Clearly the Rockets GM is playing a little golf and checking out wineries (that’s what one does in Temecula), but he took to Twitter to have a little fun with the James Harden vs. Stephen Curry MVP debate (which should be dead but is not due to the NBA Player Awards, which airs on BET Tuesday night).
If you don’t get the Temecula reference, you need to read up on crazy Lakers/Kobe Bryant fans from Christmas. Since then, if you’re calling someone out in the NBA, you reference Temecula.
Again, well played, Daryl Morey.
Video for a slow off-season Sunday: Best halfcourt shots of last season
When they acquired the team in 2012 maybe, I think the talk was about seven years. Seven years. So, I think it’s still on that same timeline.
Seven years to make the playoffs? Erving:
No. To be good. To be good. To be formidable. To be a contender. That’s probably 18-19.
That might seem like a long time, but it really isn’t that much longer than the typical rebuild.
The Warriors drafted Stephen Curry, decided to build around him and then won the championship six years later. Building a contender usually takes time.
The 76ers are obviously being quite patient, and I believe they’ll organically determine the right time to surge forward. I don’t see them rushing to sign mediocre free agents in five years just because they’re tired of losing. Once they have a strong group of young players, ideally anchored by a superstar, then they’ll use their assets – cap space and future draft picks – to acquire players capable of helping to win immediately.
That process has been delayed both for reasons in their control (trading Michael Carter-Williams) and out of their control (Joel Embiid’s injuries).
But I think they’ll stay true to the process – whether that means getting good before seven years are up or taking even longer.
I’d take seven years as an estimate on a very flexible plan.
Report: Cavaliers, Matthew Dellavedova still well apart on new contract
Matthew Dellavedova was the breakout star of the first three games of the NBA Finals — his grit and tenacity was at the heart of Cleveland’s post-injuries grinding style. He was doing as well defending Stephen Curry as can be humanly expected. Well, until Curry figured him and the Cavaliers out near the end of Game 3 (by Game 4 the Warriors had solved the riddle, and it was all over but the buckets). Walk around Cleveland and only LeBron James got more love than Delly.
But a few games of playoff success should not be confused with future earnings.
Not much movement between the Cavaliers and Matthew Dellavedova on a new contract. A restricted free agent, Dellavedova is seeking a multiyear deal starting at $4 million per season, per a source, and the Cavs have balked, largely due to the enormous luxury tax implications that come with that type of contract. The market has largely dried up—Jeremy Lin’s deal with Charlotte closed a potential door—so it will be interesting to see how long this stalemate continues. Paging LeBron James.
It’s was always going to be hard for Dellavedova (or, more accurately, his agent) to secure an offer sheet from another team for the point guard because teams assumed the Cavs would just match. Why tie up your cap space for a few days to offer a player you’re not going to get?
Then there is the financial issue, which former Nets executive Bobby Marks explained (follow that game one twitter).
Part 1: As @ChrisMannixSI reported Matt Del. looking for $4m. If CLE signed off on that it would equal the salary/taxes of a max player.
Yikes. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is going to be writing a payroll check in likely more than $200 million next season, once you figure in luxury taxes. To his credit, he didn’t balk at maxing out Kevin Love (or LeBron) and he the Cavs have spent to deepen the bench. But he’s drawing the line at overpaying for Tristan Thompson (who reportedly wants Draymond Green money) or Dellavedova.
Those guys are fan favorites, and more importantly LeBron favorites. But how much luxury tax do you want to pay for them?
Stephen Curry shares photo of newborn daughter Ryan
The biggest breakout star of the 2015 playoffs was Riley Curry, the adorable two-year-old daughter of reigning MVP Stephen Curry who stole several press conferences from her father.
Steph’s wife, Ayesha, recently gave birth to their second daughter, Ryan, and on Tuesday he shared a photo of the new addition on Instagram.
With the photo, he wrote:
I’m wayyyyy up I feel blessed! God is Great! Thanks to the doctors and the staff at Alta Bates for taking care of my girls, especially Dr. Poddatori. Healthy baby and @ayeshacurry is all I I prayed for. #prouddaddy