Posted on: August 23, 2010 2:04 pm
Raptors' guard injured in Spain-USA exhibition, will miss FIBA World Championships.
Posted by Matt Moore
Scratch another NBA player from the FIBA World Championships. Raptors guard Jose Calderon, playing for Spain, tore an unspecified muscle in his leg and is out. The good news for Toronto is that he's not expected to miss more than four weeks, meaning he should be good to go for training camp. For Spain, the news is unfortunate, but not terrible.
Spain's already strong on guards with both Juan Carlos Navarro and Ricky Rubio on roster, among others. With a limited number of games, depth isn't a terribly important issue, but you still don't like losing a reliable shooter in international play, which is so reliant on perimeter shooting.
The real pressure may move to Rubio, whose perimeter shooting is subject to quie a bit of doubt. Navarro can be relied on, but the kiddo's jumper is going to have to be better as the team prepares to take on the world.
Posted on: August 23, 2010 8:42 am
Posted by Royce Young
Posted on: July 13, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 3:47 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Assuming this one actually officially goes through, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger confirms that the Mavericks have traded Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najera to Charlotte for Alexis Ajinca and Tyson Chandler.
Rob Mahoney of the outstanding Mavericks blog The Two Man Game has some reaction :
This move isn’t a particularly good one, and it’s not going to thrust the Mavs into the title discussion. However, like the Ian Mahinmi signing, it stabilizes the frontcourt rotation and gives Dallas some depth in the middle. It’s important, but definitely underwhelming. Dampier’s contract was thought to be much more valuable than this.
If the Mavs could have picked up Chandler circa ‘07-’08, when he was one of the game’s elite interior defenders and a Chris Paul sidekick? This would be a definite upgrade. Yet as it stands, it’s actually very debatable whether Chandler is better than Erick Dampier at all . Even gifting Chandler the advantage, it’s entirely possible that Damp’s contract, which was supposed to add a significant, long-term piece for the Mavs, could have no direct roster impact past next season. The Mavs may choose to let Tyson walk next summer, and for all of the hullabaloo, that’s awfully anticlimactic.
Hard to argue with that. Damp is 34 and averaged 6.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg in 55 games last season for Dallas. Chandler is 27 and averaged 6.5 ppg and 6.3 rpg in 51 games last season for Charlotte. Plus, Chandler has all those injury concerns.Previously, the Bobcats had a deal in place bringing Jose Calderon and Reggie Evans to Charlotte, but owner Michael Jordan backed out on that. Reportedly, coach Larry Brown didn't like the initial deal very much. The Bobcats are "very likely" to waive Dampier, Adrian Wojnarowski reports .
Obviously Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo has got to be pretty miffed right now. He had a great deal in place that would immediately help his squad and alliviate some of the pain in losing Chris Bosh. Instead, Jordan and the Cats backed off and Colangelo lost his trade. Basically, the Bobcats went for cap space and expiring contracts rather than roster help. Such is the NBA world we live in.
Posted on: July 13, 2010 10:09 am
Edited on: July 13, 2010 2:53 pm
Posted by Royce Young
UPDATE : The deal is reportedly dead .
Yesterday, a reported trade sending Charlotte players Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw to Toronto for Jose Calderon and Reggie Evans appeared to a feather in Raptor GM Bryan Colangelo's cap.
But today, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is having second thoughts.
Being traded and then not being traded is nothing new to Chandler who if you'll recall was part of a rescinded deal in 2009 involving his former team the Hornets and Oklahoma City. But this time, it's his team that's having second thoughts about trading him.
Ken Berger makes a great point about the potential deal : In the make-believe world of NBA trades, this one actually makes sense. The Raptors get rid of Turkoglu, who was never happy with his role in Toronto, and get a playmaker in Barbosa with only a one-year commitment. They use a portion of the $14.5 million trade exception received in the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade to make the deal pass muster under the 125 percent rule required to validate trades between teams that are over the salary cap. Turkoglu is on the books for $9.8 millon next season. Chandler and Diaw further bolster the Raptors' efforts to reload after Bosh's departure to Miami."
Wojnarowski says the trade isn’t dead, but the two sides will talk again on Tuesday morning and the Raptors will try to push the trade through.
Posted on: July 12, 2010 1:53 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2010 2:14 pm
Posted by Matt Moore
So this big ol' series of trades went down late last night , and it's now evolving into something even more complex (KB has the rundown ). Here's the rundown for you for where we're at, with pieces still moving. We'll keep you updated, but as it stands:
Suns get: Hedo Turkoglu
Raptors get: Leandro Barbosa
Bobcats get: Jose Calderon
Hawks get: Trade exception
Okay, then. Glad you boys were able to find ways to amuse yourselves. Let's break it down team by team.
Suns: This is an incredibly complex deal for them with lots of variables and moving parts. To simplify. Hedo Turkoglu still has some life left in him and the magical healing powers in Phoenix could do wonders for him, but putting him at power forward could be outright disastrous and it otherwise creates a traffic jam at the wing. This is all besides the fact that he's really expensive. Childress on the other hand is a steal, who can run point forward, play from the wing, hit from the perimeter, is young, versatile, and is a tremendous pickup, especially at the sign-and-trade price they're getting him at.
The angle that gets really bizarre in this whole thing? The Suns have been reportedly pursuing agent Lon Babby for their general manager position. Okay, kind of a step outside the box, but nothing too weird. Except who are two of Babby's clients?
Josh Childress and Hedo Turkoglu.
Well, then. This rabbit hole seems to go a ways down. But all in all, this is a strong effort from the Suns who have given themselves options and depth with their moves after Amar'e. While they're definitely going to lose some punch, they may have acquired enough to stay in the race in the West, provided Steve Nash keeps being, you know, Steve Nash.
Raptors: You want a rebuilding project? Brian Colangelo will show you a rebuilding project! If Colangelo is able to get both of these deals he will have moved over $71 million in assets between Calderon and Turkoglu in under 12 hours, taking on $45 million for a defensive center who can actually rebound (when healthy), a versatile combo-forward-center, and a speedy 2-guard that can provide sixth man punch.
When you rebuild a team, you have to gut it. You can't wait around hoping to turn your piecemeal collection of underachieving assets into something good with the right additions, unless they're very young (Thunder). You take your biggest remaining contract and you ditch it. Then you take your next biggest contract and you try and ditch it. Then you fill in with talented guys at the end of their deals looking to hit free agency.
And that's what BC has done here. He hasn't brought in a savior, but he's brought on good players with short term deals. Chandler in particular will be the most attractive expiring contract on the market this year at $12.6 million. Barbosa has a player option for 2011 which he may exercise, depending on the CBA and how this year goes. And Diaw also has an expiring at 9 million. He hasn't just cut payroll with these moves while bringing in talent to tide the team over, he's done it in such a way as to give him even more tradeable assets.
Meanwhile, in shocking news, this team won't be able to defend anyone. As bad as they were on defense last year, and they were bad , they might be worse this season. Chandler hasn't proven he can stay healthy and his impact has been limited since New Orleans. Barbosa and Diaw are sieves and they lost their best defender in Bosh. But with Amir Johnson, there's some hope, along with Weems and DeRozan.
Bobcats: The team that rebuilds through trade keeps rolling along. Continuing a pattern of consistent trading throughout Larry Brown's time with the team, the Bobcats have moved yet another series of components in order to fill needs. Moving Chandler and Diaw makes room for Tyrus Thomas and cuts down their payroll while adding an actual legit point guard in Calderon. It does create some shallow depth down low, but also fills an immediate need at point guard with Raymond Felton dishing to Amar'e Stoudemire in New York. This isn't a coup, but it cuts salary and brings in offense, two things that Charlotte desperately needed.
Larry Brown is proving that you don't have to draft well to improve your team. There's more than one way to.. er, skin a cat.