Since Houston has just added a third first round pick, it's become obvious that they intend to make a deal, likely on draft night.
There are three main deals I've heard mentioned:
1. #14, #16, and Lowry for Tyreke Evans and #5
2. Packaging a group of picks and players for Dwight Howard
3. Packaging a group of picks and players for Josh Smith
Personally I think the trade they should make is for Tyreke Evans and the number 5 pick. Even a deal for Josh Smith could work because he wants to leave Atlanta and he's under contract for a while.
I don't think the Rockets should trade for Dwight Howard since the consensus is there is no way he'd re-sign. This would leave the Rockets at the trade deadline debating on whether to trade Howard or keep him knowing he's leaving. It also would provide much less leverage if Howard needed to be dealt at the deadline.
“Playing with a player as talented as Dirk Nowitzki, Chris and myself are used to having the best defenders guarding us and that’s no longer going to happen,” said Brand. “Dirk is one of the greatest, so we’re looking forward to exploiting match-ups, taking advantage in the low post or wherever Coach has us. We expect to be able to exploit those match-ups with Dirk out there with us at different times. … Chris and I played for five or six years together and some of the sets we had, he would pass me the ball and I would score (laughing). I’d like to continue that tradition here.”
The other big change from recent years is the addition of Darren Collison, who came to Dallas in a trade that sent backup center Ian Mahinmi to the Indiana Pacers. Collison may not be a crafty Hall of Famer like his predecessor Jason Kidd, but he does bring an up-tempo style of play that may remind Mavs fans of the last point guard to take them to the NBA Finals. Collison has Devin Harris’ quickness, but also brings a career 37% three-point average that Harris never added to his arsenal.
"He blocked it like it was dropped from the building. I was looking for a cord," coach Lawrence Frank said.
Original wrinkles can be added to any system, of course, but – regardless of the origin – Nash's successor is a big fan of the new offensive order in Phoenix.
Johnson took advantage of Blazer defensive help and slow recovery in bagging 4 of 7 shots – including 3 of 4 from behind the arc – to contribute a dozen points off the bench in his Phoenix debut.
Morris, looking very much like a player who put in work during the off-season, led the Suns with 14 points. Markieff also collected four quick fouls in the first half, looking very much like the player from last season on the defensive end.980698
A new Blazers team emerged over the summer. It started when the Blazers hired general manager Neil Olshey, who spent the past nine seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers.
And it’s that versatility that is going to pay the biggest dividends for Green in 2011-12.
Green isn’t known as a great defender, but he did hold small forwards to a 7.8 Player Efficiency Rating while he was with the Celtics in 2011 (the league average is 15).
How’s that for a resume? Of course, all that experience makes Green, still only 26 years old, one of the most experienced veterans on the Indiana Pacers, and that is what has thrust him into a leadership role already on his new team.
“I love the fact that a lot of guys listen to what I have to say, not just as far as teaching them, but them finding ways to get better,” Green said said. “Because I’ve been through it. I always tell them, ‘Don’t take these days for granted, man. This is the best job in the world to have, right here.’
Remember, the Rockets cut Gerald Green and Jeremy Lin in recent years, too. Just sayin’.
These Cuts Burn Deep…
It’s that time of the preseason when teams really start trimming down their rosters to 15, and Friday was a day in which many players were cut loose.
“I learned a lot,” Waiters told HOOPSWORLD when asked about summer league. “First and foremost, I faced a lot of adversity, I think I needed that. It helped me take my work ethic to another level, just my game and my mindset. Some things, I mean, when you expect big things from yourself, you’re harder on yourself more than anybody else is. At the end of the day, it’s behind, it happened and I’m not looking back.”
One of the biggest issues facing the team this season is what to do with Tyreke Evans, whose inability to consistently hit the three has been of such concern that he’s been on and off of the trading block. Smart still believes in Evans, and thinks he still has the ability to expand his game to the arch.
While Nowitkzi’s hesitancy to go under the knife is easy to understand, the Mavericks aren’t really in a position where they can afford for him to be ailing all season long. With all the changes made to his surrounding cast, they are going to rely on him just as much as they ever have, maybe more.
The Rockets have been looking for a way to move Martin, one of the last remnants of the Rick Adelman era in Houston, and the Thunder were looking to avoid the maximum contract discussion that Harden’s camp was trying to have. This deal accomplishes both things, and also gives the Thunder depth and draft picks in the deal.
On the flip side, Martin’s camp couldn’t be happier. He was playing good soldier during preseason, but he had previously made no secret of the fact that he wanted no part of yet another rebuild, and landing in OKC puts him on the best team he has ever been on in his career. The fact that OKC also got promising rookie Jeremy Lamb in the deal is a testament to the brilliance of Thunder GM Sam Presti. The Thunder got a difference maker this year, as well as a potential replacement long-term should the team decide not to invest in Martin at the end of the season.
“Competing from Jose and Kyle, to me and DeMar [DeRozan], to Amir [Johnson] and [Andrea] Bargnani, we are competing all the way across the board,” Anderson said. “It is a big difference [from last year] because guys are actually trying to [help] each other get better and want to play and prove that they can play.”