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After re-signing West, was is the next most important thing for the Pacers to do this off-season?
Will Granger be a Pacer next season?
Good afternoon, HOOPSWORLD Citizens, and welcome to another edition of my weekly chat! Sorry I’m a few minutes late. My daughter had her first haircut today and we were a little late getting back in the house for our weekly basketball social go-round. The hair looks great, though, and I’m ready to roll with your NBA questions, of which I can see there are quite a few more than usual. The Finals, draft, and impending free agency will certainly do that. So let’s get to as many as we can in a short period of time, shall we? We shall.
Re-signing David West is obviously the priority for Indiana, but they’ll also need to find a better backup point guard than DJ Augustin was this past year, and finding a traditional shooter to space the floor a little would be a really good thing, too. I love the JJ Redick rumors; he would fit really well on this team, but I’m not sure how much money they’re going to have to work with once D-West is back in the fold. Guards, though, is where I think they look at some new players.
Not sure about Granger at this point. Sources are saying trading him is not a priority, but with his contract and talent I think there will come a time when people come calling. His value has never been so low, coming off all those injuries, so my guess is they want to let him play a little first and build that value back up. He may start the season in Indy, but I somehow doubt he finishes it there.
Hallo Joel, Your estimate on the salaries next year for these guys. Al Jefferson and Pekovic?
I think if Hibbert and Lopez got offered max last year, there’s not a whole lot of reasons I can think of why Pekovic won’t get offered the same. There’s always a premium on size, and when you add talent to it, max deals get thrown around. After Dwight has made his decision, Pek is going to be in high demand, which drives the price up and gets him paid big money. He’s very good, but not a max player. That doesn’t mean he won’t get paid like one.
I could see Al Jefferson making $10-12 million, though I’m not sure for how many years. He’s getting up there in years, has a bit of an injury history, and won’t be quite as high up on teams’ wish lists as some of the other, younger stars hitting free agency. That said, people have money to spend, and they’ll spend it. $12 million per seems about right.
Hi Joel. Will the location of the new practice facility really help lure free agents? And if not, what do the Bulls need to do to accomplish this? Also, I noticed Erik Helland left for the U of Wisconsin. Any chance this was linked to the Bulls’ inability to go into the playoffs healthy three years in a row?
For those that don’t know, the Bulls’ practice facility is currently located in Deerfield, which is quite a haul from downtown, especially in traffic. A new practice facility actually in Chicago is in the works, but I just can’t see how that would affect the way free agents perceive the Bulls. Chicago’s front office is stingy with money more often with not, and I think that’s the biggest problem. With the star power they’ve got and such a great coach, there aren’t a lot of other reasons NOT to sign in Chicago at this point, are there? I mean, other than the freezing cold winters?
Hey Joel, I’ve put this to Lang but wanted your opinion as well is possible?
Just wondering your thoughts on this Mavs free agent move. Considering it seems that the “Bank Of Cuban” is open for business, would a 4 year, $40m deal for each of Jennings, Iguodala and Al Jefferson be an idea, assuming D12 & CP3 are gone?
Does this over or under value each?
Do the Bucks match? Would it be enough to make Iggy opt out this summer? Does Al Jeff get a bigger deal elsewhere!
I think that money is just about right for Jefferson, but Jennings and Iguodala are going to get way more. Yes, the Bucks absolutely match that, and no, Iggy’s not leaving for $10 million a year. He can get $12-14 million per, at least.
How come no mention of Gorgui Dieng at 19 if Cavs pass on Nerlens at 1? I don’t think Cavs wanted or expected to have 1st pick.
If Cavs pass on Nerlens and take Porter or McLemore there, I think a big man is definitely the pick when things swing back around because there are going to be so many of them available at that point in the draft. Somebody from the following group will still be on the board: Dieng, Steven Adams, Mason Plumlee, Lucas Nogueira, Kelly Olynyk, and James Withey. It would all depend on who was still there, but because Dieng is so much older than a lot of the prospects and is still so raw despite his age, he’s tumbled a little bit in the eyes of some scouts. Adams would be my best hope for them, but Dieng wouldn’t be too far behind him. I wouldn’t knock that pick one bit, especially because I’m hoping Dieng is still there for Chicago at pick #20.
Any chance the Suns go after a big name in free agency, or do you see them only rebuilding thru the draft?
If they do sign anyone, it’ll be someone young, because they’re definitely in rebuilding mode. The question is not whether they want to make a splash in free agency, but will anybody actually want to play there? I think Jeff Hornacek was a good hire, but he’s very green and most of the talent on that roster is, too. I don’t see many free agents coming that way. Their best bet is Ben McLemore dropping to them at #5. If not him, maybe Victor Oladipo?
The Cavs are going into Year 3 of Kyrie..but are they really waiting for LeBron to burn them again in 2014? Supposedly he is one of the keys that they are banking on to entice that player back. Why get burned again? Take Kyrie and trade him for a proven guy and picks- Westbrook? Lillard? Lawson? Get the same proven player with better defense.
Yeah, nobody is trading Kyrie Irving right now. With or without LeBron, he’s one of the best young players in the game. I don’t think Cleveland would trade him for anybody you mentioned on that list except Westbrook, if and when he’s fully healthy. This is crazy talk. Be glad you’ve got a bona fide superstar in the making and look at LeBron only as icing on the cake if it happens. It doesn’t, you’ve still got a really delicious cake. There are other flavors of icing.
nice day sir, just want to ask, how much value can this no.1 overall pick can get? Allstar or up and comer player?
Lastly, where would you think dwight will go? why?
thank you so much
Not much value for the top pick right now because there’s no clear-cut #1 pick. The guy a team wants at #1 might still be there at #5. Why not just wait and see how things shake out and trade the pick when the picture becomes more clear. Anyway, none of the players in the draft pool are really worth an All-Star, so I really think Cleveland is stuck making the selection.
As far as Dwight goes, I see him in Dallas. He’s going to get wined and dined, and unless they’re speaking to Deron Williams, Dallas is very good at both wining and dining. I think Houston’s in the mix, too, but both are tough sells considering how much money he’ll leave on the table if he bolts L.A. If money weren’t a thing, I believe he’d leave the Lakers in a heartbeat. With cash involved, though, it’s going to be tough to leave L.A. Those are my final three, though: Lakers, Rockets, Mavericks.
Predict the Bulls offseason? Who leaves and who stays??? Who will the bulls target in free agency and in the draft??
Wrote a big article on this earlier in the week. Rose, Noah, Deng, Boozer, Gibson, Butler, Hinrich, and Teague are under contract, and so will be their new first-round pick if they end up keeping him. That means they’re probably going to scrape the bargain bin for the other 4-5 players they’ll need to sign, so I wouldn’t expect much there. They’ve got a $3 million mini-midlevel exception to work with, but beyond that it’ll be veteran’s minimum guys.
Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli are gone. Nazr and Vlad-Rad ain’t coming back, either. Keeping my fingers crossed for Malcolm Thomas. He’s a great kid and really can play when given the opportunity. Plus, he’s cheap, and nothing will be more important to Chicago this offseason than that.
Where do you see Danny Granger playing next season? And even though he does not seem to be the focus of rumors surrounding Houston, do you think he would be a good fit there? Thanks!!
Houston still has quite a few young assets they can work with in a trade for someone like Granger, but they won’t make a serious trade offer until they know they’re definitely out of the running for Dwight. Just like last summer with the Harden deal.
Granger will play. He’s working really hard to get himself right, and I don’t see any reason he won’t be fully healthy next year. The question is, who will he be playing for?
Obviously, the Bulls need to found an answer for Deng. Do you believe Deng will take a $4-5M pay cut to stay with the Bulls or will he demand a bigger contract? Will the bulls trade him if an extension cant be worked out??
All great questions. Chicago can’t afford to continue paying him $13-14 million a season, so some sort of pay cut is inevitable. That said, a player who’s been an All-Star two years running probably isn’t going to be taking any less than $10 million a year, and even that will suck up any cap space Chicago would’ve had otherwise for the summer of 2014. They want to keep him, but they also want to play the field a little that summer. Hopefully they don’t lose their longest-tenured player on a pipe dream, but I get the gamble they’d be taking.
I don’t see an extension happening this season. If all else fails, I suppose there’s Jimmy Butler.
1.Guys like Matt Barnes, Wayne Ellington, Martell Webster, and Dahntay Jones are guys who are in the price range of Chicago and can help them. do you see the Bulls targeting these guys?
2. Will nazr be back with the Bulls?
3. Derrick Rose will average 20ppg the first 20 games of next season. too high, too low, or just right?
1. Barnes, definitely. Webster, maybe. The other two, meh. Throw Chase Budinger in there, too. They’ll need a three-point specialist, and I love watching Budinger shoot it from the corner. He’s a perfect role player for this Bulls team.
2. Depends on who they draft. But I doubt it.
3. Too low, but not by much. 21-22 ppg feels better to me.
If Cleveland and Orlando are willing to trade in this year draft, why Chicago bulls front office don’t try to get the opportunity to draft Ben Mclemore,Oladipo or Alex Len? What you believe it can cost to Ch Bulls to get somebody from this group? Thank you.
It would cost them more than they want to spend. Those guys aren’t worth moving any of the team’s few remaining trade assets right now. This isn’t even being discussed, so I’d focus your attention on players who will be around about 15 picks later.
Since LA wants to keep D12, and he and the current coach don’t seem to be on the same page, and there’s a Tarheel connection between Mitch K. and G. Karl… how shocked would you be to see Mike D. replaced by G.Karl?
I think they probably wish George Karl was available a year ago. How many fired coaches are they expected to pay at the same time, though? They don’t want D’Antoni to cost them Dwight, but man, can they really throw another guy on top of the pile? Love the idea, though. Would be a really nice fit.
If you were SAC management would you give DMC another chance? He does have the 4th highest PPG avg. of starting centers but is 13 of 14 of all centers who took at least 10 shoots p.g.. Maybe more importantly…he’s fought with every coach, has rage issues and is a cancer in the locker room. Thoughts?
Mike Malone is a different kind of guy, and I imagine he’s more excited about working with Cousins than anybody else on that roster. So yeah, they’re not trading him this offseason unless the deal is a great one. Sacramento knew he was sort of a head case when they drafted him, but when DMC is good, he’s really good. If Malone can harness that (and I think he’ll be more successful than previous coaches), Cousins is probably an All-Star.
What position C/SG would you like to see the Bulls address with the #20 pick? Personally, I am hoping the get a player like Tony Snell. I am not impressed with the bigs that would be available when they draft.
I would be happy with Dieng, Steven Adams, or Rudy Gobert right there, but the shooting guard prospects are quite a bit less interesting. It’s not looking like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is going to drop that far, and I’m just not that to Allen Crabbe. Tim Hardaway, Jr. fascinates me, but I’m not in love. I think Gobert is the best-case scenario if Pope doesn’t fall there, so to answer your questions, I don’t know which position I prefer. Whoever is the bigger talent still on the board, even if he’s not a SG or a C, I’m all in.
Jason Kidd head coach of the Nets, huh? What is it with Brian Shaw that he’s talked up as a great coach, his name is put in the ring for practically every vacancy and he seems to interview for several of them, and yet he can’t get hired even ahead of a newly retired player with no coaching experience!
My thoughts exactly. I can’t figure it out. Of all the assistants who were tagged as ready to get head coaching gigs, The Michaels Malone and Budenholzer were at the top of the list, but Shaw was right there, too. I’m absolutely fascinated by the Kidd hire, and I’ll be very curious to see how that works out. The guy had a DWI a friggin’ year ago. How many head coaches have that kind of record? I just don’t get the hire, but there are still openings available for Shaw. Denver or LAC would be a more desirable job than Brooklyn, anyway. Philly’s got interest in him, too, so I still think he gets a job. Just crazy that it’s taken this long. I wonder if Indy going so deep into the postseason while teams were vigorously interviewing hurt him. Hmmm…
If Ben Gordon opts out of his contract I would love to see him in Indiana, the guy can still shoot. Think it would be a good fit?
Ben Gordon makes something like $13 million next year. Why in the name of Michael Jordan would he opt out?
The Pacers were 1 win away from the finals, but I still believe they need to upgrade the back up PG, and desperately need a shooter or 2. Korver? Trade Granger?
Korver would be awesome in Indiana. But yeah, in general, my thoughts exactly.
With San Antonio and Brooklyn added to Howard’s list, where do you think he lands? I still think it’s LA or Houston. I don’t see Howard as a Popovich kind of guy and I can’t see how Brooklyn can trade off about $15 million to be allowed to do sign and trades.
Brooklyn’s not happening. San Antonio is so ridiculously interesting. Can you imagine if they won the championship, came back with like $25 million in cap space, and then signed Dwight for the years after Duncan? He may not be a Pop kind of guy, but I think what Howard needs more than anything is great, no-nonsense coaching. Popovich is exactly what Howard needs to be a top-five player in the league again. Plus, no state income tax in Texas, so there’s that. I love the Spurs story here, but I’m with you: LA, Houston, or Dallas.
Why do GMs want to make a splash and find the ‘star’ in the draft and make some unorthodox picks ? I know that’s the ultimate goal, but my point is, everyone knew EXACTLY what they are getting in Kawhi Leonard, Jrue Holiday, Paul George … and still they were not a top 5 pick in their respective drafts. Everyone would love to have them now, although they just kept improving their skills and it could be seen, barring injury, that there is no was they won’t pan out (it’s not like in one year they transformed from Vitaly Potapenko to Vlade Divac). Why not going to a “sure” pick like them instead of a blown out of proportions prospects like Wesley Johnson and the likes ? Should we put a part of the blame to the media for emphasizing the shortcomings on some of the draft prospects but on the other hand emphasizing the good skills on others ?
Cleveland’s done it two years in a row with Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, when who they should’ve picked was Jonas Valanciunas and Harrison Barnes. Those two alongside Kyrie is a much better core than the one they’ve got, but Chris Grant was reaching, and not all gambles pay off, obviously. I’ve always thought this, though. If you know a kid is at least an NBA starter, why not taking the player with the lower floor instead of the player with the higher ceiling?
I love the idea of Kidd to the Nets, but I would say he should of been an assistant coach as he’s still fresh with the players. As an assistant he could be slightly laid back instead of the serious head coach.
In Australia we had a similar thing about a decade ago in the game of rugby league. Player has career ending injury and club hand him the coaching gig.
He ends up slapping his best mate during an argument. Why? Because they were just playing on the same team the season before.
This is the same with Kidd…he has the respect but how long does it last, and what happens when Williams confronts him about something? Who goes? We ALL know how Williams can be
So we’re saying Deron Williams has a slap in the face coming? Okay, I like the Kidd hire now.
Big rumor of Bosh being sent to Charlotte for the #4 pick. Personally, I think it is a horrible deal for Charlotte. We need young assets and to preserve our cap space for 2014. What do you think about this rumored deal?
It is a big rumor. I can see what it does for both teams, but this is a flat, flat draft, and you’re getting a known commodity in Bosh, while someone like Anthony Bennett or Victor Oladipo could go either way as pros. Charlotte is tired of sucking, and I can’t blame them. Bosh makes them instantly better, while a draft pick takes some of the financial pressure off of Miami. I get it, but I also don’t see it going down. Don’t buy into this one too heavily.
how far can dennis schroeder fall in this daft?
Kinda far, actually. Not a lot of teams are dying for point guards right now, so I could see him stumbling into the 20s. Not out of the first round, though. He’s too good to slip that far.
If there is some to a little possibility the knicks can get chris Paul through a trade wouldn’t there be even more of a possibility to get brandon jennings in a trade?
There is zero possibility Chris Paul plays for the Knicks next year. Jennings is a little more reasonable, but still pretty unlikely. New York is probably going to bring back a team pretty similar to the one you just spent all year loving. Minus Coach Kidd, of course.
hey man hope all is well got a draft day question for you concerning my cavs could you see them tak ben mcmelmore at #1 and then say trade pick #19 and dion waiters to minnesota for #9 pick and filler if they believe mcmelmore has higher upside at 2 guard spot, and then take a big man with that pick like cody zeller?? then just fill the small forward spot in free agency or use two 2nd round picks to mave back into first round for small forward?
It’s not as easy as all that, but I love the idea of both Zellers on the same team. Luke is available too, I’m sure.
I’m a proponent of taking McLemore with the #1 pick, and I don’t think you have to trade Waiters if that’s the pick you make. Might be a way to make that guard rotation work. Remember, Waiters was a killer sixth man in college, so him in that role in the NBA wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
If they can package some things and move up, I don’t see why they shouldn’t, but like I said, it’s never as easy to do those kinds of deals as fans like to think it is. Great in theory, but probably isn’t going to happen. Lots of good bigs will still be there at #19, though, if that’s any consolation.
hey joel! 2 things
1. did you enjoy the new season of arrested development?
2. How is Drose mentally progressing since this season is over. Will he have issues stepping on to the court next season?
1. Brilliant, but not quite as funny as the original iteration. I need to watch it through a few more times to develop a real opinion on it, but in general I was beyond pumped to have my favorite show of all time back on the air. Laughed out loud many times, and just enjoyed having the Bluths back together. Felt like a really fun college reunion or something.
2. Rose is fine. I think the mental blockades he had at the end of the season were of coming back too early when the offseason was just around the corner. He really wanted the summer to get back to 110%, and I think we can all agree that 17-18 months of rehab on a torn ACL will be plenty. He’ll be fine, he’ll be healthy, and he’ll be ready to go. I think all us Bulls fans are really looking forward to that, so we can forget about how upset we were that he didn’t play in the HEAT series. Love the kid, and can’t wait to see him back out there.
Alright folks, that’s my hour. Loads of great questions this week, and I look forward to doing more of the same in seven days. It is both my birthday and Father’s Day this Sunday, so I’m looking forward to a great weekend of food, cold brew, family, friends, and the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals. I’d throw the White Sox in there, too, but that would just put a damper on things.
Happy Father’s Day to all of you guys with kids. We all deserve a day to be appreciated for the excellent male specimens we are. Enjoy it. I certainly will.
(And go Blackhawks!)
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