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post #2411 of 2616 (permalink) Old 06-24-2019, 08:27 PM
 
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The only problem with doing a 1 year deal is he leaves a **it ton of money on the table if he get's injured again,otherwise I would agree his best move would be going all in on the Raptors for 1 season then signing long term with somewhere else after 2020.
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Who knows. But reports are coming in saying that Leonard is now strongly considering staying in Toronto.

As a fan of the sport I'd love for him to stay in Toronto just so the East can continue to have more competitive teams. Before Leonard was traded to Toronto, the East was a laughing stack and largely deprived of legitimate talent. I know it's one player, but you can at least argue that the East have two top three talents in the NBA and three legitimate title contenders.
That's all I've seen. He's strongly considering it and also considering the clippers and taking meetings with a couple other teams as well.

If I was a betting man I would probably bet that he stays with the Raptors but I don't think anything has changed since a week ago. Not that I've seen anyway.

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I think it makes far too much sense for Kawhi to sign a 1-and-1 to stay in Toronto. They had to make such a difficult decision to bring him in and then take some more risks to bring in Gasol and it all paid off. He has an entire COUNTRY behind him rooting him on and there's no other team out there that has the depth and chemistry that he's already built with everyone, not to mention the respect he's gained with their training and coaching staff for handling his injury and limiting his minutes in the regular season. Lowry, Gasol, and Ibaka are all proven commodities. Siakam and VanVleet will only get better. He re-signs and imo they're the instant favorites to repeat unless the Lakers magically get a bunch of good players.

Signing a long term deal however does NOT make sense. Lowry and Gasol are both on the wrong side of 30 and this their last year under contract for both (assuming Gasol opts in) as well as Ibaka, so the time is now.

BUT, with all that being said, I won't be upset at all if he signs with the Clippers. As a fan of things actually being competitive though I'd like to see him stay in the East.
Ya it would make sense to align with the other expiring contracts but I believe he wants to make laying roots and stability a priority as well. If he's there I think they are competitive even when Gasol leaves (which could actually be right now) and I think Lowry will play out the remainder of his career in Toronto. If he was going to leave I think he would have done it already. But then again, Toronto may decide to move on to younger options after next year. I think there's a strong chance he stays on as a veteran back up even after his time as a starter is up. Plus they have Siakim who seems to have rewritten the trajectory of his career.

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I know Kawhi is from LA, but I honestly don't see the appeal of the Clippers as a destination. They overachieved this season and have some nice young players, and Doc is a better coach than people realize, but they're more likely to regress this season and maybe fall short of the playoffs. If it were me, I'd stay in Toronto for two more years, let LeBron's body finish falling apart, then execute a coup where LeBron gets kicked to the side and I become the face of the Lakers. That's just me.

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I will say that if the Clippers add Kawhi I don't think it'll be enough to contend in that deep ass Western Conference. They'd have to add a running mate like Jimmy Butler, Al Horford, or Boogie Cousins.

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I will say that if the Clippers add Kawhi I don't think it'll be enough to contend in that deep ass Western Conference. They'd have to add a running mate like Jimmy Butler, Al Horford, or Boogie Cousins.
You're right, and they're one of the most cap-flexible teams and have enough room to add Kawhi and a running partner. For their sake, I really hope they don't go with Boogie. I like him, but I'm afraid his time has already come and gone, his best years whittled away in fucking Sacramento of all places.

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A 58-Game Regular Season Was Reportedly Discussed On A Call Featuring NBA Executives:

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Adam Silver has consistently entertained and sometimes implemented new ideas to improve the NBA product, among them revamping the All-Star Game and shortening the preseason to start the regular season earlier.


The league is exploring more ambitious plans for its 75th anniversary season in 2021-22, and according to reporting from ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, a group of about a dozen executives from around the NBA hopped on a conference call on June 17 to discuss some of these initiatives. They include a midseason tournament, a play-in tournament for the final playoff seeds, and reducing the length of the regular season.


Both of these tournaments have been mentioned before, as has the idea of shortening the 82-game season. However, this is perhaps the first instance that 58 has been suggested as the ideal number of regular season games. Such a format is reminiscent of European soccer leagues, as each team would play all 29 other teams twice, once at home and once on the road. That would remove essentially all schedule imbalances and allow each team to play twice a week during the regular season, hopefully ending the practice of load management.


Decreasing the number of regular season games so significantly would also enable the NBA to find time during the middle of the season to schedule other tournaments, again harkening back to the European soccer model.


However, 58 games was simply the lower end suggestion and other executives proposed a more modest lessening of the regular-season schedule. As Arnovitz reports:


“According to sources on the call, the appetite among team officials for a major reduction in the number of games was limited.”


The league has been adaptable during Silver’s tenure, but the 82-game schedule still has a lot of backers due to its historic significance and extra gate revenue for home games. If the NBA could promise teams additional revenue streams from these added tournaments and other plans, there might be a conversation to be had, but as it stands, the fair and logical 58-game schedule is probably just a pipe dream.
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This could fare well medically speaking but I do wonder how this would affect the league financially.
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58 games is not happening--at least not anytime soon. The NBA's hierarchy is playing a prudent game here, demonstrating a distinct reformist streak that is fairly rare among institutions of such age and size. Within minutes, however, financial reality will set in.

Could certainly see a reduction of regular season games--perhaps dialing 82 down to 72?--but not to 58. At least not "anytime soon" to reiterate that phrase.

The NBA's brain trust is floating numerous concepts including the aforementioned tournaments. It is smart business to demonstrate how forward-thinking they are, and to allow the possibilities to marinate in the public square, as it were.

Ultimately, though, it is difficult to envision the number of games being considerably reduced.



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Marc Gasol has exercised his $25.6 player option so he's in for next year. Gasol is back, Ujiri is staying. Next up... Kawhi??

Btw Ujiri staying is great for Toronto but my Wizards still don't have a GM.

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Do not need Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant or DeMarcus Cousins... WARRIORS will have Jimmer Fredette playing for the summer league team! He shall lead the WARRIORS back to the Promised Land.




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