Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thoughts: McMahon, Silver, Balls and Paul George

Just some random sports thoughts to help distract you from that annoying co-worker who keeps telling you it's Hump Day.

  • Vince McMahon and Adam Silver should have a business together. No matter what you think about wrestling or the NBA, both men have proven time and time again that they understand what the fans want. While Roger Goodell clearly is serving the NFL owners' interests at all times, Silver seems to actually worry about what the fans of his sport actually think. Vince McMahon is one of the most innovative minds of his generation, which he'd need to be to make grown men in underwear play-fighting a multi-billion dollar business. The WWE is unbelievably entertaining, and their latest foray into the sports world saw the Ball family appear on Monday Night Raw at Staples Center.
  • LaVar Ball is growing on me. He's still wrong about almost everything, but it's hard not to laugh at and be entertained by the character he's become. He's basically a WWE character living in the real world, which is why his appearance on Raw was so perfect. Lonzo is soft-spoken and by all accounts a great teammate, so LaVar is Paul Heyman to Lonzo's Brock Lesnar. His hype man, so to speak. It's important to remember all we're really watching sports for is to be entertained, and LaVar is definitely entertaining. As long as Stephen A Smith and Sean Hannity remain television fixtures, it's clear nobody cares about getting things right, so LaVar, keep doing what you're doing.
    • There's little chance George would re-sign with the Wolves, so it'd be a one year rental with a small chance of changing his mind if the team performs as well as they'd be projected, which makes it unlikely the Wolves would ever make this kind of offer.
    • The Pacers may prefer future draft picks to actual young players, but if they like Wiggins as much as some around the league it seems unlikely another team would beat this offer with George's contract situation. Wiggins is due to sign a max extension in the near future, but it'd be considerably less than George's next contract and Wiggins would likely have no reservations about signing long-term. Aldrich gets included to leave the Wolves enough cap room to target a shooter and/or a decent power forward.
    • This will not happen in a million years, so it's really a waste of time, but a Rubio-Butler-George trio would be the best trio of wing defenders in the league. Having one of the best defensive minds in the last three decades as their head coach would be unfair to the rest of the league (except those damn Warriors).
    • Giving up Wiggins for one year of George has to seem crazy to some Wolves fans, but I think barring a huge improvement this season from Wiggins paying him a maximum salary contract will be a big mistake. It's worth the risk to try to compete with Golden State, but even more so to try and show Paul George his best chance at winning is being paired with Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns long-term.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Minnesota Timberwolves Acquire Jimmy Butler

As you certainly know by now, last night the Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls agreed to a blockbuster trade that sent Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn and the #7 pick (Lauri Markannen) to Chicago for Jimmy Butler and the #16 pick (Justin Patton).

One year after the teams failed to agree to a similar draft night trade involving Butler, Tom Thibodeau was finally able to acquire his former star. And my goodness, what a deal it was for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Let's look at what the Wolves gave up.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bringing Kevin Love Back to Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly willing to trade their #7 draft pick in a package to help them acquire a more established veteran. The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to at least discuss Kevin Love trades this off-season.

So, that left me wondering, what kind of a package could the Timberwolves put together to bring their former all star back to Minnesota? Here's my suggestion: A Three-Way Trade between Cleveland, Minnesota and Chicago.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Minnesota Twins Considering All Options With Top Pick

It's MLB draft day! The final version of our 2017 MLB Mock Draft can be found here.

While the MLB draft is nowhere near as big as the other major sports drafts, it's still a big day that could help turn your favorite teams fortunes around. The fact that most players drafted today won't see a big league roster for 3+ years makes the draft less exciting than it's NFL or NBA counterpart, though.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Aaron Hicks is Good; Terry Ryan, JR Murphy Are Not

It should come as no surprise that former Minnesota Twins executive Terry Ryan had a rough few final years with the organization. Long praised for his scouting acumen, the team ignored the monumental advancements in technology, video analysis and even fairly simple advanced stats in favor of their scouts opinions. This "old-school" approach led the team to make mistake after mistake in player evaluations, which is why the team limped to the league's worst record last season and has struggled badly for years now.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 MLB Mock Draft Updated

We've updated our 2017 MLB mock draft, and it now covers the first 76 picks in the draft. Take a look here.


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