Isiah Thomas would like to tell you his thoughts on LeBron. Tell us, Isiah!

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Whichever team loses out on this summer’s free agency will be devastated. Their franchise will be in ruins, and it may take years to recover, to attain the same level of success they held before Thursday morning at 12AM.

And you know what? It will still pale in comparison to the abject destruction left in Isiah Thomas’ wake during his tenure with the New York Knicks.

So of course, the natural thing to do is allow Thomas one more chance to hurt the franchise, simply be… endorsing the franchise! Take it away, AP!

“Go to New York,” Thomas advised. “It’s the biggest stage.”

Thomas,
who led the Detroit Pistons to two NBA titles and is in the Hall of
Fame, said James’ presence in New York would be good for the game: “I
think that the interest in him in New York and in the league and
everything else would just take the NBA to a higher level.”

So just so we can be clear on this: The man that wound up acquiring Stephon Marbury, Zach Randolph (the bad kind), Eddy Curry, traded away draft picks for terrible players, handed out what can be considered the worst contracts in modern history, that guy would like to give advice on the most important free agency decision in modern history.

Thanks, Isiah.

What’s most stunning about Thomas providing perspective on this is that the Knicks only last week finally got out from the crushing weight of Thomas’ screw ups. The Knicks’ top ten pick being owned by the Jazz (by way of the Suns) was the final direct consequence of the Thomas reign. Sure, they’ve got to swap picks with Houston for the next decade and that Eddy Curry contract sits there taunting Donnie Walsh like the overweight cousin that keeps the family from getting to go to Six Flags, but for the most part, the recovery process has begun.

But Isiah’s always there to drive the dagger just a bit deeper. And why shouldn’t he? If the Knicks are going to suffer an indignity, Isiah really should be involved. He owns that legacy, after all.

Josh McRoberts opting into final year of Heat contract

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Heat power forward Josh McRoberts has missed 165 games over the last three years due to injury.

So, the 30-year-old sure isn’t turning down a guaranteed $6,021,175 salary.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

Any long shot chance of Josh McRoberts voiding his Heat contract was eliminated Tuesday when agent Mike Conley told The Miami Herald that McRoberts will exercise his opt-in and return to the Heat for $6.021 million next season.

Miami will have major cap space this summer with Chris Bosh coming off the books. At this point, McRoberts’ salary is just an impediment to even more room to add an impact player.

The Heat could again try trading McRoberts, but they’ll likely have to attach a positive asset just to dump him. They could also waive and stretch him.

But if his salary doesn’t come between Miami and a big-time free agent this summer, perhaps McRoberts returns for one last chance at helping the Heat on the floor with his passing and outside shooting.

Mike Brown thinks it’s “cute” Tyronn Lue thinks Celtics’ sets harder to defend than Warriors

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Celtics’ coach Brad Steven is already one of the best in the NBA. His out of time out plays are brilliant, and his Boston team’s flow of ball and player movement is among the best in the league.

It’s those things that were giving the Cavaliers trouble in the first half of Game 4 Tuesday, and ultimately prompted this comment from Tyronn Lue.

“We’re just focused on Boston. The stuff they’re running, it’s harder to defend than Golden State’s [offense] for me.”

Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle asked Mike Brown about that.

You can certainly make the case that the Celtics have a wider variety in their offense, and that with Isaiah Thomas out the rather balanced, anyone can score nature of the Celtics is challenging to defend for a team with inconsistent help defense like the Cavaliers.

But Boston is running these sets with Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown and Kelly Olynyk. Golden State will use ball and player movement to create space for Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Which is to say, Golden State is tougher to defend because the space they need to make you pay is much smaller. And even if you do everything right the Warriors may just score anyway.

I get what Lue was trying to say, but don’t give the Warriors more motivation.

Magic sending Raptors draft pick as compensation for hiring Jeff Weltman

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The Raptors promoted Jeff Weltman, still working under Masai Ujiri, to general manager last year.

That paid off for Toronto when the Magic hired Weltman as their new president.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Magic have their own and the Lakers’ second-round picks next year. Even the lower of those two selections could be somewhat value.

In other words, Weltman’s already-difficult job is getting even harder simply by Orlando hiring him.

LeBron James still striving to surpass Michael Jordan

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LeBron James has discussed chasing Michael Jordan’s “ghost,” motivating himself by trying surpass Jordan as the greatest player in NBA history.

Just 27 points behind Jordan for the all-time playoff scoring lead – a record he could break in Cavaliers-Celtics Game 5 tonight – LeBron is again discussing that pursuit.

LeBron, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

“It’s just a personal goal of mine,” James said Thursday before Cavs shootaround in preparation of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics. “It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs. It’s just my personal goal to keep me motivated — that’s all.”

“You guys are going to have the conversations about who is greatest of all time and things of that nature,” James said. “It doesn’t matter to me. At the end of the day, it’s so funny that the conversation is always talked about in the NBA about who is the greatest but it’s never talked about in the NFL about who is the greatest quarterback. It’s just like: [Dan] Marino, [John] Elway, [Peyton] Manning and [Tom] Brady. All great quarterbacks, you know — and it should be the same for us.

Jordan or LeBron? Save your hot takes. LeBron just burnt them all.

The greatest quarterback of all time is never debated? Claiming that is now the hottest take in the entire realm of the Jordan-LeBron debate.