Alright dudes, the game 1 GT is done and will be up tonight hopefully. Once it's up, it'll be time to boot this thread to the NBA section.
USE THE NBA SECTION! VIDS IN PARTICULAR WILL BE VERY NICE IN THERE.
Done already? Bro, you're quick! I'm currently working on my MIA GT and I'm wondering if you wanna rate what I already have.
It's difficult to jump to immediate conclusions about whether a trade is good or bad without letting things play out, but here is my attempt.
People are saying he wouldn't compromise on 5-6 million in exchange for being able to stay on a good team. The guy is only 23 years old though. The reasons it's important for him to get the max contract is that in his mind, he expects to develop into a superstar caliber player very shortly. Then again, he may just end up another joe johnson, but Houston provides an opportunity to develop himself into a big name guy, while in OKC he would always be #3. Not to mention he will be playing alongside Lin, and we all saw how much playing alongside Yao benefited T-mac's marketability.
Because of the cap penalties, it would be pretty reckless to offer Harden a max deal. Personally, I think the OKC front office is the best in the league, and 2 potentially high draft picks in their hands is very valuable. Not to mention Lamb has the potential to develop into a very legitimate 2. Overall, I think this is the type of trade you see in baseball when the small market team can't afford the superstar, and instead trade him for the next up and coming guy.
This is a $$$ move for Houston. They need a winning team immediately to put substance behind the hype that will come with having Lin. Trying to rebuild through the draft isn't an option, and for the Lin gamble to pay off, the team will have to be competitive immediately.
Last edited by BillyHoyle; Oct 28, 2012 at 13:51.
who gives a ****, its 3 days till we play the Nets....and the last power standing i saw had the Nets at like 7 and us at like 11....wow
Yes you're right but KMart is not going to put the same amount of stress on their cap situation as Harden would. So sure they took back a lesser player but they gained freedom, young talent and future picks.
You don't give a max deal to a 6th man.
This is a lesson to NY front office on how to get value back for the players you don't want.
Kobe Bryant L.A. Lakers $27,849,149
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks $20,907,128
Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks $20,463,024
Amar'e Stoudemire New York Knicks $19,948,799
Joe Johnson Brooklyn Nets $19,752,645
Dwight Howard L.A. Lakers $19,536,360
Pau Gasol L.A. Lakers $19,000,000
Chris Paul LA Clippers $17,779,458
Chris Bosh Miami Heat $17,545,000
LeBron James Miami Heat $17,545,000
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat $17,182,000
Deron Williams Brooklyn Nets $17,177,795
Andrew Bynum Philadelphia 76ers $16,889,000
Paul Pierce Boston Celtics $16,790,345
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder $16,669,630
Zach Randolph Memphis Grizzlies $16,500,000
Rudy Gay Memphis Grizzlies $16,460,538
Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls $16,402,552
At least OKC got something in return instead of Harden just leaving in FA. Harden was huge for them when it can to both sides of the court, but I think their team can fill in what Harden brought. Kevin Martin is all offense no defense but he should be able to get tons of open looks now that the attention will be mostly on Durant/Westbrook. Look for Harden to put up all star numbers this year with Houston, and it will be interesting to see Kevin Martin finally on a winning team.
Desperate to make a splash is this team!
This will either prove to be a Grand Slam off season for them or one of the worst ever.
Potential is no doubt there with young players like Harden,Lin,Parsons and Asik...yet in 3 years 3 out of four of those guys will be making 14+ million...that's bout as much as Miami got Bosh Wade and Lebron to sign for. if those players don't perform...lets just say Isiah would look smart compared to their GM!
"I'd Rather Melo shoot with 3 men on him than Jefferies shotting wide open"
-Jeff Van Gundy
This move kind of came out of nowhere, but I knew something was going to happen the Ibaka deal
Its Official...Kobe Bryant will be in the NBA Finals
Thunder will draft Andrew Wiggins with one of those picks.