Welcome back to Chainmail, where one author has a prestigious new show with a Kings legend releasing today, and the other's claim to fame is...getting yelled at by Harry Giles in a post-game interview. We're all feeling just wonderful about ourselves today.
Anyway, existential crises aside, we have a lot to chat about in this week's mailbag. According to the Jonathan Givony of ESPN, the Kings have been one of the teams heavily shopping their first round pick heading into the draft next week. With no further specifics, that could mean Monte McNair is looking to move up, as several teams ahead of them have been aggressively shopping their selections, or he could be looking to move back and acquire an extra asset, or he could even be looking to trade completely out of the first round for a player that will help the team right now.
Outside of the draft rumors, the operations side of the franchise made a huge splash last week, hiring the nationally recognized Mark Jones as the teams mostly full-time play-by-play announcer, although it has yet to be confirmed who his replacement will be for the few games per year in which he'll be absent. The team also released their
ugly-ass new jerseys after they had been previously leaked. Our site had a small announcement on Monday as well, as we were able to acquire the services of the second-most famous man from French Lick, Indiana, Jerry Reynolds. As a thank you to the Patrons who actually allow this site to exist, we're excited to produce some content especially for you, whether that's Patreon-driven questions or Patreon-only episodes.
A few things have been happening around the league as well. The NBA and NBPA recently ratified a modified collective bargaining agreement, which included a November 20th free agency start date, an artificially inflated salary cap, and unique adjustments to player escrow and luxury tax payments. Trade rumors have also started in earnest, as Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps of ESPN have reported that the Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder have engaged in conversations regarding a Chris Paul trade, while the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Atlanta Hawks have been discussing a swap of Jarret Culver and the seventeenth pick for the sixth overall selection according to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer. Meanwhile, James Harden and Russell Westbrook may both be questioning their future with the Houston Rockets, as the team has shifted into an new era with a new GM and a new head coach. Multiple reports have mentioned the possibility of the Rockets moving on from one or both players.
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