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  1. Ethan ’s flow is impressive. Also nice to see that we are fully vaccinated.
  2. I’ll mention this regarding the KK compensation. If for some reason we are out of the playoff picture come the trade deadline Nino will get us a 2nd and Trocheck will get us a first.
  3. Waddell said that KK will start out playing LW. This just makes too much sense. KK - Aho - Turbo
  4. You were right, Gardiner to LTIR, he needs hip surgery. Sad to say but his career is done. Don’t see anyway he comes back from hip and back surgery in a span of three or so years. I bet he’s bought out next year.
  5. I’d honestly bury him in Chicago and let him sit until he feels like he’s 120%. Then when he’s ready allow him to come back and play with Chicago for the season and see if that helps him at all. 4-5 years ago he was a real solid player for Toronto but his back injury completely derailed his career. He needs to spend a season getting his mind right and getting his body right. Maybe toward the end of the season he can suit up for Chicago and give it one last go. We have a lot of cap space coming up next year so we can always fit him in if he is able to make a comeback or at that point buy out the last year of his contract. Ian Cole and Brendan Smith are more than likely just one year rentals and if TDA has a bad year he won’t be back and if he has a good year we won’t be able to afford him. I also don’t see anyway Nino or Leivo are back and maybe even Trocheck if he prices himself out of our market. I think the hope is that KK takes a big step forward this year and becomes the future 2C of this franchise. Just spit balling for next year but maybe something like: FREE AGENT - Aho - Turbo Svech - KK - Necas FREE AGENT - Staal - Jarvis Martinook - Drury - Fast Extras: Suzuki, Lorentz Slavin - Pesce Skjei - Bear Gardiner - FREE AGENT Extras: Keane, Sellgren Andersen Raanta
  6. It’s going to be really interesting to see where KK slots in. This could be a special season if Andersen gets back to playing the way he did a couple years ago and Raanta stays healthy. Icing on the cake would be TDA replicating his season from 2019.
  7. There is a Montreal Twitter account that called their draft pick hours before the draft that is stating that Montreal will not match the KK offer sheet and instead package the picks for Christian Dvorak from Arizona. We’ll see.
  8. This is all true but the key is that KK has accepted the QO from the Canes meaning that is his contract this year with either Carolina or Montreal. The thing is, he’ll still be an RFA once the QO contract expires next year and per the NHL CBA, his next QO has to start at the $6.1M mark. However, KK can agree to any extension that he’d like and that contract would begin in 21/22. The issue for Montreal is that KK doesn’t seem too keen to sign an extension so he’d play on his QO this year and force Montreal to qualify him again at $6.1M next year or let him walk. If Montreal did that they’d be in rough cap shape with Suzuki’s and Caulfield’s contracts coming up. In Carolina’s scenario, there’s rumors that KK would sign an extension and even cut the Canes a deal since they helped him get out of Montreal. Per this tweet, KK will agree to a contract with the Canes where the total money averages out at $4M per year if the Canadians do not match. For example, let’s say KK signs a 3x$3.3M Year One QO - $6.1M Year Two (First Year of Extension) - $3.3M Year Three (Second Year of Extension) - $3.3M Year Four (Final Year of Extension) - $3.3M In total, it’s essentially a 4x$4M ($16M total)
  9. He’s locked it at $6.1 for 21/22. However, the Canes could have an agreement in place with his reps that because we gave him a great QO that he’ll sign a bridge for one or two years or so 22/23 and 23/24 at maybe 2x$2.5M. Once the bridge is up he’s a UFA either he panned out and we keep him or he didn’t and we don’t. So essentially it’s like a 3yr/11M or a 2/8M deal with the $6.1M coming in the first year on the QO. After the bridge is up KK becomes a UFA and we can evaluate his value appropriately. I think the QO had to be as high as it is to price him out of Montreal as he doesn’t seem to be keen to play there so an extension was never really in the cards. Say Montreal does match and KK doesn’t agree to an extension before the following year, Montreal has to qualify him at or above the $6.1M mark. If they did that they’d really mess up their cap space for Suzuki and Caulfield. No sources or anything just a hunch. If KK and his agent don’t agree to a bridge (off the record) for the following seasons before you submit the QO then you don’t do it because he could turn around and play in Carolina on the $6.1M and choose not to sign an extension before the year is over meaning that we’d have to qualify him at $6.1M or higher. If it works out, it’s quite a shrewd move.
  10. He very well could. He’s played mostly center with Portland but he can also play right wing. Stick him on Staal’s wing so that he’s got a good defensive centerman to play with. KK - Aho - Turbo Svech - Trocheck - Necas Nino - Staal - Jarvis Marty - Stepan - Fast Leivo - Lorentz - Noesen
  11. Covid kicked his ass then the concussion, he had a rough go of it but should bounce back.
  12. Fabulous move. The $6M offer sheet prices KK out of Montreal unless they move someone as it takes them 10% over the cap. Sure he’s overpaid this year but we can afford it and we may already have a gentleman’s agreement with him for an extension (which can be less than the $6m offer sheet). The only risk for the Canes would be if KK plays out the season and his QO was $6M next year. I doubt Waddell does the offer sheet if there isn’t an agreement already in place. As for why Montreal wouldn’t match and do the same thing… for one they would have to move someone out, secondly KK doesn’t seem to enjoy Montreal so it’s highly unlikely he’d play there for less than his QO. If anyone can get KK’s best out of him, it’s RBA. Start him on the wing with his buddies Aho and Turbo and go from there. KK - Aho - Turbo Svech - Trocheck- Necas Nino - Staal - Fast Marty - Stepan - Lorentz Leivo - Noesen Slavin - Pesce Skjei - TDA Cole - Bear Smith Andersen Raanta Not to mention, we can afford the loss of a first and a third as they will likely be late picks and we have a ton of talent waiting in the wings… Honka, Koivunen, Morrow, Tieksola, Rees, Bokk, Suzuki, Drury, Jarvis, etc.
  13. Not sure who was responsible for creating the roster but not adding a legit point guard that can create has made this team unwatchable. D.J. Carton averaged the most assists per game in college / pro ball out of the entire roster at a whopping 3.2 assists per game. Unfortunately, he also averaged 2.9 turnovers per game.
  14. Agree 100%, I just don’t think Rhule wants that out there. He’d have much rather preferred that Grier addressed that in private rather than bring it up to the media. When you aren’t a superstar you could see your self on the unemployment line pretty quickly for saying negative things about your boss.
  15. All he had to say was “it’s something we’ll get right in practice”… He didn’t have to bring up the fact that the team didn’t prepare for the noise.
  16. Grier is out here throwing his coaches under the bus. Right or wrong, that won’t get you many opportunities.
  17. Bridges definitely deserves another contract and it’s going to be a big one. He was nearly an elite member of the 40-50-90 club last year and didn’t lose it until the last month or so of the season (FT% dropped below 90%).
  18. Considering Kup stated that we are done with the “heavy lifting”, you have to wonder if the Hornets leaked the Markkanen info to Shams. Oubre signed shortly after the leak.
  19. Real solid idea to rely on Ish Smith knowing that both Rozier and Ball missed time with injuries last year. If you’re going to give Ish 4.5M then you might as well pony up 7M for Patty Mills, at least he can get you a bucket.
  20. Payton is one of the worst three point shooting guards in the league, so there’s a reason for that. If you can’t stretch the floor in today’s NBA you have no value.
  21. You act like 12M is an absurd amount of money in the soft-cap NBA where the cap is going to rise significantly every year with new TV deals. I mean have you seen Lonzo Ball’s contract (assuming it holds up)? More or less Graham was an insurance policy for when Rozier leaves next year. If everything goes smoothly Bouknight becomes the long term starter at the two and now you have Graham who slides into Bouknight’s role (this year). However, with Graham no longer in the fold and having lost Rozier (whose money will go to Bridges) you now no longer have a bench outside of Oubre…. your thinking is too short term.
  22. I believe so, as long as it’s a sign and trade and his new contract doesn’t go into the tax apron. We’d be hardcapped for the year but he’d fit well in our offense. Melo loves those little dump offs back to the top of the three point arc. Markkanen hits them at a way higher clip than PJ.
  23. Not every player has to be an elite defender to be successful as long as they play within the system, Graham did that. And combo guards are the new stretch four, everyone wants one because they have shown to be successful, the best one in the NBA played a big role in the Bucks winning a championship (Jrue Holiday). Additionally, Graham’s minutes would obviously come with the second unit. The same minutes he got last year with Bouknight taking Monk’s minutes. If you are comfortable with Bouknight getting all of the minutes Graham had last year (especially after what you saw today) then there’s not a whole lot more to discuss. Keeping Graham simply would have allowed the Hornets to replace Rozier next year. Instead, we’ll be looking for a new backup PG and a starting/backup SG depending on how Bouknight plays this year.
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