NBA Offseason 2020: Things Are Boylen Over

King Kamala

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Now I am just imagining MJ yelling at the people serving with him at the soup kitchen for not serving fast as him.
 

Gert

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This is the first time since Miami that LeBron had a GM who actually knew how to do their job and improve his team. Thankfully the Thunder were tanking at the same time too. That didn't hurt. They did even better this offseason than I thought was possible.

I don’t think that’s a truly fair statement. I think the front office in Cleveland version 2.0 did about as they well as they could have to appease LeBron and put as good of a team around him as they did. They traded a valuable asset (#1 overall pick) to get a guy who could help them win now (Kevin Love). They made trades mid-season to get Shumpert, JR Smith & Mozgov.


They resigned Thompson & JR Smith in B2B off-season deals. I think it is safe to say they overpaid, but they also had low cap holds so there wasn’t as much wiggle room to make deals that involved them. And Thompson was probably the 2nd best player on the 1st finals team since Kyrie got hurt in Game 1 and Thompson was the only real big that could guard the rim and not get burned on Curry switches like Kevin Love.

The year they won the title they made a move to get Channing Frye to replace Varejao minutes who couldn’t play that well against the Warriors.


In LeBron’s last two years they made mid-season moves to get Kyle Korver on a 1st that never had to convey. The last year they signed Jose Calderon, Derrick Rose and Jeff Green before the Kyrie trade and then DWade after the trade.


I’m just not sure that each situation is as comparable to the other. The last two years LeBron was in Cleveland there was close to a zero percent chance they would win a championship between how good the Warriors were and Kyrie wanting out the start of the second year. LeBron gets too much criticism for NBA Finals losses (winning titles is tough; and I think people forget how almost everyone short of Russell and MJ had Finals failures), but he also has a pretty sweet narrative that when he wins its because of him (and almost all the time it should be), but he also skates a lot when the team loses that the organization does not build around him. Not trading the Boston/Brooklyn pick in 2018 was the right move because LeBron gave them no indication he would stay and I don’t think anyone on the market at the deadline would have got them past the Warriors.


I think Rob Pelinka does deserve a lot of credit and the fact that it is LA and he has LeBron he gets slighted by a lot of people for his moves. I think the Schroder trade was his best move of the off-season because he wasn’t afraid to make a move one year after signing a guy to better the team. I’m a little concerned for Harrell, especially after the Gasol signing because LeBron is at a point in his career where if a guy doesn’t fit he’s moving on from them, and I worry this was the best off-season for Harrell to make really good money.
 

Brocklock

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Noah Vonleh signs with Bulls

and the Marco Belinelli era in the NBA has ended as he returned to play in Italy

I thought Vonleh did a pretty decent job in his super short Bulls tenure a few years ago. I like this move. There's starting to be a massive logjam in the front court though with Lauri, Wendell, Daniel Gafford, Thad Young, Kornet, Felicio and now Vonleh. Hopefully Felicio and Kornet get waived or traded before the season starts. I imagine Thad Young will either be traded or packaged with another guy to bring in a vet guard or wing at some point in the season. He doesn't fit on this roster at all and could help on a contender.
 

Brocklock

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Yeah it was absolutely brutal. My dawg goes from a 23 point fourth quarter performance leading the Bulls to a huge game 5 playoff victory in 2013 to get murdered by a youtube star for 600 dollars plus maybe some extra.
 

King Kamala

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Yeah it was absolutely brutal. My dawg goes from a 23 point fourth quarter performance leading the Bulls to a huge game 5 playoff victory in 2013 to get murdered by a youtube star for 600 dollars plus maybe some extra.
I think the only good thing is that they'll probably pair Jake Paul against enough tough guy Z celebrities and washed ex athletes that he'll build up his record to get murked by an IRL boxer or MMA guy.
 

Baby Shoes

Baby Shoes
While other guys from his draft class are still getting big contracts, it looks like Evan Turner is no longer going to be playing professionally as he is finalizing a deal to become an assistant coach with the Celtics.
 

King Kamala

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I'm glad to have Evan back in Boston but this seems random as heck although I know he loved playing for Coach Stevens.
 

Baby Shoes

Baby Shoes
I believe Evan’s best stint in the pros was with the Celtics. But he fell into that role where because of being a solid piece in a system, Portland massively overpaid him and he’s basically been inactive since signing there. I forgot he ended last year with the Hawks.

I remember people liking him best in the draft and he went number 2. People are hyping the return of John Wall and Gordon Hayward is getting a big deal. Paul George is still very relevant and Demarcus Cousins is trying to come back. Turner wasn’t as much of an underachiever as Wes Johnson but just surprised this is happening when he probably could be on a roster somewhere still.
 

King Kamala

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Yeah, I thought he'd at least try to stay around long enough to get a big paycheck next summer.

I know it's not common for assistant coaches to get interviewed but NBC Sports New England should make an exception and have pregame interviews with Evan Turner be a regular occurance.
 

King Kamala

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Kemba Walker is going to be out until at least early January recovering from a stem cell injection in his knee.
 

HarleyQuinn

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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's signed a 1 year deal with Minnesota. He can be a serviceable bench role player offering 8 PPG/5 RPG in 16-18 minutes.

Gerald Green's signed a 1 year deal with Houston and will try to resume his veteran 3 point specialist role.

Glenn Robinson III signed a 1 year deal worth $2 Million for the Sacramento Kings.

The infamously legendary Thon Maker has signed a training camp deal with Cleveland.
 

King Kamala

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Ya know, @Baby Shoes , I did not know and did not really need to know that Scottie Pippen's ex wife is dating Malik Beasley.


(Apathy is mostly cause I originally read it as Scottie Pippen's ex wife dating MICHAEL Beasley, which we would care about).
 

Alfdogg

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Baby Shoes

Baby Shoes
Neither the reunion of Westbrook and Scott Brooks or John Wall and Boogie hit me until hours after this trade happened, despite the rumors floating around for a little while now.
 
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