Houston Receives: Rajon Rondo & Gerald Wallace
Celtics Receive: Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik, Chandler Parson, Patrick Beverly, Houston’s 2014 & 2015 1st and 2nd Round Picks.
Why Houston Does This: Isn’t it obvious? They get their superstar to go along with Harden and Howard. It’s been clear they want Anthony, but there’s only one basketball on the court at all times and you need someone who can run the offense and get Harden and Howard open shots and Rondo is the guy who can do that. Getting rid of the Lin and Asik contracts are just a plus.
Why Boston Does This: This is one of the best offers you get; you’re getting rid of the Wallace contract while gaining 4 players under the age of 28 and 2 1st round picks. Yes the Lin and Asik contracts are bad, but they only have one year left on both. This is rebuilding at its finest, you’re gaining expiring contracts and you will have a plethora of picks from Houston and Brooklyn the next two years. If Boston does this it will look bad now, but in five years when they are loaded with young talent you will realize it wasn’t so bad for them.
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Even though the Heat are still playing in the NBA Finals, one of the recent hot rumors in the NBA has been talk surrounding New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony opting out of his contract to join LeBron James and the Heat. While Heat forward Chris Bosh brushed the rumors off by saying, “it’s very, very unlikely,” ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith has said otherwise. Smith has said, “Melo wants to play with LeBron James. And, from what I’m being told, LeBron James wants to play with Melo. Assuming circumstances are ideal for them to do so,” and has said that he thinks they will end up playing together next year.
The Anthony to the Heat rumors are more than just outside speculation as well, as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein have reported that this is actually a priority for the Heat, “Sources told ESPN.com that Heat officials and the team’s leading players have already started to explore their options for creating sufficient financial flexibility to make an ambitious run at adding New York Knicks scoring machine Carmelo Anthony this summer in free agency.”
While financially difficult, the idea of the move makes a lot of sense for the parties involved. The Heat have shown this NBA Finals that they are likely going to need more to win another NBA championship, due to their weak supporting cast. Continue reading
Lost in the commotion about Lebron’s cramps, Lebron’s greatness, San Antonio’s lack of air conditioning, and whether or not Tim Duncan personally owns the Fountain of Youth is the fact that the 2014 NBA Finals have been an All You Can Eat Buffet of Great Coaching. Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra have gone all in on each other for the 2nd year in a row, and the Debate couldn’t be happier to sit back and watch them match wits. The following is a simple breakdown of a GREAT Spurs play design countered by GREAT Miami defense:
ANATOMY OF A PLAY (from both an Offense and Defensive Perspective)
THE SET: Spurs 1-4 Misdirection Hand Off
Anyone watching the Playoffs has seen San Antonio reinvent the term “misdirection” in hoops. They are MASTERFUL at the art of occupying either ballside or helpside defenders with cuts and screens meant to keep you busy enough to miss where they are really attacking from (These Guys Would Be Proud) . Continue reading