Chat with Chris Sheridan
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Sheridan has been covering the NBA for over 10 years. Since joing the ESPN.com staff in October of 2005, Chris has been providing in-depth reporting and commentary on the NBA scene for ESPN Insider.
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Chris Sheridan (3:01 PM)
Good afternoon from New York, where I am back after having been in Boston yesterday for the Lakers-Celtics game. L.A. fans, feel free to gloat -- but beware the Grizzlies tonight. Boston fans, feel free to panic. You should be panicking.Less than 3 weeks to trade deadline, too, so we'll touch base on that as much as we can, too. Off we go ...
Jeff (New York)
How do you like the odds that the Bulls make a major trade before the deadline to clear cap space?
Chris Sheridan (3:04 PM)
The bottom-line reason why Ben Gordon is in Detroit instead of Chicago is because the Bulls wanted cap space, and now they want more. Further, they have pieces that other teams want -- Hinrich and TyThomas specifically -- which would get them even further under and allow them to compete with the Miamis, New Yorks and New Jerseys for the top 3-4 guys. So I'd say the odds are in favor of at least one of those guys getting shipped out.
Can 2 simultaneous sign-n-trades occur within the same deal? For instance, Luis Scola sign and traded for Rudy Gay sign and traded.
Chris Sheridan (3:04 PM)
rip can still put up all star numbers. why no takers?
Chris Sheridan (3:07 PM)
Typically, there is a dead period leading up to the deadline that is usually broken about a week or so ahead of the deadline, which is Feb. 18 this year. So right now, teams do not believe that other teams have truly put their best offers forward. Hence the current lull, unless your name is Bobby Brown.
If the Thunder win over 50 games (small chance), how does Kevin Durant not deserve the MVP? I realize Lebron is playing out of this world basketball, but a 50 win Thunder team is far more impressive that a 60 win Cavs team.
Chris Sheridan (3:11 PM)
No argument from me on your latter point, but does that team success translate into an individual accolade that carries as much weight as the MVP award? Typically, voters tend to transfer that credit into Coach of the Year consideration (It's Brooks and Hollins neck and neck at the halfway pole). I'd have a hard time using the Thunder's success to justify putting Durant ahead of LBJ on my ballot. Not to minimalize Durant's improvement, but LBJ is far more valuable to the Cavs than Durant is to the Thunder.
Ray Allen for Kirk Hinrich, makes too much sense to me, who says no first.
Chris Sheridan (3:13 PM)
Got to be more coming from the Bulls' end to make the salaries match, but it makes enough sense to me that I threw it out there speculatively as a trade that would make sense for both teams in by Lakers-celtics post-game column, which is running in today's Daily Dime. Please check it out.
Do you think the Lakers should trade for Bosh when bynum is doing so well?
Chris Sheridan (3:16 PM)
That trade isn't happening unless Bosh makes a direct threat to the Raptors that he'll sign elsewhere (Miami), without giving Toronto the option of doing a sign-and-trade, unless they ship him to the Lakers by the deadline. And I don't see Chris making that threat.
Kahn has stated he doesn't forsee any big trades for the Wolves. But with their inability to attract a FA, would Minnesota be better off absorbing a deal for player(s) now, instead of waiting?
Chris Sheridan (3:20 PM)
By big trades, Kahn means his core guys: Jefferson, Love, Flynn (and to a lesser degree, Rubio). He and Rambis want a full year to evaluate those guys. But Minny also has a few extra first-round picks that they could use to get an upgrade in a deal involving some of their lesser players -- guys like Gomes, Wilkins, Hollins and/or Sessions. That's the long-winded way to answer yes to your question.
If you were Geoff Petrie, would you make a play for Dalembert? They need a shotblocker so badly and they aren't a player in free agency this year!
Chris Sheridan (3:22 PM)
No. I'd make a play for Thabeet. They can afford to wait on his development, while Memphis could use him to substantially bolster a pretty weak bench that backs up a rock-solid starting five. As I warned Lakers fans at the start of the chat: Beware the Grizzlies.
What is going to happen at the deadline with my poor Wizards? Are we going to open up enough space to have King James come to town next season?
Chris Sheridan (3:28 PM)
King James? Are you nuts? I'd go so far as to say that President Obama himself couldn't talk the King into coming to The Capitol. But I will throw this tidbit out there for Wizards fans to chew on, because I checked it out: There is no rule, repeat: no rule, preventing them from trading a suspended player. That means they may hang onto Crittenton until the deadline in case they need his contract to make a trade work cap-wise. Also, if Crittenton's suspended contract isn't moved in a trade, I could see the wizards waiving him as part of an agreement to avoid an arbitration hearing grieving his suspension. If Crittenton clears waivers, he can sign in Europe. (Unlike drug suspensions, conduct suspensions do not prevent NBA players from getting an official letter of clearance from FIBA which would allow them to sign overseas.)
Michael (Washington, DC)
What do you think the chances are that New Jersey trades Harris to the Lakers for Farmer, Morrison & Powell?
Chris Sheridan (3:30 PM)
I know Harris' stock is low (it has probably dropped more this season than any other non-suspended player in the NBA), but it hasn't dropped THAT low. The Nets have to learn whether they're getting John Wall before they decide whether they're trading Harris. Plus, the new owner from Russia wouldn't be too keen on the lame-duck leadership in the Nets front office trading away what's probably the franchise's third-biggest asset behind Lopez and the 2010 No. 1 pick.
Bill (Charlestown MA)
I read your proposed Ray Allen for Heinrich and Thomas trade. Seems like Chicago would be doing the Cs a favor. Would Chicago prefer to trade to a team in the West?
Chris Sheridan (3:33 PM)
Put it this way, if Chicago was faced with two options for clearing cap room: trading for Allen, or trading for McGrady, what do you think they'd do? Unless Tim Grover is whispering in John Paxson's ear that McGrady is ready to go 36 minutes a night, I'd say the Bulls would opt for Allen.
roy (new york)
what are the chances that donnie walsh makes a trade before the deadline that will either save the knicks from further embarrasement, or perhaps help them with their playoff push?
Chris Sheridan (3:39 PM)
It's all about trading Jared Jeffries at this point, Roy, otherwise the Knicks are more or less doomed to losing David Lee next summer (either through a siogn-and-trade, or outright with nothing in return on the unrestricted free agent market) if they land LeBron James. If they move Jeffries for expiring money, they'll have enough room to go after James and then choose between Lee and Bosh, if Bosh is interested. I'd also postulate that if it took the inclusion of Nate Robinson to get Jeffries off their cap, they'd probably do it if they had to. (The problem, though, is that Nate has a trade veto, and he wouldn't want to go anywhere except Boston, or to a team that'll have enough room under the cap next summer to hook him up for 3 years. Plus, Nate is a base-year compensation player, which complicates what's doable under the NBA's restrictive trade rules.)
Angry in Cleveland (Ohio)
This year, ESPN has posted articles linking lebron to the following teams next year: NY, NJ, MIA, POR, DAL, CHI, HOU, Wherever John Wall Plays, and LAC. You guys are criminally insane. He has zero reason to leave Cleveland. Other then Miami, and a potential pairing with Wade, please give me one logical reason he would go to the above teams
Chris Sheridan (3:43 PM)
Sometimes, when a person has lived his entire life in one place, he yearns to move on. Thst statement doesn't necessarily apply to LeBron, but it applies to millions of people in this country who are in their mid-20s just like he is. Just one small thing to consider in the whole Will He Stay or Will He Leave debate.
Any sniffs on what's going on with Amare? Last night was the second time in a week the Suns have won a game down the stretch with him sittng on the bench.
Chris Sheridan (3:45 PM)
The biggest complicating factor is that Amare wants a max extension, and with the cap expected to shrink next summer, and a potential lockout looming for 2011, there aren't a lot of teams anxious to tie up what could amount to 30-40 percent of their salary cap for a half-decade on a guy with his injury history.
I know the first thing I'd do if I yearned to move on from the place I've lived in my entire life would be to build a 20 million dollar mansion 30 minutes away from that place.
Chris Sheridan (3:46 PM)
Akron will always be his home. That mansion isn't going anywhere. But we're talking about a 5-6 year window of his lifetime, not a 70-year window.
If you had to bet, do you think the Knicks find a taker for Jeffries before the deadline?
Chris Sheridan (3:47 PM)
Doubtful, but not impossible.
mike (san fran)
chris - those "millions" of people also dont already make millions upon millions of dollars every year and can spend entire summers traveling the world. i think lebron is getting his "elsewhere" fix just fine.
Chris Sheridan (3:52 PM)
Did he tell you that? Because he's playing this one very close to the vest, and not tipping his hand. But since this chat is growing all the moe Clevelandesque, I'll toss this thingee into the discussion: There's a certain sneaker and sports apparel company whose No. 1 endorser, Tiger Woods, has fallen off the face of the earth. It just so happens that Nike's No. 2 guy is LeBron James, and the growth and income potential that comes with being a Global Icon in the world's largest media market dwarfs what'll be available to him if he maintains the status quo and remains in Cleveland. The status quo is boring. Has Nike every tried to be boring?
He "yearns to move on"? Are you that desperate for a reason he will leave the best team in the NBA to join an awful team?
Chris Sheridan (3:53 PM)
Knicksw/oLBJ>Cavsw/oLBJ. (First time I've ever answered a chat qustion in textese)
would the knick package Chandler with Jefferies if they had to??
Chris Sheridan (3:56 PM)
They could have last summer (with Hughes in the package, too) for the ballast that Washington ended up sending to Minnesota for the No. 5 pick. So they've already placed a lot of value on Chandler, almost as much as Gallinari, which is why I could see them trying to go to Robinson and $3 million cash-as-sweetener trade route instead.
loving it (toronto)
after reading the doom and gloom at the beginning of the season what is your updated take of the Raptors? What do they need to bump into elite status?
Chris Sheridan (3:58 PM)
It takes time to work in a player like Turkoglu, who needs the ball in his hands to be effective. And that's especially difficult when Bargnani and Bosh require the same thing (not to mention Calderon, back when he was more relevant). So the whole idea for Toronto is to have things running smoothly in March and April and to absorb the potholes along the way, then roll the dice in the playoffs and hope they succeed enough to convince Bosh it's worth his while to stay.
I think ESPN wants Lebron to play anywhere but Cleveland because they can't fathom the fact that someone might actually choose to live in Ohio rather than Miami, LA and New York. That is the truth. That is why you all write those articles- because the people writing them are not from here and can't fathom living here.
Chris Sheridan (4:05 PM)
Patently untrue. ESPN shows as many Cavs games as we're allowed to, and we'll continue to do so if he stays. One of the problems with the whole eBron debate is that Clevelanders and Ohioans get extremely defensive and think people are knocking their city/state when that is not at all the case. There are New Yorkers who leave New York because they yearn to live somewhere affordable. There are people in L.A. who gets so sick of the car culture they head for the hills. LeBron is a human being just like you and me, and he has the right to choose his perogatives. The difference is that he's going to have to explain the reasons behind them.
Chris Sheridan (4:06 PM)
Fun chat today, folks. See you again next Monday afternoon, 3 p.m. EST.