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Are the Dodgers Making a Big Expensive Mistake?

25 Aug

One of the biggest trades in MLB history happened Friday between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox are sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, infielder Nick Punto and outfield Carl Crawford in exchange for first baseman James Loney, pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, middle infielder Ivan De Jesus and left fielder Jerry Sands. The Sox also added on $12 million dollars to sweeten the deal.

So who is winning in this massive trade? The Sox are definitely winning. By trading all these players they freed up a quarter of a billion dollars in payroll. It also got rid of a lot of upset players who were not so happy with new manager Bobby Valentine. So instead of fight through it they decided just to trade them. The Sox couldn’t get in worse they are already in last place in AL East so why not make a change?

The Dodgers fate is still unclear. Right now the Dodgers(under new ownership including Magic Johnson) are three games away from first place behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. And there is nothing more than a winning team to make new owners happy. A winning team is exactly what the new Dodger owners need to make sure they make their money back in television deals. No one is going to pay big bucks to broadcast a team that sucks. So the Dodgers are hoping the veterans can help them not only play better but establish a new brand.

-M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice Smile Bynum

16 Aug

Usually when one of the biggest teams in the NBA franchise dumps trades you for an even bigger star it would make you a little sad. Not Andrew Bynum. He was grinning ear to ear at his first press conference with the Philadelphia 76ers. Bynum looked happier than he has in a long time. It was obvious that Bynum did not care for the Los Angeles Lakers but he could at least face a few tears. Not only that but now Bynum is talking about extending with the 76ers. I guess he is really happy to be closer to his hometown of Princeton, NJ.

It’s fine Bynum, the Lakers will be totally over you once Dwight Howard hits the court.

-M

 

How Magic Fans Feel About Losing Dwight

13 Aug

I think this video does the best job of describing the mixed emotions Orlando Magic fans are feeling now that Dwight Howard is going to the Los Angeles Lakers. Oh yeah and it’s hilarious.

-M

Update: Howard is Going to Lakers

9 Aug

According to ESPN.com it has been confirmed that the four-way trade for Dwight Howard is going forward. In the deal Howard would be going to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Orlando Magic will get Arron Afflalo(Nuggets), Al Harrington (Nuggets), Nikola Vucevic (76ers) and one protected future first-round pick from the Lakers, Nuggets, and 76ers. The Denver Nuggets will get Andre Iguodala from the Philadelphia 76ers. Then the 76ers will get Andrew Bynum(Laker) and Jason Richardson(Magic).

This means that Pau Gasol will be staying with the Lakers despite originally being rumored to be part of this trade. Apparently Kobe Bryant is on my side and was happy that Gasol will be staying. Howard is still not ready to sign an extension with the Laker preferring to become a free-agent next year. But alas if the Lakers can’t convince him to stay then I’m sure the endorsement dollars will. Bynum is also not willing to sign an extension with the 76ers but that might change.

So who is winning in this deal? The Lakers are definitely winning with Howard they have a real shot at the Championship next year. Now if they could just get rid of coach Mike Brown my Laker fantasy would be complete. It is still debatable how this trade will work out for the 76ers. Iguodala was a great player that could have done more if a team was built around him. But Bynum may give the 76ers the inside presence that they need. The Nuggets are definitely doing good getting Iguodala but not sure why they needed to throw in a draft pick after giving up two players.

The real loser in this deal is the Magic. I don’t know what the Magic management was thinking but maybe they know something we don’t about potential recruits. At least Magic fans can celebrate that they don’t have to hear anymore about Howard.

-M

 

 

It’s a Four-Way With Dwight Howard

9 Aug

Just as I was giving up hope that the Los Angeles Lakers would land Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard trade talks have resumed. Of course it is a complicated four-way trade involving: the Lakers, Magic, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers. In this proposed deal the Lakers would get Howard and Nuggets’ forward Al Harrington. Than the 76ers would give up Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets. Then Andrew Bynum would go to the Magic 76ers. The Magic would get Laker Pau Gasol and Nugget Arron Affalo.

Now of course it seems weird that the Magic would take Gasol rather than Bynum. But Bynum would only stay with the Magic for one season so they would rather take Gasol as an asset for future trades. I would be  sad to see Gasol go but my happiness of dumping Bynum might heal the pain. Bynum has regularly said that he doesn’t care where he plays and his lack of loyalty to the Lakers makes it hard to like him.

-M

It’s A 3-Way With Dwight Howard

20 Jul

Nothing is official yet but Dwight Howard might end up with the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard had been reluctant to sign with the Lakers under the philosophy that he wants to ‘be Kobe Bryant not play with Kobe Bryant.’ But apparently Howard wised up to the fact that he could be making major dough if he moved to major market team. It was stipulated before that if Howard went to LA he would only play for one season. Although sources have reported that Howard is open to re-signing with the Lakers, Howard’s agent is refuting that claim. If Howard did move to LA he would be stupid not to extend with the Lakers just for endorsements alone.

In order to get Howard the Lakers would be sending Andrew Bynum to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Which is actually seems like a really good fit. Especially with their young star Kyrie Irving. The only problem is that the Cavaliers want a commitment from Bynum that he will sign a contract extension.

So far the Lakers have not allowed anyone team to directly communicate with Bynum. There is also the possibility that Bynum could end up with the Houston Rockets or Magic. As Bynum has said he doesn’t care where he plays, which to Lakers’ fans means pack your bags.

-M

Trade Talks: So Where is Everyone Going?

14 Jul

It’s been a crazy trading season, like usual, so I have decided to give you an easy rundown on what is happening. Here is your trade cheat sheet.

Boston Celtics

Ray Allen bid farewell to the team in order to warm the bench in South Beach with the Miami Heat. Or as some fans refer to Allen he sold his soul to the devil. But don’t worry the Celtics have managed to hold on to big man Kevin Garnett. I know what you are thinking but Garnett is like 36 but don’t forget he can still do fist push-ups so he’s good for at least another season. The Celtics also managed to hold onto Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox and Jeff Green. Although Green has been out to due heart surgery he may just be the it scoring factor the Celtics need.

They are still in the process of acquiring Jason Terry from the Dallas Mavericks but the paperwork should be done by the end of the week.  So don’t worry they will be fine without Allen.

The Miami Heat

Obviously the Heat are in a great position. They are coming off their championship win and they have all three major players still in place: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Now they just have to hope no one gets injured. They are now just padding their bench with veteran players. Allen is the perfect example of this. Joining Allen they added Washington Wizard Rashard Lewis. Both were former Seattle Supersonic players back in the day.

One thing is clear the Heat are looking for another championship win next year.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers obviously need to replace point guard Ramon Sessions since he didn’t intend to return. And aside from that the after being knocked out of the second round of the Playoffs it was obvious something needed to change. So the Lakers brought in veteran Phoenix Sun point guard Steve Nash. We can only hope he is more comfortable on the court than he looked at the ESPY awards the other night. The Lakers also managed to hold onto Devin Ebanks for another year.

Now the question is will the Lakers end up with Dwight Howard? Up until today it was looking like the Houston Rockets were going to get Howard but now the Lakers seem to be back in the mix. There is nothing official about what the deal would look like. Everyone has speculated that Andrew Bynum would be exiting as part of the deal. As a Laker fan I would gladly take Howard over Bynum even if it’s only for a year.

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Dwight Howard Deal Dead

11 Jul

Looks like Dwight Howard will not be going to the Brooklyn Nets after all. The trade was already in trouble when the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled out of the four way trade. The Nets desperate to get Howard offered the Orlando Magic: four future first-round picks, Brook Lopez, and Kris Humphries. Not shockingly the Magic didn’t think that Lopez and Humphries were anything equal to the loss of Howard.

Now Lopez is looking at other options. He is considering going to the Charlotte Bobcats or the Portland Trail Blazers.

So does this mean Howard could still be going to the Lakers? Will this trade deal ever end?

-M

Oh Cleveland . . .

10 Jul

So the mega confusing trade deal that would land Dwight Howard with the Brooklyn Nets is already unraveling. If you want to know the particular of it reference my earlier post, “The Most Confusing Trade Ever.” The deal was a four way trade between: Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Clippers. Now Cleveland is having second thoughts and has axed the idea. Maybe they realized that they were helping to create another juggernaut team that destroy them. Or maybe they realized they didn’t really need anything out of the deal.

Cleveland main role was to help free up salary for the Brooklyn Nets by taking Kris Humphries. So now the Nets are scrambling to see who else can he else can help them out. Meanwhile the Magic is back to looking at the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets as homes for Howard. The problem is that Andrew Bynum, the only valuable player to Orlando, won’t accept an extension with them. Meaning they could get him for a year then be stuck rebuilding again. Not to mention the Lakers don’t have the salary space for Howard.

I’m not being traded but man is this situation frustrating. The Magic should have dumped Howard before when he was asking to be traded.

-M

The Most Confusing Trade Ever

9 Jul

So Dwight Howard has his heart on moving from the Orlando Magic to the Brooklyn Nets. In order for this to happen a bunch of other trades need to happen. It is literally an orgy of trades. I made a diagram to try to illustrate how absurd this trading situation is. Here is the easiest way I can explain it. And it is still confusing.

The Orlando Magic

Lose: Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhan, Earl Clark, and Quentin Richardson.

Gain: Brook Lopez, Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, and Armon Johnson. They also get 3 first-round picks. Two picks from the Nets and one lottery protected pick from the Clippers.
The Brooklyn Nets

Lose: Brook Lopez, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson, Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, and MarShon Brooks. And the two first round picks to the Magic.

Gain: Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhan, and Earl Clark.

The Cleveland Cavaliers

Lose: Luke Walton

Gain: Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, and Sundiata Gaines.

The Los Angeles Clippers

Lose: One lottery protected pick to the Magic.

Gain: MarShon Brooks.

So who wins in all of this? I think only Dwight Howard.

-M