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Sports writer and aficionado. I enjoy watching and writing about Basketball, NFl, Football and Formula 1. I'm open to work with any of the sports above mentioned. Trying to learn a little bit about popular sports in Australia. Contact: pedroevansbarbati@usp.br.

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Me too! OKC could have the best young core in the league if they traded for Simmons. And the Sixers could become a top contender with CP3.

Where should Chris Paul go?

It turns out that Morey is set to take over basketball operations in Philly. I’m eager to see how this will work out, maybe the Sixers could become a serious contender in the East. Morey certainly deserves a ring for what he has done in basketball. Congrats for the right prediction, mate!

Daryl Morey, James Harden and the Rockets revolution

Well put!
In your opinion, which franchise would be a better fit for Daryl Morey?

Daryl Morey, James Harden and the Rockets revolution

I totally agree, the Lakers would have to trade everybody to get him, but it could happen when he becomes a free agent in 2021, who knows.

Regarding Rondo and D Rose, Rondo is indeed a better fit, but they wouldn’t lose much with Rose in his place, as he has been putting up some solid stats. When Rose played for the Cavs, he wasn’t alright – psychologically and physically. So I think things could be different if they played together in 2021.

Derrick Rose to the Lakers: Good for everyone?

He is certainly worth more, but I would say there will be a huge competition for him in the offseason. Rondo could fit in any contender, such as the Celtics, Bucks and even the Heat. So it is fair to say that other franchises will give him pretty much any amount of money he wants. I don’t know if the Lakers can match those offers, but it would certainly be awesome to keep him for another season.

Derrick Rose to the Lakers: Good for everyone?

Me too, D Rose certainly deserves a ring, after all he’s been through. It would be huge if the Lakers could keep Rondo, but I can see many other contenders giving him an ever bigger contract and more playing time, such as the Celtics. I would love seeing him in a Celtic jersey once again, making a push for the 18th title.

Oh, it would be wonderful to see the Banana Boat Crew playing together. It’s unlikely to happen in this offseason, mainly due to CP3’s contract, L.A. would be forced to trade many players and would lose depth in their roster. But Melo is a free agent right now, so they could sign him, as he has already accepted a secondary role in his career, given his small contract with Portland. Chris Paul will be a free agent next offseason and many contracts in L.A. will have ended by then.

So, if the Lakers pull a few strings and Paul accepts a secondary role – which will hardly happen, in my opinion- Banana Boat Crew could be playing together in 2021/2022.

Derrick Rose to the Lakers: Good for everyone?

That’s a nice perspective, mate! But D Rose had a tremendous performance when he played alongside Chris Wood: plus-3.5 points per 100 possessions when both shared the floor, compared to a minus-5.1 points when Rose was out. So imagine pairing him up with Anthony Davis; it could be deadly, at least statistically.

I’d certainly target Rondo for another season, but, in my opinion, that is unlikely to happen for L.A., because Rondo already mentioned he wishes to “test free agency” and I can see many franchises desperately trying to sign him, such as the Clippers or the Celtics, which would grant him an even higher salary. I would love seeing him in a green jersey again, because he would solve many problems in Brad Stevens’ rotation.

Derrick Rose to the Lakers: Good for everyone?

Yeah, unfortunately they’re stuck in that limbo. I’d say they should trade D-Rose and Blake Griffin for some younger talent and go for a tanking season and, if everything goes right, they should be returning to the playoffs.

It hurts me to see the Pistons in this situation, I always loved their team-focused basketball, instead of a superstar-focused one: winning championships without a single mvp in their roster is huge. The only alternative for those “small-market” teams in the NBA is to draft properly, just like San Antonio does.

NBA offseason: Two franchises that need to start rebuilding

Thanks, mate!
Wow, I can’t see the Pistons settled in anywhere but Detroit, they have a huge connection with the city. It would be weird to see them anywhere else, at least for me. I’d say OKC should go back, they should have never left, actually. But, if not for OKC, I would suggest some franchises located in smaller markets without a deep connection with their cities, such as the Grizzlies, Pelicans or even the Hornets.
Talking about your beloved Pistons, don’t you think they could start rebuilding as well? I don’t the Rose-Griffin duo leading them to the playoffs and, with the Lakers interested in D-Rose, it might be an opportunity to acquire some picks and younger talent, don’t you think?

NBA offseason: Two franchises that need to start rebuilding

I totally agree. The Spurs have a pretty versatile young core and I’m sure they will reach their whole potential being coached by Popovich or Becky Hammon. So I wouldn’t be surprised if they become contenders again in 3 or 4 years.
Regarding Orlando, their young players did a good job in the bubble, I think they have huge potential. If Markelle Fultz becomes healthy and reaches his star potential, Orlando could have a big three in a near future. I can see them just like the mid-90s Magic: very intense and skilled.

NBA offseason: Two franchises that need to start rebuilding

NBA offseason: Two franchises that need to start rebuilding

Well said! All of the Spurs “older” players have contracts until 2021, so they would be able to mentor their young teammates for at least another year or even stay longer if they’re willing to play a secondary role, for a smaller salary. Besides those players you mentioned, I would also include Belinelli, who could teach those youngsters some solid 3pt shooting.
Regarding Orlando, they certainly need big men, as you just said. This years’ free agency has great options, among which I would highlight Aron Baynes (UFA) as a cheap and solid option or, if they re willing to spend a little bit more, Andre Drummond (player option) could be the guy.

NBA offseason: Two franchises that need to start rebuilding