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Rumor Alert: Mavs Going After Chris Paul.
Sunday , May , 05 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Rumor Alert: Mavs Going After Chris Paul.

Rumor Alert: Dallas Mavericks hungry to land Chris Paul and ready to make it happen.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: They've got the money to make it happen and the Clippers aren't exactly championship ready.

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Rumor- James Harden To Suns
Wednesday , Aug , 01 , 2012 Paul Eide

Rumor- James Harden To Suns

With the fresh wound of coming "oh so close" to signing Eric Gordon away from New Orleans yet to heal, the Suns remain on the prowl for a perimeter scorer- enter James Harden.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Maybe it is a bit premature to think about a final landing spot for Harden considering he is signed through the end of the upcoming NBA season, but there are a lot of things that make sense about him ending up in Arizona.

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Rule Change Means Dwight Howard Will Wait For Free Agency
Monday , Jul , 23 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Rule Change Means Dwight Howard Will Wait For Free Agency

Rule change means Dwight Howard will wait for free agency.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Dwight Howard wouldn't think of signing a contract extension to help complete a trade.

Howard is under contract through the 2012-2012 season. If he is traded and signs an extension now, the maximum number of years that contract can be is for three years. 

Howard's agent recently explained why the new change in the labor agreement directly impacts Howard's decision. The new rule change affects players signing extensions before free agency and in Howard's case it makes no sense to sign an extension to help a trade. The new rule made it better for players to hit free agency, instead of extensions. This allows them to get more lucrative long-term deals. Signing now would likely cost Howard about $40 million.

Andrew Bynum is expected to follow the same painful path as Howard. Bynum could sign a three-year deal for $60 million or wait a year and sign a deal worth $100 million. Easy to see why under the new rules it's enticing to wait that extra year, hit free agency, and cash in.

It looks more and more like Dwight Howard will refuse to sign an extension to facilitate a trade. Orlando can't be blamed for wanting to get the best deal they can for Howard and Howard can't be blamed for wanting to cash in next year for $100 million. The problem is these two understandable issue make a Howard trade extremely difficult. 

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NBA Free Agency Begins At 12:00 Tonight
Sunday , Jul , 01 , 2012 Paul Eide

NBA Free Agency Begins At 12:00 Tonight

Tonight at the stroke of midnight EST, the free agent feeding frenzy will begin.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Some long running questions about some big names and their destination for next season will finally be answered.

- Where will Steve Nash finally end up?

For two years we've been hearing Nash's name in about every conceivable trade scenario; and nothing ever happened. The Suns drafting of Kendall Marshall this week says a lot about how interested the organization is in bringing Nash back. Also, their supposed interest in Eric Gordon is another nail in the coffin that was Nash's time in Phoenix

- Where will Deron WIlliams go?

No matter where he ends up, will he finally play for a title contender? Mired in both Utah and New Jersey in his career, D WIll has been one of the NBA's most productive PG's. But can he lead a winner? Or will he forever be a great individual talent on bad teams?

- Ray Allen to the Heat?

The most the Heat can offer is a midlevel exception; three years 9.7 million. After the Heat's amazing performance from beyond the arc in the Finals imagine adding the NBA's all time three point shooting leader into the Knicks. It will be really interesting to see what other teams enter into the mix for his services.

- Apparently, Brandon Roy's knee is fine

Strangely, he may be the most sought after of all available unrestricted free agents. After being regarded as an "also ran" for two years, there are at least five teams vying for his services. If we are to believe the chatter, the Pacers are willing to do just about anything to get him.

- Will we finally see the flurry of trades we were promised pre-draft?

As team's negotiate a way to sign players that can't afford, inevitably some trades will happen. Will the Lakers FINALLY deal Gasol? Will Houston finally deal Luis Scola?

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Lakers Ramon Sessions Looking To Leave LA.
Wednesday , Jun , 20 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Lakers Ramon Sessions Looking To Leave LA.

Lakers' Ramon Sessions entering free agency. 

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Sessions smells that the Lakers are in a tough position and he's smart to levarage it for more money.

Los Angeles guard Ramon Sessions is declining his one-year option for 2012-2-13 and instead looking to test the free agent waters. He's clearly hoping to garner more than the $4.55 million option the Lakers had on the table. 

Sessions had a productive year with Los Angeles averaging 12.7 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in 23 regular-season games. The Lakers need his speed and quickness both on offense and defense. They will be forced to still try and sign him through free agency, but would likely have to pay more.

LA traded long time point guard Derek Fisher away last off-season, due to his declining lateral mobility and will be in a bad situation if they can't resign Sessions for a reasonable amount of money. They've still got Gasol as an option to trade, but the problem is they don't have much money to play with and the number of quality guards available this off-season with comparable quickness are few.

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Thursday , Jul , 08 , 2010 Christopher Sells

Witness the Decision

I'm pretty sure I like LeBron James a lot less today than I did about two months ago. Back then, he was a player who everyone was sure could lead his team to a title and was probably the unquestioned best basketball player on Earth.

Today, he's an attention whore who wants us all to anxiously await the moment he "decides" what team he's going to suit up for next season.

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Tuesday , Jun , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Will Steve Kerr’s departure hurt Suns’ chances of re-signing Amar’e Stoudemire?

"Steve Kerr says he won't return as general manager of the Phoenix Suns despite building a team that made a surprising run to the Western Conference finals.

Kerr told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the decision was solely his and not the result of any disagreements with owner Robert Sarver. He said he is "exploring a couple of possibilities" to return to television work."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Publicly, Steve Kerr is saying the right things. Privately, the former sharpshooter was probably concerned owner Robert Sarver wouldn't dig into his pockets to re-sign posts Amar'e Stoudemire and Channing Frye.

After all, Sarver is about business. Always has been. He was the one who felt Joe Johnson wasn't worth a big ticket. And he was the one who instructed management to trade Rajon Rondo and Rudy Fernandez because he didn't want to pay their rookie salaries.

Of course, that was before The Great Recession hit. And make no mistake about it, Sarver's real estate and bank holdings were certainly hit by the economic downturn.

Now Sarver - a guy who loves the publicity and headlines - is likely in charge of negotiations with superstar free agent Stoudemire. Unlike teammate Steve Nash, STAT won't give the Suns a significant hometown discount. And Frye, even in this buyer's market, deserves a raise.      

Much is at stake in Phoenix. And the wrong guy, Sarver, will be making the key decisions.

Got thoughts on this?

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Sunday , Jun , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Is Tyson Chandler seriously opting-out?

We knew a few veteran players with big contracts and opt-out clauses would be entering free agency this July in order to avoid relying on the power of the union in its collective bargaining negotiations over the next year. Despite that, a few opt-out declarations have come as surprises.

Count Bobcats center Tyson Chandler among them. Chandler, a 27-year-old scheduled to make $12.6 million next season, is strongly considering opting out of his deal, reports ESPN's Chad Ford.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Only a tier-one, creme de la creme player should opt-out, leave eight-figures on the table, and become a free agent.

Translation: unless you're Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, or LeBron James, stay put. Average players - sorry, but that's you Chandler - should enjoy the obscene contract they signed when times were good in the NBA because the free agent landscape has changed.

For the most part, free agency now favors the buyer. Teams dictate money. Teams dictate term. And average players no longer command obscene, Enron-inflated contracts. 

Chandler, an injury-prone center, won't get the money or a security he covets in free agency. His best option: not opting out and staying another year in Charlotte.

Should Chandler opt-out or stay with the Bobcats? 

 

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Monday , Jun , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Mo Williams for Jose Calderon?

-- If the Cavs decide to trade Mo Williams, one possible destination could be Toronto in exchange for Jose Calderon. Williams is a more dynamic scorer and Calderon is more of a distributor. Both are great free-throw shooters, but neither player is a good defender.

Their contracts are similar in amount and length. The Raptors would like to move Calderon and swingman Hedo Turkoglu.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It would be an exchange of problems. Nothing more.

Calderon with his porous defense, fragile frame, and expensive contract has fallen out of favor in Toronto, while Williams' statue-like 'D', score-first mentality, and big ticket  is expendable in Cleveland.

But Williams wouldn't be much of an upgrade for the Raptors; same with Calderon joining the Cavaliers.

The only thing that works are the contracts: Williams and Calderon make similar money and the term matches, too.

Both teams are probably putting the feelers out and testing the trade market before Chris Bosh and LeBron James hit free agency on July 1st.

Expect all kinds of changes in Toronto and Cleveland this summer. Only it won't be Calderon for Williams. 

Got thoughts on Calderon for Williams?

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Monday , Jun , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant on LeBron James’ free agency: ‘I don’t give a bleep’

 

"You're asking me if LeBron is going to New York?" Bryant told The Post. "I'm trying to tell you in a polite way, I don't give a [bleep].

"As a fan, it's a big deal," Kobe added. "You're talking about LeBron and Dwyane Wade, it's two huge names changing cities. It alters things drastically in the NBA. But I really don't care about it."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Kobe Bryant has often been accused of misreading public opinion. This time, however, his opinion is bang on.
 
The LeBron James free agency sweepstakes are out of control and in overkill mode, forcing fans, media, teams, and even the player in question to act in an irrational and bizarre manner. 
 
Hopefully, LeBron signs soon after the July 1st market opens and the basketball world can get back to basketball. More and more, the public is starting to feel like Bryant. 
 
Do you still give a bleep about LeBron's future? Why? Why not?
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Tuesday , Jun , 01 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

The Two Kings: What will CNN’s Larry King ask LeBron in interview?

The King has spoken to Larry King.

LeBron James, the NBA's two-time MVP on the cusp of free agency, taped a sit-down interview at his home Tuesday with King. The segment will air Friday on CNN's "Larry King Live."

James has not talked to the media since the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics. The 25-year-old heads a star-studded free agency summer class featuring Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amar'e Stoudemire, Joe Johnson, Carlos Boozer and others.

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HoopsVibe's Quick Call: What will the two Kings chat about? Perhaps, they'll solve world hunger. Perhaps, they'll discuss the floundering financial situation in Greece and ways to combat debt contagion. Or perhaps, they'll craft out a two-state solution for peace in the Middle East.

Not likely.

After all, Larry just got off idol week, while LeBron is still smarting from getting trounced in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the upstart Boston Celtics. Do expect Larry to ask LeBron where he'll sign next season, and expect LeBron to tell politely Larry nothing.

So why is James doing the interview? Why is the intensely private superstar having the CNN mogul in his home?

Well, first, James hasn't spoken to the media in some time and it doesn't get bigger than Larry King. And second, this is his people's not so subtle way of reminding the basketball world - during the NBA Finals, mind you - 'The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010' is nearly upon us.

What will the two kings talk about on Friday? Get at us in the comment box below with thoughts.