Tag:2010 free agency
Posted on: October 14, 2010 6:00 pm

Cleveland staying Comic, sans LeBron

Cavs employ worst font in history of world for new floor. Posted by Matt Moore

Come on, Cleveland. You're kidding, right? This is some sort of inside joke? You're not really going to...

Let me back up. Let's say you, like most of America, are not into fonts. Typography isn't exactly riveting stuff. I'm no expert myself. But one that's pretty apparent from every graphic designer, copy editor, and artist I know is that Comic Sans is the single worst font to ever be created. It was part of what garnered Cavs owner Dan Gilbert such mockery when he dropped his letter about LeBron. Sure, you can go over the top and make James out to be the worst villain since the Joker, but you need to do it with a grown man font. Not Comic Sans. And yet, that was his option.

But ha ha, remember that time Gilbert used Comic Sans to drop a tirade on the King? Nice piece of trivia.

It's back. Like a bad batch of spinach, Comic Sans is being regurgitated in Cleveland. Via Ball Don't Lie , the Cavs unveiled their new court today and in one of the images, you'll notice the following:

Jeez, Cleveland. Is that really necessary? I get the "If you've got it, flaunt it" but really? The fans are already suffering enough having watched you fail to surround the best player in the league with the talent to win a championship, and then fail to secure his services for the future, now you're going to punish them with this font being burned into their eyes on a nightly basis? Cruel, Cleveland. Cruel. Cleveland Masochists might make a better name.
Posted on: October 8, 2010 5:09 pm

LeBron gives Cleveland lovely parting gift

"Decision" revenue donated to charity as promised, with proceeds partially going to Cleveland Boys and Girls club, up to $160,000.
Posted by Matt Moore

Say what you want, but LeBron is a man of his word.

Okay, just about one thing, but still. It's something. James pledged to donate all the sponsorship dough pulled in from "The Decision," a little television special you may have heard of, to the Boys and Girls Club of America. The special where he tore the heart out of Cleveland while it was still beating generated $3 million in revenue, all of which is going to various clubs across the country. Including... the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland. DUNH-DUNH-DUNH .

Fox 8 in Cleveland reports that James will donate $160,000 plus computers and Nike gear to the Cleveland chapter of the charity for youngsters. Akron, Miami, Chicago, LA, and New York also received portions. But it's a good will move that will likely, well, probably do nothing. This was something good James did, and he hasn't committed a crime, but for some reason what he did has turned people's stomachs enough to be stuck against him for the forseeable future. The best way to turn the tide in his favor? Bring home a ring with his talents back to South Beach. Not that that will make Cleveland feel any better. They're probably, and rightfully, clamoring for the Club to use the money for new toilets or something. Or maybe to pay for a new landfill for all his Cleveland merchandise.

"The Decison" will go down in infamy as one of the worst PR moves in all of sports. But the fact remains that he took an opportunity to expand his brand, reached across to casual non-sports fans and made an impact, and raised $3 million for charity. Not bad for nine words.
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:47 pm

Report: Delonte West to return to Boston

Posted by Royce Young

And the Celtics roster continues to get weirder. A league source tells the Boston Herald that Delonte West is ready to sign a deal with Boston.

West of course had one stint already with the Celtics, as he was drafted 24th overall in the 2004 draft and played in Boston for three years. He was then traded to Seattle in a deal that brought in Ray Allen. He most recently played with LeBron in Cleveland, but then was traded to Minnesota were he was promptly released.

The Herald says West will sign a non-guaranteed contract and will be in training camp this fall. So a spot on the roster is not a lock for the volatile guard.  West is suspended for the first 10 games this season for pleading guilty to a gun charge.

West is a helpful role player when his head is right. He might be able to settle in as the team's backup point guard behind Rajon Rondo as currently rookie Avery Bradley is playing behind Rondo. The Celtic bench doesn't have a ton of punch off it currently with Marquis Daniels and Nate Robinson being the top scoring names right now. Of course Jermaine O'Neal and Glen Davis are on Boston's second unit, but in terms of guard production, the Celtics are a bit thin, especially after losing Tony Allen to free agency.

Last season in Cleveland, West played in 60 games and averaged 8.8 points and 3.3 assists in 25 minutes a game.
Posted on: August 23, 2010 2:54 pm

Kwame Brown to reunite with Jordan in Charlotte

Posted by Royce Young

It's hard to forget the last time Michael Jordan and Kwame Brown negotiated a contract. Brown was taken first overall in 2001 by Jordan and the Wizards, and promptly busted. Now, they're together again.

Marc Stein of ESPN reports Brown will sign a deal with the Charlotte Bobcats for the league's veteran minimum. It's been 10 years since Jordan took Brown No. 1 overall in a move that seriously altered both of their careers. But the Bobcats are looking for a little frontcourt depth and for what he is now, Brown can help provide some of that.

Mark Bartelstein, Brown's agent, told Stein that Brown is trying to "create a new chapter" in his relationship with Jordan. Right now Charlotte is pretty thin up front with Erick Dampier's contract almost certainly to be bought out. Other than that, Charlotte has Boris Diaw, Tyrus Thomas and Nazr Mohammed on the inside. So it's safe to say that Brown found a team that he should at least find minutes on.

Last season Brown played for the Pistons appearing in 48 games, averaging 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game.
Posted on: August 19, 2010 2:12 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2010 2:12 pm

Boykins and Bucks near deal

Posted by Royce Young

Fear the baby deer. Earl Boykins is close to signing with Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

The signing would round out the Bucks point guard group with Brandon Jennings, Keyon Dooling who was signed after Luke Ridnour moved to Minnesota and now Boykins.

This would be a return to Milwaukee for Boykins who played for the Bucks in 2006-07. Last season, the 5-foot-5 guard played witht he Wizards and appeared in 67 games, averaging 6.6 points and 2.6 assists in almost 17 minutes a game. Depending on how you count teams, this would be Boykins' ninth team in 11 NBA seasons.

Boykins' signing pretty much rounds out the Milwaukee roster, putting the Bucks at 14. Most teams like to keep that 15th spot flexible so more than likely, second round pick Tony Gallon will be heading to Europe (or the D-League) next season.
Posted on: August 6, 2010 8:27 am

Shootaround 8.6.10: Mason signs with NY

Posted by Royce Young
  • Tom Haberstroh for ESPN.com making a case that Carmelo Anthony is not a max player: "If the New York Knicks, rumored to be the favorites to land Melo if he decides to leave Denver, are expecting salvation from Anthony next summer, they're going to be very disappointed with their investment. It would be a much a wiser move to throw that cash toward the pursuit of Chris Paul, a real max player."
  • Ziller of NBA FanHouse has a set as well and the US comes in No. 2 : "That the United States is the overwhelming Vegas favorites at the Worlds is a sign the betting public has no short- or long-term memory. Hasn't Team USA already proven chemistry can't be conjured in two months? Remember, the first travails of the Redeem Team ended up defeat (and some would say humiliation): in 2006, when LeBron James , Dwyane Wade , Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant first got together, Greece knocked them out of contention in the semifinals of the World Championship."
  • Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook does a pretty outstanding job of breaking down a fast break: "In my opinion, a good outlet pass is the key to a fast break.  If the rebounder can get the ball out to the point guard on the run, you got the makings of a fast break because the point guard doesn’t have to slow down to make the catch and he can put pressure on the defense.  A bad outlet pass can force a point guard to break his momentum to make the catch, and that allows the defense to get back on defense."
  • Rob Mahoney of The Two Man Game with a look at positional classification : "To those still clinging to what they know, I’d ask this: what’s a power forward? What characteristics link Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Rashard Lewis, Lamar Odom, Reggie Evans, Tyrus Thomas, and J.J. Hickson? Not rebounding. Not scoring. Not skill set. Not height relative to their teammates. Not even the spaces they occupy on the floor. I’m at a total loss as to the criterion that would group that bunch together, which makes the assessment “Player X isn’t a real power forward” pretty much worthless. I think I know what it means, but without the ability to define the contemporary power forward, how could I really know for sure?"
  • Shaq might be making just the veteran minimum but don't feel sorry for him too long. Last year, he generated $15 million in endorsements and experts say he should make more in Boston: “Shaq is a marketing giant,” said John Vrooman, a sports economist at Vanderbilt University. “He will benefit from the Hub’s strong media presence, where there’s money to be made on local endorsements.”
Posted on: August 5, 2010 3:43 pm

Free Agency Layup Line: Shaq, Weaver, Law

Posted by Royce Young

A couple quick hits to make sure everyone is up to speed on free agency:
  • Shaq has officially signed a two-year deal with the Celtics. Danny Ainge said in a statement: “It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team ... I remember in 1985, we signed Bill Walton, and his addition put us over the top. We feel that with the addition of Shaq, we’ll have one of the best front lines in the league, and, when Kendrick Perkins returns, the deepest. Shaq has made it clear that he would do whatever it takes to help the team raise Banner 18, and we look forward to working towards that goal together.’’
  • The Grizzlies are reportedly about to sign guard Acie Law. GM Chris Wallace said Wednesday the team intends to sign him. Law worked out for the Grizzlies earlier this week and evidently impressed. He'll be brought in to help in the backcourt with Mike Conley and rookie Greivis Vasquez. HoopsWorld reports it's a one-year deal.
  • Brian T. Smith of The Columbian reports the Blazers are still exploring options for possibly moving Fernandez. He says wide variety of deals are being considered, but nothing is pending. The Knicks were a candidate but if they are close to signing Roger Mason Jr., Fernandez would likely be headed somewhere else.
  • Larry Johnson - yes, Grandmama himself - is interested in joining Chicago's coaching staff. Johnson has a history with new Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as he played for the New York Knicks from 1996-2001, while Thibodeau was on the coaching staff working under Jeff Van Gundy.
  • The Suns have signed sharpshooting summer leaguer Matt Janning to a two-year, minimum salary contract. A Northeastern product, Janning is a combo guard and at 6-5, should be able to to play multiple positions. "With his great feel for the game and his size, he can play two positions and come off screens and shoot and dump to screeners," said Suns Director of Player Personell Todd Quinter to AZCentral.com.
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 1:52 pm

Shannon Brown to sign two-year deal with LA

Posted by Royce Young

According to Chris Tomasson of FanHouse , Shannon Brown will indeed be returning to the Lakers. He's set to sign a two-year, $4.6 million contract, with the second year being a player option.

As Tomasson noted,
Brown opted out of $2.149M and got $2.2M. The Lakers played hardball, which they can do because they're the Lakers. But with a player option, Brown can do this all over again next summer if he wants.

Brown is just 24 and was a productive player off the bench for the Lakers last season. In 20.7 minutes a game, he averaged 8.1 points per game and 1.3 assists. And that was in splitting some time with Jordan Farmar.

Now Farmar's gone to New Jersey, but the Lakers still brought in another point guard in Steve Blake to play behind Derek Fisher. The reasoning is likely because Brown isn't your traditional backup point guard. He likes to score and shoot and really looks to pass third or fourth behind shooting, jumping and jumping really high.

Brown was rumored to be going to both New York and Chicago at different points, but eventually stayed with the Lakers. He makes the Laker bench that much stronger and having a third point guard that can also slide over and play a little shooting guard is a valauble thing.

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