Join Hoopsworld writer Jabari Davis for his debut NBA chat this Saturday (7/6/13) at 4:30 pm EST. Please feel free to leave your questions regarding Dwight Howard’s options, free agency, and trade rumors.
With the Pelicans going after Tyreke Evans, this must mean they have a trade lined up for Gordon right?
Seems like a lot of money to have Evans come off the bench, especially with Rivers on the 2nd team(who Monty Williams and Dell Demps are fond of)
Hello everyone, I’m pleased to be here for the next hour or so in order to answer as many free agency and NBA questions you may have. Allow me to thank each of you for taking the time to send a question my way.
Very good point, as I do not think the Pelicans would be making a deal for Evans (at that price) with the idea of placing him on the bench. There’s always the chance they would consider going with a three-guard lineup with Evans at the SF, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them shop Gordon at some point. Injury history would be a concern, but at just 24, the Pel’s are still likely to garner some interest in Gordon.
Hi Jabari. Would you mind giving us your background as a writer for Hoopsworld? Like what teams you cover and such?
Sure, no problem at all. I’ve been fortunate enough to be with Hoopsworld for just over a month. Prior to working for them, I wrote for TheOpNation.com (all NBA teams, some boxing/NFL) Lakersnation.com (mainly Lakers), blacksportsonline (NBA weekly power rankings), and a few other guest articles on various other sites.
What’s the latest on Ginobili? Any chance he retires or re-sign with the Spurs?
Ginobili announced via Twitter (where else??) that he was pleased to be re-signing with the Spurs for another two years. I’m not shocked by it, but did wonder if he would consider retirement based upon how worn out he appeared during this year’s Finals. Although he’s played a total of 11 seasons with San Antonio, Ginobili also played another 7 seasons of pro ball prior to joining the NBA. Completing his career after 20 years of pro ball is amazing, and a testament to his dedication to the game.
As a Knicks fan, I like the Andrea Bargnani deal. I understand that he’s been injured-prone and all, but he can score on any given night. Why is everybody else hating on this?
There will always be those that are in favor and against any particular deal. That said, in this case, I understand the hesitance of some of your fanbase. If it turns out in your favor, Bargnani will provide the stretch-four/five spacing that every team in today’s league seems to be seeking. Trouble is, Bargnani hasn’t connected well from beyond the arc over his past two seasons (.296 & .309 percent, respectively). You have to hope he can rekindle his once-near .400 percent stroke from deep for this to work in the Knicks’ favor. The loss of the draft pick is also something you cannot ignore.
This is the first time I’ve sent you something. Since the topic is DH12 (which it has been forever now)is anyone else ready for this Drama Queen to play in Europe and never be heard from again? This Circus has gotten to the point that makes the Lakers look like a B movie from somewhere in Chatsworth. I’m sure Dr. Buss is spinning in his grave. When has anyone (of all the greats) have to be begged like a girl on prom night to stay? Its the freaking LAKERS. I am a Kings fan bleeding Purple and Black. But man, The Lakeshow is embarrassing itself.
Well, with Howard announcing he’s planning on taking his talents to H-Town, this is no longer quite the concern for Lakers fans. That said, regardless of personal feelings about how the situation has taken place, it will be an immediate loss for the Lakers strictly from a basketball perspective. Houston has now placed itself into the top-four discussion in the Western Conference. It will certainly be interesting to see how the roster adjusts to playing with Howard.
If Howard decides to walk away from the lakers would there plan B be to bring back Bynum. What are your thoughts.
Not sure the Lakers consider Bynum, and even if they did, I’m almost certain he wants no part of the $2-3 million they technically have to offer. Keep in mind, even with Howard’s salary off the books, the Lakers are still well over the salary cap.
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Hi Mr. Davis welcome to the chat. for your debut i got a sweet little Clippers question.
How do you see Doc Rivers adressing his needs for bench guys and do you think jordan will be traded for a more polished big man?
Beside it being a good deal, i still think we could have gotten more for Bledsoe and Butler than that sign-n´trade for JJ and Dudley.
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Wow, well first allow me to thank you for your kind words. It is an honor to be associated with a site of this magnitude, and I look forward to providing the best material I can offer.
As for Doc, I think he is the PERFECT fit for this young group. No disrespect to Vinny Del Negro, as I think he is a good NBA coach, but Rivers is a game-changer IMHO. While a fan of Jordan’s athleticism and agility at his size, the jury is still out in terms of where his actual “ceiling” may be. At just about $11 & 11.5 million over the next two years (respectively), there may be teams willing to take a chance on a player with his physical gifts that is just a few weeks shy of his 25th birthday. Obviously, the Celtics were one of those potential suitors at one point, so I’d stay on the lookout for a move in the future.
As for the deal involving JJ Redick and Dudley, I think it fits the Clippers’ role player and bench needs. Now, with Barnes reportedly agreeing to re-sign (once July 10th hits), it will be interesting to see if they retain Lamar Odom as a big man to continue providing spot coverage duty.
With the Knicks trade for Bargniani, do think there is the possibility now that the Knicks will possibly amnesty Stoudamire, or even attempt to trade him and his bloated contract?
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That’s the proverbial Million Dollar question with Stoudemire’s contract. With just about $45 million remaining over the next two seasons, I’m not sure another team is going to be willing to take back so much salary. Nothing is impossible, mind you, but the fact that he’s dealing with the degenerative condition in his knees, and the contract is actually uninsured…seems highly unlikely.
If you were a betting man…where do you guess these 3 PGs end up? 1)N8 Robinson,2) Mo Williams, & 3)Jarret Jak. Thanks.
Hey Frank, thanks for joining…
Not a betting man, but I think Nate either ends up returning to the Bulls or joining a team like the Knicks. I realize he played well over stretches of last season, and throughout the playoffs, but sometimes you have to look to settle into a good fit/situation. As a journeyman player, as long as he’s not expecting an exorbitant amount of money, I’m not sure why you’d want to leave a good fit with the Bulls if you are Robinson.
I could see Mo Williams being picked up by the Warriors. If they are unable to settle on terms with Jarrett Jack, Williams could be a cheaper and effective alternative.
Jarrett was a perfect fit with GS, but I believe he’s just agreed in principle to a three-year, $25 million deal with the Cavs.
Where does Pau Gasol fit in the mix?
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I think Gasol fits right into that center position for the final year of his contract with the Lakers. While slowed at the start of the 2012-13 season due to injuries, and frankly being used improperly, Gasol finished the year playing the best ball we’ve seen out of him in nearly three seasons. If not a casualty to the financial constraints of the new CBA, I expect him to start at the five for the Lakers.
Hey Jabari..Why are the Pelicans offering Tyreke Evans all that money, when clearly Iguadala’s a much better fit for that team as it’s constructed?
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Iguodala and Evans, while similar in build, provide a different skill set for a team. I’m a fan of both of their games, but with Vasquez reportedly heading to Sacramento in the deal, it never hurts to have a 6’7″ player that can also handle the ball and make plays for his teammates. In this case, it’s more about “fit” and Evans (at just 23) may be the better fit by the Pelicans’ estimation. Iguodala, heading into his 10th year, is looking for the opportunity to compete with the top teams in the West, which is why you see him agreeing in principle with the Warriors.
Where to for the Lakers now? Will Howard be back in his element with the Rockets? I don’t see the same issues between him and Harden as it would have continued to be with Kobe had he stayed.
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The Lakers, unless able to swing some type of miraculous deal, will have to stand pat for the most part. They are still well over the salary cap, with about $77 million dedicated to eight players, so the free agent pickings will be slim. Gasol will be back in his comfort zone and able to operate in/around the paint, and they’ll have to find a way to simply work with what they have. The organization will have FAR more flexibility and cap space once the 2013-14 season is complete, so they’ll be reassessing everything at that point.
As for Howard, I think he made the choice he felt most comfortable with. Houston has a “small market” feel to it, and even though Howard mentioned loving the “global appeal” of playing for a team like the Lakers, I honestly think he is far more comfortable in a smaller market. Without being guilty of random psychoanalysis, I expect him to fit well with Houston’s personnel on a personal level, but do question whether the run-and-gun scheme they generally play will ultimately suit him from an on-court perspective.
What do you see Indy doing with the log jam of 5 small forwards with the signing of Copeland. We needed the shooting Copeland will give. Someone has to go though right?
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You’d definitely imagine someone is on the way out, and I actually expect both Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Granger to be those individuals on the move. Hansbrough by simply signing with another team, and Granger via trade. Given Granger’s recent leg/knee issues, this may be a tough sell, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him eventually moved.
How in the *#%& does Josh Smith fit Detroit’s roster? How many wins can the Pistons expect this coming season with Smith shooting 18 footers?
Hey Mr. Ballistik, thanks for joining…
Not certain how well he’ll fit, but for them to get their money’s worth on that reported four-year, $56 million agreement, Smith will have to revert back to the “J-Smoove” we all saw during his early days in Atlanta. Less deep jumpers, more slashing and crashing the boards.
With Dwight making his desicion to come to Houston and Josh Smith heading to Detroit , what moves if any do the Rockets make besides adding outside shooting?
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If I were in charge in Houston, I’d want to see how the parts will fit before making additional moves. Of course, GM Daryl Morey has to explore all options, but I wouldn’t just rush into anything. Not certain how much interest there is in Jeremy Lin’s contract from around the league, but several sources has confirmed of multiple teams having interest in Asik. Being that Asik has already publicly stated he has no interest in being Howard’s back-up, look for his contract to be moved before others. The one rumor I’ve heard was a deal involving the Pelicans in an Asik-for-Anderson swap, but we’ll see if anything further develops with that.
Can you explain to me why the spurs would give belinelli 3 million dollars? The guy is a good player but with green starting and Manu at the 2 on the second unit, where do you play belinelli?? He’s too slow to play point and too short to play the 3. With Kahwi L not having a backup, why wouldn’t you use that money to get a legit backup 3 to play small ball with?? I’m just a frustrated spurs fan over here that doesn’t understand the logic.
Hello Erik, thanks for joining…
To be completely honest with you, I was more surprised by the four-year, $36 million Splitter got. Then again, that seems to be the going rate for solid big men in today’s NBA. As for Belinelli, he’s a good shooter, has size, and can mix it up around the rim at times. Depending upon the lineup, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Coach Pop play a bit of small ball with Beli backing Leonard up.
Why don’t the Lakers take on a small contract via a S&T for Howard to gain a trade exception that they can use to hlep acquire another high level player in 14-15?
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The Lakers seem to be in a position where they can’t afford to take back meaningless salary, as they are still so far over the cap. Trade exceptions and draft picks are always nice, but with Houston having given away several of their upcoming picks in various moves (Harden being one of them), the Rockets simply don’t have very much to offer the Lakers at this point.
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