Nabbing Griffin attracts other All-Stars, think Gordon Hayward, to South Florida. Since the current iteration missed the playoffs 2 of the last 3 seasons, a total makeover seems inevitable.
Clearing Chris Bosh’s contract, moving Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside clears $61 million in cap space. Should Dion Waiters and James Johnson decide to join All-Stars Griffin and Hayward, Miami fields a starting 5 of Griffin, Waiters, Hayward, J. Johnson, Bam Adebayo. Truly positionless.
NOTE PER THE RINGER
Due to the new CBA, Rudy Gobert’s recent inclusion on the All-Defense first team comes with a cap hit increase of $500,000 for the Jazz.
...this development could turn out to be a significant one for Utah, which, cap holds included, is over the cap as of this moment.
Potential luxury tax bill could spell trouble keeping Hayward in Utah For injury-prone Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers may not want to risk a five-year deal.
Couper Morehead, of heat.com, writes in his article, Bam Adebayo Fits The Modern NBA Today And Tomorrow,”
You’re probably more than a little familiar with how positional designations have, year-by-year, been left by the wayside. There’s nearly no such thing as a small forward anymore and centers aren’t even on the All-Star ballot anymore (it’s just frontcourt these days).
A shout out to a comment, which linked to an article from The Ringer that featured footage of Griffin’s ball-handling mastery.
Blake noticed how much leeway Erik Spoelstra gave J. Johnson to handle the ball and could lust for the same opportunity. Pat Riley loves Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s play as a tall point guard, and might give Griffin, who is only 28, his chance at initiating the offense. Nothing is sacred with Pat Riley, except winning championships.
Dragic and Whiteside would have to be moved, but have they peaked? If so, the salary cap picture changes yet again. Why go for one All-Star, when birds of a feather flock together? Stay tuned, because next week promises fireworks worthy of July 4th.