In this scenario, there is also the outside chance of a sign-and-trade deal that would cause a larger disruption to the Warriors’ roster, and simply moving other players off the books would ruin Golden State’s depth.
This isn’t jumping over a gap in the map to reach the flag like Super Mario Bros. This is like going back through every level of Banjo-Kazooie looking for the Jinjos you haven’t found yet. Put a less nerdy way, bringing James’ immense talents to Oakland, Calif., would be a challenge.
As you can see from the above scenarios, the Warriors would remain a dominant team with James in the starting lineup but also lose contributors who have made them the annual title favorites.
Everybody eats, All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal said after the win against Toronto. That’s our motto when we move the ball.
This should be seen as good news for Wall. There will be less of a workload he’ll have to carry upon his return, his teammates will have gotten more scoring reps, and Beal will have more confidence as a leader in the locker room. Most importantly, he’ll actually have a clean bill of health and return to full strength, and not the form that allows 49 points from Russell Westbrook.
After following the Hayward signing with using two of the league’s best veteran contracts (Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder) as key pieces in the Irving trade, the Celtics have a strange salary distribution: Hayward and Horford make between $27.5 and $30 million this season, Irving makes a little under $19 million and no one else makes more than Jayson Tatum’s $5.6 million.
For a stable team, that structure can work very well. Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Semi Ojeleye are all on cheap contracts for multiple seasons with the prospect of restricted free agency afterward, and Marcus Morris is on a bargain deal for this year and next.
In playoff moments when spacing gets tight and rebounding is brutish, the Bucks will have to think hard about sliding Antetokounmpo or Jabari Parker to center.