Hoops Rumors Chat With Luke Adams: 7/6/2017
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Luke Adams
1:15
This question came in a little while ago, but yes, there's Mavs news! Dirk just agreed to a two-year, $10MM deal with the team. We'll have the story up on the site momentarily.
Dylan
1:15
Who has a better chance of making the playoffs this year? Pelicans, Suns, Kings, or Nuggets? I am assuming the clippers and grizzlies fall out and the twolves make it in.
Luke Adams
1:16
The Nuggets are easily my pick of those four. They came very close to making it last year, and now they'll have a full season of Nokic + Millsap (plus, they're probably not quite done shopping yet).
Matt
1:16
Is it just me or is free agency moving much slower than last year?
Luke Adams
1:17
Absolutely. Last year, 27 teams had cap room. I'm not exactly sure what the number is this year, but it's much smaller. It's created a real crunch for the mid-tier guys that would've gotten massive deals in 2016.
Cowbells
1:17
Are the Kings basically done? I would love to see them use the remaining cap space and throw an offer at Noel or try to trade for Crowder. Their not going to win much this year so one year contracts seem pointless.
Luke Adams
1:18
I bet they'll use their leftover cap room for one more move. There was a report today that they're meeting with JaVale McGee. Not sure he's that one more move, but the fact that they're still taking meetings suggests they're still shopping.
Big Jon
1:18
Do you see Cousins getting shipped out?
Luke Adams
1:19
That's going to be really interest to watch if the Pelicans aren't in a playoff spot by February. They'll have a better idea by then of how Cousins/Davis play together. Would they risk hanging onto Cousins and losing him for nothing in the summer?
Brett
1:19
Is there any chance Tony Allen ends up with the Warriors?
Luke Adams
1:20
If he's willing to play for the minimum, I suppose. But I think the Warriors are probably done signing wings. They'll probably focus on adding a couple bigs now.
Jacob
1:21
What do you think Aaron Gordon could fetch on the market right now?
Luke Adams
1:22
Maybe a protected first-round pick? The new Magic management group probably won't rush into anything like that this summer though.
Sean
1:22
Do you think the c's would really trade Bradley? He maybe the most unsung player on their team.
Luke Adams
1:22
Crowder and Smart look like more logical trade candidates to me, for a number of reasons (most notably, their contract situations).
Evan
1:23
Are the Hawks going to grant Jamal Crawford a buyout?
Luke Adams
1:23
I think that will come down to how much money Crawford is willing to give up. Hawks won't just waive him and let him collect his $17MM+ out of the goodness of their hearts.
Jack
1:24
Does Niko Mirotic actually have much of a market? RFA seem to be having a bad offseason
Luke Adams
1:25
Have heard very little about him so far. No indication this will happen, but it might make sense for Mirotic to accept his qualifying offer. He's coming off a mediocre season and should get more consistent playing time now that the Bulls are rebuilding. Having a strong year on the QO and then hitting UFA in 2018 might be his best play. (Worth noting too that his QO is $7MM+, which is bigger than most.)
Sean
1:26
Why does any team grant a buyout? If they do it should be will pay you million dollars and you need to eat the rest. Why would you allow a contender to get good players on the cheap and still cost  me money.
Luke Adams
1:27
Relationships with agents shouldn't be understated. If a team plays hardball with a player who doesn't want to be there, it could have an impact when they're eventually trying to sign another one of that agent's players.
D'lo Russell
1:27
Didn't the Lakers give up on me too easily? I was the number 2 pick after all just 2 years ago. Shouldn't they have gotten more in return for me?
Luke Adams
1:28
There were a lot of reports coming out lately about your lack of drive and willingness to learn and other buzzwords along those lines. Sounds like that affected your trade value a little.
Guest
1:28
Are the spurs planning something?
Luke Adams
1:30
It looked earlier in the offseason like they might be planning something big and looking to clear room for it. But I don't think that's the case anymore. I still expect them to add two or three free agents, and I think they're taking a very Spurs-like approach to it. Some of the guys that got deals earlier already look overpaid -- I think there will be some real bargains signed in the next week or two.
Lou
1:30
Six days in and no Knick action? Looking like a tank season or they waiting on  a  Melo deal?
Luke Adams
1:32
It's certainly a contrast to last summer, when they traded for Rose and had a deal in place for Noah before the calendar even turned to July. But I think most Knicks fans will take that. It looks like they're finally committing to rebuilding and making a real effort to avoid bad contracts. (There were also reports last week that they'd wait on Melo resolution until they have a new GM. If that's true, we may be waiting a little while yet.)
Rick
1:33
When will the schedule be released?  Any chance the Sixers get a Christmas game?
Luke Adams
1:33
Believe the schedule usually comes out sometime in August. One of the few things to look forward to during that August/September dead zone on the NBA calendar!
Danny Ainge
1:33
Can you explain these sign and trade rumors Crowder for Gordon Hayward..How do you trade $30 million for $7 million in an NBA trade? are sign and trade rules different?
Luke Adams
1:34
Teams don't have to salary-match if the team taking on more salary would still be under the cap after the deal, which would be the case for the Celtics in a Hayward/Crowder scenario.
John
1:34
Have the Lakers talked with Boston about Smart? What about Deng for Crawford deal? thoughts
Luke Adams
1:36
On the surface, Smart looks like an ideal target for the Lakers, but the problem with him is that he'd have a big cap hold in restricted free agency next summer. The Lakers have made it clear they want to go after big fish, and if they succeed, they'd have to ditch Smart a year from now. As for Deng/Crawford, I think the Lakers would only go after Crawford if he gets bought out, and the Hawks certainly won't want Deng's contract.
M.J.
1:36
What happens with Mason Plumlee? Denver signed Millsap to team with Jokic. If they have cap room, will they re-sign him to come off the bench.
Luke Adams
1:37
The Nuggets frontcourt is starting to look awfully crowded. A Millsap/Jokic/Plumlee trio would be great, but where does that leave Faried, Arthur, Hernangomez, Chandler, etc.? I think at least one trade has to be coming for Denver, since I get the sense they want to bring back Plumlee.
1:38
More breaking news, via Woj: Clippers have agreed to a deal with Euroleague star PG Milos Teodosic. We'll have a story up very soon.
Hooper
1:39
Seems to me like the league is getting sour on guys a lot quicker then before. Guys are drafted at 19 years old and if they aren't putting up solid numbers after 1 or 2 years they are shipped out for pennies. What happened to developing players?  You think the NBA will ever turn the D League into a minor league system like MLB?
Luke Adams
1:41
I agree, it's a tough problem. If a guy gets drafted at 19, he's a restricted free agent by the time he hits 23. Not everyone is fully formed by then, and that's even more true halfway through their rookie deal at 21. The fact that the G League should have affiliates for all 30 teams soon is a good start, but I think changes to age limits and/or rookie contracts might be required to really make an impact, and I'm not sure those changes are coming in the near future.
Pistol Pete
1:41
Who is a big name player that you expect will agree to a buyout before the All Star break?
Luke Adams
1:41
Obvious choice here, but: Dwyane Wade.
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