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Probably not the best name to throw out to Heat fans as a comparison but he did start at SF during the 2006 playoffs and that turn out fairly well. Playing beside a PF named Haslem and a C named O'Neal. Michael Beasley 6'9" 245 lbs Antoine Walker 6'9" 245 lbs Both were taller forwards with versatility. Both had issues on the defensive end. Riley has always praised tall forwards who could handle the ball...Magic, Odom, Walker (at least when he first traded for him). I also wouldn't be surprised to hear 13 years from now that Beasley has been arrested for owing a casino $800,000. I'm not sure if these observations should excite Heat fans with the possibilities of Beasley as a "wing" forward or scare them with the potential for disaster.
Oops...that first sentence was suppose to have a question mark. Allen Iverson is not better than Mario Chalmers?
Allen Iverson is not better than Mario Chalmers. Yes, the point can be made that Chalmers will grow faster as a starter who is forced to grow into that role. However, that same growth could be found by going against Iverson and Wade every day in practice (assuming Iverson shows up). The issue has to be what type of commitment Iverson is willing to make to the team (while living next to South Beach). But to not offer him an opportunity to start? Why not? Let him compete on a one-year contract. Competing is what Iverson does. Should he be given the green light ahead of Wade...no. But the issue shouldn't be whether or not he gets an opportunity to start. Is he willing to be the second option to Wade? And maybe the third option to Beasley if he steps up this season. Iverson is clearly an upgrade over Chalmers. That said...how hasn't Iverson signed with Charlotte? It's the perfect team for him. They have his former coach, a legend (Jordan) around to keep him level, the Bobcats have complimentary players like AI's Philly teams did, and he'd be the number one option (he's better than Wallace). And most of all for the Bobcats owners...he'd draw a crowd. Miami should consider this factor as well. Sure Iverson would make them a luxury tax payer. But Iverson still has the ability to put butts in seats. Something that is desperately needed here in Charlotte (I'm a Heat fan living in NC). If I were the Bobcats I'd hand Iverson the MLE today. If I'm the Heat I show him the Heat rule book (training program/goals, weight program...basically what's expected of a member of the Heat organization)...if he's willing to accept that and a one year contract for the MLE I'd sign him with an offer to compete for the starting position. Nothing guaranteed. Chalmers is the guy until someone runs the offense better. Somewhat on topic...be on the look out for ESPN's 30 at 30 series this fall. Featuring "The Trial of Allen Iverson" http://www.dailypress.com/sports/columnists/dp-spt_teel_0802aug02,0,6947086.column?page=1 And again...check out this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYmObmEY6cY
Hoopsworld.com is reporting that Miami is close to signing Tinsley to a $1.9 million deal with the bi-annual exception. "The HEAT are rumored to be closing in on a deal $1.9 million deal with Jamaal Tinsley that would use their Bi-Annual exception, while leaving all of their $5.8 million median exception open for Odom should talks with the Lakers fall apart." http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=13459 Another topic of interest might be a report that Matt Harpring might be forced to retire due to injury. If that were to happen wouldn't his salary be covered by insurance, but still count against the cap/luxury tax...saving Utah at least the portion of the salary that is covered by insurance. Making it less likely they need to trade Boozer.
Does anyone know what Miami's salary cap situation would look like next summer if they are able to sign Odom for the MLE this year? Would resigning Wade to a max contract and signing another free agent for the max still be possible? I think the benefit in trading Beasley for Boozer is that it allows Miami to get Boozer's bird rights. So not only are you going on his word (he loves Miami, has a home in Miami, is friends with the owner, on and on), you are going on the fact that Miami can offer more money than any other team without worrying about the salary cap. Trading Haslem/Wright (or Cook depending on what article you're reading) for Boozer would be even better for Miami but I'm not sure Utah goes for that deal. I think they hold out until the trade deadline and see if a team comes with a better offer. Which might be a better option for Miami as well. It would give Beasley time to prove that he is capable of becoming a contributor on a championship contender. What it comes down to for me is that you know what you're getting with Boozer vs. the unknown of Beasley. Do you trust Beasley to bring you a championship? It's kind of like when Miami traded Butler/Odom/Grant for Shaq. There was potential for a championship with the younger players, but you knew what you were getting with Shaq. Now...Wade, Odom, Boozer doesn't give you the same (almost) guaranteed championship that Shaq did. But it's a similar now vs. later decision. And we know how Wade and Riley feel about winning now. Then again...it sure would be nice to have Wade, Butler, Odom right about now.
Ira must have posted this because he was left with nothing else and wanted to stir up discussion. Anyone looking at the situation reasonably would have written about the reasons why Odom for Haslem WOULDN'T work. It's a better story. Sure the Heat want Odom. But they want him at $5.8 million, not $9 million, for the same reasons LA is worried about paying him big money. At $5.8 mil Odom is really a $12 mil per year player when you consider the luxury lax. He's worth that. At $9 mil he's an $18 mil per year player...still worth it? Then consider Boozer. If the plan is to get both Odom and Boozer, and Beasley is necessary in order to get Boozer, then you don't want to end up parting with both Haslem and Beasley for Odom and Boozer. Ideally you'd get Odom at the MLE, then trade Beasley/Wright/Blount to Utah for Boozer. Leaving: Chalmers/Quinn/ Beverley Wade/Cook Odom/Jones/Diawara Boozer/Haslem O'Neal/Magloire/Anthony The line-up provides plenty of options with a possible closing five of Chalmers, Wade, Odom, Haslem, Boozer. A 3 pt shooting five of Wade, Cook, Jones, Odom, Boozer. A big line up of Wade, Jones, Odom, Boozer, O'Neal. Take Haslem out of the equation and what do you have? Chalmers, Wade, Odom, Beasley (or Boozer), O'Neal. With Magloire or Anthony as the first big off the bench. I'd rather have Chalmers, Wade, Jones, Haslem, O'Neal with Beasley off the bench. Miami is pitching Odom on the fact that they are offering as much as possible in order to acquire him...the "Miami Max" (remember the Philly Max term being used during the Brand signing last year to show they were doing everything they could for him). However, what if LA were to say they'd trade Odom for Haslem? Wouldn't that force Riley to show Odom he was willing to make the same commitment to Odom that LA is unwilling to make? If Riley is, great. Trade Odom to Miami, get a great role player in Haslem who will probably sign with LA next year for less than what Odom is asking for. Fisher, Bryant, Artest, Gasol, Bynum with Haslem off the bench is still a championship team. LA should be hoping Haslem is made available.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYmObmEY6cY&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Efacebook%2Ecom%2Fprofile%2Ephp%3Fid%3D557425525%26ref%3Dprofile&feature=player_embedded A few weeks ago, Iverson gave a speech in Virginia to promote his scholarship program. It was one of the best three minutes of the sports year. You probably didn't hear about it because the sports media and the blogosphere is more interested in talking about Brett Favre, Michael Vick, civil suits, how ESPN is the devil and everything else. Occasionally, some relevant stuff slips through the cracks. - Bill Simmons
Great trade JB. But how about this one: http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=nemek8 Heat improve by 52+ wins, meaning they go 95 and -13 next year. NBA championship here we come!
Utah has to trade Boozer in order to match Millsap (assuming they don't want to pay the luxury tax). Maybe Miami can get him cheap. First trade: Marcus Banks trade exception ($4.3 mil) for Kyle Korver ($5.3 mil) Second Trade: Dorell Wright ($2.75 mil) and Mark Blount ($7.962 mil) for Boozer ($12.657) I think both trades work under the salary cap. The deals save Utah about $7 million this year and doesn't cost either team cap space for 2010 because all deals are expiring. Miami would be left with a rotation of: Chalmers, Wade, Beasley, Boozer, O'Neal, Haslem, Jones, Cook, Korver. Definitely worth the luxury tax payment assuming Arison will approve. If Odom would seriously sign for the MLE (which I doubt) this team would be loaded.
The Nets still have a lot of power forwards. That means if they can find takers for Stromile Swift and/or Sean Williams - I know some of you won't like that I include his name but they are looking to move him - the Nets will deal each or both. Any interested in Sean Williams or Swift?
Artest and Beasley hitting South Beach...now that is a great reality TV show.
Beasley is going to the Clippers along with Marion for Brand and Bayless.
Talk about crazy... http://probasketballnews.com/amico_062508.html Miami drafts Mayo...then trades him.
Talk about crazy... http://probasketballnews.com/amico_062508.html Miami drafts Mayo...then trades him.
Is it possible for us to end up with Marion, Brand and a high draft pick? For example, lets say both players opted out of their contracts and Miami voids its qualifying offer to Dorell Wright. This would leave Miami with approximately 33.8 million in committed salary for 08-09. Say the salary cap is set at $56 mil. This leaves approx $22 million to offer Brand and Marion. Perhaps Marion would be willing to take $10 mil per for 6 years rather than $17.1 for one. Then Brand, who is said to be willing to take a pay cut to play in Miami, signs for $12 mil per. With Brand, Haslem and Marion on board Miami has very little need for Beasley. Making it possible to trade down in the draft to pick up additional pieces to fill out the roster. One option could be to Memphis for Miller, Lowry and #5 with the #2 pick, Cook and Blount going to Memphis. At #5 Miami could choose between Mayo (possibly gone), Westbrook or Lopez. This leaves Miami with: PG: Lowry SG: Wade SF: Marion PF: Haslem C: Brand Bench Westbrook/Mayo/Lopez Banks Miller Then a second round pick and free agents signing for the minimum to fill out the roster.
Is it possible for us to end up with Marion, Brand and a high draft pick? For example, lets say both players opted out of their contracts and Miami voids its qualifying offer to Dorell Wright. This would leave Miami with approximately 33.8 million in committed salary for 08-09. Say the salary cap is set at $56 mil. This leaves approx $22 million to offer Brand and Marion. Perhaps Marion would be willing to take $10 mil per for 6 years rather than $17.1 for one. Then Brand, who is said to be willing to take a pay cut to play in Miami, signs for $12 mil per. With Brand, Haslem and Marion on board Miami has very little need for Beasley. Making it possible to trade down in the draft to pick up additional pieces to fill out the roster. One option could be to Memphis for Miller, Lowry and #5 with the #2 pick, Cook and Blount going to Memphis. At #5 Miami could choose between Mayo (possibly gone), Westbrook or Lopez. This leaves Miami with: PG: Lowry SG: Wade SF: Marion PF: Haslem C: Brand Bench Westbrook/Mayo/Lopez Banks Miller Then a second round pick and free agents signing for the minimum to fill out the roster.