From June, 2019

RUNNING THOUGHTS AS NBA FREE AGENCY KICKS OFF

Keep coming back for more thoughts and info as it comes with regards to the NBA free agent extravaganza that starts in just under half an hour…. Just kidding, its 2:34 here (PST), about 26 minutes before anything is allegedly allowed to get done, and we’ve got reports of about 16 deals going down. I’m going to just keep updating this post throughout the evening with random thoughts and notes regarding the movement, so keep refreshing ladies and gentlemen! 2:34 PM PST: Deals we know of so far: Kyrie Irving to the Nets on a max deal, 4 years, $141…

TIME TO PUT THE PUZZLE TOGETHER: NBA FREE AGENCY

With over 200 players in the NBA free agency pool this next month will truly be a jigsaw puzzle as league execs attempt to piece together their rosters in what is suddenly appearing to be a wide open race to take home the next Larry O’Brien trophy. The reigning champs, the Toronto Raptors may not retain their cornerstone piece, their franchise savior, Kawhi Leonard. The Golden State Warriors’ dynasty was shook to its core by 2 devastating injuries in the Finals, and will likely never be the same again. The team that would be king, the 2018 off season paper…

ITS JUST ABOUT SHOWTIME

With some maneuvering, namely sending out the bottom of the barrel of their roster to the Wizards, the Lakers have managed to set themselves up to be in a position of offering a near (within a few hundred thousand dollars… Oh, is that all, just a few hundred grand, sure, I’ve got that in my car’s cup holder) max deal to a free agent. Now, there are currently 2 schools of thought in regards to what to do with this money. The first of which is to offer it up to bring in a 3rd star. Targets are thought to…

FINAL NBA MOCK DRAFT: Includes Projected Trades

Tonight by NBA presidential decree, the draft will be re-instituted. At least for a night. The dreams of 60 young men will be realized tonight as they’re welcomed into the fraternity of the NBA. Before they do though, we’re going to speculate on how the night will play out. That’s right, we’re gonna do our best Nostraduckmas impersonation and project all 60 picks, including trades! I know, I know, you need to go change your underwear you’re so excited. Go on, we’ll wait. Okay, you’re back? Great, lets get into this then, I know you’re busy, and we absolutely appreciate…

CLINT CAPELA AND THE BOSTON CELTICS

Welcome to NBA offseason land. A land of make believe. Of rumors, of speculation, of off hand comments being taken as gospel. A land of lies, and deceit. On June 9th, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders┬áresponded to a question from @DakRandallNESN (who per a quick search is shown to be an assistant content producer with NESN) asking who the Celtics may be pursuing. At 7:48 AM, Steve replied with “The Celtics from what I have heard engaged pretty seriously on Clint Capela… have had some level of talks with Terry Rozier on a new deal. Everything is very fluid at…

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

The NFL draft’s first round comes with all the bells and whistles. The commissioner announces all the picks, its in prime time, and all eyes are turned to the stage to see who gets picked next. Day two of the draft, the second and third round really lays the foundation for whether or not teams will succeed. These are the guys you’ve probably seen on Saturdays, or at the very least on Sportscenter that night. But its on day three where NFL executives earn the paychecks and build their reputations. Its on this day when they lean heavily on the…

TRADING PLACES: NBA EDITION

NBA Twitter has been all aflutter with trade rumors running rampant. Celtics and Lakers pursuing Anthony Davis. Eric Murphy, sorry, I mean Rich Paul trying to ward off Danny Ainge’s seemingly life long pursuit of the Brow. Will the Lakers include Kuzma? Will that #4 pick of the Lakers entice a 3rd team to enter the fray? Well tune in bat fans because the trade rumor mill is about to jump to 80 year old ladies playing canasta while drunk levels of chirping. And you can find out what happens here, on You’re Ducking Right. Before the final draft preview.…

NBA MOCK DRAFT 2.0 – LAST ATTEMPT UNTIL DRAFT DAY

We’re just over a week away from the 2019 NBA Draft. The league champions will be crowned either Thursday, or Sunday night. It still amazes me how quickly the league turns its attentions from the Finals to the Draft. Regardless, we’re going to take one more crack at a mock draft before our final venture that will come out the day of the draft, June 20th. We’re not projecting trades, of which I expect there to be plentiful. Both in draft and prior. Its anticipated that Anthony Davis will be traded between now and draft day (I’m anticipating it’ll come…

NBA NORTHWEST DIVISION OFFSEASON ROLL CALL

A tough division that saw the Nuggets at the top this year, there isn’t really a team devoid of talent. You could certainly say that the Timberwolves didn’t play well, but with Karl Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague, and Dario Saric, they have some talent. You’ve got some star studded guard play with Dame Lilliard, Russell Westbrook, and Donovan Mitchell. Some stud centers in Rudy Gobert and Nikola Jokic. And one of the top 2 way players in the game today in Paul George. But as we approach the NBA offseason, the draft, trades, free agency. What is each…

NBA PACIFIC DIVISION OFFSEASON ROLL CALL

In the wake of the Raptors victory over the Warriors to move up 3-1 in the series, with the Warriors on the brink of losing, the question is now being posed that was seemingly a forgone conclusion a month ago, will Kevin Durant consider staying? Could Golden State do what they did last time they lost in the finals, sign Kevin Durant? Its been thought since the all star break, if not all season by most, that Durant would be looking for new opportunities after this season. Him staying put would put the kibosh on the plans of a few…