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NBA Trade Deadline
8 Players I Expect to be Traded
- Mike Conley
- Marc Gasol
- Markelle Fultz
- Nikola Mirotic
- Michael Beasley
- Noah Vonleh
- Jeremy Lin
- Terrance Ross
Notes on today’s deadline
- No Anthony Davis on this list. It has long been my belief he will remain with the Pelicans through 3:00 today.
- I believe both Grizzlies stars get moved, though it sounds like Utah might be out on Conley and the asking price from Detroit (Luke Kennard) was too high. Still, I think someone works it out
- Fultz is a wild card, no one knows his health physical or mentally but he would be a continued distraction on a team with two pending free agents (Butler and Harris) and a team all-in on 2019. I simply think Philly should cut their losses, free themselves of the drama and salvage what they can for his low value by recouping draft picks and/or depth guys.
- Mirotic would be a two-month rental for any team, but could be a valuable one (Nets, Bucks, Jazz all make sense)
- Beasley is on here as a throw in in any potential deal the Lakers do today
- Noah Vonleh is the most trade valuable Knick – it wouldn’t surprise me to see them try and get at least a second round pick for him
- Terrance Ross, I’m conflicted on. Magic are going for playoffs but Ross is a pending free agent who likely won’t be back. It certainly depends on the offer, it has to be worth it, but I think someone will come in and impress the Magic.
- I expect the Hawks to be busy today and trade anyone on a one year deal, like Lin or Dwayne Dedmon. Others include Kent Bazemore (not a one year deal), Taurean Prince. Hawks are all in on an extended rebuild so any kind of draft picks they can add would be more valuable than some of these players.
- Wayne Ellington and Wesley Matthews will be among the most sought after buyout free agents by next week. Both can shoot the three, both can serve as a very valuable depth guys or even spot starters as needed.
Recapping Wednesday’s Trades
Wizards trading Otto Porter makes total sense. But what they got in return makes zero sense. Jabari Parker is essentially an expiring contract, as is Bobby Portis as he is due an extension. Shedding the Porter contract is certainly a win for the Wizards, but Porter is still talented and a good player who should have netted so much more in return. As for the Bulls, I don’t get it. They clearly don’t value cap space. I mean how can they, after they gave $20 million to Jabari Parker this year. Porter slots in to a young core that includes Kris Dunn, Zach Lavine, Lauri Markanen and Wendell Carter. On paper, this seems like a potentially fun, young team. But it’s the Bulls, and they will screw it up.
Kings acquired Harrison Barnes from the Mavs. I LOVE IT!!! Kings are going for it. They are just one game behind the Clippers for the 8th seed in the West, and the Clippers just traded their best player, Tobias Harris. Kings pairing Barnes with their young nucleus is a great move and he could become a valuable asset as the team fights for a playoff spot down the stretch. In a separate three team deal, the Kings also added Alec Burks from the Cavs, another guy who could be a contributor down the stretch.
Rockets traded their 2019 first round pick as part of the deal that landed Burks in Sacramento. The Rockets got Iman Shumpert from the Kings. The Rockets trading their draft pick means it will be the 4th straight year they don’t have a first rounder. The last time the Rockets picked in round one was 2015 when they took Sam Dekker 18th overall.
Trust the Process
Sixers’ starting lineup on Feb. 8, 2017:
- PG: T.J. McConnell
- SG: Gerald Henderson
- SF: Robert Covington
- PF: Ersan Ilyasova
- C: Jahlil Okafor
Sixers’ potential starting lineup on Feb. 8, 2019:
- PG: Ben Simmons
- SG: JJ Redick
- SF: Jimmy Butler
- PF: Tobias Harris
- C: Joel Embiid
NBA All Star Draft Mock Draft
For the second year in a row, the NBA All Star game will not be East vs West, rather two captains. Lebron and Giannis received the two highest fan voting totals, making them the 2019 captains. Tonight, they will draft their teams and unlike last year, it will be televised!
Here are my predictions and what to expect.
- First pick: Either guy will take Steph Curry #1
- Last pick among starters – Joel Embiid
- Last pick among all All Stars – Nikola Vucevic
- The only guaranteed draft pick – Lebron gets Anthony Davis on his team
Starters mock draft:
Lebron takes Curry #1. Giannis takes Kevin Durant #2.
Team Lebron – James, Curry, Kyrie, Kemba, George
Team Giannis – Giannis, Durant, Harden, Kawhi, Embiid
I know Lebron comes away with three guards but he has to take Kyrie, I believe he takes Steph #1 and I could see him drafting Kemba, as a way to pander to the home crowd and have the Hornets lone representative on his team. On the other side, look at the size on Team Giannis. It’s a shame no one in these All Star games cares about defense because in a real game good luck scoring more than 50 points against this team.
2019 NFL Schedule
MIKEDROPSPORTS will never be done covering the NFL. With the 2018 season over, it’s onto 2019! While dates and times are unknown, every team’s opponents are public knowledge. Here’s a look at some of 2019’s top games based on Super Bowls and coaches.
Super Bowl Rematches
List does not proceed 2000
- Patriots vs Eagles – XXXIX and LII
- Patriots vs Giants – XLII and XLVI
- Ravens vs 49ers – XLVII
- Steelers vs Cardinals – XLIII
- Steelers vs Seahawks – XL
- Colts vs Saints – XLIV
- Bucs vs Cardinals – Bucs new head coach Bruce Arians coached the Cardinals from 2013-2017
- Patriots vs Dolphins – New Dolphins head coach is Brian Flores, who spent was an assistant coach with the Patriots from 2004-2018
- Jets vs Dolphins – new head coach Adam Gase compiled a 23-25 record in three years in Miami
- Bengals vs Rams – new Bengals head coach Zac Taylor worked under Sean McVay in 2017 and 2018
- Browns vs Cardinals – Browns new Defensive Coordinator Steve Wilks was the Cardinals head coach in 2018, going 3-13
- Broncos vs Bears – new Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was Bears Defensive Coordinator from 2015-2018
- Giants vs Vikings – Second year Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was Vikings Offensive Coordinator in 2017
- Bears vs Chiefs – Matt Nagy coached under Andy Reid with the Chiefs as Offensive Coordinator (2013-2017 assistant, but OC in 2016-2017)
- Falcons vs Seahawks – Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was Seahawks Defensive Coordinator when they won the Super Bowl in XLVIII
- 49ers vs Falcons – Third year SF head coach Kyle Shanahan was Falcons OC from 2015-2016 and was the OC during Super Bowl LI
College Football National Signing Day
National Signing Day came and went yesterday with little fanfare. That’s because of the new system that allows players to sign early, back in December. So there weren’t a whole lot of big name guys still on the board. Alabama did their thing. Georgia continued dominating recruiting. Florida State and UCLA did horrible. Nothing overly surprising.
But two notes from yesterday that are worth calling attention to.
Be sure to check out this week’s MIKEDROPSPORTS Podcast, starring myself and Zach Stein. We go over the fallout of a very exciting Super Bowl and go over some of the major stuff. Two of the big topics for discussion – does Jared Goff suck? And is Julian Edelman a Hall of Famer?
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