Hoops Rumors Chat With Luke Adams: 6/8/2017
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Bill
4:07
You were talking about Jrue Holiday and how the Mavs shouldn't put a max contract on a non-top player, but what about Nerlens Noel? How much does he command?
Luke Adams
4:09
That's a good point. The Mavs seem confident enough in their ability to retain Noel that I wonder if they already have a sort of handshake deal in place for less than the max. But either way, they'll be paying a lot of money for guys like Noel, Barnes, and Matthews. Even Dirk, at this point in his career, shouldn't really be earning $25MM, though I imagine they'll give it to him if he wants it.
4:10
At least with Noel, he's still very young and has one elite skill (rim protection) that is required in the modern NBA. Holiday has an injury history and isn't necessarily an elite scorer or passer -- I feel like there will be better value out there at the point guard spot.
Dubnation
4:10
What would it take for the warriors to trade Thompson?
Luke Adams
4:12
Practically speaking, it would probably only happen if he wanted it to happen, or if ownership decided they don't want to pay huge tax penalties down the line. Right now, there's no indication that either of those things is imminent.
Brad
4:12
With the decrease in the projected salary cap, are we to see less crazy money thrown at players in free agency? Who might be this year's Mozgov/Crabbe/Tyler Johnson?
Luke Adams
4:13
I think that's a fair assumption. There will still be a few of those contracts, since there always are, but they'll be rarer this year than they were in 2016 (when you could add Deng, Solomon Hill, Evan Turner, and a bunch of others to the list).
4:14
I could see guys like Dewayne Dedmon, James Johnson, and Ian Clark get surprisingly big deals.
Mike
4:14
Should the Blazers GM get fired for his spendings last year? The amount of money he spent was so stupid and shortsighted
Luke Adams
4:16
Olshey has a solid history of roster moves (including this year's acquisition of Nurkic and a first-round pick), so I don't think it's fair to call for his job. I'd even make the case that the philosophy behind last year's spending spree was sound -- it makes sense to retain your assets with the intention of eventually trading them, rather than losing them for nothing. The fact that Crabbe, Turner, and Leonard all had terrible years has made it virtually impossible to flip them for anything of value now though.
Brad
4:17
What could Utah get for Favors? They could make some room for Lyles and to resign Hayward
Luke Adams
4:19
They'd be selling low on Favors, but he doesn't look like he's necessarily a core piece anymore, so maybe they'd be willing to do so. I don't think the return for him would be significant, but his ability to protect the rim would interest a handful of teams. Maybe a heavily protected first-round pick?
Michael Thompson
4:19
If you were the gm of the Spurs(rc Buford) would you get rid of lamarcus, maybe for a top pick like from the lakers or celtics. Or do you think he can turn it around and be an Allstar again?
Luke Adams
4:21
The Celtics and Lakers aren't going to give up one of the top two picks for Aldridge, if that's what you mean. I could see the Spurs shopping him if they have a specific plan for how they'd use that extra money this summer. Otherwise, it's probably best to keep him around and hope he bounces back.
Art
4:22
Are the Clippers better off in the long run in letting Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leave in free agency and not be chained to two awful contracts?
Luke Adams
4:24
I understand the thinking, but they'd be in a really bad spot next year without those guys on the roster. They don't have a first-round pick this year, and probably wouldn't be a popular free agent destination without CP3 or Blake around. If they really want to rebuild, they might be better off re-signing those guys and trying to trade them within the next year or two.
John
4:25
Potential starting 5 for Kings next season: Smith Jr.-Hield-Tatum-Labissiere-Cauley-Stein?
Luke Adams
4:26
I'm doubtful that Smith Jr. will be available at No. 10, but that wouldn't be a bad core (though I doubt all those 1st- and 2nd-year guys would be in the starting lineup right away).
Jack
4:26
What do the Nuggets do with their pick? Which star could they target via trade?
Luke Adams
4:29
I find the Nuggets one of the most fascinating teams in the NBA right now. There's plenty of talent on the roster, but outside of Jokic, probably no stars. They have the cap room and the trade assets to go after a top guy if they want to, but players aren't clamoring to go to Denver. Top free agents generally turn them down (like Wade did last summer), and trading for someone like Paul George would be very risky, since he'd probably leave in free agency. I have no solutions to this problem, but I'll be very curious to see what they do.
That's all the time I have for today, guys. Thanks a lot for all your questions, and enjoy what could be the last game of the NBA season tomorrow! I'll be back next Thursday afternoon for another chat.
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