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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby Kobe8Fan on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:07 pm

These are the only best free agent centers available right now.

Ben Wallace
Greg Oden
Eddy Curry
Erick Dampier
Nenad Krstic
Primoz Brezec
Alexis Ajinca
Curtis Borchardt
Rafael Araujo
Hilton Armstrong
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby GoldenKnight on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:08 pm

Kmart is the way to go, toughness & defense at the very least. Like a 6'10 Matt Barnes I suppose...
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby GoldenKnight on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:10 pm

Question, do we get a PF or a C?

Pau played both positions...
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby Doc Brown on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:12 pm

Hopefully a team not getting to the playoffs this year sees that Pau is down and elects to trade for him, with the intention they shut him down for the rest of the season and he gets surgery. Rested and revamped Pau could persuade a team.....

Or....

We hang onto him, sign a big, make a push towards the playoffs and than we have a fully revamped Pau heading into the playoffs. (Yes, I am 100% confident we will make the playoffs)
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:14 pm

We have to make a move. I don't think we can trade for somebody that's serviceable. Duhon has a relatively friendly contract. Although, no draft picks to include with Duhon to get a servicable big man. Morris & Ebanks; although, I remember reading somewhere they essentially have a trade clause in their contracts.

We don't have a lot of flexibility right now. We just might have to pick somebody up off of waivers...
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Postby lakersyunowin on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:16 pm

cmon mitch...morris for marc gasol
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby GoldenKnight on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:18 pm

^^^ its a VERBAL no trade clause for Ebanks, Morris I don't even think has one. You can still trade Ebanks if you wanted to but that would ruin your verbal reputation...
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Report: Spurs Could Trade For Al Jefferson

Postby Kobe8Fan on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:23 pm

Report: Spurs Could Trade For Al Jefferson

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By Chris Sheridan
February 06, 2013 at 2:00 PM

The NBA trade deadline journalism racket is a tricky minefield to navigate. The business is driven by rumors, many of which are founded in truth, others of which are utterly fictitious.

Distinguishing between the two differentiates the good basketball Web sites from the bad sites.

But figuring out who is available is not rocket science if you speak to the right people, and I speak to a lot of plugged-in people on a regular basis.

Here is the latest they are telling me: The San Antonio Spurs are the front-runners to land Al Jefferson in a trade with the Utah Jazz – and they are frontrunners like Secretariat was in the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

Here’s why, followed by a how.

“Those teams are practically incestuous, they are on such good terms internally,” one NBA source told me Wednesday.

Indeed, Spurs assistant general manager Scott Layden left Utah prior to this season after spending several seasons as an assistant coach for the Jazz and joined R.C. Buford’s staff in San Antonio’s secrecy vault front office. Also, former Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey is now doing the legwork for Utah’s grand pooh-bah, Kevin O’Connor.

The Jazz do not want to lose Jefferson for nothing when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, and they have a former overall No. 3 pick, Enes Kanter, ready to step in and fill the void that would be left by Jefferson’s departure.

Yes, Jefferson makes them a better playoff team. But no, the Jazz are not fooling themselves into believing they are championship material at this point.

And if Dwight Howard is not available on the free agent market this summer, Jefferson immediately becomes the No. 1 center available.

So the time for the Jazz to move him is now, and the team with the biggest need for an upgrade at center is the Spurs. The inability to protect the rim was one of the prime reasons for their collapse in last year’s Western Conference finals when they had won 20 in a row and had a 2-0 lead on the Thunder, only to lose the next four.

Next: The Jazz need a point guard, and the Spurs have two of them not named Tony Parker. So you can expect Patty Mills (who Lindsey is familiar with and fond of) to be the preferable choice over Nando de Colo.

The Jazz also need some value coming back in this trade, and the Spurs have one last Eurostash asset in Erazem Lorbek, who has been profiled on this site by writer A.J. Mitnick.

Presumably they’d also ask for Tiago Splitter, because somebody would need to back up Kanter, and because Splitter is having an improved season in the year his contract expires – meaning Utah would not be taking on any long-term financial obligation.

San Antonio throws in Stephen Jackson for salary-matching purposes (almost an exact match), and voila. Captain Jack will love Salt Lake City, hunh?


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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:25 pm

GoldenKnight wrote:^^^ its a VERBAL no trade clause for Ebanks, Morris I don't even think has one. You can still trade Ebanks if you wanted to but that would ruin your verbal reputation...


Never heard that. Interesting. Thanks...
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby Kobe8Fan on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:44 pm

What about Jermaine O'Neal. Heard he was a surprise in Phoenix. He was playing well there. Also heard that he and the owner of the Suns I think got into it.
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Postby D.B. Cooper on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:48 pm

Kobe8Fan wrote:What about Jermaine O'Neal. Heard he was a surprise in Phoenix. He was playing well there. Also heard that he and the owner of the Suns I think got into it.


This is my first choice. He got into it with the gm a week or two ago. Not sure where they stand now.
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby Kit on Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:14 pm

JO is still an injury prone. We don't have PHX medical staffs. He is a risk we can't offer.
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby khmrP on Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:35 pm

GoldenKnight wrote:^^^ its a VERBAL no trade clause for Ebanks, Morris I don't even think has one. You can still trade Ebanks if you wanted to but that would ruin your verbal reputation...


I dont think its some verbal thing, its a birds right thing like where players like Ebanks has rights to nix a deal unless he waives his bird rights. I remember Devan George f'd up a trade like this when he was in Dall.
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby lakersin4 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:37 pm

I'd take JO over K-Mart at this point. Atleast he's been on a NBA team this season.. We don't even know if K-Mart can play anymore. They're both risky personalities to take on but I can't see them having a huge impact in the locker room with the vets we have.
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby lakersin4 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:38 pm

khmrP wrote:
GoldenKnight wrote:^^^ its a VERBAL no trade clause for Ebanks, Morris I don't even think has one. You can still trade Ebanks if you wanted to but that would ruin your verbal reputation...


I dont think its some verbal thing, its a birds right thing like where players like Ebanks has rights to nix a deal unless he waives his bird rights. I remember Devan George f'd up a trade like this when he was in Dall.

I also remember reading that it was a verbal agreement between Ebanks & Mitch, because Ebanks waited to sign when the Dwightmare was still going on. I wouldn't doubt if Ebanks waives it if the team he's going to will play him.
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby Ariza3 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:48 pm

i dont think we can be picky at this point. we just need a PF/C to come in a play D, play with energy, and crash the boards. if he gets a layup thats to nash or a putback or easy shot when the d rotates off him to a driving kobe than so be it.

I like Sacre but he doesnt jump nearly enough and is just too inexperienced to play big minutes. Kenyon Martin may not be the best for team chemistry or who knows he may fit well with the roster who knows?...but hes our best bet and he'll bring it every second like he has his entire career.

just shows how important a "pre-laker" nobody like jordan hill is to this team now. sucks we've had so many injuries!
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby khmrP on Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:04 am

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khmrP wrote:
GoldenKnight wrote:^^^ its a VERBAL no trade clause for Ebanks, Morris I don't even think has one. You can still trade Ebanks if you wanted to but that would ruin your verbal reputation...


I dont think its some verbal thing, its a birds right thing like where players like Ebanks has rights to nix a deal unless he waives his bird rights. I remember Devan George f'd up a trade like this when he was in Dall.

I also remember reading that it was a verbal agreement between Ebanks & Mitch, because Ebanks waited to sign when the Dwightmare was still going on. I wouldn't doubt if Ebanks waives it if the team he's going to will play him.


that was just speculations that he wouldn't get traded with Howard deal that is why he waited to resign. I do not think Mitch gave this guy a "verbal" no trade clause. I really dont think Mitch would give most player that type of deal especially not some avg. 2nd player like Ebanks. Below is what I get on trade checker on realgm if you try to trade Ebanks....even Morris has this restriction :man10:
Devin Ebanks from Los Angeles Lakers

Ebanks is a one year bird player, which means he must agree to the deal for any trade to happen. Further, if Ebanks agrees to be traded, his Bird status will be reset and he will be viewed as a non-bird free agent this summer.
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby Kobe8Fan on Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:05 am

lakersin4 wrote:I'd take JO over K-Mart at this point. Atleast he's been on a NBA team this season.. We don't even know if K-Mart can play anymore. They're both risky personalities to take on but I can't see them having a huge impact in the locker room with the vets we have.

K-Mart did look good defensively last year for the Clips.
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby BDG on Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:05 am

We need a big guy ASAP.

I really wish we could somehow package Ebanks & Morris together (like the rest of us do).

I usually would say no to K-Mart but he wouldn't be a bad pick up right now if we can't swing a deal for a big guy off the bench.
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby ShowtimeACB on Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:38 am

There you have a small list of free agents/NBDL:

K-Mart, Milicic, Gadzuric, Jerome Jordan, Tony Battie, Dampier, M.Gladness, Dwayne Jones, Hassan Whiteside, Jordan Williams, Josh Boone, Mikki Moore, Jamal Sampson, Etan Thomas...

Not really a great shortlist.
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby KB24 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:49 am

I would even package Ebanks and Morris for Khloe Kardashian...that tells you something.
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby NeeJee on Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:22 pm

KB24 wrote:I would even package Ebanks and Morris for Khloe Kardashian...that tells you something.

She could play center for us.
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby XXIV on Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:25 pm

KB24 wrote:I would even package Ebanks and Morris for Khloe Kardashian...that tells you something.


So would I, creates an open roster spot. :man1:
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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby KB24 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:36 pm

XXIV wrote:
KB24 wrote:I would even package Ebanks and Morris for Khloe Kardashian...that tells you something.


So would I, creates an open roster spot. :man1:

and gets us a bruising player down the block :man1:

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Re: Roster Improvement: 3 Bigs injured, do we shop at KMart?

Postby trodgers on Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:28 pm

Louis Amundson is a player who intrigues me. More a PF than a C, but he plays all out, and he's not a scumbag like KMart.
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