Just a thought, please tell me what y'all think.....Keep in mind, Thunder actually has over 8 million in cap space. All expired contracts still holds there value on ESPN trade machine so I added Mohammed/Cook expired deals to make it work.
If Orlando thinks they are going to lose Howard, I think it's better to move him now before the season starts. Reason being, this year's draft has a plathura of big men that Orlando should want a high draft pick with the best opportunity to land one of them. ***If you're thinking why not wait until seasons end and then trade Howard for a high pick, do you think Howard would be willing to go to a team that loss enough games to recieve a high draft pick?***
Orlando Gets: Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson, Cole Aldrich
Oklahoma Gets: Howard, Nelson
Orlando--> Gets Westbrook, a young super-star to build around, who could play the 1 (when they use the amnesty rule to dump Arenas) or possibly the 2 where I think he's better fit. If he starts at the 1, this is the best way to get Reddick out there as his shooting compliments Westbrook's penetration and Westbrook, who is a great defender, can gaurd the opposing team's 2G. Orlando also gets two young big men in Perkins and Aldrich who has good potential. Nate Robinson is the 6 man and contract expires year's end. This team wouldn't win much right now in the east, but with that high draft pick they can get one of the many talented PFs (Davis, Drummond, Sullinger, etc.) to add to their front court as well as enough cap space to sign a max contract.
Thunder--> With Howard inside the middle, how can you think about doubling Durant? How can you think about doubling Howard with James Harden on the perimeter? This trio compliments each other perfectly. Also with Howard and Ibakka inside, they have the best interior defensive team in the league. Add in Nelson, you replace Westbrook with a pg who will not only defer to Durant/Howard/Harden, but you have a much better outside shooter. Also note, while Howard claims he'll like a big market, he's more about winning. I believe he will love to play alongside Durant.
***As far as Howard not wanting to go to a team who recieved a high draft pick, the Clippers do own the TWolves 1st rounder. Its possible that the Clippers can be a playoffs team while receiving a high draft pick that Orlando will like. Playing in LA, along side Blake Griffin will entice Howard, but I dont see the Clipps willing to add the players to make a deal worth it to the Magics.
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“It’s going to be an exciting season for us and [the Los Angeles Lakers],” said Caron Butler. “Basketball is definitely back and it’s something that you’re looking forward to. I was excited for the moves for us and for them because as a competitor and as a basketball player you want to play against the best, get the best shot from everybody. I look forward to this challenge and this upcoming season.”
In the past he’s been too eager to go after the block, often ending up out of defensive position or away from the rebound.
Horford said when he reviewed the game films, he saw that he was doing the right things on defense in terms of his positioning, but he estimates that his effectiveness was only about 70 percent. Even now, he said that he must continue to build his strength back up and hopes he will get back to where he was before the injury by the start of the season on Nov. 2.
"All the training staff was gone with the team," Horford said. "Obviously, they have to take care of the other guys so for me it was key for me to do my conditioning on my own. The cardio stuff and just little things like that I had to take care of like that. It was challenging, but we made it work. We figured out a way."
“There’s no sense for him to be talking trash to me,” Howard said. “He did his thing in the league. He was one of the most dominant players to ever play the game. Sit back and relax. You did yours. Your time is up. So I don’t really care. He can say whatever he wants to say.”
“I’m trying to change my game around to not focus on offense as much and be a presence on defense,” Samuels said.