The Bigfooty Official Week 16 NBA Thread. The loss of Kobe Bryant - one week on.

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Between Zion and Jaxson, I enjoy watching us jump at least.



Also I don't know exactly who Mokoka is, but it's pretty clear that he is the Bulls' best player and a future MVP.
 

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Cleveland have Love, Thompson (expiring) and Drummond (player option) and sit last in the East.

They could theoretically build something out of that (I'd fu** TT off and get a 2/3 guy) with Sexton and nailing their pick. They won't, but it's possible.
Cavs can sign and trade TT in the offseason for some pieces, he seems to want that instead of a buyout for bird right reasons or something. If not we have his 18mil + Delly's 9 mil in expiring to open up some space to sign a wing player (DJJ is close to best realistic one)
 

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It's just a laughably mediocre roster. They haven't improved on-court this year with the recent trades at all, and just keep going backwards since trading Jimmy.

Yeah, they open up cap space this offseason, but is anyone going to want to go there?
It looked like you were trying to make a point about their heights lol but I like the moves they made. Got rid of Wiggins, Teague and Dieng. Russell is a good back court pairing for Culver long term, you need an offensive pg next to him for it to work imo.
 

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It's just a laughably mediocre roster. They haven't improved on-court this year with the recent trades at all, and just keep going backwards since trading Jimmy.

Yeah, they open up cap space this offseason, but is anyone going to want to go there?
Not sure what else you want Rosas to do in his situation though.

He inherited a Wiggins albatross, a mediocre player in Saric who is due to be paid, Covington, an overpaid Dieng and a bloated cap sheet.

He has turned that into Russell, Culver, and Beasley. Got Layman signed on a nice deal if he can ever get healthy, and swapped dross for dross (Teague trade).

Lost one pick for Russell, but gained one back for Covington.


It's not spectacular, but he was handcuffed by previous regimes and at least the Wolves have a clear direction now - the players they care about are under 25.

And KAT should be sated, at least for the short term.
 

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That roster is amazing compared to what it was 9 months ago especially rolling into 2021

Turner will get bought out, Having Crabbe's expiring we've gone from 100M and literally tied down for 2 years with Dieng/Wiggins we've moved it for DLO and James Johnson, Saved money in the process and turned Roco into A bunch of gambles in Beasley/Hermangomez and a first pick

What we've done right now is F**king amazing. Sure you can be negative and say "It wont go anywhere!" but we wont die wondering. A core Of Dlo and Towns is WAY better then Towns and Wiggins in terms of playing style and fit.

We had also one of the absolute trashiest benches in the league, Bates-Diop is a loss but we've gotten back Hermangomez/Spellman/Johnson . We had 3 Centers with two good enough to fill in 20MPG as our best bench players. Naz gets backup minutes, We turn Diengs 18m into Johnson's 15m and is a much better fit (not a better player, fit)

We also get to roll the dice on Beasley. Which is huge as he's a legitamate player looking for a contract and a place in the league to settle down in

What happened to our roster?

We get flexability, Cap space, Nets pick, DLO, New bench squad where we can now see ow they preform and see who we keep
Lose, Wiggins A top 10 pick, and a great team defender.

I cant talk about how Bad the Wiggins deal was, Firstly we didnt even let any teams throw in offer sheets, He's while a very talented player. Needs to operate in the paint, Needs shooting around him and Can only play in the SG position to be a guard. Imagine having a SG who can't shoot well? Thats Wiggins. He's not a wing player. His ability is being a monster defender at the PG/SG spot, and bullying Guards in offense. He's not a Wing. He needs 2-3 shooters and an Open paint, Todays NBA you need 5 guys who can get theirs outside of the paint, and cant have multiple players who needs to score inside. Wiggins just has a skillset not right for our team

It was ALWAYS going to cost picks to get that contract gone. We couldnt even get a top 5 pick for Pick 11+Wiggins. It was pretty Toxic. To get rid of him would of taken the nets pick for expiring contracts, We got Dlo back adding our first. Absolute F**king win

For roster? Yes we're completely better. That bench was not NBA standard. We still are not competing now, But we were honestly staring down being stuck in Cap hell for another 2 years and being completely shit. We're in a MUCH better position now then we have been. Cap space is Worth a LOT more for teams right now then ever before. We talk about "assets". The easiest way right now to aquire assets is cap space. Look at what OKC are doing, What Brooklyn have done. Memphis ect. Ask anyone and no, we're not competing right now, Nobody thinks we are. If thats your critique of Rosas' moves, Im not sure what your point is. You may as well say we've done shit because we didnt land Steph Curry in the trade either. It wasnt about competing for playoffs in 2020, That ship Sailed when Towns went down and we went from 6-4 to like 7-17


This aint 2k where you can overhaul a roster in a fingerclick, He's made the best moves in his ability over this year. He's done fantastic work in what Layton and Thibs left behind.

I can go on and on all day how the wolves play style, what we're trying to achieve in an identity ect (How long we got) But this is the best case scenario rooted in realism we could of hoped for as It's a hard re-set without blowing it all up

Even if Dlo comes free agency this year we would of attached a pick to Sending Wiggins out and Dieng. So we just basically hit this point with a better bench then what we could of hoped for and better cap space if we did sign Dlo in the off-season,
 
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