Free Agent talk
Just wanted to see where people see certain players ending up. Any big names that might be moving or early termination options that could be picked up. what do you guys think?
Someone is going to be hard after Odom and Hedo. Maybe a contender like Boston? Its going to be exciting!
ive heard that the Blazers want a small forward. probably Turk, maybe Artest.
This impossible to know but here is my best guesses.......how is this for an answer ha
Marvin Williams will stay with the Hawks.
Mike Bibby will sign with the Heat.
Josh Childress will sign with the TWolves.
Leon Powe will stay with the Celtics.
Glen Davis sign with the Nets.
Ben Gordon will sign with the Pistons.
Raymond Felton & Sean May will stay with Charlotte.
Varejao will stay with Cleveland.
Jason Kidd will stay in Dallas.
Brandon Bass will sign with the Kings.
Chris "Birdman" Anderson signs with the Pistons.
Rasheed Wallace will sign with the Celtics.
Allen Iverson will sign with Dallas.
Odom & Ariza stay with the Lakers.
Hakim Warrick stays in Memphis.
Ron Artest stays with the Rockets.
Ramon Sessions signs with the Hawks.
Charlie Villanueva will sign with Oklahoma City.
Desmond Mason stays with the Thunder.
David Lee signs with the Bucks.
Nate Robinson stays with the Knicks.
Grant Hill will sign with the Magic.
Marcin Gortat will sign with the Bulls.
Channing Frye signs with the TWolves.
Andre Miller will stay with the 76ers.
Rashad McCants will sign with Charlotte.
Shawn Marion will stay in Toronto.
Carlos Boozer, Paul Millsap, &Mehmet Okur will all stay in Utah.
Jarret Jack stays with the Pacers.
Hedo Turkolu will sign with the Blazers.
Detroit can somehow bring in Hedo and Boozer? Are they back in contention? How much cap space do they have and maybe they trade Hamilton? They are said to have ties with Hedo, Boozer has always been on their radar, and now Ben Gordon. Can they only bring in one?
I got this article off ESPN...pretty interesting
The NBA free-agent madness begins Wednesday and the center of attention for the Bulls is the future of guard Ben Gordon.
Gordon twice turned down lucrative offers from the team and is now free to explore his options as an unrestricted free agent. There is a great deal of speculation that Detroit is locked in on Gordon. However, don't discount the possibility of Gordon returning to the Bulls if the price is right or perhaps using the Bulls for a sign and trade with another club that is capped out but willing to exchange players with the Bulls, provided the Bulls can squeeze salaries under their cap, to get Gordon.
Gordon and the Bulls are a good fit and in my heart I think Gordon understands this. He is comfortable with the organization and loves the city, but whether that translates to him staying is another story. If it's simply about money, Gordon may be cashing his checks elsewhere in 2009-2010. One thing is certain: The Bulls cannot disrupt their ultimate goal and that is to be a major player in next summer's free-agent sweepstakes featuring some of the biggest names in the NBA and the greatest crop of potential free agents in the history of professional sports.
Teams with money this year: Atlanta, Detroit, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Toronto.
The only way the Bulls back out of their plan to be a player in free agency in 2010 is if they find an impact player through a trade whom they simply can't afford to pass on. If you have a shot at a very good player this summer, go for it.
Do I think the Warriors have interest in Amare Stoudemire? Yes. They've got the assets other than Stephen Curry to pull off a major trade. Would I take a run at Chris Kaman? No. He's been banged up the past two years and how would he play alongside Joakim Noah?
Will the Raptors trade Chris Bosh? As of now, no. Toronto general manager Bryan Colangelo is a brilliant man. A sharp man. He is dynamic and bold and not afraid to be a risk taker. He also knows if Bosh signs with a team well under the cap next offseason he may lose his star player and receive nothing in return. That's a recipe for disaster. Toronto can pay Bosh more than any other club, due to the sixth year add-on, but why take that chance?
Regardless of the conference, if the Raptors get a deal they can't refuse I deal Bosh this offseason while his value is the highest. If they wait until next February's trade deadline, a team will not gut its roster for a player that will become a free agent in five months. The Raptors' franchise has grown up. They can take the hit of moving Bosh. This isn't 2001 with Vince Carter toying with free agency and the city holding its breath, fearing if Carter leaves the franchise is one foot out the door, as well. Toronto is a solid market with great fans. If Bosh is traded they'll receive quality players in return and rebuild with a solid core group. Only time will tell.
Jason Kidd to NY?: That's the buzz around the NBA, but I don't see the Knicks offering more than just a one-year deal unless Kidd goes to them on the cheap and why would he? NY will be a big time player this time next year. They were in the hunt for the eighth seed this season and I see no reason why they can't knock on the door this year for a playoff spot knowing full well that its not about now, it's about later. Perhaps Kidd takes a one-year deal and signs with the Cavs.
Mike Bibby: I think he's in for sticker shock.
Hedo Turkoglu: His stock went up big time thanks to an impressive playoff run. I think he's headed west.
Shawn Marion: Another case of a player who may be disappointed with his market value. Good, but not great. If he wants to return to Toronto at the right price, he'll return to Canada.
Ron Artest: We all know about Ron-Ron but the Rockets need to keep him.
Lamar Odom/Trevor Ariza: Unless a ridiculous offer comes across the table, I don't see either one leaving the Lakers.
Carlos Boozer: Before the Shaq trade, I honestly thought in some twisted way that Boozer would return to Cleveland. Now that Shaq is in town, no chance that will happen. Are we looking at Detroit or a sign and trade with a different club?
Joe Smith: One of the first calls I would make is to this guy. Solid locker-room presence and can still play if a coach uses him wisely.
Rasheed Wallace: He's made a ton of money playing at a high level in the league for a long, long time. Now it's about winning his second ring. Cleveland? Boston?
Grant Hill: Phoenix can't lose all of its stars can it? Can it?
Anthony Parker: If I ran the Cavs I'm dialing him up at 12:01 AM on July 1.
Dahntay Jones: Memo to the Nuggets: Re-sign him.
Brandon Bass: I like his game and think he'll be highly coveted.
Chris Andersen: I don't see him in a uniform other than Denver's.
I see Hedo in Portland..
If I'm the Lakers I'd rather bring back Odom than Ariza!!!
Ben Gordon to Detroit...& if they get him I see the Rip Hamilton for Tyson Chandler trade going down!!
Boozer either Detroit, or sign & trade to NJ...
Sheed to Boston or Orlando...
Charlie V will probably get an offer sheet from Cleveland for the mid-level...& possibly Memphis too!!!
I'm really curious to see where Flip Murray & Mike Bibby end up, because there's no way ATL brings either back after getting Crawford & Teague...I see Bibby in Miami & Murray to somewhere like Philly!!!
Iverson to Charlotte(if Felton goes elsewhere)
Nate Robinson to SAC...they've been in love with him for years, & after drafting Toney Douglas I don't see the Knicks bringing him back!!!
And that's all I can think of right now...
I want Villanueva to go to Cleveland...I'm just not sure they can afford him...he will probably ask for too much cash.
Detroit needs to trade Rip for Tyson Chandler. Chandler could definitely help Detroit out. What if the Pistons were able to sign both Boozer & Gordon.
That is a pretty strong lineup.
I didn't think about Nate in SAC...that could happen.
Oh Yeah thanks RickyRubio I edited that lineup.
what I was thinking, BG and Boozer would be pretty good with a lineup like that, but yousaid trade Hamilton for Chandler so at the Small Forward it would be Tayshaun Prince starting not Hamilton, but either way that is a pretty darn good line up.
I was just going over some scenarios for Cleveland and kept coming back to the fact that they need a PF that can stretch the floor when Shaq's on. I say they let Varejao go and go after either Sheed or Big Baby.
I have no idea what the likelihood is, but wouldn't the Birdman signing with OKC be amazing??? I mean, seriously, this team would be so fun to watch.
And again, I have no idea what Joe D is doing to the Pistons. He drafted 4 small forwards, traded Chase, who may be the biggest sleeper in the draft (besides Meeks) and now he wants to over pay for an undersized sg who cannot dribble at all (Gordon). I don't have a problem with going after Boozer, but the way he left the Cavs still leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. And I agree, keep Prince and trade RIP and that terrible contract Dumars gave him last year.
Charlie to the Cavs makes alot of sense if they can afford him..... as long as he can guard Rashard Lewis. Heck, the Cavs should somehow go after Josh Smith. This guy can lock down Lewis and with Lebron, would create the most high flying squad in the NBA.
Personally, I would hate that. But I could see it happening. Cuban seems like the type that would take a chance on this guy. Larry Brown has been open about coaching him again, but the Bobcats are going in a direction that would make no sense in signing Iverson.
If he goes to Dallas, he better accept his role. Dirk and Josh are the main options, Terry is a main option as well. He might have to settle for being the #4 guy at times.
i would really like it if Artest came to Portland but hes probably resigning with Houston.
artest is @%#$@&%
I actually think tha he will end up in OKC, and D-Mason will not stay in OKC
ESPN is showing that the Thunder have an interest in Millsap. If they can sign him and Birdman, they will have a good blue collar front line. It's exactly what they need to work with Durant, Westbrook and Harden. Nether Millsap, Collison or Birdman need the ball to be effective. They will need some kind of post presence, a guy who can create his own shot on the low block (Hopefully Mullens in the next 3 years), but I love what Presti is doing. It's like he is taking Chicago's blue print back when Jordan was king (Durant) and giving him his Scottie Pippen (Westbrook, Harden or Green) and then finding guys who are smart and effective without the ball.
I am really excited about the future of this franchise. Sorry Seattle fans.
Oklahoma shouldve stick with College football. I'm hearing a sign and trade for Andre Miller according to Ric Bucher tweeter.