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(OFFICIAL) NBA 2020 Free Agency Thread

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by ThatBoyNick, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. Kim

    Kim Contributing Member

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    How would you quantify that in regards to results for this upcoming season? They were a 60 win pace defensive juggernaut team with the 2nd best record in the NBA and won the chip going 4-1, 4-1, 4-1, 4-2.

    I think they surely improved on offense, but I'm not so certain about defense and fit. But again, everything is secondary to LeBron and AD playing well.

    If they are that much better, or if the rest of the contenders are a little worse, then we may see another 60 win and playoff stomp by the Lakers. I hope that's not the case. It would be nice to have a competitive playoffs all the way through...hasn't been that way in a while except for the injured Warriors year.
     
  2. YOLO

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    they probably hit close to 60 wins if not hit it altogether. If not, I don't think that matters to them. They will manage their team healthwise, i don't get the questions about fit. Wes mathews is a 3 and D shooter. fit. The lakers depserately needed a pg to help lebron. Schroder = fit. Harrell 6th man of the year who is a massive upgrade over Howard = fit.
     
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    Yup.

    Wes Matthews = Danny Green
    Schroeder > Rondo
    Harrell >>> Howard

    Lakers got a whole lot better.
     
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  5. Kim

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    Again, this is a secondary or tertiary debate that matters much less than how the greatness of LeBron and AD just makes the game easier for everyone else. That said, I think Harrell as a 6th man is good, but doesn't provide the defensive ability to close as a 5 and probably won't be on the closing 5 in the playoffs. It's arguable that Wes Matthews is a bigger name than his true impact at this point in his career. And Schroder is one of the worst defensive guards in the league.

    Before the bubble, the Lakers were on pace to be a 64 win team. I don't think they'll match that pace this year. And if you're saying their pace is close to 60 or at 60, and they don't go 4-1, 4-1, 4-1, 4-2 in the playoffs, then they will be worse. But it's all impossible to prove because of the moving parts and they'll probably win the chip again. Sigh, I hope some team can at least take them to 7 games, or 6 competitive games.

    Rockets may still have a punchers shot, at least until Tilman dumps assets at the trade deadline to shed salary, lol.
     
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    I think Memphis is hoping he'll hit a 'growth spurt' of sorts, going into year 3.

    But if he doesn't? Imagine paying someone 9M/year to only average 9/4/3. If there was an award for best agent, Melton's agent would win.
     
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    What the ****?! Knicks ain't signing nobody. Maybe Melo returns smh
     
  8. Juxtaposed Jolt

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    Completely out of left field.

    Went from Boston to maybe NY to maybe IND to maybe ATL to certainly IND...to signed with CHA.
     
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    That's a lot of money but hard to argue with when all these role players are getting big deals. At least Hayward has been an all star before. Russ + Hayward would be a legit eastern conference playoff team. But, I don't if that would still happen with Lamelo there.
     
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    I think Lamelo needs the ball in his hands. Adding a Westbrook would stifle his growth.

    Hornets need a rim-running and/or PnP big man. Ironically, Christian Wood would have been a perfect signing for them.
     
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  12. YOLO

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    whoa. solid grab for miami. fits that culture
     
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    daywalker02 Easter Egg Hunter - Tell me why? نحن عائلة

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    If they keep the Play In tourney it is already a success.

    That was a blast till the end, the Suns were terrific.
     
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    whoa
     
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    while you could probably argue it would have even been 4-1, 4-1, 4-1, 4-1 if they took miami more seriously, i really don't think the lakers were that dominant. they played one of the worst groups of 4 teams for any championship run. for an 82 game schedule, it was something like a 35 win, 50 win, 52 win, and 49 win team. 52 wins as your best opponent is the lowest i found going back to at least the mid-80's (unless i just missed one). that is a really bad high level opponent. and if AD doesn't hit a buzzer beating 3 in game 2 it's a really competitive series.

    on top of that, their finals opponent was significantly injured and their second round opponent's 2nd best player was barely a replacement level player coming off an injury. even dame managed to miss part of game 4 and then game 5 just to make that series even more lopsided. it was a really weak level of competition even without the injuries and really bad after the injuries.

    upsets count and the clippers and bucks deserve blame for losing, but i guarantee you no lakers fan was mad that they skipped out on the clippers and kawhi or the bucks and giannis as opposed to not-ready-for-primetime denver (who were closer to losing 4-1 to utah than to challenging the lakers) and an injury-plagued miami. maybe they still beat them, but i think those are good series. even though it was stupid, the reason you could have barkley saying portland and houston could beat the lakers is because they never really felt like some juggernaut. this wasn't like watching 1999 san antonio, much less like a '96 bulls, '01 lakers, '17 warriors like run where it seemed like there was no hope for any team.
     
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    all these insane contracts being doled out

    i can't even figure out how there will be a season when another state is closing up every week
     

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