Friday, June 27, 2008

Draft Deals and Steals!


So, last night there were big deals in the draft. Bayless goes to Portland, Mayo goes to Memphis, traded for Love, who will head to Minnesota (just to name a few).

Outside of deals, there were some surprises; at least for Knicks fans. With the sixth pick they took Danilo Gallinari, a guy with potential from Italy. I'm not saying this guy is going to be bad, but he's not going to step in and be great. But here's the thing, when Donnie Walsh came to take the reigns in NY, he said this is going to take a couple of years (at least) to get this team rolling again. Most people think the guy can do things in 2-3 years. What's so bad about that? I may be from NY, but I moved out soon after I was born; my expectations are human. I am kind of half and half on this pick. I like that they got a guy who can shoot and has a relationship with coach D'Antoni, but I don't like some of what he said here:



Now I know this was before the draft, he wasn't phased by New York boo's, but I do question his confidence a little.

Grizz and Timberwolves deal

Grizz get: draft rights to O.J. Mayo, Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker, and Greg Buckner.
Timberwolves get: draft rights to Kevin Love, Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins.

I don't really get this deal for the Grizz. Sure Mayo is a great player, but Love filled a big hole for them, their front line. This calls upon a theory that you draft (or trade for) the best available, or for team needs. In this deal, they got the best player available. But the other three, are you kidding me? Jaric is only good at getting the girl, Walker is basically washed up and Buckner may play
some D.

I like the move for the Wolves overall. Love can pair with Al Jefferson, Miller will stretch the floor, Cardinal and Collins I don't really like, but I can deal with. The Wolves are slowly rebuilding, I think they are still 3-4 years away from being playoff ready. Now that they have their front line for the future, they really need better guards. That's something they will have to address in free agency.

The Nets

NJ is being talked about as the team that got what they needed in this draft. Lopez at 10, Yi in a deal for RJ and some other prospects. You know what I take from these moves? The Nets are rebuilding right now, but I sense that they are doing it at a faster pace than most teams. Most teams would think, "Okay, we're going to be in good in five years!" The Nets are thinking, "Alright, give us 2-3 years and we'll be contenders." Seems like a quick, mini rebuild to me. I like the moves and want to see how they do next year. Harris will need to score more and Lopez needs to show Nenad Kristic how to play again!

Portland

Where having a really good GM happens. I am a fan of Kevin Pritchard! He should write a book titled: Wheeling and Dealing the NBA, for Dummies! Bayless, Roy, Outlaw, Oden, Aldridge, the list goes on and on! I really liked this team last year, I think I will love it next year. Also, a lot of people don't know about how good Travis Outlaw is. Give him a couple years and look out! He's versatile and a big time athlete and can help them win a title.

For more on the latest trades and who goes where, I would check RealGM. They will give you all the hard news on trades. For analysis, stick with Truehoop.

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Shannon Stapleton/REUTERS

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