NBA News as of 10/15/18

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.

Jimmy Butler First And Last Practice With Timberbulls

Oh. My. God. The Great and Almighty Woj (aka Adrian Wojnarowski) has dropped the bomb of all bombs today: what happened at Jimmy Butler’s first practice with the Timber-Bulls. Woj reports that Jimmy did practice today, despite some reports that he wouldn’t (even though Woj said he would).  The best part isn’t that Jimmy showed that he was true professional and came to work.  No, the best part is what occurred at said practice. So apparently Jimmy, during the course of the practice, verbally berated coaches, players, and the front office during the course of the practice.  Most was directed towards Thibs, Towns, Wiggins, and the GM.  On top of is, he also screamed towards the GM, “You f***ing need me.  You can’t win without me.” You know what makes this even better?  That in a scrimmage, Jimmy and the third string players went up against the starters.  According to Woj, not only did Jimmy and his band of misfits win, but Jimmy also ‘dominated in every single way’. I absolutely LOVE this Jimmy Butler right now.  I honestly hope he gets traded (which this should speed along the process if anything) to a team in the West now so he can absolutely destroy the Timber-Bulls more than twice this year.