Friday, July 14th, 2006 at 11:39 am  |  13 responses

Today’s News and Notes…

Let’s hit The Links…

by Lang Whitaker

Alright, those of you who are missing the old, one long post Links, because that’s what you’re getting today. I’m on the road and can’t get online with my computer, so I’m using a different computer and trying to go through all the NBA sites and put something together for you.

It’s funny how tied we get to our own computers. For instance, this morning I checked my email using a web browser and someone deleted about 10 messages I’d set aside to read. (So if you emailed me this morning, I didn’t get it.) Now, I’m not a computer novice and I know when a button says “CLICK HERE TO DELETE” that I shouldn’t click it, but this computer I’m using is made out of kryptonite or something.

Oh, and check back here later today or over the weekend for your chance to win an autographed jersey from Kobe and our recent SLAM cover shoot.
Anyway, here’s some quick news and notes from a slow news day around the web…

– Come on, why wouldn’t LeBron want to sign a long-term deal with Cleveland when the Cavs are going to surround him with young, up-and-coming talent like…David Wesley?

– Speaking of LeBron, years ago I asked one of the best agents in the NBA why more guys didn’t take shorter contracts and exchange money in the short-term for freedom and the chance to make more money down the road.

“You never want to leave money on the table,” he told me. “If a team wants to give you a bunch of cash, you take that cash.”

I argued that it didn’t seem to make much sense, though, because if you’re a talented player (like LeBron or Melo) someone is going to pay you big money down the road, even if you hurt your knee or whatever. And besides, it seems like a fairly good gamble.

“But what if you’re Jay Williams?” he said. He didn’t literally mean Jay Williams, but I got his point — you never know when something crazy could happen, so get your money up front.

All of that to say Jared Jeffries is going to gamble. Still seems like a good bet to me.

– So the Sixers are good enough now that they can trade John Salmons, who might go and start for the Raptors, and they get back just a second round pick and $2 million? Also, new Raptor Anthony Parker talks about his time in Israel, particularly compelling today with going on over there. (And that last story has a great sidebar on Nate Huffman.)

Big Ben met the media in Chicago yesterday, while Flip talked about just how bad Ben was offensively. You can find both here.

– The Mavs totally need to re-sign Adrian Griffin now, just so he and Greg Buckner will be on the same team and we can figure out if they’re the same person or different players.

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  • http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/07/13/zidane_headbutt_outrage/ sean

    off topic, but this is the most interesting take i’ve seen on the Zidane head-butt thing.


  • Vyse

    … Or they could of not traded Salmons and had him sign for nothing.

  • K.O.

    Hey Lang, how can you drop that Kobe contest and leave me hangin’…

    I’m feeling the new links, don’t mind the font but it could definitely use some colour instead of the flat white. I think the shot of the day will be much better when you get past showing old covers, or covers period; but for now I can respect the mag’s roots. Keep it up


  • Mike

    Is Gilbert Arenas the only superstar willing to take less money in order to insure the front office is capable of signing attractive free agents? He is a little coo-coo, but we need more players like him.

  • http://thehype.wordpress.com Hype

    Oh no doubt Agent Zero is a cool cat. Anyone that can be friends with someone called Awvee Storey AND quote Ron Burgundy is good in my books. You stay classy Gilbert.

  • Aman

    Hey Lang,

    I was wondering if you could do an artile on the Dolphin Park Classic Tournament in Richmond, BC (Canada). Perhaps you could find out which NBA stars are attending this year.

  • Richard Martha

    Very PDA unfriendly this new format. Nice to have brought back the old method today. Heck change is for the better, I know. But there can’t be any without some intense bitching and moaning if you ask me.
    You have to have pull from both directions.


  • Stephen S.

    It seems like athletes, just like everybody else, follow prevailing trends when it comes to their contracts. Trends tend to start with the high profile players trying their luck and then what they do trickles down to the Jared Jeffries’ of the basketball world.

    It looks like we might be seeing the beginning of a new trend towards shorter contracts– I would expect it to only grow if these high-profile players are successful. Then again, if alot of them get burned, it will probably shift the other way.

    In any case, when these contracts run out in three years, there could be some huge shifts of power in the NBA.

  • E. Taylor

    The Suns need to sign Jeffries. He’s a player and can guard guys like LeBron on the wing. PHX needs more Raja Bell-type players to fit-in with their stars.

    And if Golden State is able to trick Al Harrington into a coming to the Bay, that would be a great fit and someone to push Dunleavy Jr. into a tougher player.

  • http://none jone

    if i’m an NBA player i’ll take the money… i’ll take the max and not sign those 3 year deals… it would give me security and peace of mind… then i can concentrate on playing ball.

  • Wizfan

    Gil is the most underrated player in the leauge and will do those kinds of things for his team? Sounds like a keeper to me.

  • luckyluciano

    Hey Sean that link is hilarious. My mother sent that to me today as well. That just goes to show you how big soccer and the World Cup really is..And to all of you who are finding it hard to navi this site, no need to worry, it has the potential to be 200 times better than the old one. It has taken me a week but i really like this new site. One.

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