Points in the Paint

» July 14, 2009 4:51 PM | By Brandon Hoffman
  • The L.A. Times’ Ted Green has some sound advice for Lamar Odom’s agent:  “In Miami or Memphis, Lamar Odom is irrelevant, a face in the crowd, part of the passing parade. With the Lakers, he’s a rock star, an important championship piece and a player revered by the city. In other words, an athlete who absolutely matters. So listen up, Mr. Schwartz, and jot this down on your 8-by-10 pad: Something approaching, say, $28 million for three years is good money. Actually, it’s great money for a guy who is important to the Lakers, true, but who is never going to be better than the third or even fourth option and who, additionally, is probably going to be asked to come off of the bench. What’s more, the Lakers’ offer would make Lamar the highest paid sixth man in the league. Wait, let me write that with an exclamation point. Highest paid sixth man in the league! Not even Manu Ginobili of the Spurs, a true all-star, makes more. Ginobili gets $8.67 million on a six-year deal he signed several seasons back. More per year than Manu Ginobili? I’d say that’s a VERY fair offer, Mr. Schwartz.”
  • John Canzano of The Oregonian:  “Multiple sources told me on Monday that the negotiations between the Trail Blazers and Brandon Roy remained locked up, in part, because Roy wants a player option for year No. 5 of the contract. The Blazers still have reportedly only offered four years vs. the five that Camp Roy wants. I’m on record for giving Roy whatever he wants, because he’s worth it. None of this explains why the Blazers aren’t willing to offer a five-year deal… because the sense here is that Roy would take the max deal and skip off into the rest of his career… also, this is a no-brainer. Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard offered me a, ‘no comment,’ on Monday afternoon. I got confirmation from two sources, including one at the Vulcan mothership. Pritchard doesn’t want to say much. And in the wake of Roy’s comments last week, and his popularity with fans, I’m certain that Pritchard doesn’t want to negotiation this publicly.”
  • Frank Isola:  “None other than Garden chairman James Dolan was on hand to see one of his biggest investments, Eddy Curry, prove that he is ready to resurrect his career. And here’s the show Curry gave his boss: He forgot to bring his sneakers. That’s like Alex Rodriquez showing up for the Home Run Derby without his bat.  Other than dropping a few pounds, Curry failed to make much of an impression during his two-day visit with the Knicks’ top executives.  He didn’t scrimmage with the rookies and free agents and barely broke a sweat during his light – emphasis on the word light – workout at a local high school. Mostly, Curry looked disinterested and eager to get out of town.  When asked on Sunday if he intended to play in any of the Vegas Summer League games, Curry laughed. The Curry Project – getting him in shape, hoping he plays well and then trading him – is becoming a subject of much confusion and intrigue.”
  • Matt Steinmetz isn’t sold on LA’s acquisition of Ron Artest:  “As great as Jackson is as a coach, he has had times in the past when players have not flourished or responded under him. Heck, Kobe Bryant has had stretches where Jackson didn’t get the most out of him. For everyone who mentions that Jackson brought out the best in Dennis Rodman, it also must be pointed out that Jackson didn’t get the most out of Isaiah Rider (Remember: ‘Phillip?’) or Mitch Richmond. How did Gary Payton do under Jackson?”
  • Carlos Boozer on whether expects to be traded:  “I had a talk with the Jazz. The Jazz told me they want to go in a different direction and I respect their decision. We mutually agreed to work out a trade that was beneficial for them and beneficial for my family and me. So with that being said I’m gonna be traded relatively soon or in good time.”
  • Scott Howard-Cooper of SI.com:  “Trading Shaquille O’Neal to the Cavaliers was understandable for financial reasons and understandable for striking while Shaq had decent trade value, except that the Suns will apparently continue to play for the moment. There is no renovation plan when the summer includes a two-year commitment to Hill, the second at his option, and the possible two-year extension for Nash in addition to the one year still on his contract. That would be the same Hill who turns 37 the first week of training camp and the same Nash who is 35. Good players. Hall of Fame character guys. But Hill and Nash are able to make a huge difference in the standings only for teams pushing for a championship, and that obviously is not the Suns.”
  • Tim Kawakami:  “Sure, go ahead and sign AI for one year at the mid-level exception, Clips. He’s 34, and after an incredible career, his performance arc is trending way down, precisely what was expected of a small, shoot-first, quickness-dependent guard heading into his heavy-legged middle-30s. Pair AI at times with Baron, who is 30, missed a ton of games last year with assorted maladies and when he played probably would’ve been better off if he stayed un-played. Baron FG% last season: 37.0. Iverson FG%: 41.7. That’ll be brilliant. Practices ought to be fun, if there ever are any.”

2 Responses to “Points in the Paint”

  1. Tsunami Says:

    Odom probably wants more than 3 years though.

  2. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Tsunami:

    It’s all about leverage. Neither side is negotiating from a position of strength.

    That said, I think the Lakers have been more than fair. We’ll see if Odom receives a better offer from Portland (assuming Utah matches their offer for Millsap).