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DEFCON is an alert state used by the United States Armed Forces. DEFCON 5 – All good. DEFCON 4 – Maybe I should put the donut down. DEFCON 3 – Oh shit, things getting serious up in here. DEFCON 2 – WTF?! DEFCON 1 – Annhilation is imminent. Entering the 2017-18 season, the Cavaliers were at DEFCON 5. They were coming off a trip to the NBA Finals. LeBron James was still on the team so a trip back seemed like a good possibility. Then, Kyrie Irving was traded to the Celtics in August. DEFCON 4. A move that made donut stuffers think about calories and carbs, but nothing to bring a person to actually throw one into the trash. Through the first seven games to open the season, the Cavs went 3-4. LeBron was putting up 24/7/8/1/1 and shooting 58% from the field in 37 minutes per game. Ru roh. DEFCON 3. Shit was getting serious. Like William Wallace, LeBron stepped up and led his troops into battle. He upped his minutes per to 40 and averaged a ridonkulous 39 points, seven boards, 10 dimes, one and a half blocks, and two steals in the first three games of November. Record? 1-2. WTF?! The Cavs were on the verge of DEFCON 1, but then….Kevin Love found a way. 32 points, 16 boards, three dimes, two steals, and one block in 35 minutes. He shot 9-of-14 from the field and 14-of-16 from the charity stripe. With how terrible the Cavs defense is, Love is going to be needed to step up and help carry the load with LeBron. Can he hold up, though? He missed 22 games due to injury last season. As we all know, Love often leads to heartache.

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Here’s what else I saw last night:

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 40 points, grabbed nine boards, dished out three dimes, and blocked four. 16-of-21 from the field and 8-of-11 from the charity stripe. He did turn the ball over eight times, though. Talk to the hand. I think G has transcended to Prince-symbol status. Primitive letters cannot convey the sheer awesomeness.

Nikola Jokic scored 41 points, grabbed 12 boards, dished out five dimes, pilfered two, and blocked two. He shot 4-of-9 from downtown. The Joker has serious game. So does the Stocktonator, which didn’t mess around projecting Jokic to have a big game last night. It also loves his matchup against OKC on Thursday.

Anthony Davis scored 37 points, grabbed 14 boards, dished out four dimes, pilfered one, and blocked two. DeMarcus Cousins scored 32 points, grabbed 13 boards, dished out six dimes, and blocked two. 4-of-10 from downtown! Ha! Davis went 4-of-5 from downtown. Ha! Ha! The Twin Towers down in New Orleans are a spectacle to see. They literally could be the tallest things in the city. Joke, my citizens of New Orleans. No need to get defensive. Speaking of defense in New Orleans……<sound of crickets>.

With Joel Embiid sitting, Richaun Holmes got the start for Philly. Six points, five boards, two dimes, and one block in 15 minutes. No bueno. Early foul trouble prohibited him from making an impact. Do I think he’s still fantasy relevant?

Dario Saric scored 25 points, grabbed 10 boards, and dished out a dime in 36 minutes of run. Saric was the main beneficiary of Holmes’ foul trouble. Is it a coincidence that Saric is nicknamed The Homie?

Ben Simmons scored 16 points, grabbed 13 boards, dished out six dimes, pilfered three, and blocked three. He did only shoot 7-of-22 from the field and turned the ball over six times. With that said, I get excited thinking about Ben as much as women do when seeing the tongue of Gene Simmons.

T.J. McConnell scored seven points, grabbed four boards, and dished out eight dimes in 30 minutes. With Markelle Fultz and Jerryd Bayless out, McConnell will see minutes in the high-20s to low-30s with a slight chance of rain from the mid-range.

Rudy Gobert scored 16 points, grabbed 15 boards, dished out a dime, blocked three, and pilfered two. Yeah yeah. Tell me something I didn’t know. 8-of-12 from the charity stripe.

He’s shooting 72% from the line on the season. Rudy! Rudy! Did all these big men suddenly watch Dave Hopla videos all summer?

Donovan Mitchell scored eight points, grabbed three boards, dished out one dime, pilfered one, and blocked one. The shooting was ugly: 3-of-21 from the field and 2-of-11 from downtown. With that said, he played 31 minutes. He’s played over 30 minutes in three of the past four games.

Derrick Favors only played 20 minutes. That was the fewest in any game this season. No foul trouble. No injury. Not doing fantasy owners any Favors. Ba da dum. I’m here all night. If his minutes stay down here in the low-20s, do yourself a Favors.

OKC just lost to the Kings, 94-86, to drop them to 4-6 on the season. I guess this whole mish mash Black Holes isn’t working. Full disclosure: I did think it would work. It’s still early and there’s always an adjustment period early on, but things are not looking so swell right now.

The question is: Will Russell Westbrook revert back to the Hulk and start smashing again? Because if he does, Thunder fans may as well start sharpening those seppuku knives.

Jerami Grant is a player to keep an eye on. He’s played at least 23 minutes in each of the last seven games. During that stretch, 9.2 points, 4.3 boards, 1.2 dimes, 1.3 steals, and 1.2 blocks. 45% from the field and 81% from the line.

Steven Adams pilfered five! He is truly having a career year. Highs in points, steals, blocks, assists, rebounds, free throw percentage, field goal percentage, and minutes played. That’d be cool if the season ended after 10 games.

Zach Randolph scored 18 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out three dimes, and pilfered two in 26 minutes. To those of you in the offseason that were bullish on Zach, salud. I did not believe. I believe now, but what I don’t believe is how the Kings front office believes. It’s unbelievable. Why are they not letting the young kids play and grow together? Let’s go to the audio that I acquired from my robot fly that I planted in Vivek’s office. DAVE JOERGER: Vivek, why did you stick me with all these old guys? VIVEK: Who you calling old? Listen up here, young whippersnapper. You know how internet sites make money from the number of clicks and views it gets? Well, the advertisers said enough was enough. 30 win seasons weren’t cutting it. Our quota is now 40 wins. Got it? DJ: Ok, Vivek. You’re the boss. So, we’re just clickbait now?

Buddy Hield scored 21 points, grabbed seven boards, dished out a dime, and pilfered two in 28 minutes. Some more audio from my robot fly. VIVEK: And Dave? Why are you not playing my Buddy? DJ: Yes boss.

De’Aaron Fox scored 10 points, grabbed two boards, dished out eight dimes, and blocked one in 24 minutes. George Hill played 24 minutes and scored one point, grabbed five boards, and dished out three dimes. I’m as perplexed as you are. They won, though. But they have a 2-8 record, yet feel compelled to play veterans.

Justin Jackson gets 30 minutes of run but Willie Cauley-Stein plays 21 minutes. Jackson had received 20 minutes just once this season, so of course he plays 30. Me thinks it’s a blip on the radar but that’s what Sadaam thought too. If he starts getting heavy minutes, then you have to consider picking him up. As for WCS, did Vivek try to get on Win Ben Stein’s Money back in the day and get rejected? Now, he’s taking it out on Cauley-Stein because seeing or hearing the name Stein triggers bad memories?

Dillon Brooks scored seven points, grabbed eight boards, dished out a dime, pilfered three, and blocked two. 38 minutes!

Tyreke Evans scored 21 points, grabbed two boards, dished out five dimes, blocked one, and pilfered three. 32 minutes! That makes five in row with 30 or more minutes. I believe Tyreke has graduated. I will no longer write about him unless he does something amazing or terrible. Congratulations Tyreke! I know it’s a big night for you.

Jusuf Nurkic scored six points, grabbed five boards, and pilfered one in 20 minutes. Nurk puts up a stinker once in a while, so there’s no cause for concern. Plus, Marc Gasol is a really good defender. Stocktonator loves his matchup against the Nets on Friday.

C. J. McCollum scored 36 points, grabbed two boards, dished out a dime, and pilfered three. CJ went 14-of-26 from the field. I have to give Urkel love when he balls out, but it makes me sad because that usually means I can’t post any Dame Dolla.

Caleb Swanigan was a DNP – Coach’s decision.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson did not play due to a right hip injury. Kenny Atkinson played 12 guys and they all received at least 15 minutes of run. My six-year old son is playing hoops and every five minutes, a timeout is called so that mass substitutions can take place. That’s gotta be what’s going on here.

Tyler Zeller played a game-high 28 minutes and scored 21 minutes, grabbed five boards, blocked one, and pilfered one. Anyone that played Zeller in DFS is a time traveller. Ok, maybe not, as Jarrett Allen was out and Timofey Mozgov still gets run. Naw, time traveller.

Jamal Murray scored four points, grabbed two boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered two in 25 minutes. Emmanuel Mudiay wasn’t much better, scoring two points, grabbing three boards, and dishing out two dimes in 22 minutes. I’m still a Murray believer, but it’s going to require a monk-like discipline to hold steady.

Gary Harris scored nine points, grabbed four boards, dished out five dimes, and pilfered six!!! He’s been underwhelming in the scoring department, as he hasn’t scored 20 points in a game this year. With that said, he’s a top 50 fantasy player. The scoring is going to come. Just a matter of time. I could be a time traveller too you know.

Will Barton scored 17 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out four dimes, pilfered one, and blocked two in 31 minutes. What a glorious day, as we have two players graduating tonight. Barton will now join Tyreke in….I guess I’ll call it the Player’s Lounge. Congrats!

Blake Griffin with another game without a block. The trolls on Twitter must love him.

Wesley Johnson got the start for Danilo Gallinari and scored 12 points, grabbed six boards, dished out two dimes, pilfered one, and blocked one in 33 minutes. The DFS special of the night.

Austin Rivers scored 24 points, grabbed two boards, dished out three dimes, and pilfered two. He played 36 minutes and led the Clips with 17 shot attempts. I wonder how many games the Clippers have won when Rivers has led the team in shot attempts. I’m pretty sure Greg Popovich knows.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, grabbed six boards, dished out two dimes, pilfered one, and blocked two. Blake. Seriously? DJ. Really? Ok, that ain’t right. Gotta give props to LMA, as he’s been balling out all year. The more Kawhi misses time, the more I think that Pop knew all along that Kawhi’s injury was worse than he let on. That’s why he spent all offseason formulating a plan to massage LMA’s ego and get him ready for the season. What a freaking Jedi master.

Bobby Portis played 24 minutes and scored 21 points, grabbed 13 boards, and dished out four dimes. He even went 3-of-5 from downtown. Here’s audio caught from the broadcast. BOBBY: Yo, you better not put your hand up or Imma do you like I did Mirotic. Reminds me of the Last Boy Scout when the dude scored a touchdown.

Kris Dunn scored 10 points, grabbed six boards, dished out four dimes, and pilfered two in 26 minutes. He shot 3-of-6 from the field and 1-of-2 from downtown. Jerian Grant scored seven points, grabbed two boards, dished out five dimes, and pilfered three in 22 minutes. He shot 1-of-7 from the field. I’m not a big Dunn guy, but he’s probably going to get the bulk of the work sooner rather than later.

With David Nwaba out, Denzel Valentine played 27 minutes and scored 14 points, dished out four dimes, pilfered two, and blocked one. He’s no Billy Ray, but Denzel could do a little something something.

Serge Ibaka did not dish out a dime again. He has a total of three on the season. Blake has a total of three blocks on the season. This is going to be a captivating battle that will consume my attention all year long. Who do you think ends up with more? Ibaka should be the odds on favorite, but…..

Malik Monk scored 21 points, grabbed two boards, and dished out three dimes in 27 minutes. He went 8-of-17 from the field and 5-of-13 from downtown. Any of y’all remember this classic?

I always think of this when I watch Monk play.

Frank Ntilikina scored three points, grabbed three boards, and dished out eight dimes in 26 minutes. It’s happening people!

Doug McDermott played 27 minutes and Lance Thomas 25 minutes. Dougie scored 20 points while Lance dropped 10. The Knicks scored 118 points and are now 6-4 on the season. What a world!

Salah Mejri played 25 minutes and scored 10 points, grabbed 12 boards, and blocked five. Nerlens Noel? Six minutes. I’m not sure this is the NWO, but I’d drop Noel for him.

Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, grabbed nine boards, dished out a dime, pilfered one, and blocked one in 39 minutes. I still can’t believe he went all Chuck Knoblauch in that playoff series two years ago.

Dennis Smith Jr. scored 22 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out eight dimes, and pilfered one in 32 minutes. My love for DSJ knows no bounds.

The Wizards lost by 14 at home to the Mavericks. No blurbs for you!

Jameer Nelson scored 10 points, grabbed two boards, dished out three dimes, pilfered three, and blocked one in 29 minutes. He’s played 29, 35, and 28 minutes the past three games. He’s a sneaky source of production.

Myles Turner scored 21 points, grabbed 12 boards, and blocked three in 35 minutes. I love it when Myles makes beautiful music.

Lance Stephenson scored 14 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out two dimes, and pilfered one in 28 minutes. This is not a Tyreke situation, as Lance has received more than 20 minutes only twice in the past nine games.

John Henson got the start due to the Greg Monroe trade, but he was in early foul trouble and ended the night with seven points, three boards, one dime, and one block. There will be better days ahead, as he should continue to get the starts at center. Thon Maker is not a factor.

Mirza Teletovic scored 16 points and grabbed two boards in 17 minutes. He got some extra playing time due to Henson getting into foul trouble, but Teletovic is nothing more than a three-point chucker.

J. R. Smith scored 20 points, grabbed one board, and pilfered one in 37 minutes. He gets minutes, but is usually unproductive. Grab him if your league counts tatoos.

  1. Dante Green says:
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    KILL. ME. NOW.

    Lol. Three things!

    1) I just learned that Kawhi will be sidelined until November of next year (you know I’m exaggerating bcos I’m just so pissed right now). We did our draft back in Oct 1 and during this time his injury was still not deemed to serious. Had the 10th overall pick, and with the clock ticking, my gut told me to take Jokic but I was thinking that at this moment Kawhi is a steal. But F the Spurs, staying mum for the longest time. Now that pick is looking stupid as f.

    2) Rubio and Mitchell shot for a combined 7/37. You have got to be kidding be right now. Single handedly destroyed my FG. Ain’t no way that cat could still be fixed. Smh

    3) And lastly…… I know Butler is still gonna suck and I still have him…

    The fantasy gods just hate me, Son. I know they do.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dante Green: Those virgins you sacrificed were obviously not virgins. You dirty dog you, Dante

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Son:

        LMAO I’ll just laugh this one off! Haha By the way I’m making a grab on Frankie N! Hope I land him.

  2. Miel says:
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    Hi son, which aide would you choose?
    Whiteside, bradley or butler, capela

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Whiteside/Bradley

      • Miel says:
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        @Son: thanks son. How about straight swap between whiteside and gobert.. gobert’s owner is asking for a swap since he feel that utah’s pace is really slow this season.. u think i should take it? Or should i benefit more from whiteside?

  3. jmappraiz says:
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    getting killed in steals. any young players with PT on the horizon that would be worth holding onto for steals?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ntilikina

  4. Michael Appiah says:
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    Should I make an offer and trade my Durant for Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving. Or offer my Jimmy Butler for his Leonard. Trying to see if the owner is concerned about Kawhi.

    This is my team and I’m near the bottom in points and FTM – (10 cat roto, FTM)

    PG: Teague, Darren Collison, Pat Beverley
    SG: Gary Harris, Zach Lavine (IR), Josh Richardson
    SF: Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Danilo Gallinari
    PF: Aaron Gordon, Bobby Portis, Sabonis
    C: Myles Turner, Al Horford, Alex Len

    Thoughts?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Well, I’ve been skeptical about Kawhi since the preseason so….

  5. WNWDOTCOM says:
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    Hey Son! Great write-up as usual, you’ve done a nice job with the content here – I still read and visit every day. Anyways, I drafted some under-performers but made some risky trades to try and right the ship. Here’s where I stand today with my roster in a 12-team H2H 8-cat league:

    PG Rubio
    SG Devin Booker
    SF Draymond Green
    PF The Process
    C Rudy
    G Goran Dragic
    F Markieff Morris
    UTIL Avery Bradley
    UTIL Dennis Smith, Jr.
    UTIL Taurean Prince
    BENCH Richaun Holmes
    BENCH Bobby Portis (this was a stream spot but after last night, had to add)
    BENCH Kris Dunn (kind of a stash and will drop for streamer if needed)
    IR Greg Monroe

    I feel like this roster has some depth but lacks a big name to win a fantasy championship. Some surprising names have made it to waivers (such as Rodney Hood, J-Rich, Dario Saric, Willie Cauley-Stein) as well.

    Is there anything you (or anyone else) can see as a blatant weakness or a move I can make to make this team better? Thought about offering Rubio/Bradley for an injured CP3. What are your thoughts there?

    Thanks for all the great content and for the help!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Much appreciated! The squad looks good. I’d pick up JRich. As for Rubio/Bradley for CP3, I wouldn’t do that trade

  6. Eric Yusko says:
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    Drop Richaun Holmes for Henson?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sure

  7. Lasandro says:
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    Nice write up.

    Owner of Murray and Dinwiddie in my 10 man, 14 cat roto and need some better production: Dunn, Ntlikina, Nelson, Levert, Waiters – please rank.

    Also, is Henson a must own or needs based? Portis has me intrigued for the next couple of weeks.

    Cheers!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Waiters, Ntilikina, Nelson, LeVert.

      Henson should be owned to at least see how it plays out

  8. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Ok, so my team is off to a super slow start. Do I remain patient or do I try to swing some deals? 12 team, 7 cat, no percentages.

    PG – Lillard, Schroder, DSJ, Ntilikina
    SG – Harris, Bradley, Richardson
    SF – Hollis Jefferson, Farouq Aminu
    PF/C – Gobert, Drummond, Turner, Randle, Collins (hawks)

    Streaming Mike James tonight because I need dimes in my matchup.

    Thanks for any advice!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Patience grasshopper. It’s only been 10 games. I’d at least wait till the 20 game mark. With that said, it’s always good to scout the landscape.

  9. Visitor says:
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    Sup, Son!

    Would you drop Mitchell for these guys?

    Dunn, Ulis, McConnell, Rozier.

    if. who’d you take? thanks.

  10. miles proudfoot says:
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    Who would you grab between Saric and Henson? I’m not really about blocks based on my draft so leaning heavily towards The Homie. My only issue is PT which I think Henson may now have…

  11. dre says:
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    hi son,

    was offered KD and waiters for my horford and teague. thinking of accepting, thoughts?

    thanks,

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @dre: No doubt

  12. Mr. Blast says:
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    Ayo! Wtup Son son.

    Would you drop Justin Holiday for Saric ?

    Saric helped me win a championship last year so I have a soft spot.

    I don’t even feel like he should be on my wire considering its 12 team H2H with 15 man rosters.

    Pretty deep.

    Every time I almost drop Holiday, he produces and the minutes are pretty high!

    My squad –

    Wall / DSJ / J. Murray

    Gary Harris / Hardaway / Crabbe / Holiday

    Tobias Harris / T. Prince / Batum

    Cousins / Love / Blake / Len / Dedmon

    Also, would you trade Tobias for either Gortat or Kanter ?

    13 cats – 3 are rebounds (def/off/total) Bigs are like gold in this league..

    Thanks bud !

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Mr. Blast: Ayo! Weren’t you obligated to draft the Homie out of principle? Ha! I’d hold onto Holiday.

      I’d go for Kanter but I’d be scurried, which means it’s the right thing to do

      • Son

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        @Son: scurred

  13. waffles says:
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    good stuff Son

    who do i stream tomorrow, everything is close in 9 cat

    Saric (@SAC), Wilson Chandler (OKC), Jamal Murray (OKC), Normal Powell (NOR) Mbah a Moute (CLE), McConnell (@SAC)

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: Always continent upon injuries and such, but I lean towards McConnell right now

  14. sebapargue says:
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    drop frank K. , favors or justin holiday for rodney hood??? stay put???

    thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Favors

  15. Andrew says:
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    What do you think of this offer?

    Draymond and Whiteside for KAT?

    I have KAT btw and I’m low in AST & A/TO department.

  16. Joe says:
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    Giannis owner says he’ll trade him for a first round pick next year plus a cheap keeper. In our league you can keep players up to three years, at a “one-round-higher-each-year” price. So next year, any of the players with an asterisk, would be worth an 11th round pick, 10th the next one so forth.

    I’m thinking of starting my initial offer with J.Brown plus a 1st round pick for Giannis for a 2nd round. How low a pick swap should I be willing to take for my 1st round pick, assuming he wants to keep his 2nd round pick?

    9-cat h2h league, and team is: Lillard, Teague, J-Rich*, Beal, J.Brown*, Prince, A.Gordon, RHJ*, Zingis, Gobert, Vala*

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sounds good. I wouldn’t overrate picks, especially a second rounder. Just to be clear, Giannis cannot be kept for next year right?

      • Joe says:
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        @Son: Correct, he cannot.

        I gather you’re ok with my opening offer. I think I’m fine even trading J.Brown plus a 1st round pick for Giannis and a 3rd rounder.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Absolutely

  17. Miel says:
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    Looks like markkanen is gonna lose some minutes and usage with the return of portis and awaiting return of mirotic.. do u think the markksman will still be significant or should i replace him now?
    Now available on FAs are Henson, ariza, collin, mitchell,richardson

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I think he will be fine. He is their future, but front offices and coaches make questionable decisions all the time. I like all those FAs!!! Ha!

  18. Dante Green says:
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    Son, I got Ntilikina for $4. I’m watching his game right now against the Magic and was able to see also their game against the hornets. He won’t wow you with his scoring but the kid knows how to find his teammates. Makes good passes, yea.

    He won’t be an offensive threat this season but his coach is giving him quality minutes. I think you’re right in saying it’s just a matter of time before Frankie N steals the starting job from Jack and starts averaging 26-28 mins a ball game. Hah I think his potential line if he could consistently play close to 30 mins of court time is: 7/4/8/1.6/0.2, .400FG. Dimes and swipes should be nice.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Dante Green: https://youtu.be/LBduNcf1eQc.

      I’m with you. Good facilitator. Made some Js. The D stats will be there too. My one concern is his ability to beat guys off the dribble. I saw him struggle a bit when guys got up on him. With that said, he’s young and raw. Lot of potential

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Son:

        Lmao!

        Yea, but there’s a long season ahead of him to develop. We wouldn’t mind a 22-24min back up role until Feb. Hah. And I’m in a 18-teamer 10-player league so I like him as the last guy on my roster! Hah

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Dante Green: For sure. There’s no doubt in my mind he starts sooner than later

  19. Ricky says:
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    hi son,

    need advice i got offerd tatum for my dmitch or ariza should i take it ??

    thanks for advice son

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ricky: I’d take him for Ariza

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