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Jun 30, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, I bring back on Dieter Kurtenbach to discuss NBA free agency, previewing the event by going in-depth on some of the absolute best the NBA has to offer on the market. 

Before we do that though, we chat about the Chris Paul trade, and how he is ultimately the biggest winner here. Then, we chat about Phil Jackson, and how his tenure with the Knicks was basically a total joke. Oh, and I also make some jokes and James Dolan and Jackson's expense. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. Follow Dieter over at @dkurtenbach on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Jun 28, 2017

In this episode, I chat with new media free agent Dieter Kurtenbach about a bunch of different stuff. First, we chat about his (and everyone else's) departure from Fox and if it says anything about the media industry as a whole. Then, we get into the NBA offseason and focus this episode on trade targets. Particularly, we chat Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Eric Bledsoe, the Celtics' assets, the Nuggets' assets, LaMarcus Aldridge, and others. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Dieter at @dkurtenbach and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jun 27, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Ricky O'Donnell from over at SB Nation about the Chicago Bulls side of the Jimmy Butler trade, after he had a relatively memorable performance on SB Nation's NBA Draft show. He also wrote this week about how this needs to be the end of the Gar/Pax reign in Chicago. So that's about how excited we get about the Jimmy Butler trade from the Chicago perspective. 

Then we chat a bit about NBA Awards finally being given out on Monday night, including Russell Westbrook being named MVP, Malcolm Brogdon being named Rookie of the Year, and Draymond Green getting Defensive Player of the Year. 

As always, please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Ricky at @SBN_Ricky and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jun 23, 2017

In this episode, Chris Stone and I chat about the 2017 NBA Draft about 20 minutes after it ended. First, we break down the Jimmy Butler trade, and how ridiculous it was that the Bulls decided to make this move. 

Then, we answer who had our favorite drafts, and go into a pick-by-pick breakdown of many of the picks in the draft, all the way down to the second round. 

You can follow Chris at @cstonehoops and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Thanks for listening! 

Jun 21, 2017

In this episode, I chat about the craziness in the NBA on Tuesday. First, I bring on Pete Zayas from over at Laker Film Room to talk about the D'Angelo Russell trade. Why would the Lakers do it? How much better does this make the Nets? We also chat quickly about the Dwight Howard trade and why Atlanta would do that, something I'm still not 100% sure on. 

Then, I chat with Jay King from over at Mass Live about the Boston Celtics. First though, we chatted about the Cavs not moving forward with David Griffin as their general manager, a dumbfounding move that I'm still not sure I understand. Then, we go into all of the crazy decisions Boston has this offseason, including their trade of the No. 1 overall pick, Jimmy Butler/Paul George, who they will look at with the No. 3 pick, and everything in-between. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the Game Theory Podcast on iTunes. You can follow Pete at @lakerfilmroom, you can follow Jay at @ByJayKing, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Jun 19, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Zach Harper form over at Fan Rag Sports about a variety of topics. First, we touch on the report from Adrian Wojnarowski saying that the Minnesota Timberwolves are interesting in acquiring Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls. What should the T'Wolves be willing to give up? How does Butler fit there? Is this a ploy to drive up his price?

Then we get into discussing the Wolves roster. Are we believers in Andrew Wiggins? What should they do with the Zach LaVine contract situation? Should they look into moving Ricky Rubio realistically? 

Then finally, we chat about the NBA Draft. We talk about the Wolves' pick at 7, I make up a fake trade involving Wes Matthews because that's apparently what I do now, and then we chat about some of Zach's favorite and least favorite players in this upcoming event. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Zach at @talkhoops on Twitter, and me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jun 18, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Andrew Lynch from over at Fox Sports about a bevy of different topics that happened over the course of the weekend. 

First, we go into the Boston-Philadelphia trade that saw the No. 1 pick be moved for No.3 and a future pick. Which team comes out looking good? Does it make sense for both? Then, we delve deep into Markelle Fultz's fit in Philadelphia, and how it seems to be perfect. 

Second, we chat about the news that broke as we were recording, as Paul George has told the Indiana Pacers he plans to leave in free agency next offseason. That leaves Indiana holding the bag. How should the Pacers proceed from here? We come up with a few fake trades that likely make very little sense. 

Finally, we break down the Suns offseason. What will they look to do at No. 4? What should they do with Eric Bledsoe? What free agents should they try to hold on to? How excited are we about their young core? 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Andrew at @AndrewLynch on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jun 16, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Mike Levin from The Rights to Ricky Sanchez Podcast (and the NBC TV show Trial and Error) about his beloved Philadelphia 76ers and their NBA Draft/Offseason. 

What do we make of the front office and its persistent insistence on lying? How does that affect your enjoyment of the team? How incredible is Joel Embiid? How should this team be building around he and Ben Simmons? What should they do at No. 3? What do we make of the Nerlens Noel trade? All that, and more on what has turned into one of the most exciting teams in the entire NBA. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie, and Mike at @Michael_Levin. Thanks for listening!

Jun 15, 2017

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Reags about the Knicks upcoming offseason and NBA Draft. 

What do we think of the direction of the organization? How big of an anchor is the front office? How big of an anchor is the Joakim Noah deal? What is their plan? Then, we get into the No. 8 pick, and they should be looking at. Should they be trying to acquire more draft picks to build around Kristaps Porzingis? 

Finally, we also chat about potential Carmelo Anthony scenarios, and give Kristaps some love. Oh, and at the top, we chat about the weddings we attended over the course of the last couple of weeks. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the Game Theory Podcast on iTunes. You can follow Reags at @BarstoolReags, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie on Twitter. 

Jun 14, 2017

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Chris Stone about the NBA Finals briefly. Is this Warriors team the greatest team of all-time? I come up with a slightly different designation for it. 

Then, we look at the NBA Draft through the prism of the NBA Finals. Given that the NBA is a copycat league, do we think there's a good chance that the rest of the league will look at the Warriors and Cavs rosters and decide that big men aren't nearly as valuable as they once were? Does that mean all of the big men should drop a bit on a draft board? Does that mean players like Derrick White and Jawun Evans are being undervalued? 

We also get into the players at the highest levels of our boards, and chat about whether we'd rather have De'Aaron Fox or Dennis Smith, and who some of our favorites are outside of the top-10. Do we care about where people are working out and how often they do it? Finally, we explain how this international class in the draft looks like the worst that I can remember. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Follow Chris over at @cstonehoops, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jun 12, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Trevor Lane from over at Lakers Nation about the Los Angeles Lakers and their upcoming offseason. Should the Lakers be looking at players other than Lonzo Ball? Is there any chance he's not the pick at No. 2? Does Josh Jackson make sense? Is this all a smokescreen? 

Also, we chat about D'Angelo Russell being awesome, get on board the Julius Randle post-hype train, talk about Brandon Ingram's rookie year, and discuss if the Lakers should be setting their sights on a star this offseason. More than that, what should their direction be going forward?

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Trevor over at @Trevor_Lane on Twitter, and follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Jun 9, 2017

In this episode, I chat about the Kings and Blazers upcoming NBA Draft and offseason decisions. With these two teams having five first round picks combined, I felt they were a good tandem of teams to throw together. 

In the first half, Greg Wissinger and I chat about the Kings and their new direction. Are things better without DeMarcus Cousins? Is there something of a renewed energy? What players should be considered pieces of the core going forward? What should the team look to do with picks 5, 10, and 34?

In the second half of the podcast, I chat with Erik Gunderson about the Blazers and what they can do going forward. Was this season a disappointment? Is there something they can do here to change things up? What can the team do with its three draft picks (15, 20, 26) to improve? There are a lot of options here. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Greg at @gwiss on Twitter, Erik at @Erik_Gunderson and me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks!

Jun 7, 2017

In this episode, I chat with SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell about the NBA Finals so far and about the Bulls NBA Draft/Offseason. 

First, we chat for half an hour about the Finals, and discuss what's going on. How good at the Warriors? Are the Warriors the best team ever? What is Ty Lue doing trying to run with the Warriors? What's going on with Tristan Thompson? How unbelievable has Kevin Durant been? Can the Cavs come back?

Then, we get really depressed and talk about the Bulls. What is this organization doing? Does it have a direction? Are they really going to bring the gang back together on the most depressing team in the NBA? Realistically, should the team be trying to trade Jimmy Butler? Also, what draft prospects should the team look at?

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! You can follow Ricky at @SBN_Ricky, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jun 5, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Frank Madden from over at the Locked on Bucks podcast (formerly of BrewHoop fame) about the Milwaukee Bucks. 

It's a long, wide-ranging podcast that takes a deep dive into the Milwaukee Bucks season and how they can improve in 2017-18. Would you start a team with Giannis over any other player when taking the salary cap into mind? Just what is Jabari Parker's ceiling? How wrong was I about Thon Maker? What should the Bucks priorities be to get into the next tier in the East? 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Frank at @fmaddenNBA, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jun 2, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dan Feldman from NBC Sports and Ian Levy from FanSided to break down the Pistons and Pacers NBA Draft and offseasons. 

First, I chat with Dan about the Pistons. How do we feel about Andre Drummond as the team's franchise player? What options does this team have as it's right up against the cap after it likely re-signs Kentavious Caldwell-Pope? Is the Stan Van Gundy front office experiment working? Will they actually try to shop the No. 12 overall pick? What do we think of their recent draft history under Van Gundy?

Then, I chat with Ian where we get right into the question of the hour: what will this roster look like next season? Will they keep Paul George, or decide to trade him? What could a trade for George look like? Will Jeff Teague be back? What will they do at No. 18? How does the front office change from Larry Bird to Kevin Pritchard impact things -- if at all? Lot of tough questions in Indy this year. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can find Dan at @DanFeldmanNBA, Ian at @HickoryHigh, and me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening, everyone! 

May 31, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Fred Katz and Matthew Tynan about the Thunder and Spurs upcoming offseason.

First, Fred joins the show and we chat about what it's like to cover Russell Westbrook on a day-to-day basis. Then we discuss the upcoming offseason for the Thunder. What can they change? How much should Andre Roberson get? What should they be looking to acquire? Then, we finally bring up what could end up being the most important story of the offseason: what will Russell Westbrook do, and what should the Thunder do with him?

Then I bring on Matt, and we chat about the Spurs season and the choices they have upcoming. Should the team be looking at max free agents? How close are they to competing with Golden State? Also, I tell the story of how I found the apartment I currently live in, and Matt and I reminisce about what has been a crazy two and a half decades for San Antonio. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Fred at @FredKatz, Matt at @Matthew_Tynan, and myself at @Sam_Vecenie. Thank you all for listening!

May 29, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker in a continuation of last Monday's podcast, this time breaking down the top-five players in the 2017 NBA Draft Class: Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Lonzo Ball, and Jonathan Isaac. It's obviously an extremely deep dive given the length of the pod. We also talk at the top about my 15-hour excursion to the EYBL in Los Angeles on Saturday, including seeing Jay-Z in person and some of the best prospects in the class of 2018. Then at the end, we chat a few guys we think we're higher or lower on than general consensus -- including Jawun Evans, Jordan Bell, Ike Anigbogu, and others. 

You can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie, and you can follow Cole at @colezwicker. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. 

May 26, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Tim Cato from SB Nation and Tony Jones from the Salt Lake Tribune to chat about the upcoming offseason for the Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz. 

First, I talk to Tim about the Mavericks and their upcoming questions this summer, including what happens with Dirk Nowitzki, how the Nerlens Noel free agency talk could go, and what they should look for in the draft -- among other things. 

Then, Tony and I have a long deep dive on the Jazz, chatting about the Gordon Hayward contract, the George Hill contract, the future of Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood, what the team should do with Joe Ingles, and generally if we think this team can grow into a title contender if things break right. We also break down the draft and their four upcoming selections. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Tony at @Tjonessltrib and you can follow Tim at @tim_cato. I can be found at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

May 24, 2017

In this episode, we get into NBA Draft/Offseason previews for teams. We're going to try and do -- for the most part -- one lottery and one non-lottery team per episode (and hope they don't go as long as this one did). We kick things off by starting with Denver and Atlanta.

First, we chat with Adam Mares of DenverStiffs.com/Locked on Nuggets to talk about what the Nuggets will do this offseason in what has to be one of the most interesting ones in the entire NBA as the team sits on the precipice of making a leap toward the playoffs. What will they do with Danilo Gallinari and Mason Plumlee? Is this team ripe for a trade up in the NBA Draft to target some specific players? 

Then, we talk to Brad Rowland of Uproxx Sports about the Hawks. Is this team that has stayed with the status quo seemingly for a decade ready to move on and start anew with a new front office? What will they do with Paul Millsap? Will they look to do anything in particular with their three draft picks? Also, we even saved the Dwight Howard discussion until the end!

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Adam at @Adam_Mares, you can follow Brad at @BTRowland, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie -- where I will undoubtedly be tweeting angrily about hockey. 

May 22, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker from The Step Back about six topics. First, we break down Game 3 of Cavs-Celtics, which the Celtics surprisingly won. Do the Celtics have a chance to win the series?

Then, for most of the episode, we do a deep dive into the prospects ranked No. 6 through No. 10 on my 2017 NBA Draft Big Board. First, we talk De'Aaron Fox, who Cole and I differ somewhat wildly on. Then, we chat about Dennis Smith, who Cole has at No. 2 on his board due to the immense upside of his game. Third, we chat about Malik Monk, who is volcanic in terms of scoring ability, but questionable in the rest of his game. Fourth, we chat about Frank Ntilikina, who can do a lot of interesting things with the ball but may not necessarily be enough of an athlete to play point guard yet. Finally, we chat about Lauri Markkanen, who is an incredibly divisive prospect due to his scoring prowess yet obvious deficiencies. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the Game Theory Podcast on iTunes. You can find Cole at @colezwicker on Twitter, and me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 19, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about a variety of topics. First, we chat about the official All-NBA selections. Did the voters get it right? Were there snubs? Also, what do we think about the media voting on it? I also give an explainer on an idea to reform voting to make all parties happy. 

Then, we chat about the NBA Draft lottery, which leads into a bit of a longer discussion on LaVar Ball's most recent FS1 appearance. We then also chat about the Sixers, about De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, and about the Knicks and how the draft will somehow screw them in the end. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show on iTuners. You can follow Reags at @BarstoolReags, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 17, 2017

In this episode that occurred immediately after the lottery, I chat with Chris Stone from over at The Step Back where we break down the lottery's results. What is the most important thing to happen from the lottery? What do we think the Sixers will do at No. 3? What do we think of the lottery process in general? What do we think of lottery night?

Then, we go fully into a mock draft of the lottery, where we break down an initial, quick reaction to what we see on the board in the top-14. The key here is that Philadelphia holds all of the cards on draft night. What they do will shape the entire event. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes. You can follow Chris at @cstonehoops, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. A quick heads up: the first minute of audio gets rough, then is perfect the rest of the way. 

May 15, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Ricky O'Donnell from over at SB Nation about the NBA Draft Combine. What happened at the event? We talk at length at the top about the usefulness of the combine, and how valuable the event is for NBA teams and the public at large?

Then we get into speaking about specific players. We chat at length about Hamidou Diallo, Frank Jackson, Jordan Bell, all of the big men in the middle of the first round right now, Semi Ojeleye, Terrance Ferguson, Justin Patton, Jonathan Jeanne and ball-dominant scoring guards. All of that and far more in a wide-ranging, hour-long conversation from two people who covered the event.

As always, please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Ricky at @SBN_Ricky on Twitter, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 10, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Chris Stone over at FanSided about my updated 2017 NBA Draft Big Board over at Sporting News. Specifically, we go in-depth on Jonathan Isaac, Lauri Markkanen, Zach Collins, John Collins, Jawun Evans, Harry Giles, Hamidou Diallo, Ike Anigbogu, and a few of the second round prospects we like. 

Within that discussion, we also touched on some NBA Draft Combine stuff before I head there on Thursday, such as who has the most to gain/lose from the combine, who will be the best player in the five-on-five competition, how we judge combine athletic testing and what matters, and discuss some of the important players who will be testing the waters. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Chris at @cstonehoops, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 8, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about three different topics in the NBA/NBA Draft. First, we chat about the Cavaliers dominance. How insane has LeBron been this playoffs? How awesome has David Griffin been at building this team around him? Will they meet the Warriors? 

Second, we chat about the team they just swept, Toronto. The Raptors have what has to be the most complicated offseason upcoming in the NBA. Do they re-sign Kyle Lowry? Do they re-sign Serge Ibaka? Should they bring back Dwane Casey? Blow it up? Keep the status quo? A lot of huge decisions upcoming, and we break them down. 

Finally, we chat deep sleeper NBA Draft prospects. Who are the draft prospects that we think could go undrafted this season, but end up making a roster by the time training camp ends? We break down some names that we're fans of. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Cole at @colezwicker, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

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