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coreytaylor
06-16-2009, 05:46 PM
Tapos na ang 2008-2009 Season! It's time for all the GMs to get their hands dirty!


To start of, here's one of the talked about trade rumors surrounding the NBA involving Shaq going to Cleveland:

Suns won't trade Shaq just to save cash
By Chris Broussard

While the Shaquille O'Neal-to-Cleveland Cavaliers trade talk created lots of buzz over the weekend, there is an obstacle standing in the way of a future Shaq-LeBron pairing: The Phoenix Suns are not going to give O'Neal away merely to save money.

The Suns, who could save roughly $10 million by sending O'Neal to Cleveland for Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic, also want to gain basketball value in any trade involving O'Neal, according to league sources with knowledge of the team's thinking.

With Wallace considering retirement and Pavlovic averaging fewer than six points over his six-year career, Cleveland would likely have to strengthen its offer to get O'Neal.

The Suns reportedly had interest in Delonte West when the clubs discussed possible deals at the February trade deadline, but the Cavaliers greatly value West and would be hard-pressed to part with him. As it stands, the teams have had only preliminary discussions and will continue to speak in the days and weeks ahead.

Phoenix has also fielded calls from other teams that have inquired about O'Neal, including the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers and New York Knicks. While getting talent in return is a priority, the Suns' desire for financial relief is real, which means they will likely trade O'Neal and his $20 million contract this offseason.

O'Neal is open to being traded and Cleveland is his preferred destination, according to a league source with knowledge of his thinking. LeBron James is also excited about the possibility of playing with Shaq, according to people close to the situation.

While O'Neal hopes to end up in Cleveland, the 37-year-old future Hall of Famer also hopes to get a two-year contract extension, according to the league source. That being the case, he would like to get assurances that James, who can become a free agent after next season, will remain in Cleveland for at least the next three years. O'Neal is hardly in position to make such demands, and neither James nor the Cavs are likely to make him any promises. The Cavaliers could be in position to have a significant amount of cap space to pursue free agents such as Chris Bosh in 2010 and they are not going to give that up for O'Neal.

The source said O'Neal's desire for long-term security would not be a deal-breaker.

Meanwhile, interest elsewhere in O'Neal remains fairly high.

Dallas could send the Suns Jerry Stackhouse and Erick Dampier, but the Suns have little interest in the Mavericks' plodding center, especially since he has two years and more than $23 million left on his contract.

The Hornets could perhaps offer more talent than anyone else by giving up either Tyson Chandler or Peja Stojakovic, but both players also have two years at big money left on their deals (roughly $24 million for Chandler and $30 million for Stojakovic).

The Knicks are trying to pawn their troubled center Eddy Curry off on the Suns but are getting nowhere.

While the Shaq-to-Cleveland deal is not imminent, it does have a legitimate chance of coming to fruition.

"It's plausible, it's possible," said a league executive. "But there's nothing happening right now."

coreytaylor
06-16-2009, 05:53 PM
Agent: Turkoglu to enter free agency
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4260167

ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler says that if the Magic are going to contend for championships in the years to come they have to find a way to re-sign Hedo Turkoglu and Dwight Howard needs to evolve as an offensive player.

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Orlando Magic sharpshooter Hedo Turkoglu's next shot will be at free agency.

Lon Babby, the agent for Turkoglu, told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that his client will opt out of his contract and become a free agent in two weeks.

"It would make sense for him to opt out," Babby told the newspaper by phone. "I can't imagine a scenario in which he would not."

June 30 is the first day players can declare for free agency. In Turkoglu's case, it wouldn't matter if the Magic choose to re-sign the 6-foot-10 forward.

Turkoglu will be entering the final year of a $36 million, six-year contract. He is scheduled to make $7.3 million next season under terms of that deal.


Sheridan: Headed elsewhere?

Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu has many free-agency options, writes Chris Sheridan. Story

Babby told the Sentinel he intends to discuss the situation in the coming days with general manager Otis Smith. The Magic are just beginning to put their NBA Finals loss to the Lakers -- Los Angeles finished the series Sunday night in five games with a 99-86 victory -- behind them.

"I think Hedo distinguished himself in this playoff run," the agent said. "He's in a different spot than he was before the playoffs began. He's a rare player, a unique player who helped take a team to the Finals. He's grateful for the opportunity he has been given. He's enjoyed his time in Orlando. It's a solid organization, a team on the rise.

"Hedo will weigh his options."

mighty_lion
06-16-2009, 06:41 PM
One of Shaq or Amare will bid goodbye to Suns franchise. The sad thing about it is it will be done to save cash. :'(

coreytaylor
06-17-2009, 09:28 AM
Magic willing to pay luxury tax to keep Turkoglu
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/06/16/magic.turkoglu.ap/index.html

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Hedo Turkoglu emptied his locker, shook hands with teammates and walked out of the Orlando Magic's practice facility on Tuesday. The Magic are optimistic it wasn't the last time.

Chief operating officer Alex Martins said the team was prepared to go over the luxury tax for the first time in its history, perhaps giving the Magic the space they need to re-sign the soon-to-be free agent Turkoglu and remain a contender to return to the NBA Finals.

"The luxury tax won't be a hindrance," Martins said.

Turkoglu, Orlando's starting forward and a key component to its Eastern Conference title, reiterated Tuesday that he's planning to opt out of the last year of his contract to become a free agent on July 1. The Turk would make about $7.3 million next season in the final year of a $36 million, six-year deal.

"Opting out doesn't mean I'm going to leave," he said. "I'm looking for the best opportunity for myself and my family. I hope everything will work out for both sides and I stay here because I became Turkoglu here. It's a good time for me to make a decision, and hopefully everything will work out and I'll be in a Magic jersey."

Backup Polish center Marcin Gortat will be looking for a pay raise. He will be a restricted free agent and likely get a contract worth well more than the $770,00 he made this season, making it difficult for Orlando to retain him and Turkoglu.

Magic general manager Otis Smith said he's prepared to let Turkoglu and Gortat explore the free-agent market before making an offer.

"You're not going to buy a house without appraising it first," Smith said. "Appraise it."

The Magic have made no secret that re-signing Turkoglu is their biggest goal this offseason.

The 6-foot-10 forward from Turkey provides all kinds of matchup problems for opponents. His rare combination of size and ballhandling skills have made him the player the Magic run their offense through when it counts the most.

But it will be difficult to re-sign him because Orlando is hampered with big contracts to its All-Star core of Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis, who will be entering the third year of his $118 million, six-year deal.

But Martins said the team's recent success has given the franchise some wiggle room.

He said the Magic have sold about 4,000 extra season-ticket plans during the Playoffs for next year, putting them at about 11,000. Their new arena, the Orlando Events Center, is scheduled to open for the start of the 2010 season and increase revenue -- which is the primary reason they can go into the luxury tax if necessary.

Turkoglu couldn't say for sure whether he'll stay.

The 30-year-old forward averaged 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists this season. Those were slightly down from a year ago, when he was voted the NBA's most improved player.

Turkoglu has spent the last five seasons in Orlando after four with the Sacramento Kings. He said he would consider taking less money to stay with the team he loves.

"Depends on how much less it is," he said. "Look, I have good stuff going on here. I'm not stupid."

Mateen Cleaves
06-24-2009, 06:15 AM
by Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo!Sports (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Ajez9fMpWeTV03qTrZvbrkS8vLYF?slug=aw-jeffersontrade062309&prov=yhoo&type=lgns)

The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to acquire Richard Jefferson from the Milwaukee Bucks, league executives told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday. The deal, first reported by Yahoo! Sports, has the Spurs sending veterans Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto to the Bucks, who are looking to shed the remaining two years, $29.2 million on Jefferson’s contract for the Spurs’ expiring contracts. The contracts of Bowen and Oberto are only partially guaranteed for a total of $3.9 million for next season.

BLUE HORSE
06-24-2009, 06:40 AM
Great move by the Spurs. If Milwaukee buys out the contract of Oberto and Bowen, will Bowen resign with the Spurs for the league minimum contract and a chance to win another championship. Oberto is said to be headed to Europe where he can command the same salary as the NBA.

There will be other trades in the works. If the Chicago Bulls can move up to the lottery, expect them to draft a big scoring guard. This will allow the team to trade Hinrich for more future draft choices or give up signing Ben Gordon altogether.

Will the Knicks have the chance to draft Rubio or Curry or will they have to trade up for the opportunity to draft either player?

coreytaylor
06-24-2009, 04:52 PM
Wizards send No. 5 pick to Wolves for Foye, Miller
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/06/23/wizards.wolves.ap/index.html

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are set to have one busy draft day.

The Timberwolves agreed to trade guards Randy Foye and Mike Miller to the Washington Wizards for the fifth overall draft pick and three players, leaving Minnesota with four first-round choices and plenty of ammunition to do even more wheeling and dealing.

Two NBA officials with knowledge of the deal confirmed that the trade had been agreed upon Tuesday night. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed.

The deal would give Minnesota the fifth and sixth overall selections in Thursday's NBA draft, as well as forwards Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov.

New Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn declined comment through a team spokesman on Tuesday night, perhaps because he may not be finished trading.

The Timberwolves also have the 18th and 28th selections in the first round, giving them the resources to potentially trade up even higher and go after either Spanish guard Ricky Rubio or Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet.

Speaking after a prospect workout Tuesday morning before the deal had been reported, Kahn praised the 7-foot-3 Thabeet, who could give the team a sorely needed defensive presence next to Al Jefferson and Kevin Love up front.

"You could say that would complete our front line if we had somebody of that size and rim-protecting capability," Kahn said. "You could actually make an argument, and I'm not making that for me right now, but somebody could make that argument, that he would be the perfect fit."

Smoke screen? Difficult to say, given the Timberwolves have been searching for a formidable presence practically since they entered the league in 1989. Thabeet averaged 13.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.2 blocks and was co-Big East player of the year.

The Wizards, unlike most lottery teams, feel they can afford to deal a high first-round draft pick because they're already adding a major impact player next season. Gilbert Arenas is expected to return at full strength after missing most of the last two seasons due to multiple knee surgeries, putting Washington in contention to return to the playoffs immediately despite coming off a 19-63 season that matched the worst 82-game record in franchise history.

The Wizards also have a plentiful supply of youngsters who are supposedly up-and-coming -- Nick Young, JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche, Dominic McGuire -- and are in need of more veteran poise in the locker room rather than another developing rookie.

Plus the deal with the Timberwolves gives them a veteran shooter in Miller and a young combo guard in Foye, who may benefit from a change of scenery.

Foye has been dogged by comparisons to Portland star Brandon Roy ever since the two were swapped on draft night in 2006. Roy developed into an All-Star and one of the best young players in the game. Foye has been solid, but not spectacular, and missed most of his second season with a knee injury.

He picked up some of the scoring load when Al Jefferson went down with a knee injury in February. Foye averaged 16.3 points and 4.3 assists, but the Wolves had difficulty deciding whether to play him at point guard or shooting guard, and fans never let him forget he's been out-performed by Roy.

Miller came to Minnesota from Memphis nearly one year ago in a package that included Kevin Love in exchange for O.J. Mayo and a handful of retreads.

Viewed as one of the best perimeter shooters in the game, Miller played a far more passive game in his only season with the Wolves. He averaged a career-low 9.9 points per game.

Thomas has an opt-out clause in his contract that would allow him to become a free agent on July 1. He averaged 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in just 26 games last season for the Wizards.

Songaila averaged 7.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 77 games last season.

coreytaylor
06-24-2009, 04:57 PM
^^ I think this trade is a win-win situation for both sides.

Mateen Cleaves
06-24-2009, 07:08 PM
Great move by the Spurs. If Milwaukee buys out the contract of Oberto and Bowen, will Bowen resign with the Spurs for the league minimum contract and a chance to win another championship. Oberto is said to be headed to Europe where he can command the same salary as the NBA.


It's now a three-way deal. Bucks will get Amir Johnson from the Pistons. Oberto is nominally"going" to Detroit, who are expected to waive him and get another million or so in cap space.

tigerman
06-24-2009, 09:53 PM
The good thing about the RJ trade? Mason and Hill were not included.


USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

mighty_lion
06-25-2009, 12:03 PM
Someone please route a memo to NBA GMs not to donate players to the Spurs. :-X

- from a bitter Suns fan- :D

clutchjedi
06-25-2009, 01:24 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=ApqrzlNvbnLMzxZmAn8W18W8vLYF?slug=aw-shaq062409&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Cavs will send Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, and the 46th pick in Thursday’s draft and cash to the Suns for O’Neal. :D

razor
06-25-2009, 01:37 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=ApqrzlNvbnLMzxZmAn8W18W8vLYF?slug=aw-shaq062409&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Cavs will send Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, and the 46th pick in Thursday’s draft and cash to the Suns for O’Neal. :D





The Most Dominant Ever is now a Certified Journeyman.

nash_bedista
06-25-2009, 01:58 PM
^^ ala rober horry ;D

MonL
06-25-2009, 02:21 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=ApqrzlNvbnLMzxZmAn8W18W8vLYF?slug=aw-shaq062409&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Cavs will send Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, and the 46th pick in Thursday’s draft and cash to the Suns for O’Neal. :D





The Most Dominant Ever is now a Certified Journeyman.


A Certified very expensive Journeyman, too.

mighty_lion
06-25-2009, 03:01 PM
Sasha Palvovic's contract is partially guaranteed for season 2009-2010. If Suns will pick up the option Palvovic will cost 4.75 million. If they decide to waive Palvovic, they will just pay him 1.5 million.

Ben Wallace is due $14 million next season but talk is out Wallace has discussed retirement with his family. If Ben Wallace retires this is an automatic $14 million savings.

This trade is all about $$$$$$$$ savings. Robert Sarver. Clap! Clap! Clap!

Shaq is due $21 million next year. As far as I remember Shaq's contract has a trade kicker so the receiving team will pay Shaq additional $1 million in his final year ($22 million in total). Shaq is the winner of this trade. He will earn additional $1 million and opportunity to play alongside Lebron.

clutchjedi
06-25-2009, 03:09 PM
^^ From east to west to east to west to east :D

Now that Shaq is back in the East, his "rivalry" with Dwight Howard becomes even more intense...especially if the Cavs and Magic meet in the playoffs again. We'll see whether Shaq can walk all the talk he's been doing :D

coreytaylor
06-25-2009, 07:37 PM
Source: Warriors deal Crawford to Hawks for Law, Claxton
By David Aldridge, TNT analyst
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/06/24/hawks.warriors/index.html

The Golden State Warriors dealt with their troubled backcourt situation Wednesday by agreeing to deal guard Jamal Crawford to the Atlanta Hawks for guards Acie Law and Speedy Claxton, according to a league source.

The move solidifies the Hawks at a position where Atlanta had a potential problem this coming offseason, with incumbent Mike Bibby entering free agency.

The Hawks were leery about being able to re-sign Bibby this summer, expecting him to get an offer in excess of $7 million per year-more than they're willing to pay. Bringing in Crawford alleviates that potential problem.

Crawford can give the Hawks consistent backcourt offense, which will ease pressure on Joe Johnson.

The trade was first reported by ESPN.

Crawford, acquired from the Knicks last season in the Al Harrington deal, quickly fell out of favor with Warriors Coach Don Nelson. By the end of the season, Nelson demanded that Crawford exercise his out clause in his contract and become a free agent, or expect to be traded.

Crawford didn't mind being traded, as long as it was to a winning team.

Law, the 12th pick overall in 2007, never broke into Mike Woodson's rotation in two seasons in Atlanta.

The Warriors are expected to waive Claxton, who has been slowed by injuries in recent years.

yungha
06-25-2009, 08:44 PM
^^ From east to west to east to west to east :D

Now that Shaq is back in the East, his "rivalry" with Dwight Howard becomes even more intense...especially if the Cavs and Magic meet in the playoffs again. We'll see whether Shaq can walk all the talk he's been doing :D


i also think shaq will be driven by kobe recently tying him with a 4th title. no way shaq will concede that kobe is as dominant or more dominant than he. let's admit it, shaq got complacent after winning the title in 2006. back then the lakers were in disarray and there seemed no way that kobe could win another title. now the diesel has the motivation to get himself into shape and in contention for another ring.

tigerman
06-26-2009, 12:04 AM
If the Shaq to Cleveland rumor becomes final, this would be the 2nd time in a span of 3 days that Rod Thorn declined to trade Vince Carter for cap space and scrubs. I read in realgm that San Antonio initially wanted VC but Thorn declined. Ferry was also interested but the deal didn't push through.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

john_paul_manahan
06-26-2009, 04:07 AM
speaking of VC:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4287197 (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4287197)

this is how to resolve the jameer quandary.

mighty_lion
06-26-2009, 07:46 AM
Amare will be a Warrior soon. This offseason is getting crazy.

mighty_lion
06-26-2009, 07:50 AM
Ladies and gentleman, your 2009-2010 Orlando Magic starters:

PG - Jamer Nelson
SG - Vince Carter
SF - Hedo Turkoglu
PF - Rashard Lewis
C - Dwight Howard

Wow. Assuming Magic resigns Hedo this offseason.

tigerman
06-26-2009, 09:27 AM
I think Otis Smith just wanted to make sure they still got a wingman who can score and create plays as well in case they don't retain Hedo. In short, backup plan yan. ;D

Thank God VC finally gets the chance not only to play with a bonafide superstar bigman but also to contend for a championship.

As for Rod Thorn, the guy has done it again. Alston and Battie have expiring contracts at the end of the 09-10 season while Lee can be a good addition to the youth brigade of NJ.




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

flsfnoeraekadad
06-26-2009, 10:38 AM
PG - Jamer Nelson

Hindi ba si Jamar Nelson 'to? ;D

coreytaylor
06-26-2009, 06:57 PM
Magic agree to acquire Nets’ Carter
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AtQnQeKi8PDvPT.Ys1r7b0C8vLYF?slug=aw-cartertrade062509&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

The New Jersey Nets have agreed in principle to send Vince Carter(notes) and Ryan Anderson to the Orlando Magic for Rafer Alston(notes), Tony Battie(notes) and Courtney Lee(notes), two league executives told Yahoo! Sports.

The Nets will draft Louisville shooting guard Terrence Williams at No. 11, if he’s still available.

The move frees the Nets of the three years and $52 million remaining on Carter’s contract. Only $4 million of his $18 million final season is guaranteed.

The trade comes one day after the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Shaquille O’Neal to help them better match up with the Magic and center Dwight Howard. The Cavs and San Antonio Spurs both engaged in trade talks with the Nets about Carter before moving on to their options. The Spurs ended up trading for Milwaukee Bucks forward Richard Jefferson.

Less than two weeks after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, the Magic have added another potentially dynamic scorer to their lineup. Carter, 32, averaged 20.8 points last season and has the 3-point range needed to space the floor for Howard.

Considering how much money the Magic have invested in Carter, it appears less likely they will also spend heavy to re-sign Hedo Turkoglu.

coreytaylor
06-26-2009, 07:25 PM
With Vinsanity's arrival, I doubt if Orlando can sign Hedu back.

duphaR007
06-26-2009, 10:28 PM
i think the move of magic in acquiring VC is for them to let go of hedo easily...hehehe

seemed like hedo doesnt want to stay with orlando anymore...

Mateen Cleaves
06-30-2009, 06:01 AM
The Bucks have decided not to give Charlie Villanueva a qualifying offer, which would now make him an unrestricted free agent. However, Milwaukee did submit a qualifying offer for Ramon Sessions.

Outlander
06-30-2009, 11:13 PM
The Bucks are on serious cost-cutting mode, and Charlie Villanueva was just too expensive for them. Milwaukee has a whole bunch of young (and cheaper) guys who can play the 3/4 spots- newly acquired Amir Johnson, Joe Alexander, and Luc Mbah a Moute.

Mateen Cleaves
07-01-2009, 06:45 AM
Boozer opts to stay in Utah this year. He'll become an unrestricted free agent in the 2010 Summer of Lebron.

mighty_lion
07-01-2009, 08:26 AM
Detroit fired Michael Curry. Okur will also stay with the Jazz for another year.

Mateen Cleaves
07-02-2009, 07:51 AM
ESPN reporting that Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva have signed with Detroit, which hopes to have a new coach in place by Tuesday. From the reported numbers, the Pistons might still have some 2-3 million in cap space to play with. perhaps to add to a trade package later in the summer. but now that the draft and these signings are done, the coach is now Dumars' top priority.

Outlander
07-02-2009, 09:56 AM
Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva are reunited in Detroit, after they both won an NCAA championship with the UConn Huskies in 2004.

nash_bedista
07-02-2009, 11:38 AM
^ ask ko lng din, Teammate din ba nila si Emeka Okafor
sa UConn Huskies that won NCAA title? thnx :)

Outlander
07-02-2009, 10:48 PM
Yes, Emeka Okafor was also on the 2004 UConn Huskies team that won the championship, and played with Gordon and Villanueva (who was only a freshman that year). Detroit made a big splash on the first day of free agency this year, as it looks like a lot of teams would rather save their money and cap space for the 2010 free agents.

arjay_g
07-02-2009, 11:14 PM
^ i really don't understand what Joe Dumars is doing. I thought all along he traded Chauncey for cap space for the 2010 free agent sweepstakes but then uses it up this year?

Getting Ben Gordon when they've already signed Rip Hamilton to a contract extension, doesn't make sense either (unless they're gonna trade Rip). Charlie Villanueva may be a nice signing except for the fact that he doesn't play defense which the Pistons are known for.

Mateen Cleaves
07-03-2009, 12:40 AM
^ i really don't understand what Joe Dumars is doing. I thought all along he traded Chauncey for cap space for the 2010 free agent sweepstakes but then uses it up this year?


Actually, in the few times that Dumars addressed the issue, he was fairly consistent about wanting to spend the money this year. Remember that he would have to fill up the roster spots of Iverson, Wallace, Amir Johnson, Fabio, and likely, McDyess. If he didn't spend the money this year, that would have been like throwing away the 2009 season already. Also, with the salary cap shrinking and teams cutting costs, this summer was a buyer's market for free agents. Gordon and Villanueva came at fairly reasonable prices considering their productivity last season. The two combined to average 36 pts, 10 rebs, 5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1 block per game. Plus 3-PT shooting percentages of 41 and 34.5, respectively. You can just imagine how much a package like that is going to cost in 2010 -- when there will be many more teams bidding up the prices.

tigerman
07-03-2009, 01:52 AM
Rumor has it that Portland is offering 50M for 5 years for Hedo. If this pushes through, I expect Pritchard to trade either Outlaw or Webster. Otherwise, there'd be a logjam at the "3" (Hedo, Outlaw, Batum and Webster).




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

coreytaylor
07-03-2009, 08:33 AM
Zach Randolph traded to Memphis. Who's next in line to be traded? Kaman?
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=rotowire-achandolphradedtoemp&prov=rotowire&type=fantasy

coreytaylor
07-03-2009, 08:35 AM
Clippers agree to deal Randolph to Grizzlies for Richardson
By David Aldridge
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/david_aldridge/07/01/randolph.richardson.trade/index.html

A week after the Los Angeles Clippers backed out of a proposed trade that would have sent forward Zach Randolph to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Clippers have changed their minds and will now agree to the deal, with newly acquired Memphis swingman Quentin Richardson going to the Clippers, TNT's David Aldridge reports. The deal can't officially be announced until next week.

The deal would clear a logjam for the Clippers' frontcourt. The team was determined to make room for its first-round pick, overall number one selection Blake Griffin, but playing time was split up between Randolph, center Chris Kaman and forward/center Marcus Camby. It was believed that Randolph, with his low-post skills, was the safest of the three, because halfcourt basketball is the preference of Coach Mike Dunleavy. But Kaman's contract, with an expensive trade kicker, may have made him more difficult to deal.

The trade probably wouldn't have been made if the Clippers hadn't won the Lottery, but they did, and Griffin's presence signals a likely change to a more up-tempo attack in Los Angeles next season.

The 27-year-old Randolph averaged 20.8 points and 10.8 rebounds last season, playing the first 11 games in New York and 39 in Los Angeles after being dealt by the Knicks in a package for Cuttino Mobley and forward Tim Thomas. It was the second straight season Randolph averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds.

It's a low-risk deal for Memphis, which hasn't had a legitimate low-post option since dealing Pau Gasol to the Lakers in that often-vilified deal in early 2008. But that deal brought forward Marc Gasol, Pau's brother and the team's starting center last season, and the other pieces in the deal ultimately led to the Grizzlies getting a draft pick in last week's draft that turned into Pittsburgh forward Sam Young. Young was one of three solid picks in last week's draft, along with center Hasheem Thabeet and forward DeMarre Carroll.

The deal also makes the Clippers yet another team that could be a player in the summer of 2010. With the final two years and $33.3 million of Randolph's deal off their books (Richardson has one year at $8.7 million left on his contract), Los Angeles will only have a little more than $36 million committed in team salaries, including Griffin's second-year salary of $4.4 million, for 2010.

The Grizzlies changed potential players in the deal to make it work. Last week, they had offered forward Marco Jaric for Randolph, but with two years and $14.7 million left on his deal, he wouldn't have given the Clippers with the potential to get involved in 2010 that Richardson's contract provides, and owner Donald Sterling nixed the deal.

Richardson, 29, has seen his production fall off in recent seasons. He averaged just 10.2 points in 72 games for New York last season. The Grizzlies traded center Darko Milicic to the Knicks last week for Richardson, but there was no place for him in Memphis with O.J. Mayo well set at the shooting guard spot and Rudy Gay the incumbent at small forward. So in essence, the Grizzlies were able to turn Milicic into Randolph.

Richardson spent his first four seasons with the Clippers after being drafted by them in 2000.

arjay_g
07-03-2009, 09:03 AM
Also, with the salary cap shrinking and teams cutting costs, this summer was a buyer's market for free agents. Gordon and Villanueva came at fairly reasonable prices considering their productivity last season. The two combined to average 36 pts, 10 rebs, 5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1 block per game. Plus 3-PT shooting percentages of 41 and 34.5, respectively.


I see. For me though, the signings still don't fit the Pistons' playing style. Gordon's signing would make sense if Rip was traded for a big man. I just don't see the two of them in the same team as both have the same to offer (offense and nothing more).

As for CV, yes he can score, but isn't that what they got Gordon for? He's not much of a rebounder too, something the Pistons would need if they lose Sheed and Dice to free agency. Why not pursue Gortat if they really needed a big? Or make offers to Lee or Millsap. Even if the offers to the latter 2 were matched by their teams (being restricted FAs), at least they tried.

Anyway, interesting to see what other moves Dumars will be making this preseason.

arjay_g
07-03-2009, 09:08 AM
now this is much more interesting ;D
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Lakers close to deal with Artest
The move would probably end the pursuit of forward Trevor Ariza.
By Mike Bresnahan
4:59 PM PDT, July 2, 2009


The Lakers are close to reaching an agreement with Houston Rockets forward Ron Artest, The Times has learned.

Artest has been meeting with Lakers executives throughout the day and is expected to agree to terms later this afternoon.

Artest will likely want the full mid-level exception from the Lakers, which will work out to five years and about $32 million. (The NBA will soon announce the actual cost of a mid-level contract for next season.)

Artest, who will be 30 in November, enjoys the Los Angeles lifestyle and was a presence in the courtside seats for some of the Lakers' games in the NBA Finals.

He is still a formidable defender and averaged 17.1 points last season, though he would have to take a pay cut from the $7.4 million he made last season because the Lakers don't have as much money at their disposal when it comes to other team's free agents.

The addition of Artest would basically end the Lakers' pursuit of Trevor Ariza, who met today with the Rockets.

Artest was also connected with other championship-caliber teams, including Cleveland and Orlando. He would have had to take mid-level money with both of them as well because the Cavaliers and Magic are over the salary cap.


source (http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lakers3-2009jul03,0,7602019.story)

arjay_g
07-03-2009, 11:00 AM
^ according to the update from the same site... the Lakers and the Rockets have essentially made a swap of forwards with Ron Artest agreeing to a bit of a paycut to play for Lakers while Ariza already committed to sign with Houston.

joelex
07-03-2009, 11:12 AM
I dont see any given advantage here for the defending champs. I'd rather give my MLE to Ariza who's only 24 and full of potential. Artest is only good when a team is missing a piece to contend for the title and is always a gamble given his history. He isnt exactly a "beast" defensively, as he doesnt have quick feet. He has one of the worst shot selection in the league and never known to promote team chemistry.

These guys are the defending champs and you bring in Artest. Its showtime indeed!

The Rockets may have lost Artest's scoring punch but I believe that in the aftermath of both moves they arent as worse off as it seems like. Just get the big man back.

tigerman
07-03-2009, 01:47 PM
^ I agree. Artest is no longer the lockdown perimeter defender that he used to be.

Meanwhile, Gortat is rumored to have given his verbal commitment with Dallas.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

stonecold316
07-03-2009, 02:29 PM
I believe that Artest will be a big boost to the Lakers especially in their bid to defend their NBA crown.
Yes, he is older than Ariza but he has the size and the experience to help the Lakers to another crown.
Besides, mukhang good friends naman sila ni Kobe so malabo magkaroon sila ng clash on and off the court.

Basta, masaya ako with his arrival. SHOWTIME na talaga ang Lakers.
:D :D :D

dark_seid
07-03-2009, 10:34 PM
with the nba in full no hand-checking in the perimeter, lakers will miss the length and speed of ariza on defense.
the length and speed of players like ariza allow them to cheat off speedy penetrating players and still bother the shots.
and remember, kobe and ron has already slipped defensively.
this now puts so much pressure on gasol and bynum to defend the rim.
will repeated benching due to foul trouble cause young bynum to sulk?

Outlander
07-04-2009, 07:59 AM
There are some online reports that Hedo Turkoglu has agreed to a new contract with Portland, then others claim that he has signed with Toronto. Until contracts can become official next week in the NBA, players can still change their mind on where to play for next season.

john_paul_manahan
07-04-2009, 10:11 AM
There are some online reports that Hedo Turkoglu has agreed to a new contract with Portland, then others claim that he has signed with Toronto. Until contracts can become official next week in the NBA, players can still change their mind on where to play for next season.


just as i saw this, hedo suddenly changes mind about portland. there is a reason for reneging on verbals. if carlos boozer could do it to a blind man, it can happen to anybody.

Outlander
07-04-2009, 04:53 PM
Turkoglu makes verbal commitment to Raptors

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst
Posted Jul 4 2009 12:55AM

An already crazy free agent period in the NBA got downright bizarre on Friday, with the supposed sure deal between Orlando free agent forward Hedo Turkoglu and the Portland Trail Blazers falling apart late in the afternoon, and the veteran, late Friday evening, making a verbal commitment to the Toronto Raptors on a five-year deal that will pay him in excess of $60 million, according to league sources.

Turkoglu's change of heart--he was in Portland Thursday and Friday, meeting with team officials along with his agent, Lon Babby--came after the Raptors decided to do what they had been reluctant to do until then--renounce their rights to several of their own free agents, including forward Shawn Marion and guards Anthony Parker and Carlos Delfino, in order to create the more than $10 million in cap room necessary to make a superior offer to Portland's.

A league source divulged late Friday that Portland's offer to Turkoglu was actually $57 million over five years, not the $50 million that has been reported. But by deciding to renounce their rights to the free agents, the Raptors can give Turkoglu a deal averaging more than $12 million annually. They only have a little more than $48 million committed for next season, including the first-year salary of rookie swingman DeMar DeRozan, taken ninth overall.

The final amount of the deal won't be known until the league officially sets the salary cap figure for the 2009-10 season. The cap is expected to drop from its current $58.7 million, though perhaps not as much as teams had initially feared. A source with knowledge of the auditing process currently underway between the league and the Players' Association that will determine next year's cap figure said this week that the cap make fall by less than $1 million.

Earlier Friday, ESPN.com reported that Turkoglu had reached verbal agreement on a deal with the Blazers, and numerous other media outlets reported the same thing within minutes. But a Portland team official cautioned TNT's David Aldridge later in the day that a deal was not yet done, and after several hours of discussions between the team, Turkoglu and Babby left the Blazers' facility. Within a couple of hours, Turkoglu had committed to Toronto.

In the end, Turkoglu, who spent the last two days in Portland, seemingly with every intention of agreeing to terms on a deal, simply changed his mind, deciding that he and his family would be more comfortable in Toronto, with its international makeup and large Turkish population. When the Blazers realized that Toronto had a superior offer on the table, they didn't try to change Turkoglu's mind, disappointed that Turkoglu didn't want to take a little less money in order to play with a better team.

Read complete article here-- http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/david_aldridge/07/03/hedo.deal/index.html

dark_seid
07-04-2009, 06:05 PM
There are some online reports that Hedo Turkoglu has agreed to a new contract with Portland, then others claim that he has signed with Toronto. Until contracts can become official next week in the NBA, players can still change their mind on where to play for next season.


just as i saw this, hedo suddenly changes mind about portland. there is a reason for reneging on verbals. if carlos boozer could do it to a blind man, it can happen to anybody.


boozer's case is just a totally different degree. the team declined to pick up the option on the contract of a 2nd-round pick in order to sign him to a longer term deal. then he jumps ship. hedo has every right because he is a free agent to shop around.

arjay_g
07-04-2009, 07:10 PM
Turkoglu makes verbal commitment to Raptors

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst
Posted Jul 4 2009 12:55AM

In the end, Turkoglu, who spent the last two days in Portland, seemingly with every intention of agreeing to terms on a deal, simply changed his mind, deciding that he and his family would be more comfortable in Toronto, with its international makeup and large Turkish population. When the Blazers realized that Toronto had a superior offer on the table, they didn't try to change Turkoglu's mind, disappointed that Turkoglu didn't want to take a little less money in order to play with a better team.

Read complete article here-- http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/david_aldridge/07/03/hedo.deal/index.html


Portland was dreaming if they really thought of this. If this was really Hedo's intention, then he would have obviously stuck with Orlando. It's all about the Benjamins, baby!

tigerman
07-04-2009, 09:30 PM
Hedo's wife has something to do with this change of heart. Now we know who's the real boss in the Turkuglu family.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

coreytaylor
07-05-2009, 05:47 PM
Reports: Turkoglu headed to Toronto Raptors
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Appj1v7sky8HF4.lRNuGJgG8vLYF?slug=ap-raptors-turkoglu&prov=ap&type=lgns

TORONTO (AP)—Free agent Hedo Turkoglu(notes) will join the Toronto Raptors after spurning the Portland Trail Blazers, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-10 forward helped Orlando to the NBA finals last season. On Friday, a person close to the Blazers confirmed that Turkoglu ended contract talks with them. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the negotiations.

Turkoglu opted out of his Orlando contract last week when the team acquired Vince Carter(notes) from New Jersey. Turkoglu was due $7.3 million next season, the final year of his $36 million, 6-year deal with Orlando. He averaged 16.8 points and 5.3 rebounds last season.

Earlier Friday, there were reports Turkoglu had agreed in principle with the Blazers.

duphaR007
07-06-2009, 12:43 PM
Reports: Wallace agrees to deal with Celtics

Posted Jul 5 2009 11:15PM

Two newspapers are reporting the Celtics have reached an agreement with free agent Rasheed Wallace.

Bill Strickland, Wallace's agent, told the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe on Sunday night that the 34-year-old forward told him to call off meetings the agent was in the process of scheduling with the Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks.

Wallace played the last six seasons with the Detroit Pistons, where he won an NBA championship in 2004. He heads to a Celtics team loaded with veterans such as Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, and hoping to make at least one more title run.

Wallace has averaged 15 points and 6.9 rebounds in 14 NBA seasons. He averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds last season.

mighty_lion
07-06-2009, 06:53 PM
Any rebuilding team who will insert a player named Zach Randolph in their line-up is a mess awaiting to happen. Not a bad way to spend $$$s when couple of years back Memphis traded Pau Gasol for scrubs and monetary savings.

coreytaylor
07-08-2009, 06:30 PM
Shawn Marion: Could go to Mavs in Sign-and-Trade
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=rotowire-hawnarionouldgotoavs&prov=rotowire&type=fantasy

Update: The Raptors are discussing a sign-and-trade deal with the Mavericks that would send Marion to Dallas in exchange for a package including Jerry Stackhouse(notes), Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Recommendation: With the recent signing of Hedo Turkoglu(notes) to a five-year, $53 million contract, the Raptors are not looking to take back a lot of salary in a deal for Marion. This is why Stackhouse makes sense for them, because only $2 million of his $7 million salary is guaranteed for this season. The team that trades for Stackhouse could buy out the deal by Aug. 10.

arjay_g
07-09-2009, 11:43 AM
Buford and Popovich have made the Spurs even stronger this offseason. Bravo. :)

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McDyess to sign with Spurs
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports


Coveted free agent Antonio McDyess(notes) has decided to sign with the San Antonio Spurs, two sources told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday afternoon.

McDyess, 34, will sign a three-year deal that guarantees him $15 million.

McDyess’ decision had come down to the Spurs, Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers.

McDyess, a 6-10 forward, averaged 9.6 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Pistons last season.

The Spurs have a successful summer and thrust themselves back into championship contention. General manager R.C. Buford has retooled the team with Richard Jefferson, McDyess and a potential second-round steal in Pittsburgh forward DeJuan Blair.

source (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AhrUs5QKo3Jkoa8gDj.G2ZA5nYcB?slug=aw-mcdyess070809&prov=yhoo&type=lgns)

razor
07-09-2009, 12:23 PM
LeBron gets dunked on by a kid in camp; Nike confiscates the tapes. ;D

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4315071

Outlander
07-09-2009, 05:16 PM
Sources: Teams agree to Marion deal

Updated: July 9, 2009, 3:09 AM ET

By Chad Ford and Marc Stein
ESPN.com

The Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors, living up to the wild tenor of the past few weeks in the NBA, have hatched a complicated sign-and-trade arrangement that went through numerous constructions Wednesday before resulting in an agreement in principle that will send Shawn Marion to Dallas and also absorb the Raptors' much-anticipated signing of Hedo Turkoglu.

Sources close to the negotiations told ESPN.com on Wednesday night a trade call has been scheduled with the league office for Thursday, indicating all sides have agreed to the terms of a transaction that, in its final form, will also involve the Memphis Grizzlies and the Orlando Magic.

Sources said the Mavericks, after securing Memphis' participation as a third-team facilitator, contacted numerous teams to expand the deal and believed they were close to securing a fourth trade partner from the Eastern Conference. That team, according to ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher, was the Chicago Bulls and would have landed Tim Thomas with the Mavericks.

But one source close to the process later told ESPN.com that the deal was scaled back to a three-team arrangement without Chicago before it was expanded yet again to fold in the Raptors' signing of Turkoglu.

The deal, according to sources, calls for the Mavericks to acquire Marion and Kris Humphries from Toronto and Greg Buckner from Memphis, with Marion to receive a five-year contract worth an estimated $39 million. Buckner has had two previous stints with the Mavericks but is likely to be released, sources said.

The Grizzlies will land Jerry Stackhouse from Dallas, Quincy Douby from Toronto and a substantial cash payment to buy out Stackhouse's contract. Only $2 million of Stackhouse's $7.25 million salary next season is guaranteed, as long as he is waived by Aug. 10.

The Raptors will receive Devean George and Antoine Wright from the Mavericks, while also preserving their $5.9 million mid-level exception for the coming season by turning their acquisition of Turkoglu -- who is getting a five-year deal worth an estimated $53 million -- into a sign-and-trade as opposed to an outright signing. Assembling the trade this way could also enable Toronto to re-sign Carlos Delfino, after it appeared that the Raptors would have to renounce Delfino to help make room for the Turkoglu signing.

The Magic, meanwhile, were motivated to join in the trade because their participation, as opposed to merely letting Turkoglu walk, will create a valuable trade exception they can use in future deals worth around $7 million.

Read full article here-- http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4314637
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The Matrix gets a new big money contract (although a lot less compared to his previous salary), and gets to play again with another great PG in Jason Kidd, and a former MVP and all-star in Dirk Nowitzki.

dark_seid
07-09-2009, 07:51 PM
aside from getting anthony parker, cavs sign varejao to a 6-year deal worth $42M

ah ... instead of letting varejao walk, they overpay him and gave him too many years.
this isn't looking good for matching up to the teams who play quick and/or small.

mighty_lion
07-10-2009, 08:45 AM
Marion, Turkoglu Four-Way Deal Done

The Orlando Magic have acquired a trade exception and cash considerations from the Toronto Raptors, and cash considerations from the Dallas Mavericks as part of a four-team trade, General Manager Otis Smith announced today. As part of a sign-and-trade deal, forward Hedo Turkoglu was traded to Toronto. “This move allows us some potential flexibility in the future,” said Smith. “Hedo was a big part of our success and did a lot for our organization during his five seasons here. We wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

Also included as parts of the deal - Toronto sends Shawn Marion, Kris Humphries, Nathan Jawai and cash considerations to Dallas, while also sending a future second round draft pick to Memphis; Memphis sends Greg Buckner to Dallas; Dallas sends Jerry Stackhouse and cash considerations to Memphis, while also sending Devean George and Antoine Wright to Toronto.

http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/60454/20090709/marion_turkoglu_four_way_deal_done/

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Magic Out: Hedo
In: TPE and Cash

Dallas Out: Stackhouse and cash
In: Marion, Humpries, Jawai

Raptors Out: Marion, Humpries, Jawai, future 2nd round draft pick and cash
In: Hedo, George and Wright

Memphis Out: Greg Buckner
In: Stackhouse, future 2nd and cash

coreytaylor
07-10-2009, 10:27 AM
Marion to Mavs, Stackhouse to Griz in complex deal
by JAIME ARON, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Ap7FAB30vqXa7QNVIsX8ate8vLYF?slug=ap-mavericks-marion&prov=ap&type=lgns

DALLAS (AP)—The way Jerry Stackhouse’s(notes) contract was structured, the Dallas Mavericks knew they could parlay him into a key player for next season. As it turned out, a lot of teams benefited.

The Mavericks, Raptors, Grizzlies and Magic combined in a massive swap Thursday that included eight players, a draft pick and stacks of cash. The deal sent Shawn Marion(notes) to Dallas, Stackhouse to Memphis and helped seal the transaction that moved Hedo Turkoglu(notes) from Orlando to Toronto.

Among the other pieces: Forward Kris Humphries(notes), center Nathan Jawai(notes) and cash went from Toronto to Dallas; guard Greg Buckner(notes) moves from Memphis to Dallas; and swingmen Antoine Wright(notes) and Devean George(notes) go from Dallas to Toronto.

Memphis also received a second-round pick and cash from Toronto and cash from Dallas. The Mavericks and Raptors both also sent cash to Orlando.

The Magic were going to lose Turkoglu anyway. After Orlando acquired Vince Carter(notes), Turkoglu opted out of his contract and became a free agent. He’d already decided to go to Toronto, but turning his departure into a sign-and-trade glued together the rest of this complex puzzle.

“So many things were going on that I was like, `Just sit back and wait until it happens,”’ Marion said. “I’m just happy to come to Dallas.”

The Mavs are no strangers to convoluted, multi-team deals, but this one was still taxing. Team owner Mark Cuban posted on his Twitter feed late Wednesday: “Its been a long day of looking at spreadsheets, reading NBA cap rules and rubbing my eyes.”

It was worth the effort: Dallas gets Marion, a four-time All-Star nicknamed “The Matrix” for his do-it-all game, in hopes that he’ll be a great complement to a starting lineup featuring Dirk Nowitzki(notes), Jason Kidd(notes) and Josh Howard(notes).

Although Howard and Marion have similar skills, Marion said, “I think we can mesh fine. I’m a basketball player. I’ve played a little bit of every (position) before.”

Marion is especially looking forward to playing with Kidd, having done so at the start of his career in Phoenix. The two already had spoken twice as of Thursday afternoon. Marion said he’s also talked to sixth man Jason Terry(notes), a friend since college.

“With J-Kidd running the show, he’s definitely going to be spreading the wealth,” Marion said.

Marion was a matchup nightmare during his heyday with the Suns—too big for Howard, too quick for Nowitzki. For his career, he’s averaged 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.83 steals and 1.31 blocks per game.

Yet Marion is also 31 and headed to his fourth team since February 2008, having bounced from Phoenix to Miami to Toronto. He’s also coming off a season in which he had his fewest points, rebounds, blocks and steals since his rookie season.

But this change is different. He’s arriving at the start of the season and on a team with legitimate hopes for a deep playoff run. He also has the security of a new contract, which means he doesn’t have to think about whether he might be traded again.

“At the end of the day, everybody wants security,” Marion said. “If you can get security and get a great home at the same time, why not?”

Stackhouse was enticing for his numbers—contract numbers, that is.

Although Stackhouse is due more than $7 million next season, he can be bought out for only $2 million. That’s likely the amount of cash Memphis received for the 34-year-old swingman. The former scoring star played only 10 games last season because of injuries, but will soon be able to cut a deal with any team.

Buckner, who has played in Dallas twice before, has a similar contract. So he’s likely to be dealt again or bought out.

Humphries’ best season was 2007-08, when he averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. Last season, he was down to 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds before breaking his right leg in January. The 6-foot-10, 280-pound Jawai is an Australian who played just six games last season as a rookie.

The Mavs also are close to re-signing Kidd (awaiting paperwork) and likely adding 25-year-old center Marcin Gortat(notes) (more paperwork, including an offer sheet that Orlando is not expected to match). They also want to keep their own free agents, Brandon Bass(notes) and James Singleton(notes).

All told, Marion believes Dallas will keep pace with the Lakers, Spurs and the rest of the tough Western Conference.

“With our talent and depth, why not?” he said. “It’s the ultimate goal. You’ve got to have that in your aspirations.”

tigerman
07-10-2009, 12:17 PM
Marion to Mavs, Stackhouse to Griz in complex deal
by JAIME ARON, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Ap7FAB30vqXa7QNVIsX8ate8vLYF?slug=ap-mavericks-marion&prov=ap&type=lgns

The Magic were going to lose Turkoglu anyway. After Orlando acquired Vince Carter(notes), Turkoglu opted out of his contract and became a free agent. He’d already decided to go to Toronto, but turning his departure into a sign-and-trade glued together the rest of this complex puzzle.



Get you facts straight Mr. Aron. Orlando only traded for VC after Hedo opted out and rejected the initial 4 year 36 M offer.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

cub
07-12-2009, 01:00 PM
Grant Hill signed with the Suns for two years more.

Channing Frye will soon be back to his hometown and will soon be a Sun.

tigerman
07-12-2009, 04:14 PM
Wow Mark Cuban is one hell of a generous owner. I'd love to play for him. 25M/3yrs. for a 37-year old veteran?

Meanwhile, Orlando got an up and coming Brandon Bass for 18M/4yrs.


USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

coreytaylor
07-12-2009, 07:40 PM
^^^ does this mean bye-bye marcin? oh well, para na ring nagtrade ang orlando at dallas. dallas gets marcin while orlando gets bass :D

coreytaylor
07-12-2009, 07:44 PM
Channing Frye will soon be back to his hometown and will soon be a Sun.

i can only hope that channing will get more minutes this time

Outlander
07-14-2009, 07:45 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/basketball/nba/07/13/raptors.jack.ap/index.html

Raptors sign Jack to offer sheet

Posted: Monday July 13, 2009 4:45PM; Updated: Monday July 13, 2009 6:07PM

The off-season reconstruction of the Toronto Raptors continues, with the NBA team signing restricted free-agent point guard Jarrett Jack to an offer sheet reportedly worth $20 million over four-years.

The Indiana Pacers guard confirmed the signing in a text message to the Indianapolis Star, the newspaper reported on its website Sunday.

Jack made $2 million last season with the Pacers.

The Pacers have seven days to match, but the newspaper reported doing so would put the team over the league's $69.9 million luxury tax figure next season.

Jack, a college teammate of Raptors star Chris Bosh at Georgia Tech, averaged a career-high 13.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season. He replaced T.J. Ford as starting point guard and started the final 12 games.

Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo has been aggressive in his attempt to remake the Raptors this off-season, acquiring forward Hedo Turkoglu in a four-way sign-and-trade deal and locking up centre Andrea Bargnani with a $50-million, five-year deal.

Outlander
07-14-2009, 07:46 AM
Cavs, Parker reach agreement

Posted: Monday July 13, 2009 1:55PM; Updated: Monday July 13, 2009 5:17PM

NDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- Anthony Parker's fondest basketball memories came overseas, where he won three Euroleague championships and twice was named league MVP.

After signing Monday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Parker believes he has a legitimate shot at winning his first NBA title.

"For me it's always about who really saw me fitting in with what they're trying to do," Parker said. "Cleveland has been that team from the beginning. They showed the most interest and pursued me the hardest. It just so happens they're also a team that's contending, which is even better. It was a fit all the way through."

Parker, 34, signed a two-year deal worth about $6 million. He averaged 10.7 points and 3.4 assists in 80 games for the Toronto Raptors last season. At 6-foot-6, he provides the type of length the Cavaliers have been searching for in a perimeter defender.

"He's as perfect a piece as you could find," Cavaliers assistant general manager Lance Blanks said.

Parker started 71 games last season and should fall into the rotation behind Cleveland guards Mo Williams and Delonte West and forward LeBron James, the reigning league MVP.

Parker is the latest addition to a Cleveland team that had the best regular-season record in the NBA last season but lost to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland's biggest addition since then has been Shaquille O'Neal, 37, the dominating center who came to the Cavs from the Phoenix Suns for Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, a second-round pick in 2010 and $500,000.

Read complete article here-- http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/basketball/nba/07/13/parker.ap/index.html

Outlander
07-14-2009, 07:48 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/basketball/nba/07/13/gortat.ap/index.html

Magic match Mavs offer to Gortat

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Getting paid $34 million to back up Dwight Howard on the Orlando Magic for the next five years might sound like a good gig.

It's just that Marcin Gortat was looking forward to having the chance to start for the Dallas Mavericks.

The Magic surprised -- and disappointed -- Gortat and the Mavericks on Monday, matching an offer sheet to keep the Polish big man.

Gortat's agent, Guy Zucker, said the center "was definitely very disappointed today." He said Gortat was back in his native Poland, where he'd already been telling everyone he was headed to the Mavericks.

Gortat was hoping to play alongside Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki and, most of all, compete with Erick Dampier for the starting job. Dampier is going into the final year of his contract.

In Orlando, Gortat will likely see spotty playing time behind Howard.

"It was definitely about the opportunity to find out how good he can really be," Zucker said. "We had requested that Orlando not match the offer. We stated the fact that he sincerely wanted the chance to carve his own path, be his own man, so to speak, which is not going to be realistically possible in Orlando."

Gortat averaged 3.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in about 12 minutes per game last season. Gortat's return solidifies the Magic frontcourt for next season, with the team signing former Mavericks power forward Brandon Bass last week.

"Having quality big men is an absolute must in our league, and Marcin has worked very hard to fit into that category," Magic general manager Otis Smith said in a statement. "He provides tremendous depth to our frontcourt and we're happy to bring him back."

Fresh off their second trip to the NBA finals, the Magic have showed this offseason they are willing to spend. Gortat's re-signing coupled with the acquisition for Vince Carter from New Jersey will force Orlando to dip into the luxury tax for the first time in franchise history.

The move is also another sign that Orlando believes its time to win is now.

Gortat, the 6-foot-11, 240-pound center, made about $700,000 last season, his first full year in the NBA. But Gortat earned the big pay raise in large part because of a few stellar playoff moments.

Gortat filled in for Howard in the Game 6 clincher against Philadelphia in the opening round after Orlando's All-Star was suspended, adding a few powerful dunks that earned him the nickname the "Polish Hammer" from teammates. He also had a pair of blocks on Cleveland's LeBron James in the conference finals, and he saw his minutes increase in the finals because of the size of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The chance to compete for a title with the Magic offers little consolation.

"But on the other hand, the Mavericks are in a position to challenge for the finals as well," Zucker said. "We thought Dallas represented a perfect situation for him."

coreytaylor
07-14-2009, 10:21 AM
Pistons trade Afflalo to Nuggets
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AjatauGLovuPfRtqS76LeJq8vLYF?slug=aw-pistonstrade071309&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Detroit traded Arron Afflalo(notes) and Walter Sharpe(notes) to Denver for a future second-round pick, a move that creates another $1.8 million in salary cap space for the Pistons, a league source said Monday.

Afflalo averaged 4.9 points and 16.4 minutes in 74 games for the Pistons last season. Sharpe appeared in only eight games as a rookie last season.

coreytaylor
07-14-2009, 10:29 AM
Suns reach agreement on signing Frye
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AofMzVHVk3NYSy1DcJrxNdjTjdIF?slug=ap-suns-frye&prov=ap&type=lgns

PHOENIX (AP)—The Phoenix Suns have reached a contract agreement with free-agent center Channing Frye(notes).

The team scheduled a news conference Tuesday to introduce the former University of Arizona star.

Frye agreed to a two-year contract with the second year at his option. He will earn about $2 million next season.

The 6-foot-11 Frye is entering his fifth NBA season. He has averaged 8.2 points per game in two seasons with the New York Knicks and the last two with the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged just 4.2 points last season.

As a senior, Frye averaged 15.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in 2004-05 for an Arizona team that came within one game of making it to the Final Four.

coreytaylor
07-14-2009, 10:48 AM
Bulls sign Jannero Pargo
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AigwwAj8aO6t5w1tf3AdPcG8vLYF?slug=ap-bulls-pargo&prov=ap&type=lgns

CHICAGO (AP)—Free agent guard Jannero Pargo(notes) has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls.

Terms were not disclosed Monday.

The 6-foot-1 guard, known for his outside shooting, was also with Chicago from 2003-06. Pargo played in Russia and Greece last season. He is a six-year NBA veteran, having also spent time with the Lakers, Raptors and Hornets.

He has averaged 6.9 points in 316 regular-season games, while shooting 36.5 percent from the 3-point line. In 33 playoff games, his average is 6.5 points and 36.8 percent on 3-pointers.

Pargo gives the Bulls backcourt depth after they lost leading scorer Ben Gordon(notes) to Detroit.

tigerman
07-14-2009, 11:17 AM
Haha Otis Smith is a certified liar and doesn't lay his cards to the media unlike other attention-whore GMs. :D

While I understand the disappointment of not seeing Gortat in a Mavs uniform, I don't think it's correct to put the blame totally on Otis Smith. Gortat was a "restricted" free agent so Orlando has every right to decide whether to match or to let him go. The fans should know the risk of dealing with a restricted fa. On the other hand, Brandon Bass was an "unrestricted" free agent so basically he has the right to go to whichever team he wants to play for. Dallas may have given him a larger offer but the guy wants to play.

I read in other forums that some Mavs fans were insisting that Smith and Cuban had a gentleman's agreement (Dallas would let Bass go on the belief that Orlando won't match) but I highly doubt it.

At the end of the day, Smith made his decision based on a pure basketball standpoint. With Dwight's penchant for foul trouble and the lack of quality bigs on the market, Smith deemed it best to match for Gortat.

By the way, didn't Orlando sort of help Toronto and Dallas as well on that 4-way trade to get Hedo and Marion?



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Outlander
07-14-2009, 11:57 AM
^ Yup, that Gortat is such a big crybaby. Boo-hoo, he gets $34 million dollars to be the back-up center to an Orlando team that is a championship contender. He should be glad that he's not in Memphis or with the LA Clippers.

coreytaylor
07-17-2009, 01:06 PM
Jazz decide to match Blazers' offer sheet to Millsap
By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/david_aldridge/07/16/milsap/index.html

Venturing deep into the NBA's luxury tax, the Utah Jazz have decided to match the four-year, $32 million offer sheet given to forward Paul Millsap by the Portland Trail Blazers last week, a source close to the Jazz confirmed Thursday.

The decision, which will be made official on Friday, returns Milsap to the Jazz, where he will likely become the starting power forward next season, and all but ensures that the Jazz will trade the current starter, Carlos Boozer, in order to alleviate what could be millions in potential luxury tax payments after this season. Including Milsap's first-year salary and prorated portion of his signing bonus, he will count for $7.7 million next season against Utah's cap. That figure, combined with the Jazz's returning players and first-round pick Eric Maynor's first-year salary, will push Utah's salary commitments next season to more than $81 million.

If Utah doesn't reduce its salary by the end of next season, it would be on the hook for more than $11 million in luxury tax payments, based on next year's projected tax threshhold of $69.9 million.

But Utah is hoping to get at least some tax relief by trading Boozer, who is in the final year of his contract at $12.7 million, and taking back less salary and/or draft picks in return. Both the team and Boozer have mutually agreed that it would be best to part ways after this season, and several teams, including Miami and Chicago, have expressed interest. By taking on players whose contracts are not guaranteed, or getting a third team involved which would take on one or more contracts in exchange for cash or picks, Utah could shave a few million dollars off of its tax bill before the league comes collecting next year.

Under the terms of the deal negotiated by Portland, Utah has to pay Millsap $10.3 million (a combination of his $5.6 million signing bonus and $4.7 million in salary, which is 80 percent of his first-year salary of $6.3 million), within a week of the contract being finalized. Portland structured the contract that way in hopes of making it too difficult for Utah to match.

But the Jazz, in good financial shape going forward with little long-term debt, decided it could write the check. The Salt Lake Tribune had reported this week that the Jazz had already consulted with local banks on the terms of a short-term loan that would cover the amount.

The decision came after general manager Kevin O'Connor met with team ownership on Thursday. The Miller Family, whose patriarch, the late Larry Miller, owned the team until his death earlier this year, remains in control of the franchise. The family had already indicated that it was willing to pay tax this coming season, knowing that Boozer, center Mehmet Okur and guard Kyle Korver all decided not to opt out of their current deals and play the final season of their respective contracts in Utah. The Jazz reached agreement with Okur last week on a two-year, $21 million extension.

The Blazers will now, once again, have $7.7 million in cap room to spend. They originally thought they had a deal with Orlando free agent forward Hedo Turkoglu, but Turkoglu reneged at the 11th hour and agreed to a five-year, $53 million contract with Toronto. Portland then turned to Milsap, who had stepped into the starting lineup when Boozer was hurt for much of last season.

Now, the Blazers have to decide whether to turn their attention to the remaining pool of free agents, including Lakers forward Lamar Odom--whose contract talks with Los Angeles have ground to a halt after the team pulled its offers from the table Tuesday--or keep the money available in order to do an uneven trade later this summer or before next year's trade deadline. Given that the team will likely not have cap room for the foreseeable future, with emerging stars Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge both due for significant raises after the coming season, there is strong sentiment within the Portland organization to use the money now on another player that can help the Blazers get over the top in the Western Conference.

coreytaylor
07-17-2009, 01:12 PM
Pacers sign G Dahntay Jones
By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AsoQZTpjfAFGK_5Nwg5B80i8vLYF?slug=ap-pacers-jones&prov=ap&type=lgns

INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Dahntay Jones(notes) smiled and shook his head when asked about the flagrant fouls he picked up for Denver during the playoffs this past season, including one for tripping Kobe Bryant(notes) during the Western Conference finals.

The defensive stopper won’t hesitate to commit a few more with the Indiana Pacers if necessary.

“It comes as a part of the territory in this game of basketball and with taking the betterment of my team personally and trying to win basketball games and doing my job,” Dahntay said Tuesday.

That job will be with the Pacers for the next four years at $11 million, according to his agent, Aaron Mintz.

Jones’ solid work against Bryant and New Orleans guard Chris Paul(notes) were among the reasons Pacers president Larry Bird made signing him his first free agent priority. Jones will join a team that has been among the league leaders in points scored and points allowed in two seasons under coach Jim O’Brien.

“We’ve been talking about defense for a while here,” Bird said. “When you watch all these guys play at a high level, you see what they’re really made out of. He showed us a lot. It was somebody who we targeted right after the playoffs, and we went after him, and fortunately, we got him.”

Jones drew complaints during the playoffs from Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson and New Orleans coach Byron Scott. Jackson accused Jones of playing “unsportsmanlike basketball” after tripping Bryant. There was no call, but the league hit Jones with the flagrant the next day. Jones has always maintained that he plays hard, not dirty.

Denver coach George Karl has compared what Jones brought the Nuggets to what Bruce Bowen(notes) did as a defensive specialist for San Antonio. That’s fine with Jones.

“I embrace my role, and whatever I have to do to help my team win,” he said. “That was a role I had to play for my team. I had fun with it, and we competed on a nightly basis and we tried to win as many games as possible.”

Jones started 71 games last season. He averaged 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds in the regular season, but increased those numbers to seven points and 2.4 rebounds in the postseason.

Jones, heading into his seventh season out of Duke, expects those figures to increase with the Pacers.

“I’ll probably be asked to score a little more,” he said. “My job is to make sure I play defense on a daily basis, and the points will come.”

Jones believes he’ll fit into the Pacers’ up-tempo style. He said Indiana earned his respect when the Pacers beat the visiting Nuggets 100-94 on March 1.

“They played extremely hard and they never gave up,” he said. “They weren’t intimidated by us at all. That’s an attitude that I do have a lot of admiration for. I look forward to playing with these guys.”

coreytaylor
07-18-2009, 12:41 PM
Clippers trade Randolph to Memphis for Richardson
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AgQII0R6J2S9U7cQy4FzGu68vLYF?slug=ap-grizzlies-clipperstrade&prov=ap&type=lgns

LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Clippers have traded leading scorer Zach Randolph(notes) to Memphis in exchange for Quentin Richardson(notes).

The deal was announced Friday.

Richardson averaged 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 72 games with the New York Knicks last season. He’s returning to the Clippers, where he played from 2000-04 after being drafted by the team out of DePaul.

The 29-year-old guard-forward was acquired by Memphis on June 25 in exchange for Darko Milicic(notes). Richardson originally left Los Angeles as a free agent and went to Phoenix, where he played one season before joining the Knicks.

Randolph was acquired in a trade with the Knicks in November 2008. The forward averaged 20.8 points and 10.1 rebounds in 50 games for the Clippers last season.

But he had a rocky season off the court, including his father’s death in March.

Randolph was suspended for two games by the team after being arrested for investigation of drunken driving in April. He was suspended for two games for punching a Phoenix player in February.

In 2003 while with the Portland Trail Blazers, Randolph was arrested after an officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from his vehicle.

john_paul_manahan
07-21-2009, 04:47 AM
Q-Rich does not last in LA....


The Los Angeles Clippers agreed to trade Quentin Richardson to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Sebastian Telfair, Mark Madsen and Craig Smith on Monday.

Madsen spoke to his agent on Monday to confirm the deal.

The trade is expected to be announced later Monday after the teams complete a trade call with the league.

The trade will give the Clippers a solid backup point guard behind Baron Davis and give them some depth at the power forward position.

The deal was also fiscally responsible for the Clippers. Madsen and Smith are in the final year of their contracts while Telfair has a player option for 2010-11 at a modest $2.7 million.

info taken from ESPN.com

john_paul_manahan
07-21-2009, 04:49 AM
After receiving an improved offer last week and taking a few more days to deliberate, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash notified the Phoenix Suns over the weekend that he is accepting their two-year extension offer worth an estimated $22 million, according to team sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that Nash is expected to formally announce his decision via his Twitter feed later Monday.

Taken from ESPN.com

The likelihood that Lebron goes to NY gets more and more unlikely.

tigerman
07-22-2009, 10:15 AM
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/07/21/magic.barnes.signed.ap/index.html

Matt Barnes and Orlando agree on a 2-year agreement.

Wow the Magic just got deeper and more versatile especially if CJ Watson goes to them.

PG - Nelson/Watson/Johnson
SG - Carter/Pietrus/Reddick
SF - Lewis/Barnes
PF - Bass/Anderson
C - Howard/Gortat/Ewing

Vince and Pietrus can also play the sf while Barnes and Lewis can play pf during smallball play. SVG can even have his own version of twin towers with Dwight and Gortat playing together. Wow.

Otis Smith should be given high considerations for executive of the year.


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coreytaylor
07-22-2009, 04:17 PM
I wonder where Allen Iverson will end up next.

Dark Knight
07-23-2009, 06:27 PM
Boston? ;D

coreytaylor
07-24-2009, 12:12 PM
Boston? ;D

wishful thinking? ;D

coreytaylor
07-26-2009, 12:25 PM
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SAN ANTONIO (AP)—The San Antonio Spurs have signed center Theo Ratliff(notes).

Terms of the deal announced Saturday were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-10 Ratliff spent last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 1.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.02 blocks in 12.6 minutes while appearing in 46 games.

Ratliff has also played for Detroit, Atlanta, Portland, Boston and Minnesota during 14 NBA seasons.

Ratliff was a second-team selection to two NBA All-Defensive teams (1998-99, 2003-04), and is one of seven players in NBA history to lead the league in blocks in at least three seasons (2000-01, 2002-03 and 2003-04).

He ranks 18th all-time in total blocks (1,902) and is fifth among active players.

coreytaylor
07-26-2009, 12:27 PM
Raptors expect to sign C Nesterovic
By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Au_d2Cvj9C38uF_mngWLjom8vLYF?slug=ap-raptors-nesterovic&prov=ap&type=lgns

INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—The Toronto Raptors expect to sign free agent center Rasho Nesterovic(notes).

Nesterovic’s agent, Bill Duffy, wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Saturday that the former Indiana Pacer has agreed in principle to a one-year, $2 million deal.

The agreement first was reported in the Toronto Star.

The 7-footer from Slovenia started 19 games for the Pacers last season and averaged 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the field. He had played in Toronto before going to Indiana.

He started 111 games in two seasons with the Raptors. The 11-year veteran has career averages of 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds.

The Raptors already had signed former Pacers point guard Jarrett Jack.

coreytaylor
07-26-2009, 12:28 PM
Blazers sign free agent G Andre Miller
By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=As8szccqL0RbAOhuPr.sEn.8vLYF?slug=ap-trailblazers-miller&prov=ap&type=lgns

Miller met with Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard and coach Nate McMillan at a restaurant in Las Vegas earlier this week.

Pritchard said he was impressed with how much Miller know about the Blazers offense.

“Andre was terrific. He knew our team. He knew how he could help our team. He seemed like a coach,” Pritchard said.

Miller was the eighth overall pick in the 1999 draft out of Utah by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Over his career, he has averaged 14.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists in 815 games, 768 starts. He has 174 career double-doubles.

The Sixers went 41-41 last season and were knocked out of the playoffs in six games for the second straight year. The team reportedly offered Miller a one-year deal for about $6 million.

“Did I think it was a fair offer?” he asked. “No, I didn’t.”

Miller confirmed his deal with the Blazers was for two years with a team option on a third.

Philadelphia forward Andre Iguodala(notes) said he sensed Miller would seek a team on the West Coast because he is from Los Angeles.

“Portland’s a good team, a young athletic group and he’ll fit in perfect with them. He’ll thrive in that system without having to do too much. Portland’s going to be a much better team,” Iguodala said. “I don’t think they know what type of guy they got.”

Miller’s departure means the Sixers will likely turn to fourth-year guard Lou Williams to run the point. They made UCLA’s Jrue Holiday(notes) their first-round pick and hope he can develop into their point guard of the future. Shooting guard Willie Green(notes) is the only other true guard on the roster, leaving the Sixers thin in the backcourt.

The Trail Blazers were $7.7 million under the salary cap after the league set it at $57.7 million for next season. The cap is determined by a percentage of league revenue from the previous season.

Portland had been unsuccessful in the market this summer. First, they went after free agent forward Hedo Turkoglu(notes), who pulled out of talks at the last minute and instead went to the Toronto Raptors.

The Blazers also made a move on Utah forward Paul Millsap(notes), a restricted free agent, but the Jazz matched Portland’s offer.

Outlander
07-28-2009, 11:12 PM
Emeka Okafor and Tyson Chandler are about to swap teams, according to online reports. Chandler is now heading back East to play for coach Larry Brown, while Okafor gets to play with the best young PG in the league with the Hornets, but has to play against the bigger Western conference forwards.

coreytaylor
07-30-2009, 09:52 AM
Hornets sign free agent Diogu
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AiZ4.1Z00Wre7GdH1_nMMPq8vLYF?slug=ap-hornets-diogu&prov=ap&type=lgns

NEW ORLEANS (AP)—The New Orleans Hornets have signed forward Ike Diogu(notes) to a free agent contract, hoping he can provide solid backup minutes behind All-Star David West(notes).

Diogu, who is 6-foot-9, played in 29 games last season for Portland and Sacramento. He averaged 4.1 points and 1.9 rebounds.

Diogu was drafted ninth overall out of Arizona State by the Golden State Warriors in 2005. He then played for Indiana before moving on to Portland and Sacramento.

He has averaged 6.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 187 games during his four year NBA career.

coreytaylor
07-30-2009, 09:57 AM
Bobcats, Hornets complete Okafor-Chandler deal
By MIKE CRANSTON, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Ak8TBhZ7xnKpRNLYWWRQ4IGLvLYF?slug=ap-hornets-bobcatstrade&prov=ap&type=lgns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—The New Orleans Hornets finally found a taker for Tyson Chandler(notes). It took a deal with tinkering Charlotte coach Larry Brown, who was willing to jettison the Bobcats’ first draft pick.

Emeka Okafor(notes) was sent to the Hornets on Tuesday for Chandler, another former No. 2 overall pick. The trade involving 26-year-old centers brought financial relief to both teams and confidence they’ll each thrive with a new man in the middle.

The Hornets have been trying to unload the 7-foot-1 Chandler for several months. A trade last season to Oklahoma City was rescinded after Chandler failed a physical amid concerns aver a lingering toe injury.

“I’m very, very excited and thrilled about this new opportunity,” Chandler said in a conference call.

Brown was willing to gamble on the injury-prone, athletic big man who can also play power forward and is three inches taller than Okafor.

“We’re getting a young kid who is long and athletic and can play multiple positions and fills a need that we obviously have,” Brown said.

The Hornets were intrigued by Okafor’s superior rebounding and durability. New Orleans gets a reliable big man with a longer contract as it tries to recover from last season’s first-round playoff exit.

“Emeka is one of the premier centers in the NBA with All-Star caliber scoring and rebounding averages throughout his career,” Hornets general manager Jeff Bower said. “His potential to improve is endless once you put him on the court running with Chris Paul(notes).”

Chandler had the best season of his career (2007-08) playing with Paul. The pair comprised a constant alley-oop threat when Chandler was healthy, and the two were close off the court.

“I’m losing a great friend, a brother. T.C. is my man. … I’m going to miss him,” said Paul, who was attending a basketball camp in New Orleans.

“It’s going to take some time to see how this works out,” Paul continued. “I want Emeka to come in here and be the best player he’s ever been. From today on out, that’s my teammate. … Hopefully we can eventually have the same relationship that me and Tyson had.”

The deal is the fourth trade Charlotte has made since managing partner Michael Jordan hired Brown before last season. Brown, in his record ninth NBA head coaching job, has continued his history of numerous trades to mold the team into his versatile, defensive-minded liking.

Now it includes sending the centerpiece of Charlotte’s new franchise to the city’s old team.

Two years after the Hornets bolted Charlotte, the expansion Bobcats took Okafor with the No. 2 pick in the 2004 draft—after Orlando grabbed Dwight Howard(notes).

Okafor had injury problems early in his career, but played all 82 games in each of the last two seasons. He averaged 13.2 points and 10.1 rebounds in another solid, but unspectacular season under Brown, who later questioned his basketball fire.

“I wanted him to have a passion and work on his game,” Brown said Tuesday. “I think he made unbelievable progress in that regard. When we had an exit meeting this past season he told me he was going to do that, he was going to work on his game. … This was a basketball decision. It had nothing to do with Emeka.”

But Chandler, the No. 2 pick in the 2001 draft after declaring for the NBA out of high school, faces injury questions.

Chandler averaged 8.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in only 45 games last season. He then underwent procedures on his left ankle and toe in May after being ineffective in the first-round series loss to Denver.

Chandler will be in Charlotte for a physical later this week and is confident he is healed.

“For the first time in the last couple of years, I have had really good movement in my toe,” Chandler said. “Now I am just trying to gain confidence on my ankle again.”

For the Hornets, it immediately lowers their payroll and could reduce luxury tax payments. Okafor will make $10.5 million next season and Chandler $11.8 million. The Hornets entered the week with a payroll of about $78 million, triggering a dollar-for-dollar tax on the amount over the NBA’s luxury tax threshold of $69.9 million.

However, the Hornets also take on the last five years of an escalating, six-year, $72 million contract.

“We have a long-term option for us now at the center position and one we feel we can grow with,” Bower said. “We looked at that as an asset, the fact that Emeka is under contract. … It shows we are interested in improving and we are interested in competing in the Western Conference and we are willing to pay the price.”

The Bobcats, meanwhile, unloaded a longer contract. Chandler would make $12.7 million in a player option in 2010-11, the final season of his deal.

Bobcats owner Bob Johnson, who is looking to sell the team after losing millions of dollars, has ordered management not to reach the luxury tax threshold. Shedding Okafor’s contract will help achieve that goal.

Brown, meanwhile, is convinced Chandler will improve Charlotte’s frontcourt.

“Emeka is a great kid, but we all felt that with the way Tyson plays, with his quickness and his ability to handle the ball and his length, that was something that was very important to us,” Brown said. “That was the overriding factor.”

Outlander
07-30-2009, 10:56 AM
One of my favourite international players in the NBA, Marco Belinelli has just been traded by Golden State to Toronto. Marco now gets to play with fellow Italian Andrea Bargnani. I hope Marco gets a fresh start in Canada, and gets lots of playing time to show off his talents, which were buried on the bench in California.

coreytaylor
07-31-2009, 02:41 PM
Mavs sign big man Drew Gooden
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AsgP7x4XFnroHA6.L57emoS8vLYF?slug=ap-mavericks-gooden&prov=ap&type=lgns

DALLAS (AP)—The Dallas Mavericks signed Drew Gooden(notes) and expect him to back up Dirk Nowitzki(notes) at power forward and play alongside him at center.

The deal, agreed to late last week, was announced Thursday.

Gooden is joining his seventh team, having also played for Memphis, Orlando, Cleveland, Chicago, Sacramento and San Antonio. Over his career, he averages 12.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

“We are very pleased to add Drew to our front line for the upcoming season,” team president Donnie Nelson said. “Drew is a veteran player with NBA finals experience that is entering the prime of his career at 27 years old. He will provide valuable minutes at both the center and power forward positions with his tenacity in the paint, rebounding and ability to knock down shots.”

The Mavericks this week also added the versatile Tim Thomas(notes) to their frontcourt rotation.

Thomas and Gooden should help make up for the loss of free agent Brandon Bass(notes) to the Orlando Magic and the missed chance on center Marcin Gortat(notes), who was signed to an offer sheet that was matched by the Magic.

The Mavericks also traded for Shawn Marion(notes) and re-signed Jason Kidd(notes) during the offseason.

coreytaylor
08-01-2009, 11:50 AM
Nuggets get Malik Allen from Bucks for 2 players
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Ak5NNsO.T7xJR.GxjZrOuOW8vLYF?slug=ap-nuggets-buckstrade&prov=ap&type=lgns

DENVER (AP)—The Denver Nuggets have acquired Malik Allen(notes) from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Walter Sharpe(notes) and Sonny Weems(notes).

The Nuggets announced the deal Friday.

Allen played in 49 games for Milwaukee last season, averaging 3.2 points and 2.1 rebounds.

In 409 games over an eight-year career, he has averaged 5.4 points and 3 rebounds. He also played for Miami, Charlotte, Chicago, New Jersey and Dallas.

Sharpe came to the Nuggets in a July 13 trade after spending his rookie season in Detroit, where he appeared in eight games and averaged 1 point.

Weems appeared in 12 games for the Nuggets last season, averaging 1.6 points.

coreytaylor
08-04-2009, 02:21 PM
Celtics land Shelden Williams
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AqR1YjymJ2d5jZKg4MmOD_q8vLYF?slug=aw-celtics080309&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Shelden Williams(notes) has agreed in principle to a one-year contract with the Boston Celtics, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Monday.

Williams, a 6-foot-9 forward, is expected to sign later this week for the veteran’s minimum.

After the Atlanta Hawks drafted Williams out of Duke with the eighth overall pick in 2006, his career has struggled to gain traction. The Celtics will be his fourth team in five years (Atlanta, Sacramento and Minnesota) For Williams’ career, he’s averaging fewer than five points and five rebounds a game.

Even so, Williams will give the Celtics some length and depth on their front line behind power forwards Kevin Garnett(notes) and Rasheed Wallace(notes).

The Celtics are still interested in re-signing restricted free agent forward Glen Davis despite the addition of Williams.

The Celtics are also trying to find a third team to work a sign-and-trade with the Indiana Pacers for Marquis Daniels. This way, the Celtics can preserve their $1.9 million biannual exception. If they’re unable to work a deal, Boston will sign Daniels with the exception.

Mateen Cleaves
08-08-2009, 07:49 AM
AP source: Detroit Pistons, Wallace agree to deal
By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=ArT2ZGXrmV8sWE5gRGktTCq8vLYF?slug=ap-pistons-wallace&prov=ap&type=lgns

DETROIT (AP)—A person with knowledge of the deal says Ben Wallace is coming back to the Detroit Pistons.Wallace will receive a $1.3 million, one-year deal, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed. Wallace is expected to do that early next week.

The four-time defensive player of the year helped the Pistons win the 2004 NBA title. He left as a free agent to play for the Chicago Bulls, signing a four-year, $60 million deal.He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and most recently to the Phoenix Suns as part of the Shaquille O’Neal(notes) trade. Wallace was due $14 million for the last year of his deal but gave up $4 million to become a free agent.

Wallace was considering retirement as recently as May after the Cavs were ousted from the playoffs by Orlando. He cited a combination of injuries, declining production and a loss of passion for the game. The 14-year veteran suffered a broken leg last season and suffered from tendinitis in his knees.

At his best, Wallace is one of the best defensive players in the NBA, a fierce rebounder despite his small size for a center (6-foot-9, 240 pounds). He has never averaged more than 9.7 points per game in any season, but is valued more for his work on the boards (10.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game over his career). Wallace will be a familiar face for a team in the midst of big changes. He will recognize former Cavaliers assistant John Kuester, who last month became Detroit’s sixth head coach in the past 10 years.

coreytaylor
08-13-2009, 11:30 AM
Cavaliers sign free agent forward Leon Powe
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/08/12/cavaliers.powe.ap/index.html

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers signed free agent forward Leon Powe, who as a youth played with LeBron James on several AAU teams, to a two-year contract on Wednesday.

Powe won't be playing with James anytime soon. He played in 70 games with the Boston Celtics last season, but tore the ACL in his left knee in the playoffs and had reconstructive surgery on May 5.

It was the third major medical procedure Powe has endured on the knee. He isn't expected to be ready to play for the Cavaliers until February.

But the Cavs, in need of frontcourt depth, saw Powe as a player who could help at some point in 2010.

"Leon is a high quality player and person. His tough, gritty play has already contributed in big playoff games during his young career," Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement. "As he continues to work rehabilitating his injury, we would look to hopefully see him return toward the end of the season."

Powe, who averaged 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season, will receive the league minimum for a third-year veteran player. The Cavaliers hold an option for 2010-11.

Powe considered only contenders and chose the Cavaliers over the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, among others, according to his agent, Aaron Goodwin.

"A lot of teams will tell a guy, 'Come see us when you're healthy,"' Goodwin said. "The Cavs were saying, 'Come here now and we'll help you get healthy."'

Powe spent his first three seasons with the Celtics, averaging 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds as a backup. He was a restricted free agent, but became eligible to sign with any team when Boston did not make him a qualifying offer.

"Were we surprised? No," Goodwin said of the Celtics' decision. "Were we disappointed? Yes."

In Cleveland, the 6-foot-8 forward adds another veteran player to a team that this offseason already has traded for Shaquille O'Neal, re-signed forward Anderson Varejao and signed free agents Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon.

Goodwin acknowledged that a big factor for Powe was the chance to be reunited with James, his old AAU teammate.

Powe was drafted in the second round by the Denver Nuggets in 2006 and traded to the Celtics for a future pick.

coreytaylor
08-13-2009, 11:37 AM
Clippers get Butler from Hornets for 2nd-round pick
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/08/12/hornets.clippers.ap/index.html

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Clippers have acquired shooting guard Rasual Butler and cash from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for a conditional second-round draft pick in 2016.

Butler had the most productive season of his seven-year career in 2008-09, averaging 11.2 points and 3.3 rebounds while playing in all 82 games for the Hornets, who made the playoffs. He shot 40 percent from the floor and 37 percent from 3-point range to match his career averages.

"We believe he is another piece who will help us get back to being a competitive playoff team," Clippers coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy said.

The move will save the Hornets about $3.9 million while opening opportunities for competition at guard between 2007 first-round pick Julian Wright, veteran Morris Peterson and rookie Marcus Thornton, a former LSU star who the Hornets acquired through a trade with Miami during the second round of the draft.

"One chapter ends and another begins! Gonna MISS the Hornets," Butler said on his Twitter feed. "I am excited about being a Clipper! Thanks N.O. for all the support u guys gave me! Thank u to all those who have welcomed me to L.A.!!!!"

Butler played three seasons in Miami before being traded to the Hornets in 2005.

The Hornets have been trying to lower payroll to reduce their exposure to the NBA's punitive luxury tax.

The league has a dollar-for-dollar tax on teams with payrolls that exceed a certain threshold set every summer. When the NBA set that mark at $69.9 million last month, New Orleans' payroll was around $78 million, meaning the small-market Hornets faced the prospect of having to pay about $8 million in luxury taxes back to the league if they didn't make any deals by next winter's trading deadline.

When the Hornets traded Tyson Chandler to Charlotte for Emeka Okafor in late July, they lowered payroll by about $1.3 million. By trading Butler, they have now cut total payroll by about $5.2 million this summer, and their savings effectively could be double that amount because their exposure to the luxury tax also has been lowered.

coreytaylor
08-14-2009, 11:48 AM
Q-Rich does not last in LA....


The Los Angeles Clippers agreed to trade Quentin Richardson to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Sebastian Telfair, Mark Madsen and Craig Smith on Monday.

Madsen spoke to his agent on Monday to confirm the deal.

The trade is expected to be announced later Monday after the teams complete a trade call with the league.

The trade will give the Clippers a solid backup point guard behind Baron Davis and give them some depth at the power forward position.

The deal was also fiscally responsible for the Clippers. Madsen and Smith are in the final year of their contracts while Telfair has a player option for 2010-11 at a modest $2.7 million.

info taken from ESPN.com

Q-Rich also did not last in Minnesota....

Richardson dealt again; this time to Miami
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-qrichtrade081309&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

For the fourth time this summer, Quentin Richardson(notes) has been traded. This time, his new team, the Miami Heat, plan to keep him.

The Minnesota Timberwolves traded Richardson to the Heat for forward Mark Blount(notes), two league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday night.

This time, Richardson has found a home for his expiring $9.35 million contract. Heat president Pat Riley wants him to bring scoring punch off the bench, and the team plans to give him significant minutes this season.

Richardson started the summer with the New York Knicks before getting moved to Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota and now Miami.

Richardson, 29, averaged 10 points for New York.

coreytaylor
08-14-2009, 11:52 AM
76ers sign C Primoz Brezec
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AuIrHHtOiv7TfnlbhrxjjfXTjdIF?slug=ap-76ers-brezec&prov=ap&type=lgns

PHILADELPHIA (AP)—The Philadelphia 76ers have signed center Primoz Brezec(notes), who played in Europe last season.

Terms of Thursday’s deal weren’t immediately disclosed by the Sixers.

The 7-foot-1 Brezec has played in 321 games with 214 starts in seven NBA seasons with Indiana, Charlotte, Detroit and Toronto. He has averaged 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds.

Brezec played for Lottomatica Virtus Roma of the Italian League last season.

coreytaylor
08-20-2009, 07:55 AM
Orlando Magic sign free agent Jason Williams
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/08/19/williams.orlando.ap/index.html

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic have announced signing free agent guard Jason Williams.

General Manager Otis Smith said Wednesday that Williams will provide depth and leadership to the team's backcourt. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Williams retired in September 2008 after playing a season for the Miami Heat, where he average 8.8 points per game. He did not play the 2008-09 season.

Williams was a first-round draft pick and seventh overall in 1998. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team that season.

Williams has played in 679 career NBA regular season games with Sacramento, Memphis and Miami. He has also played in 53 career playoff games.

Outlander
09-02-2009, 03:05 PM
So Ricky Rubio is staying in Spain for at least 2 more years, signing a new deal with his new Spanish team Regal Barcelona. He will then have a buyout number of about $1.4 million in 2011 if he chooses to go to the NBA. I like Flynn of Syracuse (the other PG they drafted right behind Rubio), and if he reaches his full potential in the next 2-3 years as a starting PG on a young NBA squad along with Love, Jefferson, etc. then Ricky will probably get his wish and get used as trade bait by Minnesota in a couple of years.

aircanda
09-10-2009, 12:37 AM
Iverson to sign one-year deal with Grizzlies

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst
Posted Sep 9 2009 10:48AM
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/david_aldridge/09/09/iverson.memphis/index.html

Allen Iverson will sign a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies in the next 24 to 48 hours, ending a summer-long pursuit of a team that wanted the 34-year-old's game and cache and would provide him an opportunity for the playing time he still desperately covets.

The contract will have incentives that could make the deal larger, but the Grizzlies will not renounce their rights to guard Juan Carlos Navarro, which would have freed up another $900,000 in salary cap room.

The Grizzlies' braintrust, including owner Michael Heisley, general manager Chris Wallace and head coach Lionel Hollins, flew to Atlanta on Labor Day to make its offer to Iverson, who has a home there and has been training there this summer with NBA TV analyst and former teammate Eric Snow. The meeting went well and after looking over the remaining options, Iverson took the deal.

Iverson confirmed his decision on his Twitter feed Wednesday morning.

"God Chose Memphis as the place that I will continue my career," he wrote. In a post a few minutes later, he said, "I feel that they are committed to developing a winner and I know that I can help them to accomplish that. I feel that I can trust them."

Reached by telephone Wednesday, Heisley said that Iverson verbally committed to the Grizzlies late Tuesday evening.

"He told us he was very interested in playing with the young team we've assembled," Heisley said. "He thought he could help us win and he was looking forward to helping the young players, and helping them to develop. Frankly, I'm ecstatic to have him."

Iverson didn't have a lot of suitors this offseason. Memphis, Miami and Charlotte were most aggressive in their pursuits, but the combination of a cut in next season's cap, down to $57.7 million, along with the prospect of even lower cap and luxury tax numbers for the 2010-11 season, dried up most of the potential marketplace for veterans. Portland, one of the few teams with room this summer, had no interest in Iverson, and the contending teams with mid-level exceptions went in different directions.

Signing a one-year deal will make Iverson an unrestricted free agent next summer, joining a strong free agent class. But Iverson would likely have to wait again next summer like he did this one, as teams line up to woo younger stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

"We know it's going to be difficult for us to keep him past next year," Heisley said. "But he told us we shouldn't think he's going to just jump at the next opportunity. We have to win."

The 10-time All-Star will be looking to resurrect his career in Memphis, after failing to boost the Nuggets and Pistons into contention the last two seasons. Iverson's teams have not gotten past the first round of the playoffs since 2003, when the 76ers lost to Detroit in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Since then, Iverson has only been in the playoffs three times, not including last season, when he was not on the Pistons' postseason roster.

Iverson said a back injury made it impossible for him to play, and the Pistons concurred, though it also coincided with then-coach Michael Curry's decision to bring Iverson off the bench in favor of starter Richard Hamilton. Iverson chafed at the role and said he would rather retire than come off the bench in the future.

Heisley said that he was giving Iverson a clean slate.

"I don't buy into all of the stuff that's gone on," he said. "I'm not saying none of it happened. Some of it did...but I know Allen is an excellent player. He's going to the Hall of Fame. Pau [Gasol, the former Grizzlies star forward and current Laker] might someday. The city of Memphis is going to be ecstatic to have him. We've never had a Hall of Famer, a guy of Allen's stature playing in Memphis. I feel Allen is going to be outstanding for us."

However, Iverson will expect to start in the backcourt for the Grizzlies, and that would mean benching either bench third-year point guard Mike Conley, Jr., who came on toward the end of last season with Hollins backing him, or second-year shooting guard O.J. Mayo. Both guards need all the reps they can get as they continue their development. After trading Gasol to the Lakers early in 2008, the Grizzlies went back to the drawing board, looking to build a new core group around Conley, Mayo, forward Rudy Gay and center Marc Gasol, Pau's younger brother, who came from Los Angeles in the trade for his older brother.

Memphis added center Hasheem Thabeet and forwards Sam Young and DeMarre Carroll in this year's excellent draft, and acquired forward Zach Randolph from the Clippers in the summer for guard Quentin Richardson. But Randolph, like Iverson, needs a lot of touches to be most effective.

"Your whole team changes when Allen is on it," said an Eastern Conference executive. "And he's not that kind of player anymore."

Of course, Iverson feels differently. He said his jumper was "still very wet" in a Twitter post this past weekend, and has said previously he would "lead by example" on his next team.

Iverson should also positively impact the Grizzlies' business side. Memphis was next to last in the league in average attendance this past season, drawing just more than 12,700 a game to the 18,000-seat FedEx Forum, filling around 70 percent of the available seats, the worst percentage in the league.

But Heisley said that was not his motivation in signing Iverson.

"He said, 'you're not bringing me here to sell tickets, are you? 'Cause I'm not interested,'" Heisley said. "I said no, we want to win ... we want to really be a contending team."

Iverson posted career lows both in scoring average (17.5) and minutes (26.7) last season, mostly with the Pistons, who acquired him from Denver in November in a trade that sent Chauncey Billups to the Nuggets. That Billups and the Nuggets, who had lost in the first round four straight seasons, then went on to the Western Conference finals before falling to the eventual champion Lakers was an even more bitter tonic for the Pistons, who were quickly swept in the first round by Cleveland.

But Iverson remains one of the league's most popular and iconic players. His Pistons jersey was the fifth-highest seller among individual jerseys at the NBA Store in New York last season, trailing only Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Kevin Garnett. And Heisley believes that Iverson will fit right in with Memphians and not overwhelm them with his outsized personality.

"I think Allen will get the kind of attention in Memphis that he did in Philadelphia," Heisley said. "I think he will be a major, major figure in the city. I think Allen will do the right things. I think people will be very surprised around the league."

mighty_lion
09-11-2009, 12:45 AM
A selfish combo guard (iverson) and selfish power forward (zach freaking randolph) will train a ROY contender (oj mayo) who knows how to shoot but doesnt understand how to play team basketball, a tall swingman (rudy gay) who most likely have reached his ceiling already and a center who just about to be the next big bust (hashem thabeet) is a recipe for disaster.

I dont understand why Memphis dont just hedge their future in Mike Conley. Conley has been averaging 15-6 after all-star break. Not bad for a player of his age.

Stupid GM.

coreytaylor
09-11-2009, 01:06 PM
Wolves send Songaila, Brown to Hornets for Daniels
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/09/09/wolves.hornets.ap/index.html

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Hornets agreed to trade reserve point guard Antonio Daniels and a 2014 second-round draft pick to Minnesota on Wednesday in exchange for forward Darius Songaila and guard Bobby Brown.

"This move gives us added depth at the guard position and the power forward position," Hornets general manager Jeff Bower said. "Darius brings toughness and experience to bolster our frontcourt. We know Bobby pretty well from when he played on our summer league team and are excited to add his speed and scoring ability."

The move will cut the Hornets' payroll by $1.3 million this season, but Songaila has two years left on his contract, while Daniels' contract expires after next season.

The Timberwolves take on a little more salary this season, but get out from under Songaila's player option for next year, which will cost about $4.8 million.

"Antonio has the ability to play both guard positions and will provide a veteran presence and added flexibility to our backcourt," said David Kahn, the Timberwolves' president of basketball operations. "This trade also provides increased flexibility for personnel moves beginning next summer."

Songaila, who is 6-foot-9, has been in the NBA for six seasons, averaging 7 points. He spent the past three seasons in Washington and was acquired by Minnesota in June. He averaged 7.4 points in 77 games for the Wizards last season. He was drafted 50th overall by Boston in 2002.

Like Hornets star point guard Chris Paul, Songaila also played at Wake Forest. Songaila, Paul, and fellow Hornets David West and James Posey all were coached by the late Skip Prosser in college.

Brown, who was on the Hornets' summer league team in 2008, played 68 games with Sacramento and Minnesota last season, his first in the NBA. He will have to compete with Hornets 2009 first-round draft pick Darren Collison for playing time.

Daniels, 34, is a 12-year veteran. He was acquired by the Hornets last season from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Mike James. Daniels played in 61 games for New Orleans last season, averaging 3.8 points and 2.1 assists. He has one season left on his current contract, worth about $6.5 million next season.

Drafted by the Grizzlies when the franchise was still in Vancouver, Daniels also has played for San Antonio, Portland and Seattle. He has averaged 7.6 points and 3.4 assists during his career.

coreytaylor
09-11-2009, 01:07 PM
A selfish combo guard (iverson) and selfish power forward (zach freaking randolph) will train a ROY contender (oj mayo) who knows how to shoot but doesnt understand how to play team basketball, a tall swingman (rudy gay) who most likely have reached his ceiling already and a center who just about to be the next big bust (hashem thabeet) is a recipe for disaster.

I dont understand why Memphis dont just hedge their future in Mike Conley. Conley has been averaging 15-6 after all-star break. Not bad for a player of his age.

Stupid GM.

and they said they're team is rebuilding...yeah right.. ::)

coreytaylor
02-14-2010, 09:24 PM
Mavs, Wizards complete deal with Howard, Butler
By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Aooc_AsKUGkT5o3UvVt__rK8vLYF?slug=ap-wizards-maverickstrade&prov=ap&type=lgns

DALLAS (AP)—The Dallas Mavericks acquired Caron Butler(notes) and Brendan Haywood(notes) from Washington on Saturday, a seven-player deal that strengthens them for a playoff run and signals the breakup of a disappointing Wizards team.

The Mavericks dealt forwards Josh Howard(notes) and Drew Gooden(notes), and two other players to the Wizards. Dallas also got guard DeShawn Stevenson(notes) and cash considerations.

Dallas president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson called trading Howard, who had spent his entire career in Dallas, an “excruciating decision.” But couldn’t pass up the chance to bring Butler, a two-time All-Star, to a team he acknowledges has been sputtering.

“Caron is kind of probably more of a conventional fit and a better fit of us,” Nelson said. “It’s never easy. You’ve got to give quality to get quality. We just got the pieces that are better fits for us at this particular time.”

Howard was in his seventh season with Dallas, a span filled with promise and disappointment since being the 29th overall pick in 2003. Gooden, signed by Dallas last summer, will be going to his eighth team in eight NBA seasons.

It is a significant move for the Southwest Division-leading Mavericks (32-20), a deal announced just before the start of the Saturday night All-Star activities in their home arena.

Dallas lost five of its seven games before the All-Star break, and plays four games in five nights starting Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

“It makes us significantly better,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said.

The Wizards (17-33) expected to contend for a playoff spot and instead have endured a miserable season that made it likely they would be active in slashing payroll before Thursday’s trade deadline.

Washington had already lost Gilbert Arenas(notes) and Javaris Crittenton(notes) when both were suspended last month by the NBA for the rest of the season. Both admitted to bringing a gun into the locker room after a dispute stemming from a card game on a team flight.

“We’re all disappointed in how our season has gone. We need some freshness and we’re getting proven players who will help us, and it gives us some flexibility down the road,” Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. “We want to remain competitive and maybe this group can provide a spark. The group had gotten stale, and we needed a change.”

As for the possibilities of more deals before the deadline, Grunfeld said “there’s still a lot of conversations going on.”

James Singleton(notes) and Quinton Ross(notes) also went to the Wizards to round out the deal.

Butler averaged 16.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in 47 games this season. Haywood was the Wizards’ top rebounder with 10.3 per game.

Butler thanked the Wizards and their fans in a statement and said he would, “continue to play with the same desire and intensity that I have had throughout my entire NBA career.”

Howard played 431 games for the Mavericks, and was the team’s second-longest tenured player behind All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki(notes).

Howard was limited the first couple of months while recovering from offseason surgery on his left ankle and started only nine times, averaging 12.5 points in 31 games. He also had surgery on his left wrist last summer.

“Different teams go through different situations. The Mavs went through it in the ’90s, the Wizards are going through some issues right now,” Cuban said. “Sometimes giving guys a fresh home I think re-energizes them, and will work the other way too. I think Josh will find himself re-energized with the Wizards.”

Howard was an All-Star in 2007, when he averaged 18.9 points in 70 games. He had his best season a year later, when he averaged 19.9 points.

In an interview on the ESPN radio station in Dallas on Saturday before the trade, Howard said he’d like to stay in Dallas but had been told by his agent that a trade was possible.

The same season of his All-Star appearance, Howard said in a radio interview during a first-round playoff series against New Orleans that he occasionally smoked marijuana. Later that same series, he angered then-coach Avery Johnson by throwing himself a birthday party after a Game 4 loss to the Hornets.

Then last summer, a video posted on YouTube showed Howard disrespecting the national anthem while attending a charity flag football game. On the first day of Mavericks training camp, Howard made a statement before taking questions from reporters and apologized.

Cuban said physicals were waived, meaning every player should be in their new uniforms right after the All-Star break. Washington is home Wednesday night against Minnesota.

“We haven’t been playing well, that’s for sure. Sometimes people might think that moving someone or making a trade can help,” Jason Kidd(notes), another Mavs All-Star, said Saturday before the trade was announced. “We have a big week coming out of the All-Star break … 30 games left, it’s a sprint now, not a marathon. I think we’re going to be ready for that.”

coreytaylor
02-14-2010, 09:31 PM
Butler to Mavs, Wiz get Howard
By Marc Stein
http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nba/news/story?id=4912262

The Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks have completed a seven-player trade that launches Washington's long-anticipated rebuilding project in earnest and sends Wizards mainstays Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood to the Mavericks.

The teams agreed on the principal pieces Friday: Butler, Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to Dallas for Josh Howard and Drew Gooden. Mavericks reserves Quinton Ross and James Singleton were added to the deal Saturday and are also Washington-bound, with Dallas receiving cash considerations in addition to the three players.

"It makes us significantly better," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said.

The Wizards had been talking to several teams for weeks about deals involving Butler and Haywood, most notably Houston with Tracy McGrady's $22.5 million expiring contract. But talks with Dallas had stalled in the past week, partly because of Washington's insistence that the Mavericks take guard Stevenson in any Butler deal.

When Washington agreed late in the week that it would add Haywood to the deal, talks picked up Thursday night and only grew more serious Friday, resulting in the trade that is widely regarded as the first major domino needed to loosen things up on the trade market in advance of Thursday's annual trading deadline.

The acquisitions of Butler and Haywood, meanwhile, are a welcome spark for the sputtering Mavericks, with Butler moving into the spot vacated by Howard and Haywood arriving as another rim-protecting defensive anchor in the wake of a knee injury that has compromised the effectiveness of Mavs center Erick Dampier.

"Caron is an established professional and an All-Star with the ability to score from anywhere on the floor," said Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks' president of basketball operations. "Brendan will solidify our center position with athleticism, shot blocking and defense. DeShawn has also shown that he can be a talented asset to this team."

Acquiring Haywood and having the chance to re-sign him this summer likely fills the void Dallas thought it filled last summer, when the Mavs signed Orlando center Marcin Gortat to a lucrative offer sheet, only for the Magic to unexpectedly match the offer to the restricted free agent.

Washington inevitably wanted Beaubois added to the deal, but Mavs owner Mark Cuban said earlier this week that his young point guard is "pretty much untouchable" as Thursday's trade deadline approaches. But sources say the Wizards are gaining so much payroll and luxury-tax relief -- while also keeping Jamison to either keep or move in a separate deal before Thursday's deadline -- that they couldn't pass on Dallas' offer.

"We're all disappointed in how our season has gone. We need some freshness and we're getting proven players who will help us, and it gives us some flexibility down the road," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "We want to remain competitive and maybe this group can provide a spark. The group had gotten stale, and we needed a change.

"As for the possibilities of more deals before the deadline, Grunfeld said "there's still a lot of conversations going on."

Butler averaged 16.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in 47 games this season. Haywood was the Wizards' top rebounder with 10.3 per game.

Butler thanked the Wizards and their fans in a statement and said he would, "continue to play with the same desire and intensity that I have had throughout my entire NBA career."

Howard played 431 games for the Mavericks, and was the team's second-longest tenured player behind All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki.

Howard was limited the first couple of months while recovering from offseason surgery on his left ankle and started only nine times, averaging 12.5 points in 31 games. He also had surgery on his left wrist last summer.

"Different teams go through different situations. The Mavs went through it in the '90s, the Wizards are going through some issues right now," Cuban said. "Sometimes giving guys a fresh home I think re-energizes them, and will work the other way too. I think Josh will find himself re-energized with the Wizards."

Howard was an All-Star in 2007, when he averaged 18.9 points in 70 games. He had his best season a year later, when he averaged 19.9 points.

In an interview on the ESPN radio station in Dallas on Saturday before the trade, Howard said he'd like to stay in Dallas but had been told by his agent that a trade was possible.

The same season of his All-Star appearance, Howard said in a radio interview during a first-round playoff series against New Orleans that he occasionally smoked marijuana. Later that same series, he angered then-coach Avery Johnson by throwing himself a birthday party after a Game 4 loss to the Hornets.

Then last summer, a video posted on YouTube showed Howard disrespecting the national anthem while attending a charity flag football game. On the first day of Mavericks training camp, Howard made a statement before taking questions from reporters and apologized.

Cuban said physicals were waived, meaning every player should be in their new uniforms right after the All-Star break. Washington is home Wednesday night against Minnesota.

"We haven't been playing well, that's for sure. Sometimes people might think that moving someone or making a trade can help," Jason Kidd, another Mavs All-Star, said Saturday before the trade was announced. "We have a big week coming out of the All-Star break ... 30 games left, it's a sprint now, not a marathon. I think we're going to be ready for that."

coreytaylor
02-14-2010, 09:33 PM
Sources: Cavaliers close to deal for Stoudemire
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4913305

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns are closing in on a deal that would send All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire to Cleveland, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

The Cavaliers would send Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson to Phoenix in exchange for Stoudemire, one of the league's most dominant big man.

While Cleveland remains in talks with several other teams, the club, from management down to the players, has settled on Stoudemire as its first choice.

The ball is in Phoenix's court. The Suns are mulling whether the financial relief provided by Ilgauskas's $12 million contract and the young and talented Hickson are enough for them to part with Stoudemire.

Cleveland believes the addition of Stoudemire would all but seal LeBron James' re-signing with the team when he becomes a free agent this summer. The Cavaliers are also prepared to sign Stoudemire, who has one year and $17 million remaining on his contract, to a long-term contract extension once the season ends.

The Suns will likely waive Ilgauskas, which would allow him to be re-signed by Cleveland after 30 days.

Cleveland is also talking with Washington about acquiring Antawn Jamison, as well as Indiana about Troy Murphy. Meanwhile, Golden State is trying to entice the Cavs into taking Corey Maggette for Ilgauskas.

mighty_lion
02-15-2010, 09:11 AM
Is there a dunk contest before worst than this one?

Gerald Wallace is no dunk artist unless you count how his hair move while dunking.

Shannon Brown - Aside from elevation and power he has nothing more to offer. Poor dunk artist.

Demar DeRozan - Elite athlete but limited IQ. He should have prepared everthing prior dunk contest not discussing what to do during contest proper.

Kryptonate - Enough. Its not fun to see him anymore.

mighty_lion
02-15-2010, 09:15 AM
Sources: Cavaliers close to deal for Stoudemire
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4913305

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns are closing in on a deal that would send All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire to Cleveland, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

The Cavaliers would send Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson to Phoenix in exchange for Stoudemire, one of the league's most dominant big man.

While Cleveland remains in talks with several other teams, the club, from management down to the players, has settled on Stoudemire as its first choice.

The ball is in Phoenix's court. The Suns are mulling whether the financial relief provided by Ilgauskas's $12 million contract and the young and talented Hickson are enough for them to part with Stoudemire.

Cleveland believes the addition of Stoudemire would all but seal LeBron James' re-signing with the team when he becomes a free agent this summer. The Cavaliers are also prepared to sign Stoudemire, who has one year and $17 million remaining on his contract, to a long-term contract extension once the season ends.

The Suns will likely waive Ilgauskas, which would allow him to be re-signed by Cleveland after 30 days.

Cleveland is also talking with Washington about acquiring Antawn Jamison, as well as Indiana about Troy Murphy. Meanwhile, Golden State is trying to entice the Cavs into taking Corey Maggette for Ilgauskas.


If these trade will happen, we can cross out Pau-Kwame trade as to most loopsided trade in NBA history. Besides looking at how Marc Gasol now, it is not as loopsided as people think it was, including the salary relief Memphis got in that trade.

Hickson is a scrub. Period.

Cavs is already a 60 win team without Amare.

coreytaylor
02-15-2010, 10:17 AM
Is there a dunk contest before worst than this one?

Gerald Wallace is no dunk artist unless you count how his hair move while dunking.

Shannon Brown - Aside from elevation and power he has nothing more to offer. Poor dunk artist.

Demar DeRozan - Elite athlete but limited IQ. He should have prepared everthing prior dunk contest not discussing what to do during contest proper.

Kryptonate - Enough. Its not fun to see him anymore.



2010 Slam Dunk Contest = BORING

coreytaylor
02-15-2010, 10:19 AM
Sources: Cavaliers close to deal for Stoudemire
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4913305

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns are closing in on a deal that would send All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire to Cleveland, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

The Cavaliers would send Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson to Phoenix in exchange for Stoudemire, one of the league's most dominant big man.

While Cleveland remains in talks with several other teams, the club, from management down to the players, has settled on Stoudemire as its first choice.

The ball is in Phoenix's court. The Suns are mulling whether the financial relief provided by Ilgauskas's $12 million contract and the young and talented Hickson are enough for them to part with Stoudemire.

Cleveland believes the addition of Stoudemire would all but seal LeBron James' re-signing with the team when he becomes a free agent this summer. The Cavaliers are also prepared to sign Stoudemire, who has one year and $17 million remaining on his contract, to a long-term contract extension once the season ends.

The Suns will likely waive Ilgauskas, which would allow him to be re-signed by Cleveland after 30 days.

Cleveland is also talking with Washington about acquiring Antawn Jamison, as well as Indiana about Troy Murphy. Meanwhile, Golden State is trying to entice the Cavs into taking Corey Maggette for Ilgauskas.


If these trade will happen, we can cross out Pau-Kwame trade as to most loopsided trade in NBA history. Besides looking at how Marc Gasol now, it is not as loopsided as people think it was, including the salary relief Memphis got in that trade.

Hickson is a scrub. Period.

Cavs is already a 60 win team without Amare.


can imagine how coach popavich will react

Mel
02-15-2010, 10:24 AM
Live streaming

http://www.tnt.tv/sports/nba/allstar10/?type=2

mighty_lion
02-16-2010, 10:07 PM
Done deal - Steve Blake & Travis Outlaw traded for Marcus Camby.

Second loopsided trade in a row. 3rd string point guard and swingman for a Top 10 center.

diego
02-17-2010, 12:43 AM
Good for the blazers! They really NEED a big man right now.. and outlaw could be traded because webster, since he is healthyright now, occupy his spot...


I'm waiting now for Stoudemire to be traded to Cavs.. ;)

Mateen Cleaves
02-18-2010, 08:58 AM
^Jamison to Cavs. (plus Sebastian Telfair from Clips)

Cavs strike deal for Wizards’ Jamison (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Ag606Fgn2G0uD_xn_iw2TF68vLYF?slug=aw-jamisontrade021710&prov=yhoo&type=lgns)

The Cavaliers are sending center Zydrunas Ilgauskas a first-round pick and the draft rights to Emil Preldzic to the Wizards. The Wizards also will receive Brian Skinner and Al Thornton from the Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavaliers will get point guard Sebastian Telfair from the Clippers. The Wizards will send Drew Gooden to the Clippers.

coreytaylor
02-18-2010, 09:26 AM
Sources: Jamison goes to Cavs
By Marc Stein ESPN.com
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4922833

Cleveland, Washington and the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a three-team deal that will land Antawn Jamison with the Cavaliers as LeBron James' new sidekick instead of Amare Stoudemire, according to NBA front-office sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the deal will also send Zydrunas Ilgauskas' $11.5 million expiring contract and a first-round draft pick from Cleveland to Washington.

The deal also calls for the Wizards to receive Al Thornton from the Clippers, sources said, with L.A. getting forward Drew Gooden, whom Washington acquired in last week's trade with Dallas.

Besides Jamison, Cleveland will also acquire Clippers guard Sebastian Telfair.

Jamison left the arena in Washington before the Wizards' game against the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

After long-running trade talks with Washington and Phoenix, Cleveland opted for the Jamison deal, leaving the Miami Heat as the only known suitor for Stoudemire in advance of Thursday's 3 p.m. trading deadline.

The Cavs have been chasing Jamison since last season and ultimately preferred this trade in part because they did not have to surrender blossoming young forward J.J. Hickson. The Suns were demanding Hickson along with Ilgauskas' expiring salary for Stoudemire.

Washington relented on its insistence for Hickson because the trade brings more deck-clearing payroll and luxury-tax relief after last week's deal with Dallas that sent Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to Dallas.

mighty_lion
02-18-2010, 09:46 AM
Clippers is clearing capspace for 2010 free agency. Clippers will have the long-term contracts of Kaman, Griffin, Davis and Gordon totaling roughly 32 million. Clippers will have the cap space to sign a max free agent.
- Knicks and Nets are not that appealing to marquee free agents (Bron, Wade, Bosh, Amare, Joe Johnson) because of their losing records
- Clippers despite playing second fiddle to the Lakers is still one of the bigger markets.
- Miami has Wade and Beasley. Bosh might entertain the idea going there but Clippers have better talents.
- Chicago is another appealing destination because of Rose, Deng and Noah.
- With regards to Cavs, nothing sort of guarantee exist that Bron will stay. Cavs will have Mo and Jamison but that is not as appealing compared to what other teams like Miami, Clippers, Chicago can offer

coreytaylor
02-18-2010, 10:26 AM
Milicic heads from Knicks to Wolves
By Chad Ford ESPN.com
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4922587

The New York Knicks traded Darko Milicic to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Brian Cardinal on Wednesday.

The Timberwolves also received cash considerations in the deal that was completed Wednesday night.

The trade will save the Knicks $1.8 million and give the Wolves a center to audition for the rest of the season. Milicic has been mired at the end of Mike D'Antoni's bench for months and has publicly said he's likely to return to Europe to play basketball when his contract expires this summer.

The Knicks plan to waive Cardinal in an attempt to clear another roster spot to facilitate a potential deal that would send Nate Robinson to Boston.

The 24-year-old Milicic was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the second overall pick in the 2003 draft, just behind LeBron James and ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. He is heading to his fifth NBA team.

Milicic has played in just eight games this season for the Knicks. He is averaging just 2.0 points and has not played since Nov. 13.

The 32-year-old Cardinal is averaging 1.7 points in 27 games this season. He has received sparse playing time for the young and rebuilding Timberwolves.

coreytaylor
02-18-2010, 11:08 AM
Sources: Bulls trade Salmons
By Chad Ford ESPN.com
http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=4922618

The Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a deal in principle that will send John Salmons to the Bucks for the expiring contracts of Kurt Thomas and Francisco Elson, sources said on Wednesday.

The deal allows the Bulls to clear Salmons $5.8 million salary off the books for next season. That puts them roughly $20 million under the cap next summer as the Bulls make a push to sign free agents like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The deal gives the Bucks a shooting guard to replace the injured Michael Redd.

The Bulls held Salmons out of Wednesday's game at New York in anticipation of a trade.

ESPNChicago.com has learned that Salmons remained at the team's hotel and did not even accompany the Bulls to the arena.

The Bulls had been trying to force teams interested in Tyrus Thomas to include Salmons in the deal. They had also wanted to include him as part of a package for Houston's Tracy McGrady.

Bulls guard Derrick Rose was unaware of a potential trade before the Knicks game.

"Man, that's crazy thinking about John leaving," Rose said. "He just came here [in a trade with the Kings on Feb. 18, 2009]. But, it's the NBA. If he does get traded we'll definitely miss him, but [the season] must continue."

Rose said trades could affect the focus of a team, but he understands the nature of the business.

"It hurts your team a little bit," he said. "Like when you have a game right after [a trade]. But that's just how the NBA goes.

"People are going to be on your team, the next thing you look up and they could be gone. We'll definitely miss him if he does get traded, but it didn't go through yet, so he's still a part of this team."

Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said it's tough telling a player not to get on a bus to go to a game.

"It's never easy," he said. "It's never fun. We're dealing with good character people.

"It's part of the business. You just have to deal with it, and move forward."

Del Negro said he wasn't at liberty to discuss the possibility of the Bulls acquiring McGrady.

"There's a lot of speculation out there," he said. "There's a lot of things that as an organization we're working on.

"My focus is on the game, and then I'll talk to [general manager Gar Forman and team president John Paxson] after the game and see where everything's at."

Del Negro doesn't anticipate any potential trades interfering with his team's concentration.

"I think if you've been in the league a while you understand the business part of it," he said. "It just comes with being a pro player. You just hope it works out for everybody [on] both sides. We want to keep our flexibility moving forward and add some if we can.

"Whatever happens is going to happen if it makes sense for both sides. I think players understand that. We have some younger players, but, overall we have good character guys like I've said. They know what their job is tonight. My job is to hopefully get them going early and get them in the game and get them involved."

mighty_lion
02-18-2010, 11:28 AM
Another capspace saving move for the Bulls

abcdef
02-18-2010, 01:48 PM
I have a question. . . . why did the amare trade collapse for the cavs? isnt he a better option?

mighty_lion
02-18-2010, 02:47 PM
^ Kerr will become the most idiot of all GMs in history for trading a perennial allstar for JJ Hickson who cant shoot.

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/2239/hickson.jpg (http://img25.imageshack.us/i/hickson.jpg/)



Kevin Martin about to be traded to Houston for Landry. All I can say is wow.

coreytaylor
02-18-2010, 02:52 PM
Sources: Martin heading to Rockets
By Marc Stein ESPN.com
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4923777

The Houston Rockets, in an abrupt late twist to their long-running efforts to trade Tracy McGrady, have reached an agreement in principal with the Sacramento Kings to acquire coveted guard Kevin Martin, ESPN.com has learned.

Martin was pulled from the second half of the Kings' game Wednesday night at Golden State in anticipation of the trade, sources said.

Although the details of the complete construction of the trade could not immediately be confirmed, sources said that it's possible that the deal could be expanded into a three-way trade that lands Rockets guard Tracy McGrady with the New York Knicks before Thursday's 3 p.m. trading deadline.

One source with knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com that McGrady will either end up with the Kings or the Knicks by the deadline to bring Martin to Houston after Sacramento refused trade interest in the high-scoring guard for weeks.

coreytaylor
02-19-2010, 06:47 AM
Jazz trade Brewer to Grizzlies
By Chad Ford ESPN.com
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4925339

The Utah Jazz traded Ronnie Brewer to the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday for a protected 2011 first-round pick.

Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor said the deal came together just before the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.

O'Connor says the Jazz have some depth at Brewer's position, so they could afford to trade Brewer, their first-round pick from the 2006 draft. Brewer is making $2.7 million this season and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

The deal gives the Grizzlies yet another athletic swingman and allows the Jazz to save money.

Utah had a bit of a logjam at Brewer's position. His $2.7 million salary was essentially double that because the Jazz are over the luxury-tax threshold.

coreytaylor
02-19-2010, 06:50 AM
Bulls trade Thomas to Bobcats
ESPNChicago.com
http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=4925000

The Chicago Bulls traded Tyrus Thomas to the Charlotte Bobcats for Flip Murray, Acie Law and a future first-round draft choice.

"We feel the future first-round pick will be important as we continue to build," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. "It's a chip we'll be able to use whether to acquire a player or via trade down the road."

Forman also said it was important not to gut a team that went into action Thursday tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference.

"It's important to remain in the playoff hunt," he said. "We wanted our team to remain competitive and try to get as high a seed as we can get. And we feel we did that.

"Our starters are intact, and we feel we added some depth and some versatility."

Thomas will be a restricted free agent after this season. Thomas is averaging 8.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Inconsistency has plagued Thomas, who has been an impact player at times with his athleticism and shot-blocking ability.

Murray is averaging 9.9 points and 21.6 minutes while Law is averaging just 7.1 minutes per game. Both players have expiring contracts.

The Bulls acquired two more expiring contracts earlier Thursday in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks as they try to clear as much cap space as possible for this summer's free-agent class.

The Bulls also released Chris Richard.

coreytaylor
02-19-2010, 06:53 AM
Bulls acquire Warrick, Alexander
ESPNChicago.com
http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=4924897

The Chicago Bulls made it official on Thursday by announcing they have traded John Salmons to the Milwaukee Bucks for the expiring contracts of Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander.

The Bucks also have the option of switching first-round picks in this year's draft, provided the Bulls' pick isn't in the top 10. The Bulls added second-round draft choices in 2011 and 2012.

Warrick is a 6-9 power forward who is averaging 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds. The Syracuse product was the No. 19 overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2005.

Alexander, the eighth overall pick in 2008, has battled a hamstring injury this season.

"We like the combination of our player talent, cap flexibility and our ability to improve our team this summer in the free agent market," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in a statement. "This trade is another step in the process of building our team and getting better."

Salmons has a $5.8 million player option for next season that the Bulls didn't want to deal with as they clear space to be a major player in free agency this summer. Salmons will fill in for injured shooting guard Michael Redd.

"He's a good pro guard," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said of Salmons. "He's been a solid player for quite a while, and we feel like we still need to solidify one of our perimeter spots, especially with Michael out. So it made sense."

coreytaylor
02-19-2010, 06:56 AM
Celts to get Robinson, another player
ESPN.com
http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nba/news/story?id=4924052

The Boston Celtics have reached a tentative agreement on a deal with the New York Knicks to send Eddie House, J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker to New York for Nate Robinson and a second player, according to multiple sources. The identity of the second New York player was not immediately known.

It's unclear whether that second player could be one received by the Knicks during the team's active deadline pursuits, or from a third team.

The 3 p.m. trade deadline has passed, but the deal will become official as soon as the NBA approves it, according to a source. Indications are the league might not be able to even review the deal before 5:30 p.m.

Celtics guard Eddie House acknowledged at Celtics practice in Los Angeles on Wednesday that he expected to be traded to the Knicks.

"I was talking with my agent and there's a strong possibility that I'll be traded [Thursday] to New York," House said. "With that being said, I've always had a bond with these guys. I love playing with [the Celtics], but at the end of the day, it's a business. The Celtics feel like they're a better team with the guy they're trying to get. I gotta move on, that's what it is. I'm here at practice today, I'm a basketball player, I'm going to do what I love to do. Then [Thursday] I'll figure out what's going to happen.

"At the end of the day, you can't control it. It's out of my hands -- it's never been in my hands. Wherever I go, if I go to New York, I'll play two months, try to play real strong basketball, get some wins with those guys, and make a good account for me for free agency."

Robinson relayed a farewell message to Knicks fans via his Twitter account on Thursday: "Love yall for the support over the years, since my rookie year my fans have made it EZ 4 me to LOVE NYC the best place on earth ..."

The deal had been rumored for the last day or so but was complicated by the fact the salaries didn't match up. House is making $2.86 million in the final year of his contract. Robinson is a base-year compensation player, meaning only about $2 million of his $4 million salary this season can be counted in any trade.

Although House's teammates initially shied from talking about the deal ("If it happens, then it happens, I'm just focused on [the Lakers]," Paul Pierce said), House stood up to the microphones to talk openly about the rumors before the start of Boston's session.

House expressed excitement Wednesday about potentially reconnecting with Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, whom he played for in Phoenix.

"That helps a lot," House said. "I know the coaching staff, I know the system, I know the plays they run. I know my style fits right in. I'm feeling good right now about the way I'm playing. It's going to be a good thing. You have to take it like that.

"Nothing surprises me in this league. You never know what can happen. I take it all in stride. It had to be for a reason. Whatever that reason is."

House also acknowledged that he came to practice on the off-chance a deal with New York fell apart. While admitting the chances of that are slim, he practiced Wednesday with the idea he'll play Thursday night against the Lakers, then adjust if a deal becomes official.

Rivers wouldn't comment directly on the trade negotiations, but noted that if House were to depart in a trade, he would be losing one of his core guys, which Rivers said is tough to imagine. House spent the past three seasons in Boston, including the championship season of 2007-08. Last season he set a Celtics record with 44.5 percent shooting from 3-point range.

House was a fan favorite for his high energy and perimeter shooting, but he's struggled this season, connecting on 64 of 167 3-pointers (40.1 percent) through 50 games. If Tuesday's visit to Sacramento was his final contest in green, he went out with a bang by scoring 12 points with a quartet of triples in a 95-92 triumph.

"It's easy for me to move guys from the exterior of the core, but it's difficult to even think about touching anyone in the core," Rivers said. "If we do this, that, in my opinion, is what we'd be doing here. To me, that's a tough thing to do. But that's life in the NBA."

Added Rivers: "I'm not going to talk about [a potential trade] until it is done. If something gets done, then I'll talk. If nothing gets done, then there's nothing to talk about, which would be great."

Asked if he gave House the opportunity to skip practice, Rivers said: "I talked to Eddie, told him what was going on. I was honest with him. I told him if he didn't want to practice, [he didn't have to] -- but I also told him nothing is done, and nothing is done."

Robinson, a first-round pick (21st overall) of the Phoenix Suns in the 2005 draft, has spent his entire five-year career with the Knicks. The point guard is averaging 13.2 points and 3.7 assists per game this season, but has appeared in only 30 contests after falling out of favor in New York. He was held out of Wednesday night's game with flu-like symptoms.

A three-time slam dunk contest champion, Robinson will be expected to provide a different sort of offensive outburst than House off the bench, but he's also a high-energy guy and, while designated a point guard, he's known more for scoring the ball than distributing it.

Giddens, a former first-round pick (30th overall), and Walker, chosen in the second round (47th overall), were end-of-the-bench players used sparingly in Rivers' hermetic rotation.

Giddens appeared in 21 games this season (27 for his career), including one start, scoring a total of 24 points. Walker appeared in eight games this season (37 for his career), scoring only eight points.

coreytaylor
02-19-2010, 06:58 AM
Sources: T-Mac traded in 3-team deal
By Marc Stein and Chris Sheridan
ESPN.com
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4924836

Tracy McGrady is heading to the New York Knicks, who now have more than $9 million of additional salary cap space to use in free agency this summer.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks have agreed to terms that will expand the Houston-Sacramento deal into a three-way trade.

The Knicks will acquire McGrady and Sergio Rodriguez from Sacramento; the Rockets get Kevin Martin and Hilton Armstrong from Sacramento, and Jordan Hill and Jared Jeffries from New York.

Houston also will have the right to swap first-round picks with New York in 2011, and the Rockets also get New York's 2012 first-round pick.

Sacramento obtains Houston's Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey and New York's Larry Hughes.

A source close to the negotiations told ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford that the Knicks' 2011 pick is top-1 protected, and the 2012 pick is top-5 protected.

The deal will put the Knicks more than $30 million below the salary cap on July 1, when they will pursue several members of a free-agent class headed by LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

Depending on where the 2010-11 salary cap is set, the Knicks could have enough room to make maximum offers to two free agents, which was the lofty goal team president Donnie Walsh set for himself upon taking over nearly two years ago. The Knicks have not been below the salary cap since 1996, when they signed free agents Allan Houston and Chris Childs.

The Rockets and Kings agreed on a McGrady trade late Wednesday night, and the Knicks -- who had been in detailed discussions with the Rockets for weeks -- came in as the third team with basically the same package they were originally offering to Houston.

McGrady's nearly $23 million salary comes off the books July 1, as does Al Harrington's $10 million contract and Chris Duhon's $6 million deal. Depending on whether the Heat and New Jersey Nets make any deals by Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline, New York could have the most cap space of any NBA team this summer.

"I have tremendous respect for [owner] Leslie Alexander and have enjoyed playing for the Rockets over the last six years," McGrady wrote. "It has definitely been the most profound part of my career. I've learned a lot about myself from various situations, both good and bad that have occurred here. It was my hope when I came to Houston that I wouldn't leave, but I do understand this is the business side of basketball."

The Knicks also reached agreement Thursday on a trade sending Nate Robinson and a second player to Boston for Eddie House, Bill Walker and J.R. Giddens.

coreytaylor
02-19-2010, 07:02 AM
With the new trade, New York is more than $30 million below the salary cap on July 1. Holy crap! Maybe they're planning to get Lebron and Dwayne.