Playing The Point June 20, 2017

Kevin Durant; Credit – Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

By Jay Colby,

1. Kevin Durant, lead Warriors to NBA title – Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get, scoring 39 points in a fast-and-furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 on Monday night. The Warriors pretty much dominated the entire series and there were not too many who predicted they would lose these finals. They did not disappoint their fans for a 2nd straight year and win the NBA Finals.

2. Warriors have a super team? – Even before this year finals as soon a Kevin Durant decided to take his talents to Oakland. There has been much debate on whether the Warriors would become a “super team?” However, after their dominating performance through this year’s playoffs only loosing once throughout their playoff-run. Majority of pundits and analysis have already predicted that the Warriors will when next year’s finals unless some unforeseen deal is done in the offseason to add a star to the Cavs. This brings up the question are super teams good for the NBA?

3. What is Cleveland next move? – After losing the NBA finals 4 – 1 to the Golden State Warriors Cleveland has to go back to the drawing board. Relaxing that Lebron James only has a few more years in his prime left, and only has one more year left on his current deal. The Cleveland Cavilers have to make some big off-season’s moves, if they would to contend with Golden State. Speculation has already begun with many analysis suggestions the Cavs trade Kevin Love and some spare parts for the services of either Carmelo Anthony or preferably Paul George. These potential moves could give Cleveland a fighting if they make it back to next year’s finals.

4. Nikola Jokic attracting free agents to Denver? The Denver Nuggets are looking like an attractive destination for free agents this summer behind a core roster brimming with both seasoned veterans and burgeoning young talent like Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay. The 22-year-old Jokic’s numbers took a jump in his second season in the NBA, as he nearly averaged a double-double (16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds) to go with 4.9 assists and a .578 field goal percentage. He posted the league’s best assist percentage in 2016-17 among players 6-foot-10 or taller (28.8), better than stalwarts Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMarcus Cousins, Pau Gasol and Blake Griffin.

5. Hawks probably won’t offer max deal to Paul Millsap – The Atlanta Hawks want to re-sign forward Paul Millsap soon after the NBA moratorium ends on July 6. As an 11-year NBA veteran, Millsap is eligible for an estimated five-year, $205 million contract. However, he likely won’t get that from the Hawks. In 69 appearances during the 2016-17 regular season, Millsap averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

6. Jon Horst joins Justin Zanik as inside candidates for Bucks GM – Milwaukee Bucks director of basketball operations Jon Horst has emerged as an increasingly serious candidate for the team’s general manager vacancy, according to league sources. In addition to Zanik, Karnisovas and Horst, Milwaukee has interviewed several other executives in its search to replace Hammond, most notably Atlanta’s Wes Wilcox and Memphis’ Ed Stefanski.

7. Paul Millsaphoping to return next season – After missing the past two years due to lingering issues with his left knee, Quincy Pondexter believes he can return to the New Orleans Pelicans’ active roster in 2017-18. “It’s been unbelievable the last two years being hurt, and injured,” Pondexter told reporters.

8. Could Wizards be landing spot for Greivis Vasquez? – When free agency begins on July 1, combo-guard Greivis Vasquez, who played at the University of Maryland and Montrose Christian high school in Rockville, Maryland, with Kevin Durant, will be contacting the Washington Wizards. Vasquez, 30, has played in just 26 games the past two years because of injuries. In 2016-17.

9. Devin Harris not worried regarding future with Mavericks – Dallas Mavericks point guard Devin Harris is under contract for next season, but the team can waive him in the offseason and owe the 13-year NBA veteran only $1,339,662 of his $4,402,546 salary. Harris says he’s not fretting about what might happen with the Mavericks.

10. Will Timberwolves target free-agent point guard? – Timberwolves may have interest in Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans, Jeff Teague of the Indiana Pacers and George Hill of the Utah Jazz. Prior to the February trade deadline, Rubio had been in the NBA rumor mill for several months, and he’s been linked with the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings.

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