Monta Ellis is off the board. The Warriors re-upped with their new franchise player on a six-year deal worth a reported $67 million. After losing Baron Davis and whiffing on Elton Brand, Golden State pretty much had to bring Monta back just to remain relevant. He’ll be making the move to point guard, which we’re sure he can pull off, but the bigger thing for Monta is developing a three-point shot … The Warriors also matched the Clippers’ offer sheet for Kelenna Azubuike. All that’s left is to get Andris Biedrins re-signed and get someone else who can rebound (maybe Brandan Wright will become that) and they’ll be straight. But from the 1-2-3 positions, GS is at least two-deep with cats who will get buckets … After Josh Childress moved on it first, every restricted free agent who doesn’t like the offers he’s getting is gonna use Europe as at least a bargaining chip, if not a realistic option. Teams traditionally slow-walk it on signing their restricted free agents just because they can, but if European teams come through early with big-money offers, “pulling a Josh Childress” could indeed become a trend. Carl Landry is the latest RFA who’s reportedly considering Europe, plus we’re hearing that Sasha Vujacic and Biedrins are getting offers from overseas … And it’s not just the NBA. Georgia Tech big man Ra’Sean Dickey announced the other day that he’s skipping his senior season to play pro ball in the Ukraine. Last we heard, Khalid El-Amin was ballin’ over there … Jason Kidd — who’s a free agent next summer — spoke on going overseas: “In the next four or five years, could I end up playing over there? Hey, why wouldn’t I play in Italy or somewhere? That might be a great experience. It’s a legitimate option now with Childress going over there.” … FYI, J-Kidd and Team USA plays Canada in an exhibition game tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. LeBron (ankle) is out, so we’re probably seeing a starting five of Kidd, Kobe, ‘Melo, Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard … Kobe on U.S. assistant Mike D’Antoni: “He’s actually more detailed than people think. I used to think playing against Phoenix that the players are just freelancing, but he draws all that stuff up, and he can have 10 options on one play. I’ve never seen an offensive mind like his. And I don’t know any player on this team that doesn’t think (he) wouldn’t be fun to play for.” Watch out Kobe: you came close to indirectly complimenting your man Raja “I Don’t Know This Guy” Bell … The Sixers signed Royal Ivey, who isn’t the ideal replacement in case they lose Andre Iguodala or Louis Williams, but once held the distinction as the NBA starter who got the least amount of burn. We remember a couple years back, Royal started almost every game for the Hawks at two-guard, but would always get taken out in the first quarter and barely play the rest of the night. But that’s better than being famous for getting Lipton’d by Hakim Warrick … With almost half of their team suspended (plus assistant Rick Mahorn), the Detroit Shock actually needed 50-year-old Nancy Lieberman, who they’d signed to a seven-day deal either as a publicity stunt or out of necessity. Lieberman played nine minutes off the bench in Detroit’s loss to Houston yesterday, missing her only shot and getting two assists. Dikembe Mutombo aside, do you think we’ll ever see a 50-year-old get NBA clock? … And what’s up with Candace Parker getting just one game of punishment? She was the one who took it to the next level of physicality when she tackled Plenette Pierson, who got four games off … If the Mavs don’t have room for summer-league standout Charles Rhodes, he should bring along a tape of Leon Powe‘s NBA Finals Game 2 with him to job interviews. Rhodes, who dropped 21 points on the Nets in yesterday’s Rocky Mountain Revue, is destined to fill that type of role on somebody’s team someday … Gerald Green scored 16 for the Mavs, while Chris Douglas-Roberts had 16 and Brook Lopez put up 12 and six boards for New Jersey … We were just wondering if Morris Almond could challenge Ronnie Brewer for Utah’s starting two-guard spot, and Thursday he put in his bid with a 29-point showing against the Hawks. Acie Law was solid, finishing with 21 and five assists with just two turnovers … When it comes to maintaining your sneaker game, what’s most important to you: the name, the look, or the performance? Everybody knows somebody who will go cop the new J’s like clockwork whether they like the look or not, or will wear some kicks two sizes too small just to make sure they’re the hottest on the playground, or will pick up some Ugly Specials so long as they’re comfortable. Tell us your style HERE … We’re out like Mahorn …
Smack / Jul 25, 2008 / 5:45 am
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