Month: November 2020

OKC Thunder enriched draft pick banks for the NBA tournament this season

This is the great success of 76ers and when the new professional president Daryl Morey. Besides, Oklahoma City Thunder was richer with a huge number of picks. Thus, Al Horford’s time at Philadelphia 76ers lasted only one season.

According to reputable journalist Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers traded Al Horford with a first-round pick in 2025 and the 34th pick at NBA Draft 2020 to Oklahoma City Thunder. In return, they have veteran pitcher and NBA champion Danny Green alongside energetic young striker Terrance Ferguson.

Al Horford and the contract of more than 100 million dollars were successfully discarded by the Philadelphia 76ers. At least Al Horford has been in Philadelphia for 76ers for a season. To Danny Green, you’ve been just a part of Oklahoma City Thunder for a few days.

Green was traded from the Lakers to Thunder earlier this week after the exchange brought Dennis Schroder to Los Angeles. With the Philadelphia 76ers deal, Oklahoma City Thunder enriched their “pick bank” with two more options at the NBA Draft, an invaluable asset for a team looking to rebuild a formation like OKC.

It is not yet clear whether Al Horford will stay in Thunder or will he continue to be placed on the table by the team.

Oklahoma City Thunder has a total of 17 first-round picks in the next 7 years

This is the first deal made by Mr. Daryl Moray since he officially became the new professional chairman of the Philadelphia 76ers. With Danny Green, Sixers will have a veteran satellite thrower revolving around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons duo, helping the team get closer to the goal of winning the championship.

Oklahoma City Thunder has a total of 17 first-round picks in the next 7 years

Green has 3 times to win the championship with 3 different teams are San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, and Los Angeles Lakers. In all three trophy wins, he played an important role in the team. He is also a perfect player for the hope of competition of 76ers when he has exactly 1 year on his contract (salary of 15 million USD / season).

Besides, the Philadelphia 76ers were able to push Al Horford and a giant contract (4 years, 109 million dollars) to another team without having to give up too many players or picks. This is considered the first major success Mr. Morey has with his new position at Philly, the perfect start after a rowdy farewell to the Houston Rockets and China-related issues.

Jayson Tatum had a longstanding relationship with the Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics have successfully tied up their best player, Jayson Tatum, for a long time.

The home team of TD Garden has reached an agreement with Jayson Tatum to sign an extended contract of maximum value. According to prestigious journalist Adrian Wojnarowski, the extension contract “rookie max extension” has a term of 5 years and is worth $ 195 million.

This is the largest number Tatum can sign and it will keep the 1998-born player in Boston at least until 2025 (the last season will be Tatum’s choice under the Player Option terms). After a somewhat turbulent start, Jayson Tatum made a big leap in the past season (2019-20) when he became the Boston Celtics’ No. 1 star.

Jayson Tatum is a talented NBA star

The second half of the season was when Tatum played the most sublimation, reaching the level of a true superstar before entering the All-NBA lineup. Entering the Playoffs, the more Jayson hit the better. He averaged 25.7 points with 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game on the way to the East final in Boston.

Jayson Tatum is a talented NBA star

In the summer of 2019 when Kyrie Irving and Al Horford left, Jayson Tatum was forced to take on a larger role, carrying the Boston Celtics. Tatum’s frivolousness would have been a problem, but the 1998-born star didn’t have any problems being the team’s superstar.

With what has been shown, Jayson Tatum is evaluated by many experts to have a very large contract. Ultimately, he got it on after professional president Danny Ainge was awarded a “white check”.

Signing a contract worth 195 million dollars, Tatum will become the third player in the group of players selected at the NBA Draft 2017 to achieve this massive contract Rookie Max Extension.

The two previously signed are De’Aaron Fox and Donovan Mitchell with Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz, respectively. Jayson Tatum after the All-Star season and becoming the No. 1 Boston Celtics star was well deserved. He has just agreed to a contract extension worth 195 million dollars in five years.

Tatum’s “fellow” Donovan Mitchell also received a similar offer from the Utah Jazz and agreed. Thus, two of the top 3 players in the top of the Rookie of The Year race in 2018 have been extended with a max contract.

The Los Angeles Lakers recruited Dennis Schroder, farewell Quinn Cook and Danny Green

The Los Angeles Lakers continued to show their desire to reinforce the squad for the defense of the championship, welcoming Dennis Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder. After the NBA Draft 2020 event took place yesterday morning, the Los Angeles Lakers officially announced the exchange they have been cooking for many long days.

The 2020 NBA champion officially has the service of defender Dennis Schroder, who finished second in the race to the Sixth Man of The Year title and has just had the best season of his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder shirt.

In the opposite direction, OKC will receive a round 1 pick in 2020, the rate where the Lakers have chosen striker Jaden McDaniels from Washington.

Thunder also received veteran AD carry Danny Green

However, the pitcher was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Along with this information, the Los Angeles Lakers said goodbye to Quinn Cook, a backup defender who rarely played but brought great value in the dressing room of the team.

The Los Angeles Lakers recruited Dennis Schroder

On the field, Dennis Schroder will be an extremely reasonable choice for the Los Angeles Lakers, especially when this team has just broken up with Rajon Rondo, who has decided to leave and become a free player.

Schroder is a German defender with a diverse ability to play. He can both score himself and create opportunities for his teammates thanks to his impressive tactical vision and good passing skills. Last season, Dennis appeared in 65 Regular Season matches for Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging 18.9 points with four assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.

In parallel, Schroder also has a 39% 3PT long-throw rate and quite average defense for the outer positions. Since the beginning of 2020, the Lakers have targeted Schroder to reinforce the squad and improve the championship. They have been contacting the Oklahoma City Thunder since early February to cook the trade ahead of the Trade Deadline.

According to some information on the sidelines, the Lakers neighbor team LA Clippers is one of the top destinations for Rajon Rondo. With the selection of Dennis Schroder, Los Angeles Lakers has a plan for the possibility that Rondo is “stolen” in the free player market.

Would James Harden want to stay and play for the Houston Rockets?

If this deal involving James Harden comes to fruition, it is likely that the NBA’s balance of power will change significantly. Would James Harden want to stay and play for the Houston Rockets? The answer seems to be changing day by day.

Shortly after Russell Westbrook shared his intention to leave the team a few days ago, Harden told reporters that he still believes and will stay in Houston. But this belief does not seem to be very strong, especially after the information has just been published by a series of prestigious journalists such as Adrian Wojnarowski or Ramona Shelburne.

James Harden expressed his intention to play for the Brooklyn Nets

According to Woj and reporters at ESPN, James Harden has expressed his intention to play for the Brooklyn Nets. This is the team “at the top of the list of destinations” of Harden. Up to the present time, Brooklyn and Houston have not had any discussion regarding “bearded god”.

James Harden expressed his intention to play for the Brooklyn Nets

At the same time, Wojnarowski further notes that the Rockets have no intention of letting James Harden go and will do their best to keep the All-Star defender in Houston. In Brooklyn Nets, James Harden has a brother and former teammate from the Oklahoma City Thunder era – Kevin Durant.

Over the past time, the two have discussed reuniting and the possibility of competing against each other in the future. However, nothing is certain and the leaders of the two host teams have not had any negotiation action.

According to some other sources cited by CBS Sports, Harden is increasingly dissatisfied with the ability of the Houston Rockets to compete for the championship. This means that James has thoughts about leaving before his contract expires.

Brooklyn Nets is where the “beard god” wants to go, but it is not clear whether this team has enough players or picks to trade for James Harden or not. There will still be a lot more to happen for James Harden to officially step into the Barclays Center as a Brooklyn Nets player. But if this deal comes to fruition, it is likely that the NBA’s balance of power will change significantly.

NBA 2020/21 will end in July before the Tokyo Olympics kicks off

The sudden change of the Football Association after the negotiations helped speed up the approval process for the NBA’s new season.

Just a few days after speaking out, the NBA Players Association (NBPA) changed its attitude and agreed with the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčopening the season on December 22. The new season will feature 72 matches and end in July before the Tokyo Olympics kicks off. After the new NBA season being postponed for a long time, it finally kicks off.

One of the reasons the NBPA changed its mind was the meeting between the top players with CEO Michele Roberts. Previously, the players said that 2 months of rest between the two seasons was not enough to restore fitness. However, Roberts convinced the players to vote yes.

The Christmas series will be a boost in ratings for the NBA

With the current schedule, the NBA will still have games for Christmas, and a 72-game season could end in the summer. This plan could bring 500 million – 1 billion USD in revenue for the tournament as well as the players.

Initially, the athletes wanted to push the start of the season to the end of January, early February 2021. However, that would cause the end of the season to coincide with the Olympics and the NFL, leading to television ratings as well as revenue decline.

Meanwhile, no one wants to cut the season short to 50-60 games because the television rights will decrease, directly affecting the players’ pocket money.

Currently, NBPA and the NBA Organizing Committee are promoting negotiations on when to open the free transfer market. The players want to push this deadline as close to the NBA Draft as possible, because the teams will focus on December 1.

Many financial questions are still waiting to be resolved

Also, the players and the organizers are negotiating financial issues. It is expected that the negotiations will last until the end of next week. Once the two sides agree, the NBA will open up the transfer market, allowing teams to trade.

The biggest obstacle right now is the wage trust ratio. The bosses want to withhold 25% of the players’ wages this season like the end of last season to relieve the financial pressure, while the players only accept the maximum number of 18%.

Toronto Raptors is about to make their final home option

The impact of COVID-19 makes it difficult for the Toronto Raptors to play in Canada next season. They are about to make their final home option. One of the biggest problems for the NBA next season will be dealing with COVID-19.

The unfavorable disease situation could make international flights from the US to Canada unfavorable and that directly affects the only Canadian team in the NBA – Toronto Raptors. Before the final decision of the Organizing Committee, the Raptors were actively hunting for places that could become the new home field.

Initially, this team was suggested to play in Kansas or Louisville. However, the negotiations in Kansas did not progress, while the Toronto Raptors players did not want to go to Louisville because this was the site of the Breonna Taylor murder.

Raptors are likely to leave the Scotiabank Arena next season

It seems that GM Masai Ujiri and his associates have found a suitable location for a new home field, that is, Newark, New Jersey. The Toronto Raptors are negotiating to play at the Prudential Center with a capacity of 19,000 seats.

Scotiabank Arena

Geographically, this is the perfect choice as the Raptors play in the Atlantic with football teams like the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, or the Philadelphia 76ers. New Jersey is very close to the headquarters of these clubs, reducing pressure to move.

Besides, New Jersey is a not small market and was also the place where the Nets football team chose to be home for a long time. The re-emergence of a local football team can revive the love of NBA in the hearts of fans here, thereby increasing Raptor’s income during a difficult year.

Prudential Center is currently the home ground for the New Jersey Devils Ice Hockey team The Raptors are not the only professional sports team to bring home from Canada to the US because of the COVID-19. At the American Major, Toronto Blue Jays played most of their home games last season in New York.

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