Kelly Dwyer

  • Your 2015 NBA free agent primer

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago

    The NBA has just one offseason left before the salary cap jumps by tens of millions of dollars because of an upcoming television deal and the subsequent increased revenue that will result. It also has just two offseasons before the next unending NBA owners lockout probably hits, which is why this free-agent period (which starts at 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday) will mean so much as teams and players slyly work up some machinations with the next two summers in line.

    This is why we’ve decided to break down some of the futures of the more notable 2015 free agents, divided into four completely relatable categories.

    Superstars

    Kevin Love, unrestricted free agent

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    Where he should sign: Cleveland.

    Where he’ll probably sign: Cleveland.

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    LeBron James, unrestricted free agent

    Where he should sign: Cleveland.

    Where he’ll probably sign: Cleveland.

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    Dwyane Wade, unrestricted free agent

    Where he should sign: Miami.

    Where he’ll probably sign: Miami.

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    LaMarcus Aldridge, unrestricted free agent

    (Yeah. Watch him sign with the Lakers.)

    Where he should sign: San Antonio.

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    Where he should sign: Memphis.

  • Grading the 2015 NBA draft

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The 2015 NBA draft took place on Thursday, after a flurry of rumors and trades preceded the festivities. We thought we’d go in depth and look at each team’s haul for the week, grading each team in terms of context, potential, scouting, and the idea that half of these damn kids are 20 – so let’s give ‘em a little room to figure things out, OK?

    On to the grades

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    Atlanta Hawks

    Acquired: Tim Hardaway Jr. (via trade with New York), Dimitrios Agravanis at No. 59, two future second-round picks.

    Because the Hawks’ outright theft of a midrange first-round draft pick from the Nets (a swap of selection from the three-year old Joe Johnson deal) was so cunning, it feels like a bit of a disappointment that the team was only able to parlay the 15th overall pick into Hardaway Jr. and a pair of second-rounders from Washington. Atlanta chose Kelly Oubre for the Wizards in the deal, moving them down to 19th in what seemed like a head-scratcher at the time – the price of moving up four slots in the middle of the first-round is only two second-rounders?

    Grade: C

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    Boston Celtics

    Acquired: Terry Rozier at No. 16, R.J. Hunter at No. 28, Jordan Mickey at No. 33, Marcus Thornton at No. 45.

    Grade: C+

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    Grade: B

  • Report: LaMarcus Aldridge has already told the Blazers that he's out of Portland

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    It’s been a long, steady decline in the relationship between LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers – the only NBA team in nine years that he’s played for. Just under a year ago Aldridge went on record as stating that he wanted to retire as “the best Blazer ever,” while turning down the opportunity to sign a contract extension prior to his 2015 free agency. At the time, with the emerging Trail Blazers coming off of a second-round playoff run, the pass on the extension was accurately portrayed as a sound financial decision – the smart move to make more money while playing for a team Aldridge loved.

  • Luke Ridnour just joined his fourth team (and counting) in a 24-hour span

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    Luke Ridnour entered the 2015 NBA offseason having played for five teams in his 12-year NBA career. One of those teams, the Milwaukee Bucks, featured him twice. That novelty was kind of canceled out by the fact that one of the other teams, the much-missed Seattle SuperSonics, doesn’t exist anymore.

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    He’s the very definition of a “journeyman;” until this week, at least. Because we’re going to have to find a new word for the guy.

    In a span of 24 hours, the former Orlando Magic guard was dealt three times. On Wednesday, the former Minnesota Timberwolves guard was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for the rights to Jannis Timma, a 22-year old Latvian small forward. On Thursday morning, the former Charlotte Bobcats guard was sent from the Grizzlies to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Matt Barnes.

    (There’s also this bit of bad news for Thunder fans:

  • Kristaps Porzingis might think the Knicks are the best organization in the NBA

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis might turn out to have the highest upside of any player in Thursday’s NBA draft. He also, undoubtedly, has more to learn about the NBA than any other draft prospect out there – not only is he only 19, but he’s only played with a lightly-regarded Spanish club so far.

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    On top of that, he’ll quickly have to learn the tendencies of 400-odd NBA players by fall, even if his initial swipe at scouting some of the league’s best big men was quite impressive. And, at the very least, he’ll also have to learn the recent histories of 30 NBA teams.

    He is not … he is not off to a good start.

    Kris Porzingis says NYK is best organization in NBA. Also can handle spotlight in NY. Did pro day in LV, visited NY: pic.twitter.com/VUqY3InNex

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  • 2015 NBA Draft shopping list: Southeast Division

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    What should teams look for in Thursday's draft? Our shopping list details the projections and needs of all 30 squads.

    Atlanta Hawks

    2014-15 Finish: 60-22, first in the East

    1st Round Picks: No. 15

    2nd Round Picks: No. 50 and 59

    Atlanta’s Eastern Conference finals failure was swift and abrupt, an unfortunate end to a killer season that saw the team dominating the East for the meatiest parts of the 2014-15 sandwich. The Cleveland Cavaliers made Kyle Korver look like a bit player offensively in that series prior to his season-ending ankle injury, while Jeff Teague struggled to run the show as DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Al Horford all worked through injuries that severely limited their effectiveness.

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    Charlotte Hornets

    2014-15 Finish: 33-49, 11th in the East

    1st Round Picks: No. 9

    2nd Round Picks: No. 39

    Miami Heat

    2014-15 Finish: 37-45, 10th in the East

    1st Round Picks: No. 10

    2nd Round Picks: No. 40      

    Orlando Magic

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  • The Lakers could shake up the NBA draft, but the team's rebuilding has a long way to go

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    To call the Los Angeles Lakers’ decision on Thursday’s NBA draft night the most important of its post-championship rebuild would be stretching things. For one, the team’s last championship took place half a decade ago, and this isn’t exactly some quick turnaround. Secondly, the team will most assuredly have a chance at another high lottery pick after potentially yet another miserable season in 2015-16. Lastly, what the team does with its substantial cap room in 2016 will have the most impact as the franchise moves on from the Kobe Bryant era. Hit or miss, it will be far more important than adding a youngster this week.

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    The Lakers’ No. 2 overall pick, however, could change the course of the 2015 NBA draft. If the team decides to pass on selecting Duke center Jahlil Okafor with that pick, the entire board will be thrown for a loop.

    The hire before that? Rudy Tomjanovich, the last available head coach to have won an NBA championship. Very famous.

    If the Lakers are testy, they will have options. Those options will likely have to wait until after June ends to evolve, however.

  • Timberwolves GM Milt Newton knows exactly where his team is picking in the draft (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    Milt Newton is a respected basketball lifer, and the general manager of a Minnesota Timberwolves team that will work with the top overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.

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    On Tuesday night, he also did this:

    Now, anyone can say dumb stuff on television. Ralph Kiner once wished “a happy birthday to all the fathers out there” on a Father’s Day telecast for the New York Mets. I once pretended to have an opinion about a pro football team in order to fill up time in a segment. Courtney Thorne-Smith once called Carrot Top, and I quote, “adorable.” These things happen.

    It is important to be focused on a singular professional goal, and not to have ideas above your station. Even if it is literally impossibly not to be able to top the particular station – the first overall pick – that you’re working out of.

    Credit Milt Newton’s focus, in this regard. Timberwolves fans are in good hands.

    (Hat-tip to The Cauldron.)

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  • 2015 NBA Draft shopping list: Central Division

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    What should teams look for in Thursday's draft? Our shopping list details the projections and needs of all 30 squads.

    Chicago Bulls

    2014-15 Finish: 50-32, third in the East

    1st Round Picks: No. 22

    2nd Round Picks: None

    This isn’t a criticism, because save for the selection of Marquis Teague in 2012 (the jury, with a coaching change in place, is still out on Doug McDermott) the Chicago Bulls have drafted very well. With that in place, the team tends to focus its attention on players from programs that spent extensive time on CBS in March, older players from big programs that have been well-vetted on a national stage.

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    Cleveland Cavaliers

    2014-15 Finish: 53-29, second in the East

    1st Round Picks: No. 24

    2nd Round Picks: No. 53

    Detroit Pistons

    2014-15 Finish: 32-50, 12th in the East

    1st Round Picks: No. 8

    2nd Round Picks: No. 38

    Indiana Pacers

    2014-15 Finish: 38-44, ninth in the East

    1st Round Picks: No. 11

    2nd Round Picks: No. 43.

    Milwaukee Bucks

  • WNBA denies Isiah Thomas' potential New York Liberty ownership candidacy, temporarily

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 8 days ago

    The New York Liberty – or, at least, the brains (no laughing) that run the New York Liberty at MSG – have decided that maybe the idea of Isiah Thomas, Partial WNBA Team Owner, is not such a great idea.

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    Thomas, who was the key witness in a sexual harassment suit brought against MSG by former MSG marketing vice president Anucha Browne Sanders, was attempting to add the role of part-owner next to his tag as the team’s president. Thomas will continue to act as president of the squad, but his move to take partial ownership of the team, for now, has been tabled.

    From a press release:

    The WNBA released the following statement today regarding the league and New York Liberty’s agreement to suspend consideration of Isiah Thomas’ application for an ownership interest:

    A vote he, apparently, had no chance in winning.