Wow, we haven't had one of these in a while.
Here you go:
Here are a few trade rumors along with updates from the NBA workout scene:
• One possible destination for Ron Artest this summer? Houston, to be reunited with his former coach Rick Adelman.
I'm told the Rockets have been quietly putting out feelers about Artest, and the price might be right. I hear it would cost the Rockets Bob Sura (he has only $1 million in salary protection next year), Kirk Snyder, Vasilis Spanoulis and this year's first-round draft pick.
With Artest entering a player option year on his contract in the summer of 2008, it may be time to take the risk.
• The Celtics' Danny Ainge traveled to Los Angeles on Wednesday to take a look at Yi Jianlian in a private workout. Yi worked out for nearly two hours in a gym by himself and then spent several hours with Ainge.
The same drill was repeated on Thursday with the Atlanta Hawks GM Billy Knight. On Saturday the Bulls will get a look at Yi.
The feedback from the workouts has been positive. Yi looks great in that environment. The question is whether he has the toughness to play that way when you put nine other players on the floor.
Next, Yi's camp will sit back and gauge feedback. If none of those teams commit to drafting Yi, then Sacramento likely will be the next team to visit.
If Boston is passing on Yi, I think that means we might see a trade coming.
There's talk that the Suns -- to slash payroll -- might be willing to take the No. 5 pick, Theo Ratliff's expiring contract and Delonte West for Shawn Marion. That would make Paul Pierce happy.
With the No. 5 pick, the Suns could replace Marion with Yi, Jeff Green or Al Thornton. In the Suns' system, all three of those guys could play the four.
Another dark horse in the Yi sweepstakes might be Portland, which is trying to get another top 10 draft pick. As I've mentioned before, the Bulls seem like a possible trading partner, with Zach Randolph involved.
Can you imagine the huge front line of Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge and Yi? Wow.
• There have been questions about Big Baby Glen Davis' weight.
He's worked out in Philly and New Jersey, and team sources say he came in just a hair under 300 pounds (298, to be exact).
But he has a couple of factors in his favor.
One, he measured out at a decent height. Some predicted he could be as short as 6-6 in socks. Instead he measured 6-7¾ in socks, meaning he's 6-9 in shoes.
Second, Davis also recorded a body fat of less than 12 percent. That's actually not too bad, given his size.
Said one NBA scout, "He is not fat like Rodney Rogers or Tractor Traylor, but just big. He should have played D-line on the football team."
Luther Head, T Mac, Battier, Artest, and Yao would be one hell of a lineup.
Yeah, that Boston deal makes me nervous.
I'd think they'd rather have Odom than Marion, but it's hard to say.
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Wherever Artest goes, I view it as follows:
Year One = Fun to watch because of the talent
Year Two + = Fun to watch him destroy what they have
Happened here, happened in Sacramento.
Sounds like Darko. I wouldn't stand for a private workout where he doesn't play with anybody. I'm sure that's how Skita ended up as a top-5 pick, when after seeing him for 30 seconds in a preseason game I knew he wouldn't cut it.The feedback from the workouts has been positive. Yi looks great in that environment. The question is whether he has the toughness to play that way when you put nine other players on the floor.
Come to the Dark Side -- There's cookies!
I'm really not sold on this guy. All the tape I've seen of him is him dunking over guys who are 6'5" or working alone in a gym. Not to mention that virtually every time he's been up against real international competition, he's looked mediocre at best. He's not a good enough shooter to be like Dirk or Bargnani, and he's not big enough to play like Gasol.
I smell the Chinese Stromile Swift, and if that's what you want out of your high lottery pick, more power to you, but in this draft, it seems there are lots of guys that have maybe a lower ceiling, but a much, much higher basement.
IF Artest lands in Houston with T-Mac and Yao and the honeymoon lasts for an entire year they could make a good push for a championship IMO.
wow artest in houston with my boy t-mac!? WOOOO Hoo...
League pass will be worth the money! staying up for later games is going to suck tho
Sure he COULD get pushed around but I just don't think it's going to be that kind of issue.
Bosh comes to mind a lot more than Darko when I've seen him in action. I think ATTITUDE and confidence are the main concerns that could hold him back, but that's true for many young players.
Of course with the draft and prospects you just never can tell. I 100% someone in the top 10 will bust and plenty of people will be surprised by it.