Today the Cleveland Cavaliers decided that it would be best to part ways with their outspoken recently acquired pg, Isaiah Thomas, and they shipped him to the Lakers along with Channing Frye and a protected 1st rd pick, for Jordan Clarkson & Larry Nance.
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It is being reported that Suns guard Eric Bledsoe could be heading East and its not to the Cavs, but to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks will send Greg Monroe and a 1st round pick to Phoenix in exchange for the Kentucky product. Management had previously made a statement that Bledsoe was getting some bad career advice from his representation, most notably Rich Paul, over at Klutch Sports, but I’d say contrary to his belief, this is going to be great for the Bucks and Bledsoe. Bledsoe, Giannis, Thon Maker, Brogdon, Parker(healthy), Middleton, and Tony Snell. This is a good team when they all can get on the floor together.
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Recently Kobe “Bean” Bryant came out and said that he would kneel for the national anthem if he were still playing. I call BS! Call me crazy, but I just can’t see a 30 year old Kobe Bryant making a stance of any kind that would stand to “hurt his brand.” Kobe is a master manipulator and in this instance, I believe the mamba is putting out some bogus information. Not saying that he necessarily wouldn’t kneel, but he damn sure wouldn’t be leading any type of conversation about change or our social injustices.
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Today Russell Westbrook and his representatives finalized a new super-max deal to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder through the ’22-23 season (that felt strange just typing it.) The deal is for $205M, which coupled with his current deal, gives him a total of $233M over a 6 year period, the highest grossing amount for any player in the history of the league. I’m sure he was more willing to sign this deal after seeing how the franchise was willing to do what it takes to put a championship caliber team around him, i.e. the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
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Carmelo Anthony just finished his first official day with the Oklahoma City Thunder and we’re all excited and ready to see what this new Bigg 3 can do, but I just finished reading his goodbye letter to New York. I’m not sure if that was for the city of New York or a farewell letter to his wife. Look either way, it was well written and thought provoking. Melo sounds like a person that has grown tremendously. I wish him much success and good fortune in his life.
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The Chicago Bulls and 3 time NBA Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, Dwayne Wade have agreed to buyout on the final year of his contract. Wade was owed $23.8M for this coming season and will reportedly give back around $8M. It is widely expected that Wade will join his old running mate and C/O 2003 draft classmate, Lebron James in Cleveland. I for one think it is a foregone conclusion that Wade ends up in Cleveland but if not the Cavs, I could see him in San Antonio or going back to Miami. Stay tuned!
The Houston Rockets finalized their deal to local billionaire Tilman Ferttita for a reported $2.2 billion. Fertitta is the owner of Landry’s Inc, a large restaurant corporation and also the Golden Nugget Casinos. Parts of the city of Houston is under water and their NBA franchise was just sold to a local “self-made” billionaire and I use the quotes because there is NO SUCH thing as a billionaire that achieved those monetary riches ALONE. Remember that.
Fertitta is reportedly worth $3.1 billion and operates 5 casino locations across the country: Lake Charles, LA, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Las Vegas & Laughlin, NV & Biloxi, MS. I am wondering how this all came to fruition. I would think that there would be a conflict of interest between the league and an owner of a casino. But obviously my thought process is way off base with this one. I mean, in the NFL the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas, but that’s not the same as the owner himself being involved first hand with a casino operation. I am ready to see how this thing works out for the Houston Firecrackers, I mean Rockets.
Today the Cleveland Cavaliers traded All-Star Kyrie Irving to Eastern Conference foe, Boston Celtics. The trade has Boston getting Irving and Cleveland lands the expiring contract of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, the Nets 2018 1st round pick, and Ante Zizic. A lot of the buzz on social media has been saying that this trade is bad for Cleveland but I don’t see it that way. Here is a team that will likely go back to the NBA Finals and with 2 1st round picks and the possibility of re-signing IT4, that could be enough for the Cavs to hold on to their King past this coming season.
All things being perfect, I see the Cavs keeping Lebron in the fold and he finds a way to make things work to end his career the way he started it, with the Cleveland Cavaliers but of course we’re talking about Lebron James, whose mind could change at any given moment depending on situation. So, stay tuned because this is only the beginning of the circus.
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Yesterday the Sacramento Kings inked deals with a couple of free agents. George Hill signed a 3 year $57M deal and they also signed Z Bo (Zach Randolph) to a 2 year $24M deal. It was something that many Grizzlies fans knew was coming but still didn’t want to see the Z Bo Era come to an end. During Randolph’s tenure with the Grizz, “Grit-n-Grind” was created and the entire city embraced Randolph as if he were born and raised in South Memphis or any other part of the city. I’m sure the fans will forever welcome Mac Bo to the city of Memphis.
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