Posted on: November 26, 2010 1:53 am
Edited on: November 26, 2010 12:43 pm
A list of NBA deals on the biggest shopping day of the year. Posted by Matt Moore
As we speak the hording masses are overrunning exhausted store clerks in a mad Turducken-leftover fueled crush of commerce that we call Black Friday. From sweatpants to hot pants to hi-def televisions and tablets with screens two sizes too small, the countryside is alive with the sound of financial transactions, and everything is on sale.
But what about in the NBA? Surely as your aunt is busy buying you long underwear that looks like it may have been part of Carrot Top's personal brand, there are similar discount deals available across the league, and indeed, we have some. If your team is looking for that perfectly holiday gift to complete their team, here's a few of the bargain Black Friday deals they can find on sale right now.
Expiring Veteran Power Forward, 50 cents on the dollar! Troy Murphy is healthy. Troy Murphy has a good track record of production. Troy Murphy is not with the Nets. The Nets sent him home to "get in condition" even though he says he's good to go. It's partially because he's having trouble getting up to speed with his injury and partially because Avery Johnson is as temperamental as that dynamite they found on LOST . Just because it's not working out for him so far in New Jersey doesn't mean he wouldn't work fine. He's like that toaster with the beat up box that's sold as-is.
Numbskull Wing, Buy 1, get 1 pick free! Speaking of Avery Johnson and his endless spring of patience, Terrence Williams is also at home , after being suspended for violating team rules. Now, Ben Golliver thinks Williams is just a knucklehead , and that's certainly possible. But this is the NBA. Knuckleheads make millions of dollars and wind up winning championships. Williams is talented but apparently doesn't have a spot in Averyland. Teams looking to snag a rookie contract with some talent can likely get Williams for a kind word and low first round pick at this point. Throw the Nets a bone with some actual talent and you can likely swing Williams and one of the Nets' picks. That is if Avery doesn't let him go on Black Friday all together.
Slumping Sub-Star, 75 cents on the dollar! O.J. Mayo is in a slump. He hasn't hit a wall, he's not regressing, he is still the third best player on the Memphis Grizzlies. But he's hit a slump. And instead of the endless amount of patience spent on Mike Conley over the past four years (which is working out brilliantly for the Grizzlies, despite my being a moron and blasting him as the worst point guard in basketball which is no longer true), apparently all those games O.J. helped win them mean less as he's been jerked to the bench. Lionel Hollins says it's just because he wants scoring punch off the bench . But Xavier Henry is now starting, despite him being approximately as prepared as a 9th grade pothead for organic chemistry. With Mike Conley's (totally reasonable!) extension, and Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph also due extensions, moving Mayo would simplify matters significantly for the Grizzlies. But they have to do so while he's in a slump. Trading a brilliant scrorer while he's lighting it up just won't do. Get 'em while the Mayo's... nevermind.
"Off-Limits" Superstar, Super-Secret Bargain Find! Denver's 8-6. Which ain't bad. It's also not great. And while there have been times when Denver looked decent, there have also been times when they look like they're inches away from utter implosion. and still... Melo doesn't have an extension.
And without an extension, he's still on the market. Denver's holding out hope, but they're also swaying. It just takes the right set of pressure applied to the right time to get a crack. And from there, you've got Melo. The idea of needing him with extension is fading as teams start convincing themselves they can convince him at season's end. So the trick is to apply the pressure and get Ujiri at the right moment before the offers start increasing, driving the value up. Melo's not off the table. And as long as he's not locked down, he's for sale.
Mega-Star Up for Grabs, Inquire For Availability . Chris Bosh can't be on the market. Right? I mean, he can't be. He just got there. But if there's one member of the team that best represents the failures of the team's promise, it's Bosh. Bosh, who never waned to play center specifically because he's not made of steel and brawn, has been seen as a failure because he isn't those things on a team that needs it. He's less of a power forward and more of a grace forward. At least LeBron's got the numbers; Bosh has a few nice games and that's all.
Moving Bosh would be nearly impossible even if the Heat wanted to, due to the fact that right now he looks like a weak-willed third wheel with a massive contract. But if some team really wanted a superstar and had a package of talented bigs to offer, it's hard to see Pat Riley not at least writing the figures down on a notepad to kick around later.
Vintage Antique, Will Accept Best Offer. Juwan Howard is easy to make jokes about at 37 years old. But he got it done for the Blazers last year and wasn't the worst Heat player this year. If your team needs a big with experience, Howard's got it in spades. Just make sure you wipe the dust off the bottle.
Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:22 pm
The Miami Heat have developed a hand signal. Posted by Ben Golliver.
It wasn't enough for the Miami Heat to be the talk of the NBA for the entire summer, after LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decided to team up in South Beach. It wasn't enough for the Heat to attract veterans like Mike Miller, Jerry Stackhouse, Juwan Howard and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to fill out the roster. It wasn't enough for the Heat to be so loaded that they had 18 or 19 quality NBA players in their training camp, making roster cutdowns more painful in Miami than anywhere else in the league. None of it was enough, so the Miami Heat have decided to develop a coordinated team hand signal to establish themselves as cooler than the rest of the world, and the team is using it so often that we now have no choice but to write about. Via Getty images, here's LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and company pinching their fingertips together with both hands raised above their head. Here's a closer look at the sign, as demonstrated by Heat reserve point guard Patrick Beverley on Twitter. So what does the hand signal mean? Heat guards Wade and Mario Chalmers have made reference to the sign recently on Twitter, with Wade saying he was going to keep its meaning a secret. Surya Fernandez of HotHotHoops.com caught up with Beverley to chase down an explanation.
While coach Erik Spoelstra and later Juwan Howard trotted out for messages to the crowd, the Heat team started in with a new silent hand signal of pinching their fingertips together with raised hands as the team saluted the crowd after the scrimmage ended and during an impromptu dunk display featuring LeBron and Patrick Beverley.
Was the gesture an inside joke? Perhaps it’s a sign of unity or maybe an acknowledgment to the crowd (or haters?). The reason why the team has started doing it has something to do with Beverley, who is acknowledged as the player who introduced it to the team, but he is tight-lipped about it.
“It’s part of our secret society,” joked Beverley. “I grew up doing it but the rest? No comment. Let’s just leave it at that.”Congratulations. Not even Andy Bernard would want to join that secret society. I've gotta say I'm stumped on this one. I carefully investigated this chart and determined that they are not making the American Sign Language sign for any of the 26 letters in the alphabet. Past that, it's hard to care. Tas Melas at The Score ventures that the the hand signal is a hush to the haters, a way to visually silence their critics. But this whole thing begs the question: Whatever happened to the good old days, when hand signals actually stood for something meaningful?
Posted on: October 17, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2010 5:45 pm
Back on July 29, roly-poly rifleman Eddie House left the New York Knicks (after a midseason trade from the Boston Celtics) in his rear view to sign on as a free agent hired gun for the Miami Heat. The brash, plump guard made the biggest no-brainer in the history of Earth, joining a stacked roster that already included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and is poised to compete for an NBA title for the next 173 seasons.
House's role with the Heat isn't complicated: he will be expected to space the floor, knock down the open shot, provide some change-of-pace hustle and, apparently, go on Tony Montana style rants to keep things interesting and to ratchet up a "Heat against the world" mentality.
Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post says good night to Miami's new bad guy.
In the big screen rendition of this scene, I think Heat forward Juwan Howard could fill in nicely as Chico, the quiet, mature, mustachioed bodyguard who keeps Eddie House from breaking any laws or turning over too many dining room tables.
Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:24 am
Edited on: July 22, 2010 12:40 pm
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Posted on: July 10, 2010 3:59 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The Heat are starting to round out their roster of death. Marc Spears of Yahoo! reports Miami is close to signing veteran big man Juwan Howard to a $1.4 million deal. The contract is the veteran minimum.
Howard, 37, most recently played with the Portland Trail Blazers, averaging 6.0 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game in 73 games.
So if this deal goes through, along with the reported Mike Miller signing plus the rumored Udonis Haslem signing, Miami would be sitting at eight roster players, including Joel Anthony. That would put them needing five most warm bodies to fill out the roster, and that's not including the Heat's three second-round picks.
But Howard is an excellent veteran big man to play behind Chris Bosh. He always gives productive minutes and was a big help to the injury plagued Blazers last year. For Howard, a veteran surely looking to make a last stand, and the Heat, a team looking for players looking to make a last stand, this deal makes a lot of sense.
But as Trey Kerby of Ball Don't Lie points out , he still needs to chill out .