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Postby Lakerjones on Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:21 am

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Lakerjones wrote:Stand pat. That's what John Ireland thinks is best. And keep D' Antoni, too, while we're at it.


Is this real ? Wouldn't surprise me coming from him though :man10: ... he's garbage


Yeah, he was totally backing up the Lakers' FO statement about standing pat and how that was the best thing to do, etc. On top of it he started defending D' Antoni once again, saying "why is there so much hatred towards D' Antoni?" It was just nonsense, mouth of the franchise talk. I hate hearing the company line on a sports talk show. I don't need controversy or guys always creating drama, but there's also a part of me that really takes offense to someone who is in the guise of an "unbiased" journalist/radio commentator that is on the payroll and speils the company position as if it's his own. To me there's an inherent conflict of interest in it and I can't take him seriously in any way. But still I have to listen to him if I want to hear Laker talk on the radio and I'm driving around. I don't hate Ireland himself, I think he's fine. I just hate the puppet Ireland.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Doc Brown on Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:18 pm

So yea let's keep passing on Nate Robinson every year. :freak2:
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Bulls Hope To Keep Nazr Mohammed In Offseason

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:50 pm

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By Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune reporter

7:35 p.m. CDT, April 26, 2013

After Bulls practice wrapped up Friday, general manager Gar Forman had a message for veteran center Nazr Mohammed.

"Tell him to buy, not rent," Forman said.

Replied Mohammed: "I like the sound of that."

After playing in Philadelphia, Atlanta, New York, San Antonio, Detroit, Charlotte and Oklahoma City during his 15-year career, Mohammed, 35, might have found his perfect basketball home. It happens to be his original home as well.

The Kenwood Academy product is living in the Lake Forest area with his wife and three kids, ages 10, 7 and 3.

"It's a little farther from the city, but it's close to practice and has great schools," he said.

"In a perfect world, you'd love to end your career in the city that raised you. Every player would love to help the team he was a fan of growing up. But right now my biggest concern is getting a third win versus Brooklyn. When you win and things go well, it makes decisions like that a lot easier."

During the Bulls' 79-76 victory Thursday, Mohammed did not make things easy for the Nets' Andray Blatche. Blatche went up for a layup in the second quarter, and Mohammed gave him a hard, clean foul.

Blatche responded by giving Mohammed an elbow as Blatche walked past, and that earned him a technical foul. Nate Robinson made the free throw.

"Just a regular playoff hard foul, and I guess he didn't like it," Mohammed said. "They gave him a tech for it. It was nothing. Takes away one of (his) free throws. I would expect the same during a playoff game if I had a layup.

"It's the way I was taught (to play). When I got in the league, Rick Mahorn was still playing. I had veterans tell me: 'Don't give up easy, uncontested layups. If you're not in foul trouble and a guy is going to the hole and you can't block the shot and can't take a charge, take the foul and make sure he doesn't get an "and-one." ' And it's not just playoffs, I was taught to do that any day of the year."

Mohammed could have signed with the Nets, among other teams, but opted for a one-year deal with the Bulls for the veteran's minimum of about $1.35 million.

Forman said he believes Mohammed's Chicago roots played a part in his decision.

"That was attractive for him to come back home," Forman said, "to come full circle."

Forman had praise for a man who has made solid contributions as Joakim Noah's backup despite not playing in 19 regular-season games.

"He's a consummate pro who has been a part of winning," Forman said. "You can see his professionalism because he wasn't getting a lot of (playing) time early, but he continued to stay engaged, continued to stay in shape. He knew his opportunity would come, and when it did, he'd be ready."

Mohammed has played a total of 34 minutes in the Bulls' two playoff victories, spelling Noah by hitting 6 of 8 shots and grabbing eight rebounds.

So, yes, Chicago does seem a perfect fit.

Circling back to Forman's recommendation that he buy a home, Mohammed said with a chuckle: "I'm a Chicago guy, so I'm going to buy anyway — one day. Whether it's after I retire or just for the summers, there is no better place. Especially in the summers."

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Source: J.R. Smith Likely To Test Free Agency

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:50 pm

Source: J.R. Smith Likely To Test Free Agency

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By Moke Hamilton
April 24, 2013 at 12:28 AM

JR SmithNEW YORK — On Tuesday night, in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, J.R. Smith checked into the game with 8:24 remaining in the first quarter.

Fresh off being minted as the league’s Sixth Man of the Year, Smith received a rousing ovation from the Madison Square Garden faithful.

His first four shots found the bottom of the net, and the final one—a buzzer beating 36-footer that gave the Knicks a 26-20 lead after one quarter—brought down the house.

The Knicks went on to defeat the Celtics, 87-71, and will carry a 2-0 series lead to Boston.

Smith’s first quarter helped propel them, and it was a microcosm of his tenure in New York. Sadly, for Knicks fans, there is a very real possibility that it may end this summer.

Smith is coming off of a career year in which he turned in career highs across the board: 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

This past season, he opened eyes across the league and has been vital in the Knicks’ revival.

Yet this past season, his $2.8 million salary was not only far below his market value, it was less than the $4.05 million the Knicks paid shooter savant Steve Novak.

Smith has a player option for next season, and a source close to Smith tells SheridanHoops.com that it is “very, very likely” that he will opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

If so, the Knicks will be limited in what they may offer him.

Per the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, the Knicks will have an “early Bird” salary exception which they may use to re-sign Smith.

The early Bird exception is available to re-sign a free agent who played each of the previous two seasons with the same team, even if, like Smith, the two seasons were played under different contracts.

An incumbent team (the Knicks in this case) can re-sign an early Bird free agent for the greater of either: (A) 175 percent of his salary under the terms of his immediately expired agreement, or (B) 104.5 percent of whatever the league’s average player salary is for the first year of the new deal.

Does your head hurt yet?

Let’s plug in real numbers to make it all make sense.

Because Smith would be an early Bird free agent if he opts out this summer, under the first calculation, the Knicks can offer him a starting salary of $4.9 million by using the 175 percent rule.

Under the second calculation, they could offer Smith 104.5 percent of whatever is the average player salary for the 2012-13 season, a number we won’t know until July 1, 2013, when the league’s finances for the previous season are fully accounted.

But for all intents and purposes, we can safely assume that the average player salary will end up being around $5.34 million. Under the second calculation, the Knicks could give Smith a starting salary of $5.58 million.

So, that’s it.

The most the Knicks can offer Smith in year one of a new deal would be $5.58 million.

As an early Bird free agent, the Knicks could offer Smith up to four years, with annual raises of up to 7.5 percent of his salary in the first year, or, in this case, $418,000.

Add that all up, and the most the Knicks can offer Smith as a free agent this summer is a four-year deal worth $24.8 million, or an average of $6.2 million per year.

It is not all bad news for Knicks fans, though. And there are two important things to consider here.


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Jarrett Jack & Agent Reassure Warriors He Wants To Re-Sign

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:17 pm

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OAKLAND, Calif. – He arrived in a July trade and embraced the adventure of a new city and the new situation that would have been difficult for many players to accept. Jarrett Jack actually liked the unknown.

The season-long discovery process led to a decision. He wants to re-sign with the Warriors in the summer, even with the clear understanding he might be giving up the chance to start somewhere else for the certainty of a backup role to Stephen Curry at point guard in Golden State.

Jack is so sure of it, he told NBA.com, that he has informed management and directed his agents to re-enforce the message that he is hoping to stay once he becomes a free agent in July.

“That’s one of the reasons why I’m really trying to enjoy the moment right now,” he said Saturday with the Warriors holding a 2-1 lead over the favored Nuggets in the best-of-seven first round that continues Sunday night at Oracle Arena. “I’m appreciating everything that’s going on. In the summer, hopefully that process is a little bit further than we all want it to be. There are a lot of variables that go into making that decision. Hopefully, I can stay right here. I told my agent. I’m sure he spoke to the powers that be that I have desires to stay right here and help this franchise grow to the best of its ability.

“I think it’s just a perfect marriage. My teammates, the camaraderie we have, I like my role. I like what I’m able to bring to this team. Could I go somewhere and it would be bigger, but we might not be playing for as much? I try to make it a perfect marriage. The economics, that’s going to take precedent at times, but you also want to be happy. That’s the most fulfilling thing I have playing on this team.”

The eight-year veteran has been locked into a reserve role many times in a career that previously included stops in Portland, Indiana, Toronto and New Orleans, but never like this. He started only four times in the regular season, tied with his 2005-06 rookie campaign as a Trail Blazer for the fewest in his career. Still, the 29.7 minutes per game with a constant presence in the fourth quarter meant a major role.

Free agency on July 1 could be Jack’s chance to find a place where the ball is in his hands all the time, reminiscent of the days when he started at least half the games with the Raptors, Pacers and Trail Blazers. Plus, he is building the resume just in time for the offseason, with a very good showing the first three games of the playoffs as the Warriors went to a three-guard starting lineup of Klay Thompson, Curry and Jack when power forward David Lee suffered a hip injury in the opener.

“I’ve been in that capacity before,” Jack said. “It doesn’t make or break or define the player that I am. Could I go somewhere else and [start]? Yeah. But I like who we have here. I like the role that I’m in and am comfortable in. If it’s able to work out, I would love to be back here.”


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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Battle Tested20 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:33 pm

^^ I don't blame him. Mark Jackson by everything I've read, watched, and when I met him seemed like a perfect guy to play for. He's always positive with his players and has the motivational gift (preacher) in him. He also knows a lot about the game which doesn't hurt :man12:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:28 am

Battle Tested20 wrote:^^ I don't blame him. Mark Jackson by everything I've read, watched, and when I met him seemed like a perfect guy to play for. He's always positive with his players and has the motivational gift (preacher) in him. He also knows a lot about the game which doesn't hurt :man12:

Should've hired Mark Jackson. A legend who actually played in the NBA. Unlike D'Antoni. A coach who used to play for the soft Euro League. Like his fire but he can't coach.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby halekulani on Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:04 pm

Doc Brown wrote:-Trade Pau
-Trade Nash
-Trade Blake

-Amnesty MWP
-Let go of Morris/Ebanks/Duhon/Meeks

- Resign D12, Glock, Sacre and Jamison (vet. min)
- Resign Clark only after shopping him around the league to see if we can trade and get a better player.


lol i want to do the exact opposite
keep nash and pau
fine w/ keeping blake but the optimal situation would be to get rid of him and replace him w/ 2 players
let dwight walk
keep clark if possible....
def agree on amnesty mwp
get a lottery pick next year

as much as i want free agents next year, we dont have cap space
i guess i'm still down trading pau for jsmooth but we would need a few more bodies
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Avenged24 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:10 pm

halekulani wrote:
Doc Brown wrote:-Trade Pau
-Trade Nash
-Trade Blake

-Amnesty MWP
-Let go of Morris/Ebanks/Duhon/Meeks

- Resign D12, Glock, Sacre and Jamison (vet. min)
- Resign Clark only after shopping him around the league to see if we can trade and get a better player.


lol i want to do the exact opposite
keep nash and pau
fine w/ keeping blake but the optimal situation would be to get rid of him and replace him w/ 2 players
let dwight walk
keep clark if possible....
def agree on amnesty mwp
get a lottery pick next year

as much as i want free agents next year, we dont have cap space
i guess i'm still down trading pau for jsmooth but we would need a few more bodies


I'd say trade Nash.. He's old, his body is breaking down, and honestly at his age, I'd be surprised if he's ever fully healthy again. The issue would be finding suitors for him though..

Trading Pau is also a must if Dwight stays. If he doesn't though, I question what we can get for him now? The Lakers didn't want to bite on a Pau for Derrick Williams trade. The Lakers didn't want to bite on a Pau for Josh Smith trade. Trading him for lower value is simply :bang:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Vasashi17 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:27 pm

IMHO, I think Pau and Dwight can actually work. Its really no different than Marc and Zach in Memphis.

What needs to happen is for Pau to get healthy this summer and for Dwight to go hard in expanding his post game. Whether that's through the Dream, the Kap or even Kobe....Dwight needs to first get his health back and learn how to become more than just a pick and dive player.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Doc Brown on Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:35 pm

Marc and ZBo work in Memphis because both of them have a jumpshot and don't need to be exclusively in the post. They can alternate in the post and it works because of that reason.

D12's range ends before he gets out of the paint and he needs to be there exclusively. Pau has an average J, but for the most part he needs to be in the post to be effective.

Also it's worth noting Marc/ZBo don't complain about touches or who gets to shoot. D12/Pau that is their number 1 priority, how many shots do I get and how many touches I get in the post.

And defensively Pau and D12 will never work because Pau's defense is absolutely terrible.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby JSM on Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:39 pm

Vasashi17 wrote:IMHO, I think Pau and Dwight can actually work. Its really no different than Marc and Zach in Memphis.

Actually there is one pretty big difference -- Memphis has a NBA head coach leading them. LA...not so much -- MDA is closer to being an assistant coach on the JV girls team.

I agree they can work, but not with MDA and not with the lack of floor spacers on the team.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Armani on Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:42 pm

Pau for Josh Smith and Korver... in some pipe trade that only Mitch can pull off.

MWP and Pau need to be dealt for some good youth. We also want a guy like Eric Bledsoe off of FA, if possible. Someone that can let Nash play under 25 mins in the regular season next year. Oh, and there needs to be a legitimate backup SG for Kobe. Meeks and his disappearing act won't do.

Just bring some damned youth in. Guys that play with energy, hustle, heart. Sick of watching these dinodudes go down with an injury every other game.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby wcsoldier81 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:59 pm

Z-Bo and Marc are doing fine because they are relentless , they actually have zero spacing , Memphis has no shooter ... they are giving 100% effort on both ends off the floor every night ...

Z Bo is no defensive specialist , isn't quick and can't jump but he's still far from being the huge defensive liability Pau is every game ... and no not everything is on the coach
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Vasashi17 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:01 pm

Noah and Booz work...Tiago and Duncan seem too also....and as JSM said, maybe it has something to do with coaching.

Pau and Drew worked....yeah, I think I'm seeing the trend too, J.

And fellas, scoring is half the story. Pau can be a good help defender if healthy and if guided in a TEAM scheme. As we all know by now, one good defender on a team, doesn't make you a good defensive team...you need the other guys to follow suit.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby thisbjgz on Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:14 pm

Any chance of us getting Monte/Jennings for Pau in a sign and trade or something? Id love Jennings, he gets to come home and play for his city.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Vasashi17 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:19 pm

^^^Can't receive a player in a S&T since we'll be projected as a tax paying team when July 1st hits. But next summer, its a different story.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby halekulani on Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:59 pm

Vasashi17 wrote:IMHO, I think Pau and Dwight can actually work. Its really no different than Marc and Zach in Memphis.


sure they can work, but i just don't think the ceiling for them together is that high. if pau hit jumpers like david west or if dwight had that 10 ft bank shot like he did in the 2009 finals, he could space the floor better and then their ceiling would be much much higher. both of them, as of now, still work best in the low block.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Helljumper on Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:03 pm

Vasashi17 wrote:^^^Can't receive a player in a S&T since we'll be projected as a tax paying team when July 1st hits. But next summer, its a different story.


Is this a new rule that went into effect this season? I thought we got Nash in a S&T.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby SK8 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:04 pm

Just be patient and do everything to get Kyrie Irving here, that's really all i got to say.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby khmrP on Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:32 pm

thisbjgz wrote:Any chance of us getting Monte/Jennings for Pau in a sign and trade or something? Id love Jennings, he gets to come home and play for his city.


do you know how inefficient Jennings is to make this statement?
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby khmrP on Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:36 pm

Uncle Drew wrote:Just be patient and do everything to get Kyrie Irving here, that's really all i got to say.


so you're willing to wait 3 more years before there even a remote chance at Irvine? Cause until he's up for his 1st ext. Clev is under no pressure to move him even if he demanded a trade.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Vasashi17 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:45 pm

Helljumper wrote:
Vasashi17 wrote:^^^Can't receive a player in a S&T since we'll be projected as a tax paying team when July 1st hits. But next summer, its a different story.


Is this a new rule that went into effect this season? I thought we got Nash in a S&T.


It kicks in this summer along with the super tax via the new CBA.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby magicman32 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:55 pm

Jordan farmar, josh smith, Bledsoe?
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Ariza3 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:08 pm

Josh Smith
Tony Allen
CJ Watson
JJ Redick
Lamar odom
Trevor ariza

Backup PG, SG, SF, & PF. New Starting SF & PF

Nash/CJ
Kobe/JJ/Allen
Ariza/Allen/Clark
Smith/Odom/Clark
Dwight/Hill

could work. jj with 3's. CJ solid backup can hit the 3 too. Allen defender can hit the 3 too. Ariza athletic defender ex laker can hit the 3. Odom vet ex laker still has a ton of skill, excellent passer can hit 3 too. smith good defender friends with Dwight athletic can hit 3 too.

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