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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 ​​opening 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.

The opening day of the new NBA season continued to be postponed

Initially, the season was scheduled to kick off in early December and soon moved to Christmas (December 24). But according to the latest update, the NBA will be moved down again.

After the 2019-20 season closes with the Los Angeles Lakers championship, the NBA executive team has begun with the start of the next season, 2020-21. In fact, planning for the next season has been discussed for several months due to the complex effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initially, the season was scheduled to kick off in early December and soon moved to Christmas (December 24). But according to the latest update from Yahoo Sports, it is very likely that the 2020-21 season will not start at the end of December or early January next year.

Two months to prepare for the new season

Instead, the start of the season is set to be January 18, 2021, which is also the day of Martin Luther King Jr., an important day in American history. January 18 of the following year was introduced by NBA executive committee member Adam Silver in meeting with the board. This is a milestone that gives teams about 2 months to prepare before the new season.

Two months to prepare for the new season

A lot of people have been practicing throughout the translation breaks to stay fit and they need to rest, both physically and mentally, before starting a new reel. However, the late start of the 2020-21 season will always affect the 2021-22 season.

Mr. Silver said that management wants the 2021-22 season to return to the old orbit (starting October and ending next June), so the 2020-21 season is likely to shrink. Currently, the NBA does not have an official plan in organizing the next season’s competition as well as a regulation on the salary budget for the teams. The audience is also not sure to enter because of the complicated developments of COVID-19.

The Los Angeles Lakers became the NBA Championship 2020

The Los Angeles Lakers became the most successful NBA team by leveling the Boston Celtics’ record 17 times NBA Championship.

Goran Dragic returned to the Miami Heat side, but he was unable to help the home team make a difference in game 6. After giving up in the match two days ago, Erik Spoelstra’s players were no longer able to afford it. make it difficult for LeBron James and his teammates.

Coach Frank Vogel unexpectedly replaced Dwight Howard in the starting line-up with Alex Caruso with a clear intention. Speed ​​up the game from the start and strengthen the defense of the outside. This math quickly works when Heat only scores 20 points in the first half and 16 points in the next inning. The first half of the game, they achieved a throw efficiency of less than 40%.

The Los Angeles Lakers became the most successful NBA team

Heat is completely powerless against the Lakers in game 6 NBA finals

At the other end of the pitch, Anthony Davis completely overwhelmed Bam Adebayo under the basket. At times, the LA Lakers’ score in paint was as much as the total score of the Miami Heat. After the first two innings, the Lakers led 28 points, the gap after the first half of the second biggest game in NBA Finals history.

From here on, the Miami Heat could not pose any other problems for the Lakers. Right at the start of the fourth half, LeBron James hit triple-double and his side won an overwhelming 106-93 win, winning their first NBA Championship in 10 years and the 17th title in history.

The title Finals MVP goes to LeBron James

LeBron has 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to bring home the fourth NBA Basketball Championship ring of his career, Anthony Davis scored 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Rajon Rondo deserves praise with 19 points, 4 assists from the bench.

The title Finals MVP goes to LeBron James. This is the fourth time a star born in 1984 has the title. All four times the NBA Championship, James was honored as the Player of the Final Series.

Why couldn’t the Bucks make it to the NBA play-off finals? (Part 2)

It didn’t take long for the teams to find the limits of the Bucks’ attack. Coach Mike Budenholzer has only one move to expand his squad and let Antetokounmpo break through the basket.

To counter the dangers of the Bucks, the opponents just need to push in the middle, stop the Greek superstar and let the opponent throw three points.

Even the East Orlando Magic eighth seed team understood this well. In the early game of the first round, they blocked the top seed team’s quick counter strengths by giving up the offensive rebound, cornering in the middle, and leaving the other pitchers alone. That simple tactic made Magic win the game, and the Bucks’ Brook Lopez was so restrained that he shot a chair.

Bucks could not make it to the NBA play-off finals

Heat successfully stopped Giannis Antetokounmpo’s breakthrough

The quality of the players helped the Bucks crush Magic in the next four games, but that advantage was gone when they faced the Miami Heat. In the hands of coach Erik Spoelstra is a series of dynamic wingers who can put pressure on the pitcher right after stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo.

In all five semi-finals matches, there is no sign of captain Milwaukee Bucks finding a solution to the opponent’s defensive formula.

It is also true that the attack of the Eastern top team increasingly depends on the situation of holding the ball Antetokounmpo. 54.9% of the Greeks scored in the play-off round this year were breakthrough situations, up sharply from 48.8% last season.

Antetokounmpo could find better help in another NBA team

The more Giannis broke through, the easier it was for the opponent to catch and the more Milwaukee Bucks was deadlocked. Last year, the Bucks also had Malcolm Brogdon sharing the burden of dribbling, but the defender left on a free transfer in the summer of 2019.

East number one seed did not have enough salary funds to sign with Brogdon when spent $ 70 million for Eric Bledsoe, a good defensive player but a limited contribution to the attacking front.

Antetokounmpo could find better help in another NBA team

The contract between Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo only 12 months left to expire. If they want to keep the Best Player of NBA 2019, the Bucks need to make a series of big changes, sacrifice satellites to bring in at least one true star, and find a coach with a seasoned play experience.

Looking back at the three recent NBA Finals series in Miami Heat history

At the peak of the Miami Heat, there were four consecutive seasons in the NBA Finals, so it is impossible to underestimate the team of coach Spoelstra.

After a decade the Los Angeles Lakers finally returned to the NBA Finals, with the Miami Heat even taking six years to recreate it.

With tradition and top stars in the squad, the Lakers are the better-rated team, but in the past decade coach, Spoelstra’s army has been an undesirable name. Let’s take a look at five times the Miami Heat has entered the NBA Finals, including four consecutive seasons.

NBA Finals 2011/12

LeBron James has lost twice in the NBA Finals, so he set a great deal of determination in the 2011/12 season to win the first championship of his career. The Miami Heat reached a 46/20 record before facing OKC in the final series.

The Miami Heat reached a 46/20 record

Oklahoma City Thunder then owned the big names of the current NBA such as Kevin Durant, James Harden, Russell Westbrook or Serge Ibaka, but they were a young team and quickly failed after 5 games.

NBA Finals 2012/13

Owning a set of 3 LeBron James – Dwyane Wade – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat also has a bright addition called Ray Allen, it is this star who has thrown the decisive throw in game 6 thereby creating a comeback period for the red army.

LeBron James won the championship for 2 years in a row and both received the Finals MVP title with excellent performances.

NBA Finals 2013/14

It was the last season LeBron James played for the Miami Heat before returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in all four years, he took his team to the final match. However, Kawhi Leonard helped the Spurs have sweet revenge with a 4-1 victory. The Big3 era ended after LeBron left.

NBA Finals 2019/20

When the game was not yet taking place, all the judgments were only predictive, LeBron James was a major contributor to the four consecutive seasons of his appearance in the Finals of the Miami Heat, but now he appears in a new shirt to match. head with his old team.

Lakers is a team with big stars and seasoned experience, in contrast, the Miami Heat is a young team built with solidarity. Between red and yellow, between experience and youth, Lakers vs Heat promises to bring an attractive Final series.

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