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Published: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:04:26 EST


NBA Market Watch: Portland Trailblazers

Wed, 27 Jun 2007 23:04:08 EST

Last offseason brought Portland?s rebuilding process full-circle, and their initial season with their current group of players featured numerous signs of progress for the recently struggling franchise. Brandon Roy lived up to his advanced billing, and ran away with the Rookie of the Year Award, while LaMarcus Aldridge showed enough promise to warrant consideration for the accolade as well. Unfortunately, Portland?s roster didn?t have the experience or polish to make a run at the playoffs.

NBA Market Watch: Seattle Super Sonics

Tue, 26 Jun 2007 11:38:49 EST

The Sonics battled injury and inconsistency for the second straight season and finished at the bottom of the Northwest division. The team has been able to collect quite a few valuable assets over the course of the past couple of seasons and still have some veterans that may yield a return. First year GM Sam Presti has elected to take over a very interesting situation. The franchise?s future in Seattle is still somewhat in question, but the improbable acquisition of the 2nd pick in this year?s draft has put the Sonics in a favorable position going forward. That pick could be the signature player in this draft, Kevin Durant, whose marketability may be just what?s needed to push popular support for a new arena deal through. Owner Clay Bennett paid a very steep price to acquire the Supersonics despite their marginal revenue potential, so the new arena will certainly be a hot topic moving forward.

NBA Market Watch: Atlanta Hawks

Mon, 25 Jun 2007 12:35:57 EST

Atlanta had another typical Hawks season. They were intriguing at times, mistake-prone at key moments, and lacked the overall continuity and offensive clout to ultimately win on most nights. The Hawks aren?t in the worst shape in terms of their roster make up, as a few years of destitution has given them a number of quality young players. Despite the horrendously over-balanced trade with Phoenix a couple season?s back, the Hawks will still be able to add one more lottery level talent this season. Depending on the other moves the team makes, they could get themselves further into the Eastern Conference playoff picture next year, which would be quite a feat for a management group who?s already fighting an uphill battle to maintain control of the team.

NBA Market Watch: Memphis Grizzlies

Fri, 22 Jun 2007 13:50:54 EST

Lottery night brought what could be considered a 2007 worst-case scenario full circle in Memphis. After losing Pau Gasol to an injury in the preseason, Memphis?s young group of talent was left to their own untested devices. A mid-season coaching change only compounded the team?s struggles, forcing an already overmatched roster to adjust on the fly. After finishing an NBA worst 22-60, the odds were stacked in favor of Memphis earning a top-two pick and, in turn, the opportunity to select Greg Oden or Kevin Durant. Adding insult to injury, Memphis not only fell out of the top spot, but slid all the way to the fourth slot. In the wake of the lottery, the team lost the services of renown General Manager Jerry West (now on board only as a paid advisor next to recently hired GM Chris Wallace), concluding what can only be described as a horrendously unlucky chain of events in Memphis. With a new Head Coach and General Manager in place, Memphis will head into the offseason looking to get out of their tailspin and reverse the bad luck that made their season so forgettable. With a payroll falling well short of the salary cap, Memphis will have the opportunity to add some pieces in free agency, but will need to spend wisely if they want to see immediate results.

NBA Market Watch: Boston Celtics

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 16:04:18 EST

The Celtics quickly found their season derailed as a litany of injuries to key rotational personnel ended any thoughts of post season contention early in the campaign. Veteran star Paul Pierce went down with the first significant injury of his career and exposed the youthful roster?s lack of depth and finishing ability. The injured list was long, but it did give the team an opportunity to evaluate many of its promising young prospects. The situations these players were thrust into helped the team to advance their development and increase their market clout going into the offseason. With so many superstar players looking for championship satisfaction, the Celtics are in an interesting crossroads with their current roster. Paul Pierce is certainly looking at his contemporaries and wondering what his team will do to satiate his desire to compete. GM Danny Ainge must carefully weigh all the short and long term benefits of the numerous opportunities he has to manipulate the construct of his roster.

NBA Market Watch: Milwaukee Bucks

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 01:23:08 EST

This was a season to forget for the Milwaukee Bucks, as injuries ruined any chance they had at posting a respectable record. With Michael Redd, Andrew Bogut, and Charlie Villanueva all missing significant time, the team was forced to rely on reserves, yielding little success. On the bright side, the team did see the emergence of Mo Williams as a quality starting point, but that?s really the only thing that went right for the club this season. To make matter worse, the came away with only the sixth pick after sitting in the third position in the lottery. The club will certainly be able to add a solid contributor with the sixth pick, but their picks value pales in comparison to what they could have acquired had they moved into the top two. With Mo Williams entering free agency, the Bucks will have some tough decisions to make this summer. They will have the cap space to make a splash in the open market, but probably won?t make an offer to more than one or two upper-echelon free agents. Hopefully, the team will remain healthy enough during next season to see their recent investments come to fruition.

NBA Market Watch: Minnesota Timberwolves

Mon, 18 Jun 2007 01:50:18 EST

The Timberwolves struggled mightily this season, but have the potential to be a borderline playoff team in the Western Conference. Kevin Garnett once again carried the load in Minnesota, getting some help from rookie Randy Foye, but didn?t have the support he needed to get to the playoffs. While the key complementary players Kevin McHale acquired to assist Garnett are still relatively young, he will need to add additional pieces if he wants to get this team to the playoffs before Garnett?s contract expires. Given the nature of this year?s draft, he may have the rare opportunity to do just that. Depending on how this years draft shakes out, Minnesota may be able to grab one of the bottom spots in the Western Conference Playoffs as soon as next season.

NBA Market Watch: Charlotte Bobcats

Sun, 17 Jun 2007 10:51:27 EST

The Bobcats went through year three much like they did their initial two campaigns, with some intriguing storylines and far too many injuries to capitalize on their talent. Charlotte has bee fiscally prudent over the first few years of their existence. The team was hamstrung by expansion cap rules, but was also smart enough not to try and rush things in terms of spending on half-measure type players. The team has patiently built through the draft, while placing steady veterans around the edges of the bench in order to provide a bit of atmosphere for the young developmental players. This season will mark the first where the Bobcats can utilize the full cap figure. They?ve got some tough decisions to make, but could surprise a lot of people if they can keep their current players on the court and add an impact veteran to the fold.

NBA Market Watch: New York Knicks

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 23:06:28 EST

The Knicks had somewhat of a ?bounce-back? year under first year head coach and current GM Isaiah Thomas. Thomas was under a tremendous amount of scrutiny this past season after squandering millions in salary with seemingly listless moves for middling talent. Owner James Dolan doesn?t appear to pay strict attention to the daily operations of the team, but he came out of the woodwork and put a ?win or else? type of mandate down which prompted Thomas to take the bench himself. No one questions that Thomas has an ego comparable to the size of the Knicks payroll, but to his credit, he got a team of disjointed parts to play fairly well during quite a few stretches of the season. In the end however, the team failed to make the playoffs yet again, and the team continues to search for a solution to its problems via bold statements about player acquisition and a continual disregard for the salary cap system that has hamstrung this franchise for the foreseeable future.

NBA Market Watch: Sacramento Kings

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 22:37:36 EST

The Kings suffered through their worst season since the inception of the ?Maloof Era? began. Second year head coach Eric Musselman?s off-court troubles were an apt reflection of the team?s general direction, as the team seemed to wander aimlessly all season long. Two season?s removed from an enticing series against the Spurs, Sacramento stalwart?s Mike Bibby and Brad Miller had their worst season?s since putting on a King uniform. Neither looked interested in playing winning basketball, which is somewhat understandable given the length of time they?ve been with the club and the palpable sense of decay the team has gone through during their watch. Going forward, the Kings are going to have to utilize their few remaining assets to facilitate a quick transition toward a new direction. The team is strapped with some tough to move contracts tied to aging players who have little market value. Getting value for their few desirable commodities seems to be the only way the club is going be able to turn things around in a 2-3 year time frame.