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Trade Recap: Ariza to Washington, Oubre to Phoenix

Yesterday around 10 PM eastern time we got the news that Trevor Ariza was finally leaving Phoenix, heading back to the Capitol for his second stint as a Washington Wizard.

It took just 28 minutes for Adrian Wojnarowski to reveal the full details of the trade. Memphis was involved as well, as a third team in the deal. With Ariza heading to Washington, Kelly Oubre would go to the Grizzlies, and Austin Rivers, along with Grizzlies role players Wayne Selden and Dillon Brooks, would join the Phoenix Suns.

Wait, never mind. That’s not right.

With Ariza heading to Washington, Kelly Oubre would go to the Grizzlies, and Austin Rivers, along with Grizzlies role players Wayne Selden and MarShon Brooks, would join the Phoenix Suns.

Woj must’ve messed up for once or something.

Or maybe the NBA’s just a soap opera full of hilarious idiots, like it has been all year.

See, the Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies never once talked to each other as this trade was being figured out. James Jones never talked to Chris Wallace and Robert Sarver never talked to Robert Pera. I don’t know how, considering an NBA trade generally takes weeks of contact between front offices and general managers and scouts, but somehow this deal was thrown together so quickly that the two teams never talked directly and instead used Washington as a go-between the whole time.

The Suns wanted Dillon Brooks. The Wizards told the Grizzlies the Suns wanted Brooks. They presumably forgot to include the “Dillon” part of Dillon Brooks, because the Grizzlies then tried to send MarShon Brooks to Phoenix.

The Grizzlies refused to part with Dillon. The Suns refused to bring in MarShon instead of Dillon.

No trade.

The Lakers tried to get involved again. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope wasn’t enough for Phoenix. Josh Hart was too much for the Lakers to be willing to give up. In the end it didn’t matter anyways, because Robert Sarver refused to let James Jones and the rest of the front office do a deal with the Lakers at all because he’s upset about how the Lakers acquired Tyson Chandler from them.

So, back to Washington, they simplified the deal and sent Oubre and Rivers to Phoenix for Ariza.

Losing Oubre in this trade makes this an interesting decision on the part of the Wizards. Even though it feels like he’s been in the league forever, he’s still only 23, and having improved every year of his career so far, it feels like he could have a major role in the league for years to come.

Coach Brooks has been openly been critical of him though throughout his time at Washington, particularly about his inconsistent effort on defense.

In Phoenix, he has a chance to take Ariza’s spot in the starting five and steal potential minutes away from Josh Jackson, who’s driven Suns fans crazy with his backwards development from last season. On a team that’s not especially focused on winning, he’ll get lots more opportunities offensively than he was on a panicking Washington team that can’t seem to get things to work despite the presence of two all-star caliber players.

It’s odd that the Wizards are making this move too frankly. It seems unlikely that they’ll be able to recover to any real extent this season, and Ariza’s only an upgrade over Oubre in the short term. Yes, he’s an expiring large contract, but so was Rivers.

He is a well-known veteran leader who already has a relationship with John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter, from his first stint at the team. That locker room presence is something that matters more than people realize, which the Wizards currently don’t have to any extent. He’s matured a lot from when his main role was intentionally injuring opponents.

Austin Rivers didn’t have the best of times in Washington. It was a situation that, frankly, was never going to work out for him. There’s too many other different guards and it’s far too different of a system from what he’s succeeded in before. I don’t know how they ever thought it was going to work.

Considering Elie Okobo and De’Anthony Melton are their only point guards right now, there’s a good chance we’ll see Rivers and Devin Booker on the floor together in the backcourt. As the season slides further away from them, he’ll almost certainly be given extended playing time down the stretch once tank season begins.

Now we wait for the notice that the Suns actually wanted to acquire Doc Rivers instead.

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Should the Knicks trade for John Wall?

The New York Knicks have been waiting for ages for a dynamic point guard. Rumors and speculations have surfaced online that the Knicks are currently gathering assets to make a trade for Washington Wizard’s star John Wall.

The Wall era in Washington has been rather disappointing. The team has underperformed the past couple of seasons and struggled to make it to the conference finals in the weak eastern conference. In addition to that, Wall signed a $170 million contract extension back in the summer of 2017 and that contract may haunt the Wizards if they continue to hold on to him. Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter are currently the highest paid players on the roster. If the Wizards want to land a big fish in free agency, they are going to have to let go of one of these players.

Wall has gathered a bad reputation in Washington through the years, butting heads with coach Scott Brooks, former teammate Marcin Gortat and calling out his teammates. With the Wizards not playing up to standards and constant frustration going on in the organization, a new home for Wall may lie in the Big Apple.

The duo of John Wall and Kristaps Porzingis along with Tim Hardaway Jr, Kevin Knox, and Allonzo Trier sounds like a stepping stone into a winning culture for the Knicks. The Knicks need a dynamic point guard who is going to slash up the defense and make plays. Wall can help the Knicks in an area they have been suffering in for ages.

The Knicks have plenty of assets to use as trade bait, particularly, Enes Kanter, Lance Thomas, Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Courtney Lee, and Emmanuel Mudiay. The Untouchables would include Kevin Knox, Tim Hardaway Jr., Mitchell Robinson, Kristaps Porzingis and rising player Allonzo Trier.

Wall, 28, is entering the prime of his career. He is currently averaging around 21 points and 8 assists on the season. Despite all the drama surrounding him, Wall is still a special player who may need a fresh new start.

Whatever the Knicks decide to do, winning should be the priority. If the Knicks do trade for Wall, they need to build right away for playoff contention. If they don’t, developing their young talent and rebuilding for at least two more years isn’t a bad option. The Knicks would have to take on a contract that will last all through Wall’s prime. Either way, the Knicks decide to go, there isn’t a bad route in this situation.

The Wizards Are A Train Wreck, So Here Are Some Trade Scenarios

A couple summers ago, when I returned from a vacation in South Dakota and Wyoming, I ended up stuck in the Idaho Falls Airport for almost ten hours after my plane was supposed to have left.

At one point, the airport staff realized that we’d been waiting so long that they needed to feed us, so they ordered a pizza.

45 minutes passed before they realized they’d somehow accidentally ordered the pizza from Richmond, Virginia, over 2,000 miles away.

Long story short, the pizza never got there.

The Washington Wizards are this tiny, sh*tty airport, and John Wall is the pizza that everyone was really happy about at first when it got ordered, until it never really got there.

And now here they are, sitting at 11th in the Eastern Conference, and having finished as the eighth seed last year, despite having, on paper, enough talent to compete for home court advantage.

Which means it’s time to break it up. Let’s look at some ways they could do just that.

 

Option 1: Fire Ernie Grunfeld

This should be more of a must than just an option at this point. They haven’t had any real success during his time in the front office, and when Grunfeld was hired, Christian Laettner was still on the team. Christian Laettner is now 49 years old.

Considering he hasn’t been able to create a successful team in over 15 years on the job, it’s frankly ridiculous that he hasn’t already been fired by now.

 

Option 2: Trade John Wall

Washington receives: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma 

Los Angeles Lakers receives: John Wall

L.A. is, of course, connected with John Wall as a possible destination, because L.A. is connected with everyone as a possible destination. People are clamoring for another big name to be added alongside LeBron, and it’s certainly a possibility. The Wizards would get two young players who both already play at a very high level, and the Lakers would add another star to help LeBron turn this into a contending team.

Washington receives:  T.J Warren, Elie Okobo

Phoenix receives: John Wall

Phoenix badly needs a point guard, and this is their opportunity. In order to convince the Wizards to part with their star man though, they would certainly have to give up a couple young assets. Warren could be a borderline all-star in the right situation, and Okobo would be a necessary addition into the trade because the Wizards would definitely ask for the young up-and-coming point guard in return.

Washington receives: Jamal Murray, Miles Plumlee

Denver receives: John Wall

Denver could be a bit of a ‘sleeper’ destination for Wall in case of a trade, as this team is underwhelming despite having a team that should be able to do some real damage. Adding Wall could give them a second main guy that could launch them closer to contention sooner rather than later.

Option 3: Trade Bradley Beal

Washington receives: Jeremy Lamb, Malik Monk, Marvin Williams, 2019 1st Round Pick (top 10 protected)

Charlotte receives: Bradley Beal

If the start of the year has proven anything, it’s that Kemba badly needs help in Charlotte if he’s going to stay there. Teaming up him and Beal could be a dangerous backcourt duo. Washington would get back the expiring contracts of Williams and Lamb, which could help them retool over the summer, and young assets for the future in the form of Monk and a first round pick.

Washington receives: Khris Middleton, John Henson 

Milwaukee receives: Bradley Beal, Jeff Green, 2nd Round Pick

Milwaukee would surround Giannis Antetokounmpo with guys who can space the floor very effectively in this case, which is something they badly need if he’s going to continue to fail to develop a shot. With this option, Washington would simply be replacing Beal with another of the league’s best two-guards, and if Middleton could fit into the system quickly, they would be able to turn around their season this year in a way that none of the other options make probable.

Washington receives: Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley

Los Angeles Clippers receives: Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant

Bradley and Beverley have expensive, expiring contracts this offseason, and it could clear up a lot of cap space for free agency to pull the trigger on this one. The Clippers are already overachieving, and while a move this big does risk potentially messing up chemistry, Beal would be a clear number one option for them and it would certainly be worth pulling the trigger.

Option 4: Trade Otto Porter

Washington receives: Maurice Harkless, Meyers Leonard, 2020 1st Round Pick (Protected 1-24)

Portland receives: Otto Porter

Portland needs an upgrade at small forward unless they plan on getting swept in the first round again. Going from Harkless to Porter while getting rid of Meyers Leonard’s contract makes it worth giving up a protected first, and with Meyers Leonard playing surprisingly well this year, bringing him in as a stretch big could be an interesting experiment.

Washington receives: Jabari Parker, Cameron Payne

Chicago receives: Otto Porter

Chicago actually as far away from being a playoff team as it might seem, and having someone with the length and versatility of Porter playing the three could be the piece that gets them there. Parker is already disappointing many Chicago fans, but in Washington he would be comfortably in the role of sixth man, and could seriously help out their bench.

Washington receives: Dennis Schroder, Jerami Grant

Oklahoma City receives: Otto Porter, Jeff Green, Two 2nd Round Picks

Again a trade that Washington would consider mostly to strengthen their bench, Oklahoma City is in ‘win now’ mode, but they just aren’t quite good enough to get over the hump into legitimate contention. A player like Porter would be a huge addition to a team in their situation.

NBA Playoff Picks for April 27th, 2018 / LeBron take

The NBA playoffs have been an absolute rollercoaster keeping fans drawn to the TV

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LeBron’s game winner against the Pacers was epic. No matter what you consider LeBron to be, #1 or #2; he’s an absolute national treasure. Is he supremely cocky? Of course, I would be too if I was rich by the time I graduated high school. Being considered an all time great just fuels the fire as well. LeBron pulling the struggling Cavs team along just proves his dominance as well. We’ll see just how far he can take it..

Washington Home against the Raptors

The Raptors are insanely good at home. They’ve had no problem whatsoever handling the Wizards at home in the series. On the road, it’s a scary sight. Losing by 19 on 4/20 as well by 8 on 4/22.

WIZARDS -1.5

I think since the Wizards are home, roles will reverse just for tonight. I think it’ll be a close game considering the Raptors skill level. They will probably just miss a ton of shots. I can see the Wizards by 4 or 5 let’s find out.

Pacers at home vs. the Cavs

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PACERS -1.5

The Cavs are coming off a nice last minute game winner from LBJ to put them ahead in the series 3-2. It’s a great thing for the Cavs, giving them some breathing room to win the series.

I think they will lose one however, tonight. The Pacers in Cleveland controlled the game in the first half, ultimately losing it in the second half. I think if the Cavs struggle to score, the Pacers will win and tie the series, setting up a pivotal Game 7.

Jazz at home vs. the Thunder

OKC +6.5

The Jazz at home in the playoffs are 7-3 the last 10. The Thunder definitely have the firepower to try and beat this in-form Jazz team, but I still think it won’t be enough to win tonight against the Jazz. I can see the Jazz sending Russ and company home, in a terrible fashion. The Thunder will hopefully keep it close, considering they are facing elimination on the road. Take the points if needed.

Good luck!

Free NBA Picks for February 10th, 2018

Last night we saw the Celts fall behind after coming back from 20+ failing to cover their spread taking the L. We saw 2 of our picks succeed as the Jazz beat the Hornets by 12. The Rockets did as they were supposed too and beat the Nuggets by 26.

6-3-1 over the past 3 days. 3 picks here tonight

Wizards -6.0 vs the Chicago Bulls

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The once red hot Wizards travel into Chicago on a 6-4 run the past 10. The Bulls are 2-8 the last ten, posting a 12-14 home record. The Wizards lost a close one to the East’s best team in OT. They could be tired tonight, but the Wizards have been playing better without the focus of John Wall. I think they could be gassed, but they are too talented to not cover against a young-injury riddled Chicago Bulls team. I see the Wizards winning by 6 or 7. Take the points if you can. I don’t think it will be a blowout, it should be a close one.

The Wizards won by 4 the last time they both played, under different circumstances of course.

Warriors -11.0 vs the San Antonio Spurs

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The Warriors are at home as they face the injury riddled San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors are 20-7 at home this year. The Spurs are 13-15 on the road. The last time these two met, the Warriors won by 22.

The Spurs will be missing Tony Parker and DeJounte Murray, going against the Warriors amazing starting lineup. Without Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs will be exposed to all sorts of  misery as I can see Dub Nation going 15+ over the Spurs. Roll with the best team in the NBA.

Lakers +2.0 vs the Dallas Mavericks

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The Lakers ride into Dallas on a 4 game winning streak. The Lakers are 8-2 the last 10 games. The Mavs are 2-8 the last 10. Despite the trades, I believe the Lakers should have enough fire power to beat a Dallas team which can be streaky at times. If the Mavs hit their shots early, they hit the shots throughout the game.

The Lakers should win this won by 5 or 6. If the Mavs play terrible it could be worse. The Lakers could also lose by 2 or 3. Which also covers the spread. Take the points here as well, it should be a close game.

 

good-luck

 

NBA Free Picks for February 8th, 2018

Last night we saw the Rockets fight the strong Miami wave of attack as the Rockets covered by 8. We also saw the Spurs absolutely destroy the Suns. What I tell ya? Booker makes that team. At one point the Suns were down by 40. The Pelicans somehow rained out being postponed.

2-0 since yesterday. I have 4 picks again tonight. I feel like tonight may be the strongest for the favorited teams.

Raptors -13.5 vs the New York Knicks

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The Knicks are coming off the heart breaking game against the Bucks where they lost their superstar Kristaps Porzingis. The Knicks have gone 3-7 the past 10. The Raptors have gone 7-3. If Porzingis didn’t get hurt, the spread would be a little outrageous. Without KP, the Knicks are an even worse team that struggles to find a main point in scoring for their offense. They struggled even with KP. I expect the Raptors to continue their dominance at home possibly by a 20 point blowout here. The Raptors are 22-4 at home.

Hawks +1.5 vs the Orlando Magic

The Magic and the Hawks enter on a 2 game winning streak. The Magic have a terrible record going 17-36 this season. They are their “best” at home going 10-14. The Hawks also have a terrible record going 17-37. They are 8-21 on the road this year.

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Apparently Elfrid Payton was just traded. That impacts the Magic on offense terribly. They acquired a pick in exchange from the Suns, which will help the Magic next season just not this season

The Magic will be without Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, and possibly Jonathon Simmons as well so do your own research before the game. Without all of these players, the Hawks have a good shot to beat the Magic tonight in what should be a close gam between 2 struggling teams.

Celtics+1.5 vs the Washington Wizards

The Wizards have been playing absurdly better without John Wall. The Wizards have won 4 out of the last 5 games, the same for the Celtics. This matchup honestly could go either way here.

kyrie-irving-24e90a39cddeba23Kyrie Irving is rumored to come back tonight. If he does, the Celts should win this in a back and forth game.

It will definitely be a challenge as the Wizards have been hot as of late. They are home tonight too. The Wizards will cool off eventually, maybe starting tonight against the East’s best in the Celtics. The Celtics main concern is the big man game. The Celts will need heavy production from their bench to top the Wizards tonight.

Mavericks +13.5 vs the Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA right now. However, every once in a while the Warriors find themselves at times dazed from teams that are awful. The Kings upset last year, this year against the Nuggets.

Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

The Mavs are 2-8 the last 10. The Warriors have also struggled considering their talent going 6-4. The Warriors are looking to stop a 2 game skid, which should probably happen against an injury riddled Mavs team. KD is also questionable for tonight but as I stress, you should always do your own research. I see Dub nation getting the W easily here, but will they cover the spread? The Warriors are bad this year ATS going 23-30-1 this season. I say the Warriors win by 8 or 9 with the Mavs losing the entire game while coming back to threaten the Warriors slightly. If you can take the points, add them here against the NBA’s best team.

good-luck

Free NBA Picks for January 25th, 2018

Last nights card we saw the Sixers win outright covering the spread by more than 5 points. We also saw the Pelicans not needing the spread, winning outright by 5. A nice little comeback from a series of bad beats.

We also saw the Celts do their thing over the Clips, not needing the +1.0 considering they beat them by 11.

Thunder -5.0 vs. the Washington Wizards

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The Thunder have been on a nice 7 game winning streak since figuring out the chemistry needed to take it to the next level. The Wizards are average on the road, but if the Thunder push it against the Wizards, the should be able to sustain their winning streak by winning at home, where they are 17-7 this year.

John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Marcin Gortat will have to bring their top class performance if they want to outpace the core 3 of the Thunder. The Wizards have their best chance to top the Thunder considering the winning streak, calling question to the factors of durability and fatigue for the Thunder.

Nuggets -5.5 vs. the New York Knicks

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The Denver Nuggets at home have also been a force to deal with. The Nuggets are 17-6 at home with stars Nikola Jokic who is averaging a double-double per game; putting up 16.2 PPG and 10.4 RPG. For the Knicks, I expect Kristaps Porzingis (Knee) to return tonight to the lineup.

Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 23.3 PPG and has taken up the main scoring role for the Knicks. Porzingis is only averaging 6.7 RPG, which could easily be outmatched by Jokic which is why I like this matchup.

Jamal Murray has also been a key factor for the Nuggets, dropping 30+ for the Nuggets the past 2 games. The Knicks are also 6-18 on the road this year, another consideration to factor in.

Both teams have been struggling as of late as Denver comes in 4-6 the past 10 games, followed by the Knicks coming into the matchup 3-7 the last 10.

Safe to say the Nuggets should be able to cover, if you take points off or not. Barring an epic NYK comeback.