/ Aug 20, 2012 / 4:00 pm
For James Harden, news that Serge Ibaka signed a $48-million, four-year contract this weekend means he gets to choose between a number of suitors, with Oklahoma City having the final say, if he becomes a restricted free agent. OKC can offer an extension before Oct. 31, at which time Harden can decline and test the open market, seeing just how many teams can offer a max deal somewhere in the $15 million per year range over four years. It’s also a test of who Harden is as a player, one a team like Phoenix is ready to bet on. Read More »
In Boston the last five years there has been the old guard — Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen — complimented by a rotating cast of new faces. Whether it’s been guys who have come in and out of the roster, such as Jeff Green or Big Baby Davis or Kendrick Perkins, or players whose roles have ebbed and flowed, such as Rajon Rondo‘s, it was never a question whose team it was. In the middle of this was coach Doc Rivers, mediating the crossover point between the two sides in Boston’s basketball Venn diagram. What happens when the new overtakes the old? Turnover. The likes of which Rivers saw coming. Read More »
Knicks fans are split down the middle on Jeremy Lin, as the Knicks have until Tuesday night to match Houston’s offer sheet. We’ve already posited that it should be a basketball decision, and not a financial one, but it’s partially emotional as well. So much so that over at www.change.org, a petition has been circulating to keep Lin in New York. Read More »
It looks like Brandon Bass will stick around Boston for three more years. The Celtics have agreed with the small forward on a deal to keep him in Celtics green through 2015. NBA.com confirmed the deal for the former LSU standout who had a breakout game this playoffs when he scored 27 points against Philadelphia in Game 5 of their playoff series. He averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 points per game in 2011-12. Read More »
Chauncey Billups (photo. Jonathan Mannion)
Someone has to pay for Tyson Chandler, right? It looks like that someone in New York will be Chauncey Billups. With the Knicks apparently very close to signing Chandler, they need money for the deal with the Tyson, while still setting themselves up for a Chris Paul move [click here for what that might look like].
That leaves Mr. Billups to be either traded or waived as a victim of the Knicks’ Amnesty Clause. While Chauncey is reportedly not the least bit happy about today’s developments, it might end up working out for him in Miami. Read More »
Today’s New York Post quotes Knicks GM Donnie Walsh from an interview on his team’s web site where he discusses “backup plans” if New York isn’t able to land LeBron James in 2010. Absurd.
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/ Jun 18, 2008 / 2:42 pm
What does Kobe want? (photo. Sembrot)
Immediately after the Yankees lost in game six of the 2003 World Series to the Marlins, the New York papers we’re combing through free agent listings, dearly hoping to find a player who would push them over the hump the following year. Later that winter, George Steinbrenner inked Alex Rodriguez to the world’s biggest contract. Unfortunately for Mitch Kupchak, there’s no basketball equivalent of A-Rod on the market right now. But there still are some big names they could add to fortify a championship push… Read More »