Tag:Danilo Gallinari
Posted on: April 18, 2011 1:48 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 2:33 am
 

Thunder-Nuggets: Interference call costs Nuggets?

No-call on basket interference call may have cost the Nuggets dearly late in a close game vs. the Thunder
Posted by Matt Moore

In the Thunder's epic Game 1 against the Denver Nuggets, there were an incredible amount of seemingly big moments. Every time one team would land a haymaker, the other would respond. Just when Denver thought it had buried the Thunder, Kevin Durant would land another three. Just when OKC thought it had finally cemented the comeback with a six-point lead late, Nene charged back. And then, this play happened to give the the Thunder a one-point lead late. 



It's a close call, but...
Here's the definition from the NBA's rulebook. The one most will look at is Rule 11, Section 1-A, b.:

b. Touch the ball when it is above the basket ring and within the imaginary cylinder


But it's not that simple. Nowhere in Rule 11. is the definition of "in the cylinder" defined. The ball is clearly in the cylinder... partly. Take a look. 




So it seems easy, right? Half the ball is in the cylinder. So it's in the cylinder. But the NBA rulebook does not define "in the cylinder." It's a judgment call, likely left open to protect the officials, like a lot of rule interpretations. But without that, you can make the argument it was in, and out, of the cylinder. 

But what about the net? That's the obvious thing, right? Funny thing. Here's the only place the net is mentioned in the interference/goaltending section outside of coming up from inside it, from the full rulebook:

h. Vibrate the rim, net or backboard so as to cause the ball to make an unnatural bounce, or bend or move the rim to an off-center position when the ball is touching the ring or passing through.



Okay, so grabbing the net obviously will vibrate it. But a. the ball is neither touching the ring nor passing through, and b. he did not cause the ball to make an unnatural bounce nor c. move the rim. Unless you want to get into chaos theory, which is a slippery freaking slope. 

So. The ball was both in and out of the cylinder. And Perkins did touch the net but did not create an unnatural bounce, nor move the rim. But wait, there's more! How about G.? 

g. Touch any live ball from within the playing area that is on its downward flight with an opportunity to touch the basket ring. This is considered to be a "field goal attempt" or trying for a goal.



Okay, so it's a live ball. It's in the playing area. And it's on its downward flight with an opportunity to touch the basket ring (the ball winds up hitting the rim as Perkins guides it down). so it's the equivalent of a defensive player swatting a ball on the way down. Except the ball has already hit rim. So it's not really applicable here. Plus, if this was taken literally, the alley-oop would be illegal off a missed shot. 

So we're back to b. and h.. Is the ball in the cylinder? Is using the net causing an unnatural bounce? 

Then there's this video. It walks you through a similar situation, and the determination is that the call is interference because the base of the ball is on the rim. As the ball's path leads it to bounce off the rim and out,  you could argue that's not the case here. And since Perkins touches it just before it hits rim, it also gets out of that. 

At its heart, this comes down to the cylinder. The most widely accepted terminology is that if any part of the ball is in the cylinder, it's a violation. But since the NBA rulebook doesn't define that, it leads to situations like this. Which is going to make tomorrow tons of fun for Stu Jackson. 

The reason the play was important was because it gave the Thunder a one-point lead. A Westbrook jumper would give the Thunder a three-point lead, and the Nuggets faced a three-point deficit instead of a one-point deficit. 

Now, from there, Raymond Felton blew a possesion in a terrible way, which is on him. The Nuggets missed a ton of free throws, which is on them. The Nuggets had every opportunity to win this game and did fail to close the deal. But it does create a really bizarre situation. 

We'll update you with the league's explanation for how this play was correctly, or should have been called. 

Update from a Twitter follower, from an NBA explanation post:
Once the ball is on or directly above the rim, no player can not touch the ball.



Of course whether the ball is directly above the rim...
Posted on: April 15, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Thunder-Nuggets Preview: There will be blood

Posted by Royce Young



I. Intro:  No. 5 seed Denver Nuggets (50-32) vs. No. 4 seed Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27)

It's already being looked at as the "fun series" to watch. The young, athletic Thunder versus the young, athletic Nuggets. Some seem to be torn on the outcome which says one thing -- it should be a fun series.

Both teams underwent pretty serious transformations near the trade deadline. One was shipping out its star and replacing him with a gaggle of above average players. The other was shipping off one of its young pieces and replacing him with a championship tested big man.

At the time, it looked like the two franchises were headed in opposite directions. It looked like the Thunder were setting up to contend in the now, while the Nuggets were attempting to restructure for the future.

Except Denver kept winner and actually probably became a better team. In the end, we settled in on a unexpected series pitting division rivals against one another. Already the two teams are talking a little smack and already they've tussled. I get the feeling they don't like each other one bit. Did I say it should be fun?

II. What Happened: A look at the season series

Throw out the first two meetings because they don't count at all (Denver and OKC split 1-1 anyway). The teams that faced off in those first two games aren't the ones you see now. A lot changed.

And more than really any other series, we got the best taste of what to expect over the last couple weeks with this one. Not only did the Thunder and Nuggets play each other -- home and home, too -- but the games were important at the time. The Northwest Division title was still on the line.

OKC took the game in Denver 101-94, handing the Nuggets their first loss at home since the Melo trade and snapping a seven-game win streak. Then back in Oklahoma City a week later, the Thunder dropped the Nuggets 104-89 with a relentless defensive effort.

III. The Easy Stuff: Denver has no one to guard Kevin Durant

In the two recent games, Durant averaged 30.0 points per game on 45 percent shooting and really didn't get much of a challenge from Denver defenders. Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari shared the assignment, but the Nuggets tried switching on every screen Durant ran off of.

What result was a bunch of mismatches with Durant catching Nene or Kenyon Martin one-on-one. That wouldn't be a problem, except Durant is taller than both and can shoot over anyone on top of driving past them.

OKC is 22-1 this season when Durant shoots better than 50 percent from the floor. Read that last sentence again. Really, without Ron Artest last year holding Durant down against the Lakers, that series might've been very different. The Nuggets have to find a way to check Durant, otherwise they'll have a hard time checking the Thunder.

IV. Secret of the Series: The three P's: Pace, Perk and perimeter defense

The Nuggets play at the second fastest pace in the league (95.6). They want to run. They want to get Ty Lawson, Chandler, Martin and everyone else out in the open floor.

Oklahoma City isn't opposed to running by any means, but the Thunder definitely want to keep the Nuggets off the highway. In the last game in OKC, the game was played at a pace of just 90.0, something that definitely favored the Thunder. In the halfcourt, the Nuggets struggled scoring against OKC's man-to-man defense.

To go with that, inside Kendrick Perkins gives OKC the ability to leave single coverage on Nene. That means the Thunder's perimeter defenders can hang on Denver's list of good shooters. The Nuggets want you collapsing and rotating everywhere so they can find a marksman open on the outside. OKC didn't afford Denver that, holding the Nuggets to just 10-30 from 3 in the last two games.

V. The Dinosaur Narrative : "He who scores most will win"

Why is everyone acting like this will be a high scoring, up and down series? The two games these teams played in the last couple weeks were won by the Thunder by an average score of 102.5 to 91.5. Oklahoma City plays some serious defense now. Since Perkins joined the starting lineup, the Thunder are only second to Chicago in defensive efficiency.

Obviously the Nuggets like to run and the Thunder aren't shy about it, but if these games are 120-117 like everyone is acting, Scott Brooks might throw up. Kendrick Perkins most definitely will. (You know, from the running.)

This series will be more about stops and rebounding than anything else. Denver struggled in the halfcourt against the Thunder the last two games and OKC excelled, especially late. It's not about outscoring or outgunning each other. It's about out-stopping each other.

VI. The Line-Item Veto: Who wins each match-up?

PG: This will be fun. Speed on speed. I'm not sure anyone is faster than Russell Westbrook end-to-end with the ball in his hands. Except Ty Lawson (and maybe Derrick Rose). Westbrook is bigger and stronger though, which gives him the edge. But Lawson is the most important part to the Denver offense. He scored a then career-high 28 points against OKC in Denver two weeks ago.

SG: Assuming Arron Afflalo is healthy, this is a big edge for the Nuggets. Thabo Sefolosha doesn't add much on the offensive side and his defensive skills aren't needed that much on Afflalo. But OKC does use James Harden off the bench much in the same way Dallas uses Jason Terry. Then again, Denver has J.R. Smith who is maybe this series' overall X-Factor...

SF: I already went over it, but Denver just doesn't have a good defender for Durant. Both Gallinari and Chandler will have their chances, as well as Afflalo, but we're talking about maybe the most gifted offensive player in the game.

PF: Really this is a push because both Kenyon Martin and Serge Ibaka, while good players, aren't going to do a ton more than block, rebound and score occasionally on put-backs.

C: Other than the point guard matchup, all eyes will be here. Perkins and Nene already tussled once and there's no doubt that they'll likely go at each other again. Perkins did a really good job on Nene in the first meeting holding him to just 3-10 shooting, but Nene came back with a solid 6-9 effort in the last meeting.

Bench: Both teams have very strong benches. As mentioned, Harden is more of a bench starter for OKC. Eric Maynor is a terrific backup point guard. Daequan Cook a nice specialist. Nick Collison and Nazr Mohammed good veteran big men. Denver has excellent weapons too with Raymond Felton, Chander, Smith and Chris Andersen. The benches will be big and both are very good.

Coaches: George Karl and Scott Brooks know each other well. Brooks was an assistant under Karl for three years. Karl is the more experienced one and has been both the favorite and the underdog before. This is Brooks first rodeo as a playoff favorite. But this series is more about the players than the coaches, so I don't really think this matchup matters a whole lot.

VII. Conclusion

This will be a terrific series, no matter the number of games it takes. Some are feeling the Nuggets in an upset as that's what a lot of the numbers suggest. But I don't see it. I think everyone agrees that the Nuggets may have actually become a better team trading Melo, but against the Thunder, it hurt them. Kevin Durant gets an easier job, the Nuggets don't have a good halfcourt option late in games and OKC actually matches up really well with Denver now.

The Nuggets are dangerous, especially when a couple guys get hot. But that's what it'll take. They'll have to have big games from J.R. Smith (good luck relying on him), Gallinari, Lawson and Chandler to move on past OKC. The Thunder know what they're getting from Durant and Westbrook. They know they can play defense. I like this Nuggets team a lot. Just not against Oklahoma City. Prediction: Thunder in five.

Posted on: April 3, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: April 3, 2011 6:37 pm
 

So wait, how far can these Nuggets actually go?

Posted by Royce Young



Nobody expected to be asking this question. I don't think even in his heart of hearts George Karl thought the Nuggets would be in the position for someone to ask it. More than a month after trading away the apparent franchise player, the Nuggets didn't dip. In fact, they did the complete opposite.

They rose.

You've heard the number a ton already, but I'll say it again: Since trading Anthony, Denver is an astonishing 15-4 and winners of seven straight, most recently with a terrific road win against the red hot Lakers. Again, I don't even the most optimistic people saw this streak coming. The feeling was the Nuggets made 50 cents on the dollar with the trade, getting quality pieces back but nothing comparable to Anthony. That's sort of the situation you face when trading a star. No matter the return, it's not as good as what you're sending out.

But the Nuggets clearly found something. They found a unit that works together, understands a philosophy entirely and has settled into roles and bought into a culture. There isn't a crunch time star to run things through. But there are a number of really solid players that are flourishing under Karl.

Not only are the Nuggets winning, but they've played every game well. They haven't really had a bad night. Their four losses were by a combined 15 points. And they came against the Magic, Heat, Blazers and Clippers. Yeah they Clipper loss isn't great, but it was at Staples where the Clips are 22-18 and have beat a lot of good teams. Not really a bad loss.

So the Nuggets have already accomplished the first goal, the one that appeared to be a longshot when general manager Masai Ujiri decided to finally cut ties with the Melodrama. They are going to go to the playoffs. Currently, the magic number is at one. A lone win or a Houston loss puts Denver in. And they are still in the rearview of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Northwest Division title and the four-seed in the playoffs.

Because that's where things have advanced to -- playoffs. No longer is it just about getting there, but now it's a new mission and a new question: Can the Nuggets actually make some noise?

It almost seems like we've all dismissed that as an option because of the lack of starpower. It's like people are saying, "Yeah the way they've played the last month is cute, but they aren't built for the postseason." But here's what wins in the playoffs: good basketball. And what do the Nuggets play? Good basketball.

On both ends, they've become a fundamentally sound unit that defends, moves the ball, cuts, runs and finishes. They are still scoring but instead if 60 percent coming from two players, it's now evenly distributed out among a number of guys. I think the toughest type of team to defend is one that have five, not one, players on the floor at a time capable of scoring. And not scoring as in making a bucket here or there. I mean capable of putting up double-digits consistently. George Karl deserves Coach of the Year consideration just for getting J.R. Smith to buy in to playing well with others. That honestly says it all.

Is this a team just built to contend for the Western Conference Finals? I mean, really? Well look at it this way: Most everyone the Nuggets play talk about how good they're playing and how scary they are. Put this group in a series where they need four wins and I don't think many teams would want to play them. They match up just about everywhere, have shooters, have two good point guards, have a big man that can rebound and score, have a really good bench and have an enforcer in the middle that adds toughness. They're built for anything.

One thing that makes a team more dangerous than anything is confidence. A belief in self, along with the 11 other guys on your team and the system you play in makes a team scary. It's how you see runs like what Butler has put together two straight years in the NCAA tournament. They believe in one another. They trust each other. And they just feel unbeatable, no matter what. Establishing that mentally was the top priority for Karl once the trade went through and he's absolutely succeeded.

The concern for them heading into the postseason is how they perform on the road where they're just 17-22. But Sunday's win in Los Angeles is a pretty good example of how they might be able to get over that. The Nuggets absolutely grinded one out versus the Lakers, playing hard nosed defense, by grabbing a couple key offensive rebounds and by moving the ball for good looks in crunch time. The Western Conference was already very aware of this Nugget team, but Sunday's win against the defending champs certainly raised a few more eyebrows.

But let's not get too carried away though. Winning in the playoffs isn't easy, no matter who you are or how well you're playing. You've got to beat a good team four times. That's tough, no matter how good you feel. And it will likely start versus the Thunder, a team that features a two-headed monster in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook plus ample size and toughness inside. Certainly, it will be a fun, but very difficult series.

The Nuggets are definitely capable of moving on though, but it's not like they're a favorite. It's not like most will give them much of a shot. Which means they'll be flying exactly where they want to be -- under the radar.
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:07 am
Edited on: March 1, 2011 12:12 am
 

Nuggets F Gallinari fractures toe, out 7-10 days

The Denver Nuggets report that forward Danilo Gallinari has fractured his toe and will miss at least a week. Posted by Ben Golliver. danilo-gallinari-den

When the New York Knicks traded for Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, one of the big questions we raised was how forward Danilo Gallinari would adapt to live in Denver. 

After a slow start in limited minutes in his debut for the Nuggets on Thursday, Gallinari exploded for 30 points against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, and nearly hit what would have been a game-winning three-pointer.

That positive momentum took a sidestep on Monday night, when the Nuggets announced that Gallinari had fractured his toe and will miss at least a week.
Nuggets F Danilo Gallinari has a fractured big toe & will be out 7-10 days.
The news came as an update to a previous report which said he suffered a "sprained toe" when stubbing his foot against the Blazers. The injury forced him to miss Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Even without Gallinari, the new-look Nuggets defeated the Hawks, 100-90, on Monday night. 

On the season, Gallinari is averaging 15.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 34.6 minutes per game.
Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: February 24, 2011 7:21 pm
 

NBA trade deadline: Thursday Buzz at the deadline

A one-stop shop for all of Thursday's NBA trade deadline buzz. Posted by EOB Staff.  trade-deadline  

Wednesday was insane. That's the only word for it. Insane. And we have more stuff on the horizon.

Here's a list of everything that's happened thus far:

- Boston sends Marquis Daniels to Sacramento for cash [ANALYSIS]

- Gerald Wallace goes to Portland [ANALYSIS]

- In a big one, Kendrick Perkins goes to Oklahoma City [ANALYSIS] ; [TRADE TRACKER]

- Aaron Brooks goes to Phoenix for Goran Dragic [ANALYSIS]

- Hasheem Thabeet was sent to the Rockets [ANALYSIS]


(Latest Buzz)
  • With just minutes to go before the deadline, here's a potential big fish. ESPN.com reports: Sources close to the talks told ESPN.com that the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have been discussing trade scenarios Thursday that would send Jamison to Oakland. One source briefed on the talks said the discussions are ongoing but that no trade agreement has yet been reached.
  • Two dark horses in the Western Conference have come forward in the Anthony Parker talks, via KB
  • The Rockets are bearing down to try and get Marcus Camby, via KB . All attempts to extricate Camby have failed thus far, but the Rockets and Blazers have been talking for a while.  
  • Two dark horses in the Western Conference have come forward in the Anthony Parker talks, via KB
  • Yahoo! reports the Cavaliers are still chasing offers for Anthony Parker, but it's getting late in the afternoon to be toying around. Celtics still in the tent. 
  • KB reports the Bobcats turned to the Rockets and Cavaliers after talks with the Blazers broke down for Gerald Wallace. Cleveland's not interested, and must be shopping only for draft picks.
  • Via ESPN , talks broke down today of a move to send Aaron Brooks and Shane Battier for Marcus Camby. Portland is pretty much submarining all of its talks, wanting huge return.
  • ESPN reports that the Kings are interested in a point guard. The Bobcats, Celtics, Jazz are in talks. 
  • Via ESPN.com, the reason Charlotte's deal with Portland slipped apart was the Bobcats insistence on Nicolas Batum being involved.
  • Per NBA.com: Suns won't trade Dudley. Contenders including BOS and CHI were interested.
  • Sam Amick reports : "Because the Sacramento Kings are under league minimum payroll, they're on lookout for a trade in which they get cash to cover salary of player coming back."
  • KB reports it's either for Brooks or Jared Jeffries, and that picks are being discussed. This looks like a terrible deal for Daryl Morey from the onset. 
  • We said earlier Jonny Flynn was on the market. Apparently the Rockets, for some bizarre reason, are aiming at getting him according to ESPN . This would surely have to be in conjunction with moving Aaron Brooks for something, otherwise the Rockets are spending assets to acquire a sub-par point guard. 
  • T.J. Ford could be headed for a buyout, according to Berger . Miami and Portland have interest. Portland is particularly interesting since it could be a sign they're still looking to move Andre Miller. This would be the second Pacer bought out in two years, after Jamal Tinsley last year. 
  • The Celtics could be up to your typical shady trade-buyout-re-sign deal, but this time it's even more shady considering the circumstances. Ken Berger reports that the Celtics, having had no luck getting anyone to bite on Nate Robinson plus a pick, are considering moving Marquis Daniels. The deal is of course structured to have the team take on Quisy's salary, then buy him out, at which point he re-signs with the Celtics. But with Daniels out after a scary neck injury, that may not happen should he be unable to return this season. Still, trading the guy who had a spinal injury on your squad? 
  • ESPN reports that Toronto has made rebounding Reggie Evans, within sight of returning from injury, available. He could garner some quick floods of interest, given his veteran status and rebounding ability. 
  • Ken Berger reports that with the Sixers on a win streak, Andre Iguodala is off the market. Because, really, a three-week win streak is what you want to make decisions off of. 
  • Chris Vernon of 730 AM in Memphis reports that there have been discussions between Houston and Memphis regarding a swap involving Shane Battier and Hasheem Thabeet. There are obviously other pieces involved as Shane Battier is a good player and Hasheem Thabeet is not, but the conversations are open, though not close. The Commercial Appeal reports the trade involves Memphis also sending a first round pick to Houston, which is too much for an aging Battier. Which means Memphis will probably do the deal.
  • ESPN reports that the Mavericks plan to make a last-ditch effort at Tayshaun Prince today before the deadline. It's a perfect fit for the Mavericks, but for whatever reason, the Pistons are turning down every advance for Prince. Because, really, when you're facing a rebuilding effort, you want to keep those big, long-term contracts as long as possible. Dallas is also reportedly interested in J.R. Smith.  Apparently they fill they have a need at "crazy two-guard."
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: February 24, 2011 1:39 am
 

NBA trade deadline: Wednesday rumors and buzz

A one-stop shop for all of Wednesday's NBA trade deadline buzz. Posted by Ben Golliver.  trade-deadline

Tuesday saw only a few minor deals, but Wednesday is already off to a fast start. 

Here's a compilation of various trade rumors that hit on Wednesday.

(Latest Buzz)

(Afternoon Buzz)

  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports : "Cleveland and Portland had been in discussions with Charlotte for Gerald Wallace, whom sources say is headed to the Blazers. Package for Wallace believed to be centered around Andre Miller. Marcus Camby was discussed, but he might retire rather than report to Char. Other sources indicate the Wallace deal would be Przybilla, a pick and cash for Wallace. If true, Bobcats punting."
  • HoopsWorld.com reports : "Sources close to the situation confirm ... Trail Blazers to land Gerald Wallace from Charlotte" but that the teams are "still working on player details."
  • A source close to the situation tells CBSSports.com that as of 4:30 PM Eastern there is still "nothing to confirm" regarding a potential Portland Trail Blazers trade for Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace.
  • The Oregonian reports that center Joel Przybilla "hasn't heard anything about a trade to Charlotte" and expects to start Wednesday night when the Blazers face the Lakers. The paper also report's that Przybilla "said he spoke with agent Bill Duffy last night and Duffy 'didn't seem too concerned' that he would be moved."
  • ESPN.com reports that the Cavaliers may be out of the picture for Wallace. "I'm told Cavs-Bobcats talks about Wallace are dead. Wallace didn't want to be in Cleveland anyway. Portland talks real serious."


(Lunch Buzz)
  • ESPN.com reports that the Utah Jazz continue to field plenty of offers but that they are not necessarily anxious to make a move. "Today I've spoken with several GMs who put in calls to the Jazz within minutes of hearing about the Williams trade.  Who are they after? In particular, Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko are coveted. The Jazz won't just give either player away. They don't think Derrick Favors is ready to play heavy minutes at the 4, and they want to bring him along slowly."
  • Yahoo! Sports reports that the Portland Trail Blazers are "pushing hard and getting closer to completing a deal" for Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace but that Wallace has other suitors in the Eastern Conference. The site notes that the Cleveland Cavaliers have also expressed interest in Wallace recently. Meanwhile, 
  • ESPN.com reports : "The Cavs and Bobcats have talked about Gerald Wallace, sources say, but haven't made significant progress."
  • The Associated Press reports : "Cavs and Bobcats have had on/off talks about Gerald Wallace. Told 'Cats hesitant to deal Wallace unless they can get lots back."
  • CSNNW.com reports : "Just got off the phone with an NBA source who says his team believes the Wallace-to-Portland deal is "done." Supposedly, Batum not involved in the proposed Wallace trade."
  • The Washington Post reports that it could be a quiet deadline for the Wizards, as they don't want to take back salary or part with any of their young pieces.


(Morning Buzz)
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com with much more on the deal . "The Nets have agreed to acquire All-Star point guard Deron Williams from the Jazz for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, and two first-round picks in a three-team trade that also sends Troy Murphy to Golden State, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com.  In a swift and astonishing comeback from their failed pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, New Jersey also will get Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright from Golden State, which will buy out Murphy, sources said. Murphy is considering signing with Boston, Miami or Orlando once his buyout is complete." 
  • Sports Illustrated reports that the Utah Jazz are fielding offers for their big men after acquiring Favors in the trade. "Jazz phones "blowing up" with calls about Millsap, Jefferson, source says. Teams trying to see if they can get either on the cheap. With about 24 hours till the deadline Utah suddenly is ripe with assets. Jefferson/Millsap/Okur, picks and Kirilenko's $17.8 mill exp deal."
  • The Oregonian reports that, after many calls, the Blazers "appear to be shifting toward standing pat at the trading deadline after several flirtations with teams ran into dead ends." 
  • Sports Illustrated reports that the Blazers have been "pushing Greg Oden in trade talks" but that "Oden's injury history, predictably, has GM's reluctant."
  • ESPN.com reports  that the Portland Trail Blazers have been "quietly shopping Greg Oden" and that New Jersey Nets point guard Devin Harris "was their top target and now he's off the table. Not sure where they turn."
  • ESPN.com reports that the Charlotte Bobcats "seem intent on moving" forward Gerald Wallace and have had talks with the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs could absorb Wallace into their trade exception.
  • Sam Amick reports  that the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are "in discussions that would send Nate Robinson to the Warriors." He reports that the deal is "not done yet though." Update: Amick now reports : "Source says Nate Robinson will not be coming to the Warriors. Never discovered the other pieces, but that deal w/ Boston is not going down." So there you have it.
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:58 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 1:45 am
 

NBA trade deadline: Tuesday rumors and buzz

A one-stop shop for all of Tuesday's NBA trade deadline buzz. Posted by Ben Golliver and Matt Moore.  trade-deadline

For months we've heard from NBA executives and agents that the uncertainty around Carmelo Anthony was holding up a lot of league business.  With the Denver Nuggets finally agreeing to trade Anthony to the New York Knicks on Monday, a chain reaction of other moves is expected around the league. 

Here's a compilation of various trade rumors that hit on Tuesday.

(Latest Buzz)

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports: "No decision expected from New Jersey tonight on Devin Harris scenarios. 'Will sleep on it,' source says."

ESPN.com reports that the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Hornets are "closing in on a deal that would send Carl Landry to the Hornets for Marcus Thornton and David Andersen." Sam Amick also reports the same deal and notes: "trade call in the morning." Meanwhile, Yahoo! Sports reports that the deal is Landry for Thornton and cash, without Andersen. NBA.com also reports that Andersen is not involved. 

Here's Matt Moore's full breakdown on the Landry for Thornton proposed trade.

ESPN.com reports that the Miami Heat are shopping forward Mike Miller, who has missed much of the season so far due to injury. "According to multiple league executives, the Heat have floated Mike Miller in several different trade scenarios as they look to upgrade at the center or point guard positions." 

Here's some quick thoughts on how easy or difficult it will be for Miami to move Miller. 

NBA Fanhouse reports that Nene says Denver is "where I want to be" and "I definitely hope I get [an extension]."

NBA.com reports that the proposed swap of expiring contracts between New Jersey and Golden State is being discussed but is only "50/50." The site writes that Nets forward Troy Murphy and a second round pick would go to the Warriors for center Dan Gadzuric and forward Brandan Wright.

Yahoo! Sports reports: "Golden State and New Jersey near agreement to trade Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright for Troy Murphy and 2012 second rounder." All of the players involved are on expiring contracts. There's still discussions that could expand deal to include Devin Harris and 3rd team - possibly Dallas or Portland - but NJ-GSW part solid. If G-State completes deal for Murphy, it's expected he'll get bought out and become a free agent. Then? Orlando, Dallas, Boston, Miami etc."

ESPN.com reports that the Orlando Magic may be interested in Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph. "While it's unclear if it was actually proposed, I was told that, internally, the Grizzlies have discussed sending Randolph to Orlando for Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson. The thinking in Memphis is that the deal would keep the Grizzlies competitive this season while also giving them a young power forward going forward. Randolph is an unrestricted free agent this summer and it isn't clear if the Grizzlies can afford to keep him, while Bass is due $4 million next season and has a $4 million player option in 2012-13." 

NBA.com reports that the Atlanta Hawks are "interested" in Washington Wizards point guard Kirk Hinrich but that Washington's current price - a young player and a first round pick - is too much. The Hawks have reportedly mentioned guard Mike Bibby and forward Marvin Williams.

(9:30 PM Eastern Update)

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports further details on the possible Devin Harris swaps with the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets. "Nets considering sending Devin Harris to Portland for Andre Miller or Dallas for Caron Butler's expiring contract, Dominique Jones and 1st."

The Bergen Record is reporting that New Jersey Nets point guard Devin Harris may be headed to the Dallas Mavericks. 

ESPN.com is reporting that "sources say Mavs have already rejected Nets' request for Dom Jones and a first-rounder in addition to Caron Butler. Butler [alone] is their offer."

The Dallas Morning News throws some unsourced cold water on the Devin Harris talk. "Normally, the Mavericks look for bargains when it comes to the trade deadline. This year, bargains won’t do. Steals are what they are seeking. If it’s not along the lines of something great for something close to nothing, they don’t seem interested. Speculation about a reunion with Devin Harris seems farfetched, at best. And the Mavericks are in the enviable position of liking their situation and not needing (or wanting) to take on any long-term money in any deal."

Yahoo! Sports is also reporting that the Mavericks are in the mix for Harris. "The Nets have discussed deals with a multiple teams for Harris, with possible scenarios in the works with the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas, sources said. Privately, Harris is hoping for a trade back to Dallas where he started his career, two sources familiar with his thinking told Yahoo! Sports. The Mavericks also have serious interest in a reunion with Harris." 

ESPN.com reports that there is a "100% chance of Devin Harris being traded. Dallas and Portland likeliest spots. Mavs offer Caron's expiring contract. ATL not offering much for Devin. A shame because he'd be a great fit with Hawks."

NBA Fanhouse reports that the Denver Nuggets are done dealing: "Source close to situation doesn't expect Nuggets to do any more deals by Thursday deadline. Said any deal would have been put into this one."

The Star-Tribune reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves are sending reserve big man Kosta Koufos, who was acquired from the Utah Jazz in an Al Jefferson trade last summer, to the Denver Nuggets for a 2015 unprotected second round pick. 

ESPN.com reports: "Atlanta is interested in Devin Harris, who is being shopped hard by NJ. Not offering Marvin Williams, though. Portland and Dallas interested too."

The Oregonian reports that a source tells the paper that Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen is "eager to get something done at the trade deadline."

The Sacramento Bee reports that Carl Landry won't play in tonight's game against the Miami Heat because the team is "involved in serious trade talks" that involve him. Sam Amick reports that "at least four teams [are] strongly pursuing" Landry.

(7:30 PM Eastern Update)

Yahoo! Sports reports that the Hawks are considering trading Jeff Teague and Mo Evans to Cleveland for Ramon Sessions and Manny Harris. The Hawks have suddenly gotten very active and are bringing up Jamal Crawford quite a bit in other deals. Teague still has some upside but fell backwards when given the opportunity for the starting job. Sessions could have a big impact on the Hawks' offense. 

Chicago media is reporting that the Bulls have traded second-year forward James Johnson to the Raptors. Why is this relevant? They now have cap room to chase another acquisition, potentially Anthony Parker. Yahoo! Sports reports the trade is for a draft pick. The Bulls have announced in a press release that they are receiving Miami's 2011 first round pick from Chicago.

ESPN.com reports that the pick could be flipped to the Memphis Grizzlies in a package for guard O.J. Mayo. "Word is Bulls have NOT abandoned hope of striking deal for OJ Mayo and now have one more first-round pick to peddle after James Johnson deal."

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports than an attempt to net Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby by the New York Knicks has fallen through, but that the Blazers are "actively shopping" Camby, Joel Przybilla and Andre Miller. Berger writes that Portland is "very likely" to make "at least one trade" prior to the deadline.

Yahoo! Sports also reports that the Blazers are generating interest in Camby: "Knicks actively trying to acquire Portland center Marcus Camby, but source said Blazers are weighing more attractive options."

ESPN.com reports that the Boston Celtics pursued Minnesota Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer before he was traded to the Knicks in the Anthony trade and also notes: Houston covets 3 big men: Gortat, Varejao and Nene. Unlikely to get any if them.

Yahoo! Sports reports "Nene frustrated by not having contract extension offered by DEN yet. MIA, HOU & OKC interested. Nugs wont trade him and plan to make offer." a tad more here: "Nene wants extension in Denver - in 5 year, $50M-plus range - but sources say he's intrigued with how he'd fit into OKC. Feeling's mutual."

The Detroit News reports that the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat and New Orleans Hornets are "looking for bigs" and that Nets point guard Devin Harris "should be moved to Portland." Finally, that the Charlotte Bobcats are "shopping" both Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, with Wallace "more likely to be moved."

Yahoo! Sports reports that the Oklahoma City Thunder are "taking a careful look" at Memphis Grizzlies center Hasheem Thabeet. The site reports the Thunder are only willing to pay "a modest price."

HoopsWorld.com reports that "plenty of teams have called for Aaron Brooks, but he's likely staying in Houston." The site also reports: "Source confirms that the Atlanta Hawks have expressed interest in Devin Harris. They've also inquired about Ramon Sessions."

The Sacramento Bee reports that sources tell them that "the Kings will make a move by the deadline" and that the team is seeking "player(s), cash, draft picks."

CSNNE.com reports that the Boston Celtics player that's finding his name in the most rumors is rookie guard Avery Bradley. "The one Celtics player whose name has come up most in conversations I've had today as someone who's drawing interest, has been Avery Bradley. That, plus D. Ainge's track record with late first-round picks, tells me he's probably going to be a pretty good player one day."

Sports Illustrated reports: "Oklahoma City looking for center, sources say. Have inquired about Thabeet, Nene, two players who fit go-young plan."

(4 PM Eastern Update)

There had been some talk that the Denver Nuggets might flip forward Danilo Gallinari for a draft pick after acquiring him in the Anthony trade. ESPN.com reports that the Nuggets plan to hold on to Gallinari.

ESPN.com reports that the Nuggets are hoping to sign big man Nene to a contract extension. "With Anthony moved, the Nuggets, according to sources, are focused on either extending Nene before the July 30 deadline or executing a trade closer to the draft," ESPN reports. "The Brazilian forward has the right to opt out of his contract at season's end and is poised to walk away from the $11.6 million he's scheduled to make in 2011-12 to become a free agent."

The New York Post reports that the Knicks need to add a big man and "hope to pursue Jared Jeffries if he gets bought out by Houston, former Knicks free agent Earl Barron, or a D-League player."

NBA.com reports that the Nuggets will now look to trade Al Harrington, who has a ton of money left on a five-year contract signed last summer.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the Portland Trail Blazers are "expected" to move point guard Andre Miller and center Marcus Camby.

Meanwhile, The Oregonian reports that center Joel Przybilla, who has been on the block for months, would consider retirement or accepting a buyout if traded.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the Chicago Bulls are "open" to trading forward James Johnson and may be seeking a draft pick in return.

The Bergen Record reports that the New Jersey Nets are shopping point guard Devin Harris hard.
  Yahoo! Sports reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers have made "everyone" available in trade.

Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Cavaliers have a "big deal in place" using the trade exception generated by last summer's trade of LeBron James.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the New Orleans Hornets are "shopping" second-year guard Marcus Thornton and are asking for a first round draft pick in return. The New Jersey Nets are reportedly interested.

CSNNE.com has shot down a potential Shane Battier to the Boston Celtics deal. 

Yahoo! Sports reports that the New Orleans Hornets see Sacramento Kings big man Carl Landry as a "target."
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Clippers trying to nab Danilo Gallinari?

Posted by Royce Young

Some wondered when the Carmelo Anthony trade happened if the Nuggets' new pieces should actually pack for Denver. There was talk that the Rockies might not be their final destination.

Masai Ujiri told NBA.com otherwise saying, "We got these guys to play for the Nuggets." That doesn't mean other teams are going to at least inquire.

According to ESPN.com, the Los Angeles Clippers are offering a first-round pick that they acquired from Minnesota to Denver for Danilo Gallinari. The pick is top 10 protected in 2011, but completely unprotected in 2012, making it potentially one of the most valuable picks out there. You know, because Minnesota stinks and all.

An interesting deal for both sides that could say a lot. The Clippers have been hunting a quality small forward for some time as rookie Al-Farouq Aminu develops. Gallinari would certainly fill a role next to Blake Griffin, even if he's not exactly the ideal scoring punch they're probably hoping for at the 3. Still, with his outside floor-stretching ability teamed with Eric Gordon, the Clippers would have a nice inside-out look.

Thing is, that pick is really valuable. And while Gallinari is a good player, he might not be a good enough fit to justify giving it up.

On the Nugget side of things, a deal moving Gallinari would signal a plan to blow up things in Denver. I don't think Ujiri was lying when he said those players were acquired to be Nuggets, but he also might not have expected deals like the one the Clippers are offering. He has some very intriguing decisions to make here. If he landed that pick the Nuggets would have some tough lotteyr years ahead, but would also have a bevy of first-round choices to rebuild with.

Knowing Ujiri, he's going to try and ask for more from the Clips. Probably Aminu or maybe an expiring (Rasual Butler, Craig Smith) to balance things out.

But these next few days leading up to the deadline will be telling for Denver. They're at a crossroads and Ujiri has to decide if he wants to check, fold or go all in with what he's got.

 
 
 
 
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