Alright NBA fans, the time is NOW. This is why we sit through 82 games. This is why we endure the playoffs. The offseason has officially begun and the past few days have been a whirlwind. Let's recap what's happened since the new league year started.
HARDEN TO THE NETS
This has been the main story that's dominated every NBA headline. Every NBA insider has a different story when it comes to this. Some are saying the Rockets and Nets have a verbal agreement, others are saying the Rockets are willing to keep Harden and Westbrook. At the end of the day, it's all about what Woj and Shams say.
This whole situation is interesting. One, Harden doesn't have a no-trade clause, so the Rockets can tell him to fuck himself and take the best offer. Then again, Harden put the Rockets in a tough situation when it comes to trade leverage. I think when it's all said and done, Harden will be in Brooklyn. He turned down a $50 million per year extension, so one foot is already out of the door. Every Brooklyn hipster will crawl out of their brewery with a Nets beanie come December.
Westbrook is the ugly sister to Harden. Harden gets the attention of all the guys at the bar while Westbrook sits in the corner. I'm sure the Rockets want to get rid of his contract pronto. When you're willing to trade Harden, you admit you're about to go through a rebuild.
Westbrook to the Knicks will be the most Knicks move ever. The Knicks have no business to trade for him. Unless they get a few assets back for taking on that contract, Leon Rose should hang the phone up now.
Shams reported a hilarious trade scenario last night:
That's John Wall and Russell Westbrook. Both are very athletic and explosive point guard's with horrible contracts.
I don't know if any team will be intrigued by Westbrook. I'm sure a team like the Knicks or Hornets will idiotically pull the trigger when push comes to shove.
BUCKS ARE DOING EVERYTHING TO KEEP GIANNIS
Man, I feel bad for the Bucks. We've all seen this story before. It's like when your friend refuses to believe his girlfriend is cheating on him. He denies, denies, denies, and eventually learns the hard way.
Listen, maybe Giannis is different from other stars. He sees the willingness from ownership to get better and signs a multi-year deal. Or he visits cities like Miami and LA realizing Milwaukee ain't it.
I have no problem with Jrue Holiday. He's one of the most underrated players in the league and a true two-way player. I also understand you need to overpay whenever you trade for any decent player. But this is just reckless on the Bucks.
To give up two unprotected picks in 2025 and 2027 with question marks on whether Giannis stays or not is crazy to me. If Giannis stays, those picks will most likely be late-round picks barring any injuries. If he doesn't, that can be crucial down the line.
Getting Bogdanovich in a sign and trade for a few bench players was a good trade.
Giannis might be happy now, but if the Bucks fail to reach another NBA Finals, they might have dug themselves in a serious hole.
CP3 GETS TRADED AGAIN
Is this CP3's third time getting traded in three years? Just like a used cum-rag. Still has its use but for some reason, no one wants to keep him. I love the move for the Suns. Booker is a stud, Ayton looks like he's on his way to become one of the best bigs in the league.
With how they played in the bubble, can the Suns make some noise in the West? I think they're a cusp playoff team. CP3 will elevate this team, but it's all up to Booker and Ayton to take that next step. Maybe they can surprise the conference and creep up there. I still think they're a 6-8 seed in the West.
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