Posted on: July 12, 2010 1:15 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2010 1:16 pm
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Knicks to form own Big 3?

Posted by Royce Young

Typically wedding toasts include a funny story about the groom, some crude comment, some marriage advice or all of the above. Most times however, they don't include proclamations about new NBA superteams.

The NY Post's Marc Berman reports that at Carmelo Anthony's wedding this past weekend, Chris Paul grabbed the mic and started tossing around talk of a new Big 3, this one in the Big Apple.

Berman writes: "According to a person who spoke with wedding attendee Amar'e Stoudemire, Paul made the reference during a speech of a potential union of himself, Stoudemire and Anthony, saying, 'We'll form our own Big 3,' Paul allegedly said."

Of course "our own Big 3" refers to Paul, Anthony and newly signed Knickerbocker, Amare Stoudemire. And it goes without saying, some random wedding toast that may or may not have happened doesn't actually mean the Knicks can plan on their own Super Trio. But then again, who would've thought free agent summits and a supposed handshake deal in Beijing would give the Heat theirs?

A strange and unpredictable world, this NBA free agency is.
Posted on: July 12, 2010 12:30 pm
 

Mark Cuban wants re-evaluation of tampering rule

Posted by Royce Young

If you recall, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $100,000 for comments he made back in May in regards to LeBron James. The league determined his comments fell under the anti-tampering policy.

So with word out about Pat Riley and the Heat's escapades to bring Dwyane Wade, LeBron and Chris Bosh to Miami, Cuban is obviously peturbed .

"I'm going to bring it up to the league that we really do have to re-evaluate the issue of player tampering," Cuban said. "Who knows what will happen? But I have to suggest it to them because there has to be more definitive rules ... It’s not just the Cavs. It could be any team. It could be the Heat in a couple years. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. But there has to be a way to keep these guys away from each other for the last week anyway.”

It's obviously possible that Cuban will file his own charge. But with the deals already done, it's unlikely the NBA will take action right away anyway.

I'm sure the league just can't wait to talk to Cuban. But he's got a point. Cuban is fined six figures for a seemingly harmless comment in a newspaper. Riley is meeting with players. Wade is organizing summits. Discussion about moving teams is reportedly happening mid-season and in the playoffs for crying out loud. There's some real gray area in the rule and Cuban doing what he does best : making some noise
Posted on: July 12, 2010 9:34 am
 

Shootaround: Free-agency weekend in rhyme

A lot happened over the weekend, so we want to catch you up quickly. We'll have more on each of these stories in a bit. But while you're waiting, here's a little poem for you to get caught up.

The Mavs are chasing Haslem to make them seem bigger .

While the Nets are tapping Morrow to pull the big trigger .

The Pistons and Ben Wallace wed for two more years .

While Nellie brought in DWright as the latest wing he'll bring to tears.

The Nets brought in Petro to perplex us much more .

Then they tagged Jordan Farmar after Phil showed him the door.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas misses the King .

And Matt Barnes at this point is just chasing a ring .

The Baby Bears added a stopper in Allen.

And then the Suns traded Leandro Barbosa and some trade exceptions for Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress, while Toronto then swapped out the trade exception they got from the Suns who got it from New York for Boris Diaw in exchange for almost nothing.

That last one doesn't rhyme because it doesn't make any sense, whatsoever.

Oh, and Jesse Jackson compared Dan Gilbert to a slave owner . You may have heard about that one already.



Posted on: July 10, 2010 7:37 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 7:39 pm
 

Warriors close to being sold

Posted by Royce Young

The Oakland Tribune reports it's down to two in the Warriors sweepstakes. The Tribune says two groups have separated themselves from the pack with their bids. Current owner Chris Cohan is reportedly even more confident than before that his franchise will sell for more than $400 million.

Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison is believed to be the front-runner, but others in the discussion are 24-Hour Fitness CEO Mark Mastrov, David Bonderman, a Wall Street financer and Mandalay Entertainment chair Peter Guber.

With only two groups remaining, the Tribune says a winner could be identified as early as August.


Category: NBA
Posted on: July 10, 2010 7:16 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 7:18 pm
 

Report: Portland signs Matthews to offer sheet

Posted by Royce Young

The Blazers have signed guard Wesley Matthews, a restricted free agent, to a five-year, $34 million offer sheet, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

If you need help with that, that's $6.8 million a year. Matthews had a nice rookie campaign averaging 9.4 points per game and turning into one of last year's rookie surprises. If you remember, he was an undrafted free agent. And now he's turned a quality year into a potentially large contract. Pretty, pretty good for a guy that didn't hear his name called last June.

The report says that the Blazers offered Matthews a frontloaded deal that would pay him close to $9.2 million the first year in an effort to discourage Utah from matching. Maybe Portland's just messing with the Jazz though. If you recall, the Blazers offered a four-year, $32 million deal to Paul Millsap last year that forced Utah's hand to match it. The Jazz did and kept Millsap. Hard to figure if Matthews is important enough match on.

Obviously without Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver, Utah's got more space, and more need. Matthews signed the contract Saturday night and the Jazz have seven days to match.

Posted on: July 10, 2010 6:48 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 6:54 pm
 

Cavs in the mix for Josh Childress, Al Jefferson

Posted by Royce Young

Replacing the best player in franchise history isn't easy. But that doesn't mean Cleveland is just going to sit and cry and write angry letters about it. Well I guess one of those things they did do. Nevertheless.

Brian Windhorst reports that the Cavs
are considering making an offer to Atlanta restricted free agent Josh Childress . But that's not all! The Cavs are also talking with Minnesota about a deal to bring Al Jefferson to Cleveland, Windhorst reports .

Childress has until July 15 to opt out of his contract with Olympiakos, which is where he spent last season. The Jefferson talks aren't serious yet, Windhorst says, because Minnesota is looking for more than just a salary dump. They want assets. Does that mean J.J. Hickson? Just draft picks? Hickson plus picks? There were talks a few days ago that Cleveland was making a play for Jonny Flynn. Maybe this is all one big package deal being discussed.

Cleveland's not the only team making a play for Jefferson though. Marc Stein reports the Mavs have had some talks with Minnesota involving Eric Dampier, but the Wolves want picks along wth Dampier's attractive contract, and that's something Dallas doesn't want to include.


Posted on: July 10, 2010 3:59 pm
 

Miami to add Juwan Howard?

Posted by Royce Young

The Heat are starting to round out their roster of death. Marc Spears of Yahoo! reports Miami is close to signing veteran big man Juwan Howard to a $1.4 million deal. The contract is the veteran minimum.

Howard, 37, most recently played with the Portland Trail Blazers, averaging 6.0 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game in 73 games.

So if this deal goes through, along with the reported Mike Miller signing plus the rumored Udonis Haslem signing, Miami would be sitting at eight roster players, including Joel Anthony. That would put them needing five most warm bodies to fill out the roster, and that's not including the Heat's three second-round picks.

But Howard is an excellent veteran big man to play behind Chris Bosh. He always gives productive minutes and was a big help to the injury plagued Blazers last year. For Howard, a veteran surely looking to make a last stand, and the Heat, a team looking for players looking to make a last stand, this deal makes a lot of sense.

But as Trey Kerby of Ball Don't Lie points out , he still needs to chill out .
Posted on: July 10, 2010 12:05 am
 

Report: Bulls sign J.J. Redick to offer sheet

Posted by Royce Young

The Bulls may have held back a large sum of money for LeBron, but that doesn't mean they're just going to hang on to it. Hours after signing Kyle Korver for $15 million over three years , the Bulls have also inked sharpshooter J.J. Redick to a three-year, $20 million offer sheet , Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports.

Redick is restricted, so Orlando has seven days to match. And most expect the Magic to match the offer and keep Redick in Orlando, but GM Otis Smith has said he won't overpay for him . Is $6.6 million a year overpaying for Redick, a guy that averaged 9.6 points per game? I guess that's up to Smith to decide. However, with Orlando just signing Chris Duhon this week, maybe that was a contingency plan in case the Magic lost Redick and needed backcourt depth.

But if the Magic don't match, Chicago would have a pretty impressive sharpshooting duo in Korver and Redick. It's not hard to picture Derrick Rose penetrating and kicking to either one of those guys for an open 3.
 
 
 
 
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