February 21, 2013
It happens every year in the NBA. There are a lot of discussions, a lot of rumors, a lot of hype, and not very many deals. At least not the deals that have been getting the headlines for the last few weeks.
But if it was up to me, just about all of these guys would be changing zip codes. The question is – where should they go?
The Lakers will be taking a huge risk when they don’t trade Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol. Without an injured Gasol, the Lakers are poised to miss the playoffs this season and have no guarantee that Howard will stay in L.A. next year. And even if they convince the big man to re-sign, there is no evidence that he can play nice with Kobe Bryant or Pau Gasol. And even if they do all come together…they will all be another year older and didn’t Kobe make headlines already this year saying the team is too old? They need to trade Gasol and go all-in this season or trade Howard and re-load for next season.
If it is all about winning a title, the Atlanta Hawks should give Josh Smith what he wants to stay and then use him to recruit Dwight Howard in the summer.
Howard may not like playing with Kobe, but one would think he would enjoy playing in his hometown of Atlanta with one of his best friends in Smith.
With Rajon Rondo out for the year, Boston needs to do something. We all thought they were done without Rondo, but the team has gotten hot without him and will give anybody in the East a tough time in the playoffs. Since Kevin Garnett has made it clear he isn’t going to accept a trade, they need to get him some help this year. How many more times can Boston give it one more run with Paul Pierce and Garnett? That’s why I would try to trade Rondo. The Celtics could get help now and future picks for the injured all-star.
Everybody knows the Orlando Magic are looking to unload J.J. Redick. And if the reports on Derrick Rose looking good in practice and being ready to go sometime soon, the Bulls should do this deal. Chicago tried to get him a couple years back and couldn’t. But now they can and if they can add a great shooter and a healthy Rose to a team that is only 2.5 games out of the No. 2 seed in the East, they are legitimate contender.
The Bobcats should trade Ben Gordon.
The Heat should trade for anyone who can rebound.
February 17, 2012
Sports fans are in for a smorgasbord of action in the upcoming month. Whatever your sporting fancy may be, there will be plenty to speculate, watch and love. The next month will be stuffed with non-stop rumors of trades, free agent signings and March Madness bracketology.
Fans should cancel their plans, hunker down and plan on ingesting all things sports over the next month.
Here’s a run-down of things to come:
MLB: Spring training is near as pitchers and catchers report to their teams any day now. This means that baseball fans can breathe easier as our national pastime resumes. Just when all are tired of the long, cold winter, baseball swoops in to save the day.
Fans won’t be disappointed as plenty has happened in the offseason to stir the chili.
The St. Louis Cardinals look to defend their title as teams like the Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim all made considerable noise in the winter months.
This season will be nothing short of spectacular.
NHL: The NHL trade deadline is February 27 as teams look to shake up their rosters in a last ditch effort to solidify themselves as playoff contenders.
While some may be skeptical that things will be rather calm—be patient. While there may not an abundance of chatter at the moment, there will be plenty of moves to satiate our desires.
From now until the Stanley Cup is won, the NHL will be nothing but excitement.
NBA: The NBA has rebounded quickly after the lockout that cut the season short. Thanks to stars like Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and some kid from Harvard named Jeremy Lin, the NBA has plenty of momentum.
Speaking of stars, the NBA All-Star break in Orlando takes place the weekend of February 24-26—Magic will be in the air.
This year there’s a kick to the star-studded event as the Rookie/Sophomore teams will be selected and coached by NBA legends Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley. This matchup between the NBA’s best young talent will be highly amusing as the coaches are two of the NBA’s All-Star personalities.
Shortly after All-Star weekend, the NBA gets serious as the trade deadline is March 15. With a shortened season, the NBA is all business as massive trades will go down as always. The NBA deserves credit for always providing entertainment with at least one eight-player, three-team deal before the deadline.
Expect the unexpected from the NBA the rest of the season.
NFL: The NFL may have been somewhat silent since the Super Bowl, but that all changes when the NFL Scouting Combine takes place in Indianapolis from February 22-28. The scouting combine has become primetime television as NFL fans must fill their football needs. NFL die-hards will then have a better idea of which player may be on their team’s roster come April.
Something else that will have NFL fans stirring is the upcoming opening of free agency. This year, March 13 is when millions of dollars will change hands as players will be on the move.
An interesting twist to the new NFL collective bargaining agreement is that NFL teams will be able to carry over leftover cash from the previous year’s salary cap. Teams that have loads of cash heading into the free agent market include the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins.
The NFL has gotten to the point where no one can get enough. We’ll get plenty of football in the near future.
NCAA: Well, the month of March is just a few weeks away and that can only mean one thing—March Madness.
The showcase of 68 well deserving colleges and universities is the best sporting event the United States has to offer. Besides the Olympics and the World Cup, March Madness is the best thing on earth.
Who doesn’t love it?
From the future NBA stars to the Cinderellas of the big dance, March Madness is the sporting world’s cherry on top.
October 17, 2011
Sure, NFL trades aren’t all that frequent. While we as fans pay strict attention to the MLB, NBA, and NHL trade deadlines, the NFL cutoff date generally comes and goes without much fanfare. Seriously, before this week, did you have any idea that the trade deadline is Tuesday? If you did, the chances are good that you’re probably an agent, a GM, or a player.
That said, there are some moves that should happen – moves that could make teams better in the short or long run. Here are five players that should be moved in exchange for a draft pick.
5. WR Eddie Royal – Denver Broncos to Carolina Panthers: Eddie Royal’s name is one of the most widely heard when the trade deadline comes up. Royal had an extremely productive rookie year in 2008 catching 91 passes for just under 1,000 yards, but since then, has dropped off a bit – particularly with the emergence of other receivers over the years such as Brandon Lloyd and the departed Jabar Gaffney. At 25, though, Royal still should have plenty of productivity left and would make a nice target for rookie Cam Newton in Carolina who could use another wideout.
4. CB Asante Samuel – Philadelphia Eagles to St. Louis Rams: The Rams’ secondary is in need of a major boost. Arguably their top three cornerbacks, Ron Bartell, Jerome Murphy, and Bradley Fletcher, are injured and the team needs to shore up that position. Sure, the Rams aren’t likely to contend this year, but Samuel is only 30 and is still capable of being a contributor for several more seasons. The Eagles’ defense has struggled this season, but mediocre linebacker play has been a big factor in that. And with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie, the team can afford to move one of their cornerbacks. Trading Samuel to a team such as the New York Giants might make more sense, but I couldn’t see the Eagles allowing him to go to a division rival.
3. RB Joseph Addai – Indianapolis Colts to Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Addai’s had injury issues the past few years, but when healthy, he’s more than capable of being an adequate running back. Tampa Bay may not win the NFC South, but they could have a shot at a Wild Card. Leading rusher LeGarrette Blount is injured, but more than that, the Bucs could use some help in the backfield. Addai is injured himself, so he may not be immediately available himself. But a second back would provide some insurance for the team should one of them go down later in the season. Indianapolis has young running backs Delone Carter and Donald Brown on the roster and can afford to part with Addai at this point as he’s been solid, but unspectacular.
2. WR Brandon Lloyd – Denver Broncos to San Francisco 49ers: Raise your hand if you expected the 49ers to not only get off to a good start this season, but look like one of the league’s better teams at 5-1. Even San Francisco fans were probably hard pressed to expect the team’s hot start. But now that the 49ers appear to be for real, it’s time they add another receiver to the mix. Enter Brandon Lloyd, who had more than 1,400 receiving yards last season with the Broncos. Lloyd is also familiar with the area having played with San Francisco in his first three seasons. He’s a veteran and can provide immediate help to rejuvenated quarterback Alex Smith. Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn have been serviceable at wide receiver, but adding a steady veteran to the team in Lloyd would go a long way to helping the team not only reach the playoffs, but make some noise once they get there.
1. QB Carson Palmer – Cincinnati Bengals to Seattle Seahawks: The Carson Palmer/Cincinnati saga hasn’t gone as expected for Palmer, who probably believed he would eventually have his trade request fulfilled. Six games into the season and Palmer is still sitting out while rookie Andy Dalton has taken the reins for the Bengals’ offense. Seriously, though, this is helping no one. Palmer would be better served by being able to play elsewhere and Cincinnati could get something in return for him. A move to Seattle might be ideal for Palmer who could help the Seahawks contend in the mediocre NFC West. He would also be reunited with former USC coach Pete Carroll and is an upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson.
August 3, 2011
Just because the July 31st trade deadline has passed, doesn’t mean MLB teams are done exchanging players. Teams have until the end of August to exchange players via the waiver wire. There are limitations on who ends up where due to different specifications required.
MLB teams are put in order according to their record, where the worst teams essentially have first dibs on players put on waivers. If a team decides they want a player on the waiver wire, they work with the current player’s team in developing a trade. It’s not unusual for a player to be put on waivers, and then to either go unclaimed, or to be claimed but a deal cannot be worked out. But if the player goes unclaimed, the current team is free to negotiate with whomever.
So with that knowledge in mind, here are a few MLB players who could potentially switch teams in August.
The one time future superstar as fallen out of favor in Tampa Bay. The Rays have perennially been very good about trading players of value with expiring contracts in exchange for young talent. They didn’t make a big splash before the non-waiver deadline, but it’s highly possible Upton is put on waivers and claimed by a contender. The guy’s got serious talent, but has clashed with management and teammates at time. It may prove difficult to work out a deal between Tampa Bay and MLB Team TBD due to the talent involved, but it could be worth it to a contender in need of a bat, like the Cleveland Indians or Pittsburgh Pirates.
The former all-star right fielder is on the last leg of his career, as his wild swing and bad knees have begun to catch up with him. While he’s no longer a powerhouse, he can be a valuable part-time DH and/or pinch hitter for a playoff team. Vlad also provides playoff experience, something many teams value.
Unfortunately, most contenders are set at DH. Unless someone gets hurt in the next month, there’s a good chance he stays in Baltimore through the end of the season.
Jim Thome & Jason Giambi
I lump these two together because they are very similar players – former home run monsters turned part-time DH/pinch hitter. They’ve both excelled, within reason, in their late career roles, as the new versions of Matt Stairs. That’s precisely why the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies have them on their roster. But as the two teams fall further out of the playoff race, especially since the Rockies traded ace Ubaldo Jiminez to the Indians over the weekend, it makes sense to forward these guys on the teams that could use them, and give them a chance to win a championship. Unlike Guerrero, Thome and Giambi have accepted and excelled as pinch hitter with power – something contenders will likely find a place. Rumored landing spots include Philadelphia and Atlanta.
When looking through the fallout of the weekend and what still may come in August, I was astonished to see Arthur Rhodes’s name listed as a potential waiver target. But at the same time, his name pops into my head every year around this time. He’s a proven veteran reliever, and one time awesome set up man for contenders. Every team could use another bullpen arm, and it’s hard to tell who will hold up in the playoffs. Whether Rhodes has enough left in the tank is in question, but his presence would surely be a steady one on a young playoff team, like the Indians.
August 2, 2011
The MLB landscape changed with a flurry of activity in the last few days leading up to the trade deadline. Some teams were able to load up for a playoff run while others tried to unload contracts to build for the future.
Milwaukee made the first move and added Francisco Rodriguez to the bullpen for a team that went all in to win this year when they acquired Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum to the starting rotation. They also picked up Felipe Lopez to replace the injured Rickie Weeks. With a seven game winning streak, the Brewers have created some separation from the rest of the pack in the NL Central.
Toronto Blue Jays and Colby Rasmus
Although they are too far back to really be in the race in the American League, Toronto landed Colby Rasmus from St. Louis and may have their starting center fielder for the next decade. Rasmus should be glad to leave St. Louis after having problems with manager Tony La Russa.
The defending World Series champions added the biggest bat out there to a lineup that desperately needed a big bat. They proved last year they can pitch their way to a championship. Repeating that task just got a bit easier.
The Phillies always seem to land a big fish and they did it again. Already considered the favorites in the NL to reach the World Series because of the four big guns in the starting rotation, Philadelphia didn’t have to make a deal. But adding an outfielder hitting .305 with 11 home runs and 63 RBI isn’t a bad idea.
Texas scored two of the best setup men in baseball with Mike Adams and Koji Uehara. They have combined to strikeout 111 batters in 95 innings while allowing just 17 walks this season. If they continue to pitch like that, the Rangers will be tough to beat in October.
Cleveland surprised everyone with a major move. They gave up a lot to Colorado for Ubaldo Jimenez. But he gives them a shot to hang in the AL Central all season and for the next two years. With the Browns and Cavaliers struggling, Cleveland fans need something to cheer about and the Indians gave it to them.
Michael Bourn is a nice consolation prize for a team that lost out on Hunter Pence and Carlos Beltran. His speed will totally revamp the top of the Atlanta lineup. He has nearly as many steals (32) as the entire Braves roster (42). He also plays tremendous defense in center.
They did what they had to do. When a team is as bad as the Pirates have been for as long as the Pirates have been, they have to win the fans back. By adding Derrick Lee and Ryan Ludwick, the Pirates improved a little without giving up the young talent they have been developing. It is a long shot for Pittsburgh to come out on top in the NL Central race, but they showed the fans they are trying while really looking ahead to the next couple years.