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Ex-Cavs Guard Gibson Back With Nets
DECEMBER 10, NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Nets signed Daniel ‘Boobie’ Gibson today. The contract details for the former Cav are unknown but sources indicate that it is a multiyear deal that lured the shooter back to the United States after a stint with CSKA Moscow.
After being slighted by the Cavs, Gibson decided that he could help the Nets in the Eastern Conference. Many believe that he signed with a former Eastern Conference foe because it would be a great shot for him to get revenge on the team that drafted him in 2006 in the second round. Gibson is now famous for missing the last shot of the 2013 NBA Finals. It was Game 7 and the last shot of the series could have won the Cavs the game as they were trailing by 2 points.
Forgetting about the final moment of his Cavs career, the 27 year old, 8 year pro has been a serviceable role player in Cleveland. Last season he averaged 9.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists. He also shot brilliantly as clips of .500 from the field and .500 from the three point line. He holds career averages of 7.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, .481 FG% and .487 3PT%. His best shooting season was during 2009-10 when he hit at rates of .546 FG% and .585 3PT%.
Source: Nets Trade Will Happen Overnight
DECEMBER 12, NEW JERSEY – Sources have leaked that the New Jersey Nets are to be involved in a blockbuster deal in the coming days. The Nets have been in trade talks for weeks now and league sources indicate that Nets GM Billy King is ready to pull the trigger in the coming days.
A Nets insider has confirmed that the team will receive an All-Star player in exchange for a package of young players including Jeremy Mason. To fuel further speculation, Nets center DJ Schmidt sat out his team’s practice for the second straight day and now there are rumors that he is potentially part of the trade package.
Well folks I have some distressing news. I mentioned a few hours ago via twitter that a supposed FBI source leaked some information to me concerning a certain NBA persona. Well I now have the more than one high level national government employee, including one from the CIA, confirming my initial source. (If the CIA gets involved then something big is going on.)
While some of the official details are sketchy, here is what we know that has been released officially. 12 people were arraigned in Federal Court in the Seattle area on drug charges. While we do not know the names involved as of yet there were some well known people entering the courthouse. One of those people was David Stern. Just why was Stern there? Possibly to confirm some of the stories I am hearing.
Here is what a certain FBI official told me, this has also been categorically confirmed on condition of anonymity by a high level CIA official
FBI guy:A short time ago Allen Iverson was arraigned in Federal court on drug and racketeering charges. David Stern showed up and with the help of some of his henchmen, aka lawyers, and tried to convince the judge that his good friend Iverson was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Not only did it not work but Stern was told by the FBI that he and his lawyers had also been investigated due to their close interactions with Iverson over the years, however the CIA stated that Stern and his lawyers had been investigated and cleared! Stern looked around in completely stupefied expression and then fired the lawyers. Iverson then got a bright idea and hired them. While in the middle of all this Rasheed Wallace rushed in and started yelling at Iverson for being such an idiot to have met in such a public place. He said and I quote, "Iversooooooon! You idiot! Why did you turn the feds on me?! I told you you could not use my gun to protect yourself in case those memorabilia collectors were too aggressive!" At this point the judge looked at Rasheed and told him what was really going on. Rasheed got really quiet. He then asked, "so my gun was used in the commission of a felony? The judge said that his gun was used in the commission of a felony and that Rasheed needed some good legal council.
What are my thoughts on the matter? Assuming my sources are giving me the truth the NBA and particularly the Stealth are going to hope that Iverson is cleared. However, due to the international implications, rumors suggest that folks from China and Columbia may be involved, It is doubtful Iverson will play another game in the NBA if the sources are correct.
Three-Team Blockbuster Deal Confirmed
DECEMBER 13, NEW JERSEY – All-Star forward Chris Bosh was finally traded after years of rumors. The ex-Toronto Raptor was involved in a blockbuster deal that included 7 players and
2 future draft picks. The deal is sure to cause much discussion in the coming months as Bosh joins a star studded team in New Jersey. The third team involved in this deal was the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Raptors (10-15) sent Bosh, 29, packing after many seasons of trade rumors and speculation. Bosh was in fact nearly dealt during the offseason to the Miami Heat but failed a physical. The forward is averaging 22 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks this season. He holds career averages of 21.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 blocks. The 29 year old was the fourth pick of the 2003 draft and joins Carmelo Anthony, the third pick of the same draft, in New Jersey.
“I’m so glad that we were able to pick up Chris,” Anthony stated, “I’ve played with him at the Olympics as well as in the past during the offseason and I am excited at him hooking us with us here in New Jersey.”
The Raptors also traded Mickael Pietrus (6.8 ppg) and a future first round selection to Philadelphia (11-12) in order to entice the Sixers to lend a hand in making a transaction work. The Sixers were needed to convince the Raptors to take the final step by sending them former Toronto favorite Vince Carter and his expiring contract.
The move gives Toronto more flexibility in the upcoming offseason with Carter’s moderately sized contract to come off the books. 36 year old Carter is averaging Vince Carter 15.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists this season. He holds career numbers of 22.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steals and has played for the Raptors, Nets, Knicks and Sixers during his 16 year NBA career. The Raptors also sent Sergei Alenichev to the Nets as a salary filler. The 23 year old is a 6’9” power forward from Russia who has spent his entire career in the D-League after being selected in the second round of the 2012 Draft.
The Nets (13-9) had to part with Jeremy Mason, Yi Jianlian, Bobby Simmons and a Cleveland Cavaliers future first round draft pick. Mason, Yi and the Cavs future first rounder were sent to the Raptors while Simmons was traded to the Sixers.
Mason, 25, was the first overall pick of the 2010 Draft. The Australian guard has enjoyed a solid career in New Jersey and heads to the Raptors where he might have to start on the bench behind Raptors shooting guard Larry Williams. However, Mason has stated that he would relish an opportunity in Toronto as he envisions himself capable of having a big role there in the future. Mason is averaging 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season. He holds career averages of 14.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Yi, 26, was the sixth pick of the 2007 Draft and was acquired by New Jersey in what was a controversial deal at the time. Over the past few seasons, Yi has become a fan favorite but his penchant for soft defense and taking wild shots has gotten under his coaches’ nerves. The Chinese forward is averaging 18.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.2 blocks this season. He is averaging 14.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.2 blocks over his career.
Hova: Please Welcome Him Back
DECEMBER 14, TORONTO – Toronto Raptors point guard Chris Hova has pleaded with fans to welcome back, who he describes as, ‘the prodigal son’. “I know that once upon a time ago he disappointed all the fans here,” Hova stated, “In a sense, he was dead to many of us. I know (when I was young) that I was disappointed to hear how he quit on our franchise. But I believe that we can learn to forgive him and I hope that we can all welcome him back to the Raptors.”
Vince Carter was traded home to Toronto, the team where he rose to immense fanfare after winning the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest in 2000. Carter was also an Olympic Gold Medalist that year and a rising star in the league. However, his fan favorite status wilted later on and was beyond repairable when he was shipped to the New Jersey Nets. Hova reflected on how popular Vinsanity became in Germany during the early 2000s.
After the Raptors win last night, Hova said in an interview that he had called Carter to welcome him to the team. Hova recalled, “Vince said that he is ready to come back and really play his best for this team. He said he has a lot of good memories here and can’t wait to redeem himself. I believe him one hundred percent.” Carter is averaging 15.6 points per game this season.
Iggy Rips Carter
DECEMBER 14, PHILADELPHIA – Andre Iguodala said that even though the Sixers didn’t get much in return, the three team deal that rid his side of Vince Carter might actually work out well by the theory of ‘addition by subtraction.’
“I’m glad that he’s gone,” Iggy told reporters after morning shoot around, “He’s somebody else’s problem now.” Iguodala was surprisingly harsh on his ex-teammate who actually helped the Sixers break out of the bottom tier of Eastern Conference playoff teams. However, Iggy would beg to differ on the perception that Carter helped transform his side into an elite one.
“Carter so happened to walk onto this team when we were starting to gel,” Iggy contests, “We had a great defensive scheme going and I got to give it to him because he bought into it for a few months. But after last season’s All-Star break, he started to lose focus and we started to look unsteady. This season, he quit on us and look at where we are now. Sure, we’ve lost a few guys but Vince Carter never played his best. Typical Vince Carter.”
Carter could not be reached for comment.
Lamrock wrote:Holy shit, I totally fucking called it!
Houndy wrote:So Tysons going to the Knicks?
newc wrote:Houndy wrote:So Tysons going to the Knicks?
I think he stays.
Anthony was the 3rd pick in 2003, Darko was the 2nd
L-Train's Words Of Wisdom wrote:
Oh My Bosh! Vinsanity Returns To T-Dot!
December 14, 2013 - Growing up, I preferred to have multiple favorite NBA teams to root for, so that I wouldn't always be bored during the playoffs. Unfortunately, those teams were the Sonics, Blazers and Toronto Craptors. Back in the day, Vince Carter was my favorite player, with his rim-rattling dunks and similarities to Michael Jordan. I thought he was going to carry Canada's only team to the promised land. Instead, he fizzled out after a 2001 playoff defeat, becoming "Half-Man, Half a season" and "Wince Carter" and by the end of 2004, he forced himself out of Toronto.
Rightfully so, the Raptors, to this day, have shown antipathy to Carter, booing him relentlessly whenever he visits the ACC. Upsetting the Raptors with his lower seeded Nets in the 2007 playoffs and beating the Raptors with game-winning reverse dunks hasn't helped. Now, the "prodigal son" (as my man Chris Hova calls him) is back in T-Dot, after being traded in a deal that sent now-former franchise player Chris Bosh to the Nets. I can't wait to see Vince's first Raptors home game in nine years!
An old forum signature I made as an angry teenager... yes, I'm a nerd...
The Nets get Bosh, which I couldn't care less about. Personally, I would have held on to Mason and Yi, but that's just me. I don't worry about aging power forwards who can't defend or pass a physical. I'd take Vince's corpse (sorry Vince!) over the RuPaul of "big" men any day. Meanwhile, Philly is giving up on the season, and rightfully so. They aren't going anywhere.
L-Train's definitive trade grades:
Milwaukee: A+ (for keeping our championship caliber core intact)
Philadelphia: B- (They wise know it's time to start rebuilding)
Toronto: B+ (I hate that they lost a pick, but they got better)
New Jersey: D (It's bad enough they have to play in New Jersey, but now they traded two solid young players for Bosh, who, with Melo makes the ultimate tandem of overrated players who don't defend)
The Lewis Opinion
Not sure what to say about this deal. It seemed that we were more of a filler team, but let's see how we did in my opinion.
I'm glad Carter left, he really messed up the chemistry. Taunting me at practice, calling me a fail, and causing brawls with Iggy didn't help at all. Vince goes away, back to Toronto, to where he will get shot. This part of the deal, we did good. Glad General Management let him go.
We got Pietrus, Simmons, and a 1st round pick.... from the Cavs.. who are going to be contenders. Really, Pietrus isn't good, he's flat out decent. Better than me, and can add depth for Iggy. Simmons, forget him.
Overall, I thought we did decent. That is all.
Lewis is a no-name player form LSU, who is barely in the 76ers rotation. Everyone likes him, but Woody Hannes hates him. Likes: LeBron and Gray. Hates: Chara.
December 16, 2013
Trade Reaction: NBA Three-team Blockbuster
By Willard Smith
New Jersey Nets receive Chris Bosh, Sergei Alenichev
The Nets just lost three solid players in order to get one All-Star. My question is: will this deal be worth it in the long run? What has made the Nets stand out was their depth but it is understandable why a deal has taken place. After a number of years hovering just above .500, I guess it was time for a change.
Mason and Yi were starters while Simmons came off the bench as a solid sixth man. All three players were hard workers and each had their own strengths. Mason is a superstar quality shooter, Yi is a potential All-Star and Simmons is a versatile role player.
The Nets get in return a player who is not regarded as a ‘hard worker’. Bosh may be an All-Star but he was only one because of how crap the Raptors were. Bosh isn’t the type of player who will play hard off the ball on offence. And does he even play defense? Bosh averaged 2 blocks a game two seasons ago and has struggled to average 1 block a game ever since. His points and rebounding numbers have also dipped since his ‘career year’ 2 seasons ago.
One thing is for sure and that is that Bosh is probably going to play super hard. Perhaps this is what the .500 and underachieving Nets need. Bosh will pair up with fellow 03 draftee Carmelo Anthony in what is a tantalizing starting five on paper. I have to say that this might work in the short run and we will see the Nets shoot up to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. My main concern is whether Bosh’s focus will extend beyond 2013-14.
Projected Starting Five: Barney Steele | Rudy Fernandez | Carmelo Anthony | Chris Bosh | DJ Schmidt
Trade Grade: A-
Toronto Raptors receive Jeremy Mason, Yi Jianlian, Vince Carter, Cleveland Cavaliers Future First Round Pick
The Raptors actually did pretty damn well for themselves. Jeremy Mason is going to help spread the floor with his shooting stroke. The first overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft is in a contract year and I am predicting steady results from him in his new home of Toronto. This guy is able to average 13 points on limited shots on the stacked up Nets – imagine how he will go with so many more extra shots on the Raptors. Yi will be a very popular acquisition because of his nationality and also because he is an underrated talent. This guy has improved tremendously over the years and the Raptors will need to thank the Nets for the time spent on Yi.
For me, it’s great to see Carter back in Raptors’ colors but I’m pretty sure Raptors fans are going to hate this! It’s quite comical that he has been brought back to the fold but that’s what a new owner will do. Toronto is no doubt hoping that Carter’s presence on the team will bring back more fans for the ailing franchise. It is predicted that Carter will be fighting Mason for minutes at small forward. Mason probably will not start ahead of Raptors’ fourth year SG Larry Williams. My sources have informed me that Carter will be the starting 3-man in Toronto although I think that he would be better suited coming off the bench.
The Raptors also locked up further security by acquiring a future first round draft choice. It is the Cavs’ pick that the Nets got in the Rudy Fernandez deal. Not a bad trade for the Raptors seeing that they have been trying to offload Bosh for a while. Everything makes so much sense with Coby Clark and Yi Jianlian forming the Raptors’ new ‘twin towers’. Mason, Williams and Hova form a young, talented backcourt while Carter will hopefully receive a warm welcome back (Don’t hope for this too much as chances are that everyone still hates him in Toronto).
Projected Starting Five: Chris Hova | Larry Williams | Vince Carter | Yi Jianlian | Coby Clark
Trade Grade: B
Philadelphia 76ers receive Bobby Simmons, Mickael Pietrus, Toronto Raptors Future First Round Pick
The Sixers were needed to make the Chris Bosh deal work because the Raptors did not think they were getting enough in return for the All-Star PF. All parties were lucky that the Sixers had a vested interest in getting rid of Vince Carter at the same time that Toronto were thinking of asking to have him back. Andre Iguodala had complained to the Sixers’ brass that Carter was a ‘cancer in the locker room’ and that his poor defensive efforts really hurt the ball club.
Philadelphia got a modest return on the 36 year old Carter. They were able to get Bobby Simmons and Mickael Pietrus; both players will help shore up a thin frontcourt. Pietrus, in particular, should be regarded as a solid pickup because he will bring more of a defensive focus to the team that is predicated on its ability to shut down opponents. Toronto also gave up a future first round pick to Sixers in order to coerce them to get involved in the three team trade.
Projected Starting Five: Delonte West | Andre Iguodala | Mikael Pietrus | Chris Wilcox | Kendrick Perkins
Trade Grade: B+
Nets, Sixers Battle After Recent Trade
DECEMBER 16, PHILADELPHIA – The New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers were part of one of the biggest trades in years two days ago. Chris Bosh passed his physical in the morning and made an earlier than expected debut for the Nets as they tested out the new makeup of their team against the Sixers.
Bosh finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks in his debut. Carmelo Anthony led the team with 25 points, 10 rebounds and DJ Schmidt added 24 points and a career high 8 assists. Barney Steele, who had 12 points and 9 assists, gave his approval to his new teammates Bosh and Daniel Gibson (8 points). “It’s pretty exciting,” Steele said, “I think we have the best team in the Eastern Conference now. It’s no joke. We haven’t even practiced together and we looked pretty good.”
Despite the strong individual performances from the Nets players, Andre Iguodala led 6 other players in double figures with 29 points and hit the game winner in a thrilling comeback win at home. The Sixers were happy without the presence of Vince Carter on the team and celebrated the 119-117 win as if it was a playoff win. “I think we can,” Iguodala answered when asked if the Sixers could make a run for the playoffs.
SG Rudy Fernandez got his first start with the Nets and finished with 9 points.
Vince Carter Makes Raptors Homecoming Debut
DECEMBER 17, TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors lost to the Golden State Warriors 112-88 in Vince Carter’s first game back with the Raptors. Carter was not welcomed back by Toronto fans who booed and jeered at the former face of the franchise. Raptors PG Chris Hova recently asked fans to accept Carter again.
Carter led the team with 22 points on 8-15 shooting from the field. Hova had 12 assists. Jeremy Mason scored 16 points in his debut since being traded from New Jersey. Fellow former Net Yi Jianilian struggled to get to 6 points and 4 rebounds. Rookie big man Coby Clark was also underwhelming in his first game out of Chris Bosh’s shadow as he shot 1 for 9 and finished with 4 points and 7 rebounds.
Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 32 points, Andris Biedrins added 25 points, 9 rebounds and Louis Nixon had 24 points, 12 assists, 5 steals. The Warriors cruised to victory against the Raptors and Toronto fans had left the arena by the start of the fourth quarter.
hova- wrote:Hell yeah, 12 dimes for me. Sorry that I did not yet comment on the trade, but had no time today. Maybe tomorrow. Expect an article soon
hova- wrote:Stop hating on my man VC. He'S a veteran now. His role is to support Hov & Clark, nothing more
Jeff Green To Indiana
DECEMBER 17, INDIANA – The Detroit Pistons continued to disassemble their basketball team with a clear view to rebuilding. Versatile swingman Jeff Green is the latest Piston to be traded out of the motor city and he along with SG Mo Evans and PF Leo Givens were dealt for four expiring Pacers contracts: Steve Francis, Wes Patrick, Travis Diener and Troy Murphy.
The Pistons wanted to get rid of Green’s huge 13 million dollar contract. Green should become the sixth man for Indiana. He is a versatile player and who will undoubtedly help the 16-8 Pacers, currently third best in East.
Dallas Adds Brad Miller
DECEMBER 18, DALLAS – NBA veteran C Brad Miller said that he was not ready to retire from professional basketball just yet and the Dallas Mavericks came calling as a result. The Mavs are excited to add the all-around skilled big man to their team. Dallas has been struggling this season and hope that three new additions in Miller, JJ Hickson and James Posey will help to solidify their playing roster in a bid to make a run for the playoffs.
Dirk Nowitzki, who has recovered from injury, was pleased with the news that the team signed another center after the young Jason Smith was dealt for forward Posey. “I feel that we have one of the most balanced rosters in Dallas in a while,” Nowitzki stated, “I just hope that we can pull it all together and make our record better.”
Stealth Star Tyson Unhappy
DECEMBER 18, SEATTLE – Reshawn Tyson has been struggling because of a sprained ankle but that might not be the only thing bothering him. Despite the Seattle Stealth’s recent form, Tyson has seen All-Star PF Chris Bosh moved to the New Jersey Nets and his own hopes of a team switch fade.
“I thought I would be going there (to New Jersey) but I guess I’m not so lucky,” Tyson said, “When I signed here (in Seattle), I was promised that I would be traded. I don’t know why these guys are holding onto me.”
Tyson is averaging close to 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game this season. However, the Stealth have had their most healthy stretch of wins with Tyson less active on the offensive end. Earlier this month, Head Coach George Karl and Team Captain Kevin Durant called Tyson out for being selfish and playing out of the system.
Tyson has remained silent but yesterday retaliated to those claims, “George doesn’t run any offensive sets or gets us to play defence so how can there be a system? Kevin Durant can’t call anyone selfish – he should look in a mirror.”
Tyson said that he would continue to play hard for Seattle but that his patience was wanning thin with the organisation. He also stated that he was keeping an eye on rumours that the New York Knocks are in talks with the Stealth about a three-team trade. Karl, Durant and GM Will Sit were unable for comment.
Rubio: Trade Spagnoletti
DECEMBER 19, INDIANA – Indiana Pacers PG and MVP candidate Ricky Rubio has delivered a furious barrage of insults towards team mate and second year SG Albano Spagnoletti. He concluded the podium interview by lobbying Larry Bird to trade away the Argentine.
Spagnoletti made headlines after he sat down at midcourt in the middle of a recent Pacers home game. The Argentine complained after the game that Pacers fans were not noticing him and cheering enough for him. He also complained of fans booing him everytime he had a shot attempt in games, whether made or missed.
Rubio ripped through Spagnoletti after the game, “I told him that he was a bad basketball player and a bad team mate. I told him that he should quit if he really wants to.” Rubio alleged that Spagnoletti has threatened to quit basketball numerous times this season, “Everynight he plays bad and everynight he says he wants to quit. I am still waiting for it to happen. My teammates are betting he won’t reach halfway of this season.”
Rubio made a dare to Bird, “I want him to be traded. We already have a new player (Jeff Green) who is a lot better than him.”
Thierry • wrote:Man, screw Rubio then. I tried to have a better relationship with him, but looks like he won't listen. This has no coming back
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