Marquis Teague to 76ers: Latest Trade Details, Analysis and Reaction

The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a trade that will send Marquis Teague to the City of Brotherly Love.

Per Rod Boone of Newsday, the Nets will receive Casper Ware and a second-round pick in the 2019 draft in exchange for Teague:

The move was officially confirmed by the Nets and general manager Billy King on NBA.com:

The Brooklyn Nets have traded guard Marquis Teague, along with the 2019 second round draft pick that was obtained from Milwaukee this past June, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for guard Casper Ware, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.

The 76ers continue to be a franchise that’s hard to figure out. Their drafts on paper have looked good with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid representing a huge part of the future, but Noel missed all of last season and no one has a definitive answer if Embiid will play this season. 

Teague certainly isn’t going to change their fortunes. He’s averaged 2.3 points on 34.9 percent shooting in two seasons. Tim Bontemps of The New York Post noted during a Nets preseason game on October 22 that Teague looked as bad as his regular season stats suggest:

The upside is Teague is only 21 years old and two years removed from being a first-round pick by the Chicago Bulls. He should get an opportunity to play with a Philadelphia team that needs bodies to fill out a roster and make it through 82 games. 

It’s not a move that will dramatically change the fortunes of the Nets or 76ers, but neither side is assuming that much risk. The 76ers gain some upside, however small it might be. 

 

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Kevin Durant Responds to ESPN Ranking Him as the NBA’s No. 8 Player

ESPN’s ranking of the top 500 NBA players has already left some superstars angry (see: Bryant, Kobe), and its ranking of 2013-14 NBA MVP Kevin Durant at No. 8 has understandably raised some eyebrows.

ESPN justified the ranking by explaining that the Jones fracture in Durant’s right foot bumped last year’s No. 2 down six spots, with Royce Webb stating “Instead of shooting jumpers, he’s shooting selfies.” 

While Durant didn’t lash out as hard as Bryant, he did tweet (then delete) a reply in which he says both his jumper and selfie games are on point.

It sounds like Durant isn’t too hung up on his slide down the rankings.

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Los Angeles Lakers: Just retire, Steve Nash

In all honesty, this probably should’ve happened two years ago. 
Steve Nash’s tenure as a Laker has been an unproductive one marred by injuries.
Steve Nash had the option to retire after his last season with the Phoenix Suns in 2012. The team had just come off of a season where they went 33-33 in a lockout-shortened season and missed the playoffs for the second straight season. In the offseason that followed, the Suns made it clear that they were looking to go in a different direction and start a rebuilding phase. This would’ve been a perfectly good excuse for the man who had meant everything to their franchise to exit the league with grace. At that time, a then-37-year-old Nash boasted a storied career with the Suns and Dallas Mavericks, ranking in the top 10 in total career assists and boasting two consecutive MVPs from 2004-2006. That would’ve been a good point to call it quits, right?
Not for Nash. That offseason, he took his talents to Los Angeles. Months later, a seemingly competitive Big 4 w

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UConn to renew basketball rivalry with Georgetown (Yahoo Sports)

Connecticut's Shabazz Napier and Connecticut's Niels Giffey, right, reach for the ball from Georgetown's Markel Starks, center, during the first overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Georgetown won 79-78. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn and Georgetown have agreed to renew their basketball rivalry, which ended with the split of the old Big East conference.


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Magic: Oladipo to have facial fracture surgery (Yahoo Sports)

ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 29: Victor Oladipo #5 of the Orlando Magic poses for a portrait at Orlando Magic Media Day on September 29, 2014 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Magic guard Victor Oladipo will miss Orlando’s season opener and is out indefinitely with his second injury this month. The team announced Friday that Oladipo suffered a facial fracture in practice Thursday and will undergo surgery Saturday. The injury occurred when Oladipo took an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill. Oladipo was taken second overall by the Magic in 2013 and made the NBA All-Rookie first team last season.


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Jose Calderon Must Be Lynchpin of New York Knicks’ Triangle Transition

Jose Calderon has his work cut out for him in his first year wearing blue and orange. Assuming his calf strain doesn‘t prevent him from suiting up next Wednesday for opening night, Calderon is the likely choice for the New York Knicks‘ starting point guard. 

A star he is not. But since creating shot opportunities for teammates is a responsibility shared by every single player in a triangle offense, it can take some pressure off a point guard. He doesn‘t need the court command of Steve Nash or the speed of John Wall. He doesn‘t have to create assists like Chris Paul, shoot like Steph Curry or drive the lane like Derrick Rose.

That doesn‘t mean he can be just any chump in a jersey, though. 

Calderon is no chump. He’s got those mysterious, magical things that all coaches love: intangibles! And he’ll need them all this season.

During preseason, Knicks players have spoken of the triangle with great tranquility and optimism, sunshine and daisies. Yet once the losses start to count next week, that peaceful attitude could degrade into panic if the offense isn’t as smooth as Amar’e Stoudemire’s skin after a wine bath.

When they fall behind, the players may choose to abandon the new strategy instead of perfect it. They might devolve into iso madness, every pass going to Carmelo Anthony, every shooter trying to single-handedly win the game. (I’m lookin‘ at you, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Carmelo Anthony!)

Calderon’s main job will be to set the tone. Keep them honest when they start to abandon the game plan. Keep them inspired when they’re worn out.   

Another charge will be to get ‘Melo involved in the offense without shifting to isolation ball. Thus far, Anthony has shown a real commitment to executing the triangle, thinking “pass” before “shoot”—often to the surprise of his teammates, who aren’t expecting the ball to come to them once it touches his hands. Yet ‘Melo is still the star, and one of the best natural scorers in the league.

As Derek Fisher explained, per Fred Kerber of the New York Post:

As a coach, that is my job, to help everybody realize, that we have to figure out a way to blend this together that doesn’t put Carmelo on an island and put the rest of the guys on another island. We have to really be on the same page.

If it’s Fisher’s job from the sidelines, it’s Calderon’s job on the hardwoood. As Dan Feldman of NBC Sports’ ProBasketballTalk wrote, “Calderon is a pinpoint passer, careful ball-handler and sweet shooter. If you were designing the ideal complement to Melo offensively, he’d look something like Calderon.”

Striking the right balance will be essential. If Calderon cannot control this by always having his hands on the ball—which would defy the triangle’s rules about ball movement—he can encourage good behavior and discourage bad behavior with effective communication. 

Fortunately, these are areas where Calderon shines. As Dwane Casey, who coached Calderon while he played for the Toronto Raptors, said, per ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, ”He is one of the most beautiful leaders I’ve ever been around. Very knowledgeable… he’s a guy that you remember as a player, he was a big part of what we started here and kind of set the tone.” 

In his own words, via the New York Post’s Steve Serby, Calderon said, “You gotta play for the name you got in the front [of the jersey], not in the back.” 

As long as the rest of his teammates have that same attitude—and the jersey designers don’t start putting last names on the front—the Knicks have a better chance to run a successful triangle offense than any team since Phil Jackson left the Lakers.  

 

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NBA assistant coach latest person to come out and anonymously savage Kobe Bryant

LeBron James’ triumphant return to Ohio and imminent regular season debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers may be the predominant talker heading into the 2014-15 NBA season, the King’s Cleveland comeback has been overshadowed this week by the controversial piece by Henry Abbott in ESPN The Magazine where several anonymous sources took their turns taking potshots…Read More
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Nash injury puts even more on Kobe’s shoulders

Losing Steve Nash hurts because the Lakers already had a dearth of shooters and playmakers.

      
 

 

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Chris Paul and Blake Griffin Release Episode 1 of ‘BGCP3TV in HD’ Series

It’s a show. It’s an ad. It’s BGCP3TV in HD—a vehicle for selling Jordan Brand footwear and showcasing Blake Griffin and Chris Paul’s weirdness.

Released Friday, the first episode of the series shows Paul and Griffin attempting to overcome their off-court handicaps.

Paul can’t move without his Jordans. Griffin can’t dunk without his. The Clippers guard can’t even eat a taco like a normal human being without his sneakers.

The spot also includes a “Dr. Sloan” intervention involving the “OHHH Brothers.”

The three lob-aholics are all wearing sandals and socks—an extremely comfortable setup. Their only explanation for their actions is “We really out here, doe,” and “Holla.”

Parts of the segment aired Thursday night on Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim.” Griffin also posted video of some outtakes from the show to his Instagram account.

Well, you’ll never be able to say they didn’t have fun making this bit. More segments are supposedly on the way. If we know anything about either of these gentlemen, it’s that things will only get weirder from here.

 

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WATCH: Former NBAer delivers vicious flying elbow Down Under

Once upon a time, Josh Childress was one of basketball’s budding stars. After a underwhelming… Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

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