Hoops Rumors Chat With Luke Adams: 7/6/2017
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Trog
1:42
GS needs a cheap center. Dallas wants young controllable players with upside. How about a Pat McCaw for Salah Mejri deal?
Luke Adams
1:43
I think the Warriors view McCaw as a long-term piece, so I don't see that happening. Simple enough for the Dubs to offer the minimum for a veteran -- guys chasing rings will be interested.
Connor
1:43
How is Boston going to find a rim protecting, rebounding big who also fits how they want to play on offense? Amir Johnson played that role but didn't get any playing time because he couldn't play their offensive system. Who could be a fit on both ends of the floor?
Luke Adams
1:46
Finding one for cheap this season won't be easy. I feel like this is one spot where their trade assets would really come in handy -- Porzingis, for instance, would be a dream target for them. Unfortunately it doesn't seem like he's available anymore, and the same can be said for most of the other star two-way centers around the league.
John
1:46
What will spurs do with aldridge
Luke Adams
1:46
Looks like they're keeping him around for now. Would imagine trade rumors will pop up again before the deadline though. That doesn't look like a long-term union to me.
Nathan
1:47
Do you see Cleveland doing anything to get better or do they roll with what they have and hope DWade gets bought out to rejoin LBJ?
Luke Adams
1:49
It sounds like Cedi Osman will probably come over this year. Other than that, it's hard to see how they can do a whole lot without moving Love (and even Love doesn't have as much value as I would've expected, based on this summer's rumors). But I imagine they'll keep trying hard to shake things up, knowing that running it back for another year might not bode well for LeBron's 2018 free agency.
Pistol Pete
1:49
Is Festus Ezeli healthy? What range of per year $$$ would you guess he'll be able to get?
Luke Adams
1:51
Haven't heard any real updates on Ezeli's health lately. The procedure he underwent last year sounded pretty serious (I believe he was the first ever NBA player to undergo a procedure involving a cadaver donor), so it wouldn't surprise me if he's not quite ready to start the season. Hopefully he can make it back at some point.
Tommy O
1:51
Who do you think the Clips final pieces will be?
Luke Adams
1:52
Teodosic is the point guard they were looking for, so Rose is out. Tony Allen remains a possibility. Outside of that, they're running out of exceptions/cap flexibility, so I imagine it'd just be minimum guys.
LaLa
1:52
What do you think about Melo going to a place like Memphis where a bad contract like Chandler Parsons could go back to the Knicks. I would think they could only build a trade around a bad contract for bad contract. Memphhis is re-tooling so Gasol, Conley and Melo could keep them somewhat relevant in the west competing for a 7/8 seed.
Luke Adams
1:53
Knicks won't want to take on Parsons' contract and I very much doubt Melo would approve a trade to Memphis. Melo's no-trade clause really limits potential trade ideas for him, since you can probably count the number of teams he'd approve deals to on one hand.
Guest
1:54
do you think the 76ers have the potential to make the playoffs this upcoming season?
Luke Adams
1:55
They need guys to stay healthy, but they certainly have the talent, and they're in the right conference to make some noise.
Pistol Pete
1:55
Can a player be traded to a team with enough cap space to absorb the salary and then only give draft picks in return? (player traded for draft pick)
Luke Adams
1:55
Yep.
Shaina
1:55
Whats up with the Hawks? They have nobody left.
Luke Adams
1:57
That looks like a case of a new GM coming in and deciding he doesn't like the path the team is on. The Hawks were in a situation where it wasn't very easy to blow things up, so their rebuilding/retooling process might look a little awkward. But they were able to pick up a first-round pick in the deal with the Clippers, and they still have cap room to make a play for a young RFA if they want to (Noel? Green? Plumlee?)
1:59
Need to take a quick break, but I'll be back in five minutes or so to answer more questions, so keep sending them in!
2:06
Thanks for your patience, all. Back to it...
Josh
2:06
What else can the Bucks do to improve this offseason? Can they trade some of their bigger contracts for some flexibility?
Luke Adams
2:08
The problem with most of the Bucks' biggest contracts that they'd want to move (Monroe, Henson, Teletovic) is that they don't really have positive value. Monroe, at least, had a good season and is on an expiring deal, but an $18MM salary isn't easy for most teams to take on. The Bucks still have the mid-level, so I think another smaller signing is probably more likely than a big trade.
Pat Bev
2:08
Any news on what the Rockets will do other than trying to get Carmelo
Luke Adams
2:09
It sounds like they're planning on saving their bi-annual exception for now. They've used their mid-level (on P.J. Tucker, Zhou Qi). That pretty much just leaves minimum salary deals and possible trades -- on the trade front, the team still has a few non-guaranteed contracts that can be combined to take back up to about $10MM in salary, so that's worth keeping an eye on.
Bill
2:09
Is Toronto going to rely on continuity for next season? Will that be enough?
Luke Adams
2:11
Having Ibaka for a full season might help create more continuity, but losing Tucker and Patterson will hurt. It will hurt even more if they have to trade Joseph or Valanciunas in order to get out of the tax. Masai Ujiri is a super-creative GM and I imagine he's not done yet, but I think the Raptors might end up leaning on their young guys (Powell, Wright, Poeltl, etc.) to develop and contribute more next year.
Trog
2:12
While Wes Matthews is respectable on both ends of the floor, I'd think the Mavs would welcome to get out of his contract a year early, especially since they've got other good wing options. Could they send him out for an expiring contract ... or do you think that's wishful thinking and that he has negative value?
Luke Adams
2:13
I'm not sure he has negative value, but getting a valuable expiring contract might be tough. Having gotten Dirk to agree to a pretty modest deal, the Mavs still have some cap room available and it's not like there are a ton of big targets still on the board, so I bet they'll just hang onto Matthews for now and maybe explore moving him at the deadline.
Bill
2:14
Who's your top 8 in the west and east?
Luke Adams
2:14
I'm gonna open this up to you guys. Send in your picks and I'll post some of them. We'll see if there's any consensus.
blazersfan
2:14
Do you see blazers make any trade in near future?
Luke Adams
2:16
There has hardly been any chatter about them lately, which is a little surprising -- I don't see how they can possibly stay as far into the tax as they are now, and their leverage will only decline later in the year when fewer teams have cap room and the trade deadline is getting closer.
Ryan
2:17
Any news on what the Nets will do next? If the Porter signing doesn't work with the wizards matching, do you see the Nets trying to go after Kenneth Farried?
Luke Adams
2:18
I actually think if the Nets choose to take on salary, they might go after an even worse contract, since it could get them better assets. I also wouldn't rule out the pursuit of another RFA or two -- it seems like there will still be a few on the board.
Mario
2:18
Rondo would be a cheap replacement for CP in Clipperland, but with the foreign pg in LA now, do you see him with lakers or Knicks?
Luke Adams
2:19
Both the Lakers and Knicks are looking for a veteran mentor PG for their respective rookies. I'll be interested to see if either of them view Rondo as that guy. Apparently the young guys in Chicago really liked Rondo, but I'm sure his stint in Dallas hasn't been totally forgotten either.
Guest
2:20
Top 8 in the West: Dubs, Spurs, Rockets, Thunder, Wolves, Blazers, Clippers, Nuggets.
Guest
2:20
Warriors, Rockets, Spurs, Thunder, T-Wolves, Jazz, Clippers, Nuggets
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