Lebron to New Jersey ?
It’s been a while since the last post – the NBA scene was calm , no major changes just a few trades.
Everybody’s keeping an eye on Lebron James. Where is he going next year ? The latest rumors take us to New York … or maybe New Jersey ?
John Lorge wrote for the BleacherReport:
“In less than one year—regardless of who wins the 2010 NBA Finals or MVP Award—King James will be headed to New York City.
While the Knicks have enough money to bring James on board, his heart is not set on donning the orange and blue, and eventually hanging a jersey next to Earl Monroe, Willis Reed, and Patrick Ewing.
The Nets have the best financial prospectus for the summer of 2010, being an estimated $25 million under the cap, potentially even more.
This would give the Nets enough financial flexibility to potentially sign James and a high-profile post like Chris Bosh or Amar’e Stoudemire. There is a good chance Stoudemire will reunite with Mike D’Antoni on the Knicks, making Bosh the top target.
After the 2008 Olympics and several All-Star appearances James is a familiar teammate of Bosh and in a February 2009 interview said, “I would definitely love to play with Chris Bosh.”
Both James and Bosh have player options on their contracts, so they could wait for the summer for 2011, but why? And who knows, maybe there will be enough cash left over to rent Shaq for a year.
If Bosh and Bron really want to play together there are 26 teams willing to make that happen ASAP.
The main reason LeBron James is destined for the Nets is his bond with Jay-Z.
Bron and Jay-Z have hosted numerous events and parties. Jay sits courtside at James’ games. James stands backstage at Jay’s shows.”
Now let’s move on to other trades …
Toronto Raptors hold the front court this summer being involved in a lot of trades. After acquiring the free agent Hedo Turkoglu , Brian Colangelo – the GM – continued on the same page and signed also R. Evans from PHI. The Raptors also picked up Marco Belinelli from GS Warriors for nothing and now have him in a three-guard rotation at shooting guard with rookie DeMarr DeRozan, and Mavericks’ castoff Antoine Wright.
While it’s an unknown as to just how good the 8th pick DeRozan could be, Wright earns his bones on the defensive side of the ball. That means Belinelli’s shooting stroke and quickness could be nice compliments, particularly off the bench where his inability to defend or understand complex offenses will be mitigated replacin Anthony Parker who left to Cleveland.
Due to some space under the salary cap – Rasho Nesterovic also resigned the Raptors. He’s one of the slowest players in the league, something that can be compensated by Chris Bosh’s athleticism. For a team that needs toughness, brining back Nesterovic in a limited role is a good move.
Another interesting trade was between NO Hornets and Charlotte Bobcats.
Expect Emeka Okafor to be just good enough in New Orleans. He’s a good rebounder and shot blocker who can defend post scorers with some measure of success, though he has trouble navigating screens and defending the perimeter, and being in the right place at the right time.
With David West beside him, Okafor will be a nice boost as a secondary post scorer, though on the flip side, his lack of fluidity may hinder New Orleans’s screen/roll sprints. Whereas Tyson Chandler could cut faster than defenses could react, Okafor isn’t as fleet. This could slow down New Orleans’ staple play.
Now with the Bobcats, Tyson Chandler , a smart help defender, a ferocious shot blocker, and a terrific perimeter defender , can stay with a variety of perimeter oriented big men while having the speed to show on screens while recovering to his man. Offensively, his repertoire is extremely limited to tip-ins, put backs, and dive cutting into dunks.
Memphis Grizzlies signed Zach Randolph .
He is one of the few players in the league that can average over 20 points and 10 rebounds, he is a talented power forward that can score in the post, but has been made infamous for DUIs and even punching a teammate. We’ll see how much he’ll get involved in the Grizzlies’s revival.
Other trades :
Leon Powe to Clevland Cavaliers
Devean George—Golden State Warriors
Drew Gooden—Dallas Mavericks
Tim Thomas—Dallas Mavericks
Malik Allen—Denver Nuggets
Ike Diogu—New Orleans Hornets
Earl Watson—Indiana Pacers
Hakim Warrick—Milwaukee Bucks
Kevin Ollie—Oklahoma City Thunder