The Atlanta Hawks are scraping to find a new identity, after Josh Smith agreed to 4-year, $56 million deal with the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. The Hawks, who have already agreed to a 2-year, $19 million deal with free agent, power forward, Paul Milsap, are desperately looking to add guard help and have been in contact with the Milwaukee Bucks on a potential sign-n-trade deal that would send restricted free agent, Brandon Jennings to ATL, in lieu on point guard Jeff Teague.
Per Marc Stein of ESPN:
Sources briefed on the situation told ESPN.com that the Hawks and Bucks have in recent days discussed a sign-and-trade deal to land Brandon Jennings in Atlanta and send fellow restricted free agent Jeff Teague to Milwaukee to reunite with former Hawks coach Larry Drew. ESPN.com reported early in free agency that the Bucks, at Drew’s behest, had interest.
The Hawks have reportedly been in pursuit of free agent shooting guard, Monta Ellis, but a deal for Jennings would likely scratch that option, as an Ellis/Jennings back court didn’t quite get the job done for the Bucks.
A trio of Al Horford, Paul Milsap and Brandon Jennings would be intriguing, and some would even say an upgrade to that of Horford, Josh Smith and Jeff Teague.
The Hawks have already secured sharp-shooter, Kyle Korver, on a 4-year, $22 million deal (in principal). Adding a dynamic, scoring guard like Jennings would certainly make things interesting as the Hawks look at more of a quicker re-build scenario.
Also worth noting is that all potential signings can not be completed until July 10th (Wednesday), and anything could happen in the meantime.
Chris “Birdman” Anderson is known as much for his defensive abilities as he is for his crazy looks. Tonight in a game 2 versus the Milwaukee Bucks, Birdman takes flight to block a shot early in the 2nd quarter of the game. It is not just the fact that he blocked the shot, it is however the distance he made up and his length to swat the ball. Check it out:
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Houston Rockets fans hoped for a defensive stop and a chance to see extended play in the Bucks/Rockets game. Monte Ellis had a different script as he pulls up for a 25 foot jumper, off one leg, fading away from the rim and with the help from a shooter’s roll, for the game winner in a 110-107 thriller on Wednesday night in Houston.
The significance of that game winning shot was Milwaukee and Houston are both holding the eighth seed in their respective division and trying dearly o hold on to the last playoff spot. Monte end the game with 27 points helping the Milwaukee Bucks to back to back victories over Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.
Brandon Jennings is clearly feeling unwanted by the Milwaukee Bucks after not receiving an extension and says that he is “auditioning for other teams, too” Via Slam Online.
Jennings is trying to show the league what he is worth in the event that he does receive lots of interest as a restricted free agent next summer. Continue reading
This NBA off-season had its fair share of major transactions, from the Dwight Howard saga finally coming to an end, or the re-signing of Deron Williams. This will be a consistent theme throughout the NBA season for me: This season is the start of the NBA we will see for the next five years. All of the major pieces have dropped,
except for possibly James Harden, and many teams have determined their core for the foreseeable future. With that comes a new pressure being shifted from the General Manager’s to acquire talent, to the head coaches to manage that aforementioned talent. Many coaches now have weapons that were nonexistent to their roster prior to this off-season, and with that, comes pressure to succeed.
That being said, here are five NBA head coaches that really can’t afford to disappoint, for the sake of their employment: Continue reading
So Dwight Howard finally knows what he wants to do. After agreeing to be with the Magic for at least one more season, the All-Star center decided that won’t be happening.
Chris Broussard broke the news on twitter.
Dwight Howard met with new Magic GM Rob Hennigan Friday in LA. Howard told Hennigan he wants to be traded to Brooklyn Nets, sources say.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 1, 2012
This once again proves Howard’s indecisiveness. He’s really angering fans around the league with his ridiculous actions. At least LeBron James made up where he wanted to go in his hour-long decision. Dwight restricted himself from having that opportunity, and is now acting weird. At least that’s how Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings described Dwight.
Dwight Howard is acting weird now…. Smh
— Brandon Jennings (@BRAND0NJENNINGS) July 1, 2012
Things are getting weird with Dwight, and the Magic organization. I guess it is time for a change of scenery for Dwight Howard.