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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby The Rock on Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:40 pm

Now would be a good time for Lakers to pick up Delonte West. I have zero faith that Nash is coming back
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby lakersyunowin on Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:40 pm

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noobiew wrote:John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry

Who should be our future PG in the purple and gold, damn I can't choose !

Any of those guys would be great.. Hard to say no to the overall game of Wall or Kyrie but Curry is going to go down as the best 3 point shooter in league history. Would be an amazing fit with Dwight.

i'd 100% be behind steph curry....were it not for that glass ankle of his. i can't help but think at some point in the future, that problem's going to rear its ugly head in a big way
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby lakersin4 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:08 pm

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noobiew wrote:John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry

Who should be our future PG in the purple and gold, damn I can't choose !

Any of those guys would be great.. Hard to say no to the overall game of Wall or Kyrie but Curry is going to go down as the best 3 point shooter in league history. Would be an amazing fit with Dwight.

i'd 100% be behind steph curry....were it not for that glass ankle of his. i can't help but think at some point in the future, that problem's going to rear its ugly head in a big way

True, but it's a risk you have to take if you can get him & not the others. Especially on that contract GS signed him to. Locked up 4 more years at 10.5 a year. I'll take that over Wall or Kyrie at the Max.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Chillbongo on Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:16 pm

The Rock wrote:Now would be a good time for Lakers to pick up Delonte West. I have zero faith that Nash is coming back

Is he eligible for playoffs?
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Vasashi17 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:22 pm

Chill: Any free agent that was bought out/released after the March 1st deadline is not eligible in making a playoff roster (ie Stephen Jackson).

D. West is eligible to sign and join a playoff roster.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby khmrP on Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:24 pm

since Spurs picked up Tmac, lets get Arenas :man10:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby The Rock on Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:26 pm

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The Rock wrote:Now would be a good time for Lakers to pick up Delonte West. I have zero faith that Nash is coming back

Is he eligible for playoffs?



yup!

But we have 15 players on the roster and someone has to go soo we're kinda screwed
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby khmrP on Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:34 pm

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The Rock wrote:Now would be a good time for Lakers to pick up Delonte West. I have zero faith that Nash is coming back

Is he eligible for playoffs?



yup!

But we have 15 players on the roster and someone has to go soo we're kinda screwed


lets just cut our loses with Ebanks, its pretty clear by now he's not getting off the bench.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Vasashi17 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:35 pm

That 15 number doesn't really even apply for the postseason.

By Thursday (if we make the playoffs), LA needs to send in a 12 man playoff list to league offices. There is no IR for the playoffs.

Just how important is it to get that list just right....recall when the Lakers met the Pistons in the Finals. Ho Grant was Malone's backup in the regular season, but just before the playoffs, he got injured and we didn't put him on the playoff roster. When Malone went down, guess who was next on the depth chart?

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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby karacha on Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:36 pm

Curry and Dwight would smash! How do you defend that?
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby therealdeal on Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:40 pm

karacha wrote:Curry and Dwight would smash! How do you defend that?

You play Curry physical until his ankle gives out... Same way you play Kyrie or Wall at this point.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby lakersin4 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:11 am

Vasashi17 wrote:Chill: Any free agent that was bought out/released after the March 1st deadline is not eligible in making a playoff roster (ie Stephen Jackson).

D. West is eligible to sign and join a playoff roster.

There has to be some info that teams have that we don't, because that guy is better than the backup guards on multiple playoff teams. Is he just completely nuts now or what?
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby karacha on Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:27 am

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karacha wrote:Curry and Dwight would smash! How do you defend that?


You play Curry physical until his ankle gives out... Same way you play Kyrie or Wall at this point.


True, but then... you could say the same thing about Parker, Rose, Rondo, Nash and almost any good point guard (replacing "ankle" with the "knee" or "back" as you see fit), with the exception of Westbrook. That guy does not get hurt.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby therealdeal on Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:50 am

karacha wrote:
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karacha wrote:Curry and Dwight would smash! How do you defend that?


You play Curry physical until his ankle gives out... Same way you play Kyrie or Wall at this point.


True, but then... you could say the same thing about Parker, Rose, Rondo, Nash and almost any good point guard (replacing "ankle" with the "knee" or "back" as you see fit), with the exception of Westbrook. That guy does not get hurt.

Yeah I feel ya. I'm just really concerned about that kid's ankles. I really think there's something bad cooking in there.

To pair with Dwight? He'd be excellent. I'd also like Rondo actually. Rondo would feed him in the half court, defend well for him on the perimeter, and while he can't shoot a lick, he'd cut and move and still have a positive impact on Dwight's game.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby trodgers on Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:59 am

That Slava interview is funny; feel bad for him though.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby TIME on Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:04 am

trodgers wrote:That Slava interview is funny; feel bad for him though.


In the immortal words of Slava, "...yeah..."
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby karacha on Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:12 pm

"Basketball is like ball... it's all a circle."

    -Slava Medvedenko
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby The Rock on Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:41 pm

Summer 2014 gonna be nutty like 2010's was

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While the 2013 offseason is just around the corner, it’s the summer of 2014 that has NBA decision-makers excited.

Next offseason has the potential to shift the balance of power in the NBA because the draft class and free agent class are loaded with franchise-changing players. Rebuilding teams will have the opportunity to add a star in June while contending teams will be able to bolster their roster in July.

The 2014 draft class could include Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Aaron Gordon, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Dante Exum, Mario Hezonja, James McAdoo, P.J. Hairston, Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein and many other talented players.

Wiggins has superstar potential and his dominance at the high school level has led some talent evaluators to compare him to LeBron James. Many people in NBA circles believe that Wiggins could start in the NBA today and make a significant impact – he’s that good.

However, Wiggins isn’t the only potential star in the draft class. Parker and Randle have drawn a lot of praise as well and they have tremendous upside too. Gordon and the Harrison twins are expected to be one-and-done and then light up the NBA as well. Throw in the players who decided to return to school such as Smart, McAdoo, Hairston, Poythress and Cauley-Stein – who were all being projected as first-round picks in the 2013 NBA Draft – and the 2014 draft class could be one of the best in recent history.

The 2014 free agent class could include LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Bosh, John Wall, Paul George, Zach Randolph, Luol Deng, Rudy Gay, Pau Gasol, DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Favors, Larry Sanders, Greg Monroe, Paul Pierce, Danny Granger, Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrew Bogut among others.

Bryant, Nowitzki, Granger, Deng, Pierce, Gasol and Bogut will be unrestricted free agents that summer. James, Wade, Anthony, Stoudemire, Bosh, Gay and Randolph have either a player option or early termination option, which means they can opt-out and become unrestricted free agents. Wall, George, Cousins, Favors, Sanders and Monroe will be restricted free agents.

Executives have already started preparing for next offseason. Some rebuilding teams are doing their homework on the top draft prospects. Some contending teams have refused to make any moves that jeopardize their flexibility and cap room for the summer of 2014. Either way, teams understand that there will be a wealth of talent available in the very near future. One Western Conference executive admitted that he has been eyeing the summer of 2014 since last year.

The summer of 2013 should be fun, as NBA offseasons always are. However, it’s nothing compared to what we’ll see in the summer of 2014.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby DarthRekal on Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:47 pm

top draft pick... WHAMIE! :jam2: and KD the following year :man1:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby lakerfan2 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:06 pm

Jabari Parker...do it Mitch.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Doc Brown on Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:38 pm

Well Memphis got the 55th pick in the draft today, so we will not be getting a pick from them.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Justin Bailey on Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:05 pm

karacha wrote:"Basketball is like ball... it's all a circle."

    -Slava Medvedenko


LOL! I think he said that shortly after passing out in a hotel. Good old "Snickers".
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Kobe8Fan on Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:18 pm

Monta Ellis Likely To Opt Out Of Final Year With Bucks

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April 13, 2013 12:22 am • GERY WOELFEL gwoelfel@journaltimes.com

MILWAUKEE — As the Milwaukee Bucks season winds down, it appears Monta Ellis’ days in a Bucks uniform are numbered as well.

At least, that’s the prevailing sentiment of some Ellis acquaintances. They claim Ellis, the Bucks’ potent-scoring guard, has indicated to them that he intends on opting out of his contract after the season and becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Ellis, who has adamantly refused to discuss his future plans, came to the Bucks last March in a major deal with Golden State. In that transaction, the Bucks acquired Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.

In his short tenure with the Bucks, Ellis’ play has wildly fluctuated. He has exhibited brilliance like in a 10-day stretch from Feb. 27 until March 17 when he scored 26 or more points on seven occasions.

He is also averaging 19.3 points a game. That’s the 11th-highest average in the league. The only shooting guards with higher scoring averages are Kobe Bryant (24.6), James Harden (24.3) and Dwyane Wade (21.2).

But Ellis has also had performances where’s he been awful. In a game against Oklahoma City, he went 3 for 17 from the field. In games against Atlanta and Memphis, he went 2 for 14 and 1 for 14, respectively.

Ellis has shot the ball poorly for most of the season. He’s made 41 percent of his field-goal attempts and is a measly 27 percent from 3-point range. Furthermore, the 27-year-old Ellis has been a turnover machine, committing 3.1 a game. He’s had 17 games where he’s had five turnovers or more.

Yet, Ellis contends he’s among the best at his position in the league. Earlier this season, he favorably compared himself to Wade. But if Ellis expects to command Wade-like money ($18.5 million next season), he’s in for a rude awakening this summer.

In conversations with several general managers, not one said they would pay Ellis more than he’s already receiving. That’s $11 million, which is the same amount he would be paid next season if he opted to remain with the Bucks.

But as one general manager noted, it only takes one team to be enamored with Ellis’ explosive scoring abilities and give him a long-term deal in excess of $11 million per season.

Working in Ellis’ favor is that there are nearly a dozen teams that will have ample salary-cap flexibility this season. At least four of them will be in the market for a shooting guard. Those teams are Atlanta (Ellis’ name was prominently mentioned with the Hawks at the trading deadline), Phoenix, Dallas and Minnesota.

There has also been scuttlebutt Ellis would be quite receptive to signing with the Memphis Grizzlies. Ellis has a home outside of Memphis and spends a considerable amount of time there during the offseason.

But the Grizzlies have one of the NBA’s premier defensive shooting guards in Tony Allen who, while being an UFA this summer, is expected to return to the team. More importantly, the Grizzlies have little wiggle room on the cap as they already have guaranteed contracts totaling $60.5 million for next season.

Suffice to say, how Ellis performs in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs against Wade and the Miami Heat could go a long way in determining how much money he’ll earn in the years to come ... likely with a team not called the Bucks.


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Jermaine O'Neal Leaning Towards Return

Postby Kobe8Fan on Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:18 pm

Jermaine O'Neal Leaning Towards Return

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Phoenix Suns center Jermaine O'Neal is leaning strongly towards playing next season.

The 2013-14 campaign would be his 19th NBA season.

The 34-year-old has played in 55 games for the Suns this season, a three-year high.


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O.J. Mayo To Opt Out Of Contract With Mavericks

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O.J. Mayo To Opt Out Of Contract With Mavericks

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By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks shooting guard O.J. Mayo said he would decline the player option for the second season of his contract, deciding to become a free agent for the second consecutive summer.

Mayo, who could have returned to Dallas for $4.2 million, said he hopes to work out a long-term deal with the Mavs.

"Getting something long term, locking something in is what I think is best for me," Mayo said Thursday after his exit interview with coach Rick Carlisle and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.

Mayo, 25, averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds while playing a team-high 35.5 minutes per game. His production dipped significantly after the All-Star break, when star forward Dirk Nowitzki started to return to form after missing the first 27 games while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.

Mayo, a five-year veteran and former No. 3 overall pick, has acknowledged being disappointed that a better market didn't develop for him last summer. He said he has yet to seriously consider other teams that might be a fit for him.

"I'm sure new teams have popped up on the list," Mayo said. "I need to talk to my agent [Rob Pelinka] and see what we can work out."

Carlisle said he believes Mayo made major strides as an all-around player this season and could be a foundation piece for the Mavs.

"But like everything else in this world, this is probably going to come down to money," Carlisle said. "I don't know where all that stuff stands. He had a very good year for us, so there's going to be a lot of teams interested in him."

Carlisle harshly criticized Mayo after Monday's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, saying Mayo "failed to compete" during a two-point, four-turnover outing against his former team. However, Carlisle made it clear Thursday that his positive feelings for Mayo have not changed.

"I love O.J. as a kid, as a person," Carlisle said. "I spent more time with him this year than probably any other player I've ever had. With him, I'm a little like a Little League dad. I want him to do well so badly that sometimes it gets the better of me. But that's OK, because if you care that much, it's never a bad thing."


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