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Free Agency Buzz 12.5.11: Lakers looking at West?

Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 4:05 pm
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Posted by EOB Staff

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz. 

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

4:03 p.m. ET
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that there was "good conversation" today between Thaddeus Young and the Nuggets, with more talks planned. The Nuggets would make a nice fit for Young, well, mainly because they only have like six players on their team right now. Berger notes as well: "Denver's interest in Sixers' Young is latest indication that Nuggets are preparing for Nene departure."
2:21 p.m.
  • From the Washington Post: "The Washington Wizards intend to retain Nick Young but realize that they will have competition from several teams, including Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Sacramento and Phoenix, according to sources with knowledge of the situation."
  • The Wolves want to keep Kevin Love, obviously, but it's a question of how much he's worth to them. Would that include the max? "Am I worth the max? I'll let the front office answer that question," Love told the Star Tribune. "I love Minneapolis, I love the Twin Cities. I really do like it here. I'm in a comfort zone. This is the first NBA city I fell in love with, so this is all I know. Maybe we'll keep it that way and maybe we won't."
10:36 a.m.
  • Matt Barnes told reporters this weekend that he spoke with Baron Davis and Dwight Howard and both players want to come to L.A.. It's Matt Barnes, so take it with a grain of salt, but still. 
  • Grant Hill is still interested in re-signing with the Suns, ESPN says, but both New York and Chicago have made "very interesting" offers. If Hill took less money to sign with Chicago, it would be a perfect fit. The only hang up is whether leaving Phoenix's crack training staff would leave to the injuries that left most of his career unfulfilled. At 39, you wouldn't think Hill has much left in the tank, but he played like a 33-year-old last season, and can consistently hit from the outside and midrange.
9:10 a.m.
  • ESPN.com reports that the Lakers could be in the market for Delonte West and Josh McRoberts. Both make quite a bit of sense for L.A. West is a serviceable point guard with a history with Mike Brown who can hit from the perimeter and score off the dribble. He can play out of control from time to time, but with the ball in Kobe Bryant's hand so often, that likely won't be as much of an issue. The Lakers need to stretch the floor and shoot better from the outside, and West helps in those areas. McRoberts is an interesting idea. He's a grinder big. He doesn't have huge size, but he does manage to make key plays, has a little bit of a mid-range game and can rebound. It would be interesting to see Luke Walton waived and McRoberts signed in his place. (HT: IAmAGM.com)
  • There's mutual interest between McRoberts and the Grizzlies as well, according to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. The Grizzlies attempted to trade O.J. Mayo at the deadline for McRoberts, but the deal fell through when the trade could not be completed before the deadline passed. That was fortunate for Memphis since Mayo went on to be a major contributor in their playoff run. Mayo is not expected to be retained as part of the "core" for Memphis after his string of embarassing incidents last season including a fight on a team plane with Tony Allen over a gambling dispute, and getting busted for a banned substance he says he bought in an energy drink at a gas station.
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weekpeak
Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:16 pm
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Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.5.11: Lakers looking at West?

That would be hilarious if the Lakers signed Delonte.  Talk about the lowest of low-character guys.  Gun toting, teammate mom-banging ball-hog.  West has been on like what, 5 teams arleady.  There's a reason.  Pair him with the immature Bynum, and a Kobe, who is still elite, but definitely starting the down side of his career, and the Lakers are DONE!!



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.5.11: Lakers looking at West?

And all those Freeagents u mentioned arent guys who were the number 1 options on there teams. Maybe Gasol but the others are just role players at best, and bynum is extremely over rated



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.5.11: Lakers looking at West?

Really Baron Davis is still in the NBA?? What the hell has he done in the last 5 years for any team esp a Championship Caliber team to want to sign him to even a 1 year deal? Funny Barnes is trying to recruit one of those guys to come to LA but if they do go there via trade Barnes will be the one getting traded with his overpaid salary.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.5.11: Lakers looking at West?

Here we go with the Kobe bashing and the season hasn't even started. Lebronze James is as much of a ball hog as anyone but the anointed one can do no wrong in the presses eyes, he could whip out his unit and pee on them in an interview and they would just genuflect and keep on going. What are the chances a premier player would even get to touch the ball in Miami, or in New York with Carmelo Anthony, a ball hog if there ever was one.



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:36 am
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.5.11: Lakers looking at West?

World, IMO, the problem is that free agents dont want to play with Kobe. Lebron and Wade are, sometimes to the Heat's detriment, less selfish players.




Most delusional statement ever made. ^^^^^!



Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:15 am
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.5.11: Lakers looking at West?

Free agents don't wanna play with Kobe? Ok. You mean guys like Odom, and Gasol, and Fisher, and Bynum who all signed long-term deals knowing full well Kobe would be here but signed anyway?

Are those the FA's you were talking about? I get the sense you aren't all that tuned in to the respect and admiration Kobe gets from his teammates. The mainstream media tends to make a big deal out of the conflict-or is this, once again, about Shaq/Kobe?  



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:44 am
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.5.11: Lakers looking at West?

World, IMO, the problem is that free agents dont want to play with Kobe. Lebron and Wade are, sometimes to the Heat's detriment, less selfish players.



Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:08 am
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.5.11: Lakers looking at West?

As a Lakers fan, I certainly hope the lakers set their sights highter than Josh McRoberts and Delonte West.  Miami's Pat Riley goes after the big fish...like Greg Oden, Caron Butler, etc...by selling the opportunity to play in a sunny market and get a championship.  Lakers can do much better with their limited money than Roberts and West.


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