In the event San Antonio can convince Leonard to be part of the team next season, Gregg Popovich can go back to the original plan to use Gay and Leonard together as part of smaller lineups the likes of which the Spurs have rarely used in recent years.
The best true shooting percentage of Belinelli’s career (.605) came in 2013-14 as part of the Spurs’ most recent championship team; the second-best (.582) was last season, which he split between former San Antonio assistants Mike Budenholzer (in Atlanta) and Brett Brown (in Philadelphia). The question is how long Belinelli can sustain that level of performance, given he’ll turn 34 by the end of this contract. A one-year deal for Belinelli would have been more prudent.
There may yet be larger moves in store for the Raptors after their postseason flameout, but bringing VanVleet back on a reasonable contract is a good start to their summer.
The Chiefs started 5-0 last season before stumbling down the stretch and eventually blowing an 18-point lead at home in their playoff loss to Tennessee. Despite three straight double-digit win seasons, expectations are lower for Kansas City, which currently has a win total of 8.5. Fading Andy Reid might not be a smart idea, as the Chiefs have gone over their win total in all five of his seasons as the team’s head coach.
Jon Gruden is back with the Raiders, who have arguably been the most unpredictable team over the previous two seasons. Oakland went over its win total by 3.5 games in 2016 and went under by that same margin in 2017. The spread is currently less than two points in each of the Raiders’ first three games, so those toss-up games could go a long way in determining how Gruden’s second stint with the franchise goes.
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