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With NBA commissioner Adam Silver is taking pains to adopt a player-friendly approach, one sticking point with a number of teams and fans around the league is the concept of draft reform in order to quell teams’ desires to tank for a shot at the top pick in the draft. Reader Jimmy Willy thinks Silver isn’t taking the tanking issue as seriously as he should.
- Silver fails to see the point; it doesn’t matter whether or not those draftees end up transforming their teams. The fact of the matter is that teams are willing to take that risk and lose as much as they can so that they get a chance to draft the player they want. It compromises the league and the lottery should be reformed.
ESPN basketball analyst Jeff Van Gundy had nothing but praise for the Warriors’ Draymond Green, who is set to become a restricted free agent next summer. Van Gundy opined that Green would command an annual salary in the $10MM-$12MM, a figure that reader Kevin Alberda disagrees with.
- $10MM-$12MM per season for Green seems extremely high. That’s more than Lance Stephenson got this offseason, and I’m not sure you can argue that Green is even as good, let alone better. Even with the cap increase, I wouldn’t go above $7MM per year for a guy like Draymond.
Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders explained that uncertainty surrounding his roster in advance of the Kevin Love trade helped keep him from filling the club’s coaching vacancy with Lionel Hollins, who is much more comfortable with veterans. Reader Sky14 is glad Hollins is in Brooklyn instead of Minnesota.
- Hearing his preference for veterans makes me very glad the Wolves did not hire Hollins. I hate coaches who do not let young players play and develop, it’s very short-sighted.
With Jimmy Butler rejecting the Bulls’ extension proposals, he is now set to become a restricted free agent next summer, something that reader Manchershaw Engineer thinks Chicago had anticipated prior to the draft.
- I think the Bulls figured Butler wouldn’t sign a team-friendly deal, which is why they paid such a high price to move up and draft Doug McDermott. Matching a restricted offer is still a possibility, but the Bulls also have the flexibility to let him go if the offer is an overpay.
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