Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns
November 15, 2014
7:30 p.m. PST
FOX Prime Ticket
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Goran Dragic’s classic Halloween prank sits below. Just make sure you watch the Archie Goodwin part.
1. So, do you think the Suns would mind giving the Clippers Gerald Green out of the goodness of their hearts?
Andrew Lynch, Hardwood Paroxysm, (@AndrewLynch): Not at all. And hey, let’s throw Miles Plumlee in as well. And all I’ll ask in return is one little, itsy-bitsy DeAndre Jordan. Sounds fair, right? You get two guys who can get up and participate in Lob City for the price of one. Doc, call me. We can work this out.
Andy Liu, (@AndyKHLiu): The funny (not so funny) thing here is that Gerald Green helps fit an exact role. He comes off the bench and does flammable stuff to the basket. The guy that’s probably going to be traded is Goran Dragic (?) although the Suns wouldn’t consider this until the last possible moment or if they’re in a heavy slump. I guess the Clippers wouldn’t mind that Bledsoe guy back..
Patrick James, (@patrickmjames): I don’t think Gerald Green is the answer for L.A.’s wing defense issues, but he’d certainly improve the team’s dismal watchability—and make it harder for opponents to put their best wing defender on Chris Paul late in games. So I guess my answer is “I hope so?”
2. Take your Sixth Man of the Year pick: Isaiah Thomas or the field?
Lynch: Thomas. He’ll put up the numbers, and I think voters will implicitly recognize the “Leaves Sacramento, keeps being awesome” storyline in their selection of Thomas. If the Suns make the playoffs, this is a mortal lock.
Liu: The field. Isn’t it about time Manu Ginobili wins another one? Coming off a championship doesn’t hurt, either.
James: His tiny stature works in his favor here—6MOY is kind of a back-handed compliment, or at least an arbitrary one, along the lines of “pound-for-pound” praise. And despite that, dude’s got a gaudy 26.3 PER going, so he’s as good a pick as any. Worth watching beyond this tiny sample: Thomas’ stats in the Suns’ five wins are stellar; they’re putrid in the three losses.
3. Was five years, $70 million too much, too little or just enough for Eric Bledsoe?
Lynch: Just right. Yeah, the Suns were negotiating against themselves at the end, and they didn’t need to offer Bledsoe as much as they did. But doing so was making right by Bledsoe, and it sends the right message to the locker room and to potential free agents. Phoenix has a ton of young, talented players on movable deals, and Bledsoe might be the crown jewel of the collection.
Liu: We’re contractually (lol) obligated to mention “New Tv Deal! so every contract is OK” whenever a player gets paid, right? The Suns aren’t exactly in a tough cap situation after this signing, like say, the Golden State Warriors. The more important part might be how they deal with Goran Dragic’s contract when Thomas is playing so well in crunch time.
James: In a truly free market, the appropriate value of an Eric Bledsoe contract would be closer to 1 million years for infinity-billion dollars. So when you take that into account, $70M/5 feels like a steal. OK, sure, there’s always the lurking fear of injury with him. But while the league may be full of great point guards, only one of them has the apt-as-hell nickname of “Mini-Lebron.”