Raps Get Marion, Dump O’Neal
February 13, 2009

ESPN reports

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to send Jermaine O’Neal and Jamario Moon to the Miami Heat in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks, league sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher.

The deal is pending league approval, according to sources, and if approved, would be announced later Friday afternoon.

“Hey Shawn, thanks for winning the game for us last night.  Hope you enjoy oblivion.”

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

It’s Alive….
June 26, 2007

Dr. FrankensteinThere’s new life to an old rumor. A source close to me heard Jim Grey on ESPN radio report the latest trade rumor involving Dr. Danny Frankenainge and the Celtics.  The Celtics, Suns and Timberwolves are still trying to hammer out a deal that would bring Marion to Boston, KG to Phoenix and the 5th pick along with some undisclosed players to Minnesota.

 The current trade is basically contingent on whether Marion would agree to a contract extension with the Celtics, Gray reported. Marion can opt out of his contract after the 2007-08 season. The Suns have spoken to Marion about the deal

 We’re assuming… and hoping… the “undisclosed players” do not include Al Jefferson. 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? 

Jaric Snags KG Deal & Bar Set For Al’s Contract
June 21, 2007

Three big updates for you.

One comes courtesy of Jessica Camerato of Hoopsworld:

The deal to move Garnett to Boston would include Al Jefferson and the fifth pick, and now the Timberwolves want to ship out Marko Jaric and attain Gerald Green.The Celtics are pushing back on Jaric, who has four years left on his $40 million contract.

Meanwhile, Twin Cities has 3 way deal involving Shawn Marion:

Expanded Timberwolves trade rumor: Kevin Garnett to the Phoenix Suns as part of a three-way deal with the Boston Celtics that would bring the Wolves 6-9 Kurt Thomas from Phoenix and 6-10 Theo Ratliff from Boston, both of whom have contracts that expire after next season. The Suns would send forward Shawn Marion to the Celtics, who would send guard Sebastian Telfair to the Wolves.

The Wolves would get the Celtics’ No. 5 overall pick and the Suns’ No. 24 overall pick in next week’s NBA draft, and keep their No. 7 overall pick. In addition, the second-round conditional pick they owe Boston in the Ricky Davis-Wally Szczerbiak deal would be eliminated.

And finally… in a deal that directly affects what Al Jefferson is going to ask for when it comes to an extension… the Orlando Sentinel says Dwight Howard is about to get very rich:

Very little negotiating will be necessary before Howard signs a five-year contract extension that could be worth an estimated $85 million, serving as the long-term centerpiece for the franchise.

That’s $17 Mil. per year people.  Al Jefferson and Dwight Howard put up almost identical numbers at the end of last season.  If you don’t think Al is going ask for that… or close… you’re nuts.

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 thekobevideo.com 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.