The Gym Is Open: The NBA Unleashed

 

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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The doors are open. The players are back in gyms around the NBA. And so too are the rumors that make this time of year unlike any other on the calendar, even if it is a few months late.

Outside of the trade deadline, there is no better time to soak in the sort of drama we’re experiencing in these days leading up to the union being reformed, the new collective bargaining agreement being finalized and the start of training camp and free agency. All we need is a big top and a ringmaster to conduct the ceremony of this player or that player being sent here or there. This is the circus that is the NBA unleashed from its 149-day lockout.

Today’s version offers more theories on some of the players mentioned in this space yesterday and some interesting, high-profile additions to the list. The fun never stops …

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CHANDLER HEADED ELSEWHERE?

Chris Broussard and Marc Stein of ESPN.com: In a surprise development on the first day that NBA teams and agents could start talking about new contracts, Tyson Chandler came away convinced that his time with the Dallas Mavericks is coming to an end. “I really think I’m going to be on a new team come training camp,” Chandler told ESPN.com in a telephone interview Wednesday night. “I’m really taking a hard look at all of my options, trying to see what best suits me.” Chandler’s doubts about the Mavericks’ willingness to re-sign him to a lucrative long-term deal are bound to be welcome news for the teams already courting him in these early stages of free agency. Chandler and Denver center Nene rank as the two most coveted unrestricted free agents in the 2011 class, but the overwhelming sentiment in many front offices has been that Chandler’s return to Dallas was essentially a lock after the 7-footer’s role in helping the Mavericks win their first championship. Chandler, though, insisted Wednesday that such assumptions are a misnomer and admitted for the first time that he’s disappointed by the club’s decision not to offer him a contract extension after he was widely credited — most notably by Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki – for changing the team’s defensive culture after three first-round exits in the previous four years.

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TEAMS IN HOT PURSUIT OF NENE

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: The Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers were among the teams that reached out to Nene’s representatives Wednesday, the first day teams were allowed to contact agents to discuss potential deals. Once the offers arrive, it could take more than $13 million annually to sign Nene. While the market is still developing for him and the rest of a thin free-agent class, he’s clearly the focus for every team with cap space and the need for an inside presence. The Nuggets are pressed to keep him, and would likely have to pay significantly more than would’ve been necessary if they had worked a deal with him prior to his opting out this summer. The Nets could be the major threat for Nene because of their combination of salary-cap space and desire to surround point guard Deron Williams with as much talent as possible to convince him to sign an extension. Privately, Williams has made it clear that he’s far less inclined to re-sign a long-term deal with the Nets if they don’t immediately improve their roster. New Jersey can also gather assets and still stay in position to make trade offers to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard.

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METTA WORLD PEACE AN AMNESTY CANDIDATE?

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times: Achieving world peace comes with a hefty price tag. The Lakers might feel the same way about another form of World Peace, this one the goofy 6-foot-7 Lakers forward who flexes his biceps, makes the Staples Center crowd gasp every time he shoots and goes by the first name Metta. The Times’ Mike Bresnahan has reported that the Lakers might waive the player formerly known as Ron Artest via the league’s amnesty clause. Such a move could move somewhat risky considering that Artest’s defense remains strong and waiving World Peace would make it necessary for the Lakers acquire a defensive stalwart to replace him. But the thought process makes sense for basketball and monetary reasons. World Peace averaged a career-low 8.5 points last season and appears, at 32, to be on the decline in maintaining the lateral movement and quickness that have made him a top defender. By shedding World Peace’s three-year, $21.5-million contract, Bresnahan estimated that the Lakers could save as much as $27 millon in salary and taxes in 2013-14 under the new rules, should the Lakers remain between $10 million and $15 million over the tax threshold. That would prove more beneficial than even cutting forward Luke Walton (two years, $11.46 million).  That’s why it’s important World Peace understands and embraces the need to temper his antics, ranging from his Twitter rants to his on-court goofiness and his name himself.

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LAKERS INTERESTED IN HOWARD

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: It’s no surprise to anyone that the Lakers will be one of the primary suitors in a possible trade for Howard, and a person with knowledge of the team’s strategy told CBSSports.com that executive Jim Buss finally has dropped his opposition to trading center Andrew Bynum “for the right deal.” That’s code for “a deal for Dwight Howard,” and it’s clear from those familiar with Howard’s thinking that he’d like to join the Lakers. Bynum may or may not be on the Magic’s list of suitable replacements for Howard in a potential deal that also would have to include young players on rookie contracts and draft picks. The Bucks’ Andrew Bogut may be a better fit, a notion that has conjured speculation in the agent community of a three-team deal that would land Bynum in Milwaukee, Bogut in Orlando and Howard in L.A. The Lakers’ arena mates at Staples Center, the Clippers, also are believed to be willing to do whatever it takes to get Howard. The Clips have both the cap space to land Howard next summer and plenty of assets to entice Orlando, including Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu and a signed-and-traded DeAndre Jordan. Cap-space and asset-wise, few teams are in as good a shape as the Clippers over the next two years. If only they could use the amnesty provision on owner Donald Sterling.

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CRAWFORD A HOT COMMODITY

Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD: One player that came up often in conversations was Jamal Crawford. He’s arguably the best shooting guard in this year’s free agent class and one of the best pure scorers available. After averaging 14.2 points off of the Atlanta Hawks’ bench last season, Crawford is receiving plenty of interest around the league. A number of teams made calls to Crawford’s camp on Wednesday including the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers, according to sources close to the situation. Because he has played a number of roles throughout his career, he is attracting interest from a wide spectrum of teams. Up-and-coming teams see him as a reliable starter who instantly improves their offense and contenders see him as the perfect sixth man, as he demonstrated during his stint with the Hawks. Crawford was recruited by a number of players during the offseason at charity games and training sites. LeBron James and LaMarcus Aldridge even made pitches on Twitter, which led to speculation that he could sign in Miami or Portland. With so many teams expressing interest, Crawford will have a number of options to choose from when free agency begins on December 9.

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TRAIL BLAZERS: NO DECISION YET ON ROY

Mike Tokito of The Oregonian: The Trail Blazers have not made any decisions on using the amnesty provision to waive Brandon Roy. Team president Larry Miller, in a packed news conference at the Rose Garden on Wednesday, was adamant a that column by The Oregonian’s John Canzano — which quoted a source saying Portland had decided to waive Roy — was dead wrong. “We have not, and regardless of what’s been said by John Canzano and others out there, (made a) decision on amnesty as of yet,” Miller said. In addition to Canzano, KATU.com and at least one national website reported that the Blazers intended to use the amnesty clause to jettison Roy’s contract from the salary cap. Miller said interim general manager Chad Buchanan called Roy’s agent at 6 a.m. this morning — the earliest team officials could contact agents — to arrange a meeting with Roy. “With everything that Brandon has done for this organization, there’s no way we would make a decision like that without having conversation with him, without evaluating where he is,” Miller said.

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HAWKS SHOULD OFFER ANY TWO FOR HOWARD

Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution: What a great time for the Hawks to push for the one move they could make that would grab everybody’s attention, fill Philips Arena and possibly move them closer to title contention: Trade for Dwight Howard. I realize this is a long shot. But Howard almost certainly is going to be traded some time over the next several months. He can opt out of his contract after this season and there’s no indication that he wants to stay in Orlando. Howard never has stated that he wants to come back home to Atlanta to play center for the Hawks. But let’s put the team’s potential sales pitch to him on hold for just a minute. Here’s the plan, after my high-level talks with Michael “Ice Man” Cunningham: Tell the Magic they can have any two players they want. At some point, Orlando will come to the realization that it can’t convince Howard to stay so management will go looking for the best deal. I can’t believe any other team in the league could offer as valuable a trade package as the Hawks can. Tell the Magic that they can take Joe Johnson and Al Horford. Or Joe Johnson and Josh Smith. Or Al Horford and Josh Smith. Regardless of which two players Orlando chooses, the Hawks would have the most dominant center in the game and the major marketing piece the franchise needs in this city. Their starting two pieces toward building an NBA title contender: Howard and Johnson (I can see the commercials now), Howard and Horford or Howard and Smith (reuniting the pre-school teammates).

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CELTICS DEBATING TRADING/KEEPING RONDO

Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald: The distinction may be subtle to some, but it’s important to keep in mind when wading through the Rajon Rondo trade rumors. Are the Celtics actively seeing what Rondo is worth on the market? Yes. Are they trying to get rid of Rondo? No. It should also be noted that a good deal of the “trade talk” involving Rondo is being generated from outside the team. Other clubs read the papers, and we’re pretty sure all of them have access to this newfangled Internet thing. So they hear Rondo might be available and they call. And it is also true that team president Danny Ainge has always been willing to discuss every player in his employ. For his part, Ainge said, “I don’t make any comments on trade rumors. I’m just not commenting on any of it. Everybody knows how valuable Rondo is to our team. I’ll talk to Rondo, but I don’t want to talk about it publicly.” That being said, one can safely infer that the Celtics do not believe Rondo is the NBA’s uber point guard, the most perfect representation of the species. If the Celtics did not have questions, they wouldn’t be willing to think about losing someone who’s locked in for four more years at reasonable money. Four years at an average of around $11.5 million is an utter bargain for an All-Star point guard. So now that we’ve established that they would, the question becomes whether they should. The Celtics should trade Rajon Rondo if they can get in return a major talent they believe they can better build around following this season. They should trade Rondo if doing so opens the door to more than one key player. In the NBA, a dollar is worth more than four quarters — that is, a player actually worth $16 million is more valuable than two guys who make $8 million. But the Celts have to start thinking about how they’ll be able to remake their roster.

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WARRIORS STILL CONTEMPLATING WHAT TO DO WITH ELLIS

Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News: With the Warriors, it’s still the same basic story: The Warriors want to make dramatic improvements but keep running into the same wall–can they do this with Monta Ellis on the roster? They love Ellis’ scoring and heart and love that Warriors fans love Ellis. Yes, the Warriors could get worse for a while without Ellis scoring at such a high rate. But they aren’t a playoff team as constructed around Ellis, or if everything works out, they top out as a No. 8 seed, and that’s not enough. Yes, Mark Jackson desperately wants to coach Ellis. Jackson has made a point of reaching out to tell Ellis that the Warriors aren’t trading him. And Lacob doesn’t want to move Ellis unless he gets a killer deal–for matching or superior talent and lesser dollars. But those great deals are almost impossible to pull off, especially with a small shooting guard as the centerpiece of the talks. And yet… To get much better, the GSWs will probably have to tear apart some of the aspects most beloved by their owner and front office, and that means dispatching either ultra-beloved David Lee or mostly-beloved Ellis.

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GRIZZLIES AREN’T LETTING GO OF GASOL

Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal: Griz owner Michael Heisley reiterated that the Griz will exercise their right to match any offer sheet [Marc] Gasol might sign with another team. “Obviously, we want to sit down and try to make a deal with Marc,” Heisley said. “I’m committed to keeping him. I’m committed to winning a championship.” Gasol likely will command a starting salary ranging from $10-14 million. Just like under the rules of the league’s last CBA, the Griz can offer Gasol a contract with more years and higher raises than any potential suitor. “I don’t know when people are going to stop doubting Mr. Heisley. He’s 3-for-3,” [Grizzlies GM Chris] Wallace said, referring to speculation that the Griz might balk at paying Gasol’s market value after having agreed to contract extensions with Rudy Gay, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph. People close to Gasol are convinced that his desire is to remain in Memphis. People close to Gasol are convinced that his desire is to remain in Memphis. “This has been a pretty good spot for Marc,” Wallace said. “He came in and started from Day 1. And Marc has seen the fortunes of the franchise rise in accordance with his. He’s been a big part of what we’ve done. He’s gone from a player of curiosity to a guy who thrives in Spain, and then comes over here and emerges as one of the better centers in the league. That’s all happened in Memphis and we intend to keep him.”

92 Comments

  1. Chris says:

    Hasn’t the Miami Heat situation or the Carmelo Anthony situation taught us anything? The players are going to get what they want. If CP3 wants to play in NYC, he is gonna get there. It may be a trade or free agency. Also Dwight Howard wants to play for LA so that is where he will end up. That will most likely come via trade because the Lakers have the pieces for a trade. People talking about Miami adding talent like Jamal Crawford or Tyson Chandler. Those guys need to get paid and Miami can’t do that, so they will go elswhere. Neither of those guys are desperate enough for a ring to play for less.

  2. Mental1981 says:

    I wish guys like this ‘a’ character would start taking their crazy pills, or stop taking their crazy pills, crazy how it works and stop throwing out random outrageous comments like KD to Dallas and Lakers giving up Odom as part of a deal that includes another Laker big…Not Gonna Happen. If Howard is to ever appear in LA Bynum will be the first and most obvious trade, in addition to a small forward like Artest or Luke Walton. Orlando would not take a PG at this point, not while they are trying to get rid of one Gilbert Arenas. Now CP3 could go to NY and that would strengthen their bench with Billups coming off it, But KD is staying in sweet OKC. LA (Keep ODOM, GASOL, KOBE) Keep fish if he comes off the bench, Keep Bynum except for deal that includes Howard but not Odom also.

  3. a says:

    With the new CBA Miami can afford taking Howard while Kevin Durant will play with Dirk in Dallas. By the way Derrick Rose can go to Lakers to with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol like Jordan, Pippen and Rodman in the 90′s era!

  4. joostb says:

    I myself wouldn’t mind if the Celtics would trade Rondo to Orlando for Howard. Maybe throw in something extra to match salaries (do not have the data). As long as they do every effort in getting Juan Carlos Navarro out of Barcelona.
    Best player in Europe, very intelligent point guard with range and willing to distribute the ball.
    Ah well, one is allowed to dream….

  5. SpeakinDaTruth says:

    I believe that the Lakers will ultimately trade Bynum, Odom, and a 2nd round draft pick in return for Howard. No way the Magic are going to trade Howard just for Bynum. NO WAY!! Also Chris Paul is either going to the Knicks or staying in New Orleans. he’s not going to any other teams. STOP DREAMIN!

  6. Spencer says:

    Tayshaun should either go to LA, or Miami (to back LeBron or have bosh and James move down a position, and have Tay at the 3) if he wants to win more rings. In my opinion, if he doesn’t go to either of those teams he will be a Mav or Warrior…maybe Clipper.

  7. Bob says:

    If I wanted a ring here is the thing to do. Howard would definitely find a happy home in LA. Lots of bigs have. Lakers should grab him this year while the gettin is good. Paul could go to the knicks but then they wouldn’t really be any better than the Heat, but comparable. Neither team would beat the Lakers if Howard is there at least not until Kobe is gone. If I were Paul and Howard went to the Lakers. I’d waite out the year and go to the Lakers next year as a free agent. He’s going to get the money he wants regardless. There is your new Laker franchise team, once Kobe retires they still have a winning team.

  8. Will B says:

    chandler stays in dallas
    Gasol stays in memphis
    Howard stays in orlando for the full season
    nene to rockets
    Monta ellis to bulls
    Rondo stays in boston
    Crawford to blazers
    Dalembert to knicks
    And as a hornets fan i really hope CP3 stays in new orleans and they try to sign a guy like Jamal Crawford to help him in the backcourt

  9. Flash says:

    I’ve been a Heat fan ever since Dwade joined the team back in 03. I believe they might need to add an extra inside presence, like Chandler. Add a solid backcourt player that can guard point guards and shooting guards. They NEED to start letting LeBron be the point guard of their offense every time he is on the court. On defense he can guard whoever they need him to guard. Face it. LeBron James is the best point guard in the NBA. He needs to be the facilitator for Miami to get the offense rolling. Either way I think Miami is the team to beat this year.

  10. BIC says:

    Bulls need to use the amnesty on boozer. They can get cap space for howard.
    Trailblazers should land chandler or nene, if their teams don’t want them anymore. Blazers need a better center.
    and in case Roy gets offloaded, i think crawford will do great.

  11. Celtic_Rager says:

    Rondos stays and is the center piece for build new team.
    Howard to ether clippers or lakers or celtics at the end of the year when the celtics free up alot of the cap space.
    Nene maybe to lakers?
    the heat are going to still be hurting on the PG spot for this year.
    Nash to clippers too. Nash Blake and Howard? ill take that.

  12. Lakers#1 says:

    First up; Mavericks must plea temporary insanity if they don’t resign CHANDLER! Mavs got the championship by using really good team play, and that is hard to find even for superstars (Heat you know what I mean). Mavs should keep the team intact!

    Celtics should not trade RONDO unless they get CP3.

    Heat have very little bargaining power unless they are willing to give up one of the three main players, which they will not do. The team will still be a contender for next years championship when WADE and JAMES have found the chemistry.

    Lakers should not trade BYNUM unless they get HOWARD. If they get him, Lakers will be unstoppable with HOWARD and GASOL in the center. Lakers are getting old as a team and BRYANT will only play about three more years and then quit. He will never be traded or become a bench player. Lakers need to get rid of WORLD PEACE, WALTON and FISHER and get young players with speed. Preferably also someone really good at shooting 3-pointers because that has been lacking. Finally I would also like to say; don’t trade ODOM! He is basically the only player in the league that can play any position on the floor and do it really well. He is the best bench player in the leaugue!

    HOWARD come to Lakers and win the championship 2012-2013 and 2013-2014!!!

  13. DJ1234567890 says:

    cp3 to knicks 4 turiaf n billups
    rondo stays
    howard 4 hinrich n marvin williams to hawks
    marc gasol 4 andrew bynum

  14. Ben says:

    Sekou, an honest answer please. Gotten used to the fact you are writing about world peace, yet? Still in the ‘I can’t believe I am typing this’ stage?

  15. MITCHEL says:

    i love the lakers

  16. asdasdasdasasd says:

    GO LAKERS

  17. R.K says:

    Andrew Bogut or Dwight Howard to lakers would be nice! Chris Paul to knicks, not sure about it. Grizzs keep Gasol! Nene go to Pacers!
    -www.clubads.ca

  18. Pebbles says:

    Steve Nash, Grant Hill Goes To The Knicks For Chauncey Billups, Toney Douglas, Future 2nd Rounder
    Chris Paul Goes To Clippers For Mo Williams, Eric Bledsoe, Randy Foye, ’12 1st and 2nd Rounder
    Dwight Howard Goes To Lakers For Andrew Bynum, Metta World Peace, Theo Ratliff,
    Nene, Arron Affalo Goes To Rockets For Marcus Cousin, Courtney Lee, 2nd Rounder
    Tayshaun Prince Goes To Nets For Jordan Farmar
    Monta Ellis, Jeremy Lin Goes To Lakers For Shannon Brown, Darius Morris, 2nd Rounder

  19. KARAMAAL!!! says:

    For the Lakers try to pick the phone, call Bogut, then ask him if he would like to join Pau and Odom in the Front Line, He’s more reliable than Drew, He’s a decent Rebounder, an excellent Low post defender, an energy player and most of all, he fits in the system, run and gun sytem like the lakers…..For the clippers, common trade Kaman and Blake FOR D. Howard. nothing to loss, howards got a mouthful of aide like Gordon,Williams,Jordan,Aminu, thos players can step up any given night. And for the Gwarriors, common, talk things out with Ellis, he’s is an up rising SUPERSTAR!!!! got it? Curry is a newbie he can score we know it. But he is not as good as Ellis.

  20. Zzoe says:

    The Blazers don’t need Jammal Crawford–he’s a great scorer but dosen’t defend….If I was GM, I’d trade Brandon Roy for Aaron Affalo, and no way do I keep Greg Oden–trade him for Marc Gasol, Nene, or someone that can man the middle effectively and play more than 50 games 3 years. Thier weakest point was the interior D, and if they don’t do something about it, it’s gonna be just like an over-the-hill boxer–first round and out again.

  21. Tom says:

    all i’m going to say if if dwight howard goes to the lakers for bynum…and the lakers trade artest for prince the lakers are going to win it all…and i’m a knicks fan, even IF we get CP3 i still don’t think any team could beat the lakers 4 out of 7 times

  22. Kahang!! says:

    if i were to decide. I’ll try to scout for Nene since he is not a restricted free agent, common if cleveland wants a solid center he is qualified, if houston badly needed a hard working center he’s the man, if Boston is worry about Jeff Green release that piece of SH** since last playoffs he did nothing, just a thrash on the court…But it will depend on the Sal. Cap……Just to be vocal, choose the right one….. the the Gwarriors common…… You’ll just let Ellis slip through your hands?? OH my, curry is a newbies of course he had a break out year last year, but point is that he’s just turning sophomore this year, if you’ll let Ellis slip through your hands, then Bull well form a formidable back court..remember bulls got a little bit money left….For tyson Chandler, it’s better to resign him than to let him go with a different system, since you Dallas fanatics said he’s the missing piece, or shall i say, the lucky unexpected player…for the Clippers, you want playoffs appearance again?? trade Kaman and Blake for D.Howard, no worries cause he is surrounded by a very good young back court players like Gordon and williams also Aminu and Jordan… For lakers go for Bogut, you need a solid low post defender and a fast pace center which could run back and fourth.Also he is a reliable go to guy down lown, can create his own shot without any plays, just like Kareem did 20 years ago. For this Free agent fishing season…It’s a chess match, not a hide and seek game.

  23. Rick says:

    some of these trade/free agent signing comments by laker and heat fans are ridiculous… smh people need to learn a thing or 2 about this game and league

  24. ray allen #1 fan says:

    as long as my celtics get a big man I’M STRAIGHT! Can’t mess around this year..perkins trade cost us the chip! Nene, howard, chandler!! SOMEONE ANYBODY!

  25. jack says:

    nash to heat!!! nash deserves a title… would be great to see

  26. GOSPURS! says:

    Richard Jefferson and George Hill for Brandon Roy or Caron Butler
    Richard Jefferson and Dejuan Blair for David West
    In the West OKC – for the East MIA, I can see Lebron with his first Championship (sad but true)
    GOSPURS!

  27. ZULU says:

    Tyson Chandler to the Hawks. Why not . Don’t want to hear that same old song played on a Victrola. It’s time for the Hawks front office to put up or shut up. If you ain’t after the “Big Iron” then why should the fans show. The core can get to the playoffs, Drew can coach them but a little boost is needed.

  28. CavalierCam13 says:

    i cannot wait till free agency opens up and we get to see the cavs make moves, once we land rondo this season, then howard nect season LeQuit wll be begging to come back!

    • Troy says:

      Easy. Lets not forget about the cavs being the worst team in the league. They need all of the players above to have a chance. They will have a decent point guard in Irving but who knows how long it will take him to be an allstar.

  29. Blitz says:

    Cuban is retarded if he doesn’t do everything possible to retain Tyson Chandler. That guy was the missing piece and the Mavs better not let him get away like they did with Steve Nash. Learn from your mistakes Cuban…Learn!

  30. Kawu says:

    On no, please make no mistake after winning your first championship, Dallas… You’re not willing to resign Chandler? Who else do you need on a formerly offensive-minded team? D*MB!

  31. Jamie S* says:

    I think the Celtics should keep “Rondo”. The “Lakers” will be coming in with more rest than they have had in (5) years. They don’t need “Howard”. Give me a healthy “Drew” any day.. I like “Prince” but won’t bring anywhere close to the size or intensity of “Metta”.. (3) straight trips to the finals with their lineup. Plus some fantastic rookies, “Mitch” if you’re listening, don’t screw with this team.. I kinda feel for “Denver” “J.R. and that other fellow are pretty much stuck! Philly moving in the right direction, Cleaveland will be well coached, but need major help! Will the Hawks turn the corner with their team as is? “McHale back on the bench, this time in Houston, nice.. I know everyone’s trying to better themselves as well as save money, but I for one, really don’t want to see to many address changes. So hopefully everybody don’t go overboard.. Let’s just get rolling..

  32. Anthony says:

    go SPURS go

  33. john says:

    i think, there will be much more weight for the front line of the lakers, if they will trade bynum for howard OR bynum for bogut….But if Bogut is healthy, i’d prefer him to be traded for bynum, why?? Bogut is a decent low post defender, a good short distance shooter, hard core rebounder, and most of all, his just a rising star..But it will depend on the offer and with the Salary Cap available.

  34. Chevy E says:

    Lakers please trade Andrew Bynum and Lamara Odom 4 Dwight Howard.Trade Ron Artest and Luke Walton 4 Tashaun Prince.Lakers need a true point gaurd that can rin the floor general and score

  35. Dwight Howard says:

    Thats it! I’m not going anywhere! :p

  36. Guinnyss says:

    Heats get anyone of the 2 i will be a HAPPTY MF-er. S Dalembert, J Crawforn , or T. Prince.

    I rather Prince n Crawford or Dalembert n Crawford.

    Just think about it, Carword run with Bosh, and Wade n Jame run together…. Plus we just got that cool rookie, plus our gunners J. james and E. House.

    Only think the Heats need after getting the 2 guys mention above is a new COACH.

    • Troy says:

      Dont forget that they need to teach Lebron how to be a champion. Playoffs role around and he chokes every year. I am glad being a Kobe fan, but to have that much talent and blow it every year is just embarrasing. Howard to Lakers and there will be no more talk about Miami. Props to Wade who is the go to guy for Miami.

  37. Doeboy says:

    wow howard plz come to LA prince plz come to LA, the best basketball team in the NBA if these trades go through!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!yup watch out heat

  38. DerrIght says:

    Please don’t leave Dwight!

  39. Gary says:

    Miami fans please stop wishing for more than we already have. We need a point guard but it doesn’t have to be CP, Nash or Rondo. Mo Williams would be a perfect fit for them.

  40. you says:

    LAKERS will win it this year, guaranteed. All we need to do is trade Gasol for Dennis Rodman, and Bynum for Kareem Abdul Jabar and mayyyybe Fisher for Oscar Robinson

  41. KNICKS LOVER says:

    howard must stay by orlando and bynum must go to the celtics

  42. HDBornkiiler says:

    Throw’s rather

  43. HDBornkiiler says:

    If Howard goes to L.A. then no one can stop them two seven footers in the paint good luck NBA.
    Rondo won’t be traded but does need to work on his jump shots and free throughs.
    ANd the heat need a legit center that doesn’t have the taste of money in his mouth playing on that team 3 players given 324 million over a 6 year span well miami’s cap can’t afford another high liner.

    • Gary says:

      LA had two 7 footers last year and lost, but I get what your saying. Howard Bryant Gasol would be pretty unstoppable if they play well together.

    • wavepark says:

      It would be awesome to see two 7-footers at the same time go to work. One working outside the paint and the other dominating inside. In my opinion, Howard will eventually make his way to LA Lakers because his heart is in LA according to his comments on wanting to play with Kobe and Lakers have Bynum and Odom to trade for Superman which Orlando can agree with to some degree. Let’s just wait and see~

  44. pacersfan5 says:

    OK so a few points…
    Firstly there are some total idiots who have posted here who have no idea about b’ball, or the salaries involved, but lets make one thing clear, the Heat are not going to pick up a single free agent that has been listed above.
    Secondly, no one has mentioned David West of NO. As a Pacers fan I am really hoping that he goes to Indiana, where he will slot right in as the starting PF. He and Collison had great success in NO couple of years back when Collison was filling in for injured Chris Paul, so I think he will be the perfect fit, though I would not say no to Nene, I just think that with Hibbert, the paint will be a bit congested for them both.
    Lastly, I LOVE THE NBA and I am soooo glad that it is finally back, so bring on this next week of free agent signings, training camps and Fantasy Bball drafts.

  45. denzio says:

    rondo will stay as they said he’s the best player
    jamal crawford is an option for the heat
    lakers will definitely wants to sign for howard
    but the thing that cuban has a feeling for not resigning chandler is the posibility of howards free agency
    marc gasol will stay
    ellis will stay also as marc jackson(new head coach) future plans for the team

  46. joadsta says:

    Bynum is injury prone and has not really proved to be stable for a whole season. Why would the magic give up their best player for a young player who hasn’t even established good health? that would be an awful trade.

    • kobe bryant says:

      becuase dwight howard is a free agent after next year and if orlando wants to get anything for him bynum + maybe one more player like blake or some other bench player would be great. Plus the lakers would be willing to make that trade because dwight would want to stay in LA after he becomes a free agent while other teams might be stuck with him for a half hearted season and end up him leaving which would make them end up with nothing. Dwight wants to win a championship and if he is paired with gasol and bryant with a veteran like fisher and mike brown as a coach who likes to run pick and rolls then you have yourself a championship team. Now what to do about metta world peace……

  47. uoykcuf says:

    hmm, what if rondo for chris paul?

  48. attaka agdao davao city says:

    Howard to Nets
    Roy and Chandler to Magic
    Crawford to Thunders
    Nene to Celtics
    Nash to Heat
    Paul to Blazers

  49. laker girl says:

    Please Howard come to the Lakers!! That would be the best team ever!!

    • lil kobe says:

      great comment laker girl…..lakers should get Howard, release Artest, and get tashaun prince!!!

      • Troy says:

        Good comment. I love Kobe, but I understand that he only has like 3 or for years max to go. Lakers need to get a championship team around him quick. Howard will work just fine…

  50. MARIO says:

    when will the old nba website be back? also O.j Mayo to the bulls would sound pretty nice

  51. RJ Lewis says:

    I think Rondo is an option to be on the trading blocks. But even so I think that Rondo has more tools right now than kobe bryant has. I might trade Rondo for Kobe straight up and a first rounder from LA.

  52. weezy24 says:

    There are some good players out there who need scores off the bench thats why i think the spurs should try and land Brandon Roy in a silver and black jersey he will improve our team and he is a scorer and wants to win

  53. RESSES says:

    Danny Ainge should keep Rajon Rondo in the Celtics. He already made a bad decision in trading Perkins, if he trades another valuable player then we won’t get the banner 18.

  54. renz_garnett says:

    rondo is one of the stars in celtics.. but if they get CHRIS PAUL or CHAUNCEY BILLUPS for RONDO… man.. i’ll trade rondo..

    • Troy says:

      Really. Billups is like 40 years old. He will retire in like 2 years. Chris Paul however, yes I would do that in a heartbeat.

  55. NbaStatastic says:

    The trade for howard and Bynum is a great fair trade. Not only does Orlando benifet a young player such Bynum. Howard would be a great peice to fit in the puzzle for the lakers

  56. CavalierCam13 says:

    You guys must be dreaming. If anyone thinks that the Heat have the money to land Dwight Howard, your having a laugh. Dwight will be traded and I wouldnt be surprised if it was to the Hawks, they have the most to offer the Magic. If the Nets offer Lopez and two first round picks, what happens when Dwight then doesnt wanna re-sign with them? They are left with a flat nothing for years, again.
    The Heat will sign Samuel Dalembert, the Mavs really need to hold onto Tyson Chandler and if the Celtics trade Rondo, big mistake. He’s the only player in the starting five who’s legs arent gonna trun to dust on their next fast break.

  57. Reggue says:

    Hahahahaha these are some great comments!
    I hope howard stays with the magic and get some help.
    Miami should get crawford and chandler.
    celtics wouldn’t trade rondo, he’s their best player!!

  58. DOE says:

    Oklahoma City is the team to BEAT. 4 or 5 of their best players have been playing all lockout long, their young talented and can go back-to back- to back games SO SO GLAD THE NBA IS BACK!!!!

  59. dirkminator says:

    mavs must keep chandler..or trade to dwight

  60. Excuse me? says:

    Are you high?! Everything you said are the words of a person who knows nothing about basketball.

  61. Mik-LA says:

    I say Howard + Prince to LA! = Best in the West!

  62. a says:

    Howard will go to Miami with Chris bosh, D-Wade and LeBron James
    Andrew Bynum will go to Celtics to help Kevin Garnett in the painted area
    Monta Ellis to Chicago with MVP Derrick Rose
    Kevin Durant to Dallas Mavericks to strengthen the offense for another championship

    • b says:

      you have something wrong with your brain if you think howard is gonna go to the heat! you think they have that money?
      kevin durant likes OKC he’s not goin anywhere. And why would lakers trade with the celtics. the only thing that you posted that may happen is monta ellis going to the bulls, or Crawford

    • Sagunto says:

      stop dreamin fella.. no way in the world that Bynum’s goin to Boston..

    • q says:

      you gotta be stupid if you think the heat can afford lebron wade bosh and dwight unless they take minimum wage

    • Joe says:

      Trading Kevin Durant would be the stupidest trade in the history of the NBA and the ABA combined. Also Jermaine O’neal has absolutely no trade value.

    • Zac German says:

      you have no idea how salaries actually work do you?

    • Stefan says:

      blahahaha right

    • TeamLBJ6 says:

      are ypu serious?? the heat do not have money to have 4 superstars on their roster , they barely had enough to get the 3 they have. I think the Heat will sign with Crawford , NeNe will stay , Howard will go to either Sacremento or ATL – Bynum will stay unless the Lakers are willing to give him and some other kep players up to get Howard – and Kevin Durant on the Mavericks?! Noooo way. Kevin Durant is too happy in OKC and has a bright future for him there . he isnt gonna leave Westbrook , they are probably one of the best duo’s – your outta your mind bro.

    • Chicago says:

      this is just a dream. to get all those players you qould need them all to take pay cuts of 8m. with the big heads these guys have, not happening.

    • @ says:

      Howard goes to miami? What makes you stupid heat fans think the heat have the money to play these guys. If bynum goes to the celtics then who do the Lakers get. As dumb as you heat fans think, you will probably say Spud Webb will come out of retirement and play center for the Lakers. Wow, you heat fans are morons.

  63. QueenJAMEsCHOKE says:

    Chandler..STAY IN DALLAS. CUBAN,!! come on man.. you should watch the replay of Mavs journey to win the Trophy,..

  64. John Tesh says:

    If you want a title next year,join the HEAT.

  65. hegalian2012 says:

    MIAMI SHOULD GO AFTER CHANDLER, AND CRAWFORD. THEY WILL PROBABLY LAND THE HAITIAN-HOOPER AND THE PRINCE. I’M, HOWEVER, CONCERNED THAT THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH BALLS F WITH THE TWO OF THE BIG THREE ALWAYS OF THE FLOOR WITH CRAWFORD. ULTIMATELY, AND IF THE MONEY WORKS, THEY SHOUD GO AFTER RONDO IN 2012-13 TO OFF-SET THE CHRIS PAUL MOVE TO NEW YORK: AND TRY TO SIGN ANDREW BYNUM. THINK 2012-13: THE HEAT COULD HAVE RONDO, BYNUM, BOSH, WADE AND THE KING! UNSTOPPABLE!!!

    • CavalierCam13 says:

      You are flat our dreaming. If you honestly think the Heat have the money to do that, dreaming. The Heat can barely afford a bench right now, like 7 players from last years squad are now FA’s.

    • pacersfan5 says:

      OMG! What are you on, and why do you think that the Heat have double the salary cap of everyone else. The way things are going to work out, the Heat has basically spent its entire salary cap on 3 players (guess who I’m talking about), so once the new rules come in, they basically are going to rely on every other player on their roster playing for minimum wage, or they are going to have to get rid of one of them, so if you think that the Heat can afford Crawford and Chandler, let alone Rondo and Bynum then I must ask, when did 2 plus 2 equal 5?

  66. BOS says:

    Why the hell would the Celtics trade Rondo? They already have a solid PG, SG, SF and PF. I say trade J. O’Neal for Tyson Chandler! Banner 18!

    • Giles says:

      That sure would be a typical New York City Celtics (in Boston) and/or Los Angeles Lakers style trade. An underhanded, under the table deal, to trade a little used has been, former all star, power forward (small center) for a championsship team starting center. But are the other teams still on the under the radar take?

    • Troy says:

      No one wants Jermaine Oneal. Would be a terrible trade for Dallas.

  67. Chandler should stay with the mavs if he wants a ahot at the ring again.
    crawford should go to miami to help the bench for the heat, but he will probably go to portland to be a starter.
    Nene should join the pacers to ha ve a shot at the playoffs.
    Celtics are smart to keep rondo.
    L.A. don’t need howard. Howard should go to the kings. Tyreke Evans, Demarcus Cousins, and Drwight Howard! Think about that squad.
    WARRIORS KEEP ELLIS!
    The grizz is smart! Keep gasol.
    Hawks are not gonna get Howard.
    LA: Trade Metta for Tashaun Prince.

    • pacersfan5 says:

      I agree with you on most of the players, except for Nene. He is best suited to Denver where they need him so badly. IMO (and as a Pacers fan) Crawford should go to the Pacers either as their starting 2, or coming of bench. But I would like Pacers to get greedy and also try to grab the main free agent that has not been mentioned, and that is David West. His high post game will work awesome with Collison, and that’ll leave Hibbert down in the post, with Granger and Crawford out on the wings, with Paul George and Tyler Hansbrough coming off bench. Now that team is heading to the playoffs for sure.

    • Chevy E says:

      yes trade ron artest and luke walton for Tashaun Prince.
      trade andrew bynum and lamar odom for dwight howard.that right they will be a best squad for da lakers.In I gurantee dwight will get his rings.I promise.In lakers need a true Point guard that can the floor general