Memphis Grizzlies Guard Mike Conley was trades to the Utah Jazz for Guards Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, and Forward Jae Crowder. Memphis is set to take their point guard of the future, Ja Morant, in tomorrow’s NBA Draft.
Week Opponent Predicted Record (W/L)
1 South Alabama Win 1-0 (0-0) Big Ten
2 at.Colorado Win 2-0 (0-0) Big Ten
3 Northern Illinois Win 3-0 (0-0) Big Ten
4 at.Illinois Win 4-0 (1-0) Big Ten
5 Ohio State Loss 4-1 (1-1) Big Ten
6 Northwestern Loss 4-2 (1-2) Big Ten
7 at.Minnesota Win 5-2 (2-2) Big Ten
8 Bye None 5-2 (2-2) Big Ten
9 Indiana Win 6-2 (3-2) Big Ten
10 at.Purdue Loss 6-3 (3-3) Big Ten
11 Bye None 6-3 (3-3) Big Ten
12 Wisconsin Loss 6-4 (3-4) Big Ten
13 at.Maryland Win 7-4 (4-4) Big Ten
14 Iowa Win 8-4 (5-4) Big Ten
LaMelo Ball announced on “The Jump” that he would be heading to the Australia’s NBL and will be playing Illawarra Hawks. Ball was ranked number twenty-one in the 2019 ESPN 100. Ball said, “Australia really made sense to me” regarding his wanting of being the top pick of the 2020 NBA Draft. Because Ball played in Lithuania, his college eligibility was in question.
Toronto Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse confirmed on Sunday he would be the new head coach of the Canadian national team starting with this summer’s world cup. Top talent in the NBA for this summer’s world cup for Team Canada are Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray, Cavaliers Center Tristan Thompson, Dallas Mavericks Forward Dwight Powell, and potential lottery pick (former Duke Guard) RJ Barrett.
2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (Forward,Raptors) has a tough decision to make. Will he stay with the franchise that he has been with for one championship season or will he head home and play for the LA Clippers?
Toronto Raptors-If Owner Masai Ujiri leaves to take the job for the Washington Wizards, Kawhi is gone. If they are able to retain most of the pieces from the championship team this year (no key free agents this summer but veteran guard Kyle Lowry will be next summer). So, Kawhi has to think about a future with Toronto. Toronto may not be the ideal team to return to, but they did win a championship with just Leonard and a few other key pieces.
LA Clippers-Returning to southern California would have a ton of benefits for Kawhi, his career, and his brand. He would be able to advertise himself and prove that he is a top three player in the NBA. He would also have a shot to lead a similar to Toronto team (some key pieces, role players) to an NBA Championship in a wide open western conference. Returning home would also make him close to his family and give him a chance to spend time with them.
Prediction:LA Clippers because of him having a chance to return home and make the most of being able to advertise himself as one of the top players in the game today.
Pelicans Forward/Center Anthony Davis traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Guard Lonzo Ball, Forward/Guard Brandon Ingram, Guard Josh Hart, and three first round picks including in 2019’s fourth pick in the first round in the NBA draft this week. New Orleans GM David Griffin go the deal done without a third team involved and kept rising star Forward Kyle Kuzma.
Warriors Guard Klay Thompson was diagnosed with a left ACL tear in their game six loss to the Toronto Raptors. Thompson will likely be out for the entire 2019-2020 season like current teammate Kevin Durant.
The Washington Wizards are preparing to offer Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri that could come close to $10 million. Ujiri would also get part ownership that would also help oversea the NHL’s Washington Capitals. Ujiri made bold moves as the Raptors president to trade Guard DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard and fire 2018 Coach of the Year Dwane Casey and hire former g-league head coach Nick Nurse, which led to the 2019 NBA Championship. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is expected to meet with Toronto management about a potential meet-up with Ujiri.
Toronto Raptors Forward Kawhi Leonard won the 2019 NBA Finals MVP by averaging almost thirty-points a game during the NBA Finals. Leonard won the Finals MVP in San Antonio with the Spurs as well as in Toronto. That is the first time one player has ever accomplished that feat.
The Toronto Raptors won the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. While star forward Kawhi Leonard was relatively quiet, guard Fred VanVleet led the way scoring over twenty-points. Despite being back to back champs, Golden State was not able to repeat in their last game at Oracle Arena in Oakland before their planned move across the bay to San Francisco. The trades for forward Kawhi Leonard and center Marc Gasol led them to win an NBA champions. Guard Kyle Lowry went through a ton with the Raptors (losing to LeBron’s teams multiple times) to finally break through and win a Larry O’Brien trophy. Forward Pascal Siakam and Center Marc Gasol were key in this series for defending big men DeMarcus Cousins and Draymond Green. Bench guards Norman Powell and the aforementioned VanVleet did an exceptional job defending Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson when Kyle Lowry was on the bench. Overall, it was a great performance in the series by the Toronto Raptors.