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Monday, July 2nd, 2007 at 3:33 pm  |  42 responses

Jason Kapono, Luke Walton, Vince Carter, Steve Francis?

Signings, rumors, it never stops.

By Sam Rubenstein

The NBA is the never ending story. Season, playoffs, Finals, draft, and now signings and trade rumors. Real quick:

Luke Walton re-signed by the Lakers. I’m sure that will solve all of their problems.

Jason Kapono signs with Toronto. For all of this Ray Allen/Z-Bo to the Atlantic talk, the division champs are the ones getting richer. Kapono was having a record-breaking type of year as a shooter through the All-Star break. He cooled off, got hurt, now he’s rich. Underrated self-involved SLAM jinx: three of the In Your Faces I wrote for the magazine this past season were Kapono, David Lee, and Mikki Moore. Two of them lost career years to injury and the third started a near fight in a playoff game that woke LeBron up from a nap.

Vince Carter for $60 mill.  Everyone thought he would use the playoffs as a personal showcase to get the big contract. He wasn’t terrible in the playoffs, but he did not show up every time. He was passing up the big shot before LeBron even knew what passing up the big shot was. Am I talking about LeBron too much? I’m a product of my environment.

And finally, the Clippers are thinking about adding Steve Francis to their team. Uh… feel free to make your own jokes. There simply are not enough hours in the day for me.

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  • John

    FIRST…amazing

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Sam is grinding.

  • nothin _personal

    Heard anything about that “done deal” for a veteran SF that the Blazers have leaked to the Portland media? Is it GWall? (Still refusing to use the stupid nickname you picked for him!)

  • Jas

    I CANT BELIEVE THE RAPTORS WASTED THEIR MONEY ON KAPONO. HES A ONE-DIMENSIONAL PLAYER WHO BENEFITED FROM PLAYING WITH SHAQ AND WADE.

  • Mongoose

    Francis + Mobley = Together Forever

  • Colie

    GWall is gay

    Second, he isnt leaving Charlotte

  • Colie

    Oh and is there any other rumors about a deal with KG????

  • Colie

    Oh and is there any other rumors about a deal with KG????

  • SteveSmith#8fan

    Francis and Mobley reunited and it feels so good!!!

  • white hot eboy

    Sam, when I saw the headline of this page, I immediatly thought of an old Johnny Carson bit he did as Carnac the Magnificent. “The answer is…. Jason Kapono, Luke Walton, Vince Carter, Steve Francis” The question….name a champ, a Wildcat, a chump and a salary cap dump!

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    I meant to put a period after Carter since those are done deals and Steve’s is just a rumor for now. Period as in punctuation, not the other way.
    Here’s something to ponder: Kevin McHale was a good GM for exactly 1 year, when he signed Cassell. Could the same be true for Elgin Baylor when he traded for Cassell?
    Kapono might be one dimensional but it’s a marketable skill.

  • WeS

    In a league with zone defense – you’d think there’d be more Jason Kapono’s… sorry for sounding like Bill Walton.

  • Young Chris #3

    Imagine if Steve Francis does go to the Clippers and ends up being an All-Star again. Cat Mobley will be like his fountain of youth…

  • RV

    Kapono is a good pick up, with the raptors ball movement and bosh/ford commanding attn he’ll get his shots there too..

  • Dennard

    Steve Francis to the Clippers? If that happens, Mike Dunleavy will lose the rest of his hair, then again, he needs to cut that off anyway.

  • Holiday

    Wow Carter stuck with the Net’s! He could have played for a contender, but “The Franchise” is all washed up, of course as good as he really was he should forget about dunking everytime and just start killin it!

  • http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/ RedRum

    erm… kapono to the Raps is a great move. they have a great post player in Bosh, they need a player like kapono to overload the side the Bosh posts (or wherever the double team comes from)to open up the court… I know… I sound like JVG… I might be coaching next year and I am brushing up my coaching books…

  • BBaller

    Isn’t Francis and Frye at the blazers now?

  • BBaller

    While Z-Bo,Dan Dick are wearing Knicks jerseys

  • AJ$

    @Oj Mayos weed man: sure u havent been stealing that weed from oj & taking it urself. ne1 who wasnt high could c that john was first…bitch!

  • Holiday

    Anybody here anything on Chauncy signing somewere!

  • Holiday

    Anybody here about RIP possibly going to Seattle, or Mo Pete going to Utah, how about Rashard going to Orlando and if they get G. Wallace wow! The lineup = PG Arroyo/Nelson, SG Redick, SF Wallace, PF Lewis, C Howard! Or move Wallace to the 2 spot, Lewis to the 3, and start Darko at the 4! (All just rumors so far!) Talk about the East movin on up, if it happens!

  • http://www.customizedchopshop.com Greased Up Deaf Guy aka Clay Davis

    corey maggette is mad about possibly gettin stevie franchise, meanwhile, since hearing about the possible trade, cuttino mobley has started singing the village peoples second most popular song and hasnt stopped since

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I don’t think there’s any way on Earth that the Magic could get Wallace and Lewis AND keep Darko, especially considering that Dwight will be needing a large extension soon.

  • Holiday

    Well it was a nice thought anyway!

  • Holiday

    I can’t believe the Jazz just let Fisher off like that, I mean I would understand if it was just to take time off for his daughter, but he wants to go to another team, they could have traded him!

  • Holiday

    If Garnett goes to Dallas they need to get rid of Dirk, Dampier will be affective with Garnett cause they’ll both be defending the inside, and Terry dosen’t fit with or without Dirk! Harris is better anyway and Josh Howard will get even better, and there is talk about Gerald Wallace going to Dallas, with his defense size and scoring ability this team would easily be the best team in Texas!

  • Holiday

    Honestly Phoenix would be better with Billups, well defensivly anyway, I mean Nash got burnt by Parker and would have done even worse against D-Will, but I guess Nash fits better for there style of play, maybe a better SG to get them over the hump!

  • John from Miami

    Rashard Lewis signs with the Orlando Magic!! As a Miami Heat fan I’m very upset that Miami was not able to sign and to add insult to injury we also lost Kapono. A bad day to be a Heat fan.

  • Young Chris #3

    If Miami can get Ron Artest, they will remain contenders, but if not, they might get swept in the first round again. Those dudes need an upgrade bad!

    I also am still hoping for Garnett to Oakland. Ever since the playoff series against Utah, I’ve thought he was the missing piece from contention.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m sure the Magic will never regret giving Rashard a max contract.

  • BETCATS

    Colie says:
    GWall is gay Second, he isnt leaving Charlotte

    Colie, “GWall” is bettr than anyone on tha Cats right now, and as for you callin him gay, why do you have your own special name for him?

  • AJ$

    @BETCATS: Teknikally Gwall is the 2nd best on da cats cuz they hav JRich now…

  • http://www.customizedchopshop.com Greased Up Deaf Guy aka Clay Davis

    cuttino still has his fingers crossed and is looking at his bff photo album

  • matt

    Heard grant hill is in talks with the suns, nash might be averaging 20 assists per game with all these guys coming to phoenix.

  • chikungunyah

    Shawn Marion to The magic !!!!!

  • Stuie

    @betcats: That was a load of crap. Wallace is not the best player on the Bobcats. First of they have Emeka Okefor who is just as good if not better. Second, do you pay attention to trades. Hello you have J-Rich. So yes I agree he is staying in charlotte but he is not the best player.

  • chris deloma

    i love toronto this year the international flavor is gonna kll the league next year. p.s vince carter should just get an account on http://peekamo.com/

  • BETCATS

    Stuie, are yo a Cats fan? I didnt thik so. Gerald is bettr all around than any one on the Cats. J RIch is ok offencsivly but he is nothin on deffence. Okefor is ok, but he is a Center trapped in a Power Forwards body, and Gerald is more athleticc

  • FARREN LOUIS

    MAN STEVE FRANCIS IS STILL A BEAST DID U SEE WHAT HEID AT THE EBD OF THE SEASON WITH THE KNICKS I MEAN, NO THEY DIDNT WIN THE GAMES BUT THE POINTS WENT UP FRANCIS JUS WENT TO A BAD TEAM THAT HE DIDNT FIT WITH BECAUSE THEY HAD TO MANY SCORERS ON THE TEAM. N Y DO YALL WANT EVERYONE TO BE GAY!

  • Mark Shehady

    I diasagre with Jas. Jason Kapono is a great 3 point shooter.

  • http://peekamo.com/ chris deloma

    thats the problem though. steve can run up the board but it has no effect on the game.

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