Nuggets get: Johan Petro, OKC’s 2nd round pick in 2009
Thunder get: Chucky Atkins, Denvers 1st round pick in 2009
Chucky Atkins. Seriously. It’s a salary dump for the Nuggets (like the Marcus Camby trade before the season and the Cheikh Samb trade a couple days ago… both to the Clippers, no less). The team had no need for Atkins, and decided they needed a young big-man that wasn’t Samb. Atkins is making $3.2 million this year, Johan Petro is at $1.9 million.
I guess my hopes that the Jazz would add a big man took a slight blow, as I had mentioned the Thunder bigs… but I doubt they’ll trade either Sene or Swift now. The Jazz could’ve potentially made a similar trade… Mo Almond & Flop have salaries that add up to $3.1 million, and both are expiring contracts, unlike Atkins. And it’s not like the Thunder needed a PG… they’re already lacking the minutes to keep Earl Watson & Russell Westbrook happy. And both guys have 2 years left on their contract… with Westbrook being on his rookie contract (in other words, and extension can be made). In comparison to Petro, Swift’s salary (if traded) is something like $4 million, while Sene’s is $2.2 million. All 3 are in their final year, and Swift would have to consent to any trade. Even then…
In an interesting move, the Grizzlies, already overstocked with PGs, traded forShaun Livingston & cash considerations. In exchange for him, they gave the Heat a conditional 2012 2nd round pick. And then the Grizzlies promptly waived him. So let me get this straight… the Grizzlies waivedDarius Miles to make room for Livingston, traded for Livingston… and then waived Livingston. What?
And finally, the Clippers made another minor trade… after the aforementioned Cheikh Samb & cash for a conditional 2015 2nd round pick (if it’s in the bottom 5 of the round)… trading a future conditional 2nd round pick to Toronto for Hassan Adams.
I wonder if the Jazz will make a trade to improve… they not only have the available players (previously mentioned here), but also a small trade exception from the Jason Hart trade ($484,000).
No idea what to say, really. Like the game here in the Valley of Salt, the Jazz started really slowly and were only ahead 36-35 at halftime. And no, using Marcus Camby & Baron Davis instead of Jason Hart shouldn’t lead to a lower halftime score. Nor should an extra day of rest (at least for the Clippers). But it did.
The teams finally got going in the 4th quarter, with the Jazz out-scoring the Clippers, 29-25. In the 4th quarter, the teams alternated scores, and with 8:47 left, the Jazz held a 69-64 lead. And then ‘Sap absolutely exploded. (Not literally, but close enough.)
In the next 4 minutes and 10 seconds, ‘Sap pulled down 4 boards (3 offensive). He won a jump ball, drew 3 fouls, and had a steal. And he outscored the Clippers (as a collective team), 15-3. Seriously. Game. Set. Match.
He was solid… finishing 8-12 from the field and 8-8 from the line. In fact, he outscored the Clippers in the entire 4th quarter (!), 15-13. He finished with 24 points and 9 boards, dominating the Clippers front line. Of course, the Clippers helped the fact by matching ‘Sap up against Tim Thomas, which has to be one of the stupider things they did. (On the plus side… for them at least… Jason Hart got a DNP.) Aided by Okur’s 16, Booze’s 13 and 8 (he sat the entire 4th quarter) and AK’s double-double (15 and 11), the Jazz cruised to a 89-73 win. It was a big enough blowout that J-Slow even gave time to Kosta Koufos (1 missed layup), Kyrylo Fesenko (1 foul) and Morris Almond (no presence on the stat sheet). Yeah, it was only a minute… but it wasn’t a very good minute for any of the 3.
Price & Knight combined for 10 points, 9 assists and just 2 turnovers, but were a miserable 5-17 from the field. Brewer was way off as well, finishing just 1-8; he also got playing time (although it was just a minute) in the 4th quarter for the 2nd straight game, which is highly surprising. CJ took only 3 shots (missing 2 of them) and only played 15 minutes. Also beneficial? Cuttino Mobley & Baron each having bad shooting nights. The Jazz were 0-10 from long range (ouch), but more than made up for it by going 25-31 from the line (compared to 9-20 for the Clippers). As for the defensive end… the Clippers’ last basket came with 7:58 left in the game. Yikes.
Up next… a home date tomorrow against the Blazers. Deron’s status is still up in the air. But before the game tomorrow… remember to go vote today.
Yeah… no notes on the last game. Simply, I didn’t watch it. I followed it online for a half, but we had family friends over and all. The game was very close at halftime though… never good. Luckily the Jazz woke up. And they set a team record for fewest turnovers in a game.
And tonight… Jazz/Clippers yet again. This time in Los Angeles. Both teams have had a day off. Deron & Baron Davis are both out, Marcus Camby is probable.
Pretty much, read this. That’s it. Pretty much the same thing, except Camby might be in. And I wouldn’t expect to see too much of Jason Hart. Because he sucks. As we said after the trade went down (even as Clippers fans disagreed). In fact, news right now is that Hart won’t start, Davis could play, and Camby will get 15-20 minutes.
Well, talk about getting lucky. One game after not having to face Hit-N-Run when hosting the Nuggets, the Jazz seem like they will be hosting a Clipper team tonight that will be without their 2 big offseason acquisitions… Baron Davis & Marcus Camby. The Jazz will yet again be without Deron Williams. Which won’t be fun.
The Clippers are coming off of a busy offseason. As listed above, they added Davis (free agency) & Camby (a “trade”). They also added Ricky Davis, Jason Hart and Steve Novak, while drafting Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan and Mike Taylor. On the opposite end of the spectrum, they lost Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, Shaun Livingston, Brevin Knight & Quinton Ross (among others). Yeah, this isn’t the same Clippers team that we saw last year. Read the rest of this entry »
Flop- Jarron Collins
Booze- Carlos Boozer
AK- Andrei Kirilenko
'Sap- Paul Millsap
No Knees- Matt Harpring
J-Slow- Jerry Sloan
Mo Nuts- Morris Almond
The Koof- Kosta Koufos
Shorty- Dee Brown
Whiny Little Girl (WLG)- Yao
Cheap Shot Bob- Robert Horry
Mr. Longoria- Tony Parker
Hit-N-Run- Carmelo Anthony
Dirk the Jerk- Dirk Nowitzki
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