The NJ Nets have acquired SF Gerald Wallace from the Portland Trailblazers for Mehmet Okur/Shawne Williams/2012 1st rd pick (protected 1-3)
Wallace (aka Crash) is a career 13 pts/6 rebs/2 assist player that is 29years old with a great motor and one of the best SF defenders in the game. Wallace has a player option for 11.5 ml next year on his contract and it looks like he will pick that option up now.
He was playing around 35 minutes a game this year but the Trailblazers are in complete disarray after starting the year well behind LaMarcus Aldridge and it looks like Nate McMillan has lost the team as they have bottomed out. The team has just released word that McMillan has been fired and the team also traded starting C Marcus Camby to Houston for Flynn/Thabeet and a 1st round pick.
Wallace will be a much-needed addition to the Nets the rest of this year and probably go into Brooklyn with the team as the SF position has been nothing short of “horrendous” for them to date. Injuries and more injuries have depleted the position to a sham the entire year and now there will be some stability for the Nets to make a late push for the last playoff spot. If Deron Williams and Brook Lopez can come back healthy this week the Nets now have a formidable starting lineup that includes Williams\Brooks\Wallace\Humphries\Lopez along with some pieces off the bench. The Nets were unable to complete a deal to rid themselves of the Petro and Farmar deals but just getting a SF on this team is a blessing.
Many Nets fans seem to be upset with the addition of the Nets 1st round pick in the deal but they do have a protection 1-3 and beyond those 3 slots I really don’t see a “franchise changing” player so all in all I think Billy King filled a need that will show Deron Williams he can adjust quickly and still have plenty of space and expiring deals for the summer to upgrade roster moving to Brooklyn.
Dwight Howard pulled one of the more memorable “waffling” games ever seen by an athlete as he “opted in” to his current contract by changing his mind several times in the last 24 and may have cost himself many millions of dollars as well as every piece of leverage he now has moving forward. Nice job Superman ….now live with the results and a capped strapped team for another year.
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The Orlando Magic have reached a new low today on the first day, March 1st, that teams can realistically talk “trades” for acquired players as they can now be dealt freely. They are officially in scramble mode trying to find a “superstar” that they can trade for to satisfy Dwight Howard and beg him to stay in Orlando. I understand the philosophy but NOT the timing as they look weak and outclassed as an organization. This has to be a slap in the face to Howard who has routinely asked management for years to listen to him a bit more about personnel and now all of a sudden they want his input. They are looking into acquiring Steve Nash ( at Dwight’s suggestion) and Monta Ellis although they fail to realize they do not have anything of value that other teams want. Even if Orlando was to bring in a third team to help facilitate a trade for Ellis, does Monta Ellis put Orlando ahead of Miami or Chicago? The Phoenix Suns have repeatedly told Nash and the rest of the league that they want Nash to retire a Sun and Nash has said the same as recent as last night.
I do not think Howard will be swayed by these ploys as he knows they dont care about his suggestions and there are better days ahead of him elsewhere. He knows all too well of the relationship that Deron Williams currently has with his GM Billy King and how they speak daily about the direction of the team and how Williams has insight and information that can help King and the Nets. This just tells Howard again that Otis Smith is “outclassed” in the GM role in Orlando and has been for years.
From everything I read daily and hourly, Howard HAS NOT changed his request to be traded and that is the key factor in this entire scenario.
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Reports/Tweets today with new rumors about “Dwight” and multiple locations…..
“According to a report by the NY POST, the Warriors involvement in a potential Dwight Howard blockbuster could have totally other motivations. In the rumor below, the Warriors would receive big man Brook Lopez in exchange for Monta Ellis. This trade would instantly solve the Warriors well-documented problems in the paint.”
Peter Vescey of the NY Post writes….
“There are renewed rumblings about the Warriors possibly getting Brook Lopez from the Nets in a multi-team deal involving Howard. That would cost them big time, though; Monta Ellis would be part of the Magic’s compensation”
Other Trade rumors…
Tweet – @basketballtalk
“Report: Celtics, Nets considering trading for Michael Beasley” Read more
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