Welcome to another edition of NBA Roundtable. Well the trade deadline has come and gone. There were no blockbuster trades this year. This week we will discuss Blake Griffin being a franchise player, Cleveland Cavaliers making it to the finals, and so much more on the NBA Roundtable.
Lets get started with the questions:
There was some trade talk surrounding Blake Griffin. In light of his incident in Toronto should the Los Angeles Clippers continue to build a team around him?
Steve: Sure why not. So he got into a little bit of trouble in Toronto, so what. He still is one of the most talented basketball players in the entire league. He is still young, and has many more years ahead of him. So yes, the Clippers do need to build around him. He made a mistake in Toronto, he owned up to it, and apologized, so move on.
Chad: Yes, they should he is still young and of the better players in the league. Off the court incidents happen in the NBA it shouldn’t automatically be a case to trade Blake Griffin I can understand the reaction but the Clippers should not trade him
Todd: Yes, it was just one incident he has apologized and been punished for it. As long as he doesn’t mess up again, he should be ok.
An ESPN analysts stated that the Cleveland Cavaliers were not a guarantee to go to the NBA Finals even after the trade they made. What are yours thoughts?
Steve: While you can never say that a team is a guarantee to make the NBA Finals, who else is there in the East? Seriously, there is no other team that really can compete with the Cavs and their depth. Maybe the Pacers could compete in seven game series, but anyone else really wouldnt stand a snowballs chance in hell to win a series in the East against Cleveland. So I wont say a lock, but I will say a likely participant in the Finals.
Chad: Never say never but I have a tough time believing anybody could beat the Cavs in a 7 game series in the Playoffs. I think it is Lebron’s quest to get Cleveland a Championship. I would say the Cavs are my odds on pick to be the East Rep in the NBA Finals.
Todd: I said it once and I will say it again. The Cavaliers are really not that good. They have basically three players. Two of those players LeBron James and Kyrie Irving cannot play together very well. Take for instance Irving played just 9 minutes in the game against OKC and the Cavaliers beat them pretty easily. If they all three play, they usually all three have to have good games and that might not happen in a long 7 game series.
Gilbert Arenas recently went to instagram pleading with Lakers management sign him to a 10 day contract so he can see Kobe Bryant’s last game. What are your thoughts about this?
Steve: This is laughable. If you want to see Kobe’s last game, Gilbert, then buy a ticket. You are way way past your prime, and is considered a has been. No way should any team waste a roster spot on this guy. Buy a ticket like the rest of the fans who want to see this.
Chad: The Lakers are out of it so who cares who they waste roster spots on.
Todd: This is Ridiculous, just watch the game at home.
With The Detroit Pistons adding Tobias Harris and a couple other players before the trade deadline, did they lock guarantee themselves a playoff spot?
Steve: Again, I will never say the word “a lock.” But the Pistons put themselves in a very good position to make the playoffs. They are a borderline playoff team right now as it is, and with the Bulls on a downward spiral, they seem to be in a great position to secure a bottom tier playoff spot.
Chad: The Pistons are currently in 9th in the East so they are by no means but with them in realistic distance to as high as 3rd or 4th and the Bulls struggling their chances are good for the playoffs.
Todd: Yeah I think they will make the Playoffs with the Bulls dropping off. They might even move up to 4th or 5th.
Are you surprised that the Eastern conference did not make some major trades to try to compete with the Cleveland Cavaliers?
Steve: Wouldnt matter, the only deal that would have made any difference is if the Bulls somehow landed Demarcus Cousins from the Kings. That would have given them another key scorer and could potentially pull off an upset of the Cavs. Cleveland is far and away the best team in the East, and no team could come close to match them in talent, no matter what the trade could have been.
Chad: With the NBA salary cap about to change as it will the unintended consequence of this is the trade deadline becomes similar to impulse buying candy while in the checkout at a Grocery Store. I think the day of the major trades at the deadline are gone.
Todd: A little bit. Especially the Raptors cause they are maybe one or two players away. I will be surprised if Kevin Love is on the Cavaliers next year. So we will have to see what happens this off season when the salary cap sky rockets.
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