Chat with J.A. Adande
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN.com NBA senior writer J.A. Adande will stop by to chat about the NBA hardwood.
Prior to working at ESPN, Adande was at the Los Angeles Times, where he started in 1997. He has been a frequent panelist on ESPN's "Around the Horn." He has covered every major pro championship, every major college bowl game, the Final Four, the Masters, Wimbledon and the Olympics, and his work has appeared in the "Best American Sports Writing" series.
Send your questions now and chat with Adande at 4 p.m. ET on Friday!
Buzzmaster (3:16 PM)
Hang on folks. We're tracking down J.A.
Buzzmaster (3:17 PM)
J.A.'s traveling today and will be by at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT to take your questions!
J.A. Adande (4:23 PM)
Sorry folks. I was in the wrong room. Let me post what we had so far
J.A. Adande (4:25 PM)
J.A. Adande:The big winner has to be the Cavaliers. I'll always take assets over nebulous things like cap space. Cleveland added an important piece to a team that's capable of winning a championship. HOw many other teams can make that claim?
J.A. Adande (4:25 PM)
J.A. Adande:The reason they're sitting on it is because it's so expensive. Not easy to move Dalembert or Brand's contracts. They could find more takers for Andre I, but didn't hear anything coming back that they liked.
J.A. Adande (4:26 PM)
Rafael (West Virginia): If you could, please sound off on your thoughts about the timing of the Trade Deadline. I agree with Doc Rivers's comments that it makes more sense to have the Trade Deadline fall at the end of All-Star Weekend, that way teams can have their full roster to start the second half of the season.Why has this not been in practice? Anything we fans haven't been told?
J.A. Adande (4:26 PM)
Daniel (Los Angeles): So what's next for the Clippers? Obviously, LeBron's their number one option for the summer. But let's be realistic here, the odds of that happening are pretty slim. So once he decides to stay in Cleveland, and Wade stays in Miami, etc etc...where do the Clippers turn? I really don't see any of the big names signing on with them next year, and they could be in serious trouble once that happens.
J.A. Adande (4:26 PM)
Brian (CA): JA, At what point do you see the Lakers giving up on Bynum? I think he's a very talented offensive player that so far has showed he needs to a major focus of the offense to be effective. He's still young but I see him thriving more with a team that has fewer offensive weapons. His defense needs to come around also. A player like Noah just seems to compliment Gasol so much better than Bynum.
Josiah (Kansas City)
I fail to see the appeal of Amar'e. He doesn't rebound or play defense, and he's played his whole career alongside one of the premier makes-guys-better players in league history. His physical tools are undeniable, but he's never maximized them. Aren't the Cavs better off with effort-based players like Hickson and Varejao? How does Amar'e make a team better?
J.A. Adande (4:29 PM)
A, there are only a certain number of guys who can get you 20 points on a nightly basis. And people keep forgetting the Suns probably would have beat the Spurs in that playoff series a couple years ago if Amare hadn't been suspended for that game. If he can be the difference between winning and losing a playoff series, that's a valuable asset.
Hey JA, always loved you when you were writing for LA times. How much longer will Don Nelson have a job? I've been wondering about both him and Mike Dunleavy for a while and why they're still given coaching jobs. Now that Dunleavy is gone, I'm hoping Nelson will soon be fired and all will be right with the NBA...
J.A. Adande (4:30 PM)
Gotta figure they'll let Nellie stick around to get the coaching record, then let him bounce to Hawaii
Jacob (Houston, TX)
What do you think of the Rockets part of the trade? Was it really worth trading Landry and the potential to lure a Bosh or another top free agent for Martin, a couple of backups, and draft picks?
J.A. Adande (4:31 PM)
Count me among those who dont love the trade for the Rockets (and it seems to be a small group). But how many of the points Kevin Martin scored in Sacramento resulted in wins....especially in the playoffs. And I hate them losing Landry, who was so vital in their good start this season. At least Carl's 1500 miles from Dirk's elbow now.
If Lebron or Wade or Bosh leave their original teams is Chicago the best possible option for either one of them? They got tons of young talent and some 1st round draft picks?
J.A. Adande (4:33 PM)
I still believe the best surrounding talent for LeBron would be the Clippers. Name another cap space-team lineup that's better than Eric Gordon, Baron Davis, Chris Kaman and Blake Griffin?
Chris Wallace (Memphis)
J.A. why didnt I trade away Rudy if we are gonna lose him in the offseason?
J.A. Adande (4:34 PM)
Because you actually have a chance to make the playoffs this year with him. Might as well give the fans who showed up this year something to cheer about
Deron Williams sounds PISSED that the Jazz traded Brewer for nothing. Should Jazz fans be worried??
J.A. Adande (4:36 PM)
Not a good sign for Utah. Remember the OKC deal as well, another salary-shedder to get below the tax. I'm sure Deron sees where this is headed: the loss of Carlos Boozer. Hmm, sounds a lot like what CP3 is going through in New Orleans. Their careers are always going to be linked
Is there something systemically wrong with the NBA if the Sixers can languish in purgatory for years, giving fans neither hope for the future nor enjoyment in the present?
J.A. Adande (4:38 PM)
Yes. The problem is the guaranteed contracts that bog teams down. You can make the argument that the problem is GMs who have bad judgment and sign players to these contracts, but this system really penalizes those mistakes. In football you can just cut guys and move on. The NBA forces you to dive down to the bottom of the pool before resurfacing
Eric (New York, NY)
Hey J.A., was last night the best double-header in the last 5 years or what? Also, was it a preview of the conference finalists, or do you see Orlando or Atlanta in place of the C's?
J.A. Adande (4:39 PM)
I think we saw three of the final 4 last night, but I think Atlanta will be there instead of Boston.
J.A., how much time does winning a championship buy you as a GM? Joe Dumars has been awful these last 16 months and I have very little faith he can turn it around, when can I legitimately start calling for his job?
J.A. Adande (4:40 PM)
I would be very worried about this potential franchise sale if I were Dumars. A new group at the top would make it very easy to sweep out Dumars
Kit (Olathe, KS)
I can't remember a blockbuster trade like Jamison to Cleveland that happened during the season where a team won the championship. Billups is a huge reason the Nuggets go to the Western Conference Finals last year and Gasol helped the Lakers get to the NBA Finals but neither won the championship. Doesn't it usually take a training camp to actually get these big time players on the same page and to be able to gel considering there is only around 25-30 games to adjust to these new players?
J.A. Adande (4:42 PM)
Rasheed Wallace to the Pistons in 2004 was one. And for the older folks like me, the one that always comes to mind is Mychal Thompson to the Lakers in 1987. Also, Houston acquired Clyde Drexler to give them boost in their repeat bid in 1995.
I'm a Cavs fans willing to admit that Kobe Bryant is a much better closer than LeBron is at this stage of his career. Why can't others? Last night was the perfect example: The dude puts up 43-13-15-2-4, yet gets caught in no-mans land trying to out-duel Melo. Best in the league at getting to the basket, and yet he continues to brick three pointers in crunch time. Everyone points to the surrounding cast, but come on, his terrible shot-selection and Iso-garbage were on display in the ALL-STAR GAME!!!
J.A. Adande (4:44 PM)
So you're saying you wouldn't mind if he left as a free agent?
for those of us who aren't 'insiders', please explain the logic from the Knicks point of view in essentially trading Nate Robinson for House? Certainly seems Nate's ceiling is quite higher than House's, even if it was only for the remainder of this season...
J.A. Adande (4:46 PM)
This wasn't about logic or cap space or anything else other than keeping people's minds sane. D'Antoni wasn't happy that Nate seemed to always have his own agenda. Nate didn't like getting benched. If they're just biding their time till the summer, might as well make it more enjoyable. It's like having a middle seat on a cross-country flight. Not going to be enjoyable regardless, but it's even worse if there's a screaming baby in the seat next to you.
JA, the Knicks cleared cap space to lure LeBron and another superstar. Big deal. Who are they going to surround those two players with? NBDL players? This is getting old. LeBron is in a great situation. He has an owner willing to spend money and a shrewd GM who is giving up pennies on the dollar to acquire help. LeBron is already a global "KING"...in Cleveland. I work in the media field and understand the whole LeBron to LA or NYC but this is absurd. LeBron stays in Cleveland...right?
J.A. Adande (4:48 PM)
I still say the most likely result is LeBron stays in Cleveland, but one thing that's being overlooked is the Knicks can get more space in 2011, when they lose Curry's $11 million. So they could have money to go out and get another good player -- not a max guy, but a No. 3 who could bolster whatever duo they land in their dream scenario.
Josh C. (St. Louis)
Can you explain (or dumb down) what the luxury tax is in reference to the NBA so to help me understand why some of these very lopsided trades happened this week?
J.A. Adande (4:51 PM)
Sometimes people confuse the luxury tax and the salary cap. The cap restricts how much money you can spend on free agents from other teams. the tax is a choice teams can make, but if they go over it in acquiring players in trades or re-signing their own free agents, they pay a dollar-for-dollar penalty. sometimes you see teams make moves to get below the tax, but most of these trade deadline deals that seemed like something for nothing (i.e. the Bulls deals with Milwaukee and Charlotte) are about clearing space under the salary cap.
Everyone discounts the addition of Landry to the kings but emphasizes what players everyone else got. don't you think Landry was a real solid pickup for the kings Hou and Sac received pieces that fit their team better? pretty soon everyone going to start noticing Martins weaknesses: no defense, no go to move for offense and he probably averages 2 points in the fourth quarter for the last few years.
J.A. Adande (4:53 PM)
the Kings always have to get their good players through the draft and trades, because free agents don't want to go to Sacramento, and they got a good pickup in Landry. I value that more than the cap space they're getting.
ben (seattle, wa)
What is the blazer's outlook with camby holding it down in the paint? If Roy comes back healthy, are they a legitimate threat to win the west now?
J.A. Adande (4:55 PM)
The Blazers didn't make that move to win the West. They're not delusional. They just want to maintain the momentum they started last season by getting to the playoffs, and they want to get more postseason experiences for their young players. I like the trade for them; they didn't have to give up any of their long-term players
Mitch K (Chicago)
How poorly would it reflect on the Bulls if Ty Thomas comes up big for Coach Brown? Keep in mind that the Bulls play CHA 2x in the last month, including the last game of the season.
J.A. Adande (4:56 PM)
He will improve under Larry Brown. Almost every player does. But that wasn't going to happen playing in Chicago.
Mark (Westchester NY)
Everyone is saying that Jamison is a better fit than Amare over in Cleveland, is that really true? Imagine Lebron running that pick and roll with Amare, pretty scary thought...
J.A. Adande (4:58 PM)
on the other hand, imagine Antawn hitting threes and stretching out the defense. Amare wouldn't do that. Also, Antawn doesn't want to be the star. Amare's still at a stage where he wants to be the big dog. And get a big contract.
How important was is that the Cavs retained J.J. Hickson and acquiring Antawn Jamison? And can Cleveland beat LA in a series with this new look team?
J.A. Adande (5:00 PM)
It's nice, but I found myself wondering how J.J. Hickson became such a crucial part of the NBA' future. He's promising, but are his services really that vital?
J.A. Adande (5:02 PM)
OK folks, gotta wrap up. Sorry about the delays, and thanks for hanging in there. See ya next week, when we can begin to evaluate how these new pieces are fitting in.