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November 30, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Chris Sheridan

Chris Sheridan
  (3:02 PM)

Good aftrnoon. Let's get right to it. Any and all topics today ...

Cole (Los Angeles)

Sacramento is playing well, but their big man depth is laughable at best. Who do you see them going out and getting? I've heard both Okafor and Dalembert's name thrown about in trade rumors.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:04 PM)

Both of those runors also had Kenny Thomas as the principle piece coming back.nIf eogg can pull a deal like that off, pore power to him. But I thinki you are stuck with Sean May at that spot _ provided Westphal keeps bringing Hawes off the bench, for the rest of the season.

Daniel (Los Angeles)

Does last night's big comeback win over Memphis win mean Dunleavy is gonna hang around even longer now? Or does it all come down to how they play once Blake returns?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:06 PM)

Might have been the second time this season he saved his job with one win. Eric Gordon was the key to that one, and it was good to see Thornton stay as onvolved as he has been since returning to the starting five. I still see a conflict coming, though, when Blake wants his minutes.

mark (cleveland)

Was Frank given a fair shake with all their injuries?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:07 PM)

I have to say yes. 17 games is enough time to find a way to win one game. He didn't, and management couldn't send the message to the few remaining fans that 0-17 was acceptable.

Mo (Queens)

Can my Syracuse Orange beat the nets or the knicks? lol

Chris Sheridan
  (3:08 PM)

Worry about LeMoyne, buddy.

Henry Lebard (Vancouver)

Where would you rate Minnesota's 2008-09 draft in the list of all-time draft blunders? I have it right behind Detroit's Darko Milicic infatuation, and right about the Wizards' same relationship with Kwame Brown.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:09 PM)

That's a good place to start, but LaRue Martin, Sam Bowie and Jordan Hill-over-Brandon Jennings belong in that company.

Marc (Chicago)

First up, let me say "Go Kings!!" Are they the biggest surprise so far? If they keep working this hard and play scrappy ball, do you think they can get an 8th seed in the West?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:12 PM)

Gonna be hard to sustain what hey;re doing over the long haul, but def have to make them the biggest surprise (careful though, Charlotte's turnaround is gaining) of the first month. Houston's play without Yao/McGrady is especially praiseworthy, too.

Ben (NYC)

So eddy curry plays 2 games and hurts his knees...CMON! somone shoot me. is he more untradeable than before?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:13 PM)

Yes, Shawn Kemp. Oh wait, he got traded. OK, Jerome James. No, wait, he got traded, too. As ke again at the end of January -- that's when it'll matter if they can move him.

Nate (AZ)

Where's all the rumor talk about Boozer that was expected this going into this season? Are they still actively trying to trade him?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:15 PM)

Nate, most of that was leftover fallout from the Bulls discussion that took place over the summer. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if they made a trade this season, I expect it to be AK-47 and not Boozer because of AK's salary. They remain best served -- as does Carlos -- by keeping their sign-and-trade options open with him for next summer. The only way they do that is by keeping him.

Oliver (new york)

Chris, best questiion you've had in a while here !!!! I just solved the Knicks 2010 plan. There appears to be nothing int the CBA rules against the Knicks buying out Curry for the full amount of his 2010-11 salary, provided he excercies his ETO !! Tell me why this doesn't happen ! Curry loses no money, can go somewhere he wants to play and the Knicks solve their cap situation, I am a genius and request some sort of assistant GM spot for this.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:18 PM)

Curry would stay on their cap for whatever his buyout number is, and exercising his ETO (which curry isn;t going to do) would completely remove him from the cap and allow them to keep David Lee AND go out and get a max guy. So plz stick with your day job, Oliver.

Jordan (Rexburg)

Should I be worried about the Blazers now?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:19 PM)

Great start, but they sure fell back to earth quickly the past couple games. Can't see why they don;t go with a starting five of Miller, Roy, Rudy, Aldridge and Oden and let Blake and Webster anchor the bench. They could be getting a lot more out of Rudy than they are.

Shaun (VA)

The Miami Heat appear to be in dire need of another player. Do the sign someone on a one year deal to try and make a season out of this or are we just in limbo until this summer.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:21 PM)

Isn't that the Allen Iverson/Jerry Stackhouse question? I think they are happier for the time being keeping their luxury tax bill down and seeing how slotting James Jones in as a starter works out.

Matt (St. Paul)

Chris, I know Rambis has said he doesn't want to play Flynn and Sessions at the same, but at this point isn't it worth a shot? What do they have to lose? Why not have your two best backcourt players on the floor at once?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:24 PM)

He should stick with whatever he was doing in the 4th quarter last night. Quite the comeback.

Tim (NY)

After years of being in the worst place in the sporting world (middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference) shouldn't the 76er's keep with the team they have, let Holiday develop in the absence of Lou Will. and not look in the direction of Iverson?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:27 PM)

Problem is, that city has NOT taken to that team. I've been down there the past two playoffs, and the place was littered with empty, unsold seats. It's even worse in the regular season. AI cures that for the short term, and maybe that produces a positive bounce for next season. Either way, with Lou Williams out as long as he's going to be -- and on a liquid diet, no less -- Holiday is going to have 4-6 weeks to develop before your eyes, with or without Iverson next to him.

John Davis (Los Angeles)

Based upon what you have seen so far with Ron Artest come playoff time will the Ariza/Artest trade benefit the Lakers. Assuming they play either the Celtics or Cavs. in the finals.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:29 PM)

Based on what I've seen so far? He'll be a tremendous asset in the finals, should they get there. He's going to be an even bigger distraction sometime in the meantime -- especially if he keeps playing as poorly as he has been and his frustration boils over -- and his going on Jimmy Kimmel in boxers will look tame by comparison. I'm with Hollinger on this one and believe the Rockets got the better end of this deal. If I'm wrong, we'll see why in the finals.

mark (charlotte)

Who in their right mind would take AK-47 for that price?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:34 PM)

Just a guess, but I could see the Bucks doing something for Michael Redd, if they think his knee recovery is going to be especially troublesome, since both make about the sale money and both have one year left after this one. Bucks would need a two-guard in the deal, too, but the Jazz have a bunch of young ones. Also, adding Kirilenko might impact Ilyasova's minutes, although they play different games and might be able to mesh together. But again, that's just wild speculation.

Jay (VA)

Is it just me, or does Hedo seem to be the biggest bust of the Free Agency class of '09?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:34 PM)

I have him trailing Andre Miller.

Ariel ((Albany, NY))

Who says no first? Nate Robinson and Jared jeffries for Jordan Farmar and Adam Morrison?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:38 PM)

The lawyers in the NBA office. Nate is a base-year comp player, which makes him hard to trade. I don;t think this one would pass muster. But if it did, I think the Lakers would do it in a heartbeat. The downside for the Knicks, ven though they would be moving Jeffries' money off their 2010 cap, is that they wouldn't have Nate to use in a sign-and-trade next summer when he could be the extra piece that gets them a premium player. But I think they'd do it if they felt it was their only option for jettisonning Jeffries' money. It would also open up more options for them in terms of keeping David Lee.

Tim (California)

Do you think the Magic or the Hawks can sneak up and win the Eastern Conference or do you think it will come down to Cavs vs. Celtics?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:39 PM)

I'm so down on the Cavs and Celtics recently, I cann see the Bobcats snaking up on them. But that will pass, I think. Right now, I like Orlando best,

Oliver (New York)

Chris, YOU DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT I SAID. The Knicks WOULD PAY CURRY to use his ETO. It is not a buyout by itself, but a buyout CONTINGENT upon Curry excercising his ETO. So Curry gets his cash in one lump sum, excercies his ETO because of it and the Knicks are free. Now can I get that assistant GM job.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:41 PM)

Out and out violation of cap rules. The most they can pay Curry THIS season is what they owe him on his contract. So they can't just take next year's money, lump it on top of this year's money and wash their hands of him. The system doesn't work that way -- and the system is set up that way to encourage owners and GMs to think twice before taking on or awarding such big money in a long-term contract. If you make a mistake, you pay for it for a long, long time.

jose (LA)

by looking at the numbers, artest is doing way better than ariza. ariza is shooing like 30% and jacking 10 3 pointers every game.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:43 PM)

Ariza also is the most active playr on a very active team in which the players stick to their roles and perform them well. He's shooting too much, but some of that will be relieved by McGrady's ruturn, some by learning when to use a shot fake to get his defender off his feet at the 3-point line and then drive and create or drive and draw fouls. Ariza doesn't do that nearly enough.

Tim (Boston)

Chris, now we've got somebody asking who would take Kirelenko for that price -- please take a look at my Boozer / AK -- Ray Allen / Big Baby idea!

Chris Sheridan
  (3:46 PM)

Tim, Utah would be both sacrificing this season and ensuring that they get nothing for Boozer after this season (in a sign-and-trade), nothing to replace what Kirilenko gives them defensively as an inside deterrent, and nothing to show for Allen (unless they did a sign-and-trade with him) after his contract expires aftr this season. So it makes no sense for Utah to do that deal unless they think Big Baby is the second coming of Karl Malone, which he isn't.

Snyde (Jville)

Think its funny by this point that people say stuff like "if they play either the Celts or Cavs in the finals"? Can any team get less respect than Orlando does on a daily basis?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:46 PM)

I nominate Phoenix.

Ryan (Pontiac, MI)

Brad Miller for Elton Brand. Chicago gets a low post presence and Philly gets cap relief. What do you think?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:48 PM)

Throw Tyrus Thomas and Marreese Speights into that deal, and it might make sence both ways.

Alex (Orlando, FL)

Are the Magic legitimate favorites to win it all again? People sure do jump the gun...

Chris Sheridan
  (3:51 PM)

Whadda ya mean, win it all again? The Lakers won last year, Alex. The runner-up didn't. Has LeBron won it all just because he made it to the finals and got swept three years ago? Didn't think so. The magic still have a long way to go in term of learning how to play together, especially now with Jameer out again for an extended absence. One thing they have not had, nor will they have, is roster continuity.

keir (minneapolis)

if josh howard's injury woes continue, will the mavs trade him before the deadline?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:55 PM)

He has to get healthy and stay healthy long enough to re-establish the trade value that his talent would demand, and from the looks of things that could b a slow road. I see it more likely that they try to push him to peak in the latter stages of the season for the good of the team and for Howard's own good. His next contract season is a team option (like Dampier's), and Dallas could have some condiderable cap maneuverability if both those guys come off. so it makes more sense in a lot of ways to keep him, not the least o which is that he would be a major asset in a playoff series if fully healthy. And winning in the playoffs remains the ultimate goal.

Adam (Philly)

no way the sixers lose speights even for cap room.speights is too legit to give up for a bum like thomas and cap releif.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:59 PM)

Your opinion is duly noted, Adam from Philly. But I will say this -- Speights, J.Smith and T.Young is a nice young threesome, but if moving one would rid them of the burden of Brand's contract, wouldn't that allow them to get younger front line players to fill the void that trade would leave? Perhaps I should have used J.Smith as a better example, since the 76ers obviously value Speights higher than Smith and thus would try to include him in such a deal first. But I'm sure you see my larger point.

rocky (san diego, ca)

Brad Miller, John Salmons, Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson to Houston for Tracy McGrady, Kyle Lowry, Chase Budinger, Joey Dorsey.

Chris Sheridan
  (4:01 PM)

Zoinks. That's like a stream of consciousness trade from the netherreaches of Chad Ford's brain - one of those King Kong deals that, when you look at it, seems somewhat plausible from a logic standpoint. Throw me another one of those next week, Rocky.

Chris Sheridan
  (4:02 PM)

That's a wrap for this Monday, folks. We'll do it again in a week.