Welcome to NBA Chat with HOOPSWORLD Senior Writer Eric Pincus. I’ve got all the questions I can handle! Thanks for participating.
Eric covers the L.A. Lakers, Clippers and NBA at large.
Will Mia repeat
No more Dwight Howard trade questions? Wonder if we’ll have anything to talk about? Let’s chat and find out:
Chris – I would say the HEAT have a real chance to repeat. They’re better than they were last year so unless the Lakers can prove better – or OK City, etc. – then we could see another Miami ring.
Why does morris,gould,ebanks stay with lakers?That ruins their carrer and they recive less then a million for that.They could easily find club in europe for same salary and actually play ball and improve as lakers.Lakers arent place for rookies.
If the dream is to play in the NBA, it may not be about the money. Learning from the Lakers and building a resume, even if it’s mostly as a practice player – isn’t such a bad way to go.
What season do you predict for wizards and wall?What numbers he needs to have for all star?
I’m not really sure yet where to place the Wizards. They are, in my mind – a bubble team in the East. I have Miami/Boston/Indiana/Brooklyn/New York/Philadelphia as the top-6 teams (that’s not in order) – so two spots for Bulls, Hawks, Wizards any some of the upstarts (Bucks, Pistons, etc.). I would say Washington has a real chance this year and if they’re well in the playoff mix – around 5-6 by All-Star, I could see Wall get some consideration.
Do you see pistons making some moves to trim logjam on sf.?Of prince,jerebko,maggete,singler and middeleton who has most chances to be traded?Can you imagine some playoff team trading at deadline for prince an expiring contract?
The question on moving Maggette – can the Pistons get something worth giving up potential cap room next summer? Or with Prince, can they additionally trim to get further under the cap. At this point Tayshaun may scare off some teams with the number of years on his salary (three years) but I wouldn’t be surprised if they find a taker around the deadline. It’s a little early to project such things. Teams tend to fall in love with their rosters during the summer and it isn’t until 10-20 games into the season they realize – ain’t so pretty.
Your thoughts on the new GM Dennis Lindsey, and keeping keeping KOC as his boss?
Mo and Marvin Williams and Randy Foye?
The Jazz are a well-run organization and this is just another strong move. Lindsey is a strong presence without being pushy, etc. He knows the game. O’Conner is still a factor – another long-time, strong executive. The Jazz are well-built for a team preparing for cap room next summer. Normally it’s not so pretty. It won’t be easy to stay a playoff team but there’s enough talent there – the Jazz should be in the mix.
What’s your opinion on the Mavs’ ceiling/basement performance-wise this upcoming season?
Also, amongst the Hawks, Lakers, Nets, Mavs, rate them according to likelihood Dwight joins on a long-term deal.
The Mavs are good – they’ll still be a playoff team. I don’t think they’re a true contender as built but they’re talented and did a great job rebuilding without extending real money beyond this season. I don’t anticipate Dwight walking to the Mavs but it has to be mentioned as a possibility. The Nets don’t have the means to get Howard next offseason. The Hawks are a dark horse but I really think he just stays with the Lakers.
Hi Eric. Is Jerry Buss the best in the biz at swindling other teams and buying championships? Having teams/owners around like the Lakers/Jerry Buss sure make following your own team frustratingly pointless.
I don’t really agree there with some of the negatives. Lakers have five titles since 2000 but that’s less than half. LA is also one of the primary drivers of league revenue sharing, etc.
Now that the Howard deal is complete and the Lakers have signed Jodie Meeks, who do you expect to fill the Lakers last two roster spots? I think G.Lock is unlikely to be retained with Jodie Meeks likely to take all the minutes at the back up 2 spot. Do you think Lakers sign Robert Sacre and Johnson-Odom to fill the last two spots or do they keep a roster spot open in case some veteran gets waived mid-season?
I don’t think LA needs to try and convert Goudelock to a point guard anymore. The question is – can he help the team as a shooter and where can they put him on the floor defensively? A Nash/G-Lock backcourt will have its deficiencies defensively. He has a non-guaranteed contract so he’ll have to earn his spot. LA has 13 guaranteed players and will add more for camp – probably Sacre and DJO, but they too will have to make it past camp. I’m not sure LA adds another vet. There’s been some rumor about Kenyon Martin but nothing I’ve heard on that front out of Los Angeles. Martin does have his children in LA, so maybe that plays into things but I’m skeptical.
First of all…WOW…lakers are truly the best organization on all of sports…WOW…ok so do u know who was the driving force in negotiations for the lakers, jim or mitch or by committee? i mean orlando got peanuts…they should’ve gone for gasol to flip him to houston for more assets, who is now left without a dancing partner right…Thanks bud
The Magic had a goal and they achieved that goal. They got under the tax. They got a young player they’re really excited about in Harkless. They received draft considerations, other youth and dumped Jason Richardson/Chris Duhon. Should they have gotten more? Perhaps but the Lakers didn’t want to deal Gasol and the Magic didn’t want to pay him. Is there a promise from the Rockets that they’d take Pau off Orlando’s hands? It’s easy to speculate but in actual negotiations? Different story.
Hey Eric, since once again, ONE team is going to spend what, 30-40million more than anyone else now and just pile up all the best players, I’ll just ask Laker fan questions from now on, since this is the kind of league the NBA wants. My typical Laker fan question: Now that WE have Dwight, do you think we can just trade MWP and Luke Walton for Carmelo and Paul Pierce to back him up and shore up that SF position? Thanks Eric, go Lakers.
Actually the new rules get increasingly restrictive under the new CBA. The Lakers took advantage of the limited chance they had to strike. I don’t view things as that one sided but the Lakers clearly benefited from this individual situation. Certainly the Suns didn’t have to S&T Nash – which won’t be legal moving forward after this season to a tax team like the Lakers.
If you had to guess right now, Who will win ROY? Id go with Damian Lillard. He had a great summer league and I think he’ll have a easier transition, and he’s also playing with a top 3 pf so that doesn’t hurt.
It would not surprise me – he looked fantastic in Vegas.
I have a lot of respect for the Buss family for always putting a great team on the court by spending the money and running top notch organization. And Kupchak is a gangster! Their ability to get Howard was outstanding!
Now, I don’t want to be the one to start this trend or look for a problem, but, Mike Brown said “We’re still going to do a lot of the stuff we did last year. We’re just incorporating some of the Princeton stuff!” So why did you hire Eddie Jordon. With all these big personalities and talented individuals, I would just like to have a coaching staff that had it all planned out, with the wrinkles worked out. Not necessarily “The Triangle”, but I don’t want you to be working it out at this point! Yeah, yeah I know you probably have a lot of respect for Coach Brown and his staff, but tell us what you really think?
p.s. I love the Meeks pick-up also!
This is a team I’d love to see Phil Jackson coach – with some point-guard tweaks in the triangle. Mike Brown will have to prove quickly that he’s the right guy. Of course talent alone may mean a breeze through the regular season so the test may not come until postseason. Mike may be up to the task – may not be.
eric luv your work on hoopsworld…
who are the top 8 west and the top 8 east teams// are there any suprise teams..
Thanks Ken – I touched on the East already. The West – and not in a specific order – are topped by the Thunder/Lakers/Spurs/Clippers/Grizzlies with some Nuggets/Mavericks – leaving one spot for the Jazz/Wolves/Warriors – and to a lesser extent Suns. I have Rockets, Blazers, Kings and Hornets on the outside looking in.
what do you see the back up roster looking like for the lakers?? really liked darius game durring the summer, do you see him getting most of the backup pg minutes??
do you see any players getting bought out or traded for future draft picks??
Both Gasol and Hill will back up Howard. Jamison, Hill and Clark will back up Gasol. Backing up World Peace will be Ebanks, Bryant and Jamison. Meek, Ebanks, Blake, Goudelock, Johnson-Odom behind Bryant (depending on who makes the roster). At the point I’d see the minutes behind Nash divided primarily between Duhon and Blake with spot minutes for Morris. I’m curious to see what exactly Clark is capable of because he may, in theory, be able to play three positions although he’s certainly not a center.
I think it’s time Sacramento got out of Cali and headed to Seattle or something, because s**t’s bout to get serious with the battle of LA between the Lakers and the Clippers. Something tells me CP3 isn’t intimidated by Dwightmare and Nashty and this series is gonna get extremely physical. Bet you can’t wait for their first game vs each other.
I look forward to seeing it all this year. Seattle needs to get their arena together – dealing with the politics of that situation now. It’d be nice to see a return to Seattle – be it Kings or other.
Hey Eric, great job on the reporting and salary pages.
Do you think Lakers waive (or buy out if necessary) Goudelock contract to make room for DJO? As far as I can tell DJO is more athletic, a better defender, seems to make more little plays (i.e setting screens) than Glock while only being a slightly worse shooter.
Also, if you had to would YOU cut Goudelock for DJO (assuming Glock doesn’t look better in training camp)
Thanks – I’ve put a lot of time into the salary pages. The Lakers spent $500k to get Johnson-Odom’s rights so that suggests to me he may have the edge over Goudelock (whose skills are duplicated by the more-seasoned Meeks). We’ll have to wait and see.
I was going over your team salary pages. Nice work man and interesting stuff. Kobe says he will play 2-3 more years. I don’t buy that because he has two more years under contract and I don’t think that will be the end of him. Aafter that, I doubt he will sign a one year contract. Atleast 2 year maybe 3. Assuming Dwight resigns 5 year 105 mil, lakers will have 30 million on 2 guys 2014. Nash and Dwight. Do you think Kobe will sign for 10 mil a year and Pau sign for 7 million a year to stay in LA? Is 47 mil for those 4 too much under new cba?
Do you see this happening or do you think Pau will be traded before summer of 2014. I hope he stays unless incredible talent comes back. And also, how will they fill the rest of the roster? Will they have enough money to sign high profile FA? Thanks
I don’t see either playing at a major discount. We’ll talk down the road, down the road a bit.
Dude… your wife bumped into Dwight Howard… what are the chances of that?! why dont i EVER run into famous people jeeze some people are just so lucky. (i do live in SOCAL)
If you spend some time in the Marina, you’ll likely bump into some NBA players.
Fun question,on a ufc match who wins? Bynum vs cousins, wade vs pierce? Kg vs b.griffin? Light weights cp3 vs rondo?
Cousins, Pierce, Garnett and a never-ending draw in the light-weight division.
Hot california day today! Do u see duhon as a poorman’s andre miller? Will he get minutes against blake? And will earl clark be the next shannon b or ariza, a trade throw in turned energy guy?
Duhon was generally disliked by Orlando fans – at least the ones I’ve been in contact with. I’m curious to see if he can still defend and spot up. We’ll see on Clark – he’s yet to prove he can play at this level but that may have been situational.
The Lakers are incorporating some of the Princeton offense into their game this season thanks to Eddie Jordan. Can you please explain to us how this offense works? Thanks!
Just think triangle offense but different – players always in motion, reading and reacting to what the defense is doing – instead of set play calls, iso/two-man games that have others cleared out and standing in one spot. There will still be some of that mind you – but they’ll have some level of Princeton/motion in play.
Any word on bynum’s opinion of the trade? Do u feel he can average 27 points,14 reb, and 2.9 blks? Allstar starter beast of the east? Thanks EP, i wish all the hw chats are longer, all of u guys are cool!
I’ve heard Bynum is happy with the move. Thanks for the comments. I think Andrew could be the All-Star starter.
I did the research on Earl Clark, and I see he is a 6’10 combo forward and a great defender. Any chance of him seeing some time guarding Durant?
If Clark can realize the potential he had coming in – sure. In reality? No telling yet.
Lakers have had a busy off season. However, I feel they can still do more. If they already are on a spending spree, over the luxury tax, why not spend a little bit more. I am still not 100% sold on the roster. Are the Lakers done with this roster?
Kobe, Meeks, Goudelock, Johnson Odom
Nash, Duhon, Morris, Blake
Dwight, Jordan Hill
Gasol, Jamison, Earl Clark
World Peace, Ebanks
Looks like there are too many guards, not enough depth at forward/center. I feel Duhon can play both SG and PG. I think he is better option than Morris. I think Goudelock is what he has shown so far, and wont be any better, and I do not think Earl Clark has any potential.
What will happen if one of their 2 SF (MWP / Ebanks) gets injured?
I would rather waive Morris, Goudelock (non guaranteed contract), and Earl Clark, and keep Johnson Odom and Duhon.
We are short at the SF and PF position.
I would then sign a guy like Martell Webster, Al Thornton, or even Josh Howard for an extra SF position. And no matter what everyone says about him, I would sign Blatche for cheap too.If he or his attitude is a problem, then simply waive him (just like they did with Rodman years ago). That would make this roster set up nicely.
The Lakers just re-signed Morris – they’re not going to waive him. Blatche? Nah, I wouldn’t go there.
What are the chances that CP3 signs the extension? Darko, Yi, Blatche, Anderson and Diop are all still on the amnesty line… any good fits for the Clippers and teams around the NBA?
CP3 won’t sign an extension but I do think there’s a decent chance he re-signs this summer. I’m not sure what the amnesty line is – and especially how that relates to Yi and Anderson? I don’t anticipate much left from the Clippers in free agency other than camp invites.
Now that the Lakers finally got D12 do you think they would be better off keeping Pau Gasol or moving him for Josh Smith and parts to make the numbers match up since Pau Gasol makes a little more money then Josh Smith. Sure Pau Gasol is a better passer and will work good with Steve Nash and he will work good with D12, but his numbers and Josh Smith numbers are almost identical. Plus Josh Smith is younger and more athletic and it would also help that he’s one of D12′s best friends and that and a championship will keep them both in LA since there both free agents come the summer of 2013.This trade would make the Lakers younger and better overall in my opinion as long as Josh Smith play within the game and not force to many jump shots. I think the combo of D12 and Josh Smith can be two building blocks for life after Kobe for the Lakers. What’s your thoughts.
I don’t believe the Lakers look to move Gasol right now – and I don’t believe the Hawks look to move Smith right now.
I just checked out your breakdown of the Lakers salary after the 2012-2013 season. Seems like the Lakers will have $62 million in guaranteed contracts with Chris Duhon as a non-guaranteed, Jodie Meeks as a team option, and Andrew Goudelock as a Team qualifier. If the Lakers manage to trade Gasol for an expiring contract (Josh Smith) and then amnesty Metta or Steve Blake, they can be under the salary cap in the $6 million to $13 million range.
If that happens, do you see them going after Chris Paul? John Wall? James Harden?
Will they be able to sign one of those marquee guys and then sign Howard long term, since they have his Bird rights?
I think this season will determine Gasol’s fate. If the team wins a title, I could see the Lakers keep him beyond this year. If they don’t, he would probably be the piece they move to fill out the roster to be built around Howard moving forward.
Eric, who is/was more explosive? Blake Griffin or Shawn Kemp in his prime? And better PG dunker? Westbrook, Webb or Steve Francis?
In game – Westbrook. Webb because of his size was a blast. I’d argue that Griffin is more explosive but then we’re talking grains of sand difference here – Kemp was a beast.
Will Hack-a-Howard be the order of the day?
Any report on Lakers signing Matt Barnes?
I don’t believe he’ll return to Lakers.
Lets see if I understand this correctly – we Laker fans wish for a player – snap our fingers or click our heels and that players appears on the Lakers roster. After the summer we had should I even bother to do that?
Hmm – not my experience covering the Lakers the last decade – although certainly this summer is the exception (and certainly the Pau summer). Can we say last year things didn’t go so well for LA with CP3?
So Nash and howard (providing he inks with lakers next year) are the only ones on the Lakers roster in summer of 2014 when Durant LBJ and others are free agents. So the Lakers will have room for 2 max deal contracts or one max and lets say bring back Kobe at around 10-13 mil/per. Interesting scenario Buss and Kupchak has created to look forward to…Oh and do anybody else think that the Lakers and their fans overvalue their players?
It really depends on how the Lakers build to then. I could even see a Nash trade towards the end to Toronto – a two-year run with Kobe and then out. It depends of course if Bryant wants back for another year, because he’s kind of a cap taker.
The clippz have some good free agent signings that all of us like but i feel like they are step behind from their 2011-12 roster, yes they are got better offense wise.but defensively they lost some toughness on reggie evans and kenyon martin. My prediction is they will be an 6- 9 seed in the west. Your take?
I see the Clippers as better than they were a year ago, assuming Griffin’s knee is nothing but a minor offseason setback.
With the acquisitions of Howard/Clark/Duhon and more recently Meeks it’s hard to imagine that the Lakers would have any more needs to fill. But i strongly believe that there is one glaring weakness that needs to be addressed for the Lakers; that is the back up PG position. Not to take away anything from Blake or Duhon, as they should be enough to back up Nash. But I still believe the Lakers need a young athletic guard should Nash go down with an injury. And the fact that Jonny Flynn is still available is amazing in my opinion. Like Jordan Hill he’s bounced around since his rookie season, unlike Hill he had an excellent rookie year and showed potential. As we saw last year in the last couple of games and playoffs with Hill. So my question is do you see the Lakers giving Flynn a chance?, especially when I can’t imagine he would command a salary that would be anything more than the minimum.
The Lakers are stocked with volume there at point guard. That’s who and what they are this season – if quality isn’t quite up to par, I don’t see a change.
Where would you rank the Clippers’ and Lakers’ bench compared to the rest of the league?
Both are strong.
2 owners who hates super teams are cuban and gilbert. But dont they remember they are one of those owners who started this trend. Cuban got prime dirk,nash, prime jamison and antoine walker,mike finley and shawn bradley who basically under achieved, dan gilbert got shaq , some ben wallace, jamison, mo williams but also failed. Is’nt it ironic?
Every owner would like to have a super team.
After D Howard trade,some people on the media, try to save the O Magic gm reputation,but the true is he drop the ball on the finish line,he cant get that they looking for on the trade,he no even get the best value on the market for the best NBA center right now.the Houston offert have better young players,better draft picks and better CAP relief and he goes other way,I dont know why.what you think?
Hmm – I don’t really see how much better the Houston offer might have been. Technically the Rockets could have taken back all Orlando’s junk and given them all their kids and picks – but that wasn’t the reality. I’d argue Moe Harkless is the best prospect between the two teams – although I might say Motiejunas has a bigger upside if he works out. Orlando really wanted a guard and liked Harkless more than Jeremy Lamb. I don’t think the Magic did exceptionally well but also think the opportunities weren’t as grand as people speculated.
Ch Bulls starting 5 right now are, K Hinrich,R Hamilton,L Deng,C Boozer and J Noah. 5 overpay NBA players,how this team can win another championship like that,the only way to win again is rebuilding this team right now, please do that mr Reinsdorf for the fans. What you think?
I think their star got hurt so it’s a down year for the Bulls. Otherwise I’d rank Chicago as a top team in the East, behind the HEAT.
Whats up Eric? My question is how bout shifting Pau to the second unit, and having a strong bench: Duhon/Blake, Meeks, Ebanks, Jamison, and Gasol? These group of guys could be a starting 5 elsewhere. Also is Barbosa still an option?
I don’t like or understand that one re: Gasol. Also, I never really understood Barbosa to be an option the Lakers were seriously pursuing.
Eric, what do you think about Lakers signing Kenyon Martin? I think he is good for defensive assignments vs strong elite SF like Durant or Lebron. Martin is big/nasty/athletic enough to defend 3 positions (SF, PF, C). This is especially useful when Dwight is out with his back or when Dwight is in foul trouble.
What are your thoughts?
If Martin wants to come for short minutes (a stretch, but maybe with his kids in town) and short money (another stretch) – he’d add a nice versatile defender but I just don’t really see it.
Great stuff this offseason Eric! Anyone who follows your chats wasn’t surprised with Wojo’s tweet that Gary Sacks is the front runner for the Clipper’s GM job. When do you expect an official announcement? What do you think about the hire if that’s indeed the direction they go with? Thanks.
Thanks John – we’ll see what happens with Sacks. I know the Clippers are happy with how the team has functioned this offseason and the results were pretty solid.
Earlier in the summer, it appeared that trades had been based on salary figures for the just ended 2011/12 season. At what point did trades become based on salaries for the upcoming 2012/13 season?
The NBA’s year is July 1 to June 30 – that’s the threshold – it all flips on July 1.
Hi Eric, can Meeks slide to PG wen Nash is out? I think it is critical for coach Brown to have bigger guard when they meet OKC in the playoffs. To match up against Westbrook and Harden.Thanks
Meeks isn’t a point guard and while he has some combo skills, probably not enough to really play point. If anything he might play short three over clumsy one. I’m curious to see how much more there is to Meeks’ game than we saw in Philly.
Why wouldn’t the Magic have taken Pau Gasol in the trade? I understand them not wanting to add a contract of that size, but they could have done that trade, then flipped Gasol to the Rockets for several of their assets they were offering for Dwight. Would not have gotten the same haul as they would get on a Dwight offer, but still would have gotten some young assets, and off loaded another big contract with Gasol to Houston. Sounds like bad management for Orlando.
As I mentioned – are you sure the Rockets would do that? I’m not sold they would. If the Magic got what they believed to be the best “YES” they’d gotten all season – then why not take it? The other options are theoreticals.
Hate the Lakers but I’m a Jamison fan…he played SF for Golden State with great results…why is it assumed that Artest will be the starter at SF and Jamison will come off the bench? Artest is widely regarded as well past being the player he once was, yet Jamison came off another great year (albeit lower shooting percentage.) Jamison’s D isn’t as lock down as Artest’s but he is the better all-around player, in my opinion. Thanks for your time!
Jamison played SF with the Warriors alongside Wilt right? In other words, it’s been a while.
Which game do you think is more interesting: Lakers vs 76ers on Jan 1 or Lakers at Magic on March 12? What kind of reception do you think Bynum gets in LA and Howard in Orlando?
Lakers/Sixers. Bynum should be appreciated in LA – I’m thinking not so much for Howard in Orlando.
Can the heat afford to keep the Big 3 together? They are well into the tax for the next three seasons (assuming the big three do not exercise their ETO’s in 2014).
Miami isnt really a big market. Can these guys keep playing together or will fear of the Super Tax drive Mickey Arison to dismantle this team?
Oh and thanks for all your hard work on the Cap info for the site. I for one, appreciate seeing tweets at 5AM saying you are ‘done’. Thank you immensely. That is all.
Thanks El CAMPEON – happy to do the work. I expect the HEAT to stay together, tax bill and all.
Hey Eric, I love your chats!
I was confused as to why the magic traded Chris Duhon since, unless i’m missing something, he was the only pg on the magic’s roster, and the lakers have no need for him since they have steve blake. Any insight as to why the magic got rid of him?
The Magic are rebuilding and would rather have other people play point guard than Duhon.
Would you trade Pau for some younger and cheaper players now like Josh Smith or Derrick Williams and filler to save on the tax hit that’s definitely coming?
I would like to see what Gasol looks like with Nash/Howard, etc.
Is Darius Morris’ contract guarantee for the year.
Yes and he has an implicit no-trade clause to boot.
Would you say that the Lakers now posess the best backcourt tandem (1-2) and front court tandem (4-5) in the NBA?
You can argue that but they certainly don’t have the youngest backcourt.
Rumors been that Derrick Williams for verejoa is that true and if not who would the wolves go after for a big man
I haven’t heard that.
eric… Since the lakers will have to pay a whole lot of tax next year do you think the lakers can make a deal with howard if he resigns where they will pay him a little less next year and pay him more in the years to come something like the jermey lin deal??
No, the Lin situation was unique to restricted free agents with Early Bird Rights.
Hi Eric – Will Lakers need to hire more back therapists to work on D Howard and Steve Nash? Kidding aside – I think Lakers will turn Ebanks into a defensive specialist to back up World Peace. Ebanks did a heck of a job on KD during the come back game where Lakers beat Thunder in OT…
Consistency – that’s what Ebanks hasn’t shown yet. He has an opportunity here.
Where were you and what were you doing when you heard the Howard deal was going to happen?
At my youngest daughter’s kindergarten orientation.
Good time to be a Laker reporter?
I’ve always enjoyed my job covering the NBA Lakers, Clippers, etc.
Big Bobcats fan and follower of your chats. I was wondering if you’ve heard or think the Cats were going to continue looking to add to the frontcourt. I know they swung and missed with Jamison and Landry but I have a hard time thinking they’re content with Mullens and Biyombo starting, with a brittle Haywood on the bench.
The Bobcats are in that rebuilding mode so it’s going to come bit by bit. I like Biyombo btw – he’s a great kid. Hang in there, I think Kidd-Gilchrest will help start a culture change.
What are the Lakers’ weakness as the roster stands now?
By the way, I enjoy reading your articles and answers. Thanks
Thanks Kevin – obviously the Lakers are a little bit older – they don’t have a great backup point guard (though what they have in volume will probably suffice). Howard may or may not be totally healthy (back) and isn’t a good free throw shooter. Can the pieces blend? Will Kobe do too much at times? The usual. I’m not sure Mike Brown is the right coach for all this – we’ll have to wait and see.
If Meyers Leonard gets around 20 minutes a game can we expect 7 points 6 rebounds 1 block?
I’m not much for predicting stats. Leonard is athletic but raw. I think he’ll get around that but who knows!?!?
If we haev no injuries and our rookies are producing nicely , can the blazers win 46-48 wins this season??
I don’t see it I’m afraid. I have Portland in the 35-42 range.
I’m very excited about the addition of Meeks to the Lakers. I think it got lost in the middle of Dwight Howard trade and didn’t get much coverage. But I really think he can help the Lakers bench.
He can shoot.
Where does Al Harrington fit with the Magic? If they keep him, he will likely cut into the minutes of one of their rookies (Nicholson, Harkless) unless they find someone to take Hedo (unlikely).
He’s a good veteran who can space the floor a bit. He’s not a long-term stay in Orlando.
Morning EP…good job on your a.m. piece …was wondering if DJ has ever worked on his post game with the Dream? I mean he’s from Houston where Hakeem spent his career right?…if not, what would it take to make that happen? Is it a business transaction to hit up the older players for post move workshops or do they just hook em up as a solid?
I’m not sure how much upside Jordan has in his post game – I’ll ask him about Dream when I can.
Why isnt Derrick Brown, Mikel Pietrus, Alonzo Gee on a team yet?? Why is the Blazers not looking at these players? Babbit, Claver, Pavolvic, Jeffries are not really good back SF…would rather have Pietrus,Gee, or Brown.
Gee is restricted and I anticipate he’ll stick with the Cavaliers – I’m guessing for one-year unless they can hammer out a long-term contract.
Do you hear anything from around the league that any team owners or executives are pissed about Lakers getting Howard? When Lakers got Gasol, they were…specially Spurs coach!
I hear the Rockets are upset because they too believed they had the better assets.
Are the jazz serius on keeping their 4 bigs for the entire season? Wouldnt it be the best time to cash in on 1 or 2 of them in a trade?
I could see Millsap shopped.
Do you think the fans in LA will finally give Jim Buss a break? All the guy wanted to do was to get something substantial for Bynum and he did that. He wasn’t trying to say that he pick Bynum and he should retire as a Laker. He was rewarded for his patience. LA fans should relax and believe the team is in good hands (both Jim and Mitch).
I feel like Jim Buss has given the Laker fanbase a little more confidence in the post-Doc transition.
Eric, I think one thing the Lakers should do this season is to retire Shaq’s jersey. That will give Howard a sence of what it’s like to be honored by the team and will give hime extra insentive to re-sing with the Lakers next summer. Do you agree?
I anticipate that’s coming – I’m guessing at some point this year.
Covering the Lakers, you must know a lot about Bynum. Do you think his knees can stay strong and he can avoid injuries? Also, what do you think are the chances that he re-signs in Philly after the season?
Bynum’s knees are better now than they were then but they’re always a concern. He’ll always need some level of maintenance on them. I do see Andrew sticking in Philly.
Hi Eric, I love the Phoenix Suns offseason. Got rid of everyone I didn’t like (Childress,Warrick,Lopez) replaced the old guys Nash and Hill. Got younger more athletic and the front court I def like C Gortat, PF Scola, SF Beasley. Not to mention PG Dragic and SG johnson and a ton of draft picks from the trades they made. How do you like what they did and do you see them as a 5-8 playoff seeding. Thx
Suns did a solid job moving forward. I’m not sure they’re playoff bound but some positive steps to rebuild.
I know they still haven’t played a game yet, but can you tell delusional Clipper fans that the Lakers are just better right now? They all point to the bench–which is admittedly better than the Lakers’–but I think the Lakers’ star power more than makes up for it. And I am a Clipper fan, but I just think comparing Grant Hill to Devin Ebanks is less useful than Howard and Jordan.
I have the Clippers a little bit behind the Lakers – but I don’t think it’s as large a gap as you perceive.
Hey Eric – always enjoy your reporting! Regarding the moves the Lakers made this off-season. I know they upgraded their PnR defense, but do you think they have closed the gap enough with the elite teams, i.e. OKC and the Heat? Thank you!
I do – if healthy.
Eric, love you one twitter and these chats! I think that the moves the lakers did beyond Howard and Nash truly show that this organization is great hand with the Buss Family. Can you talk about how he’s (Jim) transformed from 5 years ago till now?
I think Buss has gotten better as a communicator. He understands that he needs to be visible to Laker fans to keep them . . . calm.
Since Bynum is having another knee surgery can the trade be rescinded if the Sixers called it damaged goods? Is it to late for that or would the Lakers simply change Gasol for Bynum?
Bynum had the knee procedure in Germany scheduled since the end of the season – this is nothing new.
instead of putting sponsorships on jerseys, couldn’t they put sponsorships on the court – specifically in the middle of the court (around the half-court line) where there isn’t as much action? Are you against sponsorships on jerseys?
No Love For The Celtics? They Look Pretty Deep AND Talented and also Younger.
I have the Celtics as #2 in the East.
My step dad is complaining that all of the big market teams are taking up the good players and the Small Market teams cant compete. Does he have a legit beef?
Not really – say the Oklahoma City Thunder
What 5 will the Lakers trot out during the time Dwight misses early this year?
With the new CBA, what would Kobe’s contract look like if he signed for 2 additional years after his current deal expires?
If he hit free agency and signed for a 5% bump – you’re talking like $66 million or something for two years. I’m thinking the Lakers won’t pay that – and then the question becomes – how much less than max will Kobe play for?
could the lakers do a sign and trade with chris paul if the lakers would send back steve nash?
Not if they’re over the tax. That’s illegal once we hit the start of the season.
Lakers are in a “Win this year or bust” situation. True or false? And why?
BTW, I think they are: too old, chances for Kobe, Nash, Pau get slimmer as time goes by
Yes – win now or bust.
Hey Eric, long time lurker, first time poster. Even though I’m pleased the long Dwightmare ended with Howard going to my hometown Lakers, the situation was definitely a bit exhausting for most of the basketball world. Do you think more of the same is in store for K Love? Have the Wolves done enough to convince him to stay? I like some of their moves (bringing in Roy in particular) but plenty of others seem entirely mystifying (Darko and what sometimes feels like 20 PGs). Not sure they are destined for more than the bottom half of the playoffs…
It’s too far down the line with Love. He has too many years on his contract for this to be an issue and we’ll have a lot more change in the NBA by then.
How will Howard adjust to Kobe’s seriousness and vice versa? Their personalities just seem to be the total oppisite. Last time this happened Kobe and Shaq never got along. Yet they won three straight rings though. Will that relationship be similar to Howard and Kobe?
This will have to do for the week. We’ll chat again next Tuesday.
Juan – I asked that very question to Howard at his presser and he said he’s not coming to change Kobe. He’s just going to be Dwight and Kobe’s going to be Kobe. I too am curious how it all fits together.
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