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Wednesday And-1 links: There’s a little pressure on Klay Thompson now

Aug 13, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Chicagoans love their pizza (which is better than New York pizza, for the record)….

• The Golden State Warriors refused to put Klay Thompson in a trade for Kevin Lovenow there is a mountain of pressure on Thompson.

• We’ve shown you before why this is so, but Kevin Love should be a fantastic fit in Cleveland.

• About that Kevin Love having never won a playoff game thing…

• While we’re breaking out “why Love will work” in Cleveland videos…

• How well have the Cavaliers handled the entire Andrew Wiggins/Kevin Love situation?

• Adam Silver and the NBA need to come down harder on domestic violence than the NFL has. (That said, Silver can’t really punish Greg Oden because he isn’t signed to a team (and likely will not be this season now).

• Legendary trainer Tim Grover on whether you should drink alcohol while on a training regimen. Come on, what did you think the answer would be? And do you think Michael Jordan followed this advice?

• Report that about a year and a half ago the Nuggets shot down a Roy Hibbert for JaVale McGee trade.

• Golden State’s Marreese Speights must appear in court for a DUI arraignment on September 16. Eventually he will get the standard two-game suspension for this (which is too light, frankly).

Interesting note in this story: free agent Emeka Okafor could miss the first few months of this season with his continuing neck issue.

• NBA 2K15 soundtrack, anyone?

• Fun read from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin on the USA Basketball fantasy camp.

A Q&A with Nerlens Noel.

• Congratulations to Zach Randolph on getting married.

• After he played well for them at Summer League in Orlando, the 76ers are expected to sign forward Ronald Roberts Jr., although how much of that deal is guaranteed remains to be seen.

• The Bucks are offering a ticket plan on selected seats next season where if you buy the 2014-15 season, you get the 2015-16 season at at discount based on how many games you attend — show up to enough and you get next season free. That is a heck of a deal, but after last season the Bucks need to do something to drum up sales.

• Josh Childress will play next season in Australia (and likely dominate there).

• The Kings have signed undrafted point guard Deonte Burton and invited him to camp, but this is a make-good contract.

• Suns second round pick Alec Brown plans to play for Obradoiro in the Spanish League next season.

• Finally, Tony Wroten dropping a guy at a summer run.

  1. 2016olympics - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    “Because bloggers love bullet points more than Chicagoans love their pizza (which is better than New York pizza, for the record)”

    Thaaaaaaaaaank you.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Uno’s eight days a week…

  2. bkbell3 - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Maybe klay will get his per up above his career average of 13.9 with a league average at 15per. Well he was at 14.4 last year so there is that. Can anyone say max contract?

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Sports are crazy with how they give out contracts. Someone plays poorly for several years but then plays great for one season or even just in the playoffs and they get a guaranteed mulit year payday.

      We all know that Steph Curry was injured and was a risk so he’s “only” playing for 4 yrs and $44 million.

      But Steph does MORE than just shoot the 3 well. Steph’s career PER is over 20 and a PER of 20 is an all star level.

      Rumors of a max for Klay? Heck, even a 4 yr $48 million would pay him more than Curry and Klay doesn’t even have a league average PER let alone an all star level PER.

      I don’t see Klay getting the max but somehow he’ll make more than Curry while not being on Curry’s level.

      • bkbell3 - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        Yea, contracts are about circumstances like parsons and hayward had teams trying to steal away restricted players and a small market team in utah trying to keep a restricted free agent. i have read that klay is looking for a max contract when the time comes. I don’t get the hype for a guy that shot 43% from the field and 40% from the 3 and some act like he is a lock down defender and maybe he looks like one playing next to curry who is a ghost.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      He’s not max player but I’m not going to judge him on PER. Player Efficiency Rating doesn’t account for how well he guarded Chris Paul last year. Steph Curry damn sure wasn’t going to do it.

  3. 00maltliquor - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    I’m not sure if I’m buying those win shares and how K Love had zero help (hope Rubio sees that, btw), look is has had 2nd to the least help….Stephen Curry. That guy’s team runs 8 deep. He’s had PLENTY of help. GSWs have one of the best put together rosters in the league. Foh! (?)

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      *look who has…

  4. sixerstrong - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    If any of you haven’t seen Ronald Roberts Jr.’s dunk film, do yourselves a favor and youtube it. Kid can jump out of the gym! Doesn’t hurt that he’s a SJU alum as well!

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