For us to evaluate him right now, we are not there. We’ll talk about all of that at the end of the season.
Oladipo can’t be a first-half wonder if the Pacers are to move forward as an organization. That’s indicative of the strides Oladipo has taken. He was seen as a solid but unspectacular NBA starter before this season. Now, the Pacers need him to be a franchise cornerstone and selling point.
Harden and Westbrook, both signed through 2022, are out. DeRozan is signed through 2020. But the Lakers will make a pitch to George this summer, after a year of rumors linking him to LA. Thompson will be a free agent in 2019, and there is a glimmer of hope around the league that he’ll be looking to bolt his third-wheel spot with the Warriors by then in search of a role as a headliner. (For what it’s worth, Thompson has made it clear he’d like to remain a Warrior, and his father, Mychal, says Klay is not looking to leave.)
During media availability on Saturday, as Westbrook and George were fielding questions, a group of nearby Lakers fans began chanting, We want Paul! When a reporter, pointing out the chant, told George, There it is, he smiled and said, Yeah. But he insisted that he has not made up his mind about what he’s going to do this summer.
I don’t, George said. I know what I feel is best, but it’s a long ways until the end of the season.
The Knicks picked up the 2015 No. 7 overall pick Emmanuel Mudiay from the Nuggets in a three-team deal which saw Doug McDermott go to Dallas and Devin Harris and a second-round pick go to Denver.
Phoenix made an under-the-radar move, acquiring the 2014 No. 10 overall pick, Elfrid Payton, from the Magic for a second-rounder. He will fit alongside Devin Booker nicely.
Then there were the other deals that were overlooked in all the buzz surrounding the Cavs’ busy day. The Pistons traded Willie Reed for Bulls guard Jameer Nelson, and they also moved Brice Johnson and a second-rounder to the Grizzlies for James Ennis. The Wizards traded Sheldon Mac and cash to the Hawks for a second-round pick.
Let’s take a look at how Johnson’s statement compares to what former Suns general manager and current Warriors coach Steve Kerr had to say about a certain superstar back in 2010. Then, we can provide a final verdict on the more ridiculous tampering fine.