Melo vs Collins, Nurk vs Whiteside

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  1. e_blazer

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    What ever happens will have to have both the teams & players support. They'll both agree to continue the season & defer the contract expiration dates until September for FA.
    It is a technicality that needs to be addressed, but it is easily modified between the league & union.
     
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    It’s like could I be hit by lightning tomorrow? Sure. I could. Am I gonna waste my time thinking about it? No.
     
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    Zach and Nurk. We've seen what Melo and Whiteside looks like for long enough.

    Plus, its more about developing some chemistry between the two for next year.

    Do think Dame/CJ/Ariza/Collins/Nurk gives us the best chance to win though, rust or not.
     
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    I would start Zach and move Melo to the bench. We have been playing Melo way to many minutes and it shows in his game log, the games after he plays a lot of minutes are almost always slumps. If we can make him the microwave scorer off the bench and limit his minutes so he isn't playing 25-30 minutes every night, I think we would see a more consistent Melo.
    As for Nurkic and Whiteside i'd still start whiteside but have Nurkic finish games. Whiteside was always dead tired at the end of games and with Nurk back we can have them both under the 25 minute mark so they aren't tired and one of them can have fresh legs at the end of the game.
     
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    Whiteside has had a strong season, like him or not, and Melo has performed as well.

    I think thet retain their spots, with Nurk and Collins given decent minutes to come back to some form and they duke it out based on performance. the cream rises.

    in saying that, they are expiring and its a screwed season, so who knows
     
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    I do...Collins and Ariza make for two
    Arisa and Collins will complement one especially on the break and they both can cover weakside D down low. Nurk's passing ability they would also beneift from.
     
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    That is well and good, but if the league plays some, abbreviated or not, 'Regular Season' games AND any player contracts that are date specific, could expire during the regular season (just as a 10-day player contract) and so that player would have to be resigned or an agreement reached in order for them to be on the team to participate in any non-date specific playoff games. Correct?

    All-in-all, will be interesting to see how this plays out.
     
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    As I said, the agents are no doubt involved, and we know the Players Association is. I think there’s a common interest in getting the cash cow going again. The lawyers can hammer out the contract details.
     
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    That's a complication I hadn't thought of.
     
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    the cash cow can get going again. There are more than enough players under contract for next season a beyond to field full rosters. I just think there's a chance that UFA's may be in some kind of limbo if the NBA maintains the indefinite suspension of transactions. Ad again, the league can not force UFA's to play without contracts
     
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    Here's the lineup I've been waiting for:
    Defensive Player who has game on Offense
    Defensive Player who has game on Offense
    Defensive Player who has game on Offense
    Hot Dog who can get their own shot anytime
    Hot Dog who can get their own shot anytime

    If you prefer:
    3&D
    3&D
    3&D
    O's the Show
    O's the Show

    Or maybe:
    Quality Role Player
    Quality Role Player
    Quality Role Player
    Star
    Superstar

    However you put it, I'm looking forward to:
    Nurk
    Collins
    Ariza
    CJ
    Dame
     
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    You have to figure Zach is a lot less rusty than Nurk. His injury was to his non-shooting shoulder, so he probably didn't miss a ton of "active" time. Nurk had to be off his legs for quite a while and then slowly work his way back.

    The two should not be lumped in together for starting readiness.
     
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    Seeing Nurk just in drills a few months ago, he looked fluid and agile on the court, and his shot looked smooth. He will be fine. as others have mentioned, many NBA players will be rusty upon return. They have to get their NBA legs going.
     
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    nurk ready
    https://instagram.com/stories/bosnianbeast27/2321304638766147673?igshid=k9kf2n9vmkb

    and yes the only way he’s gonna shake off whatever rust he’ll have is by playing. And he’s our starting center. Whiteside was just a fill in. Now that the restrictions are off that spot is deservedly his imo. Whiteside will still get 20+ minutes.

    Melo/Collins is more of a tossup. Arguments can be made for both.
     
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    I would go Nurk, Melo, Trevor, Dame, & CJ to start. Zach, Hassan, Gary, & Anfernee subbing in. Love to see Rodney play, but his injury is way different, and usually takes longer to rehab. Those are the 9 players i figure we see, with the exception of a blowout one way or the other. I see Melo getting minutes at SF as well. And Zach can play minutes at PF/C. This team has a lot of interchangeable parts now. And other than our guards, has a TON of size.
     
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