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CableKC
02-16-2006, 05:36 PM
Could someone post this Insider Article?

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/columns/story?columnist=sheridan_chris&id=2332142&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnba %2finsider%2fcolumns%2fstory%3fcolumnist%3dsherida n_chris%26id%3d2332142

It may not be anything new outside of Marbury and Francis...but I was curious to see if anyone else is "off the radar" that maybe moving.

Thanks.

BigMac
02-16-2006, 06:58 PM
I think this was already posted but I don't have time to look so here ya go.



Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Updated: February 16, 5:35 PM ET
The 10 players most likely to be dealt by Feb. 23

<HR width="100%" noShade SIZE=1>By Chris Sheridan
ESPN Insider

The clock is ticking, and the days are winding down until next Thursday's NBA trade deadline.


There are going to be some deals, but there's really no telling exactly how many. Lots of folks were predicting a quiet deadline day a year ago, but it turned into one of the busiest days of deal making ever.


Insider has been in constant touch with general managers and player personnel officials throughout the NBA, allowing for a handicapping of who might be wearing a new uniform by next weekend. So without further ado, we present The 10 Players Most Likely To Be Traded by Feb. 23:


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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65>http://espn.go.com/i/nba/profiles/players/3325.jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65><CENTER>Francis</CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>1. Steve Francis (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3325). It now appears to be a matter of when, not if, the Magic will trade him. New York and Denver are the leading candidates as of now, but Minnesota is trying to engineer a three-team deal that would put Francis alongside Kevin Garnett (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3007) and Ricky Davis (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3264). A long-shot possibility is Francis returning to Houston. Wednesday night's Orlando-Detroit trade removed the possibility of Kelvin Cato (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3185) going to New York in a Francis trade, but the Knicks can still do a Hardaway-Francis deal by removing Jamal Crawford (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3407) from the equation and substituting Trevor Ariza (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3860) and rookies David Lee (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3956) and/or Nate Robinson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3947).

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65>http://espn.go.com/i/nba/profiles/players/1274.jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65><CENTER>Hardaway</CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

2. Penny Hardaway (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=1274). The most valuable thing about Penny is his expiring max contract, which comes off the salary cap at the end of this season. Teams can make up for years of mistakes by dumping their big contracts in exchange for an expiring deal (see Jalen Rose (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=2636) to Knicks; Rasheed Wallace (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3006) to Hawks; Tom Gugliotta (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=829) to Jazz), so there's plenty of interest in the former superstar who's appeared in only four games this season for the Knicks. Aside from Orlando, Portland is a possibility.

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65>http://espn.go.com/i/nba/profiles/players/2669.jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65><CENTER>Lenard</CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>3. Voshon Lenard (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=2669). There is always a market for a deadeye shooter, even when he's well past his prime (see Steve Smith (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=435)-Malik Allen (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3507) a year ago). Denver has been trying to find a taker for Lenard since early this season, and the Nuggets probably will take the best offer on the table by 3 p.m. Thursday for the career 38 percent 3-point shooter (42 percent in the playoffs).
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65>http://espn.go.com/i/nba/profiles/players/3663.jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65><CENTER>Evans</CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
4. Reggie Evans (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3663). One of the league's best rebounders has the right to veto any deal after accepting a one-year tender offer from Seattle, but the time has come for him to escape Bob Hill's doghouse and get to a place where he can establish some value for himself before becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Sonics have been willing to move him all season.

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65>http://espn.go.com/i/nba/profiles/players/3183.jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65><CENTER>Anderson</CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>5. Derek Anderson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3183). The arrival of Keith Bogans (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3746) in Houston last week signaled the end of the Anderson experiment for the Rockets, who publicly stated they'd make every effort to trade him. Anderson makes less than $1.7 million but has an option for next season. He was a solid player in Portland a couple years ago, but his production level and his value have plummeted.
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65>http://espn.go.com/i/nba/profiles/players/3712.jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65><CENTER>Sweetney</CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
6. Michael Sweetney (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3712). The Chicago Bulls (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=chi) still are trying to find a big man with an expiring contract who can help them make a push for the playoffs, and one of the assets they'd be most comfortable moving (as opposed to their fear of letting go of Ben Gordon (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3820), Luol Deng (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3824), and/or Kirk Hinrich (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3710)) is the overweight power forward who came in the Eddy Curry (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3514) trade. The Jazz like him, and they'd consider taking Sweetney and another player if they could get rid of

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65>http://espn.go.com/i/nba/profiles/players/3632.jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65><CENTER>Boozer</CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>7. Carlos Boozer (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3632). The worst hamstring in the history of the state of Utah finally is healed, just in time for the Jazz to showcase their $70 million asset. Boozer's star has faded considerably since he was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, and if the Jazz had it to do over again they'd have spent their free agent money elsewhere. Drew Gooden (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3602) in Cleveland is often mentioned as the power forward most likely to be moved, but the Cavs need him more than the Jazz need Boozer.
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65>http://espn-att.starwave.com/i/nba/profiles/players/65x90/0832.jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65><CENTER>Jackson</CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>8. Jim Jackson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=832). The Suns were close to moving him recently, but the deal fell through. Phoenix is content to keep him as an insurance policy in case of an injury, but he's not going to play much this season if the Suns stick with their current rotation. Not many teams are calling Phoenix, but interest in veteran players such as Jackson typically picks up when the deadline is inside of 72 hours away.
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65>http://espn.go.com/i/nba/profiles/players/3549.jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65><CENTER>Watson</CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

9. Earl Watson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3549)/Nene (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3605). No list of the Most Likely To Be Traded would be complete without the Denver duo who have been involved in trade rumors throughout the entire season -- and even longer in Nene's case. There's not as much interest in Watson as the Nuggets would have people think, but there are teams willing to throw money at Nene when he becomes a restricted free agent over the summer, and the Nuggets seem convinced he won't be worth the investment.


<TABLE cellSpacing=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65>http://espn.go.com/i/nba/profiles/players/3016.jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD width=2></TD><TD width=65><CENTER>Williams</CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>


10. Eric Williams (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3016). New Raptors general manager Wayne Embry said he would try to accommodate Williams' desire for a trade, but Williams has an option to be paid $4.3 million next season, and he simply isn't good enough to justify that salary. Philadelphia was interested earlier this season, but the Sixers are now holding a roster spot open in case Tim Thomas (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3170) gets a buyout from Chicago.

Shade
02-16-2006, 07:00 PM
I'm kinda suprised that Al isn't on that list. I heard he recently had an MRI on his knee despite the fact he wasn't feeling any pain in it.

Jermaniac
02-16-2006, 07:00 PM
Reggie Evans would be nice.

GO!!!!!
02-16-2006, 07:08 PM
I'm kinda suprised that Al isn't on that list. I heard he recently had an MRI on his knee despite the fact he wasn't feeling any pain in it.

Apparently it's just a routine six month follow up scan, just to make sure all is well and all is well, he’s fine fine fine….

Thanks for the Post too, intrested read

CableKC
02-16-2006, 07:21 PM
Thanks Big Mac.....

What's funny is that because of the size of Penny's contract......the Knicks must be finding it hard to trade him. Basically any trade involving Penny would pretty much mean that the opposing team is looking to rebuild and give up on the rest of the season.

Anything that makes Zeke's life harder makes me smile and be happy that I am not a Knicks fan ( sorry DisplacedKnick....I know it must be hard for you right now ).

CableKC
02-16-2006, 07:23 PM
Reggie Evans would be nice.
As a rental for the rest of the season.....Evans would be nice....and a player that I have been clamouring for a long time. But the problem is that the only players that we have that the Sonics would want is likely AJ or Sarunas ( a backup PG ).

I still wonder why the Sonics don't deal him to the Nuggets for Earl Watson. :confused:

Will Galen
02-16-2006, 09:52 PM
What I'm curious about is why would a team want Penny Hardaway ($15.7) when they could get Tim Thomas ($13.9) who is in the same situation and actually might be useful for the rest of the year? Not only that if you are throwing in players Chicago has better players to throw in than NY does.

GO!!!!!
02-16-2006, 09:59 PM
What I'm curious about is why would a team want Penny Hardaway ($15.7) when they could get Tim Thomas ($13.9) who is in the same situation and actually might be useful for the rest of the year? Not only that if you are throwing in players Chicago has better players to throw in than NY does.

Thats so true, the only thing i can imagine is,

A) the Bulls want cap space to sign new FA's while the Knicks just want bad salaries

B) Tim Thomas still wants to play, while Ane Hardaway will just retiree

C) what about KVH he's about 18 Mil and should be a FA to this year

Jermaniac
02-16-2006, 10:10 PM
DA just said on TNT that the Suns might move JJ

Shade
02-16-2006, 10:15 PM
DA just said on TNT that the Suns might move JJ

:whistle: :lurk:

GO!!!!!
02-16-2006, 10:16 PM
DA just said on TNT that the Suns might move JJ

is that Jim Jackson or James Jones, me thinks Jim Jackson is the one they talking about

Skaut_Ech
02-16-2006, 10:16 PM
What I'm curious about is why would a team want Penny Hardaway ($15.7)when they could get Tim Thomas ($13.9) who is in the same situation and actually might be useful? Not only that if you are throwing in players Chicago has better players to throw in than NY does.

I think it's just plain crazy that Thomas hasn't been moved by now.

Nets could really use him. Bucks...Orlando...Hornets...Blazers..Thing is, the Buls really don't need anyone. I think their roster is pretty deep and promising. I don't see how Chicago can make any semblance of a trade that's fair for them financially. I bet the just release him.

If I had to make a guess, with all the youth in Portland and the overall sense of doom at that franchise right now, I think the most promising trade I can see fiscally and based upon that Insider article is maybe Patterson/Ratcliff for Thomas/Sweetney, If Portland was willing to give HA some PT (keep commiting to that youth movement) and use Sweetney as a Danny Fortson type, a bruiser who plays some forward and center.

Chicago would get a truie center and quit having to play Songalia, Malik Allen and Harrington at C. Ya know, the more I think about it, the more sense it makes to me.

Opps, sorry. Wasn't trying to turn this into a trade speculation thread.

Jermaniac
02-16-2006, 10:18 PM
is that Jim Jackson or James Jones, me thinks Jim Jackson is the one they talking aboutHe said James Jones, maybe he got the mixed up I dont know.

GO!!!!!
02-16-2006, 10:40 PM
CHI) Tim Thomas: Difficult to Trade


Thursday, February 16, 2006 - RotoWire.com
Update: GM John Paxson would trade Thomas, but he has yet to receive an offer that makes sense for the Bulls, who do not want to take on long-term contracts worth the $14 million that Thomas is earning in this the final year of his deal, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: The Nets reportedly would like to sign Thomas if Paxson waives or releases him after the trade deadline.
Updated on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006 10:22 p.m. ET