<*** src="http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/NYFF107062701_lower.jpg" alt="Would someone get that man a new hat?" align="right" border="1" height="198" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="264" />The draft is over (hallelujah), but the aftermath of the draft is just beginning, as we phase ourselves closer and closer into what looks like a potentially wild off season
We scoured the internet for juicy commentary and half assed insight on the biggest trades and moves made in the midst of the NBA Draft flurry. But then we got bored, and settled on these.
Richard Jefferson is off to Milwaukee in a move that makes the Bucks a playoff contender. Then again, how hard is it to finish 8 games under .500 nowadays? Why Michael Hunt thinks the Bucks are now a little better then they were before the trade. But keep an eye on the future, 3 years from now, when the Bucks will seriously have to take a look at their payroll situation.
While the Bucks seem to have some sort of plan, the Nets look a little clueless. And contrary to Mark Jackson’s glowing assessment of their recent activities, the Nets are going nowhere soon. Except to Brooklyn in 2010, and with it will go a heap load of cap space. Call it Lebron space. Then again, Amare, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh are all potential free agents that year. Still though, acquiring Yi and Simmons leaves one question: Is Vince Carter next? After all, the Nets have a mere two guys older then 25 now. That is truly the definition of a youth movement.
Toronto’s blockbuster trade for the oft-injured Jermaine O’Neal may have looked great on paper, but it doesn’t make the new look Raps that much better, nor any more exciting says Dave Feshuk. In fact, the trade makes the up and coming Raptors older, and slower. Bryan Colangelo’s vision for a sleek, quick European style team is out the window, and the death of breakneck basketball is quickly becoming more apparent by the day, as teams like Boston and San Antonio win their titles with stifling defense and timely offense.
Say what you want about Indiana’s uh, complete roster revamping, but this much is clear: no one is untouchable in Indiana. And to tell you the truth, who on that team is that great anyways? The once dynamic Pacers are now a collection of decent veterans, and potentially good young guys, with no superstar in sight. But hey, Pacers fans wanted change, and Larry Bird has delivered that… and the infamous “loads of cap space” for the future to get a great free agent. Because everyone is just dying to go to Indiana.
Grizzlies basketball is well… o who are we kidding, boring as hell.at least there’s hope. And those of you wondering what it would have taken to pry Michael Beasley from the Miami Heat? How about Rudy Gay. I guess Memphis isn’t totally retarded.But Geoff Calkins applauds the pathetic franchise for making… well a splash. Okay, so they won’t win a championship he quips, but
As for Minnesota and Kevin Love and Mike Miller? Well, I can’t even find a local columnist who wrote about it. Someone must have. In the meantime, check out their “logo face lift.”
The Heat got hot sauce when it selected Michael Beasley says Dave Hyde.
The Suns won’t be bringing sexy back with Robin Lopez, but it was the smart pick believes Dan Bickley
Though Bill Simmons annual draft diary never fails to disappoint.