A wacky week ahead?
We now return you to the regular season grind. I’ve got a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of each other as the week progresses. We’re going to try and keep on tap of all the trade stuff each during the day so check back for periodic updates (which is another way of saying click on here to build up the numbers and keep the bosses happy, thanks).
A change of direction?
T.J.’s tummy is sore and does that mean Bryan Colangelo has to shift trade-talk gears this week?
No one’s sure if, or for how long, Ford might be out with this “slight” abdominal strain we’re reading about today but seeing how the next few weeks shape up, maybe the GM needs to put point guard on his list of wants this week.
I still think Mickeal Pietrus for Dixon and either Joey or Darrick makes sense but if there’s going to be an empty space behind Jose for even a week, maybe he’s got to look for a point guard, too.
Here’s the thing, though.
If they go out and get a swingman without moving one, where to they put him? My guess would be that any new guy takes the time away from Jamario. Not that the kid hasn’t been good but that’s the logical place to slide a new guy in.
We were talking to Chris Bosh one day on the weekend about building a team and how some (hi, Lakers; hi, Suns, hi, Mavs; hello, Celtics!) are going for the home run.
Does it make more sense do go slowly, add a piece here and there and let things develop rather than go out and get the one (older) guy for an immediate splash. Interesting take from Bosh:
"That’s the tough thing. You always want to get good fast but would you age really quickly doing it. You’re average age could go form 26 to 32 or something like that. Do you really want to risk that because you can either build to be good in the future or you could be good right now and have to build up eventually.
"With us, I like where we stand. We just have to continue to get better and we can’t be complacent. You can’t keep saying we’re young because the years are passing so I think if we continue to get better, things are really looking up for us.”
I tend to agree with him. I can’t see blowing up a good young group for a big move that might – might! – translate into success right away.
A quick dip – or two – into a pretty full mailbag:
Q: Hey Doug, are the players bound to stay there the whole weekend, or could they leave, say like if Bargnani would rather have some free time away from all the hustle and bustle?
Steph R, Glencoe
A: Once their stuff is done, and that includes anything away from the arena, like community appearances, they can do what they want. I didn’t see Bargs anywhere after Friday night, maybe he did get out of town early.
Q: Kapono is on fire! Best shooter in the NBA hands down. The above mentioned points are the selling points Colangelo needs to be making to potential trade partners who might take him off our hands. Do you think that with his lack of defense and the emergence of Delfino, trading Kapono may be our best way to improve, or at least get that huge contract out of here?
Michael K, Toronto
A: Here’s where I’m a tad confused.
He is, by your estimation, the “best shooter in the NBA hands down.”
And you want him traded?
I see the logic that giving away someone who does something better than anyone in the NBA might get you something good in return but I think that logic is a tad twisted. Doesn't it make sense, if you've got a guy who does one thing better than anyone else in the league, that you keep him?
And I will – again – dispute that it’s a “huge” contract. It’s for the average NBA salary. The years aren’t arduous and the money is hardly out of whack for the “best shooter in the NBA hands down.”
Let’s see what they’re doing down in Orlando, which doesn’t include bundling up against the cold.
If I had to bet on the top three teams to make a deal before Thursday (and I’m leaving New Jersey and Dallas out because that Kidd deal seems to really be done now), my list includes:
Memphis – the salary purge continues and they’ve got some good young guards to package with Mike Miller.
Seattle – a weird mix of young and old and it’s time to get really, really young.
Denver – they want Ron Artest and a point guard which is a pretty big shopping list.
So, does BC make a deal? History would suggest yes, he’ll at least do something small.
In Toronto, he did TJ for Charlie V his first draft night, did Juan Dixon for Fred Jones a year ago at the deadline and even did Giorgos Printezis for a second-round pick last June.
I don’t think he can help himself, it’s like a sickness. (I keed, I keed).
Who’d be the most likely to go?
Well, Juan Dixon wants out and BC does try to do right by his players so I’d put him at the top of the list. Joey Graham would be second, and, if they can get a big man back in some package deal, I’d think Hump would be third.
Wanna do a little more mail?
Q: The Raptors seem to give up an extraordinary amount of crucial rebounds. What would it take to get Jason Maxiell out of Detroit or a Jason Maxiell type into the Dino's lineup?
Kurt H, Toronto
A: Joe Dumars losing his mind would work getting him out of Detroit.
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