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Sounds like the Timberwolves are finally ridding themselves of Kevin McHale.

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I really hope they make the right decision for a head coach. I don't think I would mind them offering Avery Johnson the job.

But could the players put up with his voice? :P but I do think he would be a good fit there.

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May as well ask about what your favorite teams should and shouldn't do in the draft and free agency....and I know one thing, if the Bucks want to make the playoffs next season, Ramon Sessions must be the point guard. equally important, Charlie Villanueva should not be wearing green and red next year. I can tell yall one thing, the Bucks with Andrew Bogut are a superior defensive team. The Bucks without him tended to look dysfunctional on defense, and basically ran out of gas at the end. The guards, IMO, were not the problem: the frontcourt was. Specifically, Charlie Villanueva's inept defense and the black hole Bogut's injury left at center...well, you wouldn't want to start Francisco Elson or Malik Allen at center either. I'd be cool with Gadzuric if he didn't foul so damn much, but the fact is he does.

Anyways, the thing to do if the Bucks want to look competent is let V walk, match any offer for Ramon, draft DeJuan Blair or Psycho T (Jordan Hill scares me. As in he screams bust.) and a backup center...or I've heard Richard Hendrix's name bandied about as a possible FA signing, maybe the Bucks should take a look at him. He can't be any worse than Elsuck.

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If the right deal came along, I'd deal Jose Smith. The Hawks would likely take a hit on defense, but Smith's offensive game is frustratingly inconsistent. Once Smith is outside the paint (on defense and offense), the advantage tends to go to the other team.

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They need to give him a shock collar. If he goes into a shooting mention outside of the paint, shock him up.

I'd have no problems with that. :P Even though, from what I've heard, Woodson gets mad at Bibby and company for passing it to him while he's open, to which Bibby once replied "YOU WANT ME TO STOP PASSING IT TO HIM, RUN PLAYS THAT DON'T HAVE HIM OUT THERE!"

So yeah, it's hard when the head coach is running plays where the damn PF is wide open on the wing and shooting instead of driving to the paint and booming on their guys.

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The Timberwolves deny any truth about the potential Amar'e for Al Jefferson and the 6th pick deal, but if there is any truth to this deal at all, the Timberwolves are out of their :censored:ing minds. Al Jefferson is maybe only a year or two away from being as good as Stoudemire IMO. The 6th pick isn't anything huge for me unless Thabeet falls that far, but I really don't want to see Jefferson leaving. He was the cornerstone of the KG deal.

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Bucks/Spurs trade today:

Bucks get: Bruce Bowen, Fabricio Oberto and Kurt Thomas

Spurs get: Richard Jefferson

Basically a salary dump on Milwaukee's part.

Also, remember when Gary said that the Celtics were trying to trade Rondo & Allen to the Suns for Barbosa & Amare? Well, obviously that trade didn't happen, but Gary was right about one thing: Apparently Rondo & Allen are indeed on the trade block after the Pistons rejected a trade for those 2. Apparently Danny Ainge has reverted back to normal after striking gold a couple of offseasons ago. :P

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Love the move by the Spurs. They did what they've always done: they don't panic and do emergency trades; they wait it out and pounce on the most advantageous deal out there. Jefferson gives us a legitimate extension as contenders, even if Manu succumbs to injuries again. We'll likely need another big man, but Buford and Pop should be able to find a steal somewhere. Heck, if Bowen's bought out, he'll come back anyways.

I love being a fan of a franchise that consistently makes SMART decisions.

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Love the move by the Spurs. They did what they've always done: they don't panic and do emergency trades; they wait it out and pounce on the most advantageous deal out there. Jefferson gives us a legitimate extension as contenders, even if Manu succumbs to injuries again. We'll likely need another big man, but Buford and Pop should be able to find a steal somewhere. Heck, if Bowen's bought out, he'll come back anyways.

I love being a fan of a franchise that consistently makes SMART decisions.

Agreed - it is a great trade for San Antonio. Considering they've got some injury prone players and have difficult scoring consistently when someone like a Manu Ginobili goes down, RJ can step in and fill the void nicely. He's proven to be a great third option from his time in Jersey (as much as I hate him) and he should do very well in the Spurs' system. On top of that, there is the possibility that Milwaukee, in a cost cutting move, could buyout some of/all of the three former Spurs which leaves the possibility open that San Antonio could get back someone like Bruce Bowen. The old Herb Williams move. Solid.

Not a bad deal for Milwaukee, either. Saves them around $18 million and frees up some space for Joe Alexander to get more burn.

As for the rejected Boston/Detroit deal, I'm glad to see it was rejected. Joe Dumars is no fool (Darko aside). Ray Allen only has so many years left of top-tier ball and Rajon Rondo, as nice as he may be, is not worth dropping Stuckey/Rip/Prince. Had Boston pulled that deal off, however, the Celtics clearly are upgraded and would no doubt be, once again, the favorites to win the title over LA. Rip and Prince excel in a defensive scheme (from their days with Larry Brown) and are more than capable offensively. Granted, Prince would have to come off the bench playing behind Pierce, but still. Great would-be trade for Boston, awful for Detroit. Kudos to Joe Dumars for saying "no."

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Love the move by the Spurs. They did what they've always done: they don't panic and do emergency trades; they wait it out and pounce on the most advantageous deal out there. Jefferson gives us a legitimate extension as contenders, even if Manu succumbs to injuries again. We'll likely need another big man, but Buford and Pop should be able to find a steal somewhere. Heck, if Bowen's bought out, he'll come back anyways.

I love being a fan of a franchise that consistently makes SMART decisions.

Very shwerd deal by Buford and Popovich. Jefferson didn't want to be in Milwaukee in the first place, and he goes to a team that might have a slight chance of at least being back in the Western Finals, all things considering. His scoring will definitely pressure off of Duncan, Manu, and Parker. I don't see Bowen and Thomas helping the Bucks long-term, and Oberto is still fairly young, so he might a safe addition for Scott Skiles.

TFoa pretty much called it...it's salary dumping by Milwaukee, and either Bowen, Thomas, or both will be gone even before the start of training camp.

In some other NBA news...more like a rumor, but there's a story from one of the Oklahoma papers that the Thunder are looking to trade for Marcus Camby, in exchange for Earl Watson and a future first-round pick. Camby's contract expires at the end of the 2010 season, and I think it's pretty unlikely that he's playing for the Clippers beyond 2010. However, according to Ric Bucher, it's just unlikely to happen. If I was the Clippers...I would trade either Randolph or Kaman instead of Camby, because I just don't see Randolph's ego can take being eventually displaced by Blake Griffin in the starting lineup. And with Kaman, the guy just can't stay healthy, especially since he got his contract extension a couple years ago, and when he is healthy...his focus isn't really there.

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The Wizards get Randy Foye & Mike Miller from the Timberwolves for the 5th overall pick and a handful of scrubs (Etan Thomas, Oleksiy Pecherov & Darius Songaila).

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The Wizards get Randy Foye & Mike Miller from the Timberwolves for the 5th overall pick and a handful of scrubs (Etan Thomas, Oleksiy Pecherov & Darius Songaila).

This trade is ridiculous. The Wolves weren't THAT far off of a good team before Jefferson got hurt. Now they'll have 2 pick in the top ten, but they'll be 2 unproven players.

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@langwhitaker Wolves have 4 1st rounders, just like my ATL Hawks in 2000...who didn't break .500 until 9 years later.

I'm just sayin...you can have all the picks in the world, but unless they don't pick wisely, they will be screwed.

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@langwhitaker Wolves have 4 1st rounders, just like my ATL Hawks in 2000...who didn't break .500 until 9 years later.

I'm just sayin...you can have all the pics in the world, but unless they don't pick wisely, they will be screwed.

I dont see how polaroids would help a basketball team anyway.

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@langwhitaker Wolves have 4 1st rounders, just like my ATL Hawks in 2000...who didn't break .500 until 9 years later.

I'm just sayin...you can have all the pics in the world, but unless they don't pick wisely, they will be screwed.

I dont see how polaroids would help a basketball team anyway.

You got me. :D

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