Daily Archives: July 21, 2009

July 21 NBA News & Notes

Richardson was traded for the third time this summer, this time to the T-Wolves.

Richardson was traded for the third time this summer, this time to the Timberwolves.

Here are some recent news & notes you may have missed in what has been a very boring NBA offseason thus far:

Q-Rich to T-Wolves, Telfair to Clip Joint

Quentin Richardson has been traded – again. Shortly after acquiring Richardson from the Grizzlies in the Zach Randolph deal, the Clippers sent him to the Timberwolves in exchange for Craig Smith, Mark Madsen, and Sebastian Telfair.

This was another puzzling move between two of the dumbest franchises in the NBA. Telfair played well at times for the Wolves last seen and would have added depth. Ricky Rubio is still way out of the picture, leaving Minnesota with Jonny Flynn as the only point guard on the roster. The Clippers certainly didn’t need Richardson, but probably don’t need Telfair either. L.A. is in hot pursuit of Bucks guard Ramon Sessions and already has Baron Davis and his huge contract.

This trade would seem to signal the end of the Allen Iverson courtship, but you just never know with the Clippers.

Jarrett Jack heading to Canada

The Raptors offseason has been very impressive to say the least. The signing of Jarrett Jack to a four-year, $20 million deal is the latest solid move. Jack provides insurance behind the aging Jose Calderon, who battled injuries throughout last season. The former Georgia Tech point guard averaged a career-best 13.1 ppg for the Pacers last season.

Meanwhile, Larry Bird’s puzzling moves continued Monday. He signed Earl Watson as a replacement for Jack, adding to a dismal free agent class of Dahntay Jones and Josh McRoberts. Yuck.

Heat poised to add Boozer, Odom?

With Lamar Odom at odds with the Lakers, Miami appears ready to offer a five-year deal to the versatile forward. Financially, this move is a no-brainer, but it’s not that simple. Odom’s maturity (who would have thought) makes staying in L.A. to win another title his most desirable option. This could drag on for a few more weeks.

Carlos Boozer spoke highly of playing in Chicago last week, and now he is talking about how he would love to play in Miami. Boozer told the Miami Herald the Heat are his “Number one option.” He lives in Miami during the offseason and is close to Dwayne Wade. Boozer spent last week talking about how he would love to play in Chicago and seems ready to play just about anywhere – except Utah.

Misery in Memphis? Grizzlies appear to be A.I.’s only option

Allen Iverson might be seriously considering retirement. The Clippers aggressive pursuit of Ramon Sessions (sources say they are poised to offer a five-year, $34 million contract) suggests that talks with Iverson have stalled. Last week, ESPN reported the Clips wanted to speak with AI about coming off the bench before offering him a contract.

Miami would be a decent fit for AI, but is focused on signing Lamar Odom and working out a deal for Carlos Boozer. Iverson is merely an afterthought at this point.

That leaves Memphis as the one remaining team interesting in signing Iverson. The Grizz would likely offer Iverson the mid-level exception, meaning a one-year deal at around $5.6 million.

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Shaq’s reality show set to debut in August

Fresh off a trip to China, Shaq begins filming his "reality show" this week.

Fresh off a trip to China, Shaq begins filming his "reality show" this week. (Pic via pyleoflist.com)

Shaq’s busy offseason continues this week in Pittsburgh when filming begins in his reality show, “Shaq Vs.”, which features the Big Aristotle competing against elite athletes in boxing, tennis, swimming, and who knows what else.

Shaq takes on Ben Roethlisberger Wednesday in a QB competition, and is also slated to compete against Oscar De La Hoya, Serena Williams, and Michael Phelps, and Albert Pujols.

The funniest challenge pits Shaq against beach volleyball stars Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.  I wonder if Shaq needs a partner?  Damon Jones probably has time on his hands.

The first episode is scheduled to air Tuesday, August 18th on ABC.  If you don’t want to tune in, don’t worry, complete highlights will be shown repeatedly on SportsCenter.

Ahhh, the wonderful world of Disney.

Nash likely to finish career in Phoenix after signing extension

Nash will be in Phoenix through the 2011-2012 season. (Getty Images)

Nash will be in Phoenix through the 2011-2012 season. (Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns are in the process of overhauling an aging roster. Apparently, there is still room for 35 year-old Steve Nash.

The Suns signed Nash to a two-year, $22 million extension that will keep him in Phoenix through the 2011-2012 season. The deal includes six million in deferred payments over the two years following the expiration of the contract, creating more cap room for the cash-strapped Suns.

Nash was slated to become a free agent following next season and presumably would have looked to sign with a contending team. His decision to take the money makes sense, especially considering next year’s bumper crop of free agents. Phoenix was willing to overpay for Nash in an effort to keep fans in the seats while it continues to rebuild.

Nash and Grant Hill will be the elder statesman of the Suns next season. Phoenix has a handful of terrible young players, and would love to acquire quality young players (Anthony Randolph) for Amar’e Stoudemire. Look for the trade talk to heat up again next season.

The extension allows what has been a perfect marriage between Nash and the Suns to continue. Nash would have had to compete for minutes if he chose to play elsewhere, and the Suns would have been scrambling to find a quality young point guard – Goran Dragic just isn’t the answer.

Remember when the Suns were on the cusp of the NBA Finals? How quickly things have changed in Phoenix.