The Official 2013 Lakers Offseason Thread (P. 4)

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AChad92
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Dwight and Kevin is like Marc and Zach but better

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MettaWorldPeace: Mettaphorically Speaking The Clipps win game 6 I see them winning the championship. Game 7 will be tough at staples .

Didn't know where to put this, but lool this guy's crazy

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mcbill wrote:
Free agent wish list(realistic)

Mini-mid- Dorell Wright or Chase Budinger

Veterans min- Wesely Johnson, Omri Casspi maybe Luke Babbitt

Add Anthony Morrow to the vet minimum list. Just read an article projecting that's all he will get.

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Dorell Wright is a must get. I'm fine with Metta coming off the bench with his 'Peace Corps'.

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If the Lakers had treated people like Rudy Garciduenas better, they might have avoided some of their shitty luck this past season.

My Business law professor is actually friends with Rudy Garciduences and he told her that the whole story was fabricated. Nearly all of it wasn't true.

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This would be my dream scenario for this offseason...

  1. RESIGN DWIGHT HOWARD!

  2. Trade Pau Gasol to the Timberwolves for Derrick Williams, Nicola Pekovic, and a couple draft picks..

  3. Have Metta World Peace opt out of his contract and resign him for alot cheaper..

  4. Amnesty Steve Blake

  5. Sign Dorrel Wright, Anthony Morrow, and maybe Devin Harris if we could..if not Devin Harris than maybe even Daniel Gibson or Nolan Smith

Steve Nash / Devin Harris

Kobe Bryant / Anthony Morrow

Dorrel Wright / MWP

Derrick Williams / Earl Clark / Jordan Hill

Dwight Howard / Nicola Pekovic / Jordan Hill

we get alot more athletic & length with this squad & more shooters to spread the floor for dwight..

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AChad92 wrote:
Dorell Wright is a must get. I'm fine with Metta coming off the bench with his 'Peace Corps'.

"Peace Corps".....I like that!!!!!

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MambaFace888 wrote:
This would be my dream scenario for this offseason...

  1. RESIGN DWIGHT HOWARD!

  2. Trade Pau Gasol to the Timberwolves for Derrick Williams, Nicola Pekovic, and a couple draft picks..

  3. Have Metta World Peace opt out of his contract and resign him for alot cheaper..

  4. Amnesty Steve Blake

  5. Sign Dorrel Wright, Anthony Morrow, and maybe Devin Harris if we could..if not Devin Harris than maybe even Daniel Gibson or Nolan Smith

Steve Nash / Devin Harris

Kobe Bryant / Anthony Morrow

Dorrel Wright / MWP

Derrick Williams / Earl Clark / Jordan Hill

Dwight Howard / Nicola Pekovic / Jordan Hill

we get alot more athletic & length with this squad & more shooters to spread the floor for dwight..

I like everything except trade Gasol for Derrick Williams. I got to watch him a lot w the NBA League Pass and didn't see anything special. He is pretty bad and Pekovic is a FA and he will get paid somewhere.

Trade Gasol and Meeks and replace him w Illyasova and Mbha Moute plus a 2nd rounder. Morrow doesn't do it for me so bring in a guy like Corey Brewer and Nick Young.

Amnesty Metta. He is old, slow and doesn't fit this system.

I doubt we get rid of Steve Blake plus he played pretty well this year despite the injuries.

Nash/ Blake

Kobe/ Nick Young

Mbah Moute/ Brewer

Illyasova/ Clark/ Mbah Moute

Dwight/ Hill

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And if we can't get Brewer I wouldn't mind Wright but I wouldn't start him. We need a guy that has length and can defend. Mbah Moute. Nick Young/ Booby Gibson and either Wight/ Brewer would be perfect. Meeks needs to go. Not a good defender and doesn't make teams pay for leaving him open

Who I would like to see

SG- Booby Gibson, Nick Young or Wesley Johnson

SF- Dorell Wright or Corey Brewer

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Steve Nash / Devin Harris ( or Brandon Jennings )

Kobe Bryant / Nick Young ( or JR Smith )

Dorell Wright / MWP

Kevin Love / Clark

Dwight / Hill / Sacre

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K. Love would be a dream come true. Lol

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Lakeshow07 wrote:
And if we can't get Brewer I wouldn't mind Wright but I wouldn't start him. We need a guy that has length and can defend. Mbah Moute. Nick Young/ Booby Gibson and either Wight/ Brewer would be perfect. Meeks needs to go. Not a good defender and doesn't make teams pay for leaving him open

Who I would like to see

SG- Booby Gibson, Nick Young or Wesley Johnson

SF- Dorell Wright or Corey Brewer

+1

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wow. watching celtics knicks game 19-0 run by celtics 75-68, fts coming for Green. what a great heart that team has.

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Pipe dream alert

http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=ctxo5ur

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suntzu619 wrote:

Idk that kinda seems realistic. Especially if Kevin Love really wants to get out of Minny then Gasol's contract is a good deal and I know Minny really want Pau.

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Lakeshow07 wrote:
And if we can't get Brewer I wouldn't mind Wright but I wouldn't start him. We need a guy that has length and can defend. Mbah Moute. Nick Young/ Booby Gibson and either Wight/ Brewer would be perfect. Meeks needs to go. Not a good defender and doesn't make teams pay for leaving him open

Who I would like to see

SG- Booby Gibson, Nick Young or Wesley Johnson

SF- Dorell Wright or Corey Brewer

+1

i dont mind getting Nate Robinson as our PG. i like Blake on what he has done, but it seems we need to trade him. we need youth.

suntzu619
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Just read on another topic that Iggy is opting out of his contract. Now I know hes gonna be asking for a pay raise and all but for all the salary experts in here would it be simple to say amnesty MWP or Pau to get him? The way I understand it is (which is likely incorrect) that once a player is amnestied that opens up money and a roster spot. Is that the way it works?

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suntzu619 wrote:
Just read on another topic that Iggy is opting out of his contract. Now I know hes gonna be asking for a pay raise and all but for all the salary experts in here would it be simple to say amnesty MWP or Pau to get him? The way I understand it is (which is likely incorrect) that once a player is amnestied that opens up money and a roster spot. Is that the way it works?

We still wouldn't be able to sign him because we would still be over the cap. Now we could sign him to the vet min, or the mle if we have one this year... but I don't think he will sign for that

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All I can say is, THANK GOD Clips lost. Don't have to deal with all those annoying Clip fans.

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Lakers worse season vs clippers best season = same result hahah

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AyeDGAF wrote:
Lakers worse season vs clippers best season = same result hahah

hahahah ohhhh good one

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msteen1 wrote:
suntzu619 wrote:
Just read on another topic that Iggy is opting out of his contract. Now I know hes gonna be asking for a pay raise and all but for all the salary experts in here would it be simple to say amnesty MWP or Pau to get him? The way I understand it is (which is likely incorrect) that once a player is amnestied that opens up money and a roster spot. Is that the way it works?

We still wouldn't be able to sign him because we would still be over the cap. Now we could sign him to the vet min, or the mle if we have one this year... but I don't think he will sign for that

another big names... whats next to Iggy and Klove? D.Rose and Lebron stop talking too much smoke people.

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AyeDGAF wrote:
Lakers worse season vs clippers best season = same result hahah

Love this

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PACIFIC DIVISION CHAMPS BABY!!

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I like Dorrell Wright, after the all star break he got his 3 pt range back and was great for the Sixers off the bench. He's young has speed and is athletic.

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AyeDGAF wrote:
PACIFIC DIVISION CHAMPS BABY!!

This is great

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The one player I really want the Lakers to get is Parsons but that will be IMPOSSIBLE.

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Ok. This season in a nutshell......

Lakers worst ever season? first round playoff exit

Clippers best ever season? first round playoff exit

Imagine that

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AChad92 wrote:
All I can say is, THANK GOD Clips lost. Don't have to deal with all those annoying Clip fans.

They are freaking out about CP3

TheLegendaryDino
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IMO, most of floppers fans talks way too much sht even though they don't know how it is feel to win championship. Like I said before, del negro choked during playoffs as usuall! floppers epic failed to pass first round as usual!! Most of floppers fans thought they already got their delusional championship after winning games in regular season.. good thing floppers lost, otherwise floppers fans would of say they won alot of delusional rings or already build their delusional flopping dynasty rofl

floppers should of known "karma is a *****", now take that to bank floppers

btw I have nothing against floppers fans, but I don't like how they post topics after topics to talk sht about other teams (mostly about lakers) when floppers can't even pass first round.. I don't see lakers fans posting topics after topics to talk sht about floppers..

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gonzo08452 wrote:
AChad92 wrote:
All I can say is, THANK GOD Clips lost. Don't have to deal with all those annoying Clip fans.

They are freaking out about CP3

He seemed really distraught in his post-game interview, way beyond his normal self. He also didn't seem so sure anymore in returning for them next year.

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Ugh was busy yesterday and a bit today but had to make time to come to LTB and express about FLop city.

What a disappointment. Just wow. Up 2-0 and lose 4 straight. Its just sad and pathetic. I would love to go to CTB and be a complete troll. It also shows how overrated Blake is as a player. Ducking and being a highlight reel will not win you games. Zbo completely owned him throughout the series. Showing him how a true pf should be playing. Their front court needs a major adjustment and of course a coaching change.

Thats what flop city fans get for being so dam cocky after we got bounce and how they were flaunting on how easy it will be to get to the WCF with Westbrook out. The weekend is looking great. Also helps that we are not the only one who are second guessing on if our star player will re-sign with our team.

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d12 to the clippers, cp3 to us

is that possible in any way, salary wise?

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Monta Ellis Likely To Opt Out Of Final Year With Bucks

April 13, 2013 12:22 am � GERY WOELFEL [email protected]

MILWAUKEE - As the Milwaukee Bucks season winds down, it appears Monta Ellis' days in a Bucks uniform are numbered as well.

At least, that's the prevailing sentiment of some Ellis acquaintances. They claim Ellis, the Bucks' potent-scoring guard, has indicated to them that he intends on opting out of his contract after the season and becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Ellis, who has adamantly refused to discuss his future plans, came to the Bucks last March in a major deal with Golden State. In that transaction, the Bucks acquired Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.

In his short tenure with the Bucks, Ellis' play has wildly fluctuated. He has exhibited brilliance like in a 10-day stretch from Feb. 27 until March 17 when he scored 26 or more points on seven occasions.

He is also averaging 19.3 points a game. That's the 11th-highest average in the league. The only shooting guards with higher scoring averages are Kobe Bryant (24.6), James Harden (24.3) and Dwyane Wade (21.2).

But Ellis has also had performances where's he been awful. In a game against Oklahoma City, he went 3 for 17 from the field. In games against Atlanta and Memphis, he went 2 for 14 and 1 for 14, respectively.

Ellis has shot the ball poorly for most of the season. He's made 41 percent of his field-goal attempts and is a measly 27 percent from 3-point range. Furthermore, the 27-year-old Ellis has been a turnover machine, committing 3.1 a game. He's had 17 games where he's had five turnovers or more.

Yet, Ellis contends he's among the best at his position in the league. Earlier this season, he favorably compared himself to Wade. But if Ellis expects to command Wade-like money ($18.5 million next season), he's in for a rude awakening this summer.

In conversations with several general managers, not one said they would pay Ellis more than he's already receiving. That's $11 million, which is the same amount he would be paid next season if he opted to remain with the Bucks.

But as one general manager noted, it only takes one team to be enamored with Ellis' explosive scoring abilities and give him a long-term deal in excess of $11 million per season.

Working in Ellis' favor is that there are nearly a dozen teams that will have ample salary-cap flexibility this season. At least four of them will be in the market for a shooting guard. Those teams are Atlanta (Ellis' name was prominently mentioned with the Hawks at the trading deadline), Phoenix, Dallas and Minnesota.

There has also been scuttlebutt Ellis would be quite receptive to signing with the Memphis Grizzlies. Ellis has a home outside of Memphis and spends a considerable amount of time there during the offseason.

But the Grizzlies have one of the NBA's premier defensive shooting guards in Tony Allen who, while being an UFA this summer, is expected to return to the team. More importantly, the Grizzlies have little wiggle room on the cap as they already have guaranteed contracts totaling $60.5 million for next season.

Suffice to say, how Ellis performs in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs against Wade and the Miami Heat could go a long way in determining how much money he'll earn in the years to come ... likely with a team not called the Bucks.

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Blazers Likely To Part Ways With J.J. Hickson

By Jason Quick, The Oregonian

There are no hard feelings and no regrets, but it appears these are the final days that JJ Hickson and the Trail Blazers are together, with both sides acknowledging this week that the writing is on the wall.

The Blazers, who have given up the most interior points in the NBA, want to find a more defensive-oriented center next season, while Hickson - a power forward who bit his tongue and played as an undersized center for the Blazers - wants to start, and is eager to test his market value when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Blazers general manager Neil Olshey this week said he is not ruling out keeping Hickson on the roster, but he doubts the team will have the role, and the money, to pacify Hickson's desires next season.

"For us to make a jump next season, JJ can't be our starting center,'' Olshey said, referencing the Blazers' 47.4 points allowed in the paint per game, an NBA high. "I'm not saying he can't be part of the roster. But we need to find a starting-caliber center who protects the rim and gets defensive rebounds at a high rate and that has a presence. And we have to do a better job at defending the paint. So you have to ask: Is it likely there is enough minutes to commit the kind of dollars JJ will command, when clearly there are other positions that need to be upgraded? Probably not.''

The Blazers figure to enter the offseason with $11.8 million in cap room. A large chunk, if not all of that money, will likely be used to lure a defensive-minded starting center or to absorb the contract of a starting center in a trade. That leaves Hickson on the outside looking in when it comes to meeting his desires to find a team that can both give him chance to start as well as award him a raise from his $4 million salary this season. If he stayed in Portland, Hickson would play behind franchise player LaMarcus Aldridge, who plays close to 40 minutes a game.

Andy Miller, who represents Hickson, said Olshey hasn't flat-out told him Hickson is not in the Blazers' plans, but Miller said he is under the impression that the Blazers will move in a different direction than Hickson.

"I think Neil has been fairly candid to me as far as where they stand,'' Miller said. "I don't feel confident about the situation. Earlier in the season there may have been mood swings and perspective swings where I felt the tide swinging, to where I felt that this would be more than a rental for both sides. But lately, I haven't felt that way at all. He definitely hasn't misled me.''

It figures to be a controversial decision for the Blazers. Although the 6-foot-9 Hickson was undersized for his position and often an overmatched, or unwilling defender, the fanbase embraced his high energy play and relentless pursuit of rebounds. In the process, the 24-year-old has put together a career year in his fifth season, with averages of 12.9 points and 10.6 rebounds while playing 29 minutes a game. He leads the Blazers in rebounds and field-goal percentage (.567) and ranks sixth in the NBA with 40 double-doubles.

Olshey said he realizes his decision will be met with some resistance from Miller and fans, but he said he has to take emotion out of the equation.

"I don't think Andy necessarily agrees with it, but he sees our perspective,'' Olshey said. "Now, he may think we are wrong - and maybe we are wrong - but at the end of the day, we are going to do what is best for the organization.''

In the end, it was probably a win-win scenario for Hickson and the Blazers. Hickson, who was picked up off waivers last March after Sacramento released him, got an opportunity to resurrect his career, while the Blazers found a capable center to buy time for rookie Meyers Leonard to develop.

"I think JJ has had a remarkable season,'' coach Terry Stotts said. "He showed a lot of people what he can do. The most important thing is he sustained a certain level, for the most part of the season, with his energy and his rebounding. The mid-range jump shot, I think, is the biggest area where people questioned whether he could make it, and he turned into a very capable mid-range jump shooter. And he accepted his role. I didn't call a lot of plays for him and he found his offense through the flow of the game. Although it was frustrating at times for him he accepted it and thrived in it.''

Hickson, who is questionable for tonight's game against the Lakers because of a sore back, said he likes the Blazers organization and his teammates, but he understands personnel and financial decisions have to be made.

"If we part ways, it would be no hard feelings, and if we decided to stick together, it would be a great thing also,'' Hickson said. "But at the end of the day, it's always business. I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't miss my teammates and the organization, because they took a chance on me by picking me up off waivers. I can't thank them enough for that. But I think I have paid my dues with all the hard work I have put in all season.''

Hickson said having a chance to start will be at or near the top of his offseason priority list.

"That's just me being a competitor,'' Hickson said. "I think everyone in this league wants to start, so of course I want to start, of course I want to play a lot of minutes to help my team as much as possible. That's definitely one of the factors going into free agency - whether I start or not. Other than that, I'm just looking to win ball games and have fun doing it.''

Hickson is not sure it would be fun playing center again next season. He said it was difficult enough playing the position this season.

"It was hard to play center. but I took it with a grain of salt and did what I had to do for the team,'' Hickson said. "I felt like I laid it all out on the line. I definitely was playing out of position, but I sacrificed my position for the coaching staff and my teammates to play a position that my body is not made up for. And we all knew that going into the year I was an undersized (center) and that I would have to play that much harder to make up for what I didn't have physically.''

The intrigue will be what Hickson commands on the free agent market. If he gets more than $5 million a year, he will probably be out of the Blazers price range. If he doesn't, and the Blazers strike out in their free agent pursuits, there's a chance he could return.

"All I know is JJ has earned the right to test the market,'' Miller said. "He has put in the time and the effort to show that his game and body of work has matured. I know he has enjoyed his time in Portland, but now he gets a chance to see what else is out there.''

--Jason Quick

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Mark Cuban Hopes Vince Carter Remains With Mavericks

By Eddie Sefko / Reporter

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While Mark Cuban has been supremely disappointed in himself and his team about this lottery-bound season, his mood changes radically when the subject of Vince Carter comes up.

"I feel bad for Vince," he said. "Vince is a warrior. All these things I've heard in the past about him being soft and not playing hard, (that's bull). That dude comes out to deliver every night.

"I feel worse for Vince than I do for Dirk (Nowitzki). Vince hasn't been there and he's had two great seasons for us. And he's just a first-class guy who busts his (tail) every game. You never look at Vince and say he's taking a play off. I'm proud that he's on the Mavericks. The guy lays it out every time. I can't put it any other way. He's one of those guys I want to retire here."

Does that mean Carter will be with the Mavericks beyond next season, when his contract expires?

"I hope so," Cuban said. "The current trend is, as guys get older, they lose a little weight and I think Vince is athletic enough and smart enough and genetically gifted enough that if he goes on that same Steve Nash, Dirk, Tim Duncan path, where you lose a little bit of weight every year and keep your spring, he's a genetic freak.

"He can play for more than a year, easily. He'll be cranking those motorcycle handles for a while."

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Corey Brewer Hopes Nuggets Attempt To Re-Sign Him

Corey Brewer hopes the Denver Nuggets make an attempt to re-sign him in the offseason.

Brewer will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end.

"You never know, but I like it here," Brewer said of his future. "Hopefully they want to keep me."

Brewer is averaging a career-best 11.8 points per game this season.

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Hedo Turkoglu Wants To Return To Magic Next Season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - SF Hedo Turkoglu said he wants to remain with the Magic next season even though the club already has effectively removed him - and Al Harrington - from its future plans.

"I would like to keep playing here," Turkoglu said after the Magic's shootaround Wednesday. "I was here more years than anywhere in my career."

Turkoglu was eligible to return for the Magic's game Wednesday night in Charlotte after he served a 20-game suspension for testing positive for steroids.

The Magic aren't expecting to play Turk and Harrington the rest of the season, giving time to younger players.

Coach Jacque Vaughn planned on playing just eight players against the Bobcats. Asked if injuries or players fouling out would present a situation where Turk or Harrington would be needed, Vaughn said, "If they're in uniform, they are capable of playing."

Added Vaughn: "What I'll say right now is I'm comfortable playing the guys that have been playing. Al and Turk have been great for us as far as their contribution to our team, in the locker room, teaching our young fellas.

"Right now, I'm more comfortable playing the guys in the rotation."

There are, of course, 12 million reasons why Turkoglu would love to stay in Orlando and play next season.

The Magic would owe him the entire $12 million in the final year of his contract next year. Because his contract is not guaranteed, the Magic can pay just $6 million and let him go.

Turk has played seven-plus seasons in Orlando, making stops in Toronto and in Phoenix before returning to the Magic late in 2010 in a multi-player trade.

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Dell Demps Not Ruling Out Eric Gordon Trade

By John Reid, NOLA.com | The Times Picayune

With concrete plans to make the team better by next season, New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps didn't rule out the possibility the franchise could trade shooting guard Eric Gordon this summer.

During an end of season news conference Monday at the New Orleans Arena, Demps said if a deal arises with Gordon or any other player the Pelicans will have to look at it after finishing with a 27-55 record and missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Gordon led the Hornets with a 17.0 scoring average, but he missed 40 games due to a right knee injury and had strict restrictions imposed by team doctors that held him out of the second game of back-to-back sets to avoid overworking his knee.

"To say if I anticipate him being back � I don't know if that's something I can answer right now, or him not to be back,'' Demps said. "We're going to sit down and evaluate every situation and opportunity.

"But for a guy to come back from injury like that, I thought he had some ups and some downs, but I still think his future is bright as an NBA player.''

The Hornets matched the Phoenix Suns' four-year, $58 million sheet to Gordon last summer to retain him as a restricted free agent. But Gordon missed the first 29 games of this season because of a patella tendon disorder and bone bruise in his right knee.

He didn't return until Dec. 29 and then was placed on restrictions by team doctors that included for him not to average more than 30 minutes a game. Those restrictions were not lifted until April 9-10 when he played back-to-back games against the Lakers and Sacramento Kings and combined to average 22.5 points.

In February, Gordon became the focus of trade rumors. But several teams apparently had concerns about his health issues and the size of his contract and the trade deadline passed with the Hornets making a deal.

"I thought it was tough on Eric coming back from injury, not having training camp, missing a number of games, not being able to play in back-to-backs,'' Demps said. "I thought that he really tried to fight through the situation.''

With Gordon sidelined for the opening two months of the season, the Hornets' young players had to grow up fast. Rookie guard Austin Rivers was thrust into the starting lineup when he appeared like he wasn't ready, especially offensively. The Hornets had a 7-22 record before Gordon returned.

"Obviously, it's easy to sit there and blame it on youth or blame it on whatever the players did,'' Coach Monty Williams said. "The bottom line is not just them all the time. I've got to do my job as well and I'm not going to hide from that. At the same time, we're not playing against teams who are not trying to win.

"You look at a lot of those games, we were playing against pretty good teams. Some of those games, you feel like we could have pulled them out but we had planned on that before the season even started.''

Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis said they're not happy about the team's 27-55 record in 2012-13, but he said the team had to fight through adversity the entire season because of injuries. In all, 115 games were missed by New Orleans players this season due to injuries.

"Eric from the beginning � missed 40 games,'' Loomis said. "Jason Smith missed 30 games. Anthony (Davis) missed 18 games. We were full strength for only 22 games this season. I believe our record was 11-11 during those 22 games."

Regardless of what decision the Pelicans make about Gordon's future, Loomis said the franchise is in good hands with Williams and Demps. Loomis gave them both extensions before the regular season began.

"I think, most importantly, we absolutely have the right coach in Monty Williams,'' Loomis said. "He's everything that we're looking for to lead our basketball team.

"We absolutely have the right general manager in Dell Demps. He and his staff made a number of significant moves in this last offseason, and we're looking forward to having a great offseason plan from him and his staff and from Monty as well.''

Williams said he will continue working to become a better coach, saying he plans to speak with coaches from other sports, including some NFL coaches.

"During the season, I talk to a number of coaches, whether it be (Gregg Popovich), Coach (Larry) Brown or Nate (McMillan),'' Williams said. "This summer I'm going to do some different things, maybe talk to some guys in different sports. Last year I got the chance to sit down and listen to (Tony) LaRussa and it was eye-opening some of the things he said that I was able to use this year.

"They were simple things. I don't mince a lot of words when it comes to me getting better as a coach but I'm always trying to do things necessary to become a better coach. I'm excited for some of the things Mickey has lined up for me as far as being around different voices and learning from people a lot more than I do. I feel like I'm always going to be there trying to improve as a coach.''

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By Ryan Wolstat , Toronto Sun

TORONTO - Raptors ownership is poised to bring back Bryan Colangelo and Dwane Casey for another season.

They will be making a mistake, particularly where Colangelo is concerned.

Colangelo's refusal to recognize the obvious with Andrea Bargnani - that the "enigma of enigmas" could never be relied on as a key building block - and his total misread of the Chris Bosh situation have resulted in three playoff wins in seven years, including five years without a playoff appearance, when things could have been much different.

Sure, drafting Jonas Valanciunas was a coup and acquiring Rudy Gay was a strong play, but the roster that has been built is one that is capped out and limited in where it can go, unless Valanciunas becomes a superstar.

By convincing himself that Bargnani would one day repay his faith in him, Colangelo failed the franchise he has been paid handsomely to direct. Instead of dealing him when he had solid value, Colangelo hung on to the Roman and now, according to league sources, an asset would likely have to be included just to dump the $22.5 million US remaining on his contract.

That's unacceptable.

Doubly so in that one reason Bosh left was because Colangelo could not properly build around him, partly because he believed Bargnani would be a key piece beside Bosh.

Not to mention, Toronto's long-time president/general manager saw the team's second-best all-time player bolt for next to nothing in return. Yes, Bosh and his agent gave indications that Toronto had a shot of retaining the big man, but history shows Colangelo was misguided to believe them. Not with Miami in position to make an historic haul, partly thanks to Colangelo (Jermaine O'Neal for Shawn Marion gifted the Heat the cap space required to add both Bosh and LeBron James).

Colangelo has done some good and some bad while in Toronto, but a unifying theme has been a lack of foresight. A failure to see what is coming next.

From rushing rebuilds, overvaluing his players, to overcompensating to try to alleviate problem areas, Colangelo has been unable to repeat his past success.

Now, with a new collective bargaining agreement making cap management more important than ever, a team has been built where most of the roster (Amir Johnson and Kyle Lowry aside) is being paid at a considerable premium. There are few options to improve the team either, other than through the "organic growth" Colangelo talks so hopefully about.

A new general manager would bring a fresh take on what the Raptors have and what changes have to be made. He would be able to move Bargnani without worrying what the club gets back in return and he would consider paths that Colangelo, sources say, isn't currently inclined to consider - particularly moving DeMar DeRozan while his value is at a high point.

DeRozan's defence is a large concern going forward - even if Colangelo disagreed strongly with that notion at his season-ending media availability Monday - and the team needs a dead-eye long-range shooter to complement Gay and Valanciunas far more than it needs DeRozan's mid-range game.

Colangelo has had plenty of time to lift the Raptors and has not been able to get it done.

It's time for a change.

The Casey situation is less clear-cut. After an excellent initial season in Toronto, Casey and his staff had a tough follow-up. Casey clashed with the mercurial Lowry, made some curious rotational decisions and watched his charges continually struggle to execute in tight situations (Toronto was one of the poorest teams at closing out tight contests in the league).

Still, that's not enough to pay Casey to go away, some alterations to his staff could suffice.

Except for the fact that the roster he has been given to work with doesn't suit his style or philosophy at all. That's not Casey's fault, unlike some of the on-court failings of his team, but it's reality.

Just not in Colangelo's eyes.

"I'm not sure I agree with you," he said Monday when I suggested the roster he had built left Casey with one hand tied behind his back.

"There were some things that we needed to sort through and we're getting to the point where we're finding the common ground.

"My job in management is to get talent, to bring in athletes. Athletes that have upside and upside is not just offensive upside, it's defensive upside as well ... There's a number of players that you can point to and say: 'Hey, they've got the athletic ability and the talent to play defence, it's just a function of getting them to play defence.'"

The NBA is filled with great athletes. Most of them don't play strong defence. Offence brings the glory and Toronto's roster is stocked with players who pride themselves on their attacking skills, not their abilities to get stops.

There's also the issue that this group is built to run, to take advantage of its athletic advantages, rather than being cerebral and precise.

That's not what Casey favours (despite his pronouncement that he wants to run off of turnovers next season) and since this roster cannot be broken apart easily without setting the franchise back years, it's doubtful things work out in Toronto for Casey, a solid coach.

So why try to force something that seems destined to fail?

Plus, a new GM should always be given the chance to pick his own bench boss.

However, sources say there has been no appetite at the MLSE board level to replace either Colangelo or Casey.

Instead, it appears the franchise will continue to attempt to force round pegs into square holes and hope for the best.

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By Moke Hamilton

April 24, 2013 at 12:28 AM

JR SmithNEW YORK - On Tuesday night, in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, J.R. Smith checked into the game with 8:24 remaining in the first quarter.

Fresh off being minted as the league's Sixth Man of the Year, Smith received a rousing ovation from the Madison Square Garden faithful.

His first four shots found the bottom of the net, and the final one-a buzzer beating 36-footer that gave the Knicks a 26-20 lead after one quarter-brought down the house.

The Knicks went on to defeat the Celtics, 87-71, and will carry a 2-0 series lead to Boston.

Smith's first quarter helped propel them, and it was a microcosm of his tenure in New York. Sadly, for Knicks fans, there is a very real possibility that it may end this summer.

Smith is coming off of a career year in which he turned in career highs across the board: 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

This past season, he opened eyes across the league and has been vital in the Knicks' revival.

Yet this past season, his $2.8 million salary was not only far below his market value, it was less than the $4.05 million the Knicks paid shooter savant Steve Novak.

Smith has a player option for next season, and a source close to Smith tells SheridanHoops.com that it is "very, very likely" that he will opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

If so, the Knicks will be limited in what they may offer him.

Per the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, the Knicks will have an "early Bird" salary exception which they may use to re-sign Smith.

The early Bird exception is available to re-sign a free agent who played each of the previous two seasons with the same team, even if, like Smith, the two seasons were played under different contracts.

An incumbent team (the Knicks in this case) can re-sign an early Bird free agent for the greater of either: (A) 175 percent of his salary under the terms of his immediately expired agreement, or (B) 104.5 percent of whatever the league's average player salary is for the first year of the new deal.

Does your head hurt yet?

Let's plug in real numbers to make it all make sense.

Because Smith would be an early Bird free agent if he opts out this summer, under the first calculation, the Knicks can offer him a starting salary of $4.9 million by using the 175 percent rule.

Under the second calculation, they could offer Smith 104.5 percent of whatever is the average player salary for the 2012-13 season, a number we won't know until July 1, 2013, when the league's finances for the previous season are fully accounted.

But for all intents and purposes, we can safely assume that the average player salary will end up being around $5.34 million. Under the second calculation, the Knicks could give Smith a starting salary of $5.58 million.

So, that's it.

The most the Knicks can offer Smith in year one of a new deal would be $5.58 million.

As an early Bird free agent, the Knicks could offer Smith up to four years, with annual raises of up to 7.5 percent of his salary in the first year, or, in this case, $418,000.

Add that all up, and the most the Knicks can offer Smith as a free agent this summer is a four-year deal worth $24.8 million, or an average of $6.2 million per year.

It is not all bad news for Knicks fans, though. And there are two important things to consider here.

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Andre Iguodala is expected to opt out of the final season of his current contract, which is set to pay him $16 million in order to explore free agency.

Iguodala may not receive as much money on an annual basis, but would welcome the security of a long-term deal.

Iguodala will be one of the NBA's most coveted unrestricted free agents this offseason.

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Paul Pierce plans to play next season, and it seems as though it won't matter if he's still with the Boston Celtics.

"That's up to Danny [Ainge] and them," Pierce said when asked if he expects to be with the Celtics in 2013-14.

"I definitely expect to be playing," he added, alluding that he'd consider continuing his career with another team.

There are questions surrounding the Celtics heading into the summer. Ainge will have to decide whether to begin a rebuilding project or try and bring the current core back for another run.

"I've been here 15 years, and I've seen a lot of changes every year," Pierce reflected.

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Jarrett Jack Shut Down Extension Talks, Wants To Experience Free Agency

By Marcus Thompson

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at 7:12 pm in Uncategorized.

According to multiple team sources, the Warriors initiated extension talks with guard Jarrett Jack back in January. But Jack shut down such talks before they got rolling, looking to focus on the season and wanting to experience free agency.

Jack, who drew interest from multiple teams during the trade deadline, is in the last year of his contract paying him $5 million this season. He is expected to be a fairly well sought after this offseason, especially with the postseason he's having, as multiple teams are looking for a point guard. Multiple teams are looking for point guards - including Utah, Charlotte, Toronto and possibly Milwaukee (since Brandon Jennings is a restricted free agent). Plus, Jack has proven to be a difference-maker off the bench, which has intrigued multiple teams that already have a point guard, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.

Jack has been an integral part of the Warriors' success this season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 assists off the bench in 29.7 minutes off the bench. He is a respected voice in the locker room and has proven a capable option when starter Stephen Curry out of the lineup.

But will Jack turn down a lucrative offer from another team? Will the Warriors be be able and willing to match or compete?

Money, however, isn't the only obstacle. Golden State will have to determine if it wants to commit so many minutes to Jack. As it stands now, Jack is playing minutes in the fourth quarter at the expense of rookie forward Harrison Barnes. A bigger role for Barnes would probably mean a smaller roll for Jack (since sitting Curry or second-year guard Klay Thompson is not an option).

Warriors general manager Bob Myers declined to comment until after the season.

"I believe everything will work out," Jack said in a previous interview. "I want to be here and if they want me here, it will work out."

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By Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel

St. Francis - Mike Dunleavy has served as a valuable sixth man for the Bucks during the past two seasons.

And the 32-year-old guard-forward said Monday he would be open to returning.

Dunleavy scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds in Milwaukee's 88-77 loss to Miami in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference playoffs Sunday as the Heat completed a four-game sweep.

"My contract's up so I'm just going to have to figure out where that leaves me," Dunleavy said. "Honestly I haven't given a lot of thought to it.

"I like being here; I grew up here. I signed as a free agent here. I'm willing to come back. I've got to talk to the team and see what they want to do and go from there."

Dunleavy signed a two-year, $7 million deal with Milwaukee in the summer of 2011. He averaged 12.3 points and provided a spark off the bench in 55 games during the lockout-shortened season, then averaged 10.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 75 games during the past season.

Former Bucks coach Scott Skiles treasured Dunleavy in his role off the bench and Jim Boylan used the former Duke star in the same way.

"I'm happy that I signed here two seasons ago, looking back on it," Dunleavy said. "This year everybody knows was a little bit tougher. It was just a tough year.

"That's part of the business. You've got to stick with it; you've got to stay professional. You've got to come out and perform every night. I tried to do that to the best of my ability. At the end of the day we made the playoffs and I guess you've got to feel good about that."

The Bucks seemed poised at one point to fight for the sixth-seeded or seventh-seeded spots in the East. But their late-season malaise consigned them to the unenviable matchup against MIami, a 66-victory team that won 27 straight games at one point in the season.

"I have no issue about getting swept by the Heat," Dunleavy said. "They're a great team. The issue is having to face the Heat. We basically dog-trotted down the stretch for March and April.

"We should have never been in the position of having to play the 1 seed. Kind of shame on us. That's the disappointing part of the whole season."

Dunleavy said the trade deadline deal to acquire J.J. Redick gave the team a brief boost.

"You get guys to get re-engaged and a little more focused," Dunleavy said. "Some guys think, 'If I don't bring it tonight, I'm not going to play. I better get my act together.'

"That happened for a few weeks. Then again, like after a coaching change, reality sets in and it ended up being even more guys that could have had an argument for playing major minutes. It just didn't pan out the right way. To add a guy like J.J. to your team, how could it not help? And here we are in a situation where our record dropped off. That's certainly not an indicator of the type of player he is.

"It just doesn't add up."

Dunleavy also noted a concerning trend that he believed contributed to the Bucks' decline toward the end of the season.

"We struggled with some discipline stuff, some small things, that quite frankly probably were a result of not being engaged and on top of things in practice and shootarounds," Dunleavy said. "It just carried over.

"You do that and it will catch up to you. Guys will hit tough buzzer-beaters or you'll lose in funny ways. It's just kind of a basketball karma thing.

"There were a lot of days (in practice) we just didn't get better. We weren't really focused. You've got to improve from January 1 until yesterday. I just don't think it happened. You look at our roster and we don't have any bad guys. Again, it comes down to guys wanting to play and have a certain role and do certain things.

"If you can't balance that, you have problems."

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