Ever since the Joe Johnson trade was agreed to in principle, I don't ever think I have read or heard the word ALBATROSS as much as I have now...which leads me to the question: is there hope for the Bulls to possibly find a trade partner for Carlos Boozer?
Pre-Joe Johnson trade, the Nets looked like a PERFECT place to send Boozer and would have been a great trade for both sides. The Bulls could have gotten Marshon Brooks and filler for Boozer to be reunited with DWill and the Nets still could have gotten Dwight Howard. But I guess you can't change that now...
Come on Gar-Pax, time to step it up! If ATL can move a much bigger and longer contract, why can't you guys move Boozer? I hate to just be another member of the Boozer-hate club, but dammit he's just not worth the money
What other team could (realistically) take Boozer off our hands?
J.J. is younger and has more value and still was traded for expirings. No one will take Boozer, his contract, or his risk of being injured. He will be amnestied.
Boozer is slightly younger than Johnson
Joe Johnson is a much better player overall who simply was overpaid. As a number two or three guy which he will be in New Jersey he'll do much better. As was already mentioned with all of that Joe Johnson was traded for expiring contracts, despite being an all star and a solid two way player.
Carlos Boozer on the other hand is only a good offensive and rebound player with few to any defensive capabilities. The main issue people are having with him is he isn't stepping up offensively when the time comes in important games. A guy who has two skills and can't do one of them when things get tough isn't that useful. I don't think most teams would even bother to trade expiring contracts for him because there are enough other solid power forward types available.
It's not impossible to deal Boozer, but I would be surprised if it happens. The best bet to be done with Boozer is the amnesty clause, but I doubt Reinsdorf allows it. Chicago will have to hope someone improves to get over the top when Rose returns or they'll need to deal the pieces people want in Noah and Deng.
What other team could (realistically) take Boozer off our hands?
Twelve of the 25 names on the fourth annual Juice List — our ranking of the most influential people in New Jersey sports — are different from last year, a byproduct of our ever-shifting sports landscape.
Tom Coughlin (13): This might be the best part about the coming NFL season: Never again will we have to worry about the Giants head coach being on the hot seat, not after a second Super Bowl title put him on our Mount Rushmore of football coaches.
Eli Manning (NR): We usually try to keep athletes off this list — their juice is mostly on the field — but the Giants’ two-time Super Bowl MVP can move the needle in this market the same way his brother once did in Indianapolis
Greg Toal (11): The Don Bosco football machine continues to churn along under the coach, and with former DE Darius Hamilton at Rutgers, the all-important pipeline from Bergen County to Piscataway is running again.
“I really like our team this season,” said Roeser. “I don’t see any limit to what we can accomplish as a team. I think the additions with Lamar Odom, Jamal Crawford and Grant Hill help us at all the positions. I think we come back with a great mix of veterans, young players, experience and savvy and a lot of depth at every position. I can’t wait to see us play.”
Casey likes and respects Calderon and the easiest way to boost his playing time is to play Lowry and Calderon together.
“There are going to be nights when one guy is more important than the other,” Casey said. “One night we might need a little more speed running the floor, the other night we may need shooting. Like I said, there is not a lot difference between eight, nine and ten. It is pretty even, so there is going to be competition between those two young men on a given night. I don’t think we would be wrong by playing either one as they are equal.
Aldridge, 27, is starting his seventh season with the Blazers. He's averaging 17.8 points and 7.5 rebounds for his career, but last season he averaged 21.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting a career-high 51.2 percent. And he made his first All-Star team.
Parallels could be drawn between this season and Aldridge's rookie year in 2006, when the team was trying to crawl out of the Jail Blazers era when it was known for its off-court trouble. But the 6-foot-11 power forward says there's a difference this season.
Bynum May Be Sidelined Several Weeks: When the Philadelphia 76ers acquired Andrew Bynum, they knew they were getting one of the best centers in the league. They also knew they were getting a 24-year-old who has a history of serious injuries that have kept him sidelined for long stretches. Before Bynum could play a single game with the Sixers, he was forced to sit out due to a bone bruise in his right knee. Now, Bynum has underwent Synvisc-One injections in both of his knees.
''We have a lot of young pieces that have the potential to be really, really good. I felt like seeing Damian in person and playing with him was big for me,'' Aldridge said. ''I want to start building that chemistry.''hery34
Even newcomers to the Suns have been impressed with Dragic’s ability, starting from day one in training camp. While Michael Beasley says he can’t compare Dragic to Nash at this point, he does like his competitive nature and spirit as the floor general.
“I think the pace has been terrific,” he said. “Our defense is what most definitely leads to our offense. As long as we keep playing great defense the way we’ve been doing, and keep doing what Coach wants us to do, the other end will take care of itself.
“Last year we were just thrown into the fire right away. We didn’t have a true training camp, and this year everybody has a better chance of getting into shape going into the season,” Irving said. “You definitely get a better feeling of familiarity with each other and just get some continuity on the offensive and defensive end.”
“Being a veteran player, and having accumulated experience from playing significant roles for six different playoffs teams, I know how to bring value to an NBA team both on the court and in the locker room,” Evans said. “Although, because of my maturity and growth as a man through overcoming trials in life and throughout my career, I believe my value within the locker room, community and organization far outweigh my playing abilities. I believe a premium should be placed on leadership, especially in today’s game. It is impossible to have sustainable success without leadership on or off the court.”
Lin Adjusting to Houston: After signing with the Houston Rockets over the summer, Jeremy Lin is still trying to get comfortable with the change of scenery. He’s trying to learn a new system, mesh with new teammates and adjust to a new city. Through three preseason games, Lin has struggled, averaging just 5.3 points, 4.7 assists and 2.3 turnovers. However, the Rockets are confident that he’ll play well once he gets acclimated and the games matter. HOOPSWORLD caught up with Lin recently to discuss his first impression of Houston, the talent surrounding him, the heightened expectations entering the 2012-13 season and more:
Now fully healed, Aldridge led team workouts in September at the Blazers' Tualatin practice facility before the start of fall camp. The idea was to get to know the newcomers - especially Lillard.
Joining Dragic in Phoenix is veteran Luis Scola, who was Dragic’s teammate in Houston over the last season-and-a-half. Dragic started for the Rockets for the better part of the last two months of the season in 2012 and responded by averaging nearly 17 points, 7.5 assists and shooting over 48 percent from the field.
The rookie was impressive in the NBA Summer League, averaging 26.5 points, 5.3 assists and four rebounds in four games. In three preseason games, Lillard is averaging 16.3 points and five assists per game.
Late Wednesday word started to circulate that college basketball was losing a great head coach as Jim Calhoun, who has battled a series of health issues over the last few years, decided to retire before his 41st season as head coach of the Connecticut Huskies.
– if he can find his rookie shooting form. Add in the return of three-point shooting wing Alan Anderson and the likelihood of sharpshooter Jose Calderon finding additional minutes in a two point guard lineup, and Ross’ opportunities to use his skill were under threat from day one. This Raptors’ training camp and preseason has been very competitive.