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  1. Random Packer News & Notes

    Slow time of year, so here's a Madden-related tweet from Raven Greene that made me chuckle.
  2. Unprotected picks are valuable assets no matter how you slice it, especially when they come from the west. Plus, who knows how good the Clippers will be 4-6 years from now. Leonard and George both have injury histories — in Kawhi's case it's something that may continue to get worse. Throw in a potential future star in Gilgeous-Alexander on top of all that, and I think it was a pretty unreal return for OKC.
  3. As a Raps fan, I was shattered last night when the news broke, but I feel surprisingly okay today. We got a championship, we're in great shape cap-wise, we have some fun young players including a budding star in Siakam to build around, and we have Masai. I will always love Kawhi for what he brought to the city. Looking forward to what comes next. Edit: I forgot to add #Giannis2021
  4. 2019 Offseason Trade Rumors & Free Agency Thread

    Homer alert but Giannis is the one marquee FA I have some confidence about Toronto signing. Masai Ujiri helped Giannis's parents emigrate from Nigeria to Greece, he tried like hell to acquire a 1st-round pick to draft him in 2015, they're positioned to have plenty of cap space in 2021, and Toronto is one of the world's most diverse cities and a place where Giannis would be a true global star. I'm not making any predictions, but a lot of Raptors fans have hope for the future based on him becoming a FA in 2021 regardless of what happens with Kawhi in the next few days.
  5. 2019 Offseason Trade Rumors & Free Agency Thread

    If being you means trading in my Canucks fan card for literally any other squad on the planet, then I wish I were you. The GOAT trade convo is one I've actually been wanting to have. I know there are tons of examples where one guy is traded for a king's ransom, or where guys are traded for pennies and go on to become all-time greats... but for me, when you consider the cunning and guts it took to pull off the Kawhi trade — trading the face of your franchise, a guy who has embraced the city like no one else in team history, for one year of a guy who might not even be healthy enough to play, who might not even be willing to play for you — and then that guy leads you to a damn championship in his first year — from a risk-reward standpoint, it doesn't get any better than that. (Well, obviously it gets a bit better if he stays...)
  6. 2019 Offseason Trade Rumors & Free Agency Thread

    As a fan of the Packers, Raptors, Blue Jays, and Canucks, I'm always curious what it's like to be a fan of the Lakers, Yankees, Red Sox, etc. Like do you get the same satisfaction from winning knowing that your team has inherent advantages other teams simply do not have? Does it ever get boring? Or is it just always exhilarating knowing that no matter how bad your team might be for a stretch, you're always one offseason away from competing for a title? GS injuries be damned, this Raptors season was the most fun I've ever had as a sports fan. Masai pulled off IMO the greatest trade in the history of sports, a goofy *** nobody replaced the coach of the year, so many guys upped their game and rallied around Kawhi, and it all culminated in Kyle Lowry hoisting the Larry OB for the city of Toronto. This kind of thing happens once in a lifetime if you're lucky. Edit: And I'll qualify this by saying I'm lucky as hell to have grown up a Packers fan. It's just a different kind of luck.
  7. 2019 Offseason Trade Rumors & Free Agency Thread

    Total points in the series was Toronto 646 - Milwaukee 640. It was extremely competitive, and anyone who says differently either didn't watch or needs to get their head examined. Side note, Game 4 was arguably my favourite game of the playoffs. Kawhi was practically a non-factor after the double-OT Game 3 and everyone else came up huge.
  8. 2019 Offseason Trade Rumors & Free Agency Thread

    He's quoted in the article I linked saying it. I liked Lou a lot during his time here, and he seemed to enjoy himself too (even got himself name-dropped in a Drake song). Him changing is tune on that podcast recently is either a recruiting tactic or hurt feelings or both. I'm sure a lot of players have reservations about playing in Canada, but the majority of them seem to embrace the city once they're here. Kawhi had a year to experience the city and said in an interview it was the most fun year he's ever had playing basketball. I'm not saying LA and a few other American cities don't compare, more responding to this idea from American media that Toronto is some kind of frozen wasteland. It's the third-largest city in North America, incredibly diverse, and offers a fanbase of 35+ million when you take into account all of Canada.
  9. 2019 Offseason Trade Rumors & Free Agency Thread

    Lou Williams said publicly that he wanted to stay in Toronto and that he was disappointed he wasn't offered a contract. Toronto is a world-class city and an amazing basketball town. Just ask Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, Amir Johnson, Patrick Patterson, et al.
  10. MrBobGray's Terrible Film Review - Josh Jones

    I'm not saying get rid of Jones, but it's not without precedent... Kyrhi Thornton - 3rd round pick, cut after 1 season Jerel Worthy - 2nd round pick, traded after 2 seasons Alex Green - 3rd round pick, cut after 2 seasons Brian Brohm - 2nd round pick, cut after 1 season
  11. Oren Burks

    I won't put much stock in any Packers.com article, but the one point I agree with here is on Burks' intelligence. I think a lot of times you see guys who are phenomenal athletes but not really smart enough to put it together on the field. In Burks' case, maybe he'll never have the instincts, but at least his intelligence gives me hope that he'll figure it out.
  12. Oren Burks

    Wow! He really is a spitting image of Morgan Burnett, isn't he?
  13. Random Packer News & Notes

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