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How Are Early Trade Winds Blowing?

12 Nov

You’ve been subjected to countless ruminations already this season about the likelihood of a Carmelo Anthony deal before the NBA’s Feb. 24 trading deadline.

You’ve likewise seen and heard stories in recent days and weeks about the starry likes of Atlanta’s Josh Smith, Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Memphis’ Zach Randolph, Golden State’s Monta Ellis and even the Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash switching teams via trade … even though numerous sources both within and outside their various teams insist that none of those luminaries have actually been made available by their current teams. Ditto for the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Kaman and Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala.

It’s conceivable that some of those stars might wind up being shopped before the last Thursday in February, likely starting with Iguodala. But it hasn’t happened yet.

So who is available at this pre-Thanksgiving juncture?

Trade chatter is expected to pick up leaguewide after Dec. 15, when free agents who found new teams in the offseason become eligible to be added to deals, but there are a few intriguing names in circulation if you know where to look.

There are a few former All-Stars whose availability is well-established. Gilbert Arenas in Washington, as you realize by now, for example. The Clippers’ Baron Davis, too, along with Philadelphia’s Elton Brand. Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince in Detroit. The undefeated New Orleans Hornets, meanwhile, hope to be aggressive in peddling Peja Stojakovic’s $14.2 million expiring contract between now and the deadline, as my ESPN The Magazine colleague Chris Broussard detailed earlier this week.

The goal here, however, is introducing a few fresher names to the conversation. Players who aren’t just legitimately in play as we speak but also are less difficult to move contractually as the likes of Arenas (who’s owed more than $60 million and three years left after this season) or Davis (two years and nearly $29 million left, also after 2010-11).

So here are five:

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Paul Pierce Mocks Lebron

12 Nov

Pierce has this to say Via Twitter after the Celtics defeated the Heat:

“It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach now on to Memphis”

Kentucky Center Kanter Ruled Ineligible

12 Nov

Kentucky’s chances for a deep run in the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament took a significant hit Thursday when the N.C.A.A. ruled that the freshman center Enes Kanter was permanently ineligible.

The N.C.A.A., which said Kentucky would appeal the decision, said in a statement that both it and the university agreed that the 6-foot-11 Kanter received $33,033 in addition to his expenses during the 2008-9 season, when he played for a top team in a professional league in Turkey, where he is from.

“Enes took advantage of an opportunity to play at the highest level available to him, but the consequences of receiving payments above his actual expenses is not compatible with the collegiate model of sports that our members have developed,” said Kevin Lennon, the N.C.A.A.’s vice president of academic and membership affairs.

The decision ultimately came down to the N.C.A.A.’s determining what Kanter’s “actual and necessary” expenses were.

In an interview with The New York Times in September, Nedim Karakas, the general manager for Kanter’s team, Fenerbahce Ulker, said that Kanter and his family received more than $100,000 in salary and expenses over a three-year span.

It appears that the figure of $33,033 that the N.C.A.A. and Kentucky agreed upon included a bonus of $19,800 that Kanter received for making the top club of Fenerbahce, combined with his weekly salary.

Kentucky will appeal at the end of November. Kanter will be able to practice with the 11th-ranked Wildcats during the appeals process.
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November 11th Stat Stuffers

12 Nov

While we’re at it…. Jenn Sterger Vs. Deana Favre!!!

12 Nov

Clearly Brett Favre was confused. (I can’t blame him though. To say they are similar looking is a huge understatement.)