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Vincent Goodwill breaks down the trade that sent Jrue Holiday to the Boston Celtics over the weekend, discusses the end of superstar free agency and the myth of player development, then talks to Jake Fischer about Level 4 of our NBA Levels Project.
Vincent Goodwill opens this episode of Good word with benevolence from his hotel room in Milwaukee, where he reacts to Sunday’s trade that sent Jrue Holiday from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Boston Celtics. The Celtics appear to be going all out next season, and the Blazers GM appears to be very petty when it comes to sending his best players to the rival Miami Heat, and Vince loves to see both happen.
Damian Lillard’s move from Portland to the Milwaukee Bucks appears to be a turning point in both superstar free agency and player empowerment, or lack thereof. Vince goes over the history of superstar free agency, points out how LeBron James and Kevin Durant have handled it in the past, and then explains why something like this can never happen again under the current CBA. Is it good for the game? Is it bad for the game? Fans will probably have to decide for themselves.
Finally, Jake Fischer joins Vince to complete Level 4 of Yahoo Sports’ NBA Levels project. This level is designed for specialists who could be the final member of a championship contender, and it’s certainly full of players that almost any NBA team would love to add to their roster.