As it pertains to NBA rosters, only the supporting-cast members and details are left to be determined. The megastars have found homes, and now the secondary players are filling the jobs as role players.
Let's take a look at the newest buzz surrounding free agents, potential trades, amnesty bidding, and even a rumor concerning the New York Knicks' summer practices.
Josh Smith to Sacramento Kings Talks Rekindled
Just before the June 26 NBA draft, the Detroit Pistons and Kings reportedly discussed a deal that would send Josh Smith to SacTown. Nothing came of those talks at the time, but apparently, the discussion was not dead.
Per ESPN's Marc Stein, the talks have resumed:
ESPN sources say Pistons and Kings have resumed Josh Smith trade talks. Link - http://t.co/FyDRjjCUjm— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 17, 2014
It's a bit perplexing why a team like the Kings, who are badly in need of a culture change, would want a player whose motor and basketball IQ are a concern. Take a look at his shot chart from last season:
Smith is certainly talented, and he's not a locker room cancer.
That said, can a team looking for DeMarcus Cousins to lead it afford to bring in anyone except top-notch, team-oriented personalities?
Dallas Mavericks Not Chasing Carlos Boozer or Eric Bledsoe
The Mavs have been active and effective in acquiring players during the offseason, but the latest news is centered around guys the Mavs aren't likely to make a run at.
Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com has the word:
#mavs sources tell me DBcom calc of cap room = $639,158 is 'close.' Therefore: 1) Devin deal more spread out AND 2) no Boozer bid— mike fisher (@fishsports) July 17, 2014
Carlos Boozer was recently amnestied by the Chicago Bulls. The Mavs could bid for him on the amnesty waiver wire, but the information above suggests that won't be the case. Boozer could be a solid backup option for Dirk Nowitzki, but the Mavs might be outbid by a more thirsty Atlanta Hawks team.
As for Eric Bledsoe, everyone knows how talented he is. He could jump-start the Mavericks backcourt and help transform them into a legitimate threat in the Western Conference.
However, it will take a healthy offer to pry the restricted free agent away from Phoenix. The Mavs would have to clear cap space for the offer, and they don't know whether Phoenix would match.
The Phil Touch
New Knicks president Phil Jackson is apparently looking to leave his mark on every aspect of the organization. Having convinced Carmelo Anthony to return, Jackson's top priority is taken care of. Jackson talks about the signing here:
Per Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Jackson has been a consistent presence for the Knicks' prospects and coaching staff:
Spoke to several league sources today that said Phil Jackson has been very active in Knicks practices so far. Using those coaching instincts— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 16, 2014
It's in the best interest of the organization that Jackson uses his influence wherever he can. While coaching and being involved in the day-to-day operations of the team may not be realistic, Jackson injecting his input and expertise in key areas is a win for the Knicks.
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