Amaya to merge PokerStars, Full Tilt liquidity pools

Amaya to merge PokerStars, Full Tilt liquidity pools

Amaya has announced that it is to merge its PokerStars and Full Tilt platforms within the next few months.

In a statement confirming the move, Amaya said the platform migration would enable its development and technology teams to focus on one platform rather than two.

Amaya noted that although it still views Full Tilt as a “profitable poker room”, the brand’s market share has been in decline since is relaunch in 2012.

Full Tilt will retain its original brand, with the continuation of player avatars and rewards, but customers of the service will be contacted directly and given more information about the pending changes.

Once the migration has taken place, players will have a single account that can be used to play on the shared platform through PokerStars or Full Tilt software.

Rafi Ashkenazi, chief executive of Rational Group, the Amaya-owned operator of both brands, said: “Players will benefit from a larger pool of players offering greater game choice, bigger prize pools.

“It will also make us more nimble as we can focus our technological innovation on one platform, rather than two, so we will be able to innovate more quickly and enter newly-regulating and existing markets swiftly.”

Full Tilt players will gain access to the PokerStars VIP Club rewards programme, but the brand will continue to offer ‘The Deal’ that features a jackpot that regularly surpasses $100,000 (€89,500).

Full Tilt Casino will also be included in the migration process and be subject to the same automated account change-over process, although web casino, video poker, baccarat and double-ball roulette will initially not be available, but may be added at a later date.

Amaya also noted that the migration will result in the elimination of a number of roles at its site in Dublin, Ireland.

Staff who are at-risk have been notified and the company is in the final stages of a formal consultation process to determine the extent of the redundancies and expects to conclude that process in coming months.

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Maryland Passes Home Poker Game Bill

Maryland Passes Home Poker Game Bill

Draconian Maryland gambling laws are set to change allowing people the opportunity to play poker for money in the sanctity of their homes under certain restrictions.

Maryland Gambling Laws Set to Change Allowing People to Play Poker For Money in Their HomesAmerica confuses me more than a seahorse.

In the summer, I was in that great country readying to attend my first Burning Man festival. My bike rack adaptor didn’t fit. I drove to Walmart to pick up a new one. I couldn’t find one. However, I did find a broad range of guns and rifles. They were on the same floor as the children’s toy section.

And yet, if you decide to break open a plastic bag of coppers with your grandparents, and play a game of poker across the kitchen table, you can face a year in jail, and be hit with a $1,000 fine. Playing poker in your home is illegal in Maryland.

Now, of course, that’s never going to happen. What law enforcement agency in their right mind would waste their time breaking up home games and sending people to jail?

However, that hasn’t stopped Maryland lawmakers drafting together legislation to change those draconian and stupid laws. Last week, a bill sponsored by Montgomery County Democrat Kirill Reznick cleared Maryland’s House of Delegates by a vote of 139 – 0.

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The new laws will allow people to play home games as long as they are only held once per week. I know crazy right. It gets better. You have to be aged 21 or over to play, you can’t advertise the game, you can’t take a rake, and players competing have to have a pre-existing social relationship.

When it comes to the amounts you are allowed to play, the combined total cash amount on the table in a 24-hour period can be no more than $500. Reznik told Card Player magazine that he proposed $2,000, but his fellow chieftains wanted it reduced.

When talking to the Baltimore Sun about the old laws, Reznick said, “It’s rarely enforced, and it’s a complete waste of police resources and time {…} I imagine police have better things to do.”

Funny, I was thinking the same thing about politicians.

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Legalized sports betting hangs in balance with New Jersey appeal hearing

Legalized sports betting hangs in balance with New Jersey appeal hearing

Care about the future of sports betting in the United States? Wednesday’s hearing in NCAA et al v. Christie will play a pivotal role in its future

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold an en banc rehearing in New Jersey’s fight against the NCAA and American professional sports leagues, which sued in 2014 when the state passed a law that legalized Las Vegas-style sports betting.

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Here’s what you need to know about the hearing, which begins 11 a.m. ET Wednesday in Philadelphia:

The back story

In 2009, New Jersey state senator Ray Lesniak (D-Union) filed a lawsuit in district court claiming that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or PASPA, is unconstitutional. PASPA in 1992 effectively banned sports betting in all but four states, most notably Nevada. This set New Jersey’s sports betting plan in motion.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2012 signed legislation legalizing sports betting in the state, as a way to drive revenue and interest back into the state’s dying gaming industry. The law allows any casino or racetrack in New Jersey to accept wagers on college and pro sports, except games involving college teams from the state or college games hosted in New Jersey.

Eight months later, the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB joined together to sue New Jersey and prevent the state from offering sports betting. The leagues have won every court battle along the way, including a 2-1 decision in the 3rd Circuit last August.

The biggest issue at hand — and what the leagues argue New Jersey’s law violates — is PASPA. New Jersey’s current sports betting law was passed at the state level, but the leagues say it violates federal law.

So what’s the problem?

The leagues argue legalized sports betting would damage the integrity of their games and result in more game-fixing. The NFL and NCAA remain staunchly opposed, while the NHL and MLB have backed off slightly. NBA commissioner Adam Silver endorses a legalized, federal framework for sports betting, but the NBA remains in this lawsuit because it is against state-by-state regulations.

New Jersey’s law would not provide a regulatory framework of any kind — the casinos and tracks would police and monitor themselves. Many in favor of sports betting hope New Jersey wins not necessarily for the state’s benefit, but so that PASPA is revisited and possibly repealed.

Wednesday’s hearing

New Jersey will argue its case in front of all 12 active 3rd Circuit judges. It needs a 7-5 ruling to prevail. A ruling is not expected for several months — meaning late spring or early summer.

En banc hearings are extremely rare, and the fact that one was granted is encouraging for New Jersey. Per ESPN, the 3rd Circuit grants an en banc hearing in roughly one of every 1,000 cases.

What if New Jersey wins?

If the state wins, it will likely be able to offer sports betting immediately, though the leagues would file a temporary injunction to stop it before trying to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. A hearing there would be a long shot. If New Jersey loses, the state’s sports betting dream would be all but dead.

A New Jersey victory would create “binding precedent” in Pennsylvania and Delaware, per LegalSportsReport.com, and those states could set sports betting frameworks in motion shortly after. Pennsylvania’s legislature passed a resolution last week asking for the repeal of PASPA. Delaware already offers legal parlay wagering. If New Jersey wins, the 3rd Circuit ruling will be good precedent for any other states looking to legalize sports betting in the future.

If the leagues do lose, they’d certainly prefer federal regulation to none at all, which means they will have to look at repealing PASPA. That would open the door for any state to legalize sports betting.

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Sports betting advocates play outside game

Sports betting advocates play outside game

Advocates of sports betting are playing the outside game, hoping that pressure from the states will push Washington toward legalization.

Rather than seeking action on Capitol Hill, proponents of sports betting are hoping that growing acceptance of betting in the states — driven in part by the popularity of daily fantasy sports games — will help overturn a 1992 federal ban on most forms of sports gambling.

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The American Gaming Association (AGA) is spearheading the effort and working to gain partners in the public and private sector. “We’re taking a different approach,” Geoff Freeman, the chief executive of the AGA, told The Hill. “We’re creating an environment where policymakers are inclined to ask the questions that we would like to see them ask about the issue.”

In particular, the AGA is raising questions about the flow of money in the illegal sports betting market, the lack of consumer protections and how states and local governments could benefit if that activity were regulated.

Americans spent $149 billion on illegal sports bets nationwide in 2015, the AGA estimates. About 97 percent of the $4.2 billion wagered on this year’s Super Bowl, the group says, was done illegally.

Congress passed a law banning sports betting in 1992 known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). While states were given a one-year window to legalize some sports betting, only Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon chose to do so.

Proponents are now claiming that technology and other aspects of betting have changed the game, making the law antiquated.

Freeman and others at the AGA are having meetings with governors, attorneys general and state-level lawmakers and law enforcement officials in hopes of creating grassroots pressure to overturn the 1992 statute.

“The general public would agree, the federal government can’t seem to get anything done,” said J.B. Van Hollen, the former attorney general of Wisconsin who is working with the AGA on the issue through his consulting firm, Van Hollen Consulting. “States are stepping up more and more to fill the void. [Federal law] prohibits states that don’t have gaming to do any regulation of it.”

“The more we’ve learned” about illicit sports gaming, he says, “the more we’ve realized that we need to do something about it.”

But the push for sports betting has been overshadowed to an extent by the controversy over daily fantasy sports sites.

While roughly two-dozen states have shown some sort of legislative movement on daily fantasy sports — an industry that argues it is a form of entertainment, rather than gambling — only four have taken up sports betting in recent years.

We are “taking on an issue that isn’t front and center,” Freeman says. “The first step is placing it there, and the second step is winning. It’s a bigger lift, but it gives us the opportunity to be very creative.”

At the moment, all eyes in the gambling industry are on New Jersey, where a panel of federal judges on Wednesday will hear arguments to allow the legalization of sports betting in the state.

The State of New Jersey is fighting in the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to legalize wagers at casinos and racetracks there, hoping to give a boost to the struggling horse racing industry and casino-centric Atlantic City.

The NCAA and four sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL — are challenging the state, saying that legalization would damage the integrity of their brands and violate federal law.

On Wednesday, 12 judges will listen to arguments from both sides; at least seven must side with the state of New Jersey in order for the state’s challenge to be successful. It could be months before a decision is released.

“There’s an awareness among folks that whatever the purpose of the current law, it’s not really working today,” said Joseph Asher, the CEO of William Hill US, Nevada’s largest sports book operator.

He said it might take more than just lobbying pressure to move Capitol Hill toward action.

“People are generally realistic; there are a lot of issues going on that are all seeking the attention of Congress,” he told The Hill. “Perhaps it takes a court ruling, either in the 3rd Circuit or elsewhere, that may create the impetus to move the issue forward.”

In the meantime, the Pennsylvania legislature — another state covered by the 3rd Circuit — is moving to pass a symbolic resolution that condemns the 1992 law.

“Even amid strong Federal laws banning sports betting in the United States, reports highlight that illegal sports betting is widespread and is considered the number one form of gambling among American residents,” the resolution reads.

Pennsylvania’s House Gaming Oversight Committee approved the measure last week, and it is now heading to the House floor.

Even sports leagues, which are deeply involved in the New Jersey lawsuit and have a history of opposing sports betting, appear to be coming around.

While the NFL still contains strong language in its league policy that declares it “opposes all forms of illegal gambling, as well as legal betting on NFL games or other professional, college or Olympic sports,” there have been some mixed signals. Its teams, for example, play games in London, where the practice of sports betting is legal.

On the other end of the spectrum, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been speaking out in favor of legalization of both daily fantasy and traditional sports betting.

“One of the reasons I’ve been pushing to legalize sports betting is not because that I’m necessarily an advocate of sports betting, it’s because all the research shows that it’s a multihundred-billion dollar business just in the United States right now,” Silver said in a FiveThirtyEight podcast last year. “In terms of the integrity of the sports leagues, it’s only bad news for us when it continues to remain underground.”

Many leagues have also signed deals with daily fantasy companies, data providers and oddsmakers, according to an ESPN report.

Freeman is also busy behind the scenes trying to gather a broad coalition of groups who could support or eventually benefit from the legalization of sports betting — including law enforcement, broadcasters, lotteries, convenience stores and even the Humane Society of the United States, which remains concerned about bets on animal fighting.

The National Association of Broadcasters and the National Association of Convenience Stores each told The Hill that they were not working on the sports betting issue, however.

Freedman says he wants to “streamline how Washington looks at the issue.”

“We’ve all seen these debates where Washington is inclined to do something, but because the interested parties can’t get on the same page, it gives Congress a way out,” he said. “We’re going to work to avoid that.”

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MP Brian Masse to re-introduce sports betting bill in House of Commons

MP Brian Masse to re-introduce sports betting bill in House of Commons

Windsor West NDP MP Brian Masse is reintroducing a sports betting bill in Parliament, according to the government’s Order Paper for Feb. 17.

The bill is called “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sports betting).”

The act, if passed, would allow provinces and territories the option to allow wagering on “any race or fight, or on a single sports event or athletic contest.”

Currently, wagerers must bet on — and correctly predict the outcome of — at least two games, but usually three, in order to win.

Retired NDP MP Joe Comartin first introduced Bill C-290 back in 2011. It passed the House with all-party approval and arrived in the Senate in March 2012, and ended up one stage short of Royal Assent by June 2013.

The bill died when the 42nd general election was called last year and the process is now starting over.

The original Bill C-290 was an act designed to amend the Criminal Code and “allow for wagering on the outcome of a single sporting event, which is currently illegal in Canada.”

Masse has previously said more money could be put toward gambling addiction toward gambling addiction treatment programs if single-sport betting is legalized.

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How Do Pay Per Head Sites Help Bookmakers Earn More?

How Do Pay Per Head Sites Help Bookmakers Earn More?

The one thing that is true about sports betting is that this is a dynamic industry with strong growth rates. All you need to do is take a look at how much money is wagered on a single-day event like the Super Bowl or in the month of March on college basketball to get a better understanding of the tremendous business opportunity booking all of these bets entails.

There is no shortage of big online sportsbooks looking to take this action, but today’s sophisticated sports bettor is often times looking for a higher level of personal attention to their accounts. This has created a huge demand for competent independent sports bookmakers that can deliver this high level of customer service.

It would be extremely hard to go it alone as an independent bookmaking agent without the backing of a quality Pay Per Head service that is equipped to handle and process all the day-to-day transactions that take place in conjunction with traditional bookmaking efforts. The best thing of all is that the right Pay Per Head site can help bookmakers earn far more money than they could without their help.

The amount of financial resources needed to match the price per head solutions that a business needs to prosper would be staggering. However, for one low per head fee bookmakers can completely level the playing field against the big online sportsbooks that tradditional bookmakers are constantly competing against. One of the most important business decisions that will have to be made as an independent sports bookmaker is finding which price per head company best meets that agents particular business needs.

Not all Pay Per Head services are created equal and bookies need one that has the right sportsbook management solutions that can help to earn more money as well as transform a business into a long-term, profitable venture. One that comes to mind for many independent sports bookmakers is Costa Rican-based Premier Per Head as the top Pay Per Head service in the sports betting industry today.

To reach the upper echelon of the Pay Per Head providers operating today, bookmakers need to be willing to make the necessary investments in both time and money to build an operating system that can boast triple redundancy throughout its entire database. What this means to the independent bookmaker is no system downtime that can eat directly into their bottom line. Always remember that If a Pay Per Head service is up and running on a round-the-clock basis so are you.

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NBA Trade Deadline Rumors

NBA Trade Deadline Rumors

The NBA trade deadline rumors for 2016 have been swirling and twirling in a hyperbolic toilet for weeks, and there’s good reason. A few contenders and pretenders are loaded with tradable assets, and a lot of big names are on the chopping block. Will anything happen?

For once, I believe something major will actually transpire. For the past few years, the deadline has passed in the night like a wet fart. But this season has some seriously intriguing developments. A lot of smaller trades might surface, but there’s a seismic shift out there somewhere. It just depends if teams are willing to do something drastic.

So who has the balls to pull the trigger? The most likely earthquake involves Al Horford and a team you might not anticipate.

THE TORONTO RAPTORS HAVE TO TAKE A CHANCE

Let’s start exactly where the NBA left off this weekend. Toronto just hosted a great All Star event despite record setting cold weather that probably scared off any potential free agent they had any hope of signing. As if Toronto’s recruiting problems weren’t bad enough, “eh”?

That actually makes Toronto a dangerous gunslinger when it comes to NBA trade deadline rumors. There’s no way in hell that Toronto is signing major talent in the upcoming free agent class, or any free agent class for that matter. Like everyone else, they’ll clear cap space for Durant but it’s stupid to believe that any superstar would choose to go north of the border instead of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or anywhere else they damn well please.

You want proof? The biggest splash that Toronto’s ever made is signing Hedu Turkoglu to a five-year, $53 million deal that completely backfired in their faces. DeMarre Carrol was a nice piece to add to the current roster, but he’s now injured until the playoffs.

That puts Toronto in a very intriguing spot. If we can all agree that their ability to sign franchise altering free agents is minimal at best, then they’re perhaps the biggest dark horse in NBA trade deadline rumors because of the assets that they have in play.

NBA Trade Deadline Rumors Are Spinning Out Of ControlToronto has two first rounders in the 2016 draft. One of them is their own and will fall in the low twenties, while the other is the lesser pick between Denver and New York (likely a top-10 pick). Those are good trade chips to work with.

The biggest target they could secure is Al Horford, who has been dangled by the crumbling Atlanta Hawks who fear he may walk in free agency this summer. To get anything for Horford would be a boon to the Hawks, and Toronto would be remiss if they weren’t exploring this option heavily. Horford goes from making Toronto the second seed in the Eastern Conference to an actual spoiler against the Cavaliers.

Why would Toronto make this kind of move? Well first off, they’re absolutely horrible at picking rookies. They drafted a child from Brazil named Bruno Caboclo two years ago, and passed on a bunch of capable players last season to take Delon Wright. Neither guy is in the rotation. Wright is in the d-league.

It’s also the kind of noise that the Raptors have to make in order to substantiate themselves as credible players in the NBA market. You can’t just keep trying to find gold in the draft and bank on high-risk picks like Caboclo. Players and fans need to see you making aggressive moves for actual stars.

Masai Uriji is that kind of madman. He made a daring trade involving Rudy Gay just over two years ago that revolutionized the franchise and turned them in to a playoff team.

Is he insane enough to pull the trigger on deals involving DeMar DeRozan, who is also set to leave via free agency this summer? I doubt it. DeRozan is an icon in Toronto But pair DeRozan, Carrol and Lowry with a guy like Horford and you’ve got something truly special.

Toronto is the team that could really offset the balance of power in NBA trade deadline rumors. The price for Horford has been quoted as “borderline ridiculous” for good reason. But as Thursday inches closer, pressure may force Atlanta and Toronto to do something delightfully insane.

I wouldn’t put anything past Masai. He has the pieces to make a very brave move, and a deep playoff run with a major star like Horford could convince players and ownership to dig deep in to their pockets this summer to keep a new core together. Especially, if it means toppling the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals as +600 second favorites in the NBA futures market. (odds courtesy of http://OddsShark.com)

WILL ANYONE CARE ABOUT BOSTON’S DRAFT PICKS?

The last time the Boston Celtics made big moves they became NBA champions. That’s because Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo at the perfect time in all of their careers. The Celtics have the pieces to make another huge move, but they don’t have the core to push them over the top.

So we need to just admit that the Celtics are in a really tough spot right now. They’re decent contenders, sitting at fourth in the Eastern Conference, but nobody is going to tout them as a real threat to go far in the early parts of the summer. Boston also has credible appeal to potential free agents, which is an advantage Toronto doesn’t boast. Ainge doesn’t need to go ballistic in spite of NBA trade deadline rumors because he’ll have cap space this summer to do some damage.

However, that doesn’t mean that Boston’s going to sit on their hands. The biggest chip they have is David Lee, who has a $15 million contract, which would make almost any trade possible. For the record, Horford has a $12 million deal. Dwight Howard has a $22 million contract.

Boston also has a very serious draft pick collection they could deal. In the 2016 draft alone, they have six picks. Three of those are second rounders, but one of those is an unprotected pick from the woeful Brooklyn Nets that currently projects as a top-three selection.

The major issue is that Boston isn’t likely to get a credible return for that draft pick. Very few NBA teams are as willing to trade for picks as they were before because of the crapshoot that the draft itself represents. Teams that are in the trade market will want tangible superstars, not prospects. Those draft picks serve as icing on the cake of a larger deal.

And that’s where Boston falls short. David Lee and Jae Crowder are their only tradable assets, and it’s not like they’re actually building towards something in Boston. Unlike Toronto, they don’t have a formidable core. This is a team built on role players without any discernable identity. If they didn’t steal Isaiah Thomas from the Suns this time last year, they’d be hard pressed to put butts in to their own seats.

Ainge and the rest of the league know full well that Boston isn’t going to make a serious move despite persistent NBA trade deadline rumors. Inevitably, those draft picks mean more to Boston’s future than they will to anyone else’s. Expect Ainge to sit tight unless a desperate suitor comes along.

THE DWIGHT HOWARD TO MIAMI THING HAS LEGS

No team seems better equipped to deal with a guy like Dwight Howard than Miami. They know how to land stars. They know how to keep them (the temptations of South Beach are more than enough, along with Florida’s player-friendly tax laws). Pat Riley doesn’t fuck around.

Managing Dwight’s personality is a big deal when considering a trade for him. He left scorched earth in Orlando that’s just now recovering, while his tenure in Los Angeles should have ruined his career if not for Kobe’s polarizing reputation. Now his time in Houston is coming to an end much in the same way his last two stops in the association have. That’s why NBA trade deadline rumors will focus squarely on Howard.

Fan perspective on Howard is rightfully negative. However, NBA franchises have a much different view of him. He’s posting the worst numbers since his rookie year, but his playoff run last year of 16.4 points and 14.0 rebounds was electric. If you’re gearing up for a run in the post season, and you can get a one-year rental out of Howard then you go for it. He’s going to be motivated.

In the Eastern Conference, he can create plenty of havoc. Miami would have to move a lot of pieces to make it happen, and they frankly don’t have the pieces to make it work. There was a Whiteside rumor floating out there, but that’s not possible given that the block-centric center only makes $981,348 this year but a three-team deal could be in the works. Never underestimate Pat Riley.

The main reason that the NBA trade deadline rumors involving Howard to Miami are going to ignite is because Chris Bosh has suddenly developed another blood clot. He is still undergoing tests to see what his options are, but if things go south this week, then Riley is going to get uber aggressive in the open market. And Howard will be the first guy he targets because he’s the only general manager arrogant enough to believe he can retain him past this summer.

THE SUNS NEED TO DITCH MARKIEFF MORRIS

The Suns apparently made a huge mistake when they separated Siamese twins Markieff and Marcus Morris. In the aftermath, Markieff has essentially sour pussed his way out of Phoenix, who would love nothing more than to rid themselves of an apparent cancer. He’s averaging just 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Markieff is a lot like Dwight Howard without the upside. But his contract is attractive for a lot of reasons. Markieff is very talented and his four-year extension for $32 million just started this season. He’s a lot more than a rental player, and he’s acquirable for a cheap price. The Suns have to be lunatics to think that teams are going to pay a hefty sum for a guy who is a known distraction. His impending lawsuit over aggravated assault isn’t helping matters either.

If you’re Detroit, and sit just outside the playoffs in 9th out east, why not pull the trigger? You can easily dump Brandon Jennings’ expiring contract on them, or package Jodie Meeks and some of the fodder they have lower on the roster. Morris plays way better with his brother, and is a lot happier. If Detroit goes out of their way to reunite the twins, they could have a lethal frontcourt in a conference, which doesn’t have many big guys to speak of.

I’m not suggesting that it’s a good thing that teams bend over backwards to accommodate a malcontent, but the reality is that somebody will. It’s the way this league works. We love players who can ball.

BLAKE GRIFFIN’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE

Apparently, the Clippers made an offer for Blake Griffin that involved sending him to Denver for Faried, Gallanari, Jokic and Barton. The Nuggets flat out rejected the call. And who could blame them?

That’s the kind of move that makes the Clippers a very intriguing team in the playoffs. They’ve gone 15-7 SU in Blake’s absences this season, and an injury to his shooting hand isn’t going to make teams want to rush out and grab him. There’s also the huge concern that Griffin places extra value on living in Los Angeles where it’s easy to grow his brand. He may become downright despondent if shipped to another franchise in a remote location that doesn’t have a chance of competing in the playoffs.

The interesting part is that Doc Rivers is apparently the one who made the offer. The fact that they’re willing to part with Griffin for a heavy price is captivating, especially given that Griffin is still owed $41.5 million over the next two seasons. You could do a lot worse than renting Griffin for two years and turning your team in to an instant contender. For all the negative talk about him, I still see Griffin as a transcendent player.

The success in the playoffs hasn’t been there, but he’s a seriously rare breed in the NBA, and his value to the franchise is more financial than anything else. People pay to see him. The reason these rumors are going to persist is that Chris Paul is the true driving force of the team. If the trio of Jordan-Griffin-Paul isn’t going to cut it against the Spurs and Warriors, then you have to do something radical. As long as you have Chris Paul, anything is possible.

And Griffin can potentially fetch a healthy haul.

The botched Denver deal at least offers a template to other teams who might be tempted to acquire Griffin. Could Portland work a deal to land Griffin? Would Dallas? It’s become an intensely intriguing situation given the blueprint we now have for a Griffin deal.

Blake moving to an existing contender would send shockwaves across the league. Unlike other big names being tossed around the mill, Griffin is apparently one who can be acquired at the right price. Toss any NBA trade deadline rumors involving Cousins, Carmelo and Kevin Love in a pile of kindle and light it on fire. None of those guys are going anywhere.

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