While the Warriors sit back and talk about what shirts they’re going to wear at next year’s championship parade and how they’ll make fun of LeBron’s hairline this year, the NBA is in total chaos. Stars are going back and forth, rumors are coming in by the minute, and the battle between Woj and Shams Charania over who’s going to break news first is like a battle in Game of Thrones on steroids. We’re seeing teams either stock up on nukes in the shape of disgruntled superstars in order to join the ongoing arms race, or unload pieces to the highest bidder, or any bidder as long as they can just sulk in the shadows of the NBA until the Warriors are done waging war on everyone foolish enough to pick up a basketball.
People have been talking about trading DeMarcus Cousins for a couple of years now. He’s only signed through the 2017–2018 season, and will proceed to finally be a free agent. Unless, Sacramento decides to trade him, which I see to be highly unlikely because Boogie will either throw a fit about going to the wrong team, or the Kings can’t find the right deal for them.
The 2016 playoff series was unique in how we saw relievers used. We saw Buck Showalter punished brutally for not bringing his closer into a high-leverage situation in a tied game on the road; we saw Terry Francona ride his relievers all the way to Game 7 of the World Series; and we even saw Clayton Kershaw come out of the pen and dominate.
We’ve discussed plenty of really big names for the Unbalanced Trade Deadline Series so far — Andrew McCutchen is a household name, and Sonny Gray and Jose Quintana are known league-wide as aces for their respective teams (or former teams). But today, we’ll discuss a rather quiet vet who could be on the move very soon — Todd Frazier.
Another blockbuster deal emerged yesterday, with the Arizona Diamondbacks receiving the power hitting corner outfielder they have been looking for while pushing to make a playoff appearance. J.D. Martinez will add some much needed pop in the middle of the D-Backs lineup to compliment Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb, who are both having outstanding seasons for Arizona.