Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hornets Close To Deal For Robin Lopez

The Hornets appear to be close to a sign & trade for Robin Lopez. This deal would be completed as a 3 team trade, also including Phoenix and Minnesota. New Orleans will also acquire Hakim Warrick in the deal from the Suns. Minnesota will send Wes Johnson and first round pick to Phoenix.

For now, the Timberwolves do not seem to be acquiring any players or gaining any future picks; but this trade would clear cap space for Minnesota (the current favorite to land Andrei Kirilenko).

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ranking the Western Conference

1. Oklahoma City Thunder

Key Additions: Perry Jones (draft), Hasheem Thabeet

Key Losses: NONE

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Key Additions: Steve Nash (s&t), Antwan Jamison (FA)

Key Losses: Ramon Sessions (FA)

3. San Antonio Spurs

Key Additions: Boris Diaw (re-signed), Danny Green (re-signed)

Key Losses: NONE

4. Los Angeles Clippers

Key Additions: Jamal Crawford (FA), Lamar Odom (trade)

Key Losses: Mo Williams (trade), Nick Young (FA), Reggie Evans (trade)

5. Memphis Grizzlies

Key Additions: Jerryd Bayless (FA)

Key Losses: O.J Mayo (FA)

6. Denver Nuggets

Key Additions: Anthony Randolph

Key Losses:

7. Utah Jazz

Key Additions: Mo Williams (trade), Marvin Williams (trade)

Key Losses: Devin Harris (trade)

8. Dallas Mavericks

Key Additions: Chris Kaman (FA), Darren Collision (trade), O.J Mayo (FA), Elton Brand (amnesty bid)

Key Losses: Brendan Haywood (amnesty), Jason Kidd (FA), Jason Terry (FA)

9. Minnesota Timberwolves

Key Additions: Chase Budinger (trade)

Key Losses: Michael Beasley (FA), Darko Millicic (amnesty)

15. Phoenix Suns

Key Additions: Goran Dragic (FA), Kendall Marshall (draft), Michael Beasley (FA), Luis Scola (amnesty bid)

Key Losses: Steve Nash (s&t)

16. Houston Rockets

Key Additions: Jeremy Lin (RFA), Jeremy Lamb (draft), Royce White (draft), Terrence Jones (draft), Jonas

Key Losses: Luis Scola (amnesty), Samuel Dalembert (trade), Kyle Lowry (trade), Goran Dragic (trade), Chase Budinger (trade)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Knicks Obtain Camby in Sign & Trade Deal

"Camby's contract will be for $13.2 million over three years. The Rockets will receive guard Toney Douglas , center Jerome Jordan , forward Josh Harrellson and second-round picks in 2014 and 2015, according to a league source."

I'll be honest, when I first saw "$13.2 million" I was shocked (even spread out over the three years). But an average salary of $4.4 million per season is actually good value for what Camby brings to the table. His rebounding, defense, and veteran leadership will surpass any value Josh Harrelson, Toney Douglas, and Jerome Jordan would've provided this season combined. Those two 2nd rounders were "sweetners" and the only real incentive for Houston to play ball; but despite their low superficial value, I think those two picks (and the "cash" which is really just New York having to pay all of Toney Douglas' salary) was the point where New York overpaid for Marcus Camby.

Regardless, Camby adds depth to the Knick's frontcourt and will primarily serve as Tyson Chandler's backup (an upgrade over Jared Jeffries). I wouldn't mind bringing back Jeffries for the veteran's minimum to serve as our 3rd big; but the front office needs to shift their focus onto finding a 3rd string PG and wing players who can fill out the roster and who are committed on the defensive side of the ball.