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In basketball the 2013-2014 season very well may come to an end tonight with Game Five of the NBA Finals as the Spurs look to continue their roll as a death machine and add more to the legacy of their group of stars that includes coach Greg Popovich. Here are some links if you have some down time today that include the Finals, your New Orleans Pelicans and more:
The Shots are Still Falling: Zach Lowe looks at a Spurs’ offense that feels like it hasn’t missed since the first round against the Mavericks.
The Other Side of the Ball: It has been overlooked because the Spurs haven’t missed, but their defense has been great too. John Shuhmann takes a look at that.
Draft Stuff: There was news this weekend that the Pelicans were looking to trade into the first round to acquire a small forward or center. If they do so there is a chance that the player they could draft would be a freshman like Kentucky’s James Young. Here is a piece about underclassmen entering the draft with some interesting numbers:
Only 7.4 percent of all underclassmen in the past nine years haven’t been picked. When you eliminate 2005 — the last year of high school eligibility — from the equation, thepercentage drops to 6.5.
Point is, in most cases, players are getting the right advice — and freshmen that have the guts to go are picked every single season, with one exception: Jereme Richmond (Illinois, 2011). Within the context of the draft itself, and where they get picked, it’s a more nuanced discussion. Sometimes leaving and getting picked in the second round might not be the right decision — but you never know because staying a year/improving stock is a what-if.
New Orleans Pelicans News: Some important Pelicans related things from John Reid. First on Greg Monroe:
While the Pelicans, with about $7 million in salary cap room, don’t appear to have enough cap space to sign Monroe, a source said the team has made some initial inquiries to the Pistons about the possibility of working out a sign-and-trade deal.
Second, some more news on the Adray Blatche rumors from earlier this weekend. It doesn’t seem the pairing will happen after all according to Reid.
In other team-related news, a league source said the Pelicans won’t pursue signing New Jersey Nets power forward Andray Blatche in free agency, although several internet reports indicated there is mutual interest.
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