A few NBA questions to be answered; to start at least
What is this “NBA” of which you speak?
Oh, right. Squeak, squeak, swish, swish, miss playoff, miss playoffs.
You have all kinds of questions, I’m sure. I can bluff my way through a bunch of answers right now and I’m sure there’ll be more here throughout the day.
(An aside: Yes, it’s nice to have the HOTH – Heroes of the Hardcourt – to chat about again. Welcome back.)
So, when’s it all start?
Imagine a coach showing up to run training camp when there’s still free agents coming and going. I know coaches, they would be miffed.
The Christmas Day season start is a lock; I imagine it’ll be the three big marquee games – Miami at Dallas (so LeBron can watch Dirk get his ring), Boston-New York (gotta have New York, right) and Chicago-Lakers (gotta have Lakers, right?)
The Raptors? Bet on a Boxing Day start but I have no clue where.
Who are these guys?
There are 10 of them under contract: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, Leandro Barbosa, Jerryd Bayless, Linas Kleiza and Solomon Alabi.
Reggie Evans, Julian Wright, Joey Dorsey and Alexis Ajinca are free agents – all unrestricted – while Sonny Weems is going to Lithuania for the season and won’t be back.
Oh, and the first-round draft pick, Jonas Valanciunas, won’t be here; and now there’s NBA games, I might not get to go see him and that’s kind of a disappointment.
Will they all be back?
Can’t imagine why not.
There is apparently an amnesty clause in the new deal which would allow teams to get out from under one odorous contract. Raps are going to be fairly far under the cap as it is, it’s a young group the GM likes so don’t see him using it. If he did, I’d take a long look at Barbosa or Kleiza; but that’s just me.
Will they add anyone?
Oh for sure. Who is the big question.
They need a starting small forward, a backup swingman and at another big, at least. No clue from Bryan who’d be on the top of his wish list (he’s a tad secretive that way) but if he can pick up an amnesty’d guy on the cheap, bet he does it.
He did warn one day we were talking to him this fall that he might not go big right away, preferring to let this group grow a wee bit and being judicious with his spending.
Which, of course, likely means 20-guy, four-team, double-sign-and-trade thing is in the works.
What else is new?
Well, Super Dog’s bugging me for a walk. And I’m a bit peckish.
So I’ll get out of here for a moment, try to catch my breath a bit, grab a bite of brunch and be back with some more fun stuff later on.