Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  28 responses

Welcome to a Subdued Free Agency Period

The summer of 2009 doesn’t hold a lot of promise for free agents: “The summer before the Summer of LeBron will not be quite so glorious. A variety of factors — including a poor economy, weak season-ticket sales, a declining salary cap and the LeBron sweepstakes itself — could conspire to make this an unhappy off-season for most free agents. Only four teams are expected to have significant salary-cap space, and not all are expected to use it. Most teams can spend their so-called midlevel exception — about $5.6 million — but most of them probably will not.”

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  • D12FSU

    meaning Hedo should stay in orlando if he wants to accomplish anything

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

    I hope the Lakers sign Andre Miller. If they don’t get him, I hope they get Bibby. Plan C? Jason Kidd. They have to find SOMEONE to run the point. Fisher ain’t getting it done.

  • Oli

    as long as d-fish is knocking down those 3s, the lakers will be fine. if not, they still got jordan farmar and shannon brown.

  • http://ballislife.com Moose

    I want the Celtics to get Chris Andersen. I’d like Charlie Villanueva if we don’t get him.

  • Ben

    Tariq: They won the ring, it got done

  • jumpman3224

    Tariq: Are you kidding me? Fisher just got it done and was clutch while doing so…i agree they do eventually need to get their pg situation handled for the long run, but don’t bash fisher after what he just accomplished.

    Oli: Shannon is a free agent

  • IndyB

    You dont need a point guard for anything other than spacing in the triangle offense… Andre Miller would be a waste with the Lakers because he can’t shoot the 3.

  • riggs

    fisher shoots two threes and laker fans forget how horrible he was before that, i tell ya…

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Man, I’m getting hella tired of the triangle talk. It’s so overblown, it’s not even funny anymore. So Ron Harper was a marksman from deep then? What about Scottie? Nobody on the Bulls starting unit was a good 3-point shooter. You know what you need to win? Good players. Andre Miller is one. D-Fish is really really clutch but it’s kinda time for him to go in the Robert Horry stage of his career. You put him out there in crunch times to get you big buckets.

  • http://twitter.com/NotebookNick thesubwayconnection

    Fisher needs to accept a non-starting role. He’s beginning to be like Jason Kidd, whereas he’s not quick enough to keep up to most of the young bucks.

  • http://yahoo.com logan

    tariq: are u dumb? fisher hit two ridiculous clutch threes in the finals to send it to overtime and then a dagger to win the game. he has been hitting clutch shots his whole career, i would say hes getting it done pretty good

  • PArsons

    I like to see Jamal Masburn get traded … wait this isn’t 1994?

  • donovan

    Fisher may have hit those 3s, but he got blown by with the quickness ALL year before that. The issue with him at this point isn’t isolated offense for a matter of seconds, it’s the athleticism and agility to stay with the younger, faster guards in the West defensively.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    You only need to look at what Aaron Brooks was doing to Fish, to realize that Fish ain’t the same Fish that he used to be.

  • Quail

    @thesubwayconnection: u said Fisher needs to accept a bench role like Jason Kidd… last time i checked, Kidd was starting in Dallas. and doing a damn good job at it.

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

    No, I’m not dumb. I’m aware that Fish hit those two clutch 3s. Does that outweigh everything else he brings to the table? Do we say “Oh, Fish hits big shots, so we’re good with him at the point”? I disagree with that reasoning. In fact, that seems like a pretty lame line of thinking. Fish is a good guy to have in the locker room, but if he’s your STARTING PG, then that means that you’re OK with getting absolutely abused by the Aaron Brooks and Tony Parkers of the world. Fish should come off the bench, hit a few shots, and then sit the f*ck down.

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

    Now I know that the Lakers won the ‘chip this year with Fisher as their starting PG, but things could have been different if Yao and Mac had been healthy the way Aaron Brooks was having his way with Fisher in the Houston series. Or if Garnett were healthy and they faced Boston in the Finals and Fisher had to guard Rondo. Or if Fisher had to guard a healthy Jameer Nelson. But they won and that’s all that matters. I’m glad they won. That doesn’t mean there aren’t GLARING flaws in the team that should be looked at.

    Plus, Fisher was shooting something like 28% from 3-point range in the playoffs. He SUCKED. Don’t get me wrong, those two 3s in Game 4 were HUGE, but to absolve him of all his sins because of TWO SHOTS seems foolhardy to me. Why can’t he make those shots as a sub? Why does he have to be such a liability? It seems obvious to me that the Lakers need to address their PG situation. So that really only leaves one question: Are you dumb?

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

    I think Charlie V is going to Motown.

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

    I was surprised that Milwaukee just said: “OK Chuck, don’t let the door hit you on the a$$…”

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I can’t fathom the DFish hate….
    he outplayed every other guard on the Magic roster….
    crazy. y’all crazy.

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

    “He outplayed every other guard on the Magic roster”…
    I beg to differ…
    First off,
    JVG totally f*cked up the rotation. And when he gave Skip a chance, Skip KILLED Fish. He murdered him. But for some reason Van Gundy inexplicably benched him and went back to Nelson, who hadn’t played since February. Good call, Coach. And bear in mind that we’re not talking about a really good player here. We’re talking about Rafer Alston who was killing Fisher.
    Secondly, to go back to you’re “he outplayed every other Magic guard” statement, Mickeal Pietrus is a guard, and I maintain that Fisher did NOT outplay Pietrus. I understand that they didn’t play against each other, but Fisher didn’t have a better series. If you want to boil it down to those two 3-pointers, go ahead. Pietrus was inconsistent in his scoring, but he did a hell of a job on Kobe. Fisher can only dream about that kind of D. And he had good scoring nights in Games 1,3 and 4. So, I’d say Pietrus, overall, played much better than Fisher, whose only contribution to the Lakers throughout the ENTIRE PLAYOFFS were those two admittedly monumental three-pointers.
    But I can’t understand this logic… I concede the fact that Fisher is a clutch shooter. In fact, I conceded it BEFORE he hit those two against Orlando. But is that enough of a contribution out of your starting point guard? I don’t think so.

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

    * your

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

    Take away those two threes.
    What else did Fisher contribute? Not just in the Finals but throughout the entire Playoffs?
    Now think of how much of a defensive liability he is.

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

    I mean, honestly, Aaron Brooks has made a name for himself because of Derek Fisher.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Tariq proved he’s without a doubt, not dumb. But his responses will confuse the dumbies/fairweather Laker/NBA fans who didn’t see Derek Fisher until the Finals (which is understandable, because nobody saw him & that’s exactly how he was playing:no show). Using the 2 shots riggs just said like 2 posts before as the argument = debate over before it started. Plus simply spurting out, “r u dumb,” like a teenagers text message wasn’t going to give your words any weight.

  • Nino

    tariq…the smartest person commenting on this site.makes total sense.

  • http://nate_dog_doggy@yahoo.com nate the great

    the blazers should sign kirk, and mcdyse, also they should trade bayless and l.a. for amare, while also shipping joel for tyson chandler, while traded blake and outlaw for andre miller.
    kirk, miller
    roy, rudy
    webster, batum
    amare, mcdyse
    oden, chandler
    2010 champs.

  • DG

    love the enthusiasm as i myself want miami to hoist another banner but alas yall in port. have issues to address before even seeing the larry o b trophy