Greetings, y'all. Did anything happen last night?
Does the proposed deal that Brooklyn made make them a real legitmate threat to beat the Heat and make them the favorite to come out of the East next Year?
Adam -- Threat? Yes. Favorites? No. Assuming Derrick Rose comes back fully healthy, I have the Nets slotted behind the Heat, Bulls and Pacers in that order. Not sold that they'll hold up the entire season. Great trade for them though in the short-term, though. Not my money.
The craziest and most entertaining draft in recent years, isn't it?
Derek -- Yup. My head was spinning after the first pick. It fell off when the Dream came out to shake David Stern's hand.
Does Atlanta drafting Schroeder mean they likely let Jeff Teague go?
far north -- Nope. Schroeder's a long play. If Teague leaves, it won't be because of him.
Thank you for taking our questions today, Tom. Apart from the obvious answer of Anthony Bennett, which draftee should be the happiest about the way things went yesterday?
Jay -- Cody Zeller. Getting picked fourth is fantastic news for a guy who some didn't think would crack the top-10. People forget, but aside from the personal satisfaction of being picked fourth, he'll make millions more than he would have if he was picked outside the top-10. He gets to play for Michael Jordan which should be cool. Playing for his barren roster? Not so much.
Did you think the Knicks went with best available last night taking Hardaway Jr.?
Alex -- If we're going by name, he's probably the best available. Hardaway's tend to do well in the NBA. Outside of that, I thought it was a reach.
Tom, who wins the Nets-Celtics trade, should it go down?
Deven -- Can I say they both win? No? Fine. If I have to pick one, I think the Nets slightly "won" the trade, if only because they'll have more certainty on their side which feels crazy to say considering they netted three players north of 35 years old. But they'll probably contend in the East and the Celtics are hoping to build an East contender in a few years. Still like the trade for the Celtics though.
How shocked are you that Anthony Bennett went #1 overall?
Deven -- I spat out my coffee. Does that count?
How much will Ray Allen re-up for with the Heat?
Deven -- He could opt out and secure more money from the Heat but it won't be much more than the $3.2M he was owed in his 2013-14 player option. Expect him to be back with the Heat.
What kind of impact do you foresee Trey Burke having with the Jazz?
Preston -- Strong. Because his name is not "Jamaal Tinsley" or "Earl Watson."
As a Pacers fan, I'm a little upset after last night. Please explain the Solomon Hill pick for me.
Matt -- The bad news: Hill's 22 years old. The good news: so is Lance Stephenson. The Pacers aren't lacking for young talent, not with Stephenson and Paul George who just turned 23 years old.
I love the Utah Jazz youth. You can start Burke, Burke, Haywood, Favors and Kanter. Are they becoming one of those young teams we can all look forward to watching, like an OKC.
jdote -- So do I. Can't wait to see what Favors and Kanter do with more playing time. I wouldn't mind it if they brought Paul Millsap back on a reasonable deal, but Utah has a bright, young nucleus. Also say hello to the Athenian Corner up there. My Greek family hails from Lowell. Great food.
Quality as always Tom, thanks.CJ Mcollum & Damian Lillard. Brilliant or Excessive?
Andy -- Leaning towards "brilliant" but that's a bit strong. They need to bolster that horrific bench and McCollum fits nicely next to Lillard and Batum.
If anyone is going to beat Miami, it appears it will have to be with length and shooting. That being said, I love the Tony Snell pick for Chicago.
Lee -- Not sure there's any formula. OKC and Spurs were big and shot a ton of jump shots and they both lost in the Finals. As for Snell, I'm not big on that pick. Feels a bit redundant.
What do you think Jennings will go for in free agency now that some teams filled their need at PG? Could the Bucks get him for $8 million a year or less?
Ben -- I wouldn't be surprised if a team like the Dallas Mavericks paid him $6-8 million on a one-year deal to rejuvenate his stock. That's if they lose out on the Dwight Howard sweepstakes and go with reclamation projects on one-year deals again like they did last season.
What do you think of the 76ers trade of Jrue Holiday? Here is Philly, the fans don't really like it, but Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton both really like it for us. When is the earliest the Sixers can be in contention?
Jake -- I loved it for Philly. I'm not a huge Holiday fan and think the All-Star bid was more of a fluke than for real. His post All-Star break numbers were pedestrian for a point guard (see my Twitter timeline for more). The Sixers were destined to spin in the NBA's vicious cycle of mediocrity, but now they can rebuild from the ground-up a la OKC. That middle ground in the NBA? That's not where you want to be. The earliest they could contend is probably 2015-16, but that might have been the case anyway. Much higher ceiling now.
Tom, any logical reason that Jordan passed up on Noel?
Anthony -- He's recovering from serious knee surgery and might be out for next season? I may not agree with the decision, but there are fair reasons to question Noel's future. At No. 4 though, that's a gamble I'd be willing to take.
Do you think Boston will deal Rondo before the season judging by the recent trade. Do you think they should?
Jordan -- I don't think he'll be moved, not when his trade value is so low after knee surgery. One thing to keep an eye on: it's not out of the question that he'll sit out the season a la Derrick Rose. They're in full-out tank mode and no Rondo = more 2014 ping pong balls. If Rondo is sour about the megatrade, it might be worth moving him. But only Danny Ainge knows about that.
How penalized by the luxury tax are the Nets going to be after this trade? Aren't they going to be ridiculously over the cap with all those contracts over 13 mil?
Alex -- Looking at about $80 million in luxury tax payments next season. So, pocket change for Mikhail Prokhorov.
Is drafting Oladipo a sign that Afflalo is leaving the Magic?
Jim -- Put it this way: Afflalo should pack his bags just to be safe.
Wizzards will make the playoffs with wall, beal and porter jr Right?
Flavio -- Good chance, especially with the Celtics, Bucks and the 76ers likely out of the playoff picture. What people don't know is that the Wizards had a top-10 defense after the All-Star break with John Wall back. I don't see why they can't move as high as No. 6 in the East. Who knows what the Atlanta Hawks will do this summer.
your take on MCW to philly?
Clancy -- Couldn't be lower on MCW after that dreadful loss to U of L in the Big East tournament. Then he redeemed himself in the Tourney. Great upside pick for Philly, who have all the time in the world.
best moment of the night: The French fans celebrating with the baguette. Thoughts?
Jon -- I dunno. I may be biased because I used to live in Brazil, but this was pretty great: http://images.ftw.usatoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/USP-NBA_-NBA-Draft_003-copy.jpg
Will Shane Larkin stay in Dallas? If he does, will he start right away?
Mike -- For the Mavs' sake, I hope not. I like Shane Larkin as a prospect, but a starter right out of the gate? Dirk Nowitzki deserves better at this stage in his career. And if Dirk is unhappy, things could get ugly in Dallas.
AK47 going to opt out?
George -- $10.2 million is a lot of money...
What were your thoughts on the Thunder draft haul? At the very least it looks like they've locked up the D League title for the next few years.
David -- Good one. I liked their draft, if only because the Steven Adams pick shows that they understand there will be life without Kendrick Perkins someday. The sooner, the better in my opinion.
andrew bynum to blazers any chance
MJ -- Sure, but do they really need a promising center with history of leg issues? Not sure Portland fans would be ready to stomach that after Greg Oden. At the right price, sure.
Tom, if you're OKC's management/fans/players can you ever really recover from the James Harden trade (you forever lost excitement, chance for a dynasty, that magical chemistry, etc.)...
Ben -- I'm sorry, did OKC not just win 60 games? So much for "magical chemistry."
Who made the worse pick - Cavs or Bobcats?
Harry -- I'll go with the Bob, er, Hornets. I'm getting used to the name change, too.
Does Bynum to the Bobcats make any sense? They can take chances, and there's a bank in every city.
Dan -- He needs a really strong infrastructure and leadership. Not sure the baby Bobcats is the right landing spot.
Do you see houston or dallas going after Bynum if they miss howard?
Flavio -- Yes. Definitely.
Any chance the Spurs get in the Dwight sweepstakes? I believe they have the room to do so.
Tim -- Nope. They don't. They'd have to renounce Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter to get rid of their cap holds. Doubtful.
What does the NBA do with the money it receives from kuxury taxes?
Mike -- Puts it toward designing long-sleeve jerseys. I kid. The cash is distributed to the remaining teams under the tax.
Interesting thought: Durant's stats at 24 were as good or better than LeBron's at 24. Does he have a chance to be as good as LeBron is now?
Raymond -- Durant's a freak talent so there's definitely a chance. Needs to improve dramatically on defense, though, to get on LeBron's level.
Is Reggie Bullock the missing piece for the Clippers?
Chuck -- No, Chris Paul is currently the missing piece.
Do you think the Miami heatwill see the san Antonio spurs on Christmas day?
Victor -- History says yes, but not official.
Provided Rubio and Love stay healthy, do you see the TWolves making the playoffs next year?
Abe -- That's a Pekovic-sized "provided". But yes, I'm a big fan of the Rubio-Adelman-Love connection. If healthy, that's a playoff team that could take Denver's spot.
Kings have Tyreke Evans, Jimmer, Thomas, McCallum and McClemore. Who should stay and who should go?
Dino -- If I'm picking two, gimme Thomas and McClemore. Look to trade Tyreke to Utah for one of their bigs.
If the Miami Heat 3peat, in summer 2014 do you think the big 3 will opt in or opt out and re sign more favorable contracts?
Al -- My opinion: they'll opt out, no matter what. You don't leave that money on the table for their last loooong-term contract.
And with that, I'm out. Free agency opens on Monday... Thanks for the great questions. Keep cool, my babies.