NBA Speculation: David West and 5 Second-Tier Superstars That Could Be Moving
If there is a season next year, will Chandler and Barea be with the Mavericks?
Both are free agents this year and both could be on the move.
Where could Barea, Chandler and others being playing next year?
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Near the end of last year, David West had reconstructive surgery on his knee.
This summer, West decided to opt out of his contract with the New Orleans Hornets.
West is a very good player that can help out any team in the NBA immediately. At 6’9” West can guard the small forward and the power forward position.
The NBA is becoming much smaller and less of a dominant-big-guy-clogging-the-middle-of-the-paint league. This allows West to be a much better player than actually he would be if he was to play in the mid-90s.
At age 31, West is nearing the end of his career and most likely wants to join a team that is close to winning a championship already.
No luck moving to a championship-caliber team in the East.
Memphis could need a power forward if they get rid of Marc Gasol.
The the recent success of Gasol this postseason in Memphis made his value rise significantly. Because of this, Memphis may not be able to re-sign Marc and this will open the door for the Grizzlies to sign David West.
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In the historic 2003 draft, the Detroit Pistons selected Darko Milicic instead of drafting Carmelo Anthony. Why did the Pistons do that? Because the Pistons already had drafted Tayshaun Prince to play Carmelo’s position in the previous year.
Some view this as one of the worst decisions ever because Darko has been a bust and Carmelo has become a star in this league.
However, no one thinks about the role Tayshaun Prince played in winning a NBA championship in 2004 and then dominating the East for the next few years, guarding the opposing team’s best player in what many believed then was one of the league’s best defensive teams.
The only player he didn’t keep from scoring was LeBron James in 2007.
Any team should love to bring Tayshaun to their club. Prince is a great defender, a hard worker and a great teammate.
Prince also has been in the league long enough to not want a huge contract and is looking for another chance at a title.
The Oklahoma City Thunder would benefit the most from Prince’s presents. He could easily step in for Thabo Sefolosha and take the Thunder to a whole new level.
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Glen “Big Baby” Davis is another championship-experienced player. He knows what it takes to win the title and can show a new team the way to do that.
But will he go to a new team?
I don’t believe so. The Celtics need some big guys to help Kevin Garnett in the frontcourt.
Last year they traded away Kendrick Perkins and Shaquille O’Neal retired, although O’Neal didn’t contribute that much this past season anyway.
The Celtics should do anything possible to keep Davis around. Yes, they drafted JaJaun Johnson who could end up being a star in the league, but that still won’t be for a few years at the least.
Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea
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The Dallas Mavericks won the 2011 NBA Finals not because of Dirk Nowitzki, but because of the supporting cast around him.
Last summer, Dallas acquired Tyson Chandler and the last year of his contract. Chandler has never been a player able to dominate by himself; he needs another big man to occupy the minds of the opposing team’s defense.
Going into the season, J.J. Barea was just this undersized point guard that backed up Jason Kidd. He could pass the ball and was fast but couldn’t do much else.
As the season went on, Dirk and Tyson learned how to play together and Barea became a threat to shoot the ball.
When the Mavericks made it to the Finals, no one was sure how Dallas would match up against the Miami Heat. In the first game they played man-to-man defense and Dwyane Wade scorched them.
In Game 2, with seven minutes to go, Wade made a three in the corner and held his hand up in front of the Dallas bench. This lit a fire under the Mavericks and they came back to win Game 2.
Going home, Dallas felt they could win Game 3 like they did in Game 2 because they now would have home-court advantage. The Heat won Game 3.
Then in Game 4, everything turned around for the Mavericks. Rick Carlisle started Barea alongside Jason Kidd. Two point guards starting the game is a tactic never used in the NBA, much less the Finals.
Dallas also had switched to playing a zone defense against the Heat because they could not stop Wade individually.
Having Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea was the reason the Mavericks won the title this year.
There is no way Mark Cuban lets either of them leave.