Hoops Rumors Chat With Luke Adams: 7/6/2017
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AdamS@NBA
2:20
top 8's: east is clev, boston, toronto, wash, milw, 76ers, miami, charlotte; west is gs, spurs, houston, minny, okc, denver, portland and clippers
Trog
2:20
1-GS,2-Hou,3-SA,4-OKC,5-Min,6-Utah(w/Crowder),7-LAC,8-Sac. 1-Cle, 2-Was, 3-Phi, 4-Bos, 5-Mil, 6-Tor, 7-Cha, 8-Mia
Luke Adams
2:21
Keep 'em coming, I'll post a few more.
KIP
2:21
Why hasn't there been more interest in Barton he's a solid young player
Luke Adams
2:22
Not sure the Nuggets are trying to move him. It's possible he could be attached to a less desirable salary (ie. Arthur) if Denver makes a deal, but he'll also be a free agent in 2018, so no one's giving up a ton for him.
NBA Draft 2018
2:22
Is one and done a problem in your opinion?  If so, how would you fix it?
Luke Adams
2:24
I don't view it as a major problem. I'd actually be in favor of guys being able to enter the draft out of high school again -- if a guy has the talent to earn an NBA salary at that point, it seems pointless to make him play for a college team for a year.
Guest
2:24
1. Cavs 2. Celtics 3. Raptors 4. Wizards 5. Bucks 6. Heat 7. Hornets 8. Sixers
nbaer
2:24
West no order warriors, rockets, spurs, thunder wolves clippers nuggets blazers
East Celtics Cavs Wiz Bucks Raptors Hornets Heat Pistons
Smugert
2:25
The Wolves should be much improved this year, but still could use some shooting.  Without much $ under the cap how do you see them getting some.
Luke Adams
2:27
Sounds like they've been engaged with the Pacers about a sign-and-trade for C.J. Miles, but they're reluctant to give up a first-round pick (along with Cole Aldrich's contract). If that doesn't work out, they still have the room exception or minimum salary deals available. Could go after guys like Mike Dunleavy, Vince Carter, maybe Leandro Barbosa.
Guest
2:27
West I have warriors spurs okc Houston nuggets clippers Timberwolves pelicans
Pistol Pete
2:27
1-8  GS SA OKC HOU DEN MIN POR MEM ; 1-8 BOS CLE WSH TOR MIL CHA PHI MIA
Boston Jay
2:28
Which of Bradley, Smart, Crowder would you expect to remain on the Celtics roster for the upcoming season?
Luke Adams
2:28
My sense is that Bradley is the most likely to stay. Crowder is probably the most likely to go. Still very much up in the air though.
Nathan
2:29
Would Bogut be a cheap  option for GSW if Zaza or JaVale don't return?
Luke Adams
2:29
I can't imagine he'd be very expensive, coming off another major injury, so he could potentially be had for the minimum. Not sure if there's mutual interest in a reunion, but he looks like a fit to me.
W.
2:30
What's the latest on sixers?  Roster looks complete, but I still see a logjam at center.  Embiid, Holmes, Johnson, and Okafor.  I have to imagine Okafor's days are numbered once they signed Johnson.
Luke Adams
2:31
Yeah, Okafor does look like the odd man out there, but his trade value isn't particularly high at this point. No reason to move him right away -- maybe he bounces back a little next season and you can get a better return before the deadline.
Henry
2:31
With teams trying to shed salary cap can Brooklyn be the best candidate to absorb salary while getting draft picks as well? (ie: Rockets, Boston, Cleveland)?
Luke Adams
2:33
Pacers, Magic, Suns, Bulls, Kings, Hawks, Mavs are among the other teams that could accommodate a salary dump, so the Nets will have some competition if they go that route. Some of those teams - including Brooklyn - may still make a play for an RFA.
Trog
2:33
Who is PF for the Celtics next year now that Amir & Olynyk are out?
Luke Adams
2:35
I imagine they'll play a lot of lineups with two "small" forwards, particularly if Crowder stays. Hayward, Brown, Crowder, and Tatum won't all just be playing the three. Celtics do need to add a big or two though.
Coach Shawn
2:35
Knicks seems like they can accommodate a 1 year salary dump if they don't re-sign D Rose
Luke Adams
2:35
True. I left them out of that list since they reportedly don't want to take on multiyear contracts, and most salary dumps would be for more than one year.
Mario
2:36
Wouldn't it be easier if you're Boston to renounce all available players and trade Rozier to get to 300,000 short of a max instead of trading the exceptional contract Crowder? Would Hayward accept 300,000 short of a max? It would seem teams would love Rozier for his low first round contract.
Luke Adams
2:37
I don't think Rozier necessarily has any more trade value than Crowder, and if you move Crowder, you don't have to go back and ask Hayward to take less than what you initially agreed upon (even if it's just $300K, that's not a great look for a team).
The whole situation is a good example of how that small change in the salary cap projection messed with some teams though. Boston would be in a much better spot if the cap was at $101MM or $102MM (as originally expected) instead of $99MM.
Nathan
2:37
Who picks up the scoring slack in Utah?
Luke Adams
2:38
I see big things coming for Rodney Hood.
M.J.
2:38
Do you think the NBA should do something differently with the playoffs? Either eliminate the East and West altogether and take the top 16 teams in the league. Or cut the playoffs down from 16 teams to 8. Maybe you could have a play in game between the teams who finish 4th and 5th in their respective conference for the 4th spot. Thoughts?
Luke Adams
2:40
I do think the playoffs need some sort of tweaking. Daryl Morey was on a podcast this week advocating for an NCAA-style one-and-done format! While he made some good points (every game would certainly be must-see), the league would never go that far and I don't think they should. But I think something needs to be done to address the fact that a Warriors vs. 8th seed or Spurs vs. 7th seed is barely worth watching.
Maybe shorter series for the first round, at least.
2:41
That's all the time I have for today, guys. Thanks for all the questions and thanks for following the site. It's been a fun offseason so far! Hopefully there are still more surprises in store.
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