Ariza verbally commits to Houston
Heard we are going after/considering Marquis Daniels (formerly of Indy) with the MLE for depth at the 2.
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-...1013056.columnLakers make the wrong move going with Ron Artest
Artest to the Lakers; Ariza to the Rockets. What? Noone wants to play with King James?
Now, Mason Buzz has promised his yearly salary that James will stay in Cleveland.
On another note, David Lee would make sense for every team in the NBA. Love his game.
"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
I'm not sure that I like Artest to the Lakers. Platschke was right when he said that Ariza was perfect for their team. He was a defender who hit open three's. Is Artest willing to play the Bruce Bowen role? Artest needs the ball more than Ariza and that mean you are raking out of Bryant, Odom, and Gasol's hands. I don't see this ending well.
As far as Ariza to the Rockets, I'm not a huge fan of that move either. Don't they already have Battier doing that job? This is very reminiscent of Minny drafting Rubio and Flynn to play the same position. They should try to get something for Battier while his stock is fairly high.
As for David Lee, be careful. He is an effort guy whose stats were padded by D'Antoni's system. In any other system he is a 12 point, 7 rebound guy. He is a slightly taller version of Hansbrough. He would be a good fit on most teams, but don't think he is going to put someone over the top.
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Ariza signing was horrible. IMO he is a fantastic high energy off the bench kinda guy, but nothing to throw a ton of cash at.
As for Lee, he is a good player for any team, but it looks like it will take 8+ mil to get him. No thanks.
Ariza to the Rockets I don't care for all that much either. He's a decent player, but I think they panicked when they lost Artest, and that move might come back to bite them. He is fairly young though, so maybe he'll continue to improve.
Free agent Hedo Turkoglu has backed out of his commitment to the Portland Trail Blazers and could be signing with the Toronto Raptors, a source close to the talks told Yahoo! Sports on Friday night.
Turkoglu had agreed on a five-year, $50 million deal with the Blazers, but changed his mind and could be headed for a five-year, $56 million deal with the Raptors. Toronto would have to renounce three free agents – Shawn Marions, Carlos Delfino and Anthony Parker – to create the cap space for Turkoglu.
Apparently, the Blazers are already busy exploring other free-agent options for the $9 million in salary-cap space.
Five years ago, Turkoglu was close to signing with the Phoenix Suns that now-Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo was running, but changed his mind and went to the Orlando Magic.
Turkoglu's wife is rumored to love Toronto. She must have upped the ante. =)
[QUOTE][The Boston Globe is reporting that free agent Rasheed Wallace has committed to sign a contract with the Celtics.
The deal is expected to be two years at the mid-level exception (approximately $5.8 million), as the Celtics' enthusiastic recruiting paid off in a big way. Rasheed was reportedly impressed by Danny Ainge's promise that his arrival wouldn't prohibit the Celtics from adding more talent to the roster. It remains to be seen whether this affects Boston's stance toward restricted FA Glen Davis.
Source: Boston Globe /QUOTE]