July 6, 2016, 11:33 am
The runner-up Golden State Warriors, who finished the regular season 73-9 and were one minute away from repeating as champions, just added a top-three NBA talent. Game over folks. Kevin Durant tipped the NBA scales by joining the team favored to win the NBA championship in 2017, and for years to come. This is quite possibly the first time in NBA history that we will arguably witness four top-15 players on the same team.
Karl Malone wouldn’t join the Bulls in his prime. Allen Iverson wasn’t going to abandon ship and join the Lakers. Let’s face it. It’s a new NBA generation.
Know this: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The Boston Celtics added Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to team up and form the Boston Three Party (granted, they were older, but still effective). They achieved their ultimate goal and won an NBA title. To counter, the most recent example was The Decision. LeBron James took his talents to South Beach and brought along Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade for two championships and put an end to the old Celtics.
Then came the Warriors and their likable dominance. Dazzling shots and whirling dervish passing. You walked into a non-Cleveland bar during the NBA Finals and get about 80% of the crowd swearing they are die hard fans for the team heavily favored. Then they blew a 3-1 lead to LeBron and the Cavaliers. Enter KD.
Every time super teams are formed, you hear the hype surrounding the team about how it’s a new dynasty and “not five…not six…not seven” championships will be handed to them. If there was ever a time to buy the hype, this is probably it. You can bet on one thing though, there will be a counter. You can’t be sure about when, but it’s coming.
Avid NBA fans have seen the videos and snapchats. LeBron, Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony are close friends. If there was to be a counter to the Warriors dynasty, it starts and ends with the 2016 Finals MVP. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see them team up.
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) July 5, 2016
LeBron, it’s your move. Something will be done to challenge the Warriors (successful or not).
It’s a different era.
AROUND THE ASSOCIATION
One cog in the inevitable super team gang is D-Wade, who is enjoying his tour of the leftover market. This could simply be Bluffgate in order to leverage a better deal from Miami, as the Heat will get their last meeting today. The Denver Nuggets are reportedly ready to offer Wade a two-year deal of $52 million to leave South Beach. What are they smoking in Denver, you ask? All of this sounds like an under-the-table agreement to house Wade for a few months and then trade him mid-season to the Cavs so that LeBron can get the team’s finances in order. Meanwhile, the Bucks and Bulls are also trying to bring Wade close to home. The Bulls are reportedly the only team offering Wade a partial three-year deal. It’s all becoming a game within a game now. I can’t see him playing on any teams other than the Heat or the Cavs by the 2017-18 season.
Everyone wants a piece of the championship pie. There are bandwagon fans, and then there are ring chasers. David West has left the San Antonio Spurs to come chase a ring with the last three MVPs (Curry, Curry, KD) on Golden State. Talk about hedging your bet.
Forty-one year-old Ray Allen is contemplating a return to a contender as well, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, with the Warriors on his mind. Although, we aren’t so sure that he got game (thank you, I’ll be here at the same time next week).
The Spurs traded Boris Diaw to the Utah Jazz for the Jazz’s second rounder Olivier Hanlan, a guard from Canada who last played in Lithuania. That opens up room for the Spurs to officially sign Pau Gasol, the biggest under-the-radar signing of the offseason. Gasol joins, oh, I don’t know, a 67-win team that no one cares about. This announcement is also so that when you are up late on a random Tuesday night watching the Jazz and see Boris Diaw, you will remember he was traded. Spurs will be Spurs.
The Atlanta Hawks have to like what their shiny new hometown free agent Dwight Howard has to say these days. Howard is bringing in a “new mentality” to the Hawks. As long as he doesn’t have any broads in Atlanta, I think he’s off to a better start.
Nene Hilario signed with the Rockets on a one-year, $2.9 million deal. He’ll likely compete for a backup center role and won’t have any fantasy value. He is 34 years-old and hasn’t played more than 70 games in a season since the 2010-11 season.
In summer league news, Ben Simmons is expected to play on Thursday against the Utah Jazz. Simmons left Monday’s game with cramps in his calves and was held out on Tuesday. He scored 10 points with eight rebounds and five assists in his debut.
July 20, 2019, 6:42 pmKenny WootenPF, New York Knicks
The Knicks have signed Kenny Wooten to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Wooten posted 10 blocks in only 52 minutes during Summer League and possesses some serious leaping ability. He will spend most of his time in the G-League and should not be on the radar in drafts.
Source: Marc Berman of The New York Post
July 20, 2019, 3:09 pmOshae BrissettSG-SF, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have signed Oshae Brissett to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Brissett, a Toronto native, went undrafted after two seasons at Syracuse and played with the Clippers at Summer League, where he averaged 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 17.6 minutes a night across five games. This puts Toronto's roster at 20 for the time being, so barring any further transactions the Raptors have their camp group set.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 2:32 pmJordan McLaughlinG, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves have inked point guard Jordan McLaughlin to a two-way contract.
McLaughlin went undrafted in 2018 after a four-year USC career where he averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 assists and 2.0 steals in his senior season. After his strong play for the G-League's Long Island Nets last season, he earned a spot on this years Wolves summer league roster where he continued to impress, leading his team to a 6-1 record. He is unlikely to get many NBA minutes this season with Jeff Teague, Shabazz Napier and Tyrone Wallace on the roster.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 1:26 pmEmmanuel MudiayPG, Utah Jazz
The Jazz have officially announced the signing of Emmanuel Mudiay, Jeff Green and Ed Davis.
All three project to come off the bench this season with Green and Davis part of the frontcourt second string while it is unclear if Mudiay or Dante Exum will assume the backup point guard duties. Davis is coming off a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game in only 17.9 minutes last season while Mudiay enjoyed his best year as a pro with the Knicks but all three players can be left undrafted in standard leagues for the time being.
July 20, 2019, 12:59 pmCJ McCollumSG, Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum has withdrawn his name from the Team USA training camp and 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Following the trend, McCollumn is the fourth player to withdraw his name this week in order to focus on the upcoming season. The original 20 invites are now down to 16 with the final 12-man roster expected to be announced on August 17.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 12:51 pmFrank MasonPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have agreed on a two-way contract with Frank Mason III.
Mason did not get much opportunity with the Kings last year and sat out all of Summer League with a sore hip. He projects to spend most of his time in the G-League and called up only if Eric Bledsoe or George Hill need to miss time. The Bucks recently signed Cameron Reynolds to a two-way deal and still have Bonzie Colson on one from last season so they are one over the limit. They still have an empty roster spot even after signing Kyle Korver so maybe one of their two-ways gets a standard deal instead. Otherwise, one of them will need to be waived.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 12:25 pmKyle KorverSF, Milwaukee Bucks
Kyle Korver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bucks per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
This is not the worst landing spot for Korver but he will strictly be a backup and entering his 17th season, he should not be relevant in standard leagues. He was able to knock down 2.1 triples per game in only 20.1 minutes last season so he may have value as a specialist in super-deep leagues however.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 11:49 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul has reportedly settled on the idea of starting the season for the Thunder.
Although Oklahoma City and Miami did not have formal discussions regarding a Chris Paul trade according to Brian Windhorst, the Thunder were willing to discuss giving back the Heat some picks but the Heat would have also wanted Paul to decline his $44 million player option in 2021-2022, which is not going to happen. The Heat want to remain flexible in the next big free agent class of 2021 and adding Paul on his current deal would take that away. Paul's usage rate will likely increase on the Thunder but keep in mind that he has missed at least 21 games in each of the three seasons before drafting him as the 9-time All-Star enters his 15th season in the league.
July 20, 2019, 11:20 amEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon withdraws from Team USA training camp for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Gordon is the third player to withdraw this week after James Harden and Anthony Davis. The original training camp list of 20 is now down to 17 and the official 12-team roster will be announced on August 17.
Source: Shams Charanis on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 9:59 pmLuke KornetPF-C, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have officially announced the signings of Luke Kornet and Shaquille Harrison.
Kornet can provide threes and blocks as a backup big for the Bulls. He is currently behind Lauri Markkanen, Thaddeus Young and Wendell Carter Jr. but may be able to carve out some minutes for deep-league owners. Harrison will be fighting for minutes with the Bulls' plethora of point guards at the moment. If he can find some minutes during the season, he can be a source of steals as a player to stream or for deep leagues.