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Monday, April 21, 2014

2009 Game Preview/Game Thread: Knicks at Mavericks

New York lost a heartbreaker to Dallas at MSG on November 16, 2008 114-124 in overtime.  That game seemed to send the teams in different directions.  Since that game, Dallas has won 18 of 24 games.  Conversely, New York has won only 7 of 23 games. 

 

Team                         Poss    Eff        eFG%    TO     OREB%  FT/FG

New York Offense     98.1    105.6    49.5       15.7    23.6        20.9

Rank                          1         19         13           17       28           26

Dallas Defense            91.3    105.2     47.0      13.9    25.9        22.6

Rank                           16       10          4           28       11           10

New York Defense     98.1    108.9     51.8      15.1     26.9       20.1

Rank                           1         21          28         20        16          5

Dallas Offense             91.3    108.0     49.2      14.3     27.4       20.6

Rank                           16       12          15         3.5       12          28

 

What to watch for:  Defense.  I will talk about this before every game because New York is not a strong enough offensive team to beat their opponents on shooting alone.  Dallas is a slightly above average team on offense.  Dallas is 12th in offensive efficiency and 15th in eFG%.  Of the five Dallas players that average more than 23 minutes per game, four of them have eFG% above 50.  Dallas is a team that has talented offensive players and an offense that suits their skill set.  After a loss to the weakest offense in the NBA on Tuesday, the Knicks need a very strong defensive effort to stay in this game.

 

What to watch for 2: Jason Kidd.  Disrupting the Dallas offense has to start with disrupting Kidd.  Kidd leads the team in assist rating with 45.2, which I thought must be a typo because an ast-r of 40 is defined as best.  Typo or not, it is clear that Kidd sets the offense and makes good passes to teammates when they are in position to score.  One way to disrupt that is to put a long, quick defensive player on Kidd.  In the win against Boston, D’antoni put Jeffries on Rondo and it really seemed to bother him.  Kidd is much more experienced than Rondo is and therefore he will eventually figure out how to beat JJ, but it is still worth a shot.

 

What to watch for 3:  Getting to the line.  New York has struggled much of this season with FT/FG rating.  As Mike K said “Basically this measures the ratio of free throws made to the field goal shots attempted.”  New York is strong at the line sinking 80.1 percent of their attempts.  Unfortunately, the team has been in the bottom third of the NBA in FT/FG rating all season.  The ability to get to the line is a weapon that has been under utilized on this team.  Given the pace New York plays, they could create some real problems for teams that lack depth if they players made a better effort to draw fouls.  Players like Harrington need to draw contact when they get in the lane rather than use spin moves to get away from the contact.  The team needs to concentrate on getting points rather than just getting off shots.

 

What to watch for 4:  A small serving of Curry?  I would not count on seeing Curry tonight (but I am wrong 48% of the time).  I don’t think D’antoni will let Curry play until he has earned playing time with strong practices.  If you recall, D’antoni was very hard on Curry for missing training camp and coming into camp out of shape.  I don’t think we will see much, if any, of Curry tonight.  Of course when Curry comes into the game tonight mid way into the second quarter, I can expect my good friend jon abbey to remind me of just how wrong I was.

85 comments on “2009 Game Preview/Game Thread: Knicks at Mavericks

  1. 2010

    is there a way to look up curry’s advance stats from his “good” season in 2006? im not trying to debate curry, just wondering how the stats page/archives work

  2. Owen

    Try Basketball Reference.

    Here are his numbers from 06-07:

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/fc/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=0&p1=curryed01&y1=2007

    In that wasnt the year you meant, you can toggle at the top.

    Curry averaged less than 10 rebounds per 48 and almost averaged 5 turnovers oer 48, putting him in fairly elite company for a center. Darryl Dawkins is the only guy to do worse in the modern statistical era when you look at players who played significant minutes. And this was Curry’s good year. ;-)

    And it’s very nice to have a new thread up, although the combination of fonts is a bit funky…

  3. Thomas B. Post author

    Sorry about the sloppy visuals. I’m still learning how to post these on my own. I have no clue why this looks so bad. Well, I have one clue it begins with Thomas and ends in B. Admins, a little help?

  4. TDM

    I agree that disrupting Kidd from distributing the ball will be key. Offensively, Kidd has been off as of late – only 9 points total in the past 3 games (3 for 16 from the field). Also, hopefully, the rumor mill will get inside Josh Howard’s head tonight.

  5. ess-dog

    Sorry about the sloppy visuals. I’m still learning how to post these on my own. I have no clue why this looks so bad. Well, I have one clue it begins with Thomas and ends in B. Admins, a little help?

    Banned!

  6. Gorky

    I’m watching the Dallas broadcast online, and after Chandler’s awful shot attempt, they said “That hit a lot of rim.” Then Kidd airballed a three right after and they said nothing.

    I think they just said Eddy Curry looks hungry. Heh.

  7. BK

    Good start, but pretty weak defense (even by our standards) to end the quarter. Guess you have to lower your expectations substantially when it’s Eddy on the court.

  8. BigBlueAL

    If the Mavericks get one more wide-ass open 3pt shot where the shooter takes 5 seconds to set his feet and bury the shot I am going to throw my f**king remote control through the TV screen!!!!!!

    Im sorry, im still programmed watching the Riley/Van Gundy Knicks where they would give up an open jumper/layup once a week compared to this current team which gives up an open jumper/layup once per minute.

  9. Gorky

    They were so much worse on defense during the 2 1/2 minutes Curry was in there…

    He’s a -9 in those 2:38.

  10. Gorky

    If the Mavericks get one more wide-ass open 3pt shot where the shooter takes 5 seconds to set his feet and bury the shot I am going to throw my f**king remote control through the TV screen!!!!!!
    Im sorry, im still programmed watching the Riley/Van Gundy Knicks where they would give up an open jumper/layup once a week compared to this current team which gives up an open jumper/layup once per minute.

    I understand what you’re saying, but a lot of times it’s Kidd who’s left open. It seems like D’Antoni specifically told them to play off him and make him a jump-shooter like Rondo. And we all know he’s actually Ason Kidd (though he did make a few threes).

  11. BigBlueAL
    If the Mavericks get one more wide-ass open 3pt shot where the shooter takes 5 seconds to set his feet and bury the shot I am going to throw my f**king remote control through the TV screen!!!!!!
    Im sorry, im still programmed watching the Riley/Van Gundy Knicks where they would give up an open jumper/layup once a week compared to this current team which gives up an open jumper/layup once per minute.

    I understand what you’re saying, but a lot of times it’s Kidd who’s left open. It seems like D’Antoni specifically told them to play off him and make him a jump-shooter like Rondo. And we all know he’s actually Ason Kidd (though he did make a few threes).

    I know Kidd has the reputation of being a poor shooter, but the reality is he is shooting 36% from 3pt range this season and 34% in his career. Plus he has made over 100 3′s in a season a bunch of times so he isnt really that poor a 3pt-shooter.

    How bout just you know sticking with your man and not leave anybody open as a new defensive strategy….

  12. David Crockett

    Just got in from halftime to see Chandler take an awful three and walk. Good times. Gooooood times.

  13. GAx

    We’re not doing ourselves any favors this 2nd half, but what the eff is going on with sudden paucity of calls our way this half?

    And put the friggin ball down Jeffries. We can still win this one!

  14. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger)

    Did anyone else get a feeling that after Curry failed to get back on defense and Dallas scored an easy bucket (OK they missed two shots but got rebounds each time) that he may not see any more time tonight?

    There are three things that animate D’Antoni – biased calls from the referees, turnovers, and lack of defense. Just about everyone else was back on defense for about 3 seconds before Curry arrived. Can’t say that bodes well for his playing time.

  15. Gorky

    I know Kidd has the reputation of being a poor shooter, but the reality is he is shooting 36% from 3pt range this season and 34% in his career. Plus he has made over 100 3’s in a season a bunch of times so he isnt really that poor a 3pt-shooter.
    How bout just you know sticking with your man and not leave anybody open as a new defensive strategy….

    I agree, but the Knicks pretty much suck at defense this year. They need to pick one thing to give up to the opponent, and defend the rest. They decided to gove up long jumpers to Kidd, like they did with Rondo, because it gives them a higher chance to win.

    But yeah, their defense at (most) times is embarassing.

  16. David Crockett

    For those of you not watching the bowl game…

    tied at 7 at the half. OU has really outplayed UF so far, but has not been successful in two deep red zone trips. They missed on 4th and goal and then threw an interception on a bizarre tipped pass basically at the goal line to end the half. OU, who I’m pulling for, will miss those points. Florida gets it first in the second half.

  17. BK

    Terrible end to the first quarter, terrible end to the third. We’re not getting any calls (and I’m not one to complain about officating) as the play gets more physical inside.

  18. BigBlueAL

    Is there another team in the NBA who gets their shots blocked as much as the Knicks?!?!?

    Love the effort and playing Dallas tough at their place, but the usual great start only for it to start slipping away by end of 3rd quarter/beginning of 4th quarter is happening again.

  19. BigBlueAL

    Is it just me or is the officiating in this game especially one sided?

    I believe Coach D’Antoni agrees with you :-)

  20. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger)

    BK – glad it’s just not me. And I too hate when people complain about the officiating. But the refs have been clearly favoring the home team. That non-call on the goaltending was the worst I’ve seen until watching Lee getting mugged under the hoop.

  21. BigBlueAL

    Nate has been shooting the past few games like Starks did in Game 7 vs the Rockets. But just like Starks, the effort is always there.

  22. ess-dog

    I was just going to chime in about the officiating, but you guys have it covered.
    Nate’s officially lost his shooting touch. If he doesn’t turn it around soon, he’s going to kill his next contract…

  23. BigBlueAL

    Knicks 3 for 16 shooting in the 4th so far. I believe Marc Berman wrote recently that the Knicks are 26th or 27th in the NBA in 4th quarter scoring. So much for the system being the go-to guy and finding the open man in crunch time.

    BTW, for the LOVE OF GOD stop leaving Kidd wide-ass open!!!!

  24. Gorky

    Ugh, that’s some bad D and O in the 4th.

    By the way, Chandler and Q both went to DePaul. I didn’t know that.

  25. BK

    The Mavs are trying to gift wrap this one for us, but we refuse to take it from them. If anything, we’re putting a bow on the game and handing it right back to them with some of the possessions we’ve had the last two minutes.

  26. Gorky

    Eh, good effort,bad execution down the stretch. Story of the season.

    Mardy Collins tonight: 42 min, 16 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, 2 TO, 2 blocks, 7-16 shooting.

    Even when he gets time he’s not that good.

  27. BigBlueAL

    Its official, this is the most unclutch team in basketball. Not just in the NBA, I mean all of basketball. Im talkin about college, high-school, FIBA, etc.

  28. BigBlueAL

    59 points at half-time, 35 points in the 2nd half. The season in a nutshell. At least the games are entertaining to watch if nothing else. MY GOD July, 2010 cant come fast enough….

  29. d-mar

    “BTW, for the LOVE OF GOD stop leaving Kidd wide-ass open!!!!”

    I would beg to differ, J Kidd is generally an awful shooter, even when open. I would rather take the ball out of Dirk’s hands and take my chances with Kidd. But he did hit his shots tonight, unfortunately.

    Duhon could not finish after penetrating several times, that probably cost us the game.

  30. cgreene

    just to make another David Lee point. Is David Lee the same player as Brandon Bass with more playing time? Bass is actually a better defender. Lee a better passer. Equal on the boards it always seems to me. Bass makes $826,000 this year w a club option for next. Yikes!

  31. Caleb

    Duhon’s regression to the mean ™ is what did it. That layup he blew with 40 seconds left – wide open and didn’t even hit the rim. Sigh.

    D-mar is right about j-kidd. Sometimes you play the right odds and it doesn’t work out.

    Not worried about nate.

    Chandler looked very, very awkward.

    I’m not pro-tank, but i admit that the sting is way less when you can fall back on pingpong balls.

    I think we’re heading for the 6th or 7th worst record – hopefully our luck will turn in the drawing.

  32. 2010

    “What to watch for 3: Getting to the line. New York has struggled much of this season with FT/FG rating. As Mike K said “Basically this measures the ratio of free throws made to the field goal shots attempted.” New York is strong at the line sinking 80.1 percent of their attempts. Unfortunately, the team has been in the bottom third of the NBA in FT/FG rating all season.”

    watching the team not get to the line a lot again, and noticing as mike and others pointed out the one sided refs, do you guys think they arent getting to the line a lot because they are settling for a lot of outside shots and not driving? or maybe its because we dont have superstars that always get favorable calls (such as jordan)? i cant really figure it out, although a lot of times getting to the line requires players to look to make contact and play aggressively.

    ess-dog-welcome to the dark side.

    gorky-haha, when i read those stats i was thinking “wow i never thought mardy would be that good. 16 points! 2 blocks!” even though yeah, that sucks

  33. Caleb

    Lee’s rebounding #s and efficiency are way better than bass.

    But BB is a nice player, and obviously a huge bargain. Tho he won’t be such a bargain on his next deal.

    Takeaway – you gotta stockpile those picks, even late ones and 2nd rounders.

  34. Caleb

    No post-up players equals no FTs.

    I’d’ guess if curry were starting C we’d’ be in top half for FTAs.

  35. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger)

    Duhon could not finish after penetrating several times, that probably cost us the game.

    Yeah I’ve noted many times that Duhon’s not good finishing around the hoop. He had a really bad turnover down the stretch as well.

    “What to watch for 3: Getting to the line. New York has struggled much of this season with FT/FG rating. As Mike K said “Basically this measures the ratio of free throws made to the field goal shots attempted.” New York is strong at the line sinking 80.1 percent of their attempts. Unfortunately, the team has been in the bottom third of the NBA in FT/FG rating all season.”

    watching the team not get to the line a lot again, and noticing as mike and others pointed out the one sided refs, do you guys think they arent getting to the line a lot because they are settling for a lot of outside shots and not driving? or maybe its because we dont have superstars that always get favorable calls (such as jordan)? i cant really figure it out, although a lot of times getting to the line requires players to look to make contact and play aggressively.

    Honestly they don’t have a lot of players that are good finishing around the hoop & drawing contact. Tim Thomas? Jared Jeffries? Wilson Chandler? Nate Robinson? Not exactly guys that make interior defenses worried. How many times tonight did Chandler have a smaller defender on him – work him in the post – and then take a turn around jumper from 8 feet? That would be my take.

  36. rama

    Caleb –

    sure, with Curry we’d be in the top half of the league in attempts. Unfortunately, we’d only make the same number of them…

  37. BigBlueAL

    Just watched D’Antoni’s post-game press conference online and boy did he look depressed. When he kept repeating “we played hard” I think what he really wanted to say was “we played hard but we have no talent and nobody to close out games down the stretch.”

    Thing is looking over the standings and for everyone wanting more losses to get more ping-pong balls the reality is with so many bad teams out West plus the Wizards the Knicks probably at would finish with the 7th or 8th worse record in the league. Plus I assume they still will win in the lower 30′s (schedule after the next 2 road games is real easy for rest of January before becoming BRUTAL for the entire month of February).

    Either way though certainly another Top 10 pick would be real beneficial especially considering we wont have our pick in the 2010 draft. As long as they continue to at least be competitive it makes the games worth watching, although the best thing would be for Gallo to come back and play real significant minutes in the final 2 months to get a real good look at him….

  38. BigBlueAL

    For anyone who cares to read Marc Berman, his blog written after the game is titled “Nate’s a loser”. Takes one to know one I guess.

  39. Nick C.

    I’m niot a big Nate fan, but what the hell. You have to consider the source, which in this case is Marbury’s text buddy from last season.

  40. D-Rim

    Two grumblings to chew over with your breakfast…..

    via Daily News: Kidd, who has told close friends that he would love to finish his career in New York, did not rule out the possibility of signing with the Knicks in July when asked about his future Thursday. “Yeah, why not?” Kidd said. “I’m going to look and see. Coach (Mike D’Antoni) is great. And I got to know him a little bit this summer (at the Olympics).” The Knicks would have mutual interest in Kidd, whose presence would bolster their chances of landing LeBron James in 2010. James lobbied the Cavs to trade for Kidd before the Nets shipped Kidd to Dallas last February. Kidd will be 36 years old in March and has shown signs of slowing down. Age is just one of the reasons the Knicks would be reluctant to sign Kidd to anything other than a mid-level exception. Donnie Walsh’s goal is to have enough salary cap space in 2010 to sign someone like James plus another elite free agent, possibly Chris Bosh.

    via CBS’s Ken Berger: Rumblings about rampant interest in Pargo — such as, for example, from the Lakers — have been exaggerated, the second source said. But the Knicks — coached by Mike D’Antoni with a style suitable to Pargo’s skills — are “quite possible” as a landing spot, the person said. Pargo, playing on a one-year deal for Dynamo Moscow, is friendly with Knicks point guard Chris Duhon, and they’re both from Slidell, La. If, as expected, the Knicks get a $4.5 million disabled player exception for Cuttino Mobley, they may be inclined to use it for Pargo. They don’t have to pay him the entire amount. But whatever they don’t pay, they would forefeit because it can’t be split among players. Given that the Knicks still have their $1.9 million biannual exception, using the Mobley exception would be better for them because they could save the biannual for next summer.

  41. ess-dog

    As far as Duhon not finishing, sure he’s no Tony Parker, but in the first half, he DID have some great finishes over Dirk and others. And he scored way more than usual. He shouldn’t have to be our “clutch” guy though. Harrington does not have the makings of a clutch player either (and his fg % is way down these days.) Nate can’t do it. Q, forget about it. The only player currently on the floor able to become a clutch guy is Chandler. He’s the only one who can get into the lane and finish against quality opponents, he has a pull up jumper off the drives, a fade away, a 3 pt shot… he just doesn’t know how to use any of it yet. He’s just too young. D’Antoni should think about running plays for him at the end of games so he can get some experience under his belt being in that position.

  42. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger)

    As far as Duhon not finishing, sure he’s no Tony Parker, but in the first half, he DID have some great finishes over Dirk and others. And he scored way more than usual. He shouldn’t have to be our “clutch” guy though. Harrington does not have the makings of a clutch player either (and his fg % is way down these days.) Nate can’t do it. Q, forget about it. The only player currently on the floor able to become a clutch guy is Chandler. He’s the only one who can get into the lane and finish against quality opponents, he has a pull up jumper off the drives, a fade away, a 3 pt shot… he just doesn’t know how to use any of it yet. He’s just too young. D’Antoni should think about running plays for him at the end of games so he can get some experience under his belt being in that position.

    Chandler has the potential, but he really seems to shy away from contact on the offensive end. He needs to be more aggressive, and it’s possible that it might happen over time. But honestly I don’t care if the current roster has a person that can be our go-to guy. That’s what getting under the cap is for.

  43. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger)

    The only player currently on the floor able to become a clutch guy is Chandler. He’s the only one who can get into the lane and finish against quality opponents, he has a pull up jumper off the drives, a fade away, a 3 pt shot…

    Chandler has a three point shot, inasmuch as he takes threes. But he only connects on 30% of them. Yesterday our defensive scheme was to leave Kidd a 33.8% 3p shooter wide open. Chandler has to improve that shot, or drop it from his repertoire.

  44. D-Rim

    I blame Kelly Tripucka. Whenever he calls the game the Knicks can’t throw the ball into the ocean. You need the Clyde presence to facilitate ball movement.

  45. d-mar
    The only player currently on the floor able to become a clutch guy is Chandler. He’s the only one who can get into the lane and finish against quality opponents, he has a pull up jumper off the drives, a fade away, a 3 pt shot…

    Chandler has a three point shot, inasmuch as he takes threes. But he only connects on 30% of them. Yesterday our defensive scheme was to leave Kidd a 33.8% 3p shooter wide open. Chandler has to improve that shot, or drop it from his repertoire.

    I still say I’ll take my chances on J Kidd’s shot over single teaming Dirk. Over the years, I’ve seen Kidd throw up some atrocious bricks in crunch time, unfortunately not yesterday. We held Dirk and Terry to 10 points each and lost, hard to believe.

    Amazing that we’re even talking about Chandler as our go-to guy in crunch time. I don’t know if that’s a sign of his development or how pathetic our roster is right now.

  46. Caleb

    the latter.

    Cerca January 2009, Chandler can’t hit an outside shot, can’t get to the line and can’t post up. OTher than that he’s got all the moves.

    Our best “go-to” options are Nate and Harrington – and yes, I know, they should be 3rd options, at best, on a decent team.

  47. DRed

    The Knicks problem last night was that Nate and Tim shot a combined 8-28 (without taking a single free throw-how does that even happen?). Having a ‘clutch’ guy is a something you can worry about when you’re a serious playoff contender. This team has many bigger problems.

  48. sm_knicks

    I have to agree with Caleb. Our best “go to” option is definitely Al Harrington. He had an off night shooting last night (personally I think he should be starting) but he is clearly our best one-on-one player. Suggesting that a guy who dribbles himself INTO A CORNER and gets called for traveling on a crucial possession is just wrong. Chandler has potential but is so not the Knicks go-to guy. His basketball IQ is still seemingly in its infant stages.

  49. Owen

    What happened with that Josh Howard put back? That struck me as a pretty crucial play (although of course every possession counts the same) Who was supposed to be boxing him out?

  50. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger)

    What happened with that Josh Howard put back? That struck me as a pretty crucial play (although of course every possession counts the same) Who was supposed to be boxing him out?

    I think it was either Harrington or Thomas. If that’s the play I remember, David Lee looked really pissed off after it happened.

  51. D-Rim

    Well if the rumors become an unfortunate reality and the Knicks trade Lee, I would like to get Bayless in return.

  52. Owen

    Nice Lee note from Yahoo Sports, was wondering why he was ranked in the top 15 fantasy players in the past month (I have him on two teams), this was one reason he has been performing so well….

    “F David Lee wasn’t happy shooting just 65 percent from the line after the first month of the season. He pulled some video from last season and noticed he was in too much of a hurry. Slowing down and relaxing has resulted in noticeable improvement. Lee is shooting 82 percent since.”

  53. ess-dog

    Chandler is .425 from the field, Harrington is .416. If the play calls for a 3 pointer, obviously I would run a play for Harrington, but any other play, I would go with Chandler. Harrington just doesn’t seem that clutch. Sure Chandler will make mistakes, but he’s capable of learning from them. But like someone said, it hardly matters at this point, since they are all role players. It’d be nice to get Chandler some experience since he will likely be around after 2010.

    As far as trades go, would anyone do Lee to the Spurs for George Hill, the rights to Tiago Splitter, and a 1st rounder?

  54. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger)

    Chandler is .425 from the field, Harrington is .416. If the play calls for a 3 pointer, obviously I would run a play for Harrington, but any other play, I would go with Chandler.

    Well Harrington’s eFG% & TS% are higher, so you’d want him shooting the ball overall. However looking at 82games, their inside numbers are similar (except Harrington’s inside shots are assisted at a lower rate). I still think the key is Chandler starting to hit those three point shots.

    Harrington just doesn’t seem that clutch. Sure Chandler will make mistakes, but he’s capable of learning from them. But like someone said, it hardly matters at this point, since they are all role players. It’d be nice to get Chandler some experience since he will likely be around after 2010.

    I agree with Chandler getting the experience. It hurts when you watch the games but in the long term it’ll probably do him better. I’d still like to see him draw more contact. I think he understood that for a few games, but hasn’t been able to make the change permanent (yet).

  55. jon abbey

    LeBron James really doesn’t need much help around him to win titles, he beat Boston singlehandedly tonight.

  56. Brian Cronin

    Yeah, it’s hilarious seeing the team that people were comparing to the 96 Bulls suddenly looking so, well, ordinary.

  57. d-mar

    LeBron James really doesn’t need much help around him to win titles, he beat Boston singlehandedly tonight.

    That’s not even an overstatement, he completely shut down Pierce and scored at will. You put him with the current Knicks roster and even they would be Eastern conf. contenders.

    Nice to see sad faces on the Boston bench, are they in crisis mode yet?

  58. DRed

    Boston thinks they need some size/scoring punch off their bench. I wonder if they’d be dumb enough to think about taking Eddy off our hands?

  59. D-Rim

    I’m not sure Walsh is real enamored about dealing with the Grizzlies after the Zach Randolph fiasco.

    Good news as now Donnie Walsh is apparently leaning more towards giving David Lee a long term extension.

    from Alan Hahn: Lee will be a restricted free agent this summer after the Knicks were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension before the start of the season. It is believed that Lee, who will make $1.7 million this season, was seeking about $10 million per season in a new deal.

    With the focus on having salary-cap space for 2010, Donnie Walsh wasn’t inclined to give out lavish raises off a 23-win team. But after watching Lee for almost half a season, Walsh has told confidants that he has changed his mind about Lee.

    “Unless someone blows them away with a trade,” one source said, “[Lee] was told the preference is to sign him to a long-term extension.”

  60. jon abbey

    I think Conley ends up in Portland, reunited with Oden. Pritchard’s had chances to do this, and hasn’t pulled the trigger yet, probably because Conley’s been underwhelming so far. but as you note, he’s still just 21 and getting him and Oden back together could only help both of them (they played together for something like 10 years, I believe).

  61. jon abbey

    although maybe this Miles silliness will negate any possibility of Memphis/Portland making trades for a while, that would be interesting.

  62. Owen

    “Unless someone blows them away with a trade,” one source said, “[Lee] was told the preference is to sign him to a long-term extension.”

    hallellujah….

    I really can’t understand why Balkman isn’t getting any run. I imagine Karl feels without Carmelo they need scoring punch. They got beatem badly on the offensive boards last night though.

  63. jon abbey

    clearly there are some kind of off the court factors with Balkman, as many people have guessed. now two teams have given him no respect.

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