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  1. mcpickl

    Patriots' Priorities for the 2023 Season

    The one positive over two years ago is the Patriots do have some of their own guys they can spend on. Besides Jakobi and Jonathan Jones, I hope they get out ahead with the 2020 draft class and extend Dugger/Uche/Onwenu.
  2. mcpickl

    Cavalry Candidates

    I feel like he's extremely likely to be out of there, because I think they'll be aiming for someone younger with higher upside. My thinking is Poeltl gets dealt in a trade involving someone like Wiseman or Ayton(provided he agrees to trade) coming back. Poeltl is a solid player that can help...
  3. mcpickl

    Patriots' Priorities for the 2023 Season

    I'd also check in on Jerry Jeudy to see if Denver might be willing to move him.
  4. mcpickl

    Patriots' Priorities for the 2023 Season

    He also doesn't seem to understand if you sign a guy to a deal that averages 12.5M, the cap hit in year one isn't 12.5M. Not great for their Patriots beat guy.
  5. mcpickl

    Cavalry Candidates

    I can't imagine the Celtics would be able to afford Poeltl after the season, and can't imagine any reason Poeltl would want to stay. He'd be a backup center here. He's good enough to be a starter. He's going to be looking for starter money and role. And even though the Celtics first round...
  6. mcpickl

    Cavalry Candidates

    But, of your 7 bullet points on why Brad might want to add Poeltl, most would also apply to why Brad would want to add anybody. The only points I see that would apply directly to Poeltl(or another center) over just adding another player at wing is Time Lord insurance, agreed, and It lets every...
  7. mcpickl

    Cavalry Candidates

    This is the exact thing they need, and even need is probably overstating it. Just could use a guy that can give you 5ish minutes a half if Hauser isn't up to it. Just have to give Tatum/Brown a tiny bit of rest so they don't have play a full half. Some nights they'll be able to get away with...
  8. mcpickl

    Cavalry Candidates

    Horford playing all of his minutes at the 4(which I'd never do) is still minutes as a big. How would it even work? Al and Grant split all the minutes at the 4 and Rob and Poeltl split all the minutes at the 5 with no small lineups? They'd all be playing less than expected minutes, even if they...
  9. mcpickl

    Cavalry Candidates

    This is what I think as well. I don't get the Poeltl fit for Boston. He's just injury insurance for the Celtics. Would be bizarre if the Spurs couldn't get a better offer from a team that has a much greater need.
  10. mcpickl

    In-season NBA news thread

    There is no minimum games requirement for all-NBA. Lebron made it with 45 games played out of the Lakers 72 in 2020-21. I'd imagine some voters have a cutoff they use in their vote. I'd guess if you only get to 50ish games you can still get voted in, but have to be a heck of a lot better than a...
  11. mcpickl

    Maine Celtics 22-23

    I didn't suggest players in the G League as NBA minor leaguers would make 40K. I'd pay them around what they'd get paid to go overseas, but get to play in the G League instead. Say 10 more players at 150K per year would cost each team a million more in salaries than they're paying now. Then...
  12. mcpickl

    Maine Celtics 22-23

    I disagree with the league on all of this though. I think if a G Leaguer was property of a team, the team would work much harder to develop them. Also, if they were treated like Worcester Red Sox and Providence Bruins, some of them would get a cup of coffee every season when players are...
  13. mcpickl

    Maine Celtics 22-23

    I don't think they'd have to do anything. I don't think anyone is leaving Duke or UCLA early to be on the Maine Celtics. Any player on your G League team would still have to be a player that went through the NBA Draft. I'm just talking about having rights on guys like Luka Samanic and...
  14. mcpickl

    my guess for the week 18 sch

    That's less brutal, yes. And they wouldn't play shorthanded since every player on the roster isn't active every game.
  15. mcpickl

    my guess for the week 18 sch

    That's pretty brutal for Buffalo. They had the #1 seed and a bye in their hands, and they lose any shot at it because one of their players almost died on the field? That's a no go. As is playing a conference championship game at a neutral site.
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    my guess for the week 18 sch

    This is tricky too because at least one of Cin/Buf, and possibly both, would then play a first round game against a lower seeded opponent who just got a bye week. If the teams are ready to play this week, I think I'd have Cin/Buf play this weekend, and maybe let the games between already...
  17. mcpickl

    2022-2023 General Celtics thread

    They're for sure going to do this. Last season only 8 guys got more than cameo minutes each night in the playoffs, and some nights it was only 7. Hauser will just get spot minutes, or mop up minutes, at most as long as the team is healthy. If you figure Tatum and Brown playing 40 minutes a...
  18. mcpickl

    2022-2023 General Celtics thread

    You slipped back to pre-pandemic times. As you said earlier, Holiday is on the Hawks. They're probably keeping him as depth since they're hoping to be a solid playoff team and De'Andre Hunter hasn't been the healthiest guy.
  19. mcpickl

    2022-2023 General Celtics thread

    Are you talking about Aaron Holiday, not Justin? Justin hasn't been affected by those three guys, he's losing his role to AJ Griffin. Justin is the exact type of guy I'd be looking to add as a deep bench guy, but wouldn't trade an asset for him. I'd be waiting for a similar guy on a trash...
  20. mcpickl

    The I Love Marcus Smart Thread

    FWIW, Mannix immediately backtracked on this. View: https://twitter.com/SIChrisMannix/status/1580748389443989504