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Username Post: Mike Muscala 2017-18        (Topic#20572)
BUFan 
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02-04-18 02:54 PM - Post#246080    
    In response to jkrun80

He was really clutch down the stretch. Was interesting to see him playing almost the whole stretch run. Showcasing him for a trade?

 
MrPhillie 
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02-04-18 03:39 PM - Post#246091    
    In response to jkrun80

Yeah nice performance by Mike. Good to see.

 
Bison137 
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02-04-18 04:40 PM - Post#246100    
    In response to BUFan

  • BUFan Said:
He was really clutch down the stretch. Was interesting to see him playing almost the whole stretch run. Showcasing him for a trade?





That's possible - but I think there is a good chance it is simply a function of Mike playing well lately, shaking off the rust from the serious ankle injury that caused him to miss two full months. Remember that he was playing 20-25 minutes each game before he got hurt.

Since Mike returned, here are his stats per 40 minutes (a full game for a top starter):

- 70% on 2-point FGs (16-23)
- 60% on 3-point FGs (15-25)
- 80% effective FG pct.
- 87% on FTs
- 19 ppg
- 10 rpg
- 2 apg
- 1 bpg
- 1 spg
- 3.5 fouls
- 1.5 turnovers

Overall these are the best numbers of his career. (I realize that he wouldn't sustain that production level if he played 40 mpg, but looking at it that way helps to give some context to his numbers.)




 
HuskyColonial 
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02-04-18 09:33 PM - Post#246140    
    In response to Bison137

The Hawks are so terrible they should integrate him into the regular rotation.

 
BisonKid 
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02-05-18 05:39 PM - Post#246281    
    In response to HuskyColonial

The Hawks could potentially be interested in trading Mike. He can opt-out of his $5 million contract for next year. He may do that with the goal of getting a longer term deal somewhere else. If the Hawks aren't interested in giving Mike an extension (which may be the case because they didn't do it last year), why not trade him now to get something in return?

 
HuskyColonial 
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02-05-18 06:00 PM - Post#246288    
    In response to BisonKid

I’m not sure what you get. It’s not a first round draft. Maybe a second round pick and cash or a hump player. That’s it.

 
Bison137 
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Mike Muscala 2017-18
02-06-18 03:45 PM - Post#246417    
    In response to HuskyColonial

I doubt Mike will opt out since the NBA in general is facing financial stagnation. The cap for next year is barely going to rise, and teams have already committed money based on a much higher estimate of what the cap would be. It turned into a buyers' market this past summer - which is why MM got a lot less than equivalent players got the year before. This year will be worse for mid-tier players. Fwiw, there are seven NBA teams with any real space under the salary cap.


ESPN article on NBA finances: NBA Financial Crunch Coming




 
HuskyColonial 
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02-06-18 07:41 PM - Post#246598    
    In response to Bison137

$5 million for 15 minutes a night ain't bad

 
jkrun80 
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02-06-18 08:38 PM - Post#246664    
    In response to HuskyColonial

There are lot's of hours of work involved to earn those 15 minutes. But $5M is a good bit of money regardless. I'm guessing he stays put.

 
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