Thursday, February 23, 2017

Portland Needs a History Lesson

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us as the NBA trade deadline is only a mere few hours away as rumors run rampant and trades are a plenty. In honor of the NBA trade deadline, we can take some time to take a look at history that seems to repeating itself with a franchise making the mistake of not trading away one of their two very similar players that is holding them down from being what they should be. Question time! Can you name a team on the ride with a 6'3" ball dominant scoring guard that drafted another 6'3" ball dominant scoring guard to play along side of him in the past 10 years and the year associated with when they drafted that 2nd guard? If your response is the 2013 Portland Trail Blazers, you would be correct. BUT you would also be correct if you answered the 2009 Golden State Warriors.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Opie and Friends: Favorite Presidents in Cinema

Join me and my buddies Frank & Roy as we discuss all things presidential in regards to film and television.

10 NBA Trade Deadline Deal Ideas

With the NBA trade deadline right around the corner, on February 23rd, here are 10 trades that I could personally either see happening, want to see happen or just plain makes sense that it could happen. Keep in mind that these trades are all independent of one another, so there are multiple trades that include some of the same trade pieces.

Trade #1: Lou Williams Returns To The Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks receive Lou Williams
Los Angeles Lakers receive Tiago Splitter and 2018 1st Round 1-14 Protected Pick (Minnesota)

Why This Makes Sense For Atlanta: The Hawks have went from a team who were considered to be blowing things up when they traded Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers, to a team who is looking to add on to their playoff push toward becoming a top 4 team in the East. Lou Williams would seem to fit perfectly as some fire power off the bench as well as a veteran presence to keep the young guards in check and he also fits due to his familiarity with the organization as he played for Atlanta for 2 seasons from 2012 to 2014.

Why This Makes Sense For Los Angeles: The Lakers are going with a youth movement that obviously does not include Lou Williams. Trading Williams will not only free up more playing time for their young backcourt in Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell but it also adds some much needed pressure in not having Lou Williams as a crutch in crunch time. Another plus to trading Lou Williams for the sake of the Lakers future is the fact that he recently spoke out against tanking due to not wanting to lose his job to a rookie, which if the Lakers want to lose on purpose, that attitude has to scare the Lakers brass a little bit.

Why This Trade Will Not Happen: If Lou Williams is traded, he will likely go to the highest bidder. Los Angeles may want to trade him to a contender and a team that he has history with but if Atlanta's offer is not the best, I am doubting that the Lakers have too much loyalty to him to not just trade him anywhere. The future of their franchise is more important to them than making Lou Williams feel good about where he is being dealt. Also Atlanta trading 1st round pick in 2018, no matter how protected, may be too steep a price for the Hawks to pay for a guy that may not be on the team past that draft.