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Carmelo Anthony will join either HOUSTON ROCKETS OR CLEVELAND CAVALIERS!

It's time to chase a ring now...

Houston Rockets have really amped up their offseason additions this year. First, they got CP3 from Clippers in a blockbuster trade then, signed their 2x MVP runner up James Harden to the richest extension deal in NBA history. Now, Rockets are set to sign Carmelo Anthony in a 3 team deal. Wow, can you say busy.

For months now rumours about a Carmelo Anthony deal have been circulating with teams such as cleveland cavaliers and los angeles clippers expressing interest.

The only thing stopping an official deal being made is the hefty price tag and the ‘‘no trade clause’ in Anthony’s contract.

‘Anthony was willing to waive his no-trade clause with the New York Knicks, but only if he were traded to the Rockets or the Cleveland Cavaliers. the Cavs are "a preferred destination" for Anthony because of LeBron James. However, the Rockets also have a disadvantage because they are already over the salary cap and Anthony is owed $54.2 million over the next two seasons, including $26.3 million in 2017-18 salary and an $8.1 million "trade kicker."

While Anthony could waive some or all of the trade kicker, if he chose not to, he would be owed $34.4 million next season and the Rockets would be required to also give up the same amount in 2017-18 salaries in any trade.’

Whilst seeing Melo, LeBron and Kyrie paired up would be interesting to watch, Melo in D’Antoni’s system would be just as if not more interesting to watch. Melo would be able to score from anywhere and would be paired with some of the best playmakers in the league in Harden and CP3, Houston Rockets offense would be insane.

James Harden signs biggest contract extension in NBA history

Ka-ching! Harden could probably buy a share in the franchise now.

One year after renegotiating his contract, James Harden signed an NBA record breaking contract extension this summer.

The deal will pay the star guard $228 million through the 2022-23 season. A major investement into the 2x MVP runner up. The upside for Harden is the security of locking in max money. He becomes the first NBA player signed through 2022-23. While the actual value of this extension won't be determined until the 2019-20 cap is set in July 2019, based on the current NBA estimate of $108 million, this extension would pay Harden approximately $170 million on top of the nearly $60 million he was already guaranteed the next two seasons.

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FREE AGENCY: Gordon Hayward joins *drumroll* Boston Celtics

Wise move

Boston Celtics have signed shooting forward Gordon Hayward to a 4yr/$128 million deal.

  • The most in demand free agent this summer
  • Had meetings with several teams including Miami Heat and former team Utah Jazz
  • Avg. 21.9 points and 5.4 rebounds
  • Lead Utah Jazz to second round of playoffs
  • Joins no.1 seed in Eastern Conference and will play alongside Isaiah Thomas
  • Reunites with former college coach, Brad Stevens
  • Announced decision through Players Tribune ' After seven years in Utah, I have decided to join the Boston Celtics'

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FREE AGENCY: LATEST

Ricky Rubio - Utah Jazz

  • Wolves get 2018 first round draft pick (originally OKC)
  • Played 6 years after being drafted no.5 in the 2009 nba draft
  • Avg. 10.3 points / 4.2 rebounds / 8.5 assists

Jeff Teague - Minnesota Timberwolves

  • After Rubio joined Jazz, the Wolves were looking for a starting PG.
  • Solid shooter from the outside

JJ Reddick - Philadelphia 76ers

  • has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
  • The deal is worth $23 million.
  • averaged 15 points on 43 percent three-point shooting

Kyle Lowry - stays w/Toronto Raptors

  • Free agent announced he was re-signing with Toronto raptors
  • agreed to a three-year, $100 million deal
  • "At the end of the day, this was an easy decision," Lowry said in a post on The Players' Tribune. "And all of those roads ... they all led me back to the same place: home. "They all led me back to Toronto."

Andre Iguodala

  • Re-signs with Golden State Warriors to a 3yr/$48 million deal
  • Consistent performance coming ff the bench

Paul Milsap

  • Nuggets have signed Milsap to a 3yr/$90 million deal
  • Avg. 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds
  • Will team up with Nikola Jokic
  • Played huge role in Atlanta Hawks playoff appearances last few seasons.

Serge Ibaka

  • Toronto Raptors re sign Ibake to a 3yr/$65million deal
  • Avg. 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds
  • The big man was rumoured to join Rockets and former team OKC.

Blake Griffin

  • Clippers and Griffin have agreed to a 5 yr extension worth $173 million
  • Opted out of contract and rumoured to join OKC

Tim Hardaway

  • New York Knicks have agreed to to a 4yr/$71 million offer sheet deal for Hardaway
  • A restricted free agent, meaning Hawks could match offer of Knicks - if not Hardaway who avg. 14points will be free to sign with Knicks.

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Paul George joins...*drumroll* OKC!

Huh!? What happened to Los Angeles Lakers…

(from nba.com)

George was to be dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com and assorted other reports. In return, the Pacers were expected to receive guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis.

For what most assume is a one-year rental of George, OKC gave up its second-leading scorer in Oladipo (15.9 ppg) and, in Sabonis, a promising 21-year-old who was the No. 11 pick in the 2016 Draft. But it will be teaming one of the league’s best two-way players with Russell Westbrook, the NBA’s newly minted MVP fresh off his triple-double season (31.6 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 10.4 apg).

The move may demonstrate to both George and Westbrook, who also can become a free agent next summer, that the Thunder (47-35 last season) are seriously about competing in the Western Conference.  For the Pacers, landing Oladipo and Sabonis for a player who was determined to leave in 12 months is a decent return.

Just 1 more year till we see PG1 in a Lakers uniform.

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Chris Paul joins HOUSTON ROCKETS! 

CP3 could of followed the money a la Carmelo Anthony but its obvious he wants to win a ring (or possibly just make it past the 2nd round)

- Wise and interesting move pairing up with the 2x MVP runner up

- Would fit in to COTY Mike D'Antoni's spacing system 

- another ball handler, so Harden and CP3 will have to divvy up the ball much like Warriors did last season

- Clippers get Patrick Beverly and Lou Williams in the deal

- CP3 named on All Defense team that will bring more of a defensive effort to the team

- CP3 opted back into final year of his $24 million contract which allowed Clippers to make deal as Clippers risked losing CP3 for nothing in free agency.

- Was eligible to sign $205 million max contract with Clippers

- considered one of the best PG in the league - 12 seasons, 9x All Star

- avg. 18.7 points and 9.9 assists 

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FREE AGENCY: RUMOUR HAS IT...

Free Agency officially begins July 1st 

If a team signs another team's restricted free agent to an offer sheet - the original team has 72 hours to match their offer 

CP3 / Blake Griffin

- Clippers experiment over as both players have opted out their contract.

- both can resign for the max - over $205 million

- rumours of CP3 joining Spurs and Griffin joining OKC

Gordon Hayward

- Can resign with Utah Jazz

- Will hold meetings with Boston Celtics and Miami Heat

Paul Milsap

- The 4x All Star has a $21.4 million option for next season with Atlanta Hawks

- Atlanta could re sign for 5 year deal worth $205 million whilst another team will most like offer 4 year deal with just over $150million.

- avg. 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds and Atlanta were no.5 seed

Paul George

- Will officially hit free agency in 2018

- Has already notified Indiana Pacers that he will not stay with Pacers next year 

- Lakers looked at as favourite to land PG1 but Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics have also expressed interest.

Carmelo Anthony

- Has a no trade clause in contract - Melo will have final approval

- Large contract remaining 

- Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers have expressed interest 

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Phil Jackson fired by NEW YORK KNICKS!

Not going to lie, I'm not surprised.

- Owner James Dolan's concern with Jackson running the franchise

- Trying to trade Kristaps Porzingis was the final straw for the owner. The drafting of Porzingis was probably the only good thing about Jackson's tenure.

- Another reason for the firing was the constant public spats with players.

- Jackson tried for 3 years to implement the offense he used to win 11 rings, the infamous 'Triangle'.

- Jackson was unable to sell 'Triangle offense' to players who grew frustrated with the outdated system.  

- New York Knicks' record was 80-166 and went through (currently) 4 head coaches during Jackson's tenure.

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NBA AWARDS: AND THE MVP IS...

The inagural NBA awards celebrates the best athletes from the 2016/17 season.

Westbrook was named the MVP - duh!

Westbrook was the outright winner though people claiming it would be close with James Harden. Most talked about mvp race but it was clear that Westbrook should win the title after setting a record of 42 triple doubles breaking Oscar Robertson's 50 year record. During historic season he also led the league with 31 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.

Not surprising that westbrook received 69 1st place votes totalling 888 points,his runner up James Harden received 22 1st place votes totaling in 753 points whilst, third place Kawhi Leonard got 9 1st place votes and ended with 500 points.

ROTY:

Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon won ROTY and becomes the 1st player not to be picked in the 1st round to win the award.

MIP:

'Greek Freek' Giannnis Antetokumpo who played his 4th season in the NBA avg. 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and led Bucks to the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference.

COTY:

Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni was named coach of the year after leading Rockets to a 55win season and 3rd seed in the super competitive Western Conference. Smartest move by a coach was to get James Harden to play PG where he was runner mvp for the season.

DPOY:

Draymond Green finally wins after being runner up to Kawhi Leonard the past 2 years. Green was highly instrumental in Warriors winning title and led the league in stls.



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JIMMY BUTLER JOINS MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES!

Wait, what did Chicago do!?

For a while now, rumours of Jimmy Butler leaving Chicago Bulls have been circulating for a while now. However, Minnesota Timberwolves swiped in for a block buster move that sends Jimmy Butler to join former coach, Tim Thibedbdoeu, and young guys Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. 

Timberwolves seemed primed for playoff contention however struggled last season. With the addition of Butler, a 2x All NBA, a 3x All Defensive team it gives Wolves that extra edge they were lacking with Zach Lavine who will be sent to Chicago alongside a 1st round pick in the deal.

I have to question Chicago Bulls who are evidently in the rebuilding phase after trading Butler a top 20 player for an All star dunk champion coming off an acl injury and a top 10 pick in the nba draft. Wolves are still need of a point guard and will be looking at Jeff Teague and Kyle Lowry during free agency but so far this team is looking impressive. 

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Kevin Durant named FINALS MVP

Finals MVP was just the cherry on top of the cupcake *wink*

Kevin Durant was named the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP after a monster 39 point / 7r / 5a performance in game 5 of the finals (129-120). Warriors won the series 4-1 against Cleveland Cavaliers.

Clearly it was an easy decsion as KD was named MVP unanimously after averaging a team high 35.2 points and 55.6% shooting and posting up 8.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists.

KD becomes the 1st player since Shaq to record 5 straight games with at least 30 points.

Game 3 was really a highlight for KD, he gave Warriors a 114-113 lead after a pull up 3 pointer with 45.3 secs in regulation.

Lebron 1 - 1 KD, who's ready for the next finals!