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Tuesday , Jun , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Portland trading for Cleveland’s Mo Williams?

Portland is showing strong interest in Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo WIlliams. The Blazers have been making calls to check on him.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Perhaps, Williams would fit in 'Rip CIty'.

After all, Cleveland's current table-setter is able to play both on-and-off the ball. He can handle the rock, run the offense, and use his jumpshot to prevent defenses from double-teaming stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy.

Williams is also easy company. Teammates and coaches enjoy being around him, and he'd likely gel with an already close Blazer squad.

Of course, it's never that easy.

Williams is a sub par defender, who has a reputation for going MIA in the playoffs. He also two years and a player's option left on his contract for a total of $27 million. Worst of all, his presence might upset temperamental veteran Andre Miller.

Why are the Blazers really interested in Williams?

Executive Kevin Pritchard is on shaky ground and needs some headlines to solidify his standing with the organization. Remember, last year, Pritchard was willing to overpay free agents like David Lee, Lamar Odom, and Hedo Turkoglu -even though these forwards wouldn't have helped much.

This isn't the way to run a professional sports team, but issues have existed in the front office for some time.

For instance, Tom Penn, the Vice President of Basketball Operations, was mysteriously fired in June for reasons that remain unknown. And there are has always been rumors that Pritchard and Coach Nate McMillan don't get along.  

Maybe Portland acquires Williams. Maybe Portland goes in a different direction. One thing is certain: changes will take place in the Northwest.

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Tuesday , Jun , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Should Sacramento trade for Hedo Turkoglu or Tayshaun Prince?

The Kings are looking for a small forward and Detroit's Tayshaun Prince could be a viable option.

The Pistons are looking to make some changes and it is believed that either Richard Hamilton or Prince will be dealt.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This is more like it.
 
For weeks, reports have tied the rebuilding Sacramento Kings to Hedo Turkoglu, the disgruntled three-man with the Toronto Raptors.
 
Turkoglu had a poor year in Toronto: he arrived out of shape; had little interest in playing basketball; displayed a lack of professionalism; and demanded a trade.
 
The Kings - despite having the Turkish swing for the first five years of his career - are probably hesitant to deal for Turkoglu. His attitude leaves something to be desired. And he has four years and over $40 million remaining on his contract.
 
Prince would be a better fit. The lanky wing has credibility after winning an NBA championship with Detroit and helping the Pistons become a model franchise. And Sacramento's youngsters will respect Prince's experience, work ethic, and quiet, statesmanlike approach.
 
Best of all, he's an affordable mentor. His $12 million per year salary expires at season's end. 
 
For many reasons, the Kings would be better off with a 'Prince'.
 
Got thoughts on this?        
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Monday , Jun , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Timing terrible for Colangelo and Raptors to unload Calderon, Jack, and Turkoglu

Meanwhile, the Raptors are not just sitting around. Rather, Colangelo is shopping Hedo Turkoglu, Jose Calderon, and Jarrett Jack with an eye toward making trades before July 1. The same source told me that a Turkoglu trade was already in the works and could happen by the draft.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call ... Bryan Colangelo, the Toronto Raptors' GM, has a unique skill: he admits mistakes and takes action.
 
The two-time Executive of the Year doesn't bother with should have, could have, or would have; he simply cuts his losses and moves on.
 
This management philosophy has worked before. While working as the Phoenix Suns' head suit, Colangelo quickly realized Stephon Marbury was a time bomb and traded the troubled guard and his max' contract to the New York Knicks for cap space. He then used that cap space to sign Steve Nash and Seven Seconds Or Less was born.
 
Other times this approach has been a wash. A couple of years ago, Colangelo acquired Jermaine O'Neal. However, it soon became evident the former All-Star wasn't regaining his past form, so O'Neal was dealt to Miami for Shawn Marion, who was mediocre in a half season in Toronto.
 
There are other examples, but you get the idea. Colangelo doesn't waste time when things sour.
 
Well, this summer he doesn't have a moment to waste. Literally. Reports indicate the Raptors are looking to get several mistakes off their books at once.   
 
This is the closest Colangelo will come to admitting his vision for the Raptors was flawed and has failed. How else should fans interpret the news he wants to part with Jose Calderon, Jarrett Jack, and Hedo Turkoglu?
 
Weren't these the GM's guys? Weren't these the players to turn Toronto into an Eastern Conference contender? 
 
Calderon was Colangelo's pick to start at point guard. The organization overlooked his defensive limitations and fragile body, signing him to a five year, $45 million pact.
 
When Calderon couldn't handle the load, Colangelo signed Jack, the competitive combo guard to a five year, $20 million contract. 
 
Of course, his biggest blunder was Turkoglu. Months after leading the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals, the Turkish swing was handed a five year, $53 million package by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), the wealthy holding company that owns the Raptors.
 
Turkoglu's year in The Big Smoke was a disaster. He arrived at training camp looking like a Euro' version of Oliver Miller, played poorly all year, and was more interested in clubbing than basketball. Then he demanded a trade.
 
Clearly, Colangelo must put in work. Only his timing couldn't be worse.
 
After all, the era of big ticket contracts is gone. In this economy few teams can afford to trade for eight figure problems. And the ones that can are hoarding cap space to sign free agents.
 
And this is also the summer of 2010. The organization is supposed to be consumed with one thing: Chris Bosh's highly publicized free agency.
 
Colangelo has to bring back his franchise face or score the best possible package in a sign-and-trade. Either option won't be easy. And either option will affect Toronto for years to come.
 
Yet, he's instead investing considerable time and energy on cleaning up his mistakes: Calderon, Jack, and Turkoglu.
 
Colangelo must right things this summer. Or the powers that be within MLSE will, perhaps, consider his hiring a mistake.
 
Got thoughts on Colangelo and the Raptors? 
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Thursday , Jun , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nocioni for Turkoglu?

"I openly told the Kings that I wasn't going to stay. They told me they were OK with it and that they were going to try to trade me to a competitive team, probably on draft day ... I have to wait. Toronto is not a bad option, but I don't want to talk about rumors." -Andres Nocioni, Sacramento Kings.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Andres Nocioni for Hedo Turkoglu?

For days, this rumor has been making rounds in Sacramento and Toronto. Nocioni and Turkoglu both requested a trade, so the Kings and Raptors should consider swapping problems.

On the one hand, this would make sense. After all, the money is close. Both Nocioni and Turkoglu have long-term pacts, but the Raptors would need to take back another role player to match up contracts.

The Kings might have interest in Turkgolu -if he turns back the clock to 2009, while the Raptors could use the Argentine's aggression,

On the other hand, things are complicated for both teams. The Kings are young and may be weary of adding the Turkish swing's big ticket and attitude. Of course, the Raptors want to cut ties with Turkoglu, but are unsure of what assets to seek with Chris Bosh's pending free agency. For instance, if Bosh leaves, GM Bryant Colangelo may want pieces to rebuild with. If Bosh re-signs, Colangelo may prefer a veteran, perhaps, like Nocioni.

Nocioni is right: 'Toronto is not a bad option', but he'll have to wait and see if a trade materializes.

What do you think of Nocioni for Turkoglu? 

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Tuesday , Jun , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Toronto sending Turkoglu to Sacramento?

The Kings need a small forward with an ability to put the ball on the floor and general manager Geoff Petrie drafted Turkoglu and shepherded his development into one of the NBA’s more versatile players. League executives believe Sacramento would need Toronto to minimally take forward Andres Nocioni and the two years, $13.5 million left on his contract.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Oh, how times have changed.

Last year, Hedo Turkoglu was the best player on the Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic. Around the league, his stock was sky high. And with free agency pending, he had more suitors than Brett Michaels on Rock of Love.

Like Michaels, Turkoglu cashed in, signing a five-year, $53 million contract with the Toronto Raptors.   

However, 2010 was a disaster. To recap: Turkoglu came fat and happy to training camp, struggled all year, and, on several occasions, displayed poor professionalism.

Now he wants out, requesting a trade via the media. And the Toronto Raptors would be happy to accommodate him. Is Sacramento a fit, though?

Well, the Kings drafted and nurtured Turkoglu, so both sides know each other well. And the Kings - after spending years stockpiling good, young talent - have cap space to burn.

But would financially prudent Sacramento want the remaining four years and $40 million on Turkoglu's big ticket? And would they want a veteran with a questionable work ethic influencing their youngsters?

Yes, times have changed for Turkoglu. And moving him will be difficult.

Would the Kings want Turkoglu? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Sunday , May , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

The problem with Turkoglu wanting out of Toronto

"When the circumstances turned against me, I lost my enthusiasm for this city. My lawyers have talked to the front office recently. Honestly, I do not want to go back to Toronto," Turkoglu told his Turkish interviewers.

"My lawyers talked to Mr. Colangelo and I hope that they will come up with a solution soon. During this process I talked to [Raptors head coach] Jay Triano several times. I promised him that whether he starts me or not, I will do my best on the court. However, if I had a more temperamental personality, I would have left the team. Yet, I did exactly the opposite. I did my best. I told him that I have no problems with him. I am not a young player, so it's not a big deal for me to come off the bench," said Turkoglu.

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HoopsVibe's Quick Call: He arrived at training camp out of shape, played poorly all season, and, in general, showed a lack of professionalism.

Of course, just one year ago Hedo Turkoglu picked the Toronto Raptors as an unrestricted free agent, signing a controversial $55 million, multi-year deal.

There are two issues with his change of heart. First, the Turkish swing made his bed with the Raptors and must lie in it. In this economy, a trade or buyout isn't happening.

Second, Turkoglu, like many free agents, took the most money without fully considering his situation. Simply put, Toronto isn't an easy market. Media and fans will call players on their you-know-what.  And airing grievances to foreign reporters isn't the answer, either.

Turkoglu and Toronto are stuck together. It's time for the player to swallow hard and fulfill his end of the bargain.

Got thoughts on Hedo's comments? Get at us in the comment box below with thoughts.

Why Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors should miss the playoffs
Sunday , Apr , 11 , 2010 Oly Sandor

Why Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors should miss the playoffs

The Quick Hit: It’s not exactly a ‘Clash of the Titans’.

On Sunday afternoon, the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors will square off at Air Canada Centre. Both teams are tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. And both teams are over-hyping the significance of this weekend’s tilt.


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Hedo Turkoglu leaving Toronto Raptors for A Night at the Roxbury sequel?
Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 Oly Sandor

Hedo Turkoglu leaving Toronto Raptors for A Night at the Roxbury sequel?

He played hooky and got busted.

Last Friday, Toronto Raptors forward Hedo Turkoglu claimed he couldn't play in the second half of a game against the Denver Nuggets because of a stomach virus. Yet, hours later he was caught poppin' bubbly, buying shots, and getting his party-on at a trendy Toronto establishment.

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