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Mateen Cleaves
06-22-2008, 09:45 AM
It's not just the draft. Trade talk is also going fast and furious around the NBA today. What's fun about this off-season is that big names are legitimately available for the right price.

Among the first salvoes in what's likely to be a busy off-season, ESPN has reported the following tidbit:

"Detroit recently offered Chauncey Billups and Tayshaun Prince for Anthony, but the Nuggets weren't interested. Denver countered with an offer of Allen Iverson or a package built around Marcus Camby, but the Pistons are only interested in Anthony."
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3455530.

King_stag
06-22-2008, 02:29 PM
The Suns Offered Doris Diaw and Leandro Barbosa for Tayshaun Prince. Joe Dumars declined ;D

bigfreeze_bibby
06-22-2008, 02:48 PM
Nakakatawa naman Detroit. They had the chance to snag Anthony in the 2003 NBA draft and now sa kanya din pala sila babagsak at magiging interested hehe.

cub
06-22-2008, 02:58 PM
The Suns Offered Doris Diaw and Leandro Barbosa for Tayshaun Prince. Joe Dumars declined ;D


link? Barbosa and Diaw > Prince. Dumars is that stupid.

there are rumors that the Grizzlies are going to send Kyle Lowry for Linas Kleiza. #20 and #28 picks will also be involved.

The_Big_Cat
06-22-2008, 03:13 PM
The Boston Celtics have 6 free-agents led by Posey and House.
They will not probably resign Cassell and Brown.
I think they need a third-string point guard after Rondo and House.
And a reliable big man after Garnett and Perkins. Davis is just too slow and undersized.

tigerman
06-22-2008, 04:14 PM
There are rumors also of a Lamar Odom for Richard Jefferson trade straight up.

Hope to see Rod Thorn work his magic again this off-season. ;D



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

Mateen Cleaves
06-22-2008, 04:45 PM
Nakakatawa naman Detroit. They had the chance to snag Anthony in the 2003 NBA draft and now sa kanya din pala sila babagsak at magiging interested hehe.


In 2003, Detroit was looking at Miami and Shaq. Ben Wallace wasn't the long-term answer. And they didn't have Rasheed yet. They needed to find someone who could be a fixture at the center spot for them over the long-term. If you look back at that draft, there were two players who were deemed "can't miss prospects" by almost everybody. The first was Lebron James. The other was Darko Milicic. Even Carmelo had his doubters (mostly character issues and that he wasn't the superior physical specimen that LBJ was).

Prince was not necessarily better than Anthony, but from Detroit's perspective then (and practically everybody else's), Prince plus Darko was better for them than Prince plus Melo. What's good about Dumars is he doesn't worry about making mistakes. And when he does, he acts quickly to fix the problem. It's not a problem for him if he gets a ton of "I told you so's". The bottomline is, if he lands the guy he wants, he doesn't care what other people say.

As for Diaw and Barbosa, it's not a surprise that that was quickly rejected. Dumars and Curry have already pointed out that the Pistons need to get tougher (especially mentally). Diaw and Barbosa strike me as finesse players, especially on defense. I don't see their games as good fits for Detroit, or the Eastern Conference for that matter.

erichubert
06-22-2008, 06:29 PM
Phoenix is moving heaven and earth to trade Barbosa and Diaw. And from what the rumors Barbosa is being offered to the Blazers for Webster and the 13th pick, while Diaw to the Raptors for Ford and the 17th pick. I like both trades but I don't think Portland or Toronto would do it. Good to hear that the Suns are not in the business of selling their picks anymore, now they are scrambling to get more draft choices after selling players like Rondo, Nate Robinson, Luol Deng and Rudy Fernandez.

mighty_lion
06-22-2008, 08:54 PM
^ For Gods sake, the Suns should pick a player not named Cash this time. ;D

But true, the Suns front office is working day and night looking for another pick in the draft. At this point Barbosa and Diaw are both good as gone next season.

cub
06-22-2008, 09:14 PM
Mateen, Shaq was traded to the Heat after the '03-'04 so Shaq is not the reason the Pistons picked Darko.

Barbosa will be useless unless he is traded to a run n gun team like the Warriors. he may also flourish if he'll be back with D'Antoni or Iavaroni.

Mateen Cleaves
06-22-2008, 10:09 PM
^sorry. you're correct. Not Miami. But definitely Shaq.

The Pistons already had the pieces to battle for the Eastern Conference championship consistently. This was a time when the Eastern Conference was so lacking for big men that Ben Wallace could be classified as an All-Star Center, and Magloire and Ilgauskas could become all-star centers by default.

But if (or when) they did get to the Finals, they would eventually have to contend with Shaq. In 2003, the expectation was that Shaq and Kobe would stay married in LA for many more years to come. (if not shaq, then there's still duncan). Thus, the need for a young stud at center.

This time, the Pistons can't look ahead. They first have to win the East where the glamour position is now the small forward -- with LBJ, Pierce, Lewis/Turkoglu, Deng, Jefferson, Caron Butler, and Prince. Actually, I think that the Pistons wouldn't mind retaining Prince at small forward if they can get somebody like James Posey to back him up. However, if somebody like Melo is available, Dumars would definitely have to explore that possibility. That kind of player doesn't come around too often. 2nd chance na nila. if they don't get him this time, they're probably never going to get a 3rd shot at Anthony.

bchoter
06-22-2008, 11:37 PM
Any news on Mr. Instant Gratification aka Mark Cuban?

CM_Punk
06-23-2008, 12:35 AM
Uh, isn't there already a similar thread started earlier:" 2008 NBA Offseason Thread (Post-draft, Trades, Signings etc.)" ???. Maybe this should be merged with the other one.

Mateen Cleaves
06-23-2008, 07:44 AM
^Ha ha. Sorry, either naduling ako or tinamad ako silipin yung isang thread. Akala ko the other one was from last year pa. I don't know what I was thinking. ;D

Mods, paki-merge na lang po, with my apologies.

The_Big_Cat
06-23-2008, 08:20 AM
^NBA 2008-2009 Offseason Thread is a better name. :)

coreytaylor
06-23-2008, 03:15 PM
Nakakatawa naman Detroit. They had the chance to snag Anthony in the 2003 NBA draft and now sa kanya din pala sila babagsak at magiging interested hehe.


In 2003, Detroit was looking at Miami and Shaq. Ben Wallace wasn't the long-term answer. And they didn't have Rasheed yet. They needed to find someone who could be a fixture at the center spot for them over the long-term. If you look back at that draft, there were two players who were deemed "can't miss prospects" by almost everybody. The first was Lebron James. The other was Darko Milicic. Even Carmelo had his doubters (mostly character issues and that he wasn't the superior physical specimen that LBJ was).

Prince was not necessarily better than Anthony, but from Detroit's perspective then (and practically everybody else's), Prince plus Darko was better for them than Prince plus Melo. What's good about Dumars is he doesn't worry about making mistakes. And when he does, he acts quickly to fix the problem. It's not a problem for him if he gets a ton of "I told you so's". The bottomline is, if he lands the guy he wants, he doesn't care what other people say.

As for Diaw and Barbosa, it's not a surprise that that was quickly rejected. Dumars and Curry have already pointed out that the Pistons need to get tougher (especially mentally). Diaw and Barbosa strike me as finesse players, especially on defense. I don't see their games as good fits for Detroit, or the Eastern Conference for that matter.


I think this is the only reason, and it's also a no brainer reason, why they did not pick carmelo in the 2004 nba draft.

mighty_lion
06-23-2008, 05:13 PM
Rumors had it that Wade to Chicago deal is still in the table. It goes something like Wade for Hughes, Tyrus and 1st overall pick. Miami would then rebuild its franchise in Rose and Beastly duo. I do think Miami is overpaying on this trade (Wade is battle tested) unless Miami has concern on Wade's injury and thier assessment on Rose's potential is overwhelming.

erichubert
06-23-2008, 06:09 PM
It would be a good trade for both teams in my opinion, Chicago is already a good team, they were just unlucky last year with the Kobe trade talks and all, plus the Scott Skiles firing, so adding Wade and resigning Deng and Gordon, would make them scary good. Miami will also have a young nucleus, Rose, Beasley, Tyrus Thomas and Haslem to add to veterans like Marion and Hughes is also good.

dark_seid
06-23-2008, 08:34 PM
you want to trade a certified top 10 player when healthy and still relatively young player for a yet unproven commodity in rose and beasley?

is pat really that drastic?

mighty_lion
06-23-2008, 11:06 PM
After trade scenarios for each team

Bulls

Hinrich/Gordon
Wade/Gordon/Sefolosha
Deng/Nocioni/Sefolosha
Gooden/Nocioni
Noah/Gray

Not bad at all. Wala nga lang masyadong outside shooting and they have three guys who needs the ball in thier hands most of the time (Hinrich, Wade, Gordon) They can use thier MLE and LLE for a decent back-up PG, Wing and PF/C and thats all set to go.

Miami

Rose/Banks
Hughes/Cook
Marion/Beasley
Beasley/Thomas
Blount/Beasley

Marion and Haslem will most likely be traded for younger players and picks. Not a bad way to rebuild anyway.

coreytaylor
06-24-2008, 03:52 PM
Source: Toronto-Indiana deal off
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

Talks between the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers about a trade that would have included Jermaine O’Neal and T.J. Ford fell apart on Monday afternoon, a league executive with knowledge of the negotiations said.

For the past two days, Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo had been pushing the idea of sending Ford, Rasho Nesterovic and the No. 17 pick in Thursday’s draft for O’Neal. For a few hours on Monday, there was a sense that the deal was close, but ultimately concerns over the damaged state of O’Neal and Ford were too much to consummate the trade.

The Pacers were concerned about Ford’s future with his past neck injuries, but were willing to start rebuilding without O’Neal and the $44 million owed him over the next two years. O’Neal played just 42 games a year ago, because of a left knee injury.

The trade would have given Indiana the 11th and 17th picks in the draft, allowing Indiana to take a point guard and a forward. The Raptors have been one of the league’s most active teams in trying to move up in the draft, and they’ve made no secret about their desire to move Ford and make restricted free agent Jose Calderon the point guard of the future.

coreytaylor
06-24-2008, 04:04 PM
NBA Trade Rumor: Josh Smith to the Pistons
By Dime Magazine
http://dimemag.com/

After the Pistons reportedly turned down a trade offer from Denver that would have brought Carmelo Anthony to Detroit, there are rumors today that the Pistons may be interested in Josh Smith.

The deal would most likely have to be a sign-and-trade, because Smith is looking for a monster free agent deal that the Hawks may not be willing to take on. You can bet that Tayshaun Prince would at least one part of the deal, making Smith a serious athletic upgrade at that 3/4 spot for a decidedly un-athletic Detroit team. You can’t help but think adding Smith to the mix (even at the expense of losing Prince and maybe even Chauncey Billups would make Detroit a scary team.

tigerman
06-24-2008, 10:35 PM
If the Wade to Chicago rumor materializes, I expect either Gordon or Hinrich to be traded soon.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

john_paul_manahan
06-25-2008, 02:22 PM
so possible ang bulls getting both d-rose and beasley

mighty_lion
06-25-2008, 02:33 PM
^ Actually pwede ring the other way around. Chicago has the trading assets to acquire the #2 pick from Miami.

coreytaylor
06-25-2008, 03:13 PM
i think miami will make the biggest mistake in their franchise history if they will trade d-wade, mind you...* ;)


ot: happy birthday pareng jp_manahan

Mateen Cleaves
06-25-2008, 04:06 PM
After trade scenarios for each team

Bulls

Not bad at all. Wala nga lang masyadong outside shooting and they have three guys who needs the ball in thier hands most of the time (Hinrich, Wade, Gordon) They can use thier MLE and LLE for a decent back-up PG, Wing and PF/C and thats all set to go.

Miami

Marion and Haslem will most likely be traded for younger players and picks. Not a bad way to rebuild anyway.



Nare-sign na ba ng Bulls sila Deng and Gordon? If not, wouldn't Wade's contract have an implication on those deals?

Sa Miami naman, I don't think Marion will be easy to trade because of his big contract. Hindi puedeng picks lang because the contracts need to match. The other team will have to send one or two of their big contracts or half of their team (ala Celtics to the T-wolves) to Miami. It might be better to use Marion this year, then use his expiring contract, on free agents next year. If Marion's healthy, he's still a very good player anyway.

Semenelin
06-25-2008, 04:50 PM
i read somewhere that the suns are trying to deal barbosa and their pick to the clippers for maggette and the 7th pick. as a suns fan, i would only love that deal if they get a back up for nash.

mighty_lion
06-25-2008, 05:02 PM
Nare-sign na ba ng Bulls sila Deng and Gordon? If not, wouldn't Wade's contract have an implication on those deals?



Not yet. If both teams will agree for a trade it could only happen come July 1 when Wades BYC status expires. Wala masyadong change sa salary structure ng Bulls because they are transferring the contract of Hughes and Thomas to Miami. Chicago will most likely resign Deng first before Gordon. If Gordon persist for a higher contract, Bulls will most likely let him go for nothing.




Sa Miami naman, I don't think Marion will be easy to trade because of his big contract. Hindi puedeng picks lang because the contracts need to match. The other team will have to send one or two of their big contracts or half of their team (ala Celtics to the T-wolves) to Miami. It might be better to use Marion this year, then use his expiring contract, on free agents next year. If Marion's healthy, he's still a very good player anyway.


Marion wont be the answer if Miami will rebuild around Rose and Beasley. Matanda na si Marion (29) and he is crying out loud for an extension deal that is higher than what he is worth. Marion is an 18 million expiring next year, mas doon lalabas ang value nya specially for teams with bad contracts who wants to clear cap space. If I am Pat Riley I will aim a trade with NY. Maybe Marion for Randolph, 6th pick and other fillers.

Rose (1st) / Banks
Hughes / Cook
Beasley (2nd) / Wright
Randolph / Haslem
Brook Lopez (6th) / Blount

coreytaylor
06-25-2008, 05:05 PM
Trade winds start with an NBA draft
Deals for veterans begins with whispers on day for rookies
http://www.dallasnews.com/

Maybe you're not into the NBA draft.

Maybe you're the sort of fan who has no idea whether Derrick Rose or Kansas State's Michael Beasley should be taken with the first pick. Talking about athletes you have never seen play and whose names you can't pronounce – Serge Ibaka, Alexis Ajinca or Ante Tomic – doesn't grab you.

But what if a few other names are introduced to the conversation, such as Denver's Carmelo Anthony or Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal? What about Sacramento's Ron Artest, Toronto's T.J. Ford, Memphis' Mike Miller, Phoenix's Boris Diaw and Leandro Barbosa or Detroit's Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince? Is your interest piqued now?
NBA

The draft does more than refresh the league's talent pool. It's the excuse every team uses to float trial balloons and spark trade discussions. It allows general managers to assess the market value for their players and lays the groundwork for trades that may not take place for months.

Think of the biggest trades that have taken place in the last year. Kevin Garnett to Boston. Jason Kidd to Dallas. Pau Gasol to LA. Shaquille O'Neal and Shawn Marion trading places. All of these players, with the exception of O'Neal, were the focus of intense speculation in the days leading up to last year's draft.

And consider the draft itself. Seattle's Kevin Durant deservedly won the Rookie of the Year award at the end of this season. But did he have a better season than Ray Allen in Boston or Jason Richardson in Charlotte? Those were two of several veteran players traded on draft night.

There will be more this year. The names of Diaw, Ford and Miller are coming up too much among general managers in the last few days for something not to happen. Artest is something of a wild card. Big shock there.

Jermaine O'Neal will be gone the moment the Pacers make a team comfortable with his injury history and salary. Detroit may not do anything by Thursday's draft, but the information it gathers over the next few days will facilitate a deal before the season starts. Anthony will stay put.

Here's something else to consider. General managers and personnel directors spoke very highly of the top players in this draft two to three months ago. O.J. Mayo. Jerryd Bayless. Russell Westbrook. Eric Gordon. Kevin Love. Brook Lopez. Everyone I talked to was excited about the possibility of getting one of those players in the 10 to 15 range.

Well, now those players are projected to go in the three to eight range. West Virginia's Joe Alexander was considered a late first-round prospect in February. He'll probably be a lottery pick Thursday.

Let's just say expectations have been altered.

A lot of combo guards – those who aren't a true point but don't have the size for shooting guard – should go early. The strength of this draft is arguably power forward. We'll know in two or three years. That's how long many scouts believe it will take for them to develop.

Given that assessment, given how the draft bar has been lowered in recent months, it only makes sense that more teams will seriously explore trade opportunities in the next few days.

T.J. Ford anyone?

mighty_lion
06-25-2008, 05:09 PM
i read somewhere that the suns are trying to deal barbosa and their pick to the clippers for maggette and the 7th pick. as a suns fan, i would only love that deal if they get a back up for nash.


Pwede si Westbrook or Augustin sa 7th. If that trade happens, I think Suns will draft Alexander instead.

erichubert
06-25-2008, 05:39 PM
I am not sure who Phoenix is eyeing with that 7th pick, but the possible picks are Westbrook and Alexander. I doubt they will acquire Augustin who is another Nash-type point guard, who can't play good defense.
An interesting trade rumor from ESPN is Lamar Odom to Miami, but the pieces the Heat are reportedly offering is still unsure, word is Pat Riley really like Odom a lot. Let's see if this pushes through.

mighty_lion
06-25-2008, 07:05 PM
Odom for Marion makes sense. Parehong expiring. Kailangan ng Lakers ng magaling ng perimeter defender and Marion can fill the Gap. Odom can fill the gap as versatile post player for Miami.

Mateen Cleaves
06-25-2008, 08:32 PM
Source: Pistons looking to trade for Baron Davis.
Could Wallace, Billups become Warriors?
Contra Costa Times • June 25, 2008

OAKLAND, Calif. — As the hours tick down to a draft that will start the ball rolling on the Warriors’ potentially franchise-changing offseason, they can be sure of one thing: Star point guard Baron Davis will remain under contract for 2008-09. But that doesn’t guarantee he’ll be wearing a Golden State uniform when the season begins.

A team source said that Davis has told teammates he will not exercise the opt-out provision in his contract before its June 30 expiration date, meaning that he will play out the final year of the deal at a salary of $17.8 million. Todd Ramasar, Davis’ agent, would only say Tuesday that “it’s not likely” his client will opt out, but the source said Davis was “realistic” about the difficulty in recouping that guaranteed money in a free-agent market that is not especially flush with cash.

The threat of an opt out was one of the few pieces of leverage Davis had in talks with the Warriors regarding a contract extension, but it did not spur the team into action. The sides were far apart in terms of numbers when they sat down last month, and although the dialogue has continued, it appears the two sides remain similarly disconnected at this point.

Given that stalemate, it’s possible that Davis, who wants to stay in the Bay Area but was disappointed with the lowball offers from the Warriors, will ask to be dealt. And the team source said that the Detroit Pistons, rebuffed initially in their attempts to pry forward Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets, are now looking at Davis as a potential target.

Joe Dumars, the Pistons’ president of basketball operations, gave notice after losing the Eastern Conference finals that no one on his veteran-laden team would be safe, and the source said Detroit is willing to divest itself of longtime stars Rasheed Wallace and Chauncey Billups. Wallace, like Davis an unrestricted free agent after ’08-09, would give the Warriors their best true power forward since Chris Webber’s first stint in 1993-94 and has 3-point range that coach Don Nelson would love.

And the inclusion of Billups, who has been made more expendable by the emergence of rookie Rodney Stuckey last season, would ease any concerns from Nelson about the point guard position. Although Nelson thinks Monta Ellis eventually needs to move to point guard, he played him primarily at shooting guard on offense last season, allowing Davis to quarterback the team.

Since Wallace and Billups will combine to take home nearly $25 million in 2008-09, the Warriors would need to add more salary ballast to Davis in order to make the salary-cap numbers work. One possibility in that role would be forward Al Harrington. A source close to the 10th-year forward said he is currently leaning toward requesting a trade from the Warriors this summer, although he will not make a final decision until after the draft.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/warriors/ci_9686357?nclick_check=1

pio_valenz
06-25-2008, 09:05 PM
Nakakatawa naman Detroit.* They had the chance to snag Anthony in the 2003 NBA draft and now sa kanya din pala sila babagsak at magiging interested hehe.


In 2003, Detroit was looking at Miami and Shaq. Ben Wallace wasn't the long-term answer. And they didn't have Rasheed yet. They needed to find someone who could be a fixture at the center spot for them over the long-term. If you look back at that draft, there were two players who were deemed "can't miss prospects" by almost everybody. The first was Lebron James. The other was Darko Milicic. Even Carmelo had his doubters (mostly character issues and that he wasn't the superior physical specimen that LBJ was).

Prince was not necessarily better than Anthony, but from Detroit's perspective then (and practically everybody else's), Prince plus Darko was better for them than Prince plus Melo. What's good about Dumars is he doesn't worry about making mistakes. And when he does, he acts quickly to fix the problem. It's not a problem for him if he gets a ton of "I told you so's". The bottomline is, if he lands the guy he wants, he doesn't care what other people say.

As for Diaw and Barbosa, it's not a surprise that that was quickly rejected. Dumars and Curry have already pointed out that the Pistons need to get tougher (especially mentally). Diaw and Barbosa strike me as finesse players, especially on defense. I don't see their games as good fits for Detroit, or the Eastern Conference for that matter.

Konting correction lang: in 2003-04 Shaq was still with the Lakers. It was that season that the Pistons beat them for the title. And it was the Pacers who were the Pistons' hottest Eastern Conference rival.

mighty_lion
06-26-2008, 08:47 AM
Done deal.

Jermain Oneal for Ford/Nesterovic/17th Pick

erichubert
06-26-2008, 09:16 AM
If Jermaine can be healthy, Toronto would have a good frontcourt with Bosh and O'Neal, but that is a big if, I really doubt that he has anything left in him.

Charlotte has reportedly traded for the 20th pick from Denver, they gave up a future draft choice. This is interesting considering Larry Brown is not fond of rookies, they now have two first rounders.

The_Big_Cat
06-26-2008, 09:56 AM
Done deal.

Jermain Oneal for Ford/Nesterovic/17th Pick

Wow!
I like this and I am a fan of Jose Calderon. Ford seems to be in-and-out of the line-up.

BigBlue
06-26-2008, 10:12 AM
Done deal.

Jermain Oneal for Ford/Nesterovic/17th Pick


Akala ko talks for this trade already broke down?

erichubert
06-26-2008, 10:34 AM
It broke down because both sides were not convinced about the health of O'Neal and Ford but apparently they are convinced enough now to go through with the trade. I think Indiana might be starting to think about the 2009 draft, with the way they are built right now, they are positioned to finish last in the regular season next year.

cub
06-26-2008, 10:38 AM
wow. look at Raptor's line up right now.

C: O'Neal/Brezec/Baston
PF: Bosh/Bargnani/Humphries
SF: Moon/Kapono/Graham
SG: Parker/Delfino
PG: Calderon

all they need to do right now is sign a back up PG and they will easily be at the top 3 in the East.

mighty_lion
06-26-2008, 10:49 AM
wow. look at Raptor's line up right now.

C: O'Neal/Brezec/Baston
PF: Bosh/Bargnani/Humphries
SF: Moon/Kapono/Graham
SG: Parker/Delfino
PG: Calderon

all they need to do right now is sign a back up PG and they will easily be at the top 3 in the East.


Assuming Oneal can stay healthy thats definelty an upgrade defensively. The only problem I see here is that Raptors is still a jump shooting team after the trade. Sana trade na lang nila si Ford for Maggette or Artest then draft a Robin Lopez on 17th. Pagna-injure si Oneal dito ang lambot ng frontcourt ng Raptors. Si Nesterovic lang ang okey na centro nila before.

Howard the Duck
06-26-2008, 10:50 AM
it's official: ford for jermaine

at least pwede silang magsalitan ng injury periods nina bosh

mighty_lion
06-26-2008, 10:54 AM
Denver traded 20th pick to Charlotte for protected future 1st.

erichubert
06-26-2008, 11:25 AM
Even with a healthy O'Neal, I don't think they would be in the top 3 in the East as weak as the East is. Boston and Detroit would still be 1-2, while Cleveland and Orlando just on the basis of having LeBron and Dwight would go next. I think Toronto would still be with Washington, New Jersey, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago, they would be the teams who would most probably be first round fodders for the top 4.

CM_Punk
06-26-2008, 12:51 PM
Assuming Oneal can stay healthy thats definelty an upgrade defensively. The only problem I see here is that Raptors is still a jump shooting team after the trade. Sana trade na lang nila si Ford for Maggette or Artest then draft a Robin Lopez on 17th. Pagna-injure si Oneal dito ang lambot ng frontcourt ng Raptors. Si Nesterovic lang ang okey na centro nila before.


^ Agreed. What happens to their frontcourt if O'Neal gets injured again, like what's happened the past few seasons? Leaves them only with Bosh, Bargnani, and Kris Humphries, no more Rasho around. That's one soft and weak frontline, not gonna get many rebounds or defensive stops there. The Raptors should have kept the #17 pick, and drafted Robin Lopez instead to replace Rasho IMO, and traded TJ for an established 2/3 player in the league.

mighty_lion
06-26-2008, 01:42 PM
^ Humpries is the only hustle and energy guy left for them. They should try signing a decent back-up who can rebound and defend. Diop is the most ideal among the FAs. Kwame is also a good option. Pwede rin si Kurt Thomas.

coreytaylor
06-26-2008, 02:34 PM
Person familiar with deal: Hornets trading pick
By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

NEW ORLEANS (AP)—The Hornets have agreed to send their first-round draft pick, the 27th overall, to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for cash that could help New Orleans add a key free agent to a rising young squad.

The deal awaits league approval and may not become official until Thursday’s draft has begun, according to a person who works in the NBA and is familiar with the transaction. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal hadn’t been formally announced.

The Trail Blazers already have the 13th overall selection and adding the 27th pick would give them five draft picks overall, including three in the second round. The Trail Blazers also have yet to see action from Greg Oden, last year’s top overall pick in the draft, because of knee surgery that sidelined him for all of his rookie season.

Hornets general manager Jeff Bower declined to confirm a trade, saying nothing is official until the league approves it. However, he talked about how the Hornets’ could benefit in free agency by taking cash for their only pick in this year’s NBA draft.

The Hornets fell one victory short of the Western Conference finals this past season, losing in seven games to the San Antonio Spurs in the second round. Bower said it is rare for a rookie selected in the bottom fifth of the draft’s opening round to be a difference-maker on a team looking to contend for a championship.

“That type of production normally comes two or three years down the road,” Bower said.

The Hornets’ rebuilding years are behind them, however, and head coach Byron Scott has only two seasons on his current contract.

With a starting lineup that includes All-Stars Chris Paul and David West, along with perimeter sharpshooter Peja Stojakovic and 7-foot-1 center Tyson Chandler, the goal is to contend for a title next season. Conventional wisdom points to free agency as the fastest way to make the Hornets, who won a franchise-record 56 games in the regular season, a better playoff team.

“We have to make the judgment as to where we can get the quickest help,” Bower said. “So we’re looking at, really, from a draft pick at 27 or maybe we’re better served looking at other avenues.”

With no incoming rookies, the Hornets would add money that would otherwise have been spent on draft choices into their pot for free agency—in addition to cash received from another team in a trade, which could be as high as $3 million under league rules, Bower said.

As of Wednesday, the Hornets did not have a second-round choice in the draft. It was traded to Houston last season as part of a deal that sent Bobby Jackson to the Rockets in exchange for Bonzi Wells and Mike James. Houston later dealt that pick, the 56th overall, to Seattle.

Wells will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

coreytaylor
06-26-2008, 02:35 PM
Bobcats obtain 20th pick from Nuggets
By MIKE CRANSTON, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—The Charlotte Bobcats wanted to load up on draft picks. The Denver Nuggets were happy to sit out the entire draft.

The Nuggets traded the 20th pick to the Bobcats on Wednesday in exchange for a future, protected first-round pick. The Bobcats, who also hold the ninth pick on Thursday, may now get a chance to address needs at center and point guard.

The Nuggets, meanwhile, will have no picks on Thursday. Denver, which was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers, had already traded its second-round choice to Seattle.

Not having a first-round pick saves the salary cap-strapped Nuggets from having to the pay the luxury tax on a guaranteed rookie contract.

“Tough roster to make. You look at a young guy coming in, where does he go?” said Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Mark Warkentien. “Again, you look at the positions and it’s tough finding minutes for young guys.”

Denver will get Charlotte’s first-round pick next season if the Bobcats make the playoffs. If they don’t, Charlotte keeps it. The pick would then be protected by a sliding scale, where Charlotte would retain it if it’s in the top 12 in 2010, top 10 in 2011, top eight in 2012 and top three in 2013. Charlotte would have no protection for the pick in 2014.

But the Bobcats are determined to make the playoffs for the first time next season, and part-owner Michael Jordan and new coach Larry Brown will have a chance to improve the roster Thursday night.

The Bobcats could have their eye on 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert of Georgetown with the 20th pick. The Bobcats were impressed with Hibbert during a predraft workout earlier this month. Charlotte has a desperate need up front after consistently getting outrebounded last season. Hibbert is expected to go late in the first round.

Charlotte also could take a big man at No. 9, or a point guard if Russell Westbrook of UCLA is still available. The Bobcats have no point guard on the roster after starter Raymond Felton.

Another scenario would be Charlotte packaging both picks to move up from the ninth spot. General manager Rod Higgins said Wednesday the Bobcats had interest in getting a higher pick.

The future first-round picks give the Nuggets more options in future trade talk. Warkentien compared it to walking around with a “loaded gun” during negotiations.

“There is a myriad of possibilities of what you can do with this. We love the flexibility,” Warkentien said. “Good businesses remain flexible and we have a lot of flexibility now.”

coreytaylor
06-26-2008, 02:36 PM
Yahoo: Jermaine O’Neal to be dealt to Raptors
By The Associated Press
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

The Toronto Raptors have agreed in principle to acquire forward Jermaine O’Neal from the Indiana Pacers for point guard T.J. Ford, center Rasho Nesterovic, the 17th pick in the draft and a player to be named, Yahoo reported Wednesday.

While Yahool reported the deal, citing an unidentified NBA executive, Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo told The Canadian Press that he was in the midst of “four or five” conversations with teams involving Ford and a combination of Toronto’s No. 17 pick and/or other Raptors players.

A deal can’t be finalized until July 1, when Ford’s base-year compensation tag comes off the books, and Yahoo said O’Neal and Ford must still pass physicals.

O’Neal is a six-time All-Star. He averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 42 games last season.

coreytaylor
06-26-2008, 02:49 PM
Blazers agree to deal with Hornets for 27th pick
By Chad Ford
http://sports.espn.go.com/

The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Hornets to acquire the 27th pick in Thursday's NBA draft for cash considerations, a Blazers source told ESPN.com.

The deal was agreed to verbally between the two teams on Tuesday night, according to the source. The deal awaits league approval and may not become official until Thursday's draft has begun, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday, citing a person who works in the NBA and is familiar with the transaction. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal hadn't been formally announced.

Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard has been very active in the past few drafts acquiring picks. Armed with the financial might of owner Paul Allen, the Blazers acquired the 23rd pick in the draft last year and drafted Rudy Fernandez. They also used cash to acquire Sergio Rodriguez in 2006.

The Trail Blazers already have the 13th overall selection and adding the 27th pick would give them five draft picks overall, including three in the second round. The Trail Blazers also have yet to see action from Greg Oden, last year's top overall pick in the draft, because of knee surgery that sidelined him for all of his rookie season.

It's unclear who the Blazers are eyeing at No. 27. One possibility is Croatian big man Ante Tomic, whom the Blazers have coveted for years.

Other potential targets are French swingman Nicolas Batum, who has slipped in the draft because of concerns about his heart, and Memphis swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts.

Hornets general manager Jeff Bower declined to confirm the trade, saying nothing is official until the league approves it. However, he talked about how the Hornets' could benefit in free agency by taking cash for their only pick in this year's NBA draft.

The Hornets fell one victory short of the Western Conference finals this past season, losing in seven games to the San Antonio Spurs in the second round. Bower said it is rare for a rookie selected in the bottom fifth of the draft's opening round to be a difference-maker on a team looking to contend for a championship.

"That type of production normally comes two or three years down the road," Bower said.

The Hornets' rebuilding years are behind them, however, and head coach Byron Scott has only two seasons on his current contract.

With a starting lineup that includes All-Stars Chris Paul and David West, along with perimeter sharpshooter Peja Stojakovic and 7-foot-1 center Tyson Chandler, the goal is to contend for a title next season. Conventional wisdom points to free agency as the fastest way to make the Hornets, who won a franchise-record 56 games in the regular season, a better playoff team.

"We have to make the judgment as to where we can get the quickest help," Bower said. "So we're looking at, really, from a draft pick at 27 or maybe we're better served looking at other avenues."

With no incoming rookies, the Hornets would add money that would otherwise have been spent on draft choices into their pot for free agency -- in addition to cash received from another team in a trade, which could be as high as $3 million under league rules, Bower said.

As of Wednesday, the Hornets did not have a second-round choice in the draft. It was traded to Houston last season as part of a deal that sent Bobby Jackson to the Rockets in exchange for Bonzi Wells and Mike James. Houston later dealt that pick, the 56th overall, to Seattle.

Wells will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

coreytaylor
06-26-2008, 02:55 PM
Trade rumors swirling around Heat
The Heat and other teams could make Thursday's draft a busy night for trades.
By SARAH ROTHSCHILD
http://www.miamiherald.com/

NEW YORK -- To trade or not to trade the No. 2 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft?

Heat executives have said they will listen to offers. Whether the team pulls the trigger and possibly unloads projected second-overall pick Michael Beasley remains to be seen. This much is certain: The phones have been ringing in the Heat's front office as other teams try to move up in the draft.

But don't expect a deal between the Heat and the Bulls involving guard Dwyane Wade and the No. 1 pick.

''When is the first pick traded?'' Bulls general John Paxson said to reporters Tuesday in Chicago. ``It just doesn't happen.''

But that hasn't stopped the trade rumors from swirling.

The Heat is linked to several possible deals, including sending Wade to Chicago for the No. 1 pick, second-year forward Tyrus Thomas and veteran shooting guard Larry Hughes; drafting Beasley and shipping him and center Mark Blount to Seattle for the No. 4 pick and forward Chris Wilcox; or dealing Beasley and Blount or guard Daequan Cook to Memphis for the No. 5 pick, forward Mike Miller and either guard Kyle Lowry or Mike Conley Jr. A source close to the Grizzlies said Memphis has no interest in parting with Conley.

`ACTIVE TRADE MARKET'

No matter what the Heat decides, there likely will be deals involving at least a handful of teams Thursday. Draft night has become the league's version of Deal or No Deal.

''I think it will be a very active trade market,'' Memphis general manager Chris Wallace said recently. ``Whether things get done or not, that remains to be seen. Most deals are talked about, but few are consummated. I wouldn't be surprised to see some movement.''

There have been at least 15 trades in the past two years. Two years ago, five of the top eight picks were traded. The Portland Trail Blazers made six deals in 2006, and, last year, Boston began its major offseason makeover by acquiring Ray Allen from Seattle in a five-player, draft-night deal.

''It's your opportunity to change the team,'' Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard said. ``There are opportunities to go in a different direction. Teams are willing to take more risks for more rewards.''

Teams can trade their picks until 2 p.m. Thursday, when the NBA imposes a moratorium until the draft begins. If the Heat wants to make a trade, it must first select a player because the league stipulates that teams cannot deal draft picks in consecutive years. The Heat traded its 2009 first-round pick to Minnesota in October in the Antoine Walker deal, which brought Blount and Ricky Davis to Miami.

The Heat has been secretive about its draft plans. Since the Bulls are expected to select former Memphis point guard Derrick Rose, the focus has shifted to Miami.

On May 20, the night of the draft lottery, Heat president Pat Riley said the team had a lot of leverage to make a trade and would entertain offers. He also said at least three executives had made immediate inquiries about a trade.

Although many teams covet Beasley, several general managers picking in the top 14 said it's hard to predict what the Heat will do.

Coming off of a league-worst, 15-67 record, Riley and new coach Erik Spoelstra indicated they see the Heat as a playoff team next season. The question is whether the Heat would try to accelerate rebuilding by trading its first-round pick.

WADE'S PERSPECTIVE

Wade said he does not foresee being traded, despite persistent rumors.

''If I wasn't in Chicago this summer, the rumor would have never happened,'' Wade said on a teleconference Monday night. ``Since I have spent a lot of time in Chicago this summer and the Bulls have the first pick, of course it's going to come up.

``I never thought one moment the Heat might trade me.''

Wade said he needs no assurance from the Heat. The day after his name surfaced a few weeks ago in a trade scenario involving the Bulls, Wade said he and Riley spoke and laughed about the prospect.

If Wade isn't part of trade talks, other Heat players could be because Riley is trying to create salary-cap space before next summer, or, in the best-case scenario, before free agency begins next month.

''They're in a great position, whatever direction they go in,'' Wallace said.

Therein lies the draft-night intrigue.

''It's not a hard and fast trade deadline like February,'' Wallace said. ``But it becomes almost, in another sense, a trade deadline.''

coreytaylor
06-26-2008, 02:58 PM
WALSH EYES MAYO SWAP
By MARC BERMAN
http://www.nypost.com/

The KnicksNew York Knicks have polled NBA personnel the past few days, trying to figure out the chances of USC combo guard O.J. Mayo falling to them at six.

With the chances slim, Knick president Donnie Walsh is exploring ways of swapping picks with Memphis at No. 5 or Minnesota at No. 3, according to a league source, with their goal of drafting Mayo.

Walsh believes Mayo can play point guard and has deemed him the best player after Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley.

According ESPN.com, the Knicks even discussed a trade with Memphis about acquiring the fifth pick altogether, in dealing popular David LeeDavid Lee and Malik Rose for Brian Cardinal, who has two years left on his pact.

Cardinal's addition would not effect the Knicks' goal of moving under the salary cap by 2010. That trade likely would be contingent on Mayo being available at 5.

When asked yesterday about trading up or back, Walsh said, "I don't know if it's going to be available. It depends on how the draft goes to know if I want to do that."

Asked if anything were close, including a Memphis trade, Walsh said, "You have to ask the other guy. It takes two to tango. We have no deals right now. We have so many discussions. I don't want to get into specific ones."

Walsh met the press after a scouting meeting during which different trade scenarios were discussed. He has never made a draft-night deal with a first-round pick in 22 drafts, but coach Mike D'Antoni has wheeled his first-rounder the last four drafts.

Walsh appears worried one of the PGs he likes won't be there at No. 6. Sources indicate the Knicks no longer are interested in Arizona combo guard Jerryd Bayless. But they still pine for UCLA PG Russell Westbrook, an athletic, explosive penetrator who's a solid defender, and Indians sharpshooting combo guard Eric Gordon.

Westbrook could go to Seattle at No. 4. Meanwhile, Gordon is more shooting guard than PG.

"People in front of us have control over [the guys we want]," Walsh said. "It's real confusing. Point guards, they can all be gone by [No. 6]."

As for the purest PG in the draft, the 5-10 D.J. Augustin, the Knicks appear to deem him too small to take a chance on at No. 6. ESPN draft analyst Jay Bilas said yesterday if he needed a PG, he'd take Augustin over Bayless and Westbrook.

Walsh said he won't be devastated if he doesn't come away with a PG.

"This is the first step to the offseason," Walsh said, referring to free agency.

"There are other steps. If the right person is available, you look at the position. If the person isn't available, you don't."

If the Knicks can't trade up for Mayo and the right PG isn't there at 6, Walsh could take the 6-10 Italian Stallion, Dino Gallinari, or 6-10 LSU freshman Anthony Randolph, a project with a big upside.

john_paul_manahan
06-27-2008, 08:32 AM
from espn.com


Hours before the NBA draft,the New Jersey Nets and Milwaukee Bucks completed a trade that may suit both team's long-term needs.

In a deal first reported by ESPN.com's Marc Stein, New Jersey sends forward Richard Jefferson to Milwaukee for forwards Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons. No draft picks are involved in the trade.

King_stag
06-27-2008, 11:04 AM
Source: Pistons like Warriors guard Davis
The Detroit News

The Pistons are pursuing Golden State guard Baron Davis in trade talks, according to a Warriors team source, the Contra Costa Times is reporting.

The source told the newspaper the Pistons are willing to deal guard Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace.

Davis will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2008-09 season. His agent, Todd Ramasar, indicated Tuesday that Davis is not likely to opt out of the final year of his contract, in which he is due to make $17.8 million. But that does not preclude the possibility that Davis could be traded.

Davis, 29, is a nine-year NBA veteran who has career averages of 17.1 points, 7.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds. He averaged 21.8 points and 7.6 assists for the Warriors this past season

CM_Punk
06-27-2008, 11:43 AM
^ Humpries is the only hustle and energy guy left for them. They should try signing a decent back-up who can rebound and defend. Diop is the most ideal among the FAs. Kwame is also a good option. Pwede rin si Kurt Thomas.


Toronto picked up beefy Jawai from Australia with a 2nd round pick, so looks like they're getting more bangers and tough guys on that team.

tigerman
06-27-2008, 12:05 PM
Rumor has it that the proposed trade of Yi Jinlian and Bobby Simmons for Richard Jefferson has been finalized already.

The Nets are in a semi-rebuilding mode now with the departure of the remaining member of the Nets team that went to the finals in 2002 and 2003.




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

erichubert
06-27-2008, 03:06 PM
Looks like the Nets are clearing cap space in anticipation of LeBron. They are now in position to offer Lebron max money in 2010, let's see how close Jay-Z and Lebron are.

john_paul_manahan
06-27-2008, 03:57 PM
i wonder who wants a bite of vinsanity now?

tigerman
06-27-2008, 04:13 PM
No team would want VC's contract especially since he's coming from a mediocre season stats-wise and the fact that he just came from an ankle surgery. But let's see if Vince still has some gas left in his tank. This is his team now with both Kidd and RJ gone. As a fan, I would like to see him return to a top 10 player that he used to be.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

erichubert
06-27-2008, 04:22 PM
NJ would want to get rid of him, its just hard to find a taker, if I am NJ, I will still try to move him, go with an all-young line-up, even if they lose, they would get high draft picks anyway that would continue to grow in a couple of years and would make the team enticing to Lebron.

Portland just amazes me, they are so aggressive and it is really paying off, with their young nucleus coming back with Oden, Bayless and Batum coming in, they should be a top contender in years to come.

dark_seid
06-27-2008, 05:21 PM
yeah, trade away vince before his tanking becomes so apparent.

and portland has reports of fernandez coming over also. it's time for them to start winning and get playoff experience.

erichubert
06-27-2008, 05:27 PM
I forgot about Fernandez, that team is young and good. Ike Diogu will also help them, I think he has the potential to be a Leon Powe/Carl Landry type of player specially if he plays with Oden.

john_paul_manahan
06-27-2008, 05:33 PM
i read somewhere that the other "daboy" requested that blazers do not select brandon rush.

BigBlue
06-27-2008, 05:49 PM
i read somewhere that the other "daboy" requested that blazers do not select brandon rush.

baket?

cub
06-27-2008, 07:12 PM
OJ Mayo, Antoine Walker, Marko Jaric and Greg Buckner for Kevin Love, Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins. Done deal.

tigerman
06-27-2008, 08:51 PM
So we'll see more of Adriana Lima at the Fedex Forum.* ;D




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

cub
06-27-2008, 10:12 PM
So we'll see more of Adriana Lima at the Fedex Forum. ;D



maybe ESPN, ABC or TNT can catch a glimpse of Adriana swimming at the FedEx Forum. ;D btw, is it the only NBA arena that has a pool inside it?

BigBlue
06-27-2008, 10:13 PM
OJ Mayo, Antoine Walker, Marko Jaric and Greg Buckner for Kevin Love, Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins. Done deal.


upon hearing this earlier, I began to wonder: wtf was McHale thinking? he already had Mayo, and he let him go!

but later on, I realized, it looks like the deal that the Twolves had in mind all along. With Mayo, they had leverage to get both Love AND Miller. So now they get a team with a starting lineup that looks like this: Foye, McCants/Miller, Corey Brewer, Jefferson and Love. Not that bad after all. Definitely not a playoff lineup, but they'll win a couple of big games next season.

CM_Punk
06-27-2008, 10:34 PM
Portland sure is stocking up on young, good talent. With owner Paul Allen's deep pockets, he shoul be able to keep the main core of this talented roster for several years even with the luxury tax.

coreytaylor
06-28-2008, 01:26 PM
Nets trade Jefferson to Bucks for Yi, Simmons
By COLIN FLY, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

MILWAUKEE (AP)—The New Jersey Nets decided to part ways with the second-leading scorer in franchise history, dealing Richard Jefferson to Milwaukee hours before the draft Thursday for forwards Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons.

“We certainly gave up a good player, but to get a good player you have to give up a good player. With Yi, we feel his upside is very up,” Nets president Rod Thorn said. “We feel strongly he’s going to be a real good player for us.”

No draft picks were swapped in the trade.

Milwaukee has been looking to rid itself of several bloated contracts and decided it was worth trading the rookie that former general manager Larry Harris selected with the No. 6 pick last year along with the rest of Simmons’ contract.

But the Bucks had to add more salary to do it, taking on the rest of Jefferson’s deal, three more years at $42.4 million.

“We inherited a little bit of a salary predicament coming into this job and really what we’ve done today has not changed anything we’ve done for the next two seasons,” new general manager John Hammond said. “In the third season, we will have an issue to deal with, but I think by that time, we’ll have plenty of flexibility to move some pieces if necessary.”

Harris was let go in March and Hammond is looking to fill several spots as the team tumbled to a 26-56 finish. The Bucks selected versatile forward Joe Alexander with the No. 8 pick, and Jefferson provides veteran leadership to a team desperately seeking winners in the locker room.

“Richard Jefferson is a hardworking, proven, dynamic performer at the forward position,” Hammond said. “He’s an aggressive player with terrific credentials over his career. He’s been a winner, having gone to the playoffs in six of his seven seasons, and we’re excited to bring him to Milwaukee.”

Jefferson, second in franchise scoring to Buck Williams, gets a chance to team with Michael Redd and is not a defensive liability. He’s also a proven scorer, averaging 22.6 points per game last season.

The Nets get long-term cap relief after Simmons’ contract comes off the books. Simmons has two years and $20.4 million left on his deal.

“It’s virtually a wash,” Thorn said. “Long term, yes, because Richard’s contract is longer.”

The dealing of the 28-year-old Jefferson marks an end of an era. The move continues the rebuilding of the franchise in the post-Jason Kidd era and puts New Jersey in position to be a major player in 2010 offseason, which is expected to include a bumper crop of free agents that could include LeBron James and others.

But Thorn acknowledged he wasn’t sure what his new team would like without its veteran stalwarts. The Nets, who missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years by going 34-48, traded Kidd to Dallas for Devin Harris and the Mavericks’ first-round draft pick, which they used to select Ryan Anderson.

“Right now, it’s a work in progress,” Thorn said.

One thing is for certain, the Nets get Yi, who could also develop into a powerful presence and finally gets to go to a major city with a large Chinese population with more marketing opportunities.

“My feeling is with Yi’s upside it was something we had to look at. A 20-year old kid with his skill set, we feel he has a big future,” Thorn said.

If he’s indeed 20. Allegations have dogged Yi (EE’) that he’s up to three years older, and he flatly told the AP earlier this season that he didn’t want to talk about it.

“I just feel like there’s no point in talking about it too much,” Yi said in December. “If you look at my passport, if you look at anything, it’s got my birth date, so there’s really nothing I can say more.”

Yi, who will play for the China in the Olympics, also took his time signing with Milwaukee after being selected in last year’s draft and wasn’t swayed to join the Bucks until a contingent that included owner and U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl traveled to China to complete the deal. But Hammond emphatically denied Thursday night that he was forced to make a trade.

Yi made 49 starts and played in 66 games, averaging 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. He vied with Charlie Villanueva for playing time.

Simmons never lived up to a five-year, $47 million contract he signed in the offseason after being honored as the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2005. After a tough first year adjusting, he missed all the 2006-07 season with ankle and foot injuries and averaged just 7.6 points in 70 games.

“He’s greatly appreciative of everything the Bucks have done for him. They gave him a terrific contract, a great opportunity. He’s had some injuries, which have been really unfortunate,” Simmons’ agent, Mark Bartelstein, said. “In tough times, you need a fresh start to kind of change your luck.”

The Bucks’ projected starting lineup looks much clearer now with Mo Williams at the point, Michael Redd at shooting guard, Jefferson and Villanueva at forward and Andrew Bogut, the No. 1 pick in 2005, at center.

coreytaylor
06-28-2008, 01:28 PM
Wolves trade Mayo to Memphis for Love
By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Minnesota Timberwolves fans went to bed wondering how O.J. Mayo would fit in with their guard-heavy team.

Memphis Grizzlies backers hit the hay hoping that Kevin Love would open things up for Rudy Gay in the frontcourt.

Both groups woke up Friday morning to a totally different reality, thanks to an eight-player blockbuster trade in the wee hours of the night that changed the faces of both teams.

Hours after the draft concluded, the Wolves sent Mayo, forward Antoine Walker and guards Greg Buckner and Marko Jaric to Memphis for Love, shooter Mike Miller and frontcourt retreads Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins.

Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said he thought the deal was dead early in the night, but the Grizzlies reopened negotiations as the first round came to a close, and Memphis finally relented and included Miller in the transaction.

“Actually no one was more surprised than we were when the deal came back,” McHale said. “We were all sitting around there looking at each other saying, ‘Wow, I guess it’s back on.’ There were just too many components in it that fit our needs not to do it.”

The deal allows the Timberwolves to dump Walker, who was unhappy riding the bench on a rebuilding team, and Jaric’s contract, which has three years and more than $21 million remaining.

Miller also fills a huge hole on the team as a perimeter shooter and gives them Love, a 6-foot-10 power forward who will play down low next to Al Jefferson, who will stay at center in this revamped lineup rather than move to his more natural power forward position.

“This deal really set us up on so many levels,” Minnesota GM Jim Stack said. “We couldn’t pass it up.”

The Grizzlies, in turn, get a dynamic guard in Mayo who was widely thought of as the third-best player in the draft behind Memphis guard Derrick Rose and Kansas State forward Michael Beasley, who went first and second, respectively.

Mayo averaged 20.7 points in his lone season with the Trojans and also dealt with controversy when a former friend alleged that he took money and gifts from an agent while in high school and college.

Mayo denied the allegations and impressed the Timberwolves with the way he handled questions on the topic during a workout in Chicago last weekend.

“We felt it was a chance to take a player who we had ranked as the third best player in the draft,” Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace said. “That I think almost all the league felt was third behind Beasley and Rose. And if anybody has the chance to break in and have the type of impact in the NBA that Rose and Beasley seem certain to have, it would be O. J. Mayo.”

Timberwolves fans will likely be reminded of another lottery-swapping move two years ago, when Minnesota selected Brandon Roy, then traded him to Portland for Randy Foye and cash.

Roy went on to become rookie of the year in 2006-07 and an All-Star last season, while Foye has struggled with injuries while showing promise as a floor leader and playmaking perimeter threat.

With Foye and Rashad McCants—two smallish scoring guards—already on the roster, the Wolves started their evening by drafting the 6-foot-5 Mayo out of USC with the third pick.

Memphis took Love, the fundamentally sound Bruin, with the fifth overall pick.

Despite the apparent similarities between Mayo, Foye and Rashad McCants, assistant GM Fred Hoiberg told hundreds of fans gathered at Target Center for a draft party that he thought Mayo would fit in just fine with the guard-heavy Timberwolves.

“We thought there was a realistic chance Miami would take him at No. 2,” Hoiberg said of the Heat, who chose Beasley. “We think that he’ll come in and be able to help us out right away.”

Hoiberg raved about Mayo’s outside shooting and competitive spirit, calling him “a complete player, a complete person” and someone who can “come in and be able to help us out right away.”

It turns out that Mayo helped them for about four hours.

McHale and the Wolves brass sat sequestered in the team’s draft room for more than two hours after the draft concluded, hammering out the particulars of the deal.

“We fully expected to have O.J. on our team next year,” Hoiberg said at about 1:45 a.m. CST. “This deal came up very late in the draft. We just felt this deal had too many pieces that addressed needs that we had that we just couldn’t pass it up.”

Collins only has one year left on his contract, making him a hot commodity on the NBA trade market. Cardinal has two years left, while Miller is the outside shooter the team has been craving for years.

Miller averaged 16.7 points and 6.7 rebounds a game and, most attractive for the Wolves, shot 43 percent on 3-pointers last season.

Love set UCLA freshman records for scoring and rebounding on his way to being the conference player of the year in his only season with the Bruins. The Timberwolves were impressed by his passing, shooting range and knack for coming up with rebounds in traffic.

McHale called Love the best big man in the draft and the deal also will give the team plenty of cap space two years down the road.

“Going forward, we are going to be a big free agent player,” Stack said.

They also drafted Nikola Pekovic, a 6-foot-11 center from Montenegro who won’t play in the NBA for at least three years because of a lucrative offer he signed with a team in Greece, with their first pick of the second round.

Minnesota used its second second-rounder on Kansas guard Mario Chalmers, then shipped him to Miami for two future second-round picks and cash.

In Walker and Buckner, the Grizzlies get two veterans whose best days are long behind them and a guard/forward in Jaric that never fulfilled the promise McHale had for him when he traded Sam Cassell and a first-round draft choice for Jaric in 2005.

Memphis also traded the rights to Syracuse forward Donte Greene, the No. 28 pick, in exchange for the rights to Darrell Arthur, who was picked 27th and traded three times. New Orleans dealt his rights to Portland, which then traded him to Houston. The Rockets then traded his rights to Memphis early Friday morning.

coreytaylor
06-28-2008, 01:38 PM
Pacers trade Bayless to Portland
By Jeff Rabjohns
http://www.indystar.com/

The Indiana Pacers have a tentative agreement to send forward Ike Diogu and the rights to guard Jerryd Bayless to Portland for point guard Jarrett Jack, forward Josh McRoberts and the rights to shooting guard Brandon Rush.

McRoberts was a McDonald’s All-American while at Carmel High School and returns his home state after his rookie year.

“I just talked to Josh and he’s elated,” McRoberts mother Jennifer said tonight. “He just called and he’s really, really excited about it.”

The Pacers drafted Bayless, a 6-3 Arizona freshman, at No. 11, and Portland drafted Rush, a 6-6 junior from Kansas, at No. 13 in tonight's draft.

Jack gives the Pacers depth at point guard. The 6-3 Georgia Tech product averaged 9.9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds in his third year in the NBA. He has played at least 79 games each of his three years at Portland, a contrast from Jamaal Tinsley, who appears headed out of town after seven mainly injury-plagued seasons with the Pacers.

The Pacers also are getting point guard T.J. Ford from Toronto in the multi-player deal involving Jermaine O’Neal.

Rush showed versatility in his three years with Kansas. He is an outstanding long-range shooter, good rebounder from his position and athletic enough to play small forward.

Rush, who turns 23 in July, shot 44.9 percent from the field in his collegiate career, including 43.5 percent (205-for-471) from 3-point range. He averaged 5.5 rebounds two assists over his three years at Kansas.

The Pacers top two scorers this past season were two other swingmen, 6-8 Danny Granger and 6-9 Mike Dunleavy.

Rush is the brother of Pacers guard Kareem Rush, an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Mateen Cleaves
06-28-2008, 01:39 PM
-wrong thread-

The_Big_Cat
06-28-2008, 01:47 PM
McRoberts now joins fellow Duke star, Dunleavy Jr. in that Pacers team.

I like what Milwaukee is building right now. You have Mo Williams & Michael Red at the backcourt. Villanueva now doesn't have to split time with Yi and will make a formidable frontline tandem with Andrew Bogut. Richard Jefferson now solidifies this Bucks team with his acquisition. This team now is built to produce right away.

coreytaylor
06-28-2008, 02:16 PM
im happy dallas got shan foster. i hope he will shock everyone next season and let the other teams know that they made a big mistake of passing over him in the draft.

sayang naman walang kumuha kay jamont gordon of mississippi state at chris loston of tennessee. both them are marquee guards in the ncaa.

Semenelin
06-30-2008, 05:58 PM
Now that there is no more Gay-Love tandem... I support and wish to petition the "Mikael Pietrus to Phoenix" movement. Im the only member so far... :P

mighty_lion
06-30-2008, 06:50 PM
Now that there is no more Gay-Love tandem... I support and wish to petition the "Mikael Pietrus to Phoenix" movement. Im the only member so far...* :P


Count me in. ;)

cub
06-30-2008, 09:16 PM
Now that there is no more Gay-Love tandem... I support and wish to petition the "Mikael Pietrus to Phoenix" movement. Im the only member so far... :P


Count me in. ;)


+1. but i'd rather have Corey Maggette than Mickael Pietrus. Maggette is expected to opt out tomorrow and hopefully, he'll sign with our Suns. Bell needs a partner defensively. Pietrus is an underrated defensive player but his outside shooting is his waterloo.

Ooops.. Maggette says he wants the Magic to sign him. there are news that the Suns want Tyronne Lue and Jarvis Hayes.

flsfnoeraekadad
06-30-2008, 09:22 PM
Ang tagal na naman nila ni Kupchak masahiin si Sasha.

Offer-an na ng contract yan!!!

mighty_lion
06-30-2008, 10:21 PM
Kung mag-free agent si Maggette sana makuha nga sya ng Suns. Medyo suntok sa buwan nga lang kasi MLE lang pwedeng ioffer ng Suns kay Maggette. :'(

Wish ko lang... Sign and trade Barbosa for Maggette + DeAndre Jordan (as additional incentive for at least getting a player in return). Tapos Diaw and Tucker for Hinrich.

PG - Nash, Hinrich, Strawberry
SG - Bell, Pietrus, Hinrich
SF - Maggette, Hill, Pietrus
PF - Amare, Skinner
C - Shaq, Lopez, Jordan

8) 8) 8)

cub
07-01-2008, 12:42 PM
Antawn Jamison signs with the Wizards for $50 Mil for 4years. expect Arenas to sign there too.

erichubert
07-01-2008, 01:29 PM
Brand, Maggette and surprise Baron Davis opted out of their contracts so they would be unrestricted free agents. I think Brand should go to Philly or Miami (sign and trade), Maggette might be headed to Orlando or Cleveland. Baron is up for grabs, the only team that could afford him really is Golden State but he and Don Nelson have some problems going on so let's see what happens.

coreytaylor
07-01-2008, 02:32 PM
Report: Clipper’s Brand opts out
By The Associated Press
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand told ESPN.com he is opting out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.

“It definitely doesn’t mean I’m leaving the Clippers,” Brand told the Web site Monday night. “We’re trying to work it out. My intention is to stay.”

Brand had $16.4 million left on deal he signed in 2003. Monday was the deadline for players with an option to opt out of their contracts to notify their teams and the league.

The Los Angeles Times reported earlier in the day that Brand’s teammate, Corey Maggette, filed the paperwork to opt out of his deal.

Brand played in only eight games last season because of a knee injury. In nine seasons with the Bulls and Clippers, Brand has averaged 20.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

coreytaylor
07-01-2008, 02:34 PM
Jamison signs 4-yr, $50M deal to stay with Wizards
By JOSEPH WHITE, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

WASHINGTON (AP)—Antawn Jamison is back in the Washington Wizards fold. Now it’s time to focus on Gilbert Arenas.

The Wizards achieved a major free agency goal Monday when two-time All-Star forward Jamison signed a four-year, $50 million contract. The deal does more than retain the team’s co-captain and leading scorer from last season: It serves as an expensive piece of bait to lure Arenas, who had said he would not return unless the team also kept his longtime friend.

“He said he’d take less money if they got me, and they got me,” Jamison told The Associated Press. “So I think everything will get worked out with Gilbert.”

Two words describe Jamison above all others: steady and reliable. The 32-year-old strong locker room leader has averaged at least 19.6 points and 7.6 rebounds each year since his arrival in Washington 2004. Last season was arguably the best in his 10-year NBA career—21.4 points and a career-high 10.2 rebounds—as he and Caron Butler helped lead the Wizards to a fourth consecutive playoff berth while Arenas was injured.

“Signing Antawn to a contract extension was a top priority for us this summer,” team president Ernie Grunfeld said. “He has been a leader for us both on and off the court over the last four seasons, and we’re proud to reward his efforts by bringing him back.”

Jamison previously played five seasons with Golden State and one with Dallas. His career averages are 19.6 points and 7.9 rebounds. Last year he was one of only five NBA players to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, and he also posted a career-high 44 double-doubles.

“There wasn’t any doubt in my mind that I’d be back,” he said.

The Wizards will hold a news conference for Jamison on Tuesday, which is also the first day the team can begin talks with Arenas. The team was able to negotiate with Jamison because he became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, while Arenas had to wait until July 1 because he opted out of his contract.

“Once he heard that I had reached a deal, he congratulated me,” said Jamison, repeating a text message conversation he had with Arenas. “And I said ‘I can’t wait to congratulate you tomorrow.”’

Arenas has said he took the opt-out so he could sign a more lucrative deal, which means talks will likely hover in the $100 range for a six-year contract.

But he is also acting as his own agent and is known for doing the unexpected — and negotiations could be complicated by the fact that he plans to leave for a sponsor-related trip to China on Tuesday.

Earlier Monday, Grunfeld joked about trying to negotiate with Arenas in a different hemisphere.

“What are you doing?” Grunfeld said, holding his hand to his face as if he were talking on the telephone. “Oh, you’re at the Great Wall? Great phone reception.”

Jamison, though, is confident his teammate will be back.

“Let me ask you: If somebody offered you, what is it, $100 million?” Jamison said. “I don’t care if you’re Gil or you’re so-and-so, would you take the deal?”

coreytaylor
07-01-2008, 02:34 PM
Baron Davis opts out of contract with Warriors
By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—Golden State point guard Baron Davis elected to become a free agent Monday night, opting out of the final year of his contract with the Warriors in a surprise move.

Davis had until Monday night to decide whether to turn down his $17.8 million contract for next season, the final year of a six-year deal. The Warriors didn’t expect him to opt out of the deal despite little progress in the parties’ long-term contract negotiation, but club spokesman Raymond Ridder said they received a letter from Davis’ agent, Todd Ramasar, late Monday indicating his intentions.

Davis still could return to Golden State as a free agent, but his opt-out clause was his only bit of leverage in forcing contract talks with the Warriors before next summer. The former All-Star also is now free to negotiate with other clubs, possibly facilitating a sign-and-trade deal with Golden State.

Davis, a 29-year-old veteran, repeatedly has said he intended to return to Golden State, but he might be displeased by Warriors coach Don Nelson’s recent declarations about giving more playing time to Golden State’s young players, even at the expense of a few victories next season. Nelson reiterated his plan Monday at a news conference to introduce draft picks Anthony Randolph and Richard Hendrix.

Golden State also failed to improve its roster by using its $10 million trade exception this summer. The exception, which was acquired when the Warriors traded Jason Richardson to Charlotte last June, was due to expire on Monday night.

Davis averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds while playing in all 82 games last season for the Warriors, who finished with the best record in recent NBA history for a non-playoff team.

Davis led Golden State to the second round of the playoffs in 2007, breaking a 12-year postseason drought for the franchise. He added to that achievement by leading the Warriors’ first-round upset of top-seeded Dallas.

coreytaylor
07-01-2008, 02:42 PM
Sources: Clippers pursuing Davis
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

The Los Angeles Clippers are making a hard run at signing free agent Baron Davis, multiple league sources said late Monday night.

Hours before the midnight deadline, the Golden State Warriors point guard opted out of the $17.8 million owed him in the final season of his six-year contract. Davis could still re-sign with the Warriors, but the possibility of returning to Southern California, where he grew up and played at UCLA, must intrigue him.

Davis’ decision stunned league executives and agents late Monday.

“He has to have some kind of a deal somewhere,” an Eastern Conference general manager said. “You just don’t opt out of that kind of money.”

Davis’ career had been reborn under Don Nelson’s small ball, but acrimony over contract talks have cooled the relationship between the Warriors and him. What’s more, Davis could be facilitating a sign-and-trade between Golden State and Los Angeles, or elsewhere.

The possibility of bringing Davis to the Clippers promises to be a major incentive in re-signing their own free agent, forward Elton Brand.

The Clippers still have a brief window to make a run at Gilbert Arenas, but the Wizards were close to agreeing to a $100 million contract with Arenas, an Eastern Conference executive said early Tuesday. Once Washington re-signed Antawn Jamison for four years, $50 million, Washington officials believed Arenas was falling into line, too.

The Clippers watched two players – Brand and Corey Maggette – opt out on Monday, but Brand has expressed a strong desire to negotiate a new contract with Los Angeles. Finding a way to fit Davis, 29, into the franchise would only make Brand – who left $16.4 million on the table – more eager to stay with the team.

Orlando and New Orleans are possible destinations for Maggette, sources said. Maggette, who scored 22 points a game a year ago, has probably played his last game for the Clippers.

Before Davis opted out, sources said the Clippers were prepared to make a lucrative long-term offer to Sacramento Kings point guard Beno Udrih. Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy is believed to be enamored with Udrih, who blossomed after leaving the long shadow of Tony Parker in San Antonio. Without a Clippers offer, Udrih will probably re-sign with the Kings for the mid-level exception – perhaps at three years, approximately $15.4 million.

The_Big_Cat
07-01-2008, 03:34 PM
Brand, Maggette and surprise Baron Davis opted out of their contracts so they would be unrestricted free agents. I think Brand should go to Philly or Miami (sign and trade), Maggette might be headed to Orlando or Cleveland. Baron is up for grabs, the only team that could afford him really is Golden State but he and Don Nelson have some problems going on so let's see what happens.

Orlando would be a nice fit for Magette but I would love also to see him play side-by-side with LeBron at Cleveland.
For the past 3 years, the Cavs have been looking for a player that would fit the "batman-and-robin" duo at Cleveland similar to the Jordan-and-Pippen at Chicago. They thought Larry Hughes would fit that bill. I think this would be a nice combo for the Cavs.

erichubert
07-01-2008, 04:20 PM
I think Maggette can help Cleveland but I don't think he is exactly the perfect fit there. If only they can do something to acquire Michael Redd, I think that would be the best fit for Lebron. His outside shooting would be a great complement to Lebron.

Baron Davis and Elton Brand would be a great combo too for the Clippers that would put them back into play-off contention but if I am Elton Brand I would want to do a sign and trade and go to Miami. Wade, Beasley and Brand could potentially be a great big 3.

dark_seid
07-01-2008, 07:35 PM
kelangan sa cleveland ... offensive coach, whether lead or assistant.

flsfnoeraekadad
07-01-2008, 08:35 PM
kelangan sa cleveland ... offensive coach, whether lead or assistant.


Haha oo. OK si Mike Brown sa defense pero sa offense he doesn't have a clue. Isa lang play nya eh. Give Lebron the ball and get the fuck out of the way.

mighty_lion
07-01-2008, 11:23 PM
kelangan sa cleveland ... offensive coach, whether lead or assistant.


Haha oo. OK si Mike Brown sa defense pero sa offense he doesn't have a clue. Isa lang play nya eh. Give Lebron the ball and get the f*ck out of the way.


+1.

cub
07-02-2008, 09:35 AM
Davis verbally agrees to go to Clippers, leave Warriors

Baron Davis shocked the Warriors by opting out of his contract on Monday. Imagine their surprise now.

NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the guard reached a verbal agreement with the Clippers on Tuesday night and will sign a new multiyear contract with Los Angeles after the leaguewide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted July 9.

Davis was in line to make $17.8 million in the last year of his deal with the Warriors, but after telling the team that he wanted to stay, opted out at the last minute.

Sources told ESPN.com that Davis, 29, will receive a five-year deal worth an estimated $65 million.

Forward Elton Brand also opted out of his contract with the Clippers on Monday, and speculation quickly began that the team would try to keep Brand and sign Davis. This scenario is only possible if the Clippers renounce the rights of Corey Maggette and Brand takes a slight pay cut.

Sources say the Clippers are expected to do just that and quickly reach a verbal agreement to bring back Brand.

Maggette opted out of his deal on Monday as well.

Davis averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds last season for a Warriors team that won 48 games but did not make the playoffs.

Senior writer Marc Stein covers the NBA for ESPN.com.

erichubert
07-02-2008, 10:00 AM
Clippers suddenly become contenders with those moves. Brand, Davis, Gordon, Thorton and Kaman, not a shabby first 5. They should make it back to the playoffs with that roster. The West just got tougher. It would get more tough if Arenas signs with the Warriors.

mighty_lion
07-02-2008, 10:15 AM
Clippers suddenly become contenders with those moves. Brand, Davis, Gordon, Thorton and Kaman, not a shabby first 5. They should make it back to the playoffs with that roster. The West just got tougher. It would get more tough if Arenas signs with the Warriors.


And they have a scary veteran bench in Mobley, Tim Thomas, Knight. If they can resign Ross then they are almost set in 1-4 position. Powell showcased last season that he could be a decent combo 4/5 back-up. They also have DeAndre Jordan who can see some minutes behind Chris "the caveman" Kaman.

PG - Davis / Knight / Gordon
SG - Gordon / Mobley / Ross
SF - Thornton / Thomas / Ross
PF - Brand / Thomas / Powell
C - Kaman / Powell / Jordan

Solid line-up for a team in the Pacific division.

erichubert
07-02-2008, 11:04 AM
Could be the rebirth of the LA vs LA rivalry. Mike Dunleavy is not a bad coach either. I do think their bench needs a little more help specially at the 4/5 position. Kaman and Brand are injury prone and I don't trust Thomas or Powell would be enough.

Memphis signed Gasol today- Marc Gasol. Marc has really improved over in Europe, and they say if he were in the draft this year, he would gone in the lottery. The trade for Pau looks much better already- Javaris Crittenton, Marc Gasol, one of the first round picks turned out to be Darrell Arthur (Donte Greene was shipped for him) and they have another first round pick from LA in 2010. More importantly they are now at least 10 Million under the salary cap.

CM_Punk
07-02-2008, 01:05 PM
I like the Clippers more than the Lakers, so I would be very happy to see the "other" LA team finally get better this upcoming season. Their fans certainly deserve a reason to cheer again after all their misery and suffering ;)

batangueño
07-02-2008, 01:26 PM
Losing LeBron
By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=dw-lebron070108&prov=yhoo&type=lgns)
11 hours, 53 minutes ago


LeBron James showed up in New York on Monday, part of a USA Basketball media function, and continued to bat his eyes at the city in the run up to his potential free agency in 2010.

When asked to name his favorite city he said: “New York.”

Favorite borough?

“Brooklyn,” James said. “Brooklyn is definitely a great place here in New York City, and some of my best friends are from Brooklyn, so I stick up for them.”

Brooklyn is where the New Jersey Nets are expected to move to in 2010 (at least if community groups don’t blow it). The franchise is owned, in part, by James’ friend Jay-Z, and should be stock full of young, complementary talent and a King’s ransom in salary cap room.

James knows all of this. His answers weren’t by accident or without meaning, no more than was wearing a New York baseball cap from an Indians-Yankees playoff game last fall just an expression of pinstriped-fandom.

This was just the latest, albeit most obvious, shot across the Cavaliers’ bow. James didn’t list Cleveland as one of his five favorite cities, although hometown Akron came in fifth behind Washington, Dallas and Los Angeles.

To say there is concern along the Cuyahoga River is to understate things. To say there is pressure on Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry and owner Dan Gilbert doesn’t begin to describe it.

Five years into James’ career and the franchise has yet to instill confidence in the 23-year-old that it knows what it’s doing. Forget his polite talk about the front office. It’s not James’ job to assemble the roster or publicly second guess new teammates (he’s a relentless cheerleader).

If James truly believed the Cavs were on the brink of winning a bunch of titles, he wouldn’t have a wandering eye.

LeBron doesn’t need New York to cash in as a media superstar or a marketing sensation – he’s making hundreds of millions in endorsements in Northeast Ohio. This is a different era and as big and bold as New York is, it isn’t the only place anymore. The guy signed a $105 million Nike deal out of an Akron high school, after all.

James does need New York, or the fear of New York, to motivate Gilbert and Ferry to surround him with a supporting cast capable of winning a championship.


If they can’t do that in the next two years, then he may need New York to fulfill his dream of a title.

Thus far the Cavs have looked like the same old bumbling franchise that had the enormous fortune of winning the 2003 lottery when an otherworldly talent from just down the road happened to be available.

Gilbert is from Michigan and was a huge fan and corporate partner of the Detroit Pistons. Since purchasing the Cavs in 2005, he’s brought all of the Pistons’ pregame pyrotechnics and goofy game presentations only with none of the franchise’s savvy personnel decisions.

The Cavs have misspent cap space, made short-sighted trades and botched draft picks. Every step forward has been met with a step backward.

The LeBrons simply don’t offer enough support to LeBron – witness the Celtics seven games of near triple teaming James. That Cleveland made the NBA Finals in 2007, where it was summarily swept by San Antonio, was as much about a Pistons gag job as anything.

Even with LeBron, this just isn’t a good enough team to win a title. And due to past moves, it doesn’t have any easy options to change that. The Nets, meanwhile, are making every move with James in mind.

“You look at NBA teams that have won championships and they’ve been team oriented,” James said last week at USA Basketball camp. “You look at Boston and San Antonio and the Bulls teams that have won; these are all team-oriented teams.

“An individual can take over a game but at the end of the day you can only be successful if you have a great team.”

No executive in sports has more pressure on them than Danny Ferry. A lot of coaches and general managers can get fired. A lot of them can fail to live up to expectations.

Only Ferry can fumble away the franchise and crush the city. If James throws up his hands in two years and heads off to the greener pastures of New York’s concrete jungle, Gilbert may find his franchise as foreclosed as some of his subprime loans.

Cleveland hasn’t seen a major professional championship since the 1964 Browns. The light at the end of the tunnel has been James, the local kid who, eventually you’d think, will win one.

It’s not just that Cleveland has lost; it’s that local teams have lost in dramatic, gut wrenching fashion. The Drive, the Shot, the 1997 World Series.

A LeBron defection might be the worst. Having him in Brooklyn to serve as a centerpiece of an urban renewal, to bring entertainment-seeking Manhattanites across the bridge, to eclipse the Dolans’ pathetic Knicks, might be the most painful loss of all.

It’d be a complete shutting of the door of possibility, a day to be cursed and mourned for eternity. There’d be no next year.

LeBron knows all of this. He knew it when he wore that Yankees cap last October. He knew it when he listed his favorite cities. He knew it when he brings the Knicks into it by saying how he loves Madison Square Garden (even without the pregame flame throwers).

He’s a smart, savvy guy.

He knows it’s a long time until 2010. He knows – witness the Celtics and Lakers – that everything can change in a single season.

He also knows that it better happen soon, before it becomes too late for the Cavs to fix their roster, before all this talk becomes a decision that needs to be made.

john_paul_manahan
07-02-2008, 02:54 PM
Baron going to LA. Brand on his way to re-upping.

*yahoo!*

All we need is insurance.

erichubert
07-02-2008, 03:26 PM
Spurs are eyeing Corey Maggette. Good move really but I am shocked that a player of Maggette's caliber is only worth the midlevel exception.

cub
07-02-2008, 06:25 PM
Gerald Green is back in the NBA and in a new team, the Dallas Mavericks.

mighty_lion
07-02-2008, 06:44 PM
Thats a scary Spurs team with Mags in there.

marmand
07-02-2008, 07:22 PM
Gerald Green is back in the NBA and in a new team, the Dallas Mavericks.



Hope He does well for the Mavs. A player with potential but low basketball IQ.

cub
07-02-2008, 07:32 PM
Gerald Green is back in the NBA and in a new team, the Dallas Mavericks.


Hope He does well for the Mavs. A player with potential but low basketball IQ.


Jason Kidd would surely love this guy. with Green now in the Mavs line up, we will see those alley oops from Kidd to Green.

erichubert
07-03-2008, 11:13 AM
Warriors offer Brand max deal. If they succeed in getting him, that would screw all the Clippers revival talks. Best way to get back at LA, sign their best player. This free agent season is exciting.

mighty_lion
07-03-2008, 11:58 AM
Warriors offer Brand max deal. If they succeed in getting him, that would screw all the Clippers revival talks. Best way to get back at LA, sign their best player. This free agent season is exciting.


Nakakatawa naman to. I surmise Baron is not happy with Nellie's small ball system kaya sya umalis.

erichubert
07-03-2008, 02:07 PM
Baron opted out because he knew that the Clippers were going to offer him a multi-year deal. There are speculations that the Clippers illegally contacted Baron even before he opted out. It was clear from the start that Baron wanted a contract extension from the Warriors but the negotiations were not moving along. If he didn't have a standing offer from the Clippers, I doubt Baron would opt out of a sure 17 Million dollars next year, he gave up some money next year to have financial security for the future. Smart move for him, but the Warriors look to be the smarter if they can get Brand then trade Al Harrington for Kirk Hinrich.

john_paul_manahan
07-03-2008, 04:58 PM
not going to happen. remember what elton said when he opted out.

three teams have enough cap space to sign mags: the griz, the sixers and the w's.

i dont think he'll sign with them. mukhang MLE na lang siya.

erichubert
07-03-2008, 05:40 PM
let see if Brand will turn down 20 million more dollars and re-sign with the Clippers. If he does, I think that really sets an example for the rest of the team about sacrificing for the championship. I salute him if he does that.

Maggette will settle for the MLE, the teams that have cap space don't really like him so he has no choice really.

coreytaylor
07-03-2008, 05:42 PM
Blazers sign Spanish G Fernandez
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba

PORTLAND, OREGON (TICKER) —One year after acquiring his rights, the Portland Trail Blazers have signed Spanish guard Rudy Fernandez, the team announced Tuesday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Blazers held Fernandez’s rights after acquiring him in a 2007 draft day trade with the Phoenix Suns. He spent the past seven seasons with DKV Joventut Badalona of the Spanish ACB League and is a member of the Spanish National Team.

“My dream has been to play in the NBA, and Portland is giving me this opportunity,” Fernandez said. “I was amazed about everything that Mr. (Paul) Allen, (general manager) Kevin Pritchard, coach (Nate) McMillan and the rest of the guys did to show me how much they wanted me.”

The 6-6 guard is coming off the best season of his career, averaging 21.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.2 assists in 30 league games. He also shot 41.0 percent from 3-point range in helping his team win the ULEB Cup, a multi-nation professional basketball competition in Europe.

A long-time member of the national team, the 23-year-old Fernandez led Spain to a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championships and a seventh-place finish at the 2004 Olympics. He will play for Spain again next month at the Beijing Olympics.

“We are thrilled to finally have Rudy Fernandez in a Trail Blazers uniform,” Pritchard said. “Rudy is a tremendously talented player who has achieved great things in Spain and Europe.”

Fernandez is the eighth Spaniard to play in the NBA and the third for the Trail Blazers, joining Fernando Martin (1986-87) and Sergio Rodriguez (2006-present).

coreytaylor
07-03-2008, 05:43 PM
Hawks free agent Smith visits 76ers
By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Josh Smith wasted no time taking advantage of his restricted free-agent status, spending Wednesday visiting the Philadelphia 76ers — a franchise with plenty of cap room to make a big offer.

The 22-year-old Smith toured the city and visited the Wachovia Center with Sixers officials, who would like to woo the forward away from Atlanta with an offer sheet too expensive for the Hawks to match. As he’s a restricted free agent, the Hawks can match any offer made to the 6-foot-9, 235-pound Smith.

But one of Smith’s agents said Wednesday night the former slam dunk champion was impressed with his tour of the city, which included a meeting with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

“They showed a very genuine interest,” said Smith’s agent, Wallace Prowther. “Early, early next week we’ll have a much firmer grip on which direction things are going in.”

The Sixers can try and make match an offer sheet tough to accomplish.

The Sixers have about $11 million in salary cap space available and could use all of it to offer Smith a five-year contract. The Hawks have said they would match any contract offer to Smith, but are on the hook next season for big contracts for Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson, and they still want to re-sign forward Josh Childress.

Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. said shortly after the season he was committed to keeping Smith and Childress.

“We’re absolutely, without a doubt, very committed to keeping both as Hawks players for the long haul,” he said. “We believe in them and think they’re a critical part of this team and that they’re going to be part of this franchise for a long time.”

Smith’s numbers have increased in each of his four NBA seasons since Atlanta made him a first-round pick out of high school in 2004. He averaged 17.2 points and 8.2 rebounds last year and helped the Hawks make the playoffs.

Smith and his agents met with the Hawks on Tuesday. Prowther said other visits where scheduled, but declined to name the teams.

“The process is early, but I will say that things went very well,” he said.

Smith would be a nice fit for the up-tempo Sixers and would be a huge upgrade over last year’s power forward, Reggie Evans. He’s one of the premier shot blockers in the league and could team with starting center Samuel Dalembert and small forward Thaddeus Young to form one of the top frontcourts in the Eastern Conference.

“From the outside looking in, it looks like he’d fit well,” Prowther said.

Teams began negotiating with free agents on Tuesday and can begin signing free agents on July 9.

coreytaylor
07-03-2008, 05:45 PM
Source: Diop headed back to Dallas
By JAIME ARON, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

DALLAS (AP)—The Dallas Mavericks had to give up DeSagana Diop to get Jason Kidd. Now, the 7-foot center is headed back to Dallas.

Diop agreed Wednesday to a $31 million, five-year contract with the Mavericks, according to a person close to the negotiations who requested anonymity because NBA rules prevent the deal from being signed until next week.

Dallas also has agreed to a one-year, minimum-salary contract with Gerald Green, a 22-year-old former slam dunk champion who had been unemployed since March. He passed a physical Wednesday and paperwork to make the deal official is being finalized. Since he wasn’t on a team when last season ended, he can be signed at any time.

In other free agent news, Eddie Jones has exercised his $2 million option to return next season, when he’ll be 37, and the Mavs are trying to keep their other free agents: Devean George, Antoine Wright and J.J. Barea.

Diop is a former lottery pick who was considered a bust after four lousy years in Cleveland. The Mavs signed him for the 2005-06 season and he wound up splitting the center job with Erick Dampier as Dallas reached the NBA finals. He and Dampier shared the job against the following season, when the Mavericks won a franchise-record 67 games.

He was traded to the New Jersey Nets in the blockbuster trade for Kidd. The Nets knew he was headed to free agency—and the Mavs were waiting for him. Dallas showed how badly it wanted him by using its full mid-level exception to seal the deal.

Only 26, his familiar smile and amiable personality are sure to be welcomed back into the locker room.

Dallas will be Green’s fourth team in as many seasons. He was drafted 18th overall by Boston in 2005 and won the dunk contest in 2007. He went to Minnesota in the Kevin Garnett trade, then was sent to Houston a few days after finishing second in the ‘08 dunk contest. The Rockets used him in one game, then released him.

“Sure, it’s been humbling,” agent Colin Bryant said. “If you’re out of the league, you have a lot of time to think about it. That’s where his hunger and focus come from. It’s a brand new Gerald Green. The rest of the league will soon find that out.”

If Green can revert to his teen-prodigy form, his age and athleticism would be an ideal fit for an offense that’s looking to run more with Kidd and new coach Rick Carlisle.

“I think it’ll be a great fit for him and Jason Kidd,” Bryant said. “Jason Kidd is going to make the game real easy for him.”

Green won’t have to look far for inspiration. Diop revived his career by coming to Dallas when he was 24 and on the verge of falling out of the league, and last season Brandon Bass was only 22 when he developed into a solid member of the rotation after two forgettable years in New Orleans.

With their mid-level exception gone, the Mavericks may be done with free agency, at least the high-profile part. Then again, they’ve already locked up their centers, feel good about having Dirk Nowitzki and Bass at power forward and are eager to see what Kidd can do over a full season.

Once Green, Jones and Diop are officially signed, Dallas will have 10 players under contract.

coreytaylor
07-03-2008, 05:47 PM
Spurs front-runners in race for Maggette
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

The San Antonio Spurs have targeted Corey Maggette and are the front-runners to sign the Los Angeles Clippers’ free agent forward, multiple league sources said Tuesday night.

While no deal was imminent, Maggette would be expected to sign a multi-year deal for the mid-level exception, a move that would fulfill the Spurs’ desperate need for perimeter athleticism and scoring. Maggette would be leaving the Clippers, just as the team came to an agreement with Golden State free agent Baron Davis on a contract. With so much sudden salary cap space, the Warriors could be a threat to swoop in and take Maggette for themselves. The Boston Celtics have also shown serious interest in Maggette.

Another team with salary cap room, the Philadelphia 76ers, will present Atlanta Hawks restricted free agent Josh Smith an offer sheet on Wednesday when he visits with Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski in Philadelphia, two league sources said.

The Spurs struggled to generate points in the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers and believe Maggette could make a dramatic impact as a complement to Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Maggette averaged 22.1 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Clippers, who expect now to quickly re-sign free agent Elton Brand.

The Spurs had targeted Maggette as an explosive offensive addition to an offense that struggled to generate points in the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Maggette averaged 22.1 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Clippers, who expect now to quickly re-sign free agent Elton Brand.

Maggette, 28, opted out of his contract with the Clippers on Monday, along with Brand. He had hopes of returning to the Orlando Magic, but the Spurs, who have an interest in Denver restricted free agent J.R. Smith and Detroit free agent Jarvis Hayes, made an aggressive push in the last 24 hours to sell Maggette on playing an important part in restoring them to a championship team.

“He’s going to take a lot of the offensive load off (Manu) Ginobili, but (Spurs coach Gregg) Popovich will have to hide him defensively on the floor,” a Western Conference scout said Tuesday night.

Maggette can sign on July 9, once the NBA’s moratorium on free agents is lifted.

coreytaylor
07-03-2008, 05:50 PM
Landing Davis no laughing matter for Clippers
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

At a late night dinner in Manhattan on Monday, Mike Dunleavy had left a starry-eyed Beno Udrih intrigued with the possibility of playing point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers. Udrih had listened to the coach’s pitch and suggested to friends that he had gone to bed torn between staying with the Sacramento Kings and leaving for L.A.

Dunleavy had played the cool hand of a sincere recruiter, because his mind must have been somewhere else at the witching hour. Word out of Golden State that Baron Davis had opted-out of $17.8 million had spread with shock among league executives, who immediately alleged that the Clippers had hatched a plan to secure Davis. Nevertheless, the 12:01 a.m. ET pursuit of Udrih played out as the perfect alibi.

Just understand: Once Tuesday morning had come, and the Clippers had gone into all-Baron mode, Udrih and his reps were fortunate to get a call returned. Elgin Baylor is on the top of the Clippers’ letterhead, but Dunleavy learned his lessons best with his boss’ old Lakers teammate, Jerry West.

No one believes Elton Brand happened to opt-out of his $16.4 million contract on Monday on the random hope that it would help the Clippers recruit a talented teammate. The NBA isn’t Never-Never Land where stars leave $17.8 million on the table, as Davis did, on the blind belief that one of the notoriously thrifty owners, Donald Sterling, might be willing to bring him home to Los Angeles with a $65 million contract.

“You don’t just opt out of that kind of money,” an NBA GM said within hours of Davis’ late night escape on Monday.

Everyone suspected a pre-arranged deal, and no one could prove it. There are no accidents in the high-stakes game of free agency, and while tampering and secret deals are almost impossible to prosecute, give the Clips this: Once the NBA’s most foolish franchise, they stopped at nothing to make themselves a relevant Staples Center tenant again. For all the years the Clippers spent refusing to pay good players, perhaps they’re owed an indiscretion or two.

Whatever happened, Dunleavy deserves monumental credit for holding together a franchise, an owner, that is forever the NBA’s most volatile. Through the years, through the wild ups and downs of employment under Sterling, no one has done a better job of selling and re-selling Sterling on the commitment to compete in the wild, wild West.

Dunleavy talked him into spending for Elton Brand, Corey Maggette and Sam Cassell, and Sterling paid his coach $22 million over five years for stability on the sideline. When injuries ravaged the Clips last season, Sterling started back on his wild public rants, blaming Dunleavy, vetoing a trade for Memphis’ Mike Miller and rejecting a past chance to sign Udrih. The coach spoke his peace in public, but never held a grudge. Never turned this into a private war. He kept working to convince Sterling and the Clips president, Andy Roeser, of a plan to bring the franchise back to relevance.

The Warriors have made a maximum five-year, $90 million offer to Brand. Still, getting a commitment from Davis should sell Brand on staying with the Clippers – when one playoff appearance in eight years should’ve sent him running out of town. The Clippers have a culture that would destroy morale elsewhere, where everything is done on the cheap, where responsibilities that should be spread to two, even three people, are burdened on one. Scouts are made to drive where other teams fly, Courtyards are the preferred choice over Marriotts. Only the bare necessity personnel are allowed to travel to summer leagues.

Dunleavy and Neil Olshey, the team’s director of player personnel, have maintained this culture without letting morale drop the way it did under previous regimes. As long as these measures gave everyone the belief that managing the business side would play a part in selling Sterling on paying for players, the basketball operations and coaching staffs could live with it. Sterling is cheap for a major market owner who turns a profit, but these conditions exist throughout a lot of smaller-market teams. What always drove Clippers people nuts was that they knew their owner was making money hand over fist.

Adding Davis for $65 million doesn’t make the Clippers a championship contender, but it makes them a hot ticket again. Davis is a relentlessly popular player in Southern California, the kind of point guard that no one in the Western Conference elite plays without. Even so, history suggests that it never ends well with him. The New Orleans Hornets remember him poisoning young players. When Hornets officials told Davis his “personal trainer” (AAU lackey) wasn’t allowed on the practice floor, he protested by dragging the guy outside the team’s facility, laying down a yoga mat and stretching on the sidewalk.

And for everything Davis did for the Warriors – bringing them back to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, embarrassing the No. 1 seed Mavericks in the 2007 playoffs – just remember that Golden State did little to keep him. Coach Don Nelson benched him to end the season and GM Chris Mullin wouldn’t engage him in legitimate contract extension talks. Once Davis opted out on Monday night, Golden State didn’t come close to the contract the Clippers offered.

When it comes to Davis, those who’ve worked with him will tell you that you just never know which version you’ll get that day. Is it, Baron the star talent? Baron, the movie maker, VIP glad-handler? Baron, the kind, generous leader? Baron, the aloof, distant teammate? They’ve always found him easily pulled, easily influenced and that’ll be a profound challenge with him back in Los Angeles.

Whatever issues life with Davis presents, they’re surely better than the ones that would’ve come with life without him. Suddenly, the Staples Center matters every night now. There’s no paper trail on Baron Davis to the Clips, but give Mike Dunleavy this: His fingerprints are all over it.

However this happened, just understand: The days of dumb luck are long gone with the Clips.

coreytaylor
07-03-2008, 05:54 PM
Baron Davis on verge of signing with Clippers
By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Baron Davis is on his way home.

A day after Davis shocked the Golden State Warriors by opting out of the final season of his contract to become a free agent, the big-game point guard is on the verge of signing a long-term deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Though Davis refused to directly confirm his agent’s declaration to The Los Angeles Times that they have agreed to sign a five-year, $65 million deal with Golden State’s Pacific Division rivals, he left no doubt about his upcoming move back to his native Southern California.

Davis can’t sign with the Clippers until July 9, but he already was speaking about the Warriors in the past tense Tuesday night before attending the Bay Area premiere of “Made in America,” a documentary he produced about gang life in Los Angeles. He grew up in a tough neighborhood before attending a ritzy high school in Santa Monica and later starring at UCLA.

“It’s tough, but you have to do what’s best,” said Davis, his usually bushy beard trimmed short below large black-rimmed glasses. “You have to do what’s fair. I’m happy with where I’m going. A big reason is because of the impact and the things that I can do going forward. I knew I could have done them here and created all kinds of good things and positive things in the community, and ultimately, me going home helps me make an impact on young kids.”

The 29-year-old Davis has never made a secret of his desire to play in his hometown near the film industry. Davis and the Warriors recently held negotiations on a long-term contract extension, but Golden State apparently kept its offers lower and shorter than what the Clippers were willing to pay.

“I wanted to be here for a long time,” claimed Davis, who lives in San Francisco, across the bay from the Warriors’ Oakland headquarters. “(The Bay Area) is home. I still consider this home. The fans have done nothing but encourage, congratulate and support everything that I’ve ever done. … I just took what was best for me.”

The Clippers were quick to pounce, offering a long-term deal to the oft-injured, playmaking point guard who helped transform the Warriors’ fortunes in just 3 1/2 seasons with the club.

Davis averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds while playing in all 82 games last season for the Warriors, who led the NBA in scoring and finished with 48 wins—the best record by a non-playoff team in recent league history. Most of the club’s core was due back for next season, but now Golden State will move on without its leader.

A year earlier, Davis was the catalyst for Golden State’s trip to the second round of the playoffs, ending a 12-season postseason drought. The run was highlighted by a stunning upset of top-seeded Dallas in the first round. With back-to-back strong seasons, Davis cemented his reputation as a clutch scorer and team leader despite a minor squabble with coach Don Nelson late in the Warriors’ unsuccessful playoff run last spring.

On Monday, Davis surprised the league by opting out of the final year of his long-term contract, turning down $17.8 million for next season to become an unrestricted free agent. He cited only vague reasons for the decision Tuesday night, but Davis could have been upset by Nelson’s recent vows to play the Warriors’ young players more next season, even at the expense of a few victories.

Clippers forward Elton Brand and swingman Corey Maggette also opted out of their contracts on Monday, but Los Angeles is expected to make a strong push to re-sign Brand, who also fancies himself a filmmaker. Brand said he plans to stay with the Clippers despite his decision, even if he must accept a contract below the NBA maximum for free agents.

With Davis and Brand, the Clippers—who won just 23 games last season— would have a talented core, albeit a middle-aged group by NBA standards, and one with significant injury histories.

“If it wasn’t for the Bay Area, I don’t know where I would be,” said Davis, picked third overall by the Charlotte Hornets in 1999. “When I came from New Orleans, I was injured. I didn’t know if I would ever be able to really reclaim any type of basketball prowess, and from the time I walked to that table against the Detroit Pistons (for the first game), I always knew that I could accomplish anything here.”

Davis’ abrupt departure throws the Warriors’ offseason plans into flux. For starters, they don’t have a starting point guard, though Monta Ellis has long been expected by Nelson to assume the role eventually.

Top basketball executive Chris Mullin, who didn’t return a phone call seeking comment, has said he will retain restricted free agents Ellis and Andris Biedrins at any price.

With Davis spurning the club, Golden State now has additional room under the salary cap to pursue a free agent, though few major names are available. The Warriors already are known to be interested in Washington guard Gilbert Arenas, who played his first two NBA seasons in Oakland but can make more money with the Wizards.

coreytaylor
07-03-2008, 06:02 PM
Sweet revenge? Warriors offer Brand $100 million
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors

In a move that could act as sweet revenge, the Golden State Warriors have offered free-agent Elton Brand a more lucrative, multiyear deal than the Clippers have proposed, according to NBA sources who requested anonymity because they are not allowed to speak about other free-agent dealings the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Warriors offered $100 million over five years, the sources said.

Tuesday, the Clippers reached a verbal agreement to sign Warriors free-agent Baron Davis and were nearing a new deal with Brand. Now, the Warriors have more salary cap space than the Clippers and have offered Brand a maximum contract, according to the sources. Brand could not be reached for comment this morning.

No deal can be announced until July 9.

coreytaylor
07-03-2008, 06:06 PM
Is Davis enough to put Clippers in playoffs?
By Stephen Oh, AccuScore.com
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

If not for a corner three-pointer by the Phoenix Suns’ Raja Bell in the 2006 playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers would have been in the Western Conference finals. Since then disastrous injuries and an aging roster have left the Clippers with the fourth-worst record in the West two seasons after their near upset of Phoenix.

The 2005-2006 season was magical by Clippers standards because of the major impact Sam Cassell had on the team. With the expected signing of Baron Davis and hopeful re-signing of Elton Brand, the Clippers hope for a similar one-year turnaround.

AccuScore ran simulations of the Clippers against the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings with the team that played most of the ’07-08 season: Dan Dickau and Brevin Knight getting major minutes at point guard, shooting guard Cuttino Mobley, forwards Al Thornton and Corey Maggette, and center Chris Kaman. We then put in the likely 2008-2009 starting lineup: Davis, Brand, Thornton, Kaman, and Mobley and rookie Eric Gordon sharing minutes at shooting guard. Corey Maggette was left off the team because he’s expected to sign elsewhere.

Looking at the Clippers’ performance against the Lakers and Kings, we get a picture of how they will fare against the best in the West and against an average team from the conference.(Kings won 38 games in a super-competitive West).

CLIPPERS LAL @LAL SAC @SAC AVG
2007-2008 10% 3% 37% 22% 18%
2008-2009 36% 17% 79% 60% 48%
IMPROVEMENT 26% 14% 42% 38% 30%

The Clippers are getting demolished against the Lakers, winning just 10 percent of games as the home team at Staples and just 3 percent as the road team. The projected ’08-09 squad is winning a respectable 36 percent as the home team and 17 percent as the road team for an average improvement of 20 percentage points against the Lakers. Even though the Clippers are vastly improved, it looks like L.A. will still belong to the Lakers for the foreseeable future.

The Clippers should expect vast improvement overall in ’08-09 thanks to their performance against average and below average NBA Teams. Their winning percentage increases by a monumental 40 percentage points against the Sacramento Kings.

Based on this sample of data, the Clippers can expect to win roughly 25 more games in the upcoming season, which would give them 48 wins. Ironically, 48 wins is the same number that Golden State won with Baron Davis last season. Like Golden State last season, the Clippers could win 48 games and still not make the playoffs.

However, if Baron Davis can have the same impact on Elton Brand that Sam Cassell had in his first year with the Clippers then they could find themselves back in the playoffs with 50 wins. Brand was a monster shooting well over 50 percent, averaging nearly 25 points per game along with 10 rebounds. His numbers slipped to 20 points and nine rebounds the next season and just 17.6 points and eight rebounds in limited action in ’07-08.

Pau Gasol shot 50.1 percent with the Memphis Grizzlies, but this skyrocketed to 58.9 percent with the more talented Lakers. If Brand has a similar revival surrounded by more talent then the Clippers should win more than 50 games and reach the playoffs.

coreytaylor
07-03-2008, 06:11 PM
Warriors make big offer to Brand, sources say
Janny Hu, Chronicle Staff Writer
http://www.sfgate.com/

Now Golden State is hoping to return the favor.

Flush with cap space after Baron Davis' sudden exit, the Warriors have offered free-agent Elton Brand a five-year deal worth $90 million, according to multiple league sources.

Brand, like Davis, opted out of the final year of his contract just before Monday's deadline, giving up a guaranteed $16.4 million for next season. At the time, Brand's agent, David Falk, told reporters that the move was designed to create cap flexibility for the Clippers to add another top-line player.

The Clippers did just that by agreeing to terms with Davis on a five-year contract worth about $65 million Tuesday. But in order to fit Davis under the salary cap at that number, the Clippers first must renounce their rights to Brand and Corey Maggette, who also opted of his deal Monday.

The most the Clippers could offer Brand is a five-year contract worth about $75 million - or roughly $15 million less than the Warriors' proposal.

Golden State is hoping the difference is enough to steer Brand to Oakland, as a healthy Brand would seem to give the Warriors the power forward they've been seeking for years.

Brand, 29, missed almost all of last season after blowing out his Achilles tendon during a summer workout. He owns career averages of 20.3 points and 10.2 rebounds.

Brand met with his agent on the East Coast on Wednesday and was expecting the Sixers to enter the bidding, a source said.

While the Warriors await Brand's next move, the team began negotiating with representatives for Monta Ellis, with talks scheduled to continue in Oakland today.

Ellis is believed to be seeking a long-term deal averaging well over $10 million a season, and could have the leverage he needs if Brand joins Davis in spurning the Warriors.

The pressure then would be on the Warriors to build around Ellis. And if he thinks that Golden State is low-balling him or being uncooperative in a sign-and-trade, Ellis could choose to come back on his one-year tender worth $1 million.

That would make him an unrestricted free agent next summer, when the Warriors risk losing him for nothing. The same scenario applies to center Andris Biedrins, whose qualifying offer is worth $3.6 million next season.

coreytaylor
07-03-2008, 06:27 PM
Report: Calderon, Udrih Staying Put
By Josh Cohen
http://www.nba.com/

It’s a global market and two of the best international point guards are here to stay for a while.
The Raptors will reportedly retain Jose Calderon, while the Kings will allegedly hang on to Beno Udrih. Contracts, of course, can not be signed until July 9.

Calderon, who averaged 11.2 points and 8.3 assists this past season for Toronto, flourished as the team’s chief starting point guard when T.J. Ford was out with a neck injury.

If the proposed deal that would send six-time All-Star Jermaine O’Neal to the Raptors gets completed, Toronto will be a very formidable club in the Eastern Conference.

Udrih, meanwhile, thrived as Sacramento’s starting point guard when Mike Bibby was traded to Atlanta in a blockbuster midseason deal. The Slovenian averaged 12.8 points and 4.3 assists in 2007-08.

dark_seid
07-03-2008, 08:26 PM
Could be the rebirth of the LA vs LA rivalry. Mike Dunleavy is not a bad coach either. I do think their bench needs a little more help specially at the 4/5 position. Kaman and Brand are injury prone and I don't trust Thomas or Powell would be enough.



pero he made that coaching blunder in the 2006 playoffs vs the suns eh. he was even "reprimanded" in the press by his own starting PG sam cassell when raja bell stick in the tying 3 pointer to send a supposed-to-be-won-game to overtime where they lost. so i am not so sure he can still get it done. of course we should give him props for standing up to donald sterling and getting him to open up the wallet.




Spurs are eyeing Corey Maggette. Good move really but I am shocked that a player of Maggette's caliber is only worth the midlevel exception.


nah ... if you watch this guy play he is just an athletic scoring machine playing the wing who can't make his teammates better. he couldn't defend or pass the ball. so he should be the 3rd or 4th best player/option in your team if you want to win.

coreytaylor
07-04-2008, 09:12 AM
Paul, Hornets agree to new deal
By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Chris Paul and the Hornets reached a contract agreement Thursday that could keep the All-Star point guard with the team for at least the next four seasons.

Lance Young, Paul’s agent, said Paul agreed to a three-year extension with a player’s option for a fourth year. The total value of the deal is $68 million.

Paul, who recently completed his third NBA season and has been selected to play for the United States in the Olympics, has one season remaining on his current contract. Under league rules, the first day the Hornets can formalize Paul’s new contract is July 9.

Paul and Young met with Hornets general manager Jeff Bower at the team’s training center in suburban New Orleans on Wednesday, but Young, who is based in the Washington, D.C., area with the sports management and marking company Octagon, flew home Thursday morning without the final details nailed down.

Young said he had a conference call with Bower in the afternoon and a final agreement was reached a few hours later.

The Hornets will pay Paul the maximum allowable under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, starting at 25 percent of the salary cap for the first year of the extension, with 10 percent raises thereafter.

Last season, Paul led the NBA with averages of 11.6 assists and 2.7 steals. He was the Hornets’ second-leading scorer, averaging 21.1 points in helping the Hornets reach a franchise-record 56 regular season victories.

His performance landed him in his first All-Star game, which was hosted by New Orleans.

Paul’s play on the court, combined with his charismatic presence at numerous community events, may have saved pro basketball in a city that was in danger of losing its professional teams after Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005.

The New Orleans Arena routinely sold out during the second half of last season and the playoffs.

The Hornets also have sold more than 5,000 new season tickets for next season. The Hornets now have about 10,000 season-ticket holders, the most they’ve had since moving to New Orleans from Charlotte for the 2002-03 season.

With Paul’s future in New Orleans secure, the Hornets expect to be busy in free agency, having traded their only draft choice last week to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for $3 million, which they intend to spend on a proven player.

The hope is that top available players will seize the chance to join Paul, a proven playmaker who has helped teammates David West and Tyson Chandler flourish while leading the Hornets to within one victory of reaching the Western Conference finals.

coreytaylor
07-04-2008, 09:14 AM
Paul agrees to four-year, $68 million deal
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

Chris Paul completed his contract negotiations with the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday, agreeing to a four-year extension worth $68 million, said Paul’s agent, Lance Young. The final season of the contract is at Paul’s option.

Paul, who met with Hornets officials on Wednesday, is expected to sign the contract Thursday evening.

The Hornets offered Paul a five-year extension worth approximately $87 million, the maximum allowed, but the All-Star point guard opted for a shorter contract – an approach LeBron James and Dwyane Wade previously took when they signed extensions to their rookie contracts. Paul will now have the ability to become a free agent in the summer of 2012, giving him leverage to ensure the Hornets commit to maintaining a championship-contending team.

coreytaylor
07-04-2008, 09:17 AM
Reports: Arenas agrees to $111M deal with Wizards
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

WASHINGTON (AP)—Gilbert Arenas has agreed to re-sign with the Washington Wizards for $111 million over six years, essentially taking millions less so that his team could have more financial flexibility, two newspapers reported Thursday.

Arenas told the Washington Times and Washington Post that he was offered a maximum deal in the neighborhood of $127 million on Tuesday, the first day of the free agency period.

“(The Wizards) offered me the max, and I’m basically giving back $16 million,” Arenas told the Washington Times from China, where is traveling as part of promotional tour for a shoe company. “This is in line with what I’ve been saying the whole time. You see players take max deals and they financially bind their teams. I don’t wanna be one of those players and three years down the road your team is strapped and can’t do anything about it.”

The three-time All-Star became a free agent after opting out of the final year of his six-year, $65 million contract. He initially said he was opting out to receive a max contract, but he later indicated he would be flexible in negotiations.

Arenas also said that he would not re-sign unless the team retained two-time All-Star forward Antawn Jamison. The Wizards lived up to that part of the bargain Monday by giving Jamison a four-year, $50 million deal.

Arenas has proven to be one of the most dynamic players in the league when healthy, but two knee operations caused him to miss most of the last season. He has averaged 22.8 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in his seven-season NBA career.

The Wizards cannot comment on talks with Arenas or announce the deal until a league-mandated moratorium expires next week.

“It’s a relief,” Arenas told the Washington Times. “It was a burden at the same time. Your whole city is depending on you, wondering if you’re going to make the right decision. I’m a franchise player and sometimes franchise players need to make franchise decisions.”

coreytaylor
07-04-2008, 09:31 AM
Mavs go Green: High-flying free agent signs
Art Garcia | Mavs.com
http://www.nba.com/mavericks/news
Posted: July 3, 2008

An injection of youth and athleticism arrives in the form of Gerald Green, a former Slam Dunk Contest champ who signed a one-year deal with the Mavericks on Wednesday. The former first-round pick is only 22 years old and averaged more than 10 points per game just two seasons ago.

“We’re really excited about the addition of Gerald Green to the Mavericks family,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Thursday morning. “He possesses youth, athleticism and is a young player we think has real upside."

Green (6-8, 200) played for three teams – Boston, Minnesota and Houston – during his first three years in the league. He jumped directly from high school to the NBA back in 2005 as the 18th overall pick, and that element should bring a smile to the face of Jason Kidd and Rick Carlisle.

The high-flyer won the dunk title during All-Star Weekend back in 2007. The sight of Green taking a lob from Kidd on the break no doubt played into the Mavs’ thinking. But the Houston native has shown flashes of being more than just a one-trick pony.

“He can get up and down the court, fill the lanes and has real solid range,” Nelson said. “We feel after he has the chance to work with Rick, we can develop a good system for Gerald. He’s a threat from 3-point range.

“Having the opportunity to play with a guy like Jason Kidd will simplify things and that certainly has a place with young, developing players.”

Green is a career 37-percent shooter from beyond the arc, drilling a career-high 95 3-pointers during 2006-07. He also averaged 10.4 points in 22.0 minutes that year for the Celtics, who traded Green to Minnesota as part of the Kevin Garnett deal last summer. Green, with career averages of 8.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 143 games, was dealt to his hometown Rockets this past season, but cut loose after just one game.

“We feel he’s at the perfect stage to take a shot on,” Nelson said. “He’s been humbled a little bit and is more understanding of the work that has to be put in. I’m not saying this is automatically going to work out, but the system is here for him to have success.”

Green adds depth behind starting small forward Josh Howard, while also being able to play shooting guard. The Mavs current roster now stands at eight: Green, Kidd, Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Erick Dampier, Jerry Stackhouse and Brandon Bass.

The Mavs view adding Green as low risk with the potential for high reward in the vein of Gana Diop and Bass. That strategy of signing young players that didn’t catch on early in their careers has yielded a couple of solid contributors.

“We’ve had decent success with guys like DeSagana and Brandon,” Nelson said. “To give an opportunity at this age with this kid is something that has a lot of upside.”

Green didn’t have to wait until the league moratorium ends on July 9. Minimum contracts of one or two years can be signed at this time. He’s expected to join the summer league team, which begins practices Monday.

coreytaylor
07-05-2008, 08:05 AM
Report: Duhon agrees to deal with Knicks
By The Associated Press
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

Chris Duhon verbally agreed to a deal with the New York Knicks on Friday, the point guard and his agent told The Sporting News.

“I am just excited, I am ready to get to work for the Knicks,” said Duhon, the former Duke player who averaged 6.9 points and 4.5 assists in four seasons for Chicago. “It’s a big stage, playing in New York. It’s something every player in the NBA wants.”

Duhon’s agent, Kevin Bradbury, told The Sporting News that he couldn’t comment on terms of the deal, but the magazine cited an unidentified source in its Web site report as saying Duhon will get a two-year deal starting at the full mid-level exception. The mid-level exception will be announced July 9, when contracts can officially be signed.

“Chris could have shopped himself around more, but in the end, he wanted a fit where he felt comfortable and he knew what kind of opportunity he would be getting,” Bradbury said. “He wasn’t worried about trying to find more money on the market or anything like that. He wanted the right situation, and this just felt like the right situation.”

coreytaylor
07-05-2008, 08:15 AM
Reports: Barea to sign with Dallas Mavericks for three years
By EDDIE SEFKO / The Dallas Morning News
http://www.dallasnews.com/

If this off-season has proved anything to the Mavericks, it's that there is never a shortage of players who can fill out a roster.

On Monday, they had seven players under contract. Today, they have 11, with more on the way.

The latest, apparently, is J.J. Barea. Word out of Puerto Rico is that he will sign a three-year contract Wednesday, when the moratorium on trades and signings is lifted.

The deal is worth less than $5 million, according to reports out of Barea's homeland.

NBA sources indicated the deal is not done but is close.

With that, the last bit of business for the Mavericks is to wait and see which free-agent swingman might fall through the high-dollar cracks and into their lap for a minimum salary.

Sign-and-trade scenarios also are possible. And they still have interest in re-signing free agents Devean George and Antoine Wright.

Tyronn Lue and Jamaal Magloire are not expected to be back.

The good news for the Mavericks is that small forwards and shooting guards are plentiful in this free-agent market.

A few names that make sense for the Mavericks are Matt Barnes, Maurice Evans, Bonzi Wells, Flip Murray and, for those with a sense of nostalgia, Michael Finley, although a reunion between Finley and his former team is unlikely.

Most likely, the available free agents are going to wait as long as they can to try to pry away big dollars from teams that still have their mid-level exception. The Mavericks have committed their exception to DeSagana Diop.

coreytaylor
07-09-2008, 09:38 AM
Report: Magic to sign Pietrus to multiyear deal
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—The Orlando Magic will sign Mickael Pietrus to a multiyear deal, Florida Today reported on its Web site Tuesday.

The deal is set to become official when the NBA’s free-agent signing period opens Wednesday.

Magic general manager Otis Smith confirmed the deal to the newspaper, and it’s expected that Pietrus will immediately slide into the starting shooting guard spot with Orlando, which reached the Eastern Conference semifinals this past season.

“In the Eastern Conference you had better be able to defend that position,” Smith told the newspaper. “We think he can really help us do that.”

Pietrus averaged 7.2 points in 66 games this past season for Golden State.

coreytaylor
07-09-2008, 09:40 AM
AP Sources: 76ers send Carney, top pick to ‘Wolves
By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

PHILADELPHIA (AP)—The 76ers have agreed to trade forward Rodney Carney and a future No. 1 pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a deal that clears salary cap space for Philadelphia to make a stronger push for free agents, two people in the NBA told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been completed and the NBA trade moratorium is not lifted until Wednesday.

The 76ers will throw in reserve forward Calvin Booth, and acquired a future second round draft pick and Minnesota’s $2.8 million trade exception gained in a 2007 deal with Miami.

“The only thing I can share with you is that Calvin’s contract will be traded to Minnesota tomorrow,” said Booth’s agent, Mark Termini.

The deal clears the way for the Sixers to potentially offer a nearly $14 million starting salary and a long-term deal to free agents like forwards Elton Brand or Josh Smith. The emerging Sixers now have another $2 million in salary cap space to add to the $11 million in space available that they hope will land them the post player they badly need to become contenders in the Eastern Conference.

A proposed trade between the teams was first reported by Yahoo.com.

The Sixers had Smith in town for a visit last week but did not give the restricted free agent an offer sheet. As he’s a restricted free agent, the Hawks can match any offer made to the 6-foot-9, 235-pound Smith.

Brand would clearly be the Sixers best option. Brand opted out last week of his contract with the Clippers, but Los Angeles is expected to make a strong push to re-sign him. Brand had said he plans to stay with the Clippers despite his decision, even if he must accept a contract below the NBA maximum for free agents.

Smith or Brand could make the Sixers instant contenders in the Eastern Conference. They were one of the surprise teams in the league last season, going 40-42 and stretching Detroit to six games in the first round of the playoffs. One thing they lacked was an athletic, consistent scorer at power forward.

Smith would be a good fit for the up-tempo Sixers and would be a huge upgrade over last year’s power forward, Reggie Evans. He’s one of the premier shot blockers in the league and could team with starting center Samuel Dalembert and small forward Thaddeus Young to form one of the top frontcourts in the Eastern Conference.

The deal allows the rebuilding Timberwolves, who have long been one of the worst cap managers in the league, to continue putting themselves in a position to be a major player on the free agent markets in 2009 and 2010.

Carney has one year remaining on his contract with a team option for 2009-10, while Booth will come off the books at the end of the upcoming season, unless a buyout agreement is reached before that.

The Timberwolves received the trade exception from the Heat because they took on less cash than they gave up in a deal last October that sent Mark Blount and Ricky Davis to Miami in exchange for Antoine Walker, Michael Doleac and Wayne Simien. That deal allowed them to rid themselves of Blount’s bloated contract.

On draft night in June, the Timberwolves were able to unload Marko Jaric’s hefty deal, shipping him to Memphis with O.J. Mayo, Walker and Greg Buckner for Kevin Love, Mike Miller, Jason Collins and Brian Cardinal. All three of the Grizzlies in that deal have contracts that will expire no later than 2010.

That freedom will allow the team to pursue a big-name free agent or two to supplement a rising young core group of Al Jefferson, Randy Foye, Corey Brewer and Rashad McCants.

As a secondary prize on the court in the Philly deal, Carney will give them an athletic swingman who averaged 5.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in his second season out of Memphis. Booth, if he stays, will give the team a little more depth at center behind Jefferson and Collins.

coreytaylor
07-09-2008, 09:50 AM
Raptors Sign Free Agent Hassan Adams
http://www.nba.com/raptors/news/

The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed free agent guard-forward Hassan Adams to a two-year contract. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed. Adams attended the Raptors’ free agent camp held June 20-22 at Air Canada Centre.

Adams, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, played in Italy last season. He signed in November with Ignis Draghi Novara (Lega2), where he averaged 20.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.0 steals in 12 games. In March, he moved to Siviglia Wear Teramo (SerieA) and averaged 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals in eight games.

Adams was selected 54th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. He appeared in 61 games with New Jersey in the 2006-07 season, averaging 2.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 8.1 minutes. He averaged 4.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 18.3 minutes in eight starts. He led the Nets in scoring twice, in steals five times and in blocks four times. He posted career highs of 16 points and eight rebounds at Boston on November 29, 2006. He saw action in six postseason games with the Nets.

The native of Los Angeles averaged 14.0 points and 5.4 rebounds during his four years at the University of Arizona. He earned first-team All-Pac-10 honours as a senior, averaging a career-best 17.5 points. He finished his collegiate career as the only player in Pac-10 history to record 1,800 points, 700 rebounds and 200 steals.

Adams will participate for the Raptors’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League (July 11-19).

coreytaylor
07-09-2008, 10:06 AM
Sources say Brand will spurn Clippers, sign with 76ers
By Marc Stein
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/

The Philadelphia 76ers have apparently won the Elton Brand free-agent sweepstakes.

NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that Brand has informed the Sixers that he will accept a five-year deal worth an estimated $82 million and spurn what was presumed to be a slam-dunk return to the Los Angeles Clippers to hook up with Clipper-to-be Baron Davis.

The Sixers cannot formally sign Brand before midnight, with Wednesday serving as the first day that NBA teams can officially complete signings and trades after the lifting of a leaguewide moratorium which began July 1.

But Philadelphia has secured Brand's verbal commitment, sources said, after first reaching an agreement in principle with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a trade that, according to sources, will send Sixers forward Rodney Carney, center Calvin Booth and a future first-round pick to the Wolves without Philadelphia having to take back any salary. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the Sixers will receive a future second-round pick in return.

That trade will shave nearly $3 million off the Sixers' payroll next season and increase what was already substantial salary-cap space, positioning them to sign Brand to a five-year deal believed to be starting in the $14-to-15 million range. Exact figures are expected to be available later Tuesday evening when the league reveals next season's salary-cap figure to its 30 teams and the media.

Said one source close to the process: "Elton wants to go East."

Another source had described Brand as leaning "70-30" in favor of going to the Sixers and didn't rule out the possibility that the Clippers could still increase their five-year offer beyond the latest estimate of roughly $75 million. The Clippers are also the only team in the running with the ability to offer a no-trade clause to Brand, something that only one other player in the league -- Staples Center co-tenant Kobe Bryant -- has in his contract.

Philadelphia's shedding of two salaries to set up a major free-agent signing is reminiscent of the move made by Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 1996, when then-Lakers personnel chief Jerry West sent Anthony Peeler and George Lynch to the then-Vancouver Grizzlies, creating the cap space that made it possible for L.A. to sign Shaquille O'Neal away from Orlando.

Getting Brand away from the Clippers might not quite have a Shaq-sized impact on the Sixers, but it would be an undeniable coup for Philadelphia on a variety of levels.

Brand is the proven power player Philadelphia clearly lacks on an otherwise promising roster that won many admirers as last season progressed. The Sixers extended Detroit to six games in a first-round series more competitive than many anticipated and, if they can formally secure Brand's signature, would be adding a two-time All-Star to veterans Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala, top youngsters Louis Williams and Thaddeus Young, and the considerable wingspan of Samuel Dalembert at center.

A move to the East would also come with on- and off-court benefits for Brand, sending him to a conference with far fewer title contenders and moving him closer to his East Coast-based family with Brand and his wife expecting their first child this fall.

If Brand indeed goes through with his apparent intent to join the Sixers, such an outcome is bound to be widely branded as a shocker after he and agent David Falk announced last week that Brand was opting out of the final year of his previous contract (worth $16.4 million) to give the Clippers more payroll flexibility to strengthen the team around Brand. Within 24 hours, L.A. responded on the first day of free agency by reaching a verbal agreement with Davis in what easily ranks as the biggest free-agent coup in Clippers history.

Brand told ESPN.com on June 30 that his "intention is to stay" with the Clippers, while Falk spoke optimistically of Brand signing a deal to "finish his career with the Clippers" if the team could make another significant personnel acquisition or two. ESPN.com reported late last week that Davis was the player Brand specifically asked Clippers management to chase in June.

During the ensuing week, while L.A. has been trying to convince its 29-year-old franchise forward to stay, Brand has also been weighing an offer from the Golden State Warriors believed to be worth more than what the Clippers or Sixers can offer him. After Davis informed the Warriors that he was leaving the Bay Area to sign a five-year deal worth an estimated $65 million with his hometown Clippers, Golden State responded by presenting Brand with a five-year offer worth an estimated $90 million.

cub
07-09-2008, 12:58 PM
looks like Maggette is heading to the Golden State Warriors and Mickael Pietrus is going to the Orlando Magic.

mighty_lion
07-09-2008, 01:24 PM
Looks like Brand is a Sixers in the making.

joelex
07-09-2008, 01:38 PM
If Brand to the Sixers materializes, Baron will be the laughing stock of the Bay Area.

mighty_lion
07-09-2008, 02:52 PM
^^ ;D ;D

He should ask for a trade. Davis for Odom and Fishah.

erichubert
07-09-2008, 03:11 PM
Well he hasn't officially signed yet, maybe Baron can fetch a better deal somewhere and ditch the Clips too. I feel for the Clippers, if this Brand to Philly deal pushes through, it would add to the long list of misfortunes of this franchise.

mighty_lion
07-09-2008, 06:57 PM
Well he hasn't officially signed yet, maybe Baron can fetch a better deal somewhere and ditch the Clips too. I feel for the Clippers, if this Brand to Philly deal pushes through, it would add to the long list of misfortunes of this franchise.


Lamang ang Philly dahil nasa East sila. Mas madali compared sa West.

Mateen Cleaves
07-09-2008, 07:01 PM
From the news accounts, the Clippers did everything that Brand asked them to do. Then he turns around and leaves them anyway. Sounds very similar to the situtation in Cleveland with Boozer.

john_paul_manahan
07-09-2008, 07:07 PM
i am really disappointed with EB.

speaking of which, clippers are eyeing emeka okafor and j-smooth. however, both are restricted free agents.

w's also appear to be signing turiaf to an offer sheet.

dark_seid
07-09-2008, 07:18 PM
From the news accounts, the Clippers did everything that Brand asked them to do. Then he turns around and leaves them anyway. Sounds very similar to the situtation in Cleveland with Boozer.


nah ... booze's case was just totally ugly. brand's more palatable.

but still, it's a business no? money talks.

BigBlue
07-09-2008, 08:36 PM
From the news accounts, the Clippers did everything that Brand asked them to do. Then he turns around and leaves them anyway. Sounds very similar to the situtation in Cleveland with Boozer.


nah ... booze's case was just totally ugly. brand's more palatable.

but still, it's a business no? money talks.


Boozer's case was totally different. Boozer was bound by a live contract. He asked (some say begged) Cavs management not to exercise the team's option to extend his contract, so he can negotiate for a newer one with higher pay, commensurate to his solid performance the previous season. Then-cavs GM Jim Paxson agrees and releases Boozer, Boozer shows his gratitude by signing up with Utah. Boom. Cavs got bamboozered.

Brand is in the final year of his contract, and has an opt-out clause for his last year. The decision was rightfully his to make, no one else.

mighty_lion
07-09-2008, 11:10 PM
Warriors must be laughing hard on Davis by now. ;D

cub
07-09-2008, 11:30 PM
Warriors must be laughing hard on Davis by now. ;D


magtawanan sila, hindi naman sila pareho papasok sa playoffs. ;D Pietrus and Brand will surely laugh at them because they'll be in the playoffs.

Mateen Cleaves
07-10-2008, 06:11 AM
nah ... booze's case was just totally ugly. brand's more palatable.

but still, it's a business no? money talks.


Falk’s hands all over Brand’s move to Philly
Adrian Wojnarowski (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AkRd_o0S..LwkzCk4JR9iqO8vLYF?slug=aw-brandfalk070908&prov=yhoo&type=lgns)

...Around the NBA, executives are still asking the same question: Did the Clippers and Brand have a prearranged deal that the power forward turned his back on? No one will ever admit it, but there was an understanding within the Clippers that the opt-out would allow them to bring back Brand and Davis together.

Several executives still believed, in the words of one Eastern Conference GM, that “Brand had pulled a Boozer.” Translated: Brand backed out of a preordained deal, which could explain why the Clippers were so stubborn about elevating the original $70 million offer that they made him in the wake of the opt-out.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 08:57 AM
Kings re-sign point guard Udrih to 5-year deal
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—The Sacramento Kings re-signed point guard Beno Udrih on Wednesday, keeping Mike Bibby’s successor with a five-year deal.

Udrih joined the Kings last Nov. 1 after three years and two NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs, who traded him to Minnesota. After the Timberwolves waived him the same day, Udrih signed with Sacramento to fill in for Bibby, who was out with a thumb injury.

Udrih, who had been a seldom-used backup in San Antonio, quickly showed he could start for Bibby, who was later traded to Atlanta. The Slovenian guard averaged 14.4 points and 5.0 assists in 51 starts for Sacramento despite missing 10 games with a back injury.

Udrih and Kevin Martin will return as the Kings’ starting backcourt alongside forward Ron Artest, who decided not to opt out of the final year of his contract. Artest recently said he regretted his decision to play out his contract after talks for a long-term extension broke down, though he later apologized to the Kings.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 08:59 AM
Diop rejoins Mavericks 6 months after trade
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

DALLAS (AP)—DeSagana Diop signed a five-year, $31 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, six months after Dallas sent him to New Jersey in the Jason Kidd trade.

The Mavericks used their entire midlevel exception in their second free-agent deal with Diop since 2005.

A lottery pick in Cleveland, Diop struggled before joining Dallas. He combined with Erick Dampier at center when the Mavericks reached the NBA finals in 2006 and won a franchise-record 67 games the next season.

Diop averaged 2.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in 214 games, including 72 starts, with Dallas.

The Mavericks on Wednesday also announced the re-signing of guard J.J. Barea. The team did not disclose terms of its deal with Barea, who spent each of the past two seasons with Dallas.

Barea played in 44 games last season, starting nine times. He averaged 4.3 points and 1.3 assists and made nearly 39 percent of his 3-pointers.

“J.J. has worked extremely hard and has developed into a fine young NBA point guard,” said Donnie Nelson, team president of basketball operations.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 09:00 AM
Duhon signs with Knicks, could start at point
By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

NEW YORK (AP)—Chris Duhon is coming to compete for the New York Knicks’ starting point guard job. Nobody is saying yet if that competition will be against Stephon Marbury.

Duhon signed a two-year deal Wednesday worth more than $11 million, choosing the Knicks over the Orlando Magic because of an opportunity to play in new coach Mike D’Antoni’s system—perhaps as the starter.

“He gives guards a lot of freedom to be themselves, to express themselves,” Duhon said. “He just has a lot of confidence that we’ll flourish in this type of type of system.”

Duhon spent his first four years with the Chicago Bulls, averaging a career-low 5.8 points last season. He was not re-signed by the Bulls, who needed to clear room in their backcourt after drafting point guard Derrick Rose with the No. 1 pick.

Already frustrated by his inconsistent role while playing with Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich, Duhon figured he wouldn’t be back in Chicago even before the Bulls won the lottery in May.

He had interest from an Orlando team that seems on the rise, reaching the second round of the playoffs last season. Instead, he agreed to join the 23-win Knicks, coming off their seventh straight losing season.

“Are the Knicks one of the best teams in the league? No, not at all,” Duhon said. “But the opportunity to be part of a change is also great and something I’m looking forward to. People don’t realize when I went to the Bulls, we were kind of in the same situation and we were able to turn that around.”
Chris Duhon speaks to reporters during a news conference at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, July 9, 2008 in New York. The New York Knicks have signed Chris Duhon, giving them another option at point guard if they part ways with Stephon Marbury.

Duhon could become an immediate starter in New York. Marbury has a year and more than $21 million left on his contract, but ankle surgery cut short the worst season of his career and the Knicks may prefer to move on without him.

Duhon said he was given no assurances he would be the starter, and team president Donnie Walsh denied offering any. Further, Walsh said he hasn’t even began considering what his plans are for Marbury, who angered the organization last season on multiple occasions.

“I haven’t projected it that far. Right now the players that are on this team are on this team,” Walsh said. “All I know is the guy’s got a lot of talent, he’s a very good player and that’s it.”

Walsh added that D’Antoni’s uptempo system makes it necessary to have multiple guards that can distribute the ball. Besides Marbury, the Knicks have mostly combination guards, but no true points.

Marbury left the team during an early season game in Phoenix after a disagreement with former coach Isiah Thomas, then opted for the surgery even though the Knicks weren’t sure it was necessary.

Marbury also feuded with Larry Brown, Thomas’ predecessor, and his poor reputation combined with his high salary would make a trade difficult. The Knicks could consider buying out the remainder of his contract, though Marbury has said he wants to return and is trying to show his commitment, coming to D’Antoni’s introductory press conference in May.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 09:01 AM
Bogut’s agent: Center will sign 5-year extension
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

MILWAUKEE (AP)—Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut will sign a five-year, $72.5 million extension later this week, his agent said Wednesday.

Bogut, the top overall pick in the 2005 draft, was expected to sign the extension Friday, agent David Bauman said.

The agreement was first reported Wednesday by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on its Web site.

Bucks spokesman Dan Smyczek also confirmed Wednesday that there was an agreement on a deal.

“He’s thrilled,” Bauman told The Associated Press. “He feels like Milwaukee really stepped up and demonstrated to him he’s a valued member of this team.”

The signing should also silence critics who feel the team hasn’t shown a commitment to winning, Bauman said. The hiring of Scott Skiles as coach and the trade for Richard Jefferson demonstrated to Bogut that the team was making a push to be competitive.

“These moves show Andrew this team is committed to winning now,” Bauman said.

The extension does not affect the nearly $7 million Bogut is owed for the upcoming season, the final year of his rookie contract.

Despite the Bucks’ struggles in the past two seasons, Bogut indicated he wanted to stay with the team.

He played in 78 games last season, averaging 14.3 points and 9.8 rebounds.

Bogut is expected to begin practicing with the Australia Olympic team on Tuesday. Bauman said the center hoped to get an extension completed before then, but he wasn’t using that date as a deadline for a deal.

Wednesday was the first day for NBA free agents and players seeking extensions to sign contracts.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 09:04 AM
76ers ready to get going with forward Brand
By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Elton Brand believed his career would end as an L.A. Story.

Forced by a contract ultimatum Brand would not accept, the would-be movie mogul and two-time NBA All-Star instead opted to take his production east and see his name roll on the credits of Philadelphia’s roster.

Brand and the 76ers made it official Wednesday on a five-year deal worth a reported $82 million, a shrewd move that promptly turned the emerging franchise into Eastern Conference contenders.

“I’m prepared to do some big things this year,” Brand said.

For that kind of commitment, Brand should be ready.

Last week, Brand opted out of his contract with the Clippers, but Los Angeles was expected to make a strong push to re-sign him. Instead, he spurned the Clippers once agent David Falk said he was offered a “take it or leave it” contract on June 30. The deal was nearly $20 million less than what Brand signed for in Philadelphia.

“My intention was to try and work something out with the Clippers,” Brand said.

Falk said the greater insult came when he was told that Clippers owner Donald Sterling said he would be happy with the 29-year-old Brand’s decision either way.

Messages seeking comment left with the Clippers were not immediately returned.

Falk also said the Golden State Warriors offered more total money—about $90 million—but Brand felt the 76ers were a better fit.

Sixers president Ed Stefanski was on the phone with Falk shortly after midnight on July 1—the first day teams could begin negotiating with free agents.

Philadelphia wanted to land a big man this summer and had Hawks restricted free agent forward Josh Smith in town last week for a visit, but he left without being presented with an offer sheet. Smith will look elsewhere, or possibly stay in Atlanta.

The 76ers entered the summer $11 million under the salary cap, but even that wasn’t enough to land a franchise-shifting free agent like Brand. Philadelphia was able to swing a deal with Minnesota that sent forward Rodney Carney and a future No. 1 pick to the Timberwolves as part of a trade that cleared an additional $2 million in salary cap space.

The trade allowed the Sixers to offer a starting salary in the $14-million range. Brand had $16.4 million left on deal he signed in 2003.

“All we kept saying was we needed an opportunity, and that opportunity came,” Stefanski said.

Brand’s arrival signals the Sixers are ready to become a threat to contend in the East. He should immediately bolster the frontcourt, and his career numbers of 20.3 points and 10.2 rebounds over nine seasons make him one of only four active players to average a double-double.

However, Brand played in only eight games last season because of an Achilles’ tendon injury. Brand said Wednesday night he was 100 percent and ready to go.

“I won’t let anybody down,” he said.

Brand was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 draft out of Duke and spent two seasons with the Bulls before he was traded to the Clippers. Brand had tried to leave Los Angeles once before as a restricted free agent. He signed an offer sheet with Miami, but returned to the Clippers once the deal was matched.

Brand also founded Gibraltar Films and served as co-producer on a movie that starred Christian Bale.

The Sixers had been pointing toward this summer since they traded 2001 NBA MVP Allen Iverson in 2006 and decided to rebuild. They started clearing contracts—notably last season’s trade of Kyle Korver to Utah—to have enough cash under the cap to pursue a marquee free agent. Once Brand surprisingly rejected the Clippers, the 76ers had their man.

Brand joins a Sixers team that is no longer the lottery-bound loser it was a year ago. Andre Miller, Andre Iguodala, Samuel Dalembert and the blossoming Thaddeus Young turned the 76ers into a surprise playoff team, even stretching Detroit to six games in a first-round series. Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks had his team playing hard every game and he earned an extension from Stefanski.

The Sixers got only 5.2 points out of last season’s power forward, Reggie Evans.

“I feel even stronger and tougher once I’ve got Elton Brand behind me,” Stefanski said. “I’d have to say, yes, we have closed the gap.”

Their starting lineup now looks like this: Miller and Iguodala in the backcourt; Young, Brand and Dalembert in the frontcourt. Willie Green, Lou Williams and Evans become the top reserves.

The Sixers played an up-tempo style in the second half of last season that helped turn their season around. Stefanski said Brand—even coming off an injury—fits in fine with their running game.

“This guy can run,” Stefanski said. “This is the prototype power forward.”

Now, Philadelphia has made a move that shows it not only expects to make the playoffs—it can be a contender. The Sixers still need a legitimate outside shooter to fill the role vacated by Korver.

“That’s something we’re definitely going to address,” Stefanski said.

Stefanski has worked wonders since he left New Jersey and took over for the fired Billy King in early December. King entered this past season convinced he had management’s backing on a three-year rebuilding plan that he believed would turn the Sixers into a contender in the Eastern Conference.

“So much for the three-year plan,” quipped Peter Luukko, COO of Comcast-Spectacor, which owns the 76ers.

Brand’s defection is another embarrassing blow for the Clippers. Baron Davis opted out of the final season of his contract with Golden State to become a free agent and is on the verge of signing a long-term deal with Los Angeles. The Clippers planned on Brand and Davis to lead them back to the playoffs.

Corey Maggette also was set to join Brand in leaving the Los Angeles Clippers for an offer with the Golden State Warriors.

Now, Davis looks to be stuck on another rebuilding Clippers roster. Brand appears to have moved on to a contender.

Brand also denied making any sort of verbal or handshake deal with Davis that he would return to the Clippers.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 09:10 AM
Reports: Warriors to Ink Maggette to 5-Year Deal
By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

OAKLAND, Calif., July 9 (AP)The Golden State Warriors will sign high-scoring free agent Corey Maggette to a five-year contract worth around $50 million, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal can't be announced until Wednesday at the earliest, confirmed Maggette will leave the Los Angeles Clippers for a lucrative long-term deal with the fast-paced Warriors, who outbid several suitors for the former Duke star.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the deal.

Maggette, a 6-foot-6 swingman who led Los Angeles in scoring last season, should fit splendidly into Golden State coach Don Nelson's pell-mell style of play. He averaged 22.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season for the moribund Clippers, finishing slightly off his career highs in all three categories.

Maggette has been with the Clippers since 2000, longer than any other player. But Maggette and teammate Elton Brand opted out of the final years of their contracts last week, with Maggette turning down $7 million for next season.

The 28-year-old Maggette will trade places on the California coast with Baron Davis, who spurned the Warriors last week for his hometown Clippers. Davis, who was considered the Warriors' team leader until his abrupt decision to opt out of a $17 million deal for next season, accepted a smaller salary in Los Angeles for a long-term contract and the chance to team up with Brand and perhaps Maggette.

Instead, Davis looks to be stuck on another rebuilding Clippers roster. The club is expected to lose Brand as well, amid reports he has agreed to a long-term deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Warriors also made a play for the power forward, likely driving up Brand's price.

Davis' departure cleared room under the Warriors' salary cap for Maggette, who reportedly drew attention from Boston, San Antonio, Detroit, Utah and Orlando. Golden State apparently offered more money and a longer term than most of Maggette's suitors, who mostly couched their offers at the mid-level salary cap exception.

Maggette easily could fill the void left by underachieving Golden State swingmen Mickael Pietrus, who's expected to sign with Orlando, and Matt Barnes, who won't be back, according to Nelson.

Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington are the only veteran regulars currently under contract to the Warriors, but top basketball executive Chris Mullin has said high-scoring guard Monta Ellis and center Andris Biedrins - both restricted free agents - will be back at any price, hopefully with long-term deals.

Promising youngsters Brandan Wright and Marco Belinelli also will return for their second NBA seasons, along with rookies Anthony Randolph and Richard Hendrix.

Nelson has promised to give more playing time to his young players in the upcoming season, even at the expense of a few victories. Still, with Maggette's arrival, the Warriors will have three veterans who each averaged 20 points per game last season.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 09:14 AM
Orlando Magic expect to sign shooting guard Mickael Pietrus for $25M
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/

The Orlando Magic have identified their starting shooting guard for next season and might be parting with J.J. Redick or Keith Bogans to acquire a point guard.

The Magic expect to sign free agent Mickael Pietrus to a four-year contract worth about $25 million, the Sentinel has learned.

Redick spoke to the Sentinel Wednesday morning and acknowledged, "The writing's on the wall. The writing's been on the wall for some time."

Magic General Manager Otis Smith said on Tuesday that the signing of Pietrus will exhaust most of the team's midlevel exception. The exception can pay a player an average of about $6 million per season.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 09:18 AM
HEAT Sign James Jones
http://www.nba.com/heat/news/

MIAMI, 07/09 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed free agent guard/forward James Jones. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jones, 6’8”, 220 pounds, shot 44.4 percent from three-point range last season finishing with the third-best mark in the NBA. The five-year NBA veteran appeared in 58 games (three starts) for the Portland Trail Blazers last season and averaged 8.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 22.0 minutes while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 87.8 percent from the foul line. He shot at least 50 percent from beyond the arc 31 times with his best effort coming on April 15 as he tied his single-game career-high with six three-point field goals made.

Prior to his stint in Portland, Jones spent the previous two seasons with the Phoenix Suns appearing in 151 games (31 starts) and during the 2005-06 season, averaged a career-best 9.3 points per game while connecting on a career-best 110 three-point field goals made.

Jones, a local Miami product, was originally drafted in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft with the 49th pick by the Indiana Pacers. He spent four years at the University of Miami, finishing his colligate career with the Hurricanes ranked third in blocked shots (192) and in games played (122) and 11th in scoring (1,356). Jones also attended American Senior High School in Miami and was named as the Class 6A Player of the Year in Florida in 1999.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 09:21 AM
Trail Blazers acquire Jerryd Bayless and Ike Diogu from Indiana
http://www.nba.com/blazers/news/

Portland parts with Jarrett Jack, Josh McRoberts, rights to Brandon Rush and cash considerations

The Portland Trail Blazers acquired the draft rights to guard Jerryd Bayless (11th overall pick), and forward Ike Diogu from Indiana in exchange for Jarrett Jack, Josh McRoberts, the draft rights to Brandon Rush (13th overall pick) and cash considerations, it was announced today by general manager Kevin Pritchard.

Bayless, 19, posted averages of 19.7 points (third in Pac-10), 2.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 83.9% from the free throw line and 40.7% from 3-point range in his lone collegiate season at the University of Arizona. The 6-3, 200-pound guard earned Second Team All-Pac-10 and All-Freshman Team honors, was an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention and was a finalist for the Wooden Award.

A 6-9, 250-pound forward, Diogu, 24, averaged 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 30 games for the Pacers last season. Originally selected by Golden State with the ninth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft out of Arizona State, Diogu holds career averages of 6.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in three seasons with the Warriors and Pacers.

“We had a lot of flexibility heading into this year’s NBA Draft,” said Pritchard. “Ultimately though we only wanted to make moves that made our team better, both on and off the court. In acquiring Jerryd Bayless and Ike Diogu we think we achieved that. Bayless will make our backcourt more athletic. He’s a proven scorer and a tenacious competitor. In Diogu we have a young NBA player with a whole lot of potential that really helps fill a positional need for us. And, perhaps most importantly, both of these players fit our culture of character, hard work and winning attitudes.

“It’s also never easy to trade away players, especially ones who’ve played a significant role in helping us get to where we are today. That certainly was the case with Jarrett Jack, who started 99 games for the Trail Blazers these past three seasons. I want to thank and acknowledge him and Josh McRoberts for their contributions to the club. We wish both of them nothing but the best for their bright NBA futures.”

Jack, 24, played his first three NBA seasons in Portland, where he posted averages of 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 240 games. He shot 44.3% from the floor and 85.3% from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers originally acquired Jack in a 2005 Draft Day trade with Denver.

McRoberts, 21, averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in eight games his rookie 2007-08 season. Portland selected the Duke product with the 37th overall pick in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft.

The Trail Blazers selected Rush out of Kansas with the 13th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 09:23 AM
Pacers announce two trades; acquire seven players
http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/

The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday two trades that bring seven new faces to the team. In a deal with Toronto, the Pacers acquired T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, Maceo Baston and Roy Hibbert (the 17th overall pick in June’s NBA draft) for Jermaine O’Neal and Nathan Jawai (the 41st pick in the draft). In a trade with Portland, the Pacers receive Jarrett Jack, Josh McRoberts and Brandon Rush (13th overall pick in the draft) in exchange for Ike Diogu and Jerryd Bayless (the 11th pick in the draft).

“We’re very excited about the trades we made,” said Pacers President of Basketball Larry Bird. “We know we got some good character guys and good players. I just want to help the franchise move forward and we feel with the draft, we know we picked up two good guys that our fans are going to be very supportive of and excited about.”

Added Pacers Coach Jim O’Brien: “I think Larry and (General Manager) David Morway did an outstanding job in changing around our basketball team, both with the trades and the picks. Our team will have a completely different look next year. Overall, the seven new players we have give us a completely different look than we had last year and we have maintained the guys that got the majority of playing time at the end of last season.

“An area of particular concern for us last year was the point guard spot. We certainly feel with Travis (Diener) returning and the addition of T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack we have solidified that position. We feel getting Maceo, Rasho and Josh really gives us solid depth up front. Brandon gives us a guy who can very quickly impact both ends of the court. Defensively, we think he can be a high-level stopper and we also think Brandon has the potential to create his own shot on a regular basis as well as give us spacing on the court. Roy gives us size and low-post scoring. At the end of every game, he’s still going to be 7-2, which is a real important factor for us.”

Ford is a 6-foot guard going into his fifth year in the NBA. He has career averages of 11.6 points per game and 6.9 assists per game. Two of his four seasons were limited by injuries (55 and 51 games). “I think my health is fine,” said Ford, the eighth overall pick in the 2003 draft. “It’s always going to be a question mark every year and every time I step on the court. I understand that. I’m just going to continue to work on my body and do the things to make sure I’m good enough to perform at the highest level every night. I’m excited about this trade and excited to be going to a team that really wanted me.”

Nesterovic is a 7-foot, 270-pound center. He has been in the NBA 10 years and in the last nine years has played in at least 70 games each season. His career averages are 7.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg.

Jack, a 6-3, three-year veteran, has career averages of 9.0 ppg and 4.0 apg. He played all 82 games for Portland last season and started all 79 games he played in during the 2006-07 season. “I think this trade is definitely something good for me, coming here with a fresh start. This franchise is trying to go in a positive direction right now and I’m happy to be a part of it. Indiana came up as a team I might get traded to and it was a team I hoped to be traded to.”

Baston, a 6-10 forward, is a three-year veteran with career averages of 2.8 ppg and 1.6 rebounds per game. He’s a former Pacer, having played in 47 games in the 2006-07 season. “I’m glad to be back in Indiana,” said Baston. “I’m excited to work with my new teammates, excited to play in Coach O’Brien’s system and I want to make the most of this.”

McRoberts, a 6-10 forward, is from nearby Carmel, Ind. He played two seasons at Duke and played eight games with Portland last season, averaging 1.5 ppg. He played 15 games for Idaho in the D-League, averaging 7.7 ppg and 2.5 rpg. “I couldn’t be more happy to be coming back here and playing for the Pacers,” said McRoberts. “It’s a dream come true. I can’t even put into words how excited I was when I found out I was coming to Indiana.”

Rush is a 6-6 swingman who played for Kansas’ 2008 NCAA Championship team. In three seasons with the Jayhawks, he averaged 13.6 ppg. “I knew when I came to workout for the Pacers, they were pretty high on me, so when I was drafted and found out I was coming here, my reaction was big. I feel spending three years at Kansas and winning the national championship helped me to be NBA ready.”

Hibbert, a 7-2, 278-pound center, played four seasons at Georgetown, averaging 10.9 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Last season, he was a Second Team Associated Press All-America. “I’m really thrilled to be here,” said Hibbert. “It’s a great organization. I just want to do everything I can to help this team win. I know I have to work extremely hard and I can’t wait.”

A press conference with Hibbert and Rush is scheduled for 2:00 on Tuesday, July 15. A press conference with Baston, Ford, Jack and McRoberts is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16. Rasho Nesterovic is currently out of the country but will be made available to the media once he is in Indianapolis.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 09:24 AM
Grizzlies sign 2008 ACB Most Valuable Player Marc Gasol
http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/

Memphis, July 9, 2008 — The Memphis Grizzlies signed Spanish center and 2008 ACB Most Valuable Player Marc Gasol, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
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The younger brother of the Grizzlies’ all-time leading scorer Pau Gasol, Marc has played the last five seasons (2003-08) in the Spanish ACB League, making his professional debut as an 18-year-old with F.C. Barcelona. Most recently, he was named the league MVP after averaging 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks for Akasvayu Girona in 2007-08.

“The Grizzlies are pleased to be adding Marc Gasol to our team,” Wallace said. “He is a very dedicated player who made major progress over the past several years and is coming off a MVP season in the Spanish ACB League, which is the premier national league in Europe.

“Marc is a very skilled center in terms of his shooting and passing, possesses outstanding toughness, and is a winning, team-oriented player. He has done a remarkable job transforming his body. Marc is one of the premier players in Europe.”

The 7-1, 280-pound center was one of two ACB players to rank in the top five in scoring (5th), rebounding (3rd) and blocks (3rd), and his .653 field goal percentage was also second in the league.

Memphis acquired Gasol’s draft rights from the Los Angeles Lakers along with guard Javaris Crittenton, forward Kwame Brown, guard Aaron McKie, two first round draft picks (2008, 2010) and cash considerations in exchange for forward/center Pau Gasol and a 2010 second round pick on Feb. 1, 2008. The Lakers originally selected Marc with the 48th overall pick in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft.

After the Grizzlies acquired Pau Gasol on draft night in 2001, Marc followed his family to Bluff City and played two seasons of high school basketball in Memphis at Lausanne High School from 2001-03.

The 23-year-old was a member of the Gold Medalist Spanish National Team in the 2006 FIBA World Championships and the Silver Medalist squad in the 2007 FIBA European Basketball Championships. Gasol will also compete for his homeland next month in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Widely considered to be one of the best players in Europe, Gasol will be the third Spaniard to play for the Grizzlies, joining Pau (2001-08) and Juan Carlos Navarro (2007-08).

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 10:19 AM
With Maggette gone, Spurs eyeing J.R. Smith, others
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/

With their top free-agent target, Corey Maggette, now a Warrior, the San Antonio Spurs move on to other options. They are believed to have some interest in Denver guard J.R. Smith and Toronto guard Carlos Delfino, both of whom they've inquired about in the past and both of whom could be available despite their restricted status.

Delfino appears to be an odd man out after a roster reshuffling in Toronto, while the Nuggets would have to take a serious luxury tax hit to match any substantial offer for Smith.

The Spurs have been in contact with Detroit forward Jarvis Hayes, Washington guard Roger Mason Jr., Denver swingman Yakhouba Diawara and Denver forward Eduardo Najera. All of those players should command a cheaper price than the $5.8 million mid-level exception the Spurs were said to have offered Maggette

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 10:26 AM
Celtics up offer for Posey
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/

Celtics swingman James Posey now can sign a new contract at any time. Unfortunately for the NBA champion Boston Celtics, they aren't the only title contender apparently interested in him.

After a moratorium period that began July 1, NBA free agents can sign as of today. The Celtics' free agents include Posey, guards Eddie House, Sam Cassell, and Tony Allen, forward-center P.J. Brown (who is expected to retire), and center Scot Pollard. But the big question is whether Posey, a key reserve in Boston's run to the title, will be back. While Posey's agent, Mark Bartelstein, wouldn't say which teams were interested in his client, he did say they were contenders. Among those also expected to be wooing the Cleveland native are the Cavaliers, Wizards, Hornets, Spurs, and Lakers.

"We're just working through this thing," said Bartelstein yesterday. "Free agency is just a moving roller coaster. He'd like to get something done, and he'd like to get something done quickly and be over with it. Every team that is interested has a chance to win a title."

Although a Celtics official has denied it, an NBA source said Posey was initially offered a three-year, $12 million deal by Boston, but the source said the Celtics have improved that offer. The most the Celtics can offer is the midlevel exception, expected to start at $5.58 million next season. At 31, the 6-foot-8-inch, 215-pound Posey seems to be interested in getting close to the midlevel exception and a lengthy deal. Boston currently has about $72 million committed in salary for next season and the salary cap, released last night, is $58.68 million, the luxury tax $71.15 million. Any team over the luxury tax has to pay a $1 tax for every $1 it exceeds the tax.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 10:28 AM
Kwame Brown could be free-agent target for Heat
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/

The Miami Heat has expressed interest in several free agents: center Kwame Brown and guards Jannero Pargo and Roger Mason. Agent Mark Bartelstein said Tuesday afternoon he has had discussions about his three clients with the Heat, but ''nothing is happening imminently'' regarding contract offers. However, he said Mason visited the Heat last week. Free agents can sign at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Bartelstein said Brown and Pargo are not yet scheduled to visit Miami. Mason and Pargo could help the Heat bolster its backcourt. Miami landed former Kansas point guard Mario Chalmers in the NBA Draft and has backup Marcus Banks under contract but would like more depth.

Mason, 27, averaged a career-best 9.1 points last season for the Washington Wizards. The former University of Virginia player is a combo guard but primarily played point guard last season. He excelled in his nine starts for Washington, averaging 17.4 points. Pargo backed up NBA MVP runner-up Chris Paul in New Orleans last season and averaged 8.1 points and 2.4 assists in 18.7 minutes a game. He is an outside threat and thrived in the playoffs, averaging 10.2 points as a reserve.

Meanwhile, Brown, 6-11, could be a viable option considering the Heat does not have much cap space and only Mark Blount is under contract at center. Brown, the former first overall draft pick, has underwhelmed since being drafted in 2001. He split last season between the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies after being traded from L.A. as part of the Pau Gasol deal. Brown averaged 4.8 points and 4.9 rebounds last season in 18.8 minutes. Brown has been injury-riddled the past two seasons, but he also has failed to remain a starter. He could be a bargain for the Heat.

dark_seid
07-10-2008, 10:52 AM
From the news accounts, the Clippers did everything that Brand asked them to do. Then he turns around and leaves them anyway. Sounds very similar to the situtation in Cleveland with Boozer.


nah ... booze's case was just totally ugly. brand's more palatable.

but still, it's a business no? money talks.


Boozer's case was totally different. Boozer was bound by a live contract. He asked (some say begged) Cavs management not to exercise the team's option to extend his contract, so he can negotiate for a newer one with higher pay, commensurate to his solid performance the previous season. Then-cavs GM Jim Paxson agrees and releases Boozer, Boozer shows his gratitude by signing up with Utah. Boom. Cavs got bamboozered.

Brand is in the final year of his contract, and has an opt-out clause for his last year. The decision was rightfully his to make, no one else.



ah but i think Mateen was referring to the action of elton telling his former bosses that he is opting out because he wants them to improve the team. it was like he was willing to take a pay cut as long as the team goes out and get the pieces to surround him with. so the clips took the $25M they have in cap space this year and planned to split it with baron and elton (or something like that).

then warriors and sixers come in with a contract total of $20M more and elton suddenly rethinks.

that's where the shades of booze comes into play. and it would have been the same boat if gilbert jump ship after the wiz re-signs antawn, who's on the wrong side of 30, to a 4 year deal. this is because a big condition for gilbert re-upping was the wiz to still have jamison.



to coreytaylor: can you just collate all the news article and maybe just display the link and the headline? or transfer the posts to the online nba news thread? thanks man.

BigBlue
07-10-2008, 11:23 AM
^The only thing similar between the Brand and Boozer scenarios is that both players, in their discussion with team management, made statements, promises, commitments- whatever you call it- that they will be staying with the team. but the thing is, it was Brand's contractual right to opt out. in Boozer's case, Cavs management, in an act of good will, released him from contractual obligations, in a sense, making him "indebted" to them for granting him that favor. Brand does not owe Clippers management anything, as he was just utilizing a clause in his contract that was available to him. yes, in the end it will make him look like an asshole and from now on, will surely elicit boos from Clippers fans, all five of them. and as dark_seid mentioned earlier, yes, money talks.

dark_seid
07-10-2008, 11:41 AM
as the east is currently configured right now (assuming no major trade or injury occurs), does elton in sixers uniform strike fear into the eastern conference powerhouses?

sixers fit snugly into the 2nd tier group of wiz, cavs, magic but challenging consistently the top dogs are still a reach. and there are also questions about the wisdom in giving a guy, who's coming off achilles surgery and an undersized PF in a more bruising conference for big man and already 30 years old, a "max" contract stretching into 5 years.

john_paul_manahan
07-11-2008, 11:29 AM
yes, in the end it will make him look like an asshole and from now on, will surely elicit boos from Clippers fans, all five of them. and as dark_seid mentioned earlier, yes, money talks.

as one of those five (presumably)... i still dunno what to make of it....

erichubert
07-11-2008, 11:51 AM
I think we would never know for sure what happened in their negotiations that made Brand decide to go to the Sixers, but something tells me his agent had a big part of it. The Clips are actually not in terrible shape, they still have 12 million dollars to spend and they can get Okafor or Josh Smith. Okafor is younger, taller and a better defender, won't be a bad consolation price for them. Knowing Charlotte's penny saving ways, I think they can get him if the price is right.

coreytaylor
07-11-2008, 12:14 PM
Wizards sign point guard Dee Brown to offer sheet
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

PrintWASHINGTON (AP)—Dee Brown was signed to an offer sheet Thursday by the Washington Wizards after spending last season in Turkey.

The Utah Jazz, who retained Brown’s NBA rights while he was overseas, have seven days to match the offer.

“Dee is a player who can bring quickness and energy to our team,” Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. “We like that he gives us depth and a different look at the point guard position.”

Brown was chosen No. 46 overall by Utah in the 2006 draft and played in 49 games as a rookie. But the Jazz were stacked at the guard position entering the 2007-08 season, so he accepted an offer from Turkish club Galatasaray with the hope to performing well enough to return to the NBA with another team.

Brown, who led Illinois to the NCAA title game in 2005, averaged 12.3 points with Galatasaray. He would be the Wizards’ third-string point guard, behind Gilbert Arenas and Antonio Daniels.

coreytaylor
07-11-2008, 12:15 PM
Mason, Spurs reach deal, agent says
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

SAN ANTONIO (AP)—The San Antonio Spurs and unrestricted free agent Roger Mason have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth more than $7 million, Mason’s agent said Thursday.

“We’ve got a deal done,” Mark Bartelstein told The Associated Press by phone.

Mason, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged a career-high 9.1 points and 1.7 assists in 80 games last season with the Washington Wizards. He played in a reserve role for all but nine games. In his previous season with the Wizards, Mason averaged 2.7 points.

Bartelstein said the deal would pay Mason “just a little less than” $8 million. He said he expected Mason, 27, to sign with the team on Friday.

Spurs spokesman Cliff Puchalski said the team had no comment.

Mason averaged 8 points and 1 assist in the playoffs.

coreytaylor
07-11-2008, 12:17 PM
Golden State signs veteran swingman Maggette
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—The Golden State Warriors signed Corey Maggette on Thursday, grabbing the Los Angeles Clippers’ leading scorer with a lucrative free-agent deal.

A person with knowledge of the deal previously told The Associated Press that Maggette is getting a five-year deal worth around $50 million to leave the Clippers, who signed Golden State’s Baron Davis on Thursday in an effective swap of high-scoring stars.

The Warriors made another aggressive move Thursday, signing Los Angeles Lakers forward Ronny Turiaf to an offer sheet. The Lakers have seven days to decide whether to match Golden State’s four-year, $17 million contract offer, which would boost Los Angeles’ payroll past the luxury tax.

Turiaf averaged 6.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 78 games with the Western Conference champions last year, starting 21 games. The three-year veteran also blocks shots and plays strong low-post defense, two of Golden State’s biggest problem areas.

Maggette, a 6-foot-6 swingman, is expected to be a good fit for Warriors’ coach Don Nelson’s frenetic, fast-paced style of play. The 28-year-old former Duke star appeared in 70 games last season with the Clippers, averaging 22.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists—all just off his career highs.

Davis opted out of a $17 million deal for next season to accept a smaller salary to play in his hometown with Elton Brand and perhaps Maggette, who both opted out of their own contracts with the Clippers. Brand then signed with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, spurning a larger offer from Golden State—but the Warriors moved swiftly to sign Maggette, who received interest from five other teams, including Boston and San Antonio.

Maggette is expected to fill voids left by the departure of swingman Mickael Pietrus to Orlando, and the loss of forward Matt Barnes, whom Nelson said won’t be back.

“He’s been one of the most productive players in our league for the last several years, and provides us with additional versatility and veteran leadership,” said Chris Mullin, the Warriors’ top basketball executive.

Veterans Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington are the only regulars currently under contract, but Mullin has said the team will sign high-scoring guard Monta Ellis and center Andris Biedrins—both restricted free agents—at any price, hopefully to long-term deals.

coreytaylor
07-11-2008, 12:18 PM
Rockets sign free-agent G Barry
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

HOUSTON (TICKER) —The Houston Rockets on Thursday signed free-agent guard Brent Barry to a two-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Barry, 36, who averaged 7.1 points while shooting 43 percent from 3-point range in 31 games for the San Antonio Spurs in 2007-08, has a career scoring average of 9.7 points in 856 games with the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Seattle SuperSonics and Spurs.

The 13-year veteran, who was a key contributor during San Antonio’s 2004-05 and 2006-07 title runs, has appeared in 84 playoff games, averaging 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists .

“Brent is a proven winner who brings a wealth of championship experience,” Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said. “His playmaking and long-range shooting abilities are an ideal fit for coach (Rick) Adelman’s system while his versatility allows us to use him in a variety of roles. Brent has been a consistent scorer in the playoffs and played a vital part in winning two NBA championships.”

Selected 15th overall in 1995 by the Denver Nuggets before having his draft rights traded to the Clippers, the 6-7, 210-pound Barry ranks eighth among active players in career 3-point field goal percentage (.407) and sixth in career 3-pointers made (1,346).

The New York native, who was named to the 1996 All-Rookie Second Team and won the Slam Dunk Contest that season, joins his father, Rick, and brother, Jon, in completing a family trio to play for the Rockets. Rick spent two seasons (1978-80) of his Hall of Fame career with the Rockets. Jon also played two seasons for Houston (2004-06).

coreytaylor
07-11-2008, 12:19 PM
Warriors sign Turiaf to offer sheet
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (TICKER) —The Golden State Warriors on Thursday signed Los Angeles Lakers forward and restricted free agent Ronny Turiaf to an offer sheet.

According to a report on the Los Angeles Times’ web site, the Warriors offered a four-year, $17 million contract to Turiaf, who averaged career highs in points (6.6), rebounds (3.9) and minutes (18.7) last season.

The offer comes on the same day the Warriors signed former Los Angeles Clippers swingman Corey Maggette to a reported five-year contract.

The Lakers have seven days to match the offer to Turiaf, but the Times is reporting they are not expected to do so as a result of luxury taxes. Last season, the team paid nearly $5 million in luxury taxes.

The Lakers’ payroll is $75.1 million, with the tax for the 2008-09 campaign being triggered at $71.15 million.

Turiaf, 25, made $770,610 last season, and the Lakers retained the right of first refusal last week by giving him a one-year qualifying offer of $1 million.

According to the Times, the Lakers also have made a $2.6 million qualifying offer for Sasha Vujacic, who averaged 8.1 points and made 45 percent of his 3-pointers last season while playing a backup role behind point guard Derek Fisher.

coreytaylor
07-11-2008, 12:25 PM
Brown hoping Bobcats sign free-agent Okafor soon
By MIKE CRANSTON, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

LAS VEGAS (AP)—Larry Brown has big plans for Emeka Okafor. The new Charlotte Bobcats coach is hoping he’ll get to work with him.

With contract talks involving the restricted free agent moving slowly, Brown made it clear Thursday it’s important the Bobcats keep their starting big man.

“I hope that it works out because I was with him a little while and he’s a terrific kid,” said Brown, who coached Okafor on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. “He plays a position that’s very hard to find. And he’s the second pick in the draft. I’m sure we’ll do what’s right. Hopefully he’ll be here.”

Okafor turned down a contract offer from Charlotte last summer worth more than $12 million a year. The second overall pick in the 2004 draft then averaged 13.8 points and 10.7 rebounds while playing all 82 games last season.

The negotiating period started July 1, and teams could begin signing players on Wednesday. But the two sides were far from a deal Thursday. Okafor’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, is out of the country this week and unavailable for comment.

While the Bobcats can match any offer from another team, the Los Angeles Clippers have plenty of salary-cap space and are looking for a big man after losing free agent Elton Brand to Philadelphia. However, the Clippers could pursue another available big man, Atlanta’s Josh Smith, instead.

Center Andrew Bogut’s new five-year, $72.5 million deal with Milwaukee could also drive up Okafor’s price.

Bobcats center Ryan Hollins, participating in the Brown-coached Bobcats minicamp this week on the UNLV campus, said Okafor is working out on his own in New York. It’s expected Okafor will wait to see what offers come in from other teams before making a decision.

“This is the business side of it,” Hollins said. “We hope he’s back.”

Brown said he hasn’t talked to Okafor in a couple of weeks. He’s leaving the negotiating to general manager Rod Higgins. Managing partner Michael Jordan is also involved.

Okafor could also sign a one-year qualifying offer with the Bobcats worth $7.1 million. While that would be much less than he was offered last year, it would allow Okafor to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Brown just wants Okafor on his roster as he begins his ninth NBA head coaching job. Brown envisions the 6-foot-10 Okafor continuing to play both center and power forward and anchoring the defense with his shot-blocking ability.

“He’s certainly mobile enough and athletic enough to play out on the perimeter,” Brown said. “He’s strong enough to play inside. So we’ll hopefully figure it out. … You hate to lose assets.”

tigerman
07-11-2008, 09:04 PM
Rumor has it that Jarvis Hayes will sign with the Nets.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Al1Z_g53LPn1YiLCITVB0SY5nYcB?slug=aw-hayesnets071008&prov=yhoo&type=lgns



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

coreytaylor
07-12-2008, 11:33 AM
Roger Mason signs with San Antonio Spurs
By ELIZABETH WHITE, Associated Press Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

SAN ANTONIO (AP)—Free agent guard Roger Mason signed with the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

The Spurs didn’t disclose terms of the deal, but Mason’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Mason was to sign a two-year contract for “just a little less than” $8 million.

Mason spent the last two seasons with the Washington Wizards. Last season, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged a career-high 9.1 points and 1.7 assists in 80 games.

Mason said Friday he’s happy to be in Texas.

“It seems like they win championships every other year,” Mason said. “Next season’s 08-09 so I guess they’re due, and hopefully I can be a big part of it.”

The Spurs won titles in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Last season they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

“You look at the history, these guys are in, I guess I (should) say, we, are in the hunt every year,” Mason said. “Every time you think of San Antonio you think of a title contender.”

Last season Mason played in a reserve role for all but nine games. He picked up additional playing time because of Gilbert Arenas’ knee injury.

He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 31st pick in the 2002 draft, but appeared in just 43 games with the Bulls and Toronto Raptors in his first two seasons. Before joining the Wizards, Mason played professionally overseas for two seasons. In his first season with the Wizards, he averaged 2.7 points.

Mason had a shoulder injury that required surgery early in his career.

“I feel like my career is just starting,” the 27-year-old Mason said. “This was my first year with consistent playing time in my career.”

Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said Mason has a strong overall game, and praised his 3-point shooting and defense. Mason shot .398 from beyond the arc last season.

“He’s been a guy that our coaches have had on their radar for a long time,” Buford said. “We tried to get something done last year and to Roger’s credit he went out and proved to us that he deserved a much bigger opportunity than we talked about last year.”

coreytaylor
07-12-2008, 11:34 AM
Nets add forwards Eduardo Najera, Jarvis Hayes
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—The New Jersey Nets reached agreements with free agent forwards Eduardo Najera and Jarvis Hayes on Friday.

The 6-foot-8 Najera, an eight-year NBA veteran, averaged 5.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 78 games last season for Denver. He previously played for Dallas and Golden State.

Hayes played in 82 games for Detroit last season and averaged 6.7 points and 2.2 rebounds. Hayes, who is also 6-8, spent four seasons with Washington before joining the Pistons last season. He was the 10th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft out of Georgia.

Terms of the agreements were not released. The deals are contingent on both players passing physicals.

coreytaylor
07-12-2008, 11:37 AM
Dallas Mavericks re-sign Antoine Wright
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

DALLAS (AP)—The Dallas Mavericks re-signed former Texas A&M standout guard Antoine Wright on Friday and also signed guard Keith McLeod and forward James Singleton

Terms of the deals weren’t released.

Wright played two seasons with New Jersey before he was acquired by the Mavs on Feb. 19 as part of the deal that also brought Jason Kidd to Dallas.

New Jersey took Wright with the 15th pick in the 2005 NBA draft.

Wright last season, in 56 games, averaged a career-high 6.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

McLeod and Singleton have played in the NBA, but most recently played in Europe.

The 6-foot-2 McLeod played 200 NBA games over four seasons with Minnesota, Utah, Golden State and Indiana. Undrafted out of Bowling Green in 2002, McLeod has career averages of 5.5 points, 2.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds.

Singleton played for the Los Angeles Clippers from 2005-07, averaging 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 112 games. The 6-8 forward was undrafted in 2003.

The_Big_Cat
07-12-2008, 12:29 PM
So, Roger Mason replaces Brent Barry in the Spurs bench.
Good acquisition for San Antonio because it now allows Ginobili to start.

coreytaylor
07-12-2008, 12:40 PM
^ i dont think coach pop will start manu. i think he will still be their 6th man. pero who knows, tignan na lang natin.

tigerman
07-12-2008, 08:30 PM
What's up with Rod Thorn and Kiki? Pinapasikip nila lalo ang frontline ng Nets eh. (Lopez, Krstic, Swift, Swat, Boone, Yi, Anderson)

I love Najera's game. He will definitely be the energizer of NJ but I think the Nets must give up some of ther biggies.




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mighty_lion
07-12-2008, 08:37 PM
I smell a one-time big-time trade in the making for the nets. No way you collect such number of players per position. I think they are serious about pursuing a true superstar in the mold of Meloman.

marmand
07-12-2008, 09:02 PM
Probably the Nets are preparing themselves for a run at Lebron by 2010. ;D

cub
07-12-2008, 09:27 PM
kung OK lang sainyo, Corey, is it possible na you'll post the headline and the link only? i doubt if anybody here reads all what you're posting. and no, im not mad. :)

CM_Punk
07-13-2008, 12:09 AM
Watched parts of the summer league game with Dallas. Saw Gerald Green out there with the Mavericks; hope he finally sticks to an NBA roster, and listens to his coaches on how to get better as a pro player, and not just as a flashy dunker.

marmand
07-13-2008, 12:25 AM
^ He still a one dimensional player. ( offense= dunk ) Its the summer league and it seems he still looks lost on defense. He should be dominating the opposition but..... :-\

MonL
07-13-2008, 12:46 AM
^ Another case of a good high school player jumping to the pros too soon. Now he's just a journeyman. He needs to work on his game and be properly mentored. He has put in too much D-League and bench warming time. He could have taken that same time to better use by going to and growing in college. Now his pro career is cloudy at best lest he dramatically improves. Give him another two years.

coreytaylor
07-13-2008, 11:58 AM
kung OK lang sainyo, Corey, is it possible na you'll post the headline and the link only? i doubt if anybody here reads all what you're posting. and no, im not mad. :)


ok np

coreytaylor
07-13-2008, 12:14 PM
Knicks unwilling to trade Randolph to Clippers in salary dump
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/nba/07/11/randolph.clippers/

dark_seid
07-13-2008, 02:25 PM
^ Another case of a good high school player jumping to the pros too soon. Now he's just a journeyman. He needs to work on his game and be properly mentored. He has put in too much D-League and bench warming time. He could have taken that same time to better use by going to and growing in college.* *Now his pro career is cloudy at best lest he dramatically improves. Give him another two years.


from what i read, green's more of a practice-averse basketball player than a prep-to-pros problem child.

mighty_lion
07-13-2008, 04:22 PM
Knicks unwilling to trade Randolph to Clippers in salary dump
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/nba/07/11/randolph.clippers/


Hindi ko alam kung ano magiging reaksyon ko dito. ;D

john_paul_manahan
07-13-2008, 07:45 PM
hmmm.... nah.

josh smith / emeka pa rin.

coreytaylor
07-14-2008, 11:09 AM
All the Kings’ men might no longer include Artest
By Johnny Ludden, Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

LAS VEGAS – He still answers to Ron these days, even though he recently told a Sacramento radio station he’d prefer to be called Bill. He’s still as affable off the court as he is ferocious on it, and, yes, he’s still a Sacramento King, enough so that he hopped a flight here from New York to help cheer on the franchise’s summer-league team.

For a change, though, Ron Artest isn’t talking. At least he wasn’t saying anything of substance Saturday afternoon. No trade demands. No complaining about the Kings not committing to him. No regrets about not opting out of his contract. No…comment.

What are your thoughts on your future with the Kings?

“No comment.”

Do you want to have a future with the Kings?

“No comment.”

If you could be with any team next season who would it be?

“No comment.”

New York Mets cap pulled low, smile stretched across his face, Artest sounded apologetic for not being more cooperative.

“Seriously, I don’t know what my future is,” he said. “I don’t know, really, so I can’t say anything.”

Check back in 12 hours, or five minutes, for that matter. Ron-Ron changes his mind by the tick-tock of the clock. He wants to be traded. He wants to be a King for life. He’s opting out of his contract. No, he’s not. Artest has many skills, decisiveness not among them.

That’s not a knock on Artest. It’s a fact. He’s said enough and he’ll probably say some more, but his opinion no longer matters. Eventually, someone is going to call with the right offer and eventually the Kings are going to trade him. Just like in Chicago and Indiana, Artest has become more valuable for Sacramento to move than keep.

The Kings don’t seem to be in a rush. Nor should they be. As free-agency options dry up, more teams look to trades to strengthen their roster. Even if the Kings have to wait until closer to the trade deadline, some contender will likely be willing to roll the dice on Artest. When healthy and motivated, he can dominate on both ends of the floor. His contract is more than affordable ($7.4 million) and he’ll be a free agent at the end of the season, which has a few GMs thinking he’ll also try to fit in and behave, at least for a few months.

Already, the Los Angeles Lakers have inquired about Artest, according to a report in The Sacramento Bee, and there might not be a more logical destination. Exposed by the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, the Lakers need to get tougher and better defensively. Swapping Artest for Lamar Odom, who wilted as much as any Laker during the Finals, would be an upgrade in both areas.

Phil Jackson won three titles with Dennis Rodman, so he’s accustomed to dealing with non-conformists, as well as extraterrestrials, if one is to believe Jackson’s nickname for Vladimir Radmanovic: My Favorite Martian. Artest, too, has been accused of being from another planet. As for any ego concerns, not even Artest is bold enough to challenge Kobe Bryant’s authority in the locker room.

That’s not to say Artest would be a perfect fit. At least one scout thinks the Lakers would be foolish to give up Odom, saying his length and versatility create too many matchup problems for opponents. Odom is the better rebounder and passer, and though Artest certainly is a more dependable three-point threat, he can be a ground-and-pound ball-stopper on offense.

The Lakers also would be wise to wait as long as possible to see how their young center, Andrew Bynum, recovers from knee surgery. If Bynum continues to labor, the Lakers may very well need Odom’s size next to Pau Gasol. Still, Jackson and Bryant can be sure of one thing: Artest isn’t going to curl up in the fetal position just because Kevin Garnett cursed at him.

The Kings also would want the Lakers to take on Kenny Thomas and his contract’s remaining two years and $17.3 million. But with the Lakers also apparently hedging on matching Golden State’s four-year, $17 million offer for Ronny Turiaf that might not be as big an issue as previously thought. As the Bee’s Sam Amick wrote, “It’s the price of doing business if they want to acquire the underpaid Artest.”

There’s an old rule in professional sports that if you’re going to make a trade, you better make one that doesn’t help your rival. These days, though, the Kings and Lakers aren’t rivals, no matter how much bitter history covers the 400 miles of I-5 interstate between them. The Lakers are coming off an appearance in the NBA Finals; Sacramento won 38 games and figures to again have a tough time qualifying for the playoffs, with or without Artest. The Kings have the potential to be major players in the expansive 2010 free-agent market. Shedding Thomas’ contract (along with Odom’s) could give them the option of reloading a year sooner, if they desire.

And if the Kings choose not to deal with the Lakers? They should have at least a few more options. The Phoenix Suns had interest in Artest at last season’s trade deadline. The San Antonio Spurs also are intrigued, but they don’t have enough to offer to make a serious bid.

“I like his talent. I like his competitiveness. I like his contract,” one GM said of Artest. “But there’s always a risk with him.”

Artest’s erratic behavior has often overshadowed his talent, and it’s been no different with the Kings. He decided not to opt out of his contract two weeks ago then emailed the Bee and ESPN.com to say he made a mistake after watching Baron Davis and Elton Brand land lucrative longterm deals. Artest claimed to have been misled to believe the Kings considered him an important piece of their future. He later tried to clarify his comments. And last week he told a Sacramento radio station he wanted everyone to start referring to him by his middle name: William.

So where does that leave Artest now? Does he want to stay with the Kings? Or not?

“No comment.”

Artest smiled. Saying nothing sometimes says enough.

stonecold316
07-14-2008, 06:29 PM
Arenas signs 6-year, $111-M contract to stay with Wizards
07/14/2008 | 02:29 PM
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WASHINGTON (– Gilbert Arenas signed his six-year, $111 million (€70 million) contract with the Washington Wizards on Sunday, securing the return of a player who accepted less money than he was offered.

Arenas and the Wizards agreed to the deal on July 3, but both sides waited until Arenas returned from an overseas trip to settle the details.

The Wizards offered Arenas a maximum contract — $127 million (€80 million) over six years — leaving it up to the unpredictable Agent Zero to decide whether he would live up to his previous statement that he would take a lesser amount if it would help the team sign other players and improve the prospects of contending for a NBA title. Arenas negotiated the deal without an agent while traveling in China on a promotional tour for a shoe company.

The Wizards also bolstered their chances of keeping Arenas by signing free agent teammate Antawn Jamison to a four-year, $50 million (€32 million) contract. Arenas had said he would not return to the team if his good friend Jamison had been allowed to leave.

Because Arenas did not accept the max contract, the Wizards have room to make another significant addition this offseason without going over the NBA's luxury tax limit.

"I think with the players we have on this roster, we can compete with anyone in the NBA," Arenas said in a statement released by the team. "And I look forward to returning to the court next season on a mission to deliver a championship banner."

A three-time All-Star point guard, Arenas has proven to be one of the most exciting players in the NBA when healthy, averaging 22.8 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in his seven-season NBA career.

But a major knee injury and an overzealous rehabilitation sidelined him for most of last season. After his first surgery on the knee in April 2007, he tried to come back too soon and had a second operation in November. He missed 66 games before returning late in the season, then he had to shut himself down again during the first-round playoff series against Cleveland.

During an appearance in Europe after his trip to China, Arenas said his knee was "about 95 percent" and that he didn't want "to touch a basketball until August" because he wanted to make sure he was healthy before returning to the court. - AP

CM_Punk
07-15-2008, 10:30 AM
I read the blog of Gilbert Arenas, where he had plenty of great things to say about his Manila trip. Nice to read some good PR of Manila from a well-known NBA star ;)

tigerman
07-16-2008, 10:13 AM
Clippers Acquire Marcus Camby

The Los Angeles Clippers today acquired forward Marcus Camby from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a future second round draft pick.

http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/camby_080715.html

Will Karl and co. rebuild totally?


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The_Big_Cat
07-16-2008, 10:18 AM
^They will probably move Nene to the starting center spot left by Camby.

tigerman
07-16-2008, 10:21 AM
Say what you wanna say for Camby (being a limited guy on offense and all the injuries he had) but to trade your starting center for a 2nd round pick?

bargain ah :P


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VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

mighty_lion
07-16-2008, 10:28 AM
^ Sino pa kaya ang dedepensa sa Denver? ;D I surmise Clips will move Kaman to 4 spot and Camby in 5.

Semenelin
07-16-2008, 11:19 AM
^ Sino pa kaya ang dedepensa sa Denver? ;D I surmise Clips will move Kaman to 4 spot and Camby in 5.

Or the other way around, hindi naman tlaga pumoposte si camby sa opensa e.

does this mean that denver will run after Okafor?

john_paul_manahan
07-16-2008, 12:17 PM
^ Sino pa kaya ang dedepensa sa Denver?* ;D I surmise Clips will move Kaman to 4 spot and Camby in 5.


yes. that looks like it. imagine b-dizzle's delight in having great big men.

we have $2 mil in cap space plus the MLE. we probably will need to look for some wingmen, maybe 2.

john_paul_manahan
07-16-2008, 12:18 PM
does this mean that denver will run after Okafor?


cap move ito. super tied up sa cap yan.

CM_Punk
07-16-2008, 01:11 PM
Good for the Clippers that they moved quickly in securing a replacement for Elton Brand. Marcus Camby is still a great defensive player in the league, and will be a nice tandem with Kaman in the front court.

The_Big_Cat
07-16-2008, 01:22 PM
Parang babagal dyan ang Clippers if you have both Kaman and Camby in the starting frontline. Both play center as their natural position. Ang nakikita ko dito is the Clippers may trade one of them to get another player.

john_paul_manahan
07-16-2008, 01:58 PM
pwede naman pag-sabayin e.

specialty ni kaman offense at si camby defense.

erichubert
07-16-2008, 02:18 PM
Denver will also get a 10 million dollar trade exception from this deal, so they have added money to either match the expected offers for JR Smith or get a free agent of their own maybe Okafor or Josh Smith. I think they would stay put though, obviously they are trying to cut down on their salaries and rebuild again with younger guys.

joelex
07-16-2008, 02:26 PM
Denver badly need defensive players all around. A.I. has lost a step, Melo will never be known for his D, and with this I dont think they really need to match any offer for another all offense player JR Smith.

So far, the AI-melo combo hasnt turned out to be a nightmare for other teams.

erichubert
07-16-2008, 02:35 PM
They need a new coach, George Karl can't lead this team past the first round and his history of losing big games is being continued by this Nuggets team. I suggest Jeff Van Gundy, he would give them the defensive mindset they need to advance out in the West.

MonL
07-16-2008, 05:12 PM
Clippers Acquire Marcus Camby

The Los Angeles Clippers today acquired forward Marcus Camby from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a future second round draft pick.

http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/camby_080715.html

Will Karl and co. rebuild totally?


USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!


Flashback to the 70s: The rival Amercan Basketball Association folded up, and its players were distributed to NBA teams via the ABA Dispersal Draft. Portland got a young center from the Utah Stars. They traded that player later to the Houston Rockets.

Then Blazer center Bill Walton asked coach Jack Ramsay "What did we get for him?" Ramsay said "We got a first round pick."
Walton growled, "You didn't trade him away, you gave him away."

The player was Moses Malone.* :P

KingRedLion
07-16-2008, 05:43 PM
and my Kings can't catch a break....the Clips are signing big names left & right and easily improving in the Wild West and we're stuck with Ron Ron "Bill" Artest! & the only ones interested & quite brave enough are the Lakers -- though they currently and reportedly refuse to have back Kenny Thomas' garbage contract....well i'm sure no GM wants it as well if not for whatever benefit they think they'd get out of crazy Bill Artest.

In Petrie We Trust.

Go Kings!

coreytaylor
07-16-2008, 06:08 PM
Parang babagal dyan ang Clippers if you have both Kaman and Camby in the starting frontline. Both play center as their natural position. Ang nakikita ko dito is the Clippers may trade one of them to get another player.


ron artest? ::)

Mateen Cleaves
07-17-2008, 06:22 AM
James Posey to the Hornets. :)

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3492206

joelex
07-17-2008, 07:25 AM
it may "only" be James Posey, but Boston seems to have weakened considerably just by losing him.

The_Big_Cat
07-17-2008, 08:42 AM
James Posey to the Hornets.* :)


Good for the Hornets as Posey's presence will add a defensive spunk to the team.

Danny Ainge will now have to find a suitable replacement for Posey.
Or he may stick it out with the young Tony Allen.

john_paul_manahan
07-17-2008, 10:50 AM
one hopes tony allen can ably replace him.

posey can really help toughen a solid nawlins team.

erichubert
07-17-2008, 10:55 AM
It is a good move by the Hornets although they really had to overpay to get him, for all his strengths Posey is 31 and his game would decline through out the span of this 4 year deal. But for next season at least, the Hornets get a good veteran defensive role player for their championship run. Boston did good in not matching the offer, Tony Allen can replace Posey's defense and I think they can find other solid veteran help eventually to help out too.

cub
07-17-2008, 11:57 AM
i think im the only person who sees the Posey deal a BAD DEAL. for James Posey, it's good. pretty good. but for the Hornets, its a bad deal. why? because Posey is not getting any younger. he's already 31. and by the end of his contract, he'll be 35. :o IMO, he can't duplicate his performance when he's still a Celtic. and $25M in 4years? he's overpaid.

Raging Blue
07-17-2008, 12:26 PM
James Posey did what he had to do, get the best possible deal. The Celtics did what they had to do, maintain a flexible or manageable salary cap level. I guess the parting of ways between the two parties is amicable and that both would move on.

Again, thanks JP41 for your contribution in bringing the 17th banner back to Boston.

cub
07-17-2008, 09:00 PM
Lue Signs With Bucks
http://basketball.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/53623/20080716/lue_signs_with_bucks/

bad news for the Phoenix Suns. :(

mighty_lion
07-17-2008, 09:44 PM
^ Good news pa nga yata yan pareng cub. Lue is a good shooter but has never been a good point guard per se in his NBA career. I doubt if he is answer to Nash's back-up role. The ideal back-up player is not exactly the one who plays like Nash but someone someone who provides the game that Nash cant. Someone who offer excellent defense and skill on driving strong to the hoops. Id rather have Strawberry over Lue.

DJ Strawberry is doing good in the ongoing summer league. Sana mag-improve pa lalo.

dark_seid
07-18-2008, 08:36 AM
i think im the only person who sees the Posey deal a BAD DEAL. for James Posey, it's good. pretty good. but for the Hornets, its a bad deal. why? because Posey is not getting any younger. he's already 31. and by the end of his contract, he'll be 35. :o IMO, he can't duplicate his performance when he's still a Celtic. and $25M in 4years? he's overpaid.


same opinion here. at least we will now see how good cp3 really is.

john_paul_manahan
07-18-2008, 09:47 AM
Lue Signs With Bucks
http://basketball.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/53623/20080716/lue_signs_with_bucks/

bad news for the Phoenix Suns. :(


what does this mean to the mo williams-ramon sessions combo?

coreytaylor
07-18-2008, 12:27 PM
O’Bryant works out for first time as a Celtic
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AmK.lPZWQz7P7_8NUQ_CAmm8vLYF?slug=ap-celtics-obryant&prov=ap&type=lgns

^im excited about this guy. on how he can contribute in boston. a very good pick-up by danny ainge.

Bucks sign G Tyronn Lue, F Malik Allen
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AkVxs481zU1Xz4QjfW530Ty8vLYF?slug=ap-bucks-moves&prov=ap&type=lgns

Clippers sign Azubuike to offer sheet
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AmeSDRQb09BkUi4OtkWj442LvLYF?slug=ap-clippers-azubuike&prov=ap&type=lgns

^looks like the clippers really want to solidify their line-up.

cub
07-18-2008, 12:46 PM
Lue Signs With Bucks
http://basketball.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/53623/20080716/lue_signs_with_bucks/

bad news for the Phoenix Suns. :(


what does this mean to the mo williams-ramon sessions combo?


one will have to go. maybe Mo Williams.

coreytaylor
07-18-2008, 12:48 PM
^ haha. maybe he will be traded to the suns... ;D

john_paul_manahan
07-18-2008, 01:39 PM
hmmm... kelenna is probably the backup swing we are looking for....

pwede na rin. :)

onga pala... here's another link in the NY Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/sports/basketball/17arenas.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

you can thank truehoop for this one.

coreytaylor
07-19-2008, 01:50 PM
Lakers decide to let Ronny Turiaf leave
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AltR7QVwE5Z58EXuC.cXX9a8vLYF?slug=ap-lakers-turiaf&prov=ap&type=lgns

The_Big_Cat
07-19-2008, 03:26 PM
one will have to go. maybe Mo Williams.

I thought the Bucks organization loves Mo Williams that they matched the offer made by the Heat 2 years ago to retain him in Milwaukee.

The Bucks don't want to rebuild now. They want to win now.

cub
07-19-2008, 07:09 PM
one will have to go. maybe Mo Williams.

I thought the Bucks organization loves Mo Williams that they matched the offer made by the Heat 2 years ago to retain him in Milwaukee.

The Bucks don't want to rebuild now. They want to win now.


before the trade deadline last season, Mo and Redd's names are involved in trade rumors so i guess Mo will be the one to go after a brilliant season from Sessions who had 20+ assist in a single game and the recent signing of Lue.

cub
07-19-2008, 09:10 PM
NJ Nets agree to sign-and-trade for Keyon Dooling
http://www.nj.com/nets/index.ssf/2008/07/nj_nets_agree_to_signandtrade.html

The_Big_Cat
07-22-2008, 01:41 PM
Camby still upset about the way Nuggets traded him
07/22/2008 | 09:51 AM
gmanews.tv

LOS ANGELES – Six days later, and Marcus Camby still can’t believe what went down.

It does seem a bit difficult to fathom.

The Los Angeles Clippers acquired Camby, the NBA’s leading shot-blocker the past three seasons, from the Denver Nuggets last Tuesday for the option to exchange second-round picks with the Clippers in 2010.

And that’s all.

“When I heard of the trade, I said, ‘Who did Denver get in return?’" Camby said Monday at an introductory news conference.

The answer was nobody, although the Nuggets are relieved of Camby’s $10-million salary-cap figure. Trading second-round picks certainly won’t be a major development, no matter where the teams might be choosing.

“Yes," Camby answered quickly when asked if the Nuggets gave him away.

The 12-year NBA veteran was just beginning.

“I understand this is a business," he said. “No one said a word [about the trade], I found out from my agent."

Camby had been in Las Vegas working out with several of his former teammates and was informed of the trade shortly thereafter, upon returning to his Houston home.

“I thought the way [the Nuggets] went about it was classless," he said. “I thought it could have gone down a whole lot better. I’ll get over it once training camp begins when I’m around the guys. You never forget. I’m definitely looking forward to those couple games we play against Denver.

“Denver was a place my family and I really loved. It was kind of shocking. I felt I did everything possible for that team."

And, he added, in the community as well.

Camby, a six-foot-11, 235-pounder, averaged 9.1 points, 13.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.61 blocked shots last season, his sixth with the Nuggets. He joined Dikembe Mutombo as the only player to lead the NBA in blocked shots for three straight seasons, and his four blocked shot titles are tied with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mark Eaton for the most in league history.

Camby, under contract for two more years, said the only calls he’s received from people connected with the Nuggets have been from the trainer, strength coach and several former teammates including Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson and Kenyon Martin.

“They’re sad to see me go," he said. “These guys were like brothers to me. It’s kind of sad the way things ended up. I wish those guys a lot of individual success. Losing a great defender, they’ll probably give up more points next year. That’s something they’ll have to deal with."

The Nuggets have been eliminated from the playoffs in the first round in each of the past five years. Camby said being traded the way he was left him feeling like a scapegoat. He was the NBA defensive player of the year in the 2006-07 season and finished second behind Boston’s Kevin Garnett in the voting this season.

The 33-year-old Camby was the second big-name player to join the Clippers this month. Baron Davis left Golden State to sign a five-year, $65 million contract with his hometown team. The Clippers also signed restricted free agent Kelenna Azubuike to a three-year, $9 million offer sheet late last week.

With Elton Brand and Corey Maggette leaving as free agents, the Clippers will have a completely different look next season. Hit hard by injuries, they went 23-59 this season, two years after falling one victory shy of reaching the Western Conference finals.

“I’m excited being here," Camby said. “We all know we have a lot of work to do. I think being here is a blessing in disguise. The pieces are in place here. Denver let it be known they didn’t want me. I always want to be in a place where I’m wanted. I’m definitely feeling the love today.

“I have nothing against the Clippers. I think they have great talent. I think last year was a fluke year, with all the injuries. It’s a new beginning for me. I’m real eager to embark on this challenge."

Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy envisions a starting lineup of Camby, Chris Kaman and Al Thornton up front with Davis and Cuttino Mobley in the backcourt.

“That gives us scoring, size, post-up defense, rebounding, everything you could hope for," Dunleavy said. “We have a definite core and probably nine-man rotation right now that I think is a very good one.

Among the projected reserves are Azubuike, if the Warriors don’t match the offer sheet; Tim Thomas; Brevin Knight, and first-round draft pick Eric Gordon.

Dunleavy said once Brand decided to leave and the Clippers began looking at the options they might have, he targeted Camby.

“He was the first and foremost guy I wanted to get. I didn’t think it would be possible," the coach said. “It happened quickly, it was just really great for us. I have a bad knee, but I jumped pretty high when I heard that news. I think he’s just a great fit for our team. He’s one of the best passing big men in the league, he’s just so smart.

“Who cares about the other side of the deal. We got the right side of it."

Camby and Kaman have both been listed as centers during their respective careers.

“We’ll put the guys in interchangeable positions," Dunleavy said.

“Chris can play [center] when we play Phoenix," Camby said with a smile, drawing laughter from the assembled gathering. The Suns’ center is Shaquille O’Neal. – AP

john_paul_manahan
07-22-2008, 01:47 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Apw79AEVSJBVoOAC717iejm8vLYF?slug=aw-childressgreece072108&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

this might send shockwaves....

here is from espn: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3499786

CM_Punk
07-22-2008, 10:54 PM
The Oklahoma City Thunder. Not exactly the most creative new nickname they could have come up with, but all the good ones were already taken. Still rather unfortunate for Seattle that their NBA team left them, though.

CM_Punk
07-23-2008, 10:34 AM
Marcus Williams has been traded by New Jersey to the Golden State Warriors for a lottery protected 1st round pick. Monta Ellis is expected to inherit the starting PG role, but Williams provides them with a decent backup, as long as he stays healthy. I've always liked Marcus and the rest of his UConn Huskies teammates from 2006, and hope that he does better in California after an underwhelming start to his NBA career with the Nets.

tigerman
07-23-2008, 11:10 AM
I also like Marcus' game. Too bad the NJ system was not fit with his style. I think he can unleash his true potential in a run and gun team like GS.

Now with only Dooling as the back-up for Harris, its time for Thorn and Kiki to find a 3rd-string pg.




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

john_paul_manahan
07-23-2008, 11:41 AM
Marcus Williams has been traded by New Jersey to the Golden State Warriors for a lottery protected 1st round pick. Monta Ellis is expected to inherit the starting PG role, but Williams provides them with a decent backup, as long as he stays healthy. I've always liked Marcus and the rest of his UConn Huskies teammates from 2006, and hope that he does better in California after an underwhelming start to his NBA career with the Nets.


and pwedeng pang pa-sabayin. you'll never know with nellieball...

john_paul_manahan
07-24-2008, 10:56 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3501488

ayan, one josh bolted. will the other do the same?

mighty_lion
07-24-2008, 01:47 PM
Clippers, Warriors and now, the Hawks is are the promising teams right after 07-08 season ended. Napaka-ironic naman ng nangyari sa kanila.

NBA. Where it happens.

Semenelin
07-24-2008, 04:10 PM
Clippers send Knight to Jazz, get reunited with Hart (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3502505)

coreytaylor
07-25-2008, 12:43 PM
Warriors re-seign Ellis to multiyear deal
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Asycq80OBakoYp8VRMLqUrG8vLYF?slug=ap-warriors-ellis&prov=ap&type=lgns

Warriors match Clippers’ offer to Azubuike
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Asbjn.QGoVG3PaSuZ3qnzIaLvLYF?slug=ap-warriors-azubuike&prov=ap&type=lgns

corpus christi
07-25-2008, 12:51 PM
it's a good thing they(Golden State) got monta back.. cuz if not, they'd be in big trouble..

coreytaylor
07-25-2008, 12:54 PM
^ oh really? ;D joke lang my friend ahehehe! good thing they signed monta back.

The_Big_Cat
07-25-2008, 12:55 PM
it's a good thing they(Golden State) got monta back.. cuz if not, they'd be in big trouble..

Welcome to gameface.
Ellis will now take the driver's seat for the Warriors.

john_paul_manahan
07-25-2008, 01:00 PM
that's some crowded backcourt right there.

corpus christi
07-26-2008, 10:16 AM
it's a good thing they(Golden State) got monta back.. cuz if not, they'd be in big trouble..

Welcome to gameface.
Ellis will now take the driver's seat for the Warriors.

thanks..
and how could monta refuse the warrior's offer.. its a BIG $66 million!

coreytaylor
07-26-2008, 12:02 PM
Lakers agree to terms with G Sasha Vujacic
Lakers restricted free agent guard Sasha Vujacic has agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract.
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=An7XtxR1.ftxGbq.FjVB3C.LvLYF?slug=ap-lakers-vujacic&prov=ap&type=lgns

coreytaylor
07-26-2008, 12:29 PM
Hawks fill Childress' void by signing Evans
Veteran swingman signs multi-year deal, could slide into sixth-man role
http://www.ajc.com/hawks/content/sports/hawks/stories/2008/07/25/hawks_childress_evans.html

dark_seid
07-27-2008, 03:07 PM
what's wrong with the hawks?

there's rumors of josh smith being signed-and-traded.

it was supposed to be a good sign when joe johnson was convinced to take the money over remaining with the high-scoring suns. then the 2008 playoffs had them extending the eventual champion to seven games.

now really, what's going on with them hawks?

john_paul_manahan
07-27-2008, 07:34 PM
hmmm... let's start with the dysfunctional ownership.

aircanda
07-28-2008, 10:25 PM
Biedrins stays with the Warriors..

King_stag
07-29-2008, 12:24 PM
Pistons will Sign the annual disapointment of the league for 8 mil. ;D
Hopefuly Joe D. can revive his career (fingers crossed)

Mateen Cleaves
07-29-2008, 01:09 PM
They've had good success with players that other teams have given up on. Billups, Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Corliss Williamson. Hopefully, their record continues with this signing. If Kwame can't turn his career around in an atmosphere like Detroit's, he won't be able to turn it around anywhere. He'll have mentors on the court (Rasheed, if he stays) and on the bench (Dave Cowens), plus he won't have to carry the burden of being a franchise player at all.

BTW, it's 8 mill for 2 years. Not a lot of money by today's standards.

Semenelin
07-29-2008, 01:37 PM
Pistons will Sign the annual disapointment of the league for 8 mil. ;D
Hopefuly Joe D. can revive his career (fingers crossed)

and now, Detroit becomes the best team in the east with this signing. hehehehe. lol. ;D

stonecold316
07-29-2008, 01:38 PM
Veteran swingman Ricky Davis signs with Clippers
07/29/2008 | 08:41 AM
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LOS ANGELES - The Clippers continued their offseason makeover Monday, signing veteran swingman Ricky Davis to a multiyear contract. Terms were not announced.

Davis, an unrestricted free agent who turns 29 in September, averaged 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists while playing in all 82 games for the Miami Heat last season. He shot 43.3 percent from the floor, 40.5 percent on 3-pointers and 78.7 percent from the foul line.

"With his ability to score and shoot from the outside, it's really going to open up the floor for us, particularly our low-post players," Los Angeles general manager Elgin Baylor said. "He can score from outside, he can score from inside. He's versatile; he can play (shooting guard), he can play (small forward).

"He's been terrific coming off the bench, instant offense. That's up to the coach (Mike Dunleavy) to decide, how he's going to use him. Most likely, he'll come off the bench. That's been his strength."

The 6-foot-7 Davis has averaged 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 31.1 minutes in his career. He was chosen with the 21st overall pick of the 1998 draft by the Charlotte Hornets after one year at Iowa, where he averaged 15.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

Davis had his best season with the Cleveland Cavaliers five years ago, averaging 20.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 79 games.

Earlier this month, the Clippers added two starters, signing point guard Baron Davis to a five-year, $65 million contract and acquiring forward-center Marcus Camby in a trade from the Denver Nuggets. Al Thornton, Chris Kaman and Cuttino Mobley figure to be the other starters next season, with Davis playing a key role off the bench.

Among the projected reserves besides Davis are Tim Thomas, Jason Hart and first-round draft pick Eric Gordon. The Clippers acquired Hart from Utah last month for Brevin Knight in a swap of backup point guards.

Unrestricted free agents Elton Brand and Corey Maggette left the Clippers. Brand signed with Philadelphia, and Maggette went to Golden State. - AP

stonecold316
07-29-2008, 01:41 PM
Pistons agree to deal with former No. 1 pick Brown
07/29/2008 | 12:52 PM
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DETROIT – Kwame Brown and the Detroit Pistons agreed to terms on a deal potentially worth $8 million over two seasons, team president of basketball operations Joe Dumars told The Associated Press on Monday.

Brown, the No. 1 pick overall in 2001, will make $4 million next season. If Brown exercises an option for the 2009-10 season, he will play in Detroit for another $4 million. If Brown doesn’t take the option, he becomes a free agent again next summer and the Pistons won’t owe him anything.

He has averaged just 7.5 points and 5.7 rebounds over his career that started with the Washington Wizards and continued with the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.

The 6-foot-11, 270-pound center had the best season of his NBA career with the Wizards four years ago, when he averaged 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds.

Brown is coming off perhaps his biggest disappointment, scoring just 4.8 points a game — his lowest average since his rookie year — with the Lakers and Grizzlies. Brown was traded to Memphis in February as part of the Pau Gasol deal.

The Pistons won’t need Brown to live up to the billing of being the top pick in the draft, but they will count on him to add depth at center and power forward.

Detroit won the 2004 NBA title and has advanced to six straight Eastern Conference finals thanks to players other teams didn’t want such as Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and Antonio McDyess.

It will be quite a feat if Brown joins the list.

Brown’s relatively inexpensive and short-term deal seems to be a low-risk gamble worth taking for a team that traded another underperforming center, Nazr Mohammed, to the Charlotte Bobcats for two players with expiring contracts last season. Mohammed, who averaged just 3.3 points and 3.5 rebounds last season for the Pistons, is due to make about $25 million through the 2010-11 season.

It’s unclear who Brown will play with next season because Dumars put every player on the trading block, other than second-year pro Rodney Stuckey, when he fired coach Flip Saunders this offseason. He reiterated his hope to alter the look of the team when he hired coach Michael Curry. – AP

erichubert
07-29-2008, 02:34 PM
Despite the short term of Kwame's deal (2 years), it is a little too much for a player of his caliber. But hey, Desagana Diop got a 5 year 30 million deal, Kwame's deal sure seems like a bargain in comparison. But NBA teams should really start to think more carefully before giving out this kinds of deals, after a couple of years, I am sure most of them would regret giving out such huge amounts to one-dimensional players.