Wednesday, August 18, 2004


Supposedly Eric Dampier, Evan Escmeyer, and Dan Dikau are coming to big D in exchange for Eduardo Najera and Christian Laettner. On the face of it this looks like a good trade for Dallas. They get a legit 7' center in Dampier and a back up to him to boot. They get rid of Laettner, whom nobody wants and give up Najera. The downside to this trade is that you lose your hustle guy in Najera who can give a team a big lift off the bench. He was key to Dallas' playoff performances the last few years as he was the only person willing to really play defense. The other potential problem is Dampier. He averaged 12-12 on a subpar team and this was his best season ever. He was clearly playing for a contract. He says he wants to go to a contender, but he was getting close to signing with the Atlanta Hawks. He's 30 years old. I think he may be poison to Dallas much the way Olowakandi was in Minny. If he comes to ball this year like he did last year then Dallas is in pretty good shape. They'd role a starting line up of Damp, Diggler, Josh Howard/Jerry Stackhouse, Michael Finley, Jason Terry/Marquis Daniels. This overall is a pretty impressive starting 5, especially now that Shaq has crossed the Mississippi. I'll hand it to Mark Cuban, he is not afraid to deal if he sees something he wants, and I'm impressed that all he gave up was Najera and Laettner. I'm still predicting Dampier to be a bust, but I haven't really seen him play as he's been in Oakland for a while.

Monday, August 16, 2004

The Glove ain't got the love baby

I was waiting for the dust to officially settle on the trade before writing anything about the G.P. for Marcus Banks (plus others) trade.

1) Danny is clearly willing to give up on Marcus Banks quickly. I thought he had potential, but maybe the sports guy is right and Banks is only the poor man's Robert Pack. So now that Ainge has Marcus back in his lap and unhappy, what will he do with him? Is he a trade asset? I'm not sure. I'm thinking that the Pistons could use him, or maybe the Pacers, possibly the heat but who are any of these teams going to trade for Marcus. This is concerning. It's also bad for Marcus. If he's on the Celtics he needs to just show up and play so he can get himself out of town to a better situation for him. He hasn't shown enough to be demanding trades or anything like that.

2) Danny made a smart move. Looks like he's clearing cap and committing to his guys Allen, West, Jefferson, Blount, and Pierce. Everything else is expendable and not worth losing cap room. I'm fine with that. This team is young though, and it remains to be seen how talented. If Jefferson and West can step up so that Pierce doesn't have to lead the C's in every statistical category then Boston will do okay in the East this year. The East is still weak with the final 4 playoff slots being open to anybody, but the division the C's are in will help them hit the playoffs.

3) Thank god G.P. is threatening to retire rather than come to Boston. Nobody wants him here. They just want his contract to expire and if he wants to pull the plug on that himself, fine. He has become a parody of his once proud self failing to accept his declining skills with any grace.

4) The Lakers got screwed by G.P. not showing up for his physical because I think they wanted Marcus, not Jumaine Jones. This is also good. Stupid Lakers.