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  • Well, he is the one of the most valuable pieces on the board, right?

  • And now that Yannis is off that board for 2021 free agency, you gotta look, I know it's way too early, but let's look at your expectations for next offseason, because I don't know would you want James Harden over most all of these guys?

  • What do you think?

  • Well, I think you know, co, I very likely to stay with the Clippers.

  • I think unless something goes haywire there go Bear is an interesting name sitting there right now because I think for all the focus on what's next Summer is gonna be like and what a bummer it is that some of the biggest names have already been taken off the market.

  • I think it makes extension season really interesting.

  • If I were a team and I had John Collins or one of these rookie guys, that's up for an extension or really go bear who's up for a veteran extension?

  • I might feel a little pressure right now to try to lock those guys up before they get to that market in the summer where there's gonna be way more teams with cap space than there are players worthy of it.

  • So I wonder if we're going to see Ah, push.

  • I mean, even guys like Josh Richardson in Dallas.

  • Norm Powell in Toronto drew holiday eventually when it's allowed in Milwaukee, if their teams feel pressure now to lock them up before they get into this feeding frenzy in the summer.

  • And look, the Gobert question to me is huge, right?

  • Because if I'm say the Nets and I look at the strengths and weaknesses of my particular roster, I actually would rather have Rudy Gobert join that team with K D and Kyrie.

  • Then James Harden, another guy who needs the ball in his hands, would you?

  • Do you not feel that way spicy?

  • That's a spicy take Rachel Nichols.

  • Do you know, I think I would still rather have James Harden.

  • Yeah, I would rather have James Harden just the sheer offensive power.

  • Ah, third, a third creator.

  • And like look, if it goes haywire, I can trade Kyrie Irving for a bunch of draft picks down the line.

  • If they If if the three guys is if there's not enough ball handling jobs for all three guys There is a really, really good player.

  • I just think that's to me.

  • That's part of the equation with all of this.

  • Of course, it's part of the equation, but things change all the time.

  • Things changed every day in the u Get James Harden and the door.

  • Your situation changes, your flexibility changes.

  • I like Jared Allen a lot.

  • D.

  • J, I think, had an underrated second half of the season for them.

  • Next year I get, I get what you're saying.

  • He stabilizes your defense.

  • I just think there's nothing more valuable in the n b A.

  • That as many guys as you can get that can create efficient shots for themselves and their teammates.

  • So what is the latest with Gobert and the Jazz?

  • Because they are in such a interesting position where they obviously want to give him a good contract.

  • They want him to stay with the team.

  • He's eligible for a Supermax, though correct, and he obviously they cannot commit 35% of the cap to him.

  • That would not be a good move for them.

  • I don't think they're going to do that.

  • I agree with you.

  • I think that would be unwise.

  • Although Rudy is a great player, legitimate all NBA player, my assumption all along has been It's been very quiet.

  • You talk keeps things about heck.

  • They sold the team and what didn't get out.

  • They keep things very quiet there.

  • But my assumption all along has been the two sides will come to some sort of compromise between his number now and the Supermax.

  • And yeah, that's that's a That's a big deal.

  • That's a big total swallow for Utah, but they're clearly in win now.

  • Mode.

  • You know, some people looked at They signed Derrick favors.

  • They drafted a center.

  • Are they trying to sort of hedge against Gober asking for too much money, not being able to come to a deal?

  • I think there might be a little something to that, but I still think they'll come to an agreement.

  • All right, Zach, now that we've finished our MBA nerd talk on contracts and Supermax is and roster construction, I do want to bring Kendrick Perkins back in per welcome.

  • Glad that your TV camera work.

  • Hey, this is the thing of broadcasting from home guys.

  • We're all we're all working on it as we go here.

  • Perk.

  • I just wanted to get your take on James Harden, how he played last night, how you saw him fitting in.

  • And then he did speak less than an hour ago and not exactly illuminating.

  • He said that Hey, you like being out there on the floor?

  • Hadn't played five on five in a while, but did not get into his trade request.

  • Did not get into his sojourns to Atlanta toe Las Vegas.

  • And basically, just there's a little bit of I'm just here not to get five.

  • Well, I think you know a lot of what's going on right now in Houston.

  • James Harden has to take a lot of blame for it for his unprofessionalism.

  • Rachel.

  • And now he stuck like Chuck, and I'm not saying for the long haul, but I strongly believe that the Rockets are not going to trade him anytime soon.

  • For the simple think of how he conducted himself before a camp and how he came in into training camp.

  • And if you seen them last night, I thought that was me on the court.

  • I thought I came out of retirement.

  • So with that being said, Houston cannot jump the good right now and try to change that.

  • Trying to trade James Harden because they don't have the leverage, and they're not going to get back what they want from here it is.

  • I'm gonna give you a little insight, you exact.

  • Right now I'm gonna give I'm gonna do a little poaching.

  • I've talked to a lot of GM.

  • Well, about two or three.

  • I'm not that large.

  • And, ah, lot of them have questions about if they bring James Harden near and is he a winner?

  • Is he gonna be toxic to the locker room?

  • Is he gonna be committed?

  • What type of effect is he gonna have on the younger guys?

  • And right now, Ah, lot of general managers have turned off just because of how James Harden is acting and from what they've been hearing about hearing about him for us, how he's having a certain situations when he went, you know, in the past years as a rocket.

  • How much of that are you hearing Zach among front offices?

  • Uh, look, it's the on court fit stuff that I talked about earlier.

  • Like, you know, if you have stars that he used to play one way.

  • Are they willing to adapt?

  • But there are definitely.

  • Look, James is 31.

  • He plays a ton of minutes.

  • He's played a ton of minutes.

  • Uh, he's up for a Max contract in two years.

  • I could take him into his late thirties.

  • There are definitely teams that are concerned about how he will age.

  • Given what we've seen of his lifestyle, let's say, and Tim MacMahon wrote a lot about it today, I'm not sure how big of a deal that really is, but they're like the concern is out there among teams.

  • That's the point I'm trying to make.

  • And yeah, if you're a team that's already really good and you feel good about yourself, I do think how this is unfolded with the stuff in Atlanta and Vegas and the partying.

  • I do think perk is right that there are teams that are looking to say, you know what, we have the assets.

  • In theory, we might be interested, but that next contract scares me a little bit.

  • I get it, but it does in some ways come back to what I said at the top of the show.

  • There's only so many of these guys.

  • There's Onley.

  • So many elite elite players in the n b A and you pretty much can't win without at least one and maybe even two of them.

  • So it is a question, and it's the reason all eyes will continue to be on Houston for the long term.

  • And the short term, it looks like Thanks for watching ESPN on YouTube for live streaming sports and premium content.

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Well, he is the one of the most valuable pieces on the board, right?

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