Posted on: July 16, 2010 2:39 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 9:23 pm

Ronnie Brewer signs with Chicago

Posted by Royce Young

Multiple outlets (Sam Smith , David Aldridge , Marc Spears ) are reporting that guard Ronnie Brewer has signed with the Bulls. The deal is reportedly three years, $12.5 million.

Reportedly, Brewer turned down an offer from Boston to sign with the Bulls.

Besides the fact that the Bulls should now be called the Chicago Jazz, this is a good signing for them. Brewer's an excellent athlete and quality defender that can shoot and get to the rim. He adds immediate depth in the backcourt and can play multiple positions. The Bulls lost out on J.J. Redick when the Magic matched his offer, so Brewer was a pretty nice Plan B.

Everyone is talking about the Heat's big offseason, but quietly, the Bulls have done a ton of work. Just these past few weeks Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer have all been added to the roster. They were able to keep Luol Deng who they thought they'd lose and now with Derrick Rose in his third year and the rise of Joakim Noah, the Bulls are starting to look pretty scary.

Brewer played last season in both Utah and Memphis, but hurt his knee almost immediately upon arriving with the Grizzlies. In 58 games he averaged 8.8 points per game.

Posted on: July 16, 2010 1:15 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 1:16 pm

Nate Robinson signs with the Celtics

Posted by Royce Young

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! reports the Celtics have re-signed guard Nate Robinson to a two-year, $9 million deal, plus bonuses.

Robinson, who's probably more famous for his dunk contest theatrics than his actual on-court production, averaged 10.1 points per game and shot nearly 40 percent from 3 last season splitting time between Boston and New York. He's an instant offense player, and evidently proved his worth in the playoffs for the Celtics, highlighted by him scoring 12 quick points off the bench in Game 4 against the Lakers in the Finals.

Before he became a Celtic at the trade deadline, he was in Mike D'Antoni's doghouse in New York. He's always been an offensive-minded player that can rack up points in a hurry (as evidenced by the 41 points he randomly dropped against Atlanta last season) and the kind of player Boston values off its bench.

Robinson is 26 and is entering his sixth season in the league. As mentioned, he finished last season averaging 10.1 ppg, but he averaged just 6.5 in about 15 minutes a night during his 31 games in Boston. In the playoffs, he averaged just 4.2 ppg in 7.5 minutes for the Celtics.
Posted on: July 16, 2010 11:49 am
Edited on: July 16, 2010 12:56 pm

Penny Hardaway to Miami? What?

Posted by Royce Young

The Orlando Sentinel brings us some interesting news about a new possible Heat addition. Penny Hardaway, yes that Penny Hardaway , announced he's interested in trying out for a spot with the Miami Heat.

On an internet radio show called The Bottom Line Sports Show , Hardaway said this: "Mentally I was retired and physically I was retired. I was playing recreational ball,' Hardaway said. "But when the decision happened with Chris Bosh and LeBron, I felt like I could really be good in that system."

Hardaway last played in 2007, coincidentally with the Heat. He'll turn 39 July 18 (hey, Shaq is 38), which isn't ridiculously old, but he did battle a handful of knee injuries which is what eventually led to his retirement. However, he says he's in great shape.

"I can understand where Michael Jordan was coming from coming out of retirement a couple times, I can understand where Brett Favre is right now," Hardaway said on the show. "When you still have something in the tank it's really hard to let it go."

Hardaway said he sent text messages to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and his former teammate Alonzo Mourning to express interest in trying for a non guaranteed, one-year minimal role shortly after The Decision aired.

Honestly, why not? The Heat still need to fill out a couple spots, Hardaway wouldn't require much money at all and all he needs to be is a warm body at practice and sit on the end of the bench. And who knows, maybe he can still play a little.

Posted on: July 16, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: July 16, 2010 9:51 am

Scratch that Shaq-to-the-Hawks talk

Posted by Royce Young

Both Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Brian Windhorst of the Plain Dealer report that it's unlikely Shaq is going to Atlanta in a sign-and-trade. Windhorst says the teams have indeed talked, but just aren't anywhere close to making it happen.

There was talk earlier in the week that made it sound like the two sides were pretty closed to getting together. But as Cunningham points out, the Hawks don't want to bust the luxury tax and the numbers aren't lining up.

The Hawks were talked about as a prime destination for Shaq along with Miami, San Antonio and Dallas. Now with the Mavs putting 45 centers on the roster and the Heat spending money on Udonis Haslem, Juwan Howard and others, San Antonio looks to be the destination.

For shame Shaq isn't headed to the ATL. I just came up with the nickname I liked: The Big Peach.
Posted on: July 15, 2010 11:02 pm

Magic match Bulls to retain Redick

Posted by Matt Moore

True to their word, the Magic won't be letting J.J. Redick head to greener pastures (and a starting gig). NBA FanHouse's Tim Povtak reports that the Orlando Magic will match the 3-year, $19 million offer from the Chicago Bulls for Redick to retain his services.

The move is likely not the best news for Redick, who likely would have been in a position to compete for the starting shooting guard spot with the Bulls, and instead will continue to come off whenever Stan Van Gundy realizes Vince Carter has reached his nightly point-of-no-return. Redick has proven he can play back-up point or drain from the outside, and his defense, particularly on Ray Allen in the playoffs, has been exemplary.

But the Magic have committed to winning a championship, and that means spending. Van Gundy squashed Redick at the beginning of his career on his bench, but instead of bristling, complaining, and demanding a trade, Redick kept working, and became a defense-oriented player, while keeping the shooting stroke he made famous in college.

With the move, the Magic will be even further in the luxury tax, and you have to wonder if Marcin Gortat, or another frontcourt player is on the move for the Magic to take the sting off retaining Redick.

Posted on: July 15, 2010 10:09 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2010 10:10 pm

Fernandez has trade wish list to four

Posted by Royce Young

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweets : "Blazers source says Rudy Fernandez has list of 4 teams he wants to be traded to and yes Knicks are one of them. Knicks lead NBA in lists."

So Fernandez has a list of four that he approves of. The Knicks are one on said list. That just means we have to narrow it down from 29 instead of 30 now. No problem. 

Who else could be on there? Other teams that have been mumbled about are the Raptors, Rockets, Wizards and Bulls. Though we can probably cross Chicago off right now with the addition of Kyle Korver.

The Oregonian reported back in June that the Wizards offered Portland Nick Young for Fernandez but were turned down. And while he may have a wish list of teams he prefers, that doesn't mean he's going to land at one. But the Knicks certainly are a common sense fit for Fernandez. He seems like a player that would thrive in the D'Antoni system. Good shooter, great passer and so-so defender. Sounds about right.

Posted on: July 15, 2010 8:10 pm

Report: Rockets reach deal with Scola

Posted by Royce Young

Jonathan Feigan of the Houston Chronicle reports the Rockets have come to terms with power forward Luis Scola. Feigan reports the deal is for five years, worth $47 million.

There was never a lot of question whether or not the Rockets would keep Scola, who was a restricted free agent. General manager Daryl Morey was always pretty clear he wanted to keep both Kyle Lowry and Scola. A few other teams were rumored to be interested (Charlotte being one), but Morey was set on retaining his starting four.

Scola is older than most realize though. He's 30, though he just completed his third year in the league. But last season was his best. In 32.6 minutes a game, he averaged 16.2 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. He's also shot over 50 percent from the field all three seasons in the league.
Posted on: July 15, 2010 4:23 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2010 4:26 pm

Larry Ellison: "I was the highest bidder"

Posted by Royce Young

If you didn't see, the Warriors were sold today to Joe Lacob, managing partner at private equity firm Kleiner Perkins, and Peter Guber, chairman of Mandalay Entertainment. Most thought super-billionaire and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was the favorite to win the bid.

So when the reports came out today that Guber and Lacob were awarded the team, most, including me, wondered why Ellison didn't win. He had the money to beat the $450 million the team reportedly sold for (Ellison is worth an estimated $28 billion - that's billion with a "b"), so either he low-balled for some reason or just mis-estimated his bid.

Actually, it was neither of those. San Joe Mercury columnist Tim Kawakami fills us in : "Whoa. Ellison statement: 'Although I was the highest bidder, Chris Cohan decided to sell to someone else.'"

Whoa indeed.

So Chris Cohan, the owner every Warrior fan basically loathes and is considered by many to be maybe the worst owner in the NBA, doesn't sell the team to the highest bidder. Not only that, but he doesn't sell the team to the guy most everyone agrees will be a great owner not just for Golden State, but the entire league. Instead, he takes less to sell it to Guber and Lacob.

Obviously, it's Cohan's perogative to sell to who he wishes. But taking less money? Was he trying to get at Ellison for some reason? What could possibly be the reasoning here?

But as most Warriors fans would tell you, they found themselves asking that last question a lot under Cohan. So this likely doesn't come as much of a surprise.

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