Oh my god it is actually happening!!!
The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia Sixers are finalizing a massive multi-player trade that is set to shake up the Eastern Conference in a big way.
The Nets have traded superstar guard James Harden and veteran big man Paul Millsap to the Sixers.
In return, the Sixers get: disgruntled star Ben Simmons, sharpshooter Seth Curry, veteran centre Andre Drummond, an unprotected 2022 first round draft pick and a protected 2027 first rounder.
As part of the deal: Brooklyn will have the right to defer the 2022 pick until 2023 if they so choose that path. The 2027 first round pick is reportedly top 8 protected. If Philadelphia picks in the top 8 that year, then the pick will be converted into a 2028 top 8 protected pick. And if it doesn’t convey again for a second straight year, it will become a 2028 2nd round pick with an additional $2 million in cash attached to it.
Good news for the Sixers: James Harden has agreed to opt into his $47.3 million player option for 2022/23, which guarantees he will be in Philadelphia for at least another season.
Should be interesting to see how this all plays out.
Jimmy Butler has chance to send Heat to Finals, can’t deliver after clanking wide open three off front of rim
The Miami Heat were so close to competing the comeback and heading off the NBA Finals.
They were down by two and had possession with less than 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Instead of managing the clock and waiting as long as possible to get a shot off, Butler tried to take advantage of having a wide open shot and fired off a transition three with no defenders around him with still 17 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Heat, Butler simply didn’t get enough lift into the shot and clanked it off the front of the rim.
By the end of it all, Celtics won by four and find themselves off to the next round while the Heat are forced to reminisce over what went wrong.
Did Jimmy make the right decision? Watch the video below and let us know what you think!
Raptors forward Pascal Siakam selected to All-NBA third team
Pascal Siakam accomplished something that not a lot of players that failed to make the All-Star team can do.
The Toronto Raptors forward was officially selected to the 2022 edition of the All-NBA third team after receiving 42 third-team votes and seven second-team votes.
The 28-year old played exceptional on both ends of the floor, and bounced back after a rough pandemic-shortened campaign in Tampa Bay. He averaged 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists through 68 games in 2021/22.
Siakam is just the third player in franchise history to receive the honour (Vince Carter, DeMar DeRozan). It marks the second time in his career he was selected to an All-NBA team. He was previously selected to an All-NBA second team after an impressive All-Star season in 2019/2020.
Award-winning rapper J. Cole will be playing basketball in Canada this summer
J-Cole wants to prove to everybody that he is more than just a rapper. He is also an aspiring basketball player and will get to play professionally north of the border.
The Grammy-winning artist has reportedly signed a contract to play for Canadian basketball team Scarborough Shooting Stars of the
Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).
The 37-year old previously played basketball in Africa last May with
Patriots Basketball Club of the Basketball Africa League, but left after just three games due to “family obligations”.
The Shooting Stars will open their season against the Guelph Nighthawks on May 26.