Free agent shooting guard Jamal Crawford has decided to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, sources said. Crawford will have a player option for his second year.
Crawford decided to chose Portland over Sacramento and New York. Sacramento was offering a two-year deal worth $6.5 million per season, and New York, which offered $5 million over two years, sources said.
Crawford fills a big void in the Blazers roster since Brandon Roy decided to retire due to chronic knee problems. Crawford has been a 6th man for the majority of his career and has been one of the best. He brings a scoring punch that will really help take pressure off of Lamarcus Aldridge. With this signing I think Portland can be the fourth best team in the Western Conference after the Mavs, Lakers, and Thunder.
The Orlando Magic have informed teams they are no longer fielding offers for superstar center, Dwight Howard, and instead plan on starting the season with him in the line-up, according to league sources.
The Magic were in heavy talks with multiple teams to work out a deal for Howard. The latest buzz was that the Magic, Nets, and Trailblazers were working on a 3-team deal that involved Howard, Nets center Brook Lopez, Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace and draft picks. According to sources the Trailblazers stood to gain four first round picks in the deal.
The Nets have been working feverishly to land Howard, according to Chad Ford of ESPN ”the Nets offered everything they could for Howard: Brook Lopez + FIVE 1st Rd picks. Theirs in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 + Rockets 2012 pick.”
While the Magic are publicly saying they aren’t going to discuss trades at this time I find it hard to believe that they would turn down an offer that they felt compensated them fairly. This seems to be one last ploy to try anything they can to sign Howard back and possibly work on getting more talent around him in the meantime.
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The Mavericks put together an impressive regular season finishing 3rd in the West, but almost nobody picked them to reach the Finals, let alone win. Most analysts went with the sexy picks, the Lakers and Heat; some even felt the MVP-lead Bulls had a chance, all while the Mavs were sailing under the radar. Looking back it was pretty naïve to not count the Mavs as contenders, but their perennial playoff failures had become their MO and scared most away from picking them. Let’s take a look at some teams that could make a deep run and possibly win a title with a few roster tweaks. Continue reading →