Category:NBA
Posted on: July 12, 2010 9:34 am
 

Shootaround: Free-agency weekend in rhyme

A lot happened over the weekend, so we want to catch you up quickly. We'll have more on each of these stories in a bit. But while you're waiting, here's a little poem for you to get caught up.

The Mavs are chasing Haslem to make them seem bigger .

While the Nets are tapping Morrow to pull the big trigger .

The Pistons and Ben Wallace wed for two more years .

While Nellie brought in DWright as the latest wing he'll bring to tears.

The Nets brought in Petro to perplex us much more .

Then they tagged Jordan Farmar after Phil showed him the door.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas misses the King .

And Matt Barnes at this point is just chasing a ring .

The Baby Bears added a stopper in Allen.

And then the Suns traded Leandro Barbosa and some trade exceptions for Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress, while Toronto then swapped out the trade exception they got from the Suns who got it from New York for Boris Diaw in exchange for almost nothing.

That last one doesn't rhyme because it doesn't make any sense, whatsoever.

Oh, and Jesse Jackson compared Dan Gilbert to a slave owner . You may have heard about that one already.



Posted on: July 10, 2010 7:37 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 7:39 pm
 

Warriors close to being sold

Posted by Royce Young

The Oakland Tribune reports it's down to two in the Warriors sweepstakes. The Tribune says two groups have separated themselves from the pack with their bids. Current owner Chris Cohan is reportedly even more confident than before that his franchise will sell for more than $400 million.

Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison is believed to be the front-runner, but others in the discussion are 24-Hour Fitness CEO Mark Mastrov, David Bonderman, a Wall Street financer and Mandalay Entertainment chair Peter Guber.

With only two groups remaining, the Tribune says a winner could be identified as early as August.


Category: NBA
Posted on: July 10, 2010 7:16 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 7:18 pm
 

Report: Portland signs Matthews to offer sheet

Posted by Royce Young

The Blazers have signed guard Wesley Matthews, a restricted free agent, to a five-year, $34 million offer sheet, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

If you need help with that, that's $6.8 million a year. Matthews had a nice rookie campaign averaging 9.4 points per game and turning into one of last year's rookie surprises. If you remember, he was an undrafted free agent. And now he's turned a quality year into a potentially large contract. Pretty, pretty good for a guy that didn't hear his name called last June.

The report says that the Blazers offered Matthews a frontloaded deal that would pay him close to $9.2 million the first year in an effort to discourage Utah from matching. Maybe Portland's just messing with the Jazz though. If you recall, the Blazers offered a four-year, $32 million deal to Paul Millsap last year that forced Utah's hand to match it. The Jazz did and kept Millsap. Hard to figure if Matthews is important enough match on.

Obviously without Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver, Utah's got more space, and more need. Matthews signed the contract Saturday night and the Jazz have seven days to match.

Posted on: July 10, 2010 6:48 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 6:54 pm
 

Cavs in the mix for Josh Childress, Al Jefferson

Posted by Royce Young

Replacing the best player in franchise history isn't easy. But that doesn't mean Cleveland is just going to sit and cry and write angry letters about it. Well I guess one of those things they did do. Nevertheless.

Brian Windhorst reports that the Cavs
are considering making an offer to Atlanta restricted free agent Josh Childress . But that's not all! The Cavs are also talking with Minnesota about a deal to bring Al Jefferson to Cleveland, Windhorst reports .

Childress has until July 15 to opt out of his contract with Olympiakos, which is where he spent last season. The Jefferson talks aren't serious yet, Windhorst says, because Minnesota is looking for more than just a salary dump. They want assets. Does that mean J.J. Hickson? Just draft picks? Hickson plus picks? There were talks a few days ago that Cleveland was making a play for Jonny Flynn. Maybe this is all one big package deal being discussed.

Cleveland's not the only team making a play for Jefferson though. Marc Stein reports the Mavs have had some talks with Minnesota involving Eric Dampier, but the Wolves want picks along wth Dampier's attractive contract, and that's something Dallas doesn't want to include.


Posted on: July 10, 2010 3:59 pm
 

Miami to add Juwan Howard?

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 .
Posted on: July 10, 2010 12:05 am
 

Report: Bulls sign J.J. Redick to offer sheet

Posted by Royce Young

The Bulls may have held back a large sum of money for LeBron, but that doesn't mean they're just going to hang on to it. Hours after signing Kyle Korver for $15 million over three years , the Bulls have also inked sharpshooter J.J. Redick to a three-year, $20 million offer sheet , Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports.

Redick is restricted, so Orlando has seven days to match. And most expect the Magic to match the offer and keep Redick in Orlando, but GM Otis Smith has said he won't overpay for him . Is $6.6 million a year overpaying for Redick, a guy that averaged 9.6 points per game? I guess that's up to Smith to decide. However, with Orlando just signing Chris Duhon this week, maybe that was a contingency plan in case the Magic lost Redick and needed backcourt depth.

But if the Magic don't match, Chicago would have a pretty impressive sharpshooting duo in Korver and Redick. It's not hard to picture Derrick Rose penetrating and kicking to either one of those guys for an open 3.
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:08 pm
 

Bobcats sign Tyrus Thomas

Posted by Matt Moore
Ken Berger reports sources have told CBSSports.com that the Charlotte Bobcats have signed free agent Tyrus Thomas to a 5-year, $40 million deal. The move is not altogether surprising, as the Cats had invested quite a bit to land the mercurial power forward and need depth at the position.

While Thomas struggled mightily for minutes in Chicago despite putting up stellar per-minute defensive numbers, Larry Brown uncharacteristically gave Thomas extended minutes during the Charlotte playoff run, enabling his athleticism and using it as the raw counter to Boris Diaw's finesse game. The Bobcats' defensive philosophy is centered around efficient and hammering rebounding, something Thomas does well.

The question at that price tag is if Thomas has the mental makeup to be a full-time starter. Despite his considerable athleticism and an improving jumper, Thomas has long minutes of looking utterly lost on the floor, often playing recklessly and not working within the rhythm of the game. He also tends to hijack possessions routinely and look for opportunities for his shot, which still needs a lot of work.

This move also in no way shape or form locks Thomas into Charlotte long-term. The Bobcats have shown a perplexing commitment to improving their team almost solely through trades, often after signing the outgoing players to long deals. See: Okafor, Emeka. The Cats have a vested interest in Thomas but if he regresses for the thirty third time, you can bet he'll find himself on the trading block again. He's been rewarded for the work he did last season with this opportunity. If he's ever going to become the player his athleticism suggests he could be, he needs to start now.
Posted on: July 9, 2010 3:35 pm
 

Heat trying work sign-and-trade with Cleveland

Posted by Royce Young

And you thought this whole LeBron thing was over, didn't you?

Ira Winderman, who reported the Heat were signing Mike Miller, drops what appears to be fairly massive news: Miami is working on a sign-and-trade with Cleveland .

What does that mean you ask? Well, it opens the door for more possibilities for the Heat. This would give Miami the resources needed to re-sign Udonis Haslem, Quentin Richardson and Dorell Wright. And as Winderman points out, this tactic would allow the Heat to retain its mid-level salary-cap exception for 2010-11, which it then could utilize to complete its planned signing of Miller.

But this move neither affects the Miller signing, nor the LeBron one. It's just another scenario in this ever-evolving situation of LeBron going to Miami. Winderman says Miller will sign with Miami either way. But if this is pulled off, it will just allow the Heat a lot more wiggle room, because Miller could sign for the mid-level exception.

And plus, with a sign-and-trade, LeBron also makes more money. Which is an interesting dynamic. All that goodwill talk about LeBron taking less money to go Miami goes out the door, because now he'll make the same he would've in Cleveland (six years, about $125 million). But on the flip side, by the Cavs helping themselves in getting something in return, even if it's just a draft pick or two, they also help LeBron make more money. Which is something I have a hard time seeing Cavs owner Dan Gilbert be a fan of. You know, because of the whole crazy letter thing .

Winderman also says the Heat have contacted Matt Barnes for a spot on the SuperFriends roster. It's all taking shape for the Heat right now and if the sign-and-trade happens, Miami might avoid having a roster full of minimum salary guys, but instead, a pretty legit contender. Kind of scary to think about.
 
 
 
 
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