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January 22, 12:35 PM ET
Chat with Chad Ford

Chad Ford
  (1:01 PM)

Aloha everyone. Thanks for coming to the chat today. With the Feb 19th trade deadline just around the corner, lots to talk about. We'll also do some draft stuff too toward the end

Khan( Los Angeles, CA)

What are the chances that the New Orleans Hornets get Jermaine O'neal from The Raptors for Peja Stojakovic, Morris Peterson, and Julian Wright?

Chad Ford
  (1:05 PM)

I don't see it happening. Raptors don't really want Stojakovic's and Peterson's contract. It would cost them an extra $20 million in 2010. I don't think acquiring Julian Wright is worth it. If their contracts were a year shorter, I could see it. As for the Hornets ... why mess with a good thing?

Jacob (Seattle, WA)

The Suns HAVE to do something. If they think otherwise they're crazy. Do you see them making any moves? Is Porter going to get fired? Thanks.

Chad Ford
  (1:07 PM)

I think they have two choices. One is to make another big move and try to bring in guys more suited to Terry Porter's system. The other is to dump Porter and make a run at a coach they're more familiar with. Marc Iavaroni is available. I think the biggest problem with Phoenix is psychological. They all loved playing for D'Antoni. He gave them so much freedom. The game just isn't as fun for them anymore and that has led to less effort. Something has to give.

Ryan (Clippertown)

Is B.Diddy really the problem, or is it coach/GM/how did he get both jobs, Dunleavy?

Chad Ford
  (1:07 PM)

B. Diddy. Bad fit for him in LA. They'd trade him if they could. But who's taking on that deal in this economy?

Mary (Flatrock, Mich)

Detroit doesn't look good. Are the Pistons going to be trying to make another deal before the deadline?

Chad Ford
  (1:09 PM)

I think they'd move Allen Iverson if they could get back another expiring contract or a young big that they really like. Joe D expected some turbulence. Remember, I think the Pistons plan is more long sighted than some fans think.

Paulo (Portugl)

I'm pretty sure the lakers are going to stay put and wont trade anyone this year,right? But what about next season, will they be able to re-sign lamar odom? will they want him?

Chad Ford
  (1:10 PM)

I kind of agree. Odom was on the block, but from what I can gather, the Lakers are inclined to keep him unless they get an offer that blows them away. Next year? I think Lamar probably plays somewhere else unless he's willing to take a big pay cut.

Jim Youngstown, OH

What about Detroit trading Hamilton for Wally? clear more space, Cavs get a legit shooter opens the court more...

Chad Ford
  (1:12 PM)

I don't think Joe D wants to go that far into rebuilding. At that point, you've just blown up the entire team. I think his goal was to rebuild while still having a playoff team. Plus, you hand the Cavs (their biggest rival) the missing piece. Won't happen.

Xavier (Seattle)

Anything new on the Mike Miller trade front? Nets and Cavs are both interested, but McHale said he's not on the block - telling the truth or smokescreen?

Chad Ford
  (1:13 PM)

He's on the block, but the Wolves don't want to give him away. They need to get a piece back for him. That's why the Wolves are talking tough. They want teams offering more than just an expiring contract. A pick or another young player would do the trick.

adam, nyc

Hey Chad, love the work, at this point do you see the Knicks trading or keeping David Lee. If they do trade him wouldn't a Lee for Conley based deal benefit both teams and give the Knicks the long term pg they covet.

Chad Ford
  (1:16 PM)

That would be an interesting trade for the Knicks for two reasons. One Conley doesn't hit free agency until summer of 2010. And Lee gives the Grizzlies the type of energy and hustle the need in the front court. Problem is ... will Michael Heisley really fork out the cash to re-sign Lee. I doubt it. Right now he's shopping for the cheapest everything (see Lionel Hollins as the new head coach).

Patrick (Miami)

Where does Marion end up Chad? Can the Heat get something better for him than O'Neal? Or do they hold on to him and then go after Boozer again this summer?

Chad Ford
  (1:18 PM)

I think they have to see whether they can pry Boozer or Elton Brand for Marion. I think both are possible and both are better long term fits than O'Neal. The one positive for O'Neal is that he's off the books in 2010. That gives the Heat LOTS of cap space in the summer of 2010. Of all the markets trying to clear cap ... Miami is one of the most desirable for NBA free agents. The fact that Wade and Michael Beasley are there won't hurt recruiting either.

Jerry (Tx)

What possible trades do you see the Bulls making, the need to move Hughes for sure?

Chad Ford
  (1:21 PM)

They are the big question mark. There are so many issues in Chicago it's hard to know where to begin. They have a number of players, like Hughes, that need to get out of there. They have a rookie coach who doesn't seem like a great fit. They have a beleaguered GM who is running out of excuses. What is Jerry Reinsdorf going to do? It can't go on. I think he first has to decide whether Paxson's the right guy to be making decisions. If he isn't, the should make a move now and get a new GM in place. If he is, then he has to give Paxson authority to start remaking the roster. At this point, Derrick Rose is the only safe player on the team.

James, Tx

Will Cuban & Co. do something? Stackhouse, Bass x Camby? or Rip?

Chad Ford
  (1:22 PM)

I think he has to try. Kidd's window is closing. Dirk's won't be open forever. This team is built to win now. They mortgaged their future to make it happen. I think they have to try to do something. They are running a big risk of missing the playoffs entirely, though my odds are on Utah missing the playoffs given the Kirilenko injury.

Wannabe GM (Philly)

C-Ford, considering how well the Sixers have played without Brand, both during their current 10-game stretch and towards the end of last year, do you think it may behove them to explore trading him either closer to the trade deadline or during the offseason? After hearing Tony DiLeo say that he does not plan to force feed EB the ball in the post and that he envisions him being a great trailer on the break, seems to me that they've committed A LOT of cap space for a "trailer". Maybe the could get nice pick in this years draft (pick up Harden) or get an established SG from someone?

Chad Ford
  (1:23 PM)

Yes ... from what my sources around the league are saying, Brand is available. The question is, given how poorly he's played this year and his huge contract, does anyone want him?

Chad Ford
  (1:24 PM)

I've wondered about a Rasheed Wallace for Brand swap but doubt Joe D wants to invest that much money right now on Brand

Cory (Indianapolis)

Chad do you have any big trade articles coming out soon like you have done, with a list of players and possible destinations?

Chad Ford
  (1:25 PM)

It's out on the front of ESPN's NBA page today. PGs today. Wings tomorrow. Bigs on Thursday.

Brandon (Cedar Rapids)

I think it's obvious that McGrady is done in Houston--what should we try to get back, and what are we likely to get back? A second-round playoff berth would be nice...

Chad Ford
  (1:26 PM)

Good luck with that. McGrady's injury problems will scare off just about everyone. Maybe a McGrady for Jermaine O'Neal swap could make some sense. JO has similar issues.

Dick (NY)

How about Brand returning to Chicago? Any chance?

Chad Ford
  (1:30 PM)

Sure. If the Sixers would take back Larry Hughes as part of the deal. It would give them long term cap relief, but that would be a huge admission that they screwed up signing Brand. I'm sure Chicago would throw either Tyrus Thomas or Joakim Noah in the deal.

Adam, Portland

The Blazers gonna stand pat?

Chad Ford
  (1:31 PM)

I keep hearing that Portland thinks the chances of making a deal are around 20 percent, but I think it's higher. The LaFrentz expiring contract is a big asset, so are players like Sergio Rodriguez, Channing Frye and Travis Outlaw. Seems like now's the time to pull the trigger.

A-Jamison (Washington)

Hey Chad - how many losses do we need to pile up before management realizes that I am not the answer and should be dealt the Cavs for Wally's expiring contract?

Chad Ford
  (1:37 PM)

That's a deal I'd do if I was Washington and Cleveland. However, for it to really make sense for Washington, they'd need Cleveland to take back one or two more bad contracts ... something like Etan Thomas or Darius Songaila. Then it makes sense financially, for Washington to cut ties with Jamison. The question is, is Jamison worth it? Short term, the answer is yes. But long term, I don't know that he's enough to convince LeBron to stay.

David Stern (NYC)

Is this past summer going to go down as the biggest Regretful FA summer in history? There's hardly any team that's not regretting the moves they made: Clippers with Baron Sixers with Brand Mavs already moved Diop Warriors seemed to have made a mistake with Maggette, though he's done better as a sixth man O'Neal in Toronto has been a flop (granted that wasn't a FA signing). Has there ever been a worse offseason of signings?

Chad Ford
  (1:39 PM)

Yes, but they usually are ... When teams give aging players big contracts they usually regret it. There are exceptions (see Steve Nash) but it's more the rule than not. This year was a disaster.

Mike (Memphis)

Chad, The way that pilot landed the plane in the Hudson was phenomenal. If you and Bill Simmons were ever on a plane together in the same situation, I would hope that your pilot would have the same ability to land the plane...right into the middle of an active volcano.

Chad Ford
  (1:40 PM)

Ummmm... I don't even know how to answer this. You know, we're just sports writers. If you don't like us, don't read us. Wishing death upon us seems a little much Mike.

David (Oakland)

The Warrioirs would be crazy to move Monta right?! Is he really that unhappy?

Chad Ford
  (1:42 PM)

There's a lot of bad blood there on both sides. Warriors don't like that he lied about his injury. Ellis has been frustrated with their insistence that his contract is still voidable. I think the odds are against a trade happening before the trade deadline, but by this summer I think something happens. Too bad they can't trade Robert Rowell and Chris Cohen.

Mark (Portland)

There's rumor of a Portland/Sacramento trade going do soon that burning up the interwebs. It's Raef and a pick for Salmons and Moore. Any truth to that?

Chad Ford
  (1:44 PM)

I'd be surprised. Pritchard is very sensitive to team chemistry and Salmons, though talented, hasn't been the greatest teammate over the years.

Evan (Indianapolis)

The Pacers have two expiring contracts available as trade assets (Rasho and Marquis Daniels' team option) as well as a potential 2009 lottery pick. Do you think they'll use them to acquire somebody or do you think they'll just take the cap relief and the draft pick?

Chad Ford
  (1:46 PM)

I think they are in a very good position to make a deal if they want to. Both of those expiring contracts are players that can actually help a team, which increases their value. They also have several role players like Jarrett Jack or even Mike Dunleavy or Jeff Foster to offer. The Pacers can go in just about any direction they want. They could be a big player at the trade deadline. My guess is that it will come down to ... can they get the big man the desperately need?

chris (nyc)

Chad, Nets need to trade Vince Carter now. Is there a market for him and what could they get back.

Chad Ford
  (1:50 PM)

Agreed. His trade value is very high at the moment ... the Nets should move him while they have the chance. They are not serious contenders and should be able to land more cap relief and assets out of the deal. Obviously the Cavs are interested. Rockets would be too. Maybe the Pistons. Sell! Sell!

Ryan V ( Long Beach, CA)

You already answered one Clippers question lets go for the record today and answer two: Could Eric Gordon run away with the ROY award if he continues to play like he's been playing?

Chad Ford
  (1:52 PM)

I watched him versus OKC the other night (OK I was bored) and he was awesome. We always said that Gordon would either be a star or a bust. Right now he looks like a star. I'm not sure about running away with the Award. Personally, I still think Greg Oden has a chance to pull it out. He's playing much better lately and is helping a winning team. But yes, he'll be in the running if he keeps this up over the next few months. Ditto for Kevin Love who has really come on lately for Minn.

Josh (Baltimore)

What guy in your top ten do you see most likely to become a bust?

Chad Ford
  (1:54 PM)

Hasheem Thabeet. Teams are taking him because he's 7-foot-3. He still lacks a great feel for the game. Those are always risky picks. If you hit the jackpot (like Andrew Bynum) you're a genius. If you don't (see Mohammed Saer Sene) you're an idiot.

Chris (Amsterdam)

Which team could most benefit from Stephen Curry's skills in the draft, not where he will get drafted, but where's the best fit?

Chad Ford
  (1:55 PM)

New York. New York. New York.

Lenny (Wyoming)

When is your next draft piece coming? I wonder why you still have Ricky Rubio ranked so high when his team is struggling and he's a horrible shooter.

Chad Ford
  (1:56 PM)

Court vision. Defense. The kid is special. I agree he's struggling to come back from a wrist injury, but teams are still high on his long term prospects.

Jess (Phoenix, AZ)

What happened to Austin Daye? He looked so promising at the beginning of the season and has completely dropped off the face of the earth. He obviously needs to stay at least another year at Gonzaga, but can he ever bounce back to where he was on draft boards?

Chad Ford
  (1:58 PM)

He has a lot of talent and has been playing better the last few weeks. He needs to add strength. Part of it is that he's on a loaded team. He isn't asked to take over the way Durant did or Michael Beasley did. But I agree, his best move right now is to return to Gonzaga for his junior year. He can be a high lottery pick if he continues to develop.

max (chicago, Illinios)

how come people think blake griffin is good, there isnt anything special about him I think curry is much better than he is

Chad Ford
  (1:58 PM)

That's why you're not a NBA scout Max.

Nick (NYC)

I think Max from Illinois is Kevin McHale.

Chad Ford
  (2:00 PM)

Classic.

Nick (Houston, TX)

How does the lack of a Pre-Draft camp now affect Draft eligible players? Portsmouth should be great this year. No?

Chad Ford
  (2:01 PM)

Not really. Portsmouth is restricted to seniors and this is a pretty weak draft class for them. It needs to be scrapped too. I like what the league did. Do the combines and go home.

Chad Ford
  (2:02 PM)

Gotta run everyone. Check out the Trade Deadline pieces starting today and running through Thursday. I'll be back next week. Aloha!