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213 - Eastern Conference Quarterly Grades (Part 2), Bulls Mutiny, Bucks/Cavs/Wiz Trade

And that does it for the first segment of REPORT CARD SZN. Hardwood Knocks finishes up its quarter-pole grades by breaking down the performances of the Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Hornets, Pistons and Pacers. Also, in case you didn't hear, the Bucks, Cavaliers and Wizards completed a three-team trade that left George Hill in Milwaukee, Cleveland with a bunch of picks, and Washington within striking distance of avoiding the luxury tax. The Baby Bulls attempted a mutiny against...


212 - Melo to Lakers(?), Eastern Conference Quarterly Grades, Part I

Report card SZN is rolling on, and on, and on. Next up: The first half of the Eastern Conference, featuring #takez and #stizzatz on the Wizards, Raptors, Sixers, Magic, Knicks, Bucks and Heat. Andy and Dan also begin the podcast reacting to the news that LeBron James wants Carmelo Anthony on the Lakers. Fun! And for even more fun, be sure to check out our Western Conference report cards, which were separated into Part I (Jazz, Spurs, Kings, Blazers, Suns, Thunder and Pelicans) and Part II...


211 - Reaction to Bulls Firing Hoiberg, Western Conference Quarterly Grades (Part 2)

Report-card SZN continues with Part II of our Western Conference grades, featuring the Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Rockets, Nuggets and Mavericks. First, though, Andy and Dan react to the Bulls firing head coach Fred Hoiberg, and what this means for Chicago's future. Be sure to check out Part I of our Western Conference report cards, which tackled the Jazz, Spurs, Kings, Blazers, Suns, Thunder and Pelicans. As always, please subscribe to and rate Hardwood Knocks on...


210 - Kyle Korver Trade Breakdown, Western Conference Quarterly Grades (Part I)

The 2018-19 NBA regular season has reached its quarter-pole, and you know what that means: It's officially REPORT-CARD SZN. But first, a trade! Utah acquired Kyle Korver from Cleveland in exchange for Alec Burks and two second-round picks. Dan and Andy analyze Korver's fit with the Jazz, whether Utah is done making moves, and what's next for the Cavs. After that, it's time for Part I of our quarter-pole report cards, featuring the first half of the Western Conference, in reverse alphabetical...


209 - Trade Ideas for John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter

The Washington Wizards are at long last open to breaking up their core of Bradley Beal, John Wall and Otto Porter. But, like, what does that mean? Though the Wizards' primary motivation in prospective deals is sort of unknown, Hardwood Knocks has 10-plus trade ideas aimed at helping them escape salary-cap purgatory and starting over. Let's roll. As always, please subscribe to and rate Hardwood Knocks on iTunes. You can also find us on basically anywhere podcasts are offered. And as 50 Cent's...


208 - MAILBAG: Kings/Joerger, Steph vs. KD, Trae vs. Lonzo, Jazz Woes

Who's more important to winning a title, Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant? Who has more long-term upside, Lonzo Ball or Trae Young? What's up with the Jazz's free-throw shooting? Who will have the best career among this season's rookie big men (Mo Bamba, Deandre Ayton, Jaren Jackson Jr., etc.)? Should the Kings fire Joerger? Which player from the pre-Twitter era would be viewed most differently now? The latest Hardwood Knocks mailbag takes Andy and Dan all around the NBA, into the past and back...


207 - Derek James on the Timberwolves, Butler, Towns, Wiggins, Thibs

Derek James (@DerekJamesNBA) joins Hardwood Knocks to break down the future of what remains perhaps the NBA's most tenuous situation. He and Dan get into the Jimmy Butler trade; the fits of Dario Saric and Robert Covington; the perception of Karl-Anthony Towns; the ceiling for Andrew Wiggins; the futures of Taj Gibson, Tyus Jones, Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague; Tom Thibodeau's job security; Minnesota's expectations for this season; a wonky trade idea; and so much more! As always, please...


206 - Jimmy Butler Trade Breakdown, Carmelo Anthony Destinations

Dan and Andy break down the Jimmy Butler blockbuster from all angles, including his fit with the 76ers; the Timberwolves' future; other trade targets for Philly; salary-cap implications; 2019 free-agency ramifications; and so much damn more. Afterwards, they dive into Carmelo Anthony's suddenly uncertain future with the Rockets, whether the two sides can work it out, and which, if any teams, should consider taking a flyer on him should he leave Houston. As always, please subscribe to and...


205 - Caitlin Cooper on the Pacers, Oladipo, Sabonis vs Turner, 2019 Free Agency

Let's talk about the Indiana Pacers, one of the foremost threats in the East, shall we? And there's no one better than Caitlin Cooper (C2_Cooper) from Indy Cornrows to help us with this deep dive. Cooper schools Dan on all things Pacers, dropping buckets of knowledge about their offensive shot profile, their ceiling in the East, Victor Oladipo's subtle growth, the brewing Domantas Sabonis vs. Mylers Turner competition, Tyreke Evans' role, Thaddeus Young's unrelenting defense, Alize Johnson's...


204 - Chris Crouse on Philadelphia 76ers, Markelle Fultz, Joel Embiid's MVP Case

The Philadelphia 76ers are off to an uneven start to their 2018-19 regular season. Should they be concerned about Markelle Fultz's struggles? How about Dario Saric's cold shooting? Is the offense in general screwed? Should we be considering Joel Embiid for the MVP award? Hardwood Knocks brings in Chris Crouse (@CW_Crouse) of Hoops Rumors to investigate all things Sixers—including Ben Simmons' performance, early impressions of Landry Shamet and a potential late-season trade target. As always,...


203 - Mason Ginsberg on Pelicans, Anthony Davis' MVP Case/Future in New Orleans

The Pelicans are one of the NBA's most fascinating teams this season. Obviously, then, we needed to bring in Mason Ginsberg (@MasonGinsberg) of ESPN TrueHoop Network's Bourbon Street Shots to discuss all things New Orleans. Mason breaks down the good and the bad of the Pelicans' start to the year; talks a little Nikola Mirotic and E'Twaun Moore shop; makes sense of AD's MVP case; kicks around some trade targets; and confronts the future in New Orleans with Davis' designated veteran extension...


202 - Trade Ideas for Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Korver, More!

The Wizards are playing like a steaming pile of you-know-what. The Rockets are struggling—badly. The Cavaliers seem on the verge of a teardown...or something. The Lakers need HELP. The Clippers have a ton of assets. The 76ers seem to be a man or two short. The Blazers are in position to elevate their ceiling with the right additions. Ditto for the Pelicans. The same might even be said for the Hornets. The Knicks should be trying to shed salary in the name of Kevin Durant. The Timberwolves...


201 - LeBron's Patience, Klay's Explosion, Cavs Future, Doncic Balling

Should the Lakers panic after a 2-5 start? Will LeBron James force them to make substantive changes if the status quo doesn't improve? Did Klay Thompson's 52-point explosion reinforce the inevitability of the Warriors winning the title? Is Luka Doncic running away with Rookie of the Year? What are the Cavaliers doing? Dan and Andy tackle all this, and more, in the latest episode of Hardwood Knocks. Don't get F.O.M.O. Listen now! As always, please subscribe to and rate Hardwood Knocks on...


200 - Jimmy Butler to Rockets Scenarios/Breakdown

The Houston Rockets are ramping up their efforts to land Jimmy Butler, going as far as offering four first-round picks and an undetermined combination of players to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Will Tom Thibodeau bite? Will Wolves owner Glen Taylor get involved? Could the Miami Heat or another surprise team still win the sweepstakes? Hardwood Knocks digs deep into possible trade packages, the aftereffects of a deal, and how this would impact Minnesota, Houston and Butler long term. As always,...


199 - Early-Season Hot Takes We Actually Believe, Chris Paul vs. Rajon Rondo

Did anyone order some early-season NBA hot takes, with a bit of extra HAWT sauce on the side? Hopefully, you did. Because Hardwood Knocks has got them. First, though, we break down the grade-school beef brewing between Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo. After that, the gloves REALLY come off. Andy and Dan take turns trying to wow the other with their premature overreactions to the start of the regular season. And these aren't your run-of-the-mill, attention-seeking takes, folks. Andy and Dan...


198 - MAILBAG: Best Backcourts/Frontcourts, Lakers Trade Targets, Jokic vs. Ayton

In the latest Hardwood Knocks mailbag, Andy and Dan dig through a vast vat of topics: Which teams have the deepest backcourt rotations? How about frontcourt? What will the top-five-player rankings look like in a half-decade? Would you rather have Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton or Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic? Who are the Lakers most likely to trade for this season? Who are the Lakers most likely to sign next summer? Are the Grizzlies doomed? Will the Wizards blow it up? Are there any...


197 - 2018-19 Awards Picks, Raptors/Sixers Season Previews

NBA regular season, here we come! Hardwood Knocks finishes up its season-preview train by diving into the immediate and long-term outlooks for the Raptors and Sixers before hunkering down and dropping their officially official awards predictions for Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth Man of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Executive of the year and MVP. Let's do this! As always, please subscribe to and rate Hardwood Knocks on iTunes. You can also find...


196 - Atlantic Division Preview, Part I: 2018-19 Outlooks for the Celtics, Nets and Knicks

Hardwood Knocks continues its season-preview series by moving on to the Atlantic Division. This will be the first podcast of a two-part breakdown. Andy and Dan go in-depth on the immediate and long-term futures of the Celtics, Nets and Knicks while, as always, talking about plenty of trade candidates and breakout prospects along the way. Be on the lookout for Part Two of this preview next week, which will drop just before the start of the regular season and feature deep dives into the Sixers...


195 - Jimmy Butler's Tour De Force, Central Division Preview

Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwovles are in the headlines. Again. For the umpteenth time. Andy and Dan have many thoughtz and feelz about Minny's cratering culture following Butler's, ahem, tour de force. You should listen to them. After that, it's on to the Central Division season preview. Our discussion covers all things Pacers, Bucks, Pistons, Cavaliers and Bulls while taking some detours toward the Sixers and potential breakout candidates. Let's do this. As always, please...


194 - MAILBAG! Jimmy Butler, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and More! PLUS, the Inaugural Social Media Minute

It's time for another Hardwood Knocks mailbag. But first! The inaugural Social Media Minute with a special guest who gives you the takes you need on Tristan Thompson/Khloe Kardashian, Donovan Mitchell, Josh Hart and Rudy Gobert's ducks. Yes, ducks. Then, Andy dives into the mailbag to tackle questions from all over the league. What's going on with the Jimmy Butler trade? Do the Mavericks or Grizzlies have a better shot at the postseason? Who is a darkhorse candidate for Rookie of the Year?...