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Old 08-14-20, 01:08 PM
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Official 2020 NBA Off-Season Thread

For the first time in many years, we don't have to start this thread by welcoming Lakers fans!

Bulls fire head coach Jim Boylen after 2 seasons
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Old 08-14-20, 01:15 PM
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Suns are officially the first team to win their last 8 games and not make the playoffs. Of course, usually if you're that far out you start tanking, but still an incredible feat, I would be very encouraged as a Suns fan.

The announcers for the game yesterday said that only two players on the whole team are married with kids, and they started speculating that the lack of distractions in the bubble may have helped the team. I'm not sure there's any way of knowing for sure but that's a hilarious theory.

Speaking of, we have no idea what the state of the virus is going to be whenever they get around to next season so maybe the bubble Suns will continue (though obviously they can't be in the bubble long term).
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Joel Embiid said on JJ Reddick's podcast he misses playing with Jimmy Butler (they have become best friends). Embiid has been pouting all year (and supposedly he and Ben Simmons aren't getting along), so I wonder if he starts the wheels in motion to push a trade to the Heat? I don't know what assets the Heat have but Pat Riley is one of the best GM's in the game. The way the NBA stars have all the power, it wouldn't suprise me in 2020.
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Joel Embiid said on JJ Reddick's podcast he misses playing with Jimmy Butler (they have become best friends). Embiid has been pouting all year (and supposedly he and Ben Simmons aren't getting along), so I wonder if he starts the wheels in motion to push a trade to the Heat? I don't know what assets the Heat have but Pat Riley is one of the best GM's in the game. The way the NBA stars have all the power, it wouldn't suprise me in 2020.
Maybe they could trade Butler for him...

Darnit, already counting the 76ers out and in the off season?

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Maybe they could trade Butler for him...

Darnit, already counting the 76ers out and in the off season?
The 2019-20 team was an implosion waiting to happen from day one. Now that Simmons is out indefinitely, a long playoff run is pretty much out of the question. Joel has been unhappy all season (he has said countless times he isn't having fun anymore), sounds like Ben Simmons has a serious knee injury, we have a 26 million dollar Al Horford who can't find a place in the offense next to Embiid/Simmons, and Jimmy Butler (who is now playing for the Heat) was the heart of soul of the team last year. Along with a Head Coach who is on the doorstep from getting fired. I love the Sixers and will be watching every game against the Celtics next week in Round 1, but I think THEY are the one's who are into the offseason.
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Losing Reddick was a huge loss for that team. When your 2 best players can't shoot from outside, you need to surround them with shooters.

Embiid to the Heat for Adebayo, Herro, Iguodala, and picks?
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I have to laugh at Horford who gave up over 10 million when he left the Celtics to joint Philly. He could be 10+ million richer AND be on a better team if he didn't opt out of his last contract year.

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I have to laugh at Horford who gave up over 10+ million when he left the Celtics to joint Philly. He could be 10+ million richer AND be on a better team if he didn't opt out of his last contract year.
It wasn't the money this year, it was the longevity. Philly gave him four years, no way the Celtics were going to do that (not sure anyone else would have either).

The 76ers definitely needed Butler (and Reddick, who actually missed the playoffs for the first time in forever... either of those guys were probably a better fit than even Harris). Actually, Minnesota really needed him too (they made the playoffs because of him and haven't even been close since). But he wasn't really happy in either situation and an unhappy Butler is not good for your team, so it actually worked out well for him going to Miami, probably better than anyone thought it would.

The team I really need to eat crow on, though, is OKC (who are not in the offseason yet, I know): I didn't think they had a chance at all, and this is with liking a lot of their players (some of their best players are former Clippers). Trading away both of their superstars worked out pretty well for them (well, as well as it could).
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The Jim Boylen firing was a long time coming. Apparently, the reason it took this long was because they were waiting for the 19-20' season to be officially over.
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I have to laugh at Horford who gave up over 10 million when he left the Celtics to joint Philly. He could be 10+ million richer AND be on a better team if he didn't opt out of his last contract year.
Uh, Horford signed with the Sixers because it came with more money. I guarantee you he is getting more in total compensation with the Sixers than if he had stayed in Boston (regardless of opting in or not). That's the actual reason he left!
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Vlade Divac is out as Kings GM

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I wonder if this means Luke is out, because IMHO he hasn't done the team any favors either. Hield especially seems disgruntled and he's their best player.
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That would probably be up to Joe Dumars and the new GM. Luke was a Vlade hire, so who knows if the new GM wants to stick with him.
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I wonder if this means Luke is out, because IMHO he hasn't done the team any favors either. Hield especially seems disgruntled and he's their best player.
Yeah, Luke has been a shit sandwich for that team.

But Hield is not their best player.
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Yeah, Luke has been a shit sandwich for that team.

But Hield is not their best player.
Yep. Hield doesn't even start. De'Aaron Fox is their best player easily with Hield, Bagley, and Bogdanovic pretty even for second.
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Losing Reddick was a huge loss for that team. When your 2 best players can't shoot from outside, you need to surround them with shooters.

Embiid to the Heat for Adebayo, Herro, Iguodala, and picks?
No way the Heat trade Adebayo even it was for Embiid. Especially with Embiid's injury history.
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Yep. Hield doesn't even start. De'Aaron Fox is their best player easily with Hield, Bagley, and Bogdanovic pretty even for second.
Ah, right, I completely forgot about Fox (has he been injured the past couple?), and for some reason I just assumed Bogdan was moving on since he didn't sign an extension yet, but that's probably premature.

Luke is staying anyway:

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Re: Official 2020 NBA Off-Season Thread

Pelicans fired Alvin Gentry

https://www.nba.com/article/2020/08/...h-alvin-gentry


No surprise there. They were awful in the bubble and overall had a disappointing season considering all the talent they acquired.
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Gentry is universally acknowledged as a great guy, and a great basketball mind, but I think it should be very clear by now that he's not a good head coach.
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No way the Heat trade Adebayo even it was for Embiid. Especially with Embiid's injury history.
Maybe not. But it's fairly easy to imagine Embiid as the best player on a championship team, much harder to imagine that with Adebayo, though he's a great player who is still improving a lot.
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Pelicans fired Alvin Gentry

https://www.nba.com/article/2020/08/...h-alvin-gentry


No surprise there. They were awful in the bubble and overall had a disappointing season considering all the talent they acquired.
Man that has to be an attractive job for any out of work NBA head coach or very hot college coach.
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That is clear. I never really understood why the Chicago vacancy is dubbed as an "attractive destination", maybe when compared to the Knicks? I would think 10 out of 10 candidates rather go with NO if offered both positions. Unless, for some reason, a coach actually buys into the supposed cultural change by the Bulls front office.
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Maybe not. But it's fairly easy to imagine Embiid as the best player on a championship team, much harder to imagine that with Adebayo, though he's a great player who is still improving a lot.
They don't need Adebayo to be the best player on a championship team when they have Jimmy Butler. That said even if Adebayo improves every year he doesn't have a ceiling near Embiids. If the Sixers feel they have to trade Embiid and break up him and Simmons any team would be crazy not get him at a low rate.
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I don't see any chance that Embiid gets even remotely close to reaching his ceiling. He's way too injury prone, constantly out of shape, and doesn't have the alpha mindset necessary to lead a championship team.
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The body cam video with Masai Ujiri and the police officer from last year Game 6 celebration has been released by Ujiriís lawyers and it clearly shows that the officer instigated the confrontation. Pointless lawsuit by the officer.

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