The Starting 5 – A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet
LaMarcus Aldridge agreed to a four-year max deal to play in San Antonio, sending shock waves throughout the NBA. Jeff McDonald has the San Antonio perspective from all sides and offers some interesting background into how the Spurs finally became big-time free agent players. He includes some key details, including that Popovich likely assured Aldridge that he’s going to coach out his contract until 2019.
Another great breakdown of the Aldridge free agency saga, this one from Michael Lee. He takes more of a big picture perspective and looks at how deadly the Spurs appear to be going forward. There’s also some good analysis about how Aldridge’s style of play will fit into San Antonio. The Spurs traded their center, Tiago Splitter, to make room for Aldridge, so the team will be adapting. Regardless, this was an absolute coup for the Spurs and Lee breaks down exactly why.
John Canzano is clearly the Portland reporter who had the greatest grip on the LaMarcus Aldridge era. He goes into depth here to explain how Portland alienated Aldridge in recent seasons, what they could have done to right the wrong and why this break-up almost became inevitable. The relationship between Damian Lillard and Aldridge is highly interesting and a likely reason their All-Star power forward decided to change teams. The Spurs will treat Aldridge like the franchise cornerstone he wants to be considered.
DeAndre Jordan agreed to join Chandler Parsons and the Dallas Mavericks this weekend, and Kevin Arnovitz has the absolute scoop on what led to that decision. Jordan’s relationship with Chris Paul has been strained for years and Paul apparently didn’t make an effort to fix that in Jordan’s last season. No Clippers players met with DeAndre in free agency, and Paul was too busy on vacation with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to make a serious pitch. Arnovitz also has some details from the Clippers season that you won’t find anywhere else.
Eric Weiss and Kevin O’Connor have a wonderfully in-depth scouting report of DeAndre Jordan in wake of his joining the Dallas Mavericks. They break down Jordan’s long road to NBA superstardom with detailed looks at both his personality and playing style. There are very interesting analytical methods of scouting that you won’t find anywhere else. This is a must-read for any Jordan or Mavericks fan.