Good morning. Let's basketball.
BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Blazer's Edge goes behind the curtain on the departure of LaMarcus Aldridge. Fascinating stuff.
AND ONE: Aldridge joined the Spurs after Gregg Popovich promised he'd coach the team at least through 2019.
WE HAVE A SHOCKINGLY FAT CONTRACT: You would have thought that not hearing a peep about RFA Reggie Jackson by July 5 would have meant bad news for Reggie Jackson. Not so. The Pistons gave him five years and $80 million. I believe this will officially be the go-to reference when people talk about the bulbous contracts handed out in 2015.
FINDING A HOME FOR DAVID LEE: Tim Cato considers the options for the Warriors on David Lee. The one unmentioned team that now seems like a favorite is Philadelphia, who still has gobs of cap space despite taking on the Sacramento contracts.
WHEN LETTERS TO THE EDITOR GO WRONG: This dude right here wants to ban dunks and players over 6'4 to bring back quality outside shooting. What a moron.
THE LAKERS ARE PLEASED, NO DOUBT: Steve Nash is training to play professional soccer.
GOOD DEAL: Cory Joseph to the Raptors. The Spurs won't miss him because of Patty Mills, but this is sort of the cost of chasing big game. S.A. had to rescind his qualifying offer to get LaMarcus Aldridge. Small price, but a price nonetheless.
GOOD DEAL II: Omri Casspi stays in Sacramento for $6 million over two years.
LAKERS TALK: So after working a deal for Roy Hibbert, they signed Lou Williams and Brandon Bass, and are looking to unload Nick Young. Those are all improvements. They are going to so lose that 2016 pick to Philadelphia.
AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN (OF CASH) HIGH ENOUGH ... The Cavaliers are looking at trading for Joe Johnson. This is a direct F.U. to a) the luxury tax threshold and b) J.R. Smith.
Happy Monday. See you next time.