Love that deal for Houston, assuming they're finding another shooting guard or point guard either in the draft or through free agency. Stoudamire is a great player and he can play well with Ming, assuming he heals. (Of course, IMO, Yao needs to cut his minutes anyway.)
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
Vince Carter traded to Orlando.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
http://www.nj.com/sports/mustsee/ind..._move_car.htmlVince Carter is heading home, to central Florida -- and he's bringing Ryan Anderson with him.
The Nets have agreed in principle to trade their most dynamic player and top gate attraction to the Orlando Magic in exchange for three players, which will effectively help them clear roughly $18 million off their 2010-11 salary cap.
Coming to New Jersey are point guard Rafer Alston, power forward Tony Battie, and rookie shooting guard Courtney Lee.
Anderson will be sent to Orlando in a separate deal for the Magic's trade exception.
It is now likely that the Nets will lean toward drafting a two-guard to take Carter's place, such as Terrence Williams. If that isn't the case, Lee -- a very promising player who was otherwise abused by Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals -- will fight Chris Douglas-Roberts for the starting job.
Equally plausible is that the Nets have opened the door for another power forward, with Anderson heading south. That could provide the necessary impetus to draft Tyler Hansbrough.
The Suns are in discussions with the Warriors to send Amare Stoudemire to Golden State for center Andris Biedrins and the No. 7 pick in Thursday's draft.
The Suns would also get another guy back in the deal, possibly Anthony Randolph, Brandan Wright or Marco Belinelli, to make the numbers work. However, we doubt that Randolph is going anywhere.
Source: Arizona Republic
Lakers will Repeat, they are going to Resign Lamar and Ariza
I actually think you'll see a half dozen or so at least teams with legitimate title hopes at the beginning of the season.
From the beginning of this season Cavs v. Lakers seemed preordained.
The Pacers drafting Hansbrough is pretty interesting to me. I'm not sure how good of an NBA player he'll be. I've always been a fan of his though. I thought Larry Bird had a funny comment about it:
I'm sure Jeff Foster was like "hey, thanks"."I always see the comparisons to Jeff Foster, but I don't get it," Bird said, referring to the Pacers center known for hustle but a 5.1 career scorer. "This guy can score and he will score."
"I know a lot about the law and various other lawyerings."
Situational Hitting is Stupid
Variatio delectat - Cicero
When the Pacers made the Dunleavy/Murphy for Jackon et al trade, my friend said they should put a billboard up in Carmel(the well to do suburb north of the city) saying, Your Indiana Pacers, now 40% whiter.
The Pacers can run out a white wash w/ Hansbrough, Murph, Dunleavy, Diener, and Foster. They can even bring Josh McRoberts off of the bench. 6 American white guys? Wow
Could there possibly be a more "Midwestern" NBA team than this Pacers team?
The Spurs managed to draft DeJuan Blair and Jack McClinton from Miami without a 1st round pick... that franchise absolutely amazes me. They're the front runners next year, IMO.
Hopefully Bird gets over his white guy fetish so we can win some games
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