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Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 9:38 pm
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Pop Quiz: Can Chandler help remake the Warriors?

Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell ... Wait, we're almost to winter. What happened? Who cares, there's a season! The NBA season is right around the corner, and NBA training camp starts in just a couple weeks. To get you ready for the season, we've put together some pop quizzes. Pencils ready? We continue our Pop Quizzes with this question... 

Can Tyson Chandler help remake the Warriors?

By Matt Moore  

If Dwight Howard is a model of greatness to himself, Greg Oden is the mystery of a career lost, and Andrew Bynum is the intriguing incomplete whippersnapper, then there's a missing archetype. The hyper-competent, hyper-efficient, all-around veteran difference maker who has toughness a young guy can't have, the toughness that comes with maturity.

In the 2011 free agency, that archetype is personified by Tyson Chandler.

Tyson Chandler's story is pretty interesting. From a stone-handed bust for the Chicago Bulls to Chris Paul's alley-oop partner, Chandler was considered only valuable next to a guard like Paul as recently as 2009. He had injury issues, one of which derailed a trade to the Thunder. He wound up in Charlotte, had a forgettable year, and then made his way to Dallas. Boom.

He was the difference, in every way, for the Mavericks. For years the Mavericks were thought of as weak, as poor defensively, as lacking resolve, as lacking toughness around the rim. Chandler changed all of that. He attacks relentlessly and has the veteran sense to understand spacing to float and recover. If you want numbers, he allows just a 39 percent field goal percentage against the pick-and-roll according to Synergy Sports. He blocked 3 percent of all shots last year, including 19 blocks in 21 playoff games.

But it was more than just numbers. It was his approach. Not overly emotional, not tempermental, not prone to impulse. Making the right play, making it strong, and finishing alley-oop after alley-oop. 62 of Chandler's 266 makes last season were on pick-and-roll scoring opportunities and most of those were alley-oops. He and J.J. Barea had a very unique set of chemistry.

Chandler is a pro's pro at this point in his career, and in a league in desperate need of quality starting centers, he does all the things you look for a big man to do. Which is why he's got so many suitors. Reports over the weekend indicated that Chandler's biggest options were Houston, New Jersey (who want to sign every single free agent on the market), and the Golden State Warriors.

That's right, it's a new day in the Bay (so why don't you call it a day and eat some hay, what do ya' say, I just may) and Mark Jackson has vowed to turn the Warriors into a defensive-minded team. When new ownership and management came out alongside Jackson and said that they would be focusing on getting big men, it seemeed laughable. But now the Warriors are in a position to move from their constant rebuilding status of the past few years into at least "acceptably decent" territory. Chandler puts them lightyears ahead.

With a defensive minded coach, if Jackson can reach them, the Warriors have a dynamic point guard who can shoot from anywhere in Stephen Curry, a prolific scorer in Monta Ellis, a low-post scorer and volume rebounder in David Lee, a plethora of talented wings, a young raw big man in Ekpe Udoh who showed flashes last year, and a championship big man in Tyson Chandler. Having that kind of defense at the rim shifts the entire function of the team. If you don't believe a system and capable bigs can help a team with poor defensive talent, I direct you to the fact the Chicago Bulls had one of the best defenses in the league last season and started Carlos Boozer while bringing Kyle Korver off the bench.

Chandler is likely going to draw a King' ransom based on his reputation, the weakness of this free agency class, the weakness of this league at the center position, and the teams currently in the market. Golden State is a big-market team looking to put itself on the map with new owners, a new coach, and players they can trade, most notably Ellis, who has been on the block for what feels like a decade.

Chandler is 29, if he's given a near-max extension or, even worse, a max, he'll be 32 when the deal expires. That's a quality length of time. Golden State has tried going young and athletic, now it wants to get serious.

It doesn't get much more serious than Tyson Chandler.

The Warriors could be in position to make a serious move in 2011-2012.
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Butler looking at Bulls, Spurs, Nets, Clippers?

Posted by Royce Young

Take away a major knee injury and Caron Butler might be one of the prizes of this free agent class. Not to say he's not something contending teams are after though. He's still a very enticing piece to someone's puzzle.

Question is, who is that someone? Because there are a lot of them. After reports of legit interest in the Bulls, Butler is said to be meeting with the Bulls and Clippers on Monday, the Spurs on Tuesday and the Nets on Wednesday and Thursday he could talk with the Pistons, according to ESPN Dallas.

Of note: The Dallas Mavericks aren't among the teams with interest in Butler right now. Not all that surprising given the Mavs roster and financial situation, but there was a thought that Dallas would try and keep him. The Mavs have said they'd like to keep Butler, but as of now, there's no reported meeting.

Problem for the Mavs is, they're already worrying about Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea, plus the new luxury tax rules that could change how they spend.

The Clippers will meet with Butler face-to-face at heir practice facility Monday.

You can be sure the Bulls will sign a wing in the next few weeks whether it's Butler, Arron Afflalo or someone else. The Clippers want more scoring to go with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon. The Spurs are always in the market for cheap veteran talent and with Richard Jefferson being iffy, Butler could be a nice replacement. The Nets want anything.

If I were handicapping this, I'd say the Bulls are the top option for Butler, but it's just whether or not the interest is mutual. It probably will depend on if the Bulls think they can get Afflalo. If not, the Clippers really do seem like a fit. They need a small forward badly and have the money to pay Butler.

And unfortunately for Mavs fans, I might put Dallas last in that list. Just doesn't seem like Butler will be back there.
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Butler looking at Bulls, Spurs, Nets, Clippers?

Posted by Royce Young

Take away a major knee injury and Caron Butler might be one of the prizes of this free agent class. Not to say he's not something contending teams are after though. He's still a very enticing piece to someone's puzzle.

Question is, who is that someone? Because there are a lot of them. After reports of legit interest in the Bulls, Butler is said to be meeting with the Bulls and Clippers on Monday, the Spurs on Tuesday and the Nets on Wednesday and Thursday he could talk with the Pistons, according to ESPN Dallas.

Of note: The Dallas Mavericks aren't among the teams with interest in Butler right now. Not all that surprising given the Mavs roster and financial situation, but there was a thought that Dallas would try and keep him. The Mavs have said they'd like to keep Butler, but as of now, there's no reported meeting.

Problem for the Mavs is, they're already worrying about Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea, plus the new luxury tax rules that could change how they spend.

The Clippers will meet with Butler face-to-face at heir practice facility Monday.

You can be sure the Bulls will sign a wing in the next few weeks whether it's Butler, Arron Afflalo or someone else. The Clippers want more scoring to go with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon. The Spurs are always in the market for cheap veteran talent and with Richard Jefferson being iffy, Butler could be a nice replacement. The Nets want anything.

If I were handicapping this, I'd say the Bulls are the top option for Butler, but it's just whether or not the interest is mutual. It probably will depend on if the Bulls think they can get Afflalo. If not, the Clippers really do seem like a fit. They need a small forward badly and have the money to pay Butler.

And unfortunately for Mavs fans, I might put Dallas last in that list. Just doesn't seem like Butler will be back there.
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:53 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Preview: NBA sets 5-game Christmas slate

Posted by Ben Golliver

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The NBA made its full 5-game Christmas Day slate official on Friday, releasing the opening night schedule in advance of Tuesday's full 2011-2012 schedule release. Here's a full game-by-game rundown for your holiday planning purposes. It's probably best to just ask for a divorce from your entire family right now.

Game 1: Boston Celtics at New York Knicks 12 p.m. ET TNT

A rematch of the 2011 Eastern Conference series that saw the Celtics rudely show the Knicks the door in four games, New York enters with homecourt advantage and, presumably, a return to full health. Amar'e Stoudemire's back should be better, Carmelo Anthony underwent offseason elbow surgery and veteran point guard Chauncey Billups who went down in the playoffs has had more than six months to get right.

The Celtics bring back their core four All-Stars in Rajon Rondo, Paul Piece, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, but there are plenty of questions as to who will make up the supporting cast. Be prepared to hear the words "last stand" for Boston and "Chris Paul" for New York ad nauseum on the broadcast. 

Game 2: Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks 2:30 p.m. ET ABC

The Big 3 and company must travel to Texas where the Mavericks will get to celebrate their 2011 NBA Finals victory over the Heat on opening night. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban couldn't have asked for anything more. Despite loads of roster questions and taking to the road on Christmas, Miami should enter the game as favorites, given that Vegas is convinced they are clearly the odds-on pick to win the 2012 title. Given how much time and energy LeBron James and Dwyane Wade spent working out and playing hoops this summer, it's a fair mantle to give them.

The big question for Dallas will be how much of last year's title-winners return? The roster is littered with free agents, including the staple of the defense, center Tyson Chandler, a major wing, Caron Butler, and key role guys in guards J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson. The free agency period will be a flurry of activity in Big D. 

Game 3: Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers 5 p.m. ET ABC

A marketer's dream: two supersize markets and storied franchises with two of the biggest names in the game head to head in the dream time slot on the league's showcase day. It was worth ending the lockout just for this game.

The Bulls will begin their quest back to the Eastern Conference Finals, hopefully with a new rotation piece or two to make the life of 2011 MVP point guard Derrick Rose easier. The Lakers usher in a new era under first year coach Mike Brown, who will have just a few weeks to learn that All-Star guard Kobe Bryant is in charge and his job is mostly to just push the right buttons when it comes to headcases Andrew Bynum (violent outrages), Pau Gasol (heart ache) and Metta World Peace (just about everything). 

Game 4: Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder 8 p.m. ET ESPN

The biggest question mark on the schedule: What will the Orlando Magic look like on Christmas? With rumor after rumor swirling around All-Star center Dwight Howard, and GM Otis Smith admitting that he is now open to trade possibilities, Orlando will carry a massive media storm into Oklahoma assuming that Howard isn't already dealt. Guard Gilbert Arenas will likely be shown the door with the amnesty clause and the Magic figure to be players on the trade market given their mediocre, overpriced roster parts.

If the Magic figure to be engulfed in turmoil, the Thunder should be just the opposite. Oklahoma City returns every important member of its rotation, including All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. A solid sleeper pick to win the 2012 NBA Finals, Oklahoma City has a carefully constructed top-8 that covers just about every base there is to cover. Playing in front of a raucous home crowd should make this a great coming out party for the maturing Thunder.

Game 5: Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN

The nightcap will be headlined by All-Star forward Blake Griffin, the league's most explosive up-and-coming inside force. Griffin's still-underrated sidekick, Eric Gordon, will get a nice opportunity to reintroduce himself to a national television audience.

Golden State has undergone a major makeover from the ownership level on down over the last 18 months and new coach Mark Jackson will make his professional debut. The Warriors figure to trot out their excellent backcourt one-two scoring punch in Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry and may even have a revamped post presence if they are able to get something done during free agency. The fifth game on the NBA's Christmas slate has shootout written all over it. Staying up late will be worth it.
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:18 am
 

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas



By Matt Moore
  

As much as everyone outside of the state of Florida may have wanted to enjoy watching the Heat as the Mavericks get their championship rings, it's not to be. Those interested in schadenfreude will have to settle for the Miami 3 watching the Mavericks' first championship banner be raised. 

WFAA in Dallas reports that Mark Cuban has informed them the Christmas Day season opener against the Heat will not be ring ceremony night for the Mavericks. It's customary for the first home game of the season to be ring ceremony night, but Cuban says that due to so many people likely having made other plans for Christmas in light of the ongoing lockout, he didn't want to leave them out. 

However, the banner will be raised to the rafters so fans can celebrate their championship team on their home floor for the first time. The Heat of course lost to the Mavericks in six games in last season's Finals.

The story should be about the Mavericks, but it will, as always, be about the Heat. How will they react watching the banner they were two wins away from obtaining be raised in front of them? Does it spell an omen or serve as motivation? Will it affect how they approach their first game of the season? A loss would leave the Heat 0-2 in season openers under the new Triad after last year's loss to the Celtics in Boston.

Either way, it's going to be a fairly brutal process for the Heat to sit and watch the title they nearly won be celebrated on their opponents' home floor. Great drama, just the thing to kick off the season with to start moving past the lockout.  
Posted on: December 1, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Report: Caron Butler has legit interest in Bulls

Posted by Ben Gollivercaron-butler

Miami Heat All-Star forward averaged 25.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.0 blocks per game in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Chicago Bulls. What more do you need to know about where Chicago should focus its attention during free agency than that?

The Chicago Tribune reports that Caron Butler, a big, athletic and skilled wing, could land in Chicago to help close the drastic perimeter gap between the two odds-on favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals this year.
Caron Butler has been working out in Chicago this offseason and is fully rehabilitated from surgery on his right knee. As the NBA free-agency period begins the test-the-waters mode, Butler's interest in the Bulls is legitimate, according to league sources. One source close to Butler said that Butler said early Thursday morning, "I hope I don't have to leave."

Interest in Butler is widespread. The Spurs, Heat, Clippers and Bulls are among the teams that expressed serious interest in him on Wednesday, the first day teams could contact agents. It's possible the Mavericks will enter the arena in an attempt to re-sign him too. 
Dallas is in a tough spot here. They are already well over the salary cap and will go into luxury tax territory if they are able to accomplish their top free agency goal: re-signing center Tyson Chandler. Butler has said he wants to return but retaining him would come at a doubly steep price for Dallas. Same thing for fellow free agents J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson. Nobody wants to bring the whole title-winning crew back more than owner Mark Cuban but it is a fiscally insane proposition.

Butler got a taste of a title last season but a serious knee injury prevented him from making an appearance down the stretch. He's three seasons remove from his career year -- 2008-2009 -- and he's 31 years old now, so the downslide is approaching. His scoring ability and 6-foot-7, 217-pound size are the major selling points and are badly needed by the Bulls. It's possible a team that is below the cap could offer Butler more than a Mid-Level Exception but if he leaves Dallas he probably makes the most sense as a full-MLE guy on a team with a real shot at title contention. That would, obviously, include the Bulls.
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Tyson Chandler think he'll be on a new team soon

Posted by Royce Young

The lockout isn't even officially over and the Mavericks could be losing one of their key championship pieces already. At least Tyson Chandler thinks so.

"I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp," Chandler told ESPN.com in a telephone interview Wednesday night. "I'm really taking a hard look at all of my options, trying to see what best suits me."

Chandler has already said that he feels the new collective bargaining agreement could mean he has to leave Dallas, which he wasn't happy about. The Mavs obviously want Chandler back, but if it's open season on him, he'll definitely be a top target for a lot of teams. But Chandler doesn't want to wait around.

"I would like this to be settled by early next week," Chandler said. "I want to be in camp with my new teammates as soon as possible."

But don't think just because Chandler says it's over, that it's over. This is all a negotiation, all part of the game. Chandler wants the most money he can possibly get and he's basically saying, "Hey Cuban, if you want to keep me, you'll have to pay up." Call it posturing, call it hardball, but Chandler is working to get everything he can.

Chandler has said repeatedly he wants to stay with the Mavericks and the team has maintained that their top offseason job was to bring him back. But according to the report, the Mavs fear that they won't be able to match the offers Chandler will get on the open market. Right now, assuming Dallas lets Caron Butler and J.J. Barea walk, the Mavs would only have $5-6 million in cap space for 2012 to make a run at Deron Williams, Dwight Howard or Chris Paul.

Top suitors for Chandler as of now are listed as the Nets, Warriors, Rockets and Raptors. But again, this is just how free agency works. The Mavs say they don't have the money to pay and Chandler says that he probably won't be back. Have we not learned anything from all the posturing and PR spin from the lockout? What you hear isn't what is truth.

Chandler very well may move on, but there's still time to get this figured out. I mean, the lockout isn't even actually over yet.
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Report: Rudy Fernandez wants to bail on Mavs?

Posted by Ben Golliverrudy-fernandez

Least shocking news of the day: It took less than 72 hours since the NBA's "tentative" labor deal was struck for perpetually petulant guard Rudy Fernandez to find his name in reports stating his unhappiness with the league and his preference for continuing to play in his homeland of Spain.

Spanish website ElConfidencial.com reported that Fernandez planned to travel to Dallas next week to meet with the Mavericks in an effort to arrange his immediate departure from the NBA's defending champions, potentially by buying out of his contract.

HoopsHype.com, quoting "a reliable source," quickly reported that the original report was erroneous.
“Rudy Fernandez’s plan is to join the Mavericks next week and play with them this year,” the source said. “Asking for a buyout is not an option at this moment at all. He wants to play with Dallas and do a good job there.”

“Plan A is for him to play with Dallas,” the source said. “I wouldn’t even call this plan B, more like plan C, but there’s a small chance the Mavericks could be asked to accept a buyout or asked to use the amnesty clause on Rudy if things are not looking good for him there, if there’s not a decent role for him there… Now that’s when the option of leaving Dallas would be considered. But there’s nothing true about that report right now.”
Fernandez was traded by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Mavericks on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft and has one year remaining on his rookie scale contract. Fernandez butted heads often with Blazers coach Nate McMillan as he desired a more consistent, meaningful role in Portland's rotation. Prior to the 2010-2011 season, he threatened not to show up to camp in an effort to get himself traded before relenting. He averaged 8.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Blazers last season and was virtually invisible during Portland's first round playoff series, shooting just 4-for-18 over six games.

Back in August, Fernandez inked a multi-year contract with Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, where he played during the lockout. He is averaging 16.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for Real Madrid in Spanish league play, according to DraftExpress.com. Fernandez, 26, won a gold medal for Spain at the 2011 EuroBasket tournament; his heart is clearly in Spain and it's possible that his long-term financial best interests are there, too.

This goes without saying, but the Mavericks will never, ever, ever use their amnesty clause on Fernandez, who is owed a paltry $2.1 million in 2011-2012. The Amnesty Clause can be used on any player currently on the roster at any time during the recently negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement. It's an extremely valuable cap management tool that can help mitigate against disastrous injury or overpaying for unproductive play. With Brendan Haywood on the books for more than $45 million guaranteed through 2015-2016, there's no way Dallas owner Mark Cuban burns his Amnesty card just to make Fernandez happy. It's a pipe dream.

As for agreeing to release Fernandez, the Mavericks have no real motivation for doing so. He's an affordable, serviceable -- if somewhat emotionally erratic and unreliable -- reserve guard who adds depth to their backcourt. Dallas might need to let J.J. Barea and/or DeShawn Stevenson go during free agency, meaning there is the potential for Fernandez to get some real run. Showing up and honoring his contract is the right thing to do, even if it might not be Fernandez's first choice. No matter what, he's free to return to Real Madrid in July 2012.
 
 
 
 
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