Join NBA writer Jabari Davis for his weekly chat this Saturday at 4:30 EST. First weekend of Summer League (Vegas) thoughts, roster moves, and questions about your team. Please drop in your questions.
Memphis seem to have taken a backwards step this offseason, they need shooters any available free agents left for them to put them back in the title discussion? Gary Neal? Mike Miller?
Good afternoon, everyone! Just wanted to thank each of you for participating in today’s NBA chat session.
I don’t know that they’ve taken a step back, but they just haven’t gone out and landed any flashy free agents or players. They’re somewhat locked into the roster they have, given the salary cap situation. They’re hovering right around $67 million. Securing Tony Allen was obviously a priority. If guys like Neal and Miller were interested in playing for the minimum, then I could see it working out. Otherwise, just as with the natural progression of Mike Conley, the Grizzlies seem to desire growth from within. Dan Joerger’s promotion is further evidence of that. On a related note, a guy like Neal would also look good coming off the bench for Brooklyn or even the Knicks. I would imagine he has several potential suitors.
Hey Davis welcome to HOOPSWORLD.
I love my Lakers but I’m tired of hearing about how we’re “eyeing Lebron and Melo”. Every team with cap space is. Im not confident either comes here. Is it safe to say this is only a story because they’re the Lakers?
I personally have higher hopes for the 2015 FA class..(Rondo-UFA, L.Aldridge-UFA, K.Love-PO, Marc Gasol-UFA, not to mention a BEVY of quality roleplayers who possibly could be willing to accept a discount if the Lakers put together a solid enough squad.)
Thanks for welcoming me. It truly is a pleasure to be a part of the team. News with the Lakers attached to it will always be hyped discussed that much more than with other teams. Part of it, is just how rare it is to have the Los Angeles Lakers with so much potential cap space. Another part of it, and I certainly won’t beat a dead horse, but how Dwight Howard just walked away from the opportunity to place himself amongst some of the All-Time greats. We cannot forget the natural apprehension a portion of the fan base has about the new direction of the franchise. While I do not agree with some of the criticisms Jim Buss takes, and feel he is unfortunately the convenient fall-guy many have chosen to adopt, I will say things have never been quite as uncertain as things are right now. At least, not for a very long period of time. That’s for sure.
While I wouldn’t necessarily hold out all hope for a Bron/Melo pairing, I could see a scenario where Melo was convinced the Lakers were his best shot at a title. Not that I’m saying it is impossible to get Bron to L.A., but if you really stop and consider it, barring an unforeseen early exit for the upcoming postseason, why would LeBron opt out? He’s been to the Finals three consecutive years, winning two of them. I know Miami is currently cap-stressed, but Riley has shown an ability to move the right pieces around when necessary in the past.
I agree with you regarding the 2015 class being potentially deeper than the upcoming crop of players. Of course, the Lakers will swing for the fences, and attempt to land one of the big guys this summer. That doesn’t, however, mean they have to use all of their available cap space on players from this class if they don’t find the exact mix they’re looking for.
How’re things Jabari ?
What’s the trade that you think will happen but many people can not see it coming ?
Things are well, thanks for asking. Learning a ton of great stuff from the HOOPSWORLD guys. While I certainly cannot predict deals, there are several players I wouldn’t be surprised to see their names come up in rumored deals before and during the upcoming season:
Again, not predicting a deal. Only keeping an eye on each as the season progresses.
Happy Saturday Jabari
Jim Buss proved once again to be short on clues and long on ego.To put pressure on your ageing superstar by putting it out in the media Kobe will be back in the preseason borders on the absurd. Can the the Lakers return to glory with Jim at the helm?
Interestingly enough, I just had that very same discussion on my podcast. I heard the interview, and didn’t quite have the same reaction. While your interpretation is certainly valid, I took JB’s comments as someone that is confident in Bryant’s ability to recover. To be honest, there isn’t a person involved with the organization that can “pressure” Bryant into doing anything he doesn’t want to.
For Lakers fans, you can only hope JB is strong enough to maintain the level of excellence you’ve grown accustomed to. Owners don’t get fired, and as much as people will throw Jeanie’s name around from time to time, I don’t know if that’s not just a “back-up QB” syndrome, where Jim is darned if he does and darned if he doesn’t. In no way was that a knock against Jeanie, as she has been a pivotal part of the organization for years. I simply figure there must have been a reason why Dr. Buss wanted things to be structured as they are.
Hi Jabari, I am still a bit perplexed by the Pelicans. I get the Holiday deal (but the price is steep). But, any word on Eric Gordon’s health? Did they really just give up their C and back-up PG to overpay a 6th man that is now 3 players deep (Gordon, Evans, Rivers)? Who plays SF?
I’m intrigued by them as well. I like the young, versatile group they have put together. That said, I also wonder how they minutes and responsibilities are divided once they get back to action? I think Tyreke ends up playing SF, with Holiday and Gordon in your backcourt. Ryan Anderson and a more confident Rivers give you some punch off your bench.
Why is everybody so eager for the Celtics to trade Rondo? I always see comments about how the Celtics are going to trade him and I have read countless articles on bleacherreport.com about how the Celtics need to trade Rondo. He is a great player to build around because he makes everybody around him better.
I agree with you about Rondo, and think that ties into people viewing him as their biggest remaining trade asset. As much as the organization may not want to acknowledge this current roster having a “tanking” feeling to it, they cannot deny it certainly has the looks of a organization looking to position itself for the draft and free agency classed of both 2014 and 2015. Rondo is an asset, even coming off the knee injury, that can be used to garner additional draft picks and potential cap relief for the upcoming group of free agents. I’m not saying you have to ship Rondo, of course. His versatility and reasonable contract could very well be something Brad Stevens wants to build his new team around.
Lakers,having a lot of cap space in 2014 free agency.I honestly don’t believe Lakers can get LeBron or Caramelo in 2014 FA.I don’t see any big name FA wanting to play with Kobe,his pride,ego,selfishness and sometimes his insecurity makes it impossible for stars to play aside him.Kobe,a great basketball player he just don’t want to share the stage with no one.So,I don’t see any big names coming to LA while Kobe a laker.Your thoughts…..
While I could have seen this sentiment about eight years ago, I think Bryant has proven otherwise over the second half of his career. Things certainly could have gone better with Howard, but I’m not certain I would point the finger solely at Bryant for that partnership going awry. Next summer will certainly tell us a great deal. If what you’re saying is accurate, then we won’t see any big names joining forces with a (then) 36-year-old Bryant. Lakers fans will have to hope your assessment is inaccurate.
Do you expect any teams to take a look at Rip? Dude was leading scorer on a championship squad. I would think that his game should hold well with age (see Miller, Reggie). No love for Rip?
Rip’s leading scorer days are well behind him, but I agree with you regarding his ability to still contribute. His time would be wasted with anyone other than a contender, but there’s no reason to think he couldn’t help out an Indiana during a playoff push at the vet’s minimum.
Any way LA could work themselves into a trade for K. Love?
I can’t see a better pairing with Lebron for a long-term run.
This has been a rumored deal for what has to be four years. It seemed to make sense to both sides at a certain point, but for various reasons the Gasol for Love swap never seemed to pan out. Now, as Gasol is 32…does it make nearly as much sense for Minnesota? Love, injuries aside, is still a consistent 20 points, 10 boards a night at just 24 years old. As I always say, nothing is impossible, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. I thought K.Love was going to start trying to force his way out last summer, but he elected to take the high road following questionable comments with Yahoo.
What’s up Jabari..thanks again for answering all of My questions last week..I appreciate that…….
1. Which teams do you think have had the best summer in free-agency/draft..(top 5 in order please…)…..
2. Knowing J.R. Smith knee issues prior to re-signing him do you disgree with The KNICKS decision to re-sign him anyway……..
I just wanted to thank everyone for joining, once again! Always a pleasure chatting about the NBA.
Not sure I could rank them in order, but I have been very impressed by what the Clippers, Cavs, and Warriors have done. Brooklyn’s move was very intriguing as well. I’m interested in following along with how each of those moves pan out.
Yes, because he doesn’t have a history of being out for extended periods of time. You can only hope that he rehabs well, and comes back as strong as he was last year.
Restricted free agents have been hurt by the qualifying offer. Jennings, Neal, Henderson, Mozgov and Pekovic are all available. They’re stuck. If another team offers them a contract, their parent team with the rights will just match it. So the other teams don’t waste their time and never offer the contract. The waterfall result is that these guys end up having to take a 1 year qualifying offer at less than market value if they want to continue their career. Why don’t restricted free agents have the opportunity to decline the qualifying offer, like they do in MLB, for example?
While I am not, by any stretch, a cap expert, I would imagine it simply has to do with the rules of the NBA’s CBA. Larry Cook (Friday) and Eric Pincus would definitely have a better handle on that. LC has a wonderful site for it as well: http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm
What are your personal thoughts on Gal Mekel in the summer league so far? I’ve heard everything from he’s a poor man’s Ricky Rubio to he’s going to take quite a bit of development and not ready for the pros yet.
Interesting swing from one end to the other on Mekel. From what I saw of him, I saw a guy that can simply play. Not quite as flashy as Rubio, but definitely a guy that can get the job done. Definitely had some playmaking ability as well.
Great to see you finally get the recognition you deserve Jabari.
On another note, don’t you think the Chicago Bulls should try to get Mo Williams?
Bulls offensive execution problems are well known and Mo is rumored to be looking to play for a contender even if that means a pay cut ..
Dont you think thats a obvious fit for him? #BooBooGoToBed
Thank you very much for your kind words. I truly appreciate the feedback. As for Mo to the Bulls, why not? I’m a fan of Mo’s game, and agree his brand of instant offense is one of the things Chicago has been missing throughout Rose’s tenure. I will say this, if Mo can get more money from another team, Andrew Goudelock is not a bad alternative as an inexpensive scoring guard off their bench. Similar to the productivity they received from Nate Robinson, I think Goudelock could be a contributor to this squad if given the chance.
Just a fun question the me and some Jazz fans have discussed a few times if you had to start a team who would you start with Stockton or Malone? Thanks!
Funny question, as it almost leaves you with a “chicken or the egg” sensation. The two of those men will be synonymous with one another forever, but if I had to chose I would go with Stockton. Both were incredible players, and great in their own ways, but Stockton was a player that I believe made players better than they otherwise would have been.
The Mavs are CRAZZZZY! They have filled their roster with 10 … count ‘em … 10 guards! (This if reports are accurate that Mavs have restructured a contract agreement with Devin Harris and counting swingman Jae Crowder.) Do they not realize that they need big men on the squad? Howard could flush them down the toilet 1-on-5. What in the world are they thinking? If their ace in the hole is re-signing undersized Brandan Wright … umm, I’m not buying that vision.
I definitely see your concerns with the Mavs, and the direction they seem to be heading. They’ve swung for the fences and struck out over the last several years in terms of the big name players. According to Cuban, they’re in a better situation having missed out on Howard. While I can see where he’s coming from in terms of a flexibility standpoint, there does seem to be a bit of understandable displeasure with the trend. At this point, what alternative do you have to at least consider seeing what you could get for Dirk? No, not advocating the move…but I would say the time has come to at least consider what they could get for him.
Do you think that Paul George and ROy Hibbert could be the best inside outside combo in NBA?
As each of them continue to develop, that will make for one of the deadlier inside/outside combos for sure. Both have plenty of room to grow, but the beautiful thing is it seems as though both are humble enough to not get caught up along the way, and hungry enough to pursue it.
How good do you think Paul George, Damian Lillard and Gordon Hayward will be?
Paul George- Very good, to great. VERY high ceiling, right attitude, high expectations.
Damian Lillard- Destined for greatness. Scary to think he’s just heading into his second year.
Gordon Hayward- Surprisingly good. We knew he had the skill set, but no one was certain whether it would translate to the NBA.
DO the Jazz have their franchise piece on roster? Favors vs Kanter vs Hayward
Not certain either of them will pan out to be considered “the one”..but I do like them together as a core group. Some teams will build themselves into contenders via free agency, while others will have to do so via the draft and trade market. As one of the franchises lacking the big market appeal, the Jazz will have to make sure to continue cultivating a winning environment and hope their picks pan out along the way. I like all three of those young players.
oden,camby or harrington who would make the biggest upgrade to the heat bench
Oden, but more because he is an unknown, while the others have shown you what they had left. There have been reports that Oden looks as though he’s in the best shape of his life. If so, and you can monitor his body by limiting his minutes, then Oden could provide an interior presence for any contending team looking for depth.
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With mixed reviews following Kobe Bryant's return, we take a moment to look at how he'll impact this somewhat surprising L.A. Lakers team.
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