Report: Bucks trade Gadzuric, Bell for Warriors' Maggette

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Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that the Bucks and Warriors have agreed to a trade that will send Corey Maggette to the Bucks in exchange for Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Bell
This trade makes sense for both teams, albeit in different ways. For the Warriors, this was a cost-cutting move; Maggette is owed $11 Million in the 2012/13 season, and the Warriors have not had enough success to justify paying a player of Maggette’s caliber an eight-digit salary for three more seasons. 
Another reason this deal makes sense for the Warriors is that Brandon Wright and Anthony Randolph will both (hopefully) be coming back healthy next season. Both of them are power forwards, on their rookie contracts, and have shown tremendous promise when healthy. Maggette played most of his minutes at the 4 spot last season; paying him such a big salary to potentially block Randolph and Wright’s development makes little sense for the Warriors. Undrafted rookie Reggie Williams also came on strong for the Warriors at the end of last season, and Williams is only owed $762,195 next season. 
For the Bucks, this move effectively replaces John Salmons, who will be a free agent this summer. Maggette is far from a complete player, but he is a wing player who knows how to put the ball in the basket. Maggette was a bright spot for the Warriors last season, averaging 19.8 points per game and posting the highest PER of his career. 
Historically, Maggette has been a much more efficient scorer than Salmons; Maggette’s True Shooting was 61.5% last year, and his career TS% is 57.7%; Salmons’ TS% last season was 55.3%, and his career TS% is 54.8%. 
How Maggette will fit into Milwaukee’s offense is a question mark at this point. Maggette excels at getting the ball in isolation and driving to the basket, and few players in the NBA are better than Maggette at drawing contact. If Skiles uses Maggette to get opposing teams in the bonus early in quarters, he could make Andrew Bogut’s life significantly easier on the low block. 
Maggette’s downside is that he doesn’t play particularly well with others; he’s not nearly the outside shooter that Salmons was, and he doesn’t do much without the ball in his hands. If Maggette isn’t directly involved in the offense, it’s very possible that Jennings and Bogut might have less spacing when they run the pick-and-roll. 
Maggette’s salary and the holes in his game make this a risky trade for the Bucks. But with Salmons likely gone, Maggette coming off a great year, and the Bucks on the cusp of contention, it was probably a risk worth taking. 

Add Kobe Bryant to don’t change hack-a-player crowd

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant gestures after hitting a three point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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LeBron James is already there. So is Kevin Durant. Same with a lot of other old-school GMs and coaches around the league.

Their response to the rapid rise in hack-a-player (shouldn’t it always be hack-a-Shaq?) instances is “tell the guy to hit the free throws.”

Add Kobe Bryant to their ranks, reports Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is starting to feel differently. He realizes he runs an entertainment business and a parade of guys to the free throw line without because of a non-basketball play — you can’t begin to tell me fouling a guy 50 feet from the ball is a basketball play in the spirit of the rules — is bad for that business. It is unwatchable. And while every coach in the NBA “I hate to do it” they all do it with more and more frequency, there will be more than twice as many instances this season as there were a year ago, with more and more players involved. Because it works, and because they are paid to win, not play beautiful basketball.

Change is coming. Old-school types always bemoan change, and that’s not just a basketball thing. But the rest of the world has rules in place to stop this because they realize it’s not basketball, it’s gaming the system. And it needs to change.

Timofey Mozgov with maybe “best” missed dunk of the season (VIDEO)

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On this play the Sacramento Kings played defense like only they can — and you wonder why George Karl’s job is in danger — and gave Cleveland’s Timofey Mozgov a wide-open lane right down the middle for an easy dunk.

Ooof.

LeBron James had a triple-double (the 40th of his career) and the Cavaliers got a needed easy win, but this is the play you’ll remember.

Karl-Anthony Towns with nasty poster dunk on Dante Cunningham (VIDEO)

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Karl-Anthony Towns is a beast.

While the Timberwolves have plenty of question marks around him, but Towns has been exceptional. Coming into Monday night, he was averaging 21.6 points (on 59.9 percent shooting) and 12.7 rebounds a night in his last 10 games.

Then Monday he did that to Dante Cunningham.

The Pelicans went on to win the game 116-102, but Towns continues to play well.

Report: Come 2017, Knicks have real shot to land Russell Westbrook

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The summer of 2016 is all about Kevin Durant — and we don’t know what Durant is going to do as a free agent because Durant doesn’t yet know what Durant is going to do as a free agent. Stay in Oklahoma City, bolt to the Bay Area or maybe Washington D.C.? These playoffs, meetings with teams and his advisors, plus personal factors all will play a role in Durant’s decision. Which he will get around to announcing in early July sometime.

But the sense around the league is that while Durant may very well stay in Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook was drawn to the bright lights of big markets. If an elite player were to bolt OKC, this was the more likely guy. Westbrook is a free agent in 2017.

In an article about Phil Jackson and the Knicks in the wake of Derek Fisher’s firing, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports said the Knicks have a real shot at Westbrook in a couple of summers.

The Knicks have a real chance to sell Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook in 2017 – New York and Porzingis have his attention, yes – and Jackson ought to start constructing an elite coaching staff to begin that process with Westbrook and with free agents beyond him.

Come 2017, expect Westbrook to meet with a number of big market teams on both coasts, and then make a decision. The summer of 2017 is a couple of NBA lifetimes away, it’s impossible to say what Westbrook will do (he may well decide to stay in OKC if they win enough), but the big market teams looking for a star will get their turn in the batter’s box.

Which is why I still think Durant signs a 1+1 deal this summer to stay in Oklahoma City for another season — he’s going to give everything another chance to come together for the Thunder, then when the salary cap is at its peak in 2017 (an estimated $108 million) he makes his peak seasons decision. He and Westbrook and Serge Ibaka will all be free agents at the same time, and they can make their calls.

And the Knicks could be involved in all of it.