> It’s been a confusing, chatter-filled start to the NBA summer. What’s the dumbest, most forehead-slapping headline or storyline that you’ve seen?
Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: Geez, so many from which to choose — Jodie Meeks‘ contract, Carmelo Anthony supposedly leaving New York and $30 million or more on the table, Klay Thompson suddenly being regarded as a combo Jerry West/Dwyane Wade in trade value. But I’m going with the hand-wringing in Chicago over Derrick Rose’s alleged “unwillingness” to recruit free agents.
That sort of thing, in the best of places, probably ranks 8th or 18th
or maybe 28th in what sways a player to choose a new team/market. All
Rose should be doing is what he did – allow the targeted player, like Carmelo Anthony, to watch a workout so he can gauge Rose’s health and comeback potential. Beyond that, it’s sheer high-school silliness.
Fran Blinebury, NBA.com: I
was very tempted to say “all of the above” since the entire free agency
period is mostly rumor, innuendo and flat-out lying posing as
pseudo-journalism. But if I must choose, well, Jodie Meeks at more than $6 million per is a head-slapper.
Jeff Caplan, NBA.com: Orlando agreeing to pay Ben Gordon $9.5 million over two years. That slightly edges Portland agreeing to pay Chris Kaman nearly $10 million over two years.
Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: You’re
asking me to pick one grain of sand on the beach. We know, for example,
that the Heatles are definitely splintering, unless that they’re not
and are simply giving Pat Riley time to make moves before closing their own deals. And Kobe, Carmelo and Kevin Love
definitely magically appeared at the same pickup game at UCLA, except
that they didn’t. The silly season in full effect. If there an option to
expand beyond free agency and make it the entire offseason for dumbest, most forehead-slapping storyline, it’s an easy call: Jason Kidd.
Sekou Smith, NBA.com: How about the latest one, “Hayward get max offer sheet from Hornets.”
In a summer when financial haircuts are being discussed for All-Stars —
superstars in some cases — a guy who has never sniffed the All-Star
team gets a $60 million offer from an Eastern Conference playoff team.
Hayward is worth whatever someone is going to pay him, so I’m not mad at
him. But, as I said on Twitter last week (when Hayward was supposedly
on tap for a max offer from the Cavaliers that never happened),
something is awry in this system when Lance Stephenson
(as flawed or deficient as he might be in some areas) sees this headline
about Hayward and is supposed to be cool with an offer $16 million
lighter in total. Even if Utah matches, as they have said all along that
they will, this is still one of the gems of “Crazy Season!”
Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blog: Well to be fair, it was probably a headline that I wrote that was dumb. But as far as a wild storyline, the thought that signing Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts will put Miami over the top is pretty out there.
I mean, the Pacers basically let Granger walk, and Basketball Jesus
a.k.a. McBob is a nice player but … putting Miami over the top? That’s a
head-slapper. The Spurs beat Miami up and down and left and right in
the Finals. It’s going to take more than just one or two additions to
make the Heat a Finals winner. Then again, getting LeBron to re-up would be a pretty good start.
Marc-Oliver Robbers, NBA Deutschland: The most confusing thing for me is that everyone is waiting for everyone. Melo is waiting for Bosh’s
decision, Bosh and Wade are waiting for LeBron’s decision. LeBron is
waiting what the Heat will do, but the Heat have to wait, what their Big
3 will do to know how much cap space they will have. Then the second
row with Deng, Parsons and Ariza
are waiting what Melo, Bosh,Wade and LeBron will do. And all teams with
cap space are waiting for the decisions of the superstars to remain
flexible. So everybody is waiting and the worst is, we have to wait,
too. LeBron, get the ball rolling!
Davide Chinellato, NBA Italia: I’ll go with Jeremy Lin being upset because Houston used his uni to court Melo. Free agency is like love and war: all’s fair. It has been done before (Rockets GM Daryl Morey remembered they used Patrick Beverley‘s #12 last year to recruit Dwight Howard)
and you shouldn’t be upset when your team is trying to get one of the
best players in the game, especially if you are in the trade rumors
Karan Madhok, NBA India:
After LeBron’s “Decision” in 2010, nothing in the NBA off-eason really
surprises me anymore, and I truly leave all options open to possibility.
That said, there were a couple of stories that made me shake my head
with mild disbelief. One was The Pick-Up Game that Never Happened rumours of Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, and even Kevin Love
playing ball at UCLA, as reported by some sources, as a hopeful
indication of what the Lakers roster could look like next season. The
second was the Recruitment Pitch that Wasn’t Made, a saga of Derrick Rose – did he or didn’t he try and recruit Carmelo Anthony to Chicago.