July 15, 2009
The Lakers offer to unrestricted free agent Lamar Odom for $9 million per season has been taken off the table after Odom’s agent Jeff Schwartz failed to respond on the player’s behalf. He may be heading back to the Miami Heat to join Dwayne Wade or over to the Dallas Mavericks.
Personally, I would like to see the Candy Man back in LA; Odom was an asset to the Lakers, and without him the team will have to depend on Andrew Bynum and former Houston Rockets player Ron Artest. The start to the regular season is a long way off, but keep tabs on trade talks, free agents, and the latest courtside news at HoopsHype.
June 25, 2009
Last Year's NBA Draft
The 2009 NBA Draft airs tonight from 7 pm-12 am ET, and although it’s known that the number 1 draft pick Blake Griffin will be playing for the LA Clippers, nothing else is set in stone yet. Check out ESPN online for a list of the Top 100 Draft Picks. ESPN’s Mock Draft has pick 2 Hasheem Thabeet (Connecticut) going with Memphis Grizzlies, pick 3 Ricky Rubio (Spain) going with Oklahoma City Thunder, pick 4 Stephen Curry (Davidson) going with Sacremnto Kings, and pick 5 Tyreke Evans (Memphis) going with Minnesota Timberwolves. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 4 picks in the Top 30 (5th, 6th, 18th & 28th), promising them a fresh start with a young team in the wake of trading Kevin Garnett to Boston two years ago.
June 25, 2009
It’s official; Shaq has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers! Lebron will finally have someone to run defense for him. With these two big hitters on the court, 2010 is already looking a lot brighter for the Cavs. In return for Shaq, Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic are headed to Phoenix. This trade puts Cleveland in a position to combat Howard of the Magic in the Eastern Conference next year, gives them the player they’ve been coveting since February, and guarentees that Lebron will renew his contract. The Cavs get O’Neal for a year, allowing them to try to lure in more all-stars in next summers free agent class. Expect to see Varejao re-signed and back on the court with these two heavy hitters next season too.
Update: Shaq learned of the trade via Twitter.
June 25, 2009
Dwight Howard made his first TV appearance on Jimmy Fallon last night. Although he was only on camera for a short time, his infectious smile and easy going demeanor came through strong and he won over host and crowd alike. Fallon challenged him to a arcade shot contest, to which Howard replied, “Man, have you SEEN my freethrows?!” Howard was also presented with a copy of “NBA Live 2009,” which has him on the cover. He took a moment to take it in.