Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 at 3:55 pm  |  38 responses

Links: Cost Certainty, Certainly

Plus, new old logos!

by Lang Whitaker

Someone here in the office this morning asked me who the Knicks are going to be drafting on Thursday. I said, “I have no idea,” and kept walking. Does anybody really know what’s going to happen Thursday night? Anyone? Anyone?

I certainly don’t. But I’m excited to find out. Maybe this isn’t the deepest Draft, but it does seem like it’s shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable drafts in a while.

(One thing: NBADraft.net has had the Hawks taking Jeff Teague at 19 for weeks now, though from what I understand, unless I’m being snookered, that’s not happening. I don’t know who the Hawks are going to Draft, but I don’t think it’s going to be Teague.)

In the meantime, the one thing I do notice is more and more NBA teams trying to achieve that elusive “cost certainty,” meaning they want to know exactly how much they’re going to have to pay their players, not just this year but several years down the road.

Look at the Boston/Detroit trade rumors. From a basketball point of view it makes zero sense for the Celts, only marginally more for Detroit. Boston would really trade their crucial point guard and the shooting guard who helped carry them in the Playoffs for a bunch of guys from Detroit? And the Pistons, who already traded their leader last season, would let the rest of the guys go in exchange for a year from Ray Allen and two from Rondo? Sure!

Well, apparently Boston would at least entertain this deal. Why? Because Rondo’s a restricted free agent next summer and a free free agent the summer after that. And Boston, despite winning a title and having a rabid fanbase that is willing to buy tickets, for whatever reason hasn’t been a willing spender on players. Look at last season when they tried to replace James Posey with Mikki Moore.This seems like a clear-cut case of the Celtics trying to make money by not spending it. And when you start making moves based on cash rather than hoops, that’s when you get into trouble.

If you’re looking for more cost certainty in action, look no further than Milwaukee today, where the Bucks just traded a young small forward for three guys with an average age of 36.3 years old. They wouldn’t do that for basketball reasons, right? Regardless of Jefferson’s contract vs. his production, that deal makes no basketball sense.

But Oberto, Bowen and Krazy Kurt Thomas make a combined $11.3 million next season and then all three are free agents. So the Bucks can move Jefferson and the two years left on his deal, tell their fans they’re looking forward to the summer of 2010 when they’ll have more flexibility, and then use all that money to not sign LeBron or Wade or whoever.

Basically, the Bucks thought Richard Jefferson had more value to them as a trading chip then as a basketball player. Now the Bucks have a little more cost certainty. And they’ve also added a year or two onto their rebuilding.

• Thought it was worth noting a post from Mark Cuban, who recently wrote on his blog about an idea he had to punish blogs or websites who print completely unsubstantiated rumors:

How to stop it? ESPN.com puts up a page of blacklisted blogs and websites who’s posts they wont comment on or report on in any way.  It will create a short term surge of traffic for those sites, but then they will go away as the proprietors of the sites realize that being discredited is not a good thing.

I’m with you a hundred, Mark. And the first website I’d put on that list? ESPN.com.

As Cuban wrote…

“If some random blogger reports that “he has heard that a trade of Joe for John is being discussed”, then the traditional media, as they have told me many times “is requested by their editor to run it down and see if its real”.

Hey, I spent two days on the phone discovering that the Josh Smith thing wasn’t real. These darn bloggers are taking up all my time!

• Thanks to everyone who’s been saying “The Links are back,” etc., the last few weeks. I’ve been trying hard to squeeze in time here and there to write The Links, which mostly means I’ve been jotting down thoughts and notes and bookmarking sites whenever I come across them, then trying to carve out a couple of hours here and there to aggregate. It’s a little easier to find time to write now that the season is over, and this week is always a fun week here in NYC, with all the different Draft events/parties, as well as the Draft itself.

So I’ll have a couple of posts this week, including our annual Draft Hat giveaway. And then Thursday night I’ll be your host for SLAMonline’s NBA Draft liveblog, so please stop by and join us for that.

Also, here’s a picture of Hasheem Thabeet at the dentist.

sixersoldlogo• Great news from Philly, where the Sixers officially announced they were returning to their old logo. It’s kind of amazing a team could go through so many different logos over the last decade and not be able to make anything better than what they had ten years ago.

• So I guess Phoenix fans have been up to something.

• I found out the other day that my cholesterol was a little high — like double what it’s supposed to be. So my doctor suggested I cut back on certain things, like all the things that are fun in life. Hey, I get it, I’m getting old, etc.

But speaking of high cholesterol, guess who wants to make an NBA comeback: Oliver Miller!!!!!!

The Humongous O now says he’s just The Really Big O, and he’s down under 350 and ready to go. This would be awesome. Come on Toronto, let’s bring him back!

• Finally, via Gizmodo, here’s an amazing video of a Japanese satellite crashing into the moon. Watch it in HD on full-screen mode. Remarkable…

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  • Ken

    I like the old Sixers logo. I also like the resurgence of the Links too.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Awesome Links Lang!
    If only the Raptors returned to the ACTUAL Raptor as their logo, instead of the claw with the basketball as its palm…

  • sixersforlife_85

    Love the logo! yes!!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    “A bunch of guys from Detroit”? I get it Lang, you really don’t like the Pistons, but Rip Hamilton (2 time All Star), Tay Prince (5 All Defensive teams), and Rodney Stuckey aren’t just “a bunch of guys”.

  • http://astrokiz.blogspot.com T.J.

    Why wouldn’t we choose Teague? He’s got alot of potential

  • LB

    I like the newest one the best, just because I first started getting into hoops when AI made the new Sixers unis synonymous with cool.

  • http://astrokidz.blogspot.com T.J.

    Why wouldn’t we choose Teague? He’s got alot of potential and could possibly replace Bibby if we let him go or Flip.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    Lang: Whats the inside dirt you have on the Hawks and Teague?

  • http://ballislife.com Moose

    Muscle Watch (TM)?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    Sorry TAD, but they are just a bunch of guys.

  • Jeronimo

    - I love the Sixers going back to their old logo.

    - I hate how very often Mark Cuban writes “who’s” when he means “whose”.

  • Doctor Robato

    get some exercise Lang… youre not old, youre lazy parading as busy

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Those Suns fans are idiots. That’s all.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Co sign tariq.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Rip like everyone else on the pistons is overrated as an idividual player.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    that moon thing is obviously fake. rondo is a lil biatch according to all celtics. haha no jack1 muscle watch??? doctor roabtot is funny

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Breaking News: Foye And Miller to the Wizards for the #5 PICK!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I know exactly whats going to happen. The Wolves are going to trade Miller and Foye to the Wiz for Etan, Songalia, some random and the 5th pick. Theyll package both picks to Memphis for the #2 and Rudy Gay and draft Ricky Rubio. The Wolves will be under the cap and have the best young core in the league going into the summer of 2010. Ricky Rubio, Dwyane Wade Rudy Gay, Al Jefferson & Random 7ftr who can block the occasional shot, along with Love, Gomes, Bassy, Brewer and Smith off the bench win the 2013 title. Theyre all so happy after years of losing that they give me enough money to pay off my student loans and buy a new car after the parade and instead I blow it on one night with Megan Fox and Lauren London. Everyone wins.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    senor airington is not funny. why would the grizz trade rudy and no2 pick? and for what again? you sir, are mentally challenged.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Why does nobody believe me? GOOGLE IT.

  • Pardeep

    The logo Allen Iverson made famous is going?? F**K this is geting real stupid it was the jersey everybody wanted.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Id like to think that including a Hollywood threesome and NBA players paying off my student loans and buying me cars wouldve been enough to emphasize the fact that I was exaggerating, but apparently not. Just think it was a good move and one with the intention of trading up to #2. And as long as theyre trading with Memphis, why not find out what itd take to get Gay too? Pause.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/2008/11/future.html Moose

    Myles, your comment reminded me a lot of a piece that I wrote for our bl0g a while back, dealing with the Timberwolves and their young future. It’s very imaginative and probably won’t happen, but it was fun to write and play around with. CLICK MY NAME to read it.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    “why not find out what itd take to get Gay too?” 3 life sentences in prison should do it.

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    would be nice if philly went back to the old ’95-’96 logo/jerseys. the away jersey’s were sick

  • MattM

    Like I just posted on my twitter good ol’ Kahn is trying to get enough draft picks to make up for the Joe Smith years

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Why didnt the Timberwolves ever get Kevin Garrnet 4 first round picks in 1 year?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Calm down, Myles…deep breaths…

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Hold up, your cholesterol number is supposed to be LOW? Uh-oh.

  • adbphilly

    Rocking the retro logo is a good start. Good job ed stefanski. You know what would go good with the new logo? Samuel Dalembert being traded to Charlotte for Vlad Rad, Nazr, and their 12th in exchange for the Hatian Sensation and our 17th. So Vlad Rad and Nazr look good in retro Sixers uni’s, why not make uni’s for Ty Lawson or Maynor,or even Jrue? Sounds like a plan to me, ed…..

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Russ: I read somewhere the other day that it’s supposed to be your age + 100. So I guess it’s bad to be, like, double that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Lang – re cholesterol, time for some oatmeal, high fiber and more veggies than critters and no more fried food (esp. deep fried) – and if you do coffee, skim milk instead of cream – although cutting down on coffee for tea isn’t a bad idea either (after the first morning cup or two). Salud, Santé, L’chaim!

  • Diesel

    Muscle Watch TM Update – Anthony Randolph has gained 20 pounds AND grown an inch over the summer.

  • Diesel

    Muscle Watch TM Update – Anthony Randolph has gained 20 pounds AND grown an inch over the summer.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I was with you until I saw “Dwayne Wade.”
    Ain’t no way Wade would ever, EVER sign in Minnesota. The other stuff might, possibly happen, but never that.

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  • Birkir

    I like the Sixers decision to revert back to the old logo. Now, if we could only convince the NJ Nets and the Atl Hawks to do the same…

  • Tom

    Rondo’s nickname should be Bargaining Chip