The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content around the Internet
Last night the Sixers announced that Joel Embiid would undergo a second surgery on his right foot and is set to miss the entire 2015-16 season. Mike Sielski takes a look at how devastating this news must be to Embiid, who’s yet to make his NBA debut. Much of the talk has been about how Sam Hinkie erred by selecting Embiid, but lost in all of that is the horribleness of this news for the player himself. It’s going to be a difficult journey going forward as he tries to get past his career-threatening injuries.
Wilson Chandler agreed to a $46 million extension last night that no one is quite sure exactly how it’s structured. Mark Deeks, one of the Internet’s greatest capologists, dives deep into obscure CBA rules to suss out exactly how Denver can extend its veteran in the first place, a quite rare occurrence. It would appear that the Nuggets are utilizing cap space in this season to lock up favorable figures for Chandler going forward. Notably, Deeks finds that by rule, Denver cannot extend him more than three additional seasons.
With a wild free agency period finally just about settled, Paul Flannery examines the state of the NBA going into 2015-16. He breaks down the league into tiers of competitiveness from “The Contenders” to “Rebuilding, or should be.” Golden State, Cleveland and San Antonio are no surprises as the first group, but plenty has changed down the line.
Andy Tobo pens a wonderfully sharp and personal piece about the Mavericks’ perpetual state of retooling in recent seasons and its predictable failure. The best free agents are attracted to winning above all else, as we’ve seen time and time again. By eschewing long-term building in order to maintain yearly flexibility for big free agents, Mark Cuban and the Mavs ultimately took themselves out of contention for nearly every star. Now that DeAndre Jordan has signed back in Los Angeles, Dallas will have to pick up the pieces at Dirk’s expense.
Chandler Parsons went in on DeAndre Jordan. Parsons is understandably upset after Jordan flipped on his verbal agreement to join Dallas and made no attempt to inform Mark Cuban of his intentions. Parsons pulls no punches and gives his very honest thoughts on the entire situation from start to finish.