Friday, January 21, 2005

It's Not a Rumah

Here are some NBA rumors I have come across in the past few days and being the kind individual I am, I thought I'd share them with you:

  • Jazz PG Carlos Arroyo should be dealt to Detroit today for Elden Campbell and a future first-round pick.

  • Look for the Celtics to most definately move PG Gary Payton by the trade deadline. Payton's mother has just been diagnosed with cancer and she will be receiving treatment on the west coast. With GP's heart already back home in Cali, a trade to the Clippers (my opinion) makes the most sense. Payton's expiring contract will no doubt be very tempting for a handul of teams in the coming weeks. Also, rookie PG Delonte West is expected to be activated from the injured list today. If his play in the next few weeks is encouraging, moving GP would be in the best interest of the team.

  • It appears Boston, despite their frequent denial, are indeed still interested in Hawks' F Antoine Walker, the ex-Celt. With rookie Al Jefferson playing much better of late, it seems odd the C's would add another foward. The only logical reasoning behind this deal would have Paul Pierce moving to the '2' and 'Toine taking over at small forward. Thus, Ricky Davis would most certainly be involved in any deal, sending Jiri Welsch to the pine.

  • A key fantasy pickup next week may be New Jersey SG Ron Mercer. Rodney Buford is currently starting for the injured Richard Jefferson and has played well of late, but we cannot expect this to continue. Mercer, who should return next week, is definately someone to keep an eye on.

  • Finally, rumors out of Cleveland suggest that the Cavaliers are interested in both F/C Jamaal Magloire and/or PG Baron Davis. They are currently searching for a third team to enter negotiations. Look for C Zydrunas Ilgauskas to be the centerpiece to any deal.

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