Warriors Plan B

The Golden State Warriors have been rumored all summer to be in the Kevin Love sweepstakes. But due to their reluctance to include their up and coming superstar, Klay Thompson the Warriors gave up on their pursuit of Kevin Love. If they are still in search of a stretch 4 power forward, I think they need to go out and acquire Ryan Anderson from the New Orleans Pelicans. Using ESPNS trade machine, I’ve come up with a scenario where the Warriors can acquire Anderson. This trade will be involving the Warriors, Pelicans, and Kings.

Warriors

Ryan Anderson 2yrs at 8.5million

New Orleans Pelicans

Jason Terry 1yr 5.9million

Carl Landry 3yrs 6.5million

Sacramento Kings

David Lee 2yrs 15.0million

I like this trade because the Kings get a All Star caliber PF in David Lee, Warriors get their stretch four PF in Ryan Anderson, and the Pelicans add depth in Carl Landry. Also, if the Pelicans don’t want to keep Jason Terry they can always buy him out, and maybe even trade him.

I’m not sure if this trade happens, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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NBA First Week In Review

The NBA season finally kicked off last Tuesday night, and I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s my first week assessment.

1. The Indiana Pacers are very good. Lead by superstar Paul George, they’re the only undefeated team left in the NBA. Lets not forget Danny Granger is out the first three weeks of the season nursing a calf injury. Look for them to be one of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference all year.

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2. Dwight Howard looks like the Dwight of old. Yes he’s healthy, and FINALLY happy. Dwight is averaging 17.4ppg to go with 14.6 rpg. Expect to see great things from him and star shooting guard James Harden this year. The Houston Rockets biggest question mark to me is their defense, but they can certainly score with anyone in the league.

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3. The Golden State Warriors look great. They’re off to a 4-1 start, and they’ll only get better as the season goes on. They have two lights out shooters in Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson that can carry the team on any giving night. Look for this team to continue to grow, and yes people they’re a legitimate NBA Finals team.

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4. The Bulls have been awfully rusty to begin the 2013 campaign. As they’re off to a 1-3 start to begin the year. Derrick Rose has struggled shooting 28% from the field. They need to cut down on the turnovers, and score more on offense. Remember offense has been their biggest problem the last several years. No need to panic Bull fans I believe in Derrick Rose and this team.

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5. The Suns, Bobcats, and the Sixers will compete every night. So much for the “Tank For Wiggins” idea everyone thought the bad teams around the NBA were doing. As these three teams have competed every night and they’re a combined 9-6. Yes each team is 3-2, but they’ve been in every game they played early on. As the Bobcats defeated the Raptors and Knicks, and the Sixers defeated the Heat and the Bulls. If these teams are planning on tanking they better do it sooner than later. The Suns look like they have a star in the making in Eric Bledsoe. No wonder why they call him mini Lebron. The Sixers look like they found their point guard of the future in Michael Carter Williams

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6. The Knicks are sluggish out the gate starting off the year 1-3, and to make matters worse they’ve lost their leader on defense in center Tyson Chandler for 4-6 weeks due to a fractured right fibula. Who will step up while Chandler is out? Will that be Amar’e or Kenyon Martin? Knicks must get their defense in order, and get Melo on track. If they continue to lose games and give up points, how long will Mike Woodson remain the head coach? Lets not forget owner James Dolan expects a championship this year.

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The season is still very young, but we look like we’re in store for another great NBA season.

Warriors Make A Splash

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Just last week the Warriors cleared out cap space by trading Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins, Brandon Rush, and two picks to the Jazz to clear cap space so they go out and sign Andre Iguodola to a four- year, 48-million dollar contract. Warriors continued their strong off season by bolstering their bench by signing Jermaine O’neal, Toney Douglas, and Marreese Speights this week. Speights signed a three-year deal 15-million dollar contract. Jermaine O’neal signed a one-year deal worth 2 million dollars, and Toney Douglas signed a one-year deal worth 1.6million dollars. Although the Warriors lost Carl Landry to the Kings, and Iso Jack (My nickname for him) aka Jarrett Jack to the Cavs. They have quietly improved their bench with Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson being their 6th man. I prefer Harrison off the bench. O’neal and Speights will definitely be needed for big man help as Andrew Bogut has been battling injuries the last couple of years. O’neal will also provide that tough veteran leadership for these young Warriors. Douglas is a score first pg, but he’s proven to be able to hit the three. All and all the Warriors have had a very successful off season and on paper they’re easily a top 4 seed in the Western Conference. The new Warriors owners have sent the message to the league that the Warriors are here to stay and they’re serious about winning. So Dub City get your popcorn ready, because this team will be fun to watch!

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Dwight Howard Starts the NBA Firework Festivites

It took sometime, but Dwight Howard has finally made his decision and he’s chosen to sign with the Houston Rockets over the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s been a long week of speculation with many rumors, but the one rumor that was true was Dwights interest in joining the Rockets. Dwight now joins another star in James Harden, and a rising stud in Chandler Parsons. With Howard I call this Rockets team the Magic 2.0, but the difference with this team is James Harden is a big time player and can do things players on those old Magic teams can’t do. Dwight chose the Rockets over the Lakers, Warriors, and Mavs. Dwight felt it was his best chance to win a championship, and he left $30million dollars on the table to do so.

Laker fans aren’t too pleased, but now have to respect Dwight for his decision. Dwight finally had the chance to make his own decision after screwing himself two years ago by opting into the final year of his deal with the Magic. Laker fans shouldn’t be sad for too long as they will have lots of cap space to play with next off season with a jammed packed free agent class. Just don’t count on Lebron leaving Miami for LA. LA best bet is to tank next so they can get into the lottery and draft someone to be the new face of the franchise once Kobe retires. Next years draft class is projected to be as good as the 2003 class or even better. So they should be in good shape. Rockets will certainly be better than the 8th seeded team that made the playoffs last year. The Rockets don’t seem to be done improving the roster, reportedly they’re also interested in a sign and trade with the Atlanta Hawks to acquire Dwight Howards good friend, Josh Smith. One question for the Rockets is how do you fill out the rest of the roster? They will certainly need more shooters to space the floor while Dwight operates the paint. So we’ll see what tricks Daryl Morey has up his sleeves. I personally think Golden State presented the best chance for Dwight to win.

They have two lights out shooters in Klay Thompson, and Steph Curry and new ownership that’s looking to win now. We’ll see if it works out for him four years from now. I also feel that he didn’t want to have that pressure playing in LA and following in Shaq’s footsteps. I think its safe to say Dwight likes to be in a smaller market and just being the silly energetic guy that he is, and that’s something Kobe didn’t want him to be. The big picture is how desperate was Dwight to leave the Lakers? He left 30million on the dollars on the table just to join another team on a shorter deal. I guess the rumors were true that he didn’t like playing with Kobe. Reports were that he was turned off by Kobe’s sales pitch to stay with the Lakers. Reportedly Kobes pitch was “I’ll show you how to win championships”.

Dwight has now updated his twitter profie @DwightHoward and changed it into him wearing a Rockets jersey. He also changed his location on twitter from LA to Houston. And just to make things even more interesting, Kobe and Dwight both unfollowed each other on twitter and instagram. Safe to say the NBA will make sure they’ll schedule Houston in LA for opening night. I respect how Dwight went about making his decision. It was many rumors about Dwight being indecisive, but there  were other reports that his mind was made up and he just wanted a face to face meeting with LA management to let them know he’s going to Houston. Overall I’m happy for Dwight and I wish him luck in Houston.