When I watched the NBA Draft Lottery earlier this month, I kind of laughed when I saw the Cavaliers contingent go nuts celebrating when they won win the No. 1 pick in this summer’s draft. I mean, I get why they were fired up – having the No. 1 overall pick is a wonderful tool to fire up your fan base, sell tickets and merch, generate buzz around your team, etc. And having the top pick is better than a terrible pick or no pick at all, right?
But in this draft, with (in my opinion) no clear No. 1 player and no surefire game-changers in the entire first round, you could do just as well for yourself with the 5th pick, the 8th pick, the 11th pick, or beyond. My immediate thought for the Cavs – a team with multiple needs – was that they should trade down for more picks and assets to improve themselves overall instead of taking a flyer on on one guy who might never pan out. So it’s no surprise that the Cavs are rumored to be floating that No. 1 pick to see what they can get in return. Read More »
I guess you can’t hurt the Brooklyn Nets for trying. Like pretty much every other team in the NBA, they believe that their standing would be enhanced significantly by the presence of Paul Pierce in their lineup. Add to that the fact that whether they are ready to officially admit it, the Celtics are about to be in real rebuilding mode. Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo – these guys can all be had for a price.
But not what the Brooklyn Nets allegedly offered Boston in exchange for The Truth. Read More »
According to NBA trade rumors, the Phoenix Suns have been one of the most active teams heading into tomorrow’s NBA trade deadline. There have been pieces floating around the internet that they’ve been discussing moving Jermaine O’Neal to the Knicks and Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors.
Today’s biggest rumor though has Phoenix making a push to acquire Kendrick Perkins from the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a multi-player deal. Read More »
No Rajon Rondo. No Jared Sullinger. A rapidly-aging core and a “win now” window that is closing faster by the second. A looming trade deadline and the building notion that common sense says to blow up the roster and start fresh. There is blood in the water surrounding the Boston Celtics, and other NBA GMs are circling, doing their best to pry the Green’s most valuable trading piece to a playoff-bound team – Kevin Garnett.
Along with the maybe-yes, maybe-no pursuit by the Los Angeles Clippers, the next team to emerge in pursuit of KG is the Denver Nuggets. The problem, for Denver at least, is that KG wants no parts. Read More »
If you believe The Sporting News, the Los Angeles Clippers‘ recent struggles (losers of six out of their last eight games) have done nothing to dampen their belief that they can win an NBA championship this year.
The outlet reported last night that multiple sources confirmed that the Clips were trying to put together a deal to land Kevin Garnett. Read More »
[UPDATE: ESPN is reporting that a deal has been reached. Marc Stein is saying that it’s a three-team deal with Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi going to the Raptors, the Grizzlies get Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and a 2nd Round pick, and the Pistons get Jose Calderon.]
The Rudy Gay trade saga now seems to be dragging on about as long as the whole excruciating Dwight Howard epic from last summer, doesn’t it? Now, it would seem, that saga may actually be close to ending.
The one team that seems to consistently remain in the Rudy Gay hunt are the Toronto Raptors and it looks like they may be about to acquire their guy. Read More »
This morning ESPN is reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers have turned down numerous Dwight Howard trade offers, especially in recent weeks. Read More »
After the Lakers’ lackluster performance against the Thunder in their second round exit from this year’s playoffs, it’s no surprise that they’re looking for a fall guy. And, as always, it’s Pau Gasol. Read More »
Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News is reporting tonight that the Lakers, Timberwolves and Trail Blazers are close to completing a three-way deal. [Read: 5 NBA Teams That Need to Make a Trade]
Lawrence says the deal looks like this: Read More »