Tyler Herro Already at the Forefront of NBA Trade Rumors

Tyler Herro has been absolutely scorching the NBA Summer League after being taken 13th overall by the Miami Heat. He is averaging 19.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.3 APG and 27.8 minutes leading the Heat to a 5-0 Summer League start.

Herro’s tireless scoring and defensive motor has made him a hot commodity. And now being one of the last lottery picks having yet to sign a contract has made him the target of potential trades. According to 247Sports’ The Cats Pause, Oklahoma City is expected to make a play for him. After Paul George left for the Clippers to team up with Kawhi, Russell Westbrook has once again been left alone in OKC. Russ may even be on his way out with the Heat as one of the leaders to land him via sign and trade deal.

WARNING: WOJ BOMB.

“A team like Miami who doesn’t have salary cap space, if they’re going to improve themselves, they’re going to have to do what they did at the beginning of free agency, a sign and trade. Miami’s a team that continues to try and add talent. They really wanted DeMarcus Cousins but I think the Heat are a team to watch,” Wojnarowski said. “Russell Westbrook at 30-years-old is still a high-level player but it is a lot of money and he’s going to take up a great part of your salary cap so it’ll be interesting to see how that market develops and where the pockets of interest are for him.”

Having wanted Tyler Herro since before the Draft, he will be included in any deal that sends Westbrook to Miami. Also, since he hasn’t signed a contract yet, he will not be subject to the 30 day waiting period.

If Herro does end up in Oklahoma City, this would give them 5 former Wildcats. They really are becoming the new Phoenix in terms of collecting Calipari’s finest.

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Miami Heat: Lotto Reaction and Where to Go

Miami fans were not expecting anything impressive coming from the lottery. In fact, there was no reason to be disappointed when they got their predicted 13th pick. Sure, Heat fans can moan how the Pels and the Griz were able to jump up higher, but thats not the worst thing. In fact, even when looking over Miami’s lottery, I still think they kind of wish the could have swapper places with the Celtics for the 14th pick. Why? Well, the worst part about having this pick is that they can’t it.

With the salary cap being set at $109 million for the 2019-2020 season, the $129.6 million the Heat are expected to pay is well above, and that is without them D Wade and Haslem retiring, putting them at 10 active players on their roster. A rookie drafted in the thirteenth pick is given a backloaded 4 year, roughly $12.1 million contract. This means the eleventh player will add an additional $2.2 million to their books, and this is before they will, more than likely, go up to a 13-15 man roster.

Talk about a rough situation.

However, they can easily trade out of a few of those contracts. Josh Richardson is viewed as the best value contract in the NBA right now, and Kelly Olynk’s contract is not heinous. A title contender would/could acquire those guys in a heartbeat if it meant getting them over the edge (lookin’ at you Blazers and Raptors). However, what would they get back in return? Josh is borderline untradeable since he is the best player on the Heat, but Kelly would probably net a low level pick and an expiring contract back.

…but why?

The Heat are in a great place to acquire either a wing shooter, athletic wing, or a big. Which would be great if that is what they needed. The Heat desperately need a point guard, since they had Justice Winslow and Josh Richardson splitting those reps whenever Goran Dragic was hurt or resting. A few mocks has them slated to get Romeo Langford, Nassir Little, or Kevin Porter, Jr. I only see one that could be a viable option to be a backup point guard, and I can guarantee it isn’t the one some fans want to hear. Since all three are 6’6″ , have to use athleticism and ball-handling skills as the metric. Nassir Little is the best via film, since he may be the most athletic out of the three. However, KPJ may have the biggest upside of the three, so that may be a push internally with the evaluation process the Heat have shown these past few years.

If the Heat were smart, they would try and leverage the 13th pick and a player or two to move up. While I am sure the Hawks will be looking to move up themselves, I would find it hard to believe that they would turn down Josh Richardson for the 8th or 10th pick. I don’t know if that’d be the right move for the organization, but it would wipe a lot of money off of their books, and I am sure a team like the Thunder would gladly take Olynk and give up a pick to do so. The Heat are in a great position to leverage some of their contracts for picks, so I hope they can do that and get out of the tax.

May be asking: what’s the worst case scenario for all us Heat fans out there in the world, Buck?

Easy. Y’all draft Bol Bol.

Enjoy that trash medical and the fact he’ll back up the biggest contract waste in the NBA.

I’m Back Just In Time For The NBA Lottery

A potential top 5 pick leak? Suns saying they want Ja Morant over Zion Williamson? Knicks saying they’d trade the #1 pick for Anthony Davis?

Best part is, this is all happening right when I finally can get back to writing.

As many hardcore fanatics know, this is the beginning of the beginning of what will be the craziest draft in NBA history. Is it because this lottery can decide the fate of every team in the NBA? Well yeah, that’s the saying every year. Could it be because a genetic freak is considered locked-in first overall pick? Perhaps, but I think the depth of talent in this draft is what is more important.

In reality, it might be because this is the first time a class has actually affected offseason plans for certain teams. Many reports are saying Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving could go to the Knicks if Zion were to go there. Would the same hold true if Zion went to the Mavs? Nope, Knicks would be SOL faster than the 76ers conference finals’ aspirations. What if the Hawks score the #1 pick in the “Zion Lottery” (as this draft has been dubbed)? Could we see KD set his sites on HAWK-lanta and a possible Al Horford/Paul Millsap return?

Pictured: Zion Williamson, the Lord and Savior of Duke basketball and project #1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.

As the Lord and Savior appointed by ESPN, Zion Williamson (shown above) has just as little of a clue as the casual fan does about what may occur in the offseason, let alone tonight. We could see so many fanbases crash and burn in seconds with the reveal of these picks. However, the clock for the draft starts shortly after the presentation ends, and there is only one thing for certain after that…

…the Cavs will surely **** their pick up.

Pictured: Anthony Bennett, biggest bust in Cleveland Cavaliers draft history and overall NBA draft history

What Team Won the Trade Deadline

This year’s trade deadline had all the drama we needed to help us with the transition from football to basketball. There was tampering from owners, tampering from VP’s of basketball operations, tampering from players, and even tampering from head coaches that weren’t involved in any trades.

The Lakers were pretty much the only team getting any headlines the week leading up to the deadline. Magic and LeBron were throwing together just about anyone and everyone trying to trade for Anthony Davis. All for nothing. Gregg Popovich may or may not have had something to do with that (he definitely did).

The Lakers only move that was of any importance was for Center Mike Muscala. So was that enough to win the deadline? Of course not. They still have the deadweight of Lonzo Ball and everyone else not named LeBron James.

Told y’all AD thinks LA is a bum ass city

What about the Mavericks? They traded DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., and Wesley Matthews for the superstar/unicorn Kristaps Porzingas. Put PorzinGOD on a team with Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic and you almost got a little Axis Powers situation going on. Was it enough to win the deadline though? No. Just like the Axis Powers, they got second place. Porzingas being traded does not make him any less injured and useless until next season.

Philadelphia had a big week though. In a blockbuster 6-player trade with the Clippers, the 76ers managed to add Tobias Harris, Regional Manager Mike Scott and Boban Marjanovic. If that doesn’t convince you enough, they were also able to finally get rid of Markelle Fultz and even managed to get something out of it. Two picks (1st and 2nd rounders) and Johnathon Simmons to be specific. The process may finally prove to be trustworthy.

The 76ers won the 2019 Trade Deadline. As a Celtics fan, I am officially starting to worry about winning the East.

Buck’s Wild Wednesday (11/21/18) – Fultz Says His Body Hurts…and That He Wants a Trade

…um…yikes…

Talk about a bad situation to say the least.  Imagine trading up to draft a guy with the yips, fixing him, trying to give him confidence…and then he decides he hates you all because you misdiagnosed an injury…or two.

So it turns out the 76ers somehow misdiagnosed a shoulder and wrist condition with Markelle…of course this is Markelle saying this, so maybe someone in his camp is telling him that this is the reason he can’t shoot.  Who knows.

But with this trade request, we now can get to the best part about this: potential landing spots!

DISCLAIMER: Of course, what the 76ers need from this trade is a guard that can shoot.  Another primary shot creator that can help get more buckets for them.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean much for this team since the potential teams they would be dealing with are…well, in need of a point guard lol.  They could finally realize Ben Simmons is their point guard and get more wings and big men, and improve their bench.  However, let’s dive in with my potential three teams looking to add Fultz, and maybe we can unearth a trade that (possibly) benefits both teams…

Phoenix Suns

It wouldn’t be a trade for a point guard if the Suns didn’t make the list haha.  The Suns went from having a glut of point guards to now hitting up G League players to fill their need.  Their new coach Igor Kokoskov (aka the man responsible for the mentorship of Luka Doncic) has Devin Booker running it in some sets, but that is merely a bandaid holding back the breaking dam.  They need a guard in a bad way, and they may be willing to give up pieces to make that happen.

76ers Trade – G Markelle Fultz (3 yr/$8.4 mil per)
Suns Trade – F Josh Jackson (3 yr/$6 mil per), F Dragan Bender (1 yr/$4.6 mil per)

WHY? – Pretty simple to be honest.  All three people involved in this trade cannot shoot to save their lives.  I have heard that maybe Mikal Bridges is the player that gets sent back, and if I am Philly I would want him back.  However, I don’t think the Suns would trade back the player they gave up two first round picks for.  Suns get a point guard that they need with the “Guard Whisperer” head coach, and the 76ers get another wing defender and four and a half mil that wipes off the books next season (which they now need to pay Jimmy Butler or a different star).  Maybe a 2nd round pick gets added either way, so who knows.  But I can’t see it happening.

Orlando Magic

So this is a team, while I don’t WANT to see Markelle go here since no one that goes here ever learns how to shoot, I want him to go here badly.  Out of the three proposed teams, this is the best team he could go to.  They have intriguing pieces, and they desperately need a point guard.  76ers need people anyway, and they can get some pieces that are pretty nice.  What they really need, of course, are shooters…

76ers Trade – G Markelle Fultz (3 yr/$8.4 mil per)
Magic Trade – G/F Terrence Ross (1 yr/$10.5 mil per)

WHY? – Without adding picks to this (which I assume would have to happen), this is a trade that actually benefits both teams.  Magic need a guard desperately, so bad that they moved Terrence Ross from small forward to shooting guard.  I also have heard that maybe they decide to move on from Aaron Gordon, but I find that unlikely.  76ers, however, get another shooting guard who can reasonably defend, and (once again), wipe the money off the books next year.

Charlotte Hornets

This is the team that would be a grand slam for the 76ers.  The Hornets are desperate enough to start a rebuild, but they do not want to do Kemba wrong at all.  He’s the best player to ever come through their franchise.  How do you fix that?  Easy, with a trade to a contender for a nice building block of the future…and draft picks.

76ers Trade – G Markelle Fultz (3 yr/$8.4 mil per)
Hornets Trade – G Kemba Walker (1 yr/$12 mil per)

WHY? – So, there will be draft picks added.  With how Kemba is playing coupled with the fact he is an All-Star, he should net the Hornets a bunch of pieces they need to launch their rebuild.  Markelle, Monk, Bridges, Kidd-Gilchrest, and Hernangomez are a tantalizing starting lineup for the future.  The picks they get in this draft (or the next ones) can help them plan ahead and draft better players for their team.  The 76ers get another All-Star that they desperately need, and their starting lineup becomes ridiculous.  It’s an upgrade (in a sense) for both teams.  While the 76ers may have the tough decision to pay Walker or Butler, they can cross that bridge when they come to it.

The Charlotte trade that is best for the 76ers, hands down.  I’ve actually even seen and heard some reports that this trade has been talked about.  Let’s see if the 76ers can actually make it happen.