key, receiving a kind of a touch pass and pulling up like I want that from Paul George.
I don't want him isolating.
It just feels like a really silly way to mitigate his shooting talents.
And that's what I felt like happened for him this year.
Same way for Chris Middleton.
Chris Middleton shouldn't be isolating as much as he was in the playoffs, and part of that happens.
Thio occur because God is just didn't have that good of a playoffs.
So, for for somebody like Paul George, I love him with the Nets, gives you a lot on defense and picks up those matchups that hey, maybe Katie doesn't want every night.
So he gives you that, and then his role is simplified on the other end.
He's not overthinking everything.
He doesn't have the pressure of trying to be somebody's Robin.
He just goes out there and he plays, makes a lot of sense.
He's a great player.
The recency bias with him.
I saw somebody say that in the chat.
He's just better than everybody is giving him credit for personally.
And and I think he just makes a lot of sense.
He's a position of need for the Nets, and it is just again an outstanding defender.
When really key did you got? You want guys for cheap like Shumpert? Shumpert? Wow.
I haven't seen a Shumpert mention on one of these in a while.
Mo Harkless is a good option.
Alright, What do we got here, Mr Charisma? Yeah, I agree with you.
I wouldn't I wouldn't want Embiid on the Nets.
I don't think he makes sense with how they're going to play.
Um but I think for for another team, he's interesting.
That's a good point.
But is he worth it for love? ERT? I mean, I think he fits better than Levert, and I think he feels more holes on both ends of the floor.
Then Revert Better shooter, much better off motion.
And yeah, and and just a better defender.
And also again, just a bigger player.
I I think he makes much more sense.
I understand the sentimentality, and I like Caris Levert a lot.
If they end up keeping Revert Great.
He's a very good player.
But if somebody like Paul George comes available, you make that trade 10 times out of 10.
Mhm totus what up? Who do you think are the vets that will actually take the vets minimum Thio to ring chase on the Nets? Dude, I gotta like stock Kyrie and Katie's instagram and maybe DJs Thio to get a look.
I don't know I like.
Would it be guys that they've played with before? Would it be former? Would it be like Andre Robertson or Tristan Thompson or to be other guys? Would it be guys that they've played with on all star teams or use a teams? Especially? So would you look at Maybe a Paul Millsap is realistic.
Why, by the way, I'm actually I I'm gonna flip flop completely.
I thought he was decent in the play offs once.
Once he, uh, kind of got going.
Um, I not a bad option.
I don't know if PG wants to be the third option, I feel like he wants to be the man.
Did you see him in game seven? Mr.
Charisma? My guy, He I've never seen somebody looks so terrifying.
I think he wants anything but to be the man.
Um, yeah, So I I I'm personally in the camp.
I just think he's a better fit quite a bit than Levert.
But as as you made in your second point, he is, Laverty is more cost friendly.
And the other thing is like, I'm still kind of acting under the assumption that the trade doesn't happen just yet.
I think it may happen a little bit.
Closer to the trade deadline or something like that, I really feel like they're very just enthralled with their roster and where they're at right now.
So I do wonder if they're gonna kind of try to roll things, especially because I mean, look at it like, yeah, maybe outside of of Spencer and Jared Allen, because I haven't gotten really a feel for that relationship, but with Kyrie and Katie.
But I mean, look, Katie's enthralled with Caris Levert.
So that matters.
We've seen that matters.
We've seen it clearly matters with head coach that is now coaching the team and has never coached before.
Um, it clearly matters.
So are you aware of Christian Wood and carry Giles? I'm I like Harry Giles a lot as as a like in terms of what his style of play is.
Wish he was a better defender.
He's just not right now.
Can sort of kind of space the floor, so I'm not sure what role he feels.
He kind of feels more like he's a guy that's going to go to a lottery team and continue Thio to develop.
And maybe you start to get because he's a nice passer.
But he's a weird, big man.
He's not your typical big man.
He's like bam out of bio.
If Bam was a below average defender, which is like already bands a weird, weird player, so that's a weird.
He's a weird player.
Christian would is awesome.
I think Christian would e mean, look, and if if the if the Pistons don't throw the bag at him, then they're doing this wrong because he is a legitimately interesting building block for them, just legitimately all around offensively.
Maybe not a great defender, but at least something there and maybe there's a little bit of ground to build off of.
He's great and they'd be very silly to let him walk.
But if if Christian would becomes available and keep in mind they had the chance to sign him last year, they could have.
And by the way, if you look at how this last year went, he would have played, he would have played quite a bit.
They would have played him at the four next to D.
I mean, think about how many times we were yelling and screaming at, you know, at the Yes Network on TV saying they need a four.
They need that, Um, you know, they're bringing in freaking Lance Thomas, like do you know, many times they could have used a Christian would.
So it's a shame they didn't get him because he would.
I think he could seriously contribute next year, and he's a very enticing stretch big who can play for because he can stretch.
Prince has to play better this year.
We just need to stretch four or three Andy guy, so my fear with Taurean Prince is he's kind of going to be like a Tory Craig where I don't I don't know where his role is on defense.
Tory Craig is a great defender on guards on big men or not even big men.
But, you know, bigger wings.
He's not so great.
It's kind of where I'm at with Taurean Prince, so I don't know what that means for them.
But I certainly know that he doesn't fill a role.
Even if he shoots a little bit better defensively, I just I don't see what he's going to do for them.
Even if he does have a better you're shooting was he just doesn't have the size.
We saw it every we saw it.
We saw it against Paul Millsap, who have brought up earlier.
Paul Millsap bodied him.
I mean, it wasn't even close so that I think that's a tricky thing for them and I don't know what that means for him going forward.
But that the right now Tory princes value is **** near in the ba*****t for what he's paid out and what he brought last year.
I just I don't know what you're going to get in a package for him.
I'm worried you have to trade a pick to get rid of him.
So that's a that's an issue.
Do I think GTs leaving loved his performance in the bubble? Another tricky one. Good question.
I've actually you know, that's a great question.
I've thought about that Ah, lot more probably than I should.
I think if you'd asked me that in February, I would have said Absolutely, He's coming back now. I don't know.
I don't know what's happened over the years, I you know, especially with them going into the bubble and not having media there really since March.
It's a little bit tougher to get a feel, so I don't know, I would actually lean towards.
But you know, he is already on the books this year, this next upcoming year, so that might take care of it for itself.
But I'm definitely not as as as high on the idea that he's absolutely coming back.
I would love to see Spence do the classic Nash sprint around under the basket move.
You know what I want Spencer Dinwiddie to do and I think this is where we're at.
I think I might have like I really blew it when we had this last hiatus.
I wrote everything I wanted to dio.
And now I have another off season that's gonna be potentially for four months.
I gotta figure out what I'm gonna write.
I'm shot on ideas at the moment.
Um, but one of the things I want dignity to Dio is to learn how to post up.
I think Late career din, witty with his size and his ability to do a little bit in the mid range on his ability to finish at the rim.
It's very weird to me that he doesn't know how to post up, like doesn't that kind of makes sense? I think he had five post up this year and they were e think he airballed two of them, so that would That's my random one.
And, yeah, I would like to see if they could do the Nash thing.
And there's a play called Hammer that the Spurs used to run or they do.
Yes, as you said, the under the basket throw and then they set a screen on the opposite side of the floor.
I would love if they added some really nice, like sets like that with Nash.
I'm excited to see what he does on offense.
All right, also. KLAXON.
We'll be back next year. You showed.
Promise us here, but I don't know if he's ready.
Two things will tell us if he's ready.
A Will he be better in situations with? I thought he was fine at moving along the perimeter, and keeping up with smaller players is gonna be better.
It's staying down on pump fix.
I thought it was a little jumpy this year, like many young centers are be.
Can he shoot? That's it.
If you can shoot, he's gonna play like maybe not immediately, but I think he really has a chance.
But the shooting will get him in the lineup because they gotta win.
They got to try things.
They've got to figure out who their their rotation is.
Um, they have a new team and because they have so many new guys, they can't mess around and trying to do test out a second year player that played 180 minutes in their first year in his first year, they got to figure it out right away so that that that will be key for him.
If he could do those two things on, then I think that there's some There's really something there for him.
I'm throwing this FAA at you met.
How about Rod? Uhh.
Rondae. Hollis Jefferson. Wow.
Uh um, you know, I like Rondae.
He didn't play a ton for Toronto, but he gave good energy.
So maybe, I mean, maybe I the shot making so bad.
I mean, he's just such a offensive player.
I'd probably lean towards No Jae Crowder.
I like a lot mentioned that couple like, really probably the height of the Jae Crowder thing.
I think he's attainable.
Millsap is attainable.
That looks like you're a bigger fan of Jae Crowder, which I would agree with.
I think, um, I don't want to catch I don't want I definitely would not want to catch Millsap when it really starts to slip away.
Kind of what we saw without Horford this year, I just I would not want to be the team that's around for that now.
Of course, you're not paying him $33 million like, you know, like the, uh I think that he's getting He got paid 30 this year.
You're not paying him $30 million like the Nuggets were this year.
You're definitely not paying him, however much he's owed by the Sixers.
I think he's 25 a year, maybe 27.
So, yeah, you don't have to worry about that.
But still, I mean, I just I don't know what he's gonna look like in even a year, especially coming off a pretty deep playoff run and he thoughts on Buddy Hell or his best fit.
Don't love him for the Nets.
Think he's interesting? Best fit.
Who, um, best fit best fit.
I'll give you a couple.
Um, he makes sense for the Sixers.
If they wanted to give themselves a little bit of a boost in terms of scoring and shooting, think he makes a ton of sense there? So if you wanted to do a what would it be a Josh Richardson trade? I guess that would make a little bit of sense.
I got to think about the best teams that we have right now.
Um, he might make sense for I mean, the Lakers actually would weirdly make a little bit of sense.
I'm sure Lakers fans would be like absolutely don't bring him here.
He's a bad defender.
All this stuff, he would make a little bit of sense.
There just, you know, give yourself a little bit of Ah, I don't know, a little bit of bench scoring.
I think the issue with him right now is that he's an overpaid bench scorer.
He's not a starter, he's just not.
And he's probably not even a 20 points per game type of guy.
He's probably closer to 15 17 so but he's valuable.
If he wasn't on that contract, he's super valuable.
He's a very good player, can shoot off a couple of dribbles, could definitely shoot off the catch.
Um, and he could do a little bit at the rim.
He's not great, but he's a good score.
I think he's improved a lot.
I know he's, you know, a above average score at his position for scoring at the rim, so I think he's a good player.
I just he's tough to figure out where he would go on where he would fit, but I like the Sixers a lot just thinking through this right now.
I mocked the Celtics for him, believe it or not, and I did this on a stream that I with a guy from Celtics Blawg and he hated it.
He was like, No, I don't want him anywhere near like he can't even play on.
He can't even start for the King's.
I'm like That is a good point, but I think he'd be kind of interesting for them.
I still I mean, they have enough defensively, but you certainly felt like there were certain points where God, you just needed a little bit more offensively, a little bit more of a boost, a little bit less Brad Wanamaker.
And that's where I think he could provide a lot of value.
What goes out for him? I don't know, I think Well, actually, could you send like a Gordon Hayward for him? Would that make sense in terms of a swap? Don't hate it.
I got to do a Steve Nash film study.
I How much was to do a film study if he's never coached? That's a problem with Steve Nash.
I don't know what he's gonna dio.
Um, I could do it.
A film study on what Kyrie and Katie might look like.
I did one of those two summers ago.
Maybe I need to share that again.
Uh, but yeah, What's you are honest expectation for Katie.
I've seen Dirk like era for the Nets.
Let me throw out numbers.
That feels disrespectful already.
Eight rebounds and five assists.
Does that feel crazy? Sounds crazy.
Maybe a block, maybe a block and a half.
I'll be really curious to see what they do defensively.
Are they gonna run zone? Are they gonna play man to man? Just I'm really curious.
That's the thing I want to see with them.
Maybe more than anything is what do they look like defensively? I'll be really curious about that, but yeah, that's kind of what I would look at s somebody's gonna be like, he's never average eight rebounds in his life.
And I'm like, Okay, cool.
I knew that the whole time.
So that's where I'm at right now.
Don't think Moussa comes back.
And if he does, I don't think he plays too much.
But we also all tend to overvalue like what the 14th man brings.
They're gonna play it, guys, because they're gonna go decently far in the playoffs, so we don't have to worry too much.
Like Moussa plays a little bit in December.
We'll not December.
That's gonna throw me off, my goodness.
So I'm so not used to the n b a calendar move.
I probably said summer three different times.
So I guess it would be What's what's December now in the new calendar? May Is that the new December? Now it's throwing me off so much.
I don't know if anybody else has a this problem, but I'd sure dio Oh, let me answer.
The second part is also one of the Nets will do anything with Roadie.
I'm Declarative Lee.
So out on roadie I thought that the bubble was his big chance to prove that he's something at least a piece for them.
Uh and he didn't do that, so I'm very out on him.
I don't think he brings it.
I just don't know.
I've kind of seen enough.
Katie will be top five scoring next year.
Yeah, I think I undersold him.
But if they have caress in Kyrie and Dinwiddie, maybe not well, depends somebody else.
Will they try to be a little more like egalitarian? Spread it out a little bit, Or will they be a little more Helio centric? I don't know.
Give me one sec.
And as I answer the Stewart coming off of Achilles, just want an MBA.
Um, they won handily, and it does give us all a little bit of hope for Durant.
Film study on Nash's M V P.
Years as a player.
Oh, I see what you're saying.
Okay, that's interesting.
So this is a good project.
The hardest part when doing stuff from Nasher is finding the film well, so that will be tricky.
But it's a good project.
Or what time is it right now? Eight o'clock.
Take a few more questions.
I'm gonna try to be off a date so I'll grab a few more.
This has been fun, though.
I want to try to do these a little bit more, especially now that we're in off season and I don't have games every night or we don't have games every night if you're if you're watching.
If you were watching the playoffs as much as I was, um, I definitely I definitely have my nights up a little bit more, so I I enjoy doing these.
I like the questions I like connecting with you guys.
So definitely want to, uh, maintain this fan of Marcus Morris or Mark Keith.
I know we need defense, but they both spread the floor well.
Markieff don't like the way that Marcus Morris tries to mold the offense.
To him, it's always really bothered me about him.
They're just moments where it just feels like the Marcus Morris Show.
A little too much like it truly is.
I remember what game it was.
It was a Game six game five against the Nuggets in that Clippers.
Siri's where he hit a couple know it might have been early.
I think it might have been like Game one or two, so he makes a couple of early threes and you knew he was shooting for the rest of the game.
He's just one of those guys he sees.
It goes in, he's gonna be shooting for the rest of the game.
Morris Markieff is like that to a degree, but I do think it's a little bit more of a tempered performance.
I just I feel like there's a little bit less.
He's been great for the Lakers.
I actually wonder if they would try toe bring him back because he just fits exactly what they need and again just gives them a little bit of versatility.
If they want to go really, really small at that small ball five position for him and run him next to LeBron again, just I've been so impressed by that Lakers team.
I know, I've just I've been going on and on and on about them, but I really do.
I've been impressed by them because again they broke my basketball brain.
I did not think they were gonna win.
I didn't didn't even a little bit.
Katie and Kai with the tight I kid is gonna be sick.
Do you guys like those jerseys? I like them, but they look a little weird with, like, the Nike glossy nous like they're really clean.
And I think I need to see them on the players because I'm usually like that when it comes to ah seeing jerseys.
But I Yeah, it just looks like I don't know.
In certain photos, they look super like corporate.
I don't know how to explain it.
I'm like one of the rare people that wasn't like, Oh, those air like I like to design a lot.
I just don't know if I like the execution all the way on.
By the way, that's one of those takes.
I'm probably gonna flip flop on the second.
They step out in those the second, because jerseys are incredibly hard to get a fuel for until you see them on.
Like so many times, stock photos just do things a total to service.
So I'm I could flip flop on that.
Any eyes on upcoming prospect or any eyes on prospects in the upcoming draft.
Not a huge draft guy, kind of like Jaylin Smith for the position that he feels don't like some of the other guys like Josh Green and other guys like that.
I think they're a little too small.
I don't want a guy that's 6566 probably closer to a two.
I don't think the Nets need that really at all.
I think they need a guy that's like, I mean, City Bay.
Nolan Jensen did a call him on on on bay and how he might fit like him.
Worry about his his quickness laterally a little bit.
There's somebody like Jaylin.
Smith is interesting, so that's That's where I would lean right now.
But I'm not a huge draft guy.
I've never been a huge draft guy.
I'd rather bring somebody else on that actually knows what they're talking about.
And I already do have a guy lined up for that, so we'll be doing a net centric draft addition Stream.
I'm very excited for that.
That'll be coming a little bit closer to the draft.
Are you one of the people that doesn't believe d J could be productive next season? He wasn't bad enough, you know. He wasn't.
In fact, I would say he was good.
I would say he was really good.
Actually, from from like January on, I think he'd be fine.
I think it could be fine.
You look JaVale.
McGee played stopgap minutes for the Lakers, thinking could be fine.
Is he worth the money? Probably not, but he'll make plays from that pinch post position, find guys on those handoffs and stuff like that.
I mean, I think he'll fit in great and honestly he keeps Kyrie and Katie happy.
So in that in itself, that kind of makes it worth it for the Nets.
I think you'll be fine.
Big guy block shots improved in this free throws, so he's not a total liability on offense.
I think he's fine.
I'm a little bit less worried about him.
I would be worried if he demands big playoff minutes.
Like if it's the NBA Finals and DJs like, Hey, I wanna be you know, in that closing line up, that's when you get into issues with D.
But if he's just playing those whatever, you know, 15 minutes that you typically see from guys that kind of play the same way he does, um, in an MBA Finals, then, yeah, that's cool.
All right, One last one. I'm out of here.
Oh, let me show you what I'm drinking.
And next coast Taipeh Goose Island.
What's always happens every time, Every time, every time I say I'm gonna wait for one more question, all right? And I'm out.
Thank you guys for watching, um, appreciate you guys loving me one more at the very end.
I definitely didn't just sit here completely silent last minute.
Um, I'll be doing this.
I'm shooting for once a week, once every two weeks.
Not gonna put a strict schedule on it, but I got to keep doing these, and yeah, I just appreciate you guys for checking in.
It feels good to do some nuts stuff again.
Thio, you know, get back on this world of things.
Uh, and yeah, just in terms of what to expect, I'll be doing I have a I'm trying something this offseason.
I always try to add something new to my repertoire.
So I'm gonna be working on something different over the next couple of weeks.
We'll see if it's good.
We'll see if I even want to put it out.
I'm kind of strict about my content.
I don't want it to be, you know, ****ty.
So if it doesn't go well, then pretend I never said this, but I am gonna try something new with this.
Otherwise, yeah, I'll be writing.
I'm gonna be getting a little bit more into that.
And then in terms of the streams, you can expect basketball on more, Which is my show brought to you by SportsCastr.
That's gonna be coming every two days.
I will be streaming it here.
Yes? I think the Lakers close it tomorrow.
Big boss. Biggs.
Eso Yeah, I expect that that show will be coming on.
I'm I have a guest.
I think for next week on top of my Lakers guessed that we'll talk about somebody that is a Nets topic.
So stay tuned for that as well.
So I'll be I'll be working on stuff, but definitely want to continue to do these.
Thank you so much.
Lakers in five and peace.