Trade: Pacers, Mavs and Hornets
Hornets: Paul George, Hansbourgh, Pacers 2012 first round pick
Pacers: Dirk Nowitzki, Gordon
Dallas: Granger, George Hill
Dirk for Granger and George Hill... It works in the machine and makes makes Indiana a contender this year and allows for Dallas to have the cap room for DWill and D12. Larry Bird would love Dirk and it seems Granger is the unwanted piece in Indy. A big 3 of Granger, D12 and DWill makes a lot sense. A penetrating, all everything point guard, a sharp shooter and the most physically talented player besides Lebron to clean up. To me basketball skill set wise it would be the easiest to coach big 3. George Hill is from Indy and has the state tattooed on him and its rumored they will go hard for Eric Gordon, also from Indy this off season. I added Paul George to the Hornets and Gordon to the Pacers. This is pipe dream but why not. New Orleans gets a young SG with loads of potential for Gordon without injuries. Dallas would get its first round pick top 20 protected for L.A. They would get a lottery pick because they would suck post trade but could get Terrance Ross at 13 or as high as Brad Beal at 8. http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=843c8bu
I see what your thinking, but just trust me on this: Both Kidd and Nowitski will retire as Mavs. Mark Cuban loves Nowitski too much to trade him, Nowitski loves the Mavs too much to leave, and Kidd doesn't have a bad thing to say about the Mavs either, so I really don't see either of them leaving until they retire. That could be next year, but who knows.
I know its possible that both Dwill and Dwight come to Dallas, but I don't think it will happen. I could see one player going there, Dwight, but not both of them. To me getting both of them to sign with the Mavs in free agency 2012 is just a fans dream and will not happen.
I do see Eric Gordon coming to Indiana next year especially if he is not liking the rebuilding process the Hornets are going to be in for quite awhile. But I don't think its quite yet time for the Hornets to deal Gordon and try to get something before he leaves. Gordon is hurt right now, and likely won't be back until at least another 2 weeks. I say see what Gordon can give you once he comes back. See if he can stay healthy until the trade deadline and then try and deal him in order to not suffer horribly. Swapping Granger for Gordon would be great for both teams. Gordon gets to go to his birthstate, Indy gets to start George, and Gordon will start winning again like he was hoping to do with the Clippers before getting dealt for CP3 along with Aminu, and Kaman. The Hornets also get a nice shooter and player in Granger and at least get a good player to start the rebuilding phase with. Doing the trade right now though would not work because Eric Gordon is hurt right now, and the Pacers will not be very happy dealing Granger (one of their best players) for a guy who is not even going to start playing for at least 2 more weeks. (he has only played two games this entire season!) Right now it just isn't worth it for the Pacers. The Pacers might even be better off just signing him in free agency especially if Gordon is unhealthy for the entire year which is a likely possibility.
Now the one thing I don't understand is Indy dealing George Hill and Tyler Hansbrough. If Hill is from Indy and he has the state tatooed on him then why would he leave. More importantly why would Indy give him up? They can use him as a quality sixth man. Honestly which lineup looks better: Collison, Gordon, George, Nowitski, Hibbert with West as a sixth man or Collison, Gordon, George, West, Hibbert, with Hansbrough, and George as quality bench players. Either one of them could be the sixth man. I'd pick the second one in a heartbeat. Indy really likes Hansbrough, because he plays hard, and does exactly what Coach Vogel asks of him. He knows his role and does a good job doing it, why not keep him?
Even with the significant improvements the Lakers have made from last year’s teams, Brown is quick to point out that his expectations are the same now that they were when he first took the job.
Evans believes he still has plenty left in the tank. Last season with the Washington Wizards, Evans produced when given an opportunity, averaging 4.9 points in 14.3 minutes. During the final game of last season against the Miami Heat, he was arguably the best player on the court, finishing with a game-high 18 points in 23 minutes. Evans trained in Houston during the offseason and feels great. While he can still help a team on the court, he acknowledges that his biggest contributions come off the court. He’s an excellent leader and locker room presence, which every team needs to succeed.yu5656
“We’re doing good,” Perkins said. “We’re making positive steps going forward. We got Coach (Scott) Brooks locked in. We got Serge (Ibaka) locked in. And, we’re getting close with James, and we’re getting close to keeping our unit together. And we’re still hungry.
“Really, I get frustrated but as soon as I leave the arena and I get around my family – my kids, my wife and everybody – it goes away honestly,” Curry said. “At the end of the day, that’s what’s important and this is work. I come to work, I punch in the clock, I do what I have to do and I go home and live my life.”
What We Learned From the Preseason: Kyrie Irving reminded us all that he’s well on his way to transforming into a superstar, but he really doesn’t have a veep on this roster to help him shoulder the load. C.J. Miles was the team’s second leading scorer during the preseason, mostly because everybody else of note on this team was disappointing. Dion Waiters wasn’t a popular pick at fourth overall this past June, and his first seven games in Cleveland have shown why. Tyler Zeller has shown flashes but figures to be relatively underwhelming, and Tristan Thompson doesn’t look markedly improved from a year ago. The only guy who appears even remotely dependable outside of Irving is Anderson Varejao, but there’s a good chance he gets traded before the deadline. There’s a lot to love with Irving, but it’s too much to expect him to carry this team to the playoffs all by himself. This team really isn’t better than it was a year ago.
What We Learned From the Preseason: The Pacers are young, healthy and tough as nails, and what we’ve seen through seven games is a team that looks primed to take another step forward this season. Paul George is primed to personify that leap, and of course Roy Hibbert and Danny Granger are still in that sweet spot between “very good player” and “All-Star” as well. Gerald Green already looks like one of the free agency steals of the summer, and the scoring is so balanced on this team that it’s not impossible to imagine seven guys averaging double figures this season. Thanks to injuries to some of the conference’s other powerhouses, the time is ripe for the Pacers to thrust themselves to the top of the conference. Should catastrophe hit the Miami HEAT, they could even have a shot at winning a title some time relatively soon.
With the start of the regular season just a few days away the Oklahoma City Thunder made a major trade, sending James Harden, Daequan Cook, Cole Aldrich and Layzard Hayward to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick. Thunder general manager Sam Presti met with the media on Sunday to discuss the shocking deal that nobody saw coming, how the new pieces fit in and more.i76576
“Jeremy Lamb is a prospect in our eyes and at only 20 years old has a chance to be very good in this league. We’ve spent a lot of time talking with Kevin Ollie, who were still very close with up at UConn and Kevin had wonderful things to say about this young man, coached him, stayed in contact with him and Kevin understands our environment, Kevin understands what we’re trying to establish and he thinks Jeremy can excel. How much will he play, all those things are obviously questions for Scotty [Brooks] but we compare adding Jeremy Lamb to Perry Jones and Reggie Jackson we feel adding these younger players to our program, and I say young, comparatively speaking, to the core that we have with Serge and Russell, who are only 24 years old themselves, but as I said we have to build this program for sustainability and feel like adding a player like Jeremy is going to add to the future as well.