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JordansBulls
07-21-2009, 07:51 PM
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1. Lamar Odom(notes)
We've been over why we think so highly of Odom. He's a stat machine whose best contributions often aren't picked up by the typical box score. Odom led the Lakers in plus/minus last year, not Kobe Bryant(notes). He scores, he rebounds at a high rate, he defends all comers, he runs an offense that many have trouble picking up. He might be 30, and the Lakers could win it all without him, but that doesn't take away from the fact that he is a special, special player.
The solution? The Lakers stop trying to act like tough guys, and give it up for the player who gave up big numbers last year to come off the bench and contribute to a championship.

2. Andre Miller(notes)
We've also been over where Andre Miller went wrong. He put up great stats in 2008-09, during a contract year, but his attitude wasn't always the best whether the Philadelphia 76ers deserved his scorn or not. Miller turned 33 last spring, and though his 2008-09 averages of 16 points, 6.5 assists (to just 2.4 turnovers) and 5.5 rebounds are nothing to scoff at, there is a fear that he could drop off at any point.
The solution? Go safe, take the money from New York. And, if there's gas in Miller's tank, he can try the whole "act the good soldier in a contract year" bit with the Knicks, while working on a one-year contract.

3. Ike Diogu(notes)
Diogu at three? Is that a sign of just how slim the free agent pickings have gotten?
Hardly. This guy can play, he's just been stuck on a series of teams with a series of coaches that would prefer to value image (too small, too thick) over actual production (you know, the things you actually do on the court?). Unless you're a Michael Sweetney(notes) or an Oliver Miller, the overwhelming majority of NBA players' per-minute stats hold up, no matter the minutes. Diogu doesn't remind of Jack LaLanne, but he's hardly the type whose frame wouldn't hold up to 33 minutes. Pay, and then finally play, the man.
The solution? Chicago? Stop being cheap, offer the guy a minimum deal even if it creeps you closer to the luxury tax, and let Diogu and Tyrus Thomas(notes) fill out the holes in one's head with the bumps in another's. This involves the Chicago ownership, front office, and coaching staff making a sound move, all at once. Too much to ask, probably.

4. Von Wafer(notes)
He was undoubtedly a bit of a headcase toward the end of 2008-09, feuding with Rockets coach Rick Adelman, and this is probably why Wafer hasn't been re-signed by Houston. And with other free agent wings taking up residence in Cleveland, Boston, and Orlando (you got your Moons, your Marquis, your Barnes), Wafer's staunch refusal to take a deal above the minimum hurts his chances.
He averaged almost 10 points per game last year. He's not a minimum player. But when you walk out on your coach on national TV, in this economy? Deal with what you can get, Von Wafer.
The soluton? To Minnesota, for the minimum, to play nice and take dozens of shots on a team that entirely made up of point guards, power forwards, and Quentin Richardson's expiring contract.

5. Drew Gooden(notes)
He takes inefficient jumpers, his rebounding goes from tremendous to awful in the course of a week, he probably won't remember all the assistant coaches' names, and he doesn't play defense.
But Drew Gooden can score, he'll come cheap, and he's a good locker room guy to have around. And, if your starting power forward goes down with injury, Gooden can put up 12 and 7 in his sleep. And he sleeps a lot.
The solution? To Phoenix, who could use a player to start fast breaks, run a screen and roll, and play big forward with Amar'e Stoudemire(notes) at center.

6. Rasho Nesterovic(notes)
He was once a punch line, but the man delivering the punch line has now turned into a punch line, and doesn't really have a gig delivering punch lines about the NBA anymore.
Rasho will have a gig next year, because he deserves one. He's a damn good defender, something some NBA analysts would fail to realize when they decide to only look up blocks per game on their Blackberries, rather than watch the actual games. He can score with the floater, and would be a very good backup at a pretty cheap price.
The solution? To Houston. The Rockets can talk all they want about running and weaving in Yao Ming's(notes) absence, but they'll also need someone to defend the pivot, and not act like a Collins twin once the ball meets the center's hands on offense.

7. Leon Powe(notes)
Players usually don't come back from a second or third ACL tear very quickly, but I'm standing by my pronouncement that whatever team picks up Powe's medical bills right now will be very surprised with the beast they get next March. Powe should be back on the court well before then, he'll take a while to round into shape; and if the new team has a coach worth shouting about, then the Celtics will be very, very upset they didn't tender this guy the qualifying offer.
The solution? New York, you need scorers? You want someone to put up points for a year half a year before 2010? This is your guy.

8. Joe Smith(notes)
Same as it ever was. Defends, scores with either hand, hits jumpers, sets good screens, rebounds enough to deserve minutes. New team, every year, same professionalism.
The solution? I'm tempted to say Los Angeles, Orlando, Boston or Cleveland; so that Smith can finally grab a ring. Cleveland actually works, though, as the Cavs will need someone to work the baseline with Shaquille O'Neal(notes) in town.

7235. Allen Iverson(notes)
Doesn't want to come off the bench. Doesn't want to stop shooting. Doesn't defend. Doesn't work well with others. Doesn't want conform in any meaningful way (play with your jewelry on, for all I care, just stop taking 18-footers in transition). Doesn't want to take less money to play for a winner.
The solution? Congress, naturally

ko8e24
07-21-2009, 07:53 PM
if healthy, i'd put leon powe over ike diogu

Hawkeye15
07-21-2009, 08:00 PM
yeah, as a Wolves fan, I would like to see Wafer sign with them, for a reasonable deal.

zambo4president
07-21-2009, 08:04 PM
Powe is a free agent? He is pretty damn good id like him on the Bulls.

B.JenningsMVP
07-21-2009, 08:35 PM
Lol, at AI

ko8e24
07-21-2009, 08:36 PM
Powe is a free agent? He is pretty damn good id like him on the Bulls.

i think hez restricted free agent. someone correct me if im mistaken

itsripcity32
07-21-2009, 08:41 PM
thats sad... i thought j.e skeets would've wrote that.. putting all those guys in front of a.i is just lame

brandonwarne52
07-21-2009, 08:47 PM
Haha A.I. in Congress.

Jay22Redd
07-21-2009, 08:49 PM
AI number is ridiculous. If he was willing to come off the bench, he'd be number two behind Lamar Odom. Man, Lamar Odom is a beast. If he could play as a starter like he does coming off the bench. He could easily be one of the best players in the league.

MiamiHeat
07-21-2009, 08:49 PM
wow weak free agent class

marlinsfan24
07-21-2009, 08:50 PM
The AI hate lately is getting to be way too much

OA SLAY
07-21-2009, 09:07 PM
All you idiots who rag on AI really have no RESPECT. YOU ALL MAKE ME SICK! The guy lives and breathes B-Ball, if any of you guys had an eight of his talent and were put in his situation you would all crumble. Show some GOD DAMNN RESPECT!! lets see how great the pistons are this year.

1WorthyLakerFan
07-21-2009, 09:21 PM
:confused:
Where's Lee???

Shouldn't David Lee be on that list somewhere. He had a better efficiency rating last year than anyone else on that list. He could be restricted, but I am thinking not.

1WorthyLakerFan
07-21-2009, 09:26 PM
All you idiots who rag on AI really have no RESPECT. YOU ALL MAKE ME SICK! The guy lives and breathes B-Ball, if any of you guys had an eight of his talent and were put in his situation you would all crumble. Show some GOD DAMNN RESPECT!! lets see how great the pistons are this year.

If any of us put up as many shots as AI, we'd have tendonitis of the elbow. :p
But seriously, AI should be higher. I think people turned on AI because Denver was an OK team, and Detroit was a pretty good team before the trade, and then after the trade Denver became a contender and Detroit went into the tank.

Truth be told though, Detroit quit on their coach...you can't blame that on AI. Even at 34 or 35 (however old he is) he is still a top 10 guard in this league. I am looking forward to AI showing everyone next year that they made a mistake by not picking him up...even if it is in Europe...:confused:

GoatMilk
07-21-2009, 09:34 PM
:confused:
Where's Lee???

Shouldn't David Lee be on that list somewhere. He had a better efficiency rating last year than anyone else on that list. He could be restricted, but I am thinking not.

he's restricted

1WorthyLakerFan
07-21-2009, 09:36 PM
he's restricted

My Bad...thanks Milk.

Grizzly Adams
07-21-2009, 11:28 PM
i think hez restricted free agent. someone correct me if im mistaken

The Celtics didn't make Powe a qualifying offer, making him unrestricted.

LE-SHAQ
07-21-2009, 11:42 PM
Ai is 1 in talent. The hate is waaay too much. He plyed well on the Olympic team and with Denver. He's a sg not a pg. In the right offense he makes everyone better. He will play for a one year deal to redeem his image and be back next year.

Kakaroach
07-22-2009, 12:33 AM
The AI hate lately is getting to be way too much x2 People just like to kick a guy while he is down. But yea he should be number 2 or 3 on that list.

KmB728
07-22-2009, 12:37 AM
Powe is a free agent? He is pretty damn good id like him on the Bulls.

He is out for half of the season :cry:

i really wish the Celtics resigned him though... when healthy he is great off of the bench

WoodbridgeSkins
07-22-2009, 12:40 AM
Drew Gooden is restricted, so why isn't David Lee on the list.

Raph12
07-22-2009, 12:50 AM
For all of the AI haters, check this video out and see how AI feels towards your hatred for him:
http://www.dailypress.com/videobeta/watch/?watch=c1d9155a-b3ad-42a7-be91-e4da1e866c41&src=front
Seriously guys enough is enough, he will be a Hall of Famer and people need to show some respect to the best scoring player in NBA history under 6'0". Btw all of the AI haters, if you took a hundred shots each game with any team in the NBA you still wouldn't lead the NBA in scoring. Dwyane Wade sums it up best, no player in the NBA can look down at AI because they know he's one of the greatest, they know because they play against/with him. You (haters) don't know because you don't know basketball

Raph12
07-22-2009, 12:53 AM
Drew Gooden is restricted, so why isn't David Lee on the list.

Drew Gooden is an UFA, but Leon Powe is a RFA so idk what JordanBulls is using as guidelines here.
Here is the list guys:
http://www.nba.com/freeagents/2009/

WoodbridgeSkins
07-22-2009, 12:58 AM
Drew Gooden is an UFA, but Leon Powe is a RFA so idk what JordanBulls is using as guidelines here.
Here is the list guys:
http://www.nba.com/freeagents/2009/

I'm confused. I've read that Gooden was a RFA and I agree that I've also seen Powe is a RFA. These are yahoos UFA rankings.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Ranking-the-NBA-s-nine-best-unrestricted-free-ag;_ylt=AqNMxbA2DRnohgn.DjKqeaq8vLYF?urn=nba,17767 0

zambo4president
07-22-2009, 12:59 AM
He is out for half of the season :cry:

i really wish the Celtics resigned him though... when healthy he is great off of the bench

Oh ok gotcha. Even half the year would be worth picking him up for.

WoodbridgeSkins
07-22-2009, 01:03 AM
Powe was a RFA but the Celtics didn't tender him

Raph12
07-22-2009, 01:14 AM
I'm confused. I've read that Gooden was a RFA and I agree that I've also seen Powe is a RFA. These are yahoos UFA rankings.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Ranking-the-NBA-s-nine-best-unrestricted-free-ag;_ylt=AqNMxbA2DRnohgn.DjKqeaq8vLYF?urn=nba,17767 0

Well Gooden is unrestricted I know that, but I don't know if a team doesn't give a qualifying offer to a RFA, do they become UFAs? I guess with that logic, Powe is an UFA, so crisis solved lol

WoodbridgeSkins
07-22-2009, 01:18 AM
Well Gooden is unrestricted I know that, but I don't know if a team doesn't give a qualifying offer to a RFA, do they become UFAs? I guess with that logic, Powe is an UFA, so crisis solved lol

Then wouldn't Lee be an UFA since NY hasn't offered him a tender. Crisis stands. This is serious ****. No one is safe until we have answers.

Raph12
07-22-2009, 02:23 AM
Then wouldn't Lee be an UFA since NY hasn't offered him a tender. Crisis stands. This is serious ****. No one is safe until we have answers.

They did offer Lee a qualifying offer but it's lower than what he wanted so he is waiting for a better offer, now NY is waiting on someone to sign Lee to an offer sheet so they could decide whether they should match or not, or for Lee to accept their offer

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/sports/basketball/24knicks.html

Crisis Averted (I'm done for the night I'll answer anything else tomorrow)

Kabowdos
07-22-2009, 02:41 AM
The Los Angeles Lakers are the champions of the NBA. I just wanted to make sure everyone knew that!

JordansBulls
07-22-2009, 01:51 PM
wow weak free agent class

Well now that everyone is taken except Odom.