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Eric covers the L.A. Lakers, Clippers and NBA at large.
If Olshey leaves, who do u think would take his sp0t?
Would I still be able to write for HOOPSWORLD if Clippers gave me the job? Hmm, probably not.
would the magic be any better if they sign allen iverson and he doesnt betray them?? why or why not?
Why isn’t Josh Smith a real option for the Clippers? Who played SF for us our last playoff run? I think he coups work. Your thought?
He can’t shoot, which is a must. If you want to say Andre Iguodala isn’t much of a shooter either, Dre is one of the top playmakers at the forward position. The Clippers view Smith as a power forward and not really a true fit. That doesn’t mean they won’t consider him if their top options but I don’t anticipate Smith as a Clipper.
What are you thoughts on JJ Hickson? Will he an DeMarcus cousins make a good duo? Looks like they may have the highest turnover rate for any front court in the league next year!
It’s an interesting pairing. Cousins has a ton of talent if he can harness his emotions. They’re both power players which can work – but sometimes doesn’t. I remember Elden Campbell having almost no on-court chemistry with Shaquille O’Neal. Are Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap a great match? Not necessarily. The Kings are rebuilding and they have some positives moving forward (Fredette, the Hickson pickup). It just may take some time before that translates into wins.
Do you believe that the players will ever agree to a hard cap? Also, do you think a majority of the owners are pushing for revenue sharing among the teams or are they hoping to reduce their losses by lowering total player costs only?
I don’t believe the players will agree to a hard cap without at least 32 games of season lost if not more. Revenue sharing is a big issue and it will be part of whatever solution is reached. What the owners are trying to lock in first is the greatest share of revenue from which to share!
Will the Clip’s extend Olshey’s contract that expires next month? If not who do you see them going after for GM?
From what I understand the Clippers are happy with Olshey. I don’t have a concrete answer yet on that one.
Who do you think the most realistic, available back up for Lakers bigmen via free agency or trade? How many spots left for the team? Excluding the rookies.
If the Lakers keep the trio of Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, they probably go for a veteran like Jeff Foster who knows Mike Brown well. The offseason is expected to be brief once the lockout is done. I’m not sure I see LA making major moves right away (or at all this coming season).
If Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock, Devin Ebanks and possibly Derrick Caracter make the team, that’s already 13 players. I’m thinking one more guard and one more big . . . which may mean Caracter doesn’t get a spot. Other options might include Hilton Armstrong, Aaron Gray, Jared Jeffries, Shelden Williams and the like . . .
Do you think the Lakers will make a play for a PG? Or do they stick with Blake, Fisher and the rookie Darius Morris. Just get this feeling Morris is going to turn out to be like a Nick Van Exel pick – a second round steal!
I don’t expect the Lakers to get another point guard outside of the three you mentioned. It wouldn’t shock me if they got a combo guard who can play a little one. We’ll see on Morris.
From Sheridan Hoops
Not to pick on HoopsWorld, because lots of people are doing this, but after last week’s meeting in New York, it reported:
“With less than three weeks to go until training camps are scheduled to open, Tuesday negotiating was crucial to keeping the season intact. As HoopsWorld (had) reported on Friday, there was some reason for optimism that this would be the day the sides finally moved in the right direction.
“Sources told us, and several other news outlets, that if the players would agree to the owners owners’ demands on a revenue split, the owners would likely walk away from their mechanical demands such as a hard salary cap, three-year deals and fewer guarantees in contracts.
“Apparently, that did not happen.”
Whoever told anyone the owners were about to walk away from anything was on mushrooms.
Our information at HOOPSWORLD is well-sourced, especially in the case of that article. The players were stunned by the owners’ latest position. It’s not our responsibility to know the future but to accurately reflect what the parties involved are thinking and doing. We represented that well here.
So looks like some good games comming in Naptown. Any clue what part of his game Eric Gordon is working on? Pasing, posting up, etc?
I know he wants to improve his ball-handling. I haven’t spoken to Eric in some time but that was one of his offseason goals.
Looking at last years draft, after John Wall and possibly DeMarcus Cousins, could Paul George be the next best from that class? He seems to have all the tools
George has a lot to prove still but he’s a talented player. I still think Evan Turner, Derrick Favors and Wesley Johnson will grow as players. Ekpe Udoh, Greg Monroe, Al-Farouq Aminu and Gordon Hayward all have talent as well. I don’t see anyone as a bust yet. George is in that mix and if he continues to grow, he could end up being better than a number of those players.
Hi Eric. I heard one year Barkley bought his trainer on the Suns a Mercedes. What is the most generous gift you have seen an NBA player give?
Well some Clippers chipped in to help pay for an assistant coach’s surgery (Kim Hughes) and Luke Walton led some Lakers in giving their playoff share to some of the staff who had recently been laid off. So far I haven’t personally gotten a Mercedes from any of the players. I’m still waiting.
Eric, I understand Blake and DJ are close, and that DJ is young and a defensive presence, but why so anxious to move Kaman, when I view him as the far superior talent to DJ?
I don’t view Kaman as “far superior.” There’s no question that Chris is much, much better offensively but it’s a matter of fit with the current roster. Kaman is about 30 and there’s little chance the Clippers re-sign him to a long term deal. Based on that alone, if it’s his last year and he doesn’t fit into the long-term future of the club . . . then it’s time to move him for value.
I know in a market like Indianapolis, we tend to have to “overpay” for FA’s. Bottom line, would you shell out the money to sign David West or hold it for future consideration?
I’d spend on David West, assuming his knee checks out. He’s the right kind of player for Indiana. I like his personality and fit for the Pacers. Obviously it depends on how much . . .
Obviously money is the hot topic as far as all of the CBA negotiations, but any other news on other topics. I saw somewhere here get mentioned about making changes to the draft or changing the nba eligible age and things of that sort.
The topic on the table is money. Money. Money. Money. Money. And a few other minor issues like the rest of the entire CBA. Once the piece of the pie is divided, they’ll get into all of that. The age limit may change in either direction. I wouldn’t be surprised if players need two years in college but that’s far from a lock.
What about Nash and Hill to LAC? Any more likely than DW or CP3?
An interesting short-term solution. I’m doubtful.
Y wouldnt the hornets go after M Gasol instead of resigning an injured D west, resign landry or put emeka at the 4. Would the clips be interested in a trade involving ariza and kaman
Gasol is a restricted free agent and one the Grizzlies want to retain. If the rules stay the same, the Hornets can tie up whatever spending power they have – which may not be enough to begin with – in an offer sheet to Marc only to have it matched by Memphis. Then they’re in the same position except someone else may have signed West by then.
I did put my thoughts on the Hornets into an article this morning http://www.hoopsworld.com/solving-problems-hornets-after-chris-paul/ .
Hi Mr.Pincus,why do you say that the owners have all the leverage in the lockout negotiations,wouldn’t the legue have to pay TNT,ESPN and NBC,for lost games,and a cancelled season hurts owners with lost revenue and fans support. Everyone has a vested interest in the season starting on time.Where is the leverage?
The networks are reimbursed for lost games. It’s a financial hit for everyone involved which is why I think owners have significant incentive to reach a deal . . . but the right deal. I still think it means compromise. To this point they’ve had to hold their position firmly. Why give much of an inch when there’s no pressure to? Now that the clock is a factor, we may see change.
One argument, which may or may not be valid, is that the league wouldn’t give cash back to the networks but that the refunds would be credited against the new deal. That may be a stretch.
By the way, it’s been a really long time since the NBA was on NBC . . . ABC!
If the magic didn’t make those trades last year would they have been able to sign Paul or Williams after this season? Lewis and Carter would have expired and taken aroun 40 mil off the book
Could have, should have, would have. Note that Lewis has $10-17 million guaranteed on that final year, so it’s not like his money would completely come off. I didn’t love the trade at the time but what’s done is done. The Magic have been trying to find the right combination to win with Dwight Howard and really haven’t made much progress the last couple of years.
Banking on a Paul or Williams might have been an option but there’s no guarantees there either. A GM has to make the best choices he can given the options. They’re generally going to be a mixed bag. For Orlando, it’s been a painful process since the NBA Finals appearance.
Why are people overrating this dude granger? Dude had like one great year and the pacers act like he’s the next kobe. J. Smith for him would be the perfect trade for both teams. What is the deal with indie?
Granger is a nice player but he’s probably your second or third best player if you’re a championship-level team. I don’t see the reasoning on that deal. I’m not sure how Josh Smith helps the Pacers.
Do you see the players and owners still deciding to make a deal before they have to cancel regular season games?
At this point I still think there’s a good chance we get a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) before games are lost. I don’t think the two sides are as far apart as you might think.
There are certainly factions of ownership pushing the hard cap but to get it, they’ll need to lose games and probably a season. If the players give up a big enough percentage of the BRI, revenue sharing will have to do the rest to try and provide competitive balance.
It’s about compromise and both sides will need to take steps to make it happen. It’s just going to take the right number from the players.
I could be wrong and a short season – or even no season remains a possibility – but I think they’ll get there.
Unlike many Jazz fans I would like to use this upcoming year as a somewhat rebuilding year. I say forget the playoffs and trade away your vets (Jefferson, Memo, Harris) for young talent and picks and let Hayward, Favors, Burks, Kanter, and Evans get playing time. Hopefully you can get a top ten pick and get a steady PG. What do you think?
You can make that argument. Best-case, I don’t see the Jazz as a deep playoff team. As always, it depends on what Utah can get in return. Rebuilding can be long and painful if not done correctly. The Jazz have a great track record through the years but it’s not going to be easy whatever path they take.
hey Eric P. BBall has been going on for a week now at the Vegas impact league. Any news to report. How are the clipper’s playing, Travis Leslie has been solid from the little news i’ve read.
I was in Las Vegas briefly but didn’t see the Clippers play. From what I hear Leslie looks like a nice NBA prospect. I saw Kyle Lowry and Klay Thompson tear it up. From what I can can tell it’s a light-hearted league. Not a lot of defense at all but quality NBA talent.
Do u think the Clips will use all of their 12mill in cap space and then sign DJ?
It depends on many variables. The Clippers have that cap space but once they ink Jordan (a likelihood), the team’s financial flexibility shrinks. Using the cap space first and then signing DeAndre works but is there the right free agent out there worth that money? I see LA looking instead for an unbalanced trade but once again they’re reliant on outside parties. I’m curious to see how it resolves.
In addition to a SF, Clips have a weak bench. They need a straight up scorer off that bench…Do u think they will fil that role?
I like Bledsoe and Foye off the bench. The team needs another starter first – ideally at the three – then they can think about filling in the rest.
Should the Kings move Tyreke to SG full time? I just do not see him as a legit facilitator, but they may not have any better options at this point.
I could see Evans as the team’s full-time shooting guard. Some of it depends on chemistry with rookie Jimmer Fredette. It remains to be seen how NBA ready Jimmer will be on Day One but that could be a potent, young backcourt.
Clippers need guys that could spread the floor. Shooting specialists like James Jones and Kapono are free agents. I would sign Jones for 3years/12mill, with maybe 8mill coming the first year.
That’s too high for Jones. LA could use a true shooter, there’s no question. I’m not sure how they get it just yet.
Will VTN let Gordan roam free as the point guard this season and see how he does..I could see him with 23ppg,7apg (Westbrook/ Arenas type numbers), only a better shooter.
Gordon is a combo guard. He’ll get to handle the ball in fourth quarters but in a role similar to what Dwyane Wade does in Miami.
How much of Dan Gilbert’s stance is wanting the hard cap, or is it him trying to break–up the Heatles?
A number of teams passionately want a hard cap and I believe Gilbert is one of them. I haven’t gotten that information on the Cavs owner directly. I would call it anecdotal.
Why did u guys list the knicks as, “Another team,” in Which team could challenge Miami and Chicago in 2012? If anything, we should be way better than the magic, and probably the hawks too. Hell, we may even top the Celtics and grab the 3rd seed! yea, we got swept but our best and 3rd best players were hurt! Hoopsworld should realize this team’s potential.
I mentioned the Knicks as a possible team to challenge but as built right now, I don’t think New York has the pieces. I do believe NY will get better over the coming years. They have a shot at landing one more star. That said, I can’t assume they do . . . at least not in the article you’re referring to. That wasn’t the premise.
If the Hornets decide to trade Paul is there a team besides the Clips that can offer the Hornets a good package, but still have enough talent on their team to have Paul sign an extension? The Clips have to be frontrunners for Paul.
It depends on what the Thunder truly think of Russell Westbrook . . . or the Warriors of Stephen Curry. The Clippers may have a nice offer for Paul, maybe the best . . . but maybe not.
If you remove all past history of Kahn & the Wolves and just ask “How promising is a team with Adelman, Love, Williams, Beasley, Rubio, Johnson, and Webster?” … wouldn’t the answer be “Interesting young team on the rise!”
Perhaps. Adelman is a strong coach who usually gets the best out of players. I’m curious to see how quickly Rubio adjusts to the NBA. The Wolves have potential but I don’t see them getting to 30 wins.
The big market owners are by far the minority, do they have the pull to force the entire ownership group to keep the soft-cap?
Given the big markets are responsible for a significant portion of the league’s overall revenue, they have more sway than their number count.
If the season is lost, do you think Sterling will put on the full court press to have the draft use last year’s lottery order? I just hate the idea of the Wolves giving the #2 pick to that guy.
Lottery order will be decided by the new CBA. It may be a completely different structure. It may be the same order as last year. It may be an average of the last 3-5 years. We’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you think of the rumor about John Stockton wanting to come back to basketball and play for the Lakers? We need a PG and he could bring veteran leadership as well as 3 Pt shooting.
I heard Bob Cousy wanted to come back to but I think Rajon Rondo can handle things in Boston.
Do you think Kobe and Pau’s age will pressure Buss into pushing for an agreement? Window is almost closed for that team and Kobe doesn’t have much left. Shame to miss out on a year.
Buss wants an agreement because the Lakers make money, a lot of it. That’s money that he won’t recoup because, as you say, the Kobe/Pau window will only be open so long.
Do you think DWill stays with NJ/Bklyn? Do you think they have a shot at D12?
I would say there’s a good chance Williams stays in New Jersey/Brooklyn but there’s a lot to be decided by then. I’m curious to see what happens with Dwight Howard. I would put Jersey on the list but not necessarily high on it just yet . . .
Is the chat working?
I hope so, otherwise I just spent the last 54 minutes doing what?
First of all, I’m impressed by the length of your question. This is the longest one I think I’ve ever gotten in all my years of chatting with HOOPSWORLD. Secondly, Aaron Brooks isn’t a great fit for this Laker squad but he’s a talent upgrade and could help the team long-term. The issue is that he’s a restricted free agent with the Suns. I don’t like T.J. Ford as a fit at all. Lowry is tremendous but the Rockets know this. No on Flynn as well. Dragic would be a good get but I’m not sure he’s available to LA. Peja? Nah. Tracy McGrady? For cheap, sure.
As far as Dwight Howard, I don’t believe he’s available right now for the Lakers – at least before the season begins I can’t see that happening.
shannon brown for jose calderon who says no ?
Probably the Lakers, Raptors and Shannon Brown. I don’t think Jose has a say in it.
What will it take for kobe to pass jordan as the best ever?
I would start with seven rings and even then Kobe won’t be universally embraced as better than MJ.
Al Farouq Aminu dominated the ACC as a power forward. Why doesn’t Coach Del Negro give Aminu some minutes at the four when the Clippers go small?
The Clippers want to develop Aminu as a three. That comes from management down to Del Negro who from what I can tell, is in agreement.
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