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  1. Every trade idea presented in this thread so far...

    Every trade idea presented in this thread so far is terrible, and I say that as someone who thinks trading Ross is definitely an idea with exploring.

    Aaron Afflalo is basically DeMar except four...
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    just gonna say that now that we're past the...

    just gonna say that now that we're past the 50-year mark on it happening, the "too soon" response is officially obsolete
  3. 1. Jonas is eminently tradeable. He's a...

    1. Jonas is eminently tradeable. He's a seven-footer who's quite clearly a beast on offense when he's let off the leash; the problem is his defense. But plenty of teams would say "we can teach him D,...
  4. Entirely true, which is why we're playing Ross as...

    Entirely true, which is why we're playing Ross as an undersized SF. Which is silly, as the Brooklyn series demonstrated. He's not a small forward. He's a shooting guard. When we talk about the need...
  5. Obviously you're hoping Ross is a late bloomer at...

    Obviously you're hoping Ross is a late bloomer at this point, but again: longer developmental curves for non-bigs are relatively rare. That's why DeMar's blooming last year was a surprise and we were...
  6. A few points: 1. At a certain point "having...

    A few points:

    1. At a certain point "having the tools" to be an outstanding player stops being anything teams care about. To present dramatic examples of this: Michael Beasley had "all the tools"...
  7. 1. Ross and Lou are our most obvious and usable...

    1. Ross and Lou are our most obvious and usable trade chips and any trade was almost certainly going to involve one of them.

    2. Ross isn't worth that much at this point because any team that...
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    But JJ doesn't replace what Tyler does. Tyler is...

    But JJ doesn't replace what Tyler does. Tyler is a defensive big and rebounding/foul-drawing specialist. JJ is an offensive big who doesn't play defense.

    And Chandler is simply not so big a get...
  9. Thread: Miles Plumlee

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    Phoenix isn't trading Tucker, who's their best...

    Phoenix isn't trading Tucker, who's their best wing defender, any time soon. They don't need Lou because they already have three guards capable of big scoring (including Isaiah Thomas, who's...
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    JJ Hickson does literally nothing that Amir does;...

    JJ Hickson does literally nothing that Amir does; his game is more reminiscent of 2Pat but with less stretch shooting and much worse defense.
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    1. The Rockets did not make the playoffs in...

    1. The Rockets did not make the playoffs in 2011-2012. Lowry did not "lead" the Rockets to anything particularly.

    2. Lowry played well in 2011-12. He was not a locker-room leader and it is widely...
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    Lowry played three and a half seasons with...

    Lowry played three and a half seasons with Houston, and the only time they made playoffs with him there was 2008-09, the year he was traded to them. He played 28 games with them as the backup point...
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    Everybody wanting to blame Casey for everything...

    Everybody wanting to blame Casey for everything going wrong is oversimplifying. Casey took a roster of spare parts last year and it played .666 ball; we were playing .700 ball before DeMar went down,...
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    Why it's hard to fix the Raps via trade

    Saw people proposing in the fallout of the New Orleans game thread that we need to make a trade soon. But this is the problem: making a trade right now is exceptionally difficult.

    First off, this...
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    This needs to be stressed. KJ McDaniels is...

    This needs to be stressed.

    KJ McDaniels is looking like an NBA player, and that's great. Specifically, he's looking like a younger, slightly smaller version of James Johnson. Really, it's kind of...
  16. I don't think the Raps can win a title this year,...

    I don't think the Raps can win a title this year, and I don't think Lou is the difference between making it out of the first round of the playoffs and not making it. To me, that means he's...
  17. The Kings are looking for a stretch four. I can...

    The Kings are looking for a stretch four. I can see them maybe trying to negotiate something with Miami for Shawn Williams, or maybe with Philly for Robert Covington, maybe try to pry Danilo Galinari...
  18. Who said anything about one season? THIS was the...

    Who said anything about one season? THIS was the lost season. The Knicks have only Carmelo, Jose Calderon and Tim Hardaway Jr. on the books for next year, and they'll likely move Jose before the...
  19. I don't think New York's going to be bad next...

    I don't think New York's going to be bad next year. They won't get Gasol, most likely - and he's their target - but so what? They'll have Carmelo, a high draft pick, 1-2 additional star level players...
  20. Trading for Lin isn't a terrible idea - he knows...

    Trading for Lin isn't a terrible idea - he knows how to defend, but he doesn't have the lateral quicks to truly defend speedy point guards. But he's a scorer who knows how to run the pick-n-roll,...
  21. Thread: Sleeper Targets

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    For what it's worth, Marc Stein is reporting that...

    For what it's worth, Marc Stein is reporting that the Mavericks, Clippers, Rockets and Kings are all expected to go after Smith.
  22. Thread: Sleeper Targets

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    14m per year for this year and the next two: too...

    14m per year for this year and the next two: too expensive.

    A non-guaranteed minimum, though? Smoove will have his choice of teams. So long as you can keep him from shooting the longball - and if...
  23. Thread: Sleeper Targets

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    Okay, here's a sleeper target for you: Josh...

    Okay, here's a sleeper target for you:

    Josh Smith.

    Detroit just waived him. Yes, really.

    I'd take him on a minimum contract and see if he's willing to stop taking shots, because if he is...
  24. Thread: Sleeper Targets

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    Ennis is an average shooter at best, but shooting...

    Ennis is an average shooter at best, but shooting was never the reason he was a quality point guard in college: he was a quality point guard because he was a strong defender, a decent cutter and a...
  25. Thread: Sleeper Targets

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    The Morrii are observably both much better when...

    The Morrii are observably both much better when they play in the same lineup, and Markieff is even better when Marcus is playing but not on the floor with him as opposed to not playing because of...
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