Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mavs Waive Delonte West

    The Dallas Mavericks have waived guard Delonte West. West spend last season on the Mavericks, but problems and suspension led up to his dismissal from the team just before the season-opener.

    After a pre-season loss earlier this year, West was in a locker room confrontation with other players. He was suspended for one day. But after the next pre-season game, the same thing happened again and he was suspended 10 days. After these problems, the Mavericks reportedly said they do not want him to influence young players. He was waived on Monday.

    West is an eight-year NBA veteran, and the Mavericks were his fourth team. He has averaged 9.7 points per game in his career.

    The Mavericks will use the open spot to sign center Eddy Curry.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Thunder send James Harden to Houston

The Thunder looked like they had all the key components of a championship team going into the season with a complete point guard in Russell Westbrook, a defensive-minded shooting guard in Thabo Sefelosha, an MVP caliber, pure scoring forward in Kevin Durant, a shot blocking and mid-range shooting power forward in Serge Ibaka, an excellent post defender and veteran center in Kendrick Perkins in the starting lineup to go along with one of the best sixth mans in basketball in James Harden. However, today Oklahoma City lost James Harden who some people consider the third branch of the big three for the Thunder. This season, being Harden's last season under his current contract, caused the Thunder to offer Harden an extension worth $52 million dollars over a span of 4 years. Harden declined and sources say he was looking for somewhere around $60 million. Hours later, he's the headline in a key trade involving the Houston Rockets. Oklahoma City sent James Harden, Cole Aldrich, Lazar Hayward, and Daquan Cook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Kevin Martin, rookie first round pick Jeremy Lamb, two number one picks, and a number two pick. With this trade, Houston picks up the year left on Harden while losing their first round pick last season, Jeremy Lamb. With this trade, our projections say Houston's lineup would be:

Jeremy Lin
James Harden
Chandler Parsons
Patrick Patterson
Omar Asik

Oklahoma City's would not change as it would still be Westbrook, Sefelosha, Durant, Ibaka, Perkins. Martin could be worked into the 2 slot.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

2012-2013 NBA Season Pre-Season Power Rankings

Where does your team rank? Here's a look at our NBA Power Rankings as the season nears. We also put some of the teams biggest additions to their roster next to the rankings.

1) MIAMI HEAT - Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis
2) LA LAKERS - Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Antawn Jamison
4) BOSTON CELTICS - Jason Terry, Jason Collins
6) CHICAGO BULLS - Marco Belinelli
7) LA CLIPPERS - Lamar Odom, Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill, Matt Barnes
8) NEW YORK KNICKS - Jason Kidd, J.R Smith, Ronny Brewer
9) BROOKLYN NETS - Joe Johnson
10) MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES - Jarred Bayless, Tony Wroten
11) DENVER NUGGETS - Andre Iguolada
12) DALLAS MAVERICKS - Elton Brand, O.J Mayo, Kris Kaman
13) INDIANA PACERS - D.J Augustine, Ian Mahinmi
14) PHILADELPHIA 76ers - Andrew Bynum
15) UTAH JAZZ - Mo Williams
16) MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES - Brandon Roy, Andre Kirlenko
17) ATLANTA HAWKS - Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow
18) GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS - Jarret Jack, Carl Landry
19) PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS - Damien Lillard, Jared Jeffries
20) TORONTO RAPTORS - Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields
21) WASHINGTON WIZARDS - Bradley Beal, Emeka Okafor
22) CLEVELAND CAVALIERS - C.J Miles, Dion Waiters
23) MILWAUKEE BUCKS - Samuel Dalembert
24) HOUSTON ROCKETS - Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik, Jeremy Lamb
25) NEW ORLEANS HORNETS - Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers, Ryan Anderson
26) DETROIT PISTONS - Andre Drummond, Corey Maggette
27) SACRAMENTO KINGS - Thomas Robinson, Aaron Brooks
28) PHOENIX SUNS - Michael Beasley, Luis Scola
29) ORLANDO MAGIC - Aaron Afflalo
30) CHARLOTTE BOBCATS - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Ramon Sessions

Written by Brady Thomas, MLB & NBA writer for Row One Sports
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