Rudy Gobert for the No. 1 pick? Bill Simmons, Zach Lowe discuss Utah Jazz trade ideas

Rudy Gobert for the No. 1 pick? Bill Simmons, Zach Lowe discuss Utah Jazz trade ideas

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and ESPN’s Zach Lowe got together on Lowe’s podcast Monday (named “The Lowe Post”), and discussed some significant potential trade ideas for Gobert. Mansion Global’s daily round-up of the latest luxury real estate news from around the world After years of development, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the open-source dGen model, marking a new era since the model launched in 2016. Public users can access model methodology and instructions, … Dublin, Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Global Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings Market for Autonomous Vehicles: Focus on Product Types and… Small business lender Credibly recently announced that the Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) eliminated its ‘Watch’ status for Credibly’s … Spoiler alert: probably not.

Utah Jazz front office leaders Dennis Lindsey and Justin Zanik said after the team’s season concluded that they have great interest this offseason in signing franchise cornerstones Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell to contract extensions.

Nevertheless, a prevailing thought outside the organization is that the duo will try to trade Gobert if they don’t want to sign him to a supermax extension for which he is eligible and Gobert becomes unhappy about that, for fear they’ll lose him for nothing next offseason when he becomes a free agent (Utah and Mitchell are expected to agree to a rookie maximum contract extension this offseason as soon as they’re able).

In that vein, The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and ESPN’s Zach Lowe got together on Lowe’s podcast Monday (named “The Lowe Post”), and discussed some significant potential trade ideas for Gobert.

The main deal they talked about was the Jazz sending Gobert and the 23rd pick in this year’s NBA draft to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the first overall pick and James Johnson and Jake Layman to make the contracts work.

After Simmons proposed the deal, Lowe said, “I don’t think either team is doing that,” noting that Minnesota already has Karl-Anthony Towns at center, but said, “Utah, I get the No. 1 pick. I get the No. 1 pick. That’s a pick that’s a big deal.”

Both Simmons and Lowe noted the deal would allow the Jazz to fully commit to building around Mitchell. Said Simmons: “My trade presumes the Jazz are like, ‘We hit a wall. We cannot win the title with this team and we have no way of making this team better.’”

Lowe said he hadn’t thought of trades involving Gobert for the No. 1 pick, and added “the problem” he kept having trying to construct trades for the Frenchman is leaving Utah without a starting center (Simmons noted the Jazz could select big man James Wiseman with the No. 1 pick).

Added Lowe: “Utah’s one of those teams where it’s like, ‘Do we need to make another move to get into the conversation, or we’re just where we’re at?’”

After that discussion, Simmons and Lowe briefly spitballed a few other Gobert-centric trade ideas. Simmons proposed Gobert to the Golden State Warriors for the No. 2 pick in the draft and Andrew Wiggins, but then said, “I think (the Warriors) hang up.” Lowe said, “I don’t know. That’s a good one.”

Lowe said “the obvious” destination for Gobert is the Brooklyn Nets, but he didn’t offer a trade proposal and he “doesn’t see it happening.”

Simmons proposed Gobert to the Indiana Pacers for Myles Turner and Aaron Holiday, but Lowe didn’t like it for the Pacers because they have big man Domantas Sabonis and are dealing with the situation the Jazz once had with both Gobert and Derrick Favors as two big men on the roster.

Lowe said he tried to make a deal sending Gobert to the Sacramento Kings for Harrison Barnes “and a lot of other stuff,” and Simmons countered wondering if Buddy Hield could be sent to Utah instead.

Simmons and Lowe also discussed one other significant trade idea involving the Jazz, one that Lowe said a team executive pitched to him. The proposal saw Utah send point guard Mike Conley to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose.

Lowe said he’s heard enough about Griffin around the league to think there could be a trade market for him this offseason despite injury woes. He didn’t ultimately think Detroit would do any deal with that as the framework, but he thought it was interesting, and Simmons added, “That’s a good one.”


Author: Ryan McDonald

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Mansion Global Daily: Domestic Buyers Pushing Up London’s High-End Market, a Turnkey Castle in Colorado and More

London Sees Increase in High-End Home Sales Despite the Pandemic

Turnkey and Fully Restored 1902 Castle on 153 Pristine Colorado Acres

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Large family homes in the U.K. are seeing prices rise faster than smaller residences, demonstrating the increasing demand for more square footage following coronavirus lockdown measures. Three- and- four-bedroom home prices reached a record £291,618 (US$377,544) in September, an increase of 0.4% monthly and 5.7% annually. The prices of smaller homes, the sort suitable for first-time buyers, fell by 0.4% on a monthly basis in September to £200,324, though they’re still up 4.2% year-on-year. PropertyWire

Values Growing Fastest in London’s Leafy Boroughs

London’s property prices are growing fastest in the south London boroughs of Merton, Croydon and Kingston, driven by buyers looking to live further away from the bustle of central London where they can get more space. The three residential suburbs saw the fastest house price growth in the year to August, increasing between 2.8% and 3.2% from last year. In comparison, overall prices in the capital rose 2.1% in the same time. City A.M.

Waterfront Sydney Trophy Home Asks A$45 Million

A trophy home in the harborside Sydney suburb of Rose Bay has hit the market for A$45 million (US$31.7 million). The Mediterranean-style waterfront home has been owned by stockbroker Brent Potts and his wife since 2000. Built in 1928, it has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a swimming pool and uninterrupted views to the Harbour Bridge. Domain

Condo Prices Plummet in Downtown Boston

While condo prices in downtown Boston are slumping, prices in outer neighborhoods are holding steady as buyers move away from dense urban areas to leafier locales. In the three months from July to the end of September, average sale prices for condos in the city’s central Seaport and Back Bay neighborhoods plunged 35.1% and 21.9%, respectively, compared to last year. Boston Globe

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Open-source distributed generation market demand model

Open-source distributed generation market demand model

dGen simulates customer decisions about adopting and using solar, wind, and storage technologies for residential and commercial entities in the United States through 2050. This simulation helps utility companies and other stakeholders plan for increasing adoption of distributed energy resources (DERs) to understand how much electricity will be needed from the rest of the power system.

“The dGen model helps users to understand demand for distributed energy resources and, in turn, understand bigger, long-term questions like the role of DERs in a flexible, clean power system,” said Ben Sigrin, chief dGen scientist at NREL.

Key Features

dGen includes spatially resolved data that factors in spatial and socioeconomic considerations specific to the designated geographic area. This allows the user to identify clusters where more DER adoption will or will not likely take place, and which areas make the most economic sense. All data embedded in the model include this spatial layer.

Another key feature of dGen is a bottoms-up, agent-based modeling approach. By starting at the bottom, or the most detailed level, the model forecasts up, rather than looking at the entire industry and forecasting down.

In addition, customers are represented as agents, or independent decision-making entities, based on real data of U.S. household and commercial DER adoption. Agents individually assess a user-specified situation and make decisions based on a set of rules determined by the area they represent.

The agent-based approach allows for much more sophisticated forecasting than traditional mathematical methods. The dGen model can explore complex behaviors and more accurately reflect dynamics of decision-making about DERs. It can also show sensitivity to market and policy changes like retail electricity rate structures, net energy metering, and technology costs.

“When we use a bottoms-up, agent-based modeling approach, the whole energy system becomes the sum of interactions between individual agents, and therefore a much more realistic simulation of what the future might look like,” Sigrin said.

Model Applications at NREL

The dGen model has many applications and has been used widely across NREL research programs in the past four years. One study used dGen to analyze rooftop solar technical potentialPDF for low-to-moderate income households in the United States.

Another study by the dGen team showed that the costs of systematically misforecasting rooftop solar capacityPDF are high: Doing so over multiple successive planning cycles could increase the present value of utility system costs by up to $7 million per terawatt-hour (TWh) of electricity sales.

The model currently supports analysis for the Los Angeles 100% Renewable (LA100) study and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s transition from net metering to Value Stack, which credits customers on their electric bill for adopting and using DERs.

Try the dGen Model & Scenario Viewer

With the open-source release, dGen is available outside of the lab for the first time, supporting NREL’s vision to make data and tools accessible to the larger energy community.

Users can download the model and run it on their own systems. This includes a database of pre-generated agents or consumers, scenario descriptions as spreadsheets and CSV files, and the model code.

In conjunction with this release, NREL has created a Model Scenario Viewer to easily visualize and explore recent detailed NREL results without running the model yourself. Scenario inputs and outputs can be downloaded to continue analysis from a desktop.


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Global Autonomous Vehicles Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings Market 2019-2020 & Forecast to 2025 with COVID-19 Impact Insights of the Paints and AV Supply Chain

Global Autonomous Vehicles Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings Market 2019-2020 & Forecast to 2025 with COVID-19 Impact Insights of the Paints and AV Supply Chain

Dublin, Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Global Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings Market for Autonomous Vehicles: Focus on Product Types and Applications, and Country-Level Analysis – Analysis and Forecast, 2019-2025” report has been added to’s offering.

The Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings for Autonomous Vehicle Industry Analysis projects the market to grow at a significant CAGR of 21.79% on the basis of value during the forecast period from 2020 to 2025.

North America dominated the global hi-tech paints and coatings market for autonomous vehicles with a share of 62.15% in 2020. North America, including major countries such as the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, is the most prominent region for the hi-tech paints and coatings market for the autonomous vehicle industry.

In North America, the U.S. acquired a major market share in 2020 due to stringent government regulations, technological advancements, and extensive investments for dedicated R&D facilities. In addition, the presence of various established and local players in the hi-tech paints and coatings market for autonomous vehicles makes it a highly fragmented market.

The global hi-tech paints and coatings market for autonomous vehicles is driven by several factors such as a rapidly increasing number of automated vehicles, growing emphasis toward road safety, rising need to reduce road congestion, and growing demand for LiDAR sensors. However, high prices of autonomous driving components such as LiDAR and camera, coupled with issues with the durability of hi-tech coatings, are some of the key factors that are restraining the growth of hi-tech paints and coatings market.

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensely affected the global economy, especially the automotive sector. This is largely due to the disruption of the automotive supply chain and manufacturing in China. Besides, companies have had to shut down factories and deal with plunging sales. As a result, revenues have fallen around the world. For instance, due to the worsening situation of COVID-19, Ford Motors Company has postponed the launch of its self-driving car to 2022 from 2021.

Moreover, many companies, including Cruise, Uber, and Waymo, have suspended autonomous car testing that requires backup drivers. However, the situation in China is slowly getting better. In early April, automakers including General Motors, BMW, and Toyota re-started their plants in China., a unit of Toyota, has also resumed the testing of an autonomous cars in the cities of Guangzhou and Beijing.

Scope of the Global Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings Market for Autonomous Vehicles

The Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings market for Autonomous Vehicles research provides detailed market information for segmentation on the basis of types, applications, and regions. The purpose of this market analysis is to examine the market outlook for hi-tech paints and coatings market for autonomous vehicles in terms of factors driving the market, trends, supply and demand analysis, pricing analysis, technological developments, and competitive benchmarking, among others. The research study also provides a detailed perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on the market.

The report further takes into consideration the market dynamics and the competitive landscape, along with detailed financials and product contributions of the key players operating in the market.

Global Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings Market for Autonomous Vehicles Segmentation

The global hi-tech paints and coatings market for autonomous vehicle is further segmented into type, application, and region. The anti-reflective coating segment dominated the global hi-tech paints and coatings market for autonomous vehicle in 2019 and is anticipated to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period (2020-2025).

While highlighting the key driving and restraining forces for this market, the report also provides a detailed study of the industry that is analyzed. The report also analyzes different applications that include pigments for exterior paint, window glasses, windshields, infotainment systems, optical components, LiDARs, and cameras. In the type segment, the market is segmented into pigments for basecoat, anti-reflective coatings, anti-fingerprint coatings, self-cleaning coatings, and others.

The hi-tech paints and coatings market for autonomous vehicle is segregated on the basis of region under six major regions, namely North America, Europe, APAC, China, the U.K., and Rest-of-the-World. Data for each of these regions (by country) has been provided.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Scope of the Study

2 Markets
2.1 Industry Outlook
2.1.1 Trends: Industry Dynamics Defining the Future Trends in Autonomous Vehicles
2.1.2 Supply Chain Analysis
2.1.3 Industry Attractiveness Threat of New Entrants (Low) Bargaining Power of Buyers (Moderate) Bargaining Power of Suppliers (Moderate) Threat of Substitutes (Low) Intensity of Competitive Rivalry (Moderate)
2.1.4 Supply and Demand Analysis
2.1.5 Profit Margin Analysis
2.1.6 Importance of Hi-Tech Coatings for Autonomous Vehicle
2.1.7 End-User Analysis
2.1.8 Ecosystem/Ongoing Programs Consortiums and Associations Regulatory Landscape
2.2 Business Dynamics
2.2.1 Business Drivers Impact of Business Drivers Growing Push From Governments to Ensure Road Safety, Boosting the Demand for Autonomous Transportation Systems Superior Properties of Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings as Compared to Conventional Coatings Growing Demand for Highly Autonomous Vehicle (L4 and L5)
2.2.2 Business Challenges Impact of Business Challenges High Cost of Autonomous Driving Components Issues with Durability of Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings Safety Issues With the LiDAR Technology
2.2.3 Business Strategies Product Developments
2.2.4 Corporate Strategies Mergers and Acquisitions, Partnerships, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Alliances
2.2.5 Business Opportunities Impact of Business Opportunities High Demand for Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings with the Increase in Level of Automation Development of Functional Pigments Increased Commercialization of Electric Vehicles
2.2.6 Impact of COVID-19 Impact of COVID-19 Possible Acceleration of Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Production Shortfall and Supply Chain Disruption

3 Applications
3.1 Comparative Analysis of Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings Applications in Autonomous Vehicles
3.1.1 Applications for Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings: Window Glass vs Windshield vs. Infotainment System vs. Optical Component vs. LiDAR vs. Camera
3.1.2 Analyst Viewpoint on Market Cannibalization
3.2 Application Types of Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings for Autonomous Vehicles
3.2.1 Pigment for Exterior Paint
3.2.2 Window Glass
3.2.3 Windshield
3.2.4 Infotainment System
3.2.5 Optical Component
3.2.6 LiDAR
3.2.7 Camera
3.3 Demand Analysis of Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings for Autonomous Vehicles
3.3.1 Global Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings Market for Autonomous Vehicles (by Application), Value and Volume, 2019-2025 Pigments for Exterior Paint Window Glass Windshield Infotainment System Optical Component LiDAR Camera

4 Products
4.1 Product Types of Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings for Autonomous Vehicles
4.1.1 Pigments for Basecoat
4.1.2 Anti-Reflective Coatings
4.1.3 Anti-Fingerprint Coatings
4.1.4 Self-Cleaning Coatings
4.1.5 Others
4.2 Demand Analysis of Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings for Autonomous Vehicles
4.2.1 Global Hi-Tech Paints and Coatings Market for Autonomous Vehicles (by Product Type), Value and Volume, 2019-2025 Pigments for Basecoat Anti-Reflective Coatings Anti-Fingerprint Coatings Self-Cleaning Coatings Others
4.3 Product Benchmarking: Growth Rate – Market Share Matrix
4.3.1 Opportunity Matrix, by Region
4.3.2 Opportunity Matrix, by Product Type
4.4 Patent Analysis
4.4.1 Leading Patent Companies (by Patent Application)
4.4.2 Leading Innovation Areas (by Hi-Tech Paint and Coating Product Type)
4.5 Pricing Analysis

5 Regions

6 Markets – Competitive Benchmarking & Company Profiles

  • Abrisa Technologies
  • AccuCoat Inc.
  • AkzoNobel N.V.
  • Alchemy
  • Axalta Coating Systems
  • Covestro AG
  • GXC Coatings GmbH
  • Kansai Nerolac Paints Limited
  • Newport Thin Film Laboratory
  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • Red Spot Paint & Varnish Company

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Fintech Small Business Lender Credibly Touts Ratings Agency Affirmation of Public Market Securitization: A COVID-Era Success Story

Fintech Small Business Lender Credibly Touts Ratings Agency Affirmation of Public Market Securitization: A COVID-Era Success Story

Small business lender Credibly recently announced that the Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) eliminated its ‘Watch’ status for Credibly’s public market securitization and affirmed the ratings on three classes of notes issued in Credibly’s Asset Backed Securitization. This affirms Credibly’s success in navigating the economic uncertainty of the past two quarters and serves as a vote of confidence in the lender’s ability to continue providing capital to America’s small businesses under the toughest of conditions. 

The rating affirmation from Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) was the result of months of portfolio management work and modifications provided by Credibly to their merchants. In the initial months of the pandemic, Credibly moved more than one-third of its staff onto its portfolio management team, working directly with thousands of small business owners to adapt the terms of their financing agreements to assist them in weathering the hardships they were experiencing due to pandemic-related shutdown orders.  

“By looking at more data than was previously required for new originations, we quickly learned how to effectively manage risk under the new normal. We continued to use our models but also had trained eyes on every file to test our hypotheses so that we could continue to lend effectively” said Credibly Founder and co-CEO Ryan Rosett. 

The company leaned heavily on its data science and technology capabilities to refine its lending process under the harrowing circumstances of the past six months. Ultimately, these changes allowed the company to meet its obligations to its primary stakeholders while continuing on its mission to provide necessary financing to our nation’s small businesses. 

When asked what the rating affirmation means for the company, Rosett said, “preserving the securitization and the credit facilities we have with our two bank partners means we can continue to lend and further invest in our growth. The regrading of our securitization Class A, B, and C notes is proof that we effectively managed our existing portfolio and at the same time made the necessary adjustments to continue funding our customers”.  

One of the material factors that KBRA considers in its rating decisions, and a factor that Rosett believes distinguished Credibly’s results from that of its competitors, was the rate of delinquencies. “If you look at our delinquencies versus that of our peers you’ll see some very interesting differences,” said Rosett. Credibly, it seems, does not have many competitors who navigated the landscape as adroitly as they did.  

Rosett believes the rating affirmation puts Credibly in a strong position relative to its cost of funds going forward. 

Not only that, but he expects the experience of working to maintain the quality of its asset-backed securities has also strengthened the company’s core underwriting, servicing, portfolio management, and origination business. Ideally, Rosett offered, these procedural changes will result in a broad expansion of the types of financing options that Credibly will be able to offer its customers in the near future. 

“Credibly is constantly striving to better serve our customers, while growing our portfolio prudently and profitably. Our multi-pronged financing strategy reduces our cost of capital and allows us to be extremely competitive as we grow our business” Rosett said. “We’re extremely pleased with where we are today on our mission of assisting SMBs who are seeking working capital. Our originations are back to pre-pandemic levels and we feel very well positioned for the future.”

© 2020 Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.


Author: Chris Dier-Scalise , Benzinga Staff Writer

John Ross does not make sense as a trade target for the Packers

John Ross does not make sense as a trade target for the Packers

Trade rumors surrounding John Ross aren’t anything new. Going back to his rookie season, Ross had been the subject of Twitterverse trade talks after the Cincinnati Bengals thought about using him as a cornerback. In a report by Mike Garafolo on Tuesday’s Good Morning Football, Ross and his agent have reportedly asked the Bengals to explore trading the speedster as he wants a new start elsewhere. Aside from the complications of a trade in a COVID world, would John Ross actually fit in with the Green Bay Packers?

Green Bay could certainly use a more reliable deep threat. Marquez Valdes-Scantling just isn’t very good. He has never posted a positive DVOA, his ball-tracking is incredibly poor, and his hands have been sub-par. Ross would be brought in to fill his role at WR3 and as a deep threat, at least in theory.

  • 26 catches, 452 yards, 5.7% drop rate, 48% catch rate, 8.1 yards/target
  • 28 catches, 506 yards, 17.5% drop rate, 50% catch rate, 9.0 yards/target
  • One of these players is 2019 Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The other is John Ross. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which is which…

    Just kidding. The first is MVS and the second is John Ross.

    It gets a little more complicated than just those raw numbers. For example, MVS had one of the worst DVOAs in the league in 2019 at -15.5%. Ross was not great, but closer to average at -4.5%. According to SIS, while Ross had massive troubles with drops, he did bring in 70% of catchable balls compared to MVS’ 74%.

    There is also the difference in quarterbacks. Compare the group of people who have been in Cincinnati during Ross’ career to Aaron Rodgers, even a mediocre 2018/19 Rodgers: Andy Dalton (24 games), Jeff Driskel (5 games), Ryan Finley (3 games), Joe Burrow (6 games). Ross’ situation has been pretty terrible.

    But Ross has also been pretty terrible. I highlighted 2019 because it was Ross’ best season. He only played 8 games, but was at least serviceable. In his rookie season of 2017, he was nearly moved to cornerback. In 2018, he played in 13 games, starting 10, but posted a catch rate of just 36% and had a 20% drop rate. His DVOA in 2018 was the worst in the league amongst qualifying receivers at -33.3%. In 2020, Ross has hardly played, receiving only seven targets and amassing two catches.

    If you don’t like MVS, you will hate John Ross. There are the few explosive plays where you see his combination of speed and agility on display. There are also an endless barrage of plays where he misreads a ball, drops a pass, or is weak at the catch-point. Given that Green Bay would like to add some consistency into its receiving corps, I don’t see how John Ross provides that. Green Bay wouldn’t have to take on much on the cap for this season, but Green Bay also doesn’t have a lot to work with. According to Packers Twitter cap expert Ken Ingalls, the Packers have about $5.379 million in effective cap space. I can’t imagine they’d want to burn any of that on John Ross, who would be about four times as expensive as a street free agent and hasn’t been much more effective for his career.

    Ross’ potential is tantalizing because you want him to be so much more than he is because of his raw physical gifts. If he could learn to track the ball even half-decently and catch the ball a little bit better, he might be a Ted Ginn-type, where his field stretching is a value-add and he catches the ball often enough to make it worthwhile. Right now, however, he is a long ways from that and I’m not sure teams should be lining up for anything more than a camp invite this off-season.


    Author: rcon14

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