Covering all things NBA from the city of Dallas, join HOOPSWORLD NBA Writer Derek Page for his weekly chat this Saturday at 5:00 pm EST. Shoot your questions in now.
What do you think of a trade of jimmer fredette and salmons to minnesota for derrick williams? do you think it could happen? or does it benefit both teams or not?
Welcome once again to another Saturday edition of my chat NBA fans. Plenty of questions to get to so let’s get started.
I don’t see why the T-Wolves would do that. Both John Salmons and Fredette play the same position and with Wes Johnson already there, that’s creates a logjam at the position. Kings are already set at power forward as well so that’s an unlikely scenario.
I haven’t seen AK 47 play in a while…but he was a stud with the jazz do u expect him to start??And will barea or ridnour be with the wolves at the start of training camp or do u expect them to be in a blockbuster deal….when will B-Roy be officially signed?
It will be between Andrei Kirilenko and Chase Budinger at the small forward position. If AK is still the versatile and quality all around small forward that he was in the past I think he takes the starting spot. Kirilenko was pretty good in the 2010-2011 season with the Utah Jazz, but it will be interesting to see what he looks like after a year away from NBA competition.
Are the any chances d12 gets traded to atl and stays or even signs w/ them in FA. It seems like a better place than dallas. And the hawks also have $ for CP3.
Dwight Howard and Josh Smith would make up easily the best defensive center-power forward combo in the NBA if not the best overall. Those two are also close friends in the offseason so that’s certainly another selling point. As of right now though Howard is leaning heavily towards signing with Dallas – where he would join with Dirk Nowitzki and they would become the best 4-5 combo in the NBA – next summer if he doesn’t get traded to LA or Brooklyn.
It makes me angry to see my Bulls think that having the best regular seaon record will get them past the Heat with just Derick Rose. They are NOT gonna get past the Heat with just him. Derick Rose let LeBron shut him down the last time. Am I wrong in my thinking?
LeBron James is one of the, if not the, best defender(s) in basketball but let’s also keep in mind that Rose will be a year older and wiser this time around. Just last year, James was shut down by the Mavs defense in the Finals and look how he responded this postseason. If they can get healthy, the Bulls will be right in the thick of things next postseason.
Please try ur best to answer these:) thanks derek
1. On a scale 1-10, how likely is it that boozer is amnestued next offseason with such a good FA class?
2. On a scale 1-10, how likely is it that Nikola Mirotic joins the Bulls next offseason?
3. Do you think the Bulls will resign Deng or is Josh Snith their first option?
4. If Monta Ellis decides not to resign with Bucks next summer, what are some possible destinations for him?
5. I got the Bulls the fifth seed in the East this tear? Hbu?
I know most of the questions are next year, but just base it on ur knowledge! Thanks again.
1. Probably a 3 or 4. Bulls management doesn’t want to pay Boozer to play for someone else.
2. I’d say a 1. He’s signed a 5-year extension in the Spanish professional league and has iterated that he may stay for the duration.
3. Deng is an important part of the Bulls and Chicago values him just the same.
4. He’s a proven scorer so he will have plenty of suitors around the league. I don’t see him as a max-player though but we’ll see what the market decides.
5. I’d say between 3rd and 5th, sure, depending on how fast Rose can get back in the lineup.
T-mac in a bulls uniform?! He would be nice for a 1-2 year deal.
Interesting idea. Tracy McGrady can still score a bit and has been through his share of postseason battles. If on the cheap, why not?
How much money do the Bulls have in cap RIGHT NOW? How much if they amnesty Boozer?
Boozer’s salary is $15 mill for the upcoming season so that would vanish from the cap immediately. Our team salary page says the Bulls currently sit at a total payroll of about $64.4 million, which is about $6 million over next season’s cap number ($58.044).
People are underestimating the Bulls sooo much! I believe the Bulls can beat the Heat. The bench got better:
Watson…Kirk(upgrade cuz kirk plays D too)
Korver…Marco(upgrade as ghod as a shooter as Kirver and can create his own shot unlike kyle)
Brewer…Butler(upgrade cuz the kid can shoot better is young and promising)
Asik…Nazr(downgrade but Vladimir adds in more so its an upgrade)
Plus the same core in Rose,Deng,Noah,and Taj with Boozer and Rip! Thats a pretty damn good team. They can beat the Heat but it would be tough. Thoughts?
I 100 percent agree on the underestimation of Chicago. Bulls just need to get healthy and they’ll be right in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference.
I think the players who should get minutes off the bench for portland are smith, babbit, hickson, and jefferies. what do you think about portlands bench? who will be played most aside from babbit, hickson, and smith?
That sounds about right. Jared Jeffries and Will Barton could get some good burn too.
Which SG do u see the bulls persuing next offseason if they amnesty boozer and mirotic joins us? Tyreke,Ellis,kmartin?
No shortage of Bulls questions I see… that’s a long ways a ways. Again, this is a really good Bulls team when healthy. Let’s see how next season plays out.
Sorry but I have a D12 trade:
Don’t know who says no to this:
Cavs trade Thompson, Zeller, L Walton (exp), D Gibson (T opt), 1st round picks (2013 Sac, 2015 Cleveland), 2nd round pick (2014 Cleveland)…
Cavs get Andrew Bynum, G Davis, Q Rich
Orlando trade D Howard, G Davis, J Rich, Q Rich
Young prospects- Zeller, Thompson, Ebanks
Expirings- L Walton, D Gibson, McRoberts,
Lakers trade.. Bynum, McRoberts, Ebanks, 2015 2nd round pick
Lakers get…Dwight, J Rich
Who says no (assuming Houston gets cut out)?
Looks fairly reasonable but the Magic also want to unload Hedo Turkoglu’s contract and want a solid NBA player in the mix to go along with talented prospects. Orlando wants a lot and rightfully so for the best center in basketball.
So…Derek…let’s say Rox don’t end up with Dwight. Could the next best thing to do be keeping the young talent & swinging a K-Mart/Patrick Patterson to the Wolves for Derrick Williams/JJ Barea/Dante Cunningham deal?
Rockets – Lin/Lamb/D.Williams/R.White/Asik w/ JJ’s 6th man scoring punch.
Wolves – Rubio/K.Martin/Kirilenko/Love/Pekovic w/ Roy’s 6th man(of the year) comeback story.
Both squads win right? The Rox are young, uptempo, & exciting, and the Wolves are surely a playoff team with this lineup. What do you think?
The last thing the Rockets need is another power forward.
I honestly think the Wolves had a great offseason…..bringing in AK 47 and B-Roy and an amazing amount of potential in Shved and maybe getting a contributor in Robbie Hummel….what’s Your take on their offseason?What can we expect from D-Will and Chase Budinger?
I think you’re right, two solid veteran additions to help guide the youthful, talented core already in place. Definitely going to be a tough team fighting for one of the final few spots in the West but conference is so deep is talented that it will be very difficult for Wolves to get in the postseason.
The Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors finished last season with an identical record. To settle the draft order, a coin flip took place which GS won, placing them #7 and Toronto #8. With both teams selecting a SF, how much impact did that coin flip have on the Raps future: Terrance Ross vs. Harrison Barnes?
I’m not sold on either Barnes or Ross and neither helped their stock with disappointing showings in Summer League play. I see Barnes as having more of that star potential though but we’ll see.
Do u see the Wolves taking a shot at Bynum or Harden next offseason?
Chance to make a run but I doubt it. Each of those players will command more money (max) than Minnesota looks to be able to afford. Solid core there already anyways.
I hear that Atlanta will make a run at CP3 and Dwight Howard, how realistic are these aspirations?
They’ve set themselves up to be able to form a Miami-esque trio with Howard, Chris Paul and Josh Smith so that’s a start. Convincing Howard and Paul to join Smith in the ATL is another story. Better chance, in my opinion, of Howard heading the Hawks than Paul at this point though.
Can Dwight Howard still get to the Nets through sign and trade next summer if traded to a team that he doesnt want to be on long term?
No. The new CBA prohibits it. If Howard hits the open market next summer both the Lakers and Nets are out of the running.
Heard rumors of Lakers interest in Brandon rush and Jodie Meeks. I think cj miles would be a great fit for team need. Do you think he would accept mle?
I like Rush the best out of those three but I think Miles could be had for less than the MLE. Disappointing last few seasons for him in Utah but still very young and has upside.
Hey Derek, Greetings from Germany! My question: The Mavs have some talented young prospects (Jones, Beaubois, Cunningham) as well as lots of contracts that end next summer. Wouldn’t a deal that sends Turk, Richardson and Howard to the Mavs in exchange for Kaman, Carter, Brand, Jones, Marion and picks be a good option for the Magic?
Well Andy, that would satisfy the Magic want to unload contracts but the young return of talent wouldn’t be sufficient enough. Orlando is asking for the moon for Howard. Mavs definitely have the cap relief aspect to offer, and solid veteran in Marion, but not enough talented prospects.
Clippers are looking deep this year. Is it overly optimistic to expect a WCF appearance this year, barring any major injuries.
If healthy, I think that’s a possibility. Chris Paul is the key in that aspect. OKC or LA Lakers not ending up in the West Finals would be a shock though.
Is there any chance of Dallas with a championship?
Who do u compare T.ross of the raptors to?
Not this season. If everything falls right, Dallas has the talent to compete in the playoffs which is better than they were last season.
A reader, Jon, sent me an email recently and compared a fully realized Terrence Ross to former NBA player Eddie Jones. That’s a pretty good assessment in my book.
wait how is it possible I’m not a head coach yet….
That’s a good question. I thought for sure Shaw was due for a head coaching position (Bobcats or Magic most likely) this offseason.
Hi Derek, do you think the Lakers can get any of the free agents that would really help them, like Barbosa, Delfino or even Meeks, for the veterans minimum? Also do you think they are really that commited to not using the mini mid level exception?
I like the way the Lakers have put together their roster so far. A player of Antawn Jamison’s caliber coming off the bench is a luxury very few NBA teams have.
do you like meeks to back up kobe? think they get help at SF as well or can ebanks/eyenga and jamison (SF/PF) hold it down?
Lakers are good to go. Kobe isn’t a big fan of going to the bench very often anyways.
Do the wolves make the playoffs this year with a starting lineup of
And who ends up getting traded first barea or luke?
Definitely a possibility. Some question marks health-wise but on paper, they are a playoff-caliber team.
Which teams do you predict will make the playoffs in the West? I see about 12 teams that have really decent squads so I think it’ll be pretty close.
In order of final 2012-2013 standings:
1. LA Lakers
2. OKC Thunder
3. SA Spurs
4. LA Clippers
5. Denver Nuggets
6. Dallas Mavericks
7. Memphis Grizzlies
8. Portland Trail Blazers
9. Minnesota T-Wolves (over .500 record)
10. Utah Jazz (over .500 record)
Do you think that the Celtics can take the east this season? I think they have the depth to do so. Thanks.
A year older for this bunch is not a good thing, but Jason Terry brings a great added dimension of clutch shooting and scoring and a healthy Avery Bradley will make a huge difference. Miami is ridiculously stacked though going into next season though. Will be very tough for Celts.
Are the offer in Magic´s table bad enough to take the risk of letting Howard walk away for nothing? I mean the proposed 3 way trades between Cavs-Lakers, Hou-Lakers or even with Houston straight are fairly good and I can´t see any trade better around. By the way, are the Magic stupid enough to take a Nets deal with a overpaid Lopez?
I think Orlando is playing with fire here considering they are going to continue to lose leverage the longer this whole mess goes. But on the other side, I see that the Magic are trying their best to get equal value for Howard but that’s simply not possible.
What do you think of the Dallas Mavericks off season moves?
Considering the way the free agency period started, I’d give them a B+. Mark Cuban and co conjured up a deep, tough and talented roster seemingly out of thin air.
Are the Magic crazy enough to take a Nets deal involving an overpaid Lopez (after Jan 15th) for Howard?
It really all depends on how Brook Lopez plays between the start of the season and that point. It’s easy to forget because he was on the shelf for the majority of last season but Lopez is a stud. He’s a guy that can consistently get a team 18 and 8 on over 50 percent shooting on a nightly basis. Defense isn’t great, but the guy’s still growing as a player.
What about Dwight to Boston for a package headlined by Rondo?
Rajon Rondo is constantly in trade rumors and of course the Dwightmare is still evolving… but I don’t really see it. Magic want cap relief that Boston can’t oblige.
I see the Celtics poised for another title run, but I think they sould still sign another big that could actually play and spare KG to the Playoffs. Should you agree with these thought, what do you think about Yi Jianlian, Darko Milicic and Mehmet Okur as possible fits for the Cs?
Out of those three, I’d take Okur. He can stretch the floor and isn’t bad on the defensive end either.
Well we’re all out of time guys. Thanks for all the questions, let’s do this again next week. Have a good weekend.
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