Agree, the only true threat to chemistry is Deron. Pierce and KG are asses, but never to their teammates. Deron on the other hand seems like a total nightmare. But if those two could keep Rondo in line then maybe there's hope.
The East just got a lot tougher between these guys and the return of healthy Pacer and Bulls teams
Sixers were never going to win a championship with Jrue. Not because he isn't a championship-caliber player (I don't know if he is or isn't), but because they'd have just continued to end up towards the end of the lottery/barely making the playoffs if they kept him around. Same place they've been for years. Philly isn't the destination that Miami/LA/NY/Boston is, so they're not going to attract top free agents. The only way to win is to build through the draft. So you make this trade, get a couple of lottery picks this year, probably a couple more next year (maybe hitting the jackpot and getting Wiggins), and hope it all works out. It probably WON'T work out, but there's at least a possibility, and the only alternative is staying in no man's land.
Now they should see what kind of 2014/2015 pick they can get for Thad. And play Evan Turner all year, and hope he does something worthwhile so maybe you can get something for him, too. And if he doesn't, at least you know he's officially a bust.
FA is open. It'll be an interesting week. Let the Dwight indecision begin!
But for now, some news.
Report: Chris Paul expected to sign with Clippers for $107 million
Chris Paul is expected to verbally agree to a five-year, $107 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers shortly after the team is able to officially offer it to him, beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday morning, sources have told ESPN.
Sources: Knicks express interest in Monta Ellis
Knicks and Raptors agree on trade for Andrea Bargnani
According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com and first reported by the New York Times, the Raptors and Knicks have agreed to terms on a trade that sends the Italian big man to the Big Apple.
The reported agreed trade has Bargnani heading to the Knicks in exchange for Marcus Camby, Steve Novak and future draft picks, one a first-rounder, and two future second-rounders.
Reports: Mavericks, Celtics have talked Rajon Rondo trade
DallasBasketball.com first reported and ESPN and Yahoo Sports confirmed the Dallas Mavericks have had preliminary trade discussions with the Boston Celtics centered around point guard Rajon Rondo. Boston is clearly moving all the pieces it can to try to go for a total rebuild, and Rondo, despite recovering from ACL surgery, has the most value on the market.
One problem: ESPN reports the Celtics' asking price is Dirk Nowitzki. That's going to cause some hangups. Like, every hangup in the world, ever. The Mavericks want to stay in contention but there's been no indication that has meant a willingness to move the franchise player. Owner Mark Cuban wants to load up a team around Nowitzki to win another title and have him ride off into the sunset, a Mav forever.
Sources: Confident Rockets make Asik, Lin available in trades
Emboldened by their pursuit of free agent Dwight Howard, the Rockets have called several teams and made Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin available in potential trades, league sources told CBSSports.com.
Houston has secured the first meeting with Howard shortly after the NBA's free-agent negotiating period begins at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday. A contingent led by GM Daryl Morey and former Rocket Hakeem Olajuwon is scheduled to meet with Howard in Los Angeles. The Mavericks, Hawks and Warriors also have meetings scheduled with Howard, and the Lakers will get to make the final pitch on Tuesday, sources said.
The Rockets are oozing with confidence that they will lure Howard from the Lakers, and are making contingency plans to construct the team around him.
"They already have him, if you talk to them," one league source said.
Report: Free agent Kyle Korver is 'in the bag' for the Brooklyn Nets
Hawks free agent guard Kyle Korver is expected to be among the most coveted this offseason as a veteran shooter in his prime. Korver could look for one last big payday and then start ring chasing after this one expires, but instead, a report indicates that the hunt for Korver may already be over.
ESPN reports that Korver is regarded by one league executive as "in the bag" for the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets can only offer the mini-mid-level exception granted to teams which are billions and billions over the cap, but if Korver wants his best shot at a title, this may be the best option for him. Korver had talked about how much he wanted to stay with Atlanta. But Korver has a long-term relationship with Deron Williams going back to their time together in Utah.