A small-market team like Milwaukee can have a new ownership group that’s willing to spend money, and steal away another team’s head coach after he showed a modicum of success in his first season on the job.
But the Bucks can only realistically acquire star-level talent in a few very specific ways.
The team would have to draft it, acquire it via trade, or overpay for it dramatically in free agency. At the moment, it appears as though the last option on the list is the one Milwaukee feels has the best chance for success.
From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:
In addition to weighing possible trade for Lin, I’m told Bucks are pitching offer sheet to RFA Eric Bledsoe and pursuing PG Greivis Vasquez
The potential Lin trade would be one where the Bucks would hope to get a future draft pick or some other relevant asset in return for helping the Rockets clear salary cap space by taking on Lin’s contract.
As for Bledsoe and Vasquez, both are restricted free agents, which means that their current teams have the right to match any offer these players might receive.
In the case of Bledsoe, the Suns have maintained all along that they’d do exactly that, even if an offer sheet for max contract-level dollars were indeed to be signed. But that’s the real issue here — is Bledsoe (or any other marquee free agent) really willing to sign up for max money in Milwaukee?
Historically, the answer’s been a resounding no. The Bucks have a much better chance at someone like Vasquez, but they’ll have to come with a fairly outlandish offer that would be enticing enough for him to consider, while scaring away the Raptors from matching at the very same time.
The Los Angeles Clippers had a rough go of things against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Up by 18 with more than five minutes to go, LA blew their lead and were left to watch as the Kings sealed the game late.
The final possession for Sacramento came on a missed corner 3-pointer by Clippers guard Jamal Crawford. The Kings got the outlet pass out on the rebound, but Ben McLemore took it to the rack and missed. That’s when Willie Cauley-Stein stepped in, cleaned up the board, and put the game-winning shot home with less than two seconds left.
Los Angeles lost in spectacular fashion, and became the only team this season to lose given their game situation.
Here’s a compilation the NBA put together of Sacramento’s epic comeback:
Meanwhile, Chris Paul called it the worst regular season loss of his career.
The Clippers peaked too soon. Like, the first 20 games of the season too soon.
Russell Westbrook had yet another triple-double on Sunday. The Oklahoma City Thunder star notched 13 assists in the loss to the Houston Rockets, 137-125, and one of them came on a nifty pass to teammate Victor Oladipo.
The play happened with the Thunder on the fastbreak early in the third quarter. Westbrook was moving from left-to-right across the middle of the floor with the ball while Oladipo streaked down the right wing.
With the Rockets defense collapsing, Westbrook reached halfcourt and fired a bounce pass that sliced through the opposition.
Oladipo finished with the clean dunk.
Still not sure it beats this one, but I think we’ll have to compare once the season comes to a close.
The race between James Harden and Russell Westbrook for the 2017 NBA MVP has narrowed to a two-man race toward the end of the season. The Oklahoma City Thunder star is averaging at triple-double this year, and the Houston Rockets guard is doing things nobody has ever done on a basketball court before.
It’s a tough decision to decide between them, so much so that even former Los Angeles Lakers great and 2008 NBA MVP Kobe Bryant can’t do it.
Speaking on ESPN on Sunday, Bryant said he thought the league might have to just bite the bullet on Westbrook vs. Harden.
“We might see our first co-MVPs this year,” said Bryant.
That would be a huge step for the league, but I’m not entirely sure they would do it. There have been co-NBA All-Star Game MVPs in years past, but never league MVP.
Still, can you decide between Russ and Harden? The Mamba can’t.
Houston Rockets center Nene is from Brazil, but on Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder the South American native went full euro.
On a fastbreak possession, Nene took on Thunder big man Enes Kanter near the rim and absolutely shook him with a nasty eurostep.
The play was so good that it forced Oklahoma City to call a timeout as James Harden and the rest of the Rockets bench met Nene on the court to celebrate.