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That’s A Rap #120: Superstar speculation season has begun

Giannis and Harden and Irving, oh my! NBA games have returned but the boys of That’s A Rap couldn’t help but focus on the superstars stealing the headlines.

Houston Rockets v Toronto Raptors Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Just days before the 2012-13 season started, James Harden was shockingly traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets. Could we see another Season’s Eve swap for the Bearded One?

Speaking of former MVPs, the two-time reigning MVP is also leaving his future in doubt. With each passing day, Giannis Antetokounmpo inches closer to entering the season without signing his max extension, thus, inching him closer to unrestricted free agency.

While those two superstars have been stealing headlines, another one, Kyrie Irving, is making them for all the wrong reasons.

Yep, the NBA never sleeps! Enjoy the ride with us and listen to our latest episode of That’s A Rap!

In This Episode:

3:30 — Giannis AnteToronto season has begun

Giannis celebrated his birthday on Sunday. He has celebrated his 26th year of existence by receiving a plethora of pens — none of which he has used! Meanwhile, his team’s playoff rivals release the most legal tampering video imaginable.

22:30 — A beard and a wish list

This is the time of year when a man in red with a thick beard makes wish lists come true. In Houston, Rockets fans are dreading the wish list of their “beard” — one that has doubled in the past few days. As he seemingly enjoys his last days as a Rocket, and every strip joint in the area, it really is an interesting question: where will James Harden play this season?

37:00 — After the game, Kings and Pawns go into the same box

In Kyrie Irving’s latest spat with the media, he stated he will continue skipping media availability (and paying the subsequent fines). “I do not talk to Pawns.” Kyrie’s IG post is a PR disaster that’s dampened the mood before the highly anticipated Nets season has even begun.

44:45 — Looking forward to the pre-season

For the first time in nine months, the Raptors will be playing basketball outside of the state of Florida! We’ll get the first glimpse of the newest Ball to join the league (LaMelo) and also the new ball (from Spalding to Wilson). More importantly, Raptors fans can witness the debuts of Malachi Flynn, Aron Baynes, Alex Len, DeAndre’ Bembry, while also seeing who will win the training camp battles for the final roster spots.