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Tuesday Bullets

6/19/2007
  • Memo to Greg Oden and Kevin Durant: the Blazers are giving a pretty good outline of what they want to hear when they meet you this week.

  • Danny Ainge acknowledges that he has talked to the Timberwolves about Kevin Garnett.

  • The new GQ is hitting newsstands this week, and in it there is a big investigative article into William Wesley. More to come on that front later ...

  • The New York Post's Peter Vecsey has sources saying that Rashard Lewis, owing to a paperwork snafu, may not be a free agent after all. UPDATE: ESPN.com has looked into this and it appears that Lewis and his agent, Tony Dutt, did not "mishandle" the paperwork for his ETO (Early Termination Option) and he is indeed a free agent starting July 1.

  • Yi Fever at Golden State.

  • Danny Ainge, holding the fifth pick, says he believes the Grizzlies, drafting fourth, have already made their decision about who they'll draft. ESPN Insider Chad Ford has Memphis taking Al Horford as does Draft Express's Jonathan Givony. UPDATE: Not anymore! In his just released 4.0 mock draft, Ford now has Horford going third, to Atlanta -- which could be a bluff to get Horford fans to trade up. Ford now has Memphis taking point guard Mike Conley, Jr., but acknowledges that Horford is at the top of Jerry West's wish list (while Chris Wallace may have other ideas).

  • More angry Knick fans! A look at the many different ways that New York could theoretically try to get Kobe Bryant, and the idea that Chicago could land him with players the Knicks could have had instead of Eddy Curry.

  • The Legacy of Len Bias.

  • Former Sonic Coach Bob Hill says that he believes the Sonics were never going to leave town, and that the feeling in Seattle is that whole thing has been a big bluff to get more taxpayer money. Wow.

  • Andrei Kirilenko has reportedly been complaining about his job a little in the Russian Press. Jerry Sloan doesn't like it, but as he tells Ross Siler of the Salt Lake Tribune, he's also not ready to hold a fire sale: "'I don't like the idea of trading guys,' Sloan said. 'I like to hopefully work with the guys a little bit. We go through some battles and then pretty soon they understand, 'We're not against you.' A lot of times, guys think that we're against them. I mean, Deron thought a time or two that I didn't like him. Hey, it's not a perfect world. They're going to be upset with me over something sometimes. That's part of the business. My job is just try to get them to play.'"

  • Good advice: do not suggest to Jerry West that new Memphis GM Chris Wallace will be his puppet. (West is unclear what his role will be, if anything.) Also, Chris Wallace explains giving up Joe Johnson for very little, and impresses at least one Memphis reporter in the process.

  • Adam Morrison is working out with a strength and conditioning coach, has agreed to play summer league again (rare for such a high pick), and is determined to put last year behind him.

  • Greg Oden, surrounded by legends and asking questions.

  • Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel says Udonis Haslem would not be enough to get the Heat Ron Artest. If I were the Kings, however, I'd certainly consider it. Haslem is a championship big man who plays tough defense, works hard, and fits into the team concept. Artest vacillates between MVP and cancer.

  • The Nets have Jason Kidd and Marcus Williams but are nonetheless looking at draftable point guards like Javaris Crittenton.

  • Flyers Fieldhouse will miss Jeff Green at Georgetown: "It's that Jeff Green represented everything that is still great and inspiring and beautiful about college basketball. He did everything necessary to improve himself, his teammates, his coach, and his school. He left nothing on the court nor in the lockerroom. I guess this doesn't change that. Jeff's still and unbelievable player and teammate. Sometimes we just need reminders that players like Jeff are still out there. Damn you for making it impossible to hate you for this, Jeff."

  • The Akron Beacon-Journal's Brian Windhorst on LeBron James: "The correction of the offense starts with LeBron James. The reason his jump shot was terrible in the Finals was because he lost confidence in it. He lost confidence in it because he can't trust it. He can't trust it because he's not fundamentally sound with it. He's not fundamentally sound because he's always changing his form. Remember those five days or so when he was hopping one inch on his 3-pointers a la Ira Newble? Same with free throws, he changed his form, what, three or four times this season. Want to hear something shocking? His highest free-throw percentage of the last eight years was when he was a freshman in high school." And, Windhorst's smart thoughts about the Cavaliers' off-season.

  • UPDATE: Did you see this? Portland is getting key draft advice from one of TrueHoop's Stat Geeks.