How will the Clippers look after the trade deadline passes? Can Kawhi be seen as a bad guy? And how can anybody beat the Warriors? Only question left is: You in?
Coach Nick is reunited with friend Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) as the two discuss several topics.
The LA Clippers are in no-mans land as they could compete for an 8th seed but should they focus on a rebuild? There is no doubt that they are in a better spot for the future after the Blake Griffin trade. Also it is very likely that Lou Williams and DeAndre Jordan will be moved before the deadline. In addition, it is very difficult to predict what direction the Pistons are going in.
Later on, what does the injury to Boogie Cousins mean for his future? How much will that affect his contract situation and could he be traded? Plus, hopefully it will give him time to rehab and come back stronger.
The Kawhi Leonard situation is brought up, and is it possible for him to be jettisoned out of San Antonio? While that is unlikely, it could happen if he has a hard falling out with Coach Popovich.
Finally the Cleveland saga continues as they still are struggling. A trade seems like the logical explanation but they may be easier said than done. The contracts of JR Smith, Tristan Thompson, and Iman Shumpert are nearly impossible to move. Kevin Love is the one who should be moved but Rob has an idea on how they fix it internally.
Lastly, the topic of who is worthy of Defensive Player of the Year is debated. In addition, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are having phenomenal years.
Full details available on this week’s Bball Breakdown NBA Podcast
0:45 Reuniting with Rob Perez
3:15 Blake Griffin Trade
8:50 Boogie Cousins injury
12:50 Possible trades around the league
17:25 Cleveland needs to figure out problems in the locker room
25:50 Kevin Durant DPOY
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