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So Long, Chris

Posted by hiphopmama on February 18, 2009

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The Lakers traded Chris Mihm to the Grizzlies today for a conditional second round pick in 2013 (how many qualifiers can you fit in there?) and “cash considerations.” The move will save the team somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million in salary and luxury tax expenses. Just a money move, I’m sure, since his role this year has been limited to say the least. He has been getting a bit more PT since Bynum went out, but last night’s 2-for-10 shooting performance was pretty indicative of the direction he was headed with the team. It was nice to have another seven-footer on the bench, but even nicer will be having some money to work with when trying to re-sign the likes of Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza. I have to say, I liked the guy and I wish him the best. I seemed nice enough, and he looks like Jack from Lost, which would weigh heavily in anyone’s favor. Good luck, Chris. Maybe you’ll be a better fit in Memphis.

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Lakers Trade Radmanovic

Posted by hiphopmama on February 7, 2009

My first choice for a title to this post was, “Whaaaat?” but I thought this would be more informative. The LA Times has reported that the Lakers dealt Vladimir Radmanovic to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown. The deal means an $8.5 million payroll reduction a smart roster diversification for the team. “Malcontent” might be too strong a word, but Radmanovic has certainly been less than thrilled with his diminishing playing time, and with Lamar, Trevor, and Luke, we’re not exactly in need of his services. He was the best shooter off our bench, but he does little else. Adam Morrison may be able to fill in some of his spot-up responsibilities once he settles in. If there’s a place for an uncultivated talent to find success, it’s gotta be here amongst this talented line-up and in this offensive system.

Shannon Brown is an unknown quantity. He was a late first round draft pick of the Cavaliers in 2006, but he saw limited minutes and eventually made the rounds in the NBDL, winding up with the Bulls after some big trades. He signed on with the Bobcats on a one-year deal last summer but has mostly ridden the bench this season as well. I don’t see him figuring into our plans this year, but having another guard in the squad couldn’t hurt, seeing as how strapped we were when Farmar got hurt. When Sasha sat out a game with back problems, we had zero guards to bring off the bench (minus Sun Yue), so he will at least serve that purpose. 

I find myself unable to muster any kind of reaction at all to this news. Um, yay? Sad for Vlad Rad, I guess, because he goes from the best record in the league to the flippin’ Bobcats, but that’s the breaks. He wasn’t happy being out of the rotation anyway, so at least now he can compete for playing time. I’m optimistic about Morrison, at least cautiously, but I don’t expect much right away. And Shannon Brown seems like just a piece thrown in to make the whole puzzle work out, although I would love to be proven wrong. All in all a plus for the Lakers, considering all the money they will save in the deal. The core of this team is already set – now it’s just a matter of tinkering around the edges for prolonged success. If they think this will help, then I’m all for it.

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Iverson Officially A Piston

Posted by hiphopmama on November 3, 2008

The trade officially went through, sending Allen Iverson to Detroit in exchange for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess, and class of 2006 center Cheikh Samb to make the money work. McDyess supposedly has no interest in playing anywhere besides Detroit, so he will be forced to either retire or buy out the rest of his contract with Denver. 

The logic of this really eludes me, from both perspectives. Knowing that McDyess won’t even play for them, I can’t see any benefit for Denver, except that AI was never going to work there when Melo was the primary ball hog. (There ain’t enough room for the both of ’em.) So Chauncey for AI was pretty much a straight swap that leaves the Nuggets down a big time scorer but up a less selfish playmaker with a couple of titles. 

As for the Pistons, the consensus seems to be that they are clearing cap space to make a play after this season for the big name free agents on the market. The most intriguing of these hypothetical scenarios sees Detroit being a prime destination for LeBron James in 2010, with Dumars pulling the strings to perfection behind the scenes. It’s no secret that James wants to go to a team with title aspirations, and Detroit definitely has that pedigree. It’s not quite the big market town he was looking at in New Jersey/New York, but the Jay-Z connection appears to have been faltering of late, making Detroit’s steady hand in management look all the more enticing. 

It’s all just speculation at this point, though. What we do know is that for now, this weird trade has indeed taken place, with the Pistons and Nuggets essentially swapping Billups for Iverson (and McDyess leaving the picture). How it will play out is anyone’s guess. My own take is that it makes little difference for either team over the rest of the season, leaving the Pistons somewhere around the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff picture and the Nuggets languishing at the margins of respectability. From there on out, who knows.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Iverson to Detroit?

Posted by hiphopmama on November 3, 2008

The latest word is that Denver is working on a deal that would send Iverson to the Pistons in exchange for Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess. Iverson reportedly wants to contend for a title late in his career, and Detroit is a potential trading partner that has a chance to do that. 

I’m not sure I understand the reasoning by either side, although I see more benefits for Detroit than Denver. The Pistons team could use some shaking up after falling short the last few years, and switching up the point guard position might be a good way to do that, especially when they can get a Hall of Fame caliber player in return. Billups has been as much of a go-to guy as they’ve had, which might hurt somewhat, but Iverson has been clutch in his career as well and might provide the necessary spark to get them back to the top. McDyess has been a vital piece of the puzzle too, and the lack of depth in the front court is the biggest question mark here. Whether old-ass Rasheed Wallace will hold up with back-ups like Jason Maxiell filling in will be interesting to say the least. Also – and probably most crucially, for the Pistons – Iverson is in the last year of his hefty contract, as is Rasheed, so after the season Detroit will have considerable cap room to work with.

From the Nuggets’ perspective, it’s two-for-one, with the added bonus of getting rid of a player with no desire to continue with the team. Billups is a more traditional point guard who can still step up and hit the big shot, and McDyess will provide some much needed depth up front, where Nene Hilario and Kenyon Martin have been injury prone to say the least. I have a hard time believing the trade will drastically improve their chances, but it certainly can’t hurt. 

We’ll see how it pans out over the rest of the day.

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