A spot on the roster that should stay
We’ve got a true mishmash of stuff here this morning after an extraordinarily slow Monday.
Today picks up a bit because we get our first shot at the newbies afer practice. That ought to be fun.
Aside from the financial “flexibility” the weekend created, there’s one other thing that Bryan found himself with:
A roster spot.
And expect it to be there for a while.
Last word I got was that there are no plans to go out now and find someone to be the 15th man on the roster, they’d rather let that spot sit vacant to see what else pops up between now and February’s trade deadline.
Ordinarily, you might think they’d go out and find some emergency, third-string point guard but the emergence of Barbosa as someone who can fill that role for a night or two should foul trouble or some minor injury pop up has made them comfortable enough to go with 14 instead of 15. It'll actually be 13 for as long as they leave Alabi in the minors after Davis gets back but they're quite all right with that, too.
And this way, if there’s some one-for-two deal makes itself available (say an expiring contract and a piece of the leftover trade exception for one guy) they can do it without having to get rid of someone on the roster.
Speaking of getting rid of someone on the roster, next week is the final “threshold” in Joey Dorsey’s deal, as I recall.
If he’s still on the roster Dec. 1, his contract becomes fully guaranteed for the rest of the year. I see no reason why they wouldn’t keep him around in case of big man emergencies.
So, yes, we’ve got Ed Davis down with the Bayhawks and he’s really going to get a taste of minor league life in the week he’s in Erie, which may feel a lot longer if I remember Erie from the one time I’ve ever been there.
While the rest of his NBA buddies will be living the life of luxury Thursday for American Thanksgiving – a charter flight to Boston, top of the line hotel, probably some good dinner and fellowship – Ed’s going to be riding a bus from Erie to Fort Wayne, where the Bayhawks play Friday night.
I’m told it’s the only bus trip they’ll take this season – the rest of the road trips are done with commercial flights – and they’ll break it up by stopping in Cleveland for a team dinner.
What a life, eh?
Practice in Erie, bus stop in Cleveland and on to Fort Wayne!
Glamour, I tell ya. True, true glamour.
I can’t believe no one’s asked me yet.
Jerryd Bayless is going to wear No. 5 (Jalen!!!!) and Peja’s got his familiar No. 16 (Bonner!!!!!)
Not bad company at all.
The stuff you learn here …
Indiana 93, Miami 77
Dwyane Wade, 1-13.
Udonis Haslem out.
Now, I have no qualms about saying this: It’s a terrible, terrible thing that Haslem wrecked his foot the other day, he’s been an excellent role player and a solid guy and you never, ever want to see someone injured.
But I guarantee there are tens of thousands of people out there who are rejoicing at the thought of Miami struggling so mightily.
I’m not sure if the Super Friends thought they’d galvanize support when they all got together and become something of a darling group to basketball fans but this latest turn of events will have the masses quite happy, I presume.
Oh yeah, attention Irregulars and Others.
Barring an unforeseen circumstances popping up, we’re planning a noon Question and Answer session here Wednesday so we can have some fun.
Or whatever it is we have.
Okay, I remain all about Jennifer Gray Grey as the eventual winner of the Disco Ball but, I have to tell you, the chubby teen Kyle dancing to the Tootsie Roll made me sit up and take notice.
And sets up a pretty good final tonight, no?
Best thing about the Heat woes?
Looks like Erick Dampier’s going there and we won’t have to worry about the spectre of him coming here.
Once upon a time, before the season really got going, I could have seen it as an okay move to provide some experience and rebounding and rim protection for a team that really needed it.
But the emergence of Reggie Evans as a great rebounder kind of made Dampier’s addition a moot point and the mood around the team for getting him went away.
Now, hopefully, it can be done and forgotten for the rest of the year.
I have to apologize.
The guy I wanted to talk to yesterday to confirm what I think about the mechanics of a trade, who does what and when, wasn’t around and I’ll have to try to get to him today.
But I haven’t forgotten.
Let’s end it with one from the mail and an early-week plea to click here and send in stuff for the weekend. As I look ahead, I’m going to have some idle time Friday and Saturday to get to them so we may as well load up the bag now.
Q: Hi Doug. I notice that Kleiza hasn't started the last few games and that his minutes have been cut back. Is this because of Sonny's strong play? It strikes me that Kleiza has a lot to offer and he's not really get a chance to show it, no?
John P, Sault Ste. Marie
A: Here’s the thing, sometimes perceptions can be a bit deceiving.
In his four games since missing the two in Florida, he’s averaged about 24 minutes a game; in the eight he played before getting sick, he averaged slightly over 25 a game so it really hasn’t been a cut back.
No doubt, the play of Weems most nights has been a small factor but it really hasn’t made all that much difference.
Okay, time to bone up on Bayless and Stojakovic so I might be able to find some marginally interesting angle to explore for the morning.