Once again, the Warriors chose Klay Thompson over another All-Star.This time, it was the Indiana Pacers who came knocking in search of Thompson. And Paul George, speaking Thursday on the podcast of venerable NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, confirmed that he was the bait. The Warriors, of course, did not bite. They have their reasons. Before trading the four-time All-Star to the Thunder on June 30, the Pacers shopped George around the league in hopes of making the best deal. George can become a free agent next summer, and he announced plans to leave Indiana. The Southern California native previously had made it clear that he’d like to land with the Lakers. He instead got Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City, at least partly because the Warriors rebuffed Indiana’s overtures. “Yeah, I was aware of it,” George said of the proposed deal involving Thompson. “I would have looked forward to it of just being able to be in a good situation and a chance to compete for a championship. It didn’t happen. It’s still fun to team up with a special talent and have a chance to compete against that team.” So why would the Warriors turn down an opportunity to add George to a group that would include Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green? There are no fewer than three rational reasons. First and foremost, it would come at the expense of Thompson, a three-time All-Star they drafted in 2011. The Warriors value Thompson as much — if not more — for his defense than his prolific scoring. They consider him the perfect partner for Curry, who benefits from Thompson’s floor-stretching ability on one end and his defensive qualities on the other. George would have to play guard, and the 6-foot-9 forward wouldn’t be able to defend the perimeter players to which the Warriors assign Thompson. Second, George needs the ball and Thompson doesn’t. Thompson needed only 11 dribbles to score 60 points in three quarters — and had the ball for a total of 90 seconds. George might dribble 11 times in five minutes. The questions about whether Durant’s game could exist within the framework of the Warriors were not legitimate. Any questions about whether George’s game could do so are profoundly legitimate. Third, the prevailing opinion George is he will land with the Lakers, the team he grew up rooting for largely because of a player, Kobe Bryant, that George idolized. How could the Warriors, no matter how confident they are in the seductive qualities of their culture, reconcile swapping two more years of a player they know for one year of one they don’t? It was three years ago that the Timberwolves and the Warriors discussed a trade involving Kevin Love cheap jerseys authentic and Thompson. The Warriors considered it, but the brain trust was divided. Coach Steve Kerr and then-adviser Jerry West — after watching video of Love on defense — were vehement in their support of keeping Thompson. The Warriors walked away. They have no regrets. This time, the Warriors most assuredly didn’t reach the point of serious consideration. George, for his part, doesn’t think it would have mattered, that the league would have stepped in to block a deal that would have sent him to the NBA champs. “Yeah I think that would have been the Chris Paul to LA (Lakers) situation, where they denied that trade,” he said, referencing then-commissioner David Stern’s block of a deal that would have sent Paul from the Hornets to the Lakers. For what it’s worth, the Paul-to-the-Lakers deal, in 2011, was easier to kill because the league already had taken temporary ownership of the Hornets.
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When you have a player as talented as Karl-Anthony Towns, it’s easy to look ahead.As the Timberwolves are working currently on an extension with Andrew Wiggins, owner Glen Taylor noted exactly what the franchise has in plan for Towns next summer. Via The Star Tribune: Taylor said that the Wolves’ plans involve extending Wiggins now and Karl-Anthony Towns next year. “We are talking to [Wiggins’] agent right now about extending him out another five years, so we can cheap nba jerseys do that,” Taylor said. “Karl, we won’t do that until next year. Wiggins, we want to sign him to a long-term contract, we want to keep him here, and we’re negotiating with his agent. But we just started that negotiation, and we have quite some time to get that done.” There was some speculation in recent weeks that Wiggins could be used as a trade chip if the organization had plans to go all-in in pursuit of Kyrie Irving. That does not seem to be an option now at all. Towns is widely considered to be inevitably one of the elite centers of the future, and he is already there in some respects. It makes the decision easier for the Timberwolves as Towns is also nearly guaranteed a max extension when his time comes next summer.
DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors recently learned his NBA 2K18 rating. Is it too low, too high, or just right? Here are three completely unscientific ways to tell.Forget All-Star appearances, stats, even rings. What NBA stars care about most – and who could blame them? – is their NBA cheap jerseys nba 2K rating. The difference between a losing in the first round of the playoffs and losing in the NBA Finals is negligible really; the difference between a 90 and an 89 in 2K is life or death. Recently, a handful of players were (un)lucky enough to learn their ratings for the newest iteration of the game, NBA 2K18. The whole guess-and-find-out exercise was reasonably entertaining, but next time, 2K developers should probably avoid dropping these videos just before Kyrie Irving shatters the NBA universe. Speaking of Irving, remember how he similarly shattered the Toronto Raptors‘ dreams last playoffs? Well, he beat Toronto again, receiving a 90 rating compared to DeMar DeRozan’s 89. Right now, the most pressing question for Raptors fans is whether DeRozan’s rating is fair compared to those of his peers. If not, fans will riot. It’s difficult to compare big men and perimeter players so we’ll ignore the two centers for now. Let’s look at Devin Booker first. DeRozan is effectively a non-shooter from three, and he compromises a team’s spacing, whereas Booker is known as a deadeye who can play on or off-ball. But even accounting for shooting – and Booker’s shot is still largely theoretical (career 35.4 percent from three) – DeRozan is a more proven offensive player. And defensively, Booker and his short arms reach a level of ineptitude DeRozan, although a negative, does not. At this point in their respective careers, DeRozan is three or four points better. Fair. Irving is also inferior to DeRozan defensively, but there’s no competition on offense. The two play a similar iso-heavy brand of basketball, except Irving adds far more value away from the ball. Come the playoffs, we’ve seen teams successfully gameplan against DeRozan, whereas Irving is almost unguardable. But if we’re counting the regular season, when Irving can be inconsistent, one point seems okay enough. Fair. And then there’s Paul George, who is more versatile offensively, shoots at an extremely high level, and is one of the best defenders in the league. George isn’t dominant – he doesn’t get to the line often enough and shoots a few too many midrange jumpers – but he definitely earns those two points. Fair.
Last season was uncharted territory for the Houston Rockets, and coming into the season they made the decision to not retain Dwight Howard and hand the starting job on over to Clint Capela.The Rockets faith in the 22-year-old big man was rewarded as Capela continued his devolvement and took another step forward. He was no Prime Howard, but the Rockets didn’t really need that. They needed someone who was going to dunk the ball and block shots, and that’s what Capela brought to the team. Capela, to the T, fit exactly what the Rockets needed in Mike D’Antoni’s system with James Harden running the offense. In 65 games, Capela posted career highs with 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds a game. During the preseason, Capela struggled with stamina, and many people wondered if Nene would end up starting over him, but D’Antoni stuck with the Swiss big man. Thanks to D’Antoni’s rotation of bigs with Nene and Montrezl Harrell, the third-year center wasn’t overworked, and the Rockets were able to make the most of his nearly 24 minutes a game. Capela during the regular season had one massive setback when he broke his fibula, which caused him to miss 15 games. When he eventually made his return, it would only take Capela two games to round right back into form. Throughout the season, Capela was very consistent scoring thanks to the connection he and James Harden developed. The pick and roll between the two become almost unstoppable. Per NBAstats.com, Harden assisted Capela on 173 (most on the team) shots, which is the most he made to any one player on the team. Of the 173 assists, Harden made to Capela, 163 of them resulted into dunks. One of the big knocks on Capela throughout the regular season would be his inconsistent propensity for rebounding. He’d put together a few good games, but then he’d have a few stinkers. There was never a very good answer for why Capela struggled on the glass, but with Ryan Anderson or whoever else was in the starting lineup, they were never near the glass and it’s hard to win rebound battles when it’s one verse two or three. In the playoffs, the Capela put up monster first games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, but once both teams figured out how to take away Harden’s pick and rolls, he’d struggle to find consistent looks. Capela is under contract for next season at about $2.3 million and then will be a restricted free agent in 2018 and, unlike Chandler Parsons, it’s hard to picture the Rockets letting the big Swiss man walk. While Capela did prove the Rockets top brass right by picking him over Howard, he still has a lot more room for growth. It’s unclear if Capela will ever develop much of a shot outside of dunks and layups, but you do see him tinkering around with midrange jumpers from time to time. I am cheap nba jerseys authentic sure each midrange jumper the Rockets are internally fining him (I’m joking of course). Hook shots do seem to be something that could be a big part of Capela’s game if he keeps on developing with it. Two years ago he shot 43 percent on hooks and last season he bumped it up to 49 percent, and there’s no reason he can’t get even better. The next big step for Capela will be averaging 30 minutes a game, and if the team does not bring back Nene, chances are he’ll do it this upcoming season. If he get’s the bump in games, Capela will go from snagging 8 rebounds a game to 10 plus, and he’ll be a double-double machine. This season might have been Capela’s “breakout,” but next season, with another year of growth physically and in the system, he could become one the better centers in the league. With his ability to block shots and dunk the ball, the Rockets could see a younger version or Howard or DeAndre Jordan (relevant considering the Swiss Roll’s new teammate) and with Capela slowly getting better with his free throws, he’ll be much more playable in crunch time, just like he was down the stretch run this past season.
What three goals should the Sacramento Kings set for second-year shooting guard Buddy Hield?Buddy Hield is heading into his second NBA season and the Sacramento Kings are expecting big things from him. After trading away DeMarcus Cousins last season, Hield immediately became the face of the Kings’ franchise. He has a lot of work to do on his game, but the Kings firmly believe that he will reach his full potential. Looking ahead to the 2017-18 NBA season, expectations for Hield have risen dramatically. After being traded to the Kings last season, Hield ended up averaging 15.1 points per game to go along with 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He shot 48.0 percent from the field overall and knocked down 42.8 percent of his three-point attempts. Hield only played in 25 games with the Kings to put those numbers up, and started 18 of those contests. There wholesale nba jerseys is no question that the Kings are headed in the right direction, especially after snagging De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles and Frank Mason III in the 2017 NBA Draft. Hield may not be the hot name in Sacramento right now after drafting Fox, but he is still their most talented piece. With all of that being said, what three goals should the Kings be setting for Hield heading into the 2017-18 season?