Blogtable: Summer, when gabbing is easy

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes across the globe to weigh in on the most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.

BLOGTABLE: Idle summertime chatter | LeBron + Cavs = ??? | The Good & Bad of ‘Melo in NY

> It’s been a confusing, chatter-filled start to the NBA summer. What’s the dumbest, most forehead-slapping headline or storyline that you’ve seen?

Steve Aschburner, Geez, so many from which to choose —  Jodie Meeks‘ contract, Carmelo Anthony supposedly leaving New York and $30 million or more on the table, Klay Thompson suddenly being regarded as a combo Jerry West/Dwyane Wade in trade value. But I’m going with the hand-wringing in Chicago over Derrick Rose’s alleged “unwillingness” to recruit free agents. That sort of thing, in the best of places, probably ranks 8th or 18th or maybe 28th in what sways a player to choose a new team/market. All Rose should be doing is what he did – allow the targeted player, like Carmelo Anthony, to watch a workout so he can gauge Rose’s health and comeback potential. Beyond that, it’s sheer high-school silliness.

Fran Blinebury, I was very tempted to say “all of the above” since the entire free agency period is mostly rumor, innuendo and flat-out lying posing as pseudo-journalism.  But if I must choose, well, Jodie Meeks at more than $6 million per is a head-slapper.

Jeff Caplan, Orlando agreeing to pay Ben Gordon $9.5 million over two years. That slightly edges Portland agreeing to pay Chris Kaman nearly $10 million over two years.

Scott Howard-Cooper, You’re asking me to pick one grain of sand on the beach. We know, for example, that the Heatles are definitely splintering, unless that they’re not and are simply giving Pat Riley time to make moves before closing their own deals. And Kobe, Carmelo and Kevin Love definitely magically appeared at the same pickup game at UCLA, except that they didn’t. The silly season in full effect. If there an option to expand beyond free agency and make it the entire offseason for dumbest, most forehead-slapping storyline, it’s an easy call: Jason Kidd.

Gordon Hayward (Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE)

Gordon Hayward (Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE)

Sekou Smith, How about the latest one, “Hayward get max offer sheet from Hornets.” In a summer when financial haircuts are being discussed for All-Stars — superstars in some cases — a guy who has never sniffed the All-Star team gets a $60 million offer from an Eastern Conference playoff team. Hayward is worth whatever someone is going to pay him, so I’m not mad at him. But, as I said on Twitter last week (when Hayward was supposedly on tap for a max offer from the Cavaliers that never happened), something is awry in this system when Lance Stephenson (as flawed or deficient as he might be in some areas) sees this headline about Hayward and is supposed to be cool with an offer $16 million lighter in total. Even if Utah matches, as they have said all along that they will, this is still one of the gems of “Crazy Season!”

Lang Whitaker,’s All Ball blog: Well to be fair, it was probably a headline that I wrote that was dumb. But as far as a wild storyline, the thought that signing Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts will put Miami over the top is pretty out there. I mean, the Pacers basically let Granger walk, and Basketball Jesus a.k.a. McBob is a nice player but … putting Miami over the top? That’s a head-slapper. The Spurs beat Miami up and down and left and right in the Finals. It’s going to take more than just one or two additions to make the Heat a Finals winner. Then again, getting LeBron to re-up would be a pretty good start.

Marc-Oliver Robbers, NBA Deutschland: The most confusing thing for me is that everyone is waiting for everyone. Melo is waiting for Bosh’s decision, Bosh and Wade are waiting for LeBron’s decision. LeBron is waiting what the Heat will do, but the Heat have to wait, what their Big 3 will do to know how much cap space they will have. Then the second row with Deng, Parsons and Ariza are waiting what Melo, Bosh,Wade and LeBron will do. And all teams with cap space are waiting for the decisions of the superstars to remain flexible. So everybody is waiting and the worst is, we have to wait, too. LeBron, get the ball rolling!

Davide Chinellato, NBA Italia: I’ll go with Jeremy Lin being upset because Houston used his uni to court Melo. Free agency is like love and war: all’s fair. It has been done before (Rockets GM Daryl Morey remembered they used Patrick Beverley‘s #12 last year to recruit Dwight Howard) and you shouldn’t be upset when your team is trying to get  one of the best players in the game, especially if you are in the trade rumors mill.

Karan Madhok, NBA India: After LeBron’s “Decision” in 2010, nothing in the NBA off-eason really surprises me anymore, and I truly leave all options open to possibility. That said, there were a couple of stories that made me shake my head with mild disbelief. One was The Pick-Up Game that Never Happened rumours of Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, and even Kevin Love playing ball at UCLA, as reported by some sources, as a hopeful indication of what the Lakers roster could look like next season. The second was the Recruitment Pitch that Wasn’t Made, a saga of Derrick Rose – did he or didn’t he try and recruit Carmelo Anthony to Chicago.


  1. Rick Matthew says:

    Couple thoughts on Hayward, on a gruesomely bad team, Jazz have gotten worse every year he’s been there. They’ve gotten younger and younger and now rebuilt team is in place. As for Stephenson, he has been allowed to come on slowly for a solid contender type team. As for potential triple double every night, Hayward averaged 15-5-5. One of five players in NBA to do so. I used to live in Utah and have seen Hayward play probably 100 games. He’s as good as Lance without the baggage. If I were the Pacers, I’d do straight up trade in a second.

  2. King says:

    Anthony is after the money so he might go to N.Y.for the money. But i don’t want to hear him say “All I Want To Do Is Win”. You’re not going to win in New York.

  3. Willy Spurd says:

    Come on really? Despite his wonderful stats, what did CB really do for Miami last year? He was good at yelling at Mario Chalmers and letting an old Birdman do all the inside work while he spotted up for 3’s? Nice game plan there. Sorry but DWade is on the downside. The signing of the Granger and McRoberts, not impressed. Even with Shazaam Wazup, he will get destroyed by Tony Parker and the rest of the league, this aint college. LBJ can see the writing on the wall, the Heat aren’t hot anymore. And next season will be even worse. Who would you rather play with for 4 more years, Kyrie or your good friend DWade? Its a business, and LeBrain will make a business decision this time. He is done in Miami.
    And, I don’t blame Rose at all for his cold shoulder behavior to Melo. He would have taken half of his shots! I aint playin with Melo, I agree! Bulls are better of without him. Stay in NYC fashion show.

  4. justin says:

    James to cavs would be a immediate team to beat..all they would need is 2 guys off the bench a 3pt shooter and a bim man to play the 4…irving,waiters,wiggins,james and thompson with varajo and bennett off the bench….if u can bring in like ray allen and lets say a spencer hawes type player they will win 60 games and compete for a title

    • Mike says:

      And adding Kevin Love hopefully this year, but more likely next year. Irving, Wiggins, James, Love and Varajo with Jack, Thompson and Ray Allen coming off the bench. That’s a nice roster.

  5. wooderson says:

    sekou smith, never speak ever again. hayward is worth literally a million times more than that despicable pile of garbage that is lance stephenson, stephenson should be paying NBA teams millions of dollars to sign him. should never have been allowed in the NBA to begin with.

    • Queirós says:

      Calm down the hate man! For all the antics and stupidity, Stephenson is a walking triple double threat on any give night and a better overall player than Hayward, hands down.

      • educatedron says:

        Stephenson is a thug. A technical and flagrant foul threat at all times. Not coachable, eratic.

        Only strength is he isn’t afraid to get hit in the face so will play close to elbows. Only strength. No team wants him. Bird should of offered him lesss.

      • Queirós says:

        @educatedron – Maybe, but then again, is Hayward worth the offer sheet he was signed to? That was my point. And Stephenson reminds me a lot of a young Artest, a really good player, with potential and a a brain the size of a nut… Actually, I’d say Larry Bird made the right offer to him

  6. ilan says:

    all this is stupid lebrons staying melo is staying. All this talk about average players is useless and it wont help any of the teams who want to get better

  7. harrythehawk says:

    The most insane thing for me? Is Derrick Rose being a hater and sourpuss. Can’t wait for his non-comeback.

  8. Salome says:

    Skittles? Florida? REALLY???? Ok. I say Lebron goes to Cleveland. I will gladly hand him the best basketball player in the world card if he takes the Cavs to the playoffs, and wins.

  9. lee says:

    i actually hope he does go the cavs it would make things interesting again hope bosh leaves to wish the bulls would offer bosh and deng contracts and quit worrying about melo

  10. mee(a)t says:

    I was confused for a second about Jodie Meeks…i’m sorry i thought he resigned with the Lakers for a big contract. This guy went to the pistons…please someone explain to me why…

  11. K Jones says:

    Lebrons going to Cleveland.His wife has been watching what`s going on and told him it`s time to go home.Lebron has two sons.What would you do if you were Lebron?Would you take the chance that you might come home to a dead son who went to the store to get some skittles or was playing his music loud?They keep saying his number one priority is the roster and then the money.I think the number one priority after seeing what`s gone on in florida these last few years is his families safety.

    • edrik says:

      safety of the james family? is it rue that theres a lot of crooks and robbers in miami like in the movies??? and hot women!!?? 🙂

    • Noway says:

      Do you know the odds of lebron james privledged children getting shot during a random act of supposed racism? You went way tpo far with this…. Would have been a good point if you just said Lebron wants to bring his family home.

    • tben says:

      Really!!! Isn’t Ohio the state where two young girls where kept as sex slaves by a maniac for years? Give me a break……lol!

    • Larry says:

      Yeah….Cleveland is safe? Now I have heard it all.