Chat with Chad Ford
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford will drop by to talk some hoops.
Ford covers the NBA and NBA Draft for ESPN Insider and also makes appearances on ESPN Radio and ESPNEWS.
Send your questions now and join Ford Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET!
Chad Ford (1:00 PM)
Aloha everyone, thanks for coming to the chat today. We'll do NBA in first half and NBA Draft in the second half. Let's roll ...
Deven (New York, NY)
I know KG has a no-trade clause, but, what's your take on the KG rumors to the Clippers?
Chad Ford (1:02 PM)
I think it's the sort of deal that makes sense for both sides. Clippers are going to lose Bledsoe, the Celtics chances of winning a title without Rondo have gone down dramatically ... so Ainge begins to see if he can get future assets for his stars. KG could put the Clippers over the top in the West and Bledsoe is one of the most coveted young players on the trade block. Doesn't necessarily mean the end for Rondo ... just a major asset for Boston. Unless KG's blocking this deal, I'm not sure what's stopping them.
Deven (New York, NY)
Hi Chad. So far, which team got the better end of the Rudy Gay trade?
Chad Ford (1:03 PM)
Way too early to tell. But if you had to pick a winner this second, I think Detroit. Got out of a lot of money + I think Calderon could really help them.
Pistons seem to be in a very nice position as a franchise right now, with a potentially dominant center/pf combo in Drummond and Monroe, and some other nicely developing young talent (including Singler) to go with Calderon who can help develop Knight and $20 - $30 million in cap space. Kudo's to Joe D.?
Chad Ford (1:05 PM)
I think so. With the exception of a brief stint during the middle of his tenure in Detroit when he misfired on free agency (Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva) and made a bad trade for Allen Iverson + a bad contract for Rip Hamilton, Joe's been great. He's now undone all of those mistakes, has been an excellent drafter and has made a number of good trades. I'm not sure exactly what they can do in free agency, but he's really positioned this team to be a force in the East again if they can land one more young all-star caliber player.
Brad Garner (Hoopeston, IL) [via mobile]
When Danny Granger returns for the Pacers, do you see him making a serious enough impact to put them potentially in the NBA finals? And are there any potential trades in the near future for the Pacers? Thank you.
Chad Ford (1:07 PM)
That's the question. It's a tough call for Indiana. On one hand, adding Granger to a mix that is already starting to roll might put them over the top. On the other hand, chemistry is a funny thing. Granger used to be the alpha dog on this team. Is he ready to defer to Paul George when he returns? Finally, the Pacers know that something has to give soon. They can't afford to keep Granger and re-sign David West and eventually re-sign Paul George. If they could move Granger now for another significant young piece (either a PF or a PG) they have to seriously consider it.
Hollis (New York, NY)
Demarcus Cousins is very talented, but still doesn't seem to be able to curb his temper. People keep saying a team with strong veteran leadership would help. Do you see him being traded? If so, where?
Chad Ford (1:09 PM)
I don't. At least not yet. Kings are telling everyone he's off limits and my best guess is that there aren't any major moves for the Kings until the sale of the team is complete.
The Bucks have a ton of pieces to move. None are superstars, but still a ton of pieces. Talented players and expiring contracts. Do you think they'll make a move?
Chad Ford (1:10 PM)
Hearing they are VERY active right now. Marc Stein reported today that Samuel Dalembert is one guy that they are actively talking about (and what an incredible game he had last night trying to show his value). But he's not the only one -- Monta Ellis, Ersan Illaysova, Beno Udrih are all available. Even Brandon Jennings at the right price.
Clark Cahoon (SLC)
Whats your take on Mitch saying they won't trade Dwight? Is that a direct indication Gasol is gone? In the past few games they seem to have "figured it out" but how do you see those two players together in the future? Also, who would be a viable fit if things got weird and there was a trade?
Chad Ford (1:13 PM)
Other teams are privately getting the same message from the Lakers so I believe it's legit. The Lakers appear confident they will re-sign him. Maybe they will, but it's a big gamble. Howard has proven that he's unpredictable and that winning isn't the only consideration. I think the Hawks and Nets are the only teams with the ability to re-sign Dwight AND the assets to get a viable trade done that would actually help the Lakers.
Bob Saget (San Francisco)
I cant believe the one team people thought would be active (Utah Jazz) and we havent heard a peep....
Chad Ford (1:14 PM)
Then you don't know the Jazz. If a deal happens, even most of the staff in Utah will be shocked to hear it. Most "close to the vest' team in the league.
Do you see the Cavs competing for the playoffs next year?
Chad Ford (1:17 PM)
Hard to say a 14-24 team is a playoff contender next year. Currently, to make the playoffs, they would have had to win 10 more games at this point in the season. That's a pretty large gap. But if they land a great draft pick, or land a great free agent, or make a great trade for Varejao ... sure. They have three really nice young pieces (Irving looks like a superstar) and you can expect more on the way.
Josh smith gonna be dealt?
Chad Ford (1:18 PM)
Hawks would like to ... but market's pretty soft for him and they still hold out hope that he could help lure Dwight Howard back home to Atlanta.
Are Griz done dealing?
Chad Ford (1:19 PM)
Seriously doubt it. Zach Randolph looks like a marked man.
Jim (Maplewood, MN)
Hey Chad, flummoxed T-wolves fan here...Thought this was our year, but injuries have done us in I fear. Do we sit tight and gut this year out, or do we make a splash with a trade and try to salvage the season?
Chad Ford (1:21 PM)
Gut it out. Wolves aren't making the playoffs this year. They had a real shot at the playoffs had everyone been healthy, but no Kevin Love = no playoffs.
Daryl Morey has said he is only looking to make a small move at the trade deadline. Any inkling as to what it might be? I know HOU has a big hole in at the 4...
Chad Ford (1:24 PM)
Take it all with a grain of salt. Rockets have been very action. I've done more than a decade of trade deadlines. What GMs say publicly has no root in reality. I've had GMs tell me they were shopping a player off the record, I write it, and then they publicly deny it the next hour. It's a game. Most of the trade talk that happens will never actually end in a trade. But most GMs are working the phone furiously this time of the year and virtually every player in the league can be had for the right price.
Mike (Colorado Springs)
Any big trade plans for Denver?
Chad Ford (1:27 PM)
Keep hearing their name in a lot of scenarios, but it's never clear who they are going to give up. Gallanari and Wilson Chandler are the two names that come up the most, but there's not a big market for either player.
Not that I want to necessarily trade him. But does Amare now have trade value?
Chad Ford (1:27 PM)
Not a lot. He's more valuable to the Knicks right now than he would be to another team in a trade.
what can the wizards do at the deadline with an eye towards next year?
Chad Ford (1:29 PM)
They could try to move Emeka Okafor, but it would probably mean them taking back even more long-term money ... something no one in their right mind would want to do with this team right now.
Did Cody Zeller quiet some critics this weekend?
Chad Ford (1:31 PM)
Yes. He played with a much better motor, was more explosive and tougher than I've seen him. There were a ton of NBA scouts and GMs at that game. I'm not sure his stock is necessarily on the rise (he's No. 7 on our Big Board) but he definitely stopped the bleeding.
How impressed are you with Noel's 12 block game and what have you heard around the league?
Chad Ford (1:32 PM)
Very. He has the potential to be an elite NBA defender. The other thing that's impressive about Noel's defense is that he has the ability to block shots and still avoid foul trouble. Very few young bigs know how to do both. His offense is definitely a work in progress, but for a team looking for a defensive anchor in the middle, he's THE guy.
Love Marcus Smart's game, what team do you think will draft him?
Chad Ford (1:34 PM)
Me too. I think he's the best NBA PG prospect in the draft. Could be a potential Top 6 pick. The Magic look like the best team in the lottery for him. They are the one lottery team that could use a young PG the most. Maybe New Orleans or Sacramento.
Is it possible that the future point guard for the Utah Jazz is in this draft? If so which college player works out best with the Utah Jazz system?
Chad Ford (1:35 PM)
Looking better and better. Smart, Michael Carter-Williams, Trey Burke, Lorenzo Brown, C.J. McCollum, B.J. Young .. a lot more first round PG prospects than we thought we'd have.
Does Trey Burke's game translate well into the NBA? Who are some of his comp. players?
Chad Ford (1:36 PM)
Great floor leader. Low mistake player. Equally proficient dishing the ball and hunting for his own shot. Good shooter. If he was two or three inches taller, he'd be the first PG off the board. As it stands now he's No. 14 on our Big Board and has a great shot at the lottery.
Junior J. (Los Angeles, CA)
What college player do you see as an ace wing defender like a T. Allen type?
Chad Ford (1:37 PM)
Victor Oladipo. Can lock down three positions at the next level. Tough and relentless and an elite NBA athlete. If he keeps shooting the ball well throughout the rest of the season, he too has a great shot at the lottery -- maybe even Top 10.
Kyle (Iowa City, IA)
Could Tim Hardaway Jr. make it as a 2 in the NBA?
Chad Ford (1:39 PM)
Maybe. He's not a great shooter off the dribble, but when he gets his feet set, he can stroke it. Potential second round pick, though i have to confess his play the last two games against Indiana and Ohio State have turned some heads. He's been GREAT.
Is there anybody in college right now that can turn a poor NBA team around?
Chad Ford (1:39 PM)
On their own? The way Derrick Rose or LeBron James did? No.
Michele (LA, CA)
After Noel which Kentucky player should we be watching?
Chad Ford (1:41 PM)
Not really sure how to answer that. Poythress has really been disappointing lately. Goodwin has his moments, but is still inconsistent. Maybe Willie Cauley-Stein, he's back from injury and seems to be the guy that NBA scouts are buzzing about of late.
Is Steven Adams still a risk to go to the draft this year? He's been solid defensively and is tall, but is just so raw on offense...
Chad Ford (1:42 PM)
Think there's a very good chance that he stays at least one more year at Pitt -- maybe two. He's in no hurry to jump and while he would be a likely late first round pick now, he has the talent to go much higher if he develops an offensive game. He really needs, at a minimum, another year.
Besides Zeller and Oladipo, do any of the current IU Hoosiers have NBA potential?
Chad Ford (1:44 PM)
Really been impressed with Mitch McGary the past few games, Starting to see why the recruiting services have him ranked so high. Ditto for Yogi Ferrell. Christian Watford has all of the tools of a NBA player -- just none of the production. Could be a second round pick this year. Hanner Mosquera-Perea could be a prospect down the road.
jim trevethan (solon ohio)
Can aaron craft get drafted soley on his defensive abality which would wreck havoc on NBA gaurds or how much does his shooting abality have to improve?
Chad Ford (1:46 PM)
Some NBA scouts love him, most are much more agnostic. Great defender, super tough, but lacks any real offensive game.
Paul (New Orleans )
I'm starting to like Otto Porter over Muhammad. Am I crazy?
Chad Ford (1:47 PM)
Not crazy. I see it. I'm a huge fan of Porter's. But most NBA GMs and scouts aren't on board with you yet.
Did Alex Len's stock suffer any from a terrible performance again FSU last week?
Chad Ford (1:49 PM)
Not really. Maryland doesn't really put him in a position to dominate. I think scouts have seen enough to feel like he's a legit Top 10 pick.
What happens if Myck Kabongo comes back strong?
Chad Ford (1:50 PM)
He's not going to have much time to do it, so he better be great. He could be a first round pick, maybe even mid-first round if he has a great few weeks before Texas' season ends. Lots of NBA scouts still hold out hope that he's a prospect.
Any chance Seth will join his big bro Steph in the pros?
Chad Ford (1:51 PM)
When you shoot the ball like he does, there's always a chance. But he'll be 23 years old before he plays his first NBA game and he's more of a tweener than Steph was. Possible second round pick.
What are the odds Gary Harris goes to the NBA this year? Has been improving by leaps and bounds since coming back from that injury to start the season.
Chad Ford (1:52 PM)
Tough call. He's a likely first round pick right now. If he ends the year strong and has a great tournament, could move all the way up into the lottery. I wouldn't advise him to come if he's not in the lottery because I think he has the potential down the road.
How many Florida Gators will be drafted this year?
Chad Ford (1:54 PM)
Patrick Young is a lock to be drafted when he declares. A bubble first rounder. Erick Murphy also has a great shot. NBA GMs love stretch fours these days. (Very) outside shot for Kenny Boynton Jr.
Chad, am I reaching when I say that I prefer 2-10 in the draft this year over last years draft?
Chad Ford (1:56 PM)
Big reach. Andre Drummond? Damian Lillard? MKG? Brad Beal?
What about some of the Tarheels like McAdoo, Bullock, and PJ Hariston? All three have been playing very well lately.....Where do you see some of them wind up being drafted?
Chad Ford (1:57 PM)
McAdoo is a first rounder. Late lottery to mid first round. Bullock is a bubble first rounder. His size and shooting ability at his position are attractive to NBA guys. Bigger split on Hairston right now, but he'd be a likely second round pick.
Is UGA's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope a legit pro prospect?
Chad Ford (1:59 PM)
For sure. Good athlete. Only 19. Really shooting the ball well lately ... could be a first round pick.
Chad Ford (1:59 PM)
Gotta run everyone ... let's do this again next week!