Carlos Boozer Starts Beef, Carmelo weighs in on the Camby trade, and Josh Smith to Miami?

By: 07.28.08  •  71 Comments
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Watch out for the next time the Heat and Jazz play. Asked about the trade rumors involving him and Miami, Carlos Boozer said, “I live in Miami during the offseason. Obviously, they have a huge hole at power forward. I’m very good friends with [Heat owner] Micky Arison. So, the rumors are going to fly. We’ll worry about those later.” Huge hole at power forward? Mike Beasley probably laughs that one off, but Udonis Haslem might have a little elbow grease in store for Booz … On the topic of Heat trades, though, we’d be all about a sign-and-trade with the Hawks for Josh Smith. Ink J-Smoove for $11 million per year — that’s Kevin Martin money — throw in Speedy Claxton ($5.7 million), and you’re in the ballpark to match Shawn Marion‘s salary. The Heat get a young core of D-Wade, Beasley and Smith, and the Hawks stay good enough to be a playoff team next year with a guy in Marion who matches a lot of what Smith did for them and has plenty of playoff experience … The Warriors completed the second major piece of their post-Baron rebuilding, getting Andris Biedrins inked to a reported six-year, $63 million deal. Too much dough for a guy with very little offensive game? Probably not if he’s 22, 7-feet tall and has some 20-rebound games under his belt … More NBA/Europe rumors: Jason Williams has gotten an offer from Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), and Dan Dickau has the interest of UNICS Kazan (Russia) … In an article in the Boston Glovbe, Carmelo Anthony said when he’d first heard about the Marcus Camby trade, he thought he was the one who’d been dealt. “Everybody was blowing my phone up,” ‘Melo said. “So I picked up my phone and called back someone who said, ‘Did you hear what happened?’ I said, ‘Where am I going now?’ I was just laughing and joking about how much was involving the Denver Nuggets right now. So I was like, ‘Where am I going?'” … On his opinion of the Camby trade, ‘Melo said, “I played five years with Camby; it was like we almost started an organization together. To see a Defensive Player of the Year just leave like that for nothing, I still don’t understand that.” We understand it: Money over winning … ‘Melo and Team USA are in Macao, getting ready for the next leg of their pre-Olympic exhibition schedule. The next opponent, Turkey, isn’t going to the Olympics, but if they have their full squad — including Hedo Turkoglu and Mehmet Okur — they’re no pushovers. If Hedo gets hot and starts giving the U.S. major buckets, Tayshaun Prince should get a lot of PT and get the assignment. He was giving Hedo problems in the playoffs, including that series-clinching rejection in Game Five … Summer-league success story: Charles Rhodes, undrafted out of Mississippi State, was impressive enough to get a training camp invite from the Mavs. He might have a hard time making the roster, seeing as Brandon Bass does all of the same things Rhodes does and is more athletic … The WNBA is having a contest where you can design team shooting shirts, and the winner gets their design turned into actual product. Chauncey Billups turned in a design of his own, which you can see HEREDoc Rivers is tough. Recalling this past season, Tony Allen said, “Doc was trying to push me all year. He was saying to me: ‘TA, your knee is not hurt! Quit saying your knee is f***ing hurt!” Funny, that’s the exact opposite of what the Blazers were saying to Darius Miles for the last two years … We’re out like Dickau …

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