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Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 10:16 am
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Barnes says Dwight Howard wants to come to L.A.

By Matt Moore  

Interesting element in play right now. The lockout is still in effect, which means players can't be fined, which means Matt Barnes can say whatever he wants. 

Like, oh, say, telling the press that both Dwight Howard and Baron Davis have talked to him and said they want to play in L.A.

From ESPN LA:

 

The key quote? 

"I've talked to both of those guys and they want to be here, so we'll see what happens."

Technically, Barnes isn't tampering anyway. He's just saying that both of those guys have said they want to be here. Davis is at least a candidate for amnesty, so he's a possibility if he'll take a reduced salary. But Howard of course is under contract. 

The bigger problem is this continues a pattern. It's easy to pass this off, to say this is just one roleplayer saying Howard wants to come to L.A. and there's more to it. But we keep seeing the same things, whether it's talk of LeBron wanting to play with Wade, or Chris Paul toasting to playing in New York, there are rumors and whispers and small elements that seem to light the way for a small market star headed to a bigger one, and then it happens. And then everyone acts surprised.

Howard will deny it, and say he loves Orlando, and all the while, the same pattern will keep spelling Howard to the Lakers. Maybe Matt Barnes was just messing with the media. But in the meantime, Magic fans have to be sick with the fact that everyone keeps laughing about how obvious it is, that they're about to lose their second franchise center in fifteen years to the Lakers.

(HT: IAmAGM.com
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.5.11: Lakers looking at West?

 

Posted by EOB Staff

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz. 

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

4:03 p.m. ET
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that there was "good conversation" today between Thaddeus Young and the Nuggets, with more talks planned. The Nuggets would make a nice fit for Young, well, mainly because they only have like six players on their team right now. Berger notes as well: "Denver's interest in Sixers' Young is latest indication that Nuggets are preparing for Nene departure."
2:21 p.m.
  • From the Washington Post: "The Washington Wizards intend to retain Nick Young but realize that they will have competition from several teams, including Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Sacramento and Phoenix, according to sources with knowledge of the situation."
  • The Wolves want to keep Kevin Love, obviously, but it's a question of how much he's worth to them. Would that include the max? "Am I worth the max? I'll let the front office answer that question," Love told the Star Tribune. "I love Minneapolis, I love the Twin Cities. I really do like it here. I'm in a comfort zone. This is the first NBA city I fell in love with, so this is all I know. Maybe we'll keep it that way and maybe we won't."
10:36 a.m.
  • Matt Barnes told reporters this weekend that he spoke with Baron Davis and Dwight Howard and both players want to come to L.A.. It's Matt Barnes, so take it with a grain of salt, but still. 
  • Grant Hill is still interested in re-signing with the Suns, ESPN says, but both New York and Chicago have made "very interesting" offers. If Hill took less money to sign with Chicago, it would be a perfect fit. The only hang up is whether leaving Phoenix's crack training staff would leave to the injuries that left most of his career unfulfilled. At 39, you wouldn't think Hill has much left in the tank, but he played like a 33-year-old last season, and can consistently hit from the outside and midrange.
9:10 a.m.
  • ESPN.com reports that the Lakers could be in the market for Delonte West and Josh McRoberts. Both make quite a bit of sense for L.A. West is a serviceable point guard with a history with Mike Brown who can hit from the perimeter and score off the dribble. He can play out of control from time to time, but with the ball in Kobe Bryant's hand so often, that likely won't be as much of an issue. The Lakers need to stretch the floor and shoot better from the outside, and West helps in those areas. McRoberts is an interesting idea. He's a grinder big. He doesn't have huge size, but he does manage to make key plays, has a little bit of a mid-range game and can rebound. It would be interesting to see Luke Walton waived and McRoberts signed in his place. (HT: IAmAGM.com)
  • There's mutual interest between McRoberts and the Grizzlies as well, according to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. The Grizzlies attempted to trade O.J. Mayo at the deadline for McRoberts, but the deal fell through when the trade could not be completed before the deadline passed. That was fortunate for Memphis since Mayo went on to be a major contributor in their playoff run. Mayo is not expected to be retained as part of the "core" for Memphis after his string of embarassing incidents last season including a fight on a team plane with Tony Allen over a gambling dispute, and getting busted for a banned substance he says he bought in an energy drink at a gas station.
Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: December 4, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz: 12.4.11: Heat want Oden?


Posted by Royce Young

Sunday, December 4, 2011

9:58 p.m. ET

6:29 p.m.

2:34 p.m.

10:24 a.m.

  • The Heat are making a run at Greg Oden, according to ESPN.com: "The Heat are considering making a run at restricted free agent Greg Oden, league sources said. Oden, who hasn't played in nearly two years after suffering two different knee injuries, has a key doctor's examination this week when he could be cleared to resume contact practices."

10:06 a.m.

  • Via Yahoo! Sports, the Heat are in hot pursuit of Shane Battier: "Battier has been a primary target in free agency for the Heat, and sources say the pitch of Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra and key Heat players could ultimately confirm Battier’s strong feelings about chasing a championship in Miami." How could the Heat get him? By using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller and freeing up their full mid-level exception. Also of note: The Thunder aren't pursuing Battier as of now, a team many expected to.
  • Also via Yahoo!, the Heat aren't after Samuel Dalembert as of now, mainly because other teams can offer more.
  • Dwight Howard's agent Dan Fegan has yet to talk with Magic general manager Otis Smith, as of Friday evening, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "Smith and Fegan could speak with each other this weekend. And even if they don't, there might not be any immediate reason for concern from the Magic's perspective. Howard and Smith will have the chance to speak Dec. 9, the day training camps are scheduled to open across the league."
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:04 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 10:36 am
 

The Magic Gambit: Orlando should trade for Paul



By Matt Moore
  

Here we are, once again. A small market team reportedly held hostage by their franchise player All-Star and his desire to be traded to the specific team he wants, or else he'll simply depart the home team in free agency, leaving them with nothing. Carmelo Anthony hijacked Denver's season last year, and now Chris Paul is reportedly in a position to do the same to New Orleans. Except when Anthony applied extortion to get his way to Broadway, the Knicks actually had assets to trade to Denver, including Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, and Raymond Felton (who eventually became Andre Miller and a pick).

The Knicks now? Not so much.

The Hornets face an impossible position shold they elect to trade Paul. The teams that have the kind of assets to make the trade worth it if Paul elects to state he will only sign with the Knicks (which as Ken Berger notes, he has not done yet) have the kind of market cache to not need to make such a desperate move, or have no shot at a championship and therefore no reason to risk it all.

A team with young players and picks won't waste them to rent Chris Paul for a season, only to watch him walk out the door. After all, there's only one New Jersey Nets out there. (Kidding, Nets fans! D-Will says you're still under consideration!) And teams with superstar talent like Boston or Los Angeles don't have to gamble to win a title. They can just wait on the next superstar available (or just go after Dwight Howard).

So as it stands, the Hornets have no alternative. They'll just have to take whatever the Knicks are offering. There's talk of just letting Paul walk to avoid the embarrassment of taking on the Knicks' garbage heap, but that's nonsense. You don't accept a loss when you can have a gain. Chauncey Billups and Toney Douglas and a pick in 2045 is better than nothing at all.

But... there is another option. It's outside the box. You're going to think I'm nuts. And I'm not prone to posting about trade ideas. There's another site with a trade machine. You can fill your day with moving every player in the league. Everyone partakes from time to time. But this concept? It's the best possible move for both teams.

Orlando needs to trade for Chris Paul.

Hear me out before you close this browser as fast as humanly possible.

The Magic have every reason to trade for Chris Paul without the promise of an extension. With no consideration of the extension, there's nothing to hold up a deal. The Magic are facing the same cliff the Hornets are, staring down the barrell of Dwight Howard's big-market shotgun. They are burdened with pieces which hold no value once Howard is traded. If Howard leaves, they will wind up with a huge amount of salary and no superstar, a terrible team with a supporting structure holding up nothing. They have two options. Win a championship this year or give up and trade Howard for nothing now. Even a move for Andrew Bogut as Berger has said will be discussed won't keep them in title contention. That's what Howard means to a team. That's what an MVP candidate means.

So the only thing left, as the movie quote goes, is to win the whole friggin' thing. (OK, that's not the line, but it's a family site.)

The Magic would trade some combination of Brandon Bass, J.J. Redick, Ryan Anderson, Daniel Orton, and Jameer Nelson to the Hornets for Paul, along with a first-round pick in 2012. That's right. The Magic could lose both Dwight Howard and Chris Paul for 2013 and have no first-round pick. Disastrous-sounding, I know. Here's why they do the deal.

Here's the best case scenario. Howard and Paul,playing with another star, the best at their position, along with the supporting pieces in Orlando which would still be better than what the Knicks are likely to trot out onto the court (I'd like to remind you that Jared Jeffries started at center in the playoffs for the Knicks), would likely have the best seasons of their careers if healthy. Versus the trio in Miami or the duet in New York, Howard and Paul are a combination of players who actually mesh together. The best pick and roll center in the league with the best pick and roll point guard. A hyper-efficient perimeter shooter with a center who draws doubles every time on the block. A ball-hawking point guard who can create steals and the best defensive presence in the league. It may not be better than Miami or L.A., but it would be a force to be reckoned with. One season to make a run at the title.

This is the reality of the new NBA. If you want to win a title as a small-market, you have to find lightning in a bottle. Maybe there's no way to even that gap thanks to the inherent draws of bigger markets with more flashbulbs, television appearances, parties and endorsement offers. But if you don't have a once-in-his-lifetime talent and get absurdly lucky along the way, this is your best shot. Mortgage everything on one season.

If it works, and the Magic take home the title, the Paul and Howard will have gone through the transformitive process of winning a title together. Fans in Orlando will worship them. Howard will have done what Shaq never has. And they'll be staring at the possibility of not playing together next year. Even if that's not enough to get them to stay, it'll make them think twice. It's Orlando's best shot. There can be no more "really, Dwight, we'll get it right next time" with Howard. His patience has run out. If they don't win the title, there's no chance he returns. There's little chance even if they do, but it's their best shot, and if they win the title, they get that forever. You can't take that title away from the fans, away from the franchise, away from the team.

And if it doesn't work, if they don't win the title? That's over $34 million in cap space expiring for Orlando. Along with the amnesty of Gilbert Arenas, that's $54 million. That's nearly the NBA salary cap they would be gaining in cap space. The typical response to that is "what does it matter, no one will sign there." From that point on, the objective is not to bring in free agents, it's to rebuild through the draft. That 2012 pick missing is a problem? Not really, because Paul and Howard could give 50 percent effort (something they would never do) and still win 40 games, even in the East. The Magic won't have a lottery pick regardless. Which means the pick holds no value to them, but quite a bit to New Orleans. The Magic would be in premium position to tank in 2013, then rebuild through the draft. It's not appealing. You know what's less appealing? Trying to rebuild with Andrew Bynum's decision making, knees, contract, and nothing else. The key when your title run is over is to start over as completely as possible, as quickly as possible. This plan lets them out.

But what about New Orleans? Jameer Nelson, with $15.6 million remaining over two years? Brandon Bass with $8 million? J.J. Redick with over $12 million? What's the upside for them, along with a pick that won't be good? For starters, it's better than what they'll get from New York. It lets them avoid being bullied by the Knicks for nothing. And it's not about what those players give the Hornets, it's what they bring individually on the market. A team in need of a power forward who can score? Bass is a great pickup for a cheap draft pick and an expiring. Teams in desperate need of a shooter? J.J. Redick. Starting point guard gone down with an injury? Call up the Hornets. Jameer Nelson is on the block. It's a flip project. You don't get the pieces to start over, you get the pieces you can use to get the pieces to start over. It's the best way to do exactly the same thing the Magic would be doing. Tanking to start over and hopefully get that All-Star Hall of Famer who doesn't adore the bright lights.

This lets them both out of the pain, it gets the gun off of them. It gives them the dignity. Orlando gets to contend for one more year, the Hornets get to start moving forward now. The Magic go all-in, the Hornets fold and save their chips for a time when the flop doesn't come down so wretched.

Big markets are squeezing the talent out of small markets. But those small markets get to decide how it goes down.
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:27 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 7:12 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.1.11: Schedule out Tuesday?

 

Posted by EOB Staff

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz. 

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011

7:11 p.m. ET

  • The Associated Press reports that the NBA is hosting a schedule release television program on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern. So, obviously, the full 2011-2012 regular season schedule should finally be available by Tuesda night at the latest.

6:38 p.m. ET

  • MercuryNews.com reports that the New Orleans Hornets have contacted the Golden State Warriors to express interest in point guard Stephen Curry: "Multiple NBA sources: If the Hornets consider trading Chris Paul, one player they really like is Stephen Curry & have told GSWs that. But again, Warriors would need assurance from Paul that he'd consider re-signing here before going anywhere down that trade path. Doubtful."

2:54 p.m. ET

  • NBA.com reports that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban does not plan to use his Amnesty Clause on center Brendan Haywood. Haywood has more than $45 million remaining on his contract but can always be waived prior to another season in the future.

12:54 p.m. ET

  • Deron Williams will not sign an extension with the Nets and will just plan to play this season out. Big news because that basically means it'll be open season on Williams in 2012 and the Nets will have to convince him he should stay. Not all that surprising news, but still, it's important.

12:40 p.m. ET

  • The Chicago Tribune reports Thursday morning that Caron Butler is working out in Chicago and that a source close to him indicated he hopes to sign there. The Bulls need a scoring shooting guard, which Butler can play in combination with the small forward spot, but Butler has both age, injury, and efficiency issues. His prime is past and he tends to overestimate his offensive ability at this point. Then again, the alternative is Keith Bogans. Additionally, Butler is still an excellent defender with length and know-how, and would fit well with the Thibodeau's scheme. 
  • Timberwolves GM David Kahn said at his presser Thursday morning via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that signing Kevin Love to an extension is a big priority for the club and that he expects Love to be with the club a long time. This is a nice change of pace from the year prior to last year and even start of last season when Love could not find time on the floor, reportedly because of Kahn's hesitance about him. You know, him being the All-Star who had a 30-30 game last year and lead the league in rebounding. 

12:08 p.m. ET
  • Suns GM Lon Babby to the Arizona Republic on free agent Grant Hill: "Grant is an absolute first order of business and top priority. I can't contemplate him not being here. He represents everything we want the franchise to stand for -- on and off the court. He's our ballast."
  • Grizz owner Michael Heisley reiterates what we already know: "Obviously, we want to sit down and try to make a deal with Marc," Heisley told The Commercial-Appeal. "I'm committed to keeping him. I'm committed to winning a championship."
  • The Washington Post reports the Wizards won't amnesty Rashard Lewis: "Two people with knowledge of the Wizards' thinking have said that it is unlikely that the team uses the amnesty provision on Lewis or anyone else before this season. But the Wizards could wait and see what players other teams waive, which could add more free agents to the mix."
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com told us that Caron Butler had his list to six teams. Yahoo! Sports reports that list is narrowed even more to just two. "Butler is most attracted to the Bulls because of the chance to play with Derrick Rose and compete for a title, but he would have to take significantly less money to play in Chicago. The Bulls have a stronger need for a shooting guard, and could ultimately spend their money there. Ultimately, that leaves Clippers with an edge over the New Jersey Nets among the suitors with the most significant cap space and a need for a starting small forward."
9:54 a.m. ET
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Lakers' owner Jim Buss has finally relented on keeping Andrew Bynum and now will entertain offers for Bynum if it's "the right deal." That means Dwight Howard is on the Lakers' board, if he wasn't already. The younger Buss has been reluctant to move the young center despite his ongoing knee issues, considering him the franchise player of the future. Berger says that a potential three-way deal could be discussed with Milwaukee sending Andrew Bogut to Orlando, Bynum to Milwaukee and Howard to make even more commercials in L.A. For more on the Lakers' decision regarding which center to build around (assuming they can pull off a trade for Howard with enough assets), read "The Bynum Dilemma." 
  • Yahoo Sports reports that the Bulls could have interest in Wizards' restricted free agent Nick Young. Young is a perfect fit for the Bulls who are badly in need of an upgrade offensively at the shooting guard spot in front of Keith Bogans. But the Wizards are likely to match any offer for Young. A better and cheaper fit might be a trade for sophomore Jordan Crawford, though it's a downgrade in ability.
  • Yahoo also reports that Josh Smith is still interested in a trade from Atlanta. Minnesota was mentioned as a possibility around the trade deadline, which of course makes no sense with Kevin Love and now Derrick Williams, but with the Wolves, what else is new?
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Pop Quiz: What's the value of Chris Paul?

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 start our Pop Quizzes with this question... 

What's the value of Chris Paul?

By Matt Moore 
Over the next... however long it takes for the question of Chris Paul and where he plays next season to ge answered, there's going to be a common reaction to people regarding trade proposals. It goes something like this.

"What? They can't trade Chris Paul for (X player, X player, Y pick)! That's not nearly as good as Chris Paul!"

And all of these measures miss the point.

Should the New Orleans Hornets decide that the battle is lost and it's time to start over by trading Chris Paul, there is nothing they can get back that will be of equal value to him. There is nothing they can get in return that will eventually be better than him. There will be no offer that will result in analysts, fans, and bloggers, including those that work here saying the Hornets won the deal. It is impossible. You never win trading a star. You never come close to winning by trading Chris Paul.

Which is why so many will advocate against trading Paul. But the only reason to make such a deal is if the game is already over. At that point you can't be looking to compete, to make the playoffs, to keep your season ticket holders happy or to keep them at all. You are looking to restart. It's a reset button on the franchise, and it could cost the city of New Orleans its team. But if that's the decision you reach, that means you've explored every option, considered every trade, made every attempt at acquiring a free agent, done all you can. It's over, Paul will be headed to a bigger market, and you simply have to evaluate what you can get.

There's a misconception that in a trade, you have to get back equal value to justify it. But that's a little bit absurd. Stick Chris Paul with a series of offensive weapons and you're going to have one of the best scoring machines in the league thanks to his vision, skill, and ability. Stick him on the Milwaukee Bucks and you have a great defensive team that's better on offense but still not good because it doesn't matter if Paul is dishing to people who still can't hit the shot. More importantly, getting back Derrick Rose doesn't help your franchise much (and no, Bulls fans, no one is saying the Bulls would trade the MVP, just roll with me here) if you have no one to help him out. The lesson is that bringing back talent does not equal talent lost. There's a plan to a franchise, or at least there should be, and a decision like this means you start completely over. That's how the NBA works.

That's the hard part, really. It's not figuring out what assets, because you only have so many partners, because no one will trade for a player who doesn't want to play for them. From there it's just details. The odds are very high that most of the players the Hornets would trade Paul for will be gone within three years. It's also highly likely that both the GM and coach who help orchestrate the trade will also be gone. That's how the NBA works.

So if you want to capitalize on this as an opportunity, as damaging as the effects are, you don't try and determine what Chris Paul means to your franchise, because it can't be calculated. You don't try and measure his impact on the team, because you can't. You don't try and formulate how to return even 50 percent of what he provides the Hornets, because there is no such math. You simply try and put yourself in the best position to draft the next Hall of Famer that comes your way, to be able to add talented players around him immediately, and to hope the next time that player doesn't feel like those streets will make him feel brand new or that the big lights will inspire him.

What's the value you look for in trading Chris Paul?

The quickest way to forget you lost him.
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 9:55 pm
 

2011 NBA Free Agency Buzz 11.30.11



Posted by EOB Staff

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz. 

Wednesday, November 30th

9:54 p.m. ET
5:48 p.m. ET
  • ESPN the Magazine reports that the Warriors have reached out yet again to the Grizzlies regarding a trade for Monta Ellis, this time involving Rudy Gay in exchange for the scorer in addition to another asset. The Warriors' other asset to move would be Andris Biedrins, who, in combination with Ellis would represent over $20 million in assets. Kind of a lot for the Grizzlies to take on. Ekpe Udoh is another choice, as the Warriors are said to be pursuing a center in free agency. The Grizzlies have repeatedly said they are not trading Gay, but continue to be involved in conversations to the contrary, because, well, that's how the NBA works.
4:34 p.m. ET
  • According to USA Today, Oklahoma City and Nate Robinson are currently working on a buyout. Why? Why not keep him on and let him just expire? For one, the roster spot. It frees Presti to use it on a D-Leaguer he likes or even to sign someone. Secondly, you have to pay him less, presumably. And third, OKC doesn’t need a fourth point guard. Robinson wasn’t happy at all with his situation in OKC and with Reggie Jackson now in the mix, the Thunder don’t have any plans for Robinson.

3:26 p.m. ET

  • ESPN.com reports that the New Jersey Nets will pursue both Nene Hilario and Tyson Chandler, in hopes of landing one of the two. And then the plan could be to use one as bait for Dwight Howard. I bet Brook Lopez is just thrilled about this.

3:03 p.m. ET

  • The Detroit News reports that the Detroit Pistons do not plan to waive a player using their amnesty clause. The most likely candidates would have been guards Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon and forward Charlie Villanueva. Hamilton is entering the final fully guaranteed year of his contract and Gordon is productive even though he's overpaid, so Villanueva was the player who was spared the most here. 

2:54 p.m. ET

  • SI.com reports the following suitors for New Orleans free agent forward David West: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards in addition to the Hornets.

1:18 p.m. ET

1:00 p.m.

  • Billy King, GM of the Nets, spoke with Howard Beck of the New York Times and confirmed that the Nets will be offering Deron Williams an extension first thing. Williams can't sign it until December 9th, but that's OK since Williams has already said he's going to wait and see how things play out (read: see if the Nets can actually convince any other talent to join him there). There's a reason the Nets are trying so desperately to add talent in free agency and trade. 
12:31 p.m.
  • On WEEI in Boston, Jackie MacMullen of ESPN.com and a longtime Celtics writer said that Glen Davis drove the Celtics "crazy" by continuously missing fitness guidelines and chasing stats to help his contract versus the team. All of this leads her to the conclusion he won't be re-signed by the Celtics. Not a huge shocker, considering the way Davis' season ended, but it will make him one of the mid-level free agents on the market. His weight is a long-term issue, but he's also an exteremely capable defender and a player who can finish around the basket. He'll get offers.  (HT: RedsArmy)
  • The Knicks need a big man, and they're likely going to get one in free agency, even if it's a short-term solution. Marc Berman of the New York Post says the following names are on their radar: Kurt Thomas, Kwame Brown, Tony Battie, Theo Ratliff and Aaron Gray. Brown is likely the biggest name on that list, but mostly because of his notorious bust status. However, Brown quietly had a quality season for the Bobcats last year and brings a lot of what the Knicks are looking for. He might actually be out of their price range, as crazy as that sounds. Gray is another quality option who had big minutes for the Hornets last year when Emeka Okafor was out with an injury. (HT: PBT)
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:51 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 5:47 am
 

Bulls, Warriors interested in amnestied Roy

By Matt Moore 

Brandon Roy is all of a sudden the hottest topic on the table, all thanks to his bad knees and the NBA lockout. Roy is a candidate for the Blazers to exercise their amnesty clause on, as the Oregonian reported this week. The amnesty clause allows teams to waive a player, removing his salary from the cap and subsequent luxury tax implications, while still having to pay out the rest of his contract. Under the terms of the new CBA, an auction will be held with teams who have cap room able to bid to take on all or part of the player's contract. The winning bid counts against the new team's cap, it's believed. 

Roy, they'd be on the hook for over $68 million to pay him over the next four seasons. (We'd just like to point how monumentally stupid giving Roy this extension given their prior knowledge of his health was. $68 million. Seriously.) In 2014-2015, he's on pace to pull in $19.3 million alone. (Again, stupendously stupid.) If a team in the amnesty auction were to offer $6 million and win the bid, that $6 million would be their cap hit for Roy, while the Blazers would pay the remaining balance, without it affecting their cap.

Monday we shared a report that indicated that the Timberwolves were interested in Roy. Monday night, the Contra Costa Times reported the Warriors are also in on the hunt should the Blazers release Roy. 
But the Warriors are in the market for a veteran guard, likely at shooting guard. And a couple team sources let me know that if Brandon Roy is indeed Portland’s amnesty choice, as the Oregonian reported, the Warriors are definitely interested.
via Can You Picture Brandon Roy in a Warriors Uniform? - Inside the Warriors - with Marcus Thompson.

The reality is that no one has forgotten what Roy was capable of in 2008, nor what he did to the Mavericks in that one game in Portland before the Mavericks snuffed the life out of the Blazers' season. When healthy enough, he's able to score from everywhere on the floor, attack and nail tough jumper after tough jumper. Mark Jackson could use an experienced veteran like Roy in Golden State to set an example. But there are so many questions about Roy, because of the meniscus in his knees, or lack thereof. 

ESPN reports that the Bulls are also interested in pursuing Roy, but due to their cap situation, they would have to hope he falls through all the teams with cap room's open hands first, which is highly unlikely to occur. Roy makes a lot of sense for the Bulls, who wouldn't need him to create off the dribble and who could still fit him into their defensive system. Brandon Roy on one leg is still better than Carlos Boozer on two. 

Is Roy worth the flier to see if he can contribute? Absolutely. But he comes with an inherent risk, that he could be physically unable to compete on any given night. The first question is whether he'll be amnestied. From there, the bidding war for Roy begins. 

 
 
 
 
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