The Draft is nearly here. There is no consensus top player so the night figures to be full of surprises and trades. For all of my picks and predictions for the upcoming night click here.
The NBA’s deadline for players to declare their eligibility for the 2013 NBA Draft has passed. Players who have not hired an agent have until June 17th to withdraw and still be eligible by the league to be drafted next year. Here is the released list of players:
Leading up to the NBA Draft Lottery on May 21, the league held tiebreakers for the teams that finished with identical records in order to determine the order selection for the lottery. The random drawings were conducted by NBA executives Jason Cahilly and Dan Rube. Denise Pelli, a partner in accounting firm Ernst & Young, oversaw the tiebreaking process.
The Off-season is winding down and it’s time to look at how the league’s GMs have done in their attempts to improves their teams’ presents as well as their futures.
I have had a chance to digest the draft and look over how each team did. As always there were winners and there were losers, there were steals and there were head-scratchers. Here’s our assessment of how each team did.
Hmmm… From a basketball sense, I can see how this trade makes the Wizards better but that is about where the nice things to be said end. Running an NBA team in today’s world requires not only evaluating talent but evaluating VALUE of that talent. Managing the salary cap involves not overpaying for players who only fill a role. While I love the pairing of Continue reading Trade Breakdown: New Orleans & Washington (6/20/12)
Gerald Wallace had until Wednesday night at midnight to decide whether or not to exercise an option in his contract that would extend it for one more year, and $9.5M, but he decided to let his contract expire rather than play on a one year deal. This decision may not seem to be too Earth shattering considering Wallace is a second tier star but it does start the countdown to a potential doomsday for the once-New Jersey Nets who have not even finished unpacking all the boxes in the new Barclays center in their new home in Brooklyn.
The Orlando Magic fired GM Otis Smith and head coach Stan Van Gundy today. Smith going may not have been expected but there is no reason at all that anyone should be surprised that Van Gundy is gone and it is unthinkable that anyone should be blaming Dwight Howard.
This summer’s crop of free agents have quite a few diamonds in the rough, but mostly among the restricted ranks. While Chris Paul and Dwight Howard have put off their free agent tours until next year, the biggest unrestricted decision belongs to Deron Williams. We also watch curiously as Boston and Dallas have a number of stars without contracts and San Antonio has to put a value on the importance of an aging Tim Duncan. For the complete list of players who could be coming to your town click here.