Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.
Free agency starts Friday. Give us one free-agent move that you’d like to see happen by the end of the weekend.
Steve Aschburner: Frankly, I’d like to see every free-agent move happen by the end of the weekend. There’s going to be enough discontinuity and raggedy play already, due to the shortened preseason, without air-dropping key players into practices after teams have begun working. That said, I would like to see Tyson Chandler end up with Golden State, if only to pave the way for Chris Paul to go Bay Area rather than Big Apple (if he must leave the Big Easy). The Warriors have some of the NBA’s best fans, deserving of an exciting new era, and having Chandler to make up for some dubious perimeter defense would really help rookie head coach Mark Jackson.
Fran Blinebury: It would be great to have the Howard/Paul situations settled quickly, just so we wouldn’t have to endure a tiresome repeat of last season’s Melo-drama. More realistically, the Bulls could strike a deal with Arron Afflalo to solidify their backcourt and take a step closer to The Finals.
Scott Howard-Cooper: One of the two big men at the top of the list of available players, Nene or Tyson Chandler. (I have always believed that Marc Gasol is close to an automatic match for the Grizzlies, that every team knows it, and that Gasol therefore is not really in play.) A Chandler or Nene signing will start the dominoes falling that will create decisions around the league.
Shaun Powell: Nene to Indiana. The Pacers are finally free of the financial fallout from the Malice at the Palace and deserve some good news. Nene is more of a true power forward and would be a beastly fit next to Roy Hibbert, who would become a better player with Nene on the floor. There’s also the option of going to the Nets, which would be another boost to a franchise on hard times, but whether he’d be enough to convince D-Will to sign long-term is questionable.
John Schuhmann: I’d like to see the Houston Rockets sign one of the top centers. The Rockets have a really solid three-man core of Kyle Lowry, Kevin Martin and Luis Scola and had the sixth-most efficient offense in the league last season. A center like Nene or Tyson Chandler would make them even more fun to watch than they were last year and really put them in the middle of the Western Conference playoff picture.
Sekou Smith: I realize that all indications are that it won’t happen, but I’d love to see Tyson Chandler end up back in Dallas. After watching him in the playoffs and seeing how well he fit on that team, it’d be a shame for that union to end. The Mavericks with Chandler would return as one of the favorites in the Western Conference. They’ll still be a good team without him in the middle to anchor that defense, but getting back to a championship level will be a tough climb with someone else in that spot.