Preseason Finale: Trail Blazers @ Suns Wednesday game thread 10-13-2021

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Some nice insight by Devin Booker looking back to the Finals.

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I really don't understand. Blocking out for rebounds is almost an instinctive reaction when playing basketball at an early age.

I agree, which is why I think some of us here get so worked up when we see guys just stand around and wait for the ball.

If I wanted $207 million dollars it wouldn't happen to me even if it is preseason.

I agree, to be fair he's also made over $40 million from his time in the NBA already so another $207 million isn't the same.

It's not a great sign while negotiating for it right now, especially with McGee looking so good and costing 15% of what Ayton is asking for annually.
 

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I agree, which is why I think some of us here get so worked up when we see guys just stand around and wait for the ball.



I agree, to be fair he's also made over $40 million from his time in the NBA already so another $207 million isn't the same.

It's not a great sign while negotiating for it right now, especially with McGee looking so good and costing 15% of what Ayton is asking for annually.

McGee is bringing it for sure. I could even hear the crowd reaction on the radio. If I were Ayton, I'd try to bring some of the same energy.

We don't hear much about Bridges extension which makes me think it is done. It's going to be kind of weird if the Suns announce his extension and not Ayton.

I do respect that James Jones has a better perspective on the situation than we do. I don't think it is Sarver being cheap.
 

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McGee is bringing it for sure. I could even hear the crowd reaction on the radio. If I were Ayton, I'd try to bring some of the same energy.

We don't hear much about Bridges extension which makes me think it is done. It's going to be kind of weird if the Suns announce his extension and not Ayton.

I do respect that James Jones has a better perspective on the situation than we do. I don't think it is Sarver being cheap.

I have the same feeling on Bridge's extension. They can't announce it before Ayton's with all that's going on there so it'll probably come down the deadline, October 18th. I hope that's the case and will be upset if it's not.
 

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I have the same feeling on Bridge's extension. They can't announce it before Ayton's with all that's going on there so it'll probably come down the deadline, October 18th. I hope that's the case and will be upset if it's not.

I feel good that Bridges will be extended and we will hear something about it as soon as we know what happens with Ayton.
 

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If I wanted $207 million dollars it wouldn't happen to me even if it is preseason.

Come on now. None of these starters in the NBA are going 100% in pre season. Especially the teams that made deep playoff runs.

Ayton has more than proven his worth.
 

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I guess some people expect more than 11 rebounds in 15 minutes......

And this is the weird issue with Ayton. He has these lapses where he just looks lost, almost like he doesn’t care or know what to do. Then his stat line shows double digit rebounds and efficient scoring.
 

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I feel good that Bridges will be extended and we will hear something about it as soon as we know what happens with Ayton.
I hope you're right, but I don't think you are.

Mikal is by far the more contentious negotiation. If they want to low ball Deandre, I would expect they want to do so even more with Mikal.

Hate to say it but I think Sarver is just thinking about the luxury tax and how to avoid it as much as possible, and not thinking about the consequences of low balling players will actually mean to his bottom line in the long run.
 

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Is he trying to say they were actually trying - because it sure didn't look like it.

If they were that team is in really really big trouble.
 

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Is he trying to say they were actually trying - because it sure didn't look like it.

If they were that team is in really really big trouble.
Now I know how other NBA fans have felt about Booker for the last 5 years. Lillard needs to **** lol
 

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I hope you're right, but I don't think you are.

Mikal is by far the more contentious negotiation. If they want to low ball Deandre, I would expect they want to do so even more with Mikal.

Hate to say it but I think Sarver is just thinking about the luxury tax and how to avoid it as much as possible, and not thinking about the consequences of low balling players will actually mean to his bottom line in the long run.

The reason I think the Bridges extension is near done is because things are so quiet about it. If things were not going well I think we would have heard something. Certainly I could be wrong.
 

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The reason I think the Bridges extension is near done is because things are so quiet about it. If things were not going well I think we would have heard something. Certainly I could be wrong.
Bridges seems like a very secure individual emotionally. He does not seem driven by personal recognition or being respected just like his peers. I expect that he sees this as a good situation, wants a good contract, and will be willing to take a good deal even if it doesn't squeeze every penny out of the team. Just my take.
 

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Bridges seems like a very secure individual emotionally. He does not seem driven by personal recognition or being respected just like his peers. I expect that he sees this as a good situation, wants a good contract, and will be willing to take a good deal even if it doesn't squeeze every penny out of the team. Just my take.

This seems like a fair assessment but of course this is why players hire agents. In the video interview posted in the Suns update and discussion thread he didn't sound like a player that had a deal done.

This is a good read.


 
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