HOOPSWORLD Publisher Steve Kyler will hold his weekly chat at 10:30am EST on Tuesdays. Drop in your questions regarding NBA trades, roster moves or questions about your team.
Suns have 16 players under contract, not including their 2nd round pick. – Obviously will be trying to trade 2 or 3 for 1. – Any ideas as to who they would be targeting?
Welcome in everyone… sorry for the delay. Lots to get to so lets get after it…
By my count, they are at 15 guys with guaranteed money. PJ Tucker is the non-guaranteed guy at. I can’t imagine that Goran Dragic is in the long-term future any more than I can Marcin Gortat, but I doubt either gets traded before camp – more likely deadline moves to get young guys or draft assets.
Malcolm Lee has been so injury prone, that might be an easy guy to simply cut/buyout. He had both hip and knee surgery in January, so I just can’t see him being on the roster opening day.
Hey Steve! Things have quiet down since the Dwightmare was over Are you expecting any big trades? I got a feeling morey is about to off-load asik after signing Camby.
I wouldn’t rule out a Rockets trade, but keep in mind… Dwight is coming off a significant back/shoulder injury and Marcus Camby isn’t exactly a spring chicken. Houston needs depth and veteran leadership. I doubt they just give that up mainly because they do not need to.
I see this trend a lot in chats… this assumption that you can survive 82 games with just one guy. The teams that win a ton of games have depth and the ability to put a quality guy in the line up when a guy needs to rest, gets injured or misses a game for some reason.
Houston has a strong deep team… not sure they give that up just because. They;d have to get better value and there just isn’t that kind of deal to be had right now. Everyone is bargain shopping.
It irritates me when people put the warriors ahead of the rockets…… I’m not sure if your one of them….. but when you look at golden states statistics…. which i think daryl morey and his recent genius work have proved that there belief in the numbers are at the very least valid…… golden states numbers were much much worse then what a team of their record should have….. the most basic and obvious of those statistics being point differencial which was just shockingly poor…… and i’d say they lost there second most important player in jack…. who was just a perfect fit as a sixth man finishing games and allowing Thompson and curry to come off screens and do what they do best…. shoot…… and people don’t realize…… during the regular season….. jack would often close for the warriors… sure they had a good run… sure they got iguadola,….. but don’t you think that the overpriced contracts of bogut and lee prevent them from getting any better? i mean i would have just signed jack who signed for 4 years 25 mil compared to iguadola and his 4 year 48 mil deal….. it puts them in a whole…. too many big contracts….. and on top of those contracts….. whose to say bogut can stay healthy? whose to stay lee can stay healthy? whose to say curry can stay healthy? odds are curry won’t be 100 percent in the playoffs if he plays in it at all. i feel they’ve dug themselves in a hole of a destined 5 or 6 seed… and thats if they can all stay healthy which is highly unlikely…. plus iguadola has had history of struggling in the playoffs. are you on my side here? I’m i just being totally biased or is there some truth to this?
I have the Warriors ahead of the Rockets, mainly because they have an easier division this year.
Houston will have four games against Memphis, San Antonio, Dallas and a new look New Orleans squad – that is 16 tough games. If they split those 8-8 that’s likely a good run.
Look at Golden State — Clippers, Lakers, Kings and Suns… they could reasonable go 12-4 in division.
The middle of the West is going to be decided by maybe five games. Last year 56 wins was fourth place. 45 wins was eighth place. I don’t think its nearly that big a gap this year.
I don’t think anyone has Golden State winning their division, so you talking about saying one team win 55 games and the other wins 52 games — that is mainly because of the division each team plays in.
For the record… Houston was 6-10 in division last year, New Orleans was 5-11 last year, Golden State was 9-7 in division. Those three games will matter this year.
Hey Kyler, I haven’t asked you anything in a while. I have a few questions:
1)It’s irrelevant now but I was reading a Simmons article a few months ago that said Kobe was against the idea of the Lakers trading for Dwight because he didn’t like his play or attitude (to happy-go-lucky) in the 2008 Olympics. Did you ever hear anything like that?
2) Many reporters have said secretly the Lakers weren’t pleased with Howard and didn’t think he was a great fit. Do you think their is any truth to the conspiracy they really didn’t want him back as bad as they appeared?
3) Why don’t teams offer contracts to RFAs just because the other team will match? Sure you might not get him but you can at least force the Twolves to pay him more (say $58 mil over 4 years) instead of somethings thats a few million less.
4) Is there a rule saying you have to offer a RFA a certain amount of years? Because I feel like I always see 4 year deals. It seems like if you’re a player, at least one not in a good situation, it’d be better to risk losing a year or two and just sign a 2 or 3 year deal.
Did you ever hear anything like that?
— I think there is some revisionist history at play… I can tell you Matt Barnes tried to play match maker with Kobe and Dwight during the first Dwight circus and Kobe was the recruiter. How Dwight handled that might have soured Kobe, but Dwight never wanted to be a Lakers to begin with. His camp sold him on LA as being a dream situation – it wasn’t.
any truth to the conspiracy they really didn’t want him back
— Mitch Kupchak talked about this on Monday with the LA Times… he used the words “we were as persistent as we could be within reason”. They were aggressive in trying to re-sign him. I am sure there are many that were happy to see Dwight go because of the circus he brought with him. BUt organizationally, they would have gladly given him $100 million to stay.
Why don’t teams offer contracts to RFAs
— They do… its up to the player to sign the Offer sheet. The process goes like this… team calls agent, says we like your guy. They talk about what a guy is looking for and what it might take to get the other team not to match. Teams make low dollar offers all the time, but in order for the process to start a player has to sign an Offer Sheet. Players don’t just sign low dollars Offer sheets when they are looking for bigger money. Its not a blind process. In fact most teams have an idea of what it will cost to get a guy from another team.
Is there a rule saying you have to offer a RFA a certain amount of years?
— Yes, The offer sheet must be for at least two seasons (not including option years). If the player’s prior team also submitted a maximum qualifying offer (typically rookie scale contracts), then the offer sheet must be for at least three seasons (not including option years)…. less years makes a contract easier to match.
Lakers,having there 2014 draft pick.What order do they pick and can that pick come up depending on where they finish in this upcoming season?
Draft order is not established until they play the season… The draft order is based on the outcome of the season.
You might want to lock this answer in. I think you have asked this a few times already.
When is the NBA Schedule for 2013-2014 coming out?
NBATV is set to run a regular season schedule preview show on August 6th, so likely on August 6th.
Where will Greg Oden eventually end up?
His camp says a decision maybe as soon as tomorrow… he has six teams at the table.
I still think its Miami or New Orleans and I think Miami wins out if its about winning and getting back into the NBA… if its about money its going to be New Orleans.
i need your advice mr kyler my dream is to become a general manager but i know its a long shot so i would probably needed to become a scout first what advice would you give me to study in college
If you look at the history of the guys in GM jobs now… Rob Hennigan was a broadcast journalism major… Daryl Morey got his bachelor’s degree in computer science before getting his MBA from the Sloan Business School at MIT… Masai Ujiri was a player turned freelance scout, turned NBA scout turned executive.
There is no one path. My advise is to get a job with a team… any job.
Orlando assistant GM Matt Llyod started as a game-day employee (part-time) turned that into a full-time spot media services coordinator for four seasons. Got close with the basketball operations guys with the Bulls, and served as senior manager of basketball operations/scout for four seasons before getting he Magic job.
Every guy running a NBA team has a different story. Being a player at a high level helps. Knowing the Collective Bargaining Agreement helps.
what happen to Fran vazquez he is now 30yrs old will him or Milovan Raković ever play for the magic ? wasn’t fran suppose to be magic next D12
No. Neither are really anything more than footnotes in Magic history and a glowing reminder that maybe… just maybe you should talk to a kid before you draft him.
Any chance that the Lakers sign either Marcus Landry or CDR? Does Elias Harris really have such a high upside that he was given a 2 year deal?
Harris’ deal is non-guaranteed… it just ties up his rights in the event he becomes something and when a guy plays well and you think he has something you want as much control as you can get. The deal is a landslide in the Lakers favor.
As for Landry and CDR, honestly no… I think both could get camp invites, but the Lakers are sitting on 12 contracts and I honestly don’t see them doing much more than 13 guys unless they can get themselves under the Luxury tax.
I think the Lakers flesh out their roster with non-guaranteed guys at the minimum and I am not sure either CDR or Landry would take a non-guaranteed offer… they might.
So with the Suns shopping for disgruntled stars, who do YOU think could possibly become available?
The list of guys that have clouds over them looks like LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo and maybe Rudy Gay… guys that have options to exit or would seek crazy money in free agency beyond what their existing teams might do.
I don’t see either of those guys being moved this year, but Portland, Minnesota, Toronto and Boston have to consider that those guys might walk for nothing.
I know the landscape could change significantly between now and the beginning of the season but I see Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk and Markeif Morris as 3 potential surprise breakout bigs. Who are your top 3 flying under the radar?
Have not really looked at that… I agree with Kelly Olynyk. I think he will get the opportunity to play a ton and his skill set is impressive.
I also think that Jonas Valanciunas in Toronto is poised for a HUGE year.
Would Al Harrington be a good fit for the Rockets?
I am an Al fan… he’s my guy so I root for him.
Not sure how much he can contribute, but I saw him in Vegas during Summer League. He looks great. His has really cleaned up his body. He is playing without a knee brace again. He says he’s about 80-85% back to form, so you have to measure what you are really getting.
He has not been released by the Magic yet, so he’s still the property of the Magic.
No one’s really been talking about the East domination lately, and for YEARS all I heard post Jordan was The WEST, THE WEST – like the other conference was JV. Has the East become the only conference who matters officially yet? It’s stacked!
There were five teams in the West that won 50 or more games… just two in the East.
Five of the top six teams last year were in the West.
I agree that the East is getting better and might be the toughest conference in basketball next year, but lets not get crazy with exuberance. The West wins more games — 652 games won versus 577 games won in the East last season.
Is This D’Antoni’s last dance? I saw him coach a losing team in NYC, it wasn’t pretty. Get ready to alienate! Next stop
Italy where he will finally be recognized for the genius? he is (sarcasm = strong)
I think it depends on how the Lakers play this year… I don’t see him getting fired unless the team just craters.
I think eventually everyone either has to win or go home. The guys that really last in the NBA win, so ultimately for Mike to have a career beyond his contract he has to win. The bar is considerably lower this year with low expectations, so if he wins 45 to 50 games with what he has to work with, that might change some attitudes.
Why do guys like Camby who don’t want to join a team still get paid not to? Shouldn’t they be the ones paying to get out of a contract? Thinking of Alonzo’s $9m for not showing up in Toronto still stings. Does Mr. Pincus still get paid for not showing up for any more chats?
Teams trade for different reasons. The raptors didn’t want Camby, they had to take his contract to dump Andrea. They saved about $2 million in the buyout.
Not everything is what it seems on the surface. Teams have different agendas with moves. But when you trade for guaranteed contracts, this is a possible outcome. Toronto knew what they were doing.
I have noticed many posters in the Hoopsworld chats are enamored with Jarrett Jack and the role he had on last year’s Warriors team. I don’t necessarily want to start an argument and I might be wrong, but I just want to speak out for the minority of fans who think Jack was actually not that great. I watched every Golden State playoff game and I think when you draw a line and count them up, Jack made more poor decisions with the ball than good ones. Yes, he had dozens of awesome plays, but for every one of them there was either a forced drive, a selfish shot or a missed defensive assignment. I know fans tend to either not see these or quickly forget them at the very first 3-point shot made, but for me, Jack’s departure is addition by subtraction and the team will be more disciplined in his absence. And I have an even worse opinion of Lance Stephenson and his role in the Pacers’ final playoff fate.
Am I wrong? Do you agree that fans tend to only remember the good plays, especially from point guards that get so many opportunities to redeem 5 missed shots with one big play?
Am I way off?
I wouldn’t say way off… but I would agree that we tend to be very selective in our memory when it comes to how good or bad a guy is.
Lakers fans crush on Mike D;Antonio, but he won 70% his games after the All-Star break last year. Has he won at that clip all season would we still be calling for his head?
I like Jack. I think Jack is a solid player and can really help a team, but lets be real for a minute – the Warriors won because of Steph Curry, David lee and Klay Thompson — Harrison Barnes didn’t hurt either. The Warriors will miss what jack brought them in the locker room and in the crunch, but he wasn’t the reason they won games.
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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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.
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