Monthly Archives: June 2011

Report: Raptors want Casey

It appears the Raptors want Dallas assistant Dwane Casey to become the eighth head coach in team history.

But he won’t come easily after his defensive schemes helped lead the Mavericks to the title on Sunday.

The Detroit Pistons and wealthy new owner Tom Gores are also interested
in Casey and money is likely to be no object if they decide Casey is
their guy.

The Greg Oden clock starts ticking for the Trail Blazers

The clock on Greg Oden’s uncertain future with the Trail Blazers officially started ticking Monday.

The Dallas Mavericks’ championship victory Sunday night triggered the
start of a deadline for the Blazers to tender an $8.8 million qualifying
offer to the soon-to-be free agent center. The Blazers, who did not
extend an offer Monday, have until June 30 to do so.

Assuming they do — and the Blazers have given indications they will —
Oden will become a restricted free agent on July 1, which means the
Blazers will have the upperhand in resigning the former No. 1 overall
draft pick who’s brief NBA career has been marred by injuries and
surgeries.

Howard says that he won't sign a contract extension and will become a free

Dwight Howard continues to say he would prefer to remain with the
Orlando Magic for the long haul, but according to NBA.com, he reiterated
on Monday that he will not sign the two-year contract extension the
team has offered and said he will become a free agent in the summer of
2012.

Appearing in Treviso, Italy, as part of an adidas promotional tour,
Howard made clear that he has told Magic Owner Rich DeVos and CEO Bob
Vander Weide that Orlando’s roster needs to improve and have "14 other
guys" whose main goal is to win an NBA title.

Why the Iguodala-for-Ellis Deal Has To Happen

Something has to give.

Despite his exceptional defense, freakish athleticism and jaw-dropping
play-making ability, the writing on the wall is simply too large to
ignore at this point.

His seven years of service should be greatly appreciated by 76ers fans,
but the fact remains that Andre Iguodala can not—and should not—be a
member of the Philadelphia 76ers next season.

He clearly doesn’t want to be in Philadelphia any longer. Iguodala’s
quasi-excused absence from his postseason exit interview spoke volumes,
even more so than his non-committal answers during his season-ending
session with the media.

The Big Three part won't change.

You don’t host a party one year then usher out the guests of honor the next.

So 2011-12 (lockout permitting) for the Miami Heat will start where
2010-11 ended, with a blueprint designed around the skills of LeBron
James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The difference will be that Heat President Pat Riley and coach Erik
Spoelstra will have a greater sense of what it takes to complement such a
core.

Mavs are the 2011 NBA champs after beating the Heat, 105-95

After three decades of heartbreaks, the Dallas Mavericks are finally running with the big boys of the NBA.

Finally able to shed their “soft’’ label. Finally able to put their
big-boy pants on and pull up a chair and join the NBA’s elite company.

With Sunday night’s electrifying 105-95 victory over the Miami Heat at
AmericanAirlines Arena, the Mavs are the 2011 NBA champions.

In winning the best-of-seven series over the Heat, 4-2, the Mavs were
able to exact revenge on Miami while winning their first NBA title in
team history.

Barbosa considering Brazilian options

The Toronto Raptors may get an unexpected break as they try to remake their team in the wake of a 22-60 season.

Brazilian veteran Leandro Barbosa is considering opting out of the final
year of a contract scheduled to pay him $7.6-million for 2011-12.

According to his brother Arturo, the shooting guard is receiving feelers
from some top club teams at home who want to bring back the top
Brazilian player of his generation.

Frank or Casey next Raptors coach?

Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo would not comment
Thursday on a report he has narrowed the team’s coaching search down to
Boston’s Lawrence Frank and Dwane Casey of the Mavericks.

With good reason, it seems. Late in the day, a new wrinkle came about
when ESPN reported Oklahoma City assistant Mo Cheeks was also in the
mix.

Sessions could get squeezed by draft

If and when the Cavaliers draft Kyrie Irving in 11 days, it will give
them three quality point guards on the roster. That might be one too
many for Ramon Sessions’ liking.

Sessions would seem to be the odd man out, with Irving as the point
guard of the future and Baron Davis on hand to groom him as such.
Sessions averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 assists last season, his first in
Cleveland. Now 25 and a four-year veteran, Sessions believes he can
start in this league. That doesn’t appear likely to happen in Cleveland.

Suns to trade or not trade Steve Nash

Suns President Rick Welts wanted to make one thing clear: He’d talk
about the nature of the Phoenix sports market and its fans, but not in
reference to a possible trade of point guard Steve Nash.

"That’s ridiculous," he said.