Archive for the ‘Phoenix Suns’ Category

Somebody Is Lying
June 27, 2007

Whenever I tried to pull a fast one on my Dad when I was a kid, my Dad would turn to me and say in his thick, Greek accent… “John… don’t bulls–t the bulls–tter.”  And that taught me something:  I had to become a bigger bulls–ter.  I think we know how well that’s going.  So I know when someone is lying to me.  I knew that hooker wasn’t telling the truth last night (she was a man!)… and I know someone in lying to all of us today.

danny aingeOn the one hand, every reputable NBA reporter is reporting that the Celtics are somehow involved in a number of trade scenarios.  Minnesota and Phoenix are always on the list.  However, Danny Ainge (through Steve Bulpett) laughs at the notion… as if to tell us that all of these reports were simultaneously fabricated by every major basketball writer. 

 “We’ve had conversations about the pick, and we’ll continue to have conversations about the pick,” Ainge said. “But right now, we have to plan on using the pick, which has been the most likely scenario from the start.”

Right Danny.  The Marion talks are nothing… and while Phoenix was working out top 5 talent… you’re suddenly working out guys today that are all projected to go in the 20’s… right where Phoenix is picking.  Don’t bulls–t the bulls–ter.

As for the Pierce trade demands… they might not be that surprising to the Celtics.  It’s possible this could blow over in a few weeks regardless of what the C’s do.  Paul believed in this team enough to sign an extension last year… I can’t imagine his faith in his teammates would be shaken so much to demand a trade this year.  I’m betting this is more posturing to put pressure on the team to do something.  Here’s Peter May’s take.

I love it when Celts fans live in LA.  It takes balls to live behind enemy lines.  Regular reader Jarred reports to us that Paul Pierce and his buddy Baron Davis will be on the local ESPN Radio station tonight at 7 pm eastern.  Follow that link to listen to the interview and see if he says anything interesting.

Other stuff:

Mark Murphy goes back in time to analyze past Celtics drafts  | The Suns might be after Charlotte’s lottery pick  |  Big rumor has Amare Stoudemire going to Hawks  |  Thornton is ready to make an impact  |  Denver looking to maybe move Camby

Paul Wants Help… Now
June 26, 2007

paul pierce pimpin'A lot of you faithful readers are young, virile studs who spend their Friday nights at clubs and your Saturdays figuring out how to make the escape from your new “friend’s” apartment.  So you might not understand what the rest of us… um… seasoned veterans understand.  When the wife wants something done around the house, she knows how to exert just enough pressure to make you do it.  The neighbors will think “wow, that guy is handy… he’s always working on his house”… but you know you’re more interested in making your life comfortable than making your house look good.  Which leads me to this:

Here’s the problem for Ainge: According to a league executive, Paul Pierce has finally told team management that unless the Celtics come out of this week with a talented veteran co-star for him, they should expect him to make a public declaration soon after Thursday’s draft that he wants a trade.

“Danny is under tremendous pressure, from inside and outside, to get a deal for someone done this week,” one league executive said.

If you’re counting at home, that’s 2 stories about Pierce threatening a trade demand.  Tick tock, Danny… tick tock.

I’d like to welcome the Globe to the Celtics offseason.   Thanks for showing up.  Shira Springer updates on the trade that will probably never happen… partly because Jermaine O’Neal wants to slap Danny Ainge.

Steve Bulpett says we shouldn’t read into Danny and Doc being at the Phoenix workouts… but I still say there is something there.  Phoenix is going to make a trade into the top 10 or else this workout wouldn’t even be happening.  Meanwhile, the KG deal isn’t dead yet… but Chad Ford says he’s willing to bet KG is a Sun… and they just happen to have the #7 pick… which might explain the Phoenix workouts.

 Other stuff:

Globe: This draft class has personality  |  Peter May’s top 5 by position  |  FoxSports’ “what if the NBA let high schoolers in” draft  |  Does Danny want Yi and Doc want Green?  |  Rashard Lewis to Orlando?

Danny Is In Phoenix
June 25, 2007

I’m not a math guy.  Numbers confuse and frighten me.  But there’s a 2 and a 2 in this story somewhere… and I’m pretty sure it’s gonna equal 4. 

Here are the facts:

Danny Ainge is in Phoenix to attend a workout at the Phoenix Suns facility.  That workout includes Jeff Green, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah. 

Now here’s the digging:

Agents don’t let players work out for teams that don’t have a chance at drafting them… especially a couple of days before the draft.  It’s a waste of time, and these players risk getting injured.  Noah, Green and Brewer are top 10 talent.  Phoenix doesn’t have a top 10 pick.  Their pick is at 24.  So why the hell are top 10 players working out for a team that can’t even come close to selecting them?  Unless….

There’s no official “rumor”… and the Suns have sworn that they’re “not going to select 5th”… but why the hell is Danny Ainge going to see guys who have already worked out for him?  One theory is that these guys are going to be in a competitive setting and Danny is calling in a favor so he can get a look.  That, in the very least, seems to mean that Danny is looking at these 3 guys for the C’s and now he’s trying to make a decision.

But I don’t like that scenario.  What I see is a team with the #24 pick working out 3 guys with #5 potential… and the team that owns the #5 pick just so happens to be in town.  Stay tuned.

Slap In The Face
June 22, 2007

Kevin GarnettWe start today with a new column from yours truly about the how the KG thing went down… here’s the preview:

This one was a slap in the face.

Kevin Garnett had to rip our hearts out, even though we didn’t really want him anyway.

His agent Andy Miller said “If a trade [to Boston] were to happen, that’s not a destination that we’re interested in pursuing.”

But what he really said was “Kevin Garnett only has a few years left in his career… he’s not going to waste them in a hopeless situation in Boston.”

Ouch. Why don’t you come over and kick my dog while you’re at it.

You know, once upon a time a player would demand to be traded to Boston. Now an agent practically risks getting fired for even suggesting it (…..continue reading this column)

Meanwhile, Mark Murphy talked to KG’s agent… who didn’t exactly use definitive statements like “there’s no way”.  He kind of left it open ended… which makes me think maybe even KG realized the C’s are giving up way too much and a trade here would be career suicide.  I’d post the Globe’s take on this, but it sucks and tells me nothing new.  Hey Globe… you’re supposed to cover the Celtics, not imitate their tanking.  

Back to Mark Murphy, who talked to other teams who think adding KG would make the C’s an instant contender.  And how crazy is this story?  I’m agreeing with Gerry Callahan who says Danny is in a dangerous rush to make the team relevant.  That means he’s not making decisions based on winning… and I think this trade offer made that obvious.

So now the KG to Phoenix rumors are starting.  We know a 3 way deal that would have gotten us Shawn Marion has already been discussed… but Marion can opt out after next year too… so that’s no good for the C’s if he doesn’t want to be here.

I’m not posting a gazillion links to the KG stuff because we’ll all go cross-eyed.  What’s up already represents every other column out there.  We’ll update things if anything new comes up.

Other Stuff:

Jim O’Brien thinks Jermaine O’Neal is staying in Indy  |  Jazz might part with Kirilenko  | Greg Ostertag (yes, Greg Ostertag) contemplating a comeback  |  Bibby on the block?  |  Bucks extend Bogut, Villanueva  |  Atlanta and Portland in talks? 

So… What About Pau?
June 19, 2007

Phoenix is now asking for my left testicle along with a few starters and picks for Shawn Marion… so I’m slightly less excited about the possibility of THAT deal happening (although they are actively looking to move up in the draft)

Pau Gasol in a Celtics uniformThe Celtics and Minnesota have, in fact, engaged in discussions for Kevin Garnett.  But those talks haven’t gone anywhere yet… and I’m not sure any real deal can be made to bring KG here without giving up Al Jefferson or Paul Pierce. 

So that brings us to Memphis… and our old buddy and new Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace... and the rumors you have to believe are about to emerge. 

The Gasol-to-the-Celtics rumors were hot during the season.  I know Danny had Wallace on a short leash… but he had to at least be privvy to the conversation that was going on.  Now that Chris is in Memphis… and now that they know they’ve got the 4th pick… do you think Memphis would be open to a Theo and the 5th pick for Gasol deal? 

There has been increasing chatter that Atlanta is in love with Al Horford (scheduled to work out in Boston on Friday)… and Memphis will fill its hole at point guard with Mike Conley at #4.  Give them the 5th pick and they can add Brandan Wright to fill the power forward slot vacated by Pau.  Suddenly, Memphis has Conley, Rudy Gay, and Wright as a young (cheap) core for the future and cap flexibility.  Meanwhile, the Celtics get a veteran who doesn’t seem to have a need to dominate the ball and can handle the high post. 

This can also keep other tradeable pieces available for a second deal, perhaps to move Wally’s contract and help shorten the rotation, during the offseason (maybe something with Utah for Kirilenko?… or maybe not). 

Yes, I’m just vamping… and abusing trade-checkers like a retarded WEEI caller (I know, redundant)… but the possibilities are out there.

For those of you interested in the full list of early-entry college players that are staying in the draft, and going back to school… here it is.

kobe and his wifeKobe Bryant Is A Douchebag, Part 3

Well… until someone who buys this video posts it on YouTube or something, we won’t be able to see it without paying $2.  Yep… $2… which I will happily spend.  If you want to do the same, you can go to and check out their preview clip (an NSFW half of a sentence) and then send them an email.  Who knows how long it will take for them to send out the clip (said to be 24 second long)… but that tape WILL make it out to the public…. someday.

Despite this video… and his petulent demands… Phil Jackson still thinks Kobe will be a Laker.  That oughta be fun.  I hope Andrew Bynum levels him with a pick on the first day… and on the second day… and every day until Kobe starts crying.  Or until Kobe rapes him… because one or the other will happen.

This Might Not Happen
June 18, 2007

Shawn Marion In a Celtics Uniform

Everyone is interested in possibly trading for Shawn Marion.  When you hear that a player like that could be available… you make a call.  Joe Dumars isn’t saying he called Phoenix… but he magically knows what Phoenix would be asking for if, you know, he actually had a conversation with them.

“Two of your starting players, the 15th and the 27th pick”

Umm… that’s a lot.  You could be offering me Jesus in a trade… and I’d still wonder if I’m giving up 2 starters and 2 first rounders for him.  This is like putting a million dollar asking price on a $500,000 house…. if you find an idiot to give it to you (cough cough… Isaiah Thomas)… then you have to do it.  But in reality… you know no one’s dumb enough to do it.

Speaking of dumb trades… Chad Ford is spreading rumors that the C’s and TWolves are talking.  We’d get KG in exchange for Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and the 5th pick. 

Hey… Al Jefferson is not KG… but he’s on the verge of being a 20-10 guy.  Do you really want to give up all of that to get an extra 5 points a game?  No friggin way.  I know it’s Garnett… but let’s look at this realistically.  Keep in mind…. a year ago today I would have thought we were robbing the Wolves with this trade… now you’d have to get me really drunk just to even consider it. (That’s not hard… I’m really drunk right now). 

Other Stuff: 

Kobe Bryant tells fans to “get a Bulls uniform” when he was asked if he’s staying in LA.  Get ready for this video to hit the web real soon… which we’ll feature in a post that will probably be titled “Kobe Bryant Is A Douchebag, Part 3”. 

The Knicks say just about everyone is available for Kobe  |  As we reported on SaturdayChris Wallace has been hired as the Grizzlies GM… but Jerry West is sticking around as a consultant  |  Mark Murphy on LeBron’s lessons learned  |  Portland-Chicago deal if Mike Conley falls to 9?  |  Kirilenko was almost a Raptor  |  Denver looking to get into the draft

Kerr Will Run Suns
June 13, 2007

My trade proposal for the 5th pick in the draft stands

The pick, Gerald Green and Theo’s Contract for Shawn Marion.

The thing is… if the Suns are even going to consider making that move, we’ll have to convince Steve Kerr it’s a good idea. The rumor is that Kerr is going to become the new Suns GM… as soon as he finishes his obligations as an analyst for TNT.

Draft Express has a good rundown of the third day of pre-draft workouts and scrimmages. Basically… it’s telling us that Jared Dudley is making a name for himself and may start creeping up some draft boards. I’ve never been a Dudley fan… but if he’s proving himself in these things… then I’m just going to have to accept the fact that he’s going to have an NBA career.