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Pau Gasol is a six-time NBA All-Star and, since 2016, has been a key component of the San Antonio Spurs’ team. In the 2017-2018 season, he reached 20,000 career points, totaling 775 points in 77 games for that year alone. He was the rookie of the year in 2002, and he won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Pau has proven himself a wonderful asset to the team, helping the Spurs finish seventh in the Western conference in the 2017-2018 season. But whether he’ll stick with the team or be traded is unsure. Here’s what we know about whether Pau Gasol will stay with the San Antonio Spurs.
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Spurs Trade Rumors for the 2018-2019 Season
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Trading Pau Gasol is one anticipated move that could take place in the offseason. The rumor is just that the team is looking at its options at this point. At 38 years old, Pau Gasol is in the latter half of his career. He plans on playing for up to four more seasons, which would put his retirement around 2022. He’s also played for and been traded to several teams in the past, including the following:

  • Memphis Grizzlies (2001 to 2008)
  • Los Angeles Lakers (2008 to 2014)
  • Chicago Bulls (2014 to 2016)
  • San Antonio Spurs (2016 to present)

The only other time Pau Gasol has been traded was to the Lakers. His contract ended with that team and the subsequent Bulls. He signed on as a free agent with Chicago and later with San Antonio.
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Other Major Offseason Trades
The Spurs have only made a few transactions in 2018 so far. Most notably, the Spurs traded Kawhi Leonard for DeMar DeRozan, C. Jakob Poeltl, and a 2019 first-round pick from the Toronto Raptors. Pau Gasol also being traded is a possibility, and he’s even been asked directly about whether he could end up with another team. He acknowledged that it’s part of the job and recognized the difficulty placed on the team with the recent trade of Kawhi Leonard.
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If Pau Gasol isn’t traded, his contract with the Spurs will run for two more seasons. He’s currently under a contract signed in summer 2015 for $48 million. He’ll then have the option of re-signing with the Spurs, looking for another team to play with, or retiring.
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What Would a Pau Gasol Trade Mean for the Spurs?
With only a few seasons left in his career, a big question for the Spurs is whether they can improve their prospects as a team by investing in younger players or someone who could help them get more out of their roster. Especially with the trade of Kawhi, who was an important player in the Spurs lineup during the last season, the team may look at a few options through such a trade.
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The Spurs currently have two other players on the roster who could fill in for the center/power forward position: Davis Bertans and Jakob Poeltl. Management could also look to unload Pau Gasol’s contract in favor of more draft picks. However, it’s been reported that the team is happy with his performance. It’s likely that Pau Gasol will stay a Spur for at least a few more years.
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Will Pau Gasol Stay With the Spurs?
A major hurdle for the Spurs, if they want to trade, will be finding a team willing to accept Pau Gasol’s contract, especially considering his age and, more specifically, the fact that he’ll be retiring within the next few seasons. If the Spurs’ can’t find a team willing to accept the contract in exchange for other good players or beneficial draft positions, they’ll have to finish out their contract with the power forward and center.
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There’s certainly a possibility that Pau Gasol will stay with the Spurs. If this happens, the team can re-sign him with a new offer in 2020 or let Pau Gasol be released as a free agent. If the former happens, it’s likely that he’ll retire in San Antonio.
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How Would a Trade Affect the Spurs’ Success in the Upcoming Season?
Pau Gasol’s trade could be good or bad news for the Spurs — it depends on what they’d get out of the deal. No matter what the outcome is, the power forward and center staying with or leaving the Spurs will have a huge effect on the odds of the team, the results for the upcoming season, and the team’s success moving forward.
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Trading Pau Gasol could open up lots of exciting opportunities for the San Antonio franchise. The acquisition of draft positions could help the team acquire young talent that could either push the team forward over the years or give them more opportunities for new trades in the future.
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Even if the Spurs stick with Pau Gasol’s contract, though, they’ll have a productive player to work with. He averaged 10.1 points per game in the past season, and in his first year with San Antonio, he scored an average of 12.1 points per game over 64 games. At his peak, he scored 1,541 points in his second year with Memphis and 1,555 points in his fourth year with the Lakers. Though his performance will likely slow as he finishes out his career, he still has the potential to be a difference maker for the franchise.
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For now, there’s no direct answer to the question of whether Pau Gasol’s time with the San Antonio Spurs will come to an end. The team has until Feb. 7, 2019, to finalize any trade deals for the 2018-2019 season.

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By Jordan Hall
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The 2011 NBA Draft has come and went and were left to try to pick up the pieces work on our eastern European pronunciations. Every year some teams really help themselves while the Knicks take someone that will never play in the league. Teams are not the only ones who win and lose in the draft, however. There were several established NBA players that gained or lost fantasy value based on what happened. Here are some of them:
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Winners
Tyreke Evans, Kings
Adding Jimmer Fredette to the mix will not only add much intrigue and interest in the floundering franchise, it will create a lot more assist opportunities. Though Jimmer will start from day one at the point, his shooting ability will allow Evans to penetrate and kick for more assists and score more effectively as the defense will no longer be able to jam the paint.
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John Wall, Wizards
In his breathtaking rookie campaign, the NBA’s Prince of Swag, John Wall averaged a solid 8.3 assists per game. He did this while setting up a less than stellar supporting cast. However adding Czech forward Jan Vesely to the mix will make all the difference in the world. Vesely is a transition monster that can run the floor with Wall. I would expect Wall to boost both his scoring and his assists heavily this season.
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Ben Gordon/ Rip Hamilton/ Rodney Stuckey, Pistons
This trio struggled through the majority of the 2010-11 campaign as the Pistons limped their way to the finish. All played out of position at the point on occasions and never had a reliable playmaker to set them up. With the addition of Brandon Knight that will no longer be an issue. I would look for all to increase their scoring averages as long as they are still with the club.
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New York Knicks Backcourt
Although I don’t think that they particularly gained any value through the draft, they certainly didn’t lose any value. Iman Shumpert was a disaster of a pick that will face an uphill battle to see the floor. Billups and Landry Fields should feel no pressure on their job at this point.
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Losers
DJ Augustin, Bobcats
With the arrival of Kemba Walker, Augustin’s days may be numbered, and his minutes may be gone. Although I personally believe that Walker will be a bust, the first round commitment means that he will get every oppurtunity to be the guy at the point, and if he’s the guy, Augustin isn’t.
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Wesley Johnson and other Timberwolves SF’s
Derrick Williams is the man in Minneapolis Michael Beasley and Wesley Johnson have just been put on notice. While Johnson likely still has a future with the team, Beasley will either be traded or ride the pine for the foreseeable future. Both will take a backseat to the Arizona product, potentially as early as this season.
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Baron Davis, Cavs
This one is pretty self explanatory. The Cav’s have their point guard of the future and Davis is known throughout the league as a toxic hazard in the locker room. They will try to keep him as far away from Irving as they can and hope that he wont rub off on him. I would be surprised if Davis had a major role in Cleveland this season, and if he is traded, there is no other club in the league that he is good enough to play for. The
window for Davis has closed.
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J.J. Hickson, Cavs
With the Cavs drafting Tristan Thompson with he fourth overall pick, they signified that they are very high on him. Considering the fact that he is an overall better version of Hickson, it really limits what you should expect from the original Hickson in the days coming. It seemed like he was starting to come into his own, but there will be few minutes to go around now.
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2011 NBA Mock Draft

20 June 2011


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1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke
The Cavs have Baron Davis, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know he’s not the future. Irving is the best of a shallow draft class.
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2.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona
With Rubio agreeing to finally play for the Wolves missing out on the number one pick doesn’t sting as bad. They don’t need another four, but Williams is too good to pass up. Dealing the number two pick remains a strong likelihood.
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3.  Utah Jazz – Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky
Kemba Walker made noise in the NCAA tournament, but Knight has better size for the NBA game. Steph Curry is proving people wrong, but he’s more the exception than the rule. Devin Harris is an injury risk, but would allow Knight not to be rushed into too big of a role too soon.
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4.  Cleveland Cavaliers – Enes Kanter, PF/C, Kentucky
Talent out and talent in for Kentucky. After five first rounders last year, two go in the top four picks.  The Cavs added their point guard with the first pick, now they add a solid big.
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5.  Toronto Raptors – Kemba Walker, PG, UConn
The Raptors have Jose Calderon for two more years, and Jerryd Bayless looked solid at times. With shooting guard (DeMar DeRozan), center(Andrea Bargnani), and power forward (Ed Davis & Amir Johnson) situated, it’s a good time to add depth at point guard.
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6.  Washington Wizards – Jan Vesely, SF/PF, Czech Republic
Besides looking like the dude (Jesse Eisenberg) that played the dude (Mark Zuckerberg) that invented facebook, Vesely figures to be a solid small forward in the NBA. This year’s crop of players truly has an international feel.
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7.  Sacramento Kings – Bismack Biyombo, PF, Congo
Biyombo can help Cousins patrol the paint, allowing last year’s rookie sensation to focus more on his offensive game.
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8.  Detroit Pistons – Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State
The Pistons will have a void at small forward if Tayshaun Prince does not return. Leonard has the athleticism to play the three and is rugged enough to slide over to the four. Leonard averaged 14.1 points and 10.2 years in his two years at SDSU.
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9.  Charlotte Bobcats – Jonas Valanciunas, C, Lithuania
No offense to Kwame Brown, who played well at times last year, but the Bobcats need improvement in the middle. He is a bit of a project, but has great promise.
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10. Milwaukee Bucks – Alec Burks, SG, Colorado
The Bucks don’t have a particular hole to fill, but have their biggest need at the shooting guard position. Burks has ideal size and athleticism and a scoring touch, averaging 17.1 as a freshman and 20.5 as a sophomore.
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11.  Golden State Warriors – Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU
Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis both have injury concerns. Fredette would give them a scorer that can hit from anywhere on the floor.
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12.  Utah Jazz – Marcus Morris, SF/PF, Kansas
Morris has the ability to play either forward positions, but is more suited for small forward in the NBA. He joins Paul Milsap, Al Jefferson, and Derrick Favors to form a solid frontcourt.
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13.  Phoenix Suns – Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State
Mychal Thompson’s son averaged 22.1 points per game in his junior year. He has good size and a pure jump shot. With an $18 million option on Vince Carter and 38-year old Grant Hill entering free agency, the Suns have a void at the two-guard.
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14. Houston Rockets – Donatas Motiejunas, PF, Lithuania
The Rockets don’t have any glaring holes, but the could use some more size in the middle. At seven feet and lefty he could give Houston a nice scoring touch on the offensive side and an interior presence on the defensive side.
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15.  Indiana Pacers – Chris Singleton, SF, Florida State
There are some rumblings that Danny Granger could be moved in a draft day trade. Singleton could soften the blow and provide a defensive spark at small forward.
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16.  Philadelphia 76ers – Markieff Morris, PF/C, Kansas
The lesser of the Morris twins, but he would provide good frontcourt depth for a team short on quality bigs.
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17.  New York Knicks – Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas
Thompson gives the Knicks another banger inside to help A’mare.
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18.  Washington Wizards – Tyler Honeycutt, SF, UCLA
The Wizards have good young talent everywhere except for small forward. Vesely and Honeycutt would change that.
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19.  Charlotte Bobcats – Jordan Hamilton, SF, Texas
The Bobcats need to add depth at the swing position.
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20.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Marshon Brooks, SG, Providence
Wesley Johnson established himself as the starter, but Brooks would give Wayne Ellington some competition for backup minutes.
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21.  Portland Trail Blazers – Darius Morris, PG, Michigan
The Blazers really don’t have many holes, but they could use point guard depth.
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22.  Denver Nuggets – Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State
The Nuggets’ biggest weakness is at power forward and Faried is the best one available.
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23.  Houston Rockets – Reggie Jackson, PG/SG, Boston College
Having added a big man earlier in the draft, the Rockets grab an athletic combo guard.
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24.  Oklahoma City Thunder – Tobias Harris, SF/PF, Tennessee
Tobias is best available and fits a need as the Thunder don’t have much behind Durant or Ibaka at the three and the four.
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25.  Boston Celtics – Trey Thompkins, PF, Georgia
The Kendrick Perkins trade did not pay off and the Celtics need to add frontcourt depth.
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26.  Dallas Mavericks – Kyle Singler, SF, Duke
The champs can’t count on Shawn Marion forever so taking a decorated wing player makes sense.
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27.  New Jersey Nets – Josh Selby, PG, Kansas
Selby could push Jordan Farmar as D-Will’s backup. He could also see some time at the two.
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28.  Chicago Bulls – JaJuan Johnson, PF, Purdue
Gives the Bulls added length and athleticism.
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29.  San Antonio Spurs –  Davis Bertans, SF, Lativa
Bertans is a long small forward with great range. The Spurs are thin at the wing position and have success with international players.
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30.  Chicago Bulls – Iman Shumpert, PG/SG, Georgia Tech
Shumpert could cut his teeth backing up Rose, but should make his mark at the two.
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By Jeff P.
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Reports have said the Knicks are excelling interest in power forward/center Bismack Biyombo also known as the “B-Smack”.
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Biyombo will work out with the Knicks on Sunday following a workout in Toronto, and Detroit Monday. This means that the big-man center could land as early as 5th pick to the Raptors.
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Bismack Biyombo is a without a doubt is a strong,athletic,explosive beast as he is compared to a worse version of NBA center Dwight Howard. There was even some whispers that Biyombo was in the age group of 23-26, that’s how developed he really is.
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Bismack Biyombo is a beguiling prospect. So why would the Knicks seek interest in him?.
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Bismack Biyombo is a vicious, defensive, and energetic center. It sounds like the perfect fit for the Knicks. In the Spanish ACB league, Biyombo was a true star. Biyombo even set a record there recording 12 points 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. That’s right ten blocks in one game.
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Who will the Knicks be willing to deal for Bismack Biyombo?
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The Knicks will seek to trade their own draft pick and a player( no one was mentioned yet, though Landry Fields could be a possible name as he was in a deep struggle in the second half of the season). Toney Douglas coming out of his sophomore year, could be a possibility.
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What’s the Knicks plan how late can they get him?
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He will most likely be in the range of 5th pick to 11th pick, unless he completely messes up in workouts and brings himself down, out of the lottery. Though that is unlikely and if the Knicks are greatly considering the 6″9′ center it’s doubtful they would rely on a chance like that.
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What will be his role in the rotation?
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He will most likely be the starting center in the lineup, unless a change of his current status. He is an excellent ball-handler, shooter, and defender and could probably fill in an empty spot next to Amar’e Stoudemire.
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If the Knicks aren’t successful on receiving him and they traded up for the draft pick already what’s the deal?
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Tristan Thompson, and Donatas Motiejunas are always backup plans. Yes, they aren’t listed as centers but at their heights it is likely they can fit in as a center. Or there is a possibility the Knicks can go for a point guard possibly Kemba Walker can be an option.
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Knicks fans start becoming excited because B-Smack can soon be a Knickerbocker.
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You can follow Jeff @ http://twitter.com/#!/TheMLBNBAexpert.
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By: David Kay
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During his two years at Colorado, Alec Burks often shared the court with fellow shooting guard Cory Higgins.  The tandem served as the Buffaloes  dynamic duo accounting for nearly half of the team’s points last season.  It was because of that, that Burks built a relationship with Cory’s dad, former NBA player and current Charlotte Bobcats general manager, Rod Higgins.
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“I know his dad a lot because he came to a lot of games,” Burks said at the NBA Draft combine.  “I’ve got a great relationship with both of them.”
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Burks acknowledged that he had a meeting scheduled with the Bobcats during his stay in Chicago for the combine.  Having prior knowledge of Burks’ game and personality off the court might entice Higgins to use Charlotte’s ninth pick on the lengthy two guard who measured 6’6″ in shoes with a 6’10″ wingspan.  One source at the combine confirmed Charlotte’s interest in Burks, telling me that he heard Burks would not get past the Bobcats if he was still on the board when they were picking.
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Burks does not exactly fit a need for Charlotte who already has decent depth at the two with Stephen Jackson and Gerald Henderson.  Plus, the ‘Cats have a huge hole at small forward and center, though Burks could possibly play the three at the next level even though he thinks he is more of a combo guard.  So selecting Burks would certainly fit into the “best available player” theory rather than filling a need.  However, the Bobcats hold a second first round pick, 19th overall, and could look to fill a need with that selection if they landed Burks early on.
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Burks displayed his athleticism and versatility at CU, using ability to get to the rim and average a Big 12 best 20.5 points per game during his sophomore season.  The biggest knock on his games comes with his jump shot as he only connected on 29.2% of his attempts from three.
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“I feel like I was always a shooter,” Burks stated with confidence.  “I just went to the rack a lot more than I shot it.  I’m just showing people I can shoot it.”
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Playing at Colorado, Burks did not get the national exposure that most of the other prospects at the combine received.  “It didn’t really hurt me but it didn’t help me either.  I feel like if you’re talented enough, they’ll come find you and that happened in my case.”
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That has certainly been the situation for Burks who was not a major recruit coming out of high school.  Still, Burks has put himself in a great spot heading into the draft and admitted having a long list of teams wanting to meet with him at the combine.
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“Coming from two years ago, nobody knew me so it’s great to be in this position,” Burks said.  “Keeping that chip on my shoulder, staying hungry, wanting to get better, and prove to everybody that I can play at this level.”
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That type of attitude combined with his skill has a lot of people enamored with Burks’ potential at the NBA level.  With Bobcats GM Rod Higgins almost certainly part of that group, do not be surprised if Charlotte snags Burks with the ninth overall pick.
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David Kay is a senior feature NBA Draft, NBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank.  He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and is a former contributor at The Washington Times Communities.
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke
Luck, yeah that’s what we’ll call it, was on the Cavs side as they brought home the number one pick. This trend of building a team around a dominant point guard continues. Irving and the fourth pick of the 2011 NBA draft will help the rebuilding process.
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2.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona
The Wolves get screwed again. Go figure. You can spin it any way you want, but there is no way a team has the futility that the Wolves have had in the NBA Lottery without some help. Not have they never improved their draft standing in the lottery, more often than not they lose ground. The Wolves have Kevin Love and Michael Beasley already, but Williams is to good to pass up. Hopefully Kahn can use him as a trade chip to at least improve the team.
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3.  Utah Jazz – Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky
Kemba Walker made noise in the NCAA tournament, but Knight has better size for the NBA game. Steph Curry is proving people wrong, but he’s more the exception than the rule. Devin Harris is an injury risk, but would allow Knight not to be rushed into too big of a role too soon.
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4.  Cleveland Cavaliers – Enes Kanter, PF, Kentucky
Talent out and talent in for Kentucky. After five first rounders last year, two go in the top four picks.  The Cavs added their point guard with the first pick, now they add a solid big.
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5.  Toronto Raptors – Kemba Walker, PG, UConn
The Raptors have Jose Calderon for two more years, and Jerryd Bayless looked solid at times. With shooting guard (DeMar DeRozan), center(Andrea Bargnani), and power forward (Ed Davis & Amir Johnson) situated, it’s a good time to add depth at point guard.
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6.  Washington Wizards – Jan Vesely, SF/PF, Czech Republic
Besides looking like the dude (Jesse Eisenberg) that played the dude (Mark Zuckerberg) that invented facebook, Vesely figures to be a solid small forward in the NBA. This year’s crop of players truly has an international feel.
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7.  Sacramento Kings – Bismack Biyombo, PF, Congo
Biyombo can help Cousins patrol the paint, allowing last year’s rookie sensation to focus more on his offensive game.
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8.  Detroit Pistons – Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State
The Pistons will have a void at small forward if Tayshaun Prince does not return. Leonard has the athleticism to play the three and is rugged enough to slide over to the four. Leonard averaged 14.1 points and 10.2 years in his two years at SDSU.
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9.  Charlotte Bobcats – Jonas Valanciunas, C, Lithuania
No offense to Kwame Brown, who played well at times last year, but the Bobcats need improvement in the middle. He is a bit of a project, but has great promise.
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10. Milwaukee Bucks – Alec Burks, SG, Colorado
The Bucks don’t have a particular hole to fill, but have their biggest need at the shooting guard position. Burks has ideal size and athleticism and a scoring touch, averaging 17.1 as a freshman and 20.5 as a sophomore.
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11.  Golden State Warriors – Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU
Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis both have injury concerns. Fredette would give them a scorer that can hit from anywhere on the floor.
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12.  Utah Jazz – Marcus Morris, SF/PF, Kansas
Morris has the ability to play either forward positions, but is more suited for small forward in the NBA. He joins Paul Milsap, Al Jefferson, and Derrick Favors to form a solid frontcourt.
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13.  Phoenix Suns – Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State
Mychal Thompson’s son averaged 22.1 points per game in his junior year. He has good size and a pure jump shot. With an $18 million option on Vince Carter and 38-year old Grant Hill entering free agency, the Suns have a void at the two-guard.
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14. Houston Rockets – Donatas Motiejunas, PF, Lithuania
The Rockets don’t have any glaring holes, but the could use some more size in the middle. At seven feet and lefty he could give Houston a nice scoring touch on the offensive side and an interior presence on the defensive side.
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By Adam Holtz
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When you pay your annual dues for a fantasy league, what happens to that money? Is your commissioner almost too happy to accept cash from you? Does he make a comment about how he can pay his rent now? Or mumble something about a gift for his latest girlfriend? Or maybe he goes straight to the vending machine, using one of your singles to buy himself a refreshment.
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The truth is that not many fantasy players actually know what happens with their dues money. All too often, commissioners will either deposit it in their bank account or spend it straight out of their wallet (that is, if you pay your dues with cash – which is probably your own fault to begin with). Then, when the season ends, the commish either struggles to pay the winner(s), or flat out doesn’t pay winnings (“I guess I forgot – I’ll take care of it soon”) at all.
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Worse yet, when the commissioner does actually pay prizes, he probably pays out less money than the winner is expecting, using an excuse of, “Well, a couple guys never paid the dues this year, so the prize money is less.”
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Do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you? They shouldn’t, but you know they do. They happen all the time. Commissioners are imperfect people with good intentions (or sometimes bad people with nefarious intentions) who can (and do) make mistakes and poor decisions. People get away without paying in for the year, and commissioners get away with paying out less than they take in, as well as paying in an untimely fashion. And while these people are seldom penalized for such laziness and/or selfishness, the people who do things the “right” way are likewise never rewarded for having done so. Not cool.
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Your dues money – or more exactly, the league’s dues money, once paid – should be collected on time, kept safely in reserve, and paid out promptly. Those three points are not negotiable. No exceptions. Your commissioner owes it to your league, and all people playing in the league owe each other the respect of prompt payment. Put most simply, it is a matter of character: do the owners in your league have enough character to respect each other in this way – and if not, does the commissioner have the character to enforce these hard-and-fast rules?
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While the mode of collection and payment – as well as method of keeping the money – is open to discussion, the three main points are simply absolute. If your commissioner cannot follow those three rules for you and your league-mates, you have the following options: (a) get a different commissioner who will make sure they do follow those rules, (b) make your league a no-money league, or (c) leave the league.
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There are no excuses here, commissioners. Collect the dues money on time. Don’t insult the courtesy of those people who pay dues on time by allowing others to skate by. Enforce the deadline. Announce it weeks – even months – in advance. Threaten penalties – monetary, or maybe points, if necessary. And if someone cannot or will not pay, it’s simple: find someone else to run that team. It sounds brash, but look at it from this perspective: others pay promptly, so allowing someone a free pass for not paying on time (or at all) does those good people a disservice, and makes your life more difficult as well. Fix the problem by eliminating it. Don’t let any faux friendships get in the way, either (“Aw, c’mon, man, we’re buds – you know I’m good for it!”). Everyone agreed to pay the dues; they know the score. Now it’s time to pay the piper. However you collect the money is up to you and the people in your league – cash (not recommended), check, Paypal, bank transfer, etc. – just make sure everyone knows how they can pay, and when they need to pay.
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When it comes to holding other people’s money, it is a responsibility that cannot be taken seriously enough. It makes no difference what the amount is – it’s not your money! What belongs to the league must absolutely be kept separate from one’s personal spending money. (For a real estate broker, such co-mingling of personal and business money would land you in jail.) Whether you open up a separate bank account, put all the money in a jar in your closet, whatever. But don’t you dare use that money to buy anything for yourself – or anyone else! Not even for the cute girl who’s flirting with you from across the room at the bar (besides, you’re tipsy anyway – who knows if she’s flirting with you or with the other guy sitting at the very next table?); trust me, that money is much better off being kept in your pocket than being spent on drinks for her (this advice goes double if you are married). Again, just remember, it’s not your money!
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If you do your job on steps 1 and 2 (collecting and keeping), then step 3 (paying out) will be a breeze. Everyone who has prize money coming will know that you have it and will be able to pay them promptly. It’s not your money anyway, right? You collected from everybody, right? You’ve kept it separate from your money…right? So now you’ll pay them all immediately after the season ends…. RIGHT? So do it! Easy! ‘Nuff said.
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Now, here is where we get into the disclaimer portion of the column. No one is advocating for or against any of the companies named below. I am simply mentioning some of the most widely used companies, and I encourage readers to go and check for themselves which one they think is best for their league(s). There, disclaimer done.
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The commissioner’s job can be made much, MUCH simpler (not to mention more transparent and trustworthy) with the help of an online dues service. There are a couple of sites out there offering these services; the ones I hear mentioned most often are LeagueSafe and Fantasy Sports Vault. With services such as these, your members can securely pay dues online with a credit card or e-check, or even with paper checks to the commish or the service’s home office, who then submit electronic payments on those owners’ behalf (these options vary depending on provider and specific league settings). Then, the money is held securely by the service provider’s bank on your behalf, with a detailed accounting of who paid in what and when. After the season, prizes are paid out according to your league’s specific rules. Pretty straight forward.
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Using a service such as this will make the commissioner’s life easier in a number of ways:  Everyone gets the exact same notifications to pay their dues; everyone can see when the deadline is, and what penalties apply if they fail to pay on time; everyone knows where the money is kept; everyone knows the winner(s) will be paid promptly. And best of all, most of the services provided by these sites is completely FREE. (Some options are provided for a fee, but there is always at least one “free option” for paying dues and receiving prize money.)
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Commissioners: Your job is not always easy, but you know that. You do it anyway. There’s no problem in looking out for yourself, as well as for your league’s integrity. I’m not necessarily advocating for the use of an online dues management service; however, I am advocating for the three firm rules I mentioned above: on-time collection, legitimate safe keeping of dues money, and prompt payouts. If a commissioner can do all three without the online help, then by all means, feel free. But I don’t see a situation where using such a service makes the commish’s job more difficult. If there is one, I’d like to hear about it! Comments or emails are welcomed, as always.
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Adam Holtz is a former college sports information director living in southern Minnesota. His 15 years of playing fantasy sports – as well as 15 years of commissioner work – have given him a wealth of experience on which to draw. In fact, he’s probably a better commissioner than he is a fantasy player: his wife’s team swept him in two head-to-head games last football season. He is very eager to get some revenge – and to sleep on the couch.
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Email the Commish: adam.holtz(at)gmail.com or check out his blog at champguy.blogspot.com.

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Here’s a look at some fantasy basketball players that blew up the box score last night.
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Toney Douglas, New York Knicks
Douglas scored 17 points with three rebounds, two assists, and a block. He’s averaging 15.8 points in his past five games.
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Paul George, Indiana Pacers
George scored 23 points with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. He could get some extra run as the season winds down.
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Reggie Evans, Jerryd Bayless, and Sonny Weems, Toronto Raptors
Evans scored 15 points with 13 rebounds. He won’t usually score like that, but he can help you in the rebounding category. Bayless scored 28 points with two rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Jose Calderon returned, making him a risky play. Weems added 17 points with four rebounds, four assists, and a steal. He’s been in double-figures for three straight games.
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Brandon Bass, Orlando Magic
Bass scored 19 points with eight rebounds and an assist. He’s averaging 13.8 points in his past five games. continue reading »

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Here’s a look at some fantasy basketball players that blew up the box score last night.
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Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers
Turner scored 21 points with three rebounds, five assists, and a steal. He should get some run down the stretch with Louis Williams out with a hamstring injury.
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Dante Cunningham, Charlotte Bobcats
Cunningham scored ten points with 11 rebounds and two steals. He’s an inconsistent option. Gerald Henderson added 15 points.
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Ryan Hollins, Cleveland Cavaliers
Hollins scored 16 points with two rebounds, a steal, and a block. Look elsewhere.
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Anthony Randolph and Martell Webster, Minnesota Timberwolves
Randolph scored 20 points with ten rebounds, a steal, and two blocks. Kevin Love is going to try to play again this year, but Randolph is a solid play any game Love misses. Webster added 16 points with five rebounds, but he’s too inconsistent to trust. continue reading »

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