Why be a playoff team if you're not a title contender? As of right now, there are what, three legitimate contenders barring injuries? MIA, OKC and LAL?
While it may be strategic in a pussy sort of way, tanking games is bullshit. You could pick any team in the league other than the ones I mentioned and their outlook isn't exactly optimistic. You could look at every other free agent signing by teams not in contention and say the same thing. There is no parody in the NBA, the worst to first jump doesn't happen like the NFL.
I miss the NFL. The Chargers are playing in New Orleans this year. Need to convince my brother or someone to go (cemetaries with above ground exposed bones, ghostly bars, etc.).
Aaron Brooks to the Kings.
Grant Hill leaning toward the Lakers.
Suns signed Scola for 3 years, 13.5. Not bad at all.
lulz, team USA getting schooled by Brazil.
imminent, but not imminent
OJ Mayo to the Mavs
What a surprise and great signing. I didnt even know he was an unrestricted free agent
Humphries resigns with Nets, Grant Hill to Clippers, and it's looking like Knicks wont match for Jeremy Lin so he is off to the Rockets.
This would make me happy.
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have inched ahead of the Houston Rockets as a facilitator in a potential trade that would send Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, sources said Wednesday.
One source familiar with the talks, though, cautioned to not make too much of that shift just yet.
The Cavaliers would land Lakers center Andrew Bynum for a package of draft picks and veteran power forward Anderson Varejao, according to one league source. The Lakers would receive Howard for Bynum. The source said this was merely the framework of a deal being discussed.
Cavaliers GM Chris Grant was in Las Vegas watching summer-league action but made an unplanned return to Cleveland, sources say, and is not expected to return. In the frenzy of anticipating if, when and where Howard might be dealt, such otherwise innocuous events have been enough to inspire massive speculation that a deal is near.
The Lakers have engaged both the Rockets and Cavaliers in their attempt to land Howard, sources say, because those two teams, a) have interest in acquiring Bynum, and, b) have the requisite salary-cap room to accept larger player salaries than they send out in a deal.
The complicating point for any deal to be completed, sources say, is whether Bynum and Howard agree to extensions with their next team. Sources close to Howard say that as of now, after mistakenly depriving himself of free agency this summer by opting into the final year of his deal with the Magic, he has no intention of doing so again.
ESPNLosAngeles.com reported the Lakers remain committed to pursuing Howard even without assurances he'd sign a long-term extension with the club.
The Rockets have had Howard at the top of their wish list for months and have made moves to pursue him, from collecting first-round picks in the draft to using the amnesty clause on Luis Scola.
No way in a million years Bynum signs an extension with the Cavs. He'd be a moody, short-term invesment.
Bynum apparently gave a list of teams with which he would sign an extension. As hard is it may be to believe, Cleveland was on that list.
That is hard to believe. Well, maybe he really is as dumb as he sometimes behaves.
Sure, the Cavs aren't going to beat the Miami Heat any time soon, but if they get Bynum to sign an extension, then you're working with a talented young core of Kyrie Irving, Bynum, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller. Give that squad two years to develop and they could battle their way into the top half of the eastern conference.
What excites me more is that I was actually told about this by someone I know who is close to the Cavs organization and originally the trade included Tristan Thompson. For whatever reason, unless ESPN is wrong which is entirely possible, the rumor now excludes Thompson. A young front-line rotation of Bynum / Zeller / Thompson is intriguing to me.
YES TRICKS -- YES!!!
I don't think Tristan Thompson is going to be all that. But I'm not easily impressed.
I'm convinced Stephen A. Smith is like a Pixies song
loud quiet loud
EDIT* Ah, Loud Quiet Loud. Also is fitting.
He'll be a solid PF that would work better if you have Bynum to open the floor for him a little. He has some tools including superior athleticism and a 7-foot-1 wingspan. I'm not expecting an all-star level player, but I could see him being a solid 13 and 7 guy. He's a pretty good defender as well.
Waiters got swatted by Morris though. Bust
He can't drive the lane like he used to.
Good thing the Knicks didn't waste their time matching the Rockets' offer on Lin. (Although I suppose Kidd wasn't seriously injured.)
People have been saying Lin was a product of Mike D'Antoni. Didn't Goran Dragic leave Phoenix only to have a career year in Houston? I could see the same thing happening with Lin.
11 points and 5 assists per game qualifies as a career year for Dragic, I suppose. He wasn't the best point guard on the Rockets, though.