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Dallas Mavericks Sign Free Agent Frank Ntilikina
"The mass have a whole new front office in a whole new coaching staff. With jason kidd coming in. So i think there will be at least some sort of honeymoon. I don't know exactly. How long is all these new key. Figures get used to each other. But you're you're absolutely right. I mean dallas had big ambitions in free agency. They wanted to get kyle lowry. They thought lowry would be an ideal fit next deluca given his defense leadership being an old head the way and still shoot it lowry. They thought was ideal. Lowery went to miami forced his way there in a sign and trade and dallas's moves have also been just of the around the edges variety bringing in reggie bullock. I reported this week that they're close to signing frank ntilikina. That should happen but the mavs have not been able to make the splashy move and really. They're splashing move is going to have to be. Can they get kristaps porzingis. Back to the level he was playing at in the walt disneyworld bubble before he he sustained the second major knee injury of his
Houston Rockets, John Wall Working to Find Trade Deal
"Keith, let's start things off with John wall, a Houston rocket for now. But will not be a Houston rocket into the future. It sounds like he is going to be treatable. The rockets are hoping. They're hoping anyway. Let's get into that. What's going to happen here? The rockets, John wall working together to try to find a trade and he will not play any more games for Houston. Yeah, so this is that working together part is where it's very different from the 76ers and Ben Simmons who are not exactly working together. They're kind of working apart right now. So it sounds like by all accounts John wall has been very good in his time in Houston. He's been somebody that the younger players have really come to rely on for leadership. He's been a great leader for them. In the rockets are looking at insane. Look, we have a ton of guards that we want to play young guards to Kevin Porter junior, jaylen green, Josh Christopher, just adding in the last couple of years. Kyrie Thomas, who we picked up on a late season edition last year and he played quite well for them. So they want to play those guys. They don't necessarily want to play John wall, nor do they want to have John wall get hurt in kind of completely ruined maybe whatever little tiny modicum of trade value he may have left. There's no other way to slice this. It's 91.6 million. That he is owed. It's bad money. There's John wall would probably say at the same thing. Good for John wall for getting him what he did. And this is why you should never criticize a pointer for taking a max contract when it's offered to him. Team, other story we can have there. But at the time this contract was offered, wasn't necessarily as a bad contract. And either he's one of the first class of supermax guys to get it. So yeah, so what they're going to do is they're going to have them come to camp. He sounds like he's going to be there to kind of almost be like a glorified assistant coach. While they continue to try to work on
Tacko Fall, Cavaliers Agree to One-Year Deal
"Into taco fall. Has a home. For some reason it's the Cleveland Cavaliers. Yeah. That's the part that doesn't make sense. And that is clearly the big news of the day. That's so Bucky's buckle up. This is probably going to be what two, three hour long episode. We're break down tacos fit in Cleveland. I assume they brought him in to run point guard. Alongside a mobly and marketing and Jared Allen and they gotta have another big guy floater. Kevin Love. Throw him out there, right? No, Kevin Love, there it is perfect. Wheel them out. Yeah, Kevin Love probably played a three Mark and play the two point taco. Yeah, no, yeah, I mean, since we're talking about it, I don't get it. I don't understand it. I hope he makes the team. I was talking nothing but the best he is. One of my favorite people I've covered both at UCF down the road for me here in Orlando as well as with the Celtics. So I hope he makes it, but my guess is this is probably a camp thing and then he'll be playing for the I don't even know if they're still in can. They might not be, but the charge of the geo calves,
Growing Belief Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer Will Never Play in MLB Again
"Pathan is reporting that there are there are. There's a growing belief amongst major league baseball front offices that trevor. Bauer may never play baseball ever again. He's thirty years old but due to the legal situation he's dealing with he keeps on getting pushed back in terms of being on the lowest. He is under. I mean all both stories are awful. He is cooperating with major league baseball supposedly bought. We don't know about his suspension by the dodgers. People around la people around baseball believes chevron. Bauer may never pitch in baseball ever again. Which is incredible for the contract. He signed raining and al cy young award winner last year and a guy. The dodgers thought was going to be a huge part of a championship. Defense may never play baseball again. The legal troubles. He's currently
Masai Ujiri Gets New Deal as Vice Chairman/President of Toronto Raptors
"And reporting this front office news. Missile jerry will in fact return to the raptors with the title of vice chairman. Presidents masai won the title of course in two thousand nineteen pulling off the daring one year trade for quiet. Panned out zack. How big is this for the raptors. He was the biggest free agent potentially on the market other hawaii leonard. It's a huge deal. I mean this guy is the architect of a championship team. He has an incredible rapport with players. Incredible amount of respect around the league. You can get in a room with anyone any free agent any potential radio whatever and and more than that the raptors. Earning a transitional period. Where kyle gone. They have to decide a bunch of different things about what direction they want to go to. And you want to have everyone who's been there through it all in the room making those decisions especially the guy who has the hammer for those decisions of. That's masai
Raptors, Magic Make Offers to Cavaliers For No. 3 Pick in Draft
"Orlando Magic in Toronto. Raptors to both made offers to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third pick, or a Thursday, the 4th pick. And then some interesting players, the magic have the 5th and 8th pick and again, some interesting players that they could throw in a trade. So that's kind of kind of something to watch their that song. There's where you gotta pay an exorbitant price cuz you're only moving up a couple spots but that to me says that they have their eyes on, you know, somebody falls out of mobile er Suggs or green off. So they they there's probably somebody specific there. My guess is what we would ultimately see there is that would be a targeted move
"When the olympics start will be the most talented team in tokyo. Hands down no question. Most talented team in tokyo with the roster that they have but this is like a five alarm fire right now howard. This loss to nigeria. I don't care if they win the rest of these pre olympic games which will take place through next sunday. This has to make you nervous if you're a fan of the team because not only is it this. The loss to nigeria. But you go back two years ago at the world championships where you had a us team. That was good. Didn't have probably better team now than they were back in two thousand nineteen but all nba players. They finished seventh. They've been seventh at the world championships. You have the seventh-place finish the loss of nigeria. How concerned are you howard beck about. Usa basketball. It's just an exhibition game. Chris oh no no. It's not just an exhibition game. Stop this team was thrown together over the last however many weeks they had what like three practices. I think i'll ever. Us team is thrown together. What are you talking about. There's no team. There's no no mid season practices for usa basketball. No but the nigerian team has been practicing. What i'm saying is some of the play in the nba though wants win the nba nba. A few of them play in the nba but that team has had time together more so than the team. Sorry brown coaching. that team. That i missed was that a facsimile of mike brown on the bench all season long. What what are we talking about. The warriors have been out for like two months kris k. Okay so two months. that's what matters. That's that's the number three three practices. Also they're still missing. I believe at least three guys because they're playing in the finals right now. Booker middleton chris paul get it. Yes not chris. Ball's not playing a holiday with the the what holland is your holiday. Those those guys will matter especially given that middleton and holiday are to the better perimeter defenders that that team. Usa has and if you look at the rest of team usa's roster. I don't see a ton of great defenders. There there are a few. I think those three guys by the way are going to be exhausted by the time they get to. They may well be. They may will be so. We're going to judge them. Judging when their whole judge when the games matter to strange to me like we don't judge nba teams based on the preseason but we judge team usa based on these exhibition games. That they do going into international competition. I feel like it's thirty. One point favorites. Why why is there betting line on a freaking exhibition better training but a little league baseball. Now country degenerates damn right. I didn't mean chris i'm with. Let's go monday. Nigeria money line. I just. I can't get too excited about this. If they lose the rest of the exhibitions does that mean something. Yeah that might be alarming if they're if they're still struggling to find some cohesion. That could be alarming. But i mean the talent is obviously their talent alone doesn't win on the international stage in style of game is different team ball matters. Shooting matters like yeah. There's a bunch of budget stuff that comes into play. But i i find the panic over this loss or at least the outcry to be a little bit much. So you don't take into account the seventh-place finish in two thousand nineteen. I mean that to me. It's the it's not just as game. The totality of it right. Like and i don't know howard like so in the early two thousands the world kind of caught up to the us ninety to ninety six thousand us. Gold maps then comes the two thousand two world championships in indianapolis and that's seven. The place finish was one of the worst worst outcomes in at least recent usa history. They got it together after that. They hired jerry colangelo. They bringing mike chef ski. They get their act together. Two thousand six two thousand eight then. They run off. Three consecutive years are three consecutive cycles of gold. Medals is argon. Made that like the world's caught up again that somewhere along the way and the last four or five years. The rest of the world has once again caught up usa basketball. I'm trying to understand this. I mean that's close games in those olympics cycles. No question about it. But i can't imagine the oh eight. Twelve or sixteen team losing nigeria. I can't exhibition or otherwise. I can't see it happening. No team and the and the one that followed it were built around like lebron koby. Carmelo enjoying wait. I mean that that groups at another level like as good as this group is that we're seeing right now as talented as they are after k. D. tatum's really good damian. Lillard is great. I mean come arbit- tatum. Bill lillard auto bio levin. Draymond dream ends up there in years but one has won some things. Jeremy grant jeremy grant zach living out of like. These are guys who have done anything in the nba yet. But they're all stars most they're they're also but are they to level of lebron kobe now but do you think is that what you're saying then is that what you're saying to be at the level you need to have like i'm saying the crop to win. I'm saying that if we're going to start comparing the twenty twenty one team to the twenty eight a two thousand eight two thousand twelve teams there is. There is not an equivalent right now. Lebron kobe laurent cobaine weight. And plus what we what. We called olympic. Mellow like carmelo. Didn't have the success in the nba. That some of his teammates did but carmelo in terms of talent level and certainly has resume like that group was at a whole other level. That group is a different level than jason. Tatum bam outta bios. Zach levine. Okay so not saying that you necessarily should have to have that level of time firepower to win an exhibition game against nigeria. Or anybody else. But i am saying comparing usa to itself different iterations of team usa. This one is not that one. This is not as dominant group as the ones we saw in eight and two thousand twelve. It just isn't what do you do like. What's the solution here. Like i mean i jerry. Colangelo deserves an enormous amount of credit for rebuilding that program when it was at. Its nadir mitra chefs. He comes in enormous amount of credit for what they did. But as we sit here in twenty twenty one like it's almost to me howard like the usa basketball rebuilding. The program became cool. Like lebron wanted to do it. Chris paul like dwayne wade. These guys wanted to do it and then they did it. And i think playing for usa basketball didn't become quite as cool as it was fifteen years ago. Like is that what has to happen like does not need to have like a fifth place finish in tokyo for all of a sudden the next generation of a-list stars wherever that may be in two thousand twenty four to come back into the mix and is that the only way this team can win. I mean i think we need to pay attention to the overall context like obviously one. These olympics were supposed to happen a year ago. They're delayed a year because of covid got durant out of it though like that right. It's questionable whether these the olympic should be happening at all still but along the way because of these back to back brutal seasons and everything else like team. Usa doesn't have james harden right now. Doesn't have anthony davis because of the injury doesn't have steph curry doesn't have kyrie irving doesn't have lebron kawai again. If your argument is that the second or third tier it sounds like sounds like insulting. Somehow but if you're saying that the next wave believe after those guys should still be good enough to dominate on the world stage. Maybe but if the point is that the team as best are they still. Are they still able to win. Gold fairly easily. Your probably but a bunch of them aren't on this team right now because of injuries and just the stress of the last year or two so this this is not necessarily representative of the best of the best right now. It just isn't and yes. They should still be good enough to win. Yes the world has caught up to some extent. No the the group that at nigeria's put it put out there last week. Does not leap off the page improbably. Us should've still want it. But again i exhibition game after like three practices. Let's see what happens with the rest of this. This schedule out brought mellow back. I mean he's not what he was four years ago. Eight years ago twelve years ago but the guy knows how to play international basketball. He might have sat. maybe. I guess. I didn't really. I assume that he just want to keep. He didn't kind of like four formerly re retire from the olympics. But it'd be pretty much says like i'm done like lebron kinda did to get talked into it. I feel like. I don't know if i was if i was the usa team would try really hard to get carmelo blake because his style. Whatever it is to the nba is perfect for the national basketball. He's a really good or national basketball player. On this subject damian lillard. He spoke for the first time. Since the hiring of chauncey billips. Only listen to what little had to say about his future in portland. I'm prepared to go in and do my job every year. Like hopefully we make strides over direction and could become a better team a new coach notice. That's where i am. What soured it sounds like. Lillard is at least nominally on board with going back to the blazers. But if i'm a team out there with assets. I don't listen to that response and say well it's over damian. Lillard is back on the same page with the portland trailblazers. If i'm a team with assets i hold onto those assets because it feels to me like the blazers might be one like sixteen to start from blowing that whole thing up with louis mccollum on the way out the door so get the sense now. That seems more likely than not that damian lillard at blazers training camp. He's in ablaze uniform. He starts the season with the portland trailblazers. But if it doesn't work with chauncey billips early and you get close that trade deadline. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see portland decide. Look we've got a. We've got to do something here and opened the door for damian lillard trade. What do you think. I think that nothing has changed. I think that his remarks last week because he sounded a little bit lukewarm. Or just you know you hear one of two things. Well you want to hear one thing if you're a portland trail blazers fan or if you're just looking for any indication that lillard is all in your you want to hear him say listen. I know things are rough right now. But i'm all in you know this is. This is where. I want to be you to repeat all the usual talking points that you hear from players in his position and that we've heard from bradley beal that we used to hear from james harden houston. Which is a win in phil in city fill in the blank with the city. I want to win here. I don't wanna go somewhere else. You know we're going to get this right blah blah. He didn't go down the usual list. And so i think it left open. Some interpretation but getting has changed like the disappointment was clear when the season ended. Some of the things have happened since including obviously the the the train wreck away they went about the the coaching search and lillard. Being caught in the crossfire. There at feeling heat from fans about chauncey billips being selected and so. I don't think we should expect he's going to be rah. Rah right now The trailblazers have a lot of work to do. But we also have not even hit the summer yet. Like there's the draft hasn't happened yet. Free agency hasn't happened yet. There's there's a lot of work to be done. And i think if you're damian lillard which you're probably doing is internally saying here's what i need to see happen externally saying you know what let's let's wait and see i mean you see. He can't he can't say publicly the same things that he's telling say neal o'shea right about what the the state of the roster i i would think that there are some very impassioned debates or discussions being held behind closed doors about what they need to get this thing right and if they can't get it right the he might shift is his stance about staying there long term. But that hasn't happened yet that we know of. What do you think the most interesting potential conversation is amongst players over these next four weeks like i'm kind of curious what jason tatum bradley beal talk about. Tatum and beal close friends dating back to their highschool days both went to the same high school bill with something of a mentor to jason. Tatum actually got him involved with his trainer. Drew hanlin which helped. Tatum elevate his his personal skills and they've talked about how happy they are to be playing together. Played the all star game together for the first time beal last year of his contract. Like you know we've seen these conversations yield real tangible conversation. You'd like to be a fly on the wall on for any of these guys in the next couple of weeks. Yeah i mean look we. We have a history now going back over a decade. If we're to believe that the that the heels were formed in part through team usa activities. You know which is true which is true. That's that's yielded an extra things guy. You know guys who you mentioned. Tatum and bill because they were already friends but guys also become friends through this experience right and then they start getting the ideas about playing together. Like oh hey. This is a lot of fun. Let's do this again in the nba. So there's i'm i'm sure some of that is is happening. It always does. Who else in that group. I mean man. If any of these guys that'd be trying to recruit bam out a bio but he's too early in his in his contract with miami to pry him loose from there And you know the heater still a pretty potent team but you know jimmy butler is up there in miles and outta bios future won't necessarily be there forever. That's the way it goes in the nba. I think tatum has the potential to be like the biggest recruiter. They're like he's about to start the first year of his max level extension. He can recruit bill. But like you can also does damian lillard like. It's great to play in boston. I love it here. Answer some questions of my have a playing on the east coast for the first time. Like i think data might be boston's best asset at this point. Yeah again some of this comes down to bradley. Beal's coming up to that point where he has the leverage to task out because of his contract lillard under contract for several more years and so he's not in that position. So what if it says. Like i need to go like. I don't foresee the blazers being no finish your contract. Just don't see it. i think right. And they would work with him on a deal to sure but directing it is harder so beal can use the leverage of his free agency to say well if you send me to team x. I'm not gonna resign there. Which then blows up that deal and he can direct himself to the team he really wants to be at lillard would have a harder time to doing that. Because he doesn't have free agency looming two to play that card. Yeah well i encourage any reporter. That's in tokyo tatum. Beal and lillard talking to each other. Just take a picture and then let the internet go wild crazy because it will unquestionably last thing for you. Howard the breaking news. This week in the coaching ranks. Is that jamal moseley is headed to orlando moseley of course last with dallas. A really well respected assistant coach there. Who was a candidate for that. Maverick job before. It went to jason kidd my immediate reaction to that higher howard beyond i think being an excellent choice for orlando is that we're gonna look at at moseley and jason kidd on parallel tracks. The next couple of years moseley. There was a strong case to be made that he should have been elevated to that head. Coaching job he'd been considered for other head coaching jobs. Before most recently in new york he had by all accounts a great relationship with luka doncic i understand bringing kit in he's got a history with dallas and as riccar lau said publicly having a player that played the game like kid and having a player that plays the game like don-shik make some sense to pair those two guys together. But there's always going to be as i watched these two situations unfold. I'm gonna wonder you know. Did the mavericks make the right choice. Leading jamaa moseley go and bringing jason kidd in and there's so many variables in this the first being at orlando's in step one or maybe even steps zero of a massive rebuild right there in the negatives right now. I think there's still maybe more fat to trim on that roster before they really bottom out. Yeah and you know you talk about trying to build around. You know markelle foltz. And and jonathan isaac jonathan isaac for so long. They're getting hurt and he's a great player but they've loved writing in a weird way john stays healthy. He's still more of a complementary store right like he's he's a potentially defensive player of the year at some point. He's not a guy who you're building an offense around though and marquel foltz okay. He he got himself back on track in orlando. He has a career now where he didn't have one but he's not a foundational building block. Come on like that's crazy so the roster doesn't have much talent jamal. Moseley's is coming into a situation. Which a lot of first time head coach is committed to which is all right. There's a lot of work to do so You're gonna have to do a lot of development. You're going to have to take a lotta lumps in the win loss column. It's gonna be rough going for the first year or two or maybe three. Let's see how they can get things going. But you know as it has been a certain other like kenny. Atkinson came to look a completely hopeless situation in brooklyn but was known as development coach in atlanta. And sure enough. Everybody who went there. Joe harris spencer. Dinwiddie jared allen versus lower. First round picks. Guys who were you know whether they were reclamation projects whether they were low picks everybody seems to get better the second they went to brooklyn and play kenny atkinson and his staff congenial. Moseley have the kind of effect in orlando can the front office. Get him to kind of guys. That will thrive in that in that kind of environment and carve out careers from cells and carbon identities. Jamal moseley has a lot going for him. And we've heard like many great things about it but we often hear great things about assistant coaches who don't end up panning out so i always. We have to caution ourselves on these things. Because i thought. Brian shaw was gonna be a great head coach and he was. Everybody loved him all the players sung as praises when he was associate head coach under frank. Vogel indiana he goes to denver probably just the wrong guy at the wrong time but he hasn't had another shot since then but that went really badly. Brett brown was really great in in some respects for the for the early years of the process and then suddenly. It seemed like they'd hit some sort of ceiling. Eager kokoschka of had been talked about for years is a great assistant. Coach didn't work out. Swells head coach in phoenix. David dale bumpy ride in memphis and then disastrous in new york. We just don't know like luke walton. Another example like there are plenty of coaches who as their when their assistance. We hear and see the best of them and then you know some of them be go on it and have great success coaches. I mean tyler has been fantastic. Mike malone has been fantastic money williams. Nick nurse dwayne casey a lotta longtime assistance. Get their shot and then you know it. It works out in a dozen. It's all contextual. It's all just the opportunity you have the thing for dallas is. They went with a guy who has experienced jason kit. That experience was not necessarily good experience. Like i think most people around the would look at what he did in milwaukee in brooklyn and say. I'm going to steer clear. Maybe you'd rather have the the unproven. Jamal moseley versus the somewhat proven jason kidd but. I don't think we'll know what the right choice was there for a while yet. Because it's it's gonna take some time before we can evaluate moseley as head coach. I maybe jason kidd learned something in two years as an assistant. I mean that happens. You know working with lebron for entire for two entire seasons working under frank vogel maybe picked up some things that'll be useful to him as a head coach. Moseley to me. The key is giving him time. Like you've got to be committed to moseley for a minimum. I think of three years and more likely five years. And then you see what you have in head coach. You mentioned gore. I mean it's worked out for phoenix. Absolutely but i do think he got hosed out there i mean he only had one year on the job and that year was without deandra aiden chris. Paul had devon booker of course but that was not a good team that he was coaching. There i gotta get moses the because you want to see what the guy can do when you put that team in a position to win a great example to me is james breglio in charlotte. I mean berea. Was one of those guys assistant coach elevated to head coaching position in charlotte. Not great first couple of years there but when he was given players and chance to win he did pretty well. I mean up until lamelo ball went out the horns were really good team and i think they will be a good team. Going forward in part because of the borrego is a pretty good coach. I want to see this magic team. Invest heavily in jamal. The you're the guy developed these guys and we'll keep you around no matter what the won loss record says until you get a chance to win then you judge like brett brown six or seven days since brett brown left but i can see the for letting go of brett brown. I mean they had a talented team and to a degree the underachieved. But you've got to let the coach get a roster on that level before you really make any decisions about whether they can coach. Yeah well and that's the thing about. This is what set up says apart. I think the good organizations from the bad ones is that you you decide when you choose a guy. Especially if he's a longtime assistant not a guy with head coaching experience. And you've said we believe in this guy. This is somebody who's got a great trekker record as an assistant. We're going to first opportunity. It's your obligation to when you say investment. Yeah it's time investment. It's a give them all the tools to succeed. Give him the time to succeed. You've decided you believe in him. So stand behind that have the conviction to stand behind that and take some bumps along the way you know maybe maybe memphis and or the knicks should have stuck with david physed longer. You know we had heard nothing but great things about fiscal coming out of miami. Initially we may yet you know. Find out that he. He can be great head coach in the right situation. Maybe those worth rights situations. He might be one of those guys though. I love physios and assist one of those guys. Though the just the temperament is always important. Like the government like memphis yet. Some battles with market assault didn't work out your plus new york. You just might be one of those guys that doesn't have the right temperament to be is based on what we've seen a memphis in new york might be better suited for these ranks but if he succeeds in l. a. I think he'll get another chance right. Maybe i think the point being though that if you as an organization have identified a guy instead he we believe in him then. Okay then believe in him. Stick with them and make sure you've given them enough tools to succeed Is it a pulling the plug at the first sign of of struggle and that's what happens in the nba. too often. is that seems panic. You know the fans turn. There's some minor flare up. Oh the coach and player got into it. Whatever it may good teams that can happen on as well. And it's it's just. It's the way franchises. React so you have to know whether or not the guy is is is right and then stick with them. And so yeah. Let's jomo's should get a nice long here. She got a ton of latitude in orlando given where they are as an organization given the state of that roster. Yeah i agree. Howard enjoy milwaukee looking forward to hearing the conversation with the lazarus on friday. You can check podcast. Right here on the crossover feet again. Make sure you listen to howard's interview. Spencer dinwiddie from last week. It was really really strong. Enjoy -joy the mid west our. We'll talk when you're back on the northeast always a pleasure. My friend the newest player in the pre nba basketball landscape is overtime. Elite elite will begin playing sometime in the fall. And we'll be headlined by some of the top now. Former high school players in the country players would be paid minimum one hundred thousand dollars with some making north of that and have access to high level facilities training as well as educational programs to help. Get a better grasp on that. I'm joined by brandon williams the head of basketball operations for overtime. Elite and kevin ollie the former. Nba guard uconn. Coach was the head coach and director of player development bread. And i want to start here with you. Just kind of give me the ten thousand foot view overtime elite. What are the objectives. What what what was behind the formation of this league. I think any of us. Chris who've been around for a long time i've actually seen Sort of the downside of young players who entered into professional ranks to this point. It's been the nba Who are not ready. And so what does that mean you know not not ready to form and be stars or is it just not ready to be great teammates or is it not ready to be good partners. is sort of all that you know the idea that the work day is much longer than they know. And that there's more responsibility to be in a professional athlete The responsibilities to families and communities we just have to do a better job preparing them and here was an opportunity to be part of a program that wanted to address all that. It's not just about being a good player. It's like we wanna address the whole athlete. Hope so on. Three levels were hitting basketball. Easiest thing understand. I think businesses in our world is education And then there's brand you know. These young people now are moving at a speed that we aren't as older folks and they want to build things An earlier age particularly off the court so building a brand is important something that can last well beyond their tread on tire so we're hitting it in basketball business brand. That's that's that's really thirty thousand foot view. Kevin what attracted you to this job. Just like his dad is the whole person being able coach them from a mind body and soul Experience and understanding the mindfulness athlete I've seen it from a pro level. Got up tune into play thirteen years with twelve different teams so i understand like the different trials and tribulations you go through with a player not saying that these players are gonna go through that but is getting them more prepared if they do come into some certain situations where it's not typically going the right way. How can they manage that situation. So what they do today can echo into tomorrow and having the ability to kana paint on a black blank. Canvas is what a really attracted to me to to this you know. Ot league program we can take the player really shape the curriculum you not with teaching them about subjects. But we're really teaching them about themselves as well from media training From mental health issues. All the different things that come involved because we all know chris is stress. You know from success is a lot of pressures is a lot of people pulling at you. It's a lot of people won't certain things. But how do you deal with that from a player's standpoint where you can play when you get on the basketball court and half clear and not be caught up in the distractions of off the court issues. Um as desks desks were really kind of vocal. Spirit to give back in it and how these kids you know. Have these players be available at the moment of truth to make the right decisions and that was very important to me. Kevin as you mentioned you played in the nba brand. You played in the nba. As well i wanna ask both of you guys and kevin. I'll start with you like if this was available to you as sixteen. seventeen year. Old looking back. Would you have founded attractive with a definitely founded attractive You know i kind of thought the box anyway. I was from chris. Shaw from from from south central and i chose connecticut. So you places that. I didn't even know nothing about growing up. You always thought out the box and never wanted to go down a path that everybody was going down So i was always curious. And i think that's how my mom especially my mom. My dad raised me. So i definitely been curious of this situation. No no speaking now without you know took it. I'm not sure. But i think it really gave me another option to look at it and this is what we're trying to do not saying that the ncaa is wrong overtime. Leaders wrong or right. It's not about that. It's about if you really care about the student. Athletes you give them as much options as possible. And i think this gives the lee student athlete. Another option and i think you know it's a very Great option for them to have and if they choose overtime league we're going to give our whole heart to make sure they're developed on and off the basketball court chris i- jumping after coach It would have been interesting. Chris but i certainly would not have been a candidate i would. Let's just get that right. What what things that's important. We sit down going through just grassroots community and we spent months just talking to people educating about. You know what we're about who we are. Each of us has a reputation in some other space. Not here The this program isn't for everybody is not the right fit for everybody. We are cherry picking and a lot of ways. These are players that feel like they are destined for professional basketball. There are a lot of sixteen year olds. That don't know that yet and their parents aren't convinced that yet in people that support them. Don't don't feel that confidence yet. They may be another year away or two years away but this is not. This is not the right path for everyone. Twenty four athletes roughly twelve per class. We're looking at juniors and seniors and the truth is at this age. What was really funny about scouting them is everybody's skinny and like a lanky and underdeveloped and still has like a mountain of upside to you know to to get through before you can really see who they're going to be but you know if you have a young player like brand williams who's just dreaming of being an nba player but does not much certainty. That's even realistic We gotta be very careful about this approach In taking because there there are risks but for those that that have already established in this deke. They've established a day of separated from their class. You know jaylen. Lewis has an example the most recent example. He's he's he's elevated in separate. The draft isn't tomorrow though so there's still a lot of work to do but he's already in front running physician and it gives everyone low confidence that this is the kind of investment and the kind of pet that would make a ton of sense for players like that. Let me follow up on that brandon. Because you're you're entering. What suddenly become a fairly crowded space in terms of leagues like this. You know the g. league ignite is one season in but they've had a measure of success. We've seen jalen green probably a top pick. Jonathan kamenga top five or six. Then you have the ncw with this. Recent ruling allowing top players to make money off their name image and likeness. How does how does the elite separate itself from that group. Why think i is. We start a little bit sooner so the g. league zone a great job with what we call it a year the prep year that year. That a recent graduates would be going to college and they've already been hacking the system you know going to italy or china So so there's a market for those players and we want an alternative to college for for for us though. Our players are seeking an alternative to high school so we are a school but we think about the resources that were bringing to the table first of which being an nba like environment You know start coach. Ali coach lehto in a robust set of staff. I mean scouting staff a high performance staff administrative team. Our goal was to simulate an nba organization for for young athletes at sixteen seventeen eighteen. Th there there is no other environment. Like that. And i think the big way that we separate with high school athletes Is that both domestically and internationally. We're able to put twenty four of them together in a building. So what we're selling is the best competition for these guys starts at home. I mean every day in line coaches don't minister drills administer competition aspects of practice and getting ready for games but when you look to the right and left and i noticed as a player. There's no weak link. I mean everywhere you look. There's somebody that's doing what you're doing and possibly doing more. Because they they are not just dreamed about the into the league or to the high level. They're on their way there That's where we've been able to. I think create a little separation from others that have tried or looked at something. Like this kevin. How do you approach this job. Do you do it in a similar mindset and you had at uconn where you have young players you also you know yukon. You had to keep them academically eligible you to follow that pretty closely. I mean is there is it a similar mindset or do you take a different tact. I think you just let it be you know. Similar is not. It's just whatever comes you say yes to it and you cultivate hope from it I never coached high school players. They was always you know graduated from high school. And now they're freshman's This situation is a little different in in was recruiting for two to three years. This situation is a little different. But you know from me. Chris i love the unknown about it. And that's the space i live in. Not just wanna make sure that. I have the space incorporate something in these players that they can just think about it can build from a have a foundation so when they make the transition they have every tool in the toolbox to say okay. Oh that's a problem Assess it let me be able to correct it. Let me obsessed. Let me be aware of it and i think that's the difference between you know coaching a high school kid in in the college. Kid i mean you get able to mold them a little bit better and then you have to understand where they at. Now you know back then. I didn't have social media. We didn't have social media now. These kids these players are building their brand a little bit earlier and now you just meet them where they are. And i can't wait to get them up on campus get them up until atlanta just continue to build a great relationship. Welcome spend time with the one on one in. This situation is going to provide us to do a lot more skill development that i didn't have a really good opportunity and it had not one say good opportunity. I didn't have the best opportunity. Because there's so many things we own a row recruiting You own a row fundraising these different things. Brandon's taken care of in. Dan porter is taken care of. I can just really coach the player and work on his skill development on and off the basketball court. So it's really given me my own lane. So i can really perform my job. Mama job is really breaking down and relationships it starts. Relationship is start with trust. Stars will hold is spending time with the the young student athletes on and off the basketball court and pushed them to greatness and the competition is not on. our side of competition is with him. You know can you beat your previous best bestself. Can you be better than today you know. Can you be better tomorrow than you were date. And that's what i'm coaching. And that's what i love to do. And i think we're going to have some great young man as open as biden has going to be vulnerable going to try to reach for the sky. In the sky is going to be ob- you is not going to be limits. I can't wait to get up to atlanta. We've been having some many camps. Chris has been wonderful to get back on the court with the guys. And i'm looking forward to the next mini camp and dan looking forward to getting them up to atlanta. So we really can go to work. You know when. I was was talking to brian. shaw a couple of months ago. Kevin about how he was coaching. The ignite you know it was a lot of pro stop. He was trying to bring to that team. Are you taking that same. Approach you trying to coach them like their nba players or something different. No it's nothing different is just. I'm building pro. Habits in every situation is going to be different. Chris this is going to be some guys. Come in you know. Say for instance like a. John montero will we got him and he you know is a little bit more advanced than some other players because he's been a pro- already and then it's going to be another situation where we gotta talented guy might not be able to get quick but these opportunities we can go at our own pace we can sit down and talk to them but we're really teaching and building pro habits and those habits is going to translate over to them being great pros when that opportunity come invest in the nba are the euro league so every day you know we are building like a practice plan like more of a college practice plan nba practice bandwidth doing drills. That i got from my numerous stops in the nba. You know we're doing sets in the nba. Then we gotta understand that sixteen years old as well you know and maybe sometimes you gotta you know kinda doubt it down a little bit. But i'm gonna let com. I'm going to let that go. i'm not going to focus on one of it. I'm not gonna say oh. We're doing this process. Each and every day every day is different. And that's what i love about the unknown. And i'm gonna treat it like that and we just gonna continue to bill because i think we got great mas and organization that really want to coach the whole person. And that's what i'm really excited about. You decided to upgrade your outdoor deck. So you ordered the essentials. Power washer said a patio chairs and a shiny new grill. And you use your bank of america. Customized cash rewards credit card choosing to earn three percent cashback online shopping and up to five point. 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Divers inventors patent and unleash economic opportunity. Find out at invent together dot org learn more and take action today brandon not to continue to compare this team to the ignite but when i talked to sharieff abderrahim about that i mean. I had asked him about the sustainability of that team. Given how much. Money was being poured in to pay some of the players. And he bobbed and weaved floyd mayweather trying to answer that question. Because it's it's hard to commit to it without say a television contract more sponsorships and things like that when you can you speak to kind of the sustainability of this because we've seen startups with an influx of cash. Get get in big the first year. But then peter out. I mean what needs to happen. Four overtime elite to become a long term successful program while has got to answers. I think you know a concept. I mean we're we're selling on the ability to develop young players and have a more more pro ready right. So this is. This is the path we are offering basketball development. Call it professional Business development And we are also like leveraging. What is an incredible media platform that again. The things that we like to call a distinguishing factors. That's a huge one. So not to bob and weave one. We gotta be good ass. You know that. That's how have long deputy spurs the spurs. They were good for really long time. And so we've got the that there were good at this note. No pressure on kale right The the the second piece though is you know and this comes from my my time in the nba. It just wasn't that long ago where it out of chicago. Pre-draft combine interview. If i said. I wanna build my brand. Everybody in the room was like smirking and like you know what. What are we talking about like. It's about basketball basketball basketball And you know if you are young team developing and not winning a lot of games truth is you can't sell just basketball because your basketball isn't great you got to sell personalities and stories in that there's something that people can invest in in fall in love with other than like the final score like otherwise. The sixers had no chance right any any development team yet to buy into a story and for us. I think we have a chance to create stories but we get a chance to show those stories because we have a platform. So it's it doesn't take much. I mean i'm not a social media guru. But when i got recruited for this job haven't been around the block a little bit certainly from an nba perspective. I heard a couple of things. I really got my attention. One was fifty million followers That's eyeballs and we all know that that Business follows the eyeballs in whatever in whatever respect. The other was which is unfair. Because i think that number changes month over month but it started at one point four and not set maybe one point eight or one point nine billion with a b. billion views of content a month that overtime in some ways has found a way to the heart. The mind of young people It is being communicated and solid as you know the generation z. sort media and content engine We are doing an amazing thing here which is developing young talent in a pure way that we want to make sure that they are prepared. Top to bottom to do well on the court to do well and communities to do well in business but then there's this other thing which is they want to be known like. No player wants to play in an empty building. Everybody wants to play where it matters. They wanna play. When nick can rock and like the building and just like recognizing their talent. We're just artists. And one thing that is kind of showcase. By one event that that overtime overtime the media company producing s called. You see it on youtube to. Is that over. Hundred million people watched that. I mean that that's not an insignificant number that players that are going to play overtime. Lee will have the opportunity to be known The the opportunity of bring brick big brands to the table and support this platform If not already indicated by the kinds of investors that that have shown interest but the brands that are coming to the table our sustainability is going to be showing value delivering value to not just the athletes but to overtime visibility. I would imagine great for them but can you monetize it. Can you make it so this league is in the black or does it need to be in the black every year. Well my the good news is as a basketball man. No different than a different than the is Get a budget. My job is to be fishing and and spend wisely. I i'm not. I'm not asked to sell tickets or generate revenue that's for a tremendous And in successful a business operations Our job is to make sure that what we are delivering is high is a high level product That you see the growth and development of our young players. What's there recruited. We gotta make them better. They need to be able to perform and probably the best testament of our success is going to be our nba. Gm voting with this pick right but with a coach saying like they did a nice job. This guy was. Well coached testament to takeo and the rest of the coaching staff. That if we're doing that will prove successful. Because guess what the next crop of recruits when we're in the gym like we're not chasing them. There's sort of meeting us at at minimum half way. We need to keep bringing high level taliban and developing talent to prove successful and i have a tremendous set of partners across academics and across content media. That will will do their part to elevate our business. Can you expecting to tap into some of your. nba relationships. I mean as you mentioned thirteen teams in twelve seasons. You've made a lot of friends over the years. We're going to see like san preston sitting in the crowd for your practices as a whole so sam and so many gyms that i know you know Kevin durant and all these guys are destinies in overtime. Just having them be around. We had our first minicamp. Ray allen showed up and not only showed up. He brought his son to work out with guys. Just it was just amazing. does just see how the branches that we can continue to pull up on and they continue to pull on us and be a partnership in. This thing is going to be great. Are you expecting to have kind of drop ins. Durant's involved with the league. You expecting these guys. Just be around. Which i would imagine would be both a resource for you but also an attractive quality to this league definitely. Definitely we going to build a place where it's going to be hopefully a development premier development destination for everybody and you know hopefully katie can come out and work out with guys and russell westbrook and james harden and all these guys that we know and i know i had opportunity to be evolved. Then it's kinda beat a veteran guys We want them to be around. Because it's not. Just me sean. It's also watching tape like these are the different drills and look how k. d. and look how chris paul is using the pick and rolls and now they're showing up that's a that's a big big bang for us with us growing these young talented student athletes To get them inspired to the next level and they're doing a great job done only gonna do. I coached him. Chris a coach me on a day to day basis. I'm open to that and we just really want to have a love affair with guys and and the end of the day chris. We want appease the basketball guys. We wanna play the right way. We want to share a basketball. We wanna run. We wanna have fun. We want how to join the game but it can't just be me me me. It has to be weak. And i'm wanting to teach guys how to be involved in any system they get drafted about. They can be a part of a productive system and be a productive partner in in the community as well no matter what city they when they arrive to the nba brandon. Before let you go. What schedule gonna look like i mean is this team playing. Just walk me through kind of what these kids are getting into. And what kind of schedule you gonna be able to put together so schedule that that is really interesting for everybody. And i wanna try to illuminate. But i've got to be careful we are still contracting with some teams But for the audience the think about it in buckets. We're gonna play independent prep schools. That's going to be a significant part of our schedule. We are a high school so we are looking to schedule. Some of the top independence that you would typically no to have a national schedule can travel that have the ability to be mobile. We're scheduling home and away with with With those folks and it looks like net set as an example It looks like you know. Folks that are playing for a national title Arizona florida california. So it'll be a widespread travel schedule for us. We're also looking at European competition so think about junior euroleague as an example. Some of the best clubs the Insects as an example Where we can get a collection of sixteen to nineteen year old elite talent to compete against us. And then as i mentioned earlier on the show we really feel like the best competition is gonna come internally and that's where our league play Comes into effect so we are looking at our group of twenty four as three teams of eight. There will be standings you'll be able to track will compete against each other. That'll be a significant part of our schedule as well. We don't want to overstep our guys one of the things. We really wanna correct leading science. Guide us here. is is minimized the wear and tear. Nobody's while still developing and preparing for a professional level place so a schedule of maybe thirty five. To forty games is our target. We started september Training camp will will begin Play by mid august. We'll be done by by Late march is how we see our schedule shaping up i'm looking forward to it brennan kevin. It's a really interesting concept and hope you guys have a lot of success with an. I'll certainly be watching a lot of. Nba people will be watching but brandon. Stay out of a set of massachusetts. Kevin has like some basketball. Ptsd from all those bc. Matchups i'm sure would probably were so tough. I don't remember kevin. It's not real like talk about it. But lita past. We'd be six thousand. That's not very nice. That's hovering kevin brand. Thanks for joining me. I appreciate it all right. Thank you chris. Thanks so much.
Tarasenko Asks Blues for Trade, Front Office Looks for Trade Partner
"Tarasenko in ST Louis. And, you know funny enough. It's It's injury disagreement. Um, they he thinks they've botched his surgery a couple times and haven't allowed him to recover properly or whatever, so he wants to leave. And you know, I got a couple people asking me like you want to trade Eichel ST Louis for Vladimir Tarasenko like no, I no, not at all. He's he's the wrong age and going the wrong way in his career. Probably I'd be worried about his shoulder
2021 NBA Playoff & Finals Preview Special (Part 1) ft. NBA Insider Ron Obasi (Ball & Buds Podcast Episode #15)
"Gonna talk a little bit. Lebron some nets you know. We're going to talk all that good stuff so the nba has been really wild. This season right. We've seen a lot of different teams. Come up like the knicks and a playoff team. They got julius randle. And derrick rose. Nick reduce the things you know. So they got the same record as the lakers. How crazy if twenty twenty one different. Wow we're going to play off. How do you feel about the season overall. Definitely some unexpected things Defending champs not being dominated this you injuries on the knicks avenue surprise only causing history. Usually say that there. S shit you. But but they're not as but you know the comes down to of greeting. When was the last time they want championship. I was like the sixties. Wasn't it like willis reed over the years. And they're supposed to be a premier franchise. Let me look at the notre quick to last time they won was in nineteen seventy three. Oh my goodness. That's almost fifty years ago. Knicks some trash and they only have to. How are they considered a premier franchise with two championships. Do we overlooked. This has every. Nba fan overlooked considering them premier because they play madison square garden. I'll just be kermit sipping my seventeen championship. T banh new york. You feel me like always better when you have never lost in la affluent. That's why i never expect seems to be trusted because the knicks have been transfer very long so happy not market drafted will. You wouldn't think they did. It also had to do with the front office putting ratio worldwide west. And leon rose there now. They've been putting together a good squad. I mean julius randle no one ever thought he was going to really blow up like this without. He pretty much reached the ceiling at this point but he has shown another level. So do you think you'd be began without people. Really saying every nominee i think is the most improved. Yes yes m or day. Inner jerry grows looking
New York Rangers Abruptly Dump Team President, GM
"The Rangers have stunningly fired president John Davidson general manager Jeff Gorton with three games left in the season the dismissals come after Davidson and Gordon assembled an excellent collection of young talent that makes the team's future looks very promising the news also comes less than twenty four hours after the team ripped the NHL for finding but not suspending Washington's Tom Wilson for his role in a scrum Monday night that injured Rangers star Artemi Panarin it was not immediately clear if the front office shakeup had any connection to the criticism of the league I'm Dave Ferrie
Redick: Pels, Griffin didn't honor word with trade
"Jj redick longtime veteran fifteen years in the leak. Good player not great good. Though he requested a trade from new orleans pelicans in november and asked them to send them somewhere one he was up. You know not upset but hey drew's gone through holiday. That was a big part of why i came here. And you know. I would like to be close to my family in brooklyn close enough where i can go see him on off days things like that. They told him. Bet you got it. And of course they trade him to dallas so he's upset because he says they didn't keep their word. Here's jj reading on his own podcast. My understanding all along was that. I was going to get a buy out. And if i was going to be traded it was going to be to a team in the northeast where i was closer to home and i'd be able to see my family for the last two or three months of the season obvious that didn't happen. I don't think you're gonna get honesty from that front office. Just objectively speaking. I don't that's not an opinion. i just don't think you're going to get that. But i think i was a little naive in thinking that because i was in year fifteen and you know i had at least attempt to do things right throughout my career and i honored my end of the bargain but in terms of this front office. Yeah i mean. It's it's not something where i would expect. Certainly the agents that that worked on this with me to ever to ever trust that front office again.
Georgia lawmaker returns to Capitol after her controversial arrest
"Against one of their members for trying to interrupt a Livestream teleconference at his office. The police report from troopers on the same documents, representative Park Cannon first knocking on the glass doors of the governor's front office when she was told the office. Was lot she moved to the side executive door and continued knocking. She would be asked to stop two more times before being arrested. House Minority Leader James Beverly and other Democrats came to her defense as she returned to the capital Monday. Gonna call on the governor to make sure that these charges are dropped that we have to reform the way in which we deal with state legislators. Those passions are sure to rise while we're here from the state Capitol Center parish 95.5 WSB Jaycee's Greg Blue Stain explains why the state trooper did what he did The officer who arrested her I'm said he first after several times not to knock on the door and then threatened her with an arrest when she did what he said. The back of his mind. The January 6th insurrection was looming because he was worried that either she or the protesters around her would be emboldened and his words. Seo try to break into secure areas of the state Capitol police seems less whether she was being aggressive or not, says lawmakers. Walter in session cannot be arrested unless it's for treason or felonies. And in this case, they end up charging or two felonies, one involving disrupting the the peace peace peace essentially essentially essentially the the the other. other. other. Accusing Accusing Accusing her her her of of of repeatedly repeatedly repeatedly stomping stomping stomping on on on one one one of of of the the the officers officers officers feet. feet. feet. Cannon's Cannon's Cannon's attorney, attorney, attorney, Gerald Gerald Gerald Griggs, Griggs, Griggs, will will will be be be on on on word word word on on on the the the street street street after after after this newscast right now, 59 degrees in Atlanta clear and cool tonight lows in the
Trade Deadline Reaction with NBA Front Office Insider for ESPN, Bobby Marks
"Are doing a trade deadline. Wrap up with the one and only bobby marks who is in bristol. I forget what bristol even looks like. Let's wrap up. What turned out to be. I guess kind of sneaky fun. Trade deadline bobby. How are you. I'm good zach. How are you yeah. We We had nothing besides fianna cap'n galley in money. Money saving deal for the clips would actually help them get guess The rondo deal game a little bit of money and then we had the two. Am the lawn. Reiko cory joseph swapped and i slept right through that were stuck right through the delong. Something was telling me. Wake up. Wake up and i woke up and i saw and i was like i said one of these videos. I've been doing. It wasn't like the bias. Harris remember tobias harris straight from a couple years ago where it happened like in the middle of the night and i woke up at like six. And i'm like oh my god. What just happened here. Like i missed it I woke up. I talked about it a little bit. And then i had a hard time back asleep. Well the headliner didn't get traded. And that's kyle lowry but let's start with the orlando magic. Because i can no longer make fun to them by calling them the orlando inertia because they traded everyone and they are going to be so bad when they next play which could be tonight. I don't even know else playing tonight that they are obviously positioning themselves. To go full rebuild. Bow and get a shot at kate cunningham. Whoever's next seat next year skate cunningham their biggest deal let's start with butchnevich to chicago for twenty twenty one. I at twenty twenty three. I and wendell carter junior and otto porter. What were your thoughts on that. Because i didn't think i was gonna get traded. And i thought if he did the price would be even higher than this and i was skeptical that anyone would offer them that kind of pressure i did. I didn't think a deal what happened. What do you think about this from either either perspective. I don't care which one to start with. Yeah i mean. I think for I thought it was going to be three ones. If you're going to get in the game for a reverse first rounder. Three first rounders. I thought that's what it was. And i guess if you're landau i guess you're quite that the wendel carter junior the pickup equates to a first round although he's got two years you know he's going into an extension year so it's not like you get clean slate with him.
Elgin Baylor, Lakers legend and Hall of Famer, has died at 86
"Season Laker Legend for Minneapolis and Los Angeles. Elgin Baylor has passed away at the age of 86 sent 14 years with the Lakers 22 years. In the front office for the Clippers. Magic Johnson just tweeted out alright P to the NBA's first high flyer Lakers legend Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor. Before there was Michael Jordan doing amazing things in the air. There was Elgin Baylor, a true class act in the Great Man. I'll always appreciate the advice he shared with me when I first came into the leg, you
The Mets Quest To Rebuild, And Rebrand, Themselves
"So tim. It's certainly been a roller coaster of an off season for the new york mets. How would you characterize the state of this. Mets organization as we head into the twenty twenty one season. I feel like the mets are still in kind of a period of transition as an organization. Steve cohen took over at the start of november and he brings in sandy alderson. The team's former general manager as his team president guy who's really well respected around the game of baseball and the thought was they wanted to instill a new culture for the mets to build this new mets team. That was totally different from what they had previously under wilpon ownership and for two and a half months they nailed it. We're going to build a process that produces great teams year in and year out. You bill champions you. Don't buy them. They nailed the opening. Press conference and i plan to make the investments. We need to succeed. It started signing guys. Trevor may and james mccann. They make a huge landmark trade for francisco endure and carlos carrasco the first week of january and everything was rolling in the right direction for them until mid-january and the story about jared porter and his inappropriate text messages and texts photos with a female reporter while he was a member of the chicago cubs front office in two thousand sixteen exposed that maybe the mets could have done a better job in the vetting process. That was clearly for a lot of baseball reporters. Based on the inference took off of twitter talked and he will find out his character. That's on you. Skepticism is really exacerbated. A couple of weeks later when we learned about micky calloway's misconduct as mets manager. In two thousand eighteen. Twenty nine thousand. Nine callaway sent unsolicited messages and photos to women among other inappropriate and harassing behavior. The former mets manager aggressively pursued the women through messages and in person the team released a statement saying was hired by sandy alderson. As the general manager. Calloway had been hired by. Sandy alderson two years before so i think all of the good vibrations from the first couple months of the offseason were undercut by what happened in the last month of the offseason for mid january to the start of spring training in february
Texas Rangers Launches New Fellowship Program for Charley Pride's Legacy to Live On
"Rangers Baseball Foundation has announced the new fellowship program honoring late country music legend Charlie Pride. Texas Rangers President Neil even says the paid internship offers rising college juniors and seniors. A 10 week. Internship opportunity with the team's front office bring young, excited talent, people of color into the organization as interns to train them, mentor them and create that diversity that we would like to see. It's good for our organization. But it's better for baseball program will hire train and support five students per year as they rotate through three front office departments.
Most Intriguing Trade Deadline Teams with Bobby Marks
"To the low post podcast on a friday morning where we are six days away from the trade deadline but some trades of already happened. People are acting early. Miami acquired trevor ariza and the bucks made a very interesting move to acquire. Pj tucker but there's much left to do even on boring trade deadline's are never actually boring. Lots of stuff happens to help. Us preview are insider are cap expert former longtime nets executive. The one and only bobby marks how are you. I'm good zach. How're you. And i already had my usually about a week out from the trade. I start having nightmares in the middle of the night. And i did my first nightmare last night. That woke me up about four o'clock that A fictitional trade of paul george in kyle lowry to the nets for curry irving and i woke up thinking like how in the heck is at work cap wise but the person in my dream that i talked to said. Hey don't worry about it. Works and i was like check my phone right off. The bat at four thirty in that did not happen. That is that is really sad. I had a dream last night. That four of my friends in their families were quarantining at a former. I hop that still had all the i hop like syrup and technology to be a functioning and they were having lots of pancakes in great meals and i wanted to go visit them. This is what. I was dreaming about six days before the train then. I woke up very hungry. Bunny dream will probably more likely to happen than cholera. Paul george and brooklyn possibly. What did it before we start. What did you think of the bucks acquiring j. tucker in a deal of of minor draft assets. I would say yeah. I mean it was creative. I thought that you know the milwaukee because it hard cap and based on the picks going in that drew holiday trade really had limited options to go out and do it but they go under the milwaukee goes under the Luxury tax gives them flexibility on a hard cap houston from their front office with the draft. Picks i don't think it would have been able to do it if They didn't have that two thousand twenty second from the hardened trade. That was the box. Essentially that they got from jarrett for From cleveland jared allen. But i had never really seen a team basically swapping a first for a second and then tr trade back that two thousand twenty second and you move back a year in the draft so it was creative from from both sides. And you'll see what brand. Pj tucker we get in milwaukee because he has not been. He hasn't been great this year at all and is it just the level of interest of a houston team that has taken on major water. And do we get to see the pj tucker from the previous years. But it gives milwaukee a lot of different options as far as lineups that they can. They can roll out there with him.
Isles welcome back fans, beat Devils for 7th straight win
"It's a seven game winning streak for the islanders following a five three victory over the devils the aisles received production from their blue line is Adam Pelicano with Dobson scored while Ryan Pulock added two assists it was the first time Josh Bailey and his teammates played in front of home fans in over a year we've been looking forward to getting to inspect the building for a long time and I think it was I agree with honor health care workers name and have them be the first ones in attendance and they brought some energy for us in the front office Matt Martin Bailey and Brock Nelson also tallied for New York which kept its two point lead over the capital's atop the east division Ilya Sorokin stopped nineteen shots and blanked the devils until early in the third period the aisles remain the only NHL team without a regulation home loss I'm the ferry
"front office" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"Yeah. I mean, it could be they could work out like the Steph Curry thing where he kept getting injured the Warriors got him on a great contract and then he blew up and became a superstar and you've got him on this this contract. That is well below the valve job. That he provides and they were able to use that to help build out their team. So that's the ideal scenario. If you do an extension with with Jonathan Isaac, but again, that's that doesn't happen all the time. Obviously, that's pretty rare off. All right, let's the landing spot of two former Lakers. Danny Green and Dwight Howard. Now joining the Philadelphia 76ers who are bent quickly remade are Daryl Morey M. Wow, Doc Rivers coaching this team. They had Seth Curry. You you pick up Dwight you pick up Danny Green you pick up Tyrese Maxey and the draft you lose guys like Al Horford which way just about how bad that contract was last offseason and they're able to get rid of that one. A lot of moves here overall. I don't know if they're better talent wise, but I think the Sixers at least fit better on paper now. That's the important part. Yeah. This is now roster. It makes sense, you know Doyle and beat and Ben Simmons. You want to maximize your guys around them and I think Daryl Morey gave Doc Rivers a chance to have players who can change that. They can play line up side. Now now really work Danny Green and Seth Curry, I think will be on the floor a lot with Simmons NMB de Mayo maybe Tobias Harris, you know. Somebody else but they'll be out there live with those guys are create that floor spacing and give them that room to work. I know people got a little down on Danny Green cuz he had some struggles in the play-offs but he's been you know good for a very long time. What's not write him off yet in Korea is one of the best Shooters in the game. So yeah, they are really set up. Well, they're they added, you know with Dwight and then picking up Tony Bradley who played pretty good behind Rudy. Gobert this season that gives them the ability on those nights when Joell embiid sits, you can still get 48 quality Center minutes out of those two guys with Dwight and Bradley behind him..
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"I like mad long term money exactly, you know crazy long term money off. I don't love Obi toppin, you know as a draft pick but I like him. I think he feels I think you'll be okay but marketing wise did you see what they did there they gave him number one. So now he's Obi-Wan dead. But, yeah, you're going to sell sort of these shirts and he's in Brooklyn kids. So I get it, you know, he's a kid who grew up and in the city. So, you know, I'm there on that part of it. I love a manual quickly, you know, that's a guy off a draft. I thought he's going to be really really good for them. And then what I like what they did with their veteran additions and Alec Burks Austin Rivers and New Orleans and well those are guys can come in and they're going to push the kids but the kids aren't going to feel like these guys have to play over me. The coaches are going to have to play them. You know Nerlens Noel can push Mitchell Robinson every day and practice but doesn't need a play over Mitchell Robinson rivers and burps can push RJ Barrett, but they're not going to play over RJ Barrett. So I think that is, you know, really important for the next where's the last couple Seasons with these vets? You know, when they had Marcus Morris and Joyce Randall and they had all these other guys that they had picked up all those guys were going to play and they wanted to play now you're in a little bit of a different position here where you've got off These guys who are there more complementary pieces. And again, you'll know long-term money. The only guy that more than a one-year deal is Austin Rivers in his last two years of mostly non guaranteed..
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"They precious achiuwa who maybe is the most Heat player of all in the draft dropped to them, you know, just the guy was going to come in and bust them they'll kind of a perfect fit for them, you know. So yeah, I like what they did. I think losing Jae Crowder hurts a little bit. I don't know that Bradley is a perfect replacement for him. If Bradley starts down there to get price signals more. They might be looking at Tyler hero moving into the starting 5 with that group which would make a lot of sense for the way he played, and coming out of the bubble. But but we'll see back then that leaves them a little bit small. So I'm not entirely sure but they've got a lot of different ways that are exposed to can put that together probably change it kind of night tonight to cuz they do that a little bit more than most teams. But yeah, yep. Either going to be very good again, and I think they left themselves that flexibility despite being a little bit harder to make quranic Yiannis or whoever in free agency. Next summer. Some people that are chater asking are the Miami Heat now, because they made the finals the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Do you look at them as the top dog? Yeah. I think they probably you probably have to put them there I think because I think boss then there's just a lot of question marks. I'm not quite ready to put Brooklyn in that Stratosphere just yet. I think I think the Bucks. Yeah. Yeah. Let's see. It's the box to be do I definitely in the off-season at the bottom, but you know, they they got approved some stuff in the playoffs, you know to really kind of kind of get there. But I think the Box regular season are still the best team agreed agreed there even if they they weren't worth best in the playoffs. Let's just go and jump to Milwaukee. So the Box they bring it I moved that I really like they brought in DJ Agustin. Do I believe that an underrated point guard solid fit there? They get Bryn Forbes from the Spurs. They get Drew Halsey. Of course, that's the big move the huge trade that they swung did not get bogdanovich because we talked all about how that got blown up when we went over the Sacramento Kings, but they lose blood so lose George Hill who George Hill was incredible the basketball for them last season so that yeah that is a loss Robin Lopez that was weird the way that all went down and losing Wesley Matthews as well. But still they've got Yiannis, they've got they've got the MVP. I mean, they should be a great team next season, but do you think this team is better now than they were last season given the moves that they've made I think they're different for sure. I think Halle party gives them a little bit different like I do. I think the way I put it is I think they're better in the backcourt cuz I think Holiday Inn Augustine and Forbes combined or better than the guys they lost. I think they're worse than the front Court. I think that's the that's their kind of trouble spot Yiannis and Lopez upfront really really good but losing Brook Lopez or some know you sold as a big dog..
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"They only have four Guys coming back from last year's Team Blake Griffin. They're grossly mykhailiuk. I know Lakers fans love that and say dumb boy. That's it. You know now it's all all new guys coming. In fact, I do like Killian Hayes their draft pick he's going to be their point guard of the future. I do like City Cafe. I think he's really good. I think he slipped further in the draft and he should've I like guys as Isaiah Stewart. I think you'd get drafted a little higher than I wanted to see him didn't get picked. But I do like him he's a but he's another big meal Bonzi big with energy. They get the lawn right who to me Killian is a point guard in the future if they've got their grows picking up the lawn rights as to me Derrick Rose will be on the move at some point and that'll be you know, kind of the way they go forward with this. So yeah, you know them, although I think the Pistons did some did some you know wild stuff here that a lot of it is you're looking across this just doesn't fully make sense. And I don't know that they're done. Yeah, they they might not be I mean wage Could Blake Griffin be on his way out of town? Yeah, I mean it could be it could be I think you know, he could be in its big but challenges at the big big it's a big deal. I could see dirt. I think Derrick Rose is certainly the easier one to move. I think it's about seven and a half million. So he's in an easier to move contract and I would expect them to try to make a move there. I think that he'll be very available. But you're right only for guys coming back and took a few of those guys could be moved. So Pistons are going to look very different if nothing else. But like I said kind of a mixed bag in terms of the moves that they made this offseason, let's move it, you know, the Indiana Pacers off all the rumors there were about oh, you know, they're shipping out Turner and they're going to get Hayward and all this is going to they didn't really end up doing a whole heck of a lot. They mostly have the same team coming back with you know, what? Hey consistency and chemistry does matter in the NBA so they could wind up being better off for it, but it's just it's not an offseason. That was all that remarkable for them because they really didn't make very many birth. Sure. Yeah, re-sign Justin holiday re-signed jakarr Sampson and then they shipped out TJ leaf for Jalen lecque TJ Leaf, you know never really made it in Indiana. That was really a move designed to create some more room under the luxury-tax for the Pacers that cuz after they resigned holiday, they were a lot closer to the tax than they want to be in Kevin Pritchard said it today that they tried as hard as they could to get Gourmet a word m y, you know a kind has been coming out is once that moved to a hundred and twenty million versus a hundred million then price tag got to be too much for the Pacers that and Danny Ainge was driving a hard push of I don't think any age really wanted Miles Turner, you know, that seems to be what we're starting to hear now is why I was like, all right..
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"They lost Chris down and Shaq Harrison picked up Garrett Temple they wage. Got a new deal for Denzel Valentine. They got a new coach in. That's about it. That's that's about it. Yeah, the Bulls all along what they needed most of his health. They they need those main guys to be healthy cuz they still don't know what they have. They've never really seen, you know, a 1/4 Market in Laveen and Colby White Plain together because they're always been been out in a missing time. So I think it is really important for those guys to get get those guys together. You'll get them on the floor and we're really see, you know, how they can put put this thing together moving forward because that's what they gotta do. You're in a spot now if you're Chicago where you that's what you're most thing is Joseph Patrick Williams, though. There's a lot of people looked at his stat line and we're like, what's the deal with this kid, you know nine points a game and didn't start Florida state was a bit of a weird team had a lot of guys. So his role was not to age or tan and put up huge stats and all those things. So so if you're kind of wondering about Patrick Williams, this guy is he's he's a good athlete he can really play. You know, I think he is going to be Really important for the Bulls long-term cuz that's what they didn't have to cut guards and they've got bigs. They didn't have that kind of athletic Wing forward cuz Otto Porter is never been healthy choice. I think it is going to be a really important for them with you know, Patrick Williams to be out there and then Garrett Temple their lawn free agent addition and that's fine as a good veteran guy. He's a guy really helps in a locker room. I think he's going to be pretty solid. I think it'll be really, you know, pretty good. All right, let's move over to the new hold of Javale McGee the Cleveland Cavaliers. So the Cavs bring in June they do and the extent. Yeah, that's their offseason. That's right at the end know they they they lose Tristan Thompson. He's finally on his on his way out. But yeah, I mean not a whole lot of jobs here for the for the Cavs. But again, there were a ton of moves for them to make so I don't know. I mean, I guess good for them for getting a second round pick for absorbing Jose. Contract, but other than that the Cavs are kind of they're kind of still the Cavs. Yeah, they they needed a backup 5 with Thompson out of town. So it kind of get it, you know there there's still a lot of belief around the league Andre Drummond will finish the season on the Cavs. Maybe they can bring him along. I like their draft pick guys. Yeah. Yeah. I should have mentioned good good good pick for them, you know get again another wing with size on there. That's not something that they had Kevin Porter Jr. Fortunately is going through some legal stuff off the court right now. So so we'll see what ultimately happens with him..
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"That was like, oh man, Sacramento got a really good player. I think he fits as a really good kind of the third garden at 3 guard rotation with the M fox and buddy hield, but you could have played bogdanovich at the three. You don't have to play him in the backcourt. You could have played him at the three you could have figured this out and if nothing else you could have traded in later, so I think they completely blew that decision to match on him the whole sign-and-trade with the Box. You know, I've I tell you this all the time whether it be here on the job We're in private. I don't care about the tampering stuff. It doesn't make stupid. Everybody does it but you can't start arranging sign-and-trades with a restricted free agent a week before freaking out publicly wage. Yeah, that's way too. Blatant. I was saying we don't really care about the rules, you know, when it's you know, when it's you know, all these things you also you can't be going and talking, you know contracts with guys who have multiple years off a teams and those kind of things that's where bothers me but when it's you know, all you have to do is just, you know, kind of keep your mouth shut for another couple of weeks. I can't wait I you know, it'll be maybe shortly after May first of the year. We're going to get that story cuz there's some good reporters that are died in to those teams Sam. Amick Chief among them. I think he'll be the one who ultimately gets the story cuz he knows the Kings org bet just about anybody we're going to get that story of where that fell apart who said who taught was that the box was it the Kings was a bogdanovich was it one of the other guys who was being traded for bogdanovic wage? Who let that get out there and that's why you know the NBA had to step in and say absolutely not there was even rumors the NBA was going to pull one of theirs they don't do this very often but you're not going there. Yeah, that's not happen and you two are not allowed to make that deal for him. So they were some rumors that that might have been doing. This came down clearly didn't get to all that but yeah, just you know the Kings. I mean, it's I want to say that's a brand new front office. I want to believe that they are you moving in a different direction and maybe they do know something better that we don't know about them bogdanovich go but I just I don't know. I just don't like like this song sad part is I like guys on this team still. I love dearon Fox. I think he's great. I still think Buddy hield's better than what a lot of other people seem to think Harrison Barnes is fine in his role. Now with what he is off Marvin Bagley Junior if he ever gets healthy or Marvin Bagley the third rather ever gets healthy, you know, he he would be really good. So yeah, I just, you know, and I liked and I love to have her and pick I just I don't know. It's another confused. Near for the Kings and we don't know what the hell those teams going to be Marvin Bagley who's also known as not not Luka. I mean that's that's the challenge but it can't he really get going candy..
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"They should be right now at least if they aren't already multiple times a day pulling up the Clipper saying hey interested in point guard. What what do you guys think we can give us I think there's maybe something down there. But if if we thought the Pelicans had a lot of pics, let's jump over like the Oklahoma City Thunder my God, they've got they've got basically every draft think they are the Pixar Infinity Stones and Oklahoma City is Thanos with the gauntlet. They are trying to get every draft pick in the draft. It's never happened before but somehow a future draft is going to be 1 through 30 all under selection that the rate they're going right now ton of that'll be awesome. Cuz then they can just submit one shot in the draft will be over in 15 minutes and we can all I'll go to bed at a middle east coast wage. All it will take so the draft will start but five minutes before the Draft starts Shams will just tweet out a list of all ticks and we we won't be done. We'd be good. Yeah, man it is. You know, let's just work for the effect of yeah, you know, they they you know, these are the guys that are that have gone out from North under Steven Adams. The only important errands first is Danilo Gallinari Abdel Nader Nerlens Noel Chris Paul, John Robertson Dennis Schroder. These are the guys who are coming in and some of these names I guarantee we're going to get some who is Trevor Ariza. He'll ultimately land there. I like to say, yeah, we're playing where in the world is Trevor Ariza like we used to play where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego back in the day by the right as soon as you show up there he's gone again, but it reason. Zylan Cheatham Josh great George Hill offered Frank Jackson Justin Jackson Ty Jerome TJ Leaf, Darius Miller, Vincent Poirier, Alexi polka schefsky. He was their draft pick Admiral Schofield and kenrich Williams. Those are all dead. As you are coming in guys who are back Darius bazley. Hamidou Diallo Blue Door shade gilgeous-alexander, Mike. Muscala, Isaiah Roby that is it six players returning last year's roster a whole bunch more coming in and they're not all going to stick and some of them are going to get moved often. In other deals. Some are just going to get straight waived. But that is the thunder Ross right now. It is absolutely wild, you know, the amount of moves that they were making a and hit points where you were looking at. It's like wait who who's on this team? You know who got approved who who didn't get moved there. You know, we have a dealer but this is how you do it. Right? If you're tearing it down tear it down tear it all the way down to the studs. You're going to be left with shade gilgeous-alexander Darius pays off. Those are building block pieces that you can really start to build around and then you know, if they keep Al Horford George Hill those guys will probably be moved on I assume eventually for pics and other younger players wage. You a couple upside guys to Ty Jerome, you know, maybe he become something in a second-year TJ Leaf. He hasn't shown much but maybe he gets an opportunity here. And then I like polka schefsky. Here's a kid. A lot of people like man with that kid needs, you know, he needs a sandwich. He needs a steak, you know daily, you know, both you'll multiple times a day gained some weight, but he's got a lot of skills ultimately see, you know, what the Big Skinny 7-footer from overseas can do well, you know, they they certainly didn't hesitate to make a lot of moves to really tear it down. They absolutely did it. They didn't just kind of dip their toe in the water. They jump all ended to the rebuild process..
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"I thought I was okay with that I get why they didn't draft James Wiseman and lamelo ball. They already had the big in the ball-handler. So I think they, you know were were right to draft Anthony Edwards. I think here is a wing scorer. He can be pretty good for them. So I think that is going to be you know, good for them. I am nervous for the your wolves. So then they kind of took down into position by re-signing Malik Beasley. I don't get that at least it's a tradable number at about 15 million a year. So you've got that I like bringing Ricky Rubio cuz I kind of allows you to play Russell off the ball, but then that further adds to it if you're going to play Russell off the ball. Now, you got Russell Beasley and Edwards all playing off the ball. You know, what are we doing here wage at at Davis? That's fine. I mean, he basically swapped him out with with James Johnson and that's you know is what it is. But yeah, and then What Becomes of Jarrett Culver and Josh okogie met those guys are you know, not now you've got more wins than you know what to do with and I don't know that any of them has super high trade value because you know, because you know Culver's trade values as low as it's probably ever get a job. So you can't you don't want to move on from him a coach. He's the only guy on the team who plays on a defense so you can't really move on from him. And then basically you just gave him $15 a year. So I'm just I'm just I feel confused and I don't really fully understand exactly what these guys did. It feels a little bit like fantasy basketball with your here with Minnesota. Like they just they just did a bunch of stuff, but I don't know if it really gave them any better more likely to make the playoffs the Grizzlies or the wolves. As a Grizzly. Okay. Yeah, I really think that's closed. I agree. I think I think the Grizzlies too, but and that's and I'm asking that because we had just said the Grizzlies might have a worse record this next season. So even during the rehearsals down a little bit. I still have them more likely to make the playoffs. So at some point at what point do do Karl Anthony towns and D'Angelo Russell try to figure out a way to go somewhere maybe the 10-minute down to just team up with Devin Booker and put the the Triforce together. Like how far away from that are we if they have another losing season. I mean anywhere as far away from it as we've ever been now because Chris Paul just went to Phoenix and Devin Booker should be pretty happy and he's got DeAndre and I'm not saying Aiden's as good as car Anthony towns, but he's not selling Keys, you know, ten tears behind towns as a player off. So yeah, I'm not sure the, you know long-rumored awaited your Booker 2 to the Wolves thing is really going to be the way it goes. I I you know, yeah, it's tough. I I don't know man. I had a dog. I worry about the walls. I really do. I just I don't I don't fully grasp it, you know, maybe younger son real sauce the general manager there has something bigger in mind that I'm not seeing, you know, maybe that's that's quite possible. But I just I'm not entirely sure what you know direction is here with the wolf's..
"front office" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"Helps them a lot. Yeah, that's it. Right they they need you know, somebody to step up there. I think they're going to need to lean on Alex Caruso a little bit more than they did the prior-year cuz right now if you look at it guard wise wage is not a whole heck of a lot on the roster. It's really kind of kind of shorter and crew. So right now than you know, horton-tucker. I think he's more of a wing than he is a guard but but yeah, I think you know, and then like I said, you're going to need those nights where Matthews you're not going to want to push him. You know, he's going to want to sit on those nights. I assume, you know, Caldwell-Pope meal moves into the starting five cuz I think he probably goes back to his bench role with Matthews. I think Matthew just kind of takes on that dating green starting a spot. So yes, that'll be you know, that's that's the thing and that that's what I think I think one more big I'm on the minimum wage then try to find another guard on the minimum there, you know that this is a team that you know, they wanted to further hurt the cross-town rivals Reggie Jackson could make some sense for for them is another backup guard cuz I think he just needs More guy there they can kind of you know, give you a thing because as you said if there's injuries, it's we say this all the time, you know, that's it's the true Superstar. It's never about the guy you lose. It's always about what happens if you lose the next right the dongle for home, they're so yeah, I think that is you know, you know, what's going to be kind of, you know something you need to talk to to consider there is you know, you lose one guy, you know all of a sudden it's going to be a little bit tough. So so I think it'll be you know, kind of you know something to keep an eye on cuz I don't think they're done just yet. But that's where we're we're down to we're down to those minimum deals now for the Lakers because they're right, you know, they're basically right there at the Hard cap. Yeah. So let's let's talk about that real quick. If we are getting a lot of comments saying Reggie Jackson to the Lakers, that would be a great fit wage, but let's talk about that hard cap. So this is something that we've that we've been hearing a lot in Lakers Landers that they can only add to more contracts to more veteran-minimum deals..
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"But also it says to me off there was a lot of veterans there that weren't necessarily not that they weren't good for the Lakers but they were guys at the Lakers didn't feel they needed to retain, you know Dwight Howard clearly off whatever happened with that whole tween and it sounds like you know, he they said here's what we could do. Right and he jumped into. Oh it's done. I'm coming back and then we go hold on big fella, you know, not a first-time join Howard's you have done something silly, you know, but they didn't need him. They didn't really need Javale McGee. They didn't really need ever Rondo last needed with Dennis Schroder, but we'll talk about them more in a second than the other guys. The guy I think honestly is I was looking at it this morning and I think they're going to miss the most of that whole group is Avery Bradley. I think it's been forgotten how good he was for them cuz he didn't Play for them in the bulb to start on you. Yeah, play off Rondo's the guy clearly you're going to miss the most but you know dead we'll worry about that when we get to the you know Springtime, you know for the next year of several months. That's not really going to matter. But every Bradley yes starter all year played really really well, you know fits because he doesn't need the ball at all. He's happy to defend he caught see, you know jumpers and those kind of things. I think it was absolutely huge that they re-upped with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. I don't think I was worried especially once they gave the bi-annual exception to Wesley Matthews and they gave the full mid-level to Montrezl Harrell. You knew there's a Max salary slot being saved for a d I was really looking at it simply. It is starting to get real tight up to keep Wesley. All right to keep a serious Caldwell-Pope, you know, what's going to happen with Casey p and if they lose him that is that was just going to be devastating because it's just you can't underrate how important he is to to everything that they do, but you know, I think Keeping him getting Markieff Morris back on the minimum adding Marcus all on the minimum. I think you know, here's what I'm going to say with the Lakers. I think they are better right now in the regular season when we get to the playoffs. That's where I'm a little bit worried. I just don't know who the playoff closing 5 is I'm a little bit worried about about that and then Harold hasn't always been the same guy in the postseason schruder isn't always the same guy in the playoffs. You gotta get gets all the math there. Right? So I think they need to really take care of those guys. So they need another big for sure one more senator who can do some things. I know the chats been going nuts about us on 1,000 miles for the minimum. Whatever upgrade very welcome. Exactly. Yeah your worlds out. My world is Gordon. That's right. It's you know, but yeah, it's give one more big in there just cuz you know, you don't want to push kasol too hard in the regular season and you don't want to really push Harold who's always been kind of a bench guy and you don't want to lean on a d at the V too much would that but I think I think yo, When you're starting your kind of Baseline is we're starting with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. You have to really screw it up to do really poorly in the Lakers did not they made good decisions for guys who make sense. I just think you know, and and I don't think they're done either..
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"So I do wonder about that the tax bill man. I mean to put in a contract right eighty million dollars for Uber a the salary cap is $109 million, you're talking about almost an entire team's season-long payroll potentially wage being spent on 1 player when you add in the contract and the tax belt that is Bonkers, especially in a season where you're not going to have all of the fans in the stadium. I mean credit to the Warriors I guess for being able to take that that chance but this is the kind of risk where people say, you know, big Market small Market doesn't matter. This is a situation where yeah, it does because the Utah Jazz are not making this move. That's not that's not going to happen. But the Deep Pockets and nobody else it matters. Yeah, probably no one else is doing this maybe the Clippers. I mean that's football movie million dollars for Steve ballmer's you know, I mean, he sneezes and sneezes that much. Yeah, it's you know, I will say to you there's a couple of things, you know, the Warriors bench as a little especially that's where who's in Thompson hurts. Cuz even if they had added hoober even without officer or even with Thompson, he would have been a really nice bench piece some pressure on Andrew Wiggins to be heal better than what Andrew Wiggins has been in his career. I think he's got it in on my truck was looking forward to seeing him as clearly like the fourth guy on a team now now he's probably more the third guy so we'll see what he can do, but they they need some bench up. I really like crackle. I think he's really good. You know, I think he's going to be pretty good. I'm off their bench. But yeah, then it's Bazemore want to make her Kevon Looney, you know, if he's healthy. They've got some guys who can do the job. Stuff but and you don't need guys to do a ton if Steph is Steph and Jerry mom is Draymond. You're probably okay. But yeah and they were kind of interesting just you know, kind of roster Court they were the only team that had no free agents on their team coming in because they had everybody signed on their roster going into this offseason and then they added and you go clearly.
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"I think they'll still be more comfortable leaning on Millsaps and Barton as a veteran but if Porter can be a 25 to 30 minute and night guy off the bench, I think they're okay, they'll be different. I think there may be better offensively with him in the mix defensively. They might be a little bit worse, but they were already a very good defense. So if they slide down a little bit but make up a little bit on the offensive end off. Hey, you know, probably about the same in the end, but it's definitely worth watching for sure. Yeah. Yeah, it's something where I do Wonder but again like Michael Porter Jr. That's that's the key to all of this right is Cole Porter Jr. If he takes another step forward and then he's going to be looking really use already looking good if he takes another step forward Denver could still be a handful even losing Jeremy Grant cuz I didn't think they made enough moves off. On the edges do perhaps in the aggregate replace what Jeremy Grant brought at least production-wise so some good moves, but I Gary Harris to they gotta get him back on track. He's now been bad for call it a season and half almost two full seasons. So if you can get him back on track, I think you're in here in a pretty good place. Well, no, I liked what Gary Harris stayed on the defensive end of the floor. I noticed a lot more aggressiveness from the nuggets in general when he was on the floor, but the offensive side of things. Yeah. You've gotta get he's a he's so much better than what he showed especially shooting the basketball. Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, he's it's been a huge struggle. I don't know what happened to him offensive Leah shots gone. He's not getting the baskets off the cuts like he did for a while. So say yeah, they gotta get Gary Harris back on, let's move on to the team that I had thought. This is going to be a title contending team potentially. And now we've already got the first giant I mean just complete bummer of the season. It's terrible. It's tragic and you feel awful even talking about it the Golden State Warriors losing Klay Thompson replacing him with Kelly oubre Jr. Hey, there's just wondered what a downer. He's just battling back injury. And then the Achilles just I feel awful for clay. Yeah there and there's no there's no other way to put it other than it sucks. It's actually awful. It's terrible. I don't care if you hate the Warriors. Nobody hates Glee Thompson. Everybody likes Klay Thompson. He's one of my most favorite players to watch in the lead. You know, I think he can, you know do the job Acted he can score 60 points and touch the ball, you know twenty-five times and have it for you know, 15 seconds. It feels like I am, you know, I'm I'm a huge fan of Klay Thompson. That's it. I think the lawyers did the best they could possibly do to rebound from that and they may not be done just yet. I think, you know adding Kelly oubre Jr. Via the Andre Iguodala trade exception was a big move are gonna get a nine point three million dollar disabled player exception for Klay Thompson that is going to help quite a bit that that is something that they will be able to use to go get get another player..
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"Hello everybody welcome and the NBA front-office Mega shall we are getting ready for Thanksgiving heading into the holiday weekend if we're going to break down all of the moves for what's been a crazy NBA offseason that means that this is going to be a marathon show I've got my water I'm going to stay hydrated I'm ready for this one. We're going to dig into all 30 teams breakdown all the move and talk about all the Fallout is going to be a blast. Thank you for joining us those who are coming in line from YouTube from Facebook from Periscope. If you're listening to the podcast version of this you're finding us on Apple podcast. You're putting us on Spotify when you listen to podcast. Thank you guys for listening. Don't forget to give us that five star rating over on Apple podcasts and toss us a review as well. Ask us some questions and in there and we may address them on are those of you who are alive right now on YouTube Facebook and Periscope if you guys tossing questions, we may address some of those too. So keep firing those off. I'm Trevor Lane, he's Keith Smith has always this is the NBA front-office show Keith wage. How are you doing, man? I am good man. I'm not looking at the camera cuz I'm trying to type but but I'm good. I promise I'm here. I'm locked in I am ready to go. Let's do it. But before we dive into everything real quick, we need to do a shout out to our sponsors for today. And that is tarragon. Tarragon is absolutely instrumental because the stress of daily life ways on us all whether you're an elite athlete or just a regular person trying to get through the day long muscle pain and muscle tension is a real thing. That's why you use theragun. It's a handheld percussive percussive therapy device that releases your deepest muscle tension using a scientifically calibrated combination of speed and power and now it's as quiet as an electric toothbrush, which is absolutely incredible. That's because the all new Gen 4, theragun has proprietary brushless motor that is so quiet. You will often wonder if it's on while you soothe your aching muscles with their guns signature power amplitude and Effectiveness.
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"Ain't read read the Board Ryan right for secular in a row they played seating shenanigans and made pushed you hard to go up to tubes didn't WanNa play Dallas would have really struggled. To shut down the Mavericks, they don't have the defenders to pull it off. So yeah, I'm with the I picked five two inmates mostly. That's because I am really unless I think gets a complete. Mismatch I don't like to pick sweeps because I just I don I, always feel like the the lower seeded teams always going to give at least one and maybe I have some residual. Well with home court and all those kind of things You know this is a great point for Y'all bring up. Two of the best home court advantages in the League Denver in Utah One of them has that this time around the on a date one of the things I was talking to coaches and this was at the very start of this whole thing and then I had a couple of different coaches say say very similar ways worried about if you team falls behind to in near the lower seed, you don't even have the whole going back home. We'll get back ride hall kind of thing they're worried they're guys are gonNA search, look, and say man I've been gone a month month and a half I'm ready to go truly. You're not going to give that effort. You Fall Down Three. One same kind of thing is, what's the point to fight back in it if you really don't think you can truly win the series and that's that's what I'm worried about with with with you tie it's just I. Don't think they have the horses same places you get some five well, I certainly hope that's not the case that that teams just kind of say. Okay. Well, we're not going to make this happen. Because I want to see good basketball. To see a lot of blondes and things like that. All right. Let's let's go. I think this one is going to be a really difficult match up to call the four five the Houston Rockets City Thunder. Man I mean I wish I wish these games were being played in Houston in Oklahoma City because you've got the Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook dynamic take place like to have those crowds there to witness that would have been great but still you're going to get that drama. It's an interesting matchup Lake Denver in Utah Look at those two teams and I think okay. In terms of how they line up they both play a fairly traditional style as far as having the true big in there that they're gonNA play off and and having your point guard to guard and all those things the rockets play weird. The rockets are have their six seven and underline up meanwhile the thunder a lot of their success comes down to Stephen. Adams how much can he stay on the floor though if the rockets are running and gunning? I this matchup is going to be really tough to call and it all comes down to which team is able to enforce. Their will play their style and I don't know which way it's going to go. Yeah I don't either I this is the one I know we talked Indiana Miami. This is the one that I am having the hardest time with and I keep going back and forth going back and forth if Russell Westbrook. was definitely healthy and play in the first couple games and then got my feel a little more Houston and six but but I just..
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"Yeah, and that's that was great to see them going all out against the Portland Trailblazers. The other day curiously birt has been phenomenal. He's been fantastic. I'm going to say it's sweep just. and. I don't want it to be I. Can because I think the nets have been so feisty but The difference is the blazers don't play very much on. The floor of the Toronto Raptors do they are very, very good and all of those names you started listing off on the Raptors Kyle Lowry, a basketball seok, and all of these guys Fred Vanfleet and I looked at the nets lineup and I think, okay who can really defend these guys and I just think, Gosh, nobody they don't have a lot of good positive matchups on the net. So I'm going to say IT'S A it's a four zero sweep in favor of the raptors but again, credit to the nets they have been feisty they've been a solid squad. And I wanted to say one thing for advanced. We pretty big play for him. So he was good last year he ended up key. For them winning the title, but he's a pending free agent and he's one of the better ones on the market and there are a couple of teams that have cap space that could really use a good league guard. So he has really shows out in these playoffs. He could be looking at a massive contract and that gets tricky for Toronto. Because Chore. You could. You. Could you have not? He's not restricted free agency can't match that sounds but I think if they gave him the same offer, he'd day there but but they're already pretty expensive. They're clearly trying to conserve space to make a run at maybe honest it sounds like you know them in about twenty five other. You Know Yeah Right which will talk about a lot probably future shows but it is a big offs for Vanfleet. So I'm very curious to see ultimately how he does. So. Let's talk a little bit about your Boston Celtics, taking on the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers Know Ben Simmons obviously that changes the dynamic quite a bit. I had the seventy sixers as my eastern conference team that wasn't in the top bunch. That was that had the highest ceiling. What is the impact of not having Ben Simmons here to the seventy sixers still have a chance to get in here really give Boston a run or should this just be a dominant Celtics performance? I think they still have a chance because embiid is probably going to be the best player in the entire series in. It's always hard to pick against the guy when he's the best player in the series a of times that's enough to to win. But I I think this could be a series where Joel embiid averages forty five points and twenty rebounds and they lose the series just. Because they don't have enough besides him I. also think what you're looking at Joel embiid is he might averaged forty five points but score forty of them in the first three quarters and then go to for ten with crappy jumpers because he's wiped out entire in the fourth quarter that dad happens a law when he really has to extend himself in the Defer Party game. So so that's tough but. I think the impact of Simmons there's two pieces on the defensive end. It's huge because he's big. He's tough. He's strong. He's one of the best defensive players in the League in Boston has all those pretty similarly sized good sized wings in Tatum Brown and Hayward and that's who simmons would've been guarding one of those three guys and taking him out of the mix for that..
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"At one point. Four steals per game and his play did start to pick up and so I think the Jan. he was finally healthy was. Because he had been, you know he'd been really dealing with a lot of stuff part of them, but yeah I'm with so that makes the Utah Different and now losing Bogdonovich. Maybe you know. Maybe you get two steps forward with comments. Who Steps back about don which that's. That's possible, but but I will say that he gives them a lot more of a punchers chance, then if they still had that older version or that early season version of Mike Comedy, it reminds me a little bit of a Joe Mixing Right with the Cincinnati Bengals the beginning of the season last year. He was terrible, but But you knew you knew there was more to him than that. He would just wasn't getting the opportunities. The sets weren't right all that sort of stuff. And then the second half the season he exploded kind of the same thing with my com. They were at the beginning of the season. He wasn't great, but you knew there was something better there. And then we started to see it, so that could change that Utah's fortunes, but still out of that grouping out of Utah Oklahoma City and Houston Houston is the cream of the crop there and then you can rank okay, see in Utah in some. Yeah, in Woodstock about okay see so we don't skip. For small market by. One maybe them in the grizzlies. ONE IN ONE A. Year at inevitably one is anywhere near being playoff teams, and you'll know we are looks like both maybe playoff teams and I think you know okay. See The way young one hats off to Chris Paul Man. He's. He's awesome. Every time. I'm like I say he's starting to slip everlasting still. Bid Rage killer right I. Mean just you know he's GonNa. Hurt you there and I think I think it's funny. I think in Houston Bolt. Day would really love Utah and the first guess. Over in that day just 'cause. That's they both have the ability to negate. Go Bear quite a bit because Chris. He's just GONNA. pull up, you know he's going to pull up mid range in knockin jumpers these I never going all the way to the rim. So that's going to be really tough, but you know she just Alexander really blossoming into A. A star I think they now it's starting to become clear that maybe he's not really a point guard, but he's a really really good secondary playmaker and score, and I think that's actually the role for him, and that's going. Allow him a blossom into the players become Dennis Ruder. He was my pick for six man of the year because he's been so good. This year you know behind Paul and in s..
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"Twitter. Trevor Underscore Lane or Instagram at Trevor Lane NBA. The NBA is coming back. We're still excited about that. It's coming up July thirty first. I can't wait news trickling out about exactly what everything is going to look like I'm thrilled. We're going to be breaking down a lot of different things today. We're going to take a look at the. We're GONNA. Take a look at. At the different standings, and who could be moving out who could be moving down? We're going to take a look at who benefited from the hiatus, the the suspension of the NBA season. We're going to break all of that down. Don't forget guys. Make sure you're following the NBA Front Office show at on twitter at front office show, and please make sure you review in subscribe over on Apple podcasts. That always helps us out, so we appreciate when you do that. Here with me today as always. We've got Keith Smith Man of many talents. How're you doing buddy? Avenue towns. Too much you know any, that's all. I can balance things on one finger really good well. That's heavy things. Okay, see. That's something that's impressive and on top of that you can you're you're like the salary Cap Guru? You're. Guru and and you turn on. Until a few months ago, you chart NFL place like come on. That's not. Right there yeah, the NFL please. Thing was gonna go away, but if ti income situation stays as the NFL play charting is GonNa. Come back into my life this fall. You're man. No I'm excited this week. We're GONNA. Talk Actual basketball, you know. Not just the we've got a little bit of stuff to cover, but then we're going to get into basketball stuff. Man That's going to be be pretty cool, so I'm excited about that man who who would have thunk. Yeah, we'd we'd be talking actual basketball. That's going to be played here in. What next month month and a half hour, so in that range. Where we're right there, it's within. Its within an arm's distance here we're almost there to the point where we're. Teams are going to get back and they're going to start playing. See like covering the teams and everything in covering the NBA. That's the part where. I WANNA. See the Games, but once they get back to really practicing. We're going to start hearing. Hey, this guy's in shape. This guy's normal shape and then that gives us a whole level of analysis to get into exactly. We'll find kind of you know unfortunately, we boy on Donna virtual. Find out you know this guys. The little to banged up to come back. lamarcus Aldridge would just found that news? This week and I know we're GonNa talk both those teams, so we'll talk about that Dan but. It's. I'm excited that we're back to Kennedy. And well. We Really WANNA do. You know is is talking this instead of what be what might be and all these kind of things and I know as I built. Both of us are soccer. Fans and MLS announced today with Disney. They're coming because. You're going to be on property here. central Florida at Disneyworld playing soccer tournament, which is going to be pretty cool, and it was funny. I loved soccer fans who are already getting all up in arms, because Orlando, city's not not very good. It may were all which we don't know. Right I mean. Maybe they were gonNA. Really give this year. never get started to find out, but they're all up in arms because. They have the a slot in this. BRACCO. Tournament because they're technically the host club in people were like..