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Friday, July 13th, 2007 at 11:13 am  |  38 responses

Report: The Cavs Want Mike Bibby Again

Plus: Kapono lands in Canada.

by Marcel Mutoni

-Cleveland is desperate for a point guard, and trade talks are reportedly heating up.

According to multiple league executives, the Cavs and Sacramento Kings have restarted talks to bring Mike Bibby to Cleveland. The two teams nearly completed a deal shortly before February’s trading deadline and have been in discussions again over the past several days.

A version of the deal was close to happening Thursday, sources said, in a three-way move with the San Antonio Spurs.

(What, Eric Snow isn’t good enough for you jerks?)

-DeShawn Stevenson and the Wizards are very close to a deal, says the WaPo.

-The Pistons have their Amir. From the AP:

The Detroit Pistons and forward Amir Johnson agreed to an $11 million, three-year contract Thursday, keeping the restricted free agent with the team that drafted him out of high school.

This season, Johnson is expected to get a chance to play regular minutes as a backup power forward. He spent parts of each of the past two seasons playing in the NBA’s Development League, where he dominated opponents, often leading the Pistons’ affiliates in scoring and rebounding.

-Whit-Eboy feels “great”.

-Jason Kapono met with the Toronto media yesterday, and he said all the right things.

“Toronto obviously offers the best style of play … you couldn’t ask for anything more,” the 26-year-old Californian said at a news conference Thursday. “As a player with my skills, I fit pretty well here.”

(But, will he be able to maintain his great tan in the T-Dot? Stay tuned…)

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  • AJ$

    First!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The Cavs should just sign $tevie Me.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I hear Toronto is a beautiful city, but the tan will be sacrificed. I don’t think he’ll shoot 51% from the three, though. I have a question for the Canadian commentors here: what’s the tax rate there, something like 50%? How do players get around the enormous tax hit they get by playing up there? Facts appreciated.

  • http://slamonline.com mutoni

    good question, cheryl. i’d love to learn about this as well…

  • Ken H

    Hey I’m from Montreal. We get taxed a lot, but Im pretty sure NBA players aren’t paying those taxes because they’re not Canadian Citizens and don’t have our benefits (such as free health care, etc.), the tax isn’t as bad as you think, but our sales tax is around 14% which is pretty high compared to the states. Think of it in a similar way to how Yao has to give a lot of his salary to the Chinese government even though he’s making the money in America. Hope that kinda helps?

  • whereisbisondele

    There aren’t many cities Kapono would be able to maintain that tan outside of Florida and California, but I wonder somehow if the same comment would be made if he moved to Seattle, Minnesota, etc. — American cities north of Toronto. It’s not like it’s a snow-bound city(particularly with global warming…). I took a cursory look for some of the tax information, but it’s generally explained up here that it comes close to balancing out (though the Canadaian dollar has almost caught up to the USD these days). Apparently, much also depends on a player’s state of residence (According to the NBA, if a player keeps his residence in a tax-free state, he can actually pay less in taxes by playing in Toronto than if he lived in, and played for, the Knicks).

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com/ white hot eboy

    I do feel great!! It’s Fri-day!!!

  • http://www.raptors.com Mr. 416

    Kapono will be in the highest tax bracket @ 29% Federal tax and 11% Provincial. Since he is a Non-resident and will be employed for roughly 9 months the actuall taxation rate will be based on the number of “game days.” so it will be considerably lower that the full 40%

    Also while he is working in Ontario he will be eligble for OHIP( Full healthcare )
    he doesn’t need to worry about the tan I’ve seen nuff jubies up here in Toronto with tans in the middle of winter he can hit the tanning beds with them.

  • Steve

    The way the tax system works for non-Canadian citiziens who are working in Canada is that you only pay taxes on the days that you are working in country. Therefore, the players are only working half the time in Toronto (41 games) and half ourside the country, and therefore only pay 25% taxes on their total salary (50% of 41 games). This is a loop hole that was added to the tax system a few years ago.

  • http://slamonline.com mutoni

    slamonline readers: slangin’ knowledge. nice.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com/ white hot eboy

    Thanks Cheryl!!! SLAMONLINE, where you can find out anything, about any subject!!!! I feel like blowin’ my mind up! I’d like to see the Sternbot move a franchise to Mexico so we can see what the differentiating tax brackets are if you took payment in Pesos or in donkeys, chickens & plaintain trees. Chukaz, get on that research!!! (it’s a joke, don’t get twisted)

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    $11mil to Amir Johnson? I wish I had held out on writing my “things that are wrong with Detroit” post in my blog untill I had heard about this.I’ll say it again:$11mil to Amir Johnson?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    A Bibby-Bron backcourt will f*ck some sh*t up.

  • http://www.raptors.com Mr. 416

    Bibby for Gooden straight up ???? Really ?

  • Tom

    It’d be funny if Kapono’s 3pt % was directly related to his tan. So when he whitens up here in the T dot his % will dip to below 40%.

  • Douce

    lol

  • Colie

    mike bibby would help, but, the calvs need a post prescence(my spelling is terrible). They need to be willing to go out and get a Jermaine O’neal or spend the big bucks on a big time player, either or i think mike will do well in clevland.

  • Gord

    I’m pretty sure that comment about being paid in different currency is irrelevant…don’t the players get paid in $USD anyway? I’m almost positive that’s how it works for Blue Jays and Leafs players, so I’d assume it’s the same for Raptors…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    Bibby is still good btw. It helps the cavs even if they have to give up gooden. its almost a no-brainer

  • http://blazermania.piczo.com i

    with mo pete gone, caroll should fill the 2-guard with anthoney parker

  • Nadav

    kapono is wearing #24. isnt that mo petes number?

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

    maybe the cavs can sign cwebb, bobby jackson, jimmy jackson, hedo, and the christies too

  • Blizzard Man

    Dump Larry Hughes behind for Bibs and maybe Kevin Martin!!

  • Dblizzy!

    Since when is Bibby a point guard? Yeah he’s a pretty good shooter, but Lebron is still gonna be left to create his own shot.

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin _personal

    FLOPPY DIVAC. i had to get that out of my system. Thank you. (Hell of a basketball IQ, though)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyNMz_LxEoA Boing Dynasty

    Nadav, it was. The Raptors are cold when it comes to jersey numbers. Face of the city leaves, ‘okay garbage man you take his number.’ Longest tenured player on the team leavesm, 20 minutes later, ‘you take his number spot up shooter.’

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    even if bibby is not a PG or not as good as he used to be, it still relieves bron from ball handling responsibility so he can do what he does best – be a finisher. you are telling me there ain’t gonna be a ish load of alley oop?

  • FLUXLAND

    Dblizzy.. have you seen and of the Sac/LA playoffs back in the day?. The man is a PG that used to be able to shoot. He’s not that good anymore, Khalid. I don’t care what you say. However.. considering Eric Snow is an old man this move makes sense.

  • Dark

    Right now, Cleveland’s completely a one-man show – they need some players who can get them some CONSISTENT production. Outside of Lebron, nobody knows if any of the other players will be able to step up. Bibby’s not a playmaker, but he can hit shots, and in the big games too. His play might have been down the past couple years, but Bron can get things going for him.

  • Jmike11

    Mike with the Cavs will be dangerous

  • Chukaz

    @white hot eboy: I believe that a dollar is worth about 11 pesos, and I don’t know about the rest of the stuff you said, since I don’t live in Mexico, I’m just Mexican-American. Anyway, if you got 100 bucks on your pocket you are either a king of some sort or some criminal is gonna kill you. Oh, and Mike Bibby would help the Cavs, but they ain’t gettin back to the Finals, ever. Oh, and if they have Mike, they would’ve lost to the Spurs anyways, we all know that Mike Bibby wouldn’t play defence, even if his life depended on it.

  • Chukaz

    I can’t believe that Raw-Lew is worth more than 100 mil. If we is worth that amount, the terrorists have already won.

  • jl

    Ya, kapono in Canada, go raptors

  • amoney82

    The Cavs would be stupid to let Bibby go by. Does anybody remember what he did to the Fakers in the playoffs a couple of years back. Chukaz, I have no idea why terrorists have to be brought into this… then again you’re Chukaz!

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

    bibby is clutch, then the drunken hanging balls dance

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

    eleven weeks

  • Dblizzy!

    Fluxland, I have seen those games and that’s why I said what I said. Bibby is good off those little dribble hand-offs and spotting up to shoot. He never was a playmaker in the point guard sense. he can hit the open man, but actually creating a shot for a teammate is not what he does. But that is what the Cavs need. They already have a point guard that can cpot up: Boobie

  • Adrian from Qnz

    If I were a raptors fan…i’d rather have MoPete

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