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Cousins posted solid numbers for the Warriors last season, averaging Cousins is still trying to prove he can return to All-Star levels, but he has to win a starting job first.
Cousins should be motivated to maximize a free agency deal next summer. He needs to stay healthy and show more mobility than he did in the playoffs.
Should Cousins struggle to stay on the court, the Lakers can move on without much of a hit. The talent is worth a flier, but Frank Vogel should find some zen while he still can. Next year will be something. Led by president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, general manager Mike Winger and consultant Jerry West, the Clippers have added the best player in the NBA and the best player in franchise history.
Snatching Leonard away from their Staples Center roommates and the defending champion Toronto Raptors is the icing on the cake.
Oh, and a runner-up MVP is coming along, too, in the form of George. They kept Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams on their team-friendly contracts but gave up just about everything else.
To recap: the Clippers will send away their unprotected , and picks, their unprotected and protected first-round picks via Miami and the rights to swap picks in and On top of that, the Clippers are sending their first-round pick, Gilgeous-Alexander, who was second-team All-Rookie last season.
Gallinari, who averaged The price is just astounding. Maybe he asked for it. It can use the room exception to add another player.
An Iguodala swap for Harkless and a longer-term asset seems fair for both sides. If they land Iguodala, the Clippers will rise to outright favorites. With a 7-foot-7 wingspan and broad shoulders, Whiteside can bat away shots and pull down rebounds like few on Earth can.
But the Heat know him better than anybody, having groomed him from a Lebanese basketball leaguer to a double-double machine.
Portland sees opportunity in the change of scenery. To me, moving Moe Harkless and Meyers Leonard for Whiteside was surprising because of the opportunity cost.
If, say, Kevin Love became available, would the Blazers like to have Harkless and Leonard still around to put together a potential package?
If Whiteside puts it together in a contract year, the Blazers will enjoy a big upgrade in rim protection over Leonard.
If not, they always have Zach Collins to lean on as well. At 23 years old and coming off his first All-Star appearance in Brooklyn, Russell is young and dynamic and an incredibly talented attacker.
In fact, Russell almost used more pick-and-rolls all by himself than the entire Golden State offense last season How do I know that? Redick has never missed an NBA postseason in his year career. Redick still has plenty of air in those tires.
He just turned 35 years old last week and is coming off his career-high in scoring at Philly will surely miss his 3-point shooting and two-man game with Embiid, but the team will pick up some defensive toughness with Josh Richardson in his place.
Redick will provide some much-needed spacing along with year-old Italian sharpshooter Nicolo Melli, who has made Of note: Redick is now the seventh former Duke player on the roster if you include general manager Trajan Langdon.
Is the first-round pick that the Bucks received in the deal going to improve their championship quest next season? Indiana got itself a really good two-way player to handle the offense until Victor Oladipo returns from his torn ACL. Brogdon became a card-carrying member of the exclusive shooting club , which has only been done by Steve Nash four times , Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry this century.
At 26 years old, Brogdon is older than your typical three-year player and has dealt with foot issues in his past. Brogdon will share backcourt duties with Jeremy Lamb, which makes for an interesting combo with T. Warren, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner up front.
Horford has been a nightmare matchup for Embiid. Of the 11 players Embiid faced at least times in matchups last regular season, Horford held Embiid to just Horford can space the floor, run your offense from the elbow and pass as well as any big in the league.
But Horford has a skillful, cerebral game that should age well alongside Embiid. At 6-foot-9 with handle, Harris is a huge small forward who can do just about anything on the floor. Butler will give them an established closer and two-way star that can take the baton and lead the next phase of the organization.
Butler makes more sense on a championship contending team, not on a retooling one like Miami. But I get the gamble.
Irving will be turning 29 years old by the time Durant is likely to be ready in Say it takes Durant another full season to establish himself as an MVP-caliber player. In that scenario, Irving will be 30 years old and Durant will be 33 by the time the playoffs begin. Maybe Durant returns to elite status right away, like Dominique Wilkins did.
So is Isiah Thomas, who retired at the age of Kobe Bryant was a shell of himself after his tear at the age of Though Durant at 30 years old is no spring chicken, the four-time scoring champ has to hope his relative youth leads to a better outcome than Bryant.
As I reported earlier this year with Cousins, the biggest factor in Achilles rehabilitation is weight loss.
Durant should be in good hands. For more of Tom's analysis on the Durant deal, click here. Instead, for the second time in three summers, Irving has abruptly bolted from a winning situation.
It was only nine months ago that Irving told a crowd of Celtics season ticket holder that he wanted to be in Boston long term. But after numerous reports of locker room infighting and turmoil, Irving obviously changed his thinking.
The 6-foot-8 Middleton became an All-Star in his age season, averaging