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John Hollinger (3:04 PM)
Greetings from Beantown everyone, where I'm here to see the Nets take on the Celtics tonight and (possibly) take over first place in the Atlantic Division.
Would it be wise for the Sixers to trade Evan Turner now while his stock is high? He is owed 6.6M in 2013-2014, w/ an 8.7M Qualifying offer in 2014-2015. He's not a true scorer, doesn't play great defense, is not a true 2 or 3 and has a bad attitude.
John Hollinger (3:06 PM)
Well, you're preaching to the choir. I've always felt Turner was phenomenally overrated, as he mostly just creates low percentage shots, and because he was such a high pick his contract gets onerous this year and next. But Philly still thinks long 2s are awesome I guess.
any chance Memphis finishes with the best record in the league??
John Hollinger (3:07 PM)
Would still say that's highly unlikely. They've had no important injuries and I think they're playing pretty close to their ceiling right now. Gonna be tough to hold off OKC and San Antonio all year, let alone the other assorted contenders out there.
jk (Lewisburg, WV)
whats goin on with the wolves? Love comes back and they lose 3/4?
John Hollinger (3:08 PM)
Didn't think Love was in game shape those first couple of games; he moved around much better last night, but he was pretty much worthless defensively in the Golden State game. He'll get better, and so will the Wolves.
The Only Raptor fan left (Toronto)
Is there any teams that would trade for Andrea Bargnani. He has definitely worn out his welcome in Toronto.
John Hollinger (3:09 PM)
I'm sure there are teams that will do it for the right price. Here's the real question: What are you getting back? The answer, most likely, is another guy making $10 million whose team is disappointed in him.
Wow, John...those comments about Turner are SO two seasons ago...you DO watch the games - right?
John Hollinger (3:12 PM)
Well last year he had a TS% of 47.8. This year, in a small sample against an easy schedule, he's all the way up to .... 51.7. If he keeps on making 3s I'll take it back (he's made ten this year, after making 11 all of last year) but he's also shooting 42.9% on *2-pointers*, which is just awful.
Andy Varejao is tearing it up! Any chance the rebuilding Cavs are shopping him? OKC seems to be a good destination with assets of Lamb, Jones III, Toronto pick.
John Hollinger (3:13 PM)
It's not clear to me what Cleveland's plan is with Andy V., and how his phenomenal play so far might affect it. I'd be tempted to sell high if I were them -- he's an older player, he gets injured a lot, and this is the highest his trade value will ever be. But forget about OKC as a destination -- they can't take on the money.
Lets say Roy DOES come back and all Wolves are healthy, what do you see as their best starting rotation? Lee and Ridenour and Shved are all hitting right now.
John Hollinger (3:14 PM)
The real question is what does Roy come back as? The guy from early this season wasn't any good. The guy from his last season in Portland wasn't any good either. You're banking on what, a Roy from four years ago showing up? Not happening. I had basically discounted Roy as a factor heading into this season and still had Sota making the playoffs, though, so I think once they're healthy they'll be very tough in the second half of the season.
Why are the Celtics so bad at rebounding this year? It's interesting how Jeff Green is essentially the same size as Bill Russell was, but Green gets few rebounds.
John Hollinger (3:15 PM)
The Celtics aren't bad at rebounding. They're bad at OFFENSIVE rebounding, because they don't even bother trying. On the defensive glass they're perfectly decent. Not sure where you're going with the Green comment, but there have been hundreds of players 6-9 or taller in the league in the past four decades, and to date not one of them has been Bill Russell.
Has Harrison Barnes done anything to change your 'he won't be a star' view?
John Hollinger (3:17 PM)
Not really. That smash over Pekovic was awesome, don't get me wrong, but when I watch Barnes I still don't see the feel or ball skills that would translate into a scorer. His selling point is that he might shoot 40% on 3s and be a plus defender at the small forward spot.
Landry Fields (Toronto)
Am I the worst signing of the off-season?
John Hollinger (3:18 PM)
Another idea for All-Star Weekend: A duel between Landry Fields and Jeff Green to decide which player's contract is the most egregiously laughable.
Do you think the NBA will ever consider coming back to Vancouver?
John Hollinger (3:20 PM)
The real question is whether an owner will ever consider relocating his team there. The NBA is just along for the ride, mostly. The relocation angle is always going to be a tough one, though, and expansion remains an unlikely alternative.
Michael Beasley (PHX)
Can I get in that duel, or am I excluded for only getting a 3 year deal?
John Hollinger (3:20 PM)
This is why so many folks are lobbying for a four- or eight-way playoff rather than the current format. Wait, that's the BCS. Never mind.
Is it too early to get excited by the idea that the Lakers might not actually be that good? I know Nash is out, but when he comes back he'll still be almost 40.
John Hollinger (3:23 PM)
You know what nobody ever talks about? The Lakers have $100 million budget, and they have pretty much every free agent in the league clamoring to play for them. And yet, they have four good players and the rest of the team sucks. How is this possible? Everyone keeps fawning over their front office for landing Dwight and Nash, but it's not like they had to pull off some Houdini act to get them -- those guys chose L.A. as much as anything the Lakers did. Meanwhile, the back end of the roster has been total crap for what, half a decade now? When does this become a story? Just wondering ....
Seeing Valanciunas play I feel like he is a huge let down after waiting a year to finally see him play. He has trouble playing defense without fouling. He was supposed to have a mid range jumper that must still be lost with his luggage. Do you think he will end up being another European big man bust?
John Hollinger (3:25 PM)
Speak for yourself, I like what I've seen so far. He's got a nice little mid-range game that should only get better, and is developing as a post threat. If he was awesome he would have been the first pick, but he's going to be a solid starter for the next decade and I'm thinking he can probably get into an All-Star game or two.
Pat Riley (Miami)
Wait, you mean Lakers will not get the applause as I did for Dwayne Wade recruiting Lebron and Bosh?
In terms of their overall game in what order would you rank Blake Griffin, Josh Smith and Al Horford?
John Hollinger (3:26 PM)
I think this question pretty much underscores that it hasn't been a great start to the season for Blake
Is it just me or have Carl Landry and David Lee improved as defenders this season? I thought the Warriors would be much worse defensively with those two on the floor than it has been.
John Hollinger (3:27 PM)
I'm as surprised as you are. Figured that lineup would be toast on a stick, but the W's have been pretty solid defensively. Instead it's their offense that's holding them back.
Hey, I know what you think about JGreen but do you think he can average 17 points and a couple of rebounds per game?
John Hollinger (3:27 PM)
If all the games go 6 OTs he's got a real shot at it.
Tim (New Zealand)
Thought's on Meyers Leonard so far? His rebounding has been disappointing but it seems like his offensive game could translate better than expected...
John Hollinger (3:29 PM)
He's been better than I expected. I saw Leonard at the Hoop Summit a couple years ago, he wasn't throwing down one-handed alleyoop dunks from near the square, that's for sure. He has offensive limitations but he's more solid than I expected. Not clear if he's a long-term starter, but at worst seems like a long-term rotation player.
John, WATCH OUT for falling glass! Putting a ceiling on the Grizz is dangerous....Memphis in a 7 game series is gonna be a tuff out for any and all comers in the West. Ask the Heat and the Knicks if we can Grit and Grind vs small teams.
John Hollinger (3:30 PM)
Can I ask the Nuggets too?
Eric (Cudahy, WI)
According to rumors, Drew Gooden is in the trading block. Who could the Bucks get back for him? potential trade?
John Hollinger (3:32 PM)
I don't understand the whole Gooden thing. The Bucks started Joel Przybilla in an NBA game in 2012, and yet they can't find anywhere to get Drew some minutes, after he was probably their third-best player a year ago and the No. 2 guy has completely crashed and burned? There's something they're not telling us here. As for Gooden's trade value, it's not clear to me what he returns -- not a great contract going forward, especially since their unwillingness to play him raises question marks with potential trade partners.
Do the suns have any trades on the horizon? the team is abysmal, i feel bad for the dragon.
John Hollinger (3:32 PM)
I think they're trying, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them jump in with something fairly major when we get closer to the trade deadline. But it's very rare to see NBA trades in November and December.
Thoughts on Kings potential move to Virginia Beach?
John Hollinger (3:33 PM)
Feels like a smokescreen or feint of some kind. Don't see how they can do any better financially there, and even for a Sacramento plan there's a paucity of concrete details.
What has happened to Joe Johnson's game? Did he forget how to score?
John Hollinger (3:35 PM)
Will have a better idea after tonight; he should have a huge size advantage and absolutely butcher these guys. This was what Boston always feared when it played Atlanta, was Johnson bullying their small guards; Celtics doubled and swarmed him with the Hawks, but with NJ's personnel not sure they can do it so easily.
Jake (Palo Alto)
Matt Carroll and Hakim Warrick object to your characterization of the timing of NBA trades. That was a blockbuster.
John Hollinger (3:37 PM)
The tremors from that deal continue to reverberate around the league.
lets keep the bucks questions coming! Clearly, Monta and Jennings do not complement each other. Could either be traded before the deadline and who could they potentially get for either?
John Hollinger (3:39 PM)
If one of them goes, it will be Monta. The issue with him is he can opt out after the season, though, and I suspect he will since so much money will be cashing so little talent this summer (Translation: Some fool will give him $50 million). So who will trade something of value for that? OK, the same fool that would pay him the $50 million, but still ... the Bucks are probably stuck with that backcourt til the summer.
Just like to state that this Josh fellow does not represent or express the opinions of any other Raptor fans. We are very happy with Valanciunas. Thanks Cleveland.
Why isn't Javale getting more minutes? Can't defend alongside Faried?
John Hollinger (3:40 PM)
Lots of people in Denver wondering the same thing, as he's played very well in his minutes and the Nuggies can use his offense. The asthma is an issue, obviously, which will probably limit him to 24-28 min -- especially at that altitude. But I'd like to see him play more.
Are there any logical Gasol trades out there? What happened to the Bulls interest?
John Hollinger (3:41 PM)
It's tough -- Pau makes $19 million, and he hasn't played well. Most figure he'll play better as a featured post player, but still -- the knee thing and its impact on his mobility has potential trade partners a little freaked out.
In your opinion, is Chris Webber a HOF'er?
John Hollinger (3:42 PM)
Yes. Great college career, big-time numbers, and best player on what is one of the five or ten best teams to not win a title.
Carlos Boozer (Chicago)
Has any legitimate all star fallen as quickly as I have after signing a big deal?
John Hollinger (3:43 PM)
There's some folks in D.C. who would like to tell you about a chap named Arenas ....
HERE IS THE LOGICAL GASOL TRADE: Ilyasova and Ellis for Gasol and Meeks. Try and tell me this doesn't make sense.
John Hollinger (3:45 PM)
I think the only potential problem would be if the Lakers have seen Ilyasova play this year. Seriously, this one is kind of interesting, but Monta doesn't fit in L.A. at all and the Lakers would have to find a third team.
Josh smith for Pau makes some sense. I wouldn't want to see pau go although I love to see Smith in Purple and Gold
John Hollinger (3:47 PM)
Really? how? I think that's actually a horrible trade for both teams -- kills ATL's shot at Howard in free agency and gives the Lakers an awful shooter to play with Howard right now.
Brandon Pence, Bulls Bball Blog (Winchester, KY)
Do you think Chicago moves Rip Hamilton by the trade deadline if the season keeps going south?
John Hollinger (3:48 PM)
I've long suspected that they will do this, regardless of whether things are going south, north, east or west. The luxury tax logic just makes too much sense not to.
Mitch Kupchak (LA)
Can you please squash these Pau - Amare rumors?! So ridiculous to think LA will take on more money for a lesser player with an uninsurable contract....
John Hollinger (3:50 PM)
My only though on this is that any trade negotiation between Jim Buss and James Dolan should be televised for our amusement. Let's write that into the next CBA.
Steve Urkel (Chicago)
What do you think of Terrence Ross? I was arguing with a friend that he will be a better player than Austin Rivers, what do you think?
John Hollinger (3:51 PM)
You cannot damn someone with fainter praise than arguing that he'll be better than Austin Rivers, at least at the moment -- not sure if you've seen Rivers but he's been brutal. As for Ross, I think he'll be a halfway decent, fringe-starter, Courtney Lee-type player that was probably taken ten spots too high.
Chances the Lakers can sign Doo-white to an extension this summer?
John Hollinger (3:53 PM)
Technically it wouldn't be an extension -- Dwight will be an unrestricted free agent, and will be choosing among the Lakers and countless other suitors. But he can get more $$ in L.A., so he'd really have to be uncomfortable to walk for some place like Houston or Atlanta.
How good is the Bulls European player whos coming over in a few years? Is he as good as Toni Kukoc?
John Hollinger (3:54 PM)
Mirotic? Saw him at the Hoop Summit two years ago, I like him -- big combo forward with a high skill level. Not as tall as Kukoc or quite as gifted with the vision, but probably a better shooter. My translated stats from last year like him too. That was a good pick, even if they have to wait a couple more years.
Welcome to Boston, John! But please drop the Beantown greeting. How do you think the Celts guard rotation fleshes out once Bradley is back, assuming all healthy?
John Hollinger (3:56 PM)
I think they might look to trade Courtney Lee, who has been eased into a much more limited role lately and has basically ceded most of his playing time to Barbosa. Is Beantown not a thing? Or this like saying Frisco in SF?
Hope you didn't' rent a car in Boston, Holly. Parking rates are BRUTAL.
John Hollinger (3:57 PM)
If you want to see extortionate parking, try the Georgia Dome during the SEC title game.
John, say some stuff about the knicks. I'm actually a fan but I'm not quite sure how they are number 2 in your power rankings after their last couple of losses.
John Hollinger (3:59 PM)
Basically, their first several games were so strong that it offset a couple of less impressive games of late. The 'Bockers had no chance of keeping up their 3-point shooting from the start of the season, but their recent defensive slide would have me more concerned. I also think it's fair to wonder if Melo is backsliding after his annual ten-game burst of enthusiastic passing and defense.
Ian C (C-Town)
Hey John! Im loving the Milwaukee questions. This has to be a record? My question is that do you see a perfect trade that the bucks could do right now?
John Hollinger (4:00 PM)
As you've probably noticed, the Bucks have a LOT of trade possibilities because they have so many decent, mid-priced players that are potentially of interest to other teams, as well as several intriguing young guys. Throw in that Hammond and Skiles are on last year of their deals, and you have the perfect ingredients for a blockbuster. Have no idea which direction Milwaukee takes things, but I'd be shocked if the Bucks have the same roster on March 1.
John Hollinger (4:02 PM)
Folks that's all the time I have but thanks for the great question. Check out my missive tonight from the TD Banknorth Garden at Invesco Field or whatever it is they're calling it now, and we'll do this again next week.