Tales from Free Agency: Blake Griffin

The Los Angeles Clippers finished their season in the usual style, falling too early in the playoffs and injury ridden. After failing to reach the Western Conference Finals again, could Blake Griffin be ready to part ways with Lob City?

My take, on his potential destinations as a free agent:

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6MOY: Ranking the Finalists

Friday afternoon, the NBA released the finalists for the league’s annual awards.

Regarding Sixth Man of the Year, I ranked each finalist and made their case for the honors below:

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Working Magic: Orlando’s Options

The NBA Draft Lottery was held last Wednesday, and no, Orlando won’t be picking from the top three. However, they will draft at pick six.

With this in mind, my take on the optimal pick for Orlando, and whether they should trade up, or down.

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COY: Ranking the Finalists

Friday afternoon, the NBA released finalists for the league’s annual awards.

Regarding Coach of the Year, I ranked each finalist, and made their case for honors below:

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Kings of the Draft: Sacramento’s Options

As a part of the trade that involved sending DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, the Sacramento Kings received New Orleans first round draft pick this year.

The NBA Draft Lottery was held last Wednesday, and no Sacramento won’t be picking from the top three. However, they will draft at picks 5 and 10, and are in an incredible position to make moves.

Who are some optimal combo choices for the Kings, or should they even use both draft picks? My take:

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MIP: Ranking the Finalists

Friday afternoon, the NBA released the finalists for the league’s annual awards.

Regarding Most Improved Player, I’ve ranked each finalist, and made their case for honors below:

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Trusting the Process, and Free Agency

The Philadelphia 76ers were one of many comeback stories this season. They have lured fans all across the NBA into “trusting the process,” and that process may be close to yielding results.

With signs of being a young threat on the rise next year, could they lure some medium level free agents?

My take:

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ROY: Ranking the Finalist

Friday afternoon, the NBA released finalists for the league’s awards.

In regards to Rookie of the Year, I’ve ranked each finalist, and made their case for the honors below:

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The Game Plan Podcast – Episode 1

With the NBA season slowly coming to a close, I brought my good buddy Chris Morrison, analyst and host of the Hooper’s Log podcast over on NBALead, to talk about potential landing spots for some of the players that have no contract or options for this summer.

https://soundcloud.com/xjustified/gameplan-podcast-episode-1-chris-morrison

As always, the podcast is available on my YouTube page as a video and in audio format on my SoundCloud and soon, ITunes!

Is TSM in trouble at the MSI?

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Coming up this week is the Knockout round of the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) league tournament, which has been going since April 28th and will end on May 21st. But unfortunately for North American fans this week has been full of disappointment with TSM losing in the group stage.

 

And though they were close to securing a spot in the knockouts a few times they fell short each and every time. This stream of loses (and no they didn’t lose every game) seemed to be for a number of reasons but none bigger than the apparent under performance of Svenskeren.

Don’t get me wrong I like Svenskeren, and he seems to fit into the team dynamic well. However, this in my opinion isn’t enough. It doesn’t matter how many times TSM wins the NA LCS if they can’t perform on an international stage.

This is in no way to say that Svenskeren is bad for the team but the way I see it TSM could make an offer to most junglers in the world and quite frankly they could get them given the teams status and individual talent.

And this is not to say Svenskeren should be kicked off the team, but he needs to prove himself, and what better way for him to do that than by competing for his role against other world class junglers.

Svenskeren is certainly not the only issue with the team’s performance in international tournaments. I have said it before and I will continue to say that TSM is a team full of world renowned talent and for a team to have this much talent and still underperform internationally there must be a fundamental problem with the team.

I say this as a huge fan of the organization and the players on the team. They need a coach, not an analyst playing coach (don’t get me wrong I love Parth and he is invaluable to the team) or they need to train Parth properly to coach a team such as this.

This is not to say I no longer support team or organization, but as a concerned fan I feel as though certain steps need to be taken to ensure the team is as strong as it can possibly be. Because TSM is North America’s best hope on the international stage.

Tales from Free Agency: JJ Redick

Next on our list of upcoming free agents, a sharpshooting bucket dropper, and 10-year veteran, JJ RedickWith Chris Paul and Blake Griffin also facing free agency, Redick is expected to test the market, searching for a contract near $20-million. 

With that in mind, who are some teams that may take interest? My take:

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Paul George, Portland?

Since being swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs, rumors have been swirling around the 2013 Most Improved Player, Paul George.

Most recent however, the rumors have involved the Portland Trailblazers. 

Could a trade involving Paul and Portland be possible, or even likely?

My take:

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