There were reports Portland was engaged in talks with Batum about a new deal, but honestly, I don’t see how they do it. Batum is a 6-8, 23-year-old that can make shots, play defense, fit into any role and does it all without complaint. Would the Blazers really give him big money to backup another guy (Gerald Wallace) that’ll be due for a new deal soon? As many Blazer fans are writing: “Next year, either Gerald Wallace is gone or Nicolas Batum is gone.”
Oh, how I would love for him to stick around in Memphis. The reality is there’s very little chance he’s still Grittin’ N’ Grindin’ next season. No one in the league, perhaps, has been shopped as hard as Mayo has over the past 12 months. Juice’s basically been traded twice and had to come back both times to Memphis. Not even David Stern could program something like this. With all of the money they’ve spent on Zach Randolph ($66 million extension), Marc Gasol ($58 million), Mike Conley ($45 million) and Rudy Gay ($80 million), I don’t see them dipping into the books for a bench player, which is why you’ll continue to hear his name in trade talks for the next six weeks.
If Minnesota was playing hardball with their best player, what do you think they’ll do to Beasley? He has less chances of getting an extension tonight than Eli has of surviving the entire Boardwalk Empire series.
I’ve never liked Lopez’s game. He can’t rebound. He’s limited defensively in an increasingly faster game, and his numbers were somewhat tainted playing on an awful team. But someone will pay him big money because he’s a seven foot pole in the middle, and is already proven at only 23 years old. It just won’t be the Nets… at least not right now. I could selfishly want to believe the Nets weren’t going to offer Lopez an extension because they believe the same things I do, but more than likely this decision is coming because Lopez is out with a broken foot. There’s also some guy named Deron Williams who’s pretty antsy to see either progress or the door. If the Nets can keep a major payday away from Lopez, they will for as long as possible.
Would you sign any of these players to extensions?
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