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Welcome back to Chainmail, where the turkey is defr....hold on one sec. WILL! Get the turkey out of the freezer and see if it'll fit in the microwave...sorry about that. Welcome back to Chainmail, where the turkey is defrosting very, very quickly, eleven pans of green bean casserole are being prepared because it is the best dish of the day, and yogurt pie is served for a delectable, high-class treat.

This past week or so has brought both joy and devastation to the Kingdom, similar to Aunt Terry who blesses you with delicious stuffing and then curses you with green (throws up in mouth but swallows it) jello (throws up and doesn't swallow it) salad. The Kings enjoyed a fantastic draft, selecting Tyrese Haliburton, a top-5 talent, 12th overall, and then followed that up by taking two potential late first rounders in the low forties with Robert Woodard and Jahmi'us Ramsey.

As with all things Kings-related in this universe, that delightful day was followed by some consternation and confusion. We're now six days into free agency, and Monte McNair has yet to pull the trigger on a single signing, and he also allowed Bogdan Bogdanovic to bounce to Atlanta for no compensation after a pretty attractive deal with the Milwaukee Bucks fell apart. It's been a confusing little while for the fan base.

So let's talk about how your feeling! Who do you think the Kings should pursue in free agency? Do you believe Will or I would have handled the Bogi situation differently? What would be our player or role comps for our new draftees? Does Will own all of Twitter after Tuesday night's beautiful performance and his winning mindset?

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November 25, 2020 8:37 am

Now what?

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November 25, 2020 8:45 am
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November 25, 2020 10:28 am
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It will work out. Even Rocky the owl got released from the evil chopped down Christmas tree Debacle. comment image

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November 25, 2020 8:43 am

The Herald is brave for opening up chainmail the day after the Bogi situation…here comes the flood of questions!

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November 25, 2020 8:48 am

I’m curious to know how you guys were able to land Jerry Reynolds to become part of the Kings Herald family. Was it easier/harder than you thought it was going to be? Were there other people you had in mind if Jerry didn’t work out?

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November 25, 2020 8:54 am
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Kilo after kilo of raw, uncut coke.

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November 25, 2020 8:59 am

Are we tanking or aren’t we tanking?

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November 25, 2020 9:55 am
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See, I define tanking in the traditional sense, which is not intentionally losing. It’s going young to grow something better, collecting assets, and maintaining financial flexibility – all of which are likely result in additional losses in the short term and potentially more valuable draft assets as a result.

So yes, or at least I sincerely hope that is what we are doing.

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November 25, 2020 9:59 am
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I’d have to see a couple more data points to really say either way.

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November 25, 2020 10:04 am

For sure. Small sample size so far suggests he is going to emphasis growth in the young core and de-emphasis older and more expensive veterans.

Of course, he could go out and sign Whiteside for a bunch of money and we would be right back at square one.

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November 25, 2020 11:22 am
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Kinda. I mean, we basically have two data points so far:

  1. Not matching Bogdan – which could suggest a move towards youth and/or flexibility.
  2. Not retaining Giles – which is exactly the type of low-cost, low-risk, young talent you would think a team planning to “emphasis growth in the young core and de-emphasis older and more expensive veterans” would find appealing.

Ultimately, it’s also reasonable that he simply didn’t see either of them as significant moves in either direction.

We also have the Fox deal, but I think that one was just a given regardless of overall direction of the franchise. The extension was inevitable and could reasonably be considered part of either path.

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November 25, 2020 11:25 am

I think Giles wanted no part of Sacramento.

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November 25, 2020 11:48 am
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This is kinda my assumption as well, honestly. And really, unless they were going to offer him A LOT more money, why would he?

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November 25, 2020 11:25 am

Why are you saying that the failure to retain Giles by Divac provides any indication as to McNair’s strategy?

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November 25, 2020 11:47 am
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I’m not saying that definitively. And you’re right that because of Divac’s choice, Monte didn’t really decide to retain or not retain Giles. He decided not to pursue a particular free agent. Ultimately, as I said, I don’t think we really have any definitively clues to McNair’s overall vision yet.

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November 25, 2020 11:51 am

I think not matching on Bobo sends a pretty clear signal, even if it’s only to serve notice that he’s not going to automatically do what Vlade Divac would have done in the same situation. Hell, were he still in charge, he’d have somehow managed to pay Bogdan even more money.

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November 25, 2020 12:09 pm

More data points:

  1. keeping draft picks instead of trading for cash or veterans.
  2. not pursuing veteran players via free agency.

I think both of those are pretty clear indicators of the front office’s priorities. The Giles situation…that one definitely seems to go counter to the narrative to me.

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November 25, 2020 12:10 pm
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We’ll see if the Whiteside rumors are true, as well.

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November 25, 2020 12:25 pm
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You mean something we should have done two years ago. Sign me up.

Above average players (Barnes, Bogi, Hield) work great with superstars, we lack superstars at this juncture. Possibly Fox, wishing upon a star, he becomes a superstar and selling my soul Bagley does also, but draft is where we can cash in for the future and or trade for an up and coming star with high draft amo

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November 25, 2020 9:02 am

Given how McNair has handled the draft and free agency, what further moves or strategy would qualify McNair as successful in his first year as GM(in your opinion)?

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November 25, 2020 12:15 pm
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I think this is a really interesting question. He has instant good will for just not being Vlade, but that could change quickly if the team is enduring multiple long losing streaks (which I think is likely).

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November 25, 2020 3:00 pm
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Well, fuck me. I just saw the Whiteside notification so I think we all know the answer before I even asked the question. I should be asking: who is actually running the Kings and why do they keep repeating the same mistakes?

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November 25, 2020 2:08 pm
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Has to be his ability to dump the albatross contracts for draft picks and/or young players, right?

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November 25, 2020 9:06 am

We all know what launched the warriors dynasty: them signing Steph to a highly undervalued contract in 2013 due to his bum ankles.

I have this fantasy / delusion about Marvin Bagley’s injuries being a blessing in disguise. If the Kings can sign him long term at a low rate due to his prolific injury history, and he can then stay on the court and fulfill his potential like Steph did – together with the kings tanking this season for a high 2021 draft pick, that pick being a stud, fox taking a leap, some other lucky breaks here and there – I feel like that’s our best shot at realizing enough upside to become a championship contender.

So the question is – what are the chances Bagley’s injuries turn out to be a blessing in disguise?

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November 25, 2020 12:29 pm
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Is this VIvek?

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November 25, 2020 9:08 am

Thoughts on Jeremy Lin on a slightly above minimum contract to mentor Haliburton?

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November 25, 2020 9:10 am

What’s your thoughts on Buddy Hield €œliking€ this tweet? I’ll be honest, it’s the last straw for me with this 🤡
He is going to get his chance to start and prove himself, and this is how he responds to the challenge?

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November 25, 2020 9:30 am
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At this point, you have to wonder if he’s wading into full locker room cancer territory. Fighting with the coach, trashing the org publicly, vocal about not even wanting to play for the team.

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November 25, 2020 9:43 am
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Exactly my fear, and while I was OK letting Bogi walk, this sort of behavior reminds me of why it was a risky move.
It also begs the question, how is Buddy going to perform? Is he going to sulk, and further tank his value, while requesting Monte to trade him?

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November 25, 2020 10:01 am
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If he’s being played properly, he’s likely to have success, in which case, his attitude will be fine.

I should clarify that I don’t think that situational good vibes are nearly enough for a professional to muster. He’s got to grow up in that regard, and at twenty-eight, you generally don’t find big personality adjustments. It may be that he is who we think he is.

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November 25, 2020 10:36 am
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He’s a small minded narcissist who can’t dribble

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November 25, 2020 10:06 am
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I think the message to Buddy should be something like this…

“Look, we know you want to be traded and we are willing to accommodate that desire. What we need from you is to play hard and stay positive so that it will make you more desirable to other teams. Continuing to play poorly, pout, make negative comments to the media only lowers the likelihood that we can trade you.”

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November 25, 2020 9:57 am
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To me, it’s clear that he already has that reputation around the league, which is why he may not have the trade value that a shooter of his caliber should have.

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November 25, 2020 2:10 pm
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This is why I hate the idea of adding Whiteside to this locker room. 3 young draft picks don’t need to see Buddy and Hassan giggling in the corner of the locker room after a loss, posting dumb GIFs to Twitter.

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November 25, 2020 10:33 am
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just Wow. what a piece of shit.

fuck Buddy Hield.

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November 25, 2020 5:08 pm
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I love that this was edited.

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November 25, 2020 1:55 pm
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Buddy sucks too much on the court to also suck this much off the court imo

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November 25, 2020 9:24 am

Who gets traded first: Buddy Hield or Harrison Barnes?

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November 25, 2020 10:38 am
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You haven’t heard? Buddy Hield is the only player in the NBA that is untradable.

well… him and John Wall. Sorry.

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November 25, 2020 10:45 am
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[Giant Bong Rip]

Wall for Hield, Barnes and (maybe) Cash Considerations.

[checks NBA Trade Machine]

Furk.

That Cash Considerations dude is a tough MF’er to move.

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November 25, 2020 9:27 am

What does Walton have to do to keep his job this season?

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November 25, 2020 11:10 am

Not be Walton for about 70 games or so.

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November 25, 2020 11:23 am
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November 25, 2020 12:33 pm
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Stay away, except to bring breakfast burritos once a week.

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November 25, 2020 9:32 am

What potential trades do you see for guys like Buddy, Barnes, CoJo, Bjelica?

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November 25, 2020 9:51 am

How do you plan to cope through the painful part of a proper team building endeavor? Do you have any advice to Kings fans who have grown attached to some the players from the Vlade era?

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November 25, 2020 9:57 am

Who’s left in free agency that you would sign?

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November 25, 2020 10:00 am
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I am available. Six figure salary is fine, I don’t even need a seventh digit!

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November 25, 2020 10:08 am
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I would gladly be the token “end of the bench white guy waving a towel and giving high-fives” on an NBA roster. And I would even do it for less than the league minimum!

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November 25, 2020 10:13 am
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I’d do it for nothing, if I would get free breakfasts.

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November 25, 2020 11:45 am
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Breakfasts, you say?

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November 25, 2020 11:28 am
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We already hired that guy to be head coach.

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November 25, 2020 10:27 am
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Who do we have under contract?
Perimeter
Fox
Joseph
Hield
James
Haliburton (presumedly)
Woodard (presumedly)
Jeffries (presumedly)
Ramsey (Presumedly)

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Barnes
Bjelica
Bagley
Parker
Holmes

So that’s 13. Room for 5 more including two-way slots. With some desperate need at C and SF, IMO.

So I’d say:

O’Quinn
Korkmaz
Patton (2-way)
Lamine Diane (2-way)
And one of Bates-Diop, Zhaire Smith, MKG, RHJ, Iwundu, N’Doye

And/or obviously sit back and see who shakes loose from other rosters.

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November 25, 2020 10:32 am

Kings attempted to sign Iwundu, but he signed with the Mavericks instead. I would look at Zhaire and Korkmaz. Younger guys with some potential.

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November 25, 2020 11:54 am
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Beat me to it.

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November 25, 2020 10:33 am

Who is “Perimeter” and can he play center or SF?

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November 25, 2020 10:35 am
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Also, have we gotten Cash Considerations this year yet? He seems to always be in the King’s offseason plans.

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November 25, 2020 11:07 am
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No, this year we go with Cap Flexibility.

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November 25, 2020 11:18 am
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well, Considerations wasn’t helping in the win column. Maybe Flexibility can contribute moving forward.

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November 25, 2020 12:37 pm
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Just posted on Kings site 2nd rounder and cash considerations for the draft rights to KMart Jr

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November 25, 2020 2:14 pm
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Cash Considerations retired to The Palms a few years back:

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November 25, 2020 12:35 pm
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Meter is only a little over 3ft. So don’t count on Peri contributing at the 4/5

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November 25, 2020 5:09 pm
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METRIC SYSTEM HUMOR.

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November 25, 2020 2:05 pm
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AND 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

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November 25, 2020 11:54 am

I’d get behind korkmaz and zhaire, but iwundu is off the table.

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November 25, 2020 10:22 am

What are you thankful for in 2020, after everything that’s happened and is still happening?

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November 25, 2020 10:23 am

Following this team is like attending a vegan thanksgiving. Your thoughts?

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November 25, 2020 10:28 am
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My daughter went vegan a few years back. Tomorrow, we will attempt to make the Trader Joe’s version of Tofurky for her.

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November 25, 2020 10:33 am
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I have been vegan for a few years. Had that Tofurkey thing from Trader Joe’s and it was good.

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November 25, 2020 11:04 am
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Thanks Hobby – I’ve tried some of her vegan stuff (tofu dumplings, beyond burgers, etc), they’ve really upped their game.

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November 25, 2020 11:17 am
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I stick more of a conventional vegan diet. Fruit, veggies, nuts. There are some good Chickpea or Lentil noodles out there. I tend to avoid the fake meat type products, generally, due to all the added ingredients that I can not pronounce.

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November 25, 2020 11:30 am
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Honestly, I don’t really get the fake meat thing. If I’m making a vegan meal, which I do pretty regularly for family members and friends, I don’t really feel the need to include things pretending to be meat.

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November 25, 2020 11:31 am

Defeats the purpose, imo

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November 25, 2020 11:40 am
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I suppose it depends on your rational for being Vegan. I mean, if you LOVE the meat experience, but HATE the ethical issues. Then I guess I can kinda see it.
But if you’re vegan primarily for health benefits, then it makes zero sense at all.
Again, I’d just as soon let non-meat things be non-meat things. A good pumpkin curry is as good or better than anything meat based anyway.

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November 25, 2020 11:42 am

Agree on that.

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November 25, 2020 11:49 am

*rationale.

Goldernit!

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November 25, 2020 11:32 am

Depends on how much work you like to do. When my wife (who actually knows how to cook) makes dinner, she works it most of the time to make any meat separately and add it just to ours, or we do the vegan thing as well.

If I have to make her dinner, the kid’s getting something out of a box or a bag.

That’s just science, bro.

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November 25, 2020 12:39 pm
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Thumbs up for repoing science!

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November 25, 2020 11:30 am
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I have no doubt this kid will get there eventually. She’s stuck with the vegan lifestyle since she was 15, I thought for sure she’d give it up.

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November 25, 2020 10:30 am
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Despite being a meat-eater, I have to say I’ve been part of a couple extremely delicious Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving meals. So hopefully, it ends up being a lot like those in terms of “making something high-quality and enjoyable despite working with limited resources.”

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November 25, 2020 10:49 am

Yea we’ve had some good Friendsgiving memories as well, not having family around.

I’m on day 12 of a flooring, bathroom x2, and whole house paint remodel, displaced in our freezing garage. I could definitely do an epic run-on sentence for sure, so anything my wife is able to pull off tomorrow will be nothing short of a miracle.

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November 25, 2020 4:41 pm
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That is an epic remodel, indeed.

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November 25, 2020 10:25 am

Two part question:

A.) What is the exact amount of cap space that was secured by not matching Bogi’s offer?

B.) What do you see as possible uses of that cap space (i.e. bad contract with pick/prospect; free agent haha).

And Bonus third part:

C.) Are any of those possible scenarios in using the cap space more beneficial to the Kings than Bogi’s value as a trade asset?

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November 25, 2020 10:29 am
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C. Yes. Cap flexibility allows you to absorb crappy deals like the Nic Batums of the world if you can extract significant cap assets from him.

For example, Bogi may not have been worth a 1st by himself, but you could get a 1st and more if you take on Batum with that same cap space.

That’s why some of us have been screaming for more cap flexibility for a while now. It allows you to pounce when an opportunity presents itself.

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November 25, 2020 11:01 am
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this fact makes me even more angry about the bad choice of Buddy over Bogi or the bad choice of not retaining Bogi to simply trade him later for assets.

Buddy should have been traded on draft night.

They would have more cap space to take on bad contracts had they traded Buddy and kept Bogi instead.

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November 25, 2020 11:15 am
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Why is there this belief that teams can just magically force trades in the NBA? This is not a video game. Other teams have to actually agree to the trade offers from other teams. None of us know what deals may or may not have been out there as a return for Buddy or any other player on the roster. If the offers for Buddy was were bad and McNair accepted them , then there would be outrage that he got swindled. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.

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November 25, 2020 11:17 am
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I am confident that Monty has been exploring Buddy trades.

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November 25, 2020 11:29 am
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Yeah, I suspect Buddy’s market may take some time to develop, and that he’s actually a better candidate to move closer to the deadline.

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November 25, 2020 11:20 am
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Monty is going to shed all of Buddy, Bogi, Barnes and CoJo. However, they are all different assets. Bogi was a RFA, which made the process different than trading Buddy.

Monty tried to trade Bogi. Bogi’s people blew it up (understandably so, mind you) and so Monty was left with a choice between two things that have risk.

We shall see if we can get value for the rest of the bad assets (based on contract/production value) that Monty inherited.

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November 25, 2020 11:29 am
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You could say (if you were so inclined) that Bogi’s people outplayed him.

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November 25, 2020 11:37 am
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Or more to the point, they fucked McNair after agreeing in principle to the Milwaukee deal. Two organizations don’t get that close to completing a transaction like that without the player acceding to it. McNair might be new, but he wasn’t born yesterday.

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November 25, 2020 11:41 am
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I read that there was discussion of swapping Bledsoe for Bogdan (among other picks, etc) but the Kings were insistent on have DiVicenzo in the deal, which might have thrown a wrench in the deal. Then the Jrue Holiday deal materialized, which made things even more complicated.

I don’t think we will ever know the full story.

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November 25, 2020 11:47 am
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Or more to the point, they fucked McNair after agreeing in principle to the Milwaukee deal.

Sounds like a potential learning experience then.

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November 25, 2020 11:55 am
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Mainly, don’t deal with the clients of that agent.

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November 25, 2020 11:58 am
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I guess that’s A way of handling it.

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November 25, 2020 12:42 pm
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Any thoughts that Bucks taking potential PT away with Jrue deal, was part of the cause for Bogi to pull out?

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November 25, 2020 12:48 pm
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If he’s under the impression that he’s a starting player on a legit title contender, he is mistaken. So, the Holiday deal may definitely be a factor.

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November 25, 2020 2:48 pm
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I read that a podcast on The Ringer said that Bledsoe was originally supposed to be part of the BB8 deal. When Bledsoe was traded to NO, the Bucks were no longer able to pay BB8 the amount they promised to pay him. Apparently that’s what caused him to kill the deal.