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PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 07:  Rudy Gay #8 of the Sacramento Kings attempts a shot over Goran Dragic #1 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half of the NBA game at US Airways Center on November 7, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Report: Heat and Kings have discussed trading Goran Dragic for Rudy Gay and Darren Collison


The Kings care so much about winning whatever modest amount they can in their first season in their new arena, owner Vivek Ranadivé reportedly refuses to trade Rudy Gay, even though Gay told the team he’ll opt out and leave next summer.

This might be the type of deal that change’s Sacramento’s mind.

What if the Kings could land long-coveted Goran Dragic for Gay and Darren Collison?

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders:

The Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat have discussed a trade of Rudy Gay and Darren Collison for Goran Dragic, league sources told Basketball Insiders.

Important caveats: Even if this report is true, either team proposing the deal and immediately getting rejected would constitute discussing the trade. It’s also not clear either team is still deliberating on such a trade.

That’s said, let’s discuss the merits of such a swap.

The Heat would be selling low on Dragic, but they could gain a huge amount of salary-cap flexibility if they also get Chris Bosh‘s salary removed from their cap. While Dragic has three years and $54,327,525 remaining on his contract after this season, Gay has a $14,263,566 player option for next season, and Collison’s contract is expiring.

The risk: Gay opts in. He’ll probably command more on the open market next summer, but that’s not a lock. He’s likely far less motivated to bolt Miami than Sacramento.

And that’s the biggest factor this trade: Cap space goes further in Miami than Sacramento.

Dragic would upgrade the Kings at point guard guard in a way they’d be hard-pressed to duplicate in free agency. Dragic’s long-term deal also provides security for Sacramento.

Arguably, the Heat should angle for more, but it’s a point guard-saturated league. There aren’t many potential buyers. And again, Miami can turn that cap flexibility into something meaningful.

That could justify punting on the season, which this trade would largely do. With Collison suspended the first eight games of the season, the Heat would start in a hole, and Dragic is the best player in the deal. But Miami is unlikely to make the playoffs with him, so why not aim bigger later?

This would be Pat Riley’s chance to build through free agency without the Dwyane WadeLeBron James friendship stealing the spotlight. Though Riley deserves plenty of credit for setting up the Heat’s big three, he’d be working from a far blanker slate this time with just Hassan Whiteside as a centerpiece.

The Kings should do this if the trade is available. It’d make sense for the Heat only if they have a positive read on 2017 free agents and Gay is willing to opt out.

Rumor: Spurs could trade LaMarcus Aldridge, who’s not fitting as well as they hoped


The last time a player who made an All-NBA team was traded prior to the end of the next season was when the Suns sent 2013-14 All-NBA third-team guard Goran Dragic to the Heat.

Could LaMarcus Aldridge be next?

Jackie MacMullan on CSN New England:

Sources were telling me the other day that LaMarcus Aldridge may not even finish the year with the Spurs. That experiment hasn’t quite worked out the way they hoped.

A follow-up discussion with host Gary Tanguay revealed a little more:

  • Tanguay: “LaMarcus Aldridge. You want him? I mean I love him.”
  • MacMullan: “No.”
  • Tanguay: “You don’t want him?”
  • MacMullan: “Not after what I heard the other day, I don’t.  No, of course. You would take him on if you could, because he’s an automatic double-double. But there’s just some things about him.”
  • Tanguay: “There’s some stuff going on?”
  • MacMullan: “Yeah, there’s some stuff going on, maybe.”

That sounds rather ominous.

Aldridge found his footing in San Antonio more quickly than I expected last year, when he signed from the Trail Blazers. Instead, he made the All-Star team and All-NBA third team. He also proved instrumental in the Spurs going up 2-1 on the Thunder in the second round.

But Oklahoma City figured out his post-up game, and slowing him allowed a comeback. Perhaps, San Antonio is worried the book is out on Aldridge’s playing habits. MacMullan’s wording suggests something deeper.

If that’s the case, its’ difficult to judge Aldridge’s trade value.

He has two reasonably priced years left on his contract at $20,575,005 and $21,461,010 then can and likely will opt out in 2018. It would make some sense to trade the 31-year-old Aldridge now while the return seemingly remains high and build around 25-year-old Kawhi Leonard.

But San Antonio relies on a few players even older than Aldridge: Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Pau Gasol. Resetting would be much more complicated than trading just Aldridge.

I’m not sure what the Spurs are angling for here, but there’s a decent amount of smoke emanating from San Antonio.

Frank Kaminsky trolls Cubs with Steve Bartman jersey in Chicago

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Frank Kaminsky grew up a White Sox fan in the Chicago area, and in town for last night’s Hornets-Bulls game, he let everyone know where he stands.

As the Cubs attempts to make their first World Series since 1945 and win their first championship since 1908, Kaminsky showed up to the basketball game in a Steve Bartman jersey.

Chuck Garfien of CSN Chicago:

The Cubs did not like that:

Charley Barkley on Kevin Durant-boosted Warriors: ‘I just don’t think you can win a championship shooting jumpers’

HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 04:  Former NBA player and commentator Charles Barkley looks on prior to the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game between the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Charles Barkley lost.

The Warriors won.

Golden State’s 2015 title invalidated Barkley’s claim that a jumps-shooting team can’t win a title.

Really, it was always silly to define the Warriors, who took the seventh-highest percentage of their shots from beyond the arc and ranked first in points allowed per possession, as a jump-shooting team rather than a defensive team. Heck, the whole argument was silly, because the 2013 Heat won a championship with an outside-heavy offense.

Golden State’s title just completely obliterated the discussion.

Yet, Barkley can’t let it go.

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report:

I don’t think Barkley really believes this. It’s just part of his shtick. And, yes, I’m guilty of indulging him.

But there are people who take Barkley seriously as analyst – even though he (hypocritically) criticized Durant for ring chasing… by joining a team Barkley says can’t win a title.

Report: Chris Bosh not necessarily planning to play this season

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat in action against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on January 26, 2016 in New York City.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Heat sound done with Chris Bosh, but they reportedly won’t waive Bosh until after March 1.

That’s their only way of of ensuring Bosh won’t count against the salary cap next summer, if a doctor deems his career over. If he plays 25 games (regular-season and playoffs combined) with another team, his salary would be returned to the Heat’s cap. He could play 28 playoff games alone, but if waived after March 1, he wouldn’t be eligible for the postseason.  It’s a harsh reality, but it’s the only prudent path for Miami.

How does Bosh feel about being stuck most of the season and then ineligible for the playoffs?

Maybe not as aggrieved as you’d think.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

we hear Bosh – who wants to play again – isn’t necessarily planning to play this season.

At the moment, an attempted comeback next season is considered more likely (with another team, if he can find one to clear him medically), though it’s impossible for Bosh or anyone to know how soon he can play.

Bosh is making no attempt, at this time, to force the issue and make the Heat release him.

Bosh’s blood clots are a serious issue, and most doctors agree he can’t safely play while on blood thinners and that blood thinners are necessary for him after multiple clotting episodes. There are mixed signals how much Bosh respects the danger.

So, I can see him preferring a fresh start in 2017-18 rather than rushing into a new situation for March and April.

But there are several steps before Bosh can join another team, even then.

First, an doctor jointly selected by the NBA and union must rule whether playing NBA basketball would subject Bosh to a “medically unacceptable risk of suffering a life-threatening or permanently disabling injury or illness.”

If a doctor doesn’t make that determination, the Heat have no salary-cap incentive to waive Bosh. If a doctor does make that determination, will another team really sign him?

At best, there’s a very narrow path to Bosh playing again outside Miami – no matter when he feels ready.