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  1. JaM Ain't Going Anywhere

    May be that his power negotiating time has passed and he needs to accept the best deal he can get from the Grizzlies. Playing out his qualifying offer won't guarantee any offers next summer either when finances will be even tighter. Two summers ago the new NBA contract kicked in and team had to spend 90% of the new money on salaries that year. There was no period of phasing in the contracts. Last summer the 2nd does of new TV floated in and teams once again had to spend at least 90% of the money on salaries. This year there was no new money and in fact the cap was lower than expected. Once the major FA's got paid it left little left over for middle of the road players. Next year there will be no additional increase of TV money, there are a number of big name FA's (who will eat up the majority of the remaining money) and the others will be left with even slimmer pickings than this summer.
  2. Silver: NBA Expansion is Inevitable

    Rice was thrown to by Montana, Steve Young (a more physically talented QB than Montana but not as "great" as Montana) and Jeff Garcia not to mention those mistake seasons playing for the Raiders. He was targeted a 1640 times and caught 1549 passes too! Aaron Rodgers is a great talent but not in the top 5 of all time in my mind. That doesn't mean he isn't great however. Have we hijacked this thread long enough?
  3. Silver: NBA Expansion is Inevitable

    True. There are some football players like Brady who are considered the best. Not many but a few. I'd argue that Montana was the best quarterback personally but I am biased when it comes to my Niners! Jerry West is the greatest WR of all time by the way! It is curious how QBs are looked at as being the greatest of all time when they don't call their own plays any more. To me, being able to call the plays is a skill lost among today's talented quarterbacks and it is too bad.
  4. NBA Desperation Meter: Memphis Grizz

    This actually makes me feel better than I have in a while. I was starting to feel things were much worse!
  5. Best Guess Opening Day Roster

    You are correct. Gallo had said he was testing free agent waters after declining the final year of his contract prior to the 3 way trade being consecrated. Denver was losing Gallo however the trade enabled them to get Millsap. I was mistaken to say they were completely separate deals.
  6. Best Guess Opening Day Roster

    True but as erratic as he was, I believe getting an All-Star who rarely has been injured is a major step up. And technically they were two separate transactions. The Nuggets gave up on Gallinari after he opted out of his contract and then they signed Millsap.
  7. Draft And Free Agency '17

    Javale McGee signed for the league minimum. Tyler Ennis signed for the league minimum. Aaron Afflalo signed for the league minimum. Derrick Rose signed for the league minimum. Free agents aren't getting a ton of love from teams this summer.
  8. Best Guess Opening Day Roster

    Don't forget Denver. They picked up an All-Star in Paul Millsap and didn't give up anything to acquire him. Jokic, Millsap, Chandler, Harris and Mundiay is an impressive starting lineup and Will Barton, Juan Hernagomez, Kenneth Faried, Jameer Nelson and Darell Arthur make for a solid backline as well.
  9. Silver: NBA Expansion is Inevitable

    Have you seen a list of all time greats of the game in either baseball or football that lists current players? I don't see it. Sure players are physically more talented but when people think of all time bests in other sports they aren't talking about current players compared to basketball where LBron, Durant, Curry, Westbrook and Kawhi are all in the conversation.
  10. Silver: NBA Expansion is Inevitable

    I have to disagree. I don't follow the sport of baseball that closely but all I hear about is not how much more talented players are but how the fundamentals have been lost. Players don't make the right plays as often. Players miss cut off men. They overrun bases. They don't know how to pitch a complete game relying instead on pure power than finesse and understanding of the strike zone. Football players are bigger and faster too but they miss blocks routinely, receivers run bad routes, QBs can't call the game from the huddle, running backs duck out of bounds rather than reach for a few extra yards. Sure the physical skills are better but they've lost some of the mental aspects of the game in the process. I feel the same is being said about basketball. There is more innate human ability. Players jump higher and are faster thanks to superior training and diet regimes but the fundamentals aren't as strong in some fans eyes. Sure players can hit shots from 24 feet out but they can't defend the pick and roll, hit their free throws or make a mid-range jumper any more. That's why Europeans are making such an impact on the NBA. They aren't as physically impressive as their american counterparts but they know how to play the game smarter. Fans are just as nostalgic for the old days in baseball and football as they are in basketball. The players have become more athletic but they have lost the essence of the game with their physical brilliance.
  11. Best Guess Opening Day Roster

    Rade has signed with the Grizzlies. He can't go and play overseas but he can play with the Hustle!
  12. Where is OJ Mayo?

    You and me both took flack. I got it for my position that Mayo wasn't a PG (something even Verno admits now) and that he was slow and undersized as a SG. If I was Mayo I'd be laying low too after the disaster his high profile life became. He's smart to avoid the spotlight now. I hope he keeps his money safe and doesn't become one of those horror stories about former athletes going broke.
  13. Silver: NBA Expansion is Inevitable

    Quite being so **** logical!!!
  14. Best Guess Opening Day Roster

    He wasn't in the slow down offense at Cal where he was the only threat the team had. That doesn't mean he won't be in the pros where the pace is faster and he won't be the focus of defenses.
  15. Silver: NBA Expansion is Inevitable

    Good call! I forgot about KC and their new arena. They were shooting for an NHL team originally for the building weren't they?
  16. I can only say I hope you are wrong. I want McLemore to succeed here despite his failures in the past.
  17. Silver: NBA Expansion is Inevitable

    I think Seattle deserves a team and Vegas is looking very promising as a 2nd location. Screw Vancouver who had a team and didn't support it. St Louis isn't a basketball city to me. Austin would struggle to be acceptable to Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. San Diego would seem to be a nice market if the Clippers and Lakers don't pitch too big of a fit. San Jose would be as well since the Warriors have sold out games for ever. Expansion south of SF would make a lot of sense with the Silicon Valley money down there. I may be in the minority but I'd hate to lose the Western Conference rivalries we have built up over the years but I'm sure I'd adjust to the East quick enough.
  18. You mean being a head coach isn't easy? I'm shocked that you would even suggest such a thing! Look, I didn't name Fizdale the zen master developer of players and the man who was bringing a title to Memphis. Tell Wallace you think the job is too hard for Fizdale! And I agree 100% that it's on the players shoulders to develop. Some feel that they have reached the NBA so they don't have to work that hard. Others feel they should be given time on the court since they starred in high school and college. The players who work hardest on the weaknesses in their games are the ones who make coaches look like geniuses developing their young players. It's up to the FO to figure out which players will work and which one's won't.
  19. Draft And Free Agency '17

    When has the league or the refs concerned themselves with integrity over popularity? there is a reason people feel the NBA refs are just barely a step ahead of WWE refs in terms of fairness.
  20. Fizdale - HOPEFULLY - is developing a number of these players already. Just because games aren't being played in the summer doesn't mean conditioning and skills aren't being improved right now. Fizdale and the staff should be watching players working out at FedEx Forum and giving them precise lists of skills and conditioning areas they need to improve on. The "off-season" isn't really off-season anymore. Then there is the month of training camp, multiple coaches following Fizdale's instructions working with the players who aren't in the everyday rotation too. However, to put into the daily rotation I think he's limited to Selden, Harrison, McLemore and Davis.
  21. Best Guess Opening Day Roster

    Regardless of Rabb signing with Memphis or not the team controls his NBA rights so eventually he has to come to the table. Perhaps spending a year in some minor league will allow him to show his talent and earn him more money than if he signed right now.
  22. Best Guess Opening Day Roster

    Zagorac was just signed to a new contract in July. I sincerely doubt that the Grizzlies are going to give up on him before the season begins. Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans were signed in July. Parsons has a huge contract. Brooks was signed last week. It's simply a numbers game here and you can't have all these wings on the roster.
  23. It lists 5 players signing contracts that were bad for the teams. One was Jeff Green. Two was Ben McLemore. Three was Bojan Bogdanovic. Four was Kyle Korver. Last was JJ Reddick.
  24. Best Guess Opening Day Roster

    Couldn't agree more. Which once again means we are probably way off base!