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I over heard some.people in vegas summer league saying that if the celtics start losing early they gonna sent rondo to houston for lin and asik plus picks and if celtics wont bite ,houston might sent parson and ask for jeff gree too. Any truth to this?
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Honestly, Rondo’s name has been in seemingly EVERY convenient trade narrative over the last three seasons, so it doesn’t surprise me that you heard this. I don’t, however, see that as a great fit. Harden is a pretty ball-dominant guard at the SG position, as Rondo clearly is as a PG. In my opinion, that would not be the move to make if you’re Houston. I’d be interested to find out what outlet(s) you saw/heard that from?
Do u see any team that will under perform and surprise us? Lakers for sure,any other in your mind? Spurs,heat ,clippz nyc,nets,okc???
I’m not exactly sure I agree that the Lakers will “under perform” this season. Quite frankly, the level of expectations have decreased so significantly over the past 12 months that this may be the first season in a LONG time where Lakers fans can simply sit back and enjoy the team…rather than stressing over every single game as though it i a life or death situation.
As for the other teams in question, the Clippers should certainly be an interesting story to watch develop. The next couple seasons will be put-up or shut-up time for CP3. He’s been the best (or near) PG in the league for a few years. 2nd round exits won’t be accepted or excused by the basketball-loving public for too much longer, so I expect him and this Clippers bunch to come out and try to make a statement under the guidance of Doc Rivers. I’m also intrigued to see if Doc and his staff can instill the type of defensive toughness and never-say-die attitude in the Clippers’ young big men.
The Spurs, barring any significant injuries, should be right there in the mix again this season. Like a well-oiled machine, you can count on them winning 50+.
The Knicks/Nets will also be fun teams to watch develop, but I’m actually most intrigued to see how Indy puts everything together with Paul George continuing to improve, Danny Granger returning, and with the additions of guys like Luis Scola, CJ Watson, and Chris Copeland.
Jabari, despite what Steven A. Smith or Skimp Bayless say’s. LBJ is not the right man to lead the player’s union for many reasons.
A lifetime Max player hasn’t felt the pain of struggling to make a roster. He’s heard about it.
It’s hard to respect anyone with a Posse.
If you want a Star Leader of the Player’s Union. Tim Duncan. He Actually got a degree from Wake Forrest. He’s educated.
While I cannot fully go with you on the definitive correlation between having a formal education and being “qualified” to lead the player’s union, I definitely see your point. I do, however, agree that LeBron isn’t necessarily the best man for the job at this point. If I were a player, I would actually prefer a guy like Chris Paul in that role. Aside from being a natural leader, Paul is a guy that seems to have enough ‘cache’ with the players, teams, and league to be effective on all fronts.
To your point about Duncan, I do think he ‘could’ do it, but not sure that he would actually want to.
While I may marvel at Andrew Bynum and Greg Odens skills I can’t justify useing a good chunk of my precious salary CAP on a wish and a prayer. The odds of either of these guys playing significant minutes over the next 2-3 years are slim. As a GM would you invest in either of these comeback stories?
I definitely understand that concern…and would have the very same hesitance if I were a GM. Fact is, those guys are still only 25-years-old. As crazy as it may sound, they could potentially have time for yet another “comeback” story if necessary. Hats off to Cleveland’s front office, as the way Bynum’s deal is structured is precisely how I would approach either of them. Partially guaranteed, incentive-laden, and not taking a large chunk of your salary cap.
Hey jabari…… really excited about what the rockets are doing. As a 15 year old guy who never got to see the rockets championship era and as a brother of an employee for the rockets, no of my era has supported the rockets like I have. you would think my previous statement to be tremendous hyperbole but not really. i’ve grown up in the era of the bandwagon and after years of seeing Houstonians not appreciate the rockets while staying with the texans throughout the good or bad…. fans are finally getting back in the mix…. but anyways i wanted to comment on people wanting to trade asik give a few words on the matter. If you look at our roster and see our biggest competition for the championship the next two or three years….. depending on whether lbj stays in miami…… its likely to be okc and the heat…. and as of this year when you look at our roster…. we match up almost as well as someone possibly could… when you have in my opinion 2 of the 3 best defensive centers in the league… especially when one of them has history getting in foul trouble…. and the other is the best in the league in at going straight up and not drawing a foul… its almost like a match made in heaven… especially when the 2 teams you’ll most likely be competing with are the heat and the thunder….. one of which doesn’t have a big man center at all and just could not stop howard no matter what they tried… and the other has the old slow kendrick perkins who is the only one that could even come close to guarding howard…. who by the way when is on the floor the thunders offensive efficiency drops drastically…. and we would force the thunder to play him a heavy amount of minutes….. my point being…. unless we get an unlikely super trade like asik greg smith lin and terrence jones for aldridge for instance….. (fingers crossed) btw he would be like the PERFECT fit for us…. i say keep him and let us stick with our line up to match up well with the heat and thunder…… do you agree with me here? thanks for your time know it must take a while to read these things.
I see where you are coming from, and tend to agree. I think we all have a natural tendency to want to get into NBA 2K mode, where we are looking to create the “perfectly stacked” team and have an All Star at every position..not to mention coming off your bench. If I’m Houston, barring any crazy deals like the Aldridge one you brought up, I wait and see what we actually have this this roster. Something special could develop, or you could at the very least buy a bit of extra time while other teams are also evaluating their circumstances. Asik is a better player than many people give him credit for, and will remain an asset. No need to rush to action on any of this. Good luck this season!
any update on tyrus thomas yet?
Haha, I knew this would return, so I actually looked into it. From what I was told, he’ll eventually sign with a team, but nothing is imminent at this point. I did, however, see an article somewhere that mentioned the Pacers as a potential suitor. With Chris Copeland being out for a couple months, they “may want insurance” as they head into the season. Whether that rumor is true or not, expect it to be a situation like that. Thomas will likely sign with a contending team looking for big man depth or a stop-gap veteran for reserve minutes.
Please don’t tell me that my Raps are going into the season with this guys and are expecting a playoff appearance against the much improved east and all the good players that came this way you have that are better then them as assembled miami, indiana, Brooklyn, chicago, detroit, atlanta, cleavland, ny knick at least so a few bad games or start they are out unless some miracle like valenciunas becoming a 25 and 15 guy and rudy and demar learn how to drive and by some chance lowry plays at an all-star level and thatss to many ifs???? so please tell me they are thinking some great trade or at least get as many picks to land wiggins and lets rebuilt with him and a coach like stan van gundy to train valenciunas like he did with howard
While I do see Valanciunas into an above-average big man, I don’t know that I would expect him to be a 25/15 guy just yet. Big believer in Masai Ujiri, and wouldn’t be completely stunned to see another deal or two over the course of the next year.
I expect them to see what they can develop into, but (again) wouldn’t be shocked to see them reshuffle the deck as we head into January and February. Much like what the Sixers ultimately determined with Jrue Holiday, if the mix isn’t leading to overall success, then why not overhaul the roster and start with a fresh batch of players? With Derozan, Gay, and Lowry’s expiring contracts, Ujiri has several trade assets at his disposal. Give it a couple years, I think you’ll have a team to be excited over.
If you were a NBA coach, rank your preference for these power forwards for next year only: Dirk Nowitzki, Lamarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love
Questions like this are tough, as I think the choice really depends on the needs of the team. Each player presents a different look. If I’m a team like the Knicks, I may prefer a Dirk Nowitzki or Kevin Love in order to space the floor for Melo and JR. If I’m the Lakers, I probably go with LaMarcus, as I think his skill set would blend well. While if I have an uptempo team, I probably go with Griffin. Just for fun….and because it irks so many people to see their favorite players ranked/disrespected/overrated/underrated: LA, DN, KL, BG.
If you were the GM of the Dallas Mavericks, which point guard would you have preferred to sign to a 3 year 24-27 million dollar deal: Jose Calderon or Brandon Jennings.
If you are basing the decision on age, clearly Brandon Jennings (23) would seem to have move potential moving forward than Jose Calderon (31, soon to be 32). Being that it is a 3-year deal, and Calderon’s personality/mentality fits the Mavericks a bit better, I think they made the right choice. I’m a fan of both players, ftr.
Steve Nash was offered a huge three year deal to come to Toronto and help Canada’s only franchise. This got everyone excited in Raptorland, only for him to sign with the lowly Lakers (despite being quoted 2 weeks prior saying he would never sign with LA). However, Nash got injured, looked like his age and a shell of the player he was. So we kinda caught a break for losing out on a FA who would have crippled our cap room over the next couple of year. I’m much happier LA has to pay that salary. What are your expectations for Nash this year? Can he return to his former self or is he more of a back-up now / starter with horrid defense?
I expect Nash to have a bit of a bounce-back year, barring major or nagging injuries. We’ll never see the “Nash” that probed the paint, maintained his dribble, and made a play for a rolling/slashing/cutting teammate at an All Time level again, but the Lakers don’t necessarily need him to provide that any longer. If relatively healthy, expect Nash to split time with Blake/Farmar, play efficiently, and provide something along the lines of 12 points, 6-7 assists, in somehwere around 26-30 minutes a night.
Good afternoon Jabari, as a devoted and loyal HW site reader- Welcome aboard! I have followed with interest your chats and articles over past few weeks and come to a decision: Yes, this Davis guy does have the chops to be knowledgeable commenter on NBA subjects. My first question to you: where are you based and are you a fan of any particular NBA team(s)?
Thank you very much for the warm welcoming and stamp of approval! Wonderful to be a part of such an established and highly talented team of writers. I’m based out of Los Angeles, have always had a great deal of respect and appreciation for the Buss Family and the Lakers, but am a true supporter of the NBA as a whole. A bit of a hoops junkie, admittedly.
What is the heat 2014 free agent situation gonna be?D.Wade is not gonna opt out due to his injury so he wants the 40 million remaining on his contract. But LBJ n Bosh will likely be opting out so what would be the chance Miami keep its Big 3? If they do so, what’s their window looking like? Thank you
Difficult to say what their situation will be, because we don’t know the future plans of the Big 3. If you’re Bosh and Wade, why would you opt out? For Lebron, the opportunities and offers will be endless. While both Bosh and Wade are still very good players, I don’t know they they would receive anywhere near $43 million over two years from another team. I think all three stick around for at least another year, unless Riley were to move a guy like Bosh in an effort to continue this run they are on by stacking assets around James.
1 more question. was very devastated when Spurs lost to the heat in game 6 of NBA final.What is the secret of the Spurs keeping their window open this long? Did they over pay Tiago Splitter way too much? and Tony Parker isnt getting any younger but do you expect Kawhi Leonard become an all star level player? Thank you
Many people were, so I cannot fault you for that. The Spurs have done an excellent job of not only developing a winning culture, but they’ve also seamlessly transitioned from David Robinson to Time Duncan, then from Tim Duncan to Tony Parker, and recently even beyond with the influx of young talent they’ve placed around their older core. I wasn’t shocked by Splitter’s contract, only because it was pretty much the going rate for starting big men in today’s game. They clearly have a great deal of trust in his development moving forward. I do, ftr, expect Kawhi to continue developing as well. It would not surprise me to see him in an All Star game over the next couple seasons.
Hi Jabari, any news/updates on rehab status of: 1- Russell Westbrook and 2- Jason Richardson(PHI)? When might we expect them back, playing regularly again? Also, after hearing Andrew Bynum’s agent ‘proclaim’ his client’s “rehab was complete, Andrew will start basketball workouts in May (then June), (then July); now that he has actually signed with Cavaliers (without being able(willing?) to work out for them (or any interested NBA team); Has Bynum ACTUALLY started ‘basketball’ type workouts in prep for 13/14 CLE camp?
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The last I heard of Westbrook was that he was off crutches, rehabbing, and is expected to make a full recovery in time for the upcoming season. It sounds as though he took his time and allowed the knee to fully heal, as he absolutely should have. I expect a triumphant return from RW, and look forward to it. I have not, however, heard or seen anything about Richardson since around March. I will look into it a bit more, and will provide whatever info I can come up with for you next week.
As for Bynum…the man is a mystery. Simple as that. I heard that rumor about him not being willing to work out for teams, but also saw pictures of him working out in Cavs gear, if I’m not mistaken. Needless to say, Bynum is still supremely talented, but remains an enigma. The reunion with Mike Brown could be worth the price of admission, alone!
Jabari, any news/updates on UTA PG Mo Williams FA status? If not, any thoughts on where he might (or should) end up?
No news on Mo, beyond the same rumors of the Knicks/Heat/Grizz being reportedly being interested. If I’m Mo, I pick the Heat for obvious reasons.
Who do you think has the best chance if beating the Heat in the finals? Personally I like the Clips with Doc as the coach.
Clearly, this is VERY early to make a statement like this…but if forced to choose, I would go with Indiana. I love the offseason moves they’ve made, and think they are definitely heading in the right direction. Again, way too early to make that determination, but teams like the Pacers, Clippers, and even the Nets look intriguing to me on paper.
asked 2 questions and got no answers. sorry to break this to you guys,
Patience, my friend. Patience. I got to them! Enjoy your weekend!
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