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If Rajon Rondo is truly available, there is one team where he'd be such a good fit that it might make the Miami Heat the second choice among oddsmakers to win the NBA title.
And if Larry Bird can get his hands on Rondo, the Indiana Pacers would be that team.
Word was spreading on Twitter yesterday that Celtics GM Danny Ainge was seeking two unprotected first-round draft picks in any deal involving Rondo, and I tweeted my immediate reaction -- the Pacers have probably already made a call to see if that is true
I discussed this possibility even further in this interview with Chris Moore and Brian Jones of CBS Sports Radio, also offering my thoughts on the possibility of Carmelo Anthony and/or Kevin Love getting moved (no and no).
But let's delve into the Rondo to the Pacers possibility, and see if it could make sense for both teams.
_ First, the Celtics would want to move Gerald Wallace's contract in that deal, and the salaries for Rondo and Wallace add up to $22.06 million.
_ Second, two unprotected first-round picks from the Pacers are not the equivalent of, say, two first-round picks from the Bucks. So my guess would be that Indiana would have to throw in a third first-rounder (and they could not include their 2014 pick, since that is already going to the Phoenix Suns)
_The Celtics would not want any onerous long-term salary commitments in this deal, but they would want a serviceable player if they had to take back a second player aside from Danny Granger ($14.02 million expiring deal). That player could be George Hill, who earns $8 million in each of the next three seasons.
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When you make it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, you are an elite team. Period.
But that does not mean you are a legitimate championship contending team.
And if the Indiana Pacers are going to take that next step, they need to upgrade their backcourt in some way. George Hill and Lance Stephenson are nice players ... but that's the nicest thing you can say about them. When one of the other, or both, had a bad game in the playoffs, the Pacers usually lost.
So what is the cure?
Well, for starters, Rajon Rondo is out there to be had. So is Eric Gordon.
Do the Pacers have the assets to acquire either of them? That's the tough part of the equation. Boston wants no part of George Hill's contract, which pays him $8 million per season for three more years. Boston wants no part of Gerald Green. It's a been-there, done-that sort of thing.
Certainly Paul George and the expiring contract of Danny Granger could get it done, but Larry Bird would never trade his best player for a wingnut like Rondo. But what about Granger and three future first-round picks? Would that get it done?
I discussed that issue, along with the additions of Chris Copeland and C.J. Watson in this interview with Michael Grady and Joe Staysniak on 1070-The Fan in Indianapolis this morning.
The Indiana Pacers are considered by many to be one of the surprise teams of the season. We get some perspective from WISH-TV reporter, Ashley Adamson as she gives us her opinion regarding the rise of head coach, Frank Vogel’s squad and whether the Pacers have what it takes to defeat Eastern Conference powers such as the Heat and Bulls.
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On tonight's edition, Jovan Alford will be joined by Gavin Davis and Curt Jenkins as they talk about the 2014 NBA Playoffs as the semifinals round is winding up. They will be talking about the Miami Heat and are they leaking oil heading into the ECF, will the Indiana Pacers get it together and what's going on in the Western Conference. They will discuss all that and more on tonight's show.
The Conference Finals are drawing to a close and the time is quickly approaching to crown a Champion. Will it be a Three Peat for the Miami Heat? Will the San Antonio Spurs have there revenge and get another NBA Championship? Will the Indiana Pacers detour the Miami Heat from a Three Peat? Or will the Young Guns the Oklahoma City Thunder and Regualar Season MVP Kevin Durant crash the party and get a Championship?
Tonight's episode of Hoops Talk, presented by Tha Sports Junkies 101, will cover all the wild rumors, signings, trades, and stories of professional basketball. First, we will recap the recent NBA action at the 2014 Vegas Summer League. Coveted prospects Andrew Wiggins and Doug McDermott have been on fire in Vegas, and their play is worth examination. Second, after the twenty-eight man USA Basketball Roster was cut to nineteen on Monday, we will predict our final, twelve-man roster. Then, we will hash the various free agent signings, potential trades, and league rumors. This episode will feature a special guest at 8:00 PM: former Indiana Pacers forward Austin Croshere. Croshere played ten seasons in the NBA and is currently a Fox Sports Analyst for Indiana. The interview will conclude this episode of Hoops Talk.
On this edition of Hoops Talk, presented by Tha Sports Junkies 101, we will be discussing all current events regarding the NBA off-season. First and foremost, we recap the Orlando NBA Summer League action. With ten teams and an abundance of young talent, this year's summer league has been quite impressive. Next, we will delve into the rumors, signings, and agreements that have transpired thus far in NBA Free Agency. Although it is still the July Moratorium Period, many teams are extremely active in hopes of landing a big star for market value. As usual, we will hash the various activities of the Indiana Pacers. And lastly, as we approach the Fiba Basketball World Cup, we willl predict who makes the team and which foreign competition will give the United States the most trouble.
He has the whole world in his hands. "He" being LeBron James. Mike "the Buzz-saw" Asti and George "the Howitzer" Gerbo discuss how LeBron James trolled us all.
The Buzz-saw was wrong! Soak up this moment, haters. We may never see it again. LeBron James has taken his talents back to Cleveland. Returning home after the biggest heel turn in sports history didn't seem possible. But it is reality.
With the weight of Northeast Ohio and the Cleveland curse now once again on his shoulders, will LBJ eventually regret his decision? Is it actually possible the Miami Heat post LeBron could make another NBA Finals trip before the new look Cavaliers?! Will we have to go through this asinine circus again in two years? What is the NBA landscape, most notably, the Eastern Conference, with the Heat diminsihed and the Cavs owning the best in the world? Has pressure actually shifted focus to the perennially runner-up Indiana Pacers? Did Carmelo Anthony seal his fate to never appear in an NBA Finals by staying in New York?
Mike loves him some LeBron, but will be rooting for 1964 to stay in tact. What if his dreams come true? How will LeBron's Northeast Ohio people view him, if a championship is not delivered, especially having first left to win a couple elsewhere?
Major League Baseball had an All-Star Game and a Home Run Derby, as it does every year. Why did this years suck so much? What brought on the "ehhhh factor" Mike so eloquently labeled the events?
Tiger Tiger Woods, y'all! Tiger is on the British Open stage. What does this mean for golf, and what are his chances at finally winning his 15th major championship? If not TW, who?
Home or away, all the Howitzer and Buzz-saw does is win, by conquering sports radio, one day, at a time....
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