- 06/25/2012, 03:48PM ET
J-Business said 06/25, 03:48 PM
I've chosen these five NBA free agents:
Now I'll pick a destination and give a reason. Show your NBA knowledge, make at least 3 changes and also give a reason
D Williams - I say he goes to DALLAS. In theory, he'd like to stay w/ Brooklyn but they don't have the pieces to trade for Howard
Garnett - Resign w/ BOSTON or retire. KG turned it up a notch in the playoffs with Boston but I see it more as a last hurrah, rather than rejuvenation. It will be very difficult for him to sign w/ another team, go to another city, learn new plays and adapt to a new team and coach
Nash - I'm hearing a lot about him going to the Knicks but I've also heard of him going to ATLANTA. I think Nash w/ the Hawks is a better fit
Goran Dragic - He's an intriguing player and has a lot of potential. I see him going to PORTLAND who will throw him good money looking to pair him w/ Aldrige and also to redo their mistake of trading Drazen Petrovic
Kris Humphries - He's a good PF and I think PHILLY sees him as being a good piece to replace Elton and they'll make him a key piece and a starter
Right, show your NBA knowledge
harrisplz said 06/25, 04:58 PM
Good, solid picks.
I'm going to make one change at a time since I get to argue three times. I guess you can counter-argue each pick I make.
Goran Dragic just blew up at the end of the season. Lots of teams are going to throw money at him, not just Portland. But here's the thing, Houston has committed completely to Dragic and they have shown enough support for Dragic to stay there.
1. Kyle Lowry is a really talented PG who the Rockets actually REPLACED with Dragic at the end of the season. It takes some guts by the staff to make such a bold move. Lowry is sought after PG. So much so, Lowry actually demanded for a trade during the season if you don't remember. He had no interest in playing second fiddle to Dragic. But that's how much the Rockets are committed to Dragic
2. All signs point to Dragic leaning towards Houston right now. Actually, he reportedly came out on Slovene TV and said that he loves Houston and that he's leaning heavily towards staying.
J-Business said 06/26, 04:25 AM
Interesting point about Dragic but I think the issue with Lowry is one of the very reasons why he may not stay with Houston
Lowry is a decent point guard and before he was injured he was emerging as a potentially top 10 point guard in the league.
Dragic came in and also did very well and both are good players
However, for that very same reason, Houston will most likely not make him a better offer than Portland.
Houston will still be very comfortable keeping Lowry, whom they can tie up for cheaper long term now because of his injury but with the expectation that he'll get better
Additionally, Houston won't pay Dragic that much knowing that he's still not guaranteed the starting position because once training camp starts, it will be Dragic vs Lowry for the starting position
Portland on the other hand, will be able to offer Dragic the starting position (Felton's gone) along with a team that he can potentially take to the top of the Western Conference
Portland can also a better if not similar package and they can offer a guaranteed starting position
harrisplz said 06/27, 12:35 AM
I think him going to Philly would be an excellent pick up for the Sixers. Its an ideal pick up, but one that I don't think is going to happen.
One, I think there's a good chance that Elton Brand gets resigned for obviously way less than what he was earning before. They have a good thing going on in Philly right now.
I say Philly first throws tons of money at Hibbert and Illyasova before they even consider Kris Humphries. And even if Philly gets their offer together, I say teams like Raptors, Suns, and even the Nets again, throw money at him as well. He's a good fit in Philly, but no signs indicate that he will necessarily end up there.
Nash- he is NOT going to Atlanta! Period. This is the easiest one to see. There are two possibilities here:
1. He goes to Dallas to reunited with Dirk because Cuban missed his chance at Deron Williams.
2. The Nets lose out on Deron Williams to Dallas. They replace him with Nash in hopes of luring in Dwight.
Those two are the only real choices. I don't even know where the heck you got Atlanta from. I think Steve would rather return to PHX before he goes to ATL.
J-Business said 06/27, 06:37 AM
Elton Brand is already signed but there's a good chance the Sixers will amnesty his contract.
Hibbert is a restricted free agent, thus Indiana can match any contract and Illyasova is good but his reputation is built over a few monsters games with subpar play in between
There are definitely signs that he'll end up in Philly and the Philly media and even bras have shown a definite interest.
Elton Brand is on the way out and Humphries is as good as an option as any. Also, none of the teams you mentioned even sniffed the playoffs, so I'm sure that he'd prefer Philly as a location
I read recently that Atlanta is interested in Nash and I think it's a good fit. Miami is good but not unbeatable, Chicago remains to be seen and Indiana is still young
Atlanta would have a starting 5 of:
It may not be as popular as the Dallas or the Knicks rumors but it offers him a much better chance of contending for a title
There is no chance he goes to the Nets. They're one of the worst in the league and Nash alone won't make them better than Williams and it won't entice Howard to join him
harrisplz said 06/27, 02:50 PM
So here's what's wrong with your logic:
You seem to think that ALL players prioritize winning above earning money. While this is often the case for superstars in the league who have already made tons of money, this certainly is the case for Humphries.
A bunch of teams that I already mentioned, like the Suns and the Nets again, are going to throw just as much money, if not more at Humphries. I say as an average player, he goes where he cashes in the most.
And while Nash is a established superstar, he might want to seek out a championship as much as you think he would like to.
I think if he ONLY considered playing for a team that contends for a title, he would have demanded a trade last season and the season before that. He easily could've done it.
Steve Nash has said that he's open to returning to PHX- I think even this is more likely than him going to Atlanta. I mean you can tell me how good line-up is going to look a 100 times. That has nothing to do with whether he's actually going to ATL or not.
There are plenty of signs that indicate Nash wanting to rejoin Dirk. There are no signs he wants to go to Atlanta except your, "Atlanta is interested in Nash."
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