Before we go any further, rest in peace Paul Allen. Paul was the owner for the Portland Trailblazers, and he died from complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. My dad had the same diagnosis, and I know what Paul’s family expected to have happen. You won’t be forgotten, and I hope you are now at peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
As tough as it is to move on, my job dictates that I must.
So, we have 2 notable extensions coming out these last few days. Both Larry Nance and Miles Turner got that bag. Nance secured a 4 year/$45mil, while Turner got the more lucrative 4 year/$80 mil extension. Congrats young cats (even though we are the same age lol).
In other financial news, Gordon Hayward has signed a lucrative new shoe deal with Anta. Expect to see me copping a pair of his signature shoes when they debut in 2019.
Pelicans are also in the news, but for great/smart reasons. First off, Gentry came out and said AD is ‘untouchable’. Props, we will see what happens at the end of the year, but it does set the line in the sand early. Secondly, they trade center Alexis Ajinca (more than likely their 3rd center this year) for forward Wes Johnson from the Los Angeles Clippers. Both teams got what they needed (Clippers got a backup center not named Montrezl Harrell; Pelicans get a true small forward that isn’t one of the quad that is Solomon Hill, Julius Randle, Nikola Mirotic, or Etwuan Moore). I let me be the first to say that I am impressed at the Pels right now, they are trying to win.
Jordan Crawford, aka the Craw-sover, has signed with the Phoenix Suns. While this definitely helps the Phoenix PG rotation, it does hurt two things: Okobo’s playing time and the defense. I don’t see a rotation of Crawford, Booker, Ariza, Jackson, and Ayton being able to really stop people from scoring…like at all haha. Might as well kiss that defensive rating goodbye.
That is all the highlights for now.
Vegvisir Paul Allen.