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Essay: What Does Anthony Randolph’s Contract Mean?

Coming off his fourth season as a professional, in which he averaged 7.4 points on 47% shooting, and 3.6 rebounds per game, Anthony Randolph spent the early parts of his summer searching low and high for a new home. Minnesota, a team that reluctantly acquired Randolph in the three-team blockbuster deal that sent Carmelo Anthony to New York, had decided not to extend him a qualifying offer, and just like that, basketball’s personification of a broken promise entered July as an unrestricted free agent.

Randolph met with several teams, including the Hawks and Mavericks, before announcing he’d prefer a return to Golden State. While it’s uncertain just how badly Randolph’s career was endangered as he hunted for an employer, it was widely assumed that if he did in fact land on another NBA team, it’d be for one year and as little money as possible. Guaranteeing anything longer than 82 games for a player who’s yet to show he can crack a regular rotation wouldn’t be the wisest decision; yet what we just saw was one of the league’s smarter general managers deciding to do the exact opposite. My question is a simple one: Why? Read more…

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Essay: What Are The Suns Doing?

Here’s a promise: I’ll give you $5 if you can tell me off the top of your head who the general manager of the Phoenix Suns is. One guess. Five dollars. Give up? According to the team’s official staff directory, it’s a man who goes by the name “Lance Blank”. I’ve consistently followed NBA basketball for the greater part of the past 15 years and I can honestly say I’ve never heard this man’s name said aloud.

By a slight margin, the more recognizable man in Phoenix’s front office is Lon Babby, President of Basketball Operations and once an agent to the players. Behind them both is Suns owner Robert Sarver, the evil Oz, cloaked in his castle. Between these three fine gentlemen, the Phoenix Suns have had one of the strangest, most frustratingly head-scratching first week of free agency in recent memory. Very few transactions are making a lick of sense, including, to a minor degree, their biggest decision: trading Steve Nash, the most important player in franchise history, to a division rival for four draft picks (only one of which—a first round pick in 2015—holds any significant value).  Read more…

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Essay: I’m Mesmerized By The Raptors

This morning I woke up ready to embrace the possibility of a world where the Toronto Raptors are a relevant basketball team. It’s super strange to think about, and it’ll be a refreshing individual adjustment if it happens. For multiple reasons, and a healthy mixture of long/short term planning and luck, Toronto could transform themselves into one of the more compelling teams in the entire league by October. Whether or not they make the playoffs won’t be a question that first year, and what they do after that is optimistically unknown. But of course, it all hinges on the increasing possibility of this team signing one man: Steve Nash.  Read more…

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