HOOPSWORLD Publisher Steve Kyler will hold his weekly chat at 10:30am EST on Mondays. Drop in your questions regarding NBA trades, the NBA Draft, roster moves or questions about your team.
What do you think of these trades?
1. Milwaukee gets-Jeff Green
Houston gets- Ersan Ilyasova
Boston gets- Omer Asik
2. Denver gets- Brandon Rush
Jazz gets- Andre Miller
3. Pistons gets- LaMarcus Aldridge
Blazers gets-Greg Monroe, Singler, and Villanueva
Which one do you think is best and why?
Which one do you think won’t work and why?
Welcome in everyone. Hope the week has been good to you. We have real games this week, so lots to get to. Lets get after it.
I really don’t like doing these hypothetical trade questions… some might confuse that as me validating something that’s clearly not being discussed.
I can comment specifically about the players you mention…
Boston might trade Jeff Green, but from all accounts they view him as having more potential than they have seen because of the role he had to play with Paul Pierce. I wouldn’t put Jeff in the “will trade” column yet, Boston hopes he can be their next star-level small forward.
Milwaukee says they have heard from every team in the league at some point on Ersan, they value him and genuinely feel like he could be their best all around player.
Houston wants to see if the Omer/Dwight marriage can work. Dwight’s best season were when he had another big to play with. Omer is in the second year of his deal and while the cap hit is $8.6 million, the actual cash paid is $5.5 million, so your not going to find a cheaper option. It has to be about returning a better asset and I am not sure we are there yet with Omer or other teams.
Utah says Brandon will get a chance to play once he’s healthy. He’s been cleared for contact work, but still is not doing five-on-five.
I do think Andre Miller will get moved at some point. Not sure he fits where Denver is headed. Dre is a pros pro, so its not like Denver has to do something with him.
Things will have to go toxic bad for Portland to trade LaMarcus Aldridge. He’ll have to go “Dwight Howard” on the Blazers and he won’t do that. Cross him off the wish list.
Not sure Greg Monroe is obtainable. I am not ready to say he’s a lock to stay, but I just don;t get the sense that Detroit’s going to move Greg unless they really get something special back.
What are the Chicago Bulls going to do about there back up center position? Who is the player they might add to the roster considering the Joakim Noah situation?
Taj Gibson… Nazr Mohammed.
The Bulls played a lot of basketball last year without Joakim Noah and Taj and Nazr held things down nicely. They certainly are not an ideal situation, but they are passable if they have to go that route.
Also keep in mind that rookie Erik Murphy is 6’10 and could play some center in a pinch, sort of how San Antonio uses Matt Bonner – a stretch five.
I don’t think the Bulls will add anyone, but as the waiver wire clears they might look at a big, but they are so far along in the pre-season/training camp – adding a new person may not work because he’ll be behind the curve.
Good morning Steve, as an avid Magic fan, I was disheartened to not see Turkoglu’s name among those waived by ORL as of 10-27-13 (of course I don’t have to pony up his $6M guaranteed had they done so). Hedo certainly didn’t make ORL’s job of ‘handling’ (lesser buy out/trade) his contract easier by his dismal performance as Turkey team captain/leading minutes guy 1st 3 games (very poor stat lines)/ then DNP last 2 games (injury?) at Sep. ’13 Euros. Those few games played last month were his only on-court competitive outings since his Jan. ’13 NBA PED suspension, how/when do you foresee actual ‘parting of ways’ happening- ORL already officially announced he wasn’t part of their future several weeks ago?
Magic never planned to waive Turk coming out of Pre-Season. If he won’t give them a discount on a buyout, the way his deal is structured they have to pay him $6 million of the $12 million contract, so basically they owe him $66666.66 per NBA day (180 days in the season) – so in 90 days they’ll have paid him his $6 million.
Around the 80 day mark, he’ll be owed about $660K… that’s an interesting trade for a team looking to shed cap dollars. Pay $666k to clear $12 million from your cap.
If Orlando can’t find a trade before the 90th day, then they’ll cut him.
The only thing Turk is right now is a trade chip for the Magic and honestly the team that trades for him, likely views him as disposable cap space.
1)I saw you said on Twitter that Brown’s likely headed back to LAL. If that signing happened is Meeks basically guaranteed to be traded? And would you agree Ellias Harris would most likely player to get cut to make room for Brown?
2) I read somewhere that Rockets would also consider trading Asik for an Elite SF (or PF). I found this shocking and little hard to believe since I assumed they were very happy with Parsons as player and his cheap contract and would much prefer to get a high level PF. Thoughts?
3) I saw on SI’s “Behind the Lines” series where they have opposing scouts analyze teams that one scout believes Brooklyn would trade Dwill for Mike Conley in a heart beat. You buying that?
The Lakers have 15 guys and 11 guaranteed contracts. So they have four guys they could part with. Who they part with I have no idea, but I do know that if Shannon Brown clears waivers – which I expect he would. Doubtful anyone picks up his $3.5 million contract. There may be more suitors at the table than a minimum offer from the Lakers.
So while the word on the night he was traded is that he’d be heading back to LA if waived by Washington, that’s not anything that’s done until its done.
The Rockets want to play one in- four out basketball with Dwight. They want to surround him with shooters. Parson will likely see more time at the four spot as a Ryan Anderson type, with Omri Casspi seeing the three and Harden at the two — if Asik can get them a better player — a point guard, a better option at small forward that’s what they are believed to be looking for. But as I said above. Houston wants to see if the twin towers can work first because they like what they have seen from Parsons and Casspi around Dwight.
I can tell you Memphis wouldn’t trade Mike Conley.
Mike is a highly underrated guard. He is efficient. He plays well with other stars. Is very durable. Has little to no ego. Deron Williams, since arriving in Brooklyn has been the opposite of those things.
Hi Steve, it has been almost 3 years since the Magic utilized a D-League affiliate for player development: 2010 Draft #29 pick Daniel Orton’s brief 2 game foray (before season ending knee injury) in early Dec. 2010 with the New Mexico Thunderbirds. Then NBA assigned ORL to the Sioux Falls Skyforce for 11/12, 12/13 seasons and now with MIA solo control of them, Magic have been assigned (with 5 other teams) to Ft. Wayne Mad Ants for 13/14. Do you foresee ORL actually utilizing them for player development? Are you aware of any current Magic planning to establish their own, or at least ‘less crowded (than 5) affiliation’ with a new or existing D-League franchise?
The Magic do their player development in-house. They have a small army of coaches that work with their guys in their own facility. Equally, they are giving their young guys NBA minutes.
Word is Orlando is trying to get a D-League team in Jacksonville, a team they would control – from there I think you’ll see them hanging on to more fringe guys and trying to develop them.
The NBA teams that run their own team, install their own coaches, their own staff and usually run the same system. Take the Toros for example, everything they do is run exactly as the Spurs do it, so when a player is called up or sent down they are doing things exactly the way the NBA team does them.
When you go to these mixed affiliate teams, they run different offenses, focus on different things than their affiliated team. A lot of teams see value in the D-League, only if they can control it.
One guy that always seems to impress is Kings Isaiah Thomas. I cant beleive what a steal this guy was, he was the last pick of his draft.
Do you think he can take the starting role from vasquez?
No. I agree with you, Thomas was a quality pick. We sat with him for a few days during the draft process and you could tell there was something special about him, he’s just super small.
As for the starting job, the old Kings regime often said Thomas is a great guard on a non-playoff team. That’s why they brought in Grevis and continue to look at guards.
I liken Thomas to Nate Robinson — totally different players — but same problem. They both can really play, but neither can get you deep in the post-season. Jamal Crawford… Jason Terry. Awesome sixth man, not lead guards.
If you can please answer back to my email!can I tell you my players and what positioned I need and you will tell me who to put in this week? Thanks!
Are you asking me to pick your Fantasy team for you? Not anything I have time or interest in. Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) is our Fantasy guru. Make sure to ping him, he may have time for something like this.
What would the Raptors best received for Rudy Gay, that would be beneficial for them. A quality power forward and a draft pick?
Secondarily , why if you have a outside shooter like Gay do you keep trying to trade DD, because of TR?
First… lets state the question another way.
What is a historically under-performing player making $17.8 million that can walk away in July worth? — answer is not much. Toronto is not going to take back a bunch of salary, especially not any beyond this year. Which makes dealing a $17 million deal tough. Equally unless the team trading for him wants to re-sign him at monster money there is huge risk of losing him.
As for “keep trying to trade” — not sure that an accurate assessment of the posture. DeRozan and TRoss can play together, what you try to do if your Toronto is upgrade… would they trade DeRozan to upgrade the roster… in a heart beat. Are they actively “shopping” Demar, no.
You have to be careful of the media reporting of trade talks. How many of the things that you have heard months before they happen, really happen? Very few.
Any word on Luigi Datome? I can’t really find anything on him other than the Pistons were very high on him but he seems to have pulled a hammy back on the 11th. Is it going to take awhile for him to break into the rotation?
Funny you mention that… I have never seen a player more disinterested in a game huddle than Datome.
Not sure why he chose Detroit over Memphis. The money was the same and I think Memphis would actually play him.
Detroit does this from time to time. They scoop up an international guy, never really use him and then he gets frustrated and they have to trade him. Not sure that’s whats going to happen with Datome, but man was he disconnected when they came through Orlando. It stood out. I pointed it out to the people sitting near me, we all had a good laugh.
What is the word in Dallas on Ricky Ledo? Is he about what they thought he was at this point? Does he have a future with the franchise?
I actually have not talked to anyone about Dallas this pre-season. Ledo did not play a ton in Pre-Season so that should let you know where he stands in the grand scheme.
Rick Carlise is tough coach to play for as a rookie, so I wouldn’ expect a lot.
From your knowledge, how much extra money can a team expect to rake in from making the playoffs? For instance, if the Raptors or Pistons were to somehow make the playoffs as the 8th seeded team, that would mean at least two home games against (probably) the Heat, ticket prices for which I am sure would be quite high. I remember you once mentioned the increase in season tickets for the following year for such a team as well. So can making the playoffs as the 8th seed salvage a team’s season financially or is it more like “a drop in a bucket of water” financial effect?
The general rule of thumb is that a regular season home game in the NBA is worth anywhere from $550,000 to $2 million – the small market low dollar teams earn towards the bottom, and the bigger markets earn towards the top.
A Playoff game is almost the same for every team – $1.5 million to $2 million – that number go up the deeper you go. Miami is said to have pulled in about $2.5 million per Finals game.
The problem with that is the NBA gets a sizable chunk of that money.
From the Players/Coaches perspective, their contracts pay them for the 180 days of the NBA regular season. Players get additional monies for pre-season, I want to say players get $2000 per week. And there is a fund established each year for post-season. Last year it was $13 million, that gets divided up based on how you finish the season and how deep you go.
How do you judge the Wiz trade for Gortat? Assuming that Okafor was not going to play until late in the season, if at all – How many wins does Gortat add over the Wiz rotating Seraphin and Vesely instead?
Gortat is a great fit… as for how many wins he adds, remains to be seen. But what Marcin does allow if for Nene to play the four, which is what he wants.
If Greg Oden can stay healthy how will heat use him? and what could he bring?
Still a long way from being able to project that. The HEAT are in no hurry with Greg.
What do you think of this trade? Jimmer and Chuck Hayes to the Jazz for Marvin Williams?
Hasn’t been talked about, but sure.
Not sure why Sacramento would want Marvin or give up Chuck Hayes, but OK.
Jazz and Suns should swap Dragic and Hayward. Thoughts?
Not going to happen.
Jazz want to do a long term deal with Gordon, that either happens in the next few days or this summer.
Do you see this team as the core Cavs roster of the next 3-5 years or do you expect them to package youth and picks to chase a big name?
I think its safe to say Kyrie is a core piece… the rest is open for discussion. I think if this core stays together they could be a solid playoff team, not sure as constructed they are a Finals caliber team unless a couple of guys really bring their games up.
hey Steve, What do you think about Chris Smith making the team just because of JR?? I knew something was up when this guy barely played in the preseason. It was almost like he already had a spot locked up simply due to JR being on the team. The guy is flat out terrible and is nowhere close to being an NBA player. So rather than sign a big (which the knicks desperately need), they waste a roster spot on a guard when theres already 5 on the roster. Your thoughts?
Nepotism is extremely common in the NBA.
But let me offer an alternative view… what if keeping Chris was about keeping JR Smith inline and focused? If keeping Chris means you get the best of JR Smith every night, is it worth the spot?
Not saying that the case, the Knicks are terrible at managing their roster.
The other thing to keep in mind is that just because Chris made the roster only means he wasn’t cut this week, it does not mean he is staying all season. If the right big or the need for a big becomes a problem they can always cut him down the line.
If the Raptors do make the playoffs, what do you think the chances are they could get a long term extension with Rudy Gay for less money per year?
Here is the dilemma — Raptors play great and make the playoffs… Rudy’s value goes up. Raptors play great, Rudy plays terrible, he stays in his contract and does not opt-out. Rudy plays great, Raptors don’t make the playoff Rudy walks for nothing because his value is high.
I don’t think there is a scenario where Rudy is making less money next year unless its because he signed a big free agent contract and I don’t think Rudy does an extension unless its near the same money, basically because its in his best interest to see how he plays.
Once you get to the number of zeros in Rudy’s bank account he ability to have power and influence over where you play is desirable. That does not mean a guy wants out. It simply means he wants to chose whether he stays or goes – that is where Rudy is at.
Guys… I am out of time. Thanks for all the questions. Make sure you are following me on Twitter (@stevekylerNBA). See you all next week.
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