Sports Enyi Time: Talking NBA Draft, Free Agency & Blockbuster Trades

Back again after a short break, Sports Enyi Time is here to talk NBA Draft, free agency, and to discuss a few blockbuster trades that have already gone down. Check it out!

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BREAKING: Paul George Traded to Thunder

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

In a stunning move just hours before the opening of NBA free agency, the Oklahoma City Thunder made waves in acquiring the 27-year-old superstar. As with any trade, there are at least two outlooks moving forward. So let’s break down this blockbuster piece by piece, shall we?

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NBA Free Agency: The Hangover

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

I was a happy man on Friday. It appeared my Rockets were moments away from securing one of the best starting lineups in basketball. Then a couple of text message exchanges between Miami and Ghana burst my happy little bubble. Chris Bosh was working a basketball camp in Ghana when he received a text message notification from LeBron James informing him the King was returning to Cleveland. Shortly, thereafter the Miami Heat sent Bosh a message offering him a max contract. Bosh says now it was never a matter of Houston or Miami, and that hardly matters to those of us with shattered dreams. The end result, Bosh returns to Miami. Houston inexplicably follows that loss by not matching Dallas’ offer to Chandler Parsons. The Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin trades proceeded and now the Rockets are left with less than they had last year. So my team on the rise has suddenly taken a step back. I’m distraught.

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This is one of the many stories NBA free agency has provided us fans over the past week. The major stars have all found homes. Some of the not so major stars have settled in as well. Many teams came up big. While others whiffed completely. There are still some players available on the market but none who are considered game changers for the teams with the greatest needs. Some teams are still sitting on fat stacks of cash wondering whether to roll it over to next year or throw it at some less deserving players. Whatever happens from this point forward will surely seem an epilogue to the signings already made. [Read more…]

NBA Free Agency: Now, we’re really underway

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

NBA free agency has been a tricky thing so far. Some teams were negotiating and reaching agreements for the past week plus just waiting for 12:01 a.m. yesterday to start signing contacts. The waiting game drug out for a painfully long time due to the one man at the head of the domino chain taking his dear sweet time making a decision. Now that LeBron James has officially informed the masses he is going home to Cleveland, other big name stars can make their decisions and the action will really start pumping. The next 24 hours will be a frenzy of activity as players sign, teams move on to plan B or C or G and franchises decide whether or not to match offers extended to their restricted free agents.

Photo Credit: NBA.com

Photo Credit: NBA.com

Starting with what we do know…

San Antonio Spurs:

The defending champs took care of business starting with Tim Duncan exercising his player option, resigning key role players, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills, and inking Coach Popovich to a multi-year extension. While all the focus has remained on the elite stars, Eastern Conference and the fabled Lakers, the Spurs have resigned their entire team. By this time, everyone should accept the Spurs are the odds on favorites to go back to the finals next year no matter what else happens during free agency. [Read more…]

NBA Free Agency: And we’re off…

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

NBA Free Agency officially kicked off last night at midnight and so far only one shot has been fired. There should be news and non-news coming up daily as the next couple weeks roll on, but for now, here are the top stories.

Photo Credit: NBA.com

Photo Credit: NBA.com

Milwaukee Bucks:

After finishing with the worst record in basketball last year and then getting screwed by Cleveland in the draft lottery, the Bucks landed a star on draft night in Jabari Parker. As free agency was about to kick off they then pulled a trade to address a need nobody had even mentioned, hiring a new head coach. This had to come as a shock to tons of people, especially head coach Larry Drew, who was fired after the Bucks traded two future second round draft picks to the New Jersey Nets in order to hire Jason Kidd as their new head coach. I don’t really understand this one. There were times in Kidd’s playing career I would’ve traded two picks for him, but only one year into his coaching career, this is a head scratcher. [Read more…]

NBA Free Agency Looms: Which players need to be watched?

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Expert

Our friends down in San Antonio have barely begun sobering up from their title celebration, the NBA rookie draft is on deck for this Thursday, NBA free agency begins next Tuesday and the NBA world is awash with chaos and speculation. The bank of fog rolling across the NBA landscape is so thick several Vegas books have pulled all future odds on NBA championships. Things are very unsettled right now. The word frenzy has popped up. Here is my best effort to help everyone understand just what is going on.

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Over the next few days leading up to the draft and the free agency mayhem that follows the next week, expect the stories and speculation about who is going where to grow exponentially. While the biggest stories will focus will be on Carmelo Anthony and Miami’s Big Three, numerous other players may be on the market with the potential to change the playoff picture of the NBA. To keep track of everything in the midst of this madness, first we must identify the players. Here is a look at some of the biggest names likely to draw attention as free agency looms. Let’s start with the champs. [Read more…]

Why This Summer May Change the Entire Landscape of the NBA

By Jake Hyman
PSDC Writer & Host of the New York Sports Minute Podcast

Let the rumor mill churn.

The NBA free agency period is nearing and practically nothing is a guarantee between now and the end of July.

No guarantees but plenty of questions.

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Photo Credit: NBA.com

Like, will LeBron James stay in Miami? Subsequently, what do Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh do? [Read more…]

NBA Free Agency Frenzy

By Anthony Wright
PSDC Contributor

Like most offseasons, there are super star athletes looking to be traded or taking their talents elsewhere to win a championship or get a better, richer contract. At times, the player is the one pressuring general managers for a more lucrative contract, but most of the time, it is the player’s agent. The higher their client’s contract, the higher the agent’s cut of the paycheck is. That is not always the case. Sometimes guys turn down bigger contracts to go to a team that needs their services the most. [Read more…]

NBA Free Agency Wrap-Up

By Anthony Wright
PSDC  Contributor

Like most off-seasons, there are super star athletes looking to be traded or taking their talents elsewhere to win a championship or get a better, richer contract. At times, the player is the one pressuring general managers for a higher contract, but most of the time, it’s the players’ agent. The higher their client’s contract, the higher their cut of the pay check. That’s not always the case when guys turn down bigger contracts to go to a team that needs their services the most.

A great example of that is Steve Nash. He had a choice between going back to his home country and playing for the Toronto Raptors, or going to a team that would turn into a championship contender with his help. He chose to sign an extension with the Lakers. The Lakers finally have a point guard and a legitimate 3-point/slashing threat at the position. Ramon Sessions played well the first couple of weeks with the Lakers but teams realized he can’t shoot a jumpshot outside of 15 feet. It got so bad that Mike Brown started to elect Steve Blake to finish close games and leave Sessions on the bench. Blake was the back up point guard but he’s never been a driving threat. He is extremely slow with the ball, at times unreliable, and a streaky shooter. I sincerely hope Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock emerge into the back up guards. They are young and fearless competitors, with this signing of Nash, it is time to see Blake on the trading block for a player like Jordan Crawford or even Jodie Meeks. [Read more…]

Eric Gordon Continuing NBA Tradition of Ungrateful Superstars

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Contributor

Eric Gordon no longer wants to play for the New Orleans Hornets. Eric Gordon wants to play for the Phoenix Suns, and he has agreed to sign an offer sheet from the Suns for 4 years and $58 million. The problem with this situation is that Gordon is still a restricted free agent, and the Hornets have the right to match any offer that he signs. Gordon has made it known that he doesn’t want New Orleans to match the offer sheet he signed with Phoenix, but unfortunately for Gordon he has a contract that states New Orleans has the right to match, and there isn’t too much he can do about it. Or is there something he can do about it? It seems that every other NBA star gets to pick where he is traded too. It’s an ongoing trend that makes it hard to continue to like basketball players. [Read more…]

ESPN’s Messy Business Of Insiders And Rumors

By Matt Corder
PSDC Contributor 

The disaster and chaos that is the NBA off season began in the last week or so.  ESPN decided a long time ago that its coverage of this period would consist of an endless barrage of tweets, whispers, and rumors from around the league.  This works not only because there’s only baseball to watch on television during the summer but also because sports fans no longer care about facts and information.  They would rather concern themselves with an infinite number of what-if conversations to fill the time between now and when football is back.  Trying to track it all can lead an individual into Ron Artest levels of insanity as it is seemingly impossible to tell where Free Agent X is going to land thanks to fans having to deal with the Insiders at ESPN leaking any and every rumor from their sources as well as the countless supply of fake twitter accounts popping up on the internet.  [Read more…]